The landlord of a shared house where a mum and her three-year-old daughter died in an arson attack may face jail for ignoring fire safety laws.
They died when a spurned girlfriend set light to her former boyfriend’s room in an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Milton Keynes last year. Continue reading Landlord may face jail over HMO arson killings
A university had to take on extra staff to deal with complaints about a landlord who stole deposits on student housing.
Detectives claim 18 theft charges admitted by Tariq Zaman, 42, at Leeds Crown Court were just a ‘representative view’ of the money he stole over several years letting houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) owned by him and his family in the city. Continue reading Crooked landlord admits stealing student deposits
Buy to let mortgage news dominates the headlines in this edition as we report on how lenders increasing their standard variable rates despite the Bank Base Rate staying at 0.5% will affect landlords in several of our news articles below. John Paul, also known as The LHA Expert, brings us his second instalment of his eight part series, Ben Reeve-Lewis tackles defining landlords and Mary Latham makes an apology.
Continue reading Property118 Landlord Newsletter – Issue 102
Landlord Mohammed Khubaib needs to change his ways and stop illegally evicting tenants or he’ll end up in jail – according to his lawyer.
The warning was voiced to Peterborough magistrates hearing Khubaib’s third case of illegally evicting a tenant. Continue reading Third illegal eviction costs landlord £4,500
Before I got sucked into housing I trained in Cognitive Linguistics, the study of how language can be used to show how we make sense of the world, our beliefs and interpretations of a larger reality.
One of the leading Cognitive Linguists of the 20th Century is a towering intellectual of a man called Noam Chomsky, who I once had the amazing fortune to meet in a hotel whilst attending a conference. We spent the night playing pool together in a Manchester pub and swapping dirty jokes without me realising who he was, the man whose work I was basing my entire dissertation on. Imagine how stoopid I felt the next day. (I mis-heard his name and thought he was just a lonely yank called ‘Noel’) Continue reading Rogue Landlords II – A Definitive List
I’m an amiable kinda guy, the office joker in the roman helmet, more predisposed towards seeing the good in people than the bad. My default approach to dealing with landlord tenant disputes is to go into “Come on people, lets all shake hands and sort this out” mode, as opposed to a Sweeney, kicking in the door version of a TRO, shouting “Alright Tinkerbell, you’re nicked son”.
I have the personality and the remit within my job to do both.
In my many and varied posts on landlord-tenant stuff on a variety of blogs I regularly get accused of being too pro-tenant by landlords while at the same time I get accused by Shelter, and even other TROs, of being too soft on landlords. Continue reading Sorting the Rogues from the Ridiculous
Today’s edition conveys a strong mortgage related theme. Ben Reeve-Lewis reports on Santander over-hauling their interest only mortgage policy, Mark Alexander adds two articles to his Landlord’s Log offering mortgage payment strategies and the Government backed New Buy Guarantee Scheme is due to be launched in March. Additionally Glen Ackroyd offers his view on why Letting Agents are so keen to push Rightmoves Premium Listings.
Continue reading Property118 Landlords Newsletter – Issue 96
A council hit-team is readying to prosecute rogue landlords who have dodged signing up to a selective licensing scheme.
The team is tracking down a group of landlords in Sunderland who have ignored calls to license their buy to let and HMO properties in the city.
Investigators are planning to interview them under caution with a view of sending them to court if they still fail to join the scheme. Continue reading Council hit-team takes on hardcore rogue landlords
The 1st of March will see the launch of the countries first tenant accreditation Scheme, (UK TAS), bred from a pilot scheme trialled in Southend-on-sea by the private sector housing of the Borough Council.
The UKTAS is in stark contrast to the numerous accreditation schemes out their aimed at agents and landlords to drive out rogue landlords and make tenants aware of what a ‘good’ landlord should be. Continue reading 1st March… The New accreditation Scheme is coming
– News Sourced by Property118 News Team –
Following Shelter’s five point plan to step up its fight against rogue landlords, The RLA have released a damning response labeling it a “charter of clichés which can spell danger for tenants too.”
Local authorities should be doing more to track down the rogue landlords that are giving all landlords a bad name. Continue reading RLA Counter Shelter’s Five Point Plan