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  1. Had similar experience with them back in July. Will be looking elsewhere next year.
  2. Sounds like a recipe for disaster. Maintenance or repairs? What qualifications and experience have you got?
  3. You can do this risk assessment yourself. I do similar annually on a block of 4 . Keeping the log is key. I bet some fire safety company comes on here now saying different but I have yet to see any legislation on it.
  4. IF this guy was truly a lodger then why did live in landlord not spot the damage and boot him out earliest? Lodgers rarely have £1000 in deposit paid. Are you sure this is not an AST?
  5. Go there and attempt entry. If she is there then you are stuffed for time being. If she has left then you need to get a Deed of Surrender. Inform the council (who should be aware she is at another address). If council are aware then start looking for new Tenant. With 6 months notice now needed in Wales what will be your strategy?
  6. Yes agree the market is bouyant. My Airbnb is 50% taken with people on viewings from London. Seems some can't wait to get out of the place! I expect homeworking has encouraged this - why live in the city when you can do the job from the coast and live a better lifestyle?
  7. This ruling does not set a legal precedent - no new law has been created. I'm just about to start interviewing for a new tenant so we have decided to do block viewings and short list best suited then look at their income. Obviously I won't choose someone on DSS unless there are exceptional circumstances - can't think what they may be? Interestingly one of my tenants after an accident at work has been on DSS for some 3 years now. They are still the perfect tenant. I find that persons and their offspring on long term DSS payments and have never worked successfully are the 'entitle
  8. If you own a leasehold property the Freeholder (in this case Lewisham Council) will have terms covering any works to the building. Is this a flat in a block? What does it say in your lease about works and re-wiring? The key to all works on your leasehold property lie there. You need to read and understand your lease as it is there to keep order and a safe building. Is it fair you are penalised ? Possibly but try appealing it via the council for a reduction in the fee.
  9. I'll guess there are plenty wanting to move out of towns but they have to sell first then get loans arranged. I'm finding these 2 items are sticking points.
  10. The worse thing about Section 8 possession is that the tenant can claim 'disrepair' even if he has done damage himself and then the judge adjourns for reports and that takes months. Also tenant can suddenly pay up rent owed and you have no case. Get in touch with the council if you think persons are on benefit and remind them in writing that YOU are not responsible for council tax there. -- I bet he is not paying that either and council may try to saddle you with the bill when you get rid of them. If you think he is drug dealing ask a friendly neighbour to watch who visits the prop
  11. 3 or more unrelated persons residing together forms an HMO (house of multiple occupation) and this may need a licence (depends on the local authority.) Why do you need 4 bedrooms for 2 couples would be my first question to you - I smell a rat called subletting.
  12. Look at it this way - you have a possession order - that is a big success so as soon as the courts look like they may be back at work get onto the court bailiff, pay the £105 fee and let them get him out. Be on standby on the day with a locksmith just to make sure they don't get back in or let mates in. What you write shows that he is expecting to get re-homed by the council. - Yet another load of useless people let into this country to take our hard earned money by devious means. Golden rule in letting with a decent property - only let to working persons - ideally dual income and no
  13. Sorry to hear about your eye trouble Mel. The cataracts are easy to deal with - hubby has had both done whilst on leave - one done in alternate weeks on the NHS - amazing and all arranged from Sgpore. Not sure about the macular degeneration. - research still going on. Us self employeds are left to fend for ourselves and live off savings if we have to until some sort of viability is achieved for the economy but I'm sure in time things will turn around but our world may never be the same again whilst one country wants world domination on so many fronts. Could well be that losing some of t
  14. Whereas I feel the same gut re-action of Richlist and Melboy the court will look more sympathetically on the Landlord if he has offered the tenant some form of small compensation be it reduced rent or whatever. Seems you have done the best you can in writing to the freeholder. So would he be bringing a private prosecution as small claims do not deal with this type of thing? Seems like a sledgehammer to crack a nut IMO and may not be looked upon favourably by the courts by way of time wasting. I would firstly check that this joker is a solicitor and not just a para legal. I've lost cou
  15. There is plenty of driving work about in the larger towns but they've got to put themselves out there to apply. Maybe offer some guidance when the situation arrives? I've just told my first rent attempted refusenik to get on to Tesco/Sainsbury/Asda etc for work - a big step down from her normal day job and she should be getting furlough payments. I refused a 'rent holiday' saying it would only have to be paid later. I have asked to see evidence from employer if furlough will NOT be paid.
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