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    Does the tenant not have the right to refuse...

    Does the tenant not have the right to refuse access or place a condition of being present regardless of whether notice has been given? I know most tenancies give the landlord or his agent the right...
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    Sadly, people often end up renting out property...

    Sadly, people often end up renting out property without fully appreciating what an onerous responsibility it is. In the worst cases the end up putting lives at risk due to negligence. It sounds...
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    The DPS have a custodial scheme and an insurance...

    The DPS have a custodial scheme and an insurance backed scheme where you keep the deposit and pay a fee. Based on my interpretation of the insured scheme rules, the DPS can un-protect the deposit...
  4. Before 2010, C3 use as a dwelling meant any group...

    Before 2010, C3 use as a dwelling meant any group (whether related or not) of no more than 6 could share a property together as one unit just like a family. After 2010 a new definition of C3 was...
  5. Door security strength standards for ABI/insurance approval

    Does anyone know of a British standard or other standard that describes the minimum requirements for a front door to be acceptable for the prevention of forced entry as far as insurance policies are...
  6. This is why I ask the question on the forum. ...

    This is why I ask the question on the forum.

    I have reservations because tenants should not feel inhibited about reporting gas safety issues through fear of having to pay.

    Furthermore, it...
  7. Can I charge tenant for Transco cutting off gas?

    The tenant reported an alleged smell of gas to Transco, they came out and disconnected the boiler due to an alleged 'escape of gas'.

    The boiler had passed a gas safety inspection only six weeks...
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    jpkeates, Reading the legislation carefully,...

    jpkeates,

    Reading the legislation carefully, the test of whether the penalty must be paid is in 2 parts. The first part concerns whether T can apply to the court. To do so the following must be...
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    This is the 'insured' scheme. The landlord holds...

    This is the 'insured' scheme. The landlord holds the deposit money in his bank for the entire time but has to register the amount and tenancy with the scheme and pay a £15 fee. If there is a...
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    I have already read the DPS website and spent 30...

    I have already read the DPS website and spent 30 mins on the phone to them and I still cannot find an answer to my question.

    They have told me the deposit is no longer protected. When you enter...
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    It was with DPS. In the past I have always used...

    It was with DPS. In the past I have always used the custodial scheme with which the deposit remains 'protected' until agreement is reached over payback, this can be weeks after the tenancy is over. ...
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    DPS automatically unprotected deposit!

    Just got round to logging in to DPS to check on a deposit a few days after the end of a tenancy before I send a statement to T and could not find it listed. It was with the insured scheme. After...
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    I am offering an ASTto start in a few weeks, it...

    I am offering an ASTto start in a few weeks, it is a joint agreement but due to not all being in the same place at the same time, the T's have signed on different days. They have not dated their...
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    Tenancy contract date

    If a contract is made out and signed by 2 out of 4 joint tenants on the 1st and then signed by another on the 2nd and the last and the landlord on the 6th, what is the date of the contract? Can it...
  15. As the agent would not confer my proposals to T. ...

    As the agent would not confer my proposals to T. I elected to make contact myself. The agent has insisted I have no right to do this saying it is a breach of the agency terms.

    Unfortunately, T...
  16. jjlandlord, If the scheme or court decide that...

    jjlandlord,

    If the scheme or court decide that L is entitled to some of the deposit then of course the agent should be able to deduct his fees before passing it on. If the money is 100% the...
  17. Agent won't let me fire him! and he refuses to stop doing things without my authority

    I have notified my agent that I have terminated my agreement with him and he no longer has authority to act for me. He is insisting that according to the agency agreement, I must give one months...
  18. Let's call it an exam question. Been looking at...

    Let's call it an exam question. Been looking at some agency T&C's reading: "L authorises us to steal T's deposit towards our fees..."

    What authority does L have to authorise A to appropriate the...
  19. Can agent refuse to return deposit in lieu of fees?

    The deposit is money belonging to the neither the agent nor the landlord. It belongs to the Tenant.
    Whether L physically holds the money or an agent (A) holds the money on L's behalf, L is...
  20. If it has not been used for another purpose but...

    If it has not been used for another purpose but is just unoccupied then there has not been a material change of use. The original use may continue after your repairs.
    Building regulations are a...
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    Why put all your eggs in one basket? Buy...

    Why put all your eggs in one basket? Buy property that can appeal to a multitude of different types of tenant, including students.
  22. Poll: Get rid of your BG policy. They are a rip off. ...

    Get rid of your BG policy. They are a rip off. A few years of subscriptions would buy you new boiler. A typical repair which shouldn't occur more than every few years would probably cost less than...
  23. Thanks to all for your suggestions. Getting...

    Thanks to all for your suggestions. Getting housing authorities involved could cause even more problems to be invented. The 'far left' LA are very much determined to stamp out the scourge of...
  24. Tenant wants me to fix toilet that ain't broke!

    T is complaining that the toilet is not flushing properly. I have tested it and it is working acceptably well. I'm not the most economical with toilet paper but when I used it everything went down...
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    Im-always-suspicious-of-domain-names-with-a-minus-...

    Im-always-suspicious-of-domain-names-with-a-minus-in-the-title.
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