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  1. I was a bit OTT with the examples but I want to...

    I was a bit OTT with the examples but I want to get you thinking. High quality is now standard and will not make you stand out by itself. By using style you can increase demand when compared with...
  2. Prescribed Info: Tenant's end of tenancy address

    The prescribed information order requires:

    (g) (iv) The name, address, telephone number, and any e-mail address or fax number of the tenant, including such details that should be used by the...
  3. It is a good idea to look at branding in a...

    It is a good idea to look at branding in a crowded market. The key here is that you must really stand out. Look at the demographics where you are and decide who you are most able to appeal to. ...
  4. Not every small landlord is clueless, although...

    Not every small landlord is clueless, although for the few who fail to comply with the rules, it is likely that they themselves will suffer as a result.

    The consolidation you describe is not good...
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    Change of prescribed information

    If L takes a deposit, he must serve T with prescribed information.

    1. Can it be served by registered 1st class post without having to have a copy countersigned and returned by T?

    2. After the...
  6. It's slightly sarcastic but not a wind up. I...

    It's slightly sarcastic but not a wind up. I think that the tenant's expectations are such that they prefer to avoid dealing with a landlord direct because they erroneously believe the agent with...
  7. Ripoff agency fees should not be banned.

    The following article says ripoff agent fees paid by tenants should be banned:
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    Enamel baths can be damaged by harsh chemicals...

    Enamel baths can be damaged by harsh chemicals from cleaning but that shouldn't be a problem as the landlord is usually the only person to ever clean it. Also, steel baths do not get burned when...
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    Thanks for the informative replies. It was what...

    Thanks for the informative replies. It was what I was expecting. i.e a tenancy is a special case whereby both rights and obligations pass to the new owner because the tenancy cannot be seperated...
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    Just a random thought and may not be workable but...

    Just a random thought and may not be workable but if having a spare room would suddenly mean the authorities have to find a new flat for Tenant7, is there any way to subdivide a room or reconfigure...
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    Change of Landlord rules

    It often happens that one landlord sells a property to another with tenants in situ.
    Usually the buyer becomes the new landlord.

    Does the tenancy agreement have to contain a special clause with...
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    Thanks for your reply. I checked the link and it...

    Thanks for your reply. I checked the link and it was shown as a 'workshop' (probably B1?). It has a rateable value per m2 similar to nearby proper offices. It has power. It is just one room. It...
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    Rates or Council tax?

    An old outhouse behind a commercial property is listed for rates. Possibly previously used as an office. It is in disrepair and now available for storage and has no connection with the occupiers of...
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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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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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