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    Exclamation Help with maintenance and pre-tenancy a scattered portfolio of residential property?

    I have quite a large inherited portfolio of residential property some are assured Tenancies most are AST and common law. There are some commercial but I need help with my residential portfolio.

    The properties are scattred everywhere London, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Leeds and Manchester. I have began to take the management off local agents so I can reduce costs but I need a national supplier of Landlord services for the usual pre-tenancy bits, inspections and maintenance. I've been using local trades people and suppliers but its getting quite difficult to manage them all but I was hoping anyone can point me in the right direction.

    Please help its getting messy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knowledge is Power View Post
    The properties are scattred everywhere London, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Leeds and Manchester. I have began to take the management off local agents so I can reduce costs but I need a national supplier of Landlord services for the usual pre-tenancy bits, inspections and maintenance. I've been using local trades people and suppliers but its getting quite difficult to manage them all but I was hoping anyone can point me in the right direction.
    Are you completely new to the landlord game? Particularly if that's the case, it doesn't sound the best move to be getting rid of all the local letting agents. Even if you are experienced, it's not ideal to be managing property from afar and especially a large portfolio. I think you at least need someone on the ground locally who you can trust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knowledge is Power View Post
    its getting quite difficult to manage them all !

    you have your answer. difficult without the help of agents.

    On a Moral note ( Yes, letting has it's morals )

    you are supplying homes for people to live in comfortably, and for
    repairs and emergency repairs to done pronto, or within the week.
    THAT is you obligation as a landlord.
    Your profit is secondary.

    R.a.M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ram View Post

    you are supplying homes for people to live in comfortably, and for
    repairs and emergency repairs to done pronto, or within the week.
    THAT is you obligation as a landlord.
    There is no obligation to get repairs done "pronto" or within a week.
    Stalkers, please go over this comment with a fine tooth comb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thesaint View Post
    There is no obligation to get repairs done "pronto" or within a week.
    True in many case, but landlords who don't care for their tenants, lose tenants. And as finding new tenants from afar is one of KiP's problems, then looking after the ones he has would seem sensible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thesaint View Post
    There is no obligation to get repairs done "pronto" or within a week.
    If landlord is responsible for repairing something, I would think that he has an obligation to act as soon as he is made aware of the issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snorkerz View Post
    True in many case, but landlords who don't care for their tenants, lose tenants. And as finding new tenants from afar is one of KiP's problems, then looking after the ones he has would seem sensible.
    I am distinguishing between obligation and good practice.

    Quote Originally Posted by jjlandlord View Post
    If landlord is responsible for repairing something, I would think that he has an obligation to act as soon as he is made aware of the issue.
    The reply I was quoting made it clear that there is an obligation to have a repair done "pronto" which I assume means immediately, or at least within a week, and THAT is their obligation. There is no such obligation.
    Stalkers, please go over this comment with a fine tooth comb.

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    Has OP written to each T and formally notified them that he is their new LL and provided nec address for service of Notices? Particularly for those where he has dispensed with MA services.

    First stop for newbie LL education would be membership of NLA/RLA with benefit of member discounts for Ins etc.
    Good PR would be to visit each property, pref by appt or at least arrange property inspections to highlight disrepair, ongoing problems/disputes etc

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