Sorting out landlords

Bournemouth Echo: Sorting out landlords Sorting out landlords

IN response to “Council tackle Landlords” (Saturday January 18, 2014).

Welcome news indeed. Here are two of my personal experiences.

1) My landlord kept my full deposit of more than £700 even though the property was in a much better shape than when I first moved in. The previous tenant didn’t get her deposit back either.

2) My daughter and four other girls rented a house while at BH Uni. By the time they left, the property was not damaged (I am a witness of that) and yet, the landlord kept money back from each girls deposit which amounted to about £1,000 (not a bad revenue).

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12:02pm Fri 31 Jan 14

rozmister says...

If the deposit was held in a deposit protection scheme which is compulsory now (I can't remember when it was introduced) then you should be able to mediate through them about the cost of damage. It also helps to take photos before you leave so you can prove the damage was not like they claim if necessary.
If the deposit was held in a deposit protection scheme which is compulsory now (I can't remember when it was introduced) then you should be able to mediate through them about the cost of damage. It also helps to take photos before you leave so you can prove the damage was not like they claim if necessary. rozmister
  • Score: 6

12:05pm Fri 31 Jan 14

alyce says...

Legalized theft pure and simple and estate agents are of the same ilk, especially the one on the Ashley Road/ Victoria Road junction charging £200 in cash only for referencing!!
Legalized theft pure and simple and estate agents are of the same ilk, especially the one on the Ashley Road/ Victoria Road junction charging £200 in cash only for referencing!! alyce
  • Score: 9

12:41pm Fri 31 Jan 14

BoscVegas says...

Its a dick move but if I don't trust the landlord,I tend to withhold the last months rent until we have agreed how much of my deposit I'm getting back.
Its a dick move but if I don't trust the landlord,I tend to withhold the last months rent until we have agreed how much of my deposit I'm getting back. BoscVegas
  • Score: 9

1:48pm Fri 31 Jan 14

we-shall-see says...

BoscVegas wrote:
Its a dick move but if I don't trust the landlord,I tend to withhold the last months rent until we have agreed how much of my deposit I'm getting back.
That may be fine for those who work and pay their own rent - but anyone who gets their rent paid by DHSS would be classed as making themselves homeless if they with-hold the rent and the landlord makes a claim on the council/DHSS. This will then result in that person getting no further rent help for their next property, quite apart from either a bad reference or none at all from the previous landlord.

I know this because I worked for a short time in a rental business through a local job agency and several very bad landlords did exactly that - knowing the problems i would cause to their former tenant.

In other words, despite any legislation etc, these landlords have people over a barrel in all directions - and they know it. They are not in the business for any other reason than to get rich. They do not rent properties out for the human aspect or to help our burgeoning housing problem. I would say from my experience they are almost ALL without exception, people of a sub-human kind who care nothing about people, but all about the money they can rake from them.
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: Its a dick move but if I don't trust the landlord,I tend to withhold the last months rent until we have agreed how much of my deposit I'm getting back.[/p][/quote]That may be fine for those who work and pay their own rent - but anyone who gets their rent paid by DHSS would be classed as making themselves homeless if they with-hold the rent and the landlord makes a claim on the council/DHSS. This will then result in that person getting no further rent help for their next property, quite apart from either a bad reference or none at all from the previous landlord. I know this because I worked for a short time in a rental business through a local job agency and several very bad landlords did exactly that - knowing the problems i would cause to their former tenant. In other words, despite any legislation etc, these landlords have people over a barrel in all directions - and they know it. They are not in the business for any other reason than to get rich. They do not rent properties out for the human aspect or to help our burgeoning housing problem. I would say from my experience they are almost ALL without exception, people of a sub-human kind who care nothing about people, but all about the money they can rake from them. we-shall-see
  • Score: 4

1:49pm Fri 31 Jan 14

we-shall-see says...

*knowing the problems IT would cause to their former tenant.
*knowing the problems IT would cause to their former tenant. we-shall-see
  • Score: 4

10:48pm Fri 31 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

alyce wrote:
Legalized theft pure and simple and estate agents are of the same ilk, especially the one on the Ashley Road/ Victoria Road junction charging £200 in cash only for referencing!!
Tell us more so public are warned.
[quote][p][bold]alyce[/bold] wrote: Legalized theft pure and simple and estate agents are of the same ilk, especially the one on the Ashley Road/ Victoria Road junction charging £200 in cash only for referencing!![/p][/quote]Tell us more so public are warned. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

7:39am Sat 1 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Do the council have a list of corupt landlords,and if so why do they allow them to operate.surely they have a duty of care.
Do the council have a list of corupt landlords,and if so why do they allow them to operate.surely they have a duty of care. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 3

4:51pm Sun 2 Feb 14

misplacedspaniard says...

Landlords are all thieving scum anyway.

They are going to make millions of young people homeless in the future because of their greed. There should be a law that stated when a landlord sells their property some of the capital from that property is used as a deposit to help their tenants get into the property ladder. These scoundrels are lording it up on someone else's money to find their pension.

A lot of them are proper rude to their tenants. Like the scumbag in Alderney West.
Landlords are all thieving scum anyway. They are going to make millions of young people homeless in the future because of their greed. There should be a law that stated when a landlord sells their property some of the capital from that property is used as a deposit to help their tenants get into the property ladder. These scoundrels are lording it up on someone else's money to find their pension. A lot of them are proper rude to their tenants. Like the scumbag in Alderney West. misplacedspaniard
  • Score: 1

4:10pm Wed 5 Feb 14

David Hayes says...

I think the £200 is reference to Carter Shaw. To be fair to them, they do advertise that fact on their website which allows any prospective tenant to either choose to use them or not. The Advertising Standard Agency state that ALL agents should publish their fees on adverts!!

Check how many actually do? Not many!!!

Only use an letting agency which is either accredited or belongs to a professional body which gives you more peace of mind,
I think the £200 is reference to Carter Shaw. To be fair to them, they do advertise that fact on their website which allows any prospective tenant to either choose to use them or not. The Advertising Standard Agency state that ALL agents should publish their fees on adverts!! Check how many actually do? Not many!!! Only use an letting agency which is either accredited or belongs to a professional body which gives you more peace of mind, David Hayes
  • Score: -1

10:19pm Sat 8 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

David Hayes wrote:
I think the £200 is reference to Carter Shaw. To be fair to them, they do advertise that fact on their website which allows any prospective tenant to either choose to use them or not. The Advertising Standard Agency state that ALL agents should publish their fees on adverts!!

Check how many actually do? Not many!!!

Only use an letting agency which is either accredited or belongs to a professional body which gives you more peace of mind,
Are you not a letting agent mr hayes.Why do you not state that clearly.
[quote][p][bold]David Hayes[/bold] wrote: I think the £200 is reference to Carter Shaw. To be fair to them, they do advertise that fact on their website which allows any prospective tenant to either choose to use them or not. The Advertising Standard Agency state that ALL agents should publish their fees on adverts!! Check how many actually do? Not many!!! Only use an letting agency which is either accredited or belongs to a professional body which gives you more peace of mind,[/p][/quote]Are you not a letting agent mr hayes.Why do you not state that clearly. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

10:20pm Sat 8 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

Mr Hayes,why do you not clearly state that you are a letting agent.
Mr Hayes,why do you not clearly state that you are a letting agent. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

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