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It is assumed that any arrears owing at the point of the sale of a flat will pass to the incoming leaseholder. This view is incorrect and can present landlords with a debt that may be difficult to recover, once the outgoing leaseholder has moved on.
Who is responsible for service charge arrears?
In most leases, service charges will be payable in advance. The owner at the time that the charges are due is the only party liable to pay those charges.
Say for instance the lease requires the service charges to be paid annually, half yearly or even quarterly in advance on the 1 January in each year. That leaseholder has sold their flat and the completion date is fixed for 14 January, just two weeks after the charges are due. Commonly, the outgoing leaseholder or his solicitors will tender payment for just the first 14 days leaving the incoming tenant to pay the remainder – it is after all they who will take the benefit. Where this happens the incoming leaseholder can decline to pay the remaining balance of the 1 January charges and accept only the charges accruing on the next year/half year or quarter, depending upon the lease, as they were not the lessee at the time of the demand and thus have no liability to pay that charge.
Experience shows that photographic and video evidence within your inventory can be vital in dispute cases.
Once you have embedded your photos or videos into the inventory, as well as signing it yourself, don’t forget that your tenant also needs to sign it to confirm their agreement.
Why should you use photographs and video to support the written inventory
There are still landlords, managing agents and inventory clerks who choose not to use photographs in their inventories. This may well be because they’ve never had an inventory issue arise. It is bet to have it and not need it than not have it when you need it. Visual content is more important than ever.
As a landlord, you will be aware that good quality photographic and video evidence is vital to help you demonstrate the extent of any damage or deterioration to your rental property during, and particularly at the end of a rental period. If you feel that it is reasonable to make a claim at the end of the tenancy, for things like cleaning, damage, or redecoration, then photographic or video evidence will assist in your negotiations with the tenant. In the unlikely event that you and your tenant cannot agree on the proposed costs and you need to use an alternative dispute resolution service, you will need to provide supporting evidence to an impartial adjudicator to support your claim.
As it stand, a landlord can only gain possession if they have leave from the court or an exemption, which only applies to arrears of over six months, severe anti-social behaviour or domestic violence cases.
The purpose of this advisory guidance is to help landlords and tenants understand the implications of the Coronavirus Act 2020. The Act provides protection to social and private tenants by delaying when landlords can start proceedings to evict tenants. The provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020, which increased the required notice period length, have now been extended through legislation.
Ban on commercial evictions extended to 30 June and bailiff enforced eviction ban extended to 31 May to protect residential tenants.
Business owners – many of whom have had to cease trading entirely during lockdown – are being given extra support after the government extended the ban on commercial evictions for a further 3 months, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced today (10 March 2021).
Void periods is the period in time where your property is unoccupied usually because you are between tenants. Empty properties can cause problems if you have a mortgage to pay.
Maintain Your Property
Ensure your property is tidy, clean and in a liveable condition. Bathrooms and kitchens are key selling points of your property – Update them or revamp them if they need updating. Upto date properties attract the best tenants at a higher rate. Presentation of your property matters.
Start marketing early
Work with leagitimate agents and if you are trying to market your property yourself then advertise at reputable websites and places. This will reduce void periods, it’s important to advertise your property as early as you can. As soon as your tenant has given their notice then you must start to advertise your property immediately.
Finding a good contractor is important when you add a room, renovate a basement or carry out repairs. A home improvement project gone wrong will cost you. Good advertising isn’t proof a contractor does quality work. Check with friends, neighbours, or colleagues who’ve had improvement work done, and check out a contractor’s reputation on online ratings sites you trust. Get written estimates from several firms and keep in mind the lowest bidder may not be the best choice.
How to find a contractor:
Depending on how big or complex a project is, you might hire a:
general contractor to manage all aspects of your project, including hiring and supervising subcontractors, obtaining building permits, and scheduling inspections
specialty contractor, who installs particular products like cabinets and bathroom fixtures
architect, who designs homes, additions, and major renovations — especially ones involving structural changes
designer or design/build contractor, who provides all services
Hard work pays off – we’ve done it again!
We are delighted to announce that Blue Crystal has been awarded Best Residential Property Management Company (London & South East) in the Corporate Livewire Prestige 2020 UK Enterprise Awards. The awards recognise small and medium-sized businesses that have proven to be the best in their market. Each entry is carefully assessed over a range of criteria, from service excellence to marketing and branding. We are thrilled to accept the winning award in our area and wish to convey our heartfelt thanks to the awards judges, and also to our colleagues and customers for their continued
A limited company is legally recognised as being a separate entity from its owner, which means that when it comes to the limited company’s assets, it is the company itself that owns them.
Using a limited company to invest in a property has many benefits
The tax-related benefits are much better when using a limited company to invest in property rather than buying it under a personal name.
There is no mortgage interest relief restriction for limited companies
The amount of tax relief accessible to individual property owners is being cut back, any interest paid on a mortgage to purchase property through a limited company is fully tax deductible. It can often work out more tax efficient to purchase an investment property through a limited company.
Since April 2020, landlords have not been able to deduct mortgage interest from their rental profits, which will affect their income tax bills significantly. It is worth considering setting up a limited company and follow this route.
Vacant management is vital for properties, If you own a property in London but only use it occasionally and you would like to ensure it is safe and secure. There can be unplanned emergencies i.e leak or flooding, alarms going off. There will be bills arriving at your property that are to be paid,
If you are based overseas and own a property in London, it can be stressful, costly and inconvenient to try and resolve problems or look after a property via long distance and even if you try to, you still need someone near the property to oversee contractors. The home insurance also has to be considered as under some policies, if the property is not inhabited or visited regularly, then insurance can be invalid.
We offer an attentive vacant property management service where you can rest assured that your property is in safe hands and that vital maintenance and administration are taken care of wherever you may be.