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The Landlords Bible is edited by Chris Horne

Chris in his own words:

“Well I guess my fascination with building and property started as a child.  Maybe it comes from a primal sense of the need to find shelter.  I remember marvelling at the skills of some of my parent’s friends who were in the building game. Bricks, plumbing, structures; they were all real and tangible and I liked that.  Later on as I studied at university in Bristol I remember ruminating on my future career path.  It was the time of the 1980’s property boom.  Prices were going through the roof and my experience of student landlords was that they drove around in Porsches and appeared to do very little I also liked that.  Hence my lifetime fascination with property.”

Chris Horne  (45) a qualified town planner and surveyor as well as being the author of the ‘Landlords Bible’ has been involved in all aspects of property from working as a planner in a local authority dealing with planning applications to being a consultant in the oldest surveying practice Drivers Jonas in the West End of London.  In this role he advised Westminster City Council on the future development of the country’s largest retail areas such as Oxford Street and Covent Garden.  He has worked as a Development Manager for the national regeneration agency English Partnerships being involved in the midlands in some of the UK’S biggest regeneration projects.  He has also been a property investor and developer since 1990 and has built up and maintained his own property portfolio since that time.  It was his experience at trying to manage his expanding property portfolio whilst maintaining a demanding professional life, which convinced him that there was a need for a new kind of management tool for busy property investors.  He therefore set about the task of developing an online property management solution for landlords.  Hence the site www.propertyhawk.co.uk the Landlords Homepage. Through this site and the ‘Landlords Bible’ he hopes to inspire and help a whole new generation of property investors pursue and achieve their property investment goals.

 

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Changing deposits from agency to landlords
Can we as Landlords manage the tenants deposit held by a Letting Agent who we have now terminated agreement. They say as they found the tenants they will be retaining the deposit as long as the tenant stays in our property.
#1 - Paul & Sandra Smith - 03/08/2012 - 13:53
RE:Changing deposits from agency to landlords
Paul & Sandra,
You should be able to do so.
As long as you are registered with a deposit scheme & have an id, they can do so
The agents should contact the Deposit holders and say there has been a change of ownership/landlord.
Please pursue them for it. All the best
#2 - Cynthia - 04/02/2012 - 23:03
rent arrears
The council are saying they can not pay me the safeguarded payment because the tenant didnt sign for it.now the tenant has been ejected from the property,its even harder to recoup the monies owed.Need some good advise please.thanks.
#3 - G Duff - 04/11/2012 - 00:25
early tenancy termination
My tenant signed an AST fixed for one year. After only one month she has given notice to leave. I have offered for her to either pay a lump sum or continue paying rent until another tenant is found. In the latter case I have said that when when a new tenant is found then I would charge her a fee to cover the unexpected expenses in finding and securing the tenant. She says that as that was not in the AST agreement then it is not applicable. Is she correct?
#4 - rod winhall - 04/23/2012 - 17:08
Letting Agents
I have had my property on the market for over 4 months, it's a 3 bed semi. The letting agent says that it's difficult to let because people want longer contracts than the 6-12 months we want to commit to. What can I do?
#5 - A Cooper - 05/10/2012 - 18:43
have you tried lowering the rent a little bit? perhaps try a longer term agreement but make sure that the letting agent does proper checks on the tennants to ensure you are getting decent people!
#6 - hamzasdaddy - 08/11/2012 - 21:59
Taking over our property from an Agent
We currently have a property which is managed by an agent; we would like to take on the management ourselves. Prior to going ahead could you please advice us on what to expect with this process so that we know were we stand encase they give us any cost or legislation waffle.
#7 - Darren Carter - 10/04/2012 - 09:51
Tenant hasnt returned 1 front door key at end of tenancy
The tenancy agreement ran out on 28th June 13, The Lead tenant moved out on the 23rd. He handed his full set of keys in, and removed all his belongings as normal. The other tenant moved out at the last moment on the 29th June, as he was attending a funeral on the 29th. He has left some belonging...not valuable, the property was to say the least very dirty and in a mess, he has not provided any forwarding address, has not advised gas, electric, rates etc, as I found out when I did. He is not replying to any of my attempts to contact him to ask for the last key. I have been advised that because the key hasnt been handed in that the tenancy agreement has not been terminated. That I should not remove his belongings. That I can't get a new tenant until the agreement is over by him handing back the key. I had to change the lock due to the fact the old one was not secure. I have advised the tenant via text voicemail and email that I have had to change the lock. I have offered to take his belongings to an address of his choice. I have asked him to return the key or email me back to let me know if he has lost the key which would make it impossible to give it back. I am getting no where. I have people who want to view the property but have been advised not to until this is all sorted out.. Please can you advise me if this is correct, and if their is any way around this. How long can this be allowed to go on for. Does the law say anything on the side of the landlord in this type of case..ie should continue to pay rent? or could I put his things into storage and send the bill to him care of his work address? I hope you can shine a light on this impossible rediculous situation.
#8 - D. Bowman - 07/04/2013 - 19:35
missing tenant
I have a problem similar to comment 8. A tenant went officially "missing" just before the end of his tenancy. All his possessions appear to remain in the property which is not left in a good state. Bills in his name are piling up. I need to restore this property into a state to re-let or sell. Where do I begin?
#9 - A Buck - 07/10/2013 - 14:21
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IF YOU HAVE A LEGAL QUESTION PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THE FORUM & WE WILL ANSWER IT THERE. THANKS PROPERTY HAWK
#10 - chris - 08/18/2013 - 19:42
Henry
My tenants change gas meter without landlord approval, next day was a gas leak in the property suspected to be from the solder joint of the engineering that replaced the meter. I've managed to restored gas to boiler but not cooker as yet. One week after this happened the tenant give notice to vacate the property.

What do I do.
#11 - Royden - 02/05/2014 - 22:34
Forum Help
Can someone please tell me how to post on the forum?
#12 - cactus - 02/22/2014 - 10:20
Property Hawk Forum
TO BE ABLE TO COMMENT YOU WILL NEED TO REGISTER AND THEN HAVE YOUR REGISTRATION APPROVED (TAKES A FEW HOURS). YOU WILL THEN BE ABLE TO POST.
#13 - chris - 02/25/2014 - 12:04
Forum Help
Thanks for the reply, had regestered and been approved, still couldn't figure it out, just checked again and see it now.

Thanks
#14 - cactus - 02/27/2014 - 10:56
What is Section 21-b Notice end date
I sent a section 21(b) notice on the 3rd December the tenancy began on the 1st March 2014. So what date does the notice end.i am fill out a N5B form
Thanks
Hector
#15 - Hector - 06/24/2014 - 09:30
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