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jeremy clarke
jeremy clarke
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Over 30 years as an agent

my expertise in the industry

managed large chain flagship office and now run my own business

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From: jeremy clarke 24 June 2022 10:46 AM

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Last week I attended court on behalf of a landlord for a possession hearing, the first we have had to go through since 2005 as I find that tenants generally leave without too much fuss. We have always used S21 whatever the reason the landlord wanted the tenants out, last year 4 were served by this office, in all other cases the tenants left of their own volition so cases are the minority. back to last week, the S21 notice expired 22 February, the tenant had appealed and the court insisted on a sitting. The earliest available after 22nd February was 24th May. The tenant, single mum who moved in with 2 young children 5 years ago had managed to have 3 more kids whilst in the flat, wear & tear was off the scale. The landlord will be returning to the UK later this year and looking at our reports of the condition chose to give notice to try and protect his asset. On arrival at the court, the tenant was accompanied by Citizen's Advice staff and was offered the services of a Shelter interview which was in a private room at the court with a shelter member of staff and shelter retained solicitor. When we sat in front of the judge, shelter asked for a postponement as they felt that the deposit was incorrectly dealt with at the outset, the deposit had been paid by the tenant's father, he denied in the shelter interview having ever received the prescribed information! All paperwork had been submitted to the court obviously so the judge was able to see that it included a copy of the prescribed information signed by the tenant and her father to prove receipt! I had done my job right! Even with this spurious last second appeal possession was given by the judge but deferred for 6 weeks until 5th July. Notice was originally served mid December meaning it has taken 7 months to get to a possession date! Crazy system that needs a complete overhaul!

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From: jeremy clarke 18 April 2019 08:14 AM

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The headline was banning S21, the issue is not so much to do with S21 more to do with S8. Very few landlords use the S21 for a no fault eviction process, most use S21 for other reasons such as rent arrears breach of tenancy because the S8 process is not fit for purpose. S8 is rife with pitfalls, loopholes and opportunities for the tenants that know the system (& "charities") to exploit. Delays cost landlords money and there is often no recourse on the offending tenants so landlords take a view that at least S21 gives them certainty; they write off any tenant debts just to get the property back. S21 & S8 do not need 'tinkering with', they need a total review! A landlord must be able to get the property back either when the landlord wants it (sale, move in, for relative etc) but also when tenant defaults. Any new S8 grounds must be able to be actioned quickly to prevent huge losses to the landlord, say within 14 days for rent arrears?(After June 1st, landlords become the cheapest way for tenants to borrow money, a tenant with a rent of say £1,000 pcm can only be charged interest on the debt at 3% above base rate after 14 days - effectively 10p a day! Where else can you borrow money at those rates?) In addition, when the tenants owe the landlord money for rent, repairs etc. the tenant must immediately, without any further court action receive a County Court Judgement for the debt; if the tenant owes rent they must not be given Carte Blanc to go and do it again to another landlord. A central register which can be accessed by landlords and agents which shows all offending tenants must be produced. In my opinion, if a tenant discovers that he/she/they are going to get a CCJ, it will focus their minds and moderate their behaviour. So, this means radical changes to the court system with accessible court time for landlords and penalties on the system if it cannot perform; if the courts had to say, pay the landlords' rent and costs for any delayed time then landlords might not mind waiting. At the moment the biggest issue with landlords taking tenants to court via S8 is the uncertainty and the time delay - RESOLVE THAT FIRST BEFORE EVEN TALKING ABOUT BANNING S21!

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From: jeremy clarke 07 October 2016 09:58 AM

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We need to do something but this headlong rush into banning fees is wrong. When you see all the protesters on their marches most look like tree hugging hippies and as we saw with the recent Gatwick protests many were over-privileged hired hands making a load noise as they have nothing better to do. I have been running an agency for 15 years and have never had a tenant object to paying a fee nor lost a tenancy because of tenants' fees which makes me think that the "noise" is being made by the few rather than the majority. What these groups seem to focus on is that they can get free credit checks done or at least at a minimal cost; that is of course only part of the whole picture when it comes to referencing, we deal with past landlords, employers council tax register et al. Moving the charges to the landlord is all well and good but where do you draw the line, tenants must accept some responsibility for their actions? As an example last week we showed 3 couples around a flat, they all (at the viewing) "wanted it" as there was little to choose between any of them and we always discuss with our landlords we advised all viewers that we would come back to them later in the day after speaking with the landlord. 1 1/2 hours later having spoken with the landlord we phoned his preferred choice - message left on a mobile, before close of play we feared the worst having not heard back and therefore went to option 2 who had "changed their minds" onto option 3 who had "changed their minds" leaving us with NOTHING and a disappointed landlord (incidentally 9 days later and the first couple haven't even had the courtesy to call us back!) Had we taken a fee on the day I'm certain the outcome would have been different. Capping is all well and good but at what level, I would suggest that we start to put some figures out there to see what the "affected" feel is a reasonable fee level - even though we already publish fees so everyone knows what is what!

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