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Adopt the Professional Landlord approach…the alternative is not worth risking!
It is irrelevant how many properties you have, you must adopt the approach of being a professional landlord from day 1.
The case below is horrific and could have easily been avoided. Please take time to read this carefully and if you are unsure of your responsibilities or would like more information then feel free to contact GPS on 01952 426255.
An amateur landlord has been given a 16 month sentence suspended for 2 years, a £4000 fine along with being ordered to pay £17,500 in prosecution costs and 200 hours of unpaid work for not properly maintaining the boiler in a house that she owned and let where the tenant died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The landlord was sentenced at Derby Crown Court after her tenant reconnected a faulty boiler that had been condemned 18 months previous to this horrific incident taking place.
Along with the tenant who died, another almost died and a neighbour was taken seriously ill.
There were a number of separate incidents that lead to this horrific incident, one of which was the tenant reconnecting the boiler as the landlord had failed to provide adequate heating and another was that the landlord had not been made aware that the boiler had been condemned. It is heartbreaking to hear that so many lives have been ruined for the sake of a few pounds each month with the landlord not using a letting agency.
The term ‘amateur landlord’ was used by the ruling judge as the landlord had not known her responsibilities nor had she used an agent for support and management during the term of the tenancy.
The landlord now finds herself in the position of having to live in the property whilst claiming benefits and being constantly abused by her neighbours.
All of the above could have been eradicated by the landlord choosing to use a letting agency.
If you are a landlord who self- manages your properties then please, please ensure you make yourself aware of your responsibilities in all areas.
For gas appliances, ensure that you use a Gas Safe engineer to conduct annual checks on your properties and adhere to any recommendations that the engineer makes.
If you are unsure of your responsibilities or would like more information then feel free to contact GPS on 01952 426255.