Diary of a HMO Landlord: Noise, Leaks, Squeaks & Rubbish

After my initial Diary of a HMO Landlord post all was calm and foolishly thought to myself I’m not going to have much to write about this week, but how things change!

So what’s been happening?

I have had the electricians in at one house rewiring each room so they are on their own circuit and meters fitted so I comply with The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 and this also ensures tenants are accountable for their usage in their own rooms, all went well until a phone call the next morning about the central heating making a “gurgling” noise. Turns out one of the water pipes had fractured when the wires were being pulled through, which resulted in a lovely water feature in one of the down stairs rooms. On a positive note double boarded ceilings are still intact so it was just mopping up water, drying out carpets and getting the plumber around to solder the damaged pipe.

New tenants moved into a property, former residents of the Salvation Army homeless hostel who are very happy to have a clean and safe environment to live in and have put up with living on the streets but couldn’t put up with the squeaky fire hinges on their new door, so I treated them to a squirt of WD40.

As mentioned the new tenants love the free broadband access, but in other houses it can prove to be a pain in the arse. We all know broadband is a must especially for students and professional working tenants, but there is only so much a landlord can do as I DO NOT provide the service. One house has had intermittent service due to engineering works being carried out by the ISP but still tenants moan on at me and it came to a head when I get calls at 10PM moaning about the service Virgin Media supplies, as you can imagine I wasn’t best pleased especially when my phone ringing woke our baby!

Had the usual calls from Cardiff Council Housing Options Team enquiring what property I have available this week, also chasing “top up” from tenants that have Overpayment Recovery taken from their Housing Benefit Award, the latest tenant having a deduction of £6.50 per week from their Housing Benefit award to pay back about £5000 in overpayments.

At the other end of the spectrum, chasing professional tenants for their rent, the ones who never set up a standing order so the usual text each month to remind them to pay their rent on time and set up the standing order for next month, which they never do.

Rubbish is always a common theme encountered by HMO Landlords up and down the country, tenants don’t seem to like recycling and if they do manage to put rubbish in large black wheelie bins provided by Cardiff Council they don’t like to wheel them out onto the pavement for fortnightly collection so we soon get a build-up of black bags, I don’t know what is going to happen when Cardiff Council half the size of their black bins, be rubbish everywhere!

Finally my favourite aspect of being a HMO Landlord the legalities of the Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement and tenants serving “Notice to Quit” when they are on a Statutory Periodic Tenancy (SPT), affectionately known as a “month rolling”, or not serving as the case may be. All tenants love it when their fixed term comes to an end and they have the flexibility of a SPT but none of them seem to like the fact that the tenancy runs from one rent day to the next and they have to serve their “Notice to Quit” in writing, giving at least one months’ notice and ending on a rent day. This important point is highlighted when the tenant first signs the AST, also it is on the notice board and once again pointed out once their tenancy moves from a fixed term to a SPT, do they play by the rules, no way!

The latest one believes it is ok to text me on Saturday evening of a Bank Holiday weekend asking if they serve notice this evening, will they still have to pay their next rent payment, then continue to barrage me with text messages and emails up until 7AM today saying they are not paying rent whatever happens because they have found a new place. A phone call this morning has cleared up the situation.

And finally this afternoon I receive a call from the next door neighbour of a property I own. There seems to be an issue with noise, the neighbours words were “it sounds as if they are kicking a football against the party wall all night long”. Next on my “To Do List” find out what or who is creating the continual thudding! I will let you know how I get on.

Feel free to ask any questions via my blog or complete the form below if there are any specific HMO topics you would like me to discuss.

Canton House Share

Canton is a desirable home for many of Cardiff’s artists and young professionals due to its proximity to the city centre and the number of arts venues (Chapter Arts Centre), pubs and café culture close by in neighbouring Pontcanna, which has resulted in the gentrification of Canton giving it a real bohemian feel.

Lansdowne Avenue West is two streets away from Cowbridge Road East, the main road through the district into Cardiff City Centre and home to a variety of shops (Tesco, COOP & Post Office), pubs and restaurants.

A short walk along Broad Street is the home of Cardiff City Football Club and the Capital Shopping Park home of big name high street retailers such as ASDA, NEXT, Marks & Spencer, Costco, McDonalds and KFC and many more as well as DW Sports retail & Gym.

Property Reference: LAWCF11

  • Sorry Folks, All Rooms Let!
  • Double Room 1st Floor over looking agraden
  • Monthly Rent: £380.00 pcm including all bills & WiFi
  •  Bond: £450.00
  • Google Maps: Lansdowne Avenue West
  • Number Rooms: 4
  • Rooms Available: 1
  • Room Type:   Double Room
  • Shower/Bathrooms: 1
  • WCs: 1
  • Tenants: Professional
  • Male Tenants: 2
  • Female Tenants: 2
  • Parking: Yes
  • Garden: Yes
  • Bills Included: Yes

What’s Local?

  • Cowbridge Road East
  • Capital Shopping Park
  • Chapter Arts Centre
  • Llanover Hall
  • Thompsons Park
  • Victoria Park
  • Numerous restaurants & takeaways

 Transport Links

To arrange a viewing please complete the contact form below to receive a call from one of our team.

 

Cardiff Professional House Share, Llanishen Street CF14 Bills & WiFi Included

Cardiff Professional House Share in Llanishen Street. Modern kopen plan kitchen/living area

 

Rooms in Cardiff is pleased to offer this a modern Professional House Share, located on LLanishen Street, CF14. This professional house share  was fully refurbished in 2013 and comprises of 2 large double rooms with en-suite bathrooms and 4 double rooms.

 

housemates can take advantage of modern open plan kitchen/living area with French doors opening onto the garden, wall mounted LCD TV, dishwasher, double height fridge and separate freezer and a separate utility room containing a washer/dryer.

This Cardiff professional house share has had complete rewire, with each room on its own individual electrical circuit, hard wired internet and high speed fibre optic Wi-Fi throughout the house

This Cardiff House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) was been refurbished to a very high standard and rooms will not be available for long.  All rooms include double beds, large triple wardrobe, hard wired internet, TV point, locks on doors and mains wired smoke alarms.

Property Reference: 19LSCF140307

  • Room 1
  • Newly Decorated
  • New bed. mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws
  • Double ensuite room to rent Cardiff (Own Shower, Wash Basin & WC)
  • located on the ground floor at the front of the property
  • Available Now
  • Rent £550 pcm 
  • Rent includes all bills, Wi-Fi & hard wired internet & cleaner
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, chest of draws, TV aerial & hard-wired internet
  • 360 Degree Room Tour & Photos coming soon
  • Room 3

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  • Double Room (THIS IS NOT AN ENSUITE ROOM)
  • located on the 1st floor of the property in the annex overlooking the garden
  • SORRY THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • Rent £430 per calendar month
  • Rent includes all bills, Wi-Fi & hard wired internet
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, chest of draws, TV aerial & hard wired internet

  • Room 4
  • Double Room (THIS IS NOT AN ENSUITE ROOM)
  • located on the 1st floor at the rear of the property
  • Sorry but this room is taken
  • Rent £440 pcm
  • Rent includes all bills, Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, chest of draws, TV aerial & hard wired internet
  • Room 4 360 Degree Tour

 

  • Room 5
  • Double Room (THIS IS NOT AN ENSUITE ROOM)
  • located on the 1st floor at the front of the property
  • Sorry but this room is taken
  • Rent £420
  • Rent includes all bills, Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, chest of draws, TV aerial & hard wired internet
  • Room 5 360 Degree Tour

  • Room 6
  • Double Room (THIS IS NOT AN ENSUITE ROOM)
  • located on the 1st floor at the front of the property
  • SORRY THIS ROOM HAS BEEN TAKEN
  • Rent from £425 per calendar month  
  • Rent includes all bills, Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, chest of draws, TV aerial & hard wired internet
  • 360 Degree Room Tour: Room 6

  • Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/ULy7i
  • Number Rooms: 6
  • Shower/Bathrooms: 4
  • WCs: 4
  • 2 ensuite rooms to rent in Cardiff
  • Tenants: Professional
  • Male Tenants: 1
  • Female Tenants: 3
  • Parking: Yes, off street
  • Garden: Yes
  • Bike storage: Yes
  • Bills Included: Yes

What’s Local?

  • Got Beef
  • Society Standard
  • Sainsbury’s Local
  • COOP
  • Tesco Local
  • Tesco Extra
  • North Star Pub
  • The Heath Pub
  • Roath Park
  • Numerous bars, restaurants & takeaways

 Transport Links

  • Close to A48, A470 & M4
  • 15-20 minute walk to Cardiff City Centre
  • Numerous buses in to Cardiff City Centre via Whitchurch Road & North Road

 Local Employers

  • University Hospital Wales (UHW)
  • Companies House
  • BBC Llandaff
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University (LLandaff)
  • Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Cardiff University
  • Welsh Governmen

Housemates

  • 3 Female & 2 Male
  • Ages Mid 20s-30s

Occupations

  • Radiology
  • Hospitality
  • Civil Servant
  • Finance
  • Law

To arrange a viewing please complete the contact form below to receive a call from one of our team.

Rooms to Rent in Cardiff for Professionals, Australia Road, CF14 Bills & WiFi Included

Rooms to rent in Cardiff for professionals on Australia Road, Cardiff, CF14 3DB.  This Cardiff professional house share

Bike Shed

has recently undergone a major refurbishment and has the windows replaced throughout with modern uPVC as well as being decorated throughout.

This house is ready to move into with 5 double rooms to rent in Cardiff and 1 single room and boasts a fully paved garden with washing line and rotary line, modern kitchen including 2 fridge freezers, washer/dryer, dishwasher 2 shower rooms and WCs.

Showerroom

All rooms have been professionally decorated with new carpets and are furnished with bed, mattress, wardrobe and chest of draws and super-fast fibre optic broadband.

If you are looking to rent a room in Cardiff with plenty of local amenities and fantastic transport links into the city centre, then this Cardiff professional house share should not be missed!

Kitchen 1

Modern Kitchen

Property Highlights

  • ***No Bond to Pay Subject to Satisfactory References***
  • ***New uPVC windows throughout***
  • ***New Carpets & Flooring***
  • ***Newly Decorated***
  • ***Regular Cleaner Included***
  • ***Super-Fast Fibre Optic Broadband***
  • ***Walk to UHW***
  • ***15-20 Minute Walk to City Centre***
  • ***Great Transport Links***
  • ***Slabbed Garden***
  • ***Large Secure Bike Shed***

Property Reference: 6ARCF141407

  • Room 1
  • Large Double Room (largest room in the house)
  • Located on the ground floor looking onto the garden
  • SORRY BUT THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • No Bond to Pay Subject to Satisfactory References
  • Rent includes all bills & Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws
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  • Room 2
  • Monthly Rent from £450 per calendar month
  • Large Double Room
  • Located on the ground floor at the front of the house
  • SORRY BUT THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • Rent includes all bills and Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws
  • 360 Degree Tour: Room 2
  • Room 3
  • Double Room
  • Located on the 1st floor in the rear annex of the property
  • SORRY THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • Rent £420 per calendar month after the initial 6-month term
  • Rent includes all bills and Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws & desk
  • 360 Degree Room Tour: Room 3
  • Room 4
  • Double Room
  • Located on the 1st Floor at the rear of the property over looking the garden
  • Available from 16/09/2019
  • Normal Rent £450 per calendar month after the initial 6-month term
  • Rent includes all bills and Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws
  • 360 Degree Tour: Room 4
  • Room 5
  • Large double room
  • SORRY BUT THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • Monthly Rent from £475 per calendar month
  • Rent includes all bills and Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws
  • Located on the 1st floor at the front of the property
  • 360 Degree Tour: Room 5
  • Room 6
  • Single Room
  • Located on the 1st floor at the front of the house
  • Monthly Rent from £345 per calendar month
  • No Bond to Pay Subject to Satisfactory References
  • Rent includes all bills and Wi-Fi
  • Room includes single bed, mattress, large wardrobe & chest of draws
  • 360 Degree Tour: Single Room
  • Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/BJYSv
  • Number Rooms: 6
  • Rooms Available: 2
  • Room Type: 1 Single & 5 Doubles
  • Shower/Bathrooms: 2
  • WCs: 2
  • Tenants: 3 male & 1 female
  • Parking: Yes, on street parking
  • Garden: Yes
  • Bills Included: Yes
  • Cleaner: Yes, for communal areas

What’s Local?

 Transport Links

  • Close to A48, A470 & M4
  • 15-20 minute walk to Cardiff City Centre
  • Numerous buses in to Cardiff City Centre via Whitchurch Road & North Road

 Local Employers

  • University Hospital Wales (UHW)
  • Companies House
  • BBC Llandaff
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University (LLandaff)
  • Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Cardiff University
  • Welsh Government

To arrange a viewing please complete the Tenant Registration form below.

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Landlords lure Students with iPads & More

Yesterday a post appeared on Property Tribes “London landlords lure students with iPads as university fees bite”.  The article was first published by Reuters news agency highlighting the incentives London landlords are offering to attract student tenants as student numbers are dropping in the capital due to introduction of university fees and tighter restrictions being imposed on the number of non-EU being able to obtain a Student Visa.

Student accommodation as always be looked upon as a safe property investment with excellent annual returns but is student housing reputation looking a lot more shaky?

The problem isn’t just affecting small landlords it’s proving problematic for corporate organisations too.  Irish owned O’Flynn Group, Carlyle Group’s Pure Student Living and Quintain Estates are among developers who have struggled to fill student rooms in London this year after the British government tripled maximum university fees to 9,000 pounds ($14,400), triggering a 12 per cent fall in numbers from Britain and the EU.

Investment in student housing has risen from 350 million pounds in 2009 to some two billion pounds in the first nine months of 2012, data from CBRE Group showed. Investors are attracted by high occupancy rates and stable income streams.

Read the full article from Reuters >>> here.

Back in September Rooms in Cardiff published a post titled “Cardiff Student Housing or Professional House Share?” which highlighted the fall in student numbers across the UK, Wales and Cardiff with the aim of providing an alternative use for large family houses, Multi Let property and House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) in the Welsh capital.

The aim of the post was to draw landlord’s attention to professional house share a real alternative to Cardiff Student housing.  There is huge demand for professional house share in Cardiff as well as fantastic annual returns as professional tenants require your House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) 12 months of the year.

As a landlord and owner of a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) in Cardiff you are ideally placed to utilise your property more efficiently and take advantage of the growing professional house share market.  So if you are interested in moving away from Cardiff Student housing have Rooms to Rent in Cardiff why not contact Rooms in Cardiff to discuss how we can help you find professional tenants for your professional house share with our low cost, fixed price £120 tenant finder service.

We can also provide landlords with a complete HMO Rent Guarantee scheme taking the complete hassle out of HMO and Multi Let management, with no void periods, no set up fees and no maintenance costs; we can provide a guaranteed rental income for a 12 month plus period.

Contact Rooms in Cardiff on 0845 496 0000 or email info@webletz.coc.uk to discuss how you can diversify into the professional house share market in Cardiff and across South Wales.

Multi Let and Help the Millions Who Live with Parents

At Rooms in Cardiff we are always keen to promote the benefits of multi letting and creating a professional house share as an alternative use for your House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) and Student Housing, and now there is even more evidence that should help you switch the use of your House of Multiple Occupation (HMO).

The potential for landlords to diversify, capitalise and cash in on the multi let market is huge.   In the United Kingdom, more than 1.6 million people aged between 20-40 are still living with parents because they cannot afford home ownership and in May this year the Office of National Statics reported that 2.9 million people aged 20-34 were still living at home.

Rooms in Cardiff has seen a huge demand from professional tenants aged between 20 and 35 looking for Rooms to Rent in Cardiff and across South Wales, those people who are in gainful employment, earning a good salary who just cannot afford to get on the property ladder, but do not want to live with their parents for a multitude of different reasons.

If you are a landlord with property in Cardiff or South Wales and interested in finding out how you can capitalise on the growing demand from professional tenants who are looking to Rooms to Rent in Cardiff  why not email info@webletz.co.uk or call us on 0845 496 0000 or visit www.roomsincardiff.com

Rooms in Cardiff are a specialist provider of landlord services for landlords with House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO), Student Property, Professional House Share and Multi Lets.  Our services include:

Tenant Finder No Tenant No fee

Property Listing across multiple property portals

HMO & Multi Let Property Management & Property Services

HMO Rent Guarantee

Buy to Let Evictions Soar by 33%

Ministry of Justice figures analysed and presented by homeless charity, Crisis suggest the number of Court orders to evict tenants from the Private Rented Sector have dramatically increased by over one third in the last two years.

Ministry of Justice figures suggest Courts in England and Wales have granted 36,211 eviction orders against tenants renting from buy to let landlords and House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) an increase of 12% in the last year and a massive 33% increase over the last two years.

The research by the homeless charity Crisis has added weight by a survey conducted by the National landlord Association (NLA) whose figures suggest an equally bleak picture with 49% of landlords polled saying that their tenants had paid late or are in rental arrears over the last 12 months.

If you are a landlord with a buy to let property in Cardiff or across South wales our Rent Guarantee Scheme can protect your property investment for rental arrears, void periods and costly tenant eviction process.

Our Rent Guarantee Scheme provides landlords in Cardiff and across South Wales complete piece of mind as they are safe in the knowledge that their property is tenanted by  professional tenants and their rent will be paid into an nominated bank account on the same day of the month every month.

Our Rent Guarantee Scheme is suitable for buy to let property investments in Cardiff and throughout South Wales whether it be an apartment, bungalow, family home or flat and for property investors with a Student property, House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) or Multi Let we provide a specialist HMO Rent Guarantee.

For a no obligation Rent Guarantee appraisal you can email info@webletz.co.cuk to arrange a call from one of our team or telephone 0845 496 0000.