ASBO HMO landlord fined for breach of fire regulations

The UK’s first residential landlord to be served with an ASBO has been found guilty of failing to comply with fire regulations at a house in multiple occupation (HMO).

The ASBO HMO landlord, Catherine Boyle, 59 of 14 Iverson Road, London NW6 was convicted at Highbury Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 6 November.

The defendant was found guilty for failing to carry out works specified in an improvement notice from Camden Council and four breaches of fire-related House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) regulations.

Boyle also breached her HMO licence by providing her tenants with non-fire retardant furniture.

The UK’s first ASBO landlord was fined £3,600 and ordered to pay Camden’s costs of £4,459.60. Boyle must pay the sum within four months. A failure to carry out works could see her prosecuted again by the authority.

The council had served an improvement notice on Boyle in April 2011, requiring her to carry out extensive works to rectify serious hazards by November last year.

When Camden’s inspectors paid a visit in January this year, the work had not been completed.

The council gave the defendant more time to comply. However, in May this year inspectors found that the fire detection and alarm system were not connected to a power supply, fire doors were inadequate and furniture was still non fire-retardant.

The house of multiple occupancy (HMO) also had poor thermal efficiency and windows “in a terrible state of repair,” Camden said.

The ASBO, lasting for two years, was obtained at Highbury Magistrates’ Court in January 2011.

Under the order, Boyle is prohibited from causing harassment, alarm or distress to her tenants, entering their rooms without consent, and cutting off their gas and electricity supply.

Camden’s cabinet member for housing, Cllr Julian Fulbrook, said: “We inspect all our HMOs regularly to make sure they comply with all health and safety regulations so that tenants are safe in their homes. In the most serious cases we have the power to revoke an HMO licence and take over the running of the properties ourselves.”

Rooms in Cardiff provide services to landlords across Cardiff and South Wales who own a house of multiple occupation (HMO), Multi Let property, Student Housing or a professional house share and offer the following services:

Rooms to Rent in Cardiff  £120 Fixed Fee Tenant Finder (No Tenant No Fee)

Property Listing page to advertise your available rooms on Spareroom, EasyRoomMate, Gumtree and Zoopla until let for one Fixed Price.

HMO Rent Guarantee No Void Periods & No Fees

Alternatively you can contact Rooms in Cardiff via email info@webletz.co.uk

Telephone 0845 496 0000

or by completing the form below to arrange a call from one of our team.

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

Cardiff Student Housing or Professional House Share?

With UCAS reporting student numbers down almost 9% on this time last year is Cardiff student housing still a safe bet for landlords with HMO’s and multi let property or should they be broadening their horizons and looking at an alternative market such as entertaining the idea of a professional house share.

You only have to look on Rightmove or Zoopla and it’s all too evident that there are a large number HMO and multi let property listed for sale and for rent, properties stood empty, deteriorating and more than likely missed the bulk of the Cardiff student housing market.

It is estimated that 1.5 million more young people aged between the ages of 18-30 will be looking to the private rental sector by 2020 to provide a roof over their heads, so is now a good time to switch from Cardiff student housing and consider maximising rental income via a professional house share?

It seems to make sense as Cardiff student housing may see a continued contraction in the short term, but the opposite can be said for the growing professional house share market which looks to continue its growth trend.  Another big plus of the professional house share market is full rental income for a 12 month period which is not always the case with Cardiff student housing.

If you are a landlord with a HMO or multi let and would like to discuss your options feel free to email info@webletz.co.uk or contact us via telephone on 0845 496 0000.

Rooms in Cardiff is a specialist provider of landlord services in the HMO and multi let sector. If you have Rooms to rent in Cardiff then why not try our fixed price HMO tenant finder £120 (NO TENANT NO FEE) or our £30.00 Property Listing service or find out about HMO Rent Guarantee service.