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Agency Fees / Re: No Fees?
« Last post by Ally on June 15, 2016, 04:59:44 PM »

They were called Home Sweet Home and they were backed by the MP for Hove Peter Kyle.  They were part of a larger group called Movement for Change and they produced a good information pack for tenants and they undertook regular inspections of letting agencies in the Brighton and Hove area to see whether they complied with regulations about displaying their fees. 

I haven't heard about them in a little while, I also think that they had some input into trying to ban revenge evictions.  I'm from Brighton originally and would help out with that sort of project if they're still operational.

General Discussion / MOVED: Agency Fees
« Last post by NRA_ceb_2016_577 on June 15, 2016, 03:52:21 PM »
General Discussion / MOVED: No Fees?
« Last post by NRA_ceb_2016_577 on June 15, 2016, 03:52:10 PM »
General Discussion / MOVED: Letting agents issue re deposit
« Last post by NRA_ceb_2016_577 on June 15, 2016, 03:44:33 PM »
This topic has been moved to Deposit Problems
General Discussion / Scumbag agent stories
« Last post by Rave_on on June 15, 2016, 03:36:41 PM »
Hi All,

Just had another quarterly inspection from my letting agent which was FUN as usual.  A 20-something bottom feeder with slicked back hair driving a crappy mini with a cheap navy suit wannabe.  To keep us all pepped please share your letting agent scumbag horror stories and let me know, is it true that all property agents are called Matt or Chris and drive minis?

Rave On
Deposit Problems / Get my deposit back
« Last post by India on June 14, 2016, 07:44:58 PM »
Hi, can anyone here help me?  My letting agency has claimed that they are under liquidation and that they don't have the money to return me my deposit?  Is there anything I can do? It was £700 and I really need it for the deposit on a new place.  I'm really unsure what my options are.

Housing Repairs / Carpet replacement
« Last post by katya on June 14, 2016, 06:47:18 PM »

I'm about to move out and the letting agency I'm using is saying that I need to replace the carpet and that they'll deduct money from my deposit.  They estimated that it would be £1100 of my £1200 deposit.  This is on top of check-out fees. 

I don't think there's anything wrong with the carpet and there are no stains. There is a small patch at the entrance to the door which is getting a little threadbare but the carpet looks like it's quite old.  Can anyone help me? 

General Discussion / Re: New rental agreement
« Last post by john85_islington on June 14, 2016, 06:08:45 PM »
It usually depends on whether you have a problem.  Most contracts nowadays are templates with name and addresses changed.  A lot of people simply accept contracts as they're written not understanding that they have clearly defined rights according to varying Acts of Parliament.  If I were you I'd just read the contract, specifically parts that relate to repairs and notification of tenancy termination and see that the contract isn't set up for you to have to deal with major maintenance issues.  In most cases anything structural or anything to do with electrics, water gas sewerage is your landlord's responsibility.
Agency Fees / Re: No Fees?
« Last post by john85_islington on June 14, 2016, 06:00:27 PM »
Hi Sara,

There was a campaign I heard about in Brighton which looked at this.  It was run as a Labour party political organization and they performed regular inspections of letting agents in their area to see whether they complied with national legislation such as openly displaying a list of their fees including any VAT associated with them.  I haven't heard of them for a while but they definitely were around.  I think the NRA do have a list of letting agents and their fees, you'd have to ask them. 

just a general question, does anyone know the name of that organization in Brighton of it they're still around?

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