Resident to sue landlord over swimming pool charges
As a landlord there’s a lot that you have to be aware of and one of the first things that new landlords learn is how important it is to keep a good relationship with all of your tenants. It might seem simple when you look at it – the landlord owns the property and rents it out to the tenant. As long as the tenant pays the rent there are no problems. The truth is that things are often more complicated than that as a recent news story from Dubai shows. A man there is suing his landlord for charging him for using the building’s swimming pool. Read more details below
Dubai: A Dubai resident is considering taking legal action against his landlord to force the latter to allow him to use the building’s swimming pool for free.
The landlord was said to have allowed the Asian resident to use the swimming pool for free during his first year of tenancy but decided to charge him for using that facility from his second year of the tenancy contract.
A legal source close to the case told Gulf News that the resident rented a unit from the landlord through a real estate office for two years.
The resident claimed that when he signed the tenancy he was told that using the swimming pool and car park would be for free but that was not mentioned in the contract.
When it comes to letting property though, it isn’t just keeping tenants happy that landlords have to worry about but also maintaing any unoccupied properties that might have fallen into a state of disrepair. One landlord in Leeds recently found out that leaving properties untended can have big financial penalties when he was fined £2,000 by the council. Read the full story by clicking the headline.
A landlord has been fined £2,000 for failing to clear heaps of rubbish and cut back an overgrown hedge outside two Leeds properties.
Kulwinder Kaur Parmar, company secretary and director of letting agents HRKS Ltd, repeatedly ignored demands – including two legal notices – issued by Leeds City Council telling his firm to tidy up the gardens at the houses on Nowell Mount, off Harehills Lane, in east Leeds.
The council’s environmental health officers reported on several occasions in 2012 that huge amounts of rubbish was loose in the gardens, and a seriously overgrown hedge was causing an obstruction.
But Parmar ignored notices, forcing the City Council to clear up both properties, who then issued court proceedings.
At Leeds Magistrates HRKS was told to pay a £2,000 fine, a victim surcharge of £100 and legal costs totalling £1,227.79 for environmental crimes under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949.
Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said: “This is not a trivial matter. Communities don’t want to be blighted with litter and gardens full of waste.
Those who succeed in letting property in the long run are those who treat it as a real business and not just a way to make some quick cash. Whilst anyone who owns property might be able to have limited success in the short run, it takes someone who’s conscientious and willing to do what it takes to keep tenants happy who’ll truly succeed long term.