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Starting 2014 with rent arrears?

Renting in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch

As we have left 2013 and entered 2014, how are your tenants doing with their rent? In January 2013 a total of £326million in rent was either late or unpaid according to survey by LSL Property Services. This had increased by nearly £100million because of Christmas 2012.

There was an article in the Independent in December 2013 of a council in London sending out Christmas cards to their 17,000 tenants reminding them to pay their rent before splashing out on festivities, the card had a picture of a pound coin fizzing in a glass with the message ’Don’t over indulge this Christmas – pay your rent’. Hammersmith and Fulham Council reportedly have 49% of their tenants in arrears; however the tenants themselves found the card insulting.


Why I love Hypnosis

I’m often asked how I came to be a Hypnotherapist, I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that I first discovered Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy when I needed some help myself.

I needed to learn to drive for my job, the problem was that I was absolutely terrified of the very thought of driving. I forced myself to take lessons and I hated every single minute! I could hardly hold the steering wheel my palms were so sweaty, I was so tense my body was almost rigid, every lesson was exhausting, no doubt for my instructor too! I really thought I would never get over my nerves. The only time I didn’t worry about my lessons was on a Saturday afternoon after the lesson, by Sunday I was into the cycle of worrying again.

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Prospective Tenants...Q & A


We have been approached by a prospective tenant who wishes to rent out our 3 bedroom property for herself and her children. It would appear she has recently split from her partner. She would like to move into the property with her ex-partner paying the rent. What is the procedure in doing this correctly? Do we issue a Tenancy Agreement in both their names? Are there any pitfalls we should be aware of?

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Can they sell the property that I am renting?


I have just been told by my landlord that he wants to sell the property I am renting from him. What are my rights and how much notice can I expect from my landlord to move out? Also, I have repeatedly asked my Landlord for a copy of the Certificate showing where my Deposit is, but to date have not received one, how do I know it is safe?


Why should I see a Hypnotherapist?

I often see clients who have been experiencing a problem for many years, when they eventually seek help, they are usually amazed at how quickly they feel so much better. The problem has either gone or has been reduced to manageable levels, they learn coping skills and feel they can take on anything.

Experienced and Qualified Hypnotherapist in Bournemouth

“Why didn’t I come sooner?”

Why indeed?

Of course everybody has their own reasons for not seeking professional help, these are just a few.

“I’m an intelligent person, I can solve my own problems”

It’s not about intelligence. A good therapist would never tell you what to do or how to live your life. They give you experienced outside perspective and help you gain insight into yourself so you can make better choices.


Making Difficult Decisions...

At some time in our lives, we may have difficult decisions or choices to make, perhaps about a relationship or a major life change. We can get caught up in the emotion of that situation and that can often result in anxiety, stress and perhaps we make a decision we later regret. So what can we do to help us make those difficult choices?

Why not take a step back from the decision and look at your choices from different perspectives. In therapy we call this ‘Perceptual Positions’. By taking these different positions, one can take some of the emotion out of the decision and take a more considered view.

Qualified Hypnotherapist in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch


Hypnotherapy For Children...

I'm often asked if hypnotherapy is suitable for children and the answer is a resounding YES!

Children have such amazing imaginations & curiosity and so they really are brilliant at hypnosis. In addition, children, unlike adults, do not usually have any mis-leading or pre-conceived views about what hypnosis is and are eager to discover something new and interesting.

In general, hypnosis is suitable for children from the age of 6, although this does depend on each individual child's development. For hypnosis to be effective, a child needs to have a 'sense of self', to be able to listen to and follow instructions and be able to communicate.

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Late return of keys 'v' extra rent


My girlfriend and I moved out of our property last month at the end of our tenancy. We then went on holiday for two weeks and realised we had not handed in our keys, which we duly did on our return. The landlord is insisting on charging us two weeks extra rent and wanting to deduct it from our deposit. Can he do this? I have looked all through my tenancy agreement and cannot find any details on this.

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How much notice should I give to leave?

Q I have been renting a property for the last two years and I am presently in a rollover tenancy, my initial tenancy was for six months. I pay my rent on the 15th of each month. I recently gave my landlord a month’s notice on the 25th April to move out on the 25th May, however, I have been told that it should be given on my rent due date of the 15th and I must also give two months’ notice. I really need to move out, is this correct?

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Warning on electrical appliances

Landlord Services in Bournemouth

Landlords and Letting Agents are being advised to look at the electrical products in their properties after a number of fires have been attributed to white goods. Only last week, Dorset fire and rescue were called to a serious house fire caused by the tumble dryer

Appliances to look out for are fridge freezers, cookers, tumble dryers and washing machines (existing or recently new)

The warning comes after a continuing spate of safety alerts and product recalls. However, despite this, a large number are not registered with the manufacturer when bought by the landlords (or their agent, if they are buying on their behalf), so cannot be contacted.

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HMRC warning on second homes

Lettings Advice in Bournemouth

The HMRC have given a deadline to all property owners who received a rental income either here in the UK or abroad. This applies to any property that is not a main residence, including holiday homes. They have pledged to crack down on any buy-to-let property owners who are trying to get away with capital gains tax avoidance.


Choosing your Hypnotherapist

You’ve done some research and decided that Hypnotherapy could really help you, so how do you go about choosing the right Hypnotherapist for you?

In the UK there is currently no legislation governing the training, registration and practice of Hypnotherapists (and indeed many other therapies). Because of this lack of legislation, anyone can set themselves up as a Hypnotherapist or trainer of hypnotherapy.

So how do you know that your Hypnotherapist has been properly trained and is competent?

Fortunately, there are several ways that you can check.

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Futile Landlord Counting the Costs

Expert Letting Agents in Bournemouth

A local landlord is counting the costs of his futility and refusal to play by the rules.

The Landlord had originally protected a deposit given to him by a tenant through MyDeposits; however the Landlord did not renew his membership the following year and despite MyDeposits writing to him and advising of the consequences, the landlord neither renewed nor joined another scheme.

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Rent arrears and Eviction Notices on the rise

Quality Letting Service in Bournemouth

25,422 landlords sought possession of their rented properties in the second quarter of 2012, this was a slight increase from the first quarter, and steadily rising since 2010, according to the Governments quarterly Court statistics.

The rate of growth in the number of tenants in serious rent arrears is showing signs of slowing, but nevertheless up by 1.6 per cent in the third quarter of 2012. 99,000 tenants are in arrears of two months or more, the highest since 2008 and an increase of 15 per cent from the previous year.

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Deposit certificate for Landlords and Tenants

Property Agents in Bournemouth

Since April 2006, if a Landlord or letting agent takes a deposit from a tenant then this must be protected by law. Up until now, the penalties imposed for not doing so has been severe. Although, still severe if not protected the amended legislation has closed some loopholes, where landlords have successfully appealed against the penalties imposed on them for protecting the deposit late. Currently a deposit must be protected within 14 days from receiving the deposit late. Currently a deposit must be protected within 14 days from receiving the deposit, failure to do so means a Section 21 notice (absolutely vital if you need to evict a tenant) would not be recognised in a court of law and the tenant was entitled to three times the deposit given plus their deposit!!


Rent Arrears

Q. We have been renting out our property to the current tenants for the last 3 years. Unfortunately due to a recent job loss they are now in arrears with their rent. Thy look after the property well and have always been on time with their rent; however we are concerned that if the arrears are not paid up this will put financial burden on us as we have a mortgage to pay. Can you advise?


Property Repairs: Landlord Responsibilities

Q. Earlier this year the combination boiler in our rented house stopped working, so we had not hot water or central heating. We rang our landlord and he said it had happened before and said we needed to top up the water pressure in the boil via small tap on the boiler. We could not find this tap anywhere and called him back. He then said he was not prepared to pay a plumber to come out for such a small task and said he would come over the next day. Five days later he turned up saying he had something in his eye and had to go to hospital and could not drive. Meanwhile we had had no heating and no hot water for almost a week during one of the coldest parts of the year. Can I refuse to pay rent for those five days or reduce my rent, or even end my contract early?


Renting a Spare Room

Q. We are thinking of renting our spare room. Please can you advise of any legal implications we should be aware of, what happens if we don’t get on with the person and where do we stand with regards to declaring the income?

A. Renting out a spare room is a great way of bringing in some extra revenue and many more people are doing this now. I cannot stress enough how important it is to check the references of the lodger. This person is going to be living in you home and will have access to all your personal possessions when you are not there.


Keeping The Stress Out Of Christmas

Christmas is a time to relax and enjoy spending of time with friends and family. Instead, for many, it’s a hectic time of year, crammed full of party planning, last-minute shopping and organizing the big family dinner. All this frantic activity can lead to a stress, a lack of sleep, and ‘Christmas burnout’, which is anything but jolly.



There is an enduring myth that there is such a phrase in the English Legal System as common law marriage.

Such a term is not recognised by the English Courts. It remains the case that the law relating to the breakdown of a marriage, and the various orders one spouse may have against the other upon divorce, is very different to the law relating to cohabiting couples.


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