Ever stayed awake at night worrying?

One Landlord I recently met had not slept in weeks


Four weeks ago, I had a visit from a very troubled Landlord.  He’d had a whopping twelve months of grief with one particular tenant that shared his property with three other tenants


I think it’s fair to say that when he came to my office, he was clearly at his wit’s end with this person.  So much so, he hadn’t slept well in weeks.  He  was feeling extremely stressed and upset by the situation and needed help and action.  Immediately


Now, if you’re a Landlord and you’ve needed a tenant to leave, you’ll know that getting possession of your property can be a complex and costly exercise and can drag on for weeks, even months


After a lengthy consultation, we established an action plan and the Landlord left the office with a clear vision of what would be happening next which gave him some comfort to know that we were getting the ball rolling that very day


Imagine how he felt when on the 10th October, I was able to confirm I had keys in my hand and the tenant had left, following the serving of a Section 8 Notice


Here’s a few words from this Landlord :-


I asked Rob and Sue for advice on how to help me to get a difficult tenant out of my rented property.  They provided excellent advice and supported me throughout the whole process including visits to the property.  All the paperwork provided was correct, very prompt, efficient and up to date. They both understood the law and tenants/landlords rights and responsibilities clearly.  Its a complex area and Rob and Sue understand the business.  I would not hesitate to recommend Stocks as a very professional service.  Mr K. Exmouth

What should I do about Black Mould?

I’ve got black mould appearing in my house, what can I do to stop it?


It’s that time of year again when condensation can start to cause problems.

If it’s left untreated, mould growth is harmful and can lead to serious health issues and breathing difficulties.


Did you know that 4 people living in a 3 bedroom property would create a whopping 112 pints of moisture a week from just breathing, cooking, showering and boiling the kettle?


So, how CAN you reduce the condensation in your property?


1.             Wet washing is a huge factor – dry clothes outdoors where possible, vent your tumble dryer properly making sure that the moisture is taken outside and if you really have to dry washing inside, keep the doors and windows open to keep a steady airflow

2.            When cooking, boiling a kettle, taking a shower or bath, ensure that your kitchen or bathroom door are kept closed to prevent steam going into colder rooms which will cause condensation to form.

3.            Use saucepan lids when you’re cooking – simple but effective, and use the extractor fan – leave it running for 20 minutes after cooking to clear the air

4.            When taking a shower or bath, turn on an extractor fan or open a window to get rid of the steam that is created when running warm water in a cold environment. This will help reduce the amount of condensation that appears on your bathroom windows but won’t eliminate the problem.  If you don’t have an extractor fan in your bathroom or kitchen then make sure that you wipe down the surfaces when you’re done.

5.            Do not overfill your bedroom wardrobes and kitchen cupboards. With lack of ventilation and trapped warm air, your overfilled cupboards are a breeding ground for mould as the air is not able to circulate freely inside.

6.            For the same reason as above, make sure that your furniture is at least 50mm away from the surrounding walls so that air can move around the property. Also try to put wardrobes against internal walls in your bedroom which will be less cold than external walls.

7.            Ensuring an adequate amount of heating in your property will improve the internal temperature of surfaces in the house and reduce the likelihood of condensation. Try and keep the property at a steady temperature

8.            Double glazing, loft insulation and draft proofing will help to reduce the amount of heat that is lost from a property. Installing insulation will help to keep the temperature of the surfaces inside your property high.

9.            If you do have black mould forming – don’t leave it be, apply white vinegar to kill spores

Of course, there may well be a contributing structural problem causing water ingress which would need further investigation