newbie landlord wants to know, HMO costs, are these normal?

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  • spiritdreams
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    Dealing with agent's tradesmen is your first and primary mistake.

    They usually charge double of tradesmen you hire yourself, mainly because the agent gets a cut of the costs.

    I've had agent managed property before where any repair bills done by tradesmen from agent (which is deducted from rent) easily double those I get if I go direct to reputable local tradesmen.

    Don't bother go direct to the tradesmen recommended by the agent, they know not to damage the relationship they have with the agent of which they would get more jobs from, it is more of a symbiotic parasitic relationship built on your property.

    Built up a few trusted tradesmen yourself and call them out instead of using those from the agent, it will work out a lot better in the longer run, I myself have 1-2 gas engineers / plumbers, electrician whom I trust to take care of issues at market rates.

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  • Mable
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    Isn't ARLA or Ombudsman the first to contact, and if no success go to sheriff/ small claims court. someone suggested launching a bankruptcy petition, which will force them to pay. whats that?

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  • Mable
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    They are the agent's tradesmen. They took my call last time when they didn't know it was my number and l politely enquired about their costs but they no longer take my calls, messages and emails even though l am asking them to do further work in another property's flooring and bathroom, which he said would be interested in, in the only call that he answered from me, the first call. The workman said he would get back to me later that day to show me the cost breakdown of the work he did. nothing. its been a week now.
    l should of been informed of the costs no matter what no?

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  • DPT57
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    Did you get quotes from other tradesmen or just ask the Agent to manage it? If the latter then I'm not surprised you're paying a premium

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