Articles by Sandy Bastin

Damp, condensation and mould in properties - what landlords need to know

A common issue faced by landlords, especially in cold, winter months is damp, mould and condensation damage to their properties. Landlords need to be aware of the difference, the causes, the likely responsibility of each and how best to deal with each when they arise, to avoid disputes at the end of a tenancy.

Insights and Opinions Sandy Bastin 26/03/2021
Damp, condensation and mould in properties - what landlords need to know

Blog: Pets and deposits - a landlord's guide

With more and more households taking on pets to help them through the pandemic, Sandy Bastin, Head of Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) Adjudication Services talks you through what you need to know when it comes to taking on tenants with pets - and what to do if things go wrong.

Insights and Opinions Sandy Bastin 05/01/2021
Blog: Pets and deposits - a landlord's guide

How to avoid gardening disputes

In the summer months, some tenants will be planning on spending time outdoors in the garden if the weather is good. In this article first published in our Residential Property Investor magazine, we take a closer look at the issue of gardening related disputes. Sandy Bastin, Head of TDS Adjudication Services at Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), explains how to avoid being led down the garden path and come out of a gardening-related dispute smelling like roses.

Helpful Tips Sandy Bastin 19/08/2019
How to avoid gardening disputes

Blog: Fair wear and tear - what landlords need to know

Every landlord expects a general level of deterioration in a property over time when renting to tenants. However, when it comes to assessing conditions at end of tenancy, what is considered fair wear and tear and when can you make a deposit deduction claim? In an exclusive blog Head of TDS Adjudication Services, Sandy Bastin explains.

Insights and Opinions Sandy Bastin 23/11/2020
Blog: Fair wear and tear - what landlords need to know