James Douglas are absolutely atrocious. I have been a student for 5 years in Cardiff and have even been with the notorious CPS (which, speak as you find – no problems at all). Now I rented through James Douglas – which was a big mistake. They are honestly all cowboys who work there, they have no idea of the property ombudsman and what they stand for. I have been living for over 11 months without a shower that gives out warm water, the process of chasing people to get things done is completely tedious. The shower situation is still not resolved and is unlikely to either, before I move out. They also manage properties through Seraph Management which is the same people who work at James Douglas, all in the same building and they will transfer you from one to another probably laughing whilst doing so.
JAMES DOUGLAS ARE WORSE THAN CPS
Deposit returned?: Still living at the hole in question
The boys that live in my house came up for some small party. Neighbours called my landlord, Jagjit Klar, saying about the noise. So the landlord called me and that shouted down the phone to clear up the mess. He then came down without telling and went in the neighbours house to the garden to see what’s happening.
One of the boys told him to suck his dick and insulted him while standing in house. The landlord kicked everyone out, but we thought he seemed chill. Landlord then came knocking on the door at 9pm asking for the boy who insulted him, behind him saw massive hunter Knife and knuckle duster 🤦🏽♂️ [Editors note: Fucking Terrifying] We mistakenly told him where the boy live as we hadn’t seen the knife and stuff which we regret after. He then went waiting outside that house which was down the street. Tried to convince him 3 times to go home and then he was drink driving and speeding off. Police got called next day and they did fuck all.
Editors follow up: Just a few questions, if we post this, will y’all be safe? This man sounds dangerous and we want to make sure, y’all won’t become targets for this man. Secondly, did you find this place through an agency at all?
We’ll all be safe, this man doesn’t know where any of us live or living next year. We want everyone to know about 101 Cathays Terrace and want to warn any future tenants. This man has problem if he can get triggered from a such comment and take this big of a step. This house was found from CPS and we will complain this to them soon. Thank you.
I have lived in a John Winter house for 2 years now and have had a really good experience. I would recommend them so highly. They are kind, friendly and super helpful. The two properties I’ve stayed in are well kept, clean and cosy homes.
Slightly disappointed with the handling of coronavirus, our house is completely empty and we’ve not had much communication regarding money issues that people may or may not have but that’s a small issue. I am thankful John Winter’s team, especially Ollie the maintenance manager who was always there if we needed him!
The property is a one bed flat, the £560 pcm not including bills. Fairly decent, all things considered – took four months to send an inventory, but otherwise brilliant. It only took a weekend to get a washing machine fixed. But they’re good with communication and getting things done. From what I’ve heard about other agencies, this is one of the not so awful ones!
Deposit Returned?:Still living at the hole in question
Landlord Zone may be throwing some shade in our direction but we’re flourishing anyway. 🌿
In their cheeky little article, they mention other failed rating websites and wonder if we will get any reviews. We’re not sure they’ve really been on our site since we’ve had a bunch of fantastic submissions! While we’re not usually ones to read pro-landlord newspapers this certainly gave us a laugh!
Honestly a positive review of a landlord was the last thing I’d have expected two years ago. Renting a house on Cathays Terrace and can honestly say I wouldn’t rent with anyone else. Our boiler broke a couple weeks ago; he came round within half an hour to fix it. Switch board kept fucking up; he came over that day. Washing machine was leaking; bought us a new one within a week. Sofas were old and shedding their material; bought us new ones that were delivered by the end of the week. A lop sided bed base; new one was delivered the following day.
I’ve had some shit landlords in Cardiff, but if you’re ever lucky enough to rent with Rob it’ll be a dream. Have signed on to live in another one of his properties for the upcoming year. Even though there’s some miserable sods in Keylet it was so worth the trouble.
We were delayed moving in until the end of September as the property had been sub-let to another party over summer – despite us paying a summer retainer (so we couldn’t even store our things over summer). His official excuse was that there was work being done at the house or something but there wasn’t any work done whatsoever.
At the start of lockdown an email was received from landlord via his agent that assumed we were going home during the lockdown that we were to turn in our keys for the property and move our things out, but to CONTINUE PAYING THE RENT?
So none of us went home and we informed him of this fact. He then turned up at the house and LET HIMSELF IN to check if we were still there! (aka to check if we were lying in our email.) This whole thing I can only assume was an attempt to yet again sublet any properties that were left vacant for the end of their tenancies despite the tenants still paying FULL RENT. We were also perplexed at why there were none of the usual household items (e.g. toaster, kettle, hoover, iron, mop, etc.) and we inquired about this, the response was along the lines of “we stopped providing these items to tenants after one group clogged a vacuum cleaner with a sock, the property was ‘let as seen’, even though we had seen these things when viewing the property and they were not the belongings of the previous tenants and that they were going to carry out an inspection in the next week BECAUSE we didn’t have these items and therefore they expected to find something out of place?
Some quick fire points about CPS:
Giving 14 minutes notice for a viewing
When we didn’t let them in, they got a key and let themselves in
When confronted about the lack of notice, the agent in question seemed to have no idea that the law I quoted to her had been broken or even existed in the first place – although her acting was terrible so I don’t believe it for a moment. [Editors note: Can confirm what CPS did here is illegal, 24h notice must be given and this is breaking and entering!]
CPS and the landlords have in general have been difficult to get in touch with and/or get a response from.
Deposit Returned?: Still living at the hole in question
I lived at 5 Clodien Avenue for two years between 2017-2019. I rented the house through Pinnacle, who let it as a three-bedroom but we later had someone move into the smaller room making it a four-bed. My landlord was Rebecca Lewis Jones. I paid around £330 during my time there.
When I first moved in the lock was faulty, and it took an hour and a half to get a locksmith out to let us in. I rented a van by the hour and so had to pay the extra costs. Pinnacle refused to reimburse this saying the lock wasn’t broken. The lock was incredibly unreliable needing a certain twist and push on the door to get it open. Pinnacle refused to replace it and it took me a year to get used to opening it properly.
The house itself was lovely but it soon became clear the landlord didn’t want the place let to students as it used to be her own home. This lead to some tension with her telling us we couldn’t use blu-tack or door hangers because of the damage. We spoke to Pinnacle and they said it was fine as any damage would come out of the deposit.
A few months after moving in a leak dripping from the kitchen ceiling, we immediately called Pinnacle and they sent a plumber over several hours later. This was despite repeated calls saying the dripping was getting worse. The plumber turned the water off and left and within the next hour, the ceiling collapsed into our kitchen.
Pinnacle didn’t come out to check the damage until the next day and we were unable to use the kitchen or any electronics near it as we were afraid of the electrical damage. They fixed it over the next few days and did a good job but we lost several dishes in the damage and the smell of damp was horrible.
After this incident, I started talking to the landlord, Rebecca Lewis Jones, directly. She was very nice and worried about all of us after the accident. She seemed to have lost a lot of faith in Pinnacle after they took so long to stop the leak and if we had any maintenance issues from that point on we went through her. She often replaced things like a broken freezer quickly but only used a single contractor that she trusted, if he was busy it would take weeks to fix something. He was lovely but she wouldn’t always listen to his suggestions, such as adding a better extractor fan in the bathroom. This meant he would repaint over the mould and it would just come back again. She did let us have a cat for a £100 deposit, we had that added into the contract with Pinnacle.
Overall I had a good experience living there but I wouldn’t want to renew due to the cost and the constant mould in the bathroom. Pinnacle took two months of emails and phone calls to get my deposit back but I did get it back in full. Overall the landlord was ok but Pinnacle was a frustrating middleman in the renting.