Coronavirus – What Landlords need to know

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9:08 AM, 25th March 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Coronavirus – What Landlords need to know

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Coronavirus – What Landlords need to know

Tessa Shepperson of Landlord Law talks to John Stewart of the Residential Landlords Association bringing people up to date with developments for landlords in the UK resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic.

This is the recording of Tessa’s webinar yesterday (24 March. 2020) with John Stewart of the NRLA.

The comments by both John and Tessa are based on a combination of government guidance (where it exists), the existing law and guesswork. Note that some of the advice given may be overtaken by later events.



Comments

Monty Bodkin

11:55 AM, 26th March 2020
About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by David Lawrenson at 26/03/2020 - 11:19
"But how could that make sense in the scenario of a walk in the country as I had described?"

Because it makes it nigh on impossible to police.

(I was thinking the same thing yesterday when walking the dogs in acres of countryside without another soul in sight.)

David Lawrenson

12:27 PM, 26th March 2020
About A week ago

Exactly, I think the point here that as it cannot be policed, so that must raise questions about whether having fines for this kind of thing is going to achieve much anyway.

It's a bit like the PRS - a great deal of the beef us landlords have is that the rogue element will not obey any of the rules and laws and no amount of fines will probably make any difference, because they know the risks of being caught are so low. (And government just simply will not prioritise enforcement).

But back to Covid19, surely, it is far better to trust citizens to do the right thing in this pandemic- keep social distancing, wash hands thoroughly, only go out to do work if it necessary and if that work cannot be done from home.

Bizarre rules that make no sense from a public health point of view, (such as limiting solitary exercise outside to 30 mins), ought to be called out and questioned. We are free citizens who have a right to question authority.

We all know what to do for the best. I have elderly parents of 88 and 92. I was not gong to see them until this has passed, but when my mother cries bitterly down the phone, because of something my father (who has dementia) has just done, I know that if I don't see them, one of them will crack up or even kill the other.

So, I'm reluctantly going to have to go and see them. I know what is the right thing to do for my parents.

And 98% of other citizens know what they need to do too. The very small number who ignore all the rules, will ignore them anyway.

David Lawrenson

M&G Veldhuis

9:18 AM, 28th March 2020
About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Tony Hodge at 25/03/2020 - 10:56
"someone, somewhere will end up paying for all these holidays.
Who will it be? You? Me? Gov? Banks?"
Pease donot forget: You+me= Governnment. "You and I" pay for the Government which we elected and which uses our tax money to give tenants all sorts of benefits, to the detriment of "You+I". "You+I" pay for it all!

David Lawrenson

10:14 AM, 28th March 2020
About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by M&G Veldhuis at 28/03/2020 - 09:18
Yes, You and Me will pay.
I don't expect Google, Amazon and Facebook plus all the other tech multinationals will pay much into the UK coffers, because as you know, most of their profit/ activity is actually in low/zero tax jurisdictions.

David Lawrenson

10:50 AM, 29th March 2020
About A week ago

No, not if you believe, as I do, that they are set to benefit most from the shut down when most of the small and medium sixed business will be either closed down or too weakened financially to compete with them.

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