Even Martin Lewis money saving champion of the UK is having a go at landlords!

Even Martin Lewis money saving champion of the UK is having a go at landlords!

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15:38 PM, 18th November 2020, About 4 years ago 13

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I realise there might be the occasional rogue Landlord caught with this, but I would imagine there will be plenty of decent Landlords about to be clobbered because they have fallen foul of some minor licensing detail.

More ammunition for the rogue tenants of this world as the council has their back and our taxes to fund their court cases. Good luck to anyone renting property in London or any other borough that has a fake licensing scheme, you’re going to need it.

“Tenants in London can now use a new tool to check whether their landlords need to license their homes – and some could be owed £1,000s in rent refunds if their landlord doesn’t have the right documentation.

“Some privately rented homes need a property licence before they can be rented out to tenants, to show that the property is suitable to be lived in and managed to an acceptable standard. But confusingly, different London boroughs have different property licensing rules, which can make it difficult for tenants to know whether their landlord has the right licence.”


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Dr Rosalind Beck

10:02 AM, 19th November 2020, About 4 years ago

Yes, Martin Lewis has jumped on the populist, landlord-bashing bandwagon. He gives no advice to landlords or even acknowledgement of the terrible crises being experienced by many now who have tenants who know they can live rent-free for 2 years or more. Shameful bias. If he as a multi-millionaire was being screwed over day in day out he'd be less garrulous.

Judith Wordsworth

10:25 AM, 19th November 2020, About 4 years ago

Yet another reason to get out of rentals.

Rosanne Turvey

11:24 AM, 19th November 2020, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Judith Wordsworth at 19/11/2020 - 10:25
Trouble is we won't even be able to do that in a minute and sell up if they decide to clobber us with a higher rate of capital gains tax.


11:53 AM, 19th November 2020, About 4 years ago

I've unsubscribed from the MSE newsletter and indicated exactly why in the free text box!


12:21 PM, 19th November 2020, About 4 years ago

Its also inaccurate. I've just checked two properties that I know do need a licence, (not mine I hasten to add) and it reported that they probably don't need a licence. I also checked one of mine that I know doesn't need a licence and it reported that it did.


15:36 PM, 19th November 2020, About 4 years ago

Expect the HMRC to be looking at these databases as well.......not to be a doomonger, but make sure your tax affairs are in order.


4:38 AM, 20th November 2020, About 4 years ago

Looked the MSE site and just what the good landlord does NOT need. Its encouraging people to claim just like the ambulance chasers that hang around hospitals! Next thing we will see is Shelter giving it a promotion as well.
From comments I've read on the article on MSE site two stand out:
The replies from Worrell & Oswald are they the same person and serious or just a whined up?
If not they sound like a ...... oh, what's the word for catching your finger on a pin/thorn!

Prakash Tanna

10:29 AM, 21st November 2020, About 4 years ago

Not sure why MSE is being bashed for his article. He does a fantastic job at offering tips on how to save money and provides a good insight into laws & regulations. I'm a Landlord and I think it's great the London Mayor has launched the website and everyone needs to made aware of it. If you need a licence, get one or you should have one already. If you haven't. then you are a 'rogue landlord' imo and deserve to be taken to court and penalised. There is no excuse and things like 'I didn't know' isn't good enough. I get the licence is 99.9% of the time a total and complete waste of money printed on Mickey Mouse paper BUT it's what the law requires and any professional landlord (not part time dabblers) will have one already. Maybe if we all conformed to providing good quality rentals at affordable prices instead of 'raking in as much as we can' for little cost, then the reputation of landlords would improve! End of rant !!!

Mervin SX

13:06 PM, 21st November 2020, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Prakash Tanna at 21/11/2020 - 10:29
Well said.

It's shocking the amount of nonsense that's discussed on forums by some 'rogue' landlords - spoiling the name for many of us who have stayed compliant, no matter what.

It's sad we haven't got a national licensing system nor a national body that works for the landlords - just goes to show, we are our own enemies!!

Prakash Tanna

13:35 PM, 21st November 2020, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mervin SX at 21/11/2020 - 13:06
Thank you. It's nice to know i'm not alone in the fight to clean up the industry and re-build our reputation 😉

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