Gary Chase

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Friday 9th August 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 3

Gary Chase

15:29 PM, 9th August 2013
About 6 years ago

Landlord Licensing Schemes - Raising Standards or Raising Funds?

Whilst I would not expect that a local authorty to know all the landlords that have properties that are likely to be below acceptable (legal) standards - whether disrepair or a otherwise, a reasonably competent authority is capable of pulling together a variety of information internally from their Environmental Health and Private Sector Housing Officers landlord forums etc to have a good idea where where the problems are likely to occur. My understanding is that there is a high likelyhood of problems where the landlord for instance has 'previous' for ignoring say building regulations and or planning permissions.i

However even if a local authority was keen to addrees the privae rented sector I suspect they would prefer to devote resources to other areas unless a licensing system and therefore a formal licensing regime enables a council to raise cash, employ staff and purport that 'problem' landlords are being addressed.

What seems to be lacking is any evidence that licensing works and the possibilty of otherr feasible options being considered.

The one size fits all appears to me akin to 'keeping everyone in class' approach to regulation rather than one that addresses the key offenders.... Read More

Gary Chase

12:42 PM, 2nd July 2013
About 6 years ago

The evolution of the Private Rented Sector - Deed of Assurance

Considering the relative merits of the arguments (including those put forward that are highly legalistic in their content. What in my view is emerging, and at the end of the day is probably due to the growth in the private residential market distinct sub-groups are becoming apparent. For instance in the past landlords generally viewed the market as Housing Benefit and non-Housing Benefit tenants. There clearly is a demand from tenants that for personal reasons (e.g. children at local schools etc) to (subject to being 'good tenants') greater certainty that they will be able to live in a property for longer than the standard AST.

Similarly there will be landlords with smaller portfolios that will need the flexibility of not being tied into long term agreements, however presumably those with larger portfolios and indeed the instutional residential property investors can manage their risks differently and us such may find attractive a tenant having a longer tenancy thus reducing void periods (although clearly low turnover is not necessarily good for the letting agent!).

Therefore rather than x is right and y is wrong perhaps we should give greater consideration to ensuring that tenants end up with landlords that best meet their situation and vice versa for landlords.i.e. landlords have tenants that are appropriate to their commercial interests and risk profile?... Read More

Gary Chase

15:16 PM, 14th June 2013
About 6 years ago

Who is responsible for the Tenants rubbish?

Clearly leaving rubbish as described is wholly unacceptable both from a tenancy and indeed a 'good neighbour' perspective. However I fail to see the relevance of the need to describe the former occupier as a 'Housing Benefit tenant' thus effectively participating in the stigmatisation of certain groups of tenants - they are surely a 'tenant'?

I have no wish to appear as some sort of advocate for a wider social conscience movement, but I do think we can all benefit from demonstrating a greater degree of professionalism when describing the difficult issues that landlords and managing agents face from time to time - let’s all avoid the trap of labelling our tenants.

Perhaps more important is to consider what improvements could be introduced in the management of that property to reduce the risk of a recurrence?... Read More