James Barnes

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 5th October 2016


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 65

James Barnes

16:35 PM, 15th April 2019
About a month ago

Theresa May announces she will ban section 21

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 15/04/2019 - 15:17
I suspect if rents increase too high and too fast as a result of landlord exiting the market, the next step for the government will be to introduce rent control.
All governments regardless of their leaning/stance play the numbers game when it comes to votes, and there are more tenants than landlords. I've said it before and it seems more evident than ever, no one really cares about the plight of landlords!... Read More

James Barnes

16:22 PM, 11th April 2019
About a month ago

Excessive charges for HMO damage?

Reply to the comment left by Rob Crawford at 11/04/2019 - 16:04
I can understand charges for admin & time but with regards to lost rent, surely this only applies when there is a tenant who is already lined up to move directly afterwards departing tenant leaves. It can't be enough to simply say someone could have moved in if it weren't for the damage so I'm charging for the days it's been vacant due to time taken up by repairs/redecorating.... Read More

James Barnes

15:47 PM, 11th April 2019
About a month ago

Excessive charges for HMO damage?

I think I'd be asking for photographs taken before and after your son moved in which clearly show the alleged damage. Following on from that I'd want to see invoices rather than a finger in the air guess of costs.
I think you could have two or three bedrooms painted for £800 so this sounds like taking the pi$$ to me.
I would guess your sons landlord will have a tough time proving £1500 worth of damage in court and is hoping you'll just hand the money over.... Read More

James Barnes

9:27 AM, 27th March 2019
About 2 months ago

MP Iain Duncan Smith criticises George Osborne’s Housing Policies

"Mr Duncan Smith claimed former finance minister George Osborne had put policies in place that may have led to landlords reducing their activity."

This is hardly a revelation, at the time Clause 24 was announced it was stated the point was to curb buy-to-let activity in favor of first time buyers.... Read More

James Barnes

9:25 AM, 7th March 2019
About 2 months ago

Night shifts vs access requests for viewings

I think what you as the tenant consider to be a "reasonable time" given your shift pattern holds as much weight as what your landlord and their agent consider to be reasonable. If you've tried to work with the landlord and agent by providing times that will work for you, and they aren't willing to compromise, if think you're within your right to suggest no more viewings until your tenancy has ended.... Read More