James Barnes

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 5th October 2016


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 72

James Barnes

10:23 AM, 5th September 2019
About 2 weeks ago

McDonnell's distorted and dangerous version of Right to Buy

In my view, Labour have this the wrong way around. Instead of proposing to expand Right to Buy, they to be proposing to scrap it all together and pledge to start a massive new social housing building scheme instead. Councils can borrow money at much cheaper rates than developers and probably in most cases already own the land.
I'll probably come under fire for suggesting it but certain groups of tenant's need the security offered by social tenancies and would be much better suited to it, rather than private sector tenure.
Right to Buy whilst benefiting some has been really rather damaging to housing overall.... Read More

James Barnes

14:21 PM, 4th September 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Oxford using plane with thermal imaging to catch beds in sheds

Reply to the comment left by Yvonne Francis at 04/09/2019 - 10:51
"In total so far Oxford City Council have shut down 21 sheds used illegally as rental accommodation and served 31 enforcement notices in the last year and a half."
Oxford City Council probably knew there was a problem and subsequently confirmed, and started to deal with it. I don't see how that is paranoia.... Read More

James Barnes

9:19 AM, 3rd September 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Oxford using plane with thermal imaging to catch beds in sheds

To be fair it doesn't actually say Oxford City have spent all of the £274,942, and nor does it say what enforcement action they're taking afterward . Beds in sheds is primarily a planning matter rather than housing, which means the Proceeds of Crime Act could be used recover illegally gained rent. The whole exercise has the potential to end up being cost neutral.
I don't think there's anything bad about this, hopefully anyone considering setting up or already renting beds in sheds will decide it's not worth it now knowing the measures Council's will go to to stop it.... Read More

James Barnes

9:20 AM, 6th August 2019
About a month ago

If Students don't provide proof I'll have to pay Council Tax?

The Council probably don't have a list of students so I'd give up on that idea. During my time at university it was incredibly easy to download and print a proof of student status for exactly this purpose so I would just ask your tenants for this.... Read More

James Barnes

11:55 AM, 5th August 2019
About a month ago

Shelter's call for Boris to follow through on Section 21 ban

Reply to the comment left by Whiteskifreak Surrey at 05/08/2019 - 10:52
You're talking about a man who backed Brexit and is now pursuing a no deal withdrawal from the EU, of course he's not on the side of common sense.... Read More