James Barnes

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 5th October 2016


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 31

James Barnes

21 hours ago
Electric shower or combi fed shower in a tenanted property?

When I first moved into my current property the shower was fed from the hot water tank and the pressure was desperately weak and also scolding hot.
I changed the whole set up and installed a combi-boiler which works great, so much so I eventually had to fit a flow restrictor on the shower house.... Read More

James Barnes

3 days ago
Do I need a new Hmo Licence if I add my spouse to title?

I'm not 100% sure you need to change anything unless you're spouse will be involved in managing the property.
There's certainly no harm in asking the Local Authority. If you need to, you can apply for a licence variation, this might be free or you may have to pay a lower fee which is usually the same as a renewal fee rather than full cost licence application.... Read More

James Barnes

A week ago
Shelter want default fees banned

I'd actually agree with this one, these sorts of charges tarnishing the name of good landlords and managing agents. I don't see any justification in it all.... Read More

James Barnes

4 weeks ago
Andy Burnham and RLA - Amnesty for bad landlords

I can't see that many Local Authorities will really want to get too involved with confiscation due to the cost and logistics of it all. Banning Orders and Criminal Behavior Orders are already available for the worst landlords, both could prevent bad landlords from letting/managing property other than through an approved managing agent which could resolve most problems.
I think for a lot of people with high up positions in the public eye it's just become rather fashionable to make bold statements about cracking down on criminal landlords.... Read More

James Barnes

A month ago
Despicable vehemently anti-landlord Guardian article

This is obviously an opinion piece as apposed to actual news, written to illicit a reaction rather than report on fact. Really no different than the rubbish you used to see from Katie Hopkins in the Daily Mail.
I don't think it matters whether your a portfolio landlord or tenant, most people are going to see right through this. Like others, I'm surprised it got past the editor.... Read More