James Barnes

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 5th October 2016


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 38

James Barnes

6 days ago
Will Landlords have to test smoke alarms?

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 require that smoke alarms be checked on the first day of a tenancy to ensure they are in working order. After the landlord’s test on the first day of the tenancy, tenants should take responsibility for their own safety and test all alarms regularly to make sure they are in working order.
As Mark says above, the requirements for HMOs and converted flats are probably different but this should form part of a Fire Risk Assessment which all HMOs require anyway.
I've not seen many details about the case above but it seems the level of fine was given because the landlord knew that there were several issues with the alarm system that needed attention but by his own failing or those he instructed, failed to properly address them.... Read More

James Barnes

A month ago
The 5 Year House Price Freeze Idea - How Stupid Is That?

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 13/07/2018 - 10:13
I doubt property or land will be capped o frozen but there's long been talk of reforming planning legislation to remove hope value attached to land sold to be developed as housing.
If this actually happens there may well be a drop in the price of new builds, how much that would affect general market prices is anybody's guess.... Read More

James Barnes

A month ago
Rent A Room consultation will hit Airbnb style letting

Reply to the comment left by Tobias Nightingale at 12/07/2018 - 10:19
Correct, the definition of a HMO is 3 or more people, who form 2 or more households, and who share facilities such as kitchens and/or bathrooms.
Whether the property is let on one tenancy agreement or by the room is irrelevant. It's amazing how many lettings agencies think otherwise.... Read More

James Barnes

A month ago
Rent A Room consultation will hit Airbnb style letting

Reply to the comment left by Mike at 11/07/2018 - 11:58That's akin to saying children in third world countries probably wouldn't object to working 18 hours a day in sweatshop for less than a dollar. That might be the case but it doesn't make it right and I don't think it puts landlords in a good light to be seen racing to the bottom in terms of standards, especially suggesting that renting out a garden shed is somehow justifiable.... Read More

James Barnes

A month ago
Rent A Room consultation will hit Airbnb style letting

Reply to the comment left by Andrew at 10/07/2018 - 18:46My initial thought would be no as the minimum room sizes only apply to HMOs. Resident landlords can have up to two lodgers without the property being classed as a HMO.... Read More