James Barnes

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Wednesday 5th October 2016


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 47

James Barnes

14:58 PM, 8th October 2018
About 2 weeks ago

Council tax under compulsory purchase order?

As far as I know the list of exemptions is set in law (I'm not sure where however), though Council's can set their own discounts and premiums on empty properties for example. I've pasted in the exemptions below:

Class A: An uninhabitable property requiring or undergoing major repairs or structural alterations (unavailable from 1 April 2013)
Class B: Unoccupied property owned by a registered charity
Class C: Empty for up to six months (unavailable from 1 April 2013)
Class D: Empty as liable person being in prison or detained in hospital
Class E: Empty property previously occupied by a person now residing in a care home, hospital or hostel.
Class F: The council tax payer has died
Class G: Occupation prohibited by law
Class H: Held for Minister of religion
Class I: Person living elsewhere to receive personal care
Class J: Person living elsewhere to provide personal care
Class K: Left empty by a student
Class L: Mortgagee in possession
Class M: Students’ halls of residence
Class N: Occupied only by students or students and their non-British spouses, civil partners or dependants
Class O: UK armed forces accommodation
Class P: Visiting forces accommodation
Class Q: Liable person is a trustee in bankruptcy
Class R: Unoccupied caravan pitch or boat mooring
Class S: Occupied by under eighteen year olds only
Class T: Unoccupied annexe
Class U: Occupied by severely mentally impaired persons only
Class V: Property which is the main residence of a person with diplomatic privilege or immunity
Class W: Annexe occupied by dependent relative

You're case is unusual and of course I don't have the full story (why was it being compulsorily purchased?) but it doesn't sound like any of the above exemptions apply.... Read More

James Barnes

15:58 PM, 17th September 2018
About a month ago

Are RCD fuse boards compulsory?

I think you're mentioning two different things. Metal cases to house the actual consumer unit, and RCDs to cut the current to prevent electric shocks.
Both are probably required by the new wiring regulations but these regulations can't be applied retrospectively, only on new works. So for instance, if you have a plastic case and old style rewireable fuses, you wouldn't necessarily have to replace. Older installations aren't inherently dangerous, they're just not quite as safe as what would now be required to comply with the new Regulations.... Read More

James Barnes

16:52 PM, 10th September 2018
About a month ago

What do 'Generation Rent' want?

I think the title of this piece is somewhat missing the point. I think the answer to "What do Generation Rent want?" would be a reasonable chance of home ownership. The article however seems to be using data from a survey of young renters and students, I think this is a misinterpretation of the data applied to Generation Rent. The article would be better titled as "What do student/young renters want?".... Read More

James Barnes

12:21 PM, 3rd September 2018
About 2 months ago

Sefton Council and the Surveillance State

Reply to the comment left by Larry Sweeney at 03/09/2018 - 12:09
I do see your point, the data given on your application becomes inaccurate the moment you acquire or dispose other properties. I just don't think there's an argument that it's unreasonable or excessive to require information they're legally obliged ask for.... Read More

James Barnes

11:42 AM, 3rd September 2018
About 2 months ago

Sefton Council and the Surveillance State

Reply to the comment left by Larry Sweeney at 03/09/2018 - 10:55
It'll be interesting to see of GDPR and HMO Licencing Regulations are found to be in conflict with each other, as I've said above though I expect the information in question will fall under an exemption. You could if you chose to withhold the information but you would then be submitting an incomplete application which might prevent you from ultimately completing the licence application and receiving a licence.... Read More