Steve Hards

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 66

Steve Hards

13:34 PM, 6th March 2021
About a month ago

Update on Pilar - Squatting and private property rights undermined in Spain

Excellent article Ros. Thanks for the update. I've sent a link to your 'The Article' version to my MP.... Read More

Steve Hards

16:51 PM, 1st February 2021
About 2 months ago

Handling good tenants in a falling market?

Reply to the comment left by Kevin B at 30/01/2021 - 09:01
If you are prepared to lose a month's rent (or even a part of it), why not give them a rebate of a quarter over four months? Or a fifth over five? That gives them an incentive to stay and by that time the market may have improved. I wouldn't change the rent (so they continue to pay the contracted rate as normal) but I'd make a refund after it has been paid. Psychologically it will be easier for the tenants to feel that a rebate is ending than the rent is going back up.... Read More

Steve Hards

19:20 PM, 1st December 2020
About 5 months ago

Spain has abandoned any pretence of respecting private property rights

There are regular reports on Spanish TV about the distress caused to people by squatters. Sometimes neighbours demonstrate outside the property in the hope that their displeasure will encourage them to go away but it rarely seems to work. We are just keeping our fingers crossed that our apartment is low profile enough not to come to the squatters attention. Why the Spanish government is not doing something about it is a mystery and I don't think it can all be down to the influence of Pablo Iglesias, the Government's 'Second Deputy Prime Minister' and 'Minister of Social Rights and 2030 Agenda' (He is the hard-left leader of the Podemos Party and was an advisor to Venezuela's Government in the 2000s.) These problems have been endemic for years, exacerbated by the indifference of the police and a clogged-up legal system.

The red flag for us UK landlords is, as Rosalind's headline points out, that this is a symptom of what happens when property rights are undermined. Respect for property rights underpins the rule of law and when the first declines the second is not far behind.... Read More

Steve Hards

15:57 PM, 9th June 2020
About 10 months ago

3-month eviction ban extension and their fantasy world

The comments seem to have wandered off topic BUT Rosalind has just published an even better article suitable for forwarding to MPs and sharing on social media. It starts:

"What would people say if I walked into Tesco tomorrow, filled my trolley with food and drink to the value of £200 and at the checkout said I am not paying for it because the Government has said supermarkets have to provide my groceries for the next five months, whether I pay for them or not?"

PLEASE pass it on!... Read More

Steve Hards

17:39 PM, 6th June 2020
About 10 months ago

3-month eviction ban extension and their fantasy world

Rosalind - your Conservative Home article is far and away the best explanation of the problems that I have seen and I've sent the link to my MP. I hope all other readers do the same.
(The link if anyone missed it is: )... Read More