Steve Hards

Registered with Property118.com
Friday 30th August 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 64

Steve Hards

19:20 PM, 1st December 2020
About 3 days 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 6 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?"

https://capx.co/the-latest-rental-reprieve-is-another-kick-in-the-teeth-for-landlords

PLEASE pass it on!... Read More

Steve Hards

17:39 PM, 6th June 2020
About 6 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: https://www.conservativehome.com/localgovernment/2020/06/rosalind-beck-extending-the-evictions-ban-would-not-help-the-vulnerable.html )... Read More

Steve Hards

12:19 PM, 22nd February 2020
About 10 months ago

Call for new Chancellor to reverse decline in PRS

If you are thinking of writing to your MP about it, the following article may be useful. It clearly explains how S24 can create an oppressive tax situation for landlords.
'Taxes on Britain’s landlords are complex, unfair and counter-productive'
https://capx.co/taxes-on-britains-landlords-are-complex-unfair-and-counter-productive/... Read More

Steve Hards

12:05 PM, 15th February 2020
About 10 months ago

CGT payment deadline changes!

Reply to the comment left by David Lawrenson at 11/02/2020 - 08:55
That's a fantastic summary, David! And very timely as I was looking for one to use when writing to my new MP.... Read More