Mike W

Registered with Property118.com
Tuesday 10th September 2013

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 188

Mike W

4 months ago
First time having a guarantor?

As others have said - check.
Linkedin accounts can be false.
Even if checked out before - did you see the check? Is it relevant today? Why is the tenant moving? Do you believe the current landlord/agent?
Am I paranoid?
My best example: a really nice student offering her school aged sister as guarantor - sister pretending to be the mother!... Read More

Mike W

4 months ago
Fair or unfair landlord treatment - We're OUT!

Reading some of the horror stories made me wonder whether anyone had taken a deposit scheme adjudicator to court for incompetence? Or is it really that landlords are too trusting and don't have all the evidence to prove damage?... Read More

Mike W

5 months ago
JRF report is a missed opportunity to sort out Government's mess

Another excellent article.

No criticism but when are "we" going to make that breakthrough by having an article published in a paper/journal/broadcaster.
Where are our journalist /editor contacts?
Where has right of reply gone?... Read More

Mike W

5 months ago
Landlords Union Slams BBC Panorama Report

Like many people I have become concerned about BBC biased reporting whether it be the subject here or Brexit or any other matter. The BBC has become tabloid and no longer reports facts. It is quite happy to broadcast opinions.
The question is do we sit back or do we fight back? Easier said than done perhaps but just as this 'journalist' got financing and air time why cannot we?
Also we need to think more broadly to explain the issues. For example: when people comment about landlord evictions I say what happens to you if you don't pay your mortgage payments that you signed up for? If you loan someone £100,000 (or other figure representing the value of a house) and they don't pay the interest they offered would you be happy? The issue is there are some bad examples of landlords but as we know they are a very very small proportion. It takes some research and effort but until we as a group of landlords start standing up for ourselves (and not just on our own bulletin board) we are going nowhere.
My applause goes to those who have done some excellent research but why is this not being broadcast by the BBC?... Read More

Mike W

6 months ago
Reply to serious flaws in BTL article by The Economist

An excellent article pointing out the lack of real research. Unfortunately this seems to be the way things are going. BBC is now very tabloid and desperate to report opinions rather than facts - Brexit being the best example.

But what should landlords learn from this? Surely someone among us is capable of writing a better more balanced article? But publication is perhaps the problem? Why don't journalists (who presumably have the necessary publication contacts) own BTL property?
I became a landlord just 6 months after buying my first house. My employer who had told me I would be in the town for the next 3 years promptly moved me to London to cover a staff shortage. I couldn't sell except at a loss so I rented it out and rented in London. The private rental market facilitates work flexibility. But s24 does not facilitate this sort of action. Indeed it places an event higher disincentive than the old tax system created.... Read More