paul robinson

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paul robinson

5:34 AM, 7th June 2019
About 2 months ago

Section 21 Summit Success

Reply to the comment left by Michael Barnes at 07/06/2019 - 00:46
Unless I’m missing something, without section 21 and the associated section in the act, how could fixed term tenancies (blocks) be delivered, or indeed assured? Yes it could be by mutual agreement as it is now, however without a tried and tested business model unlikely to work... Read More

paul robinson

19:37 PM, 6th June 2019
About 2 months ago

Section 21 Summit Success

Reply to the comment left by Michael Barnes at 06/06/2019 - 18:53
Joint tenancy hmo. Some of my tenants often stay for years so unless there is an issue (as with any tenancy) I would not be asking them to leave, most when they do leave do so for genuine good reasons, buying a house, moving in with partner or relocation with job. So I would not be looking for repossession if all going well with the group, however an agreement of all parties to sign an additional block tenancy allows the benefits, and cost efficiency of shared living. section 21 approach is ultimately needed to facilitate this.... Read More

paul robinson

16:56 PM, 6th June 2019
About 2 months ago

Section 21 Summit Success

Reply to the comment left by Michael Barnes at 06/06/2019 - 14:43
It’s basically the same business model as students groups and If the government are looking for decent landlords to continue to provide well priced shared professional accommodation, allowing those professionals to live in a homely and group style arrangement, splitting shared bills across a full group of housemates, so giving as much opportunity to save for their 1st home, then fixed term tenancies (blocks) are essential.

A group of 4 or 5 Young professional tenants are very happy to sign fixed term tenancies as it provides the group reassurances that they will have the above arrangements for that period and won’t be subject to 1 tenant in the group bringing the tenancy to an end with just 1 months notice.

With this arrangement landlords can have reassurance that all rooms with be full and so comfortably include services such as communal cleaning, windows and gardening services in the rent, without having to add any conform margin in rent to covered empty rooms. Busy professional tenants really appreciate these services and it avoid conflict and issues within a shared house.

Those and other benefits to the parties, plus other reasons are somewhat unique to the student and young professional shared market and are not really applicable, or indeed needed to other demographics, a family or a couple or individual that is renting.

I’m not supporting any changes to section 21, however by doing so if the governments goal is to provide affordable and secure rental accommodation, then scrapping section 21 and fixed term tenancies will have a considerable more negative impact for the student and young professional market than others.... Read More

paul robinson

14:11 PM, 5th June 2019
About 2 months ago

Section 21 Summit Success

I would like to highlight and suggest a suitable approach for Shared Student and professional rental market - should there not be a U turn on scrapping section 21

1) For all standard tenancies, only scrap section 21, if the whole housing courts system is reformed to provide sufficient safe guard to landlords, as I'm sure has been campaigned for already.

2) However for the student and young professional shared market, falling into the following criterion, continue with section 21 or another suitable vehicle to allow fixed term tenancies, with a 2 month notice period at the end. With the HMO regulations and definitions this would be easy to establish and police if the following criterion apply:-

- Shared tenancy agreement - joint and severable liable
- HMO, defined as 3 or more unrelated tenants. This could be a licensable HMO or not as required by the HMO act

This is a very clear cut definition and different requirements between a standard tenancy and the student and young professional shared market. By considering and implementing this clear definition it would allow decent student and young professional landlords to continue to provide well priced and quality accommodation to tenants on a fixed term basis, which all parties are happy with as its benefits all parties and keeps rents down.... Read More

paul robinson

10:41 AM, 5th June 2019
About 2 months ago

Section 21 Summit Success

Has it been highlighted the major impact that scrapping section 21 will have on the student and young professional share accommodation market, where joint tenancies with fixed set tenancies (blocks) are the only way these can be managed?

Listing to the RLA webinar yesterday, a Scottish representative said the student market in Scotland has been very difficult to manage, following their version of section 21 being scrapped.

The RLA representative noted that maybe a dispensation for the student market would be given in England – however frustratingly no mention of the shared young professional market which operates on the same business model.... Read More