Martin S

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 32

Martin S

11:09 AM, 12th October 2019
About 10 months ago

Modular construction helping to solve the UK housing crisis

Wooden houses with flat roofs as in picture 1? No thanks!... Read More

Martin S

19:18 PM, 29th September 2019
About 10 months ago

Consultation Testimonials

As a small time Landlord of 30 years, with a small portolio of 4 properties, I've never considered that I need tax planning, but recently I looked into buying a small block of lock-up garages, as an alternative to buying any more BTLs. Less hassle, especially the way things are going. Anyway, having seen this 118 service being offered, I took the plunge, paid the £400 on-line, and didn't really know what to excpect, but thought I would be in good hands, and there was the promise of the fee being returned if they couldn't do anything for me.

To be honest, we hear this kind of promise from time to time, but from past experience, it's rare that people/orgaisations live up to their promise. Having subsequently spoken to Alex from the scheme, who didn't employ any sales tactics during our conversation, he didn't believe that I could benefit from any scheme that he/they might be able to provide, and subsequently returned the fee that day, without any ifs, buts, or maybes!

Based on my experience, I would have no trouble in recommending this service, particularly if you feel your case is borderline, as mine was, as you have nothing to lose. Again many thanks to Alex, and if I do increase the portfolio, then I will be back. Thanks again.... Read More

Martin S

9:29 AM, 4th May 2019
About A year ago

Judge Throws Out Section 21 Bizarrely?

Four or five years ago, I took an Agent to Court, for having recklessly put a tenant in a property of mine, who subsequently stopped paying, and did a midnight flit. Turns out that the Agent had found the tenant another property after her 'disappearance'! The new Landlord can't have been informed of this tenant's background.
The Court papers were served on the Agent, who didn't respond at all within the 14 days required. As the law stands, this automatically means that the case would have been found in my favour, and the case closed. Despite this, and backing from my MP, the Judge allowed the case to continue, and my correspondence wasn't answered.
At the start of the Court case, I pointed out that legally, this shouldn't have got to this stage, so why did it? I pointed out the MP's involvement, and he was hugely dismissive, and basically viewed the MP with scorn. He angrily said that he wanted to see justice done! (Obviously both members of the same 'club'). Result? The Agents was told to pay back my tenant finding fee, and that I should pursue the tenant!
Once you try to make a complaint against a Judge, you are seen as taking on the establishment. I wrote to the place in London that appoints Judges, to complain against this decision, and his behaviour, and guess what? My complaint wasn't upheld, even though he was technically wrong!
My view of the law changed forever on that day. Never believe that you will receive a fair hearing. There are other forces out there at play.... Read More

Martin S

10:49 AM, 27th April 2019
About A year ago

Work and Pensions Committee 'No DSS' discrimination evidence heard

As far as I am concerned, people can discuss the No DSS issue until they are blue in the face, but as a landlord of nearly 30 years standing, as a business model, I've never taken on tenants in receipt of housing benefit, as the potential pitfalls are too great, and this isn't going to change any time soon.
Because of this ability to select financially sound tenants, I'm happy to say that over the years, I've been on friendly terms with 95% of my tenants, all of whom have chosen to terminate tenancies themselves.
It seems the aim here is to embarrass Landlords and others, into accepting tenants on UC, but it's not going to work here! Government policies are aimed at reducing expenditure on benefits, with those at the bottom end bearing the biggest brunt of the cuts. Would I, and others, willingly become financially involved in this sad scenario? If Government were truly looking to help these potential tenants, then it would look at the means to do so, but there is no inclination to do so.
As Landlords, we are aware that Government views us with contempt, and treats us accordingly. It is time we returned the compliment wherever possible. The recent Parliamentary shambles re Brexit shows what an inept bunch Government are, and realistically in no moral position to judge us, never mind lead on issues relating to housing. Being bereft of any original thought themselves, they are subject to predatory influences and lobbying from 3rd parties. As Landlords, if we do not have an effective means of countering these pressures, then we only have ourselves to blame.... Read More

Martin S

10:47 AM, 2nd February 2019
About 2 years ago

No shower - It's a dirty job?

It's my guess that the shower set up as it is, is actually inadequate, something the tenant wouldn't have appreciated when viewing the property. It's a shame that they have stopped paying the rent, as this changes the dynamics of the situation, but no doubt has more to do with frustration on their part.

I've been in a similar sort of situation recently, when some tenants left after 7 years in situ, who it seems had been happy with the bath and low pressure, hand held shower head, but as the bathroom needed refurbishing, I started fitting a previously purchased bathroom suite, only to come to the conclusion that the set up was inadequate, particularly with the gravity fed water tank hot water supply.

In the end I had a shower cubicle with electric shower fitted, which wasn't cheap, as just about everything had to be re-sited, and is particularly galling, as the house is in a low rent area, and doesn't make much financial sense, but the situation had to be viewed from a potential tenant's perspective.

Having been a Landlord for almost 30 years, I have always taken on board tenant's requests & observations, and not felt affronted by them. In the situation here, if you can't afford to have the work done (or don't want to) then put it to the tenant, and give them the option of leaving the contract, especially as I can't see the relationship enduring here.... Read More