Andy Bell

Registered with
Tuesday 1st October 2013

Member of The Landlords Union

Trading Status

Insures properties through a broker recommended by Property118

Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 132

Andy Bell

A year ago
General Election 8th June - Who on earth do landlords vote for?

What a diverse lot we are!
I'll be voting Labour, despite the media version of Corbyn which I admit is worrying but seeing past that, the reality of Labour government is more like stability than the other options.
I'm concerned for my tenant's welfare and type of society we live in. (This can be translated in to their ability to pay rent and live decent lives).
I live alongside my tenants in the same streets, it's getting tougher all the time for them, with a knock on effect to me. After 20 years renting, this last 6 months I've had to evict tenants for the first time and use the courts to pursue debts for the first time. With the conservatives policies, brexit, section 24, universal credit ect. I'm more concerned with my viability as a Landlord more than ever before.... Read More

Andy Bell

2 years ago
Treasury response to Section 24 report by Dr Rosalind Beck

I'm so far from "wealthy" that I've got factor in the effects on Child Tax Credits and my children's student finance. Will the mortgage costs still be deductible for these means tested calculations?

Have they added the thousands of smaller landlords in my situation to the 1 in 5?... Read More

Andy Bell

2 years ago
No Judicial Review of section 24 for landlords

Another 2 potential effects for Landlords with children, especially for those well in the 20% tax band who thought it won't affect them.

1. Loss of tax credits
2. Loss of student finance grants (based on household income)

Is it still just 1 in 5 Landlords affected?... Read More

Andy Bell

2 years ago
Overcharging to tighten nut?

Reply to the comment left by "sam " at "05/10/2016 - 22:40":

No I'm not rich. And neither are the tradesmen. If they are legitimate professionals there are a lot of expenses, vat and un-billable hours that takes a huge chunk out of that.

It seems that most folks want a top class professional service at black market rates.... Read More

Andy Bell

2 years ago
Overcharging to tighten nut?

Reply to the comment left by "sam " at "05/10/2016 - 13:03":

For a skilled, guaranteed, legitimate, full time, quoted, invoiced, self-employed, one-off, one day job, I would happily pay £350 - £400. (and I'm up north)

For lower skilled, labouring I would want to pay a minimum £150 to get a good days work done.

For bulk work, regular work, a mix of skilled and low-skilled, and being a good payer there's margins in it for them to cut rates. If you think rates are too low offer them more or a performance bonus. You'll start finding, the phone gets answered, jobs get done, on time, to a high standard and your stress levels dropping.

I'm self employed myself, and I'm quite handy "on the tools". So when I can find the time I'll tackle jobs myself, but not if I'm losing out on two days work rather than pay for skilled tradesman's for one day.... Read More