Pete Lightowler

Registered with
Tuesday 2nd January 2018


Trading Status

Providing essential rental accommodation since

Number of rental properties owned
11 –20

Insures properties through a broker recommended by Property118

Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 10

Pete Lightowler

16:52 PM, 21st July 2020
About 5 months ago

Shower pods - have you used them?

We have abandoned tiles as the grout eventually cracks and leaks. Instead we specify shower panels which can be fixed over existing tiling. Only one corner joint, so no problems with leaks. As previously said, if changing tray, use one with upstands. Then you can fit any shower enclosure of choice.... Read More

Pete Lightowler

8:34 AM, 21st April 2020
About 8 months ago

Preparing to Exit Covid-19 - Online Meeting 7PM Monday 20th April

Hi guys

Just got notice of event today, 21st so I've missed it. Is there a recording, sounds interesting?... Read More

Pete Lightowler

11:02 AM, 15th January 2020
About 11 months ago

New electrical checks and safety standards for Landlords

Of course all responsible landlords agree and will ensure their properties are electrically safe. However, this new legislation is a can of worms which will cost landlords a fortune.
I recently requested a 5 year inspection/report on a Victorian mid terrace property and the electrician would only issue a report for 12 months, not 5 years. His reasoning was the age of the wiring, even though everything else checked out fine. A different electrician was perfectly happy to issue a 5 year ticket on an identical property. Will the rules change in future to make it a mandatory annual inspection like the gas regs?
Electricians also differ in what work they consider necessary. If landlords are forced to carry out all work simply because it doesn’t meet current standards, then yields are going to plummet. New consumer units I had fitted just over a year would need to be upgraded because they’re plastic, not metal. Nothing ‘unsafe’ about them, just not compliant with current regs.
I see yet another loophole which will prohibit the use of Section 21 (while it’s still around), and Section 8 (because same requirements to issue S21 I believe will be transferred to S8). How do you prove you supplied a copy of the old report to the new electrician? They aren’t going to waste time signing a receipt and may or may not to reply to your email.
I’m all for ensuring my properties are ‘safe’ for my tenants, but see this as going way beyond what is necessary.... Read More

Pete Lightowler

10:57 AM, 3rd April 2019
About 2 years ago

Website for victims of domestic violence from property sale

Hi Fergus

I applaud you wanting to do something about battered wives. But don't forget the men who suffer similar abuse in relationships too. No person should have to suffer abuse and feel not able to spaek out and find the resources they need.... Read More

Pete Lightowler

17:53 PM, 10th October 2018
About 2 years ago

Liability for Council Tax - tenant left before contract end?

Our TA states that after the fixed term the tenancy will continue from month to month.
The TA states the tenants are responsible for utilities and council tax.
Our Check Out Inventory Clerk will state the date the tenant moved out/returned keys.
Whenever a T has moved out before giving contractual 1 months notice they remain liable for rent and bills.
If council debate liability for CT, proving all the above has always worked for us.
Some councils give 1 months grace at no charge, but not all.... Read More