Pete Lightowler

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Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 12

Pete Lightowler

13:41 PM, 26th March 2021, About 7 months ago

EICR necessary for tenant a year in arrears?

Do you mean and EICR? You will need one from 1 April and give to all tenants within 28 days, or in case of Unsatisfacory rating, within 28 days of work being done give copy to tenant and local authority. LA's don't have a clue what to do with them or why you're giving them a copy, but that's another issue!... Read More

Pete Lightowler

9:46 AM, 13th February 2021, About 8 months ago

Private landlords on tenterhooks bracing for yet another attack?

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 09/02/2021 - 14:33
Sounds interesting David, can you say a bit more about this strategy please? As we go further into retirement we have this option when we eventually would think about selling individual properties.... Read More

Pete Lightowler

16:52 PM, 21st July 2020, About A year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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