Jon

Registered with Property118.com
Tuesday 13th February 2018


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 6

Jon

17:08 PM, 15th August 2019
About 2 days ago

"Factually incorrect, misleading and just plain wrong"

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 15/08/2019 - 16:32
Don't disagree at all Mark - just wondered if it warranted a 'Special Place' - a page, title, or section all of its own but only making a suggestion.
I've written 2 articles on the Citizens Advice site recently dismantling some of their bogus claims and it made me wonder if there is a better way to join all the dots. I can post a link to their claims followed by my analysis with you if you would like it on here? I plan to write more, time permitting.... Read More

Jon

16:23 PM, 15th August 2019
About 2 days ago

"Factually incorrect, misleading and just plain wrong"

Both the RLA and NLA have now presented persuasive evidence to confirm what we landlords already know - no one in their right mind uses a Section 21 without good reason. The problem is, we are years behind the curve in the propaganda versus facts war. Perhaps we need a 'Rapid Rebuttal Unit', or Website to get the message out fast and early. I am happy to have some involvement in something like this, perhaps as a bolt on to your already excellent site Mark ? Anyone interested is welcome to message me and we can discuss how this might done.... Read More

Jon

14:50 PM, 14th August 2019
About 3 days ago

Errors in English Private Landlords Survey and English Housing Survey

Frederick raises a further excellent point and I think there are other possible scenarios whereby the 'No' answer could still indicate compliance with the law. Apparently, in the EHS Surveys at least (I have not found a definitive answer for the EPLS Surveys), not only are owners of homes with a lodger counted as Private Landlords (with a Gas Safety Certificate being required in this situation but not an EPC) but also people letting a friend or relative stay in their house, or flat, for free for any reason are counted as 'Private Landlords' - neither a Gas Safety Certificate nor an EPC are required in this situation - so a 'No' response would not necessarily indicate failure to comply with legislation.
It is entirely plausible that 100% of Landlords are compliant with the Gas, EPC, Smoke Alarm and CO Alarm Regs - until the survey questions are improved we will never know for sure.... Read More

Jon

12:31 PM, 12th August 2019
About 6 days ago

Liverpool landlord harassment - Shocking and horrific!

A shocking and worrying account - I would definitely take this to the LGO. I have taken a different Council to the LGO 3 times in the past and the last time, I was actually paid compensation - so it is worth the time and trouble. I have to say that I found th LGO very professional as long as you have all your evidence together and in a clear format for them to assess the case.
Best wishes and good luck
Jon... Read More

Jon

13:54 PM, 7th February 2019
About 6 months ago

Stuck with low EPC empty house we can't rent?

Hello
Don't worry, although you have to have an EPC - which you have - if you rent the house as a shared housed on more than one tenancy, you don't need to comply with the MEES minimum E level. You might not want to do this forever but you can let, even to a couple as long as you let on two tenancies one person for each bedroom perhaps and with the tenancy giving them shared use of the other parts of the house. If the house is otherwise perfectly lettable, I believe you can do this perfectly legitimately. If you do, I would be completely upfront about why you are doing this but also commit to using the rental income to move towards improving the EPC rating to an E as soon as possible. As mentioned by others, loft insulation is cheap and effective and with careful research, the right electric heaters and water heaters will be probably be a cheaper replacement / upgrade than installing gas central heating. Another area that I am looking at for the near future, especially for all electric properties, is solar pv panels - I just need to be completely sure that the EPC will properly reflect the benefits of fitting them.
Good luck.... Read More