Jon

Registered with Property118.com
Tuesday 13th February 2018


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 8

Jon

15:24 PM, 20th August 2019
About 4 months ago

The Guild claim Section 21 ban won't be retrospective

After almost 34 years of being a Landlord, this feels like we are nearing the end - of my work, my life savings and my pension, everything I have worked for in fact.
Quite a mind focussing state of affairs............. Read More

Jon

14:56 PM, 20th August 2019
About 4 months ago

The Guild claim Section 21 ban won't be retrospective

If I read the Guild report correctly, there is a massive red flag to add to all the immediate concerns. Their article appears to suggest that using Section 8 (in all circumstances?) might be conditional on being able to prove compliance with all the current prescribed regulations.

"For tenants, the Government wishes to include the prescribed information requirements that currently exist via the Deregulation Act for the valid use of Section 21 in the Section 8 process to ensure their existing protection is maintained."

What are the chances that the drafting of this new legislation will lead to even a tenant in significant rent arrears being protected from Section 8 if the landlord cannot prove to a Judge in Court that they served a Gas Safety Certificate to the tenant prior to the tenancy commencing?... Read More

Jon

17:08 PM, 15th August 2019
About 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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