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8:24 AM, 22nd May 2019
About 3 days ago

Landlords Alliance - Emergency Euro Elections Statement

I have lost faith with all the MPs ability to think. The parliamentary voting system MP have chosen to use means any Brexit plan is predictably vetoed. NO-ONE has been brave enough to give MPs a list of all the possible Brexit outcomes on one piece of paper, get them to score them in order of preference and THEN submit them according to proportional representation rules!
An winner is guaranteed AND it is democratic.
Tomorrow, we decide. Brexit party it is.... Read More


14:13 PM, 13th May 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Nationwide Foundation £1.2 m 'Fair Housing Futures' project hosted by Shelter

I agree with both Dr Rosalind Beck and Martin Roberts. The problem of trying to house an ever increasing population into less and less available accommodation is now really starting to bite. There many competing arguments with no organisation or government with any clout willing take the arguments onboard.
1) Too many people. There are many radical solutions here but much of it will be uncomfortable for many to grasp, e.g. free world-wide birth control measures which go against many religious doctrines, population movement control which will upset about half the population and so on. One person’s right to occupy a property at the expense of another is particularly contentious.
2) Too little available accommodation. This is also a multi-faceted can of worms. Potential solutions such as:
- Wholesale release of Greenfield land only adds to the problem in the long term and puts extreme pressure on Green Belt policies.
- Develop brown field sites, but don't expect to private purse to foot the entire bill for the toxic cleanup. Government & council housing departments should expect to contribute.
If there is too much development (as in the Southeast), a shortage of infrastructure quickly develops such as schools, surgeries, water/sewerage distribution, road capacity, etc.

On balance and in the short term, redeveloping defunct commercial, warehouse and industrial premises with government and council assistance could allow the PRS to provide temporary, permanent or semi-permanent accommodation with councils playing an active part with grants and planning permission.
What happens next is up to society as a whole to debate and solve.... Read More


9:04 AM, 7th May 2019
About 3 weeks ago

NLA - Save Section 21 postcard campaign

A most worthy campaign. These are my contributions. Feel free to consider these in your contributions:

Dear Prime Minister, I agree with the NLA because:
"Abolishing Section 21 will put many tenants at risk. I, like many other landlords, have used Section 21 instead of Section 8 because many councils and housing associations will automatically regard any Section 8 evictee as having made themselves 'intentionally homeless' absolving council or association of any responsibility to re-house the evictee."

Dear Prime Minister, I agree with the NLA because:
"Law makers need to be reminded that when a tenant is evicted, another tenant is quickly installed. The effect on the overall level of homelessness is zero. Only an increase in available housing or a decrease in population numbers can lower homelessness."

Dear Prime Minister, I agree with the NLA because:
"Abolishing S.21 will allow students to continue their AST agreement(s) on a statutory periodic basis if they so chose. In the meantime, the next set of students that have signed up to legally occupy the property can no longer do so. I believe the landlord is still responsible to honour the AST agreement and must find suitable accommodation for these displaced students. It is a situation that puts the potential incoming students, letting agents and the landlord in deep trouble. The University itself could also get dragged in.
This is a major trip hazard."

Dear Prime Minister, I agree with the NLA because:
"Abolishing Section 21 will put intolerable pressure on the court system to hear and judge on additional Section 8 cases. A way forward is to expand the deposit dispute resolution service to include Section 8 grounds into a new housing court or tribunal service. It would operate alongside, be administered by and funded by the existing dispute resolution service. It powers would be similar. The infrastructure is already in place. Additionally, the service could host an email repository service to act as an email ‘notary’ aiding the courts when they need to rely on bona fide historic email communications between landlord and tenant."

Dear Prime Minister, I agree with the NLA because:
"Abolishing S.21 will mean reverting back to Section 8 which has shown itself unable to provide safe judgements in cases involving 'un-tenant like behaviour' which is usually clearly defined in the AST agreement. The courts need to be able to act on such definitions and be able to accept independently verified historic email communications provided by email repository servers operated and maintained by housing courts or local councils."

Dear Prime Minister, I agree with the NLA because:
"Abolishing Section 21 will leave tenancies where circumstances have changed with nowhere to go. For example, changes often occur to mental status, heath and infirmity, infants arriving, children departing, spousal changes, etc. In these cases, the tenancy is no longer a correct match or fit to the property they occupy. The tenant is clearly not at fault and such evictees are able, if appropriate, to enter into a local re-housing programme."... Read More


17:40 PM, 2nd May 2019
About 3 weeks ago

Scrapping Section 21 could have an even greater impact than Section 24

With a distinct lack of Ministry of Justice funding and the odd government source indicating that will be no Housing Court when the reforms are enacted, we are all up the creek without a paddle...
Well then, we have a privatised deposit dispute resolution service that seems to be working more or less OK and the fees are reasonable. It strikes me that many S.8 grounds are not dissimilar to many deposit protection disputes.
HOW ABOUT bolting the Housing Court on to the current deposit dispute resolution service funded by the same (slightly increased) fees. The powers between the two services are comparable and it would also be logical place to house email 'notary' servers to aid the housing court when validating historic email communications between landlord and tenant.
As with the deposit dispute service, the disputants would be free to use the court system with all its future and attendant problems.... Read More


8:57 AM, 30th April 2019
About 4 weeks ago

S21 ban: Should straightforward possession cases be decided out of court?

I think that most agree that if S.21 in its current form is to be scrapped then S.8 needs to evolve to be fit for propose for the landlord as well as the tenant.
A dedicated housing court or tribunal service could be used in the first instance where claims are only referred up to the county court if it felt it could not make a safe decision or if there were criminal issues (such as theft, fraud, damage, threats, etc.).

The housing court or tribunal service could now be flexible enough to handle situations where circumstances have changed. For example, mental status, infirmity, infants arriving, departing children, spousal changes, etc. In these cases, it could be argued that the tenancy is no longer a correct match to the property they occupy. The tenant is clearly not at fault and such evictees are able, if appropriate, to enter into a local re-housing programme.
The housing court or tribunal service could deal with cases that many judges have seemingly thrown out. For instance, it should be possible to include a reasonable amplification to the currently vague meaning of 'un-tenant like behaviour' in the AST agreement which the court/tribunal is able to take notice of. Examples could include refusing permission to enter the property to inspect for gas safety, electrical safety, damp, legionnaires, fire alarm certification, emergency lighting certification, essential maintenance, failure to communicate, condition of the property including cleanliness, damage and so on.

Further, email exchanges between the landlord and the tenant can be important in a hearing. If such exchanges have been copied to a virtual notary at the time of writing, the court has confidence that the exchanges are genuine. The notary service could be administered by the local council or by the housing court or tribunal service.... Read More