Jim Fox

Registered with Property118.com
Friday 11th October 2013

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Jim Fox

9:43 AM, 25th March 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Essential maintenance can be carried out during lockdown

Any Government guidance on annual gas safety checks which fall due during the 'lockdown' period?... Read More

Jim Fox

9:10 AM, 19th March 2020
About 2 weeks ago

He's absolutely crackers!

Reply to the comment left by Matarredonda at 19/03/2020 - 09:06
Indeed Matarredonda, like many of us do!... Read More

Jim Fox

8:15 AM, 19th March 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Covid19 and Gas safety Certificates?

Reply to the comment left by Ray Davison at 18/03/2020 - 10:19
Things are definitely getting serious when an emergency locksmith goes on lockdown!... Read More

Jim Fox

8:06 AM, 19th March 2020
About 2 weeks ago

He's absolutely crackers!

Update -
Author: Giles Peaker

The Government has just announced emergency legislation to do the following:
Stop any new possession claims (social and private tenancies) being issued at court for the next three months (at least).
Introduce a new pre-action protocol for possession claims, to apply after the three months (or whenever) which will apply to private as well as social tenancies to strengthen its remit and to "support the necessary engagement between landlords and tenants to resolve disputes and landlords will have to reach out to tenants to understand the financial position they are in."
The three month mortgage payment holiday already announced for homeowners will be extended to buy to let mortgages. At the end of the three months (or however long) landlords and tenants will be expected to work together to establish repayment plans, taking into account tenant's individual circumstances.

Oh and "The government will also issue guidance which asks landlords to show compassion and to allow tenants who are affected by this to remain in their homes wherever possible", which I think we can probably treat as at best an exhortation to be nice, and we know how well such guidance has usually worked.

The Bill to enact this is not available yet (as at 6.30 pm on 18 March).

Some immediate questions and thoughts...

What about existing possession claims? (on which see a post to follow).

Will this extend to any possession claim, including against licensees, or limited to Rent Act/ Housing Act 1985/Housing Act 1988 only?

Will the new protocol apply to rent arrears claims only? Or would it even extend to section 21 claims?

Is the new protocol going to be a lasting thing, or time limited for a 'post crisis' period? It sounds like it would be a good thing as a permanent protocol.

And, what about some additional funding to local authorities to fund tenancy relations officers and enforcement? It seems likely that this will lead to a rise in attempted illegal evictions.

We will be looking at the legislation in detail when it is published, but it has to be said that in the current situation, this sounds like a good thing.

Really? For whom?... Read More

Jim Fox

10:01 AM, 18th March 2020
About 3 weeks ago

He's absolutely crackers!

Perhaps we need to focus upon lobbying BTL lenders to offer the same payment holidays which their tenants could get, providing theres proof of non rent payment?... Read More