Dancinglandlord

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 16th May 2018

Trading Status
Partnership

Providing essential rental accommodation since
1994

Insures properties through a broker recommended by Property118
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Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 28

Dancinglandlord

12:56 PM, 31st March 2020
About A week ago

Put ourselves in the shoes of these kids?

Reply to the comment left by Yvonne Francis at 31/03/2020 - 11:29
The lockdown is almost certain to last 3 months and if things are still difficult re the predicted spread of Coronavirus maybe longer. We may be facing 6 months in total but no-one really knows. Assuming 6 months, this still allows for students to go back for teaching in October, so I personally think that an institution deciding to teach online from then on has jumped the gun. Of all the restrictions the government could lift, restarting schools and Universities would be some of the most likely. It's a lower risk group and has theoretically has a lower impact on virus spread than other measures, such as testing, from what I've read. Assuming testing does come online within 6 months and that seems a realistic assumption given the pressure to do so, then I think it is reasonable that we will see students back to college in October if not September. That however does leave a summer when tenants could be prevented from moving into their new rentals and those 3 months for me appear to be the most worrying. Students DON'T get paid by the government for this period and in some areas of the country landlords spread the cost of the property over the academic period rather than 52 weeks - is this the case in Nottingham? Here in Leeds most operate an even charging basis over the whole year and I can foresee a lot of problems getting rent over this period - even though there are contracts in place already from July. I'd have a lot harder time justifying charging rent in this situation, despite the losses I would incur. Has anyone got a cunning solution to this problem apart from keeping our fingers crossed that the lockdown is lifted before July?!... Read More

Dancinglandlord

10:21 AM, 31st March 2020
About A week ago

Put ourselves in the shoes of these kids?

Reply to the comment left by SteveoA at 31/03/2020 - 09:59The amount they have to pay back in the long run will differ no more from students of the year before and after, they have an extra 2 months holiday in effect all paid. They are almost all returning to the family home and as such face no extra expense. Some have remained to isolate themselves or shied family members. As the previous comment says, most have left their belongings rendering works or alternative uses not possible. I have a pregnant tenant in an HMO who is sharing with a difficult character and working people who share kitchens. I could put her in an empty student HMO but the students’ belongings are there. If they turn up one by one to collect them (as they should to maintain social distancing) this would not work for my pregnant woman. I agree that there will be some cases of parents facing difficulties (landlords perhaps!) if they are funding the student rent. In these cases I have said I will discuss each on a case by case basis. This occurs where the parents are higher earners. Where those earning over 50k are unable to get government help they will usually have sufficiently good credit to borrow. And if this lasts 3 months, most people on high income could get back on their feet quite quickly, especially considering no one can splash out on holidays for now (given some will have lost money spent on holidays booked - me included!) Those who have had their accommodation contracts terminated are fortunate. But the taxpayer still has to fund those assets somehow in the long run.
University tuition continues - in many cases online, which is the best that could be expected under the circumstances.... Read More

Dancinglandlord

17:28 PM, 25th March 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Essential maintenance can be carried out during lockdown

Reply to the comment left by Wilkie properties at 25/03/2020 - 16:54thanks
It is becoming antisocial to employ a contractor in any circumstances. I understand the reasons for the clampdown - people travelling to work on public transport; working on materials that colleagues have handled and then going home to family units. Clearly these are reasons not to be working, but as Jo Public doesn't know whether these variables are involved, it may cause friction, even where these issue are not involved.... Read More

Dancinglandlord

12:16 PM, 25th March 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Essential maintenance can be carried out during lockdown

Reply to the comment left by David Lawrenson at 25/03/2020 - 11:31Hmm I faced this issue. I had some works to refurb some bathrooms. We had the showers, WC s and basins in just as lockdown was announced. But no flooring. It was a tough call whether to send in the flooring man. As luck would have it, both tenants were away, so we decided to go ahead - and their lockdown will be more comfortable for it. The skirtings however have to wait. It's frustrating not to be able to snag the job and tidy up properly, but each case has to be weighed on its safety I believe.... Read More

Dancinglandlord

12:10 PM, 25th March 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Essential maintenance can be carried out during lockdown

I agree. Where a house is empty and 4 days have passed since anyone visited, the virus will have died. If a contractor is working alone I see no reason for them to stop planned non-essential works. In fact I think this is a lifesaver for self-employed contractors who as yet have no security of income. I have two kitchen floors that I'd like to replace and a lone contractor happy to do them. The tenants left when their University shut. The contractor drives himself to work and has his own materials in his garage. I intend to go ahead with this. A govt. spokesperson on Radio 4 yesterday said that gardeners could continue working as long as they don't come into contact with anyone. Personally I believe that if we understand the point of lockdown and are truly careful about how works are carried out, then there are circumstances where non-essential works are a win-win for a small sector of the economy. It also makes sense for tenants - neither the leaving or incoming tenants are being inconvenienced.... Read More