John Frith

Registered with Property118.com
Friday 11th October 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 201

John Frith

23:02 PM, 23rd November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

Is Shelter liable for criminal activities?

Reply to the comment left by Luke Roxberg at 23/11/2018 - 18:03Unfortunately Landlords are not a "protected characteristic". See:
https://www.gov.uk/discrimination-your-rights
Types of discrimination ('protected characteristics').
It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of:
age
gender reassignment
being married or in a civil partnership
being pregnant or on maternity leave
disability
race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
religion or belief
sex
sexual orientation

Note that financial status is not a protected characteristic, so we are, fortunately, allowed to select tenants based on whether they can afford to pay.... Read More

John Frith

17:09 PM, 23rd November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

Is Shelter liable for criminal activities?

I am not convinced by the replies above. I do understand that to dismiss a behaviour as "a civil matter" is a convenient excuse for the CPS to avoid admitting any responsibility.
I'm not a legal expert so I cannot argue the difference between criminal damage and civil damage, but I know Mark Alexander has often argued that if a tenant purposely damages a property that is should be treated as criminal damage. I know this is a different point, but they are related / similar.
In any case, even if it is a civil matter, the argument for compensation from Shelter surely still applies? I did a quick search, and it appears to me that one can still have class action in civil matters.

Encouraging people to break contracts can't be fair or reasonable.... Read More

John Frith

16:50 PM, 22nd November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

Bond Return to Tenant or New Landlord?

Shouldn't this be covered by how the property sales contract deals with the tenancy? If the tenancy was specifically transferred with the sale, then I would expect the deposit to be transferred to the new owner? If it's silent, then returned to the tenant?... Read More

John Frith

12:30 PM, 21st November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

Security of tenure in the PRS is not a cause of increasing homelessness

To call Section 21 proceedings as "no-fault evictions" is to use an emotive expression - prone to political mis-use. It implies an innocent tenant, which, as the above report demonstrates, is not always the case.
I'm trying to think of a more accurate wording. Perhaps "no-blame eviction" is less emotive? Or perhaps "an accelerated eviction" reflects more accurately why landlords choose Section 21 notices.... Read More

John Frith

17:22 PM, 19th November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

Do Housing Associations have a responsibility?

About 4 years ago I had a hedge damaged by joyriders losing control of a car. The police couldn't identify an owner (the car was abandoned at my house), or who the driver was. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could claim in this situation. Apparently the insurers are levied to provide a fund which pays out for hit-and-runs. I can't remember if it pays out for uninsured drivers as well. I don't even think I went through my car insurer, as my car was not involved. I don't even think there was an excess. But I did need a crime number.... Read More