John Frith

Registered with Property118.com
Friday 11th October 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 216

John Frith

14:49 PM, 5th August 2019
About 3 months ago

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Cutting and decentralising tax

Regarding the lack of any politician who can promote or even articulate any housing free market solutions.

I'm old enough to remember when nationalisation as an answer to all ills was considered a viable left wing solution. Although that approach is not taken too seriously any more, the idea that a sector can, and should be, "regulated" to the nth degree seems to have taken over. I'm no politician but I'm waiting (but not holding my breath) for a party that finds an intelligent balance between the market enterprise and individuals rights not to be abused.... Read More

John Frith

13:30 PM, 24th May 2019
About 5 months ago

Small Claims permitted after DPS award?

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 24/05/2019 - 12:47
Ian, are you saying that if a landlord disputes the tenants claim for monies to be returned, and does not agree to ADR, the DPS will ignore the landlord and return all the disputed monies to the tenant? I have always not agreed to ADR as I felt I would have a better chance with the small claims court. But if the deposit has been released by the DPS, that would make it much harder.... Read More

John Frith

10:54 AM, 6th April 2019
About 7 months ago

Am I in HMO territory?

Reply to the comment left by Puzzler at 06/04/2019 - 10:27
Puzzler said: "Do check your lease though, as some say "single household only"."

A household as used in an HMO is defined by legislation, and is clear. Any ideas where "household" is defined when used in relation to a lease, as it's use in leases must pre-date the HMO legislation?... Read More

John Frith

11:40 AM, 5th April 2019
About 7 months ago

Worried to call mortgage supplier over consent to let

Julia, what is the situation with the title deeds on the 3 accommodations?... Read More

John Frith

15:45 PM, 1st April 2019
About 7 months ago

Am I in HMO territory?

There is a lot of confusion caused by people not differentiating between licensable and unlicensable HMO, so I recommend getting to the bottom of the actual legislation. I'd start with Sections 254 to 259 of the Housing Act 2004.

Section 258 HMOs: persons not forming a single household
xxx snip xxx
(2)Persons are to be regarded as not forming a single household unless—
(a)they are all members of the same family, or
xxx snip xxx
(3)For the purposes of subsection (2)(a) a person is a member of the same family as another person if—
(a)those persons are married to each other or live together as husband and wife (or in an equivalent relationship in the case of persons of the same sex);
(b)one of them is a relative of the other; or
(c)one of them is, or is a relative of, one member of a couple and the other is a relative of the other member of the couple.
xxx snip xxx
XXXXXXXXX

So the relevant bit is "live together as husband and wife ".... Read More