B4lamb

Registered with Property118.com
Friday 6th July 2018


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 47

B4lamb

15:43 PM, 19th August 2019
About 5 days ago

Sajid Javid backtracks on Stamp Duty proposal

Pesumably if Stamp Duty were to be paid by the seller the higher rate currently paid by individuals puchasing a second or more properties for let or holiday home cannot be levied for obvious reasons. Perhaps this fact has finally been realised by the idiots that dream up these stupid ideas. Or perhaps that's what Boris wanted but was shot down by those in the treasury.... Read More

B4lamb

11:55 AM, 9th August 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Should she stay or go?

I fully agree with the comments above. If she is looking after the property and is not defaulting but just paying in two instalments then give her the benefit of the doubt. She is obviously going through a lot in her life, the last thing she needs is a heartless landlord.... Read More

B4lamb

9:03 AM, 11th July 2019
About a month ago

Court of Appeal allow Landlords say on Right to Rent

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 10/07/2019 - 14:49Yes I queried the lack of interest in submitting a report to the home office when you come across someone trying to rent who does not have R2R to my local MP. As written in the guidelines the requirement is just to turn said individuals away. It appears there is only a need to report when a tenants R2R expires, ie. they are overstaying their visa. I received a reply back from the home office minister (Rt, Hon Caroline Nokes MP minister of state for immigration) via my MP stating that in her words the following : " The Right to Rent code of practice deals with the situation where landlords and lettings agents become aware that an existing tenant who no longer has a right to remain in the UK. The code ensures that the landlord continues to have a statutory excuse against a Civil Penalty if they report the matter to the Home Office, whilst the landlord takes steps to recover their property, which can take some time." She goes on to state " However, if a landlord or letting agent suspects that a prospective tenant is in the UK illegally they can report them to the home office in confidence on a voluntary basis by using the immigration crime reporting service." I am yet to go back to ask why this latter paragraph is not stated in the home office guidance notes. It seemed odd to me that the main interest was in tracing overstayers rather than illegal immigrants who may have slipped the net at the borders or those that have expired visas trying to begin a new letting.
Personally I have no issue with the code of practice as the majority of tenants I deal with are UK passport holders or hold an EU passport so they all have a R2R "currently" in the UK.... Read More

B4lamb

8:57 AM, 27th March 2019
About 5 months ago

Right to Rent Farce

The high court ruling was a one off case and the government is contesting it. No landlords have been prosecuted to date and if they apply the checks fairly and consistently on all potential tenants (EU and Non EU) then there is no risk accusations of disrimination.
When checking documents of a new tenant and it is found that an individual does not have a right to rent it is not necessary to report that individual to the home office. It is only necessary to decline that individual from renting your property. Reporting is only necessary for existing tenants if and when their right to rent expires. I have raised this apparent discrepancy with my local MP and he is investigating this further with the home office.
There is no government plan to withdraw the requirement for landlords to continue carrying out the checks in England but the court ruling has apparently put a temporary hold on rolling the scheme out to Scotland and Wales.... Read More

B4lamb

0:45 AM, 11th March 2019
About 6 months ago

Home Office to appeal High Court Right to Rent ruling

Reply to the comment left by Robert at 10/03/2019 - 23:45
Yes you are on the money except that it is an offence to let to those not entitled to rent rather than not entitled to be in the UK although for private sector landlords this amounts to the same thing. Charities as an example have different rules. But yes there is potentially two offences, 1) letting to someone who does not have the right to rent and 2) being discriminatory in the way a landlord or agent does the checks. Albeit the latter is less well defined and harder to prove.... Read More