Terry Fitzpatrick

Registered with Property118.com
Friday 16th November 2018


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 6

Terry Fitzpatrick

19:25 PM, 7th January 2019
About 2 months ago

Tenant can't pay rent and advised to stay by Housing Association!

Routinely the front line at council homelessness tell people to stay put until the bailiffs arrive or until the bailiffs letter does. These people are very often junior and unqualified staff who have no real knowledge of the law. The opinions here are correct in that councils hope the problem will just go away.

If, however, it can be proven that the advice of council officers was incorrect in law and led to a landlord suffering damages in whatever way the council is liable. What is needed is for your organisation to find a couple of watertight cases and sue the councils concerned. We can crowdfund the costs and the resultant publicity will be life changing for this issue. It's only when the power is confronted that anything happens. If running around needs to be done I live in central London and can spend some time on this.... Read More

Terry Fitzpatrick

8:46 AM, 18th December 2018
About 2 months ago

Nottingham Council - Why do you refuse to work with Good Landlords?

A good article and one which obviously comes from the heart. In London we are experiencing exactly the same problems which I identify as being the following.
1) Insufficient staff in the relevant departments to handle the enormous and ever increasing workload imposed by years of neglect and the increasing, sometimes several times a year, new legislation.

2). A hostile environment for the private landlord due to media and political interventions by the statist/Labour powers that be.

3) Incompetent council staff motivated by the hostile atmosphere mentioned and the fact that they are interested in doing as little as possible and then going home.

4) The fact that there is no landlord political base to lobby in the same way as the homeless/ public sector have even though the public/housing association part of the economy is now essentially private. Shelter, which started out in the 60's with good intentions, is now a huge corporate body which spends most of its income on salaries and media events some of which are to demonize us. Increasingly the bulk of S21 possession orders are being granted to the social housing sector a fact which they don't publicize.

It's important not to give up however and might I proffer a piece of advice? Writing article like this is skill and one best not done in anger as possibly you have done. Take your time, marshal your thoughts and arguments, check the facts and then press send. Any discrepancies or inaccuracies will be used against you. Remember, essentially council officials are time servers who can't run a business, resent those who can and see any criticism as an attack. Good luck... Read More

Terry Fitzpatrick

22:35 PM, 15th December 2018
About 2 months ago

Will a wave of deposit protection cases hit a specialist Housing Court?

Reply to the comment left by Julie Scope at 15/12/2018 - 19:50
No, I was wrong. The problem isn't bad anything or anybody, it's delay which for landlords means a financial loss and for the tenant, bad or good, a rent free period and for the relevant homeless persons department a breathing space. If the paper work is correct and the S21 is bullet proof the only problem is then delay.... Read More

Terry Fitzpatrick

22:32 PM, 15th December 2018
About 2 months ago

Will a wave of deposit protection cases hit a specialist Housing Court?

Reply to the comment left by Julie Scope at 15/12/2018 - 19:50
It looks like I'm replying to my own comment here. Let's see what happens.... Read More

Terry Fitzpatrick

12:11 PM, 15th December 2018
About 2 months ago

Will a wave of deposit protection cases hit a specialist Housing Court?

The need for a special court goes beyond just deposits to the whole system of repossessions. The current system is creaking at the seams which longer and longer periods before the actual possession. This is due in my experience to the increased load on a smaller County Court system. Whereas there used to be two courts to cover the City and parts of East London there is now one with reduced staff.... Read More