Frederick Morrow-Ahmed

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Saturday 23rd February 2019


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Frederick Morrow-Ahmed

18:48 PM, 20th August 2019
About 4 days ago

Disrepair Claims Farmers should concern us all

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 20/08/2019 - 18:28
Hi Mark, I did say that my statement is not going to please anyone on this website and, indeed, it was perhaps wrong of me to have said it, as this is not the right forum for such a statement. I greatly respect what you are doing and take my hats off to you for providing such a great forum and source of information.

Much kudos to you, but lettings will survive without any mortgage relief (lower gearing or pool resources), it will not survive the legislative assaults by self-interested parties such as Shelter, legal aid lawyers and politicians (£30k or even unlimited fines and petty bureaucracy from 'da Kouncils'). What do you think happened to the 'businesses' when the Rent Act 1977 kicked in? I was around at that time. For heavens sake, let the market do its work.

Sorry, but I am now disappearing.... Read More

Frederick Morrow-Ahmed

18:20 PM, 20th August 2019
About 4 days ago

Disrepair Claims Farmers should concern us all

Reply to the comment left by Appalled Landlord at 20/08/2019 - 17:41
Another thing that someone is agitating for is the requirement to have EPC for HMOs. The question the said person asked is "If tenants in non HMO houses have EPCs why should HMO tenants be deprived of this virtue?"

A tenant in a house let as a whole is responsible for paying all bills and taxes. An HMO tenant is responsible for neither. His HMO landlord pays all bills and taxes. It doesn't affect the HMO tenant what the EPC rating of the house is.

So why indeed should EPC legislation be extended to HMOs?

And please don't start quoting global warming. As a retired chemical engineer with a lifetime spent in the oil, gas, refining, energy and petrochemical industries I don't need lessons from anyone on global warming.

In an earlier thread "Email to the Prime Minister" I outlined how on coming to London from Germany on a change of tenancy of my house during the 1970s/80s the telephone just would not stop ringing, such was the desperation of tenants looking for a place to stay. This was during the dark days of the Rent Act 1977. I also stated that this tyranny continued until Mrs Thatcher liberated the market with her Housing Act 1988. I would say this was one of the most brilliant pieces of housing legislation ever enacted, her Opus magnus. Sadly, Mr Blair did his first piece of destructive activity with his Housing Act 2004. Almost every piece of housing legislation post HA 1988, with just a few exceptions, should be repealed and fed to the bonfire. As the yanks say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

This will not please anyone on this website, but I also argued in that thread that owner-occupiers and landlords (whether individual or corporate) should be put on the same footing as regards mortgage interest relief, as indeed was the case when MIRAS existed. This is the reason why we have a huge army of people who cannot get on the property ladder while we have the few with "portfolios" of 100 houses. But no one, (politician, Shelter - and don't get me going on that) addresses this simple defect, preferring to pile on irrelevant legislation after legislation, all leading to an ever bloated bureaucracy.

Well, I am out, having given the last of my tenants "the Karen Buck eviction". The lady is fond of alluding motives to landlords, such as "Revenge Evictions" so we may be justified in alluding motives to her and her consorts.... Read More

Frederick Morrow-Ahmed

16:04 PM, 20th August 2019
About 4 days ago

Disrepair Claims Farmers should concern us all

Reply to the comment left by Giles Peaker at 20/08/2019 - 13:27
For any landlord tenant cases. Legal aid is just fodder for legal aid lawyers. Do it pro bono. I believe a legal aid lawyer assisted Karen Buck MP pro bono in setting up latest infantile self serving legislation.

The market is the best regulator. Caveat Emptor.. By driving out landlords with unnecessary bureaucratic legislation the only people to lose will be tenants and the only people to gain will be legal aid lawyers, snout in trough comes to mind. Think of all the money the Treasury will save in legal aid fees.... Read More

Frederick Morrow-Ahmed

13:22 PM, 20th August 2019
About 4 days ago

Disrepair Claims Farmers should concern us all

The solution to this is to STOP ALL LEGAL AID. Let solicitors who feel so strongly about poor tenants do this work PRO BONO.... Read More

Frederick Morrow-Ahmed

11:37 AM, 13th August 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Errors in English Private Landlords Survey and English Housing Survey

"Only 0.4% of landlords and their agents report having not carried out a gas safety check for their most recent letting."

Hold on. I thought a gas safety check had to be carried out once a year. So if a new tenant comes in while the 12 month certificate is still valid there would be no need to carry out a new inspection until the existing one had expired. Unless I am wrong since I let an HMO for which rules may be different... Read More