John Dace

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Wednesday 18th December 2013

Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 33

John Dace

9:57 AM, 18th February 2021
About 2 months ago

Surely I am not the only landlord worried about new EPC requirements?

Su, great question. Like you I saw from the start of EPC roll out that this was likely to be a huge problem. Not just because of the nature of the UK housing stock but because of the inevitable cock up UKGov would make of implementing it. EPCs are calculated in a totally flawed way with no common sense. Huge costs (money and environmental) for so little gain. I have properties which EPC surveys say can save more than the actual current costs. Lunacy! Ripping out good stuff and installing overpriced similar at massive CO2 cost to the environment to never get full benefit return is crazy. I mean, just as an example, how much CO2 has and will be produced by all the EPC guys doing their training and then travelling around doing them - and all the assessor training HQ offices and trade body infrastructure offices and company cars. Who really believes there is going to be any net benefit from all of this? They have done what they always do. Implement something with a headline of “Its to save the planet” gradually before squeezing the noose. I saw this coming but only now are landlords waking up to this problem. And why just landlords? Because of the undercurrent Gov aim to reduce private landlords housing stock. If it were really to ‘save the planet’ it would be applied to social and privately owned housing.... Read More

John Dace

9:25 AM, 31st December 2020
About 3 months ago

NDR - Council is wrong?

The info you supply is confusing and incomplete. The Voa website will give a rateable value. The business within the shop can claim relief (on a sliding scale) according to that council areas policy. This is called small business relief. This often means a nil bill for small shops. If the business closes, the owner of the property becomes liable for rates but cannot claim small business relief. Is this your issue?... Read More

John Dace

11:24 AM, 15th October 2020
About 6 months ago

Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?

Not one mention of ‘Clawback’. This is the no.1 complaint I have with benefit claimants. They do something wrong - (Which is totally out of our control or knowledge) and we have to give the money back. Unacceptable. Its a bit like - employer pays wages to employee - tenant pays rent to us - tenant gets dismissed from job for years of Pilfering / Incompetence - the employer says -right I want all that rent back from landlord.
Would you take on that tenant?... Read More

John Dace

12:24 PM, 21st September 2020
About 7 months ago

Is this a DWP system failure or just an excuse?

Shelter moans about discrimination against UC claimants. I am very unlikely to take UC claimants - not because of the tenant - but because of the system whereby the provider (us landlords) are at such massive risk. Stories like this (and worse) are common place and I simply refuse to put that noose around my neck. The sooner all landlords do the same - the sooner something might change. When it comes to a decision - it will be based on “am I going to receive the rent due regularly and reliably and without hassle” And “is it possible for any rent paid to get clawed back by DWP for some action by the tenant totally beyond my control.” And “if there is any issue with rent, can I communicate to get it resolved quickly and easily”. Currently I cannot see the correct answers to those from any UC claimant.... Read More

John Dace

12:35 PM, 13th August 2020
About 8 months ago

Can UC take on board Local Council advice?

My advice.... stop dealing with ‘challenging’ tenants - let the Gov realise why no-one will touch them - then (and only then) will they change the sytem.... Read More