David Smith

Registered with Property118.com
Thursday 1st May 2014


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 6

David Smith

10:18 AM, 22nd January 2019, About 3 years ago

Coventry Selective Licensing being rushed through?

In Stockton, following strong representations from a large group of local landlords during the consultation process for two proposed Selective Licensing schemes, there are now ongoing discussions between them and the council on structuring an alternative.... Read More

David Smith

11:12 AM, 3rd March 2018, About 4 years ago

Hidden tax on landlords or agent attempt to pass on costs?

The oversight by HMRC only applies to estate agents not to businesses that are pure letting agents. I don't think pure letting agents are obliged to conduct these checks (nor of course to charge owners for them).... Read More

David Smith

13:21 PM, 28th December 2017, About 4 years ago

Jeremy Corbyn wants to scrap 'No Fault' evictions in England and Wales

Reply to the comment left by Paul Shears at 28/12/2017 - 13:17
Yes that is what it means. But if the tenant is paying their rent and abiding by the terms of the tenancy, why would a professional landlord want to get them out? It would be a different matter of course if rent control was re-introduced.... Read More

David Smith

12:32 PM, 28th December 2017, About 4 years ago

Jeremy Corbyn wants to scrap 'No Fault' evictions in England and Wales

This is great news for professional landlords. It drives out buy-to-let investors and small time players (and doubtless many lenders too) who will be, quite reasonably, scared about their ability to recover possession. Less supply will mean higher rents. Bring it on!... Read More

David Smith

10:54 AM, 13th November 2017, About 4 years ago

All-Party Parliamentary group call for all landlords to fit CO alarms

Reply to the comment left by Rob Crawford at 11/11/2017 - 15:41
It's not hard to tell whether a rented property has 'at risk' gas devices: just look at the gas safety record, devices shown as 'RS' (room-sealed) neither use nor put back gas from/into the home. Devices with 'OF' are open-flued (e.g. fires) and devices with 'FL' have no flue (e.g. gas cooker) - both of these present a risk of inadequate combustion resulting in CO.

If a room-sealed device is fitted by a qualified gas engineer then a flue leak should be impossible; despite that, if it happened it would be picked up by the annual gas safety test.

In a house with only a room-sealed gas device (the majority I expect) we have fuel-burning that is safe by design, that is fitted by a qualified expert so as to be safe and it is tested annually by another qualified expert to make sure it is still safe. How much more safety testing do we want? Shouldn't we worry about real risks?... Read More