Jim S

Registered with Property118.com
Monday 5th May 2014

Trading Status
Sole Owner

Providing essential rental accommodation since

Number of rental properties owned
21 – 40

Insures properties through a broker recommended by Property118

Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 106

Jim S

20:47 PM, 18th November 2019
About 3 months ago

Can I contract that any new tenant provides their own reference?

Reply to the comment left by Queen Victoria at 18/11/2019 - 19:08
Page 40 of the Governments tenant fees ban guide states that requesting bank statements from a prospective tenant is part of the due diligence that they expect from a landlord and they actually use the words that this is a reasonable request for information.... Read More

Jim S

9:00 AM, 16th November 2019
About 3 months ago

Can I contract that any new tenant provides their own reference?

Following on with the thread of the original question but a slightly different situation: If the tenants request a change of sharer while the tenancy is still within the fixed period and the tenancy is going to be ENDED in favour of a new tenancy being created with the new tenant added, my understanding of the tenant fees ban document is that a landlord can not even charge the £50 or reasonable costs as the tenant fees document does not SPECIFICALLY state that in this situation you can charge £50
The £50 fee is only mentioned for where you are making changes to an existing tenancy agreement. It just seems a little strange that you can make a charge of £50 for making a change to an existing contract but nothing for having to create a whole new tenancy that the tenants request and want to get out of.... Read More

Jim S

19:03 PM, 14th September 2019
About 5 months ago

Former MPC member says government approach to the PRS is "incoherent"

I love the fact that people have now started to refer to the attacks on landlords as a "War on landlords" even the RLA have used the phrase a war on landlords! The government need to be publicly shamed for their actions against the PRS in particular the immoral tax attacks. I have suggested this to the RLA/NLA many times that what is needed is a nation wide shame campaign to truly highlight the immoral practices of the Government. If rogue landlords are to be called criminals then the immoral MP's who allow retroactive taxation should also be called criminals and referred to as criminals in all communication and newspaper reports that the RLA/NLA produce.... Read More

Jim S

9:32 AM, 29th June 2019
About 8 months ago

Government plans for deposit passporting

Reply to the comment left by Mike at 28/06/2019 - 11:43
I agree with you entirely, how great it would be if the Government were to ban deposits because then all landlords would operate on a level playing field. Obviously the rent would go up to cover all of the debts that we would incur but at least we would not be getting screwed over by the deposit protection schemes and the associated paperwork problems. We would then all effectively be forced to go to court to get any money that we were due.... Read More

Jim S

12:00 PM, 1st June 2019
About 9 months ago

Tenant fees ban interpretations and exceptions

Hello Robert,
I personally think that the fee you have suggested as being fair ie £20 for a viewing and £50 for a sign up is ridiculously cheap, the £20 for a viewing is not horrible although to fully cover costs I think this should be £30
but if you can sign up a group of 7 students and pay the deposit insurance fee and cover your costs for £50 well you need to teach me how!! I think £250 is fair for a sign up. What would a Solicitor charge for doing the sign up for us and are we any less entitled to the same rate?
I have written to the RLA/NLA and asked then to establish a national landlord labor rate pounds per hour. Obviously they never replied because they never do reply to my suggestions but is this now the time to decide a national landlord labor rate? The so called "reasonable costs" that we are allowed to charge is no good and as an industry we should now have REALISTIC approved costings that we can all work to. The Manchester City Council HMO inspection officers charge out at a labor rate of £40 and they are relatively unskilled people so we should be entitled to charge out at higher than that.... Read More