Gary Nock

Registered with Property118.com
Sunday 9th June 2013


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 849

Gary Nock

23 hours ago
Landlords - Be prepared for increasing regulation

Hi Bluey. We have 13 properties of our own and manage 45 others. When this was first muted about two years ago we put a programme in place to get them all done. It's all about ensuring the installation is "safe" at the point of the check. Then follow the Electricity Safety Councils advice to check plugs etc between tenancies. (And covering your back) Checks every 12 months are a bit over the top but every 5 years is not too unreasonable. Unlike the need for Legionella Assessments ( which we do as part of our letting service) which are unnecessary in my view in domestic dwellings.
And yes - I do have my own personal property EICR checked every 5 years!... Read More

Gary Nock

3 days ago
Landlords - Be prepared for increasing regulation

I don't think this is too onerous. As landlords and agents we have Electrical Installation Condition Reports done on our landlords and our own properties every 5 years. Won't let without one. Costs £150 per property. Or £30 a year over 5 years. In addition we do visual / plug tests between tenancies. How else can you evidence due diligence that the property is safe? The only thing you have to watch out for is the electricians who tell you that a 10 year old property needs a full rewire " as it's not to current standards ( NTCS) mate" or every property with the older fuseboards needs to " be brought up to date" with a new metal consumer unit. They don't. The various editions of the electrical regs are not retrospective. ( I think its Version 17 or 18 now) You will end up with the following classifications on the EICR - and this is how my electrician explains it to me:

C1 - Immediately Dangerous - It's gonna fry you - get it done immediately!!

C2- Potentially Dangerous - It might fry you- best get it done asap.

C3 - It could do with an upgrade - like a new consumer unit - but you don't have to get it done. Bit like an advisory on an MOT.... Read More

Gary Nock

A month ago
Injustice of police damage, rent arrears and eviction notice!

Reply to the comment left by terry sullivan at 11/01/2018 - 12:27
Not much point really Terry. The MP will write to the Chief. The Chief will therefore get two letters ( or his staff officer / secretary will) and together they will be passed onto the Area Commander. The Chief will not see it. The Area Commander / Chief Superintendent will pass it onto an Inspector who will task one of his Sergeants to investigate the circumstances and write a report for him to Legal Services who will then decide if there is a valid claim. If there is due to a mistake i.e the wrong property they will pay out. If it's the right property and a warrant was issued before a magistrate or other lawful entry under statute as above then the chances of a successful claim against the police are negligible. Dealt with loads of these in 18 years as an Inspector. In cases where a mistake was made then the police paid up. Where there was genuine intelligence which was acted upon
( even if nothing was found) then no compensation was paid.... Read More

Gary Nock

A month ago
Injustice of police damage, rent arrears and eviction notice!

From the previous post - which is still valid:

"If the police have lawfully and legitimately used a power of entry under statute then they are under no obligation to pay any compensation. If they have made a mistake in entering the wrong address then you may get compensation. Lawful entry is under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Sections 17, 18, or 32, or by warrant issued by a magistrates court"
And in relation to discussing drugs issues with landlords - if there is a raid imminent then they won't for fear of compromising the operation. It's not that they do not trust landlords - it's about security of information. Even at police briefings for raids officers do not know what address they will be going to until the day and all mobile phones are taken from them until the operation is over.... Read More

Gary Nock

2 months ago
Lettings Fee ban fines could breach Human Rights Act

“I do think that what we have to remember the Bill is trying to do is to disrupt an industry"

Typical Shelter. She forgot to add "and treat those in it as if they had no rights at all"

Keep kicking the landlords and letting agents. You will soon have the PRS you deserve. Run by corporates for the benefit of shareholders. Then watch the rents go up.... Read More