John Frances

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Saturday 12th July 2014


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John Frances

19:12 PM, 9th November 2017
About 2 years ago

HMO Legislation, Mandatory Certificates and Proposed Changes

Agreed Paul, would you believe it? I got this sent through by one of our sparks today.
Looks like the whole private rented sector are going to be required to get an EICR done. Also interested that they propose to set up a new scheme for registered persons to do the EICR...........if I have read it right

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/657917/Electrical_safety_standards_in_the_private_rented_sector_working_group_report.pdf... Read More

John Frances

13:31 PM, 8th November 2017
About 2 years ago

HMO Legislation, Mandatory Certificates and Proposed Changes

Reply to the comment left by paul landlord at 07/11/2017 - 21:05
Hi Paul, I had an interesting conversation with NAPIT last year regarding a similar situation. One of the landlords we do building work for had instructed an electrician to carry out an EICR in a HMO, which they did. It transpired that he wasnt currently registered with an approved scheme, in fact he was currently suspended by NAPIT themselves. The response I got for their technical team was that as long as he doesn't use their headed paperwork, and he had the relevant City & Guilds qualification for testing and inspecting, he was free to carry out an EICR, but wouldnt be allowed to do anything that required Part P notification. Seemed ridiculous to me anyway.... Read More

John Frances

19:51 PM, 3rd November 2017
About 2 years ago

HMOs and council approval of Wireless Fire Alarms - HELP!

The system you have installed Antonio is Grade F, not grade D. The data sheet from Aico tells the installer that. I suspect the council will say no and you will need to upgrade to Grade D which will be mains wired to the nearest light (as long as there is a permanent live) but can still be radio linked with the appropriate radio link base (Aico do these as well)
In reference to smoke alarms being wired to an RCD, that wouldn't meet the relevant British Standard.... Read More

John Frances

13:34 PM, 27th May 2016
About 4 years ago

Liverpool Landlord Licensing Falls Foul Of Deregulation Act

Although I doubt very much that the Liverpool licensing scheme will be scrapped as it followed due process.
However, I do have an issue of the wording of the licence conditions and it maybe prevalent to progress this point a little further. The only way I can see that LCC can amend the ASB item is to vary the licence conditions under Schedule 5; Part 2 of the Housing Act 2004. Can you imagine the paperwork that would have to be generated to first consult with each licence holder and relevant person before a full variation notice can be issued?
If they refuse to vary, you can apply to the tribunal to have it varied.
Obtain the public register of the licences and write to each licence holder requesting they want their licences varied. Will take a fair amount of administration, but what disruption!
Remembering that it would only apply to licences issued after 1st October 2015 after the De-Regulation Act came into force. The licence applied for before that date would be OK unless a new AST has been signed after that date.... Read More

John Frances

6:28 AM, 27th May 2016
About 4 years ago

Liverpool Landlord Licensing Falls Foul Of Deregulation Act

Mr Sweeney I am sure you will enjoy that fact that it is you who is not in possession of the full facts regarding the old RPT, fortunately on this point David Smith and Cheeky Chappie are correct. Although in a strange way it provides you with information contained in LCC licence conditions again contains an error.

On 1 July 2013 the new First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) came into being in England combining the old Leasehold Valuation Tribunals, Residential Property Tribunals, Rent Tribunals, Agricultural Land Tribunals, Rent Assessment Committees and the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry. These reforms to the old tribunal system are part of the Ministry of Justice’s policy of unifying and simplifying the court and tribunal service in England and Wales. The aim is to create a one-stop service for all property, housing and land registration disputes. The new Property Chamber deals with three separate types of cases, Residential Property; Land Registration; and
Agricultural Land & Drainage.
The new Property Chamber are governed by a new single set of practice and procedural rules brought in under the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) Rules 2013.

On a different point, its such a pity that an interesting thread has descended into a name calling exercise by the original poster when an alternative opinion was given or challenged. Please can we keep this as an informative thread and not a name calling exercise?... Read More