Jonathan Clarke

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Milton Keynes

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Insures properties through a broker recommended by Property118

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 405

Jonathan Clarke

1:32 AM, 6th February 2019
About 3 months ago

Direct payment of Universal Credit to landlords - Online system being developed

I`ve done HB for 20 years
In 2010 an amendment to the HB regs enabled me to get direct payment every time at the start of a tenancy with just a tick in the right box . It was beautiful . The amendment was brought in precisely to fix a problem which was when a high proportion of tenants never passed on taxpayers rent paid to them .
Why that so obvious lesson was ignored when UC was started up I will never know . They chose though to ignore it and unsurprisingly we are here yet again
They want the tenants to learn to handle their money but they want to use the taxpayers money and me the landlord in this social experiment . But it was tried before and it failed so what has changed. Nothing . People are human. They lie, cheat ,deceive, forget,and spend on things they shouldnt . They always have done and always will.

When i was in a job my employer deducted my tax directly from me at source every month. The government didnt trust me to pay tax myself out of my gross wages. I understand the reasoning behind that and I dont mind. It made life easier anyway . One less hassle . The country`s finances would be in a mess if they expected 100% of people to pay HMRC their dues. It would never happen . We are not living in in Utopia

If they were that keen on their citizens becoming more responsible for budgeting why dont they pay peoples wages gross and rely on them to pay HMRC themselves .

Their hypocrisy and complete lack of common sense is astounding . That`s why I have let 5 HB tenants go over the last year.

Pay me direct from Day 1 for gawds sake.
And don`t make fill in a 100 page questionnaire to achieve that
Just do it as the default option every single time

Talk to the people who on the ground who can actually show you where you are going wrong .
Only then will you fix the broken system... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

1:30 AM, 12th September 2018
About 8 months ago

Why didn’t Shelter find somewhere for Stephen?

In my view it started out as sheer stupidity - not evil .
But by the government seeing the massive fallout they have caused over the last few years and not acting on it to rectify it then what started out as sheer stupidity has now morphed into sheer evil .

Its the collective government hierarchy complete and total inability to understand that many people will spend HB money allocated for rent on drink ,drugs , food , cigarettes, cars, holidays, clothes instead .

If the government are ever able to understand this most obvious weakness in human nature then and only then can they can start to mend the broken system

They currently want to take a 30 year old chaotic dysfunctional irresponsible person and make them responsible overnight. That aint going to happen
They offer no training or education or ongoing support but instead just bombard them with a chaotic dysfunctional irresponsible administrative system which baffles them

They set them up time and time again to fail
Once you can forgive, perhaps twice but not 1000 times
And when you do that time and time and time again that`s evil... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

7:21 AM, 25th February 2018
About A year ago

Mick Roberts on BBC Radio Nottingham

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 25/02/2018 - 06:55
Hi Mark
I agree maybe not insurance but if the council wants to work closer with us and take their HB tenants maybe they should have a separate pot of cash to pay for this kind of incident .
They could do an inventory at the start with photos/ video then once a year do a house check for the mandatory stuff but also check condition from our point of view as well and we pay if the mandatory stuff needs doing and they pay for the cat 2 / 3 level stuff which the tenant has contributed to it becoming that way

If they stay say 10 years the deposit is not the right tool to deal with what maybe happens in that 10 years inbetween

I am all for be held to book if big stuff goes wrong which is down to me but so should tenants take responsibility for ongoing minor stuff and specifically for not reporting stuff .

No tenant has ever rang me up and said sorry I punched a hole in your door last night or my jimmy spilled some oil based paint on you nice new carpet . When a house check comes they strategically place things temporarily to cover the offending stain or hole

We both should up our game and be accountable... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

7:09 AM, 25th February 2018
About A year ago

Mick Roberts on BBC Radio Nottingham

Yes and also when they move out I get the charitable

`I left the sofa and wardrobe for you as the new tenant might want them . Yes I know they are a bit old now and past their best but you know someone might like them if they are just starting out . Don`t worry I`m not asking anything for them.`

In my head I am thinking why would anyone want your orrible sofa with food and drink stains spilled over the last 7 years or your cumbersome chipped double wardrobe which is falling apart with door hanging off and disintegrating before my eyes

No you just cant fit it all into your ford fiesta so I`ve got to pay two people to break their back to lift that monstrosity of a sofa take the door off it hinges to fit it through it then drive to the tip 3 miles away wait 15 mins in the queue at the the local tip to dump for you

Thank you but that`s not charitable that`s called work and it costs me... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

1:01 AM, 25th February 2018
About A year ago

Landlords Union Slams BBC Panorama Report

What an utterly weak programme... Read More