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: 473

Jonathan Clarke

19:42 PM, 8th February 2020
About 2 months ago

BBC Two’s three part-series into Universal Credit

UC was introduced in 2013 and still 7 years later it feels like its still in its infancy . The idea had merit but the implementation has been almost criminal in how it abuses human rights by leaving people without food for 5 weeks . It is the direct cause of me after 21 years of housing the homeless to stop taking on anyone new on HB . LHA had it faults but all mine were paid direct and it worked . UC stopped all that . The communication from the DWP is abysmal . No one but no one in authority has the duty to even tell me when a tenant of mine goes from LHA to UC. This is a 3 way relationship but my needs are simply just ignored . So the first time I find out is when my LHA doesnt come in and they are now 4 weeks in arrears. Why doesn`t someone in authority have the decency to even tell me? The tenants often keep the money as they in many instances have not the skills to manage their finances.
Give a recovering drug addict £700 and the chances are they wont pass it on . Its cruel to give them that money .The temptation is far too great. But no one bothers to ask me for a reference or a summary of their tenancy for the past 5 years before they click the button and pay them rather than me . They do it all behind my back . Its criminal neglect in my view
Its a total disgrace
Its not fair on the Job Centre staff
Its not fair on the landlord
Its not fair on the tenant who is set up to fail
The faults are so obvious and seismic that anyone with a modicum of intelligence can understand those faults . But there is a institutional culture which just ignore the faults in the system . This I have come to understand is now I believe a deliberate act on the part of government because the faults are so so obvious and the sad thing is they are preventable .
If you haven`t fixed it after 7 years you have no intention of fixing it. They just tinker around the edges .The 6 week to 5 week reduction wait for money was a monumental farcical decision. This demonstrated it was just a paper exercise
Shocking... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

19:06 PM, 8th February 2020
About 2 months ago

R.I.P. David Knox - A.K.A. "Appalled Landlord"

Sad news indeed. I did not know him but he always posted intelligent, thoughtful and well constructed posts so you sensed he was a good man . My condolences to the family... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

18:59 PM, 8th February 2020
About 2 months ago

Possession after tenant surrendered - Court Action still advisable?

Reply to the comment left by Bigdave at 07/02/2020 - 09:25.......
The Deed of Surrender is a very simply doc . Lots of templates on the net, Dont need a solicitor just do it yourself . They are worth their weight in gold. Also yes i use cash incentives to assist them to focus their mind into leaving. Works well and saves the hassle of court .... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

4:38 AM, 2nd December 2019
About 4 months ago

Location Independence - the lifestyle of Mark and Svetlana Alexander

Good thread
Happiness is doing what you want to do, when you want to do it, with the people you want to do it with - and of course having enough money to do it all with .
Its 4.38 am Monday morning and I`m currently watching the cricket and at 10am I will be playing snooker for 3hrs while others toil . I may catch an hour or two kip between then and now. Maybe not
Property has given me that freedom to choose and I am grateful
The hard work is done... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

7:39 AM, 12th October 2019
About 6 months ago

Pros vs Cons of having UC tenants?

In my experience clashes often occur when people of theory who operate in the back office meet practical people who work on the ground in the thick of it . Their problem solving abilities unfortunately often do not align. When they do though music is made. UC tenants will benefit from this. Both of their respective approaches have merit in what they try to achieve . Practical people tend to look and deal with the problems here and now . Theorists tend to deal with a distant Utopian view 10 /20 /30 years down the line often long after they will have left that particular office. Both can leave carnage behind them or if they are high in IQ and EQ they can leave a dynamic positive blueprint that others can work on for the good of all. We need both types of people but its often not a happy marriage so progress is slow . All we can hope for is we all go in a direction which is loosely agreed by both parties to be the best route we as humans can achieve. The world needs people with High IQ AND High EQ . Together they can look after those less fortunate than themselves. I enjoy the company of those with both high IQ and/ or EQ . If push came to shove and I had to choose either / or I would prefer on balance to hang out with people who have high EQ as they have a certain desirable warmth about them. High IQ people are equally fascinating to converse with but they can sometimes leave you a bit chilly on departure . The ones with both high IQ and EQ are just the best . They seem to understand the complexities of life and a certain aura of innate goodness often surrounds them .... Read More