Jonathan Clarke

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 19th June 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 500

Jonathan Clarke

22:05 PM, 7th April 2021
About 6 days ago

What can tenants do about noisy neighbours?

Each case is different
Noise from neighbours can be a very complex issue
Blanket advice to reason with them first is simply not appropriate or best practice
In some neighbourhoods that could put you in real danger
Likewise reporting it to some authorities can also potentially be counterproductive. It can make matters worse. It depends very much on the conflict resolution skills of the individual dealing . Many are not trained sufficiently. Also on a practical level if you sell the house you would have to declare this on the TA6 and your sale could fall through .
Think carefully and seek professional advice in confidence from someone who understands the nuances of conflict resolution before deciding the best route for you .

We have a legal system based on an adversarial form of justice in this country. Its geared up to divide rather than heal and often it leaves pain in its wake when solicitors, police, eho`s get involved... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

21:34 PM, 7th April 2021
About 6 days ago

Can I report this to the police for fraud as UC might not do anything?

I used to have LHA tenants in 75% of my portfolio
It worked well albeit a cumbersome system
I was happy to house the homeless and give them a chance
Since UC was introduced I have consciously gone down to 20%
The UC system is not fit for purpose
Its a deliberate act by Gov to ignore its failings .
They know its flawed . They designed it that way
There is no real will to rectify it
I`ve complained to MP`s Local Councillors , DWP, Council etc
No one does anything to bring about real change
Collectively they are all culpable
They set the vulnerable up to fail.
They set criminals up to take advantage of its flaws
Its a disgrace... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

16:40 PM, 11th January 2021
About 3 months ago

Jonathan Clarke

10:07 AM, 9th January 2021
About 3 months ago

National Residential will solve every landlord problem to sell your buy-to-lets for the best possible price

Reply to the comment left by David Coughlin at 20/12/2020 - 12:25Thank you . I understand the broad logistics and business model . I still feel the wording on the website is potentially misleading and could be perhaps re worded . You say
``We sell properties FAST for 100% market value within 28 days OR we buy properties for cash in 7 days.``
Some people may be attracted to the 100% MV figure and if not sold within 28 days feel you imply you will step in and buy at that 100% figure within 7 days . But the reality that will not happen. There is a potential conflict of interest for you and to what extent you market the property to 100% MV purchasers or there is a temptation that you hope they dont buy so you can buy at 80% . Perhaps a better more transparent wording would be
``We sell properties FAST for 100% market value within 28 days OR we step in and buy your property for cash @ 80% of market value in 7 days.``... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

9:49 AM, 9th January 2021
About 3 months ago

National Residential will solve every landlord problem to sell your buy-to-lets for the best possible price

Reply to the comment left by TrevL at 20/12/2020 - 11:55Yes I understand what you are saying but don`t wholly agree with your reasoning . If a property is bought one day and no value is added ( eg through a refurb ) but sold in exactly the same condition the next day for 20% more I would argue its true MV on both days is not a massive 20% different in the space of 24hrs. No its true value on both those days in all essence remains the same . What creates the gap in price is much more aligned to the motivation / knowledge / skill / naivety /potential deception/ marketing / research of that properties price by either the buyer or the seller at that point of completion on those individual days .
Its true MV is a totally fluid almost fictitious figure and in reality is never likely really to be established as its very unlikely to have the laboratory conditions necessary at one time to establish this true value when compared with all other properties in existence.
The investor market is full of astute and naive buyers . An astute buyer may buy then at 20% BMV whilst a naive buyer may pay 20% above MV . And thousands of deals are done in between both extremes with a whole array of complexities of human characteristics playing their part on both sides to reach the agreed price
The aim of a businesses like National Residential is to place themselves firmly in the seat and mindset of an astute buyer and that's where they make their money by buying BMV if they buy themselves or maybe taking a fee if they pass that BMV deal on .
We probably think much the same way but where we probably vary is on our individual definition / interpretation of the term MV.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Market_value#:~:text=International%20Valuation%20Standards%20defines%20market,acted%20knowledgeably%2C%20prudently%2C%20and%20without... Read More