Jessie Jones

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Saturday 9th August 2014

Small portfolio landlord in the East Midlands since 2011

Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 138

Jessie Jones

15:18 PM, 23rd October 2021, About 4 days ago

Court hearing date Aug 2022?

Reply to the comment left by Doug at 23/10/2021 - 07:55
It might be the quickest, bit if word gets around that Landlords will do this, it becomes a self serving prophesy and tenants will sit tight until they get their 'reward'.
The system is not fit for purpose, and the reason I am leaving the NRLA is because they are doing nothing to sort this.... Read More

Jessie Jones

8:11 AM, 23rd October 2021, About 5 days ago

Will Landlords be able to apply for heat pump grants in April 2022?

Reply to the comment left by Beaver at 21/10/2021 - 16:38
Quoted efficiencies for Heat Pumps are roughly 4 kW return for 1 kW input.
But electricity is roughly 14 pence kWh whereas gas is 3 pence kWh
So on this basis, Heat Pumps will cost more to run than an efficient gas boiler by about 15%
The argument for using Heat Pumps is environmental, not cost.
Standing charges also come into play so you might save up to £100 per year if you can have your gas supply entirely disconnected.

The maths is firmly against Heat Pumps even in new-builds unless you also generate your own electricity.... Read More

Jessie Jones

13:09 PM, 19th October 2021, About A week ago

Council Tax Liability - Quoting S6 Local Government Finance Act 1992?

Reply to the comment left by Adrian Alderton at 19/10/2021 - 12:45
I'm afraid that fairness has nothing to do with it. The Courts, the Council and Tribunals are only concerned with the law, not fairness.
If you are looking for fairness, being a landlord isn't the right industry to be in.... Read More

Jessie Jones

10:16 AM, 19th October 2021, About A week ago

Council Tax Liability - Quoting S6 Local Government Finance Act 1992?

I think that this is one of those cases where the real world does not dovetail with legislation, and as landlords we end up with the dirty end of the stick.

If you dispute liability then you can take your case to the appeals tribunal and on that page there is a link to past decisions where you will hopefully find a precedent for your circumstances. Good luck with reading through all the past decisions though; it isn't indexed in a useful way.
Hopefully someone else may have access to a useful case decision.... Read More

Jessie Jones

9:37 AM, 19th October 2021, About A week ago

£450m government grants for 90,000 Heat Pumps

It currently costs quite a bit more to run a heat pump than a gas boiler for a typical home. I don't think that there will be many tenants who are keen on shelling out more money to heat their home.
The quoted costs of retrofitting a heat pump into older houses is not very honest. Floors may have to come up to insulate them and to run larger pipes, both upstairs and downstairs. Additional Insulation costs for solid walls can run from 10k to 20k, especially if work is needed to extend the roof over the new insulation and for end terraced houses.
My view is that a more realistic cost of installing a heat pump is likely to be closer to £30k than £6k after all the additional work is done.
And it will increase the cost to the tenant.
I'm all for reducing our carbon footprint, but we also need to be realistic about it.... Read More