TheSwan

Registered with Property118.com
Friday 26th February 2021

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Landlord with a small portfolio of properties who is feeling oppressed with all the changes to landlord legislation.


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 16

TheSwan

3:45 AM, 7th April 2022, About 2 months ago

New Right to Rent Code of Practice

As landlords with a small handful of properties we really are considering selling each property as the tenants choose to leave. Too many rules and too many potential fines. We just need a new venture......... Read More

TheSwan

0:29 AM, 8th March 2022, About 3 months ago

A Labour Councillor admits Selective Licensing not effective

Well done Mick. Hopefully other councils will see the selective licencing in Nottingham crash and burn and decide not to make their tenants and landlords suffer the same fate. We are on the Derby/Notts border and we wouldn't buy a house in Notts right now and are investing in Derbyshire instead. We are ready to buy another house, but are waiting for that delayed white paper to see if the governments' proposed policy changes make being a landlord even more pointless than it already is becoming. They seem hell bent on chasing away the good landlords who treat their tenants so well they hardly ever move on! Changes to the EPC regulations may see us having to sell our older stock and evict good long standing tenants. Tenants don't want the EPC changes and neither do the landlords. Getting 100 year old houses from a D to a C can be such a difficult task. I just don't know why they can't make the changes "from this point forward", upon change of tenant so we can sell the houses when the tenants move out if they aren't viable to upgrade. If they impose the EPC change on existing houses and tenancies then there is gonna be hell to pay.... Read More

TheSwan

8:57 AM, 31st March 2021, About A year ago

Councils using 'Intelligence' to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,000

Reply to the comment left by Penny Lyon at 30/03/2021 - 13:28
The original article may have been about councils uncovering landlords who own properties with a rating of F and G and not landlords who don't have an EPC, but I was slapped with this fine anyway despite the fact the fine was unjust and they didn't even try to find out the facts before hand. They didn't immediately back down when I pointed out the length of the tenancy either and I had to resort to quite lengthy legislation to point out that they were wrong. I mention it here because it seems that they fine first because it's easier and other people with no EPC who don't need one will be put under the same stress as I was.... Read More

TheSwan

12:56 PM, 30th March 2021, About A year ago

Councils using 'Intelligence' to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,000

Gunga Din.

From 1 April 2020, all domestic lettings (including existing) must achieve an “E” rating or better """"BUT ONLY IF"""" they have ever had a rating (and this is where I defeated the council as my property has never legally needed to have had an EPC so doesn't have a rating to start with. It's all there in the legislation and government tools that I am right.)

Should my tenant move out, the property will then be sold, but the lady doesn't want to move (I've not changed the rent in the 13 years she lived there as she is a model tenant and maintains the house beautifully, so I consider the rent reduction as her reward).... Read More

TheSwan

12:39 PM, 30th March 2021, About A year ago

Councils using 'Intelligence' to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,000

Exactly my point Luke. My rental in question has UPVC windows and doors, 300mm loft insulation and a condensing boiler already. Getting this to a C could be a struggle without tens of thousands of outlay for solid wall insulation (and yes I looked into this). It's a very low value, ex council, early 1900s house so there is no benefit to spending loads going further with upgrades. Had I been brought inside the regulations this lady would find herself made homeless by the government. Not everyone without an EPC is a "chancer". I do not legally require an EPC for this one house, all of my other rentals have them. Just because a house doesn't have an EPC it doesn't make it a bad house, some houses struggle to get a higher EPC value because they are heated by oil or electric. EPCs only measure energy and take no account of a property condition and presentation. I wonder what the EPC value of Buckingham Palace would be, I doubt they upgraded to UPVC, gas fired radiators throughout and external solid wall insulation!!!... Read More