Richard Mann

Registered with Property118.com
Friday 15th August 2014


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 117

Richard Mann

8:21 AM, 27th February 2019
About 6 months ago

Shelter's Income and expenditure figures highlighted

Thank you for posting the latest trading figures for Shelter.
It appears to be an extremely large corporate identity with lots of strategies in place.
It is surprising that not a single penny is spent on some kind of hands on support for the homeless other than a phone line.
I have seen one of their large offices in the city, its refurbished to high standard, dominates its position on that road and has “credential”.
Many charities only contribute very little to their given cause. 1p in the pound maybe.
Check with the charities commission for confirmation.
Surprisingly £60+million can’t provide a single bed or a hot meal for someone in desperate need.
Travelling through London or any of our great cities for that matter you will see many people young and old sleeping in shop doorways or worst, hungry cold and depressed. They have little or no hope of breaking that viscous downward spiral.
Just 2% of their takings could provide overnight accommodation for many of these destitute souls.
Somewhere to wash shower and restore some dignity into their lives. Stop for just one moment and imagine yourself in that same position, no money or income no bed not even a toothbrush a tampon or razor blade to your name.
Now imagine your in charge of a charity. Do you spend your time beating up LLs Lobbying self serving politicians or do you actively look to help and uplift the lives of the fallen victims of system?
I stopped at a petrol station it was a very frosty day, I defrosted my car, it was cold. There was an old man huddled under a blanket on the ground next to the main building of the petrol station.
I stepped out of my warm car to enter the building and pay my bill I thought to myself jeez it’s cold.
This old man had been out there all night I suppose.
When I came back out I gave him £10 quid. He said to me “thanks so much mate, now I can get a bed for the night”.
I guess he knew of a Hostel or something somewhere where it was possible for a tenner per night to get a shower eat something and sleep in a bed.
I did think goodness I would love to help more if I could but the realities are that as business people supplying accommodation it simply cannot work and function.
But ! If I had £60 million coming in I would certainly try to help a few of them.... Read More

Richard Mann

15:50 PM, 19th March 2018
About A year ago

Home building Stand-off with Government as BTL falls

Is it not like some sort of bad joke.
The £80 billion pound question that should be asked regarding homelessness or inadequate property availability is
How could this government be instrumental in the continuous assault on the PRS sector to the tune of a £80 billion or a 80% reduction of investment over a scant two year period and not expect some repercussions in the system.
In just 24 months investment in BTL has dropped by a jaw dropping £80 billion !
Mainly down to section 24 plus a raft of unexplainable attacks on private landlords
Thank you Gideon Osborne... Read More

Richard Mann

8:13 AM, 3rd March 2018
About A year ago

Equality laws could affect "no benefit tenants" policies

Reply to the comment left by Monty Bodkin at 02/03/2018 - 17:35
550 Zonks a month for a decent 2 bedder in a nice area seems very reasonable.
Anyone got change of a 50zonk note?... Read More

Richard Mann

8:26 AM, 27th February 2018
About 2 years ago

Equality laws could affect "no benefit tenants" policies

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 27/02/2018 - 07:44Thank you Mark, I was unaware of such a system.
Being in the letting business has meant that many hurdles have had to be overcome.
It follows that connecting with a responsible person to take on the responsibility of managing the rent each month should follow suit.
“DSS” payments can be claimed back too of course, if someone has not signed on or worked or worked additional hours etc.
Data protection is often cited by local councils fair enough but as a Landlord trying to chase up non payment of rents doesn’t help.
99% “DSS” ? Check your lender T&Cs you’re probably in contravention of some or part of them.
Btw far be it being greedy Landlords. It’s about equal respect and meeting commitments.... Read More

Richard Mann

7:40 AM, 27th February 2018
About 2 years ago

Equality laws could affect "no benefit tenants" policies

There are a group of people that take advantage of the system. We all suffer either directly or pay for there lifestyle some other way. It affects everyone and everything eventually. TV programmes quick to jump on the bandwagon have made popular shows about them.

A Landlord database similar to the DVLA where a tenants credit file and history could be called up needs to be put into place pronto
It really is the only way to go.
A star rating would help.
Insurance companies could come on board.
Essentially “if you ain’t on the list you ain’t comin in” 5 star tenants could be like a 999 score on Experian or whatever... Read More