Bristol Landlord

Registered with Property118.com
Monday 18th August 2014

Trading Status
Sole Owner

Providing essential rental accommodation since
1986

Number of rental properties owned
6 - 10

Insures properties through a broker recommended by Property118
No


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 35

Bristol Landlord

22:09 PM, 18th November 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Nottingham Licensing increased to a whopping £890!

Nottingham’s licensing fees are high but Bristol is even higher, charging £1200 for the new recently introduced five year Central Bristol Additional license. I got a discount of £150 for showing EPC and GSC etc, therefore paying £1050. I need to get 6 licenses.
The tenants will pay for them through higher rents.
I asked BCC why they have reportedly the fourth highest license fee in the country, the other 3 being London boroughs, they replied as such;
“I can not comment on why the cost of the licence is the 4th highest, we calculate our fees based on actual costs of administering the scheme.”
Sounds like a load of old baloney to me.
I’ve already suggested to them they really should start preparing for higher rents, less available properties to rent, increased homelessness and rough sleeping and therefore higher demands on BCCs social services.
They seem to be oblivious though and definitely give the impression they know best and are not believing or concerned there will be any unintended consequences, basically typical arrogant and uncaring local government.... Read More

Bristol Landlord

18:05 PM, 14th October 2019
About 2 months ago

Bristol City Council - The lights are on but no one's home!

The thing is that I have no POWER to do anything except talk to or send a letter to an ASB tenant asking them to behave.
Thats all I can do about that except to evict them and fully cooperate with the police and BCC. And as we all know, eviction is just about to get a lot more difficult. This is why I think BCC have the lights on but no ones home, they refuse to recognise the LL is almost powerless and it is BCC themselves, and the police, who actually have much more power than I, why wont they admit this?
Why blackmail an LL into signing certain "conditions" which they and I know very well I cannot legally meet? What concerns me with all these multiple ridiculous conditions is that any time they want they can completely shut down any LL who doesnt do exactly as they want. It wont be hard to find something out of 37 conditions which an LL has contravened, probably unknowingly, even if its something minor and a matter of opinion or interpretation. Or they can completely make something up and pull the license, then a LL has to go to court to try and get his license back by proving he didnt do anything wrong. Thats what Im most concerned about, the new power the LA now has to control the Bristol PRS and any LL. My previous dealings with BCC from many years ago have already shown me they are incompetent, unprofessional, untrustworthy and unscrupulous, ie typical government. They are so shortsighted and greedy they cant even see how they themselves are going to contribute to increased homelessness and make it way more difficult and expensive for tenants who can actually find a place to rent. One department of BCC will be raking in millions from these licenses and another department will equally be paying out millions to take care of rough sleepers and homeless individuals and families.
They didnt even take advice from your letter Rob as I notice you pointed out they could not ask for a gas safety certificate just for a gas supply. That condition 1 is still there.... Read More

Bristol Landlord

22:53 PM, 13th October 2019
About 2 months ago

Bristol City Council - The lights are on but no one's home!

Reply to the comment left by Michael Bond at 13/10/2019 - 18:52
I agree that many of these things are what we have to do now to get a license but my main concern is BCC want me to agree to these multiple conditions of which many I cannot legally do anything about, ie ASB of a tenant.
Why make them a condition if I’m not legally allowed to spy on my tenants, that’s up to the police, the courts and BCC to tackle. All I can do is try to filter out these kinds of tenant before they take possession of my house. Once they are in place it will take me a lot of time and money to get them out if they commit ASB.
Also your correct about Data Protection.
This is just an overpriced job creation scheme for Council lifers who don’t want to actually do the hard work of directly tackling the irresponsible landlords with yobbo tenants.... Read More

Bristol Landlord

17:03 PM, 13th October 2019
About 2 months ago

Bristol City Council - The lights are on but no one's home!

Reply to the comment left by Rob Crawford at 13/10/2019 - 12:34
Rob, I have read the letter of 11/05/2018 from yourself to BCC on the subject of their proposed licensing scheme. I assume it’s not another Rob Crawford? It’s in the appendix of the linked report. You made very good points and I agree with all you wrote.
Did BCC ever give you a substantive point by point response to your letter?
If so could you post it here?
Looking at the raw data in the report it seems to me that BCC were very selective in what they used to justify the go ahead for licensing Central Bristol.
Their licensing scheme was maybe ok for the original pilot scheme in the rougher parts of the city but the Additional Licensing scheme for Central Bristol is unnecessary, was already decided due to political reasons and is nothing but a thinly veiled money grab with almost the highest fees in the country. It will do nothing but add an additional burden on landlords and increase rents for tenants.
Mick Roberts already said in a previous post that in Nottingham an LA inspection costs £77, so why wouldn’t it be about the same in Bristol?
What are they doing with the extra £1000 or so that I pay per license?
It also looks like many organisations were exempted from this scheme, including BCCs own properties, can you confirm?

https://bristol.citizenspace.com/communities/additional-licensing-scheme-for-hmo/results/consultationreport2018v5final.pdf... Read More