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: 50

Bristol Landlord

21:47 PM, 14th May 2020
About 2 months ago

Government's destructive path

Reply to the comment left by Steven at 12/05/2020 - 14:24Hi Steve, I used to really like the Steve Wright show, hey wait a minute, your name is Steven, are you Steve Wright and now a landlord?
I also really liked the Anne Nightingdale show on Sundays, she is cool, now DJs through the middle of the night I believe.
I totally understand you, the party in power for the last 10 years has ruined things for any landlord not a Corporate Landlord. The S24 tax changes I think really made it clear the government favored the corporate landlords.
Personally, I am favouring Portugal as a place to settle up and sell my places.
Interestingly, today I just got an email from Bristol City Council asking me if I’m interested to rent out my houses to them?
This is after they have already just nailed me for about £1200 per house for a 5 year Additional License with some 34 ridiculous conditions, some even making me responsible for a tenants Anti Social Behaviour. I already wrote to them to say that under law I can’t interfere in the life of a tenant and how can I possibly get a bad tenant to leave once we don’t have S21?
How long will it be before the invitation becomes an offer I can’t refuse due to my License being dependent on their Conditions?
“Bristol City Council needs in excess of 500 units of new accommodation for longer term private lets over the course of the next year.
As the property market gets moving again, you may now be looking at your options for letting your property, or for letting your client’s properties if you are an agent. There has never been a better time to get in touch with Bristol City Council’s in-house lettings team and find out more about how we can work with you. By renting through the council, you’ll enjoy a range of other benefits including rent guarantees, no agency fees and an ongoing comprehensive package of support for both landlord and tenant.”... Read More

Bristol Landlord

14:07 PM, 11th May 2020
About 2 months ago

Government's destructive path

Reply to the comment left by Steven at 11/05/2020 - 13:08I agree, it’s obvious the government have deliberately targeted smaller landlords to push us out of the business. Is it envy? Could be, but I think it’s also a matter of governmental arrogance and an urge to control, to control anything and anyone who is operating slightly outside of the system, to kill anything independent, just look up IR35 for example. The government hates any of its lesser “subjects” to operate independently. Everyone must be in the system, their system. This attitude of course does not apply to the multi millionaires, ie the Bransons of the country, and the various large international corporations, the government attitude is then of servility, wonder and awe and abject deference and they doff their caps and the multi millionaire or large corporation is then showered with gifts such as tax breaks, favourable government contracts and changing any laws to suit which may increase them making even larger profits, which is what I think is currently happening to us here in the PRS.
There is also an attitude of they can do anything they want and **** anyone who doesn’t like it.
It’s my strong belief that Brexit is involved as it’s all part of the same government mind set, “we don’t want the EU interfering with our sponsors profits”
You can read something which touches on this, it’s about Covid19 but it demonstrates the attitude;
https://www.globalresearch.ca/stench-corruption-stronger/5712235
The question is what do we do about it?
I think taking the government head on won’t work unless all landlords are united on a plan of what to do. Either we accept the new rules and try to survive or we bale out and invest our money elsewhere. Anyone got any other ideas?... Read More

Bristol Landlord

16:03 PM, 9th May 2020
About 2 months ago

Government's destructive path

Why destroy the PRS?
I used to think the government was just incompetent and didn’t understand the PRS. But now I see the big picture and realise what is going on is actually a very well thought out and carefully designed multi faceted strategy. It is a strategy to achieve the government’s unstated agenda for the future of the PRS and social housing in the UK.
It is achievable by first destroying the PRS, but only for the smaller independent landlords, not the larger corporate landlords. It is a targeted approach.
So the Govt, sometime during the last 10 years of the Conservative Party rule, decides they are not going to fulfill their social duty and are unwilling to and never are going to build enough social housing to satisfy the ever increasing demand.
They have other things to waste the taxpayers money on such as tax breaks for large corporations, ie Amazon, and weapons for unnecessary wars to support the Americans and funding the privatisation of the NHS.
House prices are out of reach for many and for years the LAs have been starved of cash due to the unnecessary and criminal policy of “austerity”, (there is plenty of money but they just don’t want to waste it on the little people) so they don’t have the money to build new social housing but still have a duty to house local residents. Therefore the building of new social housing has slowed to almost nothing while demand has massively increased.
The Govt implements a plan to deliberately destroy the PRS but only for individual landlords and not corporate landlords. They make life difficult for landlords by reducing legal safeguards, reducing tax benefits to landlords but not to corporate landlords, proposed canceling of S21 eviction process etc. At the same time changing laws to make it very difficult to evict rogue tenants who can if they want stay for months committing anti social behaviour and not paying the rent.
This has the effect of “encouraging” many landlords to sell up, many of their properties leave the PRS and are sold to owner occupiers.
The Govt passes a law allowing LAs to impose a mandatory licensing scheme for HMOs. The purpose of licensing has several advantages.
1. It raises cash for the LA.
2. It puts all the private HMOs on the map, ie the LA knows all the addresses.
3. The last and most important for the LA is that a license indirectly gives them CONTROL of someone else’s livelihood and property. Very simply, if you need a license to legally do something and that license is taken away then you can’t legally do that thing anymore.
The last point although perhaps not directly or legally puts a landlords property within reach of the LA.
Due to the often ridiculous quantity and terms of the license (mine has over 30) there can be any number of reasons, real or made up, for an LA to find a landlord has breached the terms of the license and allow the LA to impose massive fines if they so wish. It also means a landlord takes a great risk if he challenges an LA on any other issue, he can be silenced by a threat to cancel his license.
The next step will be to pass laws allowing the LA to make a compulsory purchase of a property when the landlord loses his HMO license and as an added bonus went bankrupt due to massive fines imposed by the LA. This is the last piece of legislation the LA needs to take over a privately owned and privately rented property and turn it into a social housing property.
In the meantime the same high standards of habitation imposed on private landlords don’t seem to apply to social housing, many council properties are crime ridden dumps with the residents living in fear and squalor.
At the same time as all this is going on the government is priming the public by constantly demonising landlords by secretly funding government propaganda outlets such as Shelter.
At the same time while all that is going on the government is making backdoor deals with their corporate landlord friends and promising them that in a few years the PRS will be the land of milk and honey. Just wait for corporate American money to come flooding in after the terms of a trade deal with the US are worked out, this is due to Brexit, it’s all linked.
So it’s a win for the government as they offload their responsibility to fund social housing.
A win for them again as the treasury takes in hundreds of millions in Capital Gains Tax receipts from landlords selling up.
A win again for the government when they get their benefits (payoff) from the corporate landlords.
A win for the LAs as they make money from the criminal HMO license schemes but say it’s all for the good of the tenant.
A win for the LA when they increase their stock of social housing by taking property from private landlords after being fined out of existence and their HMO license cancelled.
A win for the corporate landlords as the path will be clear for them to massively invest in the UK PRS. Without the same rules and without paying much income tax no doubt.
A lose for the smaller landlords as they are forced to sell up or face onerous licensing conditions.
A lose for the tenants who rent in the PRS as the available property to rent from small landlords diminishes and they are forced to rent from corporate landlords.
Think the government isn’t evil enough to socialise the PRS?
They already did this in reverse a few times.
They sold thousands of Council owned properties to private landlords, now they would like to take them back.
They did this in reverse when they took a well functioning railway system, starved it of funds for years and then privatised it, now it’s rubbish.
They are working to privatise the NHS, another link to Brexit as the US has plenty of experience of private health care, just wait and see as the NHS is privatised and becomes a money making operation. Need a hip replacement or medication for your high blood pressure? Its going to cost you thousands in the future.... Read More

Bristol Landlord

23:27 PM, 2nd May 2020
About 2 months ago

Labour want 'Triple Lock' for tenants

Reply to the comment left by Ingrid Bacsa at 02/05/2020 - 11:23
That’s an interesting idea, could be a business opportunity to start an agency supplying reliable people to take occupancy as the live in landlord. Would this work legally for those of us who don’t have enough reliable friends to fill this role?... Read More

Bristol Landlord

23:15 PM, 2nd May 2020
About 2 months ago

Labour want 'Triple Lock' for tenants

Reply to the comment left by terry sullivan at 02/05/2020 - 12:45When I lived there in the early 2000s I saw Germans absolutely abide by the letter of a contract and by the letter of the law, both tenants and landlords, there was no room for adjustment or flexibility, even to the point of absurdity.
I rented in Munich, the landlady lied by saying she lived far away but actually lived locally, she was constantly in the back garden watering the grass.
She also said if we signed a 3 year contract she would not be able to increase the rent, she also said, as we were foreigners, that we could leave whenever we wanted with just a months written notice. We trusted her and foolishly signed the German language contract, a year later my job finished and I was offered another in Hamburg.
After we gave the agreed 30 days notice she then turned around and said that as there was nothing written in the contract about leaving early we then owed her the remaining 2 years rent money. She also insisted we keep her large plant in the apartment which somehow damaged the hardwood flooring. She demanded we repaired her floor and then claimed an absurdly high repair amount on our renters insurance without our knowledge. We only found out by accident after calling the insurance broker. We also checked around and found out this was her specialty, rent out her nice apartment only to foreigners. The only way to get rid of her was to say we were moving back to Canada and good luck suing us. Ursula Schimmer, truly the landlady from hell.... Read More