Neil HEWITT

Registered with Property118.com
Tuesday 2nd July 2013


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 19

Neil HEWITT

18:10 PM, 1st April 2016
About 4 years ago

Landlords purchasing in 13% of the country will pay stamp duty for the first time

Unfortunately this site is very clearly biased, and the use of words such as 'hike' and 'inflict' demonstrates a standard of journalism comparable to that of certain tabloid newspapers.
We all have to pay taxes, and do we complain that large corporations have to pay corporation tax, when ultimately it can be claimed that this does come from the consumer. And yet, when certain large companies do not pay tax, there is a public outcry.
The profit threshold for many buy to lets is precariously low anyhow, and all too many landlords do not invest in their properties as they should, especially with essential repairs that affect the fabric. As a surveyor, I have had several landlords recently pull out of planned purchases recently due to the condition of a property, and the need to invest in the property. I have inspected many rented properties where investment is needed in the fabric, and not new kitchens etc.
The system in The UK of an increasing level of renters is damaging to the economy, with increasing numbers of couples delaying the start of a family due to high rents. That is a fact that has been reported.
The fundamental issue is that the majority of the housing stock is not suited to be let as a business. After all, if there were genuine profits to be made, then why have not large investors such as pension funds, invested in ordinary residential housing. The rental market has been skewed, and The Government has started a logical approach to this market. As I have stated before, if we are to have a large scale private rental market, then we need to look at how some other countries do achieve this effectively. My personal opinion of landlords, having been served three s21s in three years...I have a very low opinion, and no business model can ever be sustainable with such an approach.... Read More

Neil HEWITT

21:16 PM, 30th July 2014
About 6 years ago

Using a section 21 should not be considered a Revenge Eviction

I have commented before on s21, and out of three ASTs in the past three years, I have twice been served a section twenty one, purely as retaliatory. I I do not write this article in the heat of the moment, I am a qualified surveyor, and on the second occasions I raised a genuine issue with damp, and as a result, I was served notice. I have heard of this with many other people.
In my professional opinion, landlords do use s21 purely as a means of retaliatory eviction, for either repairs, or that they are trying to force up the rent, beyond that which tenants can afford.
If the landlords value their public image, then come clean, and act in a professional and ethical manner.... Read More

Neil HEWITT

9:27 AM, 18th May 2014
About 6 years ago

Will Ed Milliband lose 1 million landlords votes over this?

Reply to the comment left by "david dahill" at "18/05/2014 - 08:38":

David,
My article actually also supported landlords, as I have seen at first hand 'accidental' landlords who have been virtually made bankrupt by supposedly good tenants. One friend lost £20,000, and her only home due to a cousin who wrecked her home. Another business model would actually strengthen the rights for both tenants, and landlords.
One issue that does matter, irrespective of the cost of the asset, is that the tenant regards the place as a home. And, should be entitled to call it home. Many landlords do not respect that.
I have seen the viewpoint from both tenant, landlord, and also the legislative perspective. I work with landlords frequently. There are major problems with the UK rental sector, and remedying these will aid not just tenants, but landlords as well. I put it to any landlord on this site, how would they feel if they had to move home four times in two years, through no fault of their own.
Regrettably, the posts from landlords on here only serve to reflect the recalcitrant attitude of the landlord and lettings sector, that tenants are often treated as a sub species, and that attitude in itself then creates a them and us attitude between tenant and landlord. That leads rapidly to 'issues', and which often can be prevented by treating the tenants as humans, and that those tenants, treat the landlord with respect.
If legislation is introduced, then there is always a reason why, and often it is because that industry that it applies to, cannot clean up it's own practices. We have seen it in the press industry, and regrettably, the same applies to the lettings industry.
So landlords, prove that you run your business in a fair and ethical manner, that you are capable of sourcing decent tenants, for your properties, working people who do not smash up your properties. This is your business model, who are you aiming at? I hate to say it, but if low grade/low cost properties are the mainstay of your business, then associated risks will result. Provide the right type of property, and the right type of tenant will come.... Read More

Neil HEWITT

17:36 PM, 17th May 2014
About 6 years ago

Will Ed Milliband lose 1 million landlords votes over this?

Reply to the comment left by "Gareth Thomas" at "17/05/2014 - 17:25":

Gareth,
Many people have a change of circumstances in life, that forces them into rented. I have in fact been a homeowner, and paid off a mortgage. The fact that you do state 'put up with all this' does confirm you biased attitude against tenants, and demonstrates the unprofessional attitude of some landlords.
There should be a choice, as there is in other countries, between affordable rented, with safeguards for both tenant and landlord, and to buy a property. Gareth, please assess how the property market works in other countries, before you attempt to condemn an individual in this country.
One major issue in The UK, is that the lettings industry is too fragmented, there needs to be much larger private landlords, who operate in a professional manner, and within legislative and approved codes of practice. That is the model in Germany.
Your attitude reflects the attitude of many private landlords in The UK, 'accept it or get stuffed'. If Tesco operated like that, they would lose customers, take an example from big business, and operate ethically and morally, adopt a sensible, legal, moral and sustainable business model, and that business will grow, not just short term, but as a long term investment. The latter is a relevant statement, if property were such a 'good investment', then why have not financial institutions actually invested in residential property. The reasons include that the model of private letting is not sustainable in The UK.... Read More

Neil HEWITT

16:56 PM, 17th May 2014
About 6 years ago

Will Ed Milliband lose 1 million landlords votes over this?

I support Labour on this one, as a professional working tenant for two years, I have twice been served a s21, once when it was alleged that the house would be sold, it is now let and not sold, and next when the landlord served a s21 when I complained about certain repairs. It has been relet with the same agent. I have been an excellent tenant and the rent paid on time, I am a professional RICS building surveyor by the way. Sorry, I have little sympathy with private landlords, or agents. For too long the lettings markets has run loose, and as often happens in such a situation, controls need to be introduced, and they are needed desperately. What will happen with the market when interest rates rise soon, many properties will no longer be viable as a business due to BTL. There are far too many accidental landlords, and I have known a few who have lost thousands due to problem tenants. I do not so much blame those tenants, but the approach of the whole lettings industry that encourages such owners to let out a property, with no business acumen, or know how.
Rents are too high in many areas, and not affordable for many people, there is no security of tenancy, and landlords evict as a policy to try to increase the rent. As an industry, it has lost consumer confidence, not just my viewpoint, but that of many people, and that of the far greater number of tenants, who face increasing rents, inability to obtain a personal loan, which encourages short term loans using 'Wonga' style companies, and no security of tenure.
Labour does get my vote, for these reasons alone. Landlords who object to my comments, please actually try living as a tenant, and see how you feel then.... Read More