Michael Bond

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 10th January 2015


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 49

Michael Bond

10:24 AM, 11th January 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Jenrick overhauls tenancy agreement to help end pet bans

A general point about letters to Ministers and MPs. If you write direct to a Minister, eg Robert Jenrick, you will get a reply from a middle ranking civil servant in his department; and the civil servants will probably not even have told him that you have written him a letter. If you write to your MP your MP will pass the letter to the Minister for a reply, which will be addressed to the MP, and must by convention be signed by the Minister himself, even if it was written by a civil servant. The Minister may not read the reply but he has the chance to do so and has to be aware that he may be asked about the matter next time he runs into your MP at a meeting or in a bar or wherever. Also he might be made aware of a problem when he is brought a pile of letters to sign with the comment: " Another 25 letters for you to sign about landlords objecting to our new policy for pets in tenanted houses, Minister".... Read More

Michael Bond

13:03 PM, 7th January 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Jenrick overhauls tenancy agreement to help end pet bans

Presumably Mr Jenrick advises that I should interview not only prospective tenants but their dogs, cats, parrots, goldfish etc. What language should I speak in these circumstances? Does anyone know of a quick course? Can anyone advise as to how I tell whether a dog (etc) is being truthful when it assures me that it is well-behaved?
More seriously is it not time that the advisers from Shelter brought in in Mrs May's time were flushed out of the system so that the PRS which provides housing for so many people was allowed to operate sensibly without these idiotic rules?... Read More

Michael Bond

13:25 PM, 19th December 2019
About a month ago

Queen's speech - Section 21 ban?

Let's face it. Section 21 is a dead duck. it is already so circumscribed with additional rules that it is already unusable in most cases. We need to press for :
Specialist housing courts in which the judges know housing law; which deal with cases quickly; which do not give unreasonable time for tenants to get out if found in the "wrong"; and in which the evidence required to prove a case is simple.
And an end to the War On Landlords by government or at least their civil servants who have been indoctrinated by Shelter.... Read More

Michael Bond

13:01 PM, 18th December 2019
About a month ago

Nationwide call to use empty homes

The empty homes are not always where those looking for a home want to live. Work and family considerations apply.... Read More

Michael Bond

12:50 PM, 18th December 2019
About a month ago

New Father of the House and leasehold reform?

Leasehold is a perfectly sensible form of land tenure which has advantages in many circumstances-- most obviously concerning flats. But it is now being abused by some developers with the unwitting compliance of some amazingly incompetent conveyancing lawyers. It ought to be possible to stop this by tweaking the rules, rather than abolishing a useful concept.... Read More