Michael Bond

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 10th January 2015

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 36

Michael Bond

17:45 PM, 14th July 2019
About a month ago

Places not just homes

I find this alarming. There is absolutely no reason to believe that local government officials are in any way competent to judge what is "beautiful". All indications suggest otherwise. Already the planning process is too long and too expensive -- "pre-app" consultation, architectural appraisal, consultation, further "pre-app" consultation, modification -- so that these preliminaries actually take longer than the construction phase, and cost an aspiring developer more than he can afford. I wonder if anyone has ever looked into the drag of even the existing process the provision of new build homes. Now it is intended to give local officials even more power in the process and more power to delay it, though often with little improvement. Or is it intended to call on worthy DFLs (Down From London -- if you live in Dorset) and no doubt UFLs ("Up") or even OFLs ("Oop") if you live in other parts of the country -- to pontificate on "beauty"?... Read More

Michael Bond

10:18 AM, 17th June 2019
About 2 months ago

Shelter ask for Landlords views

I have also completed their questionnaire and I hope I have left Shelter in no doubt of what I think of them and their activities, without any f*****g and blinding. But I have not completed the relevant boxes on the TWO occasions when they ask for my name and email address. It would not be too difficult for them to trace me and make my life as a landlord difficult if I did so.... Read More

Michael Bond

13:02 PM, 21st May 2019
About 3 months ago

Only 15.75% of NLA landlords now support Tories

We still (!) have as Prime Minister someone who only listens to a small group of personal advisers and her housing adviser is a former senior policy maker at Shelter. While she is there nothing will change.... Read More

Michael Bond

10:28 AM, 21st May 2019
About 3 months ago

Tenant Fees Act 2019 – Elephant trap for the unwary!

One of the outcomes (no doubt intended) of all this is that from the beginning there is an atmosphere of distrust between the tenant and the landlord (housing provider). What else can you expect while we (still!) have a Prime Minister whose adviser on housing is a former senior, and no doubt highly paid, executive of Shelter?... Read More

Michael Bond

15:52 PM, 4th March 2019
About 6 months ago

Government to assist vulnerable with PRS deposits or first month's rent

I wonder where Heather Wheeler MP and her advisers have lived all their lives. I live in a pretty and apparently prosperous village in Dorset. I can think of only a couple of rough sleepers in the village in the last 10 years, but I know personally plenty of concealed homeless -- eg a couple with a baby living in the spare room of the parents of one of them, or a young person sofa surfing around his friends and their parents. There are more of these than there are rough sleepers. No amount of shuffling money around will help in the end. The country needs more homes, and present planning laws. make it almost impossible to build them. In fairness this Government made an attempt to simplify the system a few years ago. This caused such a furore from Planning Officers and NIMBYs that they backed off.
As already said we all know that the main problem is not with Benefit/"DSS" tenants themselves but with the way the system for making payments works. Also as already said landlords can still decide not to accept Benefits tenants. Not being able to say so when advertising simply wastes everybody's time. If Ms Wheeler's civil servants got off their bums and tried to find out they would knows this and could tell her.... Read More