Michael Bond

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 10th January 2015

Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 35

Michael Bond

10:18 AM, 17th June 2019
About A week 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 a month 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 a month 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 4 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

Michael Bond

15:27 PM, 9th January 2019
About 6 months ago

NLA accuse Government of 'not being bothered' to help Landlords

Don't think this is an oversight by this government. It is waging a war on landlords, presumably thinking that we have nowhere else to go (Corbyn's Labour, Libdems, Monster Raving Loonies?) and hoping to pick up some cheap credit with the BBC and the like. Even the NLA (of which I am a member) has managed to express strong criticism in public.
Do councils, housing associations, etc. face the same requirements?... Read More