Michael Bond

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 10th January 2015

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 32

Michael Bond

15:52 PM, 4th March 2019
About 2 weeks 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 2 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

Michael Bond

17:56 PM, 8th January 2019
About 2 months ago

Estate agents trying to steamroll busy students?

Get in touch with your local friendly man from Shelter? They like persecuting landlords and this guy seems to deserve it.

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Michael Bond

16:00 PM, 11th December 2018
About 3 months ago

Rubber Roofing system - Lender & Insurer views?

I have used a PVC material on two flat roofs -- one a shed attached to my garage and the other on a flat area of roof on a holiday cottage. In non-technical terms I describe the material as like the fibreglass they make fibreglass boats out of, and it sounds very similar to what Jason is talking about above. Both roofs came with a 20-year guarantee and both were fitted well over 20 years ago and have given absolutely no problems.
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Michael Bond

17:22 PM, 4th October 2018
About 6 months ago

New Landlord Association seeking pledges

Please count me in. I am a member of NLA. It does a good job at disseminating information, landlord training, and I accept that it has access to senior civil servants and occasionally ministers to work for us behind the scenes; but Shelter seems to have convinced this government that it is a bone fide housing charity and the government is increasingly taking its line. So there is a pressing need for a more vocal high profile organisation to make our case. We work our socks off and put our personal wealth at risk to provide homes for about 20% of all households in the country and we are persecuted rather than thanked. Of course there are some "rogue" landlords, just as there are "rogue" ministers, "rogue" MPs, "rogue"civil servants (lots of them if my experience is typical), "rogue" local councillors, etc , etc.... Read More