Michael Bond

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 10th January 2015

Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 91

Michael Bond

17:14 PM, 11th August 2021, About 2 months ago

Grade 2 listed - EPC new rating exempt?

I have a large proportion of Listed Grade 2 buildings in my partly inherited portfolio. The criteria for assessing an EPC are mysterious and irrational and seem to depend on the whim of the assessor. On one recent occasion I had trouble persuading an assessor to stand on a step ladder to look through a hatch to view insulation in the roof space. Eventually she did so when I produced a step ladder and steadied her. Here we have to have an assessment done and then apply for an exemption certificate for a listed building. I think this applies to all Listed Buildings, grades 2, 2*,1.
Holiday Lets do not require an EPC unless you charge the occupant for energy eg with a coin meter; so charge "what the market will bear".... Read More

Michael Bond

17:19 PM, 27th July 2021, About 2 months ago

Landlords need more help to reach EPC rating C by 2025

EPCs are a farce and will remain so until they overhaul the system. Are they supposed to measure eco-efficiency as defined in emissions of CO2 etc... or whether they provide a warm comfortable home for a tenant... or whether they keep tenants' fuel bills low .. or meet the whims and prejudices of the inspector you meet on the day?? Until these things are sorted out and we can get a sensible guide as to what they really want, there seems no point in wasting money trying to meet the requirements.... Read More

Michael Bond

10:19 AM, 7th July 2021, About 3 months ago

A kinder way to deal with tenants who are not paying rent

The first part of the message assumes that all landlords are idiots. Of course we talk to tenants in arrears and try to sort it out with them long before the problem breaks the surface. I have doubts about the practicability of then trying to find a specialist or local charity which might help the tenant. There are potentially hundreds of these. Is this the problem the presentation addresses?... Read More

Michael Bond

13:26 PM, 28th June 2021, About 3 months ago

Landlord Licensing - What can we do to get our Councils to account to us?

Then ask during the public half hour of a meeting of the full Council which official had reported this to which elected member, when and in what circumstances??... Read More

Michael Bond

10:04 AM, 28th June 2021, About 3 months ago

No landlord should discriminate against tenants because they are in receipt of benefits

What an excellent comment, Ian. Thank you for putting the issue so clearly and crisply. What chance that those who like to pontificate on these things could be compelled to read your words before they next open their mouths?... Read More