Chris Harris

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 23rd May 2015


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 28

Chris Harris

10:22 AM, 18th November 2019
About 2 days ago

John McDonnell back-pedals on Right to Buy

Gromit- I agree. You can't trust politicians in general, but to believe anything this man or his cronies say would be extremely foolhardy. imho... Read More

Chris Harris

11:28 AM, 7th November 2019
About 2 weeks ago

As a Landlord in the General Election I intend to vote for:

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 07/11/2019 - 10:51
Yes the three day week was introduced by Ted Heath, but he was forced to do it to manage the power shortages caused by strike action. It was not a policy decision of choice but a necessary reaction to the actions of the unions.... Read More

Chris Harris

10:04 AM, 5th November 2019
About 2 weeks ago

As a Landlord in the General Election I intend to vote for:

Copy of email sent yesterday in response to an email inviting me to support the Conservative party . To:Conservative Party Office c.c.The Prime Minister, Andrea Leadsom MP, and Dominic Cummings ( seems to have more influence than any of the others :-))
"Dear Sir
Thank you for your email.
I am in my sixties and have voted conservative all my life. I voted to leave the EU trusting that we would be able to negotiate a sensible mutually beneficial ongoing relationship. The negotiating stance taken by the government was nothing short of inept , conceding much, before agreeing many of the areas essential for the future relationship.
In addition the behaviour of the Government, Parliament and our political parties (of all colours) during the Brexit debate has led me to consider that this country's leaders are incapable of running the UK as an independent nation.
Accordingly I have concluded that remaining in the EU is in our best interests.
As to how I intend to vote I, am conflicted in that I cannot support Labour on economic and philosophical grounds, and the Liberal Democrats appear to have little understanding of matters rural. However the Conservative party have completely lost their way on fiscal prudence, and now attack those that provide for themselves.
A few examples of your party’s attacks on what I would consider your natural supporters:
Private citizens that invest in good homes to rent to tenants, have been substantially disadvantaged by the change in tax arrangements (Section 24) that now treats interest paid as if it is not a business expense. This is perverse, illogical and discriminatory in that limited companies continue to be able to treat interest as the expense it is.
The proposal to remove section 21 of the housing act,(colloquially and incorrectly know as “no fault eviction”) will inhibit landlords from recovering their property without them putting further strain on the already overburdened court system.
Ill thought out legislation that creates offences of a minor clerical nature e.g. failure to provide a gas safety certificate at the start of a tenancy. The offence occurs even if the certificate exists and there is no remedy for this simple clerical timing error that has no impact on anyone. The result of such oversight can result in a landlord not being able to gain possession of their property in the future. Proper scrutiny of the proposed legislation would have provided a remedy to this draconian side effect of a sensible requirement.
Life time allowance limits on private pensions punish those who provide for themselves and have successful investment strategies. If limits are needed it would make far more sense to limit overall contributions rather than punish successful investment results. This is all the more galling given that those that make and apply the rules enjoy gold plated state provided pensions which carry no such limits nor any risk to the pensioner. Again those that are “punished" are those that try to provide for themselves.
All of the above examples have come to pass during the Conservative party's time in office since 2010.
I believe that if a citizen does not take part in elections they forgoe their right to complain about the result, so I will cast my vote for someone, at this time most likely the Liberal Democrats."... Read More

Chris Harris

11:22 AM, 6th August 2019
About 4 months ago

Hidden How to Rent update - "MHCLG, do not do this again"

29/07/19, Change on page 4 from “If you don’t have a guarantor, you can ask Shelter for help.” to “ask Shelter for advice.”

You can see why that was changed. You certainly won't get any "help" from Shelter, for all their grandstanding and expenditure they don't actually "help" anyone.... Read More

Chris Harris

12:46 PM, 12th March 2019
About 8 months ago

Dream tenants threatened by Housing Trust shared fencing issue

Reply to the comment left by terry sullivan at 12/03/2019 - 11:48
Having failed to get the fence's owner to replace it ,this is the way I would go next. However, I would likely want to control the installation, and would probably ask the tenant for a contribution to the works that I organised. If that fails, then I would replace the fence and put it down to one of the many joys and injustices of being a landlord in today's world.... Read More