Yvonne Francis

Registered with Property118.com
Monday 3rd August 2015


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 136

Yvonne Francis

18:01 PM, 18th March 2019
About A week ago

Does bathroom with window need extraction fans?

My Council make me have an extractor fan in all my bathrooms whether or whether not they have a window. I connect my extractor fans to my light switch and put the isolation switch as high as possible. They are never turned off, and if they were, I would insist they are used, as I have HMO’s. However whether this would apply to other sorts of letting would simply depend on your Council.

Personally I would prefer to have extractor fans, as steam is so damaging especially with tenanted properties, as tenants usually do not have as much care as owner occupiers. If they damage your property with steam, resulting in mould, if they turn the extractor off, you can at least rest assured you have given them some means of avoiding it and charge them for the damage.... Read More

Yvonne Francis

20:00 PM, 15th March 2019
About A week ago

Fergus Wilson Panorama documentary - now available on iPlayer

I thought the government was hoping Landlord’s would sell up, so that owner occupiers could snap them up. If this is the main issue, then Fergus is simply doing what the government hoped for. They can’t have people renting and owning the same house can they? They can’t have their cake and eat it.

Doubt if the BBC will see it like this. Panorama is in the business of finding issues at anyone's cost.... Read More

Yvonne Francis

12:36 PM, 26th January 2019
About 2 months ago

Sadiq Khan told - Rent control doesn’t work

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 25/01/2019 - 13:44
I first became a landlord in 1980. There were of course no AST’s so one of the major difficulties was not being able to get tenants to leave. I consequently decided to rent to students based on the assumption that they would be, because of the nature of the lease and their prospects, very unlikely to stay on. There were also rent controls. If a tenant complained you could have your rent considerably reduced. It was not assessed on market rents but usually cut in about half. It devalued your property as well as the rent control stayed on the house and not the tenancy. In order to get around this I rented through an agent who dealt directly with the Colleges. If Colleges rented properties they could not take the landlord or the agent for rent controls although the downside was that I had to rent through an agent as the Colleges did not rent directly from Landlords. For a number of years this worked but eventually the Colleges realised their disadvantage and stopped. So I had to run the gauntlet and rent my properties on my own. Luckily within one year rent controls had been abolished. It was probably one of the most stressful years I had as a landlord.

The consequence was that there was very little accommodation to rent as not only were there rent controls but sitting tenants. If ever or however rent controls are introduced I sincerely hope it will not be the same as the eighties as that was the stuff of nightmares.... Read More

Yvonne Francis

19:12 PM, 25th January 2019
About 2 months ago

Statement from Tim Frome on behalf of Property Redress Scheme

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 25/01/2019 - 17:57
Mark, why are you not standing firm against this instead of encouraging landlords to register. It may be Ok for larger landlords like you but I am a small landlord. I have owned my houses for forty years and for over thirty years I have self managed and had not even a whisper of complaints, in fact nothing but complements. I know you think this is part of the professionalism of landlords you wish to promote but quite frankly I feel professional enough without the support of these organisations. I think the world has gone bonkers. If the Councils under the terms of my HMO license did their job properly there would be no need for this anyway.... Read More

Yvonne Francis

11:17 AM, 22nd January 2019
About 2 months ago

Ban on Lettings Fees to commence June 1st

Reply to the comment left by AA at 21/01/2019 - 19:02
Why do you not read the reply I made to you on 20/01/2019. Luke puts the problem in a nutshell. Adjusting the rent due to a void period when you had fixed term tenancies is obvious. However if you can not offer fixed term tenancies in the PRS in Scotland then never mind worrying over a void period as you do not know what void period you are going to have and you cannot as Luke says book new student tenants in November for the following summer as we did in the past.... Read More