James Fraser

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 2nd September 2015

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 217

James Fraser

18:43 PM, 19th December 2018
About 5 months ago

44% of landlords fear Right to Rent

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 19/12/2018 - 13:00
David Price:

Yes, how ironic that the industry keeps trying to professionalise itself in the face of constant criticism, only to be told by putative tenants that actually they don’t want us to stick by the rules at all!

There’s no pleasing some people...... Read More

James Fraser

20:43 PM, 20th November 2018
About 6 months ago

Is Shelter a charity?

Annie, you are absolutely correct in your assessment that big charities feel they achieve more by campaigning, and in all truth they are probably correct to think this. However...

The Red Cross actually buys blankets and gives them to people in crisis situations. It doesn’t ‘advise’ people where to get blankets. The RSPCA (lamentable bunch of mis-managed corporates though they are) actually give medical care and rehoming to animals, they don’t (just) ‘advise’ how to do this. The Royal British Legion actually pay rent arrears for ex-servicemen to keep them housed, not advise on how to pay their rent. Macmillan actually provide nurses for cancer care, they don’t advise how you can get one. See where I’m going with this?

It is true that however you come by housing, it is an expensive proposition, but Shelter could set up a Housing Association, build-to-rent, help its tenants claim benefits and actually make money on it. The real reason they will never, ever house anybody is because the moment a homeless charity hands over a set of keys they enter into an existential crisis. Unless they are truly intending to house their clients for free, indefinitely, they will sooner or later have to evict someone. The moment they do, they cannot be an effective homeless/advice charity as they are then contributing to the very problem they exist to assist with. Thus they will always bully and harass real housing providers, but will never do it themselves.... Read More

James Fraser

0:49 AM, 14th November 2018
About 6 months ago

Alliance Solution for Housing benefit tenants

John McKay. I wonder why that interminable bore Peaker has stopped replying? He seemed so keen to jump in earlier. One might almost think he doesn’t do any actual work judging by the amount of time he spends laying into landlords on every available platform. If he wants me to prove my very own ‘Shelter lying’ story, with full details, I’ll be happy to recount it... but alas, he only seems interested in certain lies, not so much those of the Shelter variety.... Read More

James Fraser

11:13 AM, 25th September 2018
About 8 months ago

New Landlord Association seeking pledges

Reply to the comment left by Neil Patterson at 25/09/2018 - 09:50
Surely It should join forces with The Landlords Union - bigger, stronger, more coverage etc?... Read More

James Fraser

11:10 AM, 16th July 2018
About 10 months ago

Is IPPR’s report “On borrowed time” pure fantasy or a cynical publicity stunt?

It is utter tripe. Not even possible to enact. How could anyone 'freeze' house prices? If a rich oligarch comes along and offers to buy your house for double its market value for cash - what? - would this be illegal? Could BOE/treasury have to set a price for every sale, perhaps making it compulsory for one to use their own valuers? What if 10 buyers all wanted to compete for your home - if the price couldn't be negotiated, and all had equal ability to proceed, would you just pick one out of a hat - and how would such a decision be policed?!

It's just yet more insanity from already useless leftist non-economists. So just watch the government go for it!!... Read More