Graham Landlord

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Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 45

Graham Landlord

10:02 AM, 6th January 2020
About 2 weeks ago

New Year brings "Interesting" problems and Misguided Guidance

Never forget. The introduction of Sec 21 was desperate move by the Government as an inducement to try and persuade property owners to let out their empty properties. The inducement was. "If you let your property out, we promise you can get YOUR property back without having prove the Tenant is a fault and the rent is what you have agreed" Cancelling Sec 21 is going to turn back the clock to 1977. Property Owners won’t risk letting out property, and risk having to go before a Judge to justify wanting it back. However, the promised change Sec 8, saying you will be easily to get you property back for rent arrears, gives Landlords the route to bump the rent up to create that situation. So expect rent control to be introduced as well. With the huge consequentially cut back in letting, there will be a huge cull in letting industry.... Read More

Graham Landlord

17:56 PM, 12th September 2019
About 4 months ago

Government theft of another's possessions is plain wrong

My MP Kevin Foster, told a Torbay Landlords Meeting that renting in London was difficult and expensive. I said "Consider the value of your flat if sold, “say £500K”. Consider the Landlord’s costs and risks. Consider the rent you pay, “say £25K a year”. I ask you this. If you take away the opportunity for the owner of your flat to get his £500K flat back, do you think he will ever rent it out again ? I think not. Then where are you and all the other MP’s going to stay?”
The Government want people to invest money in property to make it available to rent. If you make any investment that doesn’t come with a 100% guarantee (section 21) you will at least get your property back at the end, it is not an investment it is a loss. The Labour party have been here before with their stupid 1977 Rent Act, which was an unmitigated disaster for tenants. It wasn’t a disaster for Landlords, they just stop being landlords and did something else! If it wasn’t so serious, you would laugh at the Governments mesmerised thinking. Because Tenants have no choice but to be Tenants, the Goverment is hypnotised into the belief that Landlords have to be Landlords. When being a Landlord stops being an attractive proposition. Don’t complain, don’t try and change the Government, do something else with your life.... Read More

Graham Landlord

8:37 AM, 23rd August 2019
About 5 months ago

Another reason not to accept tenants on benefits: a case study

Reply to the comment left by Larry Sweeney at 22/08/2019 - 17:08
Hi, In 2011, Shelter on TV said that Landlords were rising rents and exploiting the poor. ITV asked me to comment. I offered to go head to head with Shelter and their stupid comments, on air. Shelter declined. You note they never debate on TV with real Landlords. I would thrown the gauntlet at them. ITV did a bit on it, but my gauntlet offer was edit out. see

Regards Graham... Read More

Graham Landlord

12:58 PM, 21st August 2019
About 5 months ago

Another reason not to accept tenants on benefits: a case study

I have said this before. I throw the gauntlet down to Shelter. Buy a block of flats or row of houses with a 100% normal BTL mortgage as a private Landlord does, without the support of your charity status or grants. Run it on the same financial basis as a private Landlord, but fill it with DHSS Tenants. Then with open transparency post your annual accounts for these properties on the web for all to see. It’s a win win for Shelter, they provide homes and prove their case with cold hard numbers. No more debates or arguments over DHSS Tenants, Section 21 Notices etc because they could prove they are right! Come on Shelter, what a publicity boost for you when you walk your talk and show us all where we are going wrong. Trust me, they won’t do this. Shelter have the resources to crunch the numbers. They actually know the reality of Landlording, but they are “Shelter” with well paid executives, what else can they do but persist with their unworkable demands and unfounded divisive propaganda.... Read More

Graham Landlord

9:35 AM, 2nd August 2019
About 6 months ago

Section 21 is going, but let’s have a say on how it goes

The simple solution that works for everyone.

1) Increase the notice period of a Section 21 from two months to one year. This stops the use of a Section 21 notice as an effective way of evicting good tenants that are merely complaining, because a year is too long. The good tenant is secure in that fact they always have a minimum of another year in the property. This also maintains the guarantee that, no matter what, the Landlord will eventually get their property back.

2) Strengthen and speed up the eviction by “Tenant at fault” Section 8 Notice procedure, so that it works! Currently a Tenant must be a minimum of two months in arrears for a Landlord to apply and possibly obtain a section 8 possession order. The Tenant has to only reduce their arrears to just below this figure the day before the court hearing to have the application cancelled, wasting the landlords’ £325 court fee. The Tenant then goes back into arrears and starts the whole expensive process over again. You are prosecuted for speeding even if you slow down and stop. It should be the same, once a Tenant has become two months in arrears, the Landlord can issued a section 8 notice, after that, even if the Tenant then repays this, only the Landlord can cancel the Section 8 application. A Landlord will not want to evict a good Tenant that has cleared their arrears.... Read More