Jon Sear

Registered with Property118.com
Friday 11th September 2015


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 14

Jon Sear

10:12 AM, 5th March 2019
About 5 months ago

‘No DSS’ adverts in the private rented sector

We should definitely be looking at this on a case by case basis. Four of my tenants get UC or HB, all of them are up to date with their rent, and on average they stay longer than the non-DSS tenants do.... Read More

Jon Sear

19:06 PM, 16th February 2019
About 5 months ago

Landlords Insurance - Landlords Buying Group

I sent my full portfolio details on Monday and 5 working days later still no response, despite my chasing. The renewal is this month. Does anyone have any experience of how responsive they are if you actually have to claim? Thanks... Read More

Jon Sear

9:26 AM, 26th July 2018
About 12 months ago

Kent Landlord - Hero or Villain

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 26/07/2018 - 09:01
No, I'm not "Shelter", I just try not to get sucked into spending ages on the computer. However I've been feeling increasingly embarrassed by some of the attitudes on here to the point I felt I had to say something. I've got nine flats in a fairly challenging area - to give you an idea the last one I bought was £14,500 (and that's not a short lease or a typo). Also wondering how many more I could manage myself and still give the level of service that I would expect if I lived in a rented flat. I've been called out to "no gas" before by the way, only to find there was no credit on the meter. I think we just have to accept that these things do happen in high yielding areas - its one of the reasons the economics are as they are and part of earning the money. Anyway, I'm off to clear the rubbish out of a flat that the tenant left without notice ;-)... Read More

Jon Sear

9:07 AM, 26th July 2018
About 12 months ago

Kent Landlord - Hero or Villain

We're OK until we have to fit internet enabled boilers that report their down time directly to the council then. Seriously though, on the couple of occasions when I've had similar situations I've always found the council understanding and helpful. Surely leaving heating/hot water unfixed for over a month is in a different league and not something most of us would be OK with. Incidentally, I don't know where "fixed within 24 hours" came from, as the original report appears to say 4 days, and also the fines are civil not criminal. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tycoon-landlord-who-banned-coloured-12947733.
The speeding example is a bit different too because you can always get a drunk person stagger in front of you "from nowhere" at 4am on a Sunday morning. Prime time for that where I live in fact...... Read More

Jon Sear

0:27 AM, 26th July 2018
About 12 months ago

Kent Landlord - Hero or Villain

As usual there is more to this than meets the eye. Fergus Wilson left a mother without heating or hot water for over a month until the council stepped in and fixed it for her http://www.kentonline.co.uk/ashford/news/property-moguls-lose-court-appeal-117741/. and now instead of putting better maintenance procedures in place he is evicting all his tenants with young children. When are we going to start advocating best practice instead of defending behaviour like this. What systems do you need in place when you have hundreds of properties to avoid messing up in the way that Mr Wilson did?... Read More