Richard of York

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Tuesday 15th September 2015


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 22

Richard of York

10:30 AM, 6th June 2020
About 5 months ago

New Electrical Safety standards guide for 1st July

No issue with electrical safety certificates for our properties, but I do hope this regulation applies to all social housing as well. Also, we pay £75 for an electrical safety check and certificate......... Read More

Richard of York

11:03 AM, 14th May 2020
About 5 months ago

Call for council tax relief on empty landlord properties

On the matter of council tax I always email the local council to inform them of a change of tenant - I have just received an invoice for £3.55 from Liverpool City Council after informing them that one tenant moved out of a property on 19th February 2020 and a new tenant moved in on 20th February 2020. In 17 years I've not come across this before...….I imagine the cost of recovering the £3.55 will be greater than the £3.55...……..keep safe All.... Read More

Richard of York

17:10 PM, 15th January 2020
About 9 months ago

Landlords Victory in Liverpool

Good to see you're still out there Larry,

As a Liverpool landlord of more years than I care to remember we fought very hard against this scheme first time around and here we are again..... I attended one of the 'consultation' meetings last year and it was clear ( as it was 6 years ago) that they were planning to go ahead with it again anyway - there was no consultation!! One council officer could barely keep the smirk off his face as he said the fee would be £350 per property - last time I paid £200.
At this 'consultation' meeting one attendee admitted to having 150 properties with no licences! Once again, compliant landlords join and others just carry on as they were.

It looks as though Joe Anderson plans to fight this decision in court https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/comment/comment/our-landlord-licensing-scheme-protects-the-people-of-liverpool-we-will-go-to-court-to-defend-it-if-we-must-64712

Being forewarned, how can we best prepare and provide evidence of the woeful return on investment of this scheme and that the council's claims about its effectiveness are hugely inaccurate?

Thoughts:
There was a list of all the recorded breaches to date somewhere online, but I cannot find it now.....they claim the scheme keeps people safe - so let them demonstrate how with some figures.
I believe the monies raised by the scheme ( thought to be around £10 million ) could only be used to cover the costs of the scheme - would an FOI request force the council to show how this revenue has been spent over five years?
To be clear I have no issue with rooting out bad or incompetent landlords and will simply increase all my rents by £10 per month to cover the new proposed licence fee per property if this scheme goes ahead.

The council has the details of thousands of landlords on record, they don't need to collect them again - a simple registration fee per landlord and self certification as a fit and proper person should be sufficient. New landlords to the area would simply have to register. The council could concentrate its efforts in the real problem areas.... Read More

Richard of York

17:35 PM, 21st February 2019
About 2 years ago

Three year Council Tax bill?

Reply to the comment left by Robert Mellors at 21/02/2019 - 13:29
Yes, can't wait for a tenant on one of the new tenancies to leave after the fixed term and then have some fun with the council!... Read More

Richard of York

13:26 PM, 21st February 2019
About 2 years ago

Three year Council Tax bill?

Reply to the comment left by Robert Mellors at 21/02/2019 - 11:01
Apparently, you cannot amend an existing tenancy ( but can increase the rent ), so we simply add the 'contractual' clause to all new tenancies similar to David's above.... Read More