Alison King

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 19th September 2015


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 194

Alison King

15:43 PM, 30th October 2018
About 2 months ago

Proposal to make BTL a time limited offer - Feedback request

1. Yes. Not because of the policy but if the tenant was that in love with their home I'd consider it as long as it did not leave me out of pocket.
2. 0. None of my tenants are interested in buying the property.
3. £6k
4. No. They want houses with gardens and some have not been living in the country for long enough to qualify for a mortgage. Once they do they will either look for housing association properties or new builds.
5. My properties are in high demand as rentals and they are supposed to be my pension. Who is going to support me if I can't support myself?
6. Too much of a lottery. There is massive variation around the country and not all landlords invest for capital gain. The wealthiest landlords in the south east woukd benefit most and so would their tenants who would recycle the property back onto the rental market as soon as they could.... Read More

Alison King

17:56 PM, 12th October 2018
About 2 months ago

Shelter: single mothers, bullying and how to delay eviction

Reply to the comment left by John Frith at 12/10/2018 - 14:17
I once worked with someone who pulled out of a house purchase because his name suddenly came up on the council housing list. I thought he was mad but he said the rent was cheap and came with the prospect of buying at a discount and selling at a profit in due course. Tenants are the same as everyone else. The younger ones are just at an earlier stage on the journey. Most see themselves as upwardly mobile and only the very cynical ones or the ones with underlying problems expect to be on benefits indefinitely.... Read More

Alison King

13:27 PM, 12th October 2018
About 2 months ago

Shelter: single mothers, bullying and how to delay eviction

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 12/10/2018 - 13:03Yes of course. A landlord may choose to make those judgements based on whatever criteria they choose. Personally I would prefer that to not be constrained by building societies sticking their two pennyworth in as well. But that does not make it always just or fair and people who feel unfairly treated have every right to protest and indeed absolutely should protest.
I contend that by interviewing the individual you can find out a lot more about their honesty, how conscientious they are, and whether or not they are upwardly mobile. A person on DSS who has just divorced out of an abusive marriage and is determined to provide a decent future for her children, or a single parent nurse who has dropped down to part time hours until her children start primary school are both totally different prospects to a delinquent oaf of either sex.... Read More

Alison King

13:14 PM, 12th October 2018
About 2 months ago

Shelter: single mothers, bullying and how to delay eviction

Reply to the comment left by Appalled Landlord at 12/10/2018 - 12:42
If I allowed myself to be influenced by random opinion pieces in the press I would not be a landlord at all. Especially the likes of the Express and Mail. Although the Times is not much better.
Their purpose is to sensationalise in order to sell their products. Their value in informing intelligent conversation is negligible.... Read More

Alison King

12:12 PM, 12th October 2018
About 2 months ago

Shelter: single mothers, bullying and how to delay eviction

I agree that single mothers are unfairly discriminated against and I think the rhetoric that they get pregnant deliberately to get houses is ludicrous. Mothers want the best for their children and children need good homes in which to thrive and grow up to be successful citizens. I can't abide it when people are lumped into categories and demonised as a group whether it's immigrants, muslims, landlords, bankers or single mothers. I've had three single mums and they were all great tenants and my current worst tenant is a working male with no family.
People should be treated as individuals and of course it's up to each landlord to assess risk; based on the individual they get to know in an interview. Not a tick box on a mortgage form.... Read More