Chris Cooper

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 73

Chris Cooper

18:36 PM, 20th June 2017, About 4 years ago

Open Letter to HMRC - Clarification of "BUSINESS"

I would be interested to hear their explanation. I suspect it will include many of the explanations we have all been sent previously, including that the income derived from property is principally derived from the interest in the land.

I think one of the reasons we have never received straight forward, honest responses which actually address the arguments we make is because there aren’t any. It also occurs to me that the Treasury has such immense power they can set the the tax rules in any way which supports the economy (in their opinion). Hence the weakest part of our JR case was the Human Rights aspect. Governments have a large margin of appreciation when setting tax rules i.e. they can do what they want, so long as it’s proportionate. Of course we don’t think it’s proportionate, but the people in a position of power seem to.

I have always thought we are missing something. Perhaps we’re not - maybe it really is a simple as raising revenue from a community who they think can afford it as well as changing behaviour e.g. paying down debt, so that when interest rates increase fewer people are exposed. As an aside, but it may have a bearing on it - the average age of a Treasury employee is twenty seven. It probably means that the average Treasury employee is part of Generation Rent and, unfortunately, in a position to influence policy in their favour.

Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give in though and continually look for new avenues and strategies to have S24 scrapped or amended.... Read More

Chris Cooper

10:42 AM, 12th June 2016, About 5 years ago

Summer Budget 2015 - Landlords Reactions

The Axe the Tenant Tax Summit was a tremendous success - 600 people attended throughout the day, and we can use it as a springboard to drive the campaign forward.

You can see interviews with Cherie Blair, Lord Flight, David Smith RLA and others on the campaign Face Book page here:

Please share far and wide - there are still too many landlords who are unaware of Section 24.... Read More

Chris Cooper

10:28 AM, 12th June 2016, About 5 years ago

Summer Budget 2015 - Landlords Reactions

The thread below was posted on Property Tribes the day after the summit. It contains an action plan which we urge everyone to follow. Steve and I very much appreciate the effort many of us have made so far. If we can engage everyone in our campaign we can make a real difference. Please share far and wide.

Landlord apathy will be the death of us
Yesterday was the most important event in the 2016 landlord calendar.

Today, no mention of it on Facebook property groups, Property118, or LandlordZone. No sharing of content of reviews of the event. No call to arms to galvanise the landlords that were not in attendance.

Judicial Review Co-Claimant Steve Bolton said that Section 24 is the biggest threat landlords have ever had to face. Judicial Review Co-Claimant Chris Cooper said landlords were "sleepwalking towards disaster".

I am utterly staggered and dispondent at the seemingly non-existent support or efforts to create awareness of something that will kill landlords stone dead.

Yet all the landlords haters have jumped all over the event and slammed it. They appear to care more about our industry than we do.

Landlord apathy and lethargy will be the death of all of us.

Will the last landlord in the U.K. please turn out the light?

HOWEVER, if YOU want to step up and make a positive difference, then here's a plan for you:

NOW is the time for YOU to assist this cause and spread awareness much further and wider.

It is believed that 97% of the U.K.’s 2 million landlords have 3 properties or less and are likely not engaged on landlord issues on a daily basis. These are the landlords we need to make aware of Section 24 and bring their vast numbers into our campaign!

Below, I have created a social media press kit for you to use:

The four key platforms recommended to be used are:




Forums and communities such as,, etc.

We need you to create content, share content, and amplify content to reach as many landlords as possible.

To make this as easy as possible, we have created a raft of ready-made status up-dates for you to share across the web - especially Facebook and twitter.

Simply cut and paste the below messages onto your timelines:

New Tenant Tax means half a million buy-to-let properties could be sold says @nationallandlord #landlordsfightback

Will the new Tenant Tax deter investment in buy-to-let sector? 86% of landlords think so #landlordsfightback

#Property Tribes EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Cherie Blair MBE QC on Judicial Review of Clause 24 @TenantTax

Number of London landlords looking to sell has quadrupled since Summer Budget @TheMoveChannel #landlordsfightback

Rents will rise, supply will fall and tenants could be made homeless. Help abolish the Tenant Tax

Landlords! Stand together to fight the Tenant Tax - Section 24. Help @tenanttax take the Government to court.

Thousands of landlords will be taxed on loss-making properties. Help @tenanttax take the Government to court.

Landlords with 40pc equity and a 3pc fixed mortgage would be making an average annual loss of £325 by 2020

According to @SpareRoomUK stats, nearly half of tenants will face higher rents as a result of new buy-to-let tax

Are you a landlord? Join the Tenant Tax Facebook group and share it with your friends to educate about Clause 24

Landlords unite! Support the Judicial Review of Section 24 to abolish tenant tax #property @TenantTax

Landlords! Find out more about the @RLA_News campaign against Clause 24 a.k.a. the tenant tax

Landlords! Do not be complacent! Section 24 is a threat to your business. Help @tenanttax take Government to court.

Like and share

Please like and share the Tenant Tax Facebook page

Other actions

Please make use of the resources provided by the Residential Landlords Association:

Visit and share the RLA Section 24 campaign page.

Your voice can make a difference, which is why we need you to speak to your MP about how you will be affected by the changes. Act now:

Meet your MP

Write to your MP

If you have not already done so, please pledge your support:

Crowd Justice Tenant Tax Fund Raising Page

This is not a time for complaceny or apathy. The majority of landlords are sleepwalking towards disaster! ALL landlords and tenants will be affected by this tax and we urge you to stand up and unite with other landlords against this unfair regime.... Read More

Chris Cooper

12:25 PM, 7th April 2016, About 6 years ago

Summer Budget 2015 - Landlords Reactions

Reply to the comment left by "Simon Hall" at "03/04/2016 - 19:51":

Hi Simon. I have been in contact with our legal team to ask what effect a Brexit would have on our legal case against HMRC. In summary, the main points are as follows:

If the upcoming referendum is decided in favour of leaving, as a matter of timing the issues in our case are likely to be resolved before the UK leaves the EU and makes any related legal changes.

If the UK votes to (and then does) leave the EU, the UK courts would have to decide out JR claim on the basis of the lawfulness of Section 24 when it was made into law, and not applying any new law as changed as a result of Brexit.

Our human rights argument would be unaffected by Brexit as the European Convention on Human Rights is not an EU treaty so would continue to apply (unless separately the UK pulls out of that too).

Hope that clarifies the position.

Regards, Chris.... Read More

Chris Cooper

11:40 AM, 7th April 2016, About 6 years ago

Summer Budget 2015 - Landlords Reactions

Reply to the comment left by "Jerry Jones" at "07/04/2016 - 11:32":

Hi Jerry. I got the same bounce back message, so I completed the contact form on line, but it will only accept 500 or so characters.

I spoke to a nice, helpful person at Conservative HQ and you can email them all your ideas and suggestions to Read More