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Fred Jones
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About Me

Electrically qualified, able to do minor building works, decorating and high quality cleaning.
Degree qualified in biochemistry instrument techology (I know how domestic things work or why they will never work and understand building regulations).
Old enough to know a lot about people, finances and common sense.

my expertise in the industry

Landlord in several areas of the country.

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From: Fred Jones 10 July 2018 10:23 AM

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Yes.......but.......err...... Let's think outside the box. Slowly the legislation that allowed lettings to re-start in the UK which was put in place by Margaret Thatcher's government is being rescinded. We will soon be back to status left by Harold Wilson's comrades were letting domestic accommodation was a practical and financial impossibility. To have a lettings market landlords have to have close control of their properties and an absolute right to remove tenants who are not profitable. Back before electronic everything that was the only way it worked. Now we can easily make sure that landlords do their job properly and that is what is being done. Unfortunately it is costing a lot and the tenants are going to have to pay for it. That is what they want and they are going to get it so that is great news!...? This can work but we are expecting further new legislation to give tenants almost an absolute right to stay in properties even if the landlord wants or has to move them on. Thus we go full circle, "To have a lettings market landlords have to have close control of their properties and an absolute right to remove tenants who are not profitable." Big companies may be able to maintain a viable domestic lettings market by being able to fund a very efficient use of the legal system but bad or just plain luckless tenants who fall foul of these systems are going to find themselves frozen out of renting property for the rest of their lives. The cost to landlords of helping these people will become a business expense which can be controlled but at an unacceptable cost which will have to be stopped. I let several properties. If tenants occasionally need a few days to get their rent up to date after Christmas I can live with that. If they want to live in their own filth I can do that as well but they will loose their deposit for cleaning when they leave. What I can not put up with is damage and antisocial behaviour. These activities require eviction asap for both myself and neighbours. If I can not manage property without the huge expense of using the law then it is time to sell up. My first property is on sale now. It is better to have the flat empty and safe from damage and legal cost in the meantime.

From: Fred Jones 17 May 2018 10:52 AM

Fred Jones
There is a deep down problem for this 'fiasco' and it is entirely the fault of councils and waste management policy. I have properties in an area well away from where I live. I go to block management and leaseholder management meetings and this problem comes up all most every time. It even came up on a camp site I visited on holiday. The problem: People in these HMOs come from all over the country/world. Every where they come from has different rubbish reclining arrangements and as an added extra, different use regulations for the colour of the bins and sacks. How in the name of your favourite deity how are strangers in a new town going to know what to do? There are two answers. 1. The council trains every new arrival at the HMO when they take up residence (!??). It is not the lettings agent responsibility as residents pay council tax and that is the route that rubbish collection is organized. 2. The camp site owner explained this to me. Provide all the relevant bins to keep everyone happy. This also satisfies inspections and gives goody points for obtaining tourism grants. Collect the bins up and pool all the wast in large dump bins. Next send it all off together as industrial waste. Of course this is an expense but it is less so than constant argument, fines and loss of grants. Funnily enough my block agent does exactly the same thing. Here the only remaining problem is large items such as beds and old baths. This is within the scope of what the agent can handle and costs are billed back to the block charge - as are the industrial waste charges.

From: Fred Jones 04 January 2018 11:37 AM

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From: Fred Jones 26 September 2016 22:19 PM

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From: Fred Jones 20 June 2016 22:28 PM

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From: Fred Jones 24 February 2016 10:27 AM

Fred Jones
Could someone tell me how this is going to be accomplished with a leasehold flat in a large block? As said, British homes are notorious for heating but sadly the fault usually lies with the initial construction - not the landlords' maintenance. One of my properties even has posh nationally approved certificate to say how good it is (1970ish). It comes out as E on the current system. The biggest culprit was lousy wooden windows with 3mm single glazing. This has been upgraded with double glazing so now the flat suffers from condensation. Yes there are vents but I can not stand guard in the flat and make the tenant use them. I could put in loft insulation in but there is no point because more than enough heat (and water vapour) rises from the flats below even in mid winter. It goes on with other properties. Most landlords put in plastic double glazing. This avoids regular painting and the ultimate rot requiring a new frame. There is no way that cheap wood is "green" when it comes to letting as a business. The only sensible way of getting our letting stock up to standard is to take the building regulations from, probably, Germany and use those. After a hundred and fifty years or so we would begin to see the improvement that various commentators think are the heavenly right of all tenants. What we do with current properties I have no idea. The biggest sinners in this situation are variously the councils with poor building standards regulations, lousy builders who use the cheapest materials they can get and speculators who fund the builder, take their initial profit and leave future owners with or without tenants to suffer the consequences. I have experience of 'wonderful' cavity wall insulation starting to fail in my own home. Talking to other property owners and landlords this practice seems to be a disaster starting to happen.

From: Fred Jones 11 January 2016 22:42 PM

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As others say this is an absolute farce. I have two ideas. 1. Some of the big estate agents get together to form a review body and every time a council or government body, "holds forth" they issue an overview of all the mistakes and foreseeable consequences without resorting to arguable opinions. They should of course have some sort of pompous branding for the newspapers to latch on to. 2. My letting agent has informed me that I must install new smoke detectors. Can I say to all, "THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS NOT INSTALLING THEM IT IS TESTING THEM!" Someone has to take responsibility and the only person regularly visiting my flats is my local to the flat, letting agent. If I were to do this I would have hundreds of mile of driving, have to make appointments etc. and run the risk of severely upsetting a tenant by telling them they must replace the batteries. I have asked several agents in the past to undertake this little job. We all know it only needs someone to press the test button but the excuses are manifold. We never get out hands on any maintenance work, not ever, no way. Our inspectors are ladies ?? Our inspector ladies would have to stand on something to reach them which would be unladylike. (I have some sympathy but......) The tenant has to do the test and replace the batteries. This ought to bee the modern equivalent of a music hall joke. If you are an agent you can probably add some more. Actions resulting could the be be passed on to the landlord or who ever. There is a BUT in that tenants can neither be forced or trusted to do this work and it is of no practical use to try and make a law to change this. The point is that, I believe, the person providing the letting contract and no one else should have the legal responsibility to look after the fire alarm tests. Morally of course everyone should have some responsibility. (I do not have any need of CO alarms). The result of making such a law would be a magnificent simplification, the removal of all sorts of people with ponderous opinions and who just get in the way and provide a sound source of accurate records if there is a fire. I could relax and stop writing as well. 

From: Fred Jones 10 September 2015 10:53 AM