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Paul Holmes
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Jo. Spot on as always with a balanced and sensible view. You wouldn't consider being our voice with the government would you? I have two problems, one with the aforementioned student HMO where the house is normally let to a new group by February for the following Sept. How can I do that now until this year's tenants leave. I also in the past have allowed some of the current tenants to stay on longer for part of the summer period which defrays some of the mortgage and council tax expenses. Now I am barred from doing that! Secondly I have a Holiday let which I normally let on a short winter let for 6 months from Oct to March each year. How can I take bookings for the summer before the winter let leaves at the end of March? More unintended consequences. Oh for an independant goverment working for the good of all, not playing political games and using some joined up thinking instead of pandering to the loudest voices all the time. Like you I have accomodated students who wanted to leave early during the pandemic, worked my backside ( won't allow me to use B*tt! ) off finding new short term working tenants to replace them so their tenancy could be cancelled and dealt with the complexities of council taxfor a house part ocuupied by students and part by council tax paying tenants. I also supported tenants on an AST during the lockdown by deferring more than 50% of their rent because of their particular circumstances only for them to run up an arrears billof over £3500 over the next 2 years and leave without payment and a severely sub standard house and two settees and a carpet, new when they went in 2 and a half years ago, covered in dog hairs from a non-existant dog. Took my wife and myself a month of hard work to bring it back to rentable condition with a full redecoration, several new doors and many holes and dents to be repaired alomg with a new barhroom floor where it had been allowed to rot through an unreported leak.

From: Paul Holmes 19 June 2022 12:56 PM

Paul Holmes
I finished a one bed flat in a popular Cornich seaside town at the end of July last year which I had originally planned to let on a normal AST. I decided to holiday let it and was booked solid for Aug and Sept within days even at that late date for a weekly rent virtually double what it would make on an AST in a month. It has since rented on a short winter let at a figure I would have expected on a three bed flat. I don't have to supply all the Govt prescribed paperwork, don't have to worry about the tenants leaving on time, don't have to pay council tax, don't have to protect their deposit, it gets cleaned every week, any damage gets taken out of their deposit and I get paid in advance. What more could I ask for? If Cornwall Council, who report 73% less houses available to rent this last year compared with the year before, want to improve the situation they need to put pressure on the Govt to talk to landlords in the PRS and listen to both sides of the story and come up with a situation which works in a fair way for both tenants and landlords. They need to stop protecting those who take advantage ot the current situation and rely on being able to play the rules and stay rent free for many months whilst the landlord is helpless. They are unable to understand the concept that a landlord is running a business, however large or small and has no desire to evict a good tenant who pays the rent and looks after the property except very occaisionally for a very good reason, A landlord has invesed a lot of money in a property and needs to have an element of control over his /her asset as in any business. Stop bashing and using us as cash cows, treat us as the businessmen we are, and we can pay our taxes and sleep,peacefully at night

From: Paul Holmes 02 February 2022 22:25 PM

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