Martin Thomas

rss feed

Martin Thomas's Latest Posts

Oh dear! Bristol Council at it again! Last call to Bristol landlords! Act now!

Filed in Landlords by on 31st August, 2023 0 Comments
Oh dear! Bristol Council at it again!  Last call to Bristol landlords!  Act now!

The deadline for two licensing consultations expires shortly – 7 November. Act now to register your opinions. and while you are at it, why not ask Bristol City Council how they spend landlords’ money – can it really all be spent administering the schemes? If it is, there must be office blockloads of council staff […]

Continue Reading »

Gove rows back on EPC deadline

Filed in Landlords by on 30th July, 2023 0 Comments
Gove rows back on EPC deadline

Well, it’s official! The government has announced that the requirement for private rented properties to achieve an EPC rating of ‘C’ has been scrapped along with a number of other climate change policies. There is a recognition that the financial pressures on landlords to achieve the ‘C’ rating’ would result in increased rents for tenants […]

Continue Reading »

Sign the petition – student fixed term contracts

Filed in Landlords by on 18th June, 2023 0 Comments
Sign the petition – student fixed term contracts

I started a petition in a private capacity to retain fixed term tenancies for all students on 38degrees, which is a pressure group, and invite you to sign as well. Just follow the link below. Student misery from the Renters Reform Bill | 38 Degrees Also, making sure our MPs know what we feel about […]

Continue Reading »

Government consultation on council tax valuation of HMOs ends TONIGHT!!

Filed in Landlords by on 31st March, 2023 0 Comments
Government consultation on council tax valuation of HMOs ends TONIGHT!!

This consultation seeks views on the way that Homes in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in England are valued for council tax, and on proposed changes to that process to ensure that HMOs are banded as one property and have one council tax band, other than in exceptional circumstances. The proposal to banded as one property is […]

Continue Reading »

Anti Social Behaviour – the government listens!

Filed in Landlords by on 30th March, 2023 0 Comments
Anti Social Behaviour – the government listens!

Following representations by many landlords and landlord groups including ALLWESSEX, the government has listened to our comments relating to the problems associated with tenants that behave in an anti social manner. There is now an action plan to tackle this problem – let’s hope it works! Follow the link; Action plan to crack down on […]

Continue Reading »

New Fire Safety Regulations

Filed in Landlords by on 30th March, 2023 0 Comments
New Fire Safety Regulations

In the fallout from the Grenfell Tower disaster, new fire regulations have been published by the government that affect even smaller landlords with ordinary dwellings including HMOs. The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 will mainly affect landlords, building owners and managers, collectively known as “responsible persons”. The changes set out in the regulations are a […]

Continue Reading »

Revised “How to Rent Guide” published by the government

Filed in Landlords by on 27th March, 2023 0 Comments
Revised “How to Rent Guide” published by the government

A revised “How to Rent Guide” has been issued by the government. Landlords MUST issue this at the start of any new tenancy or if it is renewed. We issue it when we protect the deposit. It forms part of the prescribed information landlords must issue, and if they do not, they will lose the […]

Continue Reading »

S24 Petition to government. See link below. Let’s see if we can get the numbers up to 100,000 to force a parliamentary debate!

Filed in Landlords by on 20th January, 2023 0 Comments
S24 Petition to government.  See link below.  Let’s see if we can get the numbers up to 100,000 to force a parliamentary debate!

Petitions (parliament.uk)https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/627785

Continue Reading »

Calling landlords in Bath! Huge parking restrictions in several areas!

Filed in Landlords by on 3rd January, 2023 0 Comments
Calling landlords in Bath! Huge parking restrictions in several areas!

If you are a landlord in Oldfield Park, Lower Weston and the Chelsea Road area, you need to know that BANES is embarking on a programme of Residents’ Parking Zones that will cause huge difficulties and extra cost for you and your tenants, 7 days per week! There are 7 consultations at the moment and […]

Continue Reading »

MTD (making tax digital) WILL be delayed until 2026! Phew!

Filed in Landlords by on 19th December, 2022 0 Comments
MTD (making tax digital) WILL be delayed until 2026!  Phew!

HMRC has now confirmed that the introduction date for MTD will be 1 April (funny that!) 2026 but don’t hold your breath. Landlords with a turnover greater than £50,000 will have to join the scheme and from 1 April 2027, that threshold comes down to £30,000. The postponement is apparently due to government IT problems […]

Continue Reading »