There was much discussion at our July meeting about the Natural England concerns about new residential development in the Solent area being likely to increase nitrates in the harbours and thus harm wildlife. As a result, almost all new developments are being refused planning permission for fear of prosecution for breaching the Natural England guidance. As mentioned then, we were represented at a meeting with the council to discuss options and have subsequently been copied on a number of documents explaining the situation, sent from PCC to the Secretary of State.
Relevant extracts are included below...
Before Brexit and Donald Trump, there was a belief in the Western world that politicians strived to do the right thing and made decisions in line with their manifesto to improve the lot of their constituents. That all changed in 2010, when no party won a majority of the seats in Parliament and left with a coalition, the workings of government suddenly became clear.
The bad news is that Portsmouth appears to be no different, based on the recent attempt to introduce Selective Licensing….
As reported at our July member meeting, the PDPLA supported a number of members with appeals against licensing decisions of PCC. These properties were all approved for HMO licences under Bruce Lomax’s regime but rejected when they requested the same approval for the same number of people under the new Mandatory Licensing regime.
We won appeals on 3 topics, but lost on one and unfortunately that was the one topic with the most cases.
If you are planning to create or change an HMO, one of the biggest challenges can be getting the necessary planning approvals. We increasingly see councillors worrying about potential issues which, if they received correct advice from council officers, they would know were not an issue. In an attempt to help you avoid some of these issues, we have drafted a simple guide to help you – if you have views, comments or additional experience, do please let us know.
After losing so many appeals because they rejected applications for HMO's which met the conditions in Portsmouths existing HMO SPD (Strategic Planning Document), the team at PCC are trying to rewrite the rules to give them grounds to reject more of the HMO applications which come before them.
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Our Fire Risk Assessment training has been very popular - all places were booked within 12 hours of becoming available. There will be a repeat of the course on Thursday 29th August - it is a must attend for all landlords in our opinion. Full details, booking information and other upcoming events on www.pdpla.com/education
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If you are young, not yet ready to be a landlord yet but planning to become one in future in order to build a pension and you are considering what career path to follow in order to be in a position to afford to buy these houses, can we suggest you consider training to be a barrister.
There was an article in the Guardian suggesting that landlords are being urged to increase rents by their letting agents in order to make up the shortfall in the letting agents income due to the Tenant Fees Ban and we were asked by Cllr. Sanders (PCC) whether we have seen evidence of this locally.
This article is copied from the RLA news this month in case you missed it -
The RLA believe that Shelter’s claims over the impact of changes affecting the private rental sector in Scotland are misleading.
Scotland has recently abolished so called ‘no-fault’ evictions and fixed term tenancies, as well as banning fees and introducing rent controls.
In a report out this month Shelter concludes these changes have been a success – and have not had a profoundly negative impact on the PRS north of the border.
However, the RLA has a number of issues with the report.
The recommended suppliers list in the members area of the PDPLA website just added a new cleaning company, recommended by PDPLA member Kiera Lea. The company is Eldraw Cleaning and they cover south hampshire providing both domestic and commercial cleaning services.
It is common across all industries, but the practice of conducting a survey and then publicising the results seems to be the bane of landlords across the country. Wherever we look there is a new survey telling us, and others, what we do or don’t know, whether we are buying or selling – in fact everything except (and I may be wrong), what the typical landlord eats for breakfast. (If you want to answer that one, come along to our next Landlords Breakfast).
The bad news is that the majority of these articles and surveys are just plain wrong. Not just ‘bad science’ but ‘bad journalism too’. Let me explain….
Portsmouth based peer-to peer (P2P) lending platform, Lendy, which lends money to property developers has collapsed after intervention from the Financial Conduct Authority. Lendy was setup in 2013 and was one of the bigger P2P property lenders with around 22,000 investors tempted by advertised returns of up to 12% and assurances that they could hand over money with “complete peace of mind”.
This is a blow for the city – we create too few new jobs as it is, especially in the high growth areas where the UK has a lead such as FinTech, AI, etc. but unfortunately, it would appear this promising star was badly managed and has paid the price.