e-signature versus digital signature - not all gobbledegook after all
At our meeting this month, our very own Alwin Oliver explained and demonstrated the immense savings of time, effort, paper, printing and postage that can be obtained if we use electronic signatures. But do you understand the difference between e-signature and 'digital signature' - it…
Communicating With Tenants - Do You Have Legal BackUp?
At our members meeting in February, we had much discussion about how best to communicate with tenants – it is obvious that while email is tried and trusted, many younger tenants don’t ‘do’ email very often and it is much better to use SMS text…
Thursday, 28 February 2019 14:25

March Newsletter

March Newsletter
We are getting mixed messages from Portsmouth councillors and council staff. On the one hand we are being asked to help reduce homelessness and to provide more accommodation for those most in need whereas on the other, good landlords are wasting their time arguing against…
Thursday, 28 February 2019 11:46

Should You Move Your Kitchen Upstairs?

Should You Move Your Kitchen Upstairs?
In another example that Portsmouth's housing standard documentation is not fit for purpose, one of our members this month pointed out that the way they are currently written, no 3 storey HMO's are allowed in the city except those with kitchens on the middle floor...
Thursday, 28 February 2019 10:03

Portsmouth Planning Fails

Portsmouth Planning Fails
Developments in Portsmouth are policed by national planning regulations and local laws and guidelines, managed by the planning department at the council and overseen by a group of elected councillors known as the Planning Committee. That all sounds logical, organised and sensible doesn’t it… So…
ROBBED of a room? Update on HMO appeals to First Tier Tribunal
Last month we reported the case of members whose Portsmouth properties had been ROBBED (Reduced Occupancy By Basic Desktop Evaluation) when they applied for their HMO licences. See the original article here The PDPLA are supporting 6 appeals and these have each received their ‘Directions’…
Monday, 04 February 2019 09:35

February Newsletter

February Newsletter
A slightly different format to our news this month, no blog as Charlotte is skiing, no Landlord Tips (please send yours) and no Other News but what we do have are some meaty items for you, whatever your market focus as a landlord. We have…
Sunday, 03 February 2019 17:27

Has your HMO been ROBBED of a room????

Has your HMO been ROBBED of a room????
There are properties which were OK under additional licensing and some of these were also accredited by PCC,  but now they are having their occupancy reduced and only being granted a 1-year licence for the number requested under Mandatory Licensing. (See prior notification to members)…
Sunday, 03 February 2019 11:43

Stephen Morgan talks to the PDPLA

Stephen Morgan talks to the PDPLA
Over 50 members turned out on what was probably our snowiest night of the year to hear Stephen Morgan, MP for Portsmouth South and to share with him our views on a wide range of topics.
Friday, 01 February 2019 10:05

Questions of Mice & Men (and women too!)

Questions of Mice & Men (and women too!)
Some of you will have seen the question about a plague of mice which I sent to all members using the questions@ facility  - it appears we have an incredible amount of experience in our membership on this particular topic, read on to find out…

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