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    Pandemic problems

    I am writing a piece for a broadsheet national newspaper on how the pandemic has impacted on landlords, what with so many tenants in arrears. I'm looking for landlords willing to talk to me, on the record, about what 2020/1 has done to them. I'm interested in small scale landlords, who own just one or two properties as a sideline, perhaps as their pension, who have hit problems with their tenants being unable to pay their rent. Perhaps you've voluntarily agreed to a rent reduction. Perhaps you simply can't find a tenant at all. And of course some of you might simultaneously be mired in the cladding crisis.
    If you are willing to get in touch I'd love it if you'd get in touch. I have been asked to write a sympathetic piece about the plight of landlords. Email is ruthblooomfield@hotmail.com, and yes there are three o's in the email address. This is some of my previous work:https://muckrack.com/ruth-bloomfield

    #2
    Can't really help with this Ruth, but if you wanted to write a piece on how the requirement to bring rentals unto EPC C from 2025/8 is going to impact small LLs and their tenants I would be happy to help. This is going to put a lot more pressure on me than the pandemic has (so far) and will have far reaching consequences for many LLs and tenants

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      #3
      Why do you want landlords who just do it as a sideline? Is it because your planning an unsympathetic piece? There are plenty of landlords who are dependent on the income and who are not eligible for any other help in the absence of that income. I think they need a hearing too.

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        #4
        If you talk to me 1st about how you've been affected so I can make money out of the chat then I'd think about the reverse, after seeing what reception my article gets.

        Which broadsheet newspaper since there's an expectation of being open all round?
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #5
          As a key worker I was not furloughed so was able to keep up with repairs and even had some overtime but with stress from properties and work - family life has brought me to sell up-

          No-one cares about landlords and in general people think they are millionares, when the opposite is quite the case -

          I dont have a car , go to work on my bike and im a single mum with very little money at the end of the week , my tenants have made my life a hell on earth ,i dont have my lips done or my nails /eyebrows and i dont have a smart phone - each day has been a stress

          After one tenant didnt pay rent in a period of nine months - I sold that and it nearly killed me seeing the state of the house that had been left in- having to go down on the TRAIN loaded up with cleaning equipment -this was before the pandemic and a tenant on benefits


          No HELP is available from the govt at all when this happens and this was before the pandemic - yes and a carefully chosen tenant by the so called agency with references to hand - not even woth it

          I only had two properties and the final one ive sold to my son (who was also a tenant in there ) I would never ever buy another house again -

          I have had to stress over , smoke alarms not working , invasions of bees, fence panels blown over, ive had two boilers filled - double glazing and the fact is my OWN house is in such a bad state of repair.......gas safety checks , leaks,

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            #6
            Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
            Why do you want landlords who just do it as a sideline? Is it because your planning an unsympathetic piece? There are plenty of landlords who are dependent on the income and who are not eligible for any other help in the absence of that income. I think they need a hearing too.
            Because that's the profile of readers, they are more sideliners than professionals ...

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              #7
              Broadsheet? Sideliners? Sounds implausible - please name paper.
              I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                #8
                Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
                Broadsheet? Sideliners? Sounds implausible - please name paper.
                Evening Standard, unless Ms Bloomfield is freelancing for another paper.

                https://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/p...ml#commentsDiv

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by jpucng62 View Post
                  Can't really help with this Ruth, but if you wanted to write a piece on how the requirement to bring rentals unto EPC C from 2025/8 is going to impact small LLs and their tenants I would be happy to help. This is going to put a lot more pressure on me than the pandemic has (so far) and will have far reaching consequences for many LLs and tenants
                  I totally agree with this, this could cause us all a lot more issues than a temp pandemic.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by jpucng62 View Post
                    Can't really help with this Ruth, but if you wanted to write a piece on how the requirement to bring rentals unto EPC C from 2025/8 is going to impact small LLs and their tenants I would be happy to help. This is going to put a lot more pressure on me than the pandemic has (so far) and will have far reaching consequences for many LLs and tenants
                    This is going to cause me more stress than the pandemic too. Properties that don't reach a C are ones I'm going to have to sell. I just don't have the money to do them all up within the timescale, even with any grants I might be able to get. I've no idea where the tenants are going to live. Have you seen the tent cities in America? I've already seen a couple of tents half hidden in the trees in the area where I live.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Propertyhack View Post
                      Perhaps you simply can't find a tenant at all.
                      London-centric problem.

                      Just had 50+ desperate rental enquiries before pulling the ad.

                      (London driven rules and regulations impact on the whole country, not just E.S readers.)

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Berlingogirl View Post

                        Evening Standard, unless Ms Bloomfield is freelancing for another paper.

                        https://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/p...ml#commentsDiv
                        Ta, I was aware.

                        But IMHO the standard is neither a broadsheet
                        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadsheet
                        nor national.

                        £5 to a housing charity if Ms Bloomfield names the national broadsheet ...
                        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post

                          £5 to a housing charity if Ms Bloomfield names the national broadsheet ...
                          Independent?

                          https://www.independent.co.uk/author/ruth-bloomfield-0

                          Charity; A.B.S

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                            #14
                            The Independent isn't a broadsheet either, it has no print edition.
                            When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                            Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                              #15
                              The Telegraph?

                              https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/ruth-bloomfield/

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