Landlord duo who charge tenants 20p a shower are refused HMO licence

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Landlord duo who charge tenants 20p a shower are refused HMO licence

A landlord couple have been refused an HMO licence renewal after admitting they charged tenants 20p to use the shower.

Glasgow councillors heard that Elinor and Jim Johnstone installed a coin meter in the four-bed HMO in Cartvale Road, Langside (pictured), and would travel from Inverness to empty it every couple of months.

They told the licensing and regulatory committee that 20p would give tenants 20 minutes in the ‘pay as you go’ shower.

A Glasgow Council inspection found seven issues at the property, including the lack of a carbon monoxide detector and a kitchen in one bedsit needing to be thoroughly cleaned, redecorated and the floor covering replaced. The property has been operating as a licenced HMO since at least 2008.

Three bedrooms also required modernising if the licence was granted in the future.

Disappointment

Councillors quizzed the pair over the regime for checking the property and they admitted the routine would involve travelling. Expressing disappointment, committee chair councillor Alex Wilson asked: “Did you just empty the coins and walk away?”

Councillor Rhiannon Spear (pictured) said she couldn’t believe her ears when she heard people paid to wash every time.

She added: “Renting to anybody in Glasgow is an absolute privilege. I’m not sure you understand the responsibility and are keeping up with the responsibility.”

Pointing to Covid as an issue, Mr Johnstone told them: “We have not been able to get down and do the inspections we would have in the past. We hold our hands up. We got it wrong this time. Things will improve – we are happy to admit that.” He added that a letting company would now be hired to manage the property.

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Autumn Budget 2021: Support for lowest-paid tenants but also landlords hit by cladding scandal

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has cut the amount the government claws back from workers who receive Universal Credit ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Autumn Budget 2021: Support for lowest-paid tenants but also landlords hit by cladding scandal | LandlordZONE.

Autumn Budget 2021: Support for lowest-paid tenants but also landlords hit by cladding scandal

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has cut the amount the government claws back from workers who receive Universal Credit (UC) top-ups from 63p to 55p for every £1 they earn, but also confirmed £5 billion in funding to help bail out more property owners hit by the cladding scandal.

The new UC announcement, together with a £500 increase in work allowances, means Sunak is supporting many of the lowest-paid families with a £2 billion scheme worth £1,000 a year on average to the poorest UC claimants who have their pay topped up by the state.

“This is a two billion pound tax cut for the lowest-paid workers in our country, supports their costs of living and rewards work,” he told MPs.

Sunak said it would affect some two million families, the majority of whom will be renters, and come into effect at the beginning of December at the latest.

He gave two examples. This included that a single mother earning the national minimum wage and renting her home would be better off by £1,200 a year, while a couple with two children renting their home would be better off by £1,800 a year.

Read more about Universal Credit.

Cladding costs

Sunak’s budget speech offered slim picking for landlords overall unless they property owners within tower blocks affected by the cladding scandal.

The Chancellor confirmed the government’s £5 billion to fund more relief for those facing financial difficulties following the Grenfell tragedy – many of whom are landlords.

Mary-Anne Bowring (pictured), MD of property management firm the Ringley Group, says: “A blanket tax on developers is fairer than leaving leaseholders to shoulder the burden but it is still a blunt instrument to use to fix the cladding crisis.

“Fundamentally, accountability should fall squarely on those who overlooked the potential hazards of unsafe cladding in the first place.”

Estate agent Jeremy Leaf (pictured) adds: “The £5 billion fund is a step in the right direction but nowhere near the sums mentioned as being realistic to resolve the problem.

“A proper assessment of what’s involved is required, as well as enough tools to do the job in terms of engineers and surveyors and robust checking.

“Why should anyone be stuck in something un-mortgageable, particularly those blocks with very limited amounts of cladding? They have been tarred with the same brush as those blocks with extensive issues.”

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