Sept 15th 2015
Sub-title – “AKA Fergus is back in the news again**…”
Well I guess someone had to give it a shot one day, and it serves as a stark reminder of one of the number one reasons why a person should work hard to own their own property if at all possible. It means you have control, well that and the banks too I suppose.
Not exactly someone who shies away from a headline is he?
However on the other side of the coin is renting, and our ole friend “900 property Fergus**” has made headlines again in the ole dart this week with the news that Fergus is upping his rents by over 30%!! (And yes, you read that right.)
In fact he has already started doing it.
Not exactly unafraid of making political like statements, Fergus’s comment when asked why he has to increase rents….
“…he says landlords have no choice in response to budget tax changes that will slash the amount of tax that can be offset against mortgage interest paid. Many landlords are saying they simply will have to charge more rent. It is the distinct shortage of houses that is fueling the rent increases. If the government wish to control rents, it must supply more houses, and quickly.”
Fergus loves headlines obviously.
And when the time is right, hes not afraid of a bit of controversy too. Fergus is looking to fast track his new strategy too… (as The Guardian reports…)
He will now be seeking similar rent increases across his property empire.
“I will not be asking them to leave but will serve them with a Section 13 Notice to increase the rent so that they have the opportunity to move to another landlord should they wish. That is if they can find a house of the same quality and a price they can afford. By the time they have paid out fees etc, some will take the view there is not much in it.”
Is he worried about it? Here’s his answer….
“He said a red-hot lettings market in Kent means he can fill houses within hours.”
Almost sounds like somewhere else doesn’t it? Michael Byrne over at the Irish Examiner sounded this piece of caution recently too…
…and writes an interesting piece, with a bit of background on the Celtic Tiger thrown in.
Perhaps its not much to be worried about, but I guess the same could have been said for Australias “Management Rights” industry once upon a time. Now players like Mantra are really taking a share.
Interesting times we live in….