Guernsey’s Housing Dynamics And The Need For Housing Reform

Featured

For all those that Care about Guernsey’s future – the housing dynamics and the need for housing reform.

Some of your Guernsey Private Residential Landlords’ Association representatives were attendees at this meeting. For those of you that are interested in thi topic but could not attend in person here is the video clip of the event held at St. James.

The economy and Housing are key issues at the impending April Guernsey election, please help us by doing the following; raise these issues with ALL the candidates, promote the housing issues and ask them what they will they do to instill more confidence back into the housing market. FTBs, Guernsey Landlords and Help for Housing are all important economic drivers.

Professor Whitehead’s Powerpoint presentation slides are available upon email request for your information.
Thank you for your time and attention.

Yours faithfully

Strategic Development Partnership
Construction Industry Forum
Guernsey Property Forum

Guernsey Landlords, Can You help Us?

Featured

Guernsey Prison Ad

Guernsey Prison Ad

Are you a local landlord interested in working alongside the Probation Service and “Guernsey Caring for Ex-Offenders” in supporting vulnerable ex-offenders as they are released from prison?

  • Finding suitable accommodation can be a significant factor in offenders attaining a certain degree of stability from which to develop other good behaviours such as employment, education and purposeful activity. However, finding suitable accommodation for offenders is very difficult (even more so given the lack of affordability in the housing market available to the population generally).

  • The Prison & Probation Services are looking to work in partnership with supportive landlords who would be prepared to give ex-offenders the opportunity to prove that they can be responsible tenants and abide by the terms of a rental lease. The ex-offenders will have continued support in the community from the charity “Guernsey Caring For Ex-Offenders” and the Probation Service.

  • The Governor of Guernsey Prison and the Chief Probation Officer would like to invite you to an event held at the prison so that you can meet the team who work extremely hard to assist offenders in their resettlement and to learn more about our initiatives.

Date: Thursday 5th May 2016

Time: 6pm

Venue: Guernsey Prison

If you would like to know more or would be interested in attending this event, please contact either of the following:

Kerry Tardif on 240074 or Kerry.tardif@gov.gg

Mary Herve on 07781 124052 or gcfeo@suremail.gg

GPRLA Open Meeting On 9 March 2016

Featured

GPRLA Open Meeting Wednesday 9th March 2016

19.0021.00

At Guernsey Yacht Club, Castle Emplacement

Dear Member
 
We are holding an open meeting on Wednesday 9 March 2016, from 7 till 9 pm at Guernsey Yacht Club, Castle Emplacement.  There will be 2 guest speakers, Rosemary Brown and Andrew Ozanne each followed by Q+A sessions.  

Rosemary is from the Supplementary Benefit section of Social Security and will give an overview of changes proposed by the Social Welfare Benefits Investigation Committee.  Also she will give a few tips on how best to work with the department when your tenant is a claimant.

Andrew is an Arbitrator and will talk about Arbitration and Petty Debts, how they work, and the benefits of one over the other.

Refreshments will be available. 
 
I do hope you will be able to attend.  The evening will also provide an opportunity for Members to meet Council members and to discuss any recent experiences and/or concerns that the GPRLA may be able to address.  

Your Council are keen for you to share your thoughts on any aspects of the association, and so will provide a comments form for you to complete, either at the meeting, or to take away and complete at home and post to us at GPRLA, PO Box 295, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 3RU.

It is important to keep your contact information with us up to date, particularly your email address, so if any of your data has changed please let us know via the Contact Us page on the website, or phone our Membership Secretary Michele Trott on 07781 192491, or post to us at GPRLA, PO Box 295, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 3RU.

I really look forward to seeing as many Members as possible on the 9 March.  Should you have friends or colleagues who you believe may benefit from membership then please feel free to bring them along.  Should they wish to join, membership application forms will be available to complete 
  
Yours sincerely
Jeff Guilbert
GPRLA Chairman

GPRLA Chairman To Be Interviewed By ITV Channel News On Rentals ….

Featured

ITV Channel Islands News has approached Jeff Guilbert, the Chairmain of the Guernsey Landlords (“GPRLA”) for his views on the Guernsey market.

Tonight Channel Island News are doing a story about proposals by Jersey States to tighten up legislation for landlords and tennants in the the private rented property market.

This is especailly interesting as the article will compare Guernsey and Jersey.
If you are able to watch please tune in tonight at 18.00 for ITV Channel News!!!

Open Market Sector To Be Debated By The States On Wed, 29 July 2015

Featured

Open Market Sector To Be Debated By The States On Wed, 29 July 2015

A cloud has hung over the open market housing sector in Guernsey for a number of years in the knowledge that this topic was due to be discussed by the States Of Deliberation in the Bailiwick of Guernsey in a forthcoming debate.

This proposed legislation has affected the sales of Open Market properties by individuals wishing to hold investments of this type of housing. It has impacted the duty collected by the States of Guernsey and affected the perceived retention in value for potential investors amongst other things,

On Wednesday, 29 July 2015 this topic will be discussed by the States of Guernsey. The contents of which are detailed below:

Click For Open Market Discussion Comments From Other Interested Parties …

To download and obtain a full copy of the Billet please click below to be directed towards the States of Guernsey’s own website.

States Of Guernsey Billet XIV in Full

This subject is important not only to our members but also to others directly or indirectly affected by this proposed draft of legislation being discussed on Wednesday, 29 July 2015.

Updates will appear here on the Guernsey Landlords website in due course.

GuernseyLandlords – Continuously Upgrading The Housing Stock In The Bailiwick Of Guernsey Since 2006 !!

The Availability of Guernsey Rental Properties Has Grown ….

Featured

EXCITING NEW FEATURE OF OUR WEBSITE!

The Guernsey Private Residential Landlords’ Association (the “GPRLA”) have been providing and building on the supply of quality accommodation in Guernsey since 2006.

Recently, the GPRLA has decided to be more proactive with showing prospective tenants in Guernsey a choice from what is currently available.

As of 30 June 2015, there is now an All Property section on the website that covers not only what the GPRLA Landlords can offer, but also what local estate agents can offer too. Collectively, this can provide access to more than 1,001+ rental properties within Guernsey.

The properties published are available with photos, a brief resume and are listed for 14 days, for a nominal fee. There is a traffic light system on the page showing the availability of these properties.

So, check out the ‘All Property’ page today! Click to find Guernsey rental properties

Over time this new feature will gather moment with new listings happening daily.

Enjoy, you may wish to save this site amongst your favourites!

Yours sincerely
For and on behalf of the Guernsey Private Residential Landlords’ Association LBG

Michele Trott (Mrs)
Membership Secretary

Guernseylandlords – Improving the housing stock of the Bailiwick of Guernsey since 2006

GPRLA Open Meeting and Annual General Meeting

Featured

Monday 22 June 2015

GPRLA Open Meeting and Annual General Meeting

In accordance with the Constitution of The Guernsey Private Residential Landlords Association (GPRLA), notice is hereby given of our forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held at The Cotils, St Peter Port, commencing at 8pm.

In addition to the formal part of the evening, the Council has arranged for an Open Meeting with a guest speaker prior to the AGM.

This part of the evening will commence at 7.30pm sharp.

The speaker will be our Webmaster, Adrian Boulton, and he will be giving a demo of our Website including a new feature to allow us to advertise our properties for rent.

The evening will also provide an opportunity to meet Council members and to discuss any recent experiences and/or concerns that the GPRLA may be able to address in the forthcoming year.

As always, we like to encourage new members to join.

You can print out a Membership Application Form from the Website.

Membership Application Forms will also be available to complete at the Open Meeting at 7.30pm.

If you are also interested in sitting on the Council then please make yourself known to a Council member.

GPRLA Open Meeting To The Public and Annual General Meeting

Featured

Monday 22 June 2015

GPRLA Open Meeting and Annual General Meeting

In accordance with the Constitution of The Guernsey Private Residential Landlords Association (GPRLA), notice is hereby given of our forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held at The Cotils, St Peter Port, commencing at 8pm.

In addition to the formal part of the evening, the Council has arranged for an Open Meeting with a guest speaker prior to the AGM.

This part of the evening will commence at 7.30pm sharp.

The speaker will be our Webmaster, Adrian Boulton, and he will be giving a demo of our Website including a new feature to allow us to advertise our properties for rent.

The evening will also provide an opportunity to meet Council members and to discuss any recent experiences and/or concerns that the GPRLA may be able to address in the forthcoming year.

As always, we like to encourage new members to join.

You can print out a Membership Application Form from the Website.

Membership Application Forms will also be available to complete at the Open Meeting at 7.30pm.

If you are also interested in sitting on the Council then please make yourself known to a Council member.

Open Letter To The People of Guernsey Expressing Our Concerns Over Changes To The Rules Regulating The Island’s Population.

Open Letter To The People of Guernsey expressing our concerns over changes to the rules regulating the Island’s Population, from former’ Deputies Graham Guille and Gloria Dudley Owen

Following the State’s approval June (2013) of the Population Report, Chief Minister Peter Harwood said the outcome would become a defining moment in Guernsey’s history. We consider many of the proposals are deeply flawed and that the public have not been fully informed of potential long term consequences. This “defining moment” will see all notions of islander’s birth right, kinship and island identity swept aside.

Do you realize that when the new residency and employment laws take effect:

  • Children of Island families will no longer have the right to be classified as local after 10 years but will wait 14 years for that ‘privilege’. If for any reason they leave Guernsey before completing that period they may have difficulty in returning to the island to live in the local market.
  • The qualifying residency period for essential license permit holders will be reduced from 15 to 8 years. Permit holders are allowed to bring in their extended families- spouse/partner, parents, parents-in-law and grandchildren. Increased pressure will be placed for health, education, housing and long term care, on islanders, already challenged with dealing with an ageing population. The resulting increase in population will contravene a 2007 State’s resolution to hold down numbers.
  • Restrictions will be relaxed on who may live in local market housing. This will create direct competition between immigrants and islanders for affordable homes. However, it will not be a level playing field because many permit holders, from both the public and private sectors, receive assistance with their rent, mortgages and generous resettlement packages. We want this particular proposal put to a public ballot.
  • The uncontrolled Open Market sector, especially premises in multiple occupancy, will still be wide open to abuse, causing increasing population growth and further competition for employment.

Please take a moment to ask yourself:

  1. Did you know all this before the Population Management Report was debated?
  2. Since Deputies agreed these new terms, have you thought about how this will affect your future and that of your children and their children?
  3. Do you have grave concerns over the cost and competition for local market housing?
  4. Do you agree the proposals to increase the period for residency qualifications for Guernsey children are harsh and should be looked at again?

These changes are the result of a deliberate act of your own government, who propose to give away the very rights they swore a solemn oath to protect. In our view government is increasingly making decisions that favour immigrants who join this community at the expense of locally qualified residents. The changes under the population proposals are simply the latest and most damaging.

We acknowledge changes to the residency rules are necessary to control immigration. However, Deputies have now approved proposals that will in future discriminate against local residents.

In our view the consultation document on these proposals was too complex for public engagement. The 2012 election candidate’s manifestos gave no warning of the irrevocable changes to residents’ rights some members of your government had in mind.

Voice your concerns now. Do not wait until the proposed changes are returned to the Assembly to be voted into law

Write, call or email your Deputies and Parish Officials today demanding that your voice be heard and the rights of local residents protected. Please send a copy to either Graham Guile at gjguille@guille.me.uk or Gloria Dudley Owen at gdudleyowen@cwgsy.net

We call for the State’s Population Policy Group to publish a detailed report setting out how all of their recommendations contained in Billet XI June 2013 will impact on the local population before these proposals are passed into Law.

Policy Council – Managing the size and make up of the Island’s Population

Billet D’État – States of Deliberation – Wednesday 26 June 2013

Policy Council – Managing the size and make up of the Island’s Population

The long-awaited population report has now been published with 45 recommendations up for debate in the States meeting in June.
The report makes recommendations designed to secure the future of the Open Market and remove the recent uncertainty in this sector.
The Open Market will be retained but changes will be made to limit multiple occupancy properties.
A new permit system is also proposed – Residence Permits and Employment Permits.

This report and proposals by the Policy Council can be read in full on the States website:-

To View Policy Council Consultation Doc.

Jo Bourgaize

GPRLA Application Form

All members wishing to join the Guernsey Private Residential Landlords Association  should complete the following form. The form should be printed out in the first instance, completed and mailed to the GPRLA Secretary’s address stated on the application form.

GPRLA 2015 Application Form

Please allow for up to 21 days to process the form.

GuernseyLandlords.com – The GPRLA, continually improving the Bailiwick of Guernsey’s housing stock!