Notice Of An Open Meeting Of The GPRLA

Notice Of An Open Meeting Of The GPRLA
Monday 10 November 2014
At The Guernsey Yacht Club
7 – 9pm
Guest Speakers:

Paul Luxon the Minister for Public Services Department

Dave Ingrouille of Alpha Estates

Open to existing members and all interested Landlords

Refreshments Available

The evening will also provide an opportunity for you to meet GPRLA Council members

GPRLA Forthcoming AGM

Monday 23 June 2014

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 Guernsey Yacht Club (Castle Emplacement), 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.

Click here to view the GPRLA AGM Notice Public

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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 or Gloria Dudley Owen at

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.

Compact All In One Cooking Station For Bedsits and Communal Areas …

Elfin Economy All In One Cooking Station via the

Elfin Economy All In One Cooking Station via the

Rental properties can sometimes present compact challenges when offering tenants and/or residents cooking facilities.

Well now help could be on hand with a well proven quality All In One Cooking Station!!!

The ranges best suited for the landlord and smaller accommodation units is the K (kitchen) range, whilst the T (tea station) range caters for residential and office communal centres and other industrial catering areas.

The units are compact, durable and have options ranging from the inclusion of an A+ fridge with freezer compartment, dual electric rings/ or ceramic hotplates, solo microwave or 3 in 1 combination oven, a sink/drainer (including taps).

For easy maintenance and cleaning the kitchens and tea stations are made entirely of white powder coated steel with stainless steel worktops.

Elfin kitchens are based in Essex and their manufacturing partners are based in Germany, Elfin have been established for more than 8 years and have just been nominated a NLA (National Landlord Association) recognised supplier.

What does this mean to the members of the GPRLA? Well if you are a current paid up member of the Guernsey Private Residential Landlords Association then we have arranged for our members to benefit from a better than usual discount on any orders made, simply quote your membership number with order.

Click Here To Visit Elfin Kitchens – The GPRLA, continually improving the Bailiwick of Guernsey’s housing stock!

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

Personal Tax, Pensions and Benefits Review: Public Consultation

Submitted by Jo Bourgaize (Council Member)

The Treasury & Resources and Social Security Departments have launched a joint consultation on personal tax, pensions and benefits in Guernsey. This public consultation is part of a two year review of the way that the States collect tax from, and pay benefits to, the people of Guernsey.

The objective of the review is to ensure the long term sustainability of public finances and services, and to ensure that the systems of taxation and benefits are fair, efficient and simple.

The GPRLA Council recommend that you read this consultation document: and welcome your comments. To View Consultation Doc.

The whole document is important but in particular, may I draw your attention to the following section:-

Page 8 (3.2.1) – Raising domestic tax on real property:- One of the proposals is to increase domestic TRP (Tax on Real Property) rates to five times its current level. It is stated that this would generate net revenues of approximately £20m. The bigger the property, the bigger the TRP.

Please note that the closing date for the consultation is 31 May 2013. – Continually improving the Bailiwick of Guernsey’s housing stock!

Issuing A Summons Without An Advocate …

A plaintiff or claimant can bring an action for debt or damages before the Magistrate’s Court, as a Petty Debt, for a sum not exceeding £10,000 by instructing HM Sergeant to issue a summons.

Claims in excess of £10,000 can only be pursued before the Royal Court.

The Royal Court Rules do allow a plaintiff to issue a summons in civil proceedings before the Royal Court without instructing an Advocate.

The plaintiff must first apply to the Bailiff for leave to issue a Summons. This can be done by completing and delivering to HM Greffier the following two forms:

Application Form A; and,
Summons Form B (or, if the action is for an eviction, Summons Form B for Evictions)

A written summary of the material facts which the plaintiff will rely on in support of his or her action must be attached to the Summons Form. A Court Fee of £100 must be paid when the application is delivered to the Greffe.

The Bailiff will usually consider the application and HM Greffier will then write to the plaintiff to advise him of the Bailiff’s decision.

If the application is granted, HM Greffier will send a letter to the plaintiff enclosing:

The Application Form A, duly certified to indicate that it has been granted;
Copies of Summons Form B and Cause Form C; and,
An extract from the Royal Court (Costs and Fees) Rules, 2012

The Costs and Fees Rules are sent because the plaintiff needs to be aware of what Court fees may be charged in bringing the action. If the plaintiff is unsuccessful, he or she may also be ordered by the Royal Court to pay the costs of the defendant, including recoverable Advocate’s costs.

The plaintiff is then required to instruct HM Sheriff to issue a summons and to lodge with HM Greffier the cause, bearing HM Sergeant’s certificate of service of the summons, by close of business on the Wednesday before the Friday sitting of the Court at 9.30am.

The plaintiff is required to pay the appropriate tabling fee at the Greffe when he or she lodges the cause in accordance with the above. These fees vary according to the amount claimed. Full details of the fees can be found in the Royal Court (Costs and Fees) Rules, 2012. The minimum tabling fee is £150.

Copies of the above mentioned forms can be obtained from The Greffe.

Click here to contact the HM Greffier – The GPRLA, continually improving the Bailiwick of Guernsey’s housing stock!