GuernseyLandlords’ Chairman’s report 2015


I am pleased to report another busy and successful year as far as your council is concerned. With the many trials and tribulations which were put in front of your council being solved. The previous year has again been a difficult trading year for many in the industry with rents staying static and even reducing in some instances. For those older members wishing to leave the industry selling their property has been a challenge in obtaining the full resale value. We continue to face stiff competition from the Guernsey Housing Association, continue to have benefits cut by the tax department and of course will have to pay increased utility bills and charges, particularly as TRP is to rise by 10% a year for the next 10 years..

On the up side our membership continues to remain steady at 176 members this is down 5 on the same time last year but we do fluctuate plus or minus ten throughout the year. We represent nearly 1,100 units of property which put in cash terms, is over 500 million pounds worth of property. The work that we as an organisation do behind the scenes is not always appreciated We are slowly but steadily becoming recognised as a respected and valued part of the property scene and have regular input with the Fire department, Health department and of course Housing. More is achieved by doing this quietly.

Earlier in the year Graham Guille and Gloria Dudley-Owen ran an awareness campaign to highlight some of what they considered to be failings within the proposed new population regime. We as a council also agreed with some of the points being made and we did actually work quite closely together in putting our case across to the powers that be. As you’ll be aware the details of the new regime have been released this week. Although the council has not had time to discuss them my own personal feeling is that generally they are fair but there are a few anomalies we will be highlighting to the steering group. The main area of change is to do with Open Market, Grade A houses being used for multiple occupancy. Under the new proposals a person who has lived in such a property for 4 years will be granted “grandfather rights” and can stay in that property indefinitely, but no other. We believe this may be a charter for unscrupulous landlords, either to raise rents or refuse to do repairs because the tenants have nowhere else to go

We continue to receive requests for help with disputes between landlords and tenants approximately 2 per month with some requiring face to face mediation to take place and sometimes when we are lucky a phone call is all it takes to sort it out. We are increasingly receiving such requests via third parties such as CAB and Housing thus again illustrating the increasing trust we are gaining within the industry.

Our subcommittee as you can see from the next item on our agenda have reviewed our constitution. This is an ideal opportunity to publicly thank John and Jo for all hard work in revising this document. I would also like to say a big thank you to our new Membership secretary Michele Trott who is following in the footsteps of Jo and cracking the whip at the rest of us when it is needed! Mich has also been working with Adrian on the new website and is a valuable sounding board and web tester for Adrian’s offerings. Please remember it is YOURS, the members’ website which is extremely flexible- we can do pretty much anything with it – so we would like to hear your thoughts and input on future developments – so don’t be shy in sending in your comments via the Contact Us page on the website!

So it leaves me only to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of the organisation this year and thank Brian Gardiner and Julian Boulton who are retiring from the committee this year for the hard work they have put in over the past few years.

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


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


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 ….



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


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.

5 Simple Tips To Help Attract Long-term Tenants


Whether you have years of experience as a Landlord or you’re taking your first steps into the world of rentals, here are 5 simple tips to help attract and keep those valuable long-term tenants

1 Make Them Feel at Home

While it’s tempting to decorate to your own personal tastes, long-term tenants will want to make your house their home. Therefore, a blank canvas to work with can be attractive to many potential tenants, so neutral colours are a good idea. This includes walls, flooring and curtains, if provided.

Giving your tenant more freedom to change the way their surroundings look can be daunting, with nightmare visions of inexperienced DIY enthusiasts taking hammers and drills to your freshly plastered walls. But it doesn’t need to be this way.

Why not consider erecting your own picture hooks around the property, putting up easy to remove curtains and including enough storage and shelving that the temptation of flouting the tenancy agreement, to personalise the space, is minimised?

By having these simple solutions in place beforehand, tenants can hang their pictures with ease, put their own curtains up (if they want to) and display their own ornaments as soon as they move in. If they feel more at home, as opposed to feeling like they’re living in someone else’s space, they’re more likely to stay. They’re also more likely to have a sense of pride in their home and look after it for you.

2 Make it Easy to Live in

It’s one thing to make a house look nice, but is it comfortable to live in day to day? Simple things can make or break a tenant’s rental experience and prevent them from staying in the property long-term.

Make sure you’ve fully assessed what it’s like to live in your property. What’s the temperature like? Would it benefit from thicker carpets for added warmth or wooden floors to keep it cool?

What’s the lighting like, at night, in the bedrooms? A poorly placed street lamp or neighbour’s security light can mean a horrible night’s sleep. Consider putting up some good quality blackout blinds, or letting the tenants provide their own.

Putting up security lighting outside can also give peace of mind to tenants, especially families or people living on their own.

3 Creature Comforts

Think about accepting pets. Before you completely dismiss this, consider how many people could be renting in the future, and how many of these people will be struggling to find a place to keep their beloved animals.

Have you considered the fact that tenants with pets might stay longer because they know how difficult it is to find an understanding landlord?

I’m not suggesting you allow lots of pets into your property, but think about allowing one or two well behaved animals. You could even ask to visit the prospective tenant in their current home to meet their pets and decide if you’re happy for them to move in. Look for things like scratch marks on the walls and chewed-up furniture.

If you’re still worried, consider adding a clause to the tenancy agreement that asks pet owners to pay for a professional, specialist deep clean when they leave.

By allowing pets, you could open yourself up to a much wider market and take on some fantastic tenants that, because they have a cat, wouldn’t otherwise be able to find somewhere to rent.

4 White Goods

Many new tenants won’t own any white goods, and may not be able to afford to buy them, so the option to rent somewhere with a fridge, dishwasher and washing machine included will be very tempting. They needn’t be expensive, but opting for the best you can afford, with good energy ratings, could help to rent your property.

If you do this, make sure to explain to potential tenants how the appliances you have provided will help them save on their utility bills!

When buying your white goods, consider taking out an extended warranty to ensure your investment lasts as long as possible without any big bills in the case of a fault.

5 Keep the Garden Easy to Maintain

Having some outside space is a very attractive proposition for a tenant, but the task of maintaining it may be daunting for many. It is therefore best to keep it simple if possible, with low-maintenance plants and borders.

Instructions on garden-care may also be greatly appreciated by tenants.

If your tenants are particularly green-fingered, you could benefit from giving them some freedom in the outdoor areas, within reason. However, ask that they keep you updated as to their gardening plans.

I hope these tips are of some help!

Jo Bourgaize

GPRLA 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 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!