Basic Rules

Unlike the Wild West of most of the Internet, we have a very strict comment policy on Northampton Property Post. If you are rude, you’ll be banned.

That, most important, statement out of the way, here’s more you should know whether you’re a regular commenter or new to the site. If your comment does not immediately appear on the site after posting, it may have been flagged for review. There are a number of things which will get your comment flagged for review, we ask that you please keep that in mind before resubmitting the comment multiple times or contacting us about it.

Use of any of the curse words and/or slurs we have on our blacklist will automatically flag a comment so it won’t appear on our site. Sometimes these words are used as part of a good discussion, these comments will be approved by a moderator when appropriate.
Using a Disqus account without a verified email address will automatically flag a comment.
Fluctuations in the space time continuum. Sometimes things just get auto-flagged and we don’t know why.
Comments can also be flagged for review by our readership (please do not abuse this option for other users you simply disagree with, it makes our moderation jobs a lot harder).

Here are some things which will get your comment deleted.

Personal attacks against another commenter or the writer of the post/website. This can run from name calling to sentences which include the words “people like you” or statements which begin “I bet you” or “you must/probably” etc. This is regardless of what “side” you’re on.
Jokes or aggressive negative comments on the aesthetic appearance of a person (commenters, writers, and folks mentioned in an article alike).
Hate speech or other clearly intentional jerk behavior. This includes, but is not limited to: the use of the word feminazi or a comments which denigrates women, feminism or feminists, the LGBTQ community; broad imprecations or assumptions based on race; and anything that amounts to “ugh the gays,” “ugh liberals,” “ugh, fangirls,” etc.

Here are some things which will get your account banned.

Engaging in any of the previously mentioned delete-worthy behaviors consistently and as part of a clear pattern OR presenting a particularly egregious example of one of those behaviours as a first comment (New to the site? Stopped by just to say something horrible? We don’t need you here.) We normally give one warning to a user before banning unless a pattern of behavior is clear. However, if a user commits one of these behaviors as their very first comment, we’ll skip that step. Disqus grants us the ability to see a commenter’s patterns of behaviour on other Disqus-enabled sites as well, and we do not hesitate to consider behaviour on other sites when determining whether to ban.

Hate reading. If your history of commenting on site makes it seem like you only visit the site to start fights or specifically to disagree with us whenever we publish a post involving our core themes and for no other reason, we will ban you. Conversely, if you feel the site has changed in a drastic way and no longer appreciate or respect our content but stick around to tell us that every day, we’ll also take that as hate reading. Feel free to keep hate reading, but you’ll not be able to hate comment any more.

It is at the editors’ discretion to ban anyone whom they determine to be a detriment to the atmosphere of the comments section, the site in general, and our regular readers.

There will be some who look at these rules and think that the moderators of The Mary Sue have too much power to shut down conversations. We have two responses to this.

First: It’s our site, we get to make the rules. We’re not taking away your freedom of speech by deleting/banning you. You can take your anger elsewhere, we don’t want it.

We try to treat our comment section like a series of dinner parties, where our job as hosts is to foster interesting, free discussion for all our guests, not just the loudest, most assertive, scariest ones. You can be a poor conversationalist, present a different viewpoint, or talk loudly and brashly. But if you threaten, annoy, derail, or in other ways spoil the atmosphere of discussion for others, we reserve the right to not invite you back next time. If that principle is too restrictive for you, there are many other sites out there that share our coverage and have more liberal commenting rules.

Second: We ask everybody who comes to The Mary Sue to remember that conversations require listening as well as speaking. And we are firm believers in the fact that banning a commenter only prevents them from speaking, not from listening.

For those who agree with these rules, please keep in mind that we are only human. If you see a comment which violates these rules, the most helpful thing you can do is to flag it, rather than commenting about how poorly moderated the thread or post is or contacting us through social media or email to that effect.

A note to our regular readers:

We love you! The Northampton Property Post wouldn’t be what it is without your awesome support. As we mentioned above, flagging comments which violate our policy is a great help but please take this responsibility seriously. Flagging a user who isn’t really causing trouble but who you personally feel is just being obtuse is not a good use of this power. Also, engaging with users who are clearly trolls may be fun for some of you but causes us larger headaches (especially with overly large threads). Flag and move on.

If you’re having a disagreement with another user and your replies have gone into the double digits, consider stepping back from the computer for a while. We love discussion but we don’t want users running themselves ragged trying to convince someone else online they’re wrong.

Happy commenting, all and remember..........

  • Please keep comments relevant to the article.
  • Do not spam comments with links.
  • No offensive language
  • No comments that could cause distress to other readers
  • Please be courteous and respectful at all times
  • Comments that do meet our policy will be removed
  • Repeat offenders will be blocked


What have been the top performing property types of the past decade?
Fresh research from Proportunity reveals how different property types performed over the past decade, based on price growth. The data,
Read more.
Top tips for new student landlords
Student property remains one of the most lucrative investments available to landlords, with sky-high double-digit yields currently on offer in
Read more.
Landlords urged to prepare for new MEES regulations in April
Landlords of the draughtiest homes in England and Wales will be required to upgrade their properties ahead of new rules
Read more.
TSB adds new range of buy-to-let products
  TSB has introduced a new range of buy-to-let mortgages. Available at up to 60% loan-to-value (LTV) there is a
Read more.
The Guild supports clampdown on rogue landlords
The government’s decision to invest an additional £4m in funding for local councils to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents
Read more.
A fall in available rental stock would see ‘increased competition and higher rents’
Greater confidence and more certainty in the housing market following last month’s Tory election victory looks set to boost the
Read more.
Under-resourced county courts are struggling to cope with the number of possession claims being put forward, ‘causing misery for landlords’
There are tentative signs that landlords are beginning to return to the buy-to-let market, particularly in London where house price
Read more.
Court delays causing ‘extreme stress’ for landlords
Under-resourced county courts are struggling to cope with the number of possession claims being put forward, ‘causing misery for landlords’
Read more.
Rogue landlord fined £27k for unsafe HMO
An unscrupulous landlord has been fined £27,000 over an unlicensed HMO in Luton with multiple fire and safety breaches. ​ Luton
Read more.
Help and support available for landlords paying tax and keeping records
The tax return deadline when filing your online Self Assessment for the tax year ending 5 April 2019 is less
Read more.
New trade body launches for BTL landlords
A new landlord organisation, which is the largest ever trade body in the letting sector, has been officially launched. The
Read more.
Man who sublet hundreds of properties to criminal gangs jailed
A man who rented hundreds of properties that he sub-let to criminal gangs running brothels and cannabis farms has been
Read more.
CPS report backs Conservative Party’s long-term fixed rate mortgages
The Conservative party’s manifesto pledge to create a new market in long-term fixed rate mortgages has received the backing from
Read more.
Preparing for property emergencies
Britain has faced terrible flooding this year. Floods and other property emergency can take minutes to occur and years to
Read more.
You and your tenants need to be vigilant over the Christmas period
The Christmas season is upon us and there is a good chance that your tenants may be going away, leaving
Read more.
Average rents increase 3.2% year-on-year – HomeLet
Rents in the PRS continued to grow at a modest pace in November, the latest figures from HomeLet show. The
Read more.
Rents set to rise in 2020 as landlords continue to exit the PRS
Rents look set to rise across much of the UK next year owed in part to a further increase in
Read more.
4 bed detached house Spanslade Road, Standens Barn
Four Bedroom Detached Home Well Presented En-Suite to Master Conservatory Off Road Parking Converted Garage Offered for sale in good
Read more.
3 bed detached house Windmill Terrace, Northampton
A truly unique opportunity to purchase a Grade 2 listed early 19th Century truer Windmill situated on a large plot
Read more.
Boris Johnson’s housing plans are a ‘crisis waiting to happen’
The housing plans being put forward by Boris Johnson have been described by the National Landlords Association (NLA) as “ruinous”
Read more.
Scrapping Section 21 is ‘another attack’ against BTL landlords
The Queen has announced the new government’s priorities for its coming term, and it includes a proposal to abolish Section
Read more.
One in three landlords plan to sell in the next year
The UK could be heading for a rental crisis, with experts dreading the prospect of a chronic property shortage in
Read more.
Top UK regeneration hotspots unveiled
When it comes to investing in property, it pays to know about the latest property hotspots and up-and-coming areas whether
Read more.
Improving communication with your tenants
When investing in the buy-to-let sector it is important to have a good relationship with your tenants, and that often
Read more.




* indicates required