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gadget

Automated thermostats are they a gadget too far?

02/09/2015

I’ve been a Landlord for a few years now. My hobbies include gaming and technology (can’t remember how many times I’ve been to the gadget show live!). I’m sure you’ve all seen that automated thermostats are now rapidly becoming a “thing”, a lot of this new technology seems to be gradually getting smarter. I’ve looked… Read more

shower

Electric Shower vs Mains Fed

I just bought my first buy to let and currently refurbing the bathroom. I am putting a shower over the bath but can’t decide on electric shower or one fed from the combi boiler on mains pressure. Electric shower pros/cons P – If boiler breaks tenant can still get a hot shower C – They… Read more

case

Joint tenancy one arrested one leaves – is it abandoned?

I had a young couple on a joint tenancy. The young man became very drunk (did have a tendency to drink too much according to some other tenants) and began rowing and hitting his girlfriend, another tenant became involved and police were called. He was arrested and held and is not allowed back to his… Read more

second home

Second Home Loss

I purchased a second “holiday” home in 2004 for £250k and it has never been rented out. I am currently looking to sell it, but realistically it’s only worth £225-£230K, Ouch! It was also registered as my private residential property for some time to gain the relief when sold. Now the question, if I sell… Read more

expired

Claim struck out for section 21 over 12 months old?

I just received a Court Order which struck out my claim for possession. The reason given was: “Section 21 expired more than 12 months prior to the commencement of proceedings it cannot be relied upon”. I have done many cases with a section 21 notice which was older than 12 months without any problems. Is… Read more

tenants in common

Tenants in common – sale after husband passing

01/09/2015

I wish to sell a property owned by my husband and I as joint tenants in common, he has died some years ago, and I now wish to sell. Are there any legal restrictions? Many thanks Edna

potato

Buying a property with a regulated tenant in?

I have chance of purchasing a reasonable property via an auction.The problem is that the tenant has been living there for many years and is on a regulated tenancy. I’m not sure how long this tenancy has been in place or the details about it. The rent is £3000 a year which is about 50%… Read more

co

Going down the limited company route with self employed friend

Am just starting out with a couple of non-mortgaged properties but plan to grow and as I am a HRT payer I have decided to create a limited company with me and the non-working wife. I have done lots of research and spoke to a few accountant friends and am reasonably confident that I have… Read more

garbage

unhealthy and unsafe building – can I move out?

I moved in a flat a month ago and these are the issues I have: 1. the close of the building and generally the whole building is very dirty. People have been leaving their garbage bags inside the close and the smell is coming into my flat and there are insects and flies that probably… Read more

case law

Any case law on covenant preventing my use of a property as an HMO?

I am in the process of purchasing a property to use as a small (C4 use class) HMO. The Title deeds includes the following Covenant by the Transferee, “Not to use the property except as a single private dwelling house”. That’s all it says in this respect. Does this covenant prevent the use of this… Read more

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