Major John

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 10

Major John

10:44 AM, 23rd March 2019
About 2 years ago

Does bathroom with window need extraction fans?

Even if not mandated, thousands wasted over years rectifying mould, etc., has taught me that not having extractors is plain dim. Even more important is the type of fan: ignore those (most) that require people to behave in a particular way. Reliable Humidistat fans start at ~£25 on eBay. For me, bathroom and kitchen humidity issues are now largely history.... Read More

Major John

8:12 AM, 30th May 2018
About 3 years ago

Do I need a new Hmo Licence if I add my spouse to title?

Practice may of course vary by local authority, but I own an HMO jointly on Merseyside while holding the licence in my own right (with my co-owner noted as an interested party). My gut feeling would be that as long as the Council has someone on the hook for transgressions and you play ball, you should be fine.... Read More

Major John

11:31 AM, 23rd September 2017
About 4 years ago

The Tax System Explained In Beer

I've done a similar exercise serving lunch to groups where the food on your plate represents how it's distributed in reality. One or two get a feast, most others sit and starve over a glass of water. If you believe the economy is fair and the rich pay too much tax, you might want to ponder this (the principles apply to the UK and world): Read More

Major John

9:41 AM, 8th April 2017
About 4 years ago

Liverpool keep issuing the licence to my bank?

Different bit of paperwork but same authority.
I owned a rental house some years ago and it was sold on in the aftermath of the crash, leaving overhanging and partly disputed Council Tax debts (partly my fault but also incompetent agent and absconding tenants... long story). I eventually came to an agreed settlement (in writing) and paid up.
Five years later they keep sending me letters demanding further payments in joint names - me and a chap I've never heard of. I guess he may be a subsequent owner. Despite repeated phone calls, emails and letters responding to these explaining that they settled with me, that I have had no connection with the property for years, and that I have literally no idea who this person is, nothing ever changes.
To get their attention, I'm wondering about returning their letters to sender without postage, glued to a house brick.
Does anyone have any insight into how to get this Council to take notice and stop badgering me?... Read More

Major John

19:22 PM, 18th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Best Offers Letting Strategy

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "18/02/2017 - 18:39":

Sorry, my comment understandably came across as though I was talking to you - but it was written as a rejoinder to the negative commentators. I should have made that clearer. I'm well aware that *you* know very well what you're doing!... Read More