Nick Pope

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 166

Nick Pope

10:06 AM, 25th September 2021, About 4 months ago

Grade 2 listed - EPC new rating exempt?

Reply to the comment left by JB at 11/08/2021 - 15:07
But the "poor old tenant" will be benefitting from lower energy bills as a result.... Read More

Nick Pope

8:45 AM, 31st July 2021, About 6 months ago

Tenant, Neighbour, Agents and the fence?

I dealt with a situation like this many years ago. All parties being difficult and then the owner checked the deeds. The boundary was his responsibility but there was no requirement to actually have any sort of fence so he simply took out the old fence and left nothing in its place. Cue complaints from neighbours but they could not insist that anything was put up. They finally capitulated and agreed to cooperate.
The pets thing is a bit of a red herring. It's not your responsibility to keep them enclosed and safe.... Read More

Nick Pope

8:20 AM, 31st July 2021, About 6 months ago

Ceiling Heating?

If the property is late 60s or 70's there were several systems available. The commonest was ICI Flexel. It was cheap to install, each room could be separately controlled but it was expensive to run and easily damaged - one drill hole in the wrong place and the whole room lost heating. It was very quick the heat a room but from the ceiling down so your head felt hot whilst feet were cold. I have personal experience as I surveyed houses in Berkshire in around 1973 with this system.

A google search indicates that it is still a company called Flexel but that they started in 1978 - perhaps took over from ICI.... Read More

Nick Pope

7:28 AM, 17th July 2021, About 6 months ago

Can I insist on Shower rather than a bath?

It's up to the developers. They build a product and offer it for sale - it's your choice whether you buy it or not. Let's reverse the situation. If a potential tenant came to you and insisted they needed a bath not a shower would you change it to suit them, particularly in a market where there are other tenants willing to take what's on offer?
Developers today subcontract everything and it's likely that they do a deal with a bathroom supplier/fitter for a specified number of houses at an agreed spec and get a large discount. If they then proceed to request changes the subbie will likely charge a significant sum to action any alteration.... Read More

Nick Pope

8:32 AM, 12th June 2021, About 7 months ago

No maintenance charge no agreement?

In these circumstances, my immediate concern would be whether the fabric of the building is insured. If not and the worst happens you get nothing. If the freeholder has not insured then you gave an insurable interest but all the occupiers should chip in.... Read More