city boy

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Thursday 12th May 2016


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 4

city boy

18:51 PM, 17th April 2021, About 5 months ago

EICR has thrown a complete spanner in the works?

I had an EICR done and the electrician the letting agent used, got the number of circuits wrong....I refused to pay for it.
The big issue is there is so much interpretation of what's a C2 vs a C3 and etc.... and I got my usual electrician round to one property after the EICR and lots that needed doing didn't, and lots that did was totally missed...... Read More

city boy

15:51 PM, 6th February 2021, About 8 months ago

Informing Local Authority of EICR?

That's all well and good and part 2. section 5c requires a landlord to provide the council (within 28days) with confirmation the remedial works for an unsatisfactory EICR have been carried out.
But what do you do when no one in the council has any idea of the legislation, and has no idea where you should send that confirmation? It's hard to comply with the legislation when you have no one at the local authority to send that confirmation to!
It tells me local authorities are incompetent (nothing new there) - but it doesn't help me and other landlords from being in breach further down the road...despite us trying to fulfil out legal obligations.... Read More

city boy

13:43 PM, 6th February 2021, About 8 months ago

Informing Local Authority of EICR?

I had exactly this situation with 2 councils ... I sent them the copy of remedial works within 28 days, and confirmation from electrician all works had been completed.
Both councils had no idea of the legislation, Southwark passed me to housing and then building control - absolutely clueless ... and both said why are you sending us this? Kind of hard to obey the rules when faced with total incompetence.... Read More

city boy

18:18 PM, 12th May 2016, About 5 years ago

HMO Additional Licence - Potential Housing Crisis?

I am familiar with the development you refer to...interesting that Southwark council seem to contradict themselves re the definition of a HMO.
Their HMO standards guide on the Southwark council website states a HMO is a property occupied by 3 or more unrelated people in 2 or more households.
So 2 siblings (1 household) and 1 other sharer isn't a HMO (they also told me this on the phone) as it isn't 3 or more unrelated people (as 2 are related)
However the legislation seems to contradict that, a HMO is a property occupied by more than 2 people (i.e 3 or more) in more than 1 household...
It amazes me the contradictions on Southwark councils website...that and giving incorrect information on the phone (if it is)....the details re fire safety, electrical safety...what rules apply..do the same rules apply to a large HMO as well as an additional licence? and selective licence?
It's a mess...and will mean good landlords with high quality properties will probably not allow sharers anymore.
In addition 12 sq metres for a couple's bedroom is smaller than almost every new development property I have seen over the last 5 years...that's 13.2 ft by 10 ft....that's a pretty decent sized double room. My 3 bed townhouse is 1200 sq ft, and yet I can't rent it based on those dimensions to any couples! madness...... Read More