Dennis Leverett

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Thursday 16th March 2017


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 202

Dennis Leverett

14:13 PM, 27th July 2021, About 2 days ago

Tenant, Neighbour, Agents and the fence?

We had a similar problem couple of years ago with fence blown down in gales, luckily fell in our tenants garden, it was past its sell by date. Our tenants are lovely people but neighbours are awful. The neighbours had recently spent a fortune having that faux grass laid in whole of garden and as soon as fence came down were threatening to sue us for what I have no idea. We were refused access after asking very nicely so arranged a day with tenants and my builder friend to replace fence. We turned up with me helping to get it done in a day and received a lot of abuse from neighbour but we just ignored her even when she filming our every move. We did not need access because posts were put in as they were and we used panels that fitted between posts and fixed with brackets on our side, same with gravel boards. The builder noticed that the faux grass had been laid totally wrongly, the garden sloped away from the house, and was already sinking in places on the joins. But "oh joy" when we got to the last post at bottom of garden, we discovered a drainage channel that was put in for the faux grass had no soakaway and had been exited under the fence into our garden and beneath a section of decking in our garden. The ground had been washed away a bit and the decking supports were rotting. We took pictures and my builder gave us a quote to put it right. When we left after a long day the neighbour said she would send us a bill for cleaning the faux grass as we had got some dirt on it. My builder said ok and gave her his address to send bill. We got a bill £200 to clean the grass which really had no dirt on it because we brushed any off as we went along, we sent her a bill for £600.00 with pictures, for correcting the soak away plus explaining all the faults with the faux grass that if she wanted we would correct it for £4,000.00. A very embarrassed husband apologised profusely for his wife's actions to our tenants and asked them to pass it on to us and that was the last we heard. I wouldn't normally waste my time and breath on such people but sometimes they hit a spot.... Read More

Dennis Leverett

23:10 PM, 19th July 2021, About A week ago

What’s the best form of electric heating for rental flat?

Reply to the comment left by blair at 19/07/2021 - 21:36My solar panels have a gadget which heats the hot water tank (not radiators) through emersion heater before being fed into system so in effect I get free hot water plus full rates on electricity produced. It works really well plus have a log burner in the lounge which in the winter almost heats the whole bungalow if lounge door left open. We have oil heating system but because of the log burner and free hot water use very little oil and by burning the correct wood very efficient and environment friendly. The double glazing lets heat in but not out. The solar panels are German made with a 20 year insurance backed guarantee not to lose more than 20% of their "production" efficiency over the period. Fortunately we purchased before the Gov. change in tariff's and these are increased in line with inflation w.h.y. every year, we have now recouped all our initial investment in less than 6 years. Beware of cheap Chinese panels from the discount boys, we struck lucky with a very good local firm that knew their trade inside out.... Read More

Dennis Leverett

16:38 PM, 19th July 2021, About A week ago

What’s the best form of electric heating for rental flat?

Reply to the comment left by Collin Williamson at 19/07/2021 - 16:00
My daughter recently had an air source heat pump installed for typical 3 bed house. Beware who you buy from as after hers was installed she started getting huge electricity bills and heating was very poor. The engineer came out and said nothing was wrong so she was very disappointed. I used to be Corgi registered so had knowledge of gas heating but not air source. Looking at installation instructions I could see something didn't look right so called out engineer again but demanded different engineer and low and behold the previous one had made a pigs ear of just about everything including wiring. This engineer was there most of the day and got it all sorted and set up properly and daughter now very pleased, it's amazing how much heat can come from just the air especially in the winter. The outside unit is big with a large fan going.... Read More

Dennis Leverett

13:17 PM, 19th July 2021, About A week ago

What’s the best form of electric heating for rental flat?

Reply to the comment left by at 19/07/2021 - 11:58
Just out of interest, my own bungalow has solar panels on the roof which are ideally placed for maximum effect. We actually produce more electricity than we use because the bungalow is very efficient with LED lights, insulation etc. Does this effect the EPC because electricity wise we are carbon neutral and less ?.... Read More

Dennis Leverett

12:50 PM, 24th May 2021, About 2 months ago

Should I expect higher plumber costs in NW London?

I had a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom business for 25 years. I'm ten years out of touch now but if that's labour only it sounds way over the top. You need to sit down and write out everything you want done in as much detail as possible. We always did that as part of the contract to cover ourselves from naughty customers. Draw up a contract with every detail wanted and avoid broad terminology, get the contract signed, most cowboys would run from that. Time consuming yes but vital and will save you stress and money. I have seen many cowboys over the years so make sure you get at least three feedbacks from their previous customers and talk to them personally. Every job we did, part of the contract was that future customers could contact them to check us out, our last 10 years were all recommendations. Sundry materials such as plumbing, electrical fittings, plaster, wood, adhesives etc. etc. add up to a surprising amount. Getting rid of rubbish can be expensive and technically a license is required for that by whoever disposes of it unless you do it yourself. Old houses often uncover problems from previous bodge ups etc and most builders will have a clause in their contract to cover that, we did. Electrics must have the proper checks by a qualified electrician and signed off with certificate also some waste plumbing may have to be inspected by local council. Before ordering things like bath etc. you need to know what you are doing especially in an older house where baths were often let into walls at each end and were often not the standard 1700 x700 today. Older toilet outlets used to go down and through floor rather than walls causing problems and loads more to think about. You also ideally need someone with all trades skills because using different tradesmen for various jobs can be a nightmare to organise and take thee times as long. Why not first off get a couple of quotes for a supply and fit from an Independent retailer whose been around for a while and you may be surprised and at least then you can work out material costs and check out labour cost. Also ask the supplier how long job will take, try and avoid commision only salespeople with no actual experience, that's why I mentioned Independents. Good luck, you're gonna need it.... Read More