Mike W

Registered with Property118.com
Tuesday 10th September 2013

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 213

Mike W

16:10 PM, 21st May 2021, About 2 months ago

EICRs From Hell?

Get a better electrician.
Maybe I have been lucky with mine, but he explains the issues. Recently another landlord in the block (of 4 flats - one owned by the council) asked all landlords to pay their share of fixing the communal electrics. He attached his electricians comments. I asked my electrician to comment. He said if the guy has inspected the electric's where is his report on the problems? I can't comment until I see the fault report. What he is trying to do is get you to pay to fix a problem and then he will issue a new clean EICR. He shouldn't do that. He has been asked to check so he should state what he has found and what needs to be done in writing. Once the report was seen it was obvious the first electrician did not know what he was doing. My electrician had a look on site and provided a much cheaper quote stating exactly what he thought was wrong and what had to be fixed. The council's electrician said, after the matter was sorted, that it was clear that the first electrician did not know what he was looking at whereas mine did.

So like in life there are those who know how to do a job properly and those who don't. The problem is identifying the good uns.

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Mike W

15:50 PM, 9th April 2021, About 4 months ago

Smart Meter Installation - thoughts please?

I had one case where a tenant installed a smart meter without consultation with me, so you are lucky. When they left there was no manual on how to read the meter and the small Chameleon SMETS2 unit (a small phone size unit which connects to smart meter). EON the supplier refused to supply missing items unless I paid them £30. So what was benefit to landlord as next consummer? Took EON to Ombudsman who agreed they should provide missing documentation free. BUT the big issue was that the electricity meter was external and as well as the new meter they installed an isolation switch which was not there before. Now an isolation switch is 'good practice' but is not needed in an external box if the consummer board is within 3 m of the meter. But of course the nerd installers did not bother to look inside the house. Why am I bothered? There are known cases of undesirables opening up external meter boxes and switching off the power on the isolation switch to inconvenience the occupant.... Read More

Mike W

10:58 AM, 15th February 2021, About 6 months ago

What to expect in the 2021 Budget?

Perhaps we should lobby for tax rebates equating to all the lost rent caused by inability to evict? ie the government paying 100% compensation to landlords? "is that not 'doing the right thing?' in supporting the nation in a time of crisis?"... Read More

Mike W

20:55 PM, 10th February 2021, About 6 months ago

Private landlords on tenterhooks bracing for yet another attack?

Excellent article but until landlords start putting the case for landlords then nothing is going to change. In my employment I had to move every 2-3 years. That is 16 houses across 4 countries I and my family have lived in, and we had to rent out our own home to balance the books. Without landlords, my job could not have existed. Indeed in two of those countries, the housing was company-owned housing.
Nor can it be fair if the same business is taxed differently depending upon how it is structured.
The biggest problem which is still to hit is the carbon neutral one. Nobody has calculated the cost of refurbishing old housing to high insulation standards because heat pumps cannot produce the same level of heat output as gas boilers. And that will hit all homeowners who do not have EPCs of B or at least high C. Think of all those houses built from the Victorian era right up to 2010. They will all require work. Who is going to pay? And think of the disruption. Not just loft insulation but wall insulation as well and probably underfloor insulation too.... Read More

Mike W

17:18 PM, 26th January 2021, About 6 months ago

Alleged Council Enforcement Officer threatening over the phone?

The story does not add up.
So your solicitor said not to buy because he could not find any listed building permission on the property. My understanding is that grade 2 covers both outside and certain internal features. You contacted the council and asked if the previous owners had done prohibited work? They replied (presumably without a site visit) saying that as long as there were no external works it would be fine. (But you don't say who in the council replied.) Did you check with historic england? You took the council's response to mean that the previous owner's work and your planned work would be ok. (Brave)
Where I live the planning department and conservation department are separate but in the case of applications, they are very much coordinated.
So, based upon what you have said I think there is a high risk that you or the previous owner may have undertaken work that may not have been allowed.
That said the person who undertook a site visit was very unprofessional if he did not identify himself and say exactly what would happen. Furthermore, if he did not immediately apply for a court injunction to stop work then that also seems suspicious. And of course, those who walked off without checking that the person was a council official were naive.

I find it strange that the lender, who usually is represented by your solicitor (who would have recommended not to lend) were actually prepared to lend as long as insurance was in place.

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