Mike Tighe

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Thursday 12th September 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 27

Mike Tighe

4 months ago
Eviction under a Periodic Tenancy?

I've read that if a tenant gives you notice and then doesn't move out, they have no legal right to remain, and they can actually owe you double rent for the time they remain.
Have a look at this post on the Landlord Law website
http://www.landlordlawblog.co.uk/2009/12/01/ancient-law-may-help-landlords/

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Mike Tighe

5 months ago
Proving a listed building is EPC exempt if in fact it is?

Like you Rebecca I have some listed buildings and have been following the recent developments. For anybody else interested it is well worth downloading the Gov. guide linked in Neil's reply. The nightmare is that we DO now have to have an EPC done, and then if we object to the recommended works we have to register an exemption. Stupidly the exemption only lasts 5 years and cannot be passed on to a new owner and the onus is on us to prove the reasons for it. The good news is that almost all works which we might object to would require listed building consent and conservation officers (CO's) will almost certainly advise/object to the required works, which would justify the exemption. Due to cuts they of course are now generally overwhelmed with their work load so will not welcome a potential cascade of new applications for alterations to listed buildings. My CO has suggested that a letter from them advising against the works would be enough to satisfy the requirements of the exemptions register. It is interesting to note that it is not just listed buildings which can be covered by an exemption - it can include buildings in conservation areas as well, and any building where the proposed works could cause potential damage. (Where new double glazing is recommended though, most conservation officers would not object to internal secondary glazing which is reversible). Of great concern among many professionals in the world of historic buildings is the pressure to install wall insulation and many believe it is a time bomb in the making with potential damage to the building fabric being caused in future (mostly from trapped moisture), possibly decades hence. If a surveyor or architect specifies that wall insulation could adversely affect your building (any building, listed or not) then you could register an exemption. There is a special section in the Gov. guide covering this and you may want to search through the website of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings , http://www.spab.org.uk or call their tech helpline.
The other sort of good news for us, is that it is local authorities who will have to enforce the new legislation and since there is no new funding coming from central Gov many will just ignore it – I have unofficially been told that in my area they have no plans to take any notice of the new regulations at all, and it is unclear who if anybody will be actually looking at the exemption register which is a self certified system.
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Mike Tighe

A year ago
Cooker hood, fan or both ?

Thanks Bill. Yes I have heard PIV fans are brilliant so it's good to hear another positive (no pun intended) opinion of them. However, in this case as a listed building we still have open fireplaces and sash windows so in most of the flat there should be enough natural ventilation - it's just the kitchen which probably needs extra help.
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Mike Tighe

A year ago
Cooker hood, fan or both ?

Many thanks to all for your helpful comments. Completely agree that hoods that just recirculate are a waste of time. Building control not involved (just replacing existing kitchen which has no ventilation). Yes have already fitted a fan in the bathroom. I'm inclined to agree with Jims that even many of the best tenants don't give a monkey's about ventilation, especially the younger ones. I've previously made the mistake of buying the cheap fans via ebay/amazon which are a fraction of the price of the well known makes - great to begin with but they either get louder and louder (so switched off) or conk out within months.Thanks for the decibel explanation, I've never really understood that before and wondered why manufacturers boasted about one decibel improvement ! With the hydrostat/humidistat fans, I wonder if they can have a timer as well so that they come on when the light is switched on whatever the level of humidity ? Then if they are having a fry up with not much steam you still get extraction.
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Mike Tighe

2 years ago
Moth Infestation - HELP please

I had this problem in an old damp house in the country (not tenanted !) for years and tried all sorts of so called cures. The only thing that worked for me was' Insectrol', an aerosol spray made by Rentokil and available at on-line stores, like Robert Dyas etc
I bought it in packs of five and kept one at the ready in several rooms. Every time I saw even one moth I sprayed the room thoroughly and closed the door for a couple of hours. After a couple of months they never came back, although we are ever vigilant. If your tenants are willing to try this it may work. Putting clothes in the freezer for a few days kills eggs and having the carpets cleaned will help to remove eggs. Is there any chance the house has wool based roof or under floor insulation ? this is supposed to be treated against insect attack but I have heard of houses being infested inside the insulation - I think the early versions of wool insulation were perhaps less well treated.... Read More