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10:48 AM, 12th February 2014, About 8 years ago

Anybody know about grants for central heating and windows?

Reply to the comment left by "Mike " at "12/02/2014 - 10:38":

Just found this
again its NE but they will be similar in your area the loan is paid back via the fuel bill based on savings made.... Read More


10:38 AM, 12th February 2014, About 8 years ago

Anybody know about grants for central heating and windows?

Reply to the comment left by "Julie Ford" at "12/02/2014 - 09:19":

The only grants I have found is for boilers, insulation both loft and cavity wall. They have to be applied for by your tenants and they need to be in receipts of certain benefits, this site will give you some ideas they are similar regional outfits around the country
The other alternative is the Green Deal
but this tends to be loans and they are limited to approved green systems.... Read More


19:14 PM, 30th September 2013, About 8 years ago

Alternative to licensing/accreditation? Bad landlords, look away now!

Reply to the comment left by "Kirsty McGregor" at "13/09/2013 - 09:27":

Hi Holiday let star rating is administered by Quality in Tourism an independent company supported by the state funded Visit England tourism association.
Having had both rental and holiday lets, I think bringing the star rating to rental properties is a can of worms that landlords could do with out. In the holiday let market there is a great deal of dissatisfaction with the star rating scheme when it comes to self catering property. The property is often assessed when occupied so you are at the hands of the people staying, I have lost a star rating because of the state the house was in, I had to pay for re assessment to gain the start back. Properties of different ages and style are assessed the same. So the example given would mean the old listed house where double glazing could not be fitted would loose out to modern house with double glazing. The assessors were found to asses differently even though much effort was put into to make sure assessments were uniform. Some landlords dressed the property just for the assessment to inflate the star rating and then moved everything out after assessment. The owners were not assessed which is not a problem for a couple of weeks but if you are in a rental property how well you get on with the landlord and how quickly the respond to problems is crucial.
I find the market tends to regulate property condition quite well. To rent a property for a good price it needs to be well presented and maintained. Poor properties stick on the market and a good property does not necessarily mean a good landlord or management agent. The real problem is differentiating between good and bad landlords. Would not a self-regulated ombudsman scheme that can name and shame Landlords and while we are at it, tenants who are serial offenders. Most of the regulations are in place that are needed to keep every one protected if only they were complied with.
Surely Kirsty you miss the main point by miles. When you book an hotel you do not visit each hotel to check out which is the best. Who rents a property without inspecting it first often two or three times.... Read More


16:48 PM, 18th September 2013, About 8 years ago

Deed of trust property company tax question

Reply to the comment left by "Puzzler " at "18/09/2013 - 16:39":

Hi is there a benefit to hold properties in trust I have at present 3 letting properties which are presently owned in partnership with my wife. Could these be transferred to a trust which includes children or would it all cost with no real advantage.... Read More


16:40 PM, 18th September 2013, About 8 years ago

Roof or Condensation Problem?

Hi I would agree it sounds like a classic case of mold caused by a lack of ventilation, seen it many times. This often happens or gets worse when houses are improved by increasing the insulation and tightening the house by adding double glazing and draft proofing. The warmer interior will now hold more moisture and this will condense on any surfaces that are still cold giving a perfect breeding ground for mold. This usually happens in the corners of rooms ceilings at the edge of buildings where the loft insulation has not reached ( usually intentional to keep the loft vented). The cure is to ventilate the rooms either by opening windows which people are reluctant to do as it cools the property and reduces the security. Long term answer is to provide mechanical ventilation which needs to be well designed to avoid dead areas. Hope this helps... Read More