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19:15 PM, 22nd July 2021, About 2 days ago

Government agree with lenders to end EWS1 form requirement for below 18 metres

The labour party has queried the arbitrary limit of 18 metres. Surely this is not arbitrary figure but decided upon in consultation with fires services. 18 metres is about 60 feet which is around the safe maximum height a turntable ladder on a fire appliance can reach safely in windy conditions. In other words as a last resort, in a fire, people can be rescued from windows even from a top floor in buildings 18 metres high. It is therefore common sense and should be obvious that you need much more stringent fire precautions in tower blocks several hundred feet high.... Read More


7:15 AM, 20th July 2021, About 4 days ago

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

Reply to the comment left by Dennis Leverett at 19/07/2021 - 23:10The problem with solar panels of course is that they are useless for providing any useful room heating. The worst three months for solar power generation are December, January and February which are just the months when you need the most heating. I don't think there is any easy way of storing the excess generation produced in the summer months to be usefully used in the winter months.... Read More


13:54 PM, 19th July 2021, About 5 days ago

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

Reply to the comment left by Dennis Leverett at 19/07/2021 - 13:17Our house has solar panels, 3.6 KW on roof and our recent EPC was B with a number of 87. Solar panels are definitely taken onto account. IMO there are some factors are not taken in to account which perhaps should be. We own a flat which has only one external wall and all the windows are on this wall. This wall faces due south and the heating bills are very low due to solar gain. EPC assessor said It would have made no difference to the rating if our flat had faced due north??... Read More


15:18 PM, 9th July 2021, About 2 weeks ago

Have I been scammed into Leasehold?

Could you just clarify the situation for anyone thinking of buying a property at an auction:-
An unscrupulous seller can list at an auction a property at an auction which he knows full well to be leasehold as a freehold property. Then, late in the day before the auction starts notifies the auctioneers, Oops I should have listed it as leasehold please change the listing to leasehold.
Is this not attempted fraud?... Read More


16:57 PM, 6th July 2021, About 3 weeks ago

Live-in Landlord Tax - personal use adjustments?

A licensed HMO is not a normal home and probably purchased on an interest only buy to let mortgage. I don't think you can get a residential mortgage on a HMO. The interest will be tax deductible but limited now to a maximum of 20% tax relief. Because the landlord is having some personal benefit from this mortgage then probably only on the proportion that relates to the tenanted rooms as previously mentioned.... Read More