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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 85


8:43 AM, 16th April 2019
About 5 months ago

Section 21 Ban - Government Consultation and Press Release

Perhaps the government could define what it understands the words 'fixed term contract' actually mean.
Does 'fixed term' mean a fixed period of time with a start date and an end date or is this form of wording now superfluous in a rental agreement?
Does the word 'contract' actually mean a legal contract between the tenant and the landlord or is this just an optional arrangement for the tenant but legally binding commitment on the landlord?... Read More


14:45 PM, 15th April 2019
About 5 months ago

Theresa May announces she will ban section 21

The problem with the use of the word 'eviction' is to many peoples' minds it implies some degree of force or coercion. In actual practice it is just asking tenants to leave, with a minimum of 8 weeks notice, at the expiry of their tenancy agreement, which will not be renewed for a very good reason by the landlord. Personally I would not be averse to this notice period being increased to 3 calendar months, or in the case of tenants with children of school age, 4 calendar months. This would give tenants more than ample time to find and arrange alternative accommodation. On a personal note I will be selling all my properties over the next couple of years apart from the the most expensive one which is a company let. I have decided it is far less risky to increase my exposure to the stock market where the rules don't keep on changing!... Read More


8:06 AM, 19th March 2019
About 6 months ago

Fergus Wilson Panorama documentary - now available on iPlayer

There used to be tenancies for life. I think they were called controlled tenancies. Landlords could never get their property back unless the tenants died or moved out voluntarily. Being a landlord was not very popular and so to increase the supply Assured Shorthold Tenancies were brought in with legal and legitimate escape clauses in case the landlord wanted to sell, move into the property himself or perhaps even provide a home for his own aged parents. If the government wants to carry on increasing the restrictions on what landlords can do with their properties then landlords will leave the market in droves. Presumably the government will have in place plans to house the 10 million people currently housed in the private sector?... Read More


12:29 PM, 12th March 2019
About 6 months ago

All bills included with an asterisk on the electricity?

Small capacity hot water tank gravity fed by cold water tank positioned as high as possible in the flat should suffice. The flow rate will not be great but that probably won't be a problem. Although these hot water tanks come already with a foam insulation surrounding the tank I would highly recommend spending another £10 from Screwfix and buy an additional fibreglass jacket to put around it as well. The tank needs to be kept at minimum of 60 degrees centigrade to negate any problem with Legionaires disease. Water at 60 degrees centigrade will burn you if you put your hand under the tap. You can easily have a blending/mixing valve fitted close to the tank, which mixes the outgoing hot water with cold water and set the temperature for example in the 40-45 degree range. Hot enough for washing up but no risk of scalding.... Read More


15:34 PM, 6th March 2019
About 7 months ago

Accountant, Freeholder and Managing Agent all at same address?

It depends what type of bulb is used. The old type 60 watt tungsten filament bulb used for 5.5 hours every day will use around 120 KWH in a year. A good quality LED lamp replacement will use only 20% of this amount. Persuade your landlord to switch to Ebico for this light or take over the account yourself. No standing charge and about 20p charge per KWH. Should cost you as much as £5 per annum + a new bulb every 3 or 4 years!... Read More