Chris mccauley

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 13

Chris mccauley

11:46 AM, 5th January 2022, About 5 months ago

Don't use the 'L' word

In 2003 I bought a 2 bed house with a downstairs area with toilet and space for kitchenette. When I was decorating the downstairs room a planning officer barged his way into the property demanding I get planning permission for a bed sit as this area could potentially be let as such with a separate 2 bed flat upstairs, this was not my immediate intention. Having been bullied into getting the planning permission ,could I automatically be charged double council tax whether the bedsit area was/is let or not? I did not register it as two dwellings with the council despite having planning permission.... Read More

Chris mccauley

10:34 AM, 15th April 2021, About A year ago

EICR has thrown a complete spanner in the works?

I had 5 to do. I used 1 guy for two properties, he was very slow both doing the inspections and in producing eventually after some works a pass certificate, he also did not turn up on a couple of occasions. So I Sacked him. My regular electrician was fitting a new electrical heating system for me so I got him to do the eicr whilst he was there. I got someone else to do the final two, He was quick and efficient but a bit expensive, and he only found 1 fault ,a tenant had painted over 5 double sockets in the kitchen. lessons learnt. 1. If your electrician is causing you any grief get someone else, they all vary so much. 2. You do not always have to have a new type fusebox. Total cost including fault fixing 3 new fuse boxes and vat ,about £1300. Kent.... Read More

Chris mccauley

12:52 PM, 26th January 2021, About A year ago

Alleged Council Enforcement Officer threatening over the phone?

I had an issue when redecorating a ground floor studio flat a few years ago. Basically an interior decorating job. A very threatening council officer who must have been alerted by a neighbour? demanded I apply for retrospective planning for change of use to studio/ bedsit ,it cost about £1000 with the help of a consultant I just couldn’t believe how aggressive this planning officer was.... Read More

Chris mccauley

10:58 AM, 31st July 2020, About 2 years ago

Are courts going to turn vehemently anti-landlord?

Dr Beck, In my case I managed to get the judgement and payment of over £3000 rent arrears , but it took 2 years on slow deduction of tenant’s wages. Luckily the tenant had proveable professional employment, I think it also depends on the judge, and the particular court but the main thing is rhat you have your property back and that’s why section 21 must stay, however if section21 is removed without proper back up for landlords. I think that will be the end of smaller private landlords, and also disastrous for tenants.... Read More

Chris mccauley

11:50 AM, 27th April 2019, About 3 years ago