Christopher Marsden

Registered with Property118.com
Monday 5th February 2018


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 26

Christopher Marsden

12:31 PM, 8th June 2021, About 4 months ago

Stamp duty on house including annex - more complex?

Hi albeit I am a landlord my fairly recent experience was with the purchase of a home in 2017. The stamp duty should have been £27k but part of the house was a separate annex with its own entrance, bathroom, kitchen and could be locked away from the house. Our solicitor advised that we would be able to claim a reduction in the stamp duty of £10k and in the final transaction she completed all the paperwork necessary and we paid £17k in the end. I do not know whether this condition still applies or whether a buy to let purchase would change this situation.... Read More

Christopher Marsden

14:18 PM, 13th February 2021, About 7 months ago

Government will fund cost of replacing unsafe cladding for all leaseholders 6 storeys and over

Reply to the comment left by Shining Wit at 13/02/2021 - 11:35
As I mentioned earlier the true cost of this travesty is yet to be revealed but this morning on radio 4 one authority said that they considered the amount the Government has committed to is woefully short and they thought it could be £15 billion but there's no national record of buildings that suffer from defective cladding and other fire related defects ie fire stops etc. So no-one knows how much this is going to cost. Grenfell was so bad it's unbelievable. How can a 24 storey building have one means of escape and then that single way out is not protected by detection and alarms plus sprinklers and fire doors that of 1 or maybe 2 hour fire resistance. I think it's owned by the local council!!!!!!
Don't just blame the builders here many local authorities chose these external cladding materials to refurbish blocks that may well have been cladded with concrete panels that were coming to end of Life and bad for condensation. They chose the materials used because it was cheap compared to alternatives and gave good insulation. God knows how many guilty parties are involved in this which may well be a barrier to legal recourse. If every building needs separate legal recourse God help the lease holders. Maybe if the lawyers went for local authorities and central government collectively on the basis that government systems had been defective the leaseholders could join together but I don't know if that's viable legally.
If that strategy can be developed then Jenrick might just have the tiny bit of grey matter required to see the height of the buildings affected is imaterial here.
Surely someone has talked to lawyers to see if there is a magic bullet that joins these cases together.... Read More

Christopher Marsden

20:38 PM, 11th February 2021, About 7 months ago

Government will fund cost of replacing unsafe cladding for all leaseholders 6 storeys and over

Reply to the comment left by terry sullivan at 11/02/2021 - 19:24
Cost, insulation values, availability, durability except in a fire which they (the suppliers) failed to declare.... Read More

Christopher Marsden

14:27 PM, 11th February 2021, About 7 months ago

Government will fund cost of replacing unsafe cladding for all leaseholders 6 storeys and over

Sorry Dale I should have added that I agree with all you have said and you have my deepest sympathy. Is there any joining up of the wronged leaseholders or property owners that are suffering here? Now Jenrick has come out and said this surely legal opinion is necessary as to whether this makes an action for all buildings available viable. Since it happened historically is there any chance of the European Court of Human rights getting involved because that's the kind of boot Jenrick needs up his arse to sort this.... Read More

Christopher Marsden

14:21 PM, 11th February 2021, About 7 months ago

Government will fund cost of replacing unsafe cladding for all leaseholders 6 storeys and over

Do you think it's possible that we are being drip fed an acknowledgement of liability by local /Central government bit by bit on the basis that say £5 billion sounds much better than maybe £20 billion or whatever the true cost is.
If this was America you would see a joint action against all the perpetrators which include the dreadful US/French company that conned the industry into believing that this stuff had zero spread of flame and then managed God knows how to get an agre'mont certificate to enable it's sale, followed by the consultants whose PI insurance should be paying for some of this, followed by the design and build contractors, followed by the building inspectors and their councils.
I studied for a building engineering degree in 1973 and we were taught not to design and construct in the way that many of these buildings seem to have been put together. We have gone backwards here and unless someone does time for it we will not learn the lessons.
When Director's think they may serve time for doing wrong it changes their behaviour. Of course not all are bright enough to know they are doing wrong but the French sales directors for the Grenfell cladding did know.... Read More