colette

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Saturday 1st June 2019


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 40

colette

11:35 AM, 12th April 2021
About 2 days ago

Disability Grants - applicable before tenancy commences?

I think you need to take into account there are many types of disabilities which is why grants are person specific, not property specific. A disability could mean lower kitchen counter tops, taps, wet room, ramps , lifts, and other expensive stuff etc or just simply an enclosed wide shower or a ramp It is taxpayer's money. On the whole those with disabilities are much higher up on council waiting lists so do not have to wait too long for accommodation or alterations to their council or other accommodation. In addition they legally require a formal assessment from a qualified individual and councils use in house workmen or put out to tender.... Read More

colette

17:49 PM, 5th April 2021
About A week ago

Disability Grants - applicable before tenancy commences?

Disability grants have to be made by the disabled person, after a social work assessment and physio assessment on the disabled person, and a building assessment by the local authority. As far as I know you cannot apply for a grant beforehand as you cannot know what the prospective tenant's requirements are, and at this time there tends to be long waiting lists for the work to be done in any event and they are being extremely tight with any funding.... Read More

colette

15:27 PM, 3rd February 2021
About 2 months ago

Convert to HMO or not?

Having sold the family home I am about to hand over £500k to my only child in Leeds with the advice he look into purchasing a current HMO or refurbishing one to ensure he has a separate source of income in the future. I expect him to keep it to the same standards as my other properties which are all family lets. I am currently looking into this in the Leeds area and any help/advice in respect of that region would be appreciated. It would not be for student use. As for the snarky comments some have made about HMO's and standards of living my son, along with many of his friends and children of my friends have all at one time lodged or are still lodging in such properties and none have ever complained about them or found them to be hellpits and several have said they have been a lifesaver during the lockdowns. They are an essential requirement for a section of the population, esp in cities. I will be posting another query elsewhere in respect of some other properties.... Read More

colette

13:04 PM, 14th December 2020
About 4 months ago

Power of attorney query for bother in Australia?

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 14/12/2020 - 10:47
and my point states that an ordinary power of attorney would do as well BUT cannot continue to be used when donor loses capacity, which you seem to have totally ignored. Given the amount of people living longer and then with dementia it is a no brainer. It is not at all "over complicated" as you state to give authority in an LPA to to be used whilst the donor has capacity it is a tick box exercise , as clearly pointed out in the document itself. On page 6 you tick a box to state whether you wish your attorney to use it as soon as it has been registered (which they can do with the donor's consent). The OPG states this is the most useful option. If the donor later loses capacity they can contunue to act for all decisisions within the LPA if it has been registered at the start. "This option is useful if you are able to make your own decisions but there is another reason for your attorney to help you, ie holiday, sign documents" etc. to quote the form itself. The benefit of the LPA is that it can continue to be used if the donor loses capacity, unlike ordinary power of attorney. On page 7 the donor can state his general preferences with regard to the property/assets or can state his "instructions" which are absoutely specific so would only relate to the property in question. You can be an LPA for someone living overseas who has assets in England/Wales you do not have to live within the vicinity of the donor. With regard to electronic signatures despite technology moving forward not all companies accept this and it would not be legal if capacity lost. If the brother is going to the trouble of looking at attorneyship then it makes sense to look at long term implications, such as mental incapacity. The cost of £82 is not exactly breaking the bank either, certainly much less than any document a solicitor would charge for and in mho the form is simple to complete. I have completed 2 in an hour this morning for finance and health/welfare for my 80 yr old neighbour. It is only as difficult as you want it to be.... Read More

colette

18:23 PM, 13th December 2020
About 4 months ago

Power of attorney query for bother in Australia?

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 13/12/2020 - 12:32
Than you for your link to the LPA via the OPG. However,having done over 20 LPA'a on line this year for friens/family,I am familiar with this site and in fact I am registered with them. A I have consistently pointed out the poster has a choice of 2 types and in both he can be specific as to what powers should be included by his brother the donor but given how easy it is to do an lpa then this is the route I would recommend as he can be specific and take account of the fact that it can apply in the future should capacity be lost. whatever your point is then I m missing it completely.... Read More