Nigel Fielden

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 17

Nigel Fielden

11:00 AM, 23rd December 2016, About 5 years ago

Online Estate Agents seem too good to be true?

Hard to understand, I agree. However I advertised a house for rent on Upad a couple of weeks ago. They advertised it on Rightmove, Zoopla and Prime Location all for the sum of £96. I had 5 prospective tenants all within 4-5 days and the first one to view it took it. My usual letting agent would have charged about £400 for the same outcome (even though I had to do the viewings and raise the ASTmyself)... Read More

Nigel Fielden

10:56 AM, 13th July 2016, About 5 years ago

How much to pay replacing damaged carpet?

Hi Lindsay

I know you are trying to do the right thing but if your landlord's agent isn't interested then it might be better to wait until you check out and then have a negotiation. The agent will have to get quotes for replacing the carpet and will need to provide the information needed to work out "betterment" as the insurance people call it.

Depending on the amount of the deposit, the cost of the carpet and any other damage, you will probably be in the driving seat as you will owe them more than they owe you.

Nigel... Read More

Nigel Fielden

20:21 PM, 3rd February 2016, About 6 years ago

Access Control Card Key Systems for HMO rooms - like hotel rooms?

Reply to the comment left by "Mr Barua" at "03/02/2016 - 19:39":

I have heard about the Inspire thermostat but I use the Heatmiser Neo system in my HMOs. The reasons are that it allows the control of hot water as well as heating, and allows the thermostats to be locked (controlling your bills) while allowing the tenants an amount of "boost" which leaves them in control.... Read More

Nigel Fielden

17:30 PM, 2nd February 2016, About 6 years ago

Access Control Card Key Systems for HMO rooms - like hotel rooms?

Hi Barua

I have looked at this, being keen on technology in HMOs.

The hotel key systems are very volatile as they need systems where the "key" is very low cost as people leave with them in their pockets daily. Commercial access control systems use fobs which are much more durable. However the cost of the proximity reader plus the electric lock plus the control unit make the whole thing prohibitively expensive.

I use master key systems as mentioned above. In three years of doing this I have never had to replace a tenant's key and if I did they would pay the £15 cost of a new one. Another benefit of the ones I use is that they are security keys meaning they cannot be cut at normal key places, so avoiding tenants handing out duplicates to their mates.

I like the idea of controlling energy in the room using a card, but again the control gear would be pricy especially when retrofitted in an existing property. The other problem, as everyone who stays in hotels knows, is that you can stick any credit card shaped object in the slot and turn it on permanently.

How about using motion sensors instead?... Read More

Nigel Fielden

9:26 AM, 19th November 2014, About 7 years ago

Heating cost control in HMO's

Hi Trevor

I strongly suggest you fit a wireless access point on each floor. Ideally they should be cabled back to your supplier's router (Cat5 cable is cheap) but if not you can get some of them to daisy chain together using radio.

I always install this way and have never had any complaints from tenants or problems with coverage.

I have experimented with the plug-in extenders in the past and found them to be unreliable due to noise on the mains from appliances.... Read More