Paul landlord

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 14th December 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 76

Paul landlord

20:24 PM, 25th November 2020
About A week ago

EICR - Consumer Unit installed by unqualified electrician?

Why single out just two particular UKAS approved schemes out of the half dozen that are out there- all the schemes are UKAS approved and equal. You on commission or something? What have you got against other government approved and registered electricians?
Always concerns me when keyboard warriors boom with a loud voice alluding to some superior knowledge when actually they dont.
Unfortunately this behaviour undermines the legitimate and knowledgable advice givers on here and other forums.
Registered electrician of 9 years speaking here by the way and sick of these sparky threads where certain people clearly illustrate they dont really have a clue... Read More

Paul landlord

20:23 PM, 25th November 2020
About A week ago

EICR - Consumer Unit installed by unqualified electrician?

Reply to the comment left by AlanR at 24/11/2020 - 14:00Why single out just two particular UKAS approved schemes out of the half dozen that are out there- all the schemes are UKAS approved and equal. You on commission or something? What have you got against other government approved and registered electricians?
Always concerns me when keyboard warriors boom with a loud voice alluding to some superior knowledge when actually they dont actuallyhave it..
Unfortunately this behemoth undermines the legitimate and knowledgable advice givers on here and other forums.
Registered electrician of 9 years speaking here by the way and sick of these sparky threads where certain people clearly illustrate they dont really have a clue... Read More

Paul landlord

8:01 AM, 11th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

European Tenants?

The guy is asking a legitimate question. With all the shenanigans over the last 3+ years on brexit with doubts, u turns and even the government sneaking around and admittedly breaking international law- im sure the OP has thought about this a lot.

But whats the point in taking action years early when the government has proved it can change its mind literally overnight on issues with no warning.

I think the questions timing is spot on... Read More

Paul landlord

19:29 PM, 4th November 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Tenants are a nightmare for allowing workman in - EICR?

There's a whole host of things in there and from experiences i can identify with some and also some questions are raised.
I am a registered building control inspector- electrical- as well as being a portfolio landlord of nearly 30 years.
I find a lot of my own tenants a pain to get tradesmen in unless they see something in it for them- getting my gasmen in for annual gas check is always an issue on some. They've nothing to hide but can't see any advantage for their inconvenience (safety and legal compliance don't count for them).
Electrical inspections are even worse. They take hours, highly invasive- you are constantly running round the rooms of the house multiple times for multiple tests. Their supply is interupted for hours meaning inconvenience for them and sore ears for the inspector ('I've got no wifi, I cant watch Jeremy Kyle, the heating is off' rings in yor ears) And this time of year the daylight hours make it a miserable experience too.
Personally I avoid doing inspections on tenanted properties (both my own properties or customers) this time of year. Not wanting to sound clever but do these in the long warm summer days- tenants a lot less hostile then.
Then a few questions
1) why was it only given 18 months on the last cert? Were the results so bad to warrant a very short period or is it just unjustly generating business- if the latter he needs reporting to his registration body. A reinspection period needs to be justified in line with the condition of the installation- mainly the insulation resistance values which shows how old your cables are dictate this- take the old saying of 'its not the age of the car its the miles on the clock that counts' and apply it to the cables. The IR is your indicator of cable wear and the length of the remaining usable life. Its the only thing on the installation you can't upgrade. When the IR gets low you rewire. Bear in mind the same house if owner occupied is allowed up to 10 year on reinspection. On rentals the max is 5.
2) Old colours wiring in place means cables need changing!! Ha!! Dont tell me you going to fall for that??? But yes we did indeed 'harmonise' with european colours in a transistion period 2004-2005 but that doesn't mean you need to rewire your house!
Finally I can only advise that you keep records of all communications and replies you have encouraging your tenants to allow access, full of flexibility and stating its a legal requirement and for their safety. Its your only defence if you cant get it done on time. Its what i do with this situation on gas certs. Hand delivered letters with witnesses and photos, Emails etc etc. Ultimately you cant force your way in.
If all else fails reporting to your DNO (google yours) that you cant get into inspect and you suspect a potentially dangerous installation is present will get the DNO threatening cutting off the supply- and yes they have the power to do it.

Good luck... Read More

Paul landlord

17:43 PM, 20th October 2020
About a month ago

Beyond Section 21 Report - The unintended consequences if government doesn't listen

Reply to the comment left by Michael Bond at 20/10/2020 - 11:19
I would agree as in so far as my experience. District judges giving different judgements in exactly the same circumstances. One dismissed my sec21 claim by post taking issue with a clause in the standard NLA tenancy agreement that the NLA hadn't had need to change for years (this was 5 or 6 years ago). I did appeal, I did get my day in court and I did have the b*****ks to tell him- tho very politely- he was talking complete c**p. I did get the judgement in my favour before leaving. However I had lost another 3 months rent whilst waiting due to his incompetence. My point is don't be afraid to tell the judge he hasn't a clue as it stands now and yes we need specialist, trained judges going forward to stop this.... Read More