Harlequin Garden

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Harlequin Garden

13:51 PM, 12th July 2020
About 4 days ago

Major works with ever rising costs

Reply to the comment left by Jon D at 11/07/2020 - 16:52
Thanks for the comments - the issues we have is that we are implementing 'major works' repairs not renewals - but I will look into the renewal bit - no works have been done on the building in around 15/20 years so it is in poor shape even though the landlords lease states that it should be redecorated and works carried out every 7 years. This apart, what we have now is that a the process has been carried out correctly with the S20 then tenders but the costs are rising on a fixed cost job - what I need to find out is how to challenge this - they inspected and tendered and now they can't do it for that money - I suspect that the lowest tender could never do it for the cost they propose and rely on uplifts during the job - when maybe the higher bidders could have carried out the works as described... Read More

Harlequin Garden

11:50 AM, 13th May 2020
About 2 months ago

C3 ( c ) AST ?

Reply to the comment left by Jerry Stone at 11/05/2020 - 15:58
Jerry, you've repeated what I've said - at the time of writing we had no idea what his issue was so I commented generally for lawful use - I said 'do not identify yourself' when I suggested speaking to the duty planner.

I'm a landlord of 35 year, multiple property types including HMOs, I've been through most that can be thrown at me including applying for a CLUED where I was told clearly by the planning officer that I should supply 4 years 'proof' which I did and it was turned down - I did complain to her senior officer who told me to do it again using the reasons it was declined (lack of proof) - I'd supplied all the info the first time but went back 10 years and repeated 10 years instead of 4 - I did 10 years because I first gave it to a planning advisor who told me that they wouldn't touch it unless I supplied 10 years - which would give me a bill of around £20,000 as they charge per unit - so I did it myself successfully. I also sit on a planning committee so have an idea of my way around these things and wouldn't dream of commenting on anything I had no knowledge of or experience.

I stand by contacting the duty planner for information (without identifying yourself or property) and never ignore a visit from anyone from your local council departments. They do not repeat they enforce.
Well done you for steering Steve in the right direction, this is what this forum is all about.

Elizabeth
PS please don't come near my garden.... Read More

Harlequin Garden

15:09 PM, 11th May 2020
About 2 months ago

C3 ( c ) AST ?

Reply to the comment left by Jerry Stone at 11/05/2020 - 11:24
That is not strictly correct as it depends what planning use you have and how you are letting the property. If you are issued with an enforcement notice (never ignore a visit from planning when they are making their case you can get time to apply then, - if you ignore them they will come back with an enforcement notice having been quiet for months and you think they've gone away, they haven't, you have an asset and a sitting duck) then you have 6 weeks to appeal and if you don't 6 months to comply with whatever they set you. Don't rely on 4 years either this is very onerous - the burden of proof is on you - and they can go back further (and often do).

Having said that I'm not exactly sure what the initial question is about - have you tried speaking to the duty planner at your local council without identifying yourself? This should set you straight!... Read More

Harlequin Garden

17:08 PM, 28th March 2020
About 4 months ago

Harlequin Garden

17:06 PM, 28th March 2020
About 4 months ago

Tenant leaves with 3 years left but 4 years commission paid to agent?

The contract does say that they collect the commission upfront but the only reference to returning a percentage of it is that it is not returned if I enact any break clause.

I am about to agree to the contract being surrendered and intend to chase the commission as the tenant/company is about to go into liquidation. I just need to check that surrendering doesn't mean that I've enacted a break clause, there have been so many weasel words with this issue that I need to be careful. I'd like this one behind me as I know there are more to come.... Read More