Ian Cognito

Registered with Property118.com
Monday 14th July 2014


Latest Comments

Total Number of Property118 Comments: 110

Ian Cognito

3 days ago
What information is it reasonable for a freeholder to demand?

When requested by Managing Agent for tenant name, email and mobile (which may be needed in case of emergency) I ask tenant if OK to provide info before responding.

When copy of Tenancy Agreement is required, I send non-personalised template. I can understand why a Freeholder (via the Managing Agent) might want to ensure that properties are let under terms that comply with headlease. That said, I guess info is simply filed away and box ticked.... Read More

Ian Cognito

4 weeks ago
Sky dish without permission - Can I remove it?

Reply to the comment left by Lindsey Froud at 31/05/2018 - 11:29
If I were in your position, I'd want to get to the bottom of why the Communal Dish doesn't reach my flat. What about the flat above? Below? Next door?

You could serve the tenant notice and advise the Management Company that the dish will be removed in September when the tenant has left.

But if you're unable to offer a Sky connection, you'll then be excluding potential future tenants.

The priority has to be getting connected to the Communal Dish.... Read More

Ian Cognito

4 weeks ago
Sky dish without permission - Can I remove it?

If the Headlease forbids external aerials/dishes, whether explicitly or implicitly, then this should have been included in your Tenancy Agreement; perhaps under a Schedule of Special Conditions.
How long is the Tenancy Agreement? Is there a break clause?
Is the property a flat in a block? How big is the block? Are there other properties in the block with a dish? Do other properties receive 'Sky Channels' and, if so, how? Perhaps via cable?
If the dish is definitely not allowed, but the tenant was not aware, then a practical solution is required.
If the agreement is nearing its end, or you can enforce a break, BUT you'd prefer to retain the tenant, then tell him/her nicely that, regrettably, he/she will have to go unless the dish is removed. Explain that your hands are tied.
But also tell the Tenant that you will discuss the issue with other owners and, if others would like to receive Sky but cannot, you will suggest that the Management Company investigates the installation of a communal dish.
Sky is no longer a luxury.... Read More

Ian Cognito

A month ago
Static shocks - Council require full inspection!

What type of property is this? When was the last Electrical Inspection?... Read More