M&SFAN

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 17th October 2020

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Own 2 properties, fairly new landlord, finding this site useful.


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 26

M&SFAN

10:22 AM, 19th October 2021, About A week ago

£450m government grants for 90,000 Heat Pumps

I agree with Jessie. Heat pumps only work with a well insulated house. Basically, they resemble a sort of reverse a/c unit, cooling down the outside and heating up the inside. They make a noise and feature a box on the wall outside like an a/c unit. Could also possibly create noise problems in blocks of flats etc.... Read More

M&SFAN

16:53 PM, 14th October 2021, About 2 weeks ago

Boris U-TURN - New Planning Reforms ditched!

Reply to the comment left by Beaver at 14/10/2021 - 15:48
I agree with you completely.... Read More

M&SFAN

15:25 PM, 14th October 2021, About 2 weeks ago

Boris U-TURN - New Planning Reforms ditched!

Reply to the comment left by Peter G at 14/10/2021 - 13:49
I am not saying local councils are necessarily any good, but at least if residents don't like them, they can and do vote them out. My point is that councils have to deal with a system weighted against the local community having a say and this needs to be changed. As an illustration, a major development here was rejected overwhelmingly by the council and local people, the developer appealed, was rejected again, then went to the housing minister who for no apparent reason permitted it. (Far be it from me to suggest a kickback from a huge development company, as we all know that housing ministers are far too honest to accept them. ) The developer then decided to entirely change the proposal and embarked on a series of expensive appeals as they claimed they could not afford to make the site viable with the amount of social housing agreed, and it had to be far higher density, they had to take over some of a local park, cause closure of a major road due to access difficulties they hadn't noticed before, etc. etc. etc. and this is still going on. Meanwhile the land has hugely increased in value should they wish to sell. I don't know how one would suggest councils should deal with this sort of thing.... Read More

M&SFAN

23:49 PM, 5th October 2021, About 3 weeks ago

Boris U-TURN - New Planning Reforms ditched!

Reply to the comment left by Andrew at 05/10/2021 - 21:57
Our friend is most scrupulous and never takes bribes. In fact, he is most concerned at the lowering of safety standards involved, as I am, but reporting to the authorities, (as can be deduced from listening to the ongoing Grenfell reports on the radio), can be ineffectual and also damaging for the whistleblower). Corruption is I think that corruption is more widespread than generally suspected, and probably has been for years. Perhaps it is just human nature.

And yes, London is a unique market, but sadly not unique in the lack of affordability for people who just want somewhere to live. I have friends in Cornwall who are extremely upset at how impossible it is for their young people to find the money for a home in the area now, and this is true to a lesser extent in Suffolk, a place I know well, where wages are low and prices have risen.

In most rural areas I suspect the problem is second homes and an unbalanced local economy, not money laundering, though, so a bit more benign.

The common factor is that housing is seen as a financial commodity. In many other European countries - ironically, the ones, like Germany, where renting (from private landlords) is more common than here, housing is mainly about people finding a decent home, whether rented or purchased. Indeed, it used to be like that in Britain until about the late 1960s. So the likes of us small landlords could be part of the solution!

I am sure you'll agree it's a fiendishly complicated knot to untie, and I can't really offer useful suggestions as to how to do it!... Read More

M&SFAN

22:51 PM, 4th October 2021, About 3 weeks ago

Boris U-TURN - New Planning Reforms ditched!

I can't speak for areas outside London, but where property prices are high, expensive "investment" development is widespread and it doesn't matter if anyone makes a home there or not. One also has to face the overwhelming evidence that the UK is a major centre for money laundering. (You might find it interesting to view the BBC Panorama programmes on the vast international investigation "The Pandora Papers" which trace how central property is, to money laundering and corruption. It's a good watch even if you don't really want to get involved in the argument!) On a smaller scale a colleague is constantly being offered bungs for giving the all clear to unsatisfactory council developments........ Read More