DGM

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Friday 13th November 2020


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DGM

13:27 PM, 27th February 2021
About A week ago

32% of PRS stock built before 1919

Reply to the comment left by Badger at 27/02/2021 - 13:11
Badger, I agree, the properties I own that have been converted to flats (not by me) and have sash windows, I have had them professionally renovated to stop the rattling and draught proofed, new beading, etc. These are well past their prime due to lack of maintenance before I bought the properties (all sills rotten). The windows cannot be double glazed as the beading is too small for even the thin double glazed units for sash windows.
To replace will cost an absolute fortune as new bespoke windows will need to be made and these are big windows.... Read More

DGM

21:32 PM, 25th February 2021
About 2 weeks ago

32% of PRS stock built before 1919

Reply to the comment left by RL at 25/02/2021 - 20:23
Unfortunately Councils don't seem to be helpful these days.
Maybe speak to English Heritage regarding this, they may be a bit more helpful and if they don't object it is harder for the council to. The trouble you have with the planning is if you put external cladding and windows on the same application and it is refused for say cladding, the whole application is refused. You would to put in another separate application just for the windows. A lot of money, you would think the Council would be more helpful that you are trying to keep stock in prime order.... Read More

DGM

11:55 AM, 25th February 2021
About 2 weeks ago

32% of PRS stock built before 1919

Reply to the comment left by Paul landlord at 25/02/2021 - 11:39
Paul I agree, when I refurbish my properties I insulate under the floor, especially if the floorboards need to come up to rune electrics etc and I take photos. The EPC ignore this.
With the technology available today they should provide a heat map showing the actual amount of heat being lost, not just it is a solid wall so terrible.
A lot of councils won't allow exterior insulation and render and if done inside could make room sizes too small, how are we supposed to bring a property up to standard if the councils stop you. I have this on two properties, cannot put new windows in as sash and in a conservation area, tried discussing with the council but got nowhere, even though neighbouring properties have just put horrible uPVC and ignored the council and they do nothing.... Read More

DGM

12:43 PM, 24th February 2021
About 2 weeks ago

32% of PRS stock built before 1919

EPC rating is so archaic and false. The person turns up noses around the house and puts the findings into a computer, when the computer says NO and gives you the result, often wrong.
I have two Victorian flats bought at different times in the same building so different EPC person. One is a D and the other E. The people that carried these out do not know what they are looking at.
Both have been refurbed and have same modern efficient electric heating as no gas in the building, discussed with experts the best heating and hot water to use for each flat.
One EPC states Electric Storage heating - Average, which they are not, the other states room heating electric - Very Poor. The heaters are identical.
One has a large immersion heater and tank - Very poor, the other states instantaneous, which it isn't. It is a modern efficient smaller immersion heater as it is a small one bed flat it doesn't need a massive inefficient tank. These people do not know what they are looking at. How can these EPC assessors be trusted when they are clearly not trained properly.... Read More

DGM

12:06 PM, 24th February 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Is the Council being reasonable with enforcement notice?

When I had a issue with bed bugs caused by the upstairs flat and owned by the freeholder not me. I spoke with the council and they didn't want to know, they said bed bugs are not a concern and use there registered pest control company to fumigate the property. They have come back now for the 3rd time, the pest control company say it is definitely coming from the flat above. I spoke to the landlord of the flat who is the freeholder of the building and he will do nothing about it - the stereo typical horrible greedy landlord who does no maintenance etc.
I spoke to the council again and again they do not care, so I am surprised the council are saying you need to provide a pest control report.
This is an extract of an email from my local council when discussing about bed bugs
"I am unable to assist you or your tenants in regards to bedbugs, suspected to originate from a neighbouring property, as bed bugs are not classed as a public health risk due to there being no significant risk of disease from them. There is therefore no legislation we hold that can require an occupier/property owner carry out pest control measures for bed bugs. "
It seems different councils have different rules.
I paid for the treatment 3 times and seems ok at the moment. The tenants should pay, but they are good long term tenants so I always look after my tenants, it is two way thing.... Read More