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13:57 PM, 8th March 2016, About 6 years ago

I Am A Property Developer - Ask Me Anything!

Hi Tony,

I am looking at buying an ex-local authority one bedroom flat (48 square metres) in London. Structurally it is fine and has new doubleglazing - but needs a complete renovation inside - new bathroom, kitchen, floors, electrics etc. How much roughly do you think this would cost about? I have zero skills myself (although I could paint if needed!) so will need to get it all done by someone else.

Thanks!... Read More


10:25 AM, 5th February 2016, About 6 years ago

Unreasonable charges

Why don't you give the TDS a call and ask them?... Read More


11:48 AM, 21st January 2016, About 6 years ago

Problems with Barrister in freehold flats

Hi John,

I'm sure you didn't mean any offence by it and it was entirely subconscious - as these things often are - but just pointing out that you do seem to suggest that being single and being a woman are relevant characteristics to the ability to resolve the dispute...or why even note it?

I doubt you really think that the marriage status or gender of the other freeholders is relevant. I doubt that 99.9% of the male population would have a clue either - as you don't. But it shows how pervasive these subconscious thoughts can be and they do have an impact on the way that women are treated in the business world and frankly it drives me barmy. I had a gas engineer the other day who quite literally was shocked that I had a property portfolio - cause, you know, I'm a woman.

As for the dispute - I don't have specific expert knowledge - but the obvious first port of call if not already done is to read the actual lease. At the end of the day "legal knowledge" is mostly just about being able to read and write agreements between different people - people are often scared of leases/contracts - they're just a written record of an agreement. There should definitely be something in the lease about failure to comply with the terms of the lease I would have thought. I doubt that your friend wants to go to the hassle of taking legal action for breach - but one area to investigate is if the insurance would not be valid if the fees weren't paid (for this see the lease and maybe check with the insurance company anonymously as a generic question) - if he thinks hes not covered by insurance he'll pay up pretty quick smart.

Good luck getting it sorted.... Read More


16:07 PM, 6th January 2016, About 6 years ago

Being sued by tenant that hadn't even moved in?

Reply to the comment left by " " at "06/01/2016 - 14:32":

not to labour the point - but to labour the point....

- so what if it's a top up issue? Again that's implying that the tenant is somehow being unreasonable about it. Gas and electricity were not being supplied. End of. And it's not like that was the only issue - far from it. No smoke alarm is a shocker.

- you are not only responsible for the agent's failings. My point is that you have failed in your own right also - you are responsible for chasing the tenant for rent for the past two or whatever months and for not returning asap the money which he had given you and for the quite significant stress and inconvenience that you have caused the tenant. Frankly he deserves not only his money back (with interest) but a big fat apology.

Okay - I don't think even I can labour the point anymore. Best of luck.... Read More


14:47 PM, 6th January 2016, About 6 years ago

Being sued by tenant that hadn't even moved in?

Reply to the comment left by "N S" at "06/01/2016 - 14:18":

(comments cut off - not sure what happening there...)

The final thing I wanted to say was that if I went to move into a flat and there were all those problems with it obviously I wouldn't have moved in to start with. But even if the problems were subsequently rectified there is no way that I would trust the landlord to fix any further problems and I would be doing exactly what the current frustrated tenant is doing. I am both landlord and tenant so can understand both perspectives here. You do not appear to be able to consider this from the tenant's perspective.

And good grief don't go by what his mother says. You've got no idea what could be going on in the tenant's personal life - to which, if not intentionally then certainly negligently, you have added further grief.... Read More