John Hart

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 10

John Hart

8:15 AM, 24th March 2018, About 4 years ago

Should I buy a third buy to let?

Reply to the comment left by Michael Barnes at 23/03/2018 - 19:42
Do you have any sources to verify this, or is it a hunch?... Read More

John Hart

9:30 AM, 14th May 2016, About 6 years ago

Declaring purchase price when buying house from in-laws?

Are there creative financing options that could be used such as sale and leaseback if this situation was suitable to both parties? My knowledge on these are poor, but I'm sure others on this forum will know... Read More

John Hart

8:20 AM, 9th December 2015, About 7 years ago

John Hart

8:08 AM, 9th December 2015, About 7 years ago

Damp and what the correct next steps are?

Thank you all for your guidance and ideas which we will investigate further. In the meantime we have sent the following letter, should this be of use to others....

We would like to reconfirm our conversation during the site visit on Xxxxxxx - after your call on Xxxxxxxx regarding your concern of some dark patches in various areas of the property at Xxxxxxx:

During our visit, we checked for any signs of unwanted water leaks from outside or plumbing leaks inside that could cause unwanted moisture sources. We could not find any. Please note, if there are any signs of water entering the property it is your responsibility to promptly notify us, prefereably in writing, so that we can take action to prevent damage to the structure.

We pointed out evidence of condensation and moisture, for example on the inside of the bedroom and living room windows (very wet), corners of rooms and in places where there is restriction or little movement of air. We explained that build up of condensation can lead to damp which then turns into mould. The response to this should be to ensure quick and thorough ventilation of the rooms and during our visit, we provided you with details and simple guidance to help prevent problems.

We explained that the problem was condensation through lack of venitlation. Windows and doors were closed with heating on high and a lot of furnishings and boxes etc piled up very close to walls enabling lack of ventialtion and air - leading to dark patches in those areas. You expressed a concern that the house had damp and we explained that a damp proof course had been carried out by Rentokil in January 2015 with a 30 yr guarantee. There is no evidence of structual problems that we can see. On describing the situation to both Rentokil and Enivrovent, the consensus is that cndensation is a major cause.

We agreed to pay Rentokil ourselves to visit the property again to confirm the problem was condensation in the hope that this would assure you. We have since spoken to them, given details and have forwarded your telephone contact number so that they can call to make an appointment to assess the situation. The representative is called Mr Xxxxxxxxx. Please note that we are very eager to find a resolve to this situation quickly as we note the mould has grown very fast. (Upon the 6 month Tenancy Agreement check on Xxxxxxxxx there were no patches however there was conisderable amount of washing drying on radiators and on air racks, again with very little airflow in the house - windows and doors closed with heating high). So if you are unable to attend any of the dates Xxxxxxxx offers, one of us would be happy to meet him at the property.

We wish to re iterate that we are very keen to solve this issue quickly, not only to ensure you are both happy in your home but also to ensure no further damage to the property. Therefore, in the meantime we have detailed some ways in which to remove the mould and prevent condensation.

Removal of Mould

Please cleanup the signs of incidental mould growth according to the instructions provided.
wipe mould off immediately with water using a sponge or cloth
do not use washing up liquid
Apply diluted bleach solution to the wall or use recommended products/mould removal available from DIY stores
Dry clean clothes and shampoo carpets affected by mould
DO NOT simply paint over mould

Prevention of Condensation

Please follow the condensation prevention advice provided and ensure that you;
keep relative humidity below 40 to 50 percent
cook with lids and do not leave the kettle boiling
do not dry clothing on indoor clothes lines or racks - if drying wet washing indoors put in the bathroom with the doors closed and window left open
make sure the “used” indoor air gets exchanged daily by opening doors and windows
close kitchen and bathroom doors when in use. This will help prevent moisture reaching other rooms, especially bedrooms which are often colder and more likely to get condensation
avoid putting too many things in your cupboards and wardrobes as this stops air circulating
wipe excess condensation off windows and surfaces with a towel each morning
use a dehumidifier if necessary

As part of the Tennancy Agreement Act we would like to inform you that if any problems lie within the structure of the building then it is our responsibliiy, as landlords, to ensure the issue is corrected and we can assure you we will take all appropriate steps to do so.
However should damange to the property be as a result of condensation due to lack of care and due consideration, as tenants then you are responsible for the repair and damage to the walls, windows, skirting boards etc.

We will contact you again within the next 3 weeks to discuss any further details. In the hope that we can resolve the mould issue between us, please do not hesitate to call or e mail should you have any further questions.

Best wishes... Read More

John Hart

7:29 AM, 19th September 2015, About 7 years ago

Summer Budget 2015 - Landlords Reactions

Looks like they seeking Housing Assiciations to move into PRS sector, semi-funded with grants, and to off-set their right-to-buy. Esp. London.... Read More