Registered with Property118.comThursday 4th July 2013
We have been renting flats for 40 years. They all but 1 have storage heaters. There is not even a gas supply to the blocks as we never intended to use gas. It is surprising when someone struggles to work them, especially with instruction booklets and google these days, but I’ve never had anyone that actually couldn’t learn. Ours store at night, in cheap rate. They are low maintenance and very efficient. We have only ever had one person complain about the cost and it turns out the electric company simply had the wrong readings! It may have an impact on the EPC rating (compared to Gas) but there really is only so much you can do to a property to make it more ‘government’ friendly! It simply wouldn’t be financially viable to install GCH in most cases. Let’s face it, ultimately these extra costs all get passed down the line to the poor tenant. If your EPC is within the correct band, then why waste money installing GCH? Remember, it is YOUR property, someone is just ‘borrowing’ it.... Read More
We have a block of 10 flats, about 30 years old. They all have avocado suits with matching tiles. There's absolutely NO need to rip out a perfectly good bathroom! What a waste of money! Just a couple of the flats have been replaced with white over the past couple of years, but only because they needed it. We have NEVER been in a situation where we couldn't rent one of these flat, & people rarely even mentioned the colour of the bathroom! Keep it, if you can't rent it simply because of the bathroom then maybe reassess the situation. (Agents should have better sense than yours has shown).... Read More
If you issued another 6 month lease, would you not have to uninsure, then pay to reinsure, the deposit? If so, would it not be easier to just pay the odd days to the council?... Read More
I didn't have time to read all of that, or the comments after, BUT, I feel your pain! My local council have on numerous occasions disputed my moving out dates of tenants saying the tenant told them they moved out earlier than the date I submitted. Sometimes as much as a month!! Their answer...but the tenant SAID they moved out! My answer has always been that their lease runs to the end of the month (all leases 1st -30/30st) and I didn't get keys until then. So, as far as I'm concerned they were using the property. They always side with the tenant which is perplexing to me. I always ask the council to prove to me that they didn't have furniture in there. They can't of course, but they are a law to themselves, so I just have to make the money up elsewhere. Poor tenants, ultimately they are the bottom line that take the brunt financially at the end of the day.... Read More
I'm completely perplexed by this whole thing! We have been renting properties for over 40 years and every year the tenant has an increase to their rent. About 3%, although in the past couple of years this has gone up to about 4%. I can't imagine how a tenant would react, never mind cope, with an increase after several years at a rate related back to the year they moved in! (That is to say, making up for all the years they did not get an increase and to now pull them in to line in one fell swoop!). The property wouldn't seem like it was value for money anymore if they suddenly had to pay all that extra money for what is basically the same thing but older and probably more shabby (!) than when they moved in.
Perhaps a simple change to a new lease that states an increase will become due each year, would solve everyone's problems regarding this.... Read More
Gennie Nash of Hurst Real Estates Leigh-on-Sea
We are a small family run business that has been running for over 40 years.
We provide clean, well maintained, unfurnished flats at reasonable prices.
Our properties are located in the Corringham and Leigh-on-Sea areas of Essex.