Ian Narbeth

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Monday 8th July 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 486

Ian Narbeth

2 days ago
Where can I go when the Energy Ombudsman takes tenant's word?

I am afraid it will cost you far more than £126 to do anything.
The police are not interested in fraud. You could try a private prosecution but the standard of proof is very high and you could spend thousands of pounds and countless hours of your time.

If you have not yet paid you could try challenging EON to sue but you will probably end up with a bad credit record. Sorry but you'll have to put this down to experience.... Read More

Ian Narbeth

2 days ago
Why Tenancy Deposit Protection needs to stay

We have HMOs and have dealt with dozens of deposits. I make two points (out of many that could be made).
1. I agree that the abolition of the prescribed information form (or at least it not being a prerequisite to serving a s21 notice) would be a good thing. The key is that the deposit is protected, not that a piece of paperwork is incorrectly filled in or delivered late. A blackmailers' charter is given to the tenant from hell who finds the landlord has not done his paperwork correctly: "Give me my deposit back, forget about the arrears and the damage or I will claim three times the deposit from you."

2. As well as consulting with Which? please consult with landlords as well.... Read More

Ian Narbeth

3 days ago
Will Landlords have to test smoke alarms?

Read more on the case: https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/12/landlord-knew-alarms-werent-working-weeks-fire-ripped-flats-7829599/ . "Several of the smoke detectors had the manufacturer’s dust covers still on them, rendering them non-responsive to smoke." (As an aside, it takes a second to remove the cover (assuming you are tall enough to reach it) so one wonders why the tenants didn't do so but the landlord or his agent ought to have.
The fire alarms in HMOs need to be tested once a week and a record kept of the tests.
The court ruling changes nothing. Landlords need to ensure their properties are safe.... Read More

Ian Narbeth

7 days ago
Who owns the loft space?

Reply to the comment left by Arun Damodaran at 09/08/2018 - 08:01Hi Arun
I think it has been done deliberately so that both owners have to agree to any major changes as each is the other's landlord. I described this as very untidy because it is. Flying freeholds are an abomination in law. A freeholder is supposed to own up to the sky (in practice ownership extends to such height as is necessary for the ordinary use and enjoyment of the land). A flying freehold such as the one described here means that the lower freehold stops at say 10 feet above the ground level and the upper one starts there. This can create problems with insurance, rebuilding and responsibility for the roof and the foundations.
"Rewriting" the title deeds is far from simple and will easily cost more than the two owners paid their conveyancers on the purchase.... Read More

Ian Narbeth

A week ago
Who owns the loft space?

Hi Jenny
You write: " We own the freehold of upstairs and the upstairs flat owns the freehold of our flat". This appears to mean there are two "flying freeholds" (Google it if you don't know what this is) and each of you owns the other's freehold. Very untidy.
It is very odd that the lease includes the roof. This suggests that the upstairs flat also has a lease of the loft space. You may have the freehold of it and there may be restrictions in the lease that you can enforce. As Neil says, see a solicitor.... Read More