Chris Sandeman

Registered with Property118.com
Friday 14th August 2015


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 6

Chris Sandeman

18:42 PM, 21st February 2019
About 6 months ago

Revolut Business Accounts

We've used Transferwise for some international transfers and it worked very well. The exchange rate was mid-market and the charge about 0.5%. They also have a free multi-currency borderless account with a Mastercard debit card details here: https://transferwise.com/gb/borderless/#coverage
Worth comparing with Revolut to see which is best for you.... Read More

Chris Sandeman

12:09 PM, 23rd February 2018
About 2 years ago

Landlords Union Slams BBC Panorama Report

Reply to the comment left by Chris Antony at 23/02/2018 - 12:02
Sorry, their limit is 2,000 characters not words.... Read More

Chris Sandeman

12:02 PM, 23rd February 2018
About 2 years ago

Landlords Union Slams BBC Panorama Report

As proposed by Barry Fitzpatrick (comments p.1) I have submitted a 2000 word complaint to the BBC about the bias of this programme and encourage other landlords to do the same.... Read More

Chris Sandeman

16:33 PM, 9th September 2016
About 3 years ago

Best taps for mid range Buy To Let property?

With the cost of calling out a plumber to fix a dripping tap being more than the cost of a full set of bath and basin taps, I asked myself the same question three and a half years ago. I have 4 tenants sharing one bathroom, so it gets heavy use. Since I wanted my tenants to be able to use a shower on the bath taps I decided that the important specifications were:
i) screwdown valve - so the washer can be replaced, and to minimise headloss - NOT 1/4 turn ceramic disc
ii) minimum working pressure of 0.1 bar
iii) 5 year warranty.

My research led me to the Bradford Bathroom Company: https://www.bradfordbathroomcompany.com/
and the following (current prices):
Premier Viscount Basin Taps X381 £17.88 inc VAT
Premier Viscount Bath Shower Mixer Tap with Large Handset X383 £54.75 inc VAT
Shipping adds about £5

I think you'll find them very competitive with Screwfix - from a quick look Screwfix's bathroom taps only carry a 2 year warranty.

I should add that there was a problem with the mechanism of the hot mixer tap after about a year, which jammed. I had some terse e-mails with Bradford about it but the manufacturer did send me a new tap mechanism under the warranty. In the subsequent 2 years there have not been any more problems with either the bath or basin taps.... Read More

Chris Sandeman

3:58 AM, 24th May 2016
About 3 years ago

Problems with a joint tenancy and one wants to stay?

I received some very good advice on this forum in a similar situation last year, you can find it at: http://www.property118.com/assigning-a-joint-fixed-term-ast/82365/

Under an AST where several individuals comprise “the tenant” legally the tenants (A,B,C,D) are regarded as one party to the agreement. Your AST should state that they are a joint and several tenant. As such if one gives Notice they all do. In your case, you might want to confirm this by now giving them Notice so that the 3rd one is in no doubt about her position, but this depends on what your Agreement says about Termination – usually its 2 months notice after the initial 6 months, although the notice can be given after 4 months so that it expires on completion of 6 months of the tenancy. You can then start marketing the property during the notice period.

I have now had several cases where one of the joint tenants wants to leave before the end of the fixed term Agreement. The tenant wishing to leave is responsible for finding a replacement who has to be acceptable to those remaining and also to me i.e. pass a referencing check. We then make a new AST with the new tenant (B,C,D,E) for the remainder of the term of the original AST. This seems to work ok.... Read More