Gunga Din

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 74

Gunga Din

10:53 AM, 18th March 2019
About 2 months ago

Does bathroom with window need extraction fans?

Thee's no guarantee the tenants will open the window when necessary, and then it might as well not have one. Some people just don't get the need for ventilation, and the need to do so proactively after a bath, shower or during drying clothes in there. In cold weather particularly, some people hermetically seal the dwelling and crank up the heating > mould > they blame the property and deny its their lifestyle choice thats the cause > conflict > give them notice > retaliatory eviction accusation and so on.

Just put in a timed fan and set it to maximum duration.... Read More

Gunga Din

16:30 PM, 14th January 2019
About 4 months ago

Direct payment of Universal Credit to landlords - Online system being developed

For me the solution would be for the council to lease the property, pay me an amount monthly, regardless, and take on all the landlordly responsibilities, risks and expenses. I haven't looked into it, but I expect it would be difficult to detach myself from being the landlord from a legal standpoint.... Read More

Gunga Din

11:10 AM, 12th January 2019
About 4 months ago

Direct payment of Universal Credit to landlords - Online system being developed

"amount owed by Universal Credit tenants in rent arrears almost doubling in the last year from £1,600.88 to £2,390.19"

Doubling? That's a bit of a stretch isn't it?... Read More

Gunga Din

13:06 PM, 10th January 2019
About 4 months ago

Fire Inspection - Upgrades required again?

Your alarms may be mains powered but a question to be asked is are they interlinked.

I had a similar decision to yours, and considered the prospect of a fire in the shop outside open hours. I have an interlinked system, where an individual head can cancel the alarm if someone burns the toast etc. There are two heads in the common staircase, recommended by the architect of the conversion (1890s three storey terrace) and signed of by Building Control. For some reason BC didn't require a head in the shop - can't recall why, possibly because the shop wasn't part og the conversion?

If a fire started in the shop, I'd be blamed if the residents above didn't get out.... Read More

Gunga Din

10:05 AM, 6th November 2018
About 7 months ago

Gas safety check flexibility?

Rob, I did indeed ambiguously write "post date the new certificate" but meant - enter a due date for the next check 12 months from the existing expiry date. There's no question of entering a "check done date" other than actual, but with MoTs there's an established process and both "done date" and new expiry date are on the form. Pen-amending a CP-12 form seems a bit unofficial although if questioned I suppose one will be able to plead compliance with the new HSE rule.
I was stunned to get a reply from HSE a couple of days after emailing them, but it was a cut-and-paste canned reply which admonished me that all the answers can be found in blah blah blah, and addressed none of the questions I asked them.
I have three different CP-12 formats in my collection and none have the facility to enter an expiry date independent of the "done" date.
Robert, which organisation produces the forms you receive?

Here's the HSE page:-

Many Thanks - Gunga Din... Read More