Paul Shears

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 31st July 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 193

Paul Shears

20:39 PM, 5th December 2018
About 4 days ago

Student Council tax exemption - Proof required?

I'm afraid that you are paying a small price for seeking an income stream from the dumb & irresponsible.
Don't worry. This does not stop with you. I have been in a similar situation although no students were involved. Just give the council the information that they request and back off. They will want to know the names & contact details of those involved and when each person moved in. As you have a contract with these people, it is they who will incur further inconvenience.
From my own previous experience, this can drag on for over a year! But this is certainly not your problem unless the council incorrectly try to make it so.
If the council still come after you, which I doubt, just send them a copy of the contract.
In my own case a quick phone call to the council tax people followed up with the required information by Email, will cause them to believe, quite rightly, that you are not responsible for the council tax.
It's totally unreasonable for the council to expect to provide the course details but you might try referring them to the University. I doubt if the University will cooperate however.
Even if you happen to know the course details, this could get you into some sort of data protection issues, but I doubt it in practice.
It's most likely that the students simply cannot be bothered or that any communication from the council remains on a shelf unopened or even thrown away.... Read More

Paul Shears

21:04 PM, 3rd December 2018
About 6 days ago

Estate agents trying to steamroll busy students?

Reply to the comment left by Binkie at 03/12/2018 - 20:07
Very well said.... Read More

Paul Shears

17:59 PM, 3rd December 2018
About 6 days ago

Estate agents trying to steamroll busy students?

This is utterly outrageous! This is total arrogance by the agent and you need to continue to fight back. I suggest a visit to citizens advice for a start followed by seeking advice from the students union.
You have a right to undisturbed occupation and it seems to me that in view of the behaviour of the people involved, you should look into your rights to changing the locks. Additionally put a bolt on the doors!
Source from Ebay. These people are ruthless and arrogant. It seems unlikely to me that they are not in breach of contract themselves so research the details thoroughly. Were you issued with a copy of the governments "Right to rent" by the agents?... Read More

Paul Shears

19:23 PM, 22nd November 2018
About 2 weeks ago

Would you Buy to Let without viewing?

I think that you are most definitely thinking of entering completely the wrong business for you.
This would have been very high risk some years ago but now that, on top of everything else, we have the UK government continually attacking us in the most utterly inept way. It would not just be high risk for you, it would be financial suicide.
Find something else to invest in.... Read More

Paul Shears

19:09 PM, 21st November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

Tenants moving out because of upstairs neighbours?

Given that all that is increasingly being provided between tenants horizontally is two thin pieces of plaster board and a few wooden studs and vertically a bit of plaster board some fibre glass and some chip board flooring, this sort of thing is only going to get worse. The above certainly satisfies my local council anyway.
Imagine having to tolerate this when on top of everything else, one of the tenants is a shift worker.
Between flats the standard is not much different.
I have successfully got a council to stop a pub from blasting out music but it took weeks and the council officer agreed to come out at a moments notice to measure the noise. Not everyone would be so lucky.... Read More