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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 55


6:56 AM, 25th March 2021
About 3 weeks ago

Do I have a right to know who lives in my house?

Completely agree with previous comment. Sounds like you need a new agent who knows what they are doing!... Read More


10:58 AM, 17th February 2021
About 2 months ago

Gap and loophole between content and buildings insurance?

There most certainly is a gap, and it becomes even more obvious when you have a tenanted flat. My husband and I own the freehold and leaseholds of our flats which are rented. We have a comprehensive (ie not cheap) buildings insurance and tenants are obviously responsible for their contents insurance. We had a leak (caused by neighbouring building) a few years back which destroyed a carpet in one of the bedrooms. Buildings insurance refused to cover its replacement because it’s not classed as part of the fabric of the building (apparently it would be if it was glued down, but who does that with carpets?). Tenants can’t really be expected to claim on their own contents insurance, why would they bother and face increased premium. I suspect it wouldn’t be covered anyway as the carpet doesn’t belong to them. So we were left to pay for the carpet issue ourselves. When we approached our insurance company and subsequently an insurance broker to try and find a solution, there isn’t one. There are some half hearted “landlord contents” bolt ons (we actually have that), but they still won’t cover things like a fitted carpet. If anyone has found a solution, I’d be very happy to hear it!... Read More


11:29 AM, 20th October 2020
About 6 months ago

Extension wall built too close?

Sorry to say but your neighbour and their builder seem to be acting like cowboys. You need to give a consent in writing if someone is digging in such close proximity to your foundations. A builder simply “calling you to say it’s happening” is not sufficient. Your neighbour should have served you with a party wall notice. Saying that, you still couldn’t prevent them from building, but you could insist on a Party Wall agreement (at your neighbour’s cost) if you want to ensure you are properly protected.... Read More


10:13 AM, 8th October 2020
About 6 months ago

Be warned - Use your own electrical contractor?

I really do feel for some of the landlords with such poor experiences. We’ve been happy with our electrician, £140 + VAT for the report which seems reasonable to me. Our flats were completely rewired in 2016 so as expected we only had a couple of C3 advisories (presume reflecting 2018 changes to regs).... Read More


12:22 PM, 7th September 2020
About 7 months ago

Invest now or wait for the crash?

Good points Mark and I agree that the time to buy is when everyone else is running for the hills, but I would disagree that the time is now. From personal experience over the past couple of months and especially after the stamp duty holiday announcement, there is no other way to describe what I’ve seen happening other than a bizarre feeding frenzy. Properties are overpriced and still sellers get asking or close to. None of the sellers were in the mood for offers, even when an offer is cash and quick completion on a property that will struggle to get a lender lend on it. Auction properties selling for silly money. This is in the SE so perhaps it’s different regionally, I’m curious to hear what other people’s experiences are, but I think we are still a couple of months away from the time where there may be deals available.... Read More