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Why the need for larger gas pipes for Condensing Boilers? Landlord News, Latest Articles, Property News, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

gasChris asks what reason is there for the change in Gas Safe regs reducing the allowable pressure drop between meter and boiler?

It now seems to be between 1 and 3mbars the pressure at the governor is 19-21mbar and the required pressure at the boiler is now 18mbar – even when the manufacture (Vaillant) writes that the boiler needs only 16mbar. This often leads to a requirement to rip out the existing 22mm pipework installed for the same 24kw boiler (1 bed flats) installed less than 10 years ago and replace with 28mm pipework to deliver 18mbar at the boiler.

The existing pipework provides 16mbar at the boiler. This work can easily cost 1/3 or more of the cost of the new boiler, and my gas engineer says it’s happening all over. This is a mad waste of the country’s treasure unless there is a good case for it: what is the case?

The 2003 regs appear to have been content with 12.5mbar at the boiler! Has anybody done a whole-life cost of condensing boilers? I have been undertaking planned replacement of older boilers, but I am seriously considering changing to the IIABDFI policy (If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it). I am seriously considering service boilers and separate point of use electric water heaters.

I’d also like a boiler that didn’t need mains electricity as I don’t trust any of our politicians to make decisions in time to safeguard either supply. Best alternative is solar tubes and a pv pump, with a Honda 4.5kw generator in the shed, but it doesn’t work for flats!

On a parallel issue with the Gas:

When we bought the block of flats we lived in (12 years ago) because the landlord, a retired Barclays director, had let the property get into such a bad state we were the only buyers, we amalgamated two 1 bed-flats to make our own living space.

10 years later when we moved out to another wreck to live in and refurbish, both Gas & Electricity said we needed new supplies for the street. When they installed the new gas pipe, in a trench from the other side of the street, I suggested they put in a larger pipe, as we have permission to convert the basement and will need a new supply for the as well.

All it needed was a slightly larger pipe, if at all. The price for the new connection was £290 – standard price. To put a 3mm larger diameter pipe (28 vs 25mm) in an already dug trench put the price up to £2100. When we do the conversion they will come back, dig a new trench and make a new connection, again for £290 (plus inflation).

Funny economics?


Solar Panels – should landlords fit them to rental properties? Landlord News, Latest Articles, Property News, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

Solar Panels - should landlords fit them?Some of you may have head of these ‘free’ solar panels we can have on our tenants houses.

A company is offering to put them on my houses at no cost to me.

The company trying to put them on for me, says I will earn money off them over the next 10-20 years. Something like £600,000 on 20 houses, but I can’t see that. Continue reading Solar Panels – should landlords fit them to rental properties?


WARNING – Your landlords insurance may be invalid Guest Articles, Guest Columns, Landlord News, Landlords Insurance, Landlords Stories, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property News

I wanted to share with you a recent ‘near miss’ with one of our landlord’s.

We had taken on a new portfolio and as part of procedure, we attempted to carry out an inspection by contacting the current tenants. We had no success with 2 properties despite letters, calls and turning up ‘on spec’.

Ultimately we attended with a locksmith – and found that both had been used as cannabis factories. Boilers, radiators, piping and wiring had been removed and the plaster work through out damaged (I’ll produce a follow up email on how to avoid cannabis factories soon). Continue reading WARNING – Your landlords insurance may be invalid


The Truth About Buying Repossessed Property Landlord News, Latest Articles, Property News, Property Sales & Sourcing, Property Sourcing

All the property “gurus” (and I’ve really started to despise that word) advocate buying BMV property – “you make your money when you buy the property not when you sell it” as Robert Kiyosaki (the guru’s guru) says.

One of the best ways of doing that is buying repossessed property at below market value. Given the state of the economy, you can find plenty of these deals through estate agents and auctions and, if you are buying large numbers direct through the asset management companies. It helps enormously if you are a cash buyer and at the very least you need to have funding already in place as the seller will always want to see proof of funds before even considering an offer. Continue reading The Truth About Buying Repossessed Property


The landlord who could well become a legend Cautionary Tales, Favourite Articles, Fun Stuff, Guest Articles, Guest Columns, Landlord News, Landlords Stories, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property Investment News, Property News

This weekend I came across a person who could become to landlordism what the legendary Roy Brooks was to the world of Estate Agency.

His name is Mick Roberts and he operates in the Nottingham area under the brand of Advance Properties. I’ve not met Mick yet, in fact I’ve not even spoken to him but I have watched a couple of his videos, received an email from him and tried to return his call. His voicemail message on his mobile was hilarious and his website was very different to pretty much anything you will have ever seen too. Mick said in his email that he’s been receiving our Newsletters for months. He left his first comment on Property118 with links to his YouTube channel this weekend.  Continue reading The landlord who could well become a legend


Government handout of £10k per property for landlords Buy to Let News, Latest Articles, Property Investment News, Property Investment Strategies

As a landlord you can be forgiven for thinking that every bit of news from the government concerning the lettings sector is bad for the landlord – A new set of obligations which comes with the obligatory application process. Creating paper, jobs and VAT income for the government! Enough of my cynicism 🙂

So this article should bring you some cheer – and I will whisper this – A government policy that is based upon complete common sense! Continue reading Government handout of £10k per property for landlords


Are HMO landlords really missing out on tax relief? Buy to Let News, HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles, Tax and Accountancy

Dozens of firms offer to help shared house landlords claim thousands of pounds in lost tax reliefs – but does the lost relief really exist?

The confusion surrounds houses in multiple occupation – HMOs – which are homes where several tenants have their own rooms, but share cooking and bathroom facilities.

Tax rules ban claiming capital items, like boilers and fire safety equipment in residential property unless they are in communal areas. Continue reading Are HMO landlords really missing out on tax relief?


Property118.com Website Awards 2012 Nottinghamshire Website Awards 2012

We are delighted to announce the Property118.com website awards for Nottinghamshire.

Judging decisions were based on a combination of powerful analysis algorithms and human experience. Click here for further information about the awards and the judging process.

View the winners from other counties by clicking here.

So without further ado, the winners are:-

For the Accountant Category
Rogers Spencer Ltd
Newstead House, Pelham Road, NOTTINGHAM, NG5 1AP

For the Estate Agents Category
Five Star Property Ltd
Suite 1 34 West Street, RETFORD, DN22 6ES

For the Gas and Heating Engineers Category
Bemas Boiler Erectors Ltd
Clifton Avenue, Long Eaton, NOTTINGHAM, NG10 2GA

For the Letting Agent Category
Ims Lettings Ltd
21 Derby Road, Long Eaton, NOTTINGHAM, NG10 1LU

For the Mortgage/Finance Broker Category
Wright Mortgage Ltd
Newlands House 5a Station Street, Bingham, NOTTINGHAM, NG13 8AQ

For the Plumber Category
J Higgs Lowdham Ltd
10 Kirk Hill, East Bridgford, NOTTINGHAM, NG13 8PE

For the Solicitor Category
Fraser Brown Solicitors
84 Friar Lane, NOTTINGHAM, NG1 6ED


Property118.com Website Awards 2012 Herefordshire Website Awards 2012

We are delighted to announce the Property118.com website awards for Herefordshire.

Judging decisions were based on a combination of powerful analysis algorithms and human experience. Click here for further information about the awards and the judging process.

View the winners from other counties by clicking here.

So without further ado, the winners are:-

For the Accountant Category
W J James & Co Chartered Accountants Ltd
Manchester House, 3 Castle Street, Hay-On-Wye, Hereford, HR3 5DF

For the Conveyancing Category
Transact Conveyancing Services
6-7 King Street, Hereford, HR4 9BS

For the Estate Agents Category
Andrew Morris Estate Agents Ltd
1 Bridge Street, Hereford, HR4 9DF

For the Gas and Heating Engineers Category
Hereford Boiler Services Ltd
Station Approach, Hereford, HR1 1BB

For the Mortgage/Finance Broker Category
Richard Vale Mortgages Ltd
Hereford House 3 Offa Street, Hereford, HR1 2LL

For the Solicitor Category
Lambe Corner & Co
36 Bridge Street, Hereford, HR4 9DJ


Tell Tenants How to Deal with Emergencies, Urges NLA Buy to Let News, Cautionary Tales, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, NLA - National Landlords Association, Property Market News

Tenants need to know about how to cope in an emergency to protect rental properties from risk of damage in the cold weather, urges the National Landlords Association.

Many rental properties were damaged by flooding after burst pipes because tenants did not know how to switch off the water supply, claims the NLA. Continue reading Tell Tenants How to Deal with Emergencies, Urges NLA


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