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  1. If you really feel obliged to meet the Polish occupiers, I would advise that you only very briefly explain that you sympathise with their position but cannot say anything more at this stage because you are taking prescribed legal action against your 'official' tenants over their breach of agreement. STOP There! Do not disclose details! Least said - soonest mended. As above, your priority is to regain possession through court. By all means consider within yourselves some future arrangement for Polish people but DO NOT Suggest Anything to them until tenancy problem is resolved. Remember that currently your property is in possession of your tenants, not yourselves. You are in no position to offer it to anyone until you have possession. Plenty of good advice above! Apart from not monitoring rent payments (I too have learnt hard way!) your response to earlier doubts indicates you seem to have run tenancy correctly to best of ability.
  2. If my neighbours parked their bins on my frontage leading to damage of my property I would have a Word with them. Depending on severity and relationship, I might suggest that next time I would consider suing them for trespass or negligence costs incurred. I would hope that would be adequate warning with no further action. As stated previously it's usually the council guys who leave bins about in wrong place after emptying - in which case, with no hesitation I would have a similar but Stronger Word with their superiors at Waste Department, to whom I pay Council Tax for their work. (Remarks removed as topic correctly edited and re-attributed by Resident)
  3. Assuming 'put out' means parked on council collection day, you should put your problem to council department responsible and ask what they would suggest - where best to park for their collection. My council collect earlier now requiring bins out near kerbside at night - and when they empty often left obstructing pavement for electric buggies etc. RL: Don't councils usually request where bins are put out for emptying, and no doubt prefer several properties together to minimise lorry stops? (next remark removed)
  4. I think it's going to be 'curtains' for this forum. Zzzz.... Or was that another topic? Zzzz.... Please tell me where the action is now?
  5. Yes! Forum has got rather boring! Perhaps newer landlords are better informed and have less problems than years ago when I joined. At that time lots of new posts including me in search of basic advice, and wide range of knowledgeable replies offered. What happened to legal expert? I stick around in support of small portfolio/ single property landlords and technical queries. Maybe available information has become so much clearer that forum is redundant?
  6. Concur with Mr and Mrs Melboy. H & S no more problem than light bulbs - in fact we shouldn't even mention it in case it attracts loads of requests for landlords to take responsibility for such tasks. Assess the risk - how frequently do tenants hang curtains? - X - What level of injuries result? = Low risk. Control Action - advise short tenants to take extra care on step ladders.
  7. Having looked through the questions I am not prepared to answer majority of them and some I cannot answer. Before you put survey on-line did you discuss it with any landlords, experienced or not? Good luck with your course.
  8. From tap purchase receipt, name on it, picture on internet, tap dictionary, etc. If you like a challenge it's worth a try! I did say 'wherever possible'!!
  9. I too agree with responses. Smart controls may be fine for smart operators but that's an attribute difficult (and low priority) for landlord to select for a tenant whose lifestyle may be quite different from landlords and other tenants, and most probably unpredictable. For many users, habitual daily use of a dial type manual thermostat is a lot simpler and quicker than internet, and can even be simpler and less trouble than a pre-set periodic timer (which can then be left on Continuous). I assume most tenants pay their own heating bills - so best for landlords to enable them to learn to save their own money as easily and simply as possible. As I see it, the advantage of smart heating controls is for those travelling away from home a lot who particularly need to remotely set their heating (and lighting) to suit variable times of arrival home. Might be handy for those travelling back in winter from second / holiday homes / yachts on the med etc. but I wouldn't know!
  10. Wherever possible I determine make of item (e.g. tap) and order spares from manufacturer or ask them for local agent.
  11. We've gone off topic - but for anyone interested I believe Vulcan's last ever flight is next weekend over Surrey. It flew over my house last June, to say farewell to a grounded mate. Is anyone back there looking at comments on new website? .
  12. Can we have clearly visible mark lines between responses back please? Can we have Preview button back please?
  13. Here's one already. Where's the button to preview before submitting?
  14. Let's start new topic for comments! Why the change? Difficult to see marks between responses. Perhaps my eyesight? Or computer too old (3 years)?
  15. RL - Yes, LED life must be taken into effect. Today's good LEDs should last 20 to 25 years. When you bought yours they may not have been so well developed. Your calculation I think assumes 1 hour use per day. (Consumption cost (12p) is for 1 kWh unit of energy, not kilowatts X days.) For 2 hours per day your saving would be double and break even for LEDs of 1/10th power then only 2.25 years.
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