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  1. I like this part. "In the report the CSJ also calls for better security for landlords who have been ‘let down’ by the housing justice system, supporting the creation of a specialist Housing Court to deal with housing cases more quickly and effectively". Not forgetting of course that not every tenant will want or require a 4 year contract. If better protection comes into force for landlords against the rogue tenant then that would be a major step forward.
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    Panorama - Fergus Wilson

    I have yet to watch this program but it is unlikely I ever will. The BBC is renowned for one sided journalism especially with programs like this that can show landlords as Sinners and tenants as Saints.
  3. Take some comfort from the fact that Comrade Corbyn chances of Government are pretty slim if all the political pundits are correct. The slight hiccup here will be a hung Parliament and Labour will join minority parties to form a Government. Should this happen consider emigrating or a very long holiday because if you thought the Tories were against landlords...................................
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    Ban on landlords who reject tenants on HB

    What it will actually means is that you will not be able to verbally state on any advertising that "DSS Not accepted". Fine, there are many checks to be carried out before you accept a HB applicant and most of which many HB will not qualify. Just another meddling interference from a Government Minister who has absolutely no idea how the rental business works.
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    Replace like for like

    ..............and also the new log burner must be fitted and certified by a registered installer and that you have a copy of the paperwork.
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    Increasing income

    As Grampa has stated comprehensively ............presentation of your rental property is the key. If for any reason your property is not up to a good standard then your prospective tenant will just move on and find a property that is more suitable.
  7. My Daughter is an EA for a large but local company. She has stated that after a traditionally quiet 2 months enquiries and sales have really picked up now. Mind you the Honda factory closure is going to have a really serious economic effect on the local area.
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    Very Slow Website

    Thanks Resident. Yes, a bit slow to open but after that everything is OK for me. Happy New Year to everyone. Who knows what it may bring eh! He says with tongue in cheek. I am about half way through my flat renovation and reaching the stage where you think..... Did I really need to do this at my age? Ha! Ha!. It's all going a bit slow really and I shall have to speed it up. Hoping to put it on the market on April 1st which will be very appropriate.
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    Shift workers are paid a night shift unsocial hours wage premium for working nights. If you work nights then you cannot expect the rest of the waking world to stay quiet for you whilst you sleep during the day. If this going to be a problem if you work nights then don't rent or buy a flat to live in. I am renovating a lower ground floor flat and the lady in the above flat works nights. I have spoken to her and said I will be as quiet and as considerate as I can be but she must appreciate that there will be some noise from banging around during the day from workmen etc. which she accepted. She told me she usually goes to bed at 10am so I said I will try and get all the really noisy jobs done before 10am and after 10am try to keep noise levels down. No complaints in 2 months from her.
  10. Not a problem for me either. I too carry out RL's recommendations especially No's 1,2,3.
  11. Like all these charity organisations the top execs. will be drawing nice fat salaries with perks. It would be difficult for me not to shop at B&Q but all the other shops mentioned I never have any reason to shop there.
  12. Let's hope that the Minister makes it punishable by flogging and a day in the stocks with rotten eggs being thrown at those tenants who don't regularly check their smoke alarms and CO2 monitors or remove the batteries as the burnt toast keeps setting the alarm off.
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    Section 21 Spelling Error

    Ah! Now Grampa I just happen to know what this often used expression means: For those of you old enough to remember "Nitty Nora" the head lice nurse that use to visit schools (in my day) and you would end up with a blue scalp from some evil iodine treatment potion. Definition of fine-tooth comb. 1 : a comb with close-set teeth used especially for clearing parasites or foreign matter from the hair. 2 : an attitude or system of thorough searching or scrutinizing went over the report with a fine-tooth comb.
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    Budget Oct 2018

    Yes I thought the budget statement was fairly neutral with no great surprises but there again the devil with all these budgets is always in the details that follow and never mentioned like.......will car tax rise by 10 per year? Will the TV Licence Tax rise this year again? Last year it was insurance premium tax which was the stealth tax of the year.
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    Potential tenant - but bad credit rating

    Straight to the point. I would want more in-depth detail about the bad credit rating. I would also require an independent property owning rent guarantor. If this person can provide 6 months up front rent payments how come she has this bad credit rating?
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    Attention seeking ?

    How true. I will always go the extra mile to help any person out provided they are prepared to initially help themselves but I do know where that fine line of helping someone out and becoming an unpaid branch member of social services lies.
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    AST and letting agent

    There is no need to re- register secured deposits. I don't and never have. You are required to notify the DPS or any other deposit scheme with the click of a button that your tenancy has now gone periodic and that's about it. There is no requirement for a tenancy contract AST to be re written once that tenancy goes periodic to the same tenant(s) if nothing has altered within the terms of the AST.
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    Duty of care

    Topic hijack about to take place................ I had a family friend who owned a farm and he had an 18 month old Collie dog cross. The dog (Jack) cornered a rat in a corner of the grain barn and the rat went for Jack biting him deeply on Jack's left front leg. Jack killed the rat with a hard bite. The front leg bite wound turned septic (sepsis) and Jack had to have his front leg amputated. It didn't take him long to recover and he lived to a ripe old age of 16 despite only having 3 legs which made absolutely no difference to Jack whatsoever. He always use to run as fast as if he still had 4 legs and his missing leg made no difference as far as Jack was concerned.
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    Duty of care

    Big strong leather size 10's to avoid being bitten.
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    Duty of care

    Nothing beats a picture RL...............
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    Damp and Freeholder Liability

    Yes, what Grampa has written. Pass that court judgement info onto your freeholder. Of course making good by interior replastering is part of the fabric of the building and the responsibility of the freeholder.
  22. Considering the serious implications of carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty boiler/flue I am amazed that the % rate is not far higher for landlord's gas safety certificate. The punishment for non compliance is very severe and in the event of death of a tenant the landlord can look forward to a very hefty prison sentence. EPC's ? Well, what can you say? Never been asked to view one in the whole time of renting or selling they have been mandatory. Caused a flurry this year when I asked to see one for a property I was buying. Eeer! Yes, that is booked in to be done was the reply. The property had been marketed for over 3 months! How come I have never ever been asked my opinion in any survey anywhere, anytime.........ever.
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    Boiler Replacement

    OK Got that. Also to bear in mind........and I am assuming you chose a quality boiler like a Worcester Bosch with their 7 year parts and labour guarantee......... that for that guarantee to remain valid then an annual service is mandatory and your inspection/service is signed and dated in your manufacturer's accompanied service booklet.
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    Boiler Replacement

    COR The important part here is that your new installation is registered with Gas Safe. It has been known that major companies will not honour boiler guarantees if the installation has not been registered. You are right to hold payment until the job has been completed to your satisfaction and requirement. I bet your engineer didn't carry out a system flush before fitting the new boiler? and was a Magnatec water system crap collector fitted to avoid clogging up the new boiler?
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    Boiler Replacement

    Your new boiler will be (should be) registered by the installer with Gas Safe and they will notify your local council building control and it is Building Control who issue a compliance certificate forwarded to you. In my experience a landlord's safety certificate will be issued if requested at the time of the installation but for the 1st year you are not legally required to have a certificate with a new boiler.