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    Heedlessly attempting to repair unrepairable things in my man-shed; family history; gardening, hens and other feeble attempts at self-sufficiency.

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  1. H'mmm... good point bil, thanks - I'll remember that in case it's necessary. But does it apply on private ground, I wonder - surely it can't be regarded as an obstruction in the strict sense.
  2. Thanks, Grampa - I agree absolutely, but we live and learn. In future this amendment will be incorporated, and I urge others to do the same. My AST agreement is exactly as specified by Visum at the time, and our much earlier experience through a conventional agent was quite similar. And, Carry On Regardless, I'm sure you are quite correct but I don't think I want to be too heavy handed. At least I have the ultimate recourse of deducting towing charges from the deposit, as there's a clear requirement that all personal belongings have to be removed.
  3. My property has a strip of private land just off the road where tenants can park their car, and is described as such in the agreement. My tenant does not drive, but an 18-year-old car appeared on that parking area which she claims is hers. However, enquiries have indicated that it is untaxed, uninsured, not working and not covered by an MOT or SORN. I have been unable to discover the last registered owner, but I doubt if it is her. I sent her a message saying that I found the situation unacceptable, asking her to remove it. After nine months, nothing has happened and no reply was received
  4. That's a good point. If nothing else, I must contact the supplier/fitter, make it clear to them that the work was carried out on my property, and get their assurance that any guarantee written or implied is connected with my name.
  5. Many thanks to you both. R's reasoning is very clear and I agree entirely. And yes, CR, I do need to get the matter resolved promptly. Had the flooring been a botched job, I would not hesitate to insist on having it removed. It has, however, been done rather well and actually looks very acceptable. I will certainly point out the options to the tenant but I favour the addition of a separate heat source acceptable to myself, combined with a signed agreement between tenant and myself somewhat akin to retrospective planning permission. There is, I feel, one further point in favour
  6. Thanks for your reply, Richlist. Yes, it is an Assured Shorthand Tenancy, in England, complying with all current requirements in the form of agreement supplied by Visum (who I must say have always been very successful in finding tenants!). It contains the clauses "not to alter the appearance or decoration or structure without the written permission of the landlord" and "when the tenant breaks any of these obligations, the tenant agrees to carry out at his own cost any reasonable and corrective measures within a maximum of four weeks and more urgently if that is considered necessary". I un
  7. I am landlord of an end-of-terrace cottage and the tenant has taken a business trip to America after making alterations which I have only just discovered. Previously the kitchen floor was of quarry tiles with an electric heating element underneath, connected to an electronic controller. She decided that a laminated wood floor was more to her liking, so she had that installed without telling me. It seems to have been professionally laid and looks fine, but there are practical problems. The electric underfloor heating is unable to penetrate two layers of flooring efficiently. So now I have
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