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  1. I agree entirely with Richlist on this. 4 months landlord notice should surely be adequate time to resolve sale for me on way or other. Incidentally my buyer-tenant gets a discount in money value and kind - because they already know well the improvements they wish to action which add value. Ps. I had seen suggestion of tenant serving notice on another site somewhere. As I failed to understand it I joined this forum instead.
  2. Thank you C-o-R. I think tenant's notice remains at 1 month, unlike landlord's current (Covid extended) 4 months notice, so probably no point in me requesting that yet. For the record this negotiation has been entirely amicable so far but a new experience for both parties.
  3. Thank you Richlist - most helpful advice! I will do that and pass on to my solicitor as proof, along with vendor stuff solicitor requests from me.
  4. Thanks Richlist - good points!. My reason for S21 is a 'shot in locker' if I run out of patience waiting for tenant to confirm ability to buy. I have no experience of carrying out 'usual checks' you mention. Should I use an estate agent for checks? With buyer in hand (and in house!) I didn't think I needed agent. I will however use solicitor for conveyance. Can my solicitor, when engaged, do checks and arrange deposit payment for me? It's many years since I last sold a house. Advice welcome!
  5. Advice please for landlord hoping to sell to tenant? Tenant has occupied property for many years without issues, wishes to buy and I wish to sell - price agreed. EPC and gas certificate in place. Because I wish to sell property anyway, as backstop to failure of tenant to complete sale I propose shortly to serve section 21 (currently 4 months notice) using Form 6A, so that I can then sell on open market. Tenant has been advised and aware.
  6. 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
  7. 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 rem
  8. 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)
  9. 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?
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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'!!
  14. 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 sa
  15. Wherever possible I determine make of item (e.g. tap) and order spares from manufacturer or ask them for local agent.
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