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Carryon Regardless

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  1. I've found that the self sealing PRV's have a tendency to weep when a few years old as the heat has hardened the rubber sealing ring. As you'll know Mel only around £20 for a new valve but can be knuckle destroying to replace (that ignores the back twisting shapes we have to get into). I view the PRV as there for safety as for convenience it's not convenient in the long term.
  2. Another method that can be useful is to have payments made from the G'tors bank account. I've never opted for this and it can't be policed, but if operating like this then the G'tor is carrying the responsibility of chasing the T. It also continually demonstrates the G'tors involvement and situation awareness.
  3. Please remember I'm just some guy on the internet, but my further thoughts. By now you should know your maximum exposure, but that assumes that you won't become liable for your ex T's legal costs and you can be sure his vulture will attempt to make you so. In court you should be prepared with your response, possibly at summing up. Now there is a vulture on the go this will have its own momentum. The vulture will want as much meat from this as can be had, an easy result isn't in his interest. Your employing your own vulture could easily run up your own costs that outweigh the present
  4. Nowadays I use gut feeling as my 1st decider. I might drop in to the present address 'at teatime' with an extra application form to check their life style. Requesting to use the loo can reveal much. I check the G'tor for ability to settle, in the event, at a cost of £3. The Land Registry will show when their property was bought and for how much. You will see outstanding charges (Mortgage) but not how much. It isn't difficult to assess, with online property prices, if likely to be negative equity or if they have equity for you to claim against. You might run a check for bad credi
  5. It's the court that decides how much of an award the T should get, not his vulture solicitor. I also have the view that as the claim should go through the County Court there is no need for your ex T to employ a solicitor so any costs for that shouldn't be a penalty to you. I would consider creating your defence in preparation for court, however minimal that might be. You have the 2 confusing letters and might use them to show the poor confusing effect of the solicitor anyway. Be ready to make settlement after the hearing and there should be no adverse marker against you. You mig
  6. Guarantor, in good financial situation. Home owner preferred.
  7. Mel perhaps you could confirm that the fill loop (with it's non return valve) isn't supposed to be left fitted. Some years ago I plumbed a copper filling loop, thinking it removed some faff, on inspection my 'engineer' told me it was naughty.
  8. I don't like T's doing anything, I assume it all is beyond their competence. A nice lady T re pressured the system and forgot to turn off the fill tap. The increase in pressure passes the relief valve ok, but these things rarely settle back as designed and continue to weep afterwards. But in this case it also found a weakness at a HEP 90 deg 22mm joint and blew it. I sorted it all w/o drama and didn't cause the T to feel at all bad, but better I didn't have to. If we provide instruction to do these things then a T will likely say "you told me to", difficult for us to claim for ill e
  9. I have been of the belief that a Section 13 is the prescribed notice of rent increase, again happy to be corrected. It was some years ago when I looked into this and things change daily in this industry due to legislative meddling. I don't issue a 'notice' as such but as my letter has the same information as prescribed I always worked on the principle that it was good enough. Also, as RL, I've informed them, they are aware, if they don't accept it and cite legislation as their out then it points to a T that I no longer want. Same as RL, once they have paid the increase there is mutua
  10. I stopped taking deposits a while ago, for a few reasons. I'm no familiar with the DPS procedures, and in truth I was resentful at having to be at any time. It does strike me that you have been a bit knee jerk though, more often not the best way. If dates allow I will often consider pros and cons before acting.
  11. I wouldn't return the deposit, if as you inspect you find issues that might cause you to claim from the deposit you might prefer to negotiate an easier surrender using the deposit return as a bargaining advantage. As I understand, and I'm happy to be corrected, you can't remedy the fault of being late to register a deposit. The potential for the 3x claim (plus return of deposit anyway) will stand if returned or not. At their departure from your property unpaid rents and the cost of repossession proceedings are the easiest to demonstrate as losses for a claim against the deposit. Come
  12. Serve notice as soon as. Communicate openly with the Environmental Officer, offer to attend the visit. The truth will out.
  13. When I raise the rents, which will be from February, I invite T's to demonstrate be comparison if they believe I am over charging. None ever have as if they do the research I do they will see I am a little below the competition.
  14. I thought we were down to using 1 S21 these days, Aren't the previous 2 now redundant in favour of a S21 that is 2 months from any date served, as apposed to the previous being required to end at the end of a rent period?
  15. Well considered Grampa, that could well reduce the cost of any back hander.
  16. So not as simple as him wishing to be evicted so he can get housing from the council then. Even then any offer by the council would likely be a hostel type set up and not as appealing as his own pad (yours). He isn't just abusive he has some knowledge of his rights, ether from tinternet, guy down at the pub, or wherever and that can be dangerous. Often wrong but he has nowt to lose, all cost and effort is now down to you. Recovery of expenses and lost rents will be written off. A back hander of a few hundred quids is by far the cheaper and swiftest option, following his departure and
  17. In this case would the police suggest the daughter start repossession proceedings?
  18. I considered the squatting angle Grampa, but 2 thoughts crossed my mind. This man has been granted access by the daughter, there is no unlawful entry. It's reasonable to assume he will have keys also. The police, generally, consider these issues to be the owners problem. I would be interested to 'learn' if the police have been pro active in real squatter situations. I go along with S21 / 8 on the daughter only, after all as a fall back it can end up in the bin when it suits. It / they will need to be served at the property so 'he' will see it, even if not addressed to hi
  19. The council won't ask you of the situation, they will ask the T but that's no concern of yours. If your daughter presents you with the deed of surrender that closes the tenancy, as Grampa says if HE is paying rent he might claim to be in a tenancy with you. My view here is that at present a tenancy exists between you and your daughter and this man. Either tenant can surrender a tenancy. The date of the deed would show that he hasn't entered into a new tenancy after your daughter quit, so she is quiting the joint tenancy, From then he has no legal right to occupy, but the repossession coul
  20. As I see it these are totally independent issues. If the rental in Spain is a tax allowable expense, and I wouldn't like to say how, then it is claimed as such against the Spanish business profits. If your rental business in the UK makes a profit then tax becomes payable. If overall you make a loss in Spain again I wouldn't like to say if that can be used as an offset for your UK liabilities, but we are in the EU, still. In theory though wherever you live will have an expense, how much of an expense is your choice.
  21. Your LA is silly, the ex T has no claim so you getting on with your business is no concern of hers. I would advertise and have the next T lined up, with more time to choose you have more chance of getting better.
  22. It's a bluff, No one in their right mind would 'pay' for legal advice that she says she has had. Any deposit won't be in your hands, unless you opted for the insurance option. True you can't take 2 rents for the same period. I am assuming you are repossessing due to losses, that being the case keep any monies you have and offset them against those losses. The ball is then in the abusers court to take action for recovery, of course you can defend the action. Additional costs for County Court would only be in the couple of hundreds anyway so even if you did lose it may be worth ch
  23. 1st the T's need to report the event and raise a crime number. Your insurance covers damage to your property, T's belongings are their problem, should be insured. It's a useful clause in the AST to stipulate that T's insure their belongings.
  24. Actually RL I was basing my doubts of the available FTB's on the continual cry from MP's and the media for more affordable housing, a very ambiguous term I admit.
  25. I haven't been following the market closely for a while but my feeling is that the north is going to see a catch up mini boom. I've been reading of the price rises down south for more than a couple of years, in selective areas I would imagine. The migration effect can take a while but does cause the outer regions to follow eventually. More important in the analysis of "is it a good time to buy" is to work out where the money to buy, for an increasing number of buyers, to stimulate property inflation, is going to come from. The last boom was due to the over easy supply of credit, is c
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