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  1. Non smoking clauses are pretty standard in private tenancies. Lose your deposit if you 'damage' the furnishings with smoke. Pretty easy to tell by smell if people break the rule. But do council tenants pay deposits? why should those getting housing subsidised by the state get a better standard than those having to pay privately?
  2. Still 500k for a 2 bed though. Just 50% to go before I can afford one on an above average London salary! #madness
  3. Can we all take a minute to appreciate just how screwed this shared ownership seller is https://www.sharetobuy.com/sharedownershippropertydetails?id=26847&utm_source=property_details&utm_medium=property_alert_email&utm_campaign=Property+Alert+(Mailshot+id%3A+4747)+-+2017%2F02%2F28+09%3A33%3A35 almost 1Mil for that? Poor shared owner is going to be killed by nine elms disease. But buyer beware!
  4. Assuming 5% real return on the £1Mil (average long term equity return) and £363 daily rate for the savoy (trivago price for this weekend, could be less long term) 10 years. Though that is ignoring the ground rent, service charges and maintenance required on the flat. Though you'd save on meal costs.
  5. Debt used for investment = good Debt used for consumption = bad Technically mortgages can be either of these, using one so you can move closer to work, or provide security to your family = good, using a mortgage to get a house with a snazzier kitchen = bad
  6. No you're subsidising the landlord's massive overleveraged bet on the housing market. Sorry their "investment"
  7. I believe it is due to the rise of flat sharing and the increased churn in tenants it has caused and reduction in tenant power. If you go back to 2005 there was no spareroom etc. if you wanted to rent you had to get a group together and find a vacant property, hence if LL put people off with high LA fees they'd have to eat voids. at the same time people would be signing up for longer contracts so reducing the profitability of fees. Nowadays most renting in the big cities is via flatshare through spareroom, now flatmates regularly change on a less than yearly basis and now people are switching between occupied flats so the voids are now eaten by tenants rather than landlords hence more churn = more profit and less risk from fees. A perfect example I rented in Aberdeen in 2009. professional flats (low churn) had far lower fees than the student market (high churn)
  8. Estate agents, the Uk's worst performing industry: http://www.edmundconway.com/2015/02/real-estate-britains-most-disappointing-industry/
  9. Oh that's not too bad then. However how is anyone to know if they are just letting a room or the whole flat? Easy enough for landlord to say they are living there while actually living partner's house etc. Most airBnB's will give monthly discounts of around 50% for long term stays, as it's in their interest to minimise voids and keep good visitors. However if landlords only have a maximum of 90 days to let then there will be no such incentive for them to give long term stay discounts. Did they actually convert housing to hotels? I'd heard the direction was all the other way of office blocks to flats etc. Though we all want the property market to get back to a sane market we have to appreciate it has to cater for numerous different needs, sure most of us will want a good family home at some stage but there still needs to be provision for long term and short term renters for whom owning (regardless of price) isn't the best option.
  10. Kind of sad about this actually. All this year I've been doing 6-8 week secondments all around the country, moving around so regularly makes normal renting impossible but it's too long to stay in hotels for without wanting to kill yourself. Airbnb has been absolutely brilliant for finding good cheap accommodation but 90 day limits such as this would prevent it from catering for the short term contractor market
  11. This flat is also listed on rightmove for a timeshare type deal. Came up on one of my searches. so obviously desperate to sell anyway possible.
  12. You're not in Wandsworth are you? I got the same response. Absolute rubbish, having rented in Scotland since the changes, the system is greatly improved and I didn't notice any increase in rents. Do I have any choice over the agent I use? Does the agent work in my interest? No! so why the hell should I pay them. the very fact they've ramped up these fees is because they know the market can't support any further rent rises unless they bring them in by the back door.
  13. Scotland has seen large hpi as well despite static population. supply and demand have almost nothing to do with UK house prices, it's just one giant debt bubble.
  14. The riverside of Pimlico and chelsea has just as bad transport links and yet still manages to support far higher valuations. A river view is worth a lot.
  15. I had little luck negotiating with existing landlord. But the rents on empty properties advertised with Eas seem to be falling fast. Think some LLs are still relying on inertia and high letting fees to hold their tenants hostage, however once the rent falls break that limit then expect interesting times ahead.