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  1. I haven't spoken with him directly, everything is done through the managing agents, but he has form in this respect. We have been renting this property for a few yers now and had a plumbing problem some time ago hwere he landed us with an increase. This time I am less ready to bend over and take it from him though. The plot is thickenned somewhat in that the notice they have issued is not correct, it actually quotes a lower rental thatn we are paying now. I don;t really want to start negotiating with them until we go into the next rental period, in a weks time, as that will extend any revised notice period by another month. From my research, asociating a rent increase in this way is unlawful, the problem is what use that fact actually is to us. The only recourse it seem we have is to move out, but that leaves us, quite literally, cold in the meantime whilst we look for another place. My strategy is to call them next week (assuming we can cope for that long) and basically refuse to discuss the rent increase and proposed new AST (which I don't want to sign anyway), unitil the boiler problem has been addressed, quoting his obligatiom from The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 Section 11 1c " to keep in repair and proper working order the installations in the dwellinghouse for space heating and heating water. " and start a twice daily call campaign to get it done before christmas. I guess that's the only negotiating tool I have, as I want to avoid having to move. The only real power a tenant has is witholding rent, but that would be in contravention of the agreement so isn't a lawful option. I've been told I can get the repair done at my own expense and then sue him for the costs, but that is just maximum hassle for me and I would definitely move out before it coming to that. The law just isn't weighted towards tenants is it? SHould hav been feckless and bought at the top, Gordy would probably have replaced/bailed out my bolier for me then
  2. Thanks for the replies guys. I'm biding my time getting back to them about this, but I do think i will kick off about keeping the repairs a separate issue from the rent increase. I would like to be able to force him to do the repairs regardless of whether we accept the increase, or sign a new AST as he has to give 2 months notice on that.
  3. Hoping for some feedback and advice on my situation. Have been pursuing ll for over 6 months to repair or replace a faulty boiler (it's totally scaled up and not heating water properly and needs replacing, verified by british gas reports) the effects of which are getting much worse now that the cold weather has set in. He consistently ignores my requests, however i have been pushing of late to get this done, only to be informed by his agent that he wants to increase the rent and have us sign a new AST, but to compensate he will make the repairs. I know this is unreasonable, but is his linking of a rent increase to repairs like this (in the same letter) even lawful? I beleive that a ll has an obligation to keep water heating equpiment in good repair under the ll and tenant act, but what kind of recourse do we have in this respect to get him to do it - the law's pretty meaningless unless we can get it working. We don't really want to move unless we really have to, we are quite settled and waiting for the right time to buy like everyone else here. Any advice or thoughts appreciated.
  4. http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-182...=1&tr_t=buy 35K drop from 475k 2nd May 2008 10:18:23 * Price changed: from '£475,000' to '£440,000' Not spectacular, but a start. It's a good location, but still an attic, 440 still way too steep, I reckon these places will need to go to 350k to get a sniff, but can't see that for a while
  5. I live in hope, just as much as anyone else on here, and I'd admit that part of the reason I visit this site (too much), is to reassure myself that it will all be OK in the end. Yes, maybe a lot of folks here do get carried away hoping for large drops, but surely, whatever the surrounding economic circumstances with CDO's, bank liquidity/solvency etc, we are at a point where, in the simplest terms, people on incomes significantly above the average can no longer aspire to home ownership (at least in an area or property acceptable to them) and that just cannot be sustainable, in a country where home ownership is such a big deal. Look at this place: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-175...=2&tr_t=buy £450,000 for a very modest ex-council house in a pretty modest part of NW London. So, assuming you can muster a 25% deposit, you would need to earn in excess of £80k for a 4X mortgage (income multiples higher than that are not really being entertained by lenders now are they?). That's a pretty high income, even in London, beleive it or not. Even if you are moving up the ladder and not a FTB, would you really aspire to this place? It just doesn't make sense. That's why expecting 50% drops over 2-3 years is not that outlandish, hopeful yes, but not out of the question.
  6. The BBC article, and press statement, say absolutely nothing. But, as we have all been told countless times over the last few years, by friends, family and foes alike, "THEY WILL NOT LET IT HAPPEN". This is just THEY having a go, but THEY will call it a day eventually, they will have too. This government is depressingly crap isn't it?
  7. Driving through Manchester the other week I was shocked to see some old tower blocks on Rochdale Road in Collyhurst spruced up and rebranded as 'luxury' city centre apartments. If you know this area, you will appreciate just how mad it's gotten up there now, if you don't think Shameless. A friend of mine in the know said they had all been sold off plan. These will be going for peanuts soon, and the nutters who have bought them will be desparate to offload them. I would be very surprised if these don't become social housing eventually, just like all the other crackers developments, but it's beyond poetic that they were council properties in the first place. Madchester, another early nineties phenomenon set to repeat itself?!
  8. Did your friend let on how he is planning on moving sentiment in the right direction with his clients? I imagine it's going to be like a game of chicken for all the EA's in a particular locality; if they counsel their clients to drop, those same clients will just go down the High Street to the next outfit, if the valuation there suits them better. These guy's played a huge role in dictating the pace of the boom, and they'll play a similar one with the pace of the bust, just a question of when they all start rolling together i suppose.
  9. dryrot and thirdwave - i take it your racist bllx has some relevance to the property debate that I am incapable of understanding, not being a member of the master race you two obviously belong to. Kn0bheads, the pair of you.
  10. As more and more mainstream media start to acknowledge at least some kind of correction in the offing for 2008, nearly every report I see or hear caveats this with a line like "of course London isn't included because of Russian billionaires, City bonuses, streets paved with gold etc". I live here and I'm pretty sure that once you get out of Zone 1, the Russian and City factor tails off dramatically and it's basically huge swathes of ordinary residential property inhabited by normal folks on the whole. So, is London really different to the rest of the country to the extent that it will remain immune from the correction predicted (and maybe underway)? Was it spared last time?
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