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Badger

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  1. I got made redundant from my job as senior creative artworker in an advertising agency at the beginning of July, after a 7 year stint. I survived 2 previous rounds of redundancies prior to that in the same place. I'm freelancing now and it's not looking too shabby, worked in a couple of places and a load from home too. I'm filling in the gaps in design/artwork with painting & decorating which I did years ago, which paid at an hourly rate of £15 p/h is handy, particularly as the first job I landed is pretty big and at the house next door but one.
  2. This place is near brighton and I happen to know has just been repossessed. It was on the market for ages, vendor refusing to budge on the price from what I could gather. Half a mill for a new build in poor condition with paper thin walls? No ta very muchly.
  3. When my wife was pregnant, our landlord offered to lend a hand if she suddenly went into labour. He's a retired vet.
  4. I liked this comment: Having been exposed to two decades of conditioning that equates property ownership and long-term debt with social inclusion it may be difficult to unpick the strange idea that buying on credit is in some way superior to renting. In a sense the owner with a mortgage is really only renting from the bank. Nonetheless this attitude of feudal superiority persists. In my experience the worst landlords have been those who took advantage of cheap credit to buy a second home and suddenly think they are Nicholas van Hoogstarten, only surpassed in ignorance by those who rent out their own home. During a previous tenancy the landlord returned from an extended skiing trip in Switzerland and asked me to leave as she fancied occupying the flat during the Edinburgh Festival. She embarked on a rapid learning curve but my point is that landlords have to realise that lessors are not their vassals but rather subjects with extensive rights.
  5. Indeed, though the negative aspects of renting have already been covered in the original poster's link.
  6. I also rent and have a 2 yr old son and two cats. We decorate/improve as we like, the rent has never gone up in 8 years and we're never bothered by the landlord for inspections. My point being, there are plenty of gems out there, not all rented properties are 'owned' by landlords who are mercenary condescending cretins. Edit: brevity
  7. The quote/translation is actually, 'Money is the root of all kinds of evil' does that alter the equation at all? /pedant
  8. What a marvellous story. Man owns a patch of woodland, builds house and the council don't even notice for the 4 years required for it to become legal. Plenty of HPC references here. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2116111/House-woods-The-extraordinary-story-family-built-house-Surrey-beauty-spot-kept-quiet-FOUR-YEARS.html?ICO=most_read_module
  9. I had to share this spot on comment from the DM! link below: People celebrate when property prices go up, yet the same people are now complaining when they have to pay more on their mortgages. Either you like expensive housing or you don't. Make up your mind. - Frank Hegarty, Farnborough http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-2112714/More-bad-news-borrowers-Clydesdale-Yorkshire-Banks-join-wave-mortgage-rate-hikes.html#comments
  10. When I saw the title thread I thought it was about coach companies going bussed. /coat
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