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craftykate

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  1. I stand corrected. But it isn't unusual to find places without one these days. A cooker can be worth £50!
  2. Nunhead is as you describe, and I wouldn't recommend it for a first timer in London. Is it possible andrew50 that your son does a house share in London which would cut on the commute time and avoid him being stuck out in the sticks? This will be much better than renting his own flat, he will some company in a strange city, perhaps his own age and people to help him out. He is also likely to have a much better social life. If you are young and in London it would be a shame to be cut out of parties and so forth because you live out so far. It also saves a bit of money, which is no bad thing and most people under 25 who live here share to start. Life is not all work and property!
  3. No, they don't have to provide any of those items, unless they represented (ie told you) that they would.
  4. Yes, I should make it clear for anyone reading that a few letters will not suddenly change the operation of eviction notices and section 8 or the terms of your tenancy. Or change or prevent the reason why section 8 is satisfied. I do agree that section 8 is an immutable thing and judges are bound by law to grant one if the requirements are met. But before hitting court or getting to a section 8 stage in this instance the tenant has a choice which is in his favour and this pre amble is cruical. Two months withholding rent for a resolution can be balanced against the need of the landlord for a tenant during a time of financial difficulty. Implicit in the OP's scenario is that the landlord needs that money and that tenant more than an eviction notice. I don't think in these times the desperate landlord would want to take that penalty, or he would not hurry that process up. Of course you had engaged in this sort of behaviour during the BTL boom when it was difficult to find a flat, landlords would have been quick to stick the boot in and a section 8 would have been granted and the tenant would have been out on his ear because the landlord knew/thought there was an alternative tenant around the corner. Your preamble may not be what the contractual term insists upon in court and no letter you write will override those terms, but it is how you can protect your interests before you get to see the beak and maybe you'll avoid ever getting there.
  5. Key thing is justification for withholding rent. Justify! I think one point needs to be clear, that if at any time your home is under significant threat of repossession due a landlord defaulting in paying the mortgage, it would be sensible withold the rent. Okay, that sum can be recoverd by legal process at a later date, but you should play the landlord at his own game - withhold, place in account, confirm you are happy to pay on receiving confirmation of a secure tenure. Simply saying that you withhold isn't enough - have a few good reasons because that's your justification, slap them down on paper to both agent/landlord, throw the ball in their court and ask them to settle to the problem/concern as to repossession. If landlords come to look ignorant or unreasonable when faced with requests like these they will be penalised by the law. Very few judges would object to that, and even more of them would be peed off that a landlord/bank bothered to take it to court if it could have been arranged between the parties. If you look like the reasonable party and the landlord looks like an asshat then you can win, save your rent and very unlikely be hit for any costs. They could have settled the matter easily. If they can offer you the written assurances you require, or insert a term in your tenancy, then you get security and what you want. Your landlord will still get his rent, and these days of difficulty, he is much more likely to compromise. If he doesn't compromise or can't meet your request, you don't want him as a landlord and any eviction threat is futile because you're going to leave anyway. Don't be bullied by the law, learn to use it to your advantage. That means litigation before you even get to court. Tenants who get stuffed by the law are so because they don't get the need to play the game. Law operates right from the moment you take tenure of the property, not when your landlord decides so. Don't be reactive if you suspect your landlord is on the verge of repossession. Make him work for his money.
  6. I think the question is whether this landlord does have a buy to let mortgage at all. Landlords should have to give bona fide details. Ones that don't, well they don't tend to bother with anything else in my experience. I would move. The landlord having their post sent to your address is a dead giveaway that they have the wrong sort of mortgage, and as many other posters will point out, it is an offence to open post that is not addressed to you. You would do will to be shot of both of them. Find an institutional landlord (charity) who will not have a mortgage, and you will have that protection which you need. I have been renting from a charity for three years and it is an infinitely better experience than dealing with a landlord or their nasty agents (both lie, badly, and have an alarming tendency to disappear with your money).
  7. Six weeks is bull. One month up front, no more than that. I always wonder about LLs who asked for more, it rather implies they need/expect to keep the deposit.
  8. Desperate landlords use gumtree.com, but their expectations as to rent are often more ridiculous than agents. I have no idea about how much you want to spend per month but I would start looking now because London rent is still expensive for what it is compared to ten years ago. Particularly in the areas you are seeking in. London has really changed in these years. The place has been decimated by people stuffing studio flats and or tiny one bedders into terraced houses and the crap that passes for furniture is shocking. The space you get for your money has got even smaller. Latest trends includes "open plan kitchens" (code for you can smell and eat your food in the living room), and shower rooms (no baths). Get a house if you can, flats in London are even worse than you remember. On renting recently, I was asked for - bank statements, credit check, proof of employment, reference from employer and reference from previous landlord. They had the cheek to ask for a guarantee for the rent. This was because I had been self employed for a period of time. I told them to piss off and did not take the flat, but I won't lie to you it is tough. Hammersmith and Fulham is expensive, though there is room to haggle. But it is now one of the pricier parts of town, I'd look somewhere else if you want better value for your money.
  9. To add to something which is implicit in Matt's post and his suggestion to take it to court - it is for the agency to prove it, moreover, if your landlord is stupid enough to perjure himself in court for the sake of £400 then I should like to attend as your counsel! I would also suggest that you find your bills from the date when you started living in your current property, along with council tax and so on. That should be good evidence of what you say, and also raise a serious doubt in the mind of any judge as to veracity of their claims. The tenancy agreement is good evidence too. Do not be bullied, record all contact with them (debt agencies often tell pork pies so you tell them something revealing) and if you are minded, write to your landlord disclaiming all liability and inform him that you will make him liable for all costs stemming from him committing this fraud on you, including taking him to court. Matt is right, let them play their hand. 95 per cent of the time, chisellers like your landlord are taking a chance that you aren't organised. You let him gyp you on the bill because you didn't take your name off the account. But you can make up for it by being better organised than him now.
  10. How old are you? Do you even remember Rupert Murdoch's papers before 1997? Rupert Murdoch does what is in his best interest, regardless of politics or your belief that he has a "hate for Britain". If his newspapers are against McCain, then it is likely to do with his policies and Murdoch does not often back losers. He normally changes sides if he thinks it is worth his while. If the tenor of FOX News changes, then you might have a point.
  11. This is the agency attempting to gyp you out of money - I doubt the landlord even knows or cares (since he/she will still be getting his rent money). Charging money for a periodic tenancy is dumb because there is no obligation to pay when your tenancy becomes periodic, don't pay these idiots. They have decided you are a soft touch, that's all.
  12. Yes it is quiet, even for holiday season. Restaurants dead, cabs everywhere. Cabbies complaining about the lack of business even more than usual.
  13. To give a slightly different perspective, I also had a similar landlord who used to pop in and tidy things. Unlike you, I did not realise it was happening until one day I was off work, and he walked into my bedroom while I was asleep. It was clear that this had been happening fairly often as he was very surprised to see me. Nothing compared to my surprise. There was no reason for him to be in the property aside from his own nosiness. When I asked what he was doing he had no explanation aside from the fact it was his property. I don't blame you for feeling as you do. Be nice to your landlord because he may just be very stupid - but if there's anything that suggests it is routine, then I suggest you move. These sorts of landlords rarely change and can be very difficult.
  14. Dead in West London and I live in Hammersmith - no one i know is moving because of the current asking prices and too many agents are piling in with properties to rent. Current landlords appear to believe they can get more money - despite rental property piling up like nobody's business. We've had Poles and the expat financial chaps move out recently, which explains the piling up of places at both the bottom and the top end of the market. Hammersmith and Fulham had ridiculous HPI over the last 18 months, the rents also got silly too. The change now is that there's lots of choice for tenants.
  15. It is a load of manure, rents going up. Asking prices are up, but I don't know of many people paying them. Everyone puts in offers and keeps going to until they get a good price. There is more property out there that is a good rental than ever before, imo. I get three to four emails every day that meet my specifications for rental, and with three to four properties on each email. I can only conclude that there is more choice for tenants and more space to negotiate. This is an extension of what happens every year when the grads arrive to live in a nasty two bed flat in Clapham - the asking prices for the rent go through the roof then, and don't calm down until Christmas.
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