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Mrs Bear

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  1. Be aware that whatever it may say in your contract, conducting viewings while you're still in residence does not come under the 'quiet enjoyment' heading, so you are fully entitled to refuse - or to expect a reduction in the rent.
  2. Mrs Bear

    And it's about time too...

    Plenty of relatively poorly paid live-in maids from the likes of Indonesia, though.
  3. Even if it RTB isn't overturned, I think they need to tighten up a lot on the rules - how long you need to have lived there, etc., how long before you can sell, and to whom. Maybe a cap should be put on ex LA homes rents, in line with LA rents in the area, to make them less attractive to LLs. I have heard of cases of fraud re RTB - I dare say it's not uncommon. Having said that, an old friend of mine - a staunch Labour voter - bought the family (LA) home where she'd lived for over 40 years, shortly after RTB was first introduced. She's still living there and will very likely only leave in a box. IMO the scheme was largely intended for people like her, not for sharks and speculators.
  4. Mrs Bear


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  5. Mrs Bear

    Landlord review site

    BTW, why don't one of you lot who are IT whizzes, set up a similar site (with correct spelling of course) for the UK?
  6. Mrs Bear

    Landlord review site

    To be fair, you see plenty of that sort of thing on this side of the pond, too. Who's/whose, your/you're/it's/its/there/their/they're..... Never mind the likes of discreet/discrete. I'm not sure we are entitled to point the 'illiterate' finger at anyone. Edit - loose/lose! How could I forget that?
  7. And while they're at it, cancel Help to Buy, too. It was always obvious that it was only going to inflate the prices of newbuilds, which are so often overpriced per sq m anyway, compared with older-builds. When RTB was introduced, I doubt that anyone foresaw the ludicrous rise in house prices relative to incomes, and the housing crisis that would ensue. As for Labour, who so love to berate Thatcher for Right to Buy, if they were so violently against it, why the hell didn't they cancel it? They had plenty of time in power to do so. Answer - because they thought it would lose them too many votes, since surprise, surprise, plenty of lifelong Labour voters had either taken advantage of RTB, or were hoping to do so.
  8. Exactly. So you have to admit, it's very noble of them to give up so much of their time telling other people how they too can make millions from property! I cant think why none of them featured on the New Year's Honours list, for their entirely altruistic aid to the less fortunate.
  9. Sounds like the same old con-lot - come to a free 'seminar' and we'll see how many mugs will then shell out for a paid one, when we'll kindly let you into the secret of making loadsamoney in no time! Frequent stratgey IIRC from what I heard, was getting said mugs to buy newbuild flats, in areas they didn't know and had done zero research on, lured in by 'guaranteed returns' of x%. Only to find later that rents quoted were too high, there were 23 exactly like theirs sitting empty in the same block, and by the time they decided to sell, they couldn't give it away. Or rather they probably could, for a good deal less than they paid, which left them up shit creek and writing to the weekend money pages to say how cruelly they'd been duped, somebody ought to be giving them a paddle, it wasn't fair!
  10. I haven't watched this for ages, but it often seemed to me that there were vague problems in the marriage, and they thought that if only it was nice and hot, they had a pool in the garden, and could have barbies 5 times a week, everything would be lovely. Cold hard reality often included not just the relative price of housing, but the higher cost of food and all sorts, not to mention stinking hot not being quite so lovely when you're working, and not sitting by a pool/on a beach all day.
  11. Very true. Mr B's relative doesn't live there - he earns his money elsewhere so it's a holiday home, but he will retire there. Might add that he's extremely generous in making it available to family almost ad lib (and gratis) - sundry relatives have taken large parties of friends there several times.
  12. A relative of Mr B's has a beautiful 17thC chateau in France, relatively 'modest', nothing like 47 rooms - maybe 20 max - immaculately renovated by the previous owners. He once told me that the heating oil alone costs €50k a year, and that's without the general maintenance. He can afford it, but I do wonder how many people are seduced by the space you can get for what seems such a bargain price, without realising how ravenously they eat money. The truth is, they're 'cheap' for a reason - there are a lot of them, and very few people can afford to maintain them.
  13. Mrs Bear

    Time for a Big Main Homelessness Thread on Hpc Forum?

    I don't see how Welby is supposed to have any influence over the materialistic gorge-fest. I am not remotely religious, but I'm aware that a good many churches quietly do their bit for the homeless and disadvantaged. St Martin in the Fields has been doing a great deal for many years.
  14. Mrs Bear

    Death debt divorce.

    Two Ds you didn't mention are Dementia and Decrepitude - the need to sell for care home fees. Twice in this family - my mother and an aunt.
  15. Mrs Bear

    Rare Landlord prosecution

    Pay or jail? WTF? Prison costs the taxpayer a bomb. Pay or confiscation of property. Plus banning from any kind of LL-ing in future.

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