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  1. Pregnant women, mid-december, needs a place to stay. Why does this ring a bell? You've the makings of a Channel Four Christmas special there.
  2. You are making the assumption that the people who make the laws and enforce the policies are not corrupt and genuinely want a fair and uncorrupt system and a level playing field. That is patently false. You only have to look at the MP's expenses scandal and public workers deliberate doing overtime to see that the system is false. Many of those MPs have several houses. Why would they want property values to drop? Once you've paid them they are not YOUR taxes. The answer therefore is to avoid paying as much as possible.
  3. I had a survey by eserve (f'ing useless. "It has four walls and a roof"). If I pay for a detailed survey would it find, dry rot, mold, rats, etc if those problems existed.
  4. No a septic tank has a soakaway. A cesspool is a sealed tank (concrete hole in the ground) that holds everything. They are not old they are 35.
  5. If pulling the plug after the bath cost you a quid, would you re-install it? I doubt they've even cut it.
  6. I recently made an offer on a house of 340k. After two visits and instructing solicitors I found out that the house was not connected to the sewer like all the other houses in the street but rather had a cesspool. A cesspool is a tank that holds all your waste water which then needs to be pumped away at a cost of £100 for every 2000 gallons. Naturally when I discovered this shitty little detail in the HIP I was somewhat alarmed because the average 4 person family produces 2000 gallons of grey and black water every month. So waste water bills would be £1200 per year compared to £460 on the main sewer. Plus maintenance of the tank plus the hassle of the man turning up EVERY month with the pumping truck. I went to see the owners (married couple) who insisted that only had their 2000 gallon tank emptied every 3.5 months, which I knew was a lie, because nobody could economise on water to that degree. So I had a little sniff around the property and found a semi obscured 2.5 inch polypipe going to one of their fences which borders on a wood. They are basically dumping greywater to ground under their fence and because it is sandy soil the soaking away ispeed is better than normal. I asked them about the pipe and they said it did nothing. Yeah, Right! So the next day I went around the back and found a 2.5 foot very soggy patch of forest surrounded by firmer ground right under the section of fence where the pipe disappeared underground. The problem is firstly you need a discharge certificate to dump grey water, secondly they wouldn't get one without some sort of pre-treatment because the garden backs right on to a small brook which takes the runoff from the local roads. So there is a cost involved in rectifying that. Plus the hassle. Lastly the are dumping it on the forest, not their land. I brought up my findings, politely and matter of fact like, and they STILL denied that the pipe was used and mentioned that co-incidently a builder had turned up not 4 hours before and removed the pipe. What a co-incidence. They are still swearing blind that ALL of their waste water goes to the CEsspool. But of course that is impossible. Obviously they are tanking the black (toilet) and dumping the grey (everything else) untreated. Even the proportions match. About 1/3 of your waste water is used to flush the loo. I'm going to see the Estate Agent tomorrow and wondered what sort of duty of care he has to inform other purchasers about the problem if they don't accept my lower offer allowing me to connect to the mains. i.e. Does what they are doing go public now and will the sellers find it harder to sell. They claim they are selling to downsize, suggesting that their mortgage is too big. They bought for £320k in 2006 but claim at £340k they'll be making a loss. Possibly true as they've made some "improvements". One minute they claimed they were buying a new build house and the next they seem to be renting. Any advice?
  7. No he called the coppers because the woman was a mouthy anti-social uncivilised whore. I'd have done exactly the same.
  8. I've been speaking to Letting Agents in Maidstone. Tip, always pretend on the first call you are a Landlord to avoid the sales pitch to tenants BS. I've asked them what stuff has been renting for and they are all telling me that at the top end (above £1200) a month that they are having to slash prices to get people interested. Stuff that has been sitting around vacant for months at 1550 is being dropped to 1250 pcm in order to get rented out. The bigger houses just don't have a floor under them. £15000 a year for a £400k house seems pretty good to me. That's 3.75% gross right?
  9. I've got a motor trade insurance policy. Covers me for any vehicle I own. How the heck are they going to police that?
  10. I found out today that Ward and Partners have closed down their auction division. They used to be fairly large and their only competitor in Kent was Clive Emson. I bought a large house from the back in 1999. The guy who used to run it retired and they decided it was not viable to continue it as a business. http://www.wardandpartners.co.uk/auction/
  11. It works by weighing the rubbish bin loaded on the back of the truck. I wonder whether people will soak cardboard in water or do other tricks to get more points for vouchers.
  12. I did over 20,000 miles on pure vegetable oil in a 1996 Citroen Xantia Turbo Diesel. No problems and fuel economy almost exactly the same as diesel. Marginally better on a run and worse around town. I sold the car 18 months later. No modifications at all and the car was perfectly running fine with 130,000 on the clock when I sold it. I did this shortly before they made running on Veg legal and while the price for 3 litres of oil at the supermarket was under 50p a litre. The trick is it must have a Bosch or Nippon Denso inline injection pump, you must mix 50:50 on the coldest winters days or keep the car in the garage, or add 2 litres of white spirit for every tank of veg to thin it out (gets thick in the winter) and must change the fuel filter every 5000 miles. Do NOT use pure vegetable oil on a rotary pump. It works, but it is a bit of a fag to fill up as it requires emptying 20 x 3 litre bottles of oil into a funnel and you invariably spill a bit. Eventually I made my own filling station from a water butt (gravity fed from the rafters of my garage). Then I installed an old washing machine pump to make it faster to fill. It was a lot of fun, but not very practical. You must also have the old fashioned indirect injection system not a modern TDI (DI stands for Direct Injection) as these operate at 10 times the opening pressure and any variance in the fuel viscosity will make them run rough. A modern DI car needs about 500 quids worth of parts to modify it correctly. I've not seen value vegetable oil for 50 pence though which is why I stopped.
  13. He wouldn't even notice half of them had left. Unless he turned his fat head.
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