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  1. I think that you are wrong. The government are quite keen on this rule , why would they propose it if they weren't
  2. Yes they can be done by the tenant, but that doesn't mean that that aren't part of the assessment (they are) and there is no chance the NT will press for lighter enforcement for listed properties so that they can be upgraded to improve EPC rating. They (the NT) are the current drivers of the ever more ridiculous rules that we do have. tim
  3. Individually, I agree. But my point is that you *can* raise the band of a building without affecting the structure of the building, simply by installing sufficient secondary insulation and other temporary steps. tim
  4. It is just plain wrong to say that councils don't adopt new build estates - they do. However, with mixed developments of houses and flats it is quite common for some of the expense of the shared grounds to be billed to the houses (as well as the flats). But 75 pounds per month is way off the top of the scale for such a charge. 75 pounds per year would be nearer the mark. tim
  5. Really. The only figures that I can find show that less than 10% of the costs was the cost of the land. And that was before ths silly overspend on security etc was added in, so ISTM that around 5% of the final costs will be the cost of the land. If you have different "verified" figures please post them tim
  6. Except that June is not prime tourist season August is! (I was in Poland the week before the football started, most hotels were less than half full, as is normal for that part of the season) tim
  7. because it doesn't To give one example the A14 improvements of about 20 miles is reckoned to cost 1.4 billion, that's almost a 100 million per mile Other widening schemes are similarly priced tim
  8. EPC ratings are based upon a lot more than the structure of the building. It's p1ss easy to move up a band or two just by insulating your hot water tank and putting energy saving bulbs in all the lamp sockets tim
  9. IMHO you've got more chance of winning the lottery with a ticket that you find lying in the street tim
  10. I'm still looking, but only at properties that are priced competitively. Though it is rare that I see one that matches my "must haves", let along the desirables. Usually they are repos in poor condition [1]. Currently looking at a couple under 100K, as I'm more flexible on my offer there. For a 10% over-priced house, at 90K I'm not going to notice paying 5% over the odds, and the vendors is not going to notice 5% off, like we would at 250K. tim [1] Currently looking at one originally sold for 138K now priced at 95K! This isn't the "normal" local discount, it was blatant (and IMHO obvious) overpricing when originally sold (but the banks valued it and some mugs paid it!). Someone's taking a hair cut whether it sells at 90K or 100K.
  11. No they are not saying that. They are saying that they shouldn't be rated as a separate property and that their value should be included as part of the principle property, which may, or it may not, mean that the principle property moves up a band or two. tim
  12. I used to work of one of these zombie companies. They had a 20 million pound turnover and employed 400 people. They were market leader in their sector with a well respected product, but is was the ultimate in optional purchases. When times were good they tried to develop their product range too fast and had 20 million in debts. Then demand for their product collapesed and they were effectively worthless. What should the banks do? Pull the plug and write off their 20 million or let it ride and see if demand returns? Well they did the latter, 200 of us (including me) got redundancy, but the other 200 kept their jobs and the company is ticking along waiting for demand to come back agin - which it will - eventually. Is it bad for the economy that this company is left in a zombie state for 4 years - I think not. The alternative is worse tim
  13. "The Chancellor has told Treasury officials to find ways to persuade savers to transfer billions of pounds held in bank accounts" I can answer than easily: pay me 6% and you can have it tim
  14. and risk getting stuck for the costs of a court eviction. It's not a one-way bet! tim
  15. Don't be silly. Do you really think that Building Regs allow houses with a design life of 50 years before falling down to be built? I very much doubt that they would fall done in 200 years. (That's not the same as not needing new windows etc) tim
  16. Define "new build home"! I've looked extensively in Germany at what you would call a normal 2 bed flat in the UK and they are no bigger than anything you will find in the UK. OK so there might be a few houses in Germany that are bigger than in the Uk, but I don't belive that the "average" is tim
  17. And all this does is prove 7up's claim that "it costs less to do if, you do some of the work yourself, costing your own time at zero" tim
  18. You are correct. If you leave on the S21 notice the LA will not see a need to re-house you. You have to wait for the LL to win an eviction order in court. I don't believe that you actually have to wait until the bailiffs are at the door (BICBW) tim
  19. 130 per sf equates to approximately 1300 per sqm, which is not out of line with the figures in the "main contractors" column (which is what Barrett’s are) tim
  20. We don't have planning restrictions as a conspiracy for builders/landlowers to make higher profits. We have them because the population, as a whole, want them. tim
  21. A normal "tiny" new house. And I was assuming an "infill" build alongside a road already in situ. For a large estate you'll have to build access roads and pay more for the construction of mains services, but you'll also get economies of scale for the actual build, so I suspect that the total cost (per house) is similar (but don't actually know!). tim
  22. Germany is different from the UK because there are very large tax savings from "self build". Consequently a large number of people are reuctant to buy new build properties because of tax disadvantages. So what happens is, when a developer gets permission for an estate of houses he sells off half of the plots to self builders who then (usually) commission their own builder to build (externally) the self same house that he would have built, on the plot. Though very occasionally people do literally "self" build. tim
  23. For an average 160K 2/3 bed house, 60-70K is the cost of the build, including connecting to services. Another 60-70K is the cost of the land and the remaining 20-40K is the profit/financing costs. And that's if you don't have a S106 charge to pay tim
  24. It's not "blocked up" in the sense that there is a queue. It's just not given for green field sites because the general view (by the politicians and the population) is that they should be left as fields unless it is absolutely necessary to build on them. tim
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