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gaztastic

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  1. Unfortunately, it's classic fear of change and a realisation of the finite nature of life. Both my and my ex-partner's grandmothers ended up in residential and care homes respectively, and, not surprisingly, they hated the idea of it before they moved in. Of course, the moment they actually moved in, it was the best thing since sliced bread as they both had company and all the stresses of maintaining their homes had largely been removed and I feel it led to a far better quality of life for both of them in the last few months of their lives. From the experiences of my grandparents, the prospect of moving out of your own home into a residential home is about as big an indicator of the end of your life as you can possibly get, so it's not in the least bit surprising that people are reluctant to admit to that finality of their lives. Of course, living in austerity Britain, we all have to cut our cloth to the financial reality of the situations we find ourselves in and as much as the oldies can complain about having paid their taxes for god knows how long, but there's not an inexhaustible supply of money for their welfare over and above the welfare of everyone else. If people are that desperate to stay in their own homes, they can use some of their life-long accumulated wealth to facilitate it, after all their estates are only going to be wasted by their surviving family members on ipods, facebook and whatnot.
  2. To be fair, HMOs around the university have been coming up on rightmove for at least the last 9-12 months. I would hope that the local slumlords can see the writing on the wall as Plymouth is currently going through some bonkers purpose build student flats bonanza, with most of the infrastructure of the town being knocked down and re-created as student apartment. The locals are fairly up in arms over this strategy as it gives the impression that the whole of the town centre area is slowly being student-ified, though there have been non-student regeneration projects in other parts of the town. However, there is still the issue of affordability. Certainly, the new bling development at Sherford seems to be very expensive for what is it as did the recent developments down the road from my house, but they all sold. I did spend some time working for the uni a couple of years ago and the academic staff I was working with all told me that rank and file admin staff had been buying up the formerly cheap housing in Mutley and beyond since the 90s, so I would assume a lot of them can see the writing on the wall with purpose build student flats and are looking to cash out. However, as a potential buyer myself, the prospect of spending top dollar on what looks like a 'Withnail & I' slum next to a Chinese take-away isn't exactly making me rush to make an appointment with the local bri-nylon estate agent brigade.
  3. This isn't legal advice, but I had something a little bit similar a few years ago (before the DPS existed). I had rented a property through a property management company and after some time, the landlord got pissed off with the management company 'taking a cut for doing nothing' and asked us to pay the rent direct to him, which we did. However, the management company still held the deposit and once we vacated the property they returned the deposit in full, along with a line about not caring about the state of the property as they had had enough of the landlord. From your position, I would assume that your rental contract was with the agency acting on behalf of the landlord and when the agency approved the return of the deposit, through the DPS, they were acting on the landlord's behalf. If the landlord has some kind of issue with the state of the property, it's no longer your issue, and I would expect that if it did end up at the small claims court it would be a very short hearing: the landlord would claim damage, you would defend with the end of tenancy checkout from the landlord's agent and, at that point, everyone would go home - there simply is no case. Like some of the other posters have mentioned already, these end of tenancy problems normally stem from ill-informed landlords having no understanding of fair wear and tear, seeming to think that their properties should be returned to some kind of show house condition at the end tenancy, rather that reflecting the reality of a poorly maintained house with tired decor, worn out carpets and peeling paintwork.
  4. Man alive, that sounds like the crappy games company I worked for a few years ago. They seemed to have a real boner that anyone surfing the web wasn't working, especially when the programmers were on stackoverflow or the artists were on image sites looking for source artwork. Naturally, they blocked music streaming so I got a mobile contract with unlimited internet so I could stream spotify all day. It all came to a bit of a head when my producer told me that the boss didn't like to see us using IRC clients as it wasn't 'productive', even though we were only using them to deal with our remote contractors. Fair enough, I told the team to stop using it and just email the contractors. Needless to say that caused a shitstorm and I was incredibly happy to run my contract down over the next couple of months.
  5. Hello CI, I had something similar with a first-time landlord a few years ago. For some reason he got very worked up about the managing agents getting work done on the house and so on to the point where he sacked them and took over managing the contract himself. The agents held the deposit until the end of the contract and returned every penny once we'd moved out. Hopefully, it won't cause you any problems. The only thing I did find was that I needed to be a bit two-faced in agreeing with the agents when I spoke to them about the landlord and agreeing with the landlord when he spoke about the agents.
  6. has he been on some drugs? sunlit uplands indeed.
  7. I got 12/50, I am in my forties - is that good or bad?
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