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  1. I have seen /heard this phrase used by evangelical churches as far back as the 80s - they use it in a missionary context, e.g. "reaching out" to the local community when they run soup kitchens, go street preaching, etc.
  2. The best way to help her to see reality is to ask her to "help" you to look for a house to buy on rightmove. Most boomers agree with the idea of a 10% deposit plus 3x salary mortgage limit because that is how it was for them. This worked for some members of my family and they no longer drop those "hints." Also, a friend of my mum's with this attitude, who was living in the E. midlands, decided to downsize and move to the SE, closer to where her children live and work. When she started looking for a 2-bed bungalow in her chosen area of the the SE she was shocked to find them costing more than she could get for her 4-bed detached. She eventually gave up and stayed put.
  3. Another one I find particularly annoying is where weather reports refer to the "feels like" temperature rather than the heat index or wind chill factor.
  4. Try looking at Twyford in Berks, between Reading and Maidenhead. It falls within Wokingham district so relatively good services, good schools etc. It has a nice village feel, surrounded by fields, a few nice restaurants, one supermarket. There is a station in the village with trains into Paddington about every 20 mins. If you get a fast train it takes under 30 mins but slow trains can take up to an hour. Quite easy to get onto M4 or M40. The surrounding villages are nice but some are very expensive. Woodley nearby is cheaper, but uninteresting, apart from a nice country park, no station - you would have to drive/cycle to Twyford (Paddington) but easy access to M4. Bracknell is also cheaper, has a station (but slower Waterloo trains, 1hr?) but easy to get to both M4 and M3. Bracknell has a history of a bad reputation but is improving, good town centre, also lots of trees and forest nearby - a few of the Bracknell villages like Binfield, "old" Warfield and Winkfield are really nice. Edit to add: Going into London from Berkshire, Paddington trains (FGW) can be crowded but usually a fast, reliable service, better than trains to Waterloo (SW trains) that are equally crowded and seem to stop everywhere, even though tickets are about the same price for a similar distance.
  5. Right now best way to avoid torture as far as I'm concerned is to stay away from any retail establishments until well after New Year.
  6. And cycling! Edit: Oops - just noticed, Bear Hug already mentioned this one. It's late!
  7. And then there are those who REFUSE to microwave anything because it "causes dangerous radiation in the food that gets into your body and damages it," so they spend hours boiling all of their vegetables, heating beans in a saucepan on the hob, etc etc. Usually the same idiots that refuse to eat anything that might be GM because "eating GM foods causes genetic mutations in your body."
  8. Lovelock. Suitably placed to remind us that humanity's obsession with money keeps us on the road to self-destruction. 😒
  9. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/sep/12/we-are-in-danger-of-sleepwalking-into-a-crisis-gordon-brown?CMP=fb_gu
  10. Getting in touch with shelter is probably your best bet to get the correct info about what to do about all of this.
  11. This has happened to several people I know. For that reason we have kept everything - there is a paper inventory with notes about the tiniest holes in the carpet next to the fireplace, the grubby walls in the bathroom, broken glass lying around in the garden, etc. Last time they renewed the rental agreement they seemed to have no record of it so I don't think they realise we still have it. We have lived here for several years and have done small things to make it look vastly better than before. But we have also kept ALL of the detritus that was lying around when we moved in including broken 70s lampshades, moldy blinds, a disgustingly dirty table with one leg hanging off, faded and perished curtains, a broken ornament - EVERYTHING. In the loft. Just in case they try it on when we move out.
  12. Yes, definitely feel that the tide has turned. A friend said the other day that if we really wanted to, we could start a reversed bidding war!
  13. Yes, it is very stressful, so thanks. I have been to only 2 viewings where the seller is present, and not with the agent in question, so not sure how they could have a negative impression if they have not even met us. I am also definitely no "hard-nosed businessman" - probably come across as quite the opposite. But, as I mentioned, there has been only one out of about 6 EAs that has behaved negatively and I will try to avoid them in the future. Most are falling over backwards trying to get us to put an offer in on the property they are selling - some even appear quite desperate. There are now 4 properties we are trying to decide between. All of the EAs selling those have been very eager to arrange extra viewings and find extra information for us. Maybe this is my naivety but when they have asked I have told them about the other ones. They are becoming quite competitive. Two of them have looked their "competitors" up and is each trying to put me off the other properties, (e.g. by warning me about the HUGE amount of work needed on one of them.) A few days ago, the asking price of the most expensive of the 4 dropped by £25k to match that of two of the others. It's been interesting to say the least, but the pressure from all of them to make an offer ASAP is becoming annoying.
  14. If you deposit is not held in a protection scheme, you may be able to make some money out of your LL. He would also have trouble evicting you if he decided to do so. https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/tenancy_deposits/tenancy_deposit_protection_rules If this is the case, I would also question whether he has declared his rental income to HMRC, which would mean further trouble for him - might be worth investigating this too. Finally, he should definitely not be charging full market rent if the housing he provides is substandard. It looks to me as though you have plenty of ammunition to either avoid the rent increase or to get him into some costly trouble.
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