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  1. **update** We have recieved an email from him calling us pathetic and other such names for threatening him with the deposit scheme if he didnt pay up (thus meaning that of course he didnt protect our deposit). But, hey ho, he is returning it to us in full. Result! Many thanks to everyone on here for helping. Moral of the story is not to give in to these LLs money grabbing demands. B
  2. Thanks for everyone's help on this. I feel a lot more confident now. Letter sent yesterday asking for the return of the full deposit. Ill keep you posted on how it goes. B
  3. Many thanks again everyone. He has emailled back to say he thinks he is being fair for taking the money for the freezer because the (8 year old) vacuumn cleaner broke down during our tennancy and he didnt charge us for the repair (!!!) We will have to do something further, which, I was really hoping we wouldn't have to, we will send the letter as suggested. Should we also ask about the deposit protection? The last contract we signed was March 2010 even though we have been there 5 years.. I just want to put as many things in as possible to try and just get him to give it back.
  4. Thanks all.. We were expecting it from this landlord, he isnt the most reasonable of men (in fact the initial email from him saying we were getting the whole deposit back minus £50 cleaning surprised us as we always expected him to try and pocket some of it). It is very annoying as we have treated the property extremely well during our 5 year tennancy, went above and beyond in cleaning it, have never once been late with rent etc etc, and left it in spotless condition, practically as we found it with very, very minor wear and tear that I would consider to be under what would usually be expected
  5. Hi all, As always expected we are having deposit issues now we have come to the end of our tennancy. The LL sent us an email at the end of last week saying that we could have our deposit back in full apart from £50 to pay his cleaner to give it a onceover (which is quite annoying as we spent two full days scrubbing the place spotless, we wouldnt have bothered if we knew he was planning on making a deduction anyway). We agreed for an easy life and he said he would send the cheque out once he had taken the money out of his savings account. Arrive into work this morning (another tennant has mov
  6. being sold through Savills.. http://www.savills.co.uk/residentialsearch/propertydetail.aspx?pID=N248857
  7. I just dont get why developers continue to build them, they are a failed experiment. One big new block in my area (centralish London) that I have been watching with interest in the last 18 months is a great example of why they dont work. Of course for the developers to build this block they had to provide their quota of 'affordable housing', so this particular block has been sectioned up. First two floors are straight council properties. Second two are 'affordable housing scheme part buy, part rent'. The top two are private sales. Each of the three sections has a seperate entrance and the pri
  8. Oh, they have (had) pots of money to give out. There are a number of different 'funds' hence all the staff, ranging from the cinema funds where the big boys go to scrounge and the funds for kids to make their first short films to try their hands at directing. They are saying £15m on the BBC news, but some years I think their funding has been closer to £30m. I am assuming wages are on top of this.
  9. I am a newbie poster, but have been lurking for years.. just wondered what everyone thought of the UK Film Council being axed? I have worked with them for many years (not for them luckily) and I have always thought them to be a massive waste of our cash. They encourge UK film makers to make complete dross in order to tick all their boxes so that they can recieve funding from them (the taxpayer). And I've never quite understood why UK tax payers fund 'directors' from France etc to make their first short film. Shame for the 75 people that will be out of work though. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/e
  10. Thanks everyone for the advice so far. We have agreed a purchase price for the property and our solicitor is going to look over the lease extension docs to make sure it is all looking OK. However, now our LL is saying he wants to keep a large chunk of our rental deposit for 'fixtures and fittings'. He has even threatened to come and take the cooker out of the fitted kitchen if we are not prepared to pay for them. I dont want the hassle of an arguement or replacing the appliances straight away, but to be honest we are the 3rd tenants, the appliances he is talking about (fridge/freezer, dishwa
  11. Hi all, We are FTB and I wanted to ask your expert advice as I don't want us to make a mistake due to naivety. Our LL is selling up and we would like to buy the flat. It has been valued by an EA at £280-285k. Problem is it only has a 71 year lease (the flat was valued as with the lower lease). The lease extension has been valued at £12,500 to add 54 years to the lease to take it up to 125 years. We are now a little confused as to where we stand. With a lease renewal you are expected to pay the freeholders costs, however, would a seller not pay these at the beginning of the extension proce
  12. Hi All, What do people think Cam/Clegg and Osbourne will do to Stamp Duty in the emergency budget if anything at all? The main reason I ask is that our landlord wants to sell the flat we have been renting for the last 4 years (spooked by CGT). We weren't planning to buy for a while and have been taking a wait and see approach, but we have found a mortgage (we have a 25% deposit) that will be less in monthly repayments with a 5 year fix than we pay in rent or that we would potentially pay in rent in any of the properties up for let in our area. This has made us tempted. Annoyingly the LL want
  13. I wanted to thump Yvette when she said that 20 today's 20 and 30 year olds should have to retire later, but today's 50 year olds shouldn't have to. I suppose that is because they need extra time to spend all that equity they have built up in their homes, whilst 20 and 30 year olds will still be renting or paying off their mortgages when they are 65 so they'll have to keep working.
  14. Happening in my area too. Two sold signs up without a sign of the for sale bit, but both properties had gone under offer at asking price within days of them coming onto the market maybe the agent didnt have a chance - gulp.
  15. We looked at these schemes and then went to the bank where we had a mortgage in principal to see what they thought. Basically they thought that if we went for this scheme then they couldn't lend us money for it. These schemes are a waste of space. A total con. They wanted over £1500 a year service charge, but there was nothing included for this. When we have looked around private blocks for that you would at least get communal hot water or something, even a gym or concierge, but at 'affordable housing' it is a payment every year for no tangible benefit. This was enough to put me off, although
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