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  1. https://www.crowdcube.com/companies/powervault/pitches/bAxVmZ I'm in two minds about utility scale battery storage. Seems a waste to have millions of battery packs in a field somewhere rather than in millions of homes (paired with solar).
  2. These statistically b0llocks / manipulated studies / articles on electric cars or renewable energy keep showing up. I don't know why that is but maybe the massively wealthy oil industry has an idea. Seems something similar happened with health studies on smoking in the mid 20th century.
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    No Win No Fee Deposit Solicitors

    Not sure it's that clear. Think the minimum of 1 times the deposit includes the deposit. IE you are guaranteed full return of the deposit but not necessarily anything more.
  4. Err... Victoria died in 1901. But anyway that assumes good construction and can be a lot worse with council flats. A relative of mine bought a BTL 70's council flat 10 years ago and literally all the rent over that time has gone out on big bills deemed necessary by the council (new roof, new electrics etc etc)
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    Started Smoking Mid-Tenancy

    A landlord can no more tell you not to smoke then they can tell you not to drink, have sex or go on holiday to marbella. What they can do is say you can't smoke inside the property. As long as you don't do that it's none of their business.
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    Tory Mp Whinges About Stamp Duty....

    The reason stamp duty works for shares and property (despite people saying a financial transaction tax will never work because it will just get avoided / transactions will move offshore)is that if you don't pay it you don't own it. Therfore it has to be the buyer who pays...
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    Mutual Break Clause

    The letting agent clearly doesn't know what they're talking about. You are not liable for rent until a new tenant is found as you are within the term of the break clause. As to their term about early release penalty charges: that's pretty outrageous. Fortunately i don't think it applies and anyway it's almost certainly unenforceable as an "unfair term". Frankly though if i'd seen that in a tenancy agreement i'd have walked away: even if its unenforceable it marks the agents as nasty pieces of work...
  8. Think this is overblown tbh. The "rich" entrances typically have a 24hrs porter / concierge which means extraordinarily high service charges. The "affordable" flats wouldn't be very affordable if they had to pay these...
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    Fear :the Men Who Made Us Spend

    Interesting programme. But struck a slight off key on the drug companies. Sure they were just trying to make money, but often eg with the statins example, this would save countless lives http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/crusader-for-statins-was-right-about-the-benefits-of-the-drug-after-all-9617006.html
  10. Don't bring facts into an Internet argument...
  11. Think you've got cause and effect the wrong way round here... It's no surprise that the rich tend to support parties that support the rich... Though plenty of very successful people are bleeding heart lefties too... Sure not the ones who got rich drilling for oil etc. But the music / film / technology industries are chock full of very very rich people who tend to be screaming lefties...
  12. The reason Picketty made such a stir was not simply his future of ever rising inequality. It was showing how wealth begets more wealth in ever increasing amounts (as a %age of GDP). The wealthy will be wealthy because of who they are not what they do. That was the case pre 20th century and he suggests that'll be the case in the future, that the early 20th Century was an aberration.
  13. I do find the sub-genre of miserliness on this forum pretty amusing... I'm glad some on here enjoy weeing in the bath to save on hot water. And i'm pretty good at saving the pennies myself (bottled water and starbucks coffee add nothing to my life). However the amount i spent on my last ski trip would make some on here puke. The point of life is not to accumulate money in your bank account like points in an arcade game. Unless that in itself gives you a thrill* in which case enjoy. *The only explanation for Bernie Eccelstone for example.
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    Tenancy Deposit Rules

    You've got good news and bad news The good news is your deposit should have been protected. http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/downloads_and_tools/tenancy_deposit_rights_checker The bad news is you cannot withdraw your notice without agreement from the landlord. Looks like there's a negotiation to be had...
  15. He's paying 39%* of his income in income tax and NI in total. A fair amount but definitely not 50%. His net income is £72,741.72 still a big chunk of change... *It'll be substantially less than 39% if he pays much into a pension, which i would hazard a guess he is.

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