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  1. In my experience the council do the absolute bare minimum in 'preparation' for new teants and tend to.leave properties sometikes in terrible states. In that sense its quite different private rented sector, its not.unusual for a tenant to have to spend lots of money doing one up and I think the fact you get the right to buy reflects this.
  2. Exactly. These apprenticeships are largely just a break for comapnies to employ young people below minimum wage. It's frankly disgusting practice. When I was in my teens I worked all kinds of jobs and was paid more than the going rate for these apprenticeships (about 2.50 an hour) and that was 20 years ago. These days the jobs that I had would now be 'apprenticeships'.
  3. Back handers might work but it doesn'thelp if you're sandwiched between two properties. I live in an old 1950s gerry build block of flats and I can hear four different neighbours. I even get woken up by the couple upstairs shagging and can hear them take a piss and a dump on the toilet.
  4. Read thorugh this whole thread. Bruce you come across as a really nasty bitter little man. I hope I never have the displeasure to meet you but I probably never will as, like most people I havent and never will inherite any wealth.
  5. One solution would be to incentivised the rent a room scheme further, say with another tax break or a cash incentive.
  6. It's not just people sharing flats in London but people sharing bedrooms! Such are the rents in London.. plenty of people in low paying jobs or students having to do this.
  7. If I had a penny each time an agent tried that bulshit on I'd be a multimillionaire by now. It was deemed an unfair term by the OFT. Don't put up with that crap. By law you only have to leave a property in the condition you found it in plus fair wear and tear for which the landlord claims a reduction in tax for anyway.
  8. Isn't it the case though that landlords worry a statutory periodic will turn into a regulated tenancy and they'll end up with a sitting tenant? Besides the fact that the landlord could evict the tenant very easily under periodic, without having to give a reason, effectively meaning they can evict them if they refuse to pay the fee?
  9. To be honest I should have put roughly £1300 as thats roughly how much it would have cost had they charged the same fee for the other rooms.
  10. £265 for a room in a shared house on a six month tenancy. Room in a shared house. Sorry I meant to say living room converted into a bedroom.
  11. State of the art sewage system but best not break as you could probably kill someone if you took a shit out of the window.
  12. Speaking of student properties, it's a shame so many students live in HMOs and under joint tenancies. It encouraged the lack of regulation of the sector, discouraged universities from investing in purpose built blocks and turned communities into ghost towns during.summer holidays. It would have been better if such properties had beed for the purpose they were built-to house families. In one area near where I live almost half of a council estate is now in the hands of buy to let landlords and most of the properties in consequence are severely neglected overcrowded and about 4x the price of council rents.
  13. That wouod be good but there's a lot wrong with the private rented sector beyond that. It's about time HMOs were properly regulated, most Ive seen are hovels you wouldn't want your dog to live in. I'd recommend the licencing of HMOs with regular inspections and fines, paid for by the fines and a modest licence fee. I'd also include all houses in multiple occupation under this including those where several people are named on a single tenancy agreement. Moreover 6 month ASTs are a landlords wet dream, they give them the ability to kick you out without giving a reason, often in my experience because you ask for some delapidated part of the property to be fixed or if you're on housing benefit and it affects their.insurance. So there's the age old 'NO DSS' blatent discrimination that goes on which only serves to increase pressure on council housing stock, just imagine if a council wanted to do likelwise, it would require an act of parliament and would be challenged as it should do in the PRS. Also as a council tenant I think the rent here is about right. It's only about 150 quid a month off the 'market rate' and theres a lt of baggage that comes with living, like very noisey un-cooperative neighbours who seem to play their music at every hour and VERY poorly insulated/sound proof buildings. That said I think the best solution to the problem is to remove the social rented sector and make it one market for everyone. Only then would the problems become most apparent.
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