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  1. . To be fair, they are very old ones that are probably not economically viable to do up in preparation for an incoming tenant.

    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. Whether it's a good thing depends on the quality of the apprenticeships.

    There are rather a lot of retail and care work apprenticeships, for instance.

    Ideal for the employer - doesn't even have to pay NMW.

    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. including check-out fees (e.g. forced to use contract cleaners approved by the agent)

    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.

  4. No you won't. Just go periodic tenancy. I don't understand people (not a dig at this poster) who thinks long letting terms are any more 'secure' or are 'better' than getting six months and then going periodic. Unlikely a landlord will want you out if you're a solid tenant and they give you much more freedom.

    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?

  5. 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.

  6. The only areas I'd lobby to have regulated would be up-front and ongoing fees by LAs and that there be a rental specific dispute resolution system similar to the tribunals.

    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.

  7. Hi,

    I just wondered if anyone could give me some general advice about buying property in Scandinavia. I've been to Denmark and I like the way their society seems to function. I'm single, 33, am a postgrad, have no kids and need a fresh start in life.

    I only have 6k in savings, however I should be able to save up around 15-20k within the next couple of years and am going to try and learn Norwegian and Danish during this period.

    Is there anywhere in Scandinavia that's particularly cheap propertywise or is reasonably affordable and easy to find work? I understand the cost of living is quite high in these countries and that people with foreign surnames can be discriminated against in the jobs market. I think though I could make a good go of it. I like the idea of properly funded public services and want to contribute as much as I can back to society.

  8. I'm sure we can all agree that it can't go on like this, something has to give. I imagine that something will be external, either EU turmoil or problems in the US. Speaking of which, how much of our 'growth' has been fueled by the artificial growth in the US economy? What happens if the republicans get in, in 2016? Lots of ifs and buts, I suppose.

    Yet they are still going up. I live in Hampshire and the only new developments are advertised with prices starting from £250,000-300,000 and call now for help to buy or some variation all over them.

    The tories are scum for actually going out of their way to pump a bubble on top of another bubble.

    Hampshire has always been overpriced. I heard talk that those developers offering newbuilds had got rid of some of their promotions and replaced them and used the Help to Buy scheme to effectively subsidise the new ones.

  9. I hope I don't come across as an **** and greedy for wanting to enforce this.

    The thing is, I was forced to move from that property and had I known at the time the notice was invalid, I'd probably have stayed and saved myself a lot of agro.

    The letting agency needs to be taken to task, I had already had suspicians that the notice was invalid, on the basis that it wasn't a proper section 21 notice to quit that was served but rather just a request to leave followed up with verbal threats of illegal eviction.

    When challenged that they didn't issue a correct section 21, they then tried to backdate the notice period. Sadly I don't think a magistrate will care about any of this but I'd like to include the invalid notice as evidence of their incompetence. Is it likely the whole thing will get struck out if I muddy the waters like this?

  10. Asking on behalf of a relative ( a student)

    A group of four students had viewed and like a place through an agent. The landlord agreed to let it to them. They all signed the contract and paid the holding fee (£400 each) and even an agent's admin fee (£60 each). Since then, the landlord has told the agent that he has decided to re-let to the existing tenants and to cut out the agent. They don't think there will be any problem getting their money back, it is just that the supply of suitable alternatives is going to be diminishing.

    Presumably the agent would have had a contract with the landlord giving the agent the right to let on the LL's behalf. The contract signed by the students does state that payment of the fees would secure the property and it would be taken off the market - but if the LL decides to keep it `on the market' without the agent's involvement I assume it invalidates that clause. I suggested they go into the agents and ask to see the most recent copy of the contract - in case the LL had actually signed it.

    There is probably no way back for them to get this property now, but any advice on the legal situation, the questions to ask of the agent (probably blameless in this) and the LL in order to bite back would be greatly appreciated.

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    I agree with the poster above, the landlord has signed an AST and doesn't have a leg to stand on. He must honour the contract. Has he protected the deposit?

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