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  1. Yep - LTR and I I think are local to one another. It's a lovely city and generally surrounded by some good countryside, a good mix of housing and decent places to live! The city centre itself is massively overheated IMHO and is quite well propped by the student rental market too. Lots of dedicated student accommodation is popping up though so there's plenty of things to mull over and observe. I think the examples I've posted sum up how many people are kite flying with sky high asking prices but who are perhaps people who may actually need to sell??? A large number of these kite flying listings do tend to just disappear from RM. B
  2. It's the monthly 25k slashing bonanza.... https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-75747320.html?premiumA=true Come Feb they'll be at the £355k they paid for it three years ago. It's quite warming to see that a person's dream of making 50k a year for nothing has been shattered. B
  3. Quite... this is quite close to me. Road is a main route into Canterbury. And yes, the pub opposite is due to be developed any day I believe. Lovely old building though, and Littlebourne is a desirable village as it;s well served by bus stops, shops, pubs etc. I've been watching this listing for a while. I personally wouldn't touch a listed building though - you're buying a whole load of liability.
  4. Huzzah.... Not posted for a while but this is a gem: https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-73219916.html Paid £362,500 in 2007. https://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/detailMatching.html?prop=54418860&sale=36088197&country=england
  5. Yep - 2020 I believe for any existing tenancies. Which is outrageous. On the plus side, you would have a bit of leverage asking your landlord to have something done. As they would have to undertake upgrades and improvements should you quit the tenancy.
  6. This is a difficult topic. Alternative living styles are great, and I enjoy reading how people are making different ideas work for themselves. However, choosing to live in a container /old bus/ micro apartment is a personal choice. It is most definitely not a solution the housing crisis. It's a result of it. My fear is that raising these ideas will promote developer led alternatives that will become the new normal and will no longer cost the suggested 10k! Remove the props that encourage property to be seen as an investment, and cut cheap lending and these articles will not exist.
  7. Hideous. There are national space standards, but it seems they are avoidable. Which as an architect, makes my blood boil. I see no indication of floor area but I suspect this would make a comfortable 2 bed four person house. It's often considered that open plan (combined cooking, eating and living) is unacceptable for 3 or more bedrooms (I.e. A typical family). And of course, who doesn't like a fake chimney? I was expecting a focal wood burner /stove breaking up that open plan space...
  8. Gradually realising the error of their ways down here in Kent....? It's only taken 4 years! http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-40104523.html
  9. WICAO - late I know but thanks for the help! Since the last posts I have moved on from my previous job with a view to setting up my own company. FWIW my previous employer shrunk inside themselves when I asked about the potential for salary sacrifice, and the pension advice avoided my questioning of further charges and costs. This was in front of the rest of the office. I feel much happier with it in my own hands!
  10. Great find! As an Architect I'd certainly hope it wasn't any of us that drew it! My experiencing of working indirectly (others in the office) with large house builders leads me to think that there is not a lot we can do about it. Our ideas are squashed/crushed and any implementation of key proportions and details that lift quality and appearance is typically questioned against cost. As noted above - a couple of courses above a window opening, across 100 houses - that saving will feed into someone's bonus pot. Working with more independent developers you do experience more concern towards how they value their buildings and the product they are selling. I'm not sure what the answer is, local authority involvement seems higher than ever yet buildings that we see above are permissible. It's another side affect of dwellings being seen as pure profit machines. The population also seem to be very complacent in what is acceptable in terms of housing stock too. As in, it is what it is. Yet cars, interior fittings are judged entirely different. B
  11. Sounds like a recipe for a great big rant!! :/ On a more positive note - The student let I mentioned previous has had another 5k taken off. We're 5k away from Nov 16 purchase price, and 25k from Apr 10 price. http://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/detailMatching.html?prop=43075362&sale=88955739&country=england
  12. An example: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-46974072.html Bought for £230k last November and attracting no attention at £240k for the last 6 weeks....
  13. Another Canterbury based fellow here too. I have noticed an influx of rentals coming to the market and am very interested to see how this plays out. Especially considering the amount of rentals, many of them student lets. Add to this the influx of 'student hall' type dedicated accommodation coming forward too.
  14. Thanks for the comments and advice all. Repairs were made today after a week without hot water. I'm going to formally note how we were unhappy with how the situation was dealt with and keep it up our sleeve should further disputes arise. B
  15. https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/projects/battersea-rethinks-affordable-homes-in-1bn-phase-three/10019294.article http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/04/24/battersea-power-station-delays-building-affordable-homes-due/
  16. That was my first thought however it seems unless you follow a specific route, I.e, getting a number of quotes, a series of letters (Shelter guidance) you open yourself up to potential problems.
  17. Evening all, I've been without hot water and heating for a week now. Fault reported to agent and a plumber out at the weekend to confirm faulty gubbins board or something. Meanwhile, the landlord seems to not be agreeing to fix it, or is taking his time. I seem to be stuck with the agent's word and no other contact point to push. Is there any leverage I can legally use to move it along a bit? Threat of report to council environmental health? Claim for compensation? Sit in the agents office in my un-showered smelly state?
  18. No. 21 by the looks of it. For £1.875m Sept 2016!! (Next door (no.22) is the property referred to in the Allsop listing that appears to be identical. Blimey. One to watch.
  19. And don't forget the additional 5,000 homes that are on their way... http://www.kslaw.co.uk/site/library/kslaw_legal_news/development-in-ashford-kent
  20. In the majority of scenarios it is also permitted development. The conversions are usually a bit silly though. For instance columns placed a meter from the external wall in the middle of the living space... This is just down the road from me: http://quinn-estates.com/residential-properties/the-beer-cart-building And amusingly there was this press piece on the penthouse apartments: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/take-a-look-around-citys-43733/ I remember at the time explaining at the time 'who says it's a million pounds?????' Funnily enough, if one takes a look on land registry: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/detail.html?country=england&locationIdentifier=POSTCODE^188450&searchLocation=CT1+2NY&referrer=landingPage&addGoogleTagManager=true I tend to agree with the above though - it makes sense to do it and if it reduces pressure on rentals and sales in my local area, great!
  21. This is my experience. Close friends of mine - 200k borrowed over 35 (!!!!!!!) years at what must be 3.5 to 4 times joint salary. I can't see where they go from here. They are mortaged until retirement age, and dependent on both salaries. The house purchased was a basic 2 bed 60's type building and they even managed to SMASH the street price ceiling by 20%. Bonkers. I'm not sure how it is possible to see value in it.
  22. This may be of interest to some: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/590463/Fixing_our_broken_housing_market_-_accessible_version.pdf I've only skimmed it so far but it includes facts regarding houses earning more than their owners etc etc. I think the conclusion reached (build more houses) is incorrect and they've overlooked the real symptoms that have caused that kind of increase. All of which is covered on here in great detail!!
  23. I don't think you're reading this correctly. The optional applies to this group of technical standards covering water, access, space. I believe this are optional because a local authority may pick and choose levels of access requirements for example (i.e. full wheelchair accessible, or future adaptable - variation/different parts of Approved Document M). The space standards you have mentioned above are a must now. I.e. every planning permission will have it written in the conditions. Having said all that - they are still quite laughable. Some local authorities are writing their own which is good to see (i.e. Ashford have their own which have a 5% increase).
  24. Likewise hamish - our practice (architecture) were actually 'let go' by them because we challenged their principals. A blessing if you ask me. Luckily I wasn't directly involved.
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