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  1. Hmmm... wonder if the LL reads HPC? I just checked my online banking and the deposit has been paid back!
  2. Thanks gadget - This concurs with my suggestion, in my original post, that a tenant can't claim if the they have left the property before the court date. I did find something about this on the Shelter website but it was so well hidden that I couldn't find it a second time and I wondered if this limitation was now defunct as kaladorm's thread appeared to be recent enough as to suggest that you could still enforce TDP rules after leaving a property. My main objective here is to ascertain the easiest way of ensuring that I get my deposit back. As I said, I wouldn't want to fleece the guy even if I could as he knows where I live and I have suspicions that either he, or one of his 'friends', may pay us a quiet overnight visit if I were to upset him. We weren't expecting the work to take quite the form that it did. He led us to believe that the window ledges were going to be sanded-down a bit and then repainted! Thanks for the link BTW.
  3. I just read it. What a story! Personally I just want my deposit back – I don’t want things to get dirty as the guy knows our new address and has some pretty grubby looking associates so I don’t fancy waking up one morning to find our driveway containing two cars with slashed tyres. Do you have an official reference to that? All of the TDP scheme sites as well as Shelter and Directgov all still state that the 3 x deposit compensation applies. Surely they’d have changed the wording on their websites if the rules had changed? As an aside, does anyone know where I can find it in writing how long landlords have to return deposits? It’s not very clear. The TDP sites vaguely mention that it should be returned within ten days, but it’s in among a lot of other text. I could do with a clear statement that I can reference in my next communication to the landlord.
  4. In February my partner and I rented a house directly from the landlord, i.e., not through an agent. When we viewed the property about a month before we moved in we noted the following problems… Front door jamming against frame Yale lock mechanism on front door stiff Toilet seat broken We were also informed by the landlord that the boiler was faulty but were assured that this and the other issues would be resolved before we moved in. He also pointed out that the microwave oven needed some folded cardboard to be jammed into the crack around the door as the catch was broken so it wouldn’t stay closed otherwise. When we moved in none of the issues had been resolved and we also discovered that there was no TV aerial. The microwave wouldn’t work at all as the absence of a functional closing mechanism for the door meant that the appliance didn’t register that the door was closed and as such wouldn’t work. After repeatedly pestering the landlord he finally took the microwave away so one of his mates at work could “have a look at it” and supplied a new toilet seat which I had to fit myself. We decided to provide our own microwave, realising, as the nature of his character became increasingly apparent, that we were unlikely to see the microwave belonging to the property ever again. The issues with the front door remained unresolved and the boiler took a total of six weeks from when we moved in to be fixed. During the time that the boiler was malfunctioning we had to run an excessive amount of water as we repeatedly had to step in and out of the shower while the temperature fluctuated between hot and cold. Similarly, when washing up, we had to keep moving the tap so that water was only pouring into the bowl during the warm phase of the temperature fluctuation cycle. Yorkshire Water then hit us with a bill for arrears of £86 which they told us was down to “above average water usage” and that they would recoup this by increasing our monthly water payment to more than double the original amount. We also ended up buying our own TV aerial as it was clear that the landlord wasn’t going to provide one. In July the Yale lock on the front door became so stiff that we started to worry that we might not be able to get into the house if we continued to use it, so we left it in the ‘unlocked’ configuration, potentially invalidating our household contents insurance. We informed the landlord and he told us he’d “have a look” when he “had time”. It was never attended to. In September my partner lost her job so we gave notice to leave as we couldn’t afford to stay there on my wage alone. In one final insult, the landlord decided to have the window frames stripped and repainted – not during the two weeks between us leaving and the new tenant moving in – but over the weekend before we were due to move out. He sent another of his ‘friends’ round to do the work, opening the windows in the process and poisoning us with fumes from the burning-off of the paint with a blow torch and using electricity that we were paying for to power a sander. My partner had an asthma attack and I ended up with a throat so sore that I couldn’t speak for three days. On 31 October we left the property having observed the correct notice period, leaving the property immaculately clean with all fixtures and fittings present and correct and nothing damaged. We met the landlord on the evening of 1 November to hand the keys over and he told us that he’d “have a look in daylight” and would get the deposit back to us if there were no problems. At this point I started to investigate online to see how long, by law, a landlord has to return a deposit, having been prompted by a chance encounter with the previous tenant who told us it had taken eight weeks to get his deposit back. Having rented previously through a competent and reputable agent who were a pleasure to deal with I was aware that Tenancy Deposit Protection schemes exist, but had forgotten that the tenant should receive notice, within 14 days of commencement of an AST, as to which of the three available TDP schemes was being used by the landlord. At this point we realised that the landlord had never protected our deposit. Although landlords who fail to protect deposits can be ordered by the county court to repay it, along with a further sum equal to three times the deposit, it also transpires that this rule can only be enforced if the tenant is still a resident of the property by the time the court date is reached, so that’s no use to us as we vacated the property on 31 October. So, where are we at? Ten days after the tenancy ceased we still don’t have our deposit back, even though ten days is, as far as we can tell, the limit. The landlord never protected the deposit and rules which we could use to scare him into returning it seem to be toothless as they don’t appear to apply after you’ve left the property. I plan to e-mail him later today to remind him that it needs repaying, but knowing what he’s like I predict that he’ll say he hasn’t had time to inspect the property yet, hence the delay. Obviously his failure to do this within the relevant time frame is no concern of ours, is it? Finally, we left the property in immaculate condition, but if he does try to withhold the deposit, or a part of it, but the new tenants have moved in, then surely such a claim on his part is void as we could argue that he can’t prove that the new tenant isn’t responsible for whatever spurious problem he’s relying on as his excuse for withholding our deposit. Any advice?
  5. As predicted... http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/9110380.Property_values_at_luxury_Bradford_apartments__have_halved_/?ref=mc The developers of this place should have been aware of two things: 1: What a dump the area is 2: How pitifully low wages are across Bradford - even if it were a nice area people can only afford to pay what their wages will stretch to
  6. Moved to a rented house recently on a private letting basis... 12 Feb - got keys. Landlord said that the boiler was not holding pressure and someone would be "round on Wednesday". Wednesday came and went. Nothing. 20 Feb - Actually started living in house and noticed that temperature of shower was constantly fluctuating between hot and cold when in use. Contacted landlord. "Someone will be round on Thursday or Friday". Thursday and Friday came and went. Nothing. 28 Feb - Landlord turns up with Plumber who replaces a part on boiler (while we are at work and without giving the 24 hours notice that we are allowed if someone wishes to enter the property in our absence). Boiler now holding pressure but temperature of water through shower is still fluctuating as it was originally. OH is now experiencing a skin irritation as a result of exposure to rapid temperature changes. Landlord contacted via e-mail and asked to arrange for the problem to be rectified immediately. 1 Mar - Landlord replies and says he'll "arrange for it to be sorted asap" 5 Mar - Still waiting. How long does this have to go on before we can refer it to a higher authority, and what higher authority is there for us to refer it to?
  7. No benefit, as such, I just wouldn't want to find myself in trouble for not telling them if they found out. It'll be pretty obvious, when they do one of their mandatory inspections, that she's there because her stuff will be around the place, so I'd prefer to tell them rather than end up in some kind of trouble. Also, I'll need to cancel my single-occupancy discount on the council tax and I wondered if the letting agent could become aware that I was no longer claiming it, or don't they know that kind of thing?
  8. I started renting a property in April 2009. Initially it had a six month AST which then went onto a rolling monthly contract from that point onward. In March 2010 I started a relationship and my girlfriend would now like to move in with me. If I inform the letting agency that I will no longer be the sole occupier, will they insist on charging my girlfriend for a credit check or any other things? Will they also want us to sign a new six month AST? What are the implications?
  9. Judging by the amount of property sitting empty in my area I'd say there there's more than enough, physicaly, to cater for significant population growth. And even if there was a shortage of housing, the houses that existed would have to be priced in line with the means of those who wanted to live in them. Saying the population growth would push prices up is tantamount to saying that McDonalds can charge £100 for a cheeseburger because there's a big queue. No. They can only charge what the people in the queue can afford to pay, however long the queue may be.
  10. Up until recently I was well and truly priced out of the market due to high prices. Recently, however, I have watched as more and more properties have entered my price range. There's a problem though. Because high LTVs have been abandoned by lenders I would need a much bigger deposit than was previously the case - in my case four to five times what I have been able to save up - And for that reason find myself still unable to buy a home. If I borrowed 95% of the value of one house I've seen which I like I could easily afford the repayments, but I can't find anyone who'll lend 95%. This is all quite ironic considering that when prices were sky-high the risk to lenders was even greater than it is now, yet they were happy to lend up to 125%! Now they're less exposed they're asking for deposits of at least 25%!! So... Where does that leave the price situation? Will prices fall well below expectations because such large deposits are now being demanded by lenders - deposits which, due to the high cost of living in the UK, buyers haven't been able to save up, thus preventing people from buying houses that, at face value, look fairly reasonably priced?
  11. Just reviewed prices in my immediate area and the falls are getting quite significant now. There’s loads of places on the market for under £100k (this time last year I think there was one)… quite a few that I can comfortably afford. Looking at the bigger picture and taking into account where I feel prices should be to be correctly aligned with wages I still think there’s scope for significant further falls, so I’m going to hang on. Having made some exploratory enquiries with lenders I’m quite surprised by the amount that I’m still able to borrow. One lender offered me so much that I’d only have £100/month left after my mortgage repayment! I’d like to know how they think £100/month would cover food, energy, water rates, council tax and transportation!! I should have asked them!!!
  12. Possibly been posted here already, but anyway... http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society...e-200811121391/
  13. Whatever is done it would need to be affordable as she is on very low pay and I won’t be living there in the future, so I can’t go investing money in it. The house is hers, I have no financial interest in it whatsoever, so I can’t go pumping large quantities of my own cash into it. We have noticed in the past that if the air grates became overgrown with plants that damp quickly started to appear, so maybe we should look at having more air grates installed. We work hard to keep the existing ones clear, but maybe we need more. As an aside, does anyone know if it’s cheaper to use the heating sparingly or to leave it on permanently so that the house gets up to temperature and only needs additional heat intermittently to maintain the temperature? When I get home from work it’s usually 13 degrees in the house and takes roughly four hours to reach about 17 degrees. Obviously this is a lot of gas for a result that is still pretty poor. Maybe if we just left it on permanently, after the initial warm-up it might need less energy to keep it warm rather than turning the heating off and letting it cool down and then having to heat the place up again next time. I maybe need to conduct some experiments with both methods and take meter readings.
  14. I don’t think it could be just filled in. There’s pipework and cabling under there and workmen have, in the past, gone under the floor to access these things, so that would all have the be re-routed I would imagine. Are you meaning filling it with concrete or maybe pumping it full of the type of stuff that’s used for cavity wall insulation… or something else?
  15. Wooden floorboards with two-three foot deep foundations underneath. House is carpeted throughout.
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