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Bingley Bloke

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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 i
  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
  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 s
  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 not
  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 q
  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 ha
  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 s
  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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