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  1. This would be easier for them if hotels with short term rooms were widely available. Opportunity or is it illegal to have such an establishment?
  2. I thought the big bucks were from selling off the real estate [stores] and leasing them back. Taking the proceeds as profits paid to non-resident wife to avoid sharing any of the ill gotton gains with the taxpayers who supply everything that makes the whole possible. I'd say that's closer to a del boy scam than financial engineering. Leaving the BHS pensioners totally screwed was just the cherry on the cake.
  3. My feeling about this is very much the same as my feeling about the EU. There should be a loose federation of areas with individuals allowed the freedom to choose which area they live and work with the same rights and obligations as locals if they choose to move. Something like EU freedom of movement then [but with the additional obligation for all federated areas to require 10 years of paying in to social systems before you can take out]. In the EU, only the UK had such decrepid politicians that this obligation needed to be imposed, other EU countries changed their systems to in effect be like that. I would also wish for such a federation of areas to have the ambition to become global. The exact opposite of the EU path of ever closer union and therefore exclusion of the rest of the world. The US with its very constant but fairly loose constitutional rules and very local ability to elect officials and require laws to be created gets a lot of things right. Why not have a world with a single overriding framework of general principles and diverse areas-countries-states each of which imposes it's own extra obligations and rights with individuals allowed to choose under what system they want to live their days. If such a falling apart of the US were to happen, the second map raises the question what size of area [km2 or population or another criteria] should be allowed to split off and go it alone.
  4. The only effect of Mayfair and Knightsbridge on the rest of the London market is a reduction of supply at the top end IMO. Of course that supply constriction also ripples out/down a bit but I don't think it makes any difference whether 500m2 Mayfair terraces sell for 30 million or 300 trillion, they are just removed from the normal market in either case and demand for 250m2 terraces in fairly central places for around 2-4m[+] is increased a bit as those Mayfair houses are just not part of that market any more.
  5. I don't find that footage shocking at all. It's not much different to how those streets and the tube middle of a weekday were even only 10 to 15 years ago. Of course most in their 20's will never have seen that. No it's not absolutely rammed like it would have been last year. Is that a bad thing? Of course resetting the finances of tfl and in particular the tube to 10 years ago will be tough. I don't understand why the tories did not force Sadiq to reduce train driver costs [automation or salary cuts] as the condition of their bailout rather than increasing congestion charge hours/price. [Not sure if that is the/a primary problem with their costs though, I know the media always tell us of the rather modest pay of bus drivers and big salaries by contrast of tube workers] If ever there was an opportunity to allow the tube staff to strike for a while if they want to block progress whilst you insist on reform, it's now.
  6. The basic qualification for getting on the selection list is that they have a file of dirt on you. Misuse of a pigs head or something [although since the dirt needs to stay secret to function effectively and that bit isn't, I assume there's worse in that case]. All discussion of which competent and highly paid people would have a go is sort of irrelevant when you only get in in practice if you're on one of their selection lists.
  7. I'd like to help. .... I'll give 100k to the London flat owners for their flat and they can pay the 200k correct price for the Bedford house. Everyone happy. Ooops is that a scream of objection coming from BEDFORD. Now who was this thread dissing again? Perhaps it should be titled the Bedford seller?
  8. Maybe the rental contracts will forbid deliveries from the plebs supermarkets. The benefit is knowing you are only living next door to other waitrose customers. 🤣
  9. Is it more likely that 1. a lot of infected were not noticed / counted because they had no symptoms / no test or 2. that a lot of the dead were not noticed. ... because their bodies went where ? How you can justify your statement? Working back on the assumpotion that 0.13% of infected persons die, that means 40k uk deaths = 30M infections. If half the UK pop have had it then we may be closer to the end than we think. Problem [for me] with that argument is that I don't believe 40k in the UK had a primary cause of death of cv19. Second problem is the virus is very likely to mutate. Just like most cold/flu do. Just need the media to report the mutation as cold/flu-like rather than ebola/plague-like. Seems to me we can get back to normal and that it's likely to happen next year since the bedwetters can all have something we'll call a vaccine if they want and thereby feel better about moving on. Frankly I couldn't care less what's in the vaccine providing it shuts them up. As long as the vaccine is not mandatory, no problem for me. Would sort of prefer it doesn't kill them. My choice for vaccine ingredient is saline. Would achieve the aim.
  10. How about a big fat 143k crystalised loss in 3 years. 'Only' 15%. https://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/detailMatching.html?prop=60632402&sale=11428525&country=england Curiously that house has a history. It also lost the lucky owner 40k [25%] in 5 years to '04. But then sold only 2 years after for over 3x .. 200% more.
  11. Suggest you make sure the ftb is contacted. If you have their no or email diy. Logical to assume agent will make that 2 mins of effort. IME they will assume the ftb will see it on rm. if the price is unchanged, it won.t be mailshotted so quite likely the ftb wouln.t notice. reducing price by 1k will get it sent to anyone with an alert set up too. ea.s are often useless.
  12. Has anyone suggested that evictions should be allowed for non payment only? After all the systems are all there to provide money for those who cant pay but the usual suspects choose to spend that money elsewhere. Talking to someone yesterday who bought a rural complex with several dwellings in jan and due to events lives there alone. 10+ beds. original hospitality business plans on hold, rent into local market would be easy but who wants to risk a new tenant who just pays the max 2 months that can be asked upfront and then says f you, not paying? any action requires a cash investment. he has plenty in the bank , no debt or even mortgage so no pressure. why would he invest and choose to risk a tenant? can see his point and that situation is hardly good for local tenants either.
  13. Have they also halted bailiff / high court enforcement of CCJs or not? Of course the LL is more interested in getting possession and a new paying tenant but if they're allowed to chase the debt it at least puts some pressure on the non-paying. It also helps other LLs avoid taking them on once they are booted out and gives some advantage to those who choose to carry on paying [not usually something the average LL can be bothered with, not much solidarity]. Bizarre world where you can carry on taking the house and not pay putting you at a huge financial advantage to those who do pay.
  14. I'd say it's the system that's dumb to encourage such behaviour not the individual who makes informed choices according to how the system is. IF [I haven't checked] the choice is as I described, I'd say the smart move is to take the tory's money [clothes pegs are cheap if you can't stand the smell]. The alternative is they take all your yours. It sucks but you can only play the game that exists.
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