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  1. It's interesting how modernisation has changed some of the back to backs. Many have gone up into the roof space to add an extra room. At the bottom end of Kelsall Road, they demolished the houses at the back of a row but not at the front so you've got some back to backs with just a blank wall at the back of them. I wonder if you could get permission to add a window or two to the back of one of those houses. That would make it a lot nicer to live in.
  2. Watching this latest development with interest. Will be happy to contribute to a "fighting fund" if needed.
  3. It's a tricky one, especially if you are talking about a back to back terrace. Your front door and downstairs window are going to be the only way out if there's a fire. The idea of blocking these with metal bars gives me the shits, but plenty of houses in Burley have them. My approach would be to make the house look cared-for and lived-in. Net curtains, fresh paint on the ledges. Make sure downstairs door and window are sturdy. Maybe an alarm or CCTV you can monitor from your phone? Burley only looks cheap compared to the ridiculous prices in other areas. Student houses
  4. ...and then agrees to be a poster child for thick spivs: Fraudsters exploited my angry tweet A bank customer was tricked into transferring money by fraudsters who pretended to be responding to his angry Twitter post about poor service. Writer Mike Tinmouth was furious with the process and time taken to open a business account with Barclays. He expressed his frustration in a public tweet - which was seized on by fraudsters who posed as the bank in an attempt to trick him out of £8,000. Fraud experts say con-artists are becoming skilled at impersonation.
  5. Welcome. Try not to sweat it too much. The CCJ should disappear by itself soon although I don't claim to be an expert in how the credit ratings agencies operate. Good luck with the project if you decide to take it on.
  6. Meanwhile, elswhere on the Twitters: Oh noes! Benefit-leeching people-farmer's having a bit of a bad time!
  7. When you say "car parking space", do you mean the bit of the public road outside their house? If so, no. They don't own it. If threatened with legal action in a situation where you know you are in the right, a good response ends with the line "I leave you to take whatever action you deem necessary".
  8. Welcome, stop_the_craziness and don't mind the language. The forum software automatically saves our blushes for the really naughty words.
  9. The landlord is handing over possession of the property in exchange for rent. As a tenant, you have a right to quiet enjoyment of the property to the exclusion of all others. This includes the landlord, agent, gardener etc. Access to the property is by prior arrangement with you only, except in an emergency. From your description, it seems that the agent is in the wrong here. Take legal advice if they do not reconsider. The landlord must provide you with an address at which documents can be served. That address can be the letting agent's office. It does not need to be the landlord's residen
  10. wee's reviews of Volume 1 and Volume 2 were posted on the same day. The review of Volume 1 says that her niece is looking forward to Volume 2. Then the review of Volume 2 says that her niece enjoyed it. I am (fortunately) not familiar with the subject and therefore have no idea whether it would be possible to do all of this in a day. It just adds to the smell of fish.
  11. Democracy sounds nice. I look forward to trying it out.
  12. If it's a 2 year AST then they can't put you on periodic for 2 years. As another poster suggests, check for break clauses. It's a fairly minor mistake as to the amount that should be paid made by a "professional" letting agent who should know better. It doesn't seem to me like the sort of mistake that could render a contract void, but it's a long time since I looked at contract law.
  13. I don't think he was taking a pop at you. More the VI article and its "oh no when a landlord sells a property it disappears" fallacy.
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