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dougal

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  1. There is one thing worse than regular inspections by the EA and that is regular inspections by the EA accompanied by the Landlord and her monther. The experience was one of the biggest contributing factors to our decision to throw in the towel and buy a house (overpriced).
  2. http://www.rightmove...l?premiumA=true Staggering price and staggering that the sellers have a toddler!
  3. Thanks for all your replies. In the end, I settled on this:
  4. We moved into our current property less than 6 weeks ago and today I received this rather snotty email from the letting agent: I am totally aware that there are a few weeds appearing and the lawn could do with a trim (its that time of year after all), but I really don't need the letting agent telling me how to organise my time. Nor do I appreciate knowing that the agent (landlord most likely) has been driving past the house having a good nose. As it happens, we HAD set aside some time this weekend to neaten up the garden, so this email really annoyed me! Can anyone help me with a suitable snotty reply? I won't be needing to renew the tenancy at the end of the 6 month period so I really don't mind being aggresive with them.
  5. An update for you all: A couple of weeks ago we recieved the undisputed amount back into our accout and the letting agent agreed to involve the dispute service to resolve the remaining £25. Today we recieved an email: It took them 2 weeks to realise the admin costs were 'high'? More likely they realised they had no evidence to submit or the dispute service told them they had insufficent evidence from the outset. Note there is no apology to us though, they still maintain it was our fault!
  6. Its because its the first time you (or rather your browser) has viewed these houses. They have probably been on rightmove for a while. Your Property Bee app will only update itself when you search rightmove.
  7. Thanks for everyone's responses, much appreciated! An update for you all: I called the agent this morning to find out when I could expect to hear how much of the deposit they were going to withhold. Initially, I spoke to a chap who said he had my file in front of him but was not able to tell me anything. He wanted to take my number and get someone to call me back, so I said I didn't mind holding until the person was available. He said that wasn't possible, so I explained that it had been more than 10 working days since our tenancy ended but we had yet to receive any response on how much of our deposit they intended to keep. I then mentioned going to the dispute service to get a resolution. At this point, he transfered me to someone else (manager I presume) who told me an email had been sent out on Friday (it hadn't) detailing the costing of cleaning the paint (£25). I said we'd be wanting the TDS involved to arbitrate. Told to put that in writing and they will then contact the TDS. When I came off the phone, low and behold the missing email arrived in my inbox! I have replied and confirmed I want the TDS involved and asked when the undisputed amount will arrive in my bank account. I will update this thread as things progress. Will be interesting to see how the TDS resolve this as there is no evidence either way regarding whether the paint was there or not when we moved in. Does anyone know if they are landlord or tenant bias in these cases?
  8. Deposit is registered, but how long should we give the agent to come back with their costings? Can't really go to the dispute service until we know what the agent wants to deduct? TDS site says the following:
  9. We moved out from a rental property on 18th December and the agent has not returned any of our deposit and appear to be fobbing us off. They are saying we left paint in the shower tray and are in the process of costing this up before they return any of our money. We are disputing the paint and have made it clear a number of times that we are more than happy for it to go to arbitration. However, each time we mail them or call them about it we get an email saying the same thing regarding costing the damage up. This has been going on since before xmas! We are starting to feel a bit uneasy and really don't know what to do next? Can anyone advise please? By the way, the paint in question was in the shower tray when we moved in but we did not make a note of it on the inventory as it had no mention of the shower tray at all. We have pointed this out to the agent and informed them that we have not done any painting in the house so can only assume the paint was a by-product of redecoration in the past (it's the same colour as the bathroom ceiling after all). The inventory was very inaccurate in places, describing many items as brand new, getting the colour of items wrong and omitting many major marks/damage to furnishings. I had to update it with one A4 page of notes but we have still been stung!
  10. Roxette: 'Crash, Boom, Bang' and 'Sleeping in my car' Chris De Burgh: 'Lady in (the) red' Kaiser Chiefs: 'I predict a riot' and 'Oh my god I can't believe it'
  11. A friend of mine is on SVR and was complaining the other week that her mortgage goes up £36 a month with each .25% rise. I asked her why she doesn't fix and she said she thought 'interest rates were high at the moment' and 'will come down soon'. In her experience rates go up a bit then go down again - 'thats how it works'. She's in her late 20s. Looked a bit worried though when I mentioned the possibility of 6%....
  12. Right well I will have to get on the phone tomorrow and try my luck. Cheers for that!
  13. Hi everyone, Does anyone know if its possible to approach a bank directly and offer to buy a repossessed house before they try to sell it? Reason I ask is my mum's house has been repossessed and the bank have said they will sell it for £150k despite it being valued last year at aprox £280k. Is there any legal reason why the bank cannot accept an offer without putting the property up for sale/auction first? Also, can someone give me a run down of the the drawbacks (if any?) of buying a repo'd house. Someone told me you can't get a mortgage but surely this isn't true? Thanks
  14. Put a smile on my face today: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-682...pa_n=4&tr_t=buy
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