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  1. Looks like the best option is still to just burn the bond on giving notice. Six weeks of empty threats from the LL and LA while you sit out your bond payment rent weeks. Always seems to me much easier than having to go to court. The way I see it if they feel they have a case for minor damage etc.. let them take me to court after I leave. Much better than my having to send legal notices waiting for weeks to get my money back. Of course I never leave a forwarding address and always wait some months before going on the electoral role at my new address makes it more of an effort for them. btw; I've now done this four times over the course of eight years - never had a problem with making up the previous LL reference. It's only been in the last eight months putting aside BTL capital depreciation that it may be cheaper to have an intrest only rather than renting. If I did'nt think this country would fair worse than most in the next six years I would buy and avoid pain that renting in the country is. Regards, kbob
  2. Sad I missed this one; http://www.wharf.co.uk/2008/04/new-tower-t...ime-on-the.html Anyone know what's happening with The Hope and Anchor? Another traditional pub.
  3. Yes, lot's of new flats going up - just in time for the crash. The Foundry, The Landmark, The new Canary riverside and of course Pan Paninsilia with flats so small and expensive they concentrated their efforts selling them to Oriental markets. No one here would buy. And of course that old lead storage area down the bottom near the Foundry and the Ship pub. (lots of lead lost and sunk into the Isle of Dogs soft ground) Now they have got rid of the Gypsy caravans it's got signs up for an exciting new development with a Wagamans haha I do wonder how many of these will even get finished. Does make me laugh when seeing EA's they are always on about the the lack of supply on the island. Regards, kbob
  4. Thought I'd share a funny story about one of the many local EA's on Westferry Road. At the end of my street there's a EA on each corner their sh1ty little cars always doubled parked blocking the street. The other day on my way to work I see a A4 notice in the window advising that they will be shut for the whole next day for "staff training". The next day on my way to work the shutters are 2rd's down office lighting dim all of them gathered around a single monitor pointing at a spreadsheet. On the way in to work today there was no activity. Could be the first on Westferry road to shut up shop? In case anyones wondering this one was Madson Radley. Funny old place the Isle of Dogs lots of EA's all with 400-500k 2 bed flats - A huge company flat market sustained by banking and finance an industry that's not hiring or relocating people anymore. Funny thing I've especialy noticed about E14 EA's is they hugly inflate rental asking prices in the windows 20-30% higher than the acutual figure they will take - I think they do this to justify high buying prices to BTL or owner occupiers who buy thinking that when they change jobs or circumstances they can use it as a rental intestment. I've rented on the island the last 6 years and have always had my offers of around 30% less than asking taken Regards, Kbob
  5. Your a little paranoid! Lets see the EA uses a reference checking agency which may or may not even exist in 1 or 2 years, even if they are still around have they maintained the filing system and document storage of your signed reference information/authorisation form (for a "criminal investigatiion" ) Humm now lets see how a criminal investigation (rape, murder, criminal damage etc... lets not forget how lazy the police are in this country ever had your car broken into?) could come about for something that at most is a five to six month wait for a county court date for non payment of rent. What evidence would they have? Now even if that reference agency that your paid 30-60 pounds to for a reference check had kept the forms how can you prove who really has an anonymous pay as you go mobile sim? Do you think the police are going to spend time requesting phone checks records for a minor civil CCJ hearing? Laurejon you have no idea or legal background? Regards, kbob
  6. I've just been through the same thing. The last two rentals I've been in I've burnt the bond. As far as LL reference checks go. Just provide the reference company with a pay as you go mobile phone number - carry this yourself or give it to a friend to answer. I even give the correct LL name just incase the reference company is checking land registry etc.. As long as your employment and credit history is golden you'll be fine. Regards, kbob
  7. I think the idea is that they have a reference from your last LL and what many people do is instead have one of their friends pretend to be the LL for the previous tenency.
  8. Hello All, As I posted previously " The landlord tried to raise the rent - we refused as there are many more newer flats being built and rented in our area, he then decided to sell and is anxious to do so. First we knew of this when we got a letter from landlord action giving the required two months notice to end our periodic tenency (our tenecy agreement expired over a year ago). We were going to allow access at a reasonable time for us, but this was'nt good enough the EA who telephoned my wife in a most offensive mannor threatening and shouting at her. We found his bullying mannor and tactics most offensive and now are uncomfortable with the EA and especily the army of strangers they intend to show through our life each evening (the EA claimed to have 10 people lined up to come through in one night!) Since then we have been getting the usual EA 'legal' letters comming through all maked "without predijice" and at a charge presumably out of our bond! Imforming us that they are going to take legal action for breach of contract - the TA does include provisions for allowing access for sales viewings. They have even threatened to sue us for possible loss of sale value as they won't be able to sell quickly (perhaps they think the maket is heading south now too). " As it looks like the EA will try and cause problems with the bond I've now given notice and are withholding the last six weeks rent. In fact for previous rental I had I returned the flat cleaner that when I moved in and went out of my way to provide access and it still took six weeks to get my bond back! (another ARLA member too!)- only after I started legal proceeding did I get my bond back. I'm now in the habit of withholding the last six weeks rent. Shame our relationship with this LL had up to the unprofessional conduct of the EA been fine. Again I'll be leaving the flat without any damage. Looking to rent again for another six months to year - untill the HPC. But now have the problem of refencees. My credit score is golden, so any credit agency report will come back OK, it's just this landlord refernence that worries me. I'm going ask a friend to provide this for me but looking into the web sites for the companys that provide these checks one of the assurences they proport to offer the landlord is validation of the landlord reference specificly to avoid friends providing false references. Specifly what I'm wondering is how would these reference checking companies validate that the landlord reference was infact correct? I'd imagine that they could obtain the owners name from the landregistry but this would'nt work in a lot of cases where the property is owned by a company trust etc etc... I think I'll be ok as it's likely to be just a credit report? Any ideas? Regards, kbob
  9. I'm currently getting the same thing. The landlord tried to raise the rent - we refused as there are many more newer flats being built and rented in our area, he then decided to sell and is anxious to do so. First we knew of this when we got a letter from landlord action giving the required two months notice to end our periodic tenency (our tenecy agreement expired over a year ago). We were going to allow access at a reasonable time for us, but this was'nt good enough the EA who telephoned my wife in a most offensive mannor threatening and shouting at her. We found his bullying mannor and tactics most offensive and now are uncomfortable with the EA and especily the army of strangers they intend to show through our life each evening (the EA claimed to have 10 people lined up to come through in one night!) Since then we have been getting the usual EA 'legal' letters comming through all maked "without predijice" and at a charge presumably out of our bond! Imforming us that they are going to take legal action for breach of contract - the TA does include provisions for allowing access for sales viewings. They have even threatened to sue us for possible loss of sale value as they won't be able to sell quickly (perhaps they think the maket is heading south now too). Regards, kbob
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