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kunekune

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  1. That kind of tenancy would make a huge difference to many tenants: as a parent of school-age children, I'm no longer in a position to move at will, at any time of year, just because the tenancy has finished and the LL wants to sell/change tenants. BUT ... there is another massive stumbling block that others haven't mentioned. Suppose the LL has a mortgage on the property, a proper BTL mortgage. The bank is not going to permit a longer tenancy because it means that if LL stops paying, they are still bound by the tenancy and can't repossess the house. I'm surprised even 12 months is possible.
  2. Our landlord is a sell and let, though I don't think it is because they couldn't sell. They had an offer 18 months ago, but pulled out because THEY couldn't find anywhere to buy, and then when they did, they decided to hang on to it. However, he isn't an idiot. He is on a fixed rate until next September and we know that it is likely that he will decide to sell then, because as he puts it, the higher rate he's likely to have to pay isn't going to be covered by a sensible rent. We are renegotiating the tenancy for the second year and asked for a rolling contract rather than AST, but we're going
  3. Given the time of year, I assume that you are either a graduate student writing a thesis of some kind or an undergraduate preparing for re-sits. What I suggest you do is write a fairly formal-sounding letter, explaining that you have found it difficult to work at home with all the noise, let alone the disruption of the builder falling through the ceiling. Indeed, this may have led to some anxiety about a repeat incident, with resulting loss of sleep (hint hint) ... I don't think you can really say you have 'lost' anything through not working as it is impossible to quantify what you might have
  4. I take it that your flat is owned by the same company as the one that is being refurbished and that the work is being carried out during the daytime. Does your LL know that you work from home? Does the lease permit the property to be used as 'commercial premises'? It is a standard term in AST that you are not allowed to do this. You are probably ok if you are an employee with an office space somewhere but you 'relocate' your desk to your home from time to time, but if you are running a business or are employed as 'home-based' I would recommend extreme caution. A precondition of any compensati
  5. Exactly! I was assuming there was something, but I didn't look in the standard contact to see there was something in it. If there is nothing, then stuff 'em. If there is something, the correspondence has to be for legitimate purposes. They cannot make any charge, unless it is in the contract.
  6. 1. The rules about "without prejudice" apply to negotiations; the idea is that by making a suggestion (eg, that in exchange for you paying less rent you will allow people to view the property at any time) they are not binding themselves for the future. Courts will not take regard of the term if the correspondence was not part of an attempt at settlement ... and if it was, but the term was not used, it could still be treated as being without prejudice. 2. If the agent tries to charge you for writing the letters and then refuses to produce them when you challenge their right to charge you, then
  7. Thing is, it isn't only about money. I have seen the calculations that show that rental can be cheaper even in the long term. But moving every year or even having to wait to see whether you have to move once a year is very stressful. It's fine if you are a young couple without children - ie like the OP - but once you have other responsibilities things change. Babies are not much liked by landlords. They poo and sick up on the carpet. As they get bigger you worry about whether they're going to scribble on the walls. If you're unlucky like me, you have an 8 year old who still has poo accidents (
  8. Am I right in thinking that this will make it difficult for anyone to fudge the length of time a house has been on the market?
  9. What a load of cobblers. I guess the author wants to find someone, preferably the government, to blame for the expected HPC. But they need to work on their construction of a logical argument. HIPS cost £300-500 ... That's a drop in the ocean for most people. A two-week delay? In this market, even a quick sale isn't that quick, and the time spent getting the searches will then come off the time it takes the buyer's solicitor to do their stuff anyway. And how did the author get from the cost of HIPS to it not being worth moving because it costs £5000? Yes, it is expensive to move but not because
  10. It seems to be completely random how many 'bedrooms' a house has anyway. Lots of bungalows are advertised as 'three beds' when the third bedroom is really the dining room. And a lot of bedrooms are so small you can hardly fit a bed into them, I've seen lots that are only 6 x 7 ft. Surely it would be more honest to call it a study rather than a bedroom?
  11. Watched it. Terrifying. Just two words: Clay Cross.... (was that a planning thing? I could be proved wrong)
  12. It isn't so much a question of whether you HAVE to enforce the contract yourselves as that you cannot because you are not privy to the contract. There is a fairly straightforward explanation of privity on wikipedia (I don't usually recommend wikipedia as a source of legal advice but this looks about right and it explains it quite well): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privity_of_contract Note, however, that this does not mean there is nothing you can do. For example, the person who caused the damage was presumably negligent. If they owed you, as the resident, a duty of care (and I cannot imag
  13. Where we are now is nice, we are beside a ginnel, and it is a little noisy at night and local youths like to sit on the steps on the outside of our fence to smoke, drink, etc. A letting agency has just advertised a lovely cottage up the road - opposite farmland, lots of character, more garden than we have at the moment. It is a bit more expensive but still well within what we can pay and still be saving. Since we're renting for at least another year, the environment is important. I'm waiting for the call-back with an appointment to view, but what is a little odd (to me) is that the current ten
  14. Bingley, West Yorks: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-861...=4&tr_t=buy http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-834...=5&tr_t=buy http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-698...=7&tr_t=buy
  15. I am with you on the cracking. This place was quiet when we moved in and now the house next to us has been sold to a BTL landlady (four properties in a row of eight) and let to a group of 21 year olds ... The time their bin was left in our place by accident was nasty - maggots!!!!!!!! A year into renting and my portfolio of possibles is now indexed and I'm about to start 'grading' the properties in it! Fortunately for more bear-ish DH, none of the ones that are easily affordable (don't want 'affordable if we cut back' or 'affordable so long as nothing goes wrong') meet my long list of criteri
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