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james eustace

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  1. Hi, I have a tenant since June 2018 and the current EPC, which was rated B, expired February 2019. Is it a legal requirement to have an up-to-date EPC and get a new one now even though it's the same tenant, or is this something to be done if and when a tenant new moves in? If not, will this be a legal requirement any time soon (ie new legislation coming into force)? I think I read somewhere new rules were coming into effect from January next year? Thanks in advance!
  2. My student tenants have vacated 3 months before the end of their tenancy. The property has been left in need of cleaning and redecoration, which would be claimable from their deposit. As the tenancy is still running, I haven't yet done a check out report to validate a deposit claim. However, I also cannot conduct viewings for future prospective tenants due to the condition of the property. The property needs to be redecorated and cleaned professionally before anyone will sign up. The concern is that if the redecorating and cleaning are started before the tenancy ends, then this will f
  3. My student tenants have vacated 3 months before the end of their tenancy. The property has been left in need of cleaning and redecoration, which would be claimable from their deposit. As the tenancy is still running, I haven't yet done a check out report to validate a deposit claim. However, I also cannot conduct viewings for future prospective tenants due to the condition of the property. The property needs to be redecorated and cleaned professionally before anyone will sign up. The concern is that if the redecorating and cleaning are started before the tenancy ends, then this will f
  4. We're 11wks into buying a leasehold property and issues with the management company are holding things up. The company has stated, amongst other things, that the property is not to be used as a holiday let. However, there is no mention of this in the lease and it appears to be solely company policy. Holiday lets are something we had considered to use the property for and so have hit a bit of a brick wall. What is the legal standpoint here? Can the company really enforce things that have no mention in the lease? For a further example, they also have a no pets rule! What would
  5. Does anyone know much about this and how it works? How many properties need to be purchased to qualify, and how are the purchases linked? Is it relevant in light of the new budget and upcoming tax year?
  6. Thanks for the compliments! We love the flat and the area and have always had positive comments about how it looks from friends and colleagues. I think Zoopla would provide extra exposure but we're happy with the agent in all other areas. We have had a number of viewings too, it's just tailed off the last couple of weeks (following the price drop oddly). We also started with a weekend open day back in March without success. The flat is on the corner and has a larger area and higher price as a result. There aren't many 3 bed properties of that type in the area. This might be why ot
  7. Hello again and sorry for the delay in replying whilst we've been away. Our agent's not on Zoopla, but here's the Right Move listing: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-34016241.html Some feedback has been positive, with the spacious front room, windows, light, period features all being mentioned. The problematic feedback regards the main bedroom being bigger than the other two (although all three are doubles and a floorplan is included to illustrate this); or that the bathroom is small/only has a shower (we arranged for plans to be drawn up remodelling the bathroom to
  8. We have a flat in Brighton/Hove that has been on the market for sale for 14 weeks. It used to be our home, then it was a rental property, now it's been refurbished for sale and is currently empty. We wanted to sell as all our eggs are in one basket and we thought we could reinvest and purchase some smaller properties to establish a small BTL portfolio. We've had little to no interest (average of 2 views a week, no second viewings, no offers). The price has been reduced to below what it's been valued at (by various different agents) but it's not moving, despite what I hear about the market be
  9. Hi Tim, we completed the report on Friday and luckily it went fine with the tenant and she didn't stay long, although she was very keen to state she needed the deposit back as she has borrowed it. She also pointed out some damages and during the viewing, we have noticed several things that have not been left in good order or are now damaged. We now need to try and claim some of the deposit in order to get certain things repaired. We have sent the report to our agent, but he has requested a price breakdown, so we have met with three builders, two of which have complied quotes for us, and t
  10. Hi Tim, thank you for your reply, it's very helpful for us. We actually have a managing agent who originally issued 2 months notice, as per the terms of their contract, however, the tenant then counter-noticed so they have decided to leave within one month instead. This has all now been agreed, and the tenant will be meeting us at the property on Friday, but the agent isn't. When our previous tenants left the property, we were unhappy with the professional check out report, as it was very vague and failed to mention some damages that we could not then claim for. We thought this time it would
  11. We have given our tenant notice to vacate on 5th March. We completed our own inventory and also hope to complete the check out report, however, we are unable to get to the property before 6th March. Are we able to prepare the report ourselves on that date or do we have to get it done independently? Thanks
  12. Our tenant has advised the managing agent that a cord within a sash window has snapped. An inventory was taken prior to the tenant moving in, which was signed by all parties to confirm the cord in question was unbroken. Who is liable for this damage and when should they pay? Is it down to the landlord to fix at a certain point; the tenant during their tenancy or out of their deposit following it; or an insurance issue (buildings, landlords' or contents)? It's not a clear cut matter, so thanks in advance for any personal experiences or advice.
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