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joe collins

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  1. Hi all I was wondering if anyone on here has any experience of buying a house that uses a warm air heating system to heat the property. Or, more specifically, anyone who has experience of removing this sort of system. I know they're quite typical of houses built in the 60's/70's. I've had a survey done on a house and been informed that this type of system often contains asbestos and can be expensive to remove. I'm quite keen to get it taken out and to run the central heating from a combi boiler as the current one is quite old and looks on its last legs. I'd be really grateful if anyone coul
  2. Hi Yvonne I have a bit of knowledge of Nottingham as I used to own a buy to let there up until late last year. Please feel free to contact me directly and I'd be more than happy to share any info I have with you. I'm also based in London and know how difficult it is to buy anything down here. My email is joe_collins@talk21.com. Hope to hear from you.
  3. Hi Mark Thanks for your message and it was great to hear from you. I hope you enjoyed your holiday. I was in Manchester and Salford last week and got to view a few properties as well as taking a closer look at some of the areas. I'm still very much in the research stages so it'd be great to hear from someone with some local knowledge of investing in the areas I'm concentrating on. My email is joe_collins@talk21.com so please get in touch if you get a chance. Thanks again Joe
  4. Hi James Thank you so much for replying and for the information you provided. So far my research has gone as far as Salford, Bury and a little bit around Stockport. So east Manchester was my next area to take a look at as I know there's quite a bit of development planned around that way and the yields seem to add up. It sounds like you got a pretty good deal there and I hope the refurb goes well for you. I saw your other post so hopefully you can get some good, reliable builders in to do the work. I'm not actually from Manchester (I live in London) but my other half is from there a
  5. Hi Rob If I'm not too late then I'd love a copy. Joe
  6. Hi everyone I'm looking at buying a buy to let property in the Manchester/Salford area and would love to hear from anyone who has any knowledge/experience of these areas. I've contacted several estate agents and seem to get differing views of where best to buy and areas that are in high demand. So I'd be really interested to hear from anyone on here who has knowledge of the area.
  7. Hi Kish I'm really sorry to hear about the problems you're having with a neighbour of a property you own and I know exactly how frustrating it is. After getting rid of a bad tenant, no one wanted to rent my house as the neighbour was a hoarder. It really was horrendous and there was so much refuse everywhere (he even had it piled up on the flat section of his roof!) I had the same issues with the council and ended up going through their Environmental Health Department. They originally closed the case saying that it had been resolved (it never was) so I argued with them and finally
  8. Hi I'm currently in the process of looking at my options regarding future property investments and came across several councils offering private sector leasing scheme options. It seems as though they take your property for between three and five years and you have guaranteed rent paid directly by the council for that time. It seems like a good option and I've recently had a nightmare scenario with a previous tenant and had no income until the whole mess had been sorted out. I was wondering if anyone on here has any experience with this type of scheme? If so, is it worth looking int
  9. I had a really bad experience with the RGI that I had on a property that I owned in the midlands. So I would think twice before taking out such a policy again. To cut a long story short, the tennant turned out to be a nightmare and I tried to activate my insurance. However, the small print on their policy was very unclear and, because I didn't fully meet one point, they refused to provide cover. They originally said I was covered, then I wasn't, then I was, before they finally decided I wasn't. I'm currently in the process of taking them to the financial ombudsman as the clause in the
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