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  1. The book opened my eyes to another way of living. Passive income. Simple.
  2. I would say it is wear and tear but they clearly have not taken reasonable efforts to look after the place. Does your own home look like this? I doubt it. Did you have any conditions for them to adhere to in letting them have a dog? I don't think it is acceptable so would be expecting some contribution to repairs.
  3. Finders Keepers have a branch in Banbury. I didn't have a great experience with them going back a few years as a private tenant... Hopefully just a one off though.
  4. Hi Alastair, In the quote there is no kitchen or windows...! The only potential difficulty is we have a Leylandii to the side which will require some investigation for the foundations. But there is no specific mention of it in the quote. We have spoken to someone about this to get some calcs done. Otherwise the build is very simple and straight forward - deliberately so! We do have an itemized quotation, but it's quite generic in its format. EG, it lists "timber" then a price. Rather than "timbers for roof - replace existing engineered trusses". So we have been able to decipher some of the items. I think most astonishingly was the plastering at £12k. The previous house we probably spent less than £3k and this will have no more. Certainly not 4x more! We are waiting for the second builder to quote - due imminently. We'll have a direct comparison then. Then if needed we'll go back to discuss and understand better this quote. As an aside, at £4k m2, we stand to only just about break-even on the project. At £2k we are in for healthy profit! Hence keen and grateful to have some confirmation our research was right. Thanks.
  5. Hi all. We have had quotes in for some building work to extend a house and convert the loft. Our research tells us we should expect around £1500-£2000 per square metre for extension work, and we have subsequently backed this up by way of some friend who had similar work done. (All subject to fit and finish of course.) We have been quoted just over £4000 per square metre which is way out of scope! I am just after anyone's experiences in this area to add comment. We are awaiting another couple of quotes. Our current speculation is the builder doesn't want the job. There certainly isn't anything complicated or bespoke about the work! Many thanks. Nick.
  6. I can highly recommend Bulb. I haven't experienced a price hike. Dead esy to use app makes for a happy customer. Also, with the referals I've not paid anything for over 6 months. bulb.me/nick749
  7. I haven't personally used bridging, but so long as you know the cost and factor it in to your calcs - and it works - there's no reason why not.
  8. Personally I would use a high street agent. I have one local to me who I use, even down to the specific partner in the company. He's been an estate agent in the ares for nearly 30 years. I'm happy to pay for that experience! Call me old fashioned but I still like to do business with a human face - someone accountable when you need it! Good to hear that Conrad successfully uses on-line.
  9. Objectively, Samuel Leeds is a loud, over-bearing, over-confident, brash, arrogant salesman who preys on those who are his opposite, who are looking to honestly better themselves. Ethically it makes me so angry. "Time for regulation?" Essentially, yes. Training course are such easy money for characters like Samuel Leeds. (How a regulator would operate, I don't know..)
  10. I heard on the news one commentator offering that it was too far into build already for it to be scrapped. Interesting thoughts that it may only be a partial completion though.
  11. Well it's been a slow burner as these legal issues usually are. (edit, no pun intended) After taking advice we are very confident he does not have a leg to stand on. We have a court date set for October. We will likely use legal representation in court as we are due a baby less than a month before... The claimant has been erratic to say the least. It has now boiled down to him claiming solely for a new Rayburn cooker. We can prove it was maintained correctly, he didn't use the property for 6 months after he bought it so it was dormant, and he can't prove it was faulty the day he took possession. We are confident.
  12. Hi all. I'd be grateful for a legal hubber to offer any thoughts on the following problem; My wife and I sold her house that had been her primary residence for 10+ years before we let it for a couple of years. The sale completed in May 2017. Towards the end of 2017 we started getting letters from the buyer, directly from him, to us, our conveyancing solicitor, to my wife's parents (who literally have nothing to do with any of it!) and he doorstepped our old primary residence, leaving a phone number with the people who bought our other house. He has made a few allegations, 2 of which he is now intent on taking us to court over (the other things he now has stopped mentioning); The 2 main points he is now threatening to take us to court over are: Rayburn cooker has been condemned when we stated it was in full working order. And, street parking outside the house is a problem when we stated it was okay. The Rayburn was serviced annually and we have all the statements to prove so. The last service prior to sale was October 2016. Prior to us letting the house we obtained a Landlords Gas Safety Cert which covered the Rayburn as a gas appliance. Again, we have a copy of this. All this documentation they buyer has seen, if not has copies of, from when he bought the house. Parking; there is a single unrestricted street parking space immediately outside the house. (Worth saying at this point it's an 1850's terrace cottage, no pavement, so car parking it literally against the front of the house.) In 10+ years my wife had no issue parking. I lived there with her for 2 years and had no problem parking just down the road or round the corner. All the neighbours respected each others spaces. The particulars when we sold the house stated street parking. He claims we stated parking wasn't a problem, (which as a fact, it wasn't during my wife's and mine occupation), and therefore it's somehow our fault he can't park so we should compensate him. It's probably also worth stating he viewed the property 3 if not 4 times prior to purchasing so it's not like he bought it blind. He has threatened to take us to small claims court where he will self represent. Our solicitors have quoted us £3500 to represent us which we can't claim back even if we win. We are apprehensive about self representing, so really any thoughts or advice is appreciated. We have instructed our solicitor to respond and that any communication should be through them. We don't want to give him a penny, as we genuinely have not tried to deceive him or mis-sell the property in any way. We had the place painted, and fitted new carpets so it's not like we were flogging a dead horse! Thanks all.
  13. Thanks for sharing this. I was had a quick google and this was the first result! Top stuff. Cheers.
  14. Well, bear with me, this is a ludicrous idea, totally out there, but.. maybe, just an idea, perhaps they'll let landlords offset their mortgage interest... Crazy I know...
  15. I will guess what WON'T be in there; Nothing about the fact we live on an island with a finite amount of land and an ever growing demand for houses, therefore using up that land while there is constantly increasing demand.... Prices will never drop radically without something incredibly drastic happening...