• Yeah, not sure how this will manifest itself:

    "Mr Brokenshire also said the plans would offer "speedy redress" to landlords seeking to regain possession of their property for legitimate reasons, such as to sell it or to move into it themselves."

  • I think the problem here really is that tenants can't negotiate for longer terms off the bat. They probably don't know they can, and agencies are incentivised to prevent this.

  • Yeah it's utter bollocks.

    Yo tenants, move out, I'm selling.

    (tenants move out)

    Haha I lied!

  • https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019­/apr/15/short-notice-evictions-face-axe-­in-tenant-rights-victory

    I thought this line in the Guardian article about this was amusing:

    The proposed change drew fury from landlords’ representatives, who
    said the no-fault eviction rules had been used as a way to circumvent
    lengthy court delays when landlords needed to evict tenants when they
    fell into arrears.

    'We liked being able to circumvent the law! How dare you remove that option!'

  • There are a couple of countries that took steps a while ago to prevent "accidental" landlords who are more likely to be unreliable landlords than professional ones.

    I think France doesn't allow you to get a mortgage on a second property for example. If you want to buy a second home and rent the old one, you need cash.

    Switzerland has brilliant tenant rights. Its quite possible, and common, to be able to sign an indefinite tenancy agreement where the terms are slightly stacked in the tenants favour to provide stability. You even earn interest on your deposit.

  • The one time it happened to us, they did actually sell. We had cunts from Foxtons showing prospective buyers around several times a day for months, often without even ringing the doorbell. We changed the locks.

  • All my renting woes have been with so called pro-landlords. Usually agents who don’t give a shit. The one time I had a private landlord just renting out his place it was great. Any problem sorted out straight away.

  • Huh. Yeah. It does look like that. The thing they are trying to avoid is a lengthly and needless court process, not the law, but there you go.

  • I think France doesn't allow you to get a mortgage on a second property for example. If you want to buy a second home and rent the old one, you need cash.

    I think the situation they try to avoid by doing this is prepossession by a lender.

    A LL can make all the promises they like in a contract, and a tenant can believe they have rights, but the lender's rights to possession on default trump all.

  • 'We liked being able to circumvent the law! How dare you remove that option!'

    Thing is on the face of it it sounds unreasonable. But anyone who's dealt with any kind of legal situation knows that having to go through a protracted court process is extremely time consuming and expensive.

    @Howard - I know everyone bitches about EAs but they are awful. And they add an extra hurdle of incompetence. I remember having a clause in my AST to maintain the garden... in a 1st floor flat.
    Us; "can we remove that"
    EA; "nah. It's our standard agreement"

    I guess the whole thing needs to be part of a bigger conversation about what we want our rent system to look like.

  • I guess the whole thing needs to be part of a bigger conversation about what we want our housing system to look like.

    The leasehold system needs a shake up too.

  • The joys of renting. We signed one tenancy agreement only because it was so shoddy that the vast majority of it wouldn't be legally enforceable (Black Katz I seem to remember).

    We also had one landlord who put the flat on the market about two weeks after we moved in. Anyone who came to view the flat was told that we wouldn't trust the landlord at all and they should be very wary of doing something like buying a flat from them. It was still on the market when we moved out.

  • Got a landlord inspection today so I’ve stayed home this morning. I went out to the garden to do a check.

    A fox has destroyed all the tomatoes we were growing, potatoes, plants, everything. The flower beds are dug up and there’s holes and mess everywhere.

    It has dug up our hamster that died two weeks ago.

    I think to myself this won’t look good for the inspection. I put on some gloves and grab a broom and start sweeping up.

    Something smells. Really, really bad. I wonder if the fox has pissed everywhere too.

    As I sweep, the smell gets stronger and stronger. I begin to gag. I wonder if I’ve accidentally broomed a turd?

    No.

    The fucking fox has shat all over the broom handle and as I’ve been sweeping have been spreading the shit all over it.

  • It has dug up our hamster that died two weeks ago.

    That is...savage

  • i would definitely be doing a cry if this wasn’t also so hilarious.

  • Jesus, that is fecking horrendous!

    You need to set fire to your nostrils to get rid of the smell now.

  • Perhaps a disgruntled neighbour gave you the frozen sausage treatment?

  • I've washed, changed clothes and now i'm at work a solid 6 miles away. I can still smell it. If my lifetime is to have a carrie moment this is surely it.

  • We've got a special shampoo that we use when our dog rolls in fox shit. Before he had it, we'd have to soap him up half a dozen times before the smell began to fade.

    If you haven't got sensitive skin, try a weak biological washing power solution. Or buy some of this

    EDIT: Just to be clear, I am not suggesting ever using washing powder on a dog! I just figured that the enzyme action might help on a human.

  • thanks! i had no idea this was a thing. learning new shit every day.

  • Literally.

    Anything enzyme based tends to be good for awful smells. Good luck!

  • Apparently tomato ketchup is good for getting animal shit out of fur, so might be worth washing your hands in it too!.

    For what it is worth whenever our dogs roll in shit (normally badger), they get hosed down and done with teatree shampoo, seems to do the trick.

  • bloody love ketchup! thank you.

  • This thread is remarkably calm considering the new laws that came into effect 1 June 2019. No more ridiculous charges from agencies. It's all banned! https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2­019/05/letting-fees-ban---here-s-what-yo­u-need-to-know/

  • I have just started a new tenancy and I have the right to reclaim £300 of fees because my tenancy agreement was signed after the 1st June. Looking forward to the reaction from the letting agency. I was also asked for a £1000 holding deposit but now that can only be 1 weeks rent.

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