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Sharkstar

Member since Oct 2007 • Last active Dec 2020

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    If you already own and have lived in the place, it's different story I think. You know it. Owning a share of freehold will reduce risks from that area. Most agents are terrible. The landlords in my block use agents but end up getting involved with many things or risk losing their tenants. Leaks, repairs, the lot. If you're prepared to be on the end of a phone and can do the paperwork, I would manage it yourself.

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    We have a couple of BTL investors in the block I’m in. It has been an eye-opener for them. You need to pay close attention to stuff like service charges, sinking funds, lease extension requirements, renovation costs for flat and freehold etc. I would only let a place I’d owned and lived in and knew really well. Hassle.

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    You’d certainly expect them to be on top of this if it’s a precondition of getting the work done! I’m used to trades leaving the ‘making good’ to me to sort out, but that’s mostly fine.

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    Just had a new boiler fitted with a Nest. I would ask the engineer to fit it if they have skillz. We got the self learning one but we switched the learning off as we weren’t convinced we were providing it with good material to learn from. Impressive build quality and it is great to know we can access the boiler setting remotely, not that we have.

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    This is what we found at our place when our carpets came out

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    The 5ah battery packs cost £75 retail so they are practically giving the drill away on that one. Probably because it's not brushless.

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    Literally sprayed my tea out reading this.

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    When I left school I formed a punk band with some friends. Our oeuvre was inspired by a love of existential literature and swearing (example song title ‘Telling Lies about Josef K (Cunt!)’). We hired a room above a local pub for rehearsals that was home to the pub’s giant alsatian dog, who regularly left a massive turd on the stage for us to clear up before we began. One time, we were interrupted by the stripper the pub employed who came in to put her clothes back on.

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    After my failed attempt to buy a secondhand iMac, documented upthread, and finally getting my money back thanks to an enlightened corporate that took the view that my telling them that it looked to be theirs was an act of that needed rewarding, I am still no closer to getting my hands on a machine that can cope with my Lightroom requirements. My thinking now is just to wait.

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    Are you carrying out the management responsibilities (eg H&S compliance) yourselves or have you appointed an agent?

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