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Howard

Member since Jun 2010 • Last active Aug 2020

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    People in the DIY thread might be able to suggest someone. @7ven had some lead roof work done recently iirc

    But yeah feels re finding tradespeoples

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    No Durga or Baldre bodies at the mo either :/

    Fitting some blue bits to mine.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Yeah I know, keeping the internals of a building at a constant level of high humidity can wreck the internals of the building and cause as much if not more damage than rising damp or penetration.

    But you cannot fix it without removing the source of the humidity or physically getting the water out - which might be as simple as residents needing to open the windows when drying their clothes or use a dehumidifier and not block the trickle vents on double glazing etc.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    What are the consequences of moving out having signed a 12 month tenancy agreement?

    They might come after whoever signed the contract for some or all of the money.

    I think the damp is more fundamental than condensation.

    In what sense? Roof leaking? Window seals leaking? If that's the case, take it up the council to get the LL forced to make repairs.

    If it's an older building it's probably the effects of poor ventilation and modernisation efforts that wreck the building's designed moisture escape routes, i.e. constant draughtiness.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    £220 a quarter is mad cheap

    Yes. There are legit reasons to kick up a fuss though, say if you were concerned about the quality of the services provided to the point where the building or grounds were being damaged.

    If the management co situation is up in the air it will also make it hard to sell.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I just want to see where our money has been going - but how can I get that info if he hasn't made it available? what would the proceedings be

    Simple answer - ignoring all consequences of doing so and assuming that the management co has failed to meet its obligations regarding visibility of accounts and expenditure - would be to get your solicitor to write a carefully worded letter to the management company. Which is presumably his ltd building co. And then see what happens.

    You and the other freeholders should probably sack the management company though if it's not doing what is legally required of it.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Shit situation. I remember student accommodation. I had it easy, but I did do a solo deep clean of the first place (entire house!) I moved in to in my second year. Didn't know any better. In hindsight should have got the agent to get a contractor in.

    It sounds like the house wasn't viewed prior to accepting a tenancy agreement? Is that the case? Otherwise some of these issues would have been seen, I would have thought. Or the previous tenants trashed the place.

    I suspect the decorating in September is fiction with the intention of getting you to back down by making it appear a massive ball ache for you.

    You could keep pushing; the council can force landlords to make repairs. But what you think is serious disrepair might not be the councils definition. Damp is often just the effect of lots of cooking and clothes drying.

    Not sure where there is going, except if you want to get this totally resolved it will take a large co-ordinated effort. It might be simpler to find another house, or suck this one up and make the basic repairs yourselves and buy a dehumidifier.

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    The management company will have to file accounts and they should be publicly accessible as I understand it.

    They are also obliged to give each leaseholder a breakdown of expenditure each year.

    If they are not doing that, can you alongside the other residents sack the management company, who is also the builder?

    Set up as you describe it seems weird.

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    I would think very carefully about engaging with this if you want to move in the not too distant future. Yes there is a mechanism that allows you to force some visibility of the accounts and expenditure but you are effectively starting a dispute with the freeholder and your buyer, when you sell, will either find out about this or you will have to tell them.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Don’t think I used a heat source when invisiframing my Habit - the kit is pre cut though so that probably removes the need.

    Did degrease the frame with tar remover and had a spray bottle of soapy water and a card as above to push the water out.

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