Renting

27 posts
9 May 2014
kayliem
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kayliem
my letting agent do seem to be very strict, I know other people in the town who say the same who also rent from them. so at least I know there not just picking on me!

Posted 25 May 2014
I've owned my house for nearly 3 years and I get mail through the door every other day for past owners - Hell I even had the last owners own BROTHER turn up and ask if she was around, I explained that she hadn't lived here in at least 4 years and he said "woah she never mentioned a thing to me about it, I only spoke to her on the phone a few days ago and told her I was coming to visit". Unless you buy new then there will always be "past owners/tenants" - I don't feel like my house is any less my house because of these letters. There are nice things about owning your own home but there are plenty of not so nice things. When you are renting you don't really have "unexpected" big bills. If the roof caves in or the boiler decides its "had enough" then you call the landlord and they foot the bill.. Unfortunately when its your own home you either have to have a chunk of cash to fix the problem/put yourself into debt to fix it or patch it up until you can afford the repairs which isn't always easy. Instead of making my house look "pretty" I've spent soo much money on really f$%king boring things that I wouldn't have even considered when I was renting. Enjoy this "time" of your life.. You have a bit more freedom than you think Every 6 months isn't too bad - I had a landlord come and give the place and inspection every 6 months and it didn't bother me.. After all she put in a crap load of work to make the apartment gorgeous, she just wants to check that we haven't been using it like a shithouse or breaking her things. (She only rented out the flat we were in, it used to be hers so she cared quite a lot) she wasn't unreasonable though.
Posted 26 May 2014
BOBREEVES
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BOBREEVES

Oh no you have inspections? I used to have those in Australia and detested them!!


I am probable opening my self for load of abuse..but I am a landlord...Over the past 20 years on and off have rented out houses and a flat. We have a tenant rip us off for 3 month rent ..we had a tenant trash our house.

I at present have a flat a Gorleton with an agent ..(should have done this first with hind sight). 6 month checks are needed to protect the landlord..this property is my pension..as the banks have ripped us all off. Any saving we may have had are worth nothing..a return of 1 to 2%..I am a good landlord ..any thing which need doing is done straight away..it makes sense to look after my investment..but when a tenant leaves and the place is empty I still have a loan to pay also repairs which all come out of the 'alleged' profit. last year I actually made a loss..after repairs etc. mind you save paying tax...

Buying is the best way with out doubt but these days renting is the norm for youngsters, mind you I rented for the first 3 years of marriage..getting on the property ladder is tough..it was I the 60's even when prices were cheaper. it is all prorate.



Posted 29 May 2014
BOBREEVES
Photographer
BOBREEVES

Oh no you have inspections? I used to have those in Australia and detested them!!


I am probable opening my self for load of abuse..but I am a landlord...Over the past 20 years on and off have rented out houses and a flat. We have a tenant rip us off for 3 month rent ..we had a tenant trash our house.

I at present have a flat a Gorleton with an agent ..(should have done this first with hind sight). 6 month checks are needed to protect the landlord..this property is my pension..as the banks have ripped us all off. Any saving we may have had are worth nothing..a return of 1 to 2%..I am a good landlord ..any thing which need doing is done straight away..it makes sense to look after my investment..but when a tenant leaves and the place is empty I still have a loan to pay also repairs which all come out of the 'alleged' profit. last year I actually made a loss..after repairs etc. mind you save paying tax...

Buying is the best way with out doubt but these days renting is the norm for youngsters, mind you I rented for the first 3 years of marriage..getting on the property ladder is tough..it was I the 60's even when prices were cheaper. it is all pro-rata.



Posted 29 May 2014
Edited by BOBREEVES 29 May 2014
Amber6
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Amber6
I live in London, so yes I rent (and with flatmates) As for inspections, we get them once a year. However, we didn't have the one this year, as they mucked around with the time then didn't come the second time they said they would, on a day I was wanting to spend time getting ready for a web show I was doing (yes, I would love a random person traipsing through my home when I'm doing my bikini line!) so I kicked up a fuss. They were pretty calm last year when they came. I'd be infuriated about someone nitpicking.
Posted 31 May 2014
I recently moved out and my agency I rented from kicked off because the cleaners I'd paid an arm & a leg for hadnt cleaned inside the washing machine too (been in that flat for ten months). Have lived alone in different rented properties for 5 years and can honestly say I've never cleaned inside my washing machine - never even crossed my mind!

Posted 31 May 2014
marlhamphoto
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marlhamphoto
Surely the insides are self-cleaning. Mine must be 12 years old and I've never cleaned the inside. I don't dare look now!

Posted 31 May 2014
Amber6
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Amber6
marlhamphoto

Surely the insides are self-cleaning. Mine must be 12 years old and I've never cleaned the inside. I don't dare look now!

Yeah, hmmm, I think so too!  Crikey.

I do think renting from private landlords can be a bit easier than agencies (although of course that provides a whole set of new problems!).  My worst renting experience was when I first moved to London and rented through an agency and they were bloody rip-off merchants.  

Posted 1 June 2014
mph
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mph
marlhamphoto

Surely the insides are self-cleaning. Mine must be 12 years old and I've never cleaned the inside. I don't dare look now!


You would think that about dishwashers too - but

Posted 1 June 2014
marlhamphoto
Photographer
marlhamphoto
Amber6

Yeah, hmmm, I think so too!  Crikey.


It wasn't all that bad!

With a bit of ferreting about on the internet I discovered there's a filter which needs cleaning periodically. Considering I didn't even know it was there and the machine is around 12 years old I don't think it was too bad:



Mind you it did pong a bit!
Posted 3 June 2014
Edited by marlhamphoto 3 June 2014
marlhamphoto
Photographer
marlhamphoto
mph

You would think that about dishwashers too - but



I'll tackle that later in the week!
Posted 3 June 2014
Edited by marlhamphoto 3 June 2014
HowardJ
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HowardJ
Filter is easy to clean on most machines but not on some Hotpoints where they've designed them with the filter under the machine and thus not accessible by most users. The filter is usually behind the kick plate at the bottom of the front of the machine.

You can buy washing machine cleaner on a Amazon which removes the built up residual detergent and limescale from the internals of the machine. It's worth doing if you've made the schoolboy/girl error of keeping the door closed when it's not in use.

Posted 3 June 2014
Edited by HowardJ 3 June 2014
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