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  • Posted in: Minister needs to stop whinging!

    F451's post | 03/01/2012 3:28 pm

    Apologies for the missing 'P' - I think someone must have taken it!

  • Posted in: Minister needs to stop whinging!

    F451's post | 03/01/2012 3:27 pm

    Perhaps now the anniversary of the Shapps RTB relaunch has passed it is time to remember the anniversary of his attemt to grab a second home whilst robbing the poor of theirs.

    Some things are too disgraceful to be allowed to be forgotten.

  • Posted in: The maddly twittering twit

    F451's post | 03/01/2012 3:08 pm

    What games could there be - the removal van sprint, the handcart hurdles, the homeless dash?

    What hypocrisy from the man who the very next day set out to oversee his Social Cleansing policy rolled out. But will the streets be clear enough of the 'underserving' poor to make way for his people to play in?

  • Posted in: The maddly twittering twit

    F451's post | 03/01/2012 3:06 pm

    As part of his New Years' Eve missive Grant Shapps said:

    "As the country starts warming up for the 2012 Olympics, I want to be sure that no one has to wrestle with bureaucracy to be able to mark the occasion in style.

    "So I'm today calling on communities to make it their New Year's resolution to get on the starting line and prepare for their own street games. And because all too often red tape gets in the way of these events taking place, I want councils to make it their goal in 2012 to high jump over regulations and fly the flag for those neighbourhoods wanting to take part.

    "Hosting street games will both help towards securing an enduring legacy for London 2012 of greater participation in sport, and give everyone a chance to take part in a fitting tribute to the Olympics. I would urge councils and communities across the country to start planning now."

  • Posted in: Police or External Regulatory Organisation to investigate?

    F451's post | 03/01/2012 11:57 am

    If the matter is not within their fraud detection/prevention procedure, or indeed not within their disciplinary procedure - i.e. they have no cause to consider wrongdoing has occured - then they have no reason to take the course of action you expect of them.

    The only course of additional investigation is if you refer the facts you possess of the matter to the appropriate authority, be that either the ombudsman or the police - however if it is the latter then surely thise would have been your first port of call not your last!

  • Posted in: Problem tenants

    F451's post | 23/12/2011 9:36 am

    Quite so nonny - Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a private landlord turning away a heavily pregnant young lady and her husband, before renting them a space in a filthy stable at 80%MR!

  • Posted in: safety checks new tenancy

    F451's post | 21/12/2011 3:10 pm

    Apologies Stephen - my last response was imprecise.

    Electrical Safety must be checked with each new tenancy - Gas safety only if the new tenancy coincides with the annual renewal check date.

    Do ask to see certification.

    For further information check:

    http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/faqtenant.htm

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndCommunity/Privaterenting/Repairsandstandards/DG_189195

  • Posted in: safety checks new tenancy

    F451's post | 21/12/2011 2:34 pm

    If the previous occupier has caused danger then your landlord would be letting a dangerous premises, even if an existing certificate was yet to expire. Best practice would say no, the checks should be done prior to letting.

    Legally - the landlord can probably get away with risking your life - there is after all a Tory Government.

  • Posted in: Rent increase for 2011/12

    F451's post | 21/12/2011 1:36 pm

    Shouldn't real values have been published by now - or are they leaving it as a surprise for the new year once we've swallowed the excessive hike in transport company profits!

  • Posted in: Should separate Communal areas have separate electricity meters?

    F451's post | 21/12/2011 1:23 pm

    @Will - there is a storage heater in both areas - the resident reports turning the heater off. How is the landlord meant to ensure equitable division without means of determining this heater is off and always is off, unless it is disconnected. A separate meter may do this, but the extra cost of the meter itself would exceed the cost of the heating.

    Against this, is there anything you would reconsider as the final sentance, whilst being what the resident wants to hear, is based on inaacurate assessment.

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