Buying a house (and renting)

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by Moggy » Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:04 pm

I’ve got an appointment with a solicitor later today regarding the arseholes that own the building my flat is in.

After their threatening letter back in October last year, I have constantly been chasing them with no reply at all. I have 20 A4 pages of emails printed out to prove just how many times I have questioned them and over 130 pages of letters and correspondence going back to 2015. :lol:

The lady in the flat above mine has the same problem and so we are doing this as a joint effort. Hopefully the solicitor thinks we have a good case and we can start ending this mess.

And if the solicitors gives us bad news then at least we can move on from this.

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by Drumstick » Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:13 pm

Moggy wrote:I’ve got an appointment with a solicitor later today regarding the arseholes that own the building my flat is in.

After their threatening letter back in October last year, I have constantly been chasing them with no reply at all. I have 20 A4 pages of emails printed out to prove just how many times I have questioned them and over 130 pages of letters and correspondence going back to 2015. :lol:

The lady in the flat above mine has the same problem and so we are doing this as a joint effort. Hopefully the solicitor thinks we have a good case and we can start ending this mess.

And if the solicitors gives us bad news then at least we can move on from this.

Do let us know how it goes. Wishing you the best of luck.

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by That's not a growth » Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:46 pm

Yeah, good lucky moggy, gooseberry fool situation.

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by Moggy » Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:54 pm

Cheers lads.

It was pretty positive. We set out what had happened and we both had copies of everything. The solicitor agreed that the property managers were in breach of the lease in several areas, had failed to follow the legal route with the Section 20 notice and are generally a shitty company (my words, not hers!).

She’s suggested a formal legal letter setting out the breaches. After that it would have to be court, but that’s not cheap! Solicitor charges £200 an hour and it could take 6 hours to research and write the letter. Court could easily be £10-15k! :dread:

I think we’ll go with the legal letter. As it’s a joint effort with the other leaseholder I would only be paying half the legal costs. £600 is a lot, but it’s better than the £10k the property management is claiming!

Court is a no no I think, I couldn’t risk losing £15k (well £7.5k!) on court costs and then having to pay £10k to the twats that “manage” the building.

So I’m cautiously optimistic, I’m just hoping the solicitors letter is enough to end this.

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by jawafour » Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:11 pm

Moggy wrote:...It was pretty positive... I’m just hoping the solicitors letter is enough to end this.

Well played, Family Moggy + Neighbour! It sounds like you've kept excellent records of the communications and hopefully the letter from the solicitor will put things onto steady ground.

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by Drumstick » Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:20 pm

Could you not approach one of those "no win, no fee" type solicitors if it does go to court?

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by Moggy » Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:32 pm

jawafour wrote:
Moggy wrote:...It was pretty positive... I’m just hoping the solicitors letter is enough to end this.

Well played, Family Moggy + Neighbour! It sounds like you've kept excellent records of the communications and hopefully the letter from the solicitor will put things onto steady ground.


Cheers, the property management are definitely in the wrong (on several counts!) so hopefully letter is enough.

Drumstick wrote:Could you not approach one of those "no win, no fee" type solicitors if it does go to court?


Maybe, I don’t know how good they are or what the court costs situation would be if I lost.

I’m not getting ahead of myself, we’ll see how a solicitors letter goes with the cowboys.

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by Qikz » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:04 pm

Just given my deposit to my solicitors so they can exchange. My completion date is next Wednesday. I'm still kind of nervous and spending that amount of money at once is somewhat terrifying.

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by Qikz » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:47 pm

So I've got my keys! I moved some stuff but moving properly tomorrow :mrgreen:

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by That's not a growth » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:57 pm

That's brilliant, congrats staydead

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by GrinWithoutaKat » Thu May 09, 2019 2:02 pm

Does anyone have experience of a freehold house, with an attached leasehold garage? I'm looking at this house and I really like it, but attached to it is a double garage, and above that is a flat. The garage closest to the house would be mine, the other garage belongs to the flat above. I've been avoiding any leasehold houses, but not sure how much of a hassle the garage situation could be.

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by Kezzer » Tue May 14, 2019 4:26 pm

Hi GRcade been a while(ish)

Looking for accommodation in London. Anyone here got some advice other than "Don't"

The train into paddington and tube is stupidly expensive so commuting from where I am is a no go, and riding in takes about 2hrs so will get old really fast (and means getting up early :< )

Ideally looking to rent as I have just started a new job and don't really know what the future holds.

Don't really know what areas are good / what my options are (i.e do I just go studio or do I go 1 bed etc...)

Any advice really appreciated.

Cheers.

Kez

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by OrangeRKN » Tue May 14, 2019 4:47 pm

House share will be cheaper than a studio if you'd consider it

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by Jenuall » Tue May 14, 2019 4:51 pm

Only people I know who live in London are in Southfields. It seems nice but is still strawberry floating expensive and a walk and several tube stops away from anything interesting!

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by Snowcannon » Tue May 14, 2019 5:36 pm

Kezzer wrote:Hi GRcade been a while(ish)

Looking for accommodation in London. Anyone here got some advice other than "Don't"

The train into paddington and tube is stupidly expensive so commuting from where I am is a no go, and riding in takes about 2hrs so will get old really fast (and means getting up early :< )

Ideally looking to rent as I have just started a new job and don't really know what the future holds.

Don't really know what areas are good / what my options are (i.e do I just go studio or do I go 1 bed etc...)

Any advice really appreciated.

Cheers.

Kez


Which area are you commuting to? What is your budget? Any particular preferences as to what you are looking for in an area?

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by Kezzer » Tue May 14, 2019 9:38 pm

Snowcannon wrote:
Kezzer wrote:Hi GRcade been a while(ish)

Looking for accommodation in London. Anyone here got some advice other than "Don't"

The train into paddington and tube is stupidly expensive so commuting from where I am is a no go, and riding in takes about 2hrs so will get old really fast (and means getting up early :< )

Ideally looking to rent as I have just started a new job and don't really know what the future holds.

Don't really know what areas are good / what my options are (i.e do I just go studio or do I go 1 bed etc...)

Any advice really appreciated.

Cheers.

Kez


Which area are you commuting to? What is your budget? Any particular preferences as to what you are looking for in an area?


commuting right into the centre, Moorgate. I know London is going to be mad expensive, so I guess £900+- a couple of hundred.

As for preferences, a decent area - ideally with somewhere I can store the motorbike. Not too fussed on nightlife etc...

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by Snowcannon » Tue May 14, 2019 11:49 pm

Kezzer wrote:commuting right into the centre, Moorgate. I know London is going to be mad expensive, so I guess £900+- a couple of hundred.

As for preferences, a decent area - ideally with somewhere I can store the motorbike. Not too fussed on nightlife etc...


For that budget you will highly likely need roommates...unless you go well into outer london at which point you are kind of losing the point of moving in the first place

I would decide how long a commute you are willing to accept, and look at stations with direct commutes to Moorgate or Liverpool Street. Somewhere like Angel or Highbury & Islington would be super convenient if a bit on the pricey side (but doable on your budget with roommates). Hard to say too much though, best thing is to look at some areas yourself and see what you like/dislike.

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PostRe: Buying a house (and renting)
by Jenuall » Fri May 17, 2019 10:33 am

£900 and still needing roommates!?!?!

I just couldn't bring myself to be spending that amount of cash to share a house in London, why do people do it? There are huge parts of the country where you could own a decent sized house for that kind of monthly outgoings!

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by Kezzer » Fri May 17, 2019 2:19 pm

totally agree, but for the job I am / want to be doing, I don't think I would get this sort of opportunity elsewhere.

if it comes to it then house sharing might be the option I have to go down short term. Really though I have been living in a room for 27 years and I am starting to really need some space of my own.

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by Errkal » Fri May 17, 2019 2:30 pm

Could you not live outside of London and travel in, I mean it may cost the same but you’ll have more space and that.


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