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  1. Planning question re sui generis HMOs

    I understand that an HMO with seven or more bedrooms will be a "sui generis" HMO (i.e. not use class C4).

    I am thinking of buying a 7-bed HMO and had a couple of questions which don't seem to be...
  2. I think the question is whether you want to be a...

    I think the question is whether you want to be a landlord or not. A big question in my view is whether you can find a letting agent whom you can trust 100% to be both honest and competent. I have a...
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    I have to say that I have never really seen the...

    I have to say that I have never really seen the point of getting an accountant to do your self-assessment return. HMRC have specifically designed the form to be sufficiently user-friendly that you...
  4. boletus, jpkeates, jjlandlord: I really don't...

    boletus, jpkeates, jjlandlord:

    I really don't buy the idea of tribalistic loyalty to a political party, especially not for reasons of being a landlord. The real boom years of buy to let...
  5. I agree! There was loads of hysterical nonsense...

    I agree! There was loads of hysterical nonsense along the same lines posted all over landlords' websites just before the election. I also found it very funny that the NLA magazine's post-election...
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    Is it actually usual for people to visit their...

    Is it actually usual for people to visit their conveyancer's offices in person? I have never done so, and wouldn't particularly want to -- it's perfectly possible to do everything by post, email and...
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    Whilst I generally agree that the HPC's thesis is...

    Whilst I generally agree that the HPC's thesis is highly flawed, I fear that hech123's foray on their forum could be an act of hubris. We must hope that the property gods have not noticed.
  8. Ah, if that is the case my advice is therefore...

    Ah, if that is the case my advice is therefore incorrect.
  9. I don't agree that there's a clear distinction...

    I don't agree that there's a clear distinction here. I've known a fair number of student HMOs let on a room-by-room basis, and plenty of non-student HMOs are let on a joint and several basis...
  10. What usual rules are you referring to?

    What usual rules are you referring to?
  11. Either the previous owner and your daughter's...

    Either the previous owner and your daughter's group created a tenancy agreement, or they didn't. You need to establish this fact. You say that there was a letting agent involved; normally the agent...
  12. I presume so. I have CO alarms anyway, but it's...

    I presume so. I have CO alarms anyway, but it's just a belt and braces approach.
  13. What do you mean by fire safety engineer? There...

    What do you mean by fire safety engineer? There are plenty of fire risk assessors around, and many electricians are competent to design and install hardwired fire alarm systems.
  14. You should check the wording but I think the CO...

    You should check the wording but I think the CO detector is only needed by that regulation if there is a solid fuel heating system. If you don't have that, and don't have any gas appliances, I don't...
  15. - Fire safety: if you are letting the rooms under...

    - Fire safety: if you are letting the rooms under individual contracts (which it sounds like you are) the Fire Safety Order will require you to get a fire risk assessment done, and I would suggest...
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    Exactly. Also, even if some landlords do sell...

    Exactly.

    Also, even if some landlords do sell up because of this, those houses won't go empty. Instead they'll be occupied presumably by owner-occupiers. So there's one fewer house in the rental...
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    jpkeates, king_maker thank you for the further...

    jpkeates, king_maker

    thank you for the further thoughts.
  18. Any other thoughts, anyone?

    Any other thoughts, anyone?
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    I've bought some wooden beds from Mattressman...

    I've bought some wooden beds from Mattressman (the "Amberley Antique") and I've been happy enough with them. They've seemed sturdy for the very reasonable price, and it'd be easy to replace a wooden...
  20. I suspect that most devotees of this forum are...

    I suspect that most devotees of this forum are well aware of this. However, I am surprised that it hasn't been discussed more. It's likely to affect many more landlords than removing higher rate...
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    jpkeates, Thank you for your reply. I've...

    jpkeates,

    Thank you for your reply.

    I've seen it stated before that carpet is considered a furnishing and therefore comes under the 10% wear and tear allowance, but I have to admit I don't at...
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    £600 does seem very expensive for a mattress for...

    £600 does seem very expensive for a mattress for a rental property. I don't think you should go completely bargain basement and get a thin and horrible £80 mattress, but for a 4'6" double I would...
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    are they capital or revenue expenses?

    The tenants have moved out of one of my houses and I am now doing a general refurb, as well as a loft conversion. I'm wondering about how the cost of the work divides between between revenue and...
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    I agree that three years is a very short...

    I agree that three years is a very short suggested lifespan for a mattress. I doubt any owner-occupiers change their mattresses anything like that often!

    When a mattress just has an...
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    Ghost of Rigsby, I am well aware of the legal...

    Ghost of Rigsby,

    I am well aware of the legal definition of an HMO. However, my understanding is that with specific regard to the Fire Safety Order the single AST point is relevant, as the Fire...
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