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  1. I prefer a hands off approach with my tenants. I...

    I prefer a hands off approach with my tenants. I don't meet them before they move in. I'm insured for damage and also take out rent guarantee insurance.

    I understand that it makes sense for the...
  2. Council tax- new tenant, whose responsibility?

    A new tenant recently moved into one of my properties following a period of just over a month when the property was empty. This particular council gives a 100% exemption on unfurnished properties for...
  3. That may be the case. However, taxation on wealth...

    That may be the case. However, taxation on wealth (through earnings and capital gains) is provided for at a national level. I'm not aware of any change in legislation that allows local authorities to...
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    Thanks for that. Yes, it's the highways...

    Thanks for that. Yes, it's the highways department which is part of my local city council.
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    Water under floorboards

    One of my houses is currently empty. The local council allows 1 month free then charges 100% council tax for empty properties.

    I had the houses rewired last week. The electrician, on lifting the...
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    I'm not going to comment on the maths of this,...

    I'm not going to comment on the maths of this, most of it has already been said.

    Just a word from a 51 year old who had his whole life planned when he was in his twenties. Few of those things...
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    Thanks. In this case, merging the thread could...

    Thanks. In this case, merging the thread could cause the confusion suggested in your link, rather than the other way round. As I said previously, everything that happened before was irrelevant. If...
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    I agree, but I didn't mention any financial...

    I agree, but I didn't mention any financial aspects. Just to reiterate, an original poster may have a better idea whether threads should be merged or not, rather than a casual onlooker.

    In future...
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    Thanks for that. I accept that you as a moderator...

    Thanks for that. I accept that you as a moderator have more 'powers' than a poster/ someone who replies to a post. So if you choose to merge a thread, I guess that's your prerogative. However,...
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    Thanks for that. The money order was made in...

    Thanks for that. The money order was made in September last year, on the same order as the possession. The previous landlord then decided to accept a repayment plan which was honoured for some time,...
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    In my opinion the short summary I gave of the...

    In my opinion the short summary I gave of the history of this case was sufficient for the purpose. I believe that some posters may not bother reading through 4 pages of comments and therefore may not...
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    Eviction- couple of questions

    A tenant at one of my properties was evicted yesterday due to non-payment of rent.

    I posted some questions about this tenancy some time ago but just to sum up fairly quickly: I purchased the...
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    Just to put the record straight have 3...

    Just to put the record straight have 3 properties, 3 different tenants. I have one tenant (lone female) who I'm in the process of evicting, subject to court approval. This thread is nothing to do...
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    That's an assumption and as is often the case...

    That's an assumption and as is often the case with assumptions, incorrect. 2 different lone females, 2 different tenancies...
  15. Thread: Council Tax

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    Where are you up to at the moment? I'm penning a...

    Where are you up to at the moment? I'm penning a letter to the leader of Manchester City Council. Should that not get a response I'll write to the m.p.

    What court might you use for a legal...
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    Yes, and I was aware of some of the problems,...

    Yes, and I was aware of some of the problems, although I didn't know the bath was leaking.
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    It's a property I bought recently. The roof was...

    It's a property I bought recently. The roof was leaking, that's fixed now. The bath was leaking, this ruined the bathroom floor, which I have replaced. Finally the bathroom had no ventilation...
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    What is reasonable access?

    I've been doing various improvements in one of my houses over the past month or two. I do most of this myself, but need an electrician to visit soon.

    The tenant is generally fine but will not...
  19. Thread: Council Tax

    by Ricco E
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    Mine is Labour run as well. Listen to Labour...

    Mine is Labour run as well.

    Listen to Labour politicians, read their articles in various newspapers, you'll often hear/ see sentences including: "private landlords charging rip-off rents" So...
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    On reflection, yes, I made a mistake buying this...

    On reflection, yes, I made a mistake buying this property. We live and learn, it's more of a hindrance rather than being the end of the world although I'll admit it has me stressed at times.

    The...
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    ciccio, Is it a Labour run council, by any...

    ciccio,

    Is it a Labour run council, by any chance?
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    I'm unable to make any contact with the tenant....

    I'm unable to make any contact with the tenant. She refuses to answer telephone calls or reply to emails. A visit was scheduled to replace a light that was not up to standard. The tenant responded by...
  23. Thread: Council Tax

    by Ricco E
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    jjlandlord, I question your view that a...

    jjlandlord,

    I question your view that a reduction in a council tax bill is a "tax break". A council tax bill is broken down into various areas of cost. Mine shows the council, police and fire...
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    OK, seems like good advice. My main priority here...

    OK, seems like good advice. My main priority here is to secure possession so I can find a new tenant for the property. There is a money judgment as well which I'll pursue in due course (tenant is now...
  25. Thread: Council Tax

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    Sure, Cameron gave councils that power. However,...

    Sure, Cameron gave councils that power. However, if that power is exercised in an unfair way, a way that is punitive to one or more groups, the complaint is against those who made the decision,...
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