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    It is possible to hire a water butt: ...

    It is possible to hire a water butt: http://www.tvtoolhire.co.uk/product/water-butt/
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    How ironic.

    How ironic.
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    1. You presume that the property has depreciated...

    1. You presume that the property has depreciated by 100% and has no value after 15 years. I suggest that this not a valid premise.

    2. I personally wouldn't buy a property with a 4.8% maximum...
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    Very much tempted to comment, but... No.

    Very much tempted to comment, but...

    No.
  5. The fact is that prices in London and its...

    The fact is that prices in London and its vicinity are high, and yields are correspondingly low.



    Investment-wise (and perhaps not for the faint hearted):
    1. Buy the Russian Rouble and short...
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    17/12/14: 18/12/14:

    17/12/14:




    18/12/14:
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    I don't think you should make a margin on repairs...

    I don't think you should make a margin on repairs and maintenance (ref. this thread)
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    I think they should - for insurance reasons apart...

    I think they should - for insurance reasons apart from anything else. My insurers always ask whether tenant is working / benefit recipient / student. As such this is an important material fact and...
  9. OP stated that in post #1. No current income.

    OP stated that in post #1. No current income.
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    The redress scheme issue may help, whether they...

    The redress scheme issue may help, whether they are or are not registered. This thread indicates that significant fines may be levied on agents which are not registered as required.

    I have...
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    As was recently pointed out to me, as of 1...

    As was recently pointed out to me, as of 1 October 2014 all property agents that carry out estate, lettings and property management work are required to belong to one of three government-approved...
  12. Agreed. There is an argument to say that this is...

    Agreed. There is an argument to say that this is the case.
  13. These are excellent idioms. There is an...

    These are excellent idioms.



    There is an argument to say that enforcement = deterrent = good business long term (...if everyone does it).
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    I believe the accepted wisdom is that they will...

    I believe the accepted wisdom is that they will all buy Lamborghinis, so maybe invest in VW.
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    To respond to my own question here for the...

    To respond to my own question here for the benefit of others who may want to know the answer, I phoned DPS this morning and they would not give information by phone. They said I would have to write...
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    Yes, IMHO you should include costs in any...

    Yes, IMHO you should include costs in any calculation. A straightforward [annual income] / [purchase price] calculation gives gross yield which is not very meaningful. The question of how to...
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    On what basis? From a quick look around, I...

    On what basis? From a quick look around, I cannot find anything to corroborate this. There are various sources, however, which state or imply that it is OK to use agent's address e.g.:

    "...what...
  18. And I suspect that a typical London property...

    And I suspect that a typical London property would not achieve a net yield of 5%.
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  20. I agree with this approach. I would assume...

    I agree with this approach.

    I would assume growth, in real terms, of zero - and consider that negative growth is a possibility especially in London*.

    * At least in the medium term, on the basis...
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    Being more verbose and continuing the logic maybe...

    Being more verbose and continuing the logic maybe I could have said something like this, which I will call the Parable of the Agents:

    There are good agents, which tend to get recommended, attract...
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    Yes, that is what I was suggesting. Say for...

    Yes, that is what I was suggesting. Say for instance tenant leaves with a month's rent arrears. Should be straightforward to claim through the courts (although of course no guarantee of getting the...
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    Thanks for the replies. The situation I...

    Thanks for the replies.



    The situation I referred to here was not a possible future loss, but rather taking a loss of rent rather than the alternative double-or-quits option of taking tenant to...
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    Landlord vs Agent

    I have a situation not dissimilar to a couple of recent threads here and here.

    I have experienced losses and/or been exposed to risk by the inactions of my former managing agent. Said inactions...
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    As an occasional buyer, I have seen HMOs...

    As an occasional buyer, I have seen HMOs advertised through regular agents and if I was looking for one the first place I would be likely to look would be a well-known property portal. As others...
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