General Discussion: The life advice thread. Never do, say, eat or drink anything without asking how to do it in here first!


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robii
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18857 posts since 8/9/06

20 Aug 2012 11:19
Yeah, of course, just seems a bit naive to say this relationship with a Thai girl isn't about money when she doesn't have any means of supporting herself
TheConductor
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4298 posts since 17/11/09

20 Aug 2012 11:27
Rufio wrote: I'm looking to rent a new place, is it worth trying to cut out Foxtons & dealing directly with a landlord?
Yes and no.

Where are you looking to rent? Private landlords are rarer than a rocking horse in London (from my experience) but that's mainly because their places don't come on the market and are kept in a circle of friends who pass the property on to one another. Private landlords rarely up the rent or when they do it isn't as much of a percentage as estate agents do and don't do it every damn year (private landlords here tend to have handfuls of properties that they've owned for years). If you get a good private landlord you're laughing, but then there's an abundance of shit ones who perhaps come round each month to collect your rent in cash and will only speak to one particular resident in the flat/house, send their 'handy man' when somethings broken who proceeds to arrive stinking of alcohol or even arrives on your door step with his toolbox and a can of beer who then does a job worser than I myself could have done…But then estate agents are a clueless bunch themselves, but at least theres more to fall back on, paper work, signatures, the law etc…But that can always be a pain in the arse say if you're flat mate up sticks back to Portugal and leaves you with 2 months of unpaid rent, so the estate agents want you to personally pay for it despite each individual occupant having separate guarantors signed to the lease…

Swings and roundabouts, swings and roundabouts.
NigelBenn
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4469 posts since 6/2/08

20 Aug 2012 11:31
Laughing out loud
Oasisunit
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5176 posts since 8/5/03

20 Aug 2012 12:47
Nice essay TheConductor Laughing out loud
joeyjojo
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4660 posts since 24/8/06

20 Aug 2012 12:52
ha ha yeah seems like you wanted something off your chest there…
deuce
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14071 posts since 21/1/08

20 Aug 2012 12:59
sounds pretty specific… bad experience? Laughing out loud
Rufio
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5994 posts since 11/10/05

20 Aug 2012 15:09
Laughing out loud Thanks Conductor.

I'm looking in London, there's a specific place I've got my eye on but it's listed with Foxtons & I've been advised to avoid them like the plague. Will the landlord be contracted with Foxtons or is there a chance I could approach them privately to secure the flat? (yes first time renting)
robii
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18857 posts since 8/9/06

20 Aug 2012 17:30
How would you get in contact with the landlord? I can't see the estate agent giving you their details. I would get a six month contract and see how things go. Once you know you can trust the landlord, and vice versa, see if they're interested in doing things privately.

And I don't know anything about Foxtons but I doubt there are many estate agents that people will say great things about. They're all wankers, but at least you'll have some legal protection
collizhun
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3880 posts since 19/10/06

21 Aug 2012 12:53
wheres a good cocktail place or something like that in angel, on a thursday night as well?

somewhere to take a girl, not slug and lettuce.
scout_niblett
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198 posts since 31/12/10

21 Aug 2012 12:55
http://69colebrookerow.com/
collizhun
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3880 posts since 19/10/06

21 Aug 2012 12:59
hmm i do like the idea of this..

Crudeoyle
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965 posts since 2/9/08

21 Aug 2012 13:19
The Lexington. They have a football table and interesting beers, might not be what you want but it's pretty nice.
deuce
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14071 posts since 21/1/08

21 Aug 2012 23:28
we didnt get the apartment i viewed and we were after - gutted.

but, found an even bigger/better one for not much more. anyway..

is there any way they'll find out im going to be jobless at the end of this month? ive got enough savings for it not to be an issue, and im pretty confident i'll find a job soon. but obviously on paper it looks bad.

we've had the papers through to sign etc. but if i just pay the deposit+rent etc and keep quiet, they wont ask any questions will they?

my credit rating is epic too, if they check that. please reassure me guys

edit; ive already supplied info on current earnings+employers etc (no contact details for employers)
they'll just want last couple of months pay slips bla bla, which will be all good… right?.. right?
Brad
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5025 posts since 20/6/01

21 Aug 2012 23:32
robii wrote: And I don't know anything about Foxtons but I doubt there are many estate agents that people will say great things about. They're all wankers, but at least you'll have some legal protection

Sell through Foxtons and the like, buy independently or through small agents if at all possible. Same goes for getting rentals.

Jordan wrote: they'll just want last couple of months pay slips bla bla, which will be all good… right?.. right?

They have no way of knowing all that, you'll be fine Laughing out loud
morgan
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1136 posts since 22/2/11

21 Aug 2012 23:33
Unless they talk to your employers i cannot see how they can find out you are getting made redundant.
Just go with it and get the dole to pay your rent once you are settled in Cool
Rufio
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5994 posts since 11/10/05

22 Aug 2012 02:43
Brad wrote:
robii wrote: And I don't know anything about Foxtons but I doubt there are many estate agents that people will say great things about. They're all wankers, but at least you'll have some legal protection

Sell through Foxtons and the like, buy independently or through small agents if at all possible. Same goes for getting rentals.

Why so Brad?
xos
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1073 posts since 5/12/03

22 Aug 2012 06:08
collizhun wrote: wheres a good cocktail place or something like that in angel, on a thursday night as well?

somewhere to take a girl, not slug and lettuce.
The Winchester just off upper street
primetime
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202 posts since 3/11/10

22 Aug 2012 08:39
Jordan wrote: edit; ive already supplied info on current earnings+employers etc (no contact details for employers)
they'll just want last couple of months pay slips bla bla, which will be all good… right?.. right?

I work in lettings and know that most agencies use external reference companies to check your credit history/employment status. This means that if you don't supply all the contact details they will chase the estate agent who will then chase you for those details. If you can provide a contract or something on letter headed paper for a new job with appropriate salary then they should be fine.

Failing that, they may ask for a guarantor to act as a failsafe for the rent. It's all about ensuring the landlord is secured and that there will always be money for rent. You'll be fine!

FrIEND
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13672 posts since 27/11/03

22 Aug 2012 09:36
Ive recently bought a house and need to move out of our rented one soon….problem is we recently got a kitten and we're not allowed pets. (rebel rebel).

what are my options here?

1) try and hide said kitten in a shoe or something (or bung it in my car) whenever the letting agent comes round to see or show the house to potential new renters? can I ask them to only show to people when I'm there? I reckon it will be gone after a few viewing cause the house is great.

2) tell the letting company upfront they I've not followed the rules.

3) dont worry about it and when they mention it say "what cat?"

are they basically just gonna take all our deposit off of us for this if they find out about the cat?
Mookie_blaylock
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1674 posts since 19/7/06

22 Aug 2012 09:56
Defo hide the cat - can you not ask your missus to take the cat for a walk when the letting agent comes around?

Fuckers do everything they can to keep the deposit…