General Discussion: Property thread


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Razorlight123
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4937 posts since 13/1/10

12 Apr 2021 11:39
I have no interest in the property just intrigued.

Apparently it is leasehold sitting on 107 years
R
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13284 posts since 17/5/03

12 Apr 2021 18:01
should really be 300ish
swede
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9720 posts since 21/3/09

14 Apr 2021 14:32
one for the manlets

https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/78714408
Rez
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8665 posts since 5/4/09

14 Apr 2021 15:13
trying to understand what set of decisions led to those stairs leading up to that 'snug'

Razorlight123
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4937 posts since 13/1/10

14 Apr 2021 15:40
Apologies for sharing from The S*n but

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14638468/gran-350k-dream-home-seven-viewings-not-stupid/
mtthrvy2
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1958 posts since 8/11/10

posted 14 Apr 2021 16:39, edited 14 Apr 2021 16:39
Laughing out loud

ffs - seen loads of places that are about 50-75k cheaper due to being next to an A road but would never live by a main road. Think you have to be desperate circumstances to even consider it.
DDasein
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43 posts since 30/5/13

16 Apr 2021 13:15
swede wrote: one for the manlets

https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/78714408

Vice have found this mad little place too - https://www.vice.com/en/article/qj84p3/one-bed-flat-caledonian-road-london-rental-opp?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm;_medium=twitter

Should probably talk about the crawlspace. “Crawlspace” is very rarely a positive word. It’s always “Body Found In Crawlspace, Remains Suspected Human”, and never “Fun Time Had In Crawlspace, Someone Bought Beers And A Disposable BBQ”. The crawlspace is an unthought of, liminal, transitional zone of a house – a funnel for drafts, a locus point for dust, an unthought of shelf of spare space that couldn’t really enhance any other room, and also electricians need it for access to a meter, so basically you just use it to heave all your luggage onto when you’re not using it (the luggage is filled with all your old clothes that you got too big for but refuse to throw out, for some reason), and that is it. The crawlspace is not an appreciated space. We do not and will never have a soft spot for the crawl space. It is always where families in horror movies keep their malformed twin.
m15try
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1254 posts since 18/8/09

16 Apr 2021 15:32
Laughing out loud

Love Golby’s London Rental Opportunity of the Week


Rez
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8665 posts since 5/4/09

16 Apr 2021 15:54
^ his chapter on landlords in his book was v funny too
swede
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9720 posts since 21/3/09

16 Apr 2021 16:00
m15try wrote: Laughing out loud

Love Golby’s London Rental Opportunity of the Week

only thing i go to vice to read Laughing out loud

been meaning to pickup his book
shego
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1596 posts since 11/12/07

18 Apr 2021 15:36
We're flipping out current place to BTL and our new place we're renovating but the builder we want to use isn't available to August.. due to complete in May. Obviously it's fraud staying here on the BTL mortgage, but is there any way of them finding out? Else it'd mean moving in, then moving back out for 2 months.
Kadafi39
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1952 posts since 30/10/09

19 Apr 2021 13:23
In reality most lenders aren't bothered provided you stay up to date with the payments, you already know it is a breach of your mortgage conditions, but the chances of there being an issue are slim to none.
JustinCredible
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2681 posts since 11/6/08

26 Apr 2021 18:20
Anyone had experience of owning a property with a thatched roof?
stoney
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17741 posts since 22/1/05

26 Apr 2021 19:53
Laughing out loud
stoney
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17741 posts since 22/1/05

26 Apr 2021 19:53
I’d be amazed. (Check insurance premiums)
Wolfie
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54 posts since 6/3/06

26 Apr 2021 22:20
JustinCredible wrote: Anyone had experience of owning a property with a thatched roof?

Yes, had one for the past 7 years. Are you looking at a house with one?
EssexBoyII
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7118 posts since 5/6/07

27 Apr 2021 23:48
From an insurance perspective, it definitely inflates the rate massively. Think the ideal is a chimney more that 1.6m above the ridge. Also spark arresters are supposed to actually be worse in respect of igniting a fire. Make sure the electrics are in really good nick. Chimney needs to be regularly swept. Check if they’ve had a thatch inspection and see if you can get sight of the report
JustinCredible
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2681 posts since 11/6/08

28 Apr 2021 18:39
Yeah we are looking to move house and want something with a bit of character, we've found somewhere that isn't perfect but has a lot going for it & the wife loves the thatched roof. I'm completely indifferent (re. the thatched roof) but just wondered if there are any other considerations than the inevitably higher insurance costs and budgeting for it's upkeep.

The agent who showed us around said the current owners have recently replaced it at a cost of around £50k but it should be good for 30-40 yrs, the "ridge" that takes most of the punishment from rain/wind needs replacing every 10-15 yrs but only costs around £7.5k
Mr.X.
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3094 posts since 23/6/13

28 Apr 2021 18:54
I’ve lived in a thatch cottage and convinced the thatch attracted super palm sized fat legged spiders… I left after 1 year. It also had an AGA which seemed to cost an arm and a leg to run.
Wolfie
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54 posts since 6/3/06

28 Apr 2021 21:11
I wouldn’t say there is anything much over and above what has already been flagged. My insurance is about £1k a year. Can’t have a barbecue anywhere near, can’t have a log burner (main cause of thatch fires) and, most annoying of all, can’t have a bonfire so have to take all garden waste away.

I wouldn’t take what the agent says about how it will be before it needs re-thatching. I got fed that line and spoke to a thatcher before making an offer who said would be likely ten years before it needed doing, rather than 30. I’m therefore coming up to that point in the next few years. Thatches have suffered a fair bit over the last couple of winters due to it being so wet. Mine is covered in moss on the north side which has speeded up its decline and just had a few running repairs done.

Thatchers can be in short supply depending on where you live. There can also be some wildly variable pricing - as in £15-20k difference for complete re-thatching.

They are fantastic insulators so the upstairs rooms stay pretty warm.

Otherwise, I love them. I’ve got a late 15th century timber frame so not much choice!