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  • MdeB
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    Originally posted by jamescat View Post
    anyone have and idea how much it would cost to replace joists in terraced house?
    Lots.
    But those joists look OK to me.

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  • nukecad
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    Belt and braces, do both.

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  • Berlingogirl
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    Nah! just screw 'em down!

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  • nukecad
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    Those joists look pretty new, you might want to look instead at isolating the floorboards from the joists.

    It can be done simply with acoustic strip, but of course means taking up the floorboards, putting the strip on the joists, and relaying the boards. (And may also mean raising any skirting boards to take account of the strip thickness).

    Here is just one such product, google will find many more:
    https://www.insulationshop.co/50mm_a...ing_strip.html

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  • Berlingogirl
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    From your photographs there doesn't appear to be any rot. It doesn't look like you need to replace joists. Your photo looks like you have removed a floorboard from the upstairs floor and we can see the plasterboard of the ceiling below.

    I suspect that your wooden floorboards have become loose. They sometimes do this over time and especially after having central heating pipes put in and electric wires. Workmen tend not to replace them as securely as we need.

    I suggest you screw the floorboards down using wood screws. This is easy to do but you MUST be careful not to screw through electric wires, gas pipes, or central heating pipes. You'll know immediately if you do!

    Some people (like my boys' Dad) are just heavy on their feet so loose and squeaky boards are activated when they stomp by, but not when people with fairy feet (like me) barely touch the ground.

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  • jamescat
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    Maybe anyone have and idea how much it would cost to replace joists in terraced house?
    I just would like to know just in case.
    Thanks for all info guys.

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  • mariner
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    You are the Property owner and liable to maintain it as per any other owner-occupier. The Rent a Room Allowance would barely compensate you for losing your 25% Tax Rebate for sole occupancy, but it can help if 2 losgers are paying rent.
    Do you have an Accountant for advice, as I guessing English is not your native language?

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  • jamescat
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    Here are pictures I managed to take in the corner of one of the rooms at the door,I will have a good look at the rest of the floor after they will go and I will move furniture to different room.I was also thinking to add extra joist connectors or how it calls. And maybe extra joists. If I am going there I can try to make it stronger for future. Also I want to add soundproof wool,or it's better to keep this gap free to keep airflow?

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  • jamescat
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    p.s.by the way please don't try to make me feel guilty. I am the victim here.I am trying to make some extra cash by offering people good accommodation. I am not forcing anyone to live at my place and with me. So if someone is not happy with me,my cat or anything else they can leave anytime. I am not making anyone homeless. They can rent anytime anywhere,but I will have to coop with all eventual damages,tear and wear and other.And also when they leave I will still have to pay my bills and not getting any income from them when they leave.Being a landlord is not only collecting money.

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  • nukecad
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    Also check for dry rot.

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  • Mrs Mug
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    Originally posted by jamescat View Post
    house is terraced house build in 1955.Floor seem to be originally from 1955 so weird what it's suddenly starting to have problems after all these years(
    Check the floor for wood worm.

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  • jamescat
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    I renting rooms in my house since 2011,and so far the floor was ok,just for past maybe 1 year I noticed what floor is getting loose.
    This woman and other guy lives at mime 3 years. So it seems they did it.I gave them notice today and noticed straight away what she is putting even more effort to make heavy steps.
    I wonder can I make them leave faster? I gave them notice till 1-2 of February as they paid till 1-2.
    I also wonder will I be able to claim for floor damage?- probably no,what is why they doing so-because it's almost impossible to proof.
    So I will have to wait next 3 weeks watching them braking the floors and after starting to fix it.
    p.s.by the way maybe you guys know someone who can give me quotation on fixing the floors please?

    p.s, house is terraced house build in 1955.Floor seem to be originally from 1955 so weird what it's suddenly starting to have problems after all these years I am afraid I can only watch them leaving and maybe refrain from taking other lodgers and just get extra hours at work instead.
    by the way this can happen to people renting whole houses.

    I hope this post will help other landlords in some way.Maybe it will at least teach them of extra potential hazard of renting something.

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  • Hudson01
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    Maybe your floor is not as well laid as you thought and the extra '' traffic ' is causing it some issues, either way i would think it unlikely that a lodger would be trying to damage a floor he lives in by jumping or walking '' hard'', maybe lodgers are simply not for you.

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  • jamescat
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    Ok. Thank you for advice. I am looking for someone who could have a look at the floors.

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  • DPT57
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    Why would they be jumping on the floor? Floors are supposed to withstand jumping anyway. Are you sure there isnt another explanation for what's happening? Have you checked with a flooring expert? If you did and they said someone has been jumping on it then you would have the evidence you need to claim compensation from the lodger. If they said there is some other cause then you wouldnt need to make someone homeless because of a moment of paranoia about what they're getting up to while you're at work.

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