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    Last week my friend found a prospective tenant for my flat where the agent kicked out the last tenants. The lady rang me yesterday to arrange a viewing which we agreed for 1pm today.

    Now, this flat is in a block called Elm Park Court. This was built in 1985 when it was next door to Reading's Elm Park football stadium. The stadium was demolished in the 1990's and houses and flats built in a new road naturally enough called Elm Park.

    Three times, I emphasized on the phone that she needed to go past Elm Park, and go in Elm Park Court. I also gave her my mobile number in case of problems.

    I bet you can guess what happened, can't you?

    At 1pm I was waiting at Elm Park Court, and the woman was knocking on the same number Elm Park. She had copied down my number wrongly and was unable to ring me for directions. After 20 minutes she realised it was the wrong address and phoned my friend, who correctly guessed that JK0 had got fed up with waiting and gone on to his other job by then.

    I have suggested my friend shows her the flat.

    #2
    It sounds rather like trying to teach Year 10s how to use apostrophes on a wet Friday afternoon.
    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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      #3
      Sorry I can't help. I can get lost in a car park!
      I'm a good tenant with great landlords
      I'm also a living, breathing, fully cooked female.

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        #4
        @mtg #2 Y10 apostrophes? KS2 surely.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Berlingogirl View Post
          @mtg #2 Y10 apostrophes? KS2 surely.
          I wish.

          Before they got rid of the middle school system in our area, they came to us in Y9 knowing nowt.

          And to be fair, these things need constant revision or they forget them. There are plenty of adults who cannot use apostrophes correctly. Low ability Y10s struggle with them, too.
          'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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            #6
            Tenants' spending priorities

            When I was renovating a flat a couple of years ago, I replaced the elderly but functional washing machine with a washer drier, because that block has no drying area.

            Last winter, my tenant's wife called me over to report mould under the bedroom windows. I immediately noticed that there were clothes on a clothes horse in one bedroom, and I pointed out they were drying clothes in there.

            No, my tenant's wife insisted, they were only airing. The clothes were dried in the machine.

            Fast forward to this week, and we had the repair man out for the machine. He asked my tenant if it went wrong when it was washing or drying, and my tenant told him they never use the drier in order to save money.

            I might have some sympathy, if my tenants weren't getting ready for their weekly day out at church in London forty miles away. There are three churches of that denomination here in Reading.

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              #7
              Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
              There are plenty of adults who cannot use apostrophes correctly. Low ability Y10s struggle with them, too.
              As does most spelling & grammar check software
              Based on the information posted, I offer my thoughts.Any action you then take is your liability. While commending individual effort, there is no substitute for a thorough review of documents and facts by paid for professional advisers.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Brb View Post
                Sorry I can't help. I can get lost in a car park!
                Me too I lose train and air tickets the moment I get them - little tip.

                Put your tax disc on the upper right hand of the window or in middle LHA's, case a yellow coach stripe right along the inside top of the back windscreen ( most park nose first).

                You can see it miles off
                Based on the information posted, I offer my thoughts.Any action you then take is your liability. While commending individual effort, there is no substitute for a thorough review of documents and facts by paid for professional advisers.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by JK0 View Post
                  Last week my friend found a prospective tenant for my flat where the agent kicked out the last tenants. The lady rang me yesterday to arrange a viewing which we agreed for 1pm today..
                  You need to get an asylum seeker to stand in the street with a massive arrow- "Viewing here Mrs X" ;D
                  Based on the information posted, I offer my thoughts.Any action you then take is your liability. While commending individual effort, there is no substitute for a thorough review of documents and facts by paid for professional advisers.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by leaseholdanswers View Post
                    Me too I lose train and air tickets the moment I get them - little tip.

                    Put your tax disc on the upper right hand of the window or in middle LHA's, case a yellow coach stripe right along the inside top of the back windscreen ( most park nose first).

                    You can see it miles off
                    When I renew the tax I may just do that!

                    I tend to reverse into parking spots. I find it easier.

                    Popped over to my Mum's today. A large van was parked diagonally and taking up most of the space outside. I reversed around it and squeezed in. Thanked them for testing my parking skills.
                    I'm a good tenant with great landlords
                    I'm also a living, breathing, fully cooked female.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by leaseholdanswers View Post
                      Put your tax disc on the upper right hand of the window
                      Never wondered why everyone sticks their disk at the lower left side!?

                      It's not tradition or sheep-like behaviour, it's because the law says you have to (so that the disc is then normally near to the kerb and readily readable by the relevant authorities); and by sticking it elsewhere you are certainly risking a fine from a jobsworth traffic warden...

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                        #12
                        What law?? See section 6(4)c The Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2002
                        http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2...ulation/6/made
                        in the case of any vehicle fitted with a glass windscreen in front of the driver extending across the vehicle to its near side, on or adjacent to the near side of the windscreen;
                        Having said that I'm confident plod/traffic-warden will give you a ticket if not in bottom-left - but you can point out to judge that they are rong...

                        btw this appears to be mis-atributed a lot on't t'InterWeb
                        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                          #13
                          I'm beginning to regret this not taking a deposit lark.

                          Regular readers may remember my tenant last year who was chopping up Bambi on her kitchen floor. She moved out this week after only 11 months. I can't believe the mess she left:

                          http://www.flickr.com/photos/5712438...7635137021181/

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by JK0 View Post
                            http://www.flickr.com/photos/57124386@N04/sets/72157635137021181
                            It's telling me this is a private page.... don't tell me Bambi's still there?

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Ericthelobster View Post
                              It's telling me this is a private page.... don't tell me Bambi's still there?
                              LOL. No Bambi's gone. I think I have managed to make those visible now.

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