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  1. This is - quite simply - a claim of how you'd like the world to be, nothing more. Trust me, I'd like it too... but it probably won't turn out like this. The reason people are getting up to speed slowly with this is because it's currently such an unknown, and people are lazy, apathetic or just have other things on, like trying to keep their jobs etc.. We've all heard horror stories of Leaseholders being presented with bills for life-changing sums of money. We're all preparing ourselves. However, right now, we just don't know. What we do know is that every single party involved in any way will try their hardest to pass the buck... whether that be Leaseholders, Freeholders, the Buildings Insurance, the original Developer, the Architect, the Council, the Government... all will do their utmost to shirk responsibility and I feel a bill will head the way of Leaseholders, I'd bet on it. For the time-being it's probably unlikely you'll get more people joining pressure groups and suchlike because they're in the dark right now. Sure, people are finding they cannot remortgage, and they cannot sell... and there's this dark shadow looming on the horizon... but the fact is the Inspectors who need to do the work to estimate the costs are in short supply so many buildings do not yet even have an idea of their exposure. Add to that the fact that we are in the middle of a sheep (herd-like) mentality where all these buildings that were considered "safe" for many years and now inherently "unsafe" because of one, single - terrible, terrible - incident, in our case, 200 miles away. The idea of increased vigilance, improved technology and smarter procedures just doesn't seem to be enough to consider the risk reasonably remediated - we all have to go the whole hog! That means time. Time will tell. Once people are being presented with these life-changing bills you will get a build-up of steam. For now, most people are waiting to see what drops in their lap... and, even then, it will be particular to a person... a £10,000 bill to someone might be life-changing, to someone else not. A £50,000 bill is where it starts to get really troublesome! For now you'll likely have Management Companies making claims on the Buildings Insurance or the Building Guarantee - and you'll have those organisations fighting tooth-and-nail to reject them, on any premise... even if you filled out the (almost always individual) claim form incorrectly! I reckon most Leases will have been written very carefully to point out how something like the building structure has been demised to each apartment - a ludicrous notion if you think about it - but possibly one of the mechanisms (happy to be corrected) as to how others are trying to wash their hands of this situation and pass on the costs to Leaseholders. For me, I would be happy if the costs were split between Government fund, some Insurance and Leaseholders... but what's more important is that things start to get moving... not because of the sudden increased risk of fire and death... but because of the uncertainty and the way these properties are now effectively mothballed. I am saving money now, rather than putting my head in the sand.
  2. Sadly. Delivered. I dunno, feels expensive, I agree - but where locally can I get it for a lot cheaper? That's my problem. I want stuff I can work with readily, not having a thicknesser, jointer etc.. This beech PAR should get me half way there.
  3. Well, I bit the bullet and ordered 2.4m of 19mm thick beech PAR from a website... total cost is £35, £10 of that being delivery... it's not what I really wanted, but I can't complain as I hope that it'll allow me to make some progress with my little project - I'll need to get a better strategy for the future. Dunno what the lead time will be... probably some time in 2022. 😉 Thanks for all the suggestions. I would really have preferred to go somewhere and see and select the wood I'm buying... now I can get whatever... hoping it's not cupped or bent out of shape or damaged in transit.
  4. Possibly. I was looking at a well-reviewed Triton model (TPT125) that came in at a reasonable price... but everywhere seemed to be out of stock of it. It's quite an investment when you don't really know what you're buying... most of my other gear is Makita, but a Makita thicknesser is mega-money. I'm looking for lengths of 13mm thick, 170mm wide beech... not because I'm fussy... because my road is full of beech trees, and also carries that name, so it had meaning. On this occasion I may need to bite the bullet and purchase some 19mm thick, 170mm wide 2,100mm lengths of beech online (£33 each)... I have no bandsaw (or thicknesser) to thin them down, so what I make will be extra sturdy. 😲 Engaged, but dropped them an email from their Contact Us page... their stock list on the site implies not, but you never know.
  5. They are, but only have thick sawn boards... not PAR.
  6. For any amateur joiners out there... people who like making knick-knacks and boxes and furniture and suchlike... where could you recommend going to see and buy your wood? What I specifically want is some Beech PAR... I doubt I can wander down to Wickes for that, it's mostly pine there I think... but the online places which allow you to specify your size seem to add massive premiums for what they call small orders - like one site added a "Small Order Charge: 115.99" to an order of a few metres of Beech PAR costing around £34. 😀 I found another site with more reasonable prices and delivery of £10... but they don't do the thickness I want (need) for my rabbet router bit to work with... 13mm / half-an-inch... they come in at a standard 19mm and I do not have a thicknesser (yet). As I'm only just starting-out with working any hardwood, where would be a good place to buy (as and when Lockdown restrictions permit, of course)?
  7. Some noise from events in the park... not this year, obviously. Sometimes issues with youths.
  8. How near? I have 6 years of experience. Do you mean the big houses or the little ones?
  9. Thank you all. I was unaware of Signatures... I'm going to call them.
  10. Hi, does anyone know a shop that specialises in somewhat upmarket pens where you can spend time trying them out? It doesn't need to be a branch of Mont Blanc or something... no idea what's wanted yet, so I would like many brands available to try. I was wondering if John Lewis might have a selection. There's a shop called The Pen Box in Lincolnshire (I'm happy to travel a reasonable distance to have a day out) but it's not doing viewings due to Covid. Plenty of Jewellers may sell good pens - I just don't know if they can offer great advice and knowledge at the same time... hence looking for thoughts here. Not looking for answers like - WH Smith, ta.
  11. Not just Insurance, also Lenders. And, with respect, it doesn't matter if you "buy it", different policies are different, different Lenders are different. Same goes for Students... Asylum Seekers... various undesirables (in the eyes of some). Let's just say it's a potential complication some could do without.
  12. Any discrimination (for you being in receipt of any benefits) should not be inferred unless there is good reason... a Landlord in the private rental sector could sell up for any reason, affecting any Tenant. The discrimination will start as you're looking for a new place, sadly. Definitely not right, possibly illegal (probably) but hard to prove and some Landlords seriously have no choice because their Insurance policy prohibits (again, unfairly) against letting to people in receipt of benefits. Hopefully it's not as tough for you as the picture I've painted. Councils / Universal Credit are also difficult to deal with. It's an imperfect situation.
  13. What kind of house? A normal exclusive-let house - like to a person, family or couple (basically, not an HMO) - does not require any electrical safety certificate.
  14. I will say nothing about areas, prices or age of build... but please be careful of Help To Buy. I have a friend who got on this scheme and when I explained how it works to her and her family they were all astounded - her mum asked - "why would a government do this to its own people?" Only go into it with your eyes open. Do not be sold the idea of it enabling you - it is a long term trap (in terms of costs, in terms of mobility, in terms of mortgage options).
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