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General Discussion / Re: Changing the Carpets
« Last post by christod33 on March 11, 2018, 06:08:12 PM »
OK Clearly most of the 40 people who have looked at the post don't care either way so I respect your decision.
General Discussion / Re: Changing the Carpets
« Last post by Russell.Bingham on February 28, 2018, 12:29:57 PM »
Hi Chris,

Many thanks for the post.  I respect that we may have a difference of opinion on this assessment, but my personal view is that the carpets are (with the exception of the blue ones recently replaced) looking old/tired and should be replaced.

Comparison with newer developments - impact on asset value: The development is an asset which we all have a stake in.  I think this requires more investment, from time to time and when appropriate, which goes beyond repair and maintenance.  My view is that the development is in need of a refresh and the interior decoration, including the carpets, ought to be brought back up to an "as new" look.   I have received negative comments on the state of the development and this is part of solution to fixing that.  I'm not saying the carpets are worn completely through with holes, but they are looking dated and tired beyond what I think a steam clean will remedy.  I believe the contrast is particularly evident given the new developments which have opened up in the area.  These provide a benchmark against which our development is judged when competing for tenants/potential purchasers.

Lease Obligations: Notwithstanding the justification for a refresh, I think the manager has a legal obligation to conduct this refurbishment (and accordingly us all as lessees who control this company).  The lease for the flats stipulates that the Common Parts and Main Structures, which includes floor coverings, should be redecorated every 4 years by the Manager.  It has, for many of the blocks, been substantially longer than this.  Please see Schedule 2, Para 2 for the definition of “Main Structures” and Schedule 4, Paragraph 4 for the obligation to maintain and refurbish these areas (see my emphasis):

THE FOURTH SCHEDULE: “The Manager will:- … 4.  In the year Two thousand and one and thereafter in every subsequent fourth year fully effectively and efficiently redecorate in a good and workmanlike manner such part or parts of the exterior of the Main Structures and Flats and the Common Parts as shall have previously been decorated...”

THE SECOND SCHEDULE: “The Main Structures” “2. The Common Parts and the tiling and floorcoverings on the floors the windows window frames glass in the windows doors doorframes plaster on the ceilings and walls of the Common Parts…”

As such, even though we might have a difference of opinion, I respectfully believe that this refresh cycle is a legal requirement on the manager.  As above, I believe this is justifiable for good reason.  Any previous refurbishment has a natural shelf-live and requirements for refurbishment cycles such as this are common for this reason.  We have similar refurbishment cycles within the hotels the company I work for owns.

We could obtain separate legal advise on these provisions if necessary, but my view this that the refurbishment is required.  Of a particular concern to me is that enquiries regarding refurbishment cycles (last refurbs etc) and compliance with our lease provisions are a standard enquiry which a solicitor for a purchaser will ask.  It is important, particular as this is expressly provided for to show compliance.

Overal interior design: Finally – and apologies for the long post (I just wanted to put down my perspective) – the development is currently being repainted with a colour scheme which has been selected as part of an attempt to improve the interior design for the block to give it a more modern look.  The replacement carpets will go well with the proposed new colour scheme and, if the red carpets are to be retained, much less so.  I therefore think the replacement will be of much greater benefit if this goes ahead.
Many thanks,

Russell Bingham
General Discussion / Changing the Carpets
« Last post by christod33 on February 27, 2018, 04:15:12 PM »
You will have received a 'section 20' notice from Rynew proposing that the carpets in all staircases be replaced.
In our opinion the only ones which are noticeably suffering from wear and tear are in 97 Rope Street and 100 Rope Street. The other blocks are overdue for cleaning but if they were properly steam cleaned would be almost as good as new.
There is considerable expense involved and some of us feel that there are several more vital needs which should be addressed first.
All shareholders/leasegolders are entitled to object to a section 20 notice so please do write in to Rynew if you agree.
Here is a link to the letter which has already been sent to Rynew by three leaseholders.!Av6AnKnZH6Gfgc1aMOpe50RLwPpSLQ
Please note that all objections have to be received by 14th March 2018
Chris Todhunter
General Discussion / Re: Electricity
« Last post by SF on February 25, 2018, 04:37:32 PM »
Hi Marina

I don't know if the following will help.  The Water heater should have two elements.

The lower one is the main element and should be connected to the economy 9 supply that comes on by supplier timings.

The upper element is the boost element and should be connected to the normal mains via a timer switch.  It isn't beyond the realms of possibility that the elements have been swapped by mistake.   Yon can check by following the cable from each switch to see if it goes into the side of the heater next to the element expected.

When I moved to RQ |I noticed my charges were a bit odd and the reason was that the electric company was recording the night reading as the day, and day as the night
General Discussion / Re: Electricity
« Last post by marinaburaga on February 11, 2018, 09:04:35 PM »
Thank you all! Very good advice.

I have bought an energy meter reader that shows current energy flow from my flat.

I am suspecting that my water heater was not connected to the right circuit, as it heats up the whole day (I can see that my electricity use is nearly always high unless I completely turn the water heater off). I will try to invite an electrician over, as I am no good at those things.

Most of my light bulbs are LED (apart from maybe 4, but less often used).

I may also replace my storage heater in the living room as it gets a lot of electricity constantly, and takes at least 3 hours to heat the room. It is also because I live in a corner flat which is naturally much colder.

Thank you all - I will update you on progress in case this helps someone else!

General Discussion / Re: Electrician
« Last post by Supersensai on January 23, 2018, 03:00:02 PM »
Thanks very much for your replies.
General Discussion / Re: Parcel delivery in error - Georgina Simpson
« Last post by SF on January 22, 2018, 09:38:27 PM »
It might be 1 at 7 Rainbow Quay
General Discussion / Parcel delivery in error - Georgina Simpson
« Last post by HelenB on January 21, 2018, 09:08:39 AM »
Hi, does anyone know georgiana simpson. Mothercare parcel delivered to me in error. Address on the parcel is flat 1,1 RQ which is me, but I don't know georgiana.
General Discussion / Re: Electricity
« Last post by SF on January 11, 2018, 10:06:49 PM »
BTW energy saver bulbs also make a big difference.  Do you use those throughout your flat?
General Discussion / Re: Electricity
« Last post by SF on January 11, 2018, 10:03:40 PM »
Hello Marina,

Your not using the convector part of the storage heater for heating are you?  That would use the full price electric and use it very quickly.  The storage heaters tend to work best with them on all the time during the winter months. They are not designed to be an on-demand solution for heat.

If you really wanted to get a sense of your daily or weekly use then I would read the meter and keep a spreadsheet of the readings.  That way you would be able to narrow it down to what was using the most units by switching different things on and off during the reading days.

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