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Marieeliz Wed 27-Sep-17 09:33:11

My neighbours recently died within months of one another. Their son lives in another area. The house has gone up for sale, really cheaply. Lots of viewings, another neighbour heard a few people saying "right team we can do this" he assumed it was someone wanting to buy and rent.

I do find that the houses owned by Landlords seem to have a really run down look and do not take care of their gardens. There seems to be the idea that if you rent you do not have to maintain the garden.

We are a nice little neighbourhood but gradually as people die off Landlords are buying them quickly for cash. This house would be ideal for a first time buyer but they don't seem to get the chance. What do others think? It is a lovely, two bed, double glazed it only need decorating £95000.

MissAdventure Wed 27-Sep-17 09:50:17

If you rent out a property, then the garden would be the tenants responsibility, unless otherwise specified. I suppose a lot of tenants just aren't that bothered about maintaining the garden, or are working every hour trying to keep up payments of the extortionate rents.

tanith Wed 27-Sep-17 09:50:34

My grandson worked briefly as an estate agent , hated it but one tale he told was estate agents tipping off landlords about properties coming on the market and giving tips on what to offer, another colleague actually got his friend to buy a flat for a pittance in his name and later transferred it over to himself. No wonder people don't get a chance.

norose4 Wed 27-Sep-17 10:08:31

Yes it's a bit of a worry ,Marieeliz, but try to be positive, & if it does turn out that your new neighbors are a bit anti social, then you will have the other residents to raise concerns with you . Hopefully all will be well , but yes it's always a bit disconcerting when are worlds change a bit. Be welcoming & friendly, cross any bridges when you come to them , (as the saying goes) good luck

Nonnie Wed 27-Sep-17 10:27:51

It is not easy when someone dies and you have to sell their property. There are so many other things to think about that one can simply take whatever is the easiest option, especially if the property is not near where you live and you don't know the housing situation in the locality. We are in this situation at the moment and have noticed when driving to the property that a lot of houses between the M25 and the property are not well looked after. I would say that there are more neglected front gardens that cared for ones. Although these houses are on main roads I imagine some of them must be worth up to £1 million based on location as they are detached. Are they all rented or is it that in some areas people are less interested in the outside of their property?

Sounds to me like there is a good opportunity for young people living in the OPs area.

pensionpat Wed 27-Sep-17 10:34:48

£95K is a bargain, but young people cannot easily find the deposit.

M0nica Wed 27-Sep-17 11:11:21

£95,000? What blessed area of the country do you live in? A slightly rundown two bedroomed house in my neck of the woods would fetch at least £250,000 and probably more.

paddyann Wed 27-Sep-17 12:56:26

if its bought as a buy to let ask the landlord for his phone number so you can contact HIM if there are issues.We have proerties and we always do that .If the neighbours have any problem ..and some are ridiculous a newborn crying in the night ..they call us and we speak to the tenant ,we also leave a file of numbers for window cleaners ,folk who'll cut the grass..cheaply etc so maintenance that isn't our responsibility can be carried out.We do want both tenent and the neighbours to be happy .Thats why we have tenents that have been with us for several years ,it just makes sense to think about people around the property as well as those in it

Iam64 Wed 27-Sep-17 13:12:20

£95000 isn't a bargain in many areas of the north west and north east. The lack of employment and poor transport links leave some former mining or cotton industry areas as less attractive places to live. The problems are compounded because landlords buy up cheap terraced properties, paint and tidy, then let them out to asylum seekers who are placed because rents are cheap. I'm not criticising the asylum seekers. It's the fact that housing is seen as a better long term investment than anything else. That's certainly the case if you can afford to buy in the south east isn't it.

devongirl Wed 27-Sep-17 13:15:07

Good idea paddyann The people renting the flat above mine (2-storey building) are supposed to look after the back garden and have done nothing; the first tenanats I asked if they would like 'my' gardner to do it and pay him and that was fine but since then no tenants have done anything. You're right, I need the landlord's details.

M0nica Wed 27-Sep-17 14:49:50

Unkempt gardens are not limited to tenants that rent. I fight a constant battle with the ivy, ground elder, nettles and hops that invade my garden from the owner occupier next door's uncared for garden and recently visited a friend faced with the same problem. Other friends have had even worse problems with houses as uncared for as the gardens. In each case the offender was an owner occupier.

Marieeliz Wed 27-Sep-17 16:31:32

I am in the North West but it is a village which is sort after.

These are 60's ex Council Houses. The other half of the area is really expensive individually built properties which went up in the 1980's selling for anything between £250,000 and upwards. So this nice little house is a bargain. It is not next to me but 5 doors away.

The houses were built to replace wartime prefabs. People lived here from all over who came to work in factories during war time. My family were rehoused after my Dad returned from War Service and some of the original occupants decided to return to where they originated from.

So I thing £95,000 is a bargain. Just found out that the "landlord" who came yesterday is someone who lives on the expensive side of the village and owns most of the houses which are now let. We all know which houses belong to him.

Just seen one young couple having a look so keep your fingers crossed. On the site it says £4,500 deposit and mortgage of £396 per month that is cheaper than local Housing Trust rents.