Living in a leasehold flat: what can you do about high service charges?
If your freeholder says you should pay thousands of pounds in repairs, do you have to pay up?
In these tough times most people need to budget for household expenses; whether it’s insurance, repairs or improvements. But if you live in a leasehold flat, it’s not that easy. Although it’s your home, it’s the landlord (or freeholder) who has a big say in how much you need to spend in upkeep and repairs. But there are steps you can take if the charges are unfair. Here's what you can do.
If you want to make your home more energy efficient, you can get cashback from the Green Deal
The Green Deal cashback scheme can give you money off insulation, double glazing or a new boiler
If you want to make your home more energy efficient, you could qualify for a government cashback. The Green Deal cashback (or Green Homes cashback, if you live in Scotland) offers cashback on the costs of getting insulation, a new condensing boiler, solid wall insulartion, double glazing or draught proofing. Today (19th February) the government said it would increase the level of cashback to up to £4,000. How does it work and who qualifies for it?
Flood prevention; how can you stop your house from flooding?
If you want to keep the water out of your property, what can you use apart from sandbags?
The recent pictures of the flooding in many parts of England and Wales show just how devastating flooding can be. Thousands of homes and buildings are currently protected with sandbags. But what are the other options if you want to keep floodwater out of your home? Is there anything more hi-tech? And, if so, is it more effective?