2006

Google Photos reminded me of some photos I took in 2006, reminding of how incompetent Barnet Council are.

The landlord in the flat above us decided to get plumbing done by people who were likely not qualified and ended up compromising the floor between flats, and causing electricity arcs in our ceiling, we had to pop the breakers manually to prevent any short circuits.

Attempts to communicate with the landlord all went to voice mail, attempts to get entry to the flat to stop the water were ignored, attempts to contact the council to get help were refused.

Eventually the water leaked through OUR floor into the floor below, and the OAP who lived there called us. We told her to call the council since they refused to help us, and lo and behold, 30 minutes later, we had the council banging on our door.

Now, due to the council’s refusal to help, instead of one flat being damaged, you now have TWO.

The following day, the police and fire brigade were called to gain entrance, because the landlord STILL did not answer his phone.

After this incident, we had to redo our bathroom, toilet, and front bedroom.

We had to rip out the carpets, wallpaper and replaster the ceilings.

We had to also rewire the ENTIRE flat.

But that’s not the end part of it. Several years later, the damage caused by the landlord, carried over and the ceiling started leaking again. And again, the council didn’t help. The tenant who lived in the flat above (the original landlord had since sold the flat on) was a construction worker, who knew what he was doing — mostly, I guess.

Over the course of two years we were subject to more ceiling leaks, including leads into our cloakroom where we store our coats, until he finally found the leaking pipe — one which was severed during the time of the previous landlord and was still dripping.

He’s also sound the house on now, and to the council, and now Brent Council and Barnet Council have combined and we now have new tenants who are probably worse than the previous two combined — they sleep all day, talk loudly until around 2am in the morning, smoke pot and guess what, Barnet Council won’t do anything about it.

When I escalated to the counsellors of the area, they passed the query on to the council and the council claimed I never contacted them. Well, that’s BS since I have an email chain AND a case reference.

Barnet Council have done nothing but drag their feet for the past 14 years whenever there’s been any complaints. They like to claim they are listening to people with things like “You Said.. We Did” but that’s only for things that are easy to do.

I know the likelihood of Barnet Council reading this post are low, but I need to vent…

Training in Quarantine – Day 145

Decided to test the time it takes to walk from the prospective new house to the nearest Piccadilly Line station and see if that’s any different to walking to the nearest rail station.

Turns out it takes 15 minutes using two different walking routes to get there, which is about the same time it takes to get to the rail station. The only difference is that the rail station is in Zone 4 and the underground station is in Zone 5.

A single from the Zone 5 station costs £4.70 peak, £3.10 off peak.

A single from the Zone 4 rail station costs £6.00 peak, £4,70 off peak — so it costs MORE to start my journey FURTHER into London. So why do I do it?

Well, if I cap the journey for the week, I pay a 1-4 weekly travelcard, and not a 1-5 weekly travelcard. Plus, the daily cap for a 1-4 is £10.40, and I’ll hit that with two journeys, versus the 1-5 cap of £12.30

Car Accident Update

Update on the car accident that wrote off my car earlier this year.

My neighbour finally got an estimate on the repairs of her car. Hers is the only car that survived the crash, and she got away with a damaged front spoiler. Costs about £1500 to repair.

Total costs the other side will have to foot:
Value of my car (written off): £3000
Value of the car next to me (written off): £2500
Value of the car that both our cars got shunted into (written off): £1500
Repair of the damaged car (sole survivor): £1500
Hire car (45 days @ £75 per day): £3375

Total Costs: £11875

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