Rainbow_Butterfly wrote: »
We were downgraded last summer to a D. I dont think we have much loft insulation at all.. whenever my hubby has been up there he says its absolutely freezing, and the things we have put up there have ice on them. Add that to the 1960's boiler and im sure this is one of the least effiecient houses going!
EmmEve wrote: »
Ooo kitchpoo i have a question for you if thats ok?
We have a VERY large shrub over our front window. Mhs first said they couldn't trim it becase it was nesting season, then said they would only do it if its a healh and safety risk, and are now telling me its not their responsibility, only on move in/out. Can you tell me where i stand? As ever DE say it is their responsibility regardless.
NewbieMoneySaver** wrote: »
just been on the phone to mhs again.
Has anyone else got damp in their house? I have lived here for six years and I have always had it.
Can I have the house downgraded and also maybe even backdated.
kitchpoo wrote: »
There may be many reasons for this -
1) True - DE imposed a long nesting season rule that had to be observed originally, and could only be overturned on health and safety or access, if branches touch the house this would be also considered as a possible reason to lop/cut back. This is now been relaxed - any hedge can be cut, as long as a competant person first investigates and checks the hedge prior to works. I had this confirmed by an MHS zone manager and MHS Arborist - but this is only on the above reasonings. Shrubs and trees are not removed if the plant is healthy and there is no health and safety risk.
2) It might not be on the MHS Footprint - the frontage could be on the base's land and not the Annington Homes area - I have had half hedges cut before now where this line on a map states the contract starts/stops.
3) Money - Its that time of year again, and one of the items that gets pushed to one side is trees and shrubs. And guess what - nesting season starts up after the fiscal year!
4) If the front garden is not your responsibility (Do MHS come and cut the grass?) then MHS landscape are responsible for it, but that means maintaining what is there. Maintaining means annually removing a year's growth - any more than that has to be paid for by DE.
5) Look in your handbook towads the back - is a table showing the responsibility of gardens, including heights you are responsible for maintaining - it is around 2m in height. So if you moved in and it was below 2m high, you should keep it below that height. If it is above - then MHS should bring it down to a manageable level.
Plan of action - I suggest moving fast before nesting season, but depends which of the above condition fits the bill.
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