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Title: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Deathwish on July 28, 2015, 08:06:10 am
I have no experience with HAM radio but I decided to wind up the landlord, so invited him round and then went into a spiel about wanting to learn HAM radio and get a licence, but that it would involve me putting up a huge mast on my property ... sat him down and pretended to be listening to operators around the world via a PC and then keying back to them ... for that purpose I used a good old Fluke DMM on continuity check and shorting the probes. He fell for it  :-DD, then started panicking about how big the mast would be and other stuff. I told him it would be at least 12 feet tall and as wide as well. He already thinks I came out of a box of fruit loops and am a nut job and went home panicking and green looking  :scared:  :popcorn: , I sit waiting for him to blow a fuse now.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: ElectroIrradiator on July 28, 2015, 12:04:36 pm
Is this supposed to be funny?

Potentially ruining the chance of getting an antenna permit for a local HAM, who actually needs it. :palm:
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Mechanical Menace on July 28, 2015, 12:13:29 pm
Is this supposed to be funny?

If it's not it still manges to be hilarious.

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Potentially ruining the chance of getting an antenna permit for a local HAM, who actually needs it. :palm:

How exactly could this do that?
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: McBryce on July 28, 2015, 12:16:35 pm
I think ElectroIrradiator is thinking in terms of a Landlord of a large complex where other possible Ham enthusiasts might live. In reality, Deathwish seems to be in Wales where the building is possibly a small semi-detached house and he's the only resident.

McBryce.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Deathwish on July 28, 2015, 12:18:51 pm
It is extremely hilarious, however you would need to know why to see it. So let me explain....

1. My landlord is a pastor who owns a group of houses he rents out
2. The building I live in is Listed, so you have NO hope in hell of ever erecting such an item on it or around it.
3.It is across the road from the RC church, the famous well at Holywell and a convent ( you wont see why that is funny till you know the relationship between my landlord and the church etc )
4. He has been harassing tenants who park more than 1 car in the large car park even though it is for tenants and most of the 16 residents do not own a car, lets say he likes to change the tenancy rules as each day goes by.

Return to 2 above , he forgets this fact, so to watch him shrink like a violet is rather funny.
 
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Deathwish on July 28, 2015, 12:19:50 pm
I think ElectroIrradiator is thinking in terms of a Landlord of a large complex where other possible Ham enthusiasts might live. In reality, Deathwish seems to be in Wales where the building is possibly a small semi-detached house and he's the only resident.

McBryce.

Sort off, it is an old set of houses that are listed and he turned them into flats, there are 16 of them
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: ElectroIrradiator on July 28, 2015, 12:40:18 pm
Deathwish,

Your lack of experience with the subject matter shows and no, not funny. Please stop trying to ruin other peoples attempts at working amicably with their landlords on getting antenna permits.

I am short on time today, but will try to explain more later.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Deathwish on July 28, 2015, 12:47:24 pm
You miss the point completely. You have NO hope in hell of getting a permit, let alone an antenna erected around here.

I may not have personal experience as a HAM but I have erected a number of antennas for other radio equipment for my personal use elsewhere.

I found it funny, maybe I should have started singing nearer my god to thee as I asked him if I could erect it.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: McBryce on July 28, 2015, 12:49:37 pm
If the building isn't listed you don't need a permit for most antennas in the UK or Ireland. As far as I can remember, as long as it doesn't protrude more than 3 metres above the roof you only need permission from the landlord.

McBryce.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Deathwish on July 28, 2015, 12:55:10 pm
It is listed, they can't even put in double glazing. We have still got old Sash cord windows. and they are freezing in winter.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Mechanical Menace on July 28, 2015, 01:15:21 pm
If the building isn't listed you don't need a permit for most antennas in the UK or Ireland. As far as I can remember, as long as it doesn't protrude more than 3 metres above the roof you only need permission from the landlord.

McBryce.

Maximum length of the antenna in any direction is 1 meter on buildings under 15 meters tall or 1.3 meters on those over or else you need planning permission no matter if your building is listed or not.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Muttley Snickers on July 28, 2015, 01:18:19 pm
Just for future reference I am trying to establish the resonant frequency of a Hills Hoist (clothes line) and hoping that the telescopic wind up section may act as a crude gamma match provided the whole thing is independent of ground.

You might be able to do a similar thing with that newly acquired shopping trolley, they do have more than one use you know...... :palm:


completely anonymous poster.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: McBryce on July 28, 2015, 01:22:06 pm
Maximum length of the antenna in any direction is 1 meter on buildings under 15 meters tall or 1.3 meters on those over or else you need planning permission no matter if your building is listed or not.

You can get around some of those rules (at least in Ireland) because the law stated "1 meter (not including mounting bracket)". My antenna in Ireland back then was on a 2 metre mounting bracket :)

McBryce.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: dr.diesel on July 28, 2015, 01:28:23 pm
Deathwish,

Your lack of experience with the subject matter shows and no, not funny. Please stop trying to ruin other peoples attempts at working amicably with their landlords on getting antenna permits.

I am short on time today, but will try to explain more later.

Yup, not even remotely amusing, quite irritating actually.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Deathwish on July 28, 2015, 01:43:07 pm
I fail to see how you can get so irate over it, it is one landlord, my landlord, who likes to stick it to his tenants as often as he can, so I chose to wind him up in return.

live with it. As I said, your arguing a point that is pointless because you will never get an antenna put up here or anywhere around here because the majority if buildings are listed, so no one is being hurt by my joke with him.

I once had a relationship with the daughter of a HAM operator in Hampshire, my days of fox hunting etc are over, as is putting yagi antennas or dipoles up, and yes I have had fights with landlords to get them put up so I am not exactly out of touch even if not for HAM purposes. My sense of humor may not be yours but it is far from dead.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: zapta on July 28, 2015, 01:44:46 pm
3.It is across the road from the RC church, the famous well at Holywell and a convent ( you wont see why that is funny till you know the relationship between my landlord and the church etc )

Apropos churches and antennas, a local church has a cell tower antenna hidden in its cross.  The cross has a simple design with a horizontal and a vertical tubes and the antenna is fully covered (though it was visible when it was installed). There is also a little shed with the electronic equipment near the base that is hidden with a wooden fence.

Hiding antennas is a common practice these days.

(http://www.yeodoug.com/home/home_images/saguaro_tower_estrella.jpg)
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: dr.diesel on July 28, 2015, 01:56:25 pm
My sense of humor may not be yours but it is far from dead.

You made a specific point to waste his time by lying to him, good job.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Mechanical Menace on July 28, 2015, 02:01:46 pm
You made a specific point to waste his time by lying to him, good job.

All (actually funny) humour is built on dishonesty of some type and/or a straight man getting "tormented." This just involved both.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: dr.diesel on July 28, 2015, 02:07:46 pm
I sit waiting for him to blow a fuse now.

All (actually funny) humour is built on dishonesty of some type and/or a straight man getting "tormented." This just involved both.

A joke requires an end, or punch line, this insult has neither.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: rs20 on July 28, 2015, 02:10:57 pm
... a straight man getting "tormented."...
Humour can fit this definition, but so can bullying, so it's hardly a good indicator of humour.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Mechanical Menace on July 28, 2015, 02:12:53 pm
A joke requires an end, or punch line, this insult has neither.

A joke maybe, but how much humour is actually formal jokes?


And there was a punchline, that the straight man (the landlord) didn't catch on that the funny man's (Deathwish) proposal was never serious and could not be undertaken anyway.

... a straight man getting "tormented."...
Humour can fit this definition, but so can bullying, so it's hardly a good indicator of humour.

Depends on how much you're prepared to trivialise bullying with too broad a definition. I'm often the straight man in this sort of situation, and yes I get embarrassed at my own naivete, but if that's bullying then anything but getting so far up everybody's arse you can see their teeth no matter what is.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: ElectroIrradiator on July 28, 2015, 08:14:56 pm
Well, as I briefly mentioned earier, then you seem to be missing the big picture here.

Firstly, then it is completely irrelevant that you are currently living in a Listed building. It is perfectly possible to make and operate quite effective antennas, which are completely invisible and doesn't damage nor detract from the buildings exterior in any way.

The literal flagpole in the garden is just one example. Haul a copper wire up with the robe and done. Been there, done it twice myself (OK, strictly speaking one of those poles was actually an 8m girder mast, but you get the idea). If you are able to bury a reasonably effective system of ground radials in the lawn around the flagpole, then this can be an amazingly effective antenna below 30 MHz. However you usually needs the approval of your landlord, as your digging in the lawn will be visible at least temporarily.

Don't laugh at the clothes lines either. I knew a guy, who used exactly that as an invisible antenna. With the joints secured with good electrical connections those square clothes lines made from Aluminium makes for good antennas as a top loaded vertical between 14 and 30 MHz. Again provided you have a reasonable ground radial system.

Then there is the loft/crawl space directly below the roof. Done this myself once. Depending on what the roof is made of, then a dipole below the roof can be quite effective. Red brick works well here. However you frequently need the approval of your landlord to gain access to the loft space.

The proverbial random wire, made from thin, nearly invisible, enameled copper wire, and strung up using fishing line, can also be a very effective yet nearly invisible antenna when provided with a good ground system. Done this myself twice. If you need to gain access to the roof to put it up, then you may need the approval of your landlord.

Another option may be the small, temporary and possibly indoor antenna, which is put up when you need it. The magnetic loop is one example. Usually doesn't require landlord approval.

Secondly, if you *do* use an antenna like this for transmitting, then it is possible that, due to the proximity to the living space of your neighbours, your transmitter creates RFI in nearby electonics. If this happens, then your neighbours may not realize you are to blame, and it is likely your landlord is one of the first outsiders to hear about the problem.

Do you begin to see a pattern here?

Thirdly, there are such things as associations of landlords/people who rent out living space. They tend to cooperate on various issues of common interest, like how you manage your tenants.

Here in Denmark one of the problems we have had to fight for years are standardized contracts for tenants, which contains clauses against erecting antennas on the property.

The problem with your 'joke' is exactly the reason why it works: Your landlord knows absolutely nothing about antennas nor radio. Yet the next time, if it ever happens, that he hears about this issue from his 'colleagues', then he will remember the run in he had with you.

You see, you are not alone in doing what you did: Going for an outside antenna with all guns blazing from the get go. And make no mistake about it. From the point of view of your landlord that is *exactly* what you did.

Here in Denmark it has only taken a few bad apples, be it CB operators with illegal equipment or HAMs with zero sense of diplomacy, to have antennas banned as a standard clause in a significant part of the homes up for rent in the whole country. And once those clauses are in, it is an uphill battle to get them overturned. Even if you are on a very good footing with your landlord. Because he or she will likely know nothing about the subject, but if their colleagues recommend banning such an esoteric thing as antennas, then they must clearly be a very, very bad thing indeed.

Conversely, if you 'boil the frog slowly' and spend some time getting on the good side of people before bringing up the subject of antennas, then I am constantly amazed what you *can* get away with. Start with a small and inconspicuous setup, show there is no problem and work your way up from there. Assuming, that is, your landlord isn't predisposed against the subject in the first place due to the actions of people in other areas of your country.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: McBryce on July 28, 2015, 08:35:38 pm
So let me get this straight. You're getting angry because of the unmeasurably miniscule chance that an elderly Vicar in another part of the world might mention antennas if he talks to someone else that also happens to be a landlord, and that this landlord in turn uses this information for future tenant contract decisions??

I didn't find the joke particularly funny, but it's definitely not worth getting worked up about.

McBryce.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: ElectroIrradiator on July 28, 2015, 08:51:40 pm
So let me get this straight. You're getting angry because of the unmeasurably miniscule chance that an elderly Vicar in another part of the world might mention antennas if he talks to someone else that also happens to be a landlord, and that this landlord in turn uses this information for future tenant contract decisions??

I didn't find the joke particularly funny, but it's definitely not worth getting worked up about.

McBryce.

Nope, not angry nor worked up. I explained why I didn't find the joke funny. And yes, something like what you describe has happened here, more than once, despite the low probability. And once the damage has been done...

My personal pet theory is that a situation like this tend to stick on the minds of people. This exactly because it is such a relatively rare and uncommon occurence for any given landlord, and unlike more common problems like a tenant just plainly wrecking a home.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: JackP on July 28, 2015, 09:05:08 pm
  Let's take a step back for a moment. Death played a prank on a curmudgeonly old git who we know has often changed the contract for his tenants mid-term, often making their lives harder (only one car, for example). And better yet, it's on topic (vaguely involving electronics and RF and all that jazz). So anyway, he had some fun, thought he'd share it with us and some of us got the joke. Yeah, not everyone did, but not everyone gets every other joke, so let it be. He was obviously not acting to 'hurt' other people's chances of getting something, and you need to know something about Wales: there's really not much there. I'm assuming the old vicar does not really belong to any Union or the like, and even if he did what you suggested really has very very little to nil chance of changing anything. So stop taking it out of context, it's a joke, and either share your amusement or just quietly dismiss it. Please, it stops these kinds of online 'battles' where people think they can say whatever they want, just for thrills.

  Besides, I like Death (never thought I'd say that!), his threads and responses often make me chuckle, especially his banter with Tautech!

  I realise I'm gonna get shot down for trying to be a peacekeeper, and someone's gonna pick apart my argument, but hey-ho, that's the interwebz for y'all. 
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: janoc on July 28, 2015, 09:17:14 pm
I am a HAM myself I don't find this "joke" funny in the slightest.

If you didn't have to deal with abusive clauses in rental contracts, great. I am not allowed to even dry laundry on my balcony, for example, because the owner's association doesn't want the look of the facade "spoiled".  :palm:

All it takes is one fool (who even isn't a HAM himself!) and good luck for any HAM trying to rent from that landlord in the future, regardless whether they will want to set up an antenna or not. The landlord may know squat about amateur radio but now he for sure knows that HAMs are assholes :(
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Mechanical Menace on July 28, 2015, 09:26:23 pm
The landlord may know squat about amateur radio but now he for sure knows that HAMs are assholes :(

If he see's the ham's responses to this thread maybe...

He knows that someone who isn't an ham was once a bit of (soupcon at most)  an arsehole to him with a joke involving ham radio. Even if he got the impression that all ham's are arseholes from that that wouldn't be Death's fault but a result of his own stupidity. Should we always censor everything we say in case some idiot can not or will not get their head around it?


EDIT: Oh noes, I just commented "Was Firefly that Buffy spinoff?" on a Joss Whedon fanboy video on youtube. I shouldn't have done that, a landlord somewhere may think that means everyone on the internet is an arse so might not let let future tenants install it!!!! Now I'm going to hit some Trekkie sites and ask why Kirk's son is a bald Frenchman.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Howardlong on July 28, 2015, 10:17:21 pm
I owned a flat in a listed building for about 12 years, but it was in a built up area and had a flat roof. The antennas weren't visible ground level unless you specifically knew exactly where to look.

I worked Australia, Japan, and both North and South America with that setup, via satellite on L and S band.

(http://www.g6lvb.com/images/shack_Spring_2002_02.JPG)

(http://www.g6lvb.com/images/s_band2.jpg)

(http://www.g6lvb.com/images/60cmtest1.JPG)
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Tac Eht Xilef on July 28, 2015, 11:04:11 pm
What's the pair of giant orange testicles in the first pic - counterweight?
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Howardlong on July 28, 2015, 11:31:58 pm
What's the pair of giant orange testicles in the first pic - counterweight?

Zactly. Sainsburys bag with two bags of rice.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: EEMarc on July 28, 2015, 11:47:30 pm
All it takes is one fool (who even isn't a HAM himself!) and good luck for any HAM trying to rent from that landlord in the future, regardless whether they will want to set up an antenna or not. The landlord may know squat about amateur radio but now he for sure knows that HAMs are assholes :(

It's actually worse than that. If it upsets a landlord enough, he might tell his landlord friends and it might spread. Area HAM operators may actually lose their privilege as well.

When I was in college, I started a small business. The second year I moved to a house with a number of other college students. The contract said something like " No business operation without written permission!" I didn't sign it, I didn't get asked to sign it, nor did I volunteer that I hadn't signed it. I ran my business there no problem for that year. When I went to go for another year, they figured out that I didn't sign it and asked me to sign it. I talked with the landlord about my business and he gave me permission. The reason he put the clause in was he heard about another landlord in the area that had a renter run a business with many clients coming in all day long every day. It caused major problems with all of the other renters. He put it in to avoid. He knew immediately that my business wouldn't interfere with other renters. A business is something a landlord understands because they are business owners. A HAM radio is more obscure so they aren't likely to know what it is. The nature of people is they tend to reject things they don't understand.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Deathwish on July 29, 2015, 04:30:52 am
You never know, he may even have a chat with God and send the ten plagues of Egypt upon anyone wanting to be a HAM as well.  Maybe I should ask him if he has seen Frankenstein, and ask if his religious beliefs would be worried I may create such a monster with my electronics kit if I run a wire to the roof, he may run round starting a campaign against that too. Personally i think he is more interested in ensuring he gets his £260 per week rent whilst ensuring his tenants have no rights and bullying them or such.

I wonder if landlords worry about tenants owning a soldering iron and burning their property down or causing electrical shorts or such with their kit, time to ban electronics in their property too. Talk about taking things to its extreme because you feel ire at something and lost a sense of humour or it doesn't fit your definition of humour. I am often amazed at how a group of people will try throwing all kinds of examples of how life will come to an end at something in order to vent their spleen, the world stopped being flat long ago you know.  Thank god life and people are diverse, it is nice to know not everyone is a puritan and some took their disco shoes with them in life.

If you feel that butt hurt over my joke with my landlord, or you want your personal idea / definition of what is a joke made law I am sure you can send a personal message of outrage and a petition to David Cameron at 10 downing street, London. I am sure he will give your concerns and opinions as much serious consideration as you demand.

I went to bed laughing at it, and I woke up laughing at it, now I am going to go find some dustbin lids to hang out my windows to convince him I am into satellite communication. Don't want to be my friend anymore or talk to me, I am sure I can go sulk in a corner.





Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Stupid Beard on July 29, 2015, 05:01:50 am
I went to bed laughing at it, and I woke up laughing at it, now I am going to go find some dustbin lids to hang out my windows to convince him I am into satellite communication.

Bonus points if you can do that with wheely bins ;)

Edit: Extra bonus points if the bin is still attached to the lid
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: tautech on July 29, 2015, 05:33:31 am
  Let's take a step back for a moment. Death played a prank on a curmudgeonly old git who we know has often changed the contract for his tenants mid-term, often making their lives harder (only one car, for example). And better yet, it's on topic (vaguely involving electronics and RF and all that jazz). So anyway, he had some fun, thought he'd share it with us and some of us got the joke. Yeah, not everyone did, but not everyone gets every other joke, so let it be. He was obviously not acting to 'hurt' other people's chances of getting something, and you need to know something about Wales: there's really not much there. I'm assuming the old vicar does not really belong to any Union or the like, and even if he did what you suggested really has very very little to nil chance of changing anything. So stop taking it out of context, it's a joke, and either share your amusement or just quietly dismiss it. Please, it stops these kinds of online 'battles' where people think they can say whatever they want, just for thrills.

  Besides, I like Death (never thought I'd say that!), his threads and responses often make me chuckle, especially his banter with Tautech!

  I realise I'm gonna get shot down for trying to be a peacekeeper, and someone's gonna pick apart my argument, but hey-ho, that's the interwebz for y'all.
:-+
I see both sides of this story.......
Being a practical sort of guy and with family having lived here for nearly one hundred years, we're often banging our heads against some new fucked up local authority rule.....cant do this can't do that.  |O
ElectroIrradiator's 'boil the frog slowly' is just the remedy for these twats.  :-+

Anyway if you're on a journey  ;) , youre always gunna rock the boat.

Just imagine the old poor vicar Googling for all he can find about HAM aerials.  :-DD  :-DD  :-DD

Death have some fun   :-DD EEVblog is better for your presence.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Deathwish on July 29, 2015, 05:54:22 am
I don't think Plastic wheelie bins work very well. Mind you, it would bring a new definition to mobile comms,

Tautech, I doubt my landlord can google, he doesn't like paying for anything, so he doesn't have the internet, he may even believe it is a devils toy. Probably crosses himself and prays every time he passes a computer shop

Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: McBryce on July 29, 2015, 07:36:54 am
Wow Howard, you own a lightsword!!  :scared: Deathwish, how about getting one of those? I want one too :)

McBryce.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Deathwish on July 29, 2015, 07:48:21 am
Lightsword ?,  I would rather have a phaser, much safer. If I had a lightsword I would probably run around looking like Darth Vader.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: TerraHertz on July 29, 2015, 12:29:08 pm
You never know, he may even have a chat with God and send the ten plagues of Egypt upon anyone wanting to be a HAM as well.
  ....

I went to bed laughing at it, and I woke up laughing at it, now I am going to go find some dustbin lids to hang out my windows to convince him I am into satellite communication. Don't want to be my friend anymore or talk to me, I am sure I can go sulk in a corner.

Your landlord sounds like the kind of fine fellow who could do with receiving a water melon canon salvo. How far from your back yard (if any) to his front door? Is he a punctual person?

There are some fine books, like 'Don't get mad, get even', and 'big book of dirty tricks'.

Shame he doesn't have a computer. Are you sure? So many avenues of fun if he did.
How about a lawn? Does he have one?
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Deathwish on July 29, 2015, 01:37:16 pm
No idea, he doesn't live here, he has more sense I think, he upsets too many people with his rule changes and then using them to work around the place for free and dumping them after. I have visions of him dressed like someone from the triple K band carrying a burning cross when he visits us all. We aren't allowed pets either, not even a fish tank.

I had a visit today from officials in other govt depts to say they are going to get me moved out because of the mold and other health things, so i'm happy
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: G7PSK on July 29, 2015, 03:26:27 pm
Cover the  wheelie bin in baco foil and it might pass as an early type microwave horn with the lid propped half open. If you got a scope put a few signals on it and tell him you are in contact with aliens or the Chinese government or some such. :-DD 
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Deathwish on July 29, 2015, 03:46:01 pm
I just had a convo with my next door neighbour Steve in number 3. Steve was hanging out the window ranting at him over his car, it seems the landlord had another go at Steve for parking his car in the car park for tenants, Steve has contacted Shelter and the local CAB about him now, so that is 3 tenants who have now been to shelter over him , Oops. My tenancy states that they supply heating, when asked about why they were not doing this they wriggled and said what they meant was they supply the means for heating .... So much for this being sheltered accommodation, I once got a letter from one of his staff ranting about how someone had asked her a question in reference to something she did not like ( she is a missionary ya know who goes to Africa now and again, she likes to tell those poor African kids what to do as no one here listens ) we all got a letter telling us if we did not like her decisions to basically sod off and live elsewhere, when i asked why she was abusing abused people and sending out threatening letters to women and men that were in need of protection from domestic abuse and violence she got rather snotty and walked off in a huff.

The landlord does drive a nice £20k plus car though, so our rent money is well spent even if we have windows that do not shut in winter. Wonder if I should ... no, naughty, Garry, it would not look nice with a 2 meter dish on top
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: SeanB on July 29, 2015, 03:54:42 pm
Nice car, does it have an exhaust, and can you get to it with a broomstick, some nice firm potatoes and some matt black spray paint without being seen? Just asking is all.................

My old landlord used to like walking out in the mornings like a jaybird, to get his morning watering of the plants done.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Deathwish on July 29, 2015, 04:15:12 pm
its big black and shiny. I also have pics of the car park, its big and shiny too, just has no cars in it, it does have the landlords office in it though ( a caravan with steps. ).  I also have pics of the front of the building where some of the tenants have had to park their cars on the pavement next to double yellow lines. Not right but what they do because they are not allowed to park out back.

Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Mechanical Menace on July 29, 2015, 04:19:42 pm
If I was you lot I'd just park follow the tenancy agreement and every time the landlord goes against it bring out a copy. I'd also mark out every illegal clause with highlighter and have an easy to hand explanation of why it's illegal therefore non binding ;)

His assistants refusal to deal with things she finds religiously distasteful is also illegal btw.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Deathwish on July 29, 2015, 04:28:50 pm
many of us here are Vulnerable adults for one reason or another, he knows that if he wants to kick us out we have nowhere else to go, and he milks it, £260 per week x 16 tenants plus whatever he gets from local govt for so called support services that really do not exist but they ignore because they cant supply carers and have no other place to put us themselves. He once made the comment to me that it was better than on the streets and I just looked and walked away. I only get away with my electronics kit because I fixed his TV for him, and wired a couple of the flats for networking.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: G7PSK on July 29, 2015, 05:35:35 pm
Nice car, does it have an exhaust, and can you get to it with a broomstick, some nice firm potatoes and some matt black spray paint without being seen? Just asking is all.................

My old landlord used to like walking out in the mornings like a jaybird, to get his morning watering of the plants done.

Need to be careful with potatoes and exhaust pipes. In 1967 I put an apple up the exhaust pipe of the schools headmasters brand new Honda civic, next day he had the whole school in the main hall and demanded to know who it was that had tried to kill him, the whole exhaust system had blown off the car. Not surprisingly no one owned up and the matter got dropped. :-DD
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: SeanB on July 29, 2015, 07:10:57 pm
Our English teacher ( 7ft2in) and his original Mini....... Then there was the time it made it's way to the top of a flight of stairs....... He had removed the front seat for the extra legroom.

Not as bad as going out with the other English teacher, where we got 12 into his Deux Cheval, the rest going into the Mini.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Mechanical Menace on July 29, 2015, 08:27:12 pm
Our English teacher ( 7ft2in) and his original Mini.......

Damn, I'm tall enough That I chose to live where I live because the whole building has oversized doors but poor bugger. I can only imagine being that tall being quite horrid.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: McBryce on July 29, 2015, 09:03:01 pm
Not as bad as going out with the other English teacher, where we got 12 into his Deux Cheval, the rest going into the Mini.

Sorry for being pedantic, but it's "deux chevaux" (Plural of horse) :)

We tipped our teachers mini 45° to get it through the doors of the assembly hall on our last day of school. The funniest part was that the supposedly "clever" ones had no idea how we got it in or how to get it back out??

McBryce.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: TerraHertz on July 30, 2015, 01:17:23 am
many of us here are Vulnerable adults for one reason or another, he knows that if he wants to kick us out we have nowhere else to go, and he milks it, £260 per week x 16 tenants plus whatever he gets from local govt for so called support services that really do not exist but they ignore because they cant supply carers and have no other place to put us themselves. He once made the comment to me that it was better than on the streets and I just looked and walked away. I only get away with my electronics kit because I fixed his TV for him, and wired a couple of the flats for networking.

Wow. I'm getting a clearer picture of your landlord, and it's of a goatse-grade arsehole.

Is that caravan you mentioned, of the flammable variety?
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: vk6zgo on July 30, 2015, 07:17:35 am
Lightsword ?,  I would rather have a phaser, much safer. If I had a lightsword I would probably run around looking like Darth Vader.

I thought you already did! ;D
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Deathwish on July 30, 2015, 08:13:12 am
No, those are my party clothes  :scared:, normally i look like I just stepped of the mayflower
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: SeanB on July 30, 2015, 06:25:15 pm
Well, if you want to move, come to ZA, where your 260 quid a week will allow you to live in a nice modest place. Drawbacks, but you might enjoy it.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Deathwish on September 19, 2015, 11:40:27 am
today I got told that one of the young women here who has caused NO problems has been served with a section 21 repossession notice to get her out. Why ?, because the landlord does not want to have to repair her roof !!.

slumlords are us comes to mind.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: SeanB on September 19, 2015, 11:59:01 am
She is not Polish is she? Might be my aunt, who has a leaky roof.
Title: Re: Wound up the landlord again - HAM radio
Post by: Deathwish on September 19, 2015, 12:03:21 pm
No she is a local lass and a really nice person.