Friday 13 February 2004 12.31pm
Good i saw this thread! i have just moved to a 1 bed flat in a Council Estate, am the leaseholder too, and although i have been there only for 10 days, i have already asked the Council if i can do my own double glazing, so far they have said yes in principle (i need that in writing too), i think if i do it myself might be cheaper, but Mart, you have scared me shitless when you mention 9k!!! how many windows do you have???? i only got 3 windows (two big and one small) and the balcony door/window, surely that won't cost me that much??
What i don't know is if i do my own double glazing, will i still have to pay something to the Council if they decide to do the whole block in the future... this is really terrifying to say the least, but i have known people that had to sell as they couldn't afford it.
My friends got a bill of 21k for central heating, double glazing and external redecorations, and that was just 3 months after she bought the flat...
before i bought mine my solicitors asked if they had any plans of doing major works, and so far i have in writing from Southwark Council
that they are not planning anything big for the next 2 years but they can't be trusted!
Make sure you ask for advice, if the Council gives you the specifications of the windows, you might as well get your own from somewhere else... i bet they will be cheaper than 9k!