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First time buyer - Greystead Road Flats...
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DaddyTom


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Joined: Oct 2016
Post: #1
19-10-2016 12:54 PM

Hello, I'm Tom! I have been looking in the lovely SE23 area as a first time buyer (and lurking on the forums) for several months now and have found a flat in the Greystead Road estate that is just about affordable.

Does anyone have any opinions or advice they could share about the flats? Any problems you've heard about? I know they're not the prettiest of flats, but the community and the commute into Brixton are big pull factors! Very grateful for any replies!

This post was last modified: 19-10-2016 12:55 PM by DaddyTom.

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michael


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Post: #2
19-10-2016 01:48 PM

Excellent for the Fairlawn school catchment area.
Wonderful views from the flats on higher levels.

Not a known criminal hotspot or anything like that.

The commute to Brixton can be a bit shoddy. Plenty of complaints from others on the forum about the capacity and regularity of the P4, if that's how you were thinking of commuting.

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Pico


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Joined: Nov 2010
Post: #3
19-10-2016 05:42 PM

Which building is it?
My mother lives in the high rise and has problems with noisey neighbours playing their R&B hits at full volume. Make sure you thoroughly investigate recent noise problems in that block via the Lewisham Homes ASB team. They are a bit incompetent and I'd hate to see you move in and suffer like my Mum has.

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DaddyTom


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Post: #4
19-10-2016 08:14 PM

Thanks for your responses, will definitely approach the ASB team. I'd be in the taller block aswell.

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Pico


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Post: #5
20-10-2016 10:08 PM

good luck with it.
Negotiate the price down because of the noise problems.
They will be doing more major works (windows) soonish so do check that out too.

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DaddyTom


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Post: #6
24-10-2016 09:59 AM

Hi Pico,

Have you got any more info about the windows? Has your mother been told it's imminent?

All the best.

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Pico


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Post: #7
24-10-2016 09:23 PM

I'll private message you.

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Pico


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Post: #8
29-03-2017 06:04 PM

Well the great news is that since a series of complaints went in Lewisham Homes have taken action and the culprits given written warnings. It has been quiet for months now so a great relief. Hope your move went well and you are enjoying your new home!

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Decker


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Joined: Nov 2014
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03-04-2017 02:14 PM

This is why we want council owned / managed flats (when tax payers money is involved) and not private landlords.


They actually take care of the issue with their residents and have a lot of powers to enforce them. Unlike private where it's a free for all.

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Pico


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03-04-2017 05:41 PM

Yes, absolutely. A council tenant stands to lose their home if they do not behave with decency. It's a much longer road with a private home owner to get changed behaviour.

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Poppet2


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16-04-2017 03:15 PM

Watch out for the service charges. It maybe ok for now, but if the council plan to do any extensive work on the block, as a private tenant you could end up paying thousands as your contribution towards the cost. Southwark private tenants discovered this a few years later. A one off bill for improvements could range from £16k to £40k. Ohmy

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Sherwood


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Post: #12
16-04-2017 04:54 PM

If Florrie's law applies:-

The Directions limit service charges relating to the costs of repair, maintenance or improvement
•to £15,000 for a dwelling located within a London authority, and
•within any five year period.

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