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Offline jimbocz

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A Uniquely British Way to Get Ripped Off
« on: November 16, 2016, 11:45:14 AM »
This was in last week's Guardian and I found it fascinating because it's such a uniquely British scam.  It relies on the obscure leasehold/freehold system with healthy lashings of the "because we can get away with it " attitude to fleecing the consumer.  Be sure to read this if you're buying a house!


https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/oct/29/new-builds-house-buyers-leasehold-property-trap?CMP=share_btn_link

If somebody tried to pull this in France, they would literally burn down the companys and string up the directors.  And they'd be right to do so. 


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Re: A Uniquely British Way to Get Ripped Off
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2016, 01:10:53 PM »
I've had similar thoughts about "If they tried that in the US" a lot - in particular a story about a council forcing an old couple to tear down their house because it was like half a meter too large for their permit. You'd have an armed standoff if that happened in the US!