How to post in the online forums

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Things to be aware of

See our Terms and Conditions on you User Account page for a full description of relevant information. Key points, summarised, are:

  • Forum posts, replies and comments are all publicly visible. If there is something sensitive which means you don't want any possibility of being identified please contact the administrator. You may be able to post under "Anonymous".
  • Keep it lawful - don't breach copyright or disclose persona information.
  • You retain the copyright to what you post, but we retain a licence to publish it in perpetuity.

Posting a new forum topic

These simple steps should get you there:

  1. Log in. Only our members can post so you can’t post unless you log in.
  2. Click either Online Forums on the main menu OR Add a forum topic or comment on an existing one under the Contribute menu.
  3. Either of these options willl bring up the list of the available forums.
  4. Select one of the forums by clicking on it. Note that each forum in which you can post has a speech bubblel to the left, so ignore the groups of forums, like "Enforcement", which don't.
  5. You will now see a list of the existing forum posts in the selected forum AND, above the list, a grey Add new  Forum topic button .
  6. Click the button to start your post. You'll see an online form appear.
  7. Enter your subject and put the text of your question or issue in the main “Body” box. You shouldn't need to use any of the other fields, unless you are attaching a file in the "file attachments" part of the form.
  8. When you've finished, click the Save button at the bottom of the page.
  9. Only click Save once – it can take quite a long time before it finishes saving. You don’t get the hourglass unfortunately, but for example on most browsers you should see evidence that something is happening eg by looking at the browser tab.
  10. When the site has finished saving, the screen will refresh and you should see your forum post in its "view" state rather than its "edit" state.

Replying to someone else's post

  1. The processes below are approximately the same whether you are commenting on a forum post, or replying to someone else's comment.
  2. As with [1] above, you'll need to log in, so it is worth getting that out of the way first.
  3. If you have a direct link to to the comment or post (eg in a notification email from the website) click the link. It will take you where you need to go - continue at [15] Below.
  4. If you don't have a direct link, you will need to navigate to the right forum post as described under [2] to [5] above; and having done that you will need to select the individual post, and if necessary the individual comment, you are respondng to.
  5. Having arrived, if you are adding a comment to the original forum post, you click the Add a Comment link at the foot of the post. If you are replying to an existing comment you click the Reply link at the foot of the particular comment you want to reply to.
  6. Either way, this will bring up the Comment form. You should now continue as for [7] above. The functionality is the same except you can't attach a file.



This alert came through regarding fraud and empty homes.

Not sure of the extent of the issue, nor if it is worth EHN liaising with the National Fraud Intellegence Bureau? Yes, they really do exist as a genuine organisation! 

This is a message sent via Cumbria community messaging. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)

(Please do not reply directly to this email, please use the Reply button at the bottom of this message)

Message sent by

Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has received several reports of rental fraud whereby empty premises are being targeted and the locks are being changed for the purpose of adding legitimacy to a rental fraud.
The suspect(s) will find and enter an empty property for the purposes of changing the locks and then advertising it on online platforms, such as Gumtree, as a rental property. The suspect(s) then invite interested victims to visit the property for a viewing. Those victims which are interested in renting the property are then requested to pay a deposit and/or rent upfront in cash.
In some instances the victims have moved into the property only to be evicted by the real property owner, or have found that the locks have been changed, once they have received the keys. There are several instances where this fraud has left victims homeless.
Property Owners:

  • If you or someone you know currently has an empty property, encourage them to visit the property regularly to make sure that the locks have not been changed and no damage has occurred.

Prevention Advice:

  • Avoid communication with only email or mobile phone, request to see the property owner and ask for valid ID. You can also check ownership of the property using the Land Registry.
  • The landlord will carry out their own due diligence and should request all of your details, references and proof that you will be able to afford to rent the property. Make sure that these checks are completed prior to paying a deposit / rent.
  • Always view the property and the tenancy agreement before paying any upfront costs.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting

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An  Order of Sale (OoS) was granted by the court in February 2016 in relation to a final charge on the property. There has since been an aplication by a person claiming to be the owner to have the order set aside. There will be a hearing on this in August 2016.

Since the OoS was ganted further costs have been incurred under Sectuon 4 Damage by Pests Act 1949. The S4 costs have been recorded as a local land charge. Depending on the outcome of the August hearing, If the S4 is a 'Priority Notice' that binds all other interests, can these costs be recovered from the proceeds of sale? The Council's solicitor is indicating that a new charge will have to be registered for costs incurred after the OoS was granted.

All views and comment welcome.