After renting on my own for two years, I found that it was becoming too expensive and that if I bought and owned an apartment, it would be the same price as if I continued renting. Seventeen by L&Q was one of the first ones I looked at after having researched through the L&Q website as well as having alerts to various Shared Ownership and Help to Buy schemes. The Shared Ownership scheme at Seventeen worked best for me.
When I moved in, there were lots of maintenance issues, which were not always resolved quickly. For example, there was no stop on a pipe in my shower, which ended up creating a massive leak and my floorboards became damaged. They were good at dealing with the leak but it took approximately three months to fix my floorboards. I would rate the building management quite poorly as communication is very poor and it often takes too long in dealing with issues.
There is a good sense of community at the development as all the tenants moved in around the same time and we have organised a couple of pub trips. We have also a resident Facebook Group.
The interior of my flat is nice, but is smaller than I would have liked. I have an open plan as well as two balconies, although my spare room is in between them, and as a result, not much light comes in to the other rooms. I don’t really end up using either of them though, as my development is on a main road. All the white goods that were provided were mostly good order, except the dishwasher didn’t work. This was highlighted on the inspection I had before I moved in, but was not fixed by the time I moved in, as I had been promised it would be. It then took over a year to get it working, as I was being shunted back and forth between L&Q and Zanussi, the manufacturer. Eventually it transpired that L&Q had not switched on the water supply to the dishwasher, despite having checked this twice before and telling me it was all hooked up OK.
Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:
The location is the best thing about living in this development as it is nice to be near various convenience stores, restaurants and transport options. There is also a small park around the corner.
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
I wouldn’t purchase with L&Q again as they don’t seem to care about their residents. I have been put off by with my experience with them.