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  1. Thanks for the replies. I've been thinking it through and talking about this to a colleague. I think its pretty borderline with HMRC - we are pretty sure that if the sum of the discount exceeds the original service charge then it is clear cut income. I think that as long as we dont 'invoice' the management company and the discount is offered 'voluntarily' then I doubt you would have to pay income tax. As with any company it is up to them to decide what, if any discount they should offer to their customers. Hopefully it would just be viewed as discounting the liability rather than
  2. Hi Thanks - i think you have misunderstood slightly. We dont want to get involved in the day to day stuff - the management company we employ would continue to do this, mainly because of the points you raise. What we would like to take on is the gardening and vacuuming of communal areas and nothing more. The management company have budgeted £3,100 for this year but we would just like greater control in being able to do this ourselves (each flat owns 1 share of the company). However those who would get involved can not do this for nothing but we reckon for perhaps £1,000 in terms of time an
  3. Hi - not strictly a lettings issue but best home I could find... We are a block of 24 apartments that pay an annual service charge to a management company to look after communal areas. A few of the residents are unhappy with the excessive cost of things like cleaning and the poor workmanship. Some of us are thinking about clubbing together to take this on ourselves as we could do a better job for less. As only a few apartments would club together we are reluctant to take anything on as a freebie. We were thinking that those who have contributed could then be offered a 'discount' on f
  4. Hello, My partner received a student loan from SLC a few years ago to complete her degree. Since then she was working full time and had automatic payments being made direct to the SLC through her salary. Since September she has become a full time student again to do a masters (self funded). She has received a letter from SLC a few days ago pretty much stating that they are aware that no payments have been made and if she has returned to full time education evidence to how she is supporting herself - bank statements etc. If she doesnt reply within a month then she has been told that there
  5. I think you and one or two others need to read the original post more carefully! If the concensus is that its up to the driver in 99% of cases as I get the feeling here then quite simply if I fancy a quick buck it would just be advantageous to throw yourself in front of a car as its never the pedestrians fault! The post now is irrelevant anyway - I have been informed that case law these days presents a simple test. What would have happened had the car been travelling at e.g. 5mph, would the accident still have occured? I have also been told that in this instance the pedestrian has igno
  6. Depends what you mean by smash - I dont mean into pieces. Just lots of cracks. I was told by the collision investigation unit that if he was hit at 30mph plus then he would have been flipped the other side of the vehicle. Apparantly even at 10 mph you would be flipped onto the windscreen. We may agree to differ on the term excessive speed!
  7. correct. If culpability is proven then I dont see the injury as being relevant. That said I will only follow this up if he makes a claim first.
  8. I didnt want to mention earlier but one of the witnesses was an off duty police officer so I think their statement would be more accurate than most! Re speed its a difficult one, it seems that had the speed been 10 mph then the accident would have still occured. I think a deal of pragmatism is required, as for instance I can run a half marathon faster than 10mph which would render the car useless!
  9. Mossy - thanks my view too is to leave it unless he claims. Jon - Was a footpath either side so you wouldnt expect a pedestrian to cross there any more than anywhere else. It is a known busy road which is why there is a designated crossing a few tens of metres away. I take your point though but if someone walks out in front of the car about 5 metres ahead of you there is very little you can do in those circumstances. Thankfully there are three witnesses who all say the same thing. I'm not sure I agree with you that in the eyes of the law the principal (guess it depends what yo
  10. Hello - first post so apologies if its in the wrong place! My partner was involved in a car accident where she hit a pedestrian. Without going into the finer points there were three witnesses, all of whom support my partner stating that he just walked out on her and that there was nothing she could do. Essentially there were three lanes of traffic two of which were gridlocked, he weaved between the the first two lanes but didnt realise the third lane was still moving and walked straight out into the lane without looking. We also had the police come round to take photographs of the
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