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Everything posted by demon_x_slash

  1. Can I please reiterate what Planner has already said - a landlord cannot enter a rented-out property if the tenant does not give permission. You could give all the notice in the world, but if the tenant does not give permission you are inviting an unlawful entry via. disturbing the tenants' right to quiet enjoyment. Do it properly with an s.21 and get rid of her through the proper channels.
  2. Apply for a hardship grant ASAP - your student services centre should take you through it, and be supportive about any problems you may have.
  3. Any idea what the provision for adult ADD is like generally in the UK? I've heard that in the US doctors are more willing to believe that adult ADD is possible than doctors in the UK; we've always suspected that my OH has undiagnosed ADD (he's 25) but fear that English doctors may be more unsympathetic as it's still somewhat of a 'myth' over here...
  4. Try the Neighbours from Hell forum at Neighbours From Hell in Britain for some specialised advice - you'll need to register before you can view it.
  5. Make sure that your tenant's deposit is protected, as you as the landlord are ultimately liable for it, and 3x the deposit if it's not...
  6. You do not need to pay a thing. Please read the information about Private Parking Companies in the Parking Forum on this site, as others have previously advised.
  7. Learner Support Service, Darlington, DL1 4WD ...is where they send their application forms to. Hopefully her app has been processed now though? They have sped up. Her college may need to submit a backdate authorisation spreadsheet in order to authorise payments from the beginning of September. And it's being passed to Capita, not Centrica. Gods help us all...
  8. Believe me, the colleges feel exactly the same about these morons as you do. Do they tell you why you need to contact the college? Have they given any reason as to why she hasn't received it? (Just trying to rule everything out, and I'm in no way saying that she's missed days, but have you double-checked her attendance with the college since Sept.?) Has she received any money at all from EMA? The payment ref should start EMAMN(then a string of numbers). If she's received her current money but not her backdated money, the college may want to re-send their authorisation spreadsheet in case some Liberata numpty has lost it. There's going to be even more disruption soon, I predict, because Liberata (the original contractors) have been sacked for incompetence, and are being replaced with...dum dum (dumb) - Crapita, of all people. We privately think that EMA as a concept will be dumped in the next year or so as it's been too much of an embarrassment to the Gov. I'm assuming that there are no travel concessions etc. to help her out in the meantime?
  9. I can confirm that it's the EMA s*ds and not her college - I'm the EMA provider for my FE, and all we do is log attendance and click 'yes' or 'no' each week; that's the extent of our EMA input. They hang up on us all the time, too. The only thing I can suggest is not only to keep complaining to the EMA helpline but to double-check that they have the correct bank details for her; several students of mine had digits transposed when they called up to check...
  10. Go for Gardasil privately if you can afford it - the Government offered one only offers protection against two strains of papilloma, unlike Gardasil which offers protection against four, and genital warts in addition. Just because she is already sexually active, doesn't mean she can't get HPV and subsequent cancer later on.
  11. For opt-out templates, please see this thread.
  12. Ow. 'Fraid she must have just had a bad reaction to something. I'd e-mail Rimmel's UK head office pronto and ask for an ingredient listing to pass on to her doctor. The most important thing is finding out which specific chemical caused it so that she can avoid it in future; having a spontaneous allergic reaction can often mean that she could be hyper-sensitive to similar products later on.
  13. They walked on down the street for a bit, had a discussion, then walked off down the road and stood at the bus stop, and had a very heated discussion. Something's not right. Hmm, they're a subscriber to the AES code of practice - which states: 7.1 Sales Agents must only make sales calls on consumers at reasonable times recognising that what is regarded as reasonable can vary in different locations and in different types of households. Sales Agents will in any event only call between 9am and 8pm, unless it is at the consumer’s request. 7.3 Sales Agents will, as soon as possible on making contact, identify themselves, the Member they represent and their purpose. The Sales Agent will produce an identity card, without prompting, which clearly displays the Member’s name, the Sales Agent’s name and photograph, and an expiry date for validity of the card. Sales Agents must not misrepresent themselves, for example as calling to carrying out research etc. 7.5 Sales Agents will end the discussion and leave the premises immediately at the consumer’s request. Sales Agents will voluntarily cease contact with a consumer who clearly indicates that contact is inconvenient, unwelcome or inappropriate. Thank you, AES, NPower will be getting an e-mail tomorrow...
  14. Guys, a little question about something that has got me really annoyed: Are there any guidelines on the times when a salesperson can and cannot call? We have just had two salespeople from NPower knock on our door, and I had to tell them to go away through the door three times. Yes, just now - 9:25pm on a Friday night! They had plastic ID cards with their names on them and NPower printed across the front. Apart from the blatant cheek about timing, which has me absolutely fuming, we have several people whom I would class as vulnerable in our block, including single parents and mentally ill people. One of our residents actually opened the door and had to endure ten minutes of hard sell before they managed to politely get away. When OH went down to complain to them about the time, they wanted to know what flat number we were before stating that they didn't see anything wrong with their tactics...! Who do I shout at to stop this ever happening again? *fume*
  15. Watch out, watch out, there are Claims Touts about!
  16. Letter Before Action - the final letter that you send before court action. It just needs to be a normal letter (but headed 'Letter Before Action') setting out what you think you are owed, your reasoning, your intention to proceed with recovery through the courts, and giving him a 'last chance' to respond favourably.
  17. Oh, look, I'm moving into a new place with my young child. I see the stairwell. I'm an attentive parent; I know the dimensions of my child's head. I take a look at the property before moving in. The first thing in the building that I see (well, I have to climb the stairs to get to the place, after all) is a series of gaps that my child's head could fit through. I notice that this is a problem. I can do two things: 1) Not take the property at all. I'm a little over-cautious, but then accidents can happen. I let the agents know why I'm not interested in the property, and they're glad to keep in mind that it may not be suitable for families with young children. Everyone's happy. 2) I take the property anyway. I caution my child gently and seriously to never put his head through the gap, explaining the possible consequences, and - more importantly, I would have thought - never let him play alone on the stairs in the first place. After all, if my boy had an accident of that sort, does that not mean that he would be unsupervised on said stairs, outside my property, in the first place? You didn't even give them a chance to remedy the possible problem. You had 'enjoyment' of the property for the period of time in which you paid rent. You moved out, breaking the lease and very probably incurring damages to the agents and landlord along the way. You're lucky that they're not suing you for loss of profit and breach of contract. Please don't rely on other people to look after your child - you'll regret it one day.
  18. Don't forget - if someone goes above and beyond to help out, you can always click their scales as a thank-you
  19. According to the engineer, "the frets are not levelled correctly, so no matter how much you adjust the bridge and the truss rod, it is impossible to achieve a good action without buzzing." Not a simple tune-up job, I'm afraid, or the buyer'd be able to do it himself. Thanks anyway tigs.
  20. It's a sole trader AFAIK - one shop. The buyer actually bought the guitar in March, but due to aforementioned Saga only actually received it a week and a half ago (had to hold Distance Selling over their heads to actually get the flippin' thing). I'd actually forgotten about the six-month reverse burden of proof too...hmm, more ammo if they turn their noses up. It's MHO that they simply shoved this guitar on the buyer, sans set-up, inspection, etc.,just to get rid of him as quickly as possible after the Saga; that's why I'm wary of their response. They may be sterling - but I'd like to be prepared just in case Thanks peeps, v. appreciate the input. d_x_s
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