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  1. Hi Sidewinder, There were no specified targets are measurements stated in the letter she received confirming the trial period. The letter was written by the former business owner and I suspect he liaised with the new owner before confirming it. My wife is happy with the reduced hours and has not seen any impact to the business as all work is carried out as required. As mentioned, it could be said that she is being more effiecient! lol I also did encourage my wife to make a log of any problems that arose and what was done to overcome them during the trial to support her case if
  2. Update: The latest letter has been sent so hopefully some further news on their response in the next week or so. Some interesting news - I told my FIL that it would not hurt if he were to visit the site and do a little homework and if he could find out any info form any other people who use the site...he did visit it on Sunday and spoke to a elderly resident of the site who was very displeased with the new owners and their regime to say the least. This helpful chap did advise that there were several tourer caravans that were all given 4 months notice to be moved (my FIL seems to reme
  3. Update: My wife has returned to work and accepted the 3 month trial. During this time the new owner has taken over the business (after being back for about 2 weeks). The new owner has seemed happy with everything and has not made any comments about the reduced hours nor brought up any issues as a result of them. My wife says if anything the same amount of work is now being done over less days! The end of the 3 month period is nearly here and there has been no mention of addressing the situation either to continue the role on reduced hours and offer a permanent part time contract o
  4. Good to hear we are on the right track - I'll send another letter with regards to the points you mentioned and keep you posted. Thanks agin for the advice and support Mr Penguin
  5. Update: A response was received last week from the new owners of business stating the following: They have no records from the previous owner to say that my father-in-law's caravan was lawfully stored on the caravan park and they have no records of payments for such provision. They have also stated that they do no know whether the caravan was in fact removed by my father-in-law or an associate of his! They then follow on to say that if we have any supporting evidence to support this then to send it to them for their perusal. [The way we worded the previous letter to th
  6. UPDATE: After reviewing all the details we have written to the new company (using the retained name of the original business as given by the previous owner) assuming that they bought the land and business, lock & stock. We've re-iterated the fact that they had no right to dispose of the property without giving due notice (trading standards have confirmed this and also mentioned that at the very least they should have retained the property and then charged to store it, which is in line with the rental understanding). We've given the letter the title of 'Letter Before Action'
  7. Thanks webranger. I'll get the father-in-law to dig out evidence of cheques from his bank statements. Good call about the site survey, the father-in-law also has some pics of the caravan on the site. I'll check about spare keys etc in the site office. The site has still retained the same name so I'm hoping it was a case of the whole business being bought. The previous site owner has since passed away and I think it was his son who took the business over and then since sold it. I'm not sure if it will be possible to trace the son if that would do any good at all (the previous owne
  8. A letter was sent to the company (both the site & HQ) requesting the safe return of the caravan or an explanation as to what happened to it along with compensation to its value if it had been destroyed. The company has now responded asking for the following information: 1) A copy of an agreement to station the caravan there 2) Information about the security of the caravan When the caravan was first stored there, there was no formal agreement. A rent book was issued after some time however payments were made as and when my father in law was in the area or checking up on his ca
  9. Thanks for your reply: Yes the property is part rent part buy from a housing association. They housing association have been very unhelpful to say the least. A service charge is included in the monthly rent paid to the housing association. After much pestering and complaining to the housing association they sent in their own surveyor who did get access to the flat above. The leak has been identified in his property. As the leak is now classed as internal to his flat, it is not covered on the buildings insurance and will need to be paid for out of his pocket. The surveyor advis
  10. Thanks for your comments. I'll check his records with him but it seems all things caravan related were in the caravan. I've drafted a letter to send to their HQ demanding the safe return of the caravan and its contents or otherwise proof of the manner is was disposed of along with a sum for the replacement of the caravan and its contents at the current market value. I'll post again when a reply comes in or if 14 days passes without one. Thanks
  11. Many thanks for your posts: The caravan was originally stored at the site from 2002 onwards and as far as my father in law can remember he didn’t sign any kind of agreement or wasn’t given a copy of any site terms although if there were, they would have all been in the caravan... The site has still retained its name and so I would assume that the business was sold, the new company appear to have sites all over the UK. When my father in law first started using the site he was given a rent book by the former site owner and he gave them his home address and details for their record
  12. I think you are right in what you say about compensation but that is all he would be looking for, to be in the same position he was prior to the disposal of the caravan. The caravan itself had inside it records of holiday sites stayed at which would have contained personal adetails such as address. Also the plot the caravan was pitched on had a plot registration plackard to identify it, which could have led the site owners back to my father-in-law. I think the next step is to formally write to the caravan site and the new owners head office and see what they say
  13. Posting on behalf of my father in law – not sure if this is the right location for this thread but posted here as technically a rental agreement was in place: My father in law stored his caravan with a local company rather than keep it at his home address as this was both convenient and secure. Originally he was issued with a rent book and passed his details and home address to the THEN owner of the storage company. Over recent years the caravan has maybe only be used a few times but given the recent spell of good weather we have seen, my father in law decided to go and check out his
  14. Hi, some much needed advice please on this situation one of my friends has found herself in: The short version - She is the middle floor in a 3 story block of flats which is a shared ownership property. Water has been found to be entering her flat via the kitchen ceiling but since having people in to assess the issue, they have advised that the source of the leakage is not form within her property but they cannot identify it origin without going in via the flat of the person above her. The people who have made this statement work working for the buildings insurance company who were called
  15. UPDATE: Since the last post my wife submitted a formal request for flexible working hours. About a week later her employer has responded in writing advising that they will agree to a compromise and has proposed a trial period to assess if there will any determent to the business by my wife being part time. The trial does not mean that she will automatically be moved to part time hours at the end but is then subject to a discussion as to whether your application will be accepted. From reading up on the direct.gov website this seems a fair proposal and solution however, I would want
  16. UPDATE: Since the last post my wife submitted a formal request for flexible working hours. About a week later her employer has responded in writing advising that they will agree to a compromise and has proposed a trial period to assess if there will any determent to the business by my wife being part time. The trial does not mean that she will automatically be moved to part time hours at the end but is then subject to a discussion as to whether your application will be accepted. From reading up on the direct.gov website this seems a fair proposal and solution however, I would wan
  17. ok, understood. Thanks again for your advice. We'll see how things pan out. There is no reason the request should not be seen favourably, my wife has perfect employment record and is well liked by all those in the business.
  18. Sorry Beau, one further question: are you saying that even though she is may be doing less hours, the employer has to hold open a role of equal standing/pay?
  19. Hi thanks for your response - My wife is only taking the 39 weeks ML which is due to end in June and is intending on returning to work then. Is there no recourse for the existing owner for not negotiating or at least addressing the issue? Thanks
  20. Hi, this sounds like a very unfair situation. I'm not expert in this so I'll just give you my experience - we have had several rounds of redundancy at our place of work over the past few years and peopel on maternity leave have always been kept on, and as far as I understand it, with no alteration to their salary. If no one gives you any advise on what to do then I would query directly with the employer if this is the case before you attend any interview and get their response i writing - as if they are found to be acting incorrectly at a later stage this can be kept as evidence. Al
  21. Update: Although my wife didn't submit a request for a change to working hours using the official form, she did request it via email and has been in communication with her employer. The employer had constantly advised her that the decision is 'not up to them' but is the decision of any new owner of the business. This seems completely against what we’ve been told here. My wife did have a face to face meeting with her employer and did reiterate her request for a part time contract to which the employer then advised he could either negotiate a part time contract with her now or wait until the
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