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  1. Hi Under the new laws I see that fines are still allocated as a percentage of your weekly income. I was just wondering if anyone knows how this is defined for a student? The only money received is through loans and grants with no part time work. Regards Lewis
  2. I own a flat (mortgaged) in a large block, so the property is owned by me on a leasehold rather than freehold basis. The flat is rented out to tenants. I pay a monthly fee to a property management company, who have recently started chasing me for an additional fee for "consent to sub-let". This is the first I have heard of such a fee in the near 8 years I've owned this flat. I have explained to them that the property is let to tenants, and is not sub-let. They have responded by saying that because the property is owned by me on a leasehold rather than freehold basis, that legally I am sub-letting the property rather than letting it. I'm interested to know whether this is legally the case (it may well be, I don't claim to be an expert...), so that I can further assess whether this seems like a legitimate fee they are requesting from me, or whether it's more like a speculative invoice similar to what I would expect a private parking firm to try and charge. Any advice appreciated!
  3. [ATTACH=CONFIG]53853[/ATTACH] A very successful attorney parked his brand new Porsche 911 Turbo in front of his office, ready to show it off to his colleagues. As he was getting out, a truck came barrelling down the road, drifted right and completely tore off the driver'sdoor. Fortunately, a cop was close enough to see the accident and pulled up behind the now door-less Porsche with his lights flashing. Before the cop had a chance to ask any questions, the attorney started screaming hysterically about how his precious Porsche, which he had just purchased the day before, was completely ruined and no matter how any car body shop tried to make it new again, would never be the same. And that being an attorney, he was going to sue the truck driver, his employer and even his drivers education teacher! After the lawyer finally wound down from his rant, the cop shook his head in disbelief, "I can't believe how materialistic you lawyers are!" he said. "You are so focused on your possessions that you neglect the most important things in life." "How can you say such a thing?" asked the lawyer. The cop replied, "Don't you even realize that your left arm is missing? It was severed when the truck hit you!" "OH, MY GOD!" screamed the lawyer. . . "My Rolex!"
  4. Hi Everyone I am employed in field work. My contract states that I must work 37.5 hours a week. As I travel to site everyday in different places It can take me hours to get there and the same to get back home. On average I travel 4 hours a day. My manager insists that this should be done in my own time. I have read on the Direct.gov website that if travelling is part of my job I can travel in company time. I would like to know what the law is regarding travelling?
  5. I am in receipt of job seekers allowance, housing benefit and council tax support. I share my home with a lodger who pays me £20 per week rent, plus then half of that month's bills. The council has decided that his bill payments constitute income, and have therefore reduced my benefits accordingly. I have explained to them that he only pays his share of the bills with that money, and that it is not a profit for me, but they have taken it off me and so I am left with a situation where effectively I am having to pay my lodgers bills myself, and so am financially worse off than I was before. Are there any grounds for appealing this decision, or is the council's interpretation of 'income' in this respect correct? Thanks very much.
  6. I'm having a bit of a senior moment [again] I have an ongoing claim v a financial institution to which it has counterclaimed the debit balance.... terminating the account 2 days prior to filing its defence and cc. Within its particulars it relies on a DN served some 5 years ago, my issue is that I do have the original DN and whilst its bad it makes no mention of this but relies on one it alleges it 'sent' to me some 3 days later...... I certainly have no record of this second DN, all previous enquiries with the defendant prior to filing disclosed no mention of this within its account logs and notes, there being no entries for that date. The day of 'sending' the 2nd DN as particularised being a Sunday, is there any method of service or interpretation of sending or serve which specifically refers to a Sunday?
  7. Hi all... If there is no legal definition of what a bedroom is, and it is down to the housing benefit officer to decide if a room is a bedroom (not the landlord/housing association), Then how can he/she make a legal decision on if your room is a bedroom or not ? If he/she says it is a bedroom, then i say it is not. I can't legally prove my case, but neither can they. If i say it isn't a bedroom as there is no legal definition, and use this as a ground for an appeal, then surely the onus is on the housing benefit officer to legally prove me wrong. Without a legal definition there isn't any way to argue against my assessement that it isn't a bedroom. Case thrown out for lack of legal definition, therefore lack of evidence. Thoughts anyone ?
  8. Just a quick query. My partner bought a brand new condenser dryer (and is paying full rate), when it was delivered, it was only wrapped in clear wrap, had no instructions and clearly was not in it's original packaging. You can tell it's been messed with, the Hotpoint sticker has been ripped off from the front inside door. When I spoke to them they said it was still new even though it had been on display in the shop! I've been trying to get the full definition of new from Citizens Advice but I'm still waiting for a call back. Can they sell "new" items that have been on display in the shop? I thought they'd have to sell it as ex-display. I was told that they have to but only after 90 days, is that correct? I'm more than happy to take Brighthouse on, to go as far as Trading Standards if necessary. I just feel they are shipping out display items to unsuspecting customers. Many thanks.
  9. Hi All, My wife is insured with VW Insurance underwritten by Allianz, she was given one years free insurance when she bought a new car last year and she renewed it automatically. She is an airline stewardess and was reporting for duty at 7pm last night at Heathrow. We use her car mainly as it can take dogs and children, our only other car is an Audi TT which is impractical for the purpose. Normally I drop her off at the airport at the fast drop so I have use of her car as I'm a named driver, otherwise her car sits in a car park for 5 days 9 days etc, completely pointless. However last night I happened to be at the airport at a works function and had a hotel room booked, she was on her way to my hotel to have a coffee and hand me the car as I was obviously not coming home, I would drop her at the kerbside as usual and whizz off to my Christmas meal. Unfortunately she collided with the rear of another car coming off the M25 AT 1750, the car being damaged and undrivable. The insurance adviser has informed us her cover is social,domestic, and leisure and does not include commuting so they would not be covering it. No she never checked it and has learnt the hard way. HOWEVER - She was not driving it to work , she was bringing it to me so I had it for the 5 days she was away, the hotel is 20 mins from our house, I've sent them the hotel bill, my check in time etc etc. Normally I would have taken her in and dropped her off but couldn't as was in the hotel. Because ultimately she left home to go to work they didnt care about the details and said it was commuting. I replied that as she only goes to work 3 times a month as she's part time, I have the car to stop it sitting dead in a car park for ages, and certainly last night she was not commuting to work, she was delivering it unusually to me as I was in a Heathrow hotel. So having paid to get the car moved to a body shop I'm in limbo. Can they define this as commuting, her car sitting at a hotel unconnected to work then driven by me to drop kerbside? To me they are refusing on a technical point, it did not happen near the work car park it was miles away, I am angry, she is shaken and what if any are my legal avenues. Any help greatly appreciated by us both. Thanks Stu
  10. Hi all Quick background to this problem: I received a letter in May this year from the Director of my department related to my sickness absence which has been quite high due to a history of stress and depression. In this letter he stated: "You need to be aware if you have two periods of absence in the next six months (prior to the 23rd November 2012) you will trigger a Capability Hearing which may result in the termination of your contract" I'm currently on sick, and have been for 2 weeks - what started initially as Gastroenteritis has overlapped into a respiratory infection for which I have been prescribed an inhaler and given a week off (but with the option to go back sooner). I have spoken to my line manager to do to explain the situation and asked him whether I was still going to be okay as it was still technically 1 period of absence, he responded by telling me he isn't sure because it's 2 illnesses whether that would be 2 periods of absence? But obviously a period is defined as "A length or portion of time" so surely, because I have been off constantly this past 2 weeks it's still 1 period of absence? Any advice anybody can give would be awesome - thanks!
  11. Hi there, I would really appreciate some advice on weather my parking ticket will stand up in court. I was driving along a road and there was an unmarked police car directly behind me. I pull over into a disabled parking space, the police car pulls along side me and aggressively shouts "where's your badge mate" and then proceeds to give me a ticket for "parking" in a disabled parking bay. I claimed that I pulled over to look at the street numbers to find an address (I'm a taxi driver) This is not strictly true but in all honesty I was not aware it was a disabled bay, if I had got out of car the first thing I would have done would be to check, and then after discovering it was disabled I would have driven off. I wish I had said this to the police as this was the truth! Anyhow, my query is does stopping constitute as parking? I had litterally been there for about 6 seconds when he made contact with me. Am I being done for 'intension to park' or for actually parking? Any help would be fantastic:)
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