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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeAug 13th, 2010 7:31am (Aug 13th 2010)
     
    Kids think they do as well!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 15th, 2010 7:08pm (Aug 15th 2010)
     
    What do owls sing when it is raining ?
    'Too wet to woo' !
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeAug 15th, 2010 7:19pm (Aug 15th 2010)
     
    I like that one NN
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 16th, 2010 5:23pm (Aug 16th 2010)
     
    :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 16th, 2010 9:41pm (Aug 16th 2010)
     
    I love this one

    Lady Nancy Astor to Churchill: “If I were your wife, I would put poison in your coffee!”

    Winston Churchill: “Ma’am if I were your husband, I would drink it!”
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeAug 17th, 2010 7:32am (Aug 17th 2010)
     
    :rollonfloorlaughing:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 17th, 2010 6:41pm (Aug 17th 2010)
     
    Lady Something-or-other to Churchill: Sir, you are drunk.
    Churchill: And you, madam, are ugly, but in the morning I shall be sober.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2010 2:15pm (Aug 18th 2010)
     
    NN and CC, excellent
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeAug 20th, 2010 12:45pm (Aug 20th 2010)
     
    Brilliant girls!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 20th, 2010 3:36pm (Aug 20th 2010)
     
    If a firefighters business can go up in smoke, and a plumbers business can go down the drain, can a hooker get layed off?
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeAug 20th, 2010 5:55pm (Aug 20th 2010)
     
    NN i like your sense of humor it brilliant!!!!!!!!!!! :wink:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 20th, 2010 9:27pm (Aug 20th 2010)
     
    One of the managers at work recently used the phrase "all the ducks are in a row". What?!!! And today I was told by our secretary that she was minuting a meeting yesterday and one of the managers said she'd been told she was "trying to eat all the elephants in one go". Pardon?!! Where are these weird phrases coming from? Anybody heard any other strange ones?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 20th, 2010 9:51pm (Aug 20th 2010)
     
    I believe you can play 'catchphrase bingo' in meetings where such tosh is spoken. Make yourself a card with some of the stupid phrases ('Blue sky thinking...outside the box...ducks in a row...singing from the same hymnsheet...run it up the flagpole and see who salutes', etc., etc) and a friend in the same meeting has a card with other like phrases. Then you tick off each one as and when it's uttered and the first one with a full house wins...
    Ducks in a row = organised. God knows what the elephant one means!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 20th, 2010 10:06pm (Aug 20th 2010)
     
    Apparently its something to do with trying to do everything in one go instead of in small bites. Why an elephant though?! Odd people.

    I've seen some meeting room bingo cards - they'd get filled pretty quickly in some of the meetings I've been to!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2010 1:59pm (Aug 23rd 2010)
     
    The elephant one is something like this:
    an elephant cannot eat a tree in one go but can eat it branch by branch..so I suppose that person in the meeting might have been trying to say that the this manager was trying to accomplish everyting in one go but they did not get the phrase right themselves. :-)

    I love the 'all the ducks are in a row'' I have visions of all the ducks standing by the pond, all in a line waiting for someone to tell them to jump in all together. :crazy:

    mind you, with the elephant one, I have vision of an elephant climing a tree and starting to eat it from the top branch down.:tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2010 5:14pm (Aug 23rd 2010)
     
    Posted By: Shobhnamind you, with the elephant one, I have vision of an elephant climing a tree and starting to eat it from the top branch down

    :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2010 8:45pm (Aug 23rd 2010)
     
    Oh my you have made me think of my area manager he was full of this type of cr*p, He was always saying, "it isnt rocket science" another was "lets all touch base" and " Just run that one up the flag pole" Plus loads more that escape me at the moment.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2010 9:20pm (Aug 23rd 2010)
     
    Did he work in the NHS too NN?! They seem to have a million of them.

    I like your version of the elephant quote Shobhna, and it sounds much more plausible. Thank you!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2010 9:28pm (Aug 23rd 2010)
     
    No Kate, it was retail they all talk a load of old toot most of the time makes them feel important !!!!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2010 1:43pm (Aug 24th 2010)
     
    all these jargony phrases are there to impress.
    Should try our department, we always reduce everything to base level and I mean base level, as in the humour canot go any lower if we tried.
    It certainly keeps the rest of the office away from us, after all aren't we in IT supposed to be odd and speak a funny language?

    We have our own names for most departments and people.
    Rhyming cockney slang takes on a comletely different hue in our department.:001_tt2:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2010 5:14pm (Aug 24th 2010)
     
    Shobhna, go to a site called 'Weakend Productions' and try to find a shirt film called 'Technical Support'. Hysterical. you'll like it...:)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2010 10:07pm (Aug 24th 2010)
     
    Its acronyms with the NHS. Everything is reduced to initials - it must be like another language to new starters.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2010 1:45pm (Aug 25th 2010)
     
    CC, I will have a look at that site

    Kate, the army is a bit like that too. should see my brother's e-mail address. only another army person could decipher it...and because my brother deals with the NHS all the time, he has many hilarious tales to tell because of their use of acronyms as well.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2010 8:00pm (Aug 25th 2010)
     
    A comical quote;
    I don't drink these days. I am allergic to alcohol and narcotics. I break out in handcuffs
    - Robert Downey JR
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2010 5:29pm (Aug 26th 2010)
     
    :tooth: Like it!
    A friend comes and bails you out of jail.
    A really good friend is sitting beside you in the cell saying 'That was FUN!'
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2010 7:56pm (Aug 26th 2010)
     
    Ha ha that's a good un CC, I like the idea of that.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 29th, 2010 7:24pm (Aug 29th 2010)
     
    Two confirmed bachelors sat talking, their conversation drifted from politics to cooking. "I got a cookbook once," said one, "but I could never do anything with it." "Too much fancy work in it, eh?" asked the other. "You said it. Every one of the recipes began the same
    way - 'Take a clean dish."
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 29th, 2010 9:28pm (Aug 29th 2010)
     
    Excellent NN!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 29th, 2010 9:28pm (Aug 29th 2010)
     
    New owner of The Blanket II can be seen in post your pics thread!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 30th, 2010 3:48pm (Aug 30th 2010)
     
    and he is just so beautiful and you will be so proud of the new Hencam baby.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2010 9:54pm (Sep 1st 2010) edited
     
    Here is one for F1 fans.........only funny if you saw Sundays race
      PicNews1008311.jpg
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2010 7:19am (Sep 3rd 2010)
     
    Nice one NN :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2010 7:57pm (Sep 3rd 2010)
     
    This one was funny as well
      VettelShipping1.jpg
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2010 8:57pm (Sep 3rd 2010)
     
    These are hilarious, NN.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2010 10:05pm (Sep 3rd 2010)
     
    Yes, very good!!!
    • CommentAuthorRonald
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2010 7:22pm (Sep 9th 2010)
     
    Feeding the family pet
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2010 8:17pm (Sep 9th 2010)
     
    That is really funny Ronald ha ha
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2010 8:17pm (Sep 9th 2010)
     
    :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorRonald
    • CommentTimeSep 11th, 2010 10:22pm (Sep 11th 2010) edited
     
    Received an email to remove this. Sorry....
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 12th, 2010 10:01pm (Sep 12th 2010)
     
    Another great one Ronald! Do you draw them on computer? They're very good and VERY funny!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2010 6:33pm (Sep 13th 2010)
     
    O, I thought it was good...Why was it removed? Was it about The President? ! Anyone else see about that boy in Bedfordshire who sent a rude email to Obama and is now BANNED from america FOR EVER? Hilarious...no sense of humour, obviously. :D
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2010 8:02pm (Sep 13th 2010)
     
    I left a message saying how brilliant that was but it has gone as well. What a shame you had to remove them Roland, they were right crackers.

    No I didn't see that CC but it sounds about right !!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2010 10:00pm (Sep 13th 2010)
     
    Yes, I saw that CC - that's what comes of mailing when you're drunk! He's not bothered now but he will be in a few years when he wants a nice holiday!

    I'm sorry you've had to remove the cartoons Ronald, they were very good.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2010 10:57pm (Sep 13th 2010) edited
     
    There are plenty of other places to go on holiday...who needs Los Angeles when you can have Skegness?:D (or Paris, or Sorrento, or Sydney, or Tokyo, or Ulan Bator....)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2010 8:39pm (Sep 18th 2010)
     
    Games for old age parties

    1 Sag, You're it
    2 Pin the Toupee on the bald guy
    3 20 questions shouted into your good ear
    4 Kick the bucket
    5 Red Rover, Red Rover, the nurse says Bend Over
    6 Simon says something incoherent
    8 Hide and go pee
    9 Musical recliners
    10 Zimmer racing
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2010 10:10pm (Sep 18th 2010)
     
    excellent NN! :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 19th, 2010 3:16am (Sep 19th 2010)
     
    :rofl::lol::rolling:ha ha ha love 'em NN
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2010 8:18pm (Sep 20th 2010)
     
    The wheels of life
      wheels_of_life.jpg
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2010 7:32am (Sep 21st 2010)
     
    Love It NN so true though!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2010 7:10pm (Sep 23rd 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I have actually just had a laughing fit! Me and Lyle are looking at this hotel to take Joe to tomorrow, and the first review was this:


    Review, http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g191270-d504682-Reviews-Hotel_Prospect-Morecambe_Lancashire_England.htmlAfter booking into this hotel with 4 other friends we was booted out for being from Bradford absolutely appalling. We didn`t get chance to unpack or anything.

    There has to be more to it than that, but god it made me laugh! Lyle's response was, "Don't mention you're from Bradford!"
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2010 7:21pm (Sep 23rd 2010) edited
     
    This is outrageous Red so much for the Ideal hotel for the Single Person as well as Couples !!!!! what a load of Bull---t what was the out come I wonder.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2010 10:05pm (Sep 23rd 2010)
     
    There was something on the news about a similar type of review on a hotel in Blackpool. The person said they were kicked out for writing a negative review on that site. The owner was asked to comment and he said they were kicked out for being loud, rude and abusive.

    I think those things all have to be taken with a pinch of salt. Some folk think that if they're on holiday they should be able to do what they like, when they like, regardless. Hoteliers have to consider all their guests. Maybe if they were respectful they wouldn't have got kicked out!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2010 6:28pm (Sep 24th 2010)
     
    I would have thrown them out for bad grammar...:)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2010 3:58pm (Oct 24th 2010)
     
    Kate made me think of this mentioning her iPhone on another thread. Here's a sexist joke for you;
    I bought myself an iPad, and my kid an iPhone. My wife moaned and said SHE wanted something; so I bought her an iRon...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2010 7:00pm (Oct 24th 2010)
     
    Ha ha sort of thing that would happen to me CC. Ha ha
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2010 9:37pm (Oct 24th 2010)
     
    I hope my hubby doesn't hear that or he'll be doing the same to me!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2010 3:30pm (Oct 25th 2010)
     
    Yes, LSE found that amusing...I said 'Don't even THINK about it...' :D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2010 2:52pm (Nov 10th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    funny thing happened today that made me think of this thread!

    It was about 9.30am and I was still tucked up in bed, Lyle was playing games in the front room. He heard the outside door of our house unlocking, so automatically assumed it was someone from Flat A which is above us.

    Then a key slipped into the living room door and started to turn! Next thing he knows the door opens and someone steps into the living room whilst Lyle is sat on the floor, with no clothes on, in horror!!!

    Luckily he had a blanket wrapped around him, hahaha! It was a boiler repair man. Keates Hulme had given him a key to our flat without letting us know, which was good of them! I'm quite glad we were in really, he could have come and gone and we wouldn't even have known!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2010 4:59pm (Nov 10th 2010)
     
    Ooo, hot water soon then, Red! Assuming Mr Repair Man didn't run screaming off down the road...:)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2010 7:45pm (Nov 10th 2010)
     
    Hee hee lucky he had the blanket to cover his modesty !!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2010 9:20pm (Nov 11th 2010)
     
    Oh the poor thing, it must've been really horrific for him. I'm surprised he could hold his tools after the shock of seeing Lyle naked!! :face-smile:

    Joking aside, can they hand over a key to your flat like that?!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2010 6:03pm (Nov 12th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahahaha!

    Kate, I dunno. I thought that too. I'm pretty sure it's illegal to just have someone come into your flat, and that they have to give you 24 hours notice in advance.

    CC, Mr Flipping Repair Man has buggered up our boiler instead of making it any better!!! He did an inspection and told us what was wrong (pressure tap dripping making it lose pressure) and said he would pass it on to Keates Hulme and recommend they get a new boiler as it is so old.

    Well, before it was dropping to 0 pressure once every 4 days or so, but since he has been round it drops to 0 from full in less than half an hour!! It's ridiculous! We think he must have done something so KH have to fork out for a new boiler - also, does anybody know if it costs us money to constantly have to up the pressure on our boiler?!?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2010 9:44pm (Nov 12th 2010)
     
    They can't do that Red.

    http://www.tenancyagreementservice.co.uk/tenants-rights.htm

    It might be worth contacting Citizens Rights, or just phone them up and complain. Is it a company that owns your property or a private landlord? Not that the rules are different either way.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2010 11:34pm (Nov 12th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oooh thanks for the website Kate, very interesting!

    Well, it's a private landlord but he lives in Ireland and never comes over to the UK...so really it's all done through KH and is their responsibility.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2010 10:40pm (Nov 14th 2010)
     
    Are they an agency? Maybe you need to start kicking up a stink!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2010 2:18am (Nov 17th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Just sent an email to KH - we kept forgetting to do it, but now the boiler has packed in again completely!

    Copied:

    Hi,

    We contacted you on the 21st October 2010 regarding a few issues with our flat - mainly the boiler and the missing tiles at the back of the bath.

    Shortly after I emailed my father came to look around our flat and was able to show my partner and I where the pressure gauge for our boiler is, so we were able to raise the pressure ourselves and get the boiler working again. About a week later some people came to check our gas, and they also checked over the boiler too. They were happy everything was in working order, apart from the boiler being very old and very noisy!

    However six days ago, whilst my partner was sitting in the front room, a boiler repair man unlocked both the outer house and our front door and let himself into our front room!! We had had no notification that someone would be calling, certainly none saying he would be given keys to our Flat, and at the time I was in bed and my boyfriend was sat in the front room wearing nothing but his boxers! To have someone be given keys to your house without your knowledge, and come barging into your flat whilst you have very little on is embarrassing to say the least, and against our rights as tenants.

    The man had a look at our boiler and said there was something wrong with the pressure, there was a leak with the outdoor tap which was why the pressure was dropping so quickly. He said he would pass this on to yourselves, recommend it be replaced or fixed, and left. Now, before he left we were having to raise the pressure about once or twice a week. Since the moment he left we have had to raise the pressure at least every half hour, and the pressure drops to zero within about fifteen minutes! This is obviously annoying, and now the boiler appears not to be heating the house - we're not sure if this has something to do with the so-called repairman, or if the problem is just getting worse, but would really love to have something done about it!

    Also, we have tried contacting the plumber over a dozen times now, and each time have left a message asking him to call us back and tell us when he would be free to come take a look at the tiles in the bathroom. He hasn't responded, as far as we know he was on holiday for a few weeks, but we still haven't heard from him.

    Any help you can give us will be much appreciated.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2010 2:20am (Nov 17th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I told them Lyle was wearing boxers to save his dignity a little...well, not really, I just didn't want them thinking we were weirdos :face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2010 4:49am (Nov 17th 2010)
     
    Well said Red and you have gotten to the point teeling them what needs doing and NOW please!!!! Lets hopw you get some action quickly as it has gone on long enough.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2010 1:40pm (Nov 17th 2010)
     
    Red, I wonder if you are in the right if you start witholding the rent...that might get them to get a move on.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2010 11:12pm (Nov 17th 2010)
     
    On one of the sites I was looking at when searching for info it said witholding rent is the worst thing you can do. It will give you a bad credit rating and should you need to move in the future you won't be able to get a good reference. You can ask for a refund on your rent though.

    If possible Red, I would suggest printing your e-mail out and either snail mail it or if possible drop it in personally. That ensures they can't say they didn't receive it because their mailbox was full/you used the wrong address/they only check it monthly!

    I think it was an excellent letter (only thing I'd have added would have been a "get back to me by..." date, though they'd probably still ignore it!) And there's nothing wrong with sitting around naked in your own home if you want to! What if it'd been you and you'd just got out of the bath or run down to answer the phone or had chosen to sit naked in the living room playing games!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2010 12:17am (Nov 18th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    How would I go about asking for a refund of rent though? I'm not sure how to phrase it...

    Well, amazingly, we got a response today! We checked in the morning before we went out and then again when we got back, and there had been a response! They gave us two numbers to call, one for a man who is clearing out the flat above us (our neighbours have just moved out) although really not sure what he is going to do, and another to phone the person who last looked at our boiler. We weren't able to phone either of them though as it was out of office hours by the time we got back.

    The email did say that someone would be popping around tomorrow morning, which makes it sound like someone has been given the keys to our flat again. If they have I will be so unimpressed; Lyle has a 9am lecture tomorrow so if they let themselves in I will be asleep in bed! And if they come around lunch we have an important meeting so they'd better not come barging into that either! Think we're gonna stick a notice on the door saying nobody is allowed in without notifying / speaking to us first...

    But at least we have numbers we can call to get the ball rolling now! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2010 9:12pm (Nov 18th 2010)
     
    Hmm, I'm not sure. Maybe something along the lines of your lease is for a centrally heated flat (I assume? might be worth quoting the exact wording if you have it) and as the heating has been out of order for X days then you don't think it would be unreasonable for a refund of X% on your rent for that period. (or a reduction of x% for x days off the next month's rent). I think I'd be tempted to fight the battle to get it fixed first though!

    Is there anyone at Uni that can advise you of your rights? I'm sure you're not the first students to be going through this!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2010 11:09pm (Nov 18th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah, we didn't have time to phone anyone today so another cold shower tomorrow :glare: but hopefully tomorrow it might even get sorted...!

    There's a group of people in the Student's Union who are there to advise you with stuff like that, so we should go check it out, although I'm not technically a student anymore.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2010 11:48pm (Nov 19th 2010)
     
    Aren't you?! I didn't realise there were technicalities around student status! I'm sure they'd still give you some advice if you asked though (or find someone who does still class as a student and get them to ask for you!!!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 1:48am (Nov 20th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Nah, I'm actually not at uni at the moment...taking a leave of absence, I've been diagnosed with psychosis (certainly makes things interesting!) so trying to deal with that first. There's a site where you can post reviews of agencies though, which other students looking for a house will read, so definitely gonna post something there XD
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 5:18pm (Nov 20th 2010)
     
    Well look after yourself, cherub; don't forget the Citizen's Advice - those people are brilliant.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 10:02pm (Nov 20th 2010)
     
    I'm sorry you're not well Red, I hope you are getting good support and treatment.

    CC is right - CAB are very good, though it can be hard to actually get in to speak to someone. At our local one you have to queue from 8.30 to book an appointment for later in the day. No phone bookings! And they're only open 2 or 3 days a week.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 10:08pm (Nov 20th 2010)
     
    Take care Red, love and hugs.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 10:41pm (Nov 20th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks everyone :face-smile: I think it is a Citizen's Advice Bureau on campus! We'll have to go have a look - Lyle left a message on lots of answerphones today but no one called back :face-plain:

    Kate, sounds like a right pain!

    I'm okay when I'm not seeing, hearing, feeling or thinking weird things :001_tongue:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 1:39am (Nov 21st 2010)
     
    Red, I do hope things will get better for you soon. :bighug:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 5:38pm (Nov 21st 2010) edited
     
    Blimey Red psychosis I hope you are getting the right treatment for this as it must be very hard for you and those around you. Take care Red. Caring for pets as you do must be a great relief XX

    :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorRonald
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 7:50pm (Nov 21st 2010)
     
    I think the Landlord/property management and repair tech. were stupid. For the Landlord to give a key to a repairman and the repairman taking the key to gain access to an occupied flat is not proper, nor legal. The repairman should have knocked and ask for permission first before entering your home and if no one is home they should not enter.
    The landlord and repairman should know better. They could be held libel if no one was home and a tenant clamed that personal item were missing, jeweler, money etc.
    I would think about getting a latch chain or bar latch for the enter door/s to prevent unannounced visitor from walking in.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 8:25pm (Nov 21st 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks all :face-smile:

    Ron, yeah it was unbelievable. And now we have reason to believe that they've thrown away some of our letters! The flat above ours emptied and people have been coming in to clean it, and one day they threw all the unclaimed letters in the porch away, before we had chance to check for mail that day - one of them was a card from my nana with a voucher worth quite a bit of money!! I've sent them a very cross email because it's ridiculous now :_oh_really:

    A latch is a good idea Ron. I wonder if we would have to contact KH and ask permission?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 8:49pm (Nov 21st 2010)
     
    The police suggest security chains to the elderly to stop people pushing their way in so I don't think you'd have to, but it might just be worth telling them that you intend to do it just to cover yourself. Anything in the tenancy agreement? We used to have one that had a key lock on it so that you could put it on when you were out of the house too!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 11:18pm (Nov 21st 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebThe police suggest security chains to the elderly to stop people pushing their way in so I don't think you'd have to, but it might just be worth telling them that you intend to do it just to cover yourself. Anything in the tenancy agreement? We used to have one that had a key lock on it so that you could put it on when you were out of the house too!

    I'm expecting them to have replied to my email (about the mail) by tomorrow, so then I can email them again bugging them about a chain lock!! The one with a key sounds very useful, that way any 'repairmen' that KH have given the key to can't come barging in!!
    • CommentAuthorRonald
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2010 9:57am (Nov 22nd 2010) edited
     
    You should not install a lock on the outside of the enter door that would prevent your landlord from having enter to their property. I am taking about a key type lock. The reason being by law the landlord must be able to enter without notice in cases of fire, flooding, or other emergencies.
    The landlord also has the right to inspect their property but must give a written 24 hours advance notice. This is only done if the landlord believes there property is being abused.

    Tenants have the right to privacy and the right to live in the rental premises without harassment from the landlord. This means that landlords cannot enter the property without permission or change the locks on the rental property without notifying the tenant.

    I would install a latch chain on the inside of the entry door and not bother to tell them as it’s for my own peace of mined and safety not theirs. It doesn’t damage their property.

    You may want to meet with the postal person that delivers your mail and inform them of the matter. Let them know that the person/s in the above flat have vacated and you believe some of your mail may be missing.

    If your landlord has not contacted you with a commitment to do the maintenance/repairs to your heating and hot water with in the next 2 days, you should send them a letter of complaint.
    Include in the letter a reference to, “Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985”.
    You can view that law at http://www.lettings-landlords.co.uk/info/sec_11.html .
    Sent the letter using First Class “Recorded Signed For” mail.
    http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm/jump2?catId=400028&mediaId=500201
    Always keep a copy of your correspondence for you records and protection.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2010 7:53pm (Nov 22nd 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We have an appointment with the gas repair man for tomorrow!! We've found a chain lock for £6 too so are most likely going to buy one of them and fix it into place.

    That's a good idea to ask at the post office too, I hadn't thought about that. Our local sorting office is about ten minutes walk away and the people there are really helpful, so it's definitely worth going and making some enquiries, although to be honest I'm thinking more and more that KH have just chucked all the mail :face-plain:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2010 9:26pm (Nov 22nd 2010)
     
    In light of what Ronald says, maybe the chain with the lock wouldn't be allowed, but then if they have to give 24hrs notice to access then you would just leave it off or be in anyway. They have broken the T&C of your lease already by entering without notice or permission.

    I hope they get the heating sorted - its a ridulous situation!

    I don't know if its an urban myth, but it as far as I know it is against the law to interfere with her majesty's mail! If you know something has been sent to you and hasn't arrived then again you should do as Ronald suggested and contact the post office so that they can investigate. Bear in mind that it might not be them, it could be another tenant or an unscrupulous postman!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2010 7:03am (Nov 23rd 2010)
     
    Good look Red !!!!!!!!!!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2010 10:29am (Nov 23rd 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh flippin' heck! Well the gas repair man made an appt to come round at 11am, so we set an alarm for half nine and were trying to brave the freezing conditions in our house...it gets to 9:50am and there is a knock at the door and then our window!! It was a mad rush flinging towels over the animals (KH never said anything about not being allowed pets but you never know...!) and running Pearl from the kitchen back through to the bedroom, but we did it!

    AND NOW WE HAVE HEATING AND HOT WATER!!!

    Apparently our boiler is really on the brink of just breaking completely, so the repair man has put an urgent claim in for a new boiler to KH. The pressure will continue to drop because we have a major leak outside, the fan doesn't work which caused the whole thing to stop before, and it's just basically slowly dying! But we're getting a new one
    :cheer:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2010 11:26pm (Nov 23rd 2010)
     
    Yay!!! A good engineer, heating and a hot shower at last!!!!!

    My son called me to say they are looking to move. They've asked the landlord to make several improvements but despite his promises he hasn't done anything. They had a broken plastic windowsill and it took 3 months to get that sorted! Not sure what else he wants doing but they've finally realised they're not getting a cheap deal.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2010 1:57am (Nov 24th 2010)
     
    Red, I hope you get the new boiler VERY soon so you don't have to go through this again...especially in Winter when you REALLY need the heat and hot water on.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2010 7:08am (Nov 24th 2010)
     
    Well done Red fingers crossed then!!!!!!!!!!!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2010 1:40pm (Nov 24th 2010)
     
    Red, sorry to read that you are not feeling good right now and sending you hugs. I am glad glad to read that they have fixed the hot water for now. Do you have a date for when the new boiler will be put in?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2010 12:32am (Nov 25th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks all :face-smile: Flippin' landlords Kate...

    We haven't got a date or anything, he just said he'd tell KH it was 'urgent' :face-plain:

    Haha, it could be months yet and who knows when the boiler will pack in!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 4:11pm (Nov 28th 2010) edited
     
    snails night out
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 29th, 2010 6:17pm (Nov 29th 2010)
     
    :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeNov 29th, 2010 7:36pm (Nov 29th 2010)
     
    You are so funny NN!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2010 6:28pm (Nov 30th 2010)
     
    Allways ready for a laugh Lee.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2010 8:25pm (Nov 30th 2010)
     
    Too funny, NN
    :rollonfloorlaughing: