Many of you on the formum know where I live and also know that the service charges in our building are quite high.
I personally pay £242 a month to Peverel and whilst lots of things about our building are good, other things are BAD and I consider that service charge to be disproportionate to the service we actually receive.
I recently got a kitten who just lives in my flat and is pretty well behaved and, in fact, utterly adorable. she doesnt disturb anyone and my neighbours are rarely in anyway.
In the interests of being a good resident I notified Peverel after someone told me I should.
I was then sent a form to fill in with my details and a request for £41.13 'administration fee'.
Considering I already shell out nearly £250 a month I am pretty flabbergasted about the bare faced cheek of this!
As far as I can tell they just have to file the form, yet want to charge me £41 for the privilege!!!!!
I complained about this and was told by the regional manager of Peverel, 'most things in life' incur an admin charge.Anyway, just wondered what you guys think and if anyone else has experienced this sort of thing?
I think this kind of thing is quite common. Check the terms of your lease. If it says pets subject to further admin charge of £35 + VAT (£41.13) then pay it if you want to keep your kitten (make mental note to read lease next time!), perhaps then claim it back from your solicitor as he should have pointed out the additional charge to you before exchange. If there is no mention in the lease about a charge then you could choose to ignore them or query the charge. These spurious charges are always negotiable, down to zero in many cases IMO.
It is in the lease yes, but whilst i dont object to a reasonable fee like a fiver or something to cover costs I do object to the greed of asking for £41.
Also, there are many much worse breaches of the lease in our building, namely multiple occupancies and lousy window dressings (sheets, tinfoil etc) which dont seem to get tackled and this is what really annoys me!
Or you could wait a few weeks and then tell them that you left it in your car on Rockingham street for 5 minutes under the new parking "arrangements" and when you came back it was stolen. Then say it was a pedigree siberian and threaten to claim compensation.
Are you charged the same for all animals, or less for a cat, more for a dog, and practically nothing for a goldfish? Does size of animal come into it? And what happens if your guppies breed. Is it per creature or is there a discount for multiple occupancy.
If it is the same rate for any animal, surely it makes better financial sense to have a large dog, or even a tiger, rather than just a kitten.