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  1. Easy journey this morning. 1hr 10 mins from Oxenhope to Peckett Well this evening, due to abandoned cars and questionable driving standards following a couple of inches of snow. 😤😤😤
  2. Wasn't so bad when I was heading over last night. Shortly time to see what it's like this morning.
  3. Regrets

    Good few years ago, I was offered a trip to San Fransisco with my then gf (now long since ex). Pay for flights, stay with her friends so no accommodation to pay. I turned it down, as I wasn't fussed for visiting the states. Kind of wish I had now, as it's a city I'd like to visit.
  4. 2016 Reserves. Where are they now?

    Whilst I'd love to see us back with a reserve team in a competitive league, this is probably a good example of why we are where we are in terms of a reserve team in the current environment. Since ours was disbanded, how many of the reserves have stepped up with another club...
  5. Regrets

    Regrets? I have a few...
  6. Rant thread

    Following yesterday's snow, I've discovered Calderdale council have dramatically cutback on gritting routes. Pain for us, and for some in the area it now means potential isolation as they appear to be leaving the majority of the rural areas to fend for themselves. 😠
  7. Rant thread

    Why the hell would you be capitalising £80? Management accountants in my experience can often struggle with cashflow in my experience, as it doesn't impact on what they see. Likewise, financial accounts staff can often struggle with accruals and prepayments. It's in part the downside of working in larger organisations, in that you don't get to see the full picture. That said, if they're studying or qualified, they really ought to have at least some grasp of it.
  8. Rant thread

    We'd not worry about that, we wouldn't be looking at transactional info daily. Our payments team would love you for that efficiency though.
  9. Rant thread

    The reason behind this is often "authorisation". If an invoice is received into the finance department, they cannot pay it until it has been approved by the department that has actually requested the goods or services has authorised it. Department is too busy to deal with any paperwork, invoice doesn't get paid. I had a good example of this myself recently, given that I actually work in an NHS finance department. I am going on a training course to Birmingham in a couple of weeks, and needed train tickets. I couldn't get them ordered, as we were on "stop" with the company that we deal with for travel booking. The reason we were on stop was non-payment, which in turn was because the last invoice had to go to 20 or 30 different people to approve their relevant charges and not all had done so. From an audit perspective, this is good governance, as it ensures budget holders are accountable for their expenditure. From a practical point of view, it can be a real pita.
  10. Landlord/tenant issues

    I think we're what is usually termed "reluctant landlords". It suits...
  11. Landlord/tenant issues

    I've thought that before, and may consider again. The market around there seems fairly flat though. A quick look on Right Move earlier showed several similar houses in the area that have been up for sale for months. Part of the problem is that similar terraced houses in the area seem to fall into one of two groups, either immaculate or ready to renovate. Ours probably falls in between the two; it's decent enough and perfectly habitable, however it's not perfect. That means that those with more to spend want a better finish and those wanting to strip the place to refurbish offer below what we feel it's worth and paid for it. The mortgage is roughly the same as the monthly rent, but we're fortunate we can cover it regardless of rent payments. Given it's only about 7 years left as well, unless things go seriously downhill or circumstances change, we've come to view it as a long term investment.
  12. Landlord/tenant issues

    I'm paying them to deal with the tenant,manage contracts, collect payments etc. If the tenant doesn't pay them, I don't get rent, they don't get their fee. They will also deal with issuing notice and chasing the guarantor if necessary. In the past, they've also dealt with cleaning up and redecoration before re-letting. It is both a dilemma and a pain in the proverbial, especially as this is not the first tenant we've had issues with around non-payment.
  13. Landlord/tenant issues

    They are at least visiting the property to speak to the tenants, as they aren't returning calls. That itself is something I'd struggle to do myself.
  14. Landlord/tenant issues

    I wasn't aware they had children when they agreed the let, however it was mentioned by the letting agent that when they'd called round to discuss the arrears, their child had discussed it with them due to parents being in bed due to shift work. That indicates any children aren't that young, and they are both in work. As far as I'm aware, no other agencies are involved. I'm a bit remote to the tenancy, as I've used a letting agent to deal with it (due to previous issues with non-paying tenants), however I've not had any indication that there is a reason for non-payment, other than they've presumably spent their wages on other things.
  15. Landlord/tenant issues

    They've been told by the letting agent before not to just ignore things. There previous landlord's reference advised payments could be "erratic", so we do actually have a guarantor if required, although getting payment out of them could be just as difficult. I don't know what the current market is like, so I don't know what the likelihood of it remaining empty is if I did resort to eviction. Part of the issue is that I now live about 40 miles away from the house, so keeping an eye on it can be difficult.