Member Since: 14th Jun 2010
Nothing in this profile is actualy true. Or is it? Who knows, who cares.
15th Aug 2020
Re old Town Pubs, its does sound a bit like our local in reverse.
We have (or had) a drunk landlord who was sometimes very nice and welcoming, and other times a real PITA, but he kept excellent beer, and regardless of whether he was in a good or bad mood, gave a certain something in the atmosphere.
He really annoyed many people (especially families with kids who he despised and rarely came back, and some of which complained to the owner of the pub, which happens to be a community group, when then complained to the landlord, who then moaned ot the regulars about it). I didn't take my kids in there very often as they were a bit scared of him - I think this was deliberate on his part as its a drinking pub for grown ups, that does meals, not a family restaurant.
He also put the backs up a number of dignitaries in the village, the type who come in for a quiet drink about 3 times a year and thinking they are "supporting the pub" and drink less in a year than some regulars in a night.
One time one of the local councillor came in, and there is a bar length slanging match between the Landlord and a regular in his 70's who is winding him up up (he used to order crisps and then lob the packet at the Landlord's head when he was looking at the optics, the landlord played up to it hugely, pretty much egging him on to do it again by reminding him not to at every opportunity) Everyone else in there is in stitches given this has been going on for weeks, the person in question is already of course 'barred' from buying crips, but other people of course buy them for him and put them in his hand and he would spend a good hour waiting for the perfect moment to lob. Anyhow the councillor was not amused (it was basically a load of people shouting if you walked in on it and a packet of crisps being lobbed about), and essentially got the landlord sacked.
By ditching the essence of the place, they have ripped out the heart and soul of it. The welcoming bar you could before go in and be introduced by the landlord (who knew everyone's names, even my dads name having not been in twice with a 6 months gap) is now largely empty. No crips being thrown as there is no-one in there. All the regulars are much less likely to go in. The whole point of going in there (the general sense of entertainment in a 'what the heck is going to happen tonight') has vanished, and at the heart of it the beer is crap. Or at least it was before lockdown, I haven't been back since.
I think there is room for mad old local pubs full of in jokes and oddness. Not everything has to be family friendly and wipe down. We had a good space for adults to talk to other adults in a robust manner knowing they nothing leaves the pub, and you could have a stand up row with someone about Brexit one minute (which I did a lot) and be buying them a pint the next is a great place to be. Some people didn't get it (like our Councillor walking in on the crips tossing) they seem to mistake some larking about with a serious brawl and try to change what they don't understand, and kill what they were trying to save in the process.
I understood their intentions but it was impossible to explain to them why what they had worked, its a bit like someone coming to a picasso, and saying "but that is not what a human face looks like, what he wants to do is make those eyes the same level, and move the nose"
14th Aug 2020
"why" well its obviously tax fraud.
If you are an ACCA member then speak to their ethics advisory bods (I am ICAEW but i think you have similar).
I imagine you need to resign.
13th Aug 2020
"quite" to all of the above.
Most of it is being done from SA, but "how well?" is another issue.
The whole thing came about due to paying 12-15% on top of the london rents and saying "we can do better than this ourselves"
Anyhow the commercial aspects are not really of my concern, although it may solve the issue if it doesn't last too long!
13th Aug 2020
I haven't asked about signatures, I assumed there were all done via email but it would be in person in the UK.
I did ask about the person doing the viewing, and they act for a number of agents so I don't think that is an issue, they just get paid a fixed price per view and there are quite frankly not that many of them. Its a very small set up covering no more than a dozen properties, albeit 2 are HMO's.
13th Aug 2020
@calculator boy, its a mystery to me to, but lots of people struggle to run a business as they dont think like a business person, so this type of "ra ra" stuff helps them think about the business side of thing.
Personally I think they are bunch of shysters, but it suits me. A business up the road is fully paid up "value pricing model" operation and runs on a "promise the world, stuff em in, charge em up and not care if they leave" policy. Its really good business for me as it rubs a lot of people up the wrong way as their base fee is less than ours, but the actual bills tend to be about double, and they vote with their feet. A contact there I am cultivating every time I do a take on (nice lad probably go solo eventually) reckons the churn rate is 20-25% per annum. Mine is negligible.
13th Aug 2020
There is not one in a traditional sense.
Essentially the SA person is running it, and they have someone in the UK doing viewings on a self employed basis. They are pre screening potential tenants via facetime/zoom etc. They only customers I think are the husbands and some others in SA who have UK property in london. Same time zone of course helps.
12th Aug 2020
You will find your clients have a logic to their understanding, which won't be completely barking mad.
I normally draw out some boxes for "them" "the company" "customer" and explain the linkages at a high level. Most people get it. Few people who have a decent business are thick, they just don't understand tax/n/accounts as no-one has saty down properly and explained it to them.
If find clients who understand and much easier work.
12th Aug 2020
I do have some sandals under the desk if it helps.
But yes its a rural office attached to my house with only one staff member, albeit she is working from home right now of course.
Its not air conditioned, in which case to be fair I would probably have some socks and slippers on, with shoes under the desk if a client shows up unexpectedly (I try to discourage them)
12th Aug 2020
Where do you work? 1986?
I am in my shorts and (very) casual summer short sleeved shirt, bare foot.
Your boss is 25 years out of date.
Any clients visiting must think you are stuck in the distant past, and wondering if you put on a bowler hat to go home in whilst holding a cane, a long full length coat and a leather briefcase*
*Edited to add I still own a full length beige coat with a zip out lining for summer use, and a rather nice leather briefcase, last used in the mid to late 90's. its got a "button out" bottom which expands so you can just fit in a thick folder, back when work came in thick folders.
11th Aug 2020
Assuming there is no marriage, then the gain would surely just be the share that is agreed as hers beneficially during this negotiation, which I imagine would be where the £35k has come from (about 30%) Computation as per DKL above to confirm.
They would have had to have bought this for under £300k ish to trouble her CGT allowance.