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Discuss charges for damages to MQ? in Patch and Pads on Rear Party; Hiya, Ive got another question!!! We are due to be posted to Aldershot from Blandford at the end of march but our 'lovely' puppy (bless her) had damaged to our banisters and carpets in our ...
  
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    charges for damages to MQ?

    Hiya,

    Ive got another question!!!

    We are due to be posted to Aldershot from Blandford at the end of march but our 'lovely' puppy (bless her) had damaged to our banisters and carpets in our lounge and in the corridoor by the stairs!!! Not a lot but noticable - a hole about the size of a hand on each of the carpets and chewed the edge of the banisters as well as a few small chewed bits on one of our door frames!!!

    luckily she doesnt do things like that any more but Im wondering roughly how much they will charge us for this damage???

    Im hoping its not gonna cause us a fortune, but think that it may do!!!! =(

    thanks, Ellie xxx

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    Re: charges for damages to MQ?

    As far as I understand it, it will depend on the size of the carpet they have to replace.
    One thing to remember is that carpets are due replacement every so often (7 years?) When we moved into the last house (and this one) we were given the option of having the carpets replaced or keeping the old ones. We kept the old ones as with dogs, cats and kids there was a good chance of some damage. Because of the age of the carpets they couldn't bill us for anything so long as they were clean. On taking over the current house the carpets are 10 years old, but in pretty good condition. We were actually told that even if we took the carpet away they wouldn't be able to bill us. Anyway, before I go off into some insane carpet related ramble, check how old the carpets are.

    I have only heard rumours of people doing this and couldn't possibly condone such action
    , however in the past it's been alleged that when someone else on the estate gets new carpets that the workmen have been asked if they could allow someone to take old carpet away and use it to replace damaged stuff. Even worse would be offering them a couple of quid to help get it laid properly.
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    Re: charges for damages to MQ?

    Bodge the bannisters and doors with plastic wood and a lick of paint. Obviously, I've never, ever done this myself!! Just keep your fingers crossed for the carpets and hope they're old and knackered enough to be due replacement if you can't find a handy carpet man on the patch somewhere!

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    Re: charges for damages to MQ?

    I have the exact same problem with corners of walls and both of the kitchen doors, my husband has just today sanded down the bite and scratch marks and repainted them and they look like new x

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    Re: charges for damages to MQ?

    My neighbour just had a pre move outwith and with just scratches to wallpaper in 3 rooms by cats and a couple of stains on the carpet in the lounge she was 815 for that but if they can sort out the wallpaper they will reduce it to 600..............
    They said it could'nt be done, so I did'nt do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susiesoo
    My neighbour just had a pre move outwith and with just scratches to wallpaper in 3 rooms by cats and a couple of stains on the carpet in the lounge she was 815 for that but if they can sort out the wallpaper they will reduce it to 600..............

    I know a little bit about this sort of thing in the private sector. Has anyone challenged their charges? If so, what happened?
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    Oh yes. I challenged the charges. It doesn't work. They insist on charging you for the full carpet replacement but when I tried asking them for the carpet if I was being charged for a new one, they told me to bugger off. Apparently we haven't a leg to stand on. Word has it it's in a contract somewhere, but since OH or I haven't even seen a sodding contract other than the basic handover/take over/right to occupy thingy I wouldn't know!

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    Re: charges for damages to MQ?

    I know that charges to carpets are based on

    Age of carpet divided by amount of damage , times life left in the carpet , which is why they are so expensive with stains etc. Life of carpet is 12 years, according to MHS - so prepare yourself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodger
    Oh yes. I challenged the charges. It doesn't work. They insist on charging you for the full carpet replacement but when I tried asking them for the carpet if I was being charged for a new one, they told me to bugger off. Apparently we haven't a leg to stand on. Word has it it's in a contract somewhere, but since OH or I haven't even seen a sodding contract other than the basic handover/take over/right to occupy thingy I wouldn't know!
    Interesting. What a bunch of c*nts.

    In the real world, a small to medium size stain would be charged at 15 - 35 depending upon the age of the carpet, length of occupancy and number of occupiers and it's becoming difficult to take money without actually doing something about the item money was taken for.
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    Re: charges for damages to MQ?

    Quote Originally Posted by gentlesoul
    Quote Originally Posted by bodger
    Oh yes. I challenged the charges. It doesn't work. They insist on charging you for the full carpet replacement but when I tried asking them for the carpet if I was being charged for a new one, they told me to bugger off. Apparently we haven't a leg to stand on. Word has it it's in a contract somewhere, but since OH or I haven't even seen a sodding contract other than the basic handover/take over/right to occupy thingy I wouldn't know!
    Interesting. What a bunch of c*nts.

    In the real world, a small to medium size stain would be charged at 15 - 35 depending upon the age of the carpet, length of occupancy and number of occupiers and it's becoming difficult to take money without actually doing something about the item money was taken for.
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    When we moved into our MQ last Jan there were two rather large stains on the carpet. Bearing in mind they would have charged the previous tennants for a new carpet, where does the money go to? We too have a few bites on the wooden door frames from our rabbits so would that plastic wood stuff help us out too? If so does anyone know what it would be called in German?

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    Re: charges for damages to MQ?

    Don't some of the military kit and contents insurance policies also provide cover for march outs?

    The doorframes, sand them back. Fill the chewed bits with polyfiller, wait for it to dry and paint over with some white gloss (or whatever colour your doorframes are!).

    I know of someone who was billed for the carpets when they moved out, the new occupants have been in there over a year and the house still has the same stained, dog chewed carpets with a lovely iron print in the middle of the lounge. I would love to know where the money goes!

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    Re: charges for damages to MQ?

    Sammi

    I'm pretty sure it's Holzkitt (=wood-putty).

    Here's an example:

    http://www.molto.de/produkte/holz/molto_holz_kitt.html

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    Re: charges for damages to MQ?

    dhe will try to charge you for anything and everything!! beware! When you first move into a house ensure you write every single detail down. Even to a chip in the wall, cracked tile, bad paint job, lime scale, cleanliness. As on march out they will check for water marks, grease on tiles, windows inside and out, inside the frame work, oven...
    Your best cleaning the house yourself, because paying a cleaner to clean your house doesnt always neccessarly mean you'll get away with it. When the regiment i was with all moved to ireland, majority of people used different cleaning companies.. some houses passed.. some didnt. We nearly booked a cleaner, and thank god we didnt, because when we asked him what he'd do if we did ask him to clean he said just wipe round the window cills, curtin boards, hoover. Where as we had to rub all the walls because of fly muck and having pets in the house with splash marks...

    Anyway when i first moved to the mq in 2006, we were in a 2 bedroomed house. But after 6 months i asked for an upgrade. Me and mum were told about the army been strict, so we spent the whole 2 days before march out scrubbing. The house was in good condition, apart from when i put a ring mark on the worktop from a hot pan and a burnt mark in bedroom carpet from straightners. When we asked the dhe about replacing the worktop, they said they would have to replace the whole lot and there would be a 70% interest charge on top of the cost for work top. So we were quoted about 400. So i decided to risk it and go to B&Q and get a wood dye for stratches and cover it over! Luckly it did the job!! Somehow they never noticed the burnt carpet in the bedroom but i was charged because apparently the house wasn't clean and i had rubbish in the shed. The house was completely spotless, you could smell the bleach! I am very house proud!! The rubbish was 2 slabs that were already in there when we first moved in. So i wrote a letter of complaint to the dhe basically saying how ridiclous it was for them to charge me for a house clean of 300 when it was clean! and i also had to put it that because when we were given a 3 bedroomed house the house was a complete shithole, carpets were old, paint work and wall paper crap, black oil marks on carpets. (basically hadn't been cleaned, painted in years) so i wrote to the dhe saying if they were charging me 300 for a house clean, then why have i been moved into a house that is totally not clean and in a very bad condition. surely they would have charged the last tennants that were there, so why hasn't it been done....
    luckly tho after 1 year i was told that the charge for the old house had been dropped.
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    Re: charges for damages to MQ?

    maybe if u replace the carpet yourself you be off cheaper??? just thinking that, i never lived in MQ
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    Re: charges for damages to MQ?

    Sorry for jumping on your q....but my dog (who is gone now...you'll see why!) ate the corners of my kitchen worktops and the lino's gonna have to be replaced.....any ideas?
    Please excuse any typo's, I'm not used to the new straitjacket.

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    Confess to the lino and then stand in front of the kitchen worktops on march out!

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    go to B&Q buy the cheapest vinyl flooring and the cheapest worktops, fit them yourself and say nowt at march out!!!
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    Re: charges for damages to MQ?

    To add to this thread, we had stores furniture when we first moved in. Fortunately we've been able to replace all but a couple of pieces of the furniture, but getting it collected to go back to the stores was a nightmare. I had to re varnish all of the wood work as they were so penickety, and refused to take it, and they tried to charge us for alleged 'damage' to a mattress that we had NEVER USED. There were some marks on it, that were clearly water marks as opposed to stains. but the thing is the mattress was in the spare room and no one had ever slept on it.

    Anyway, we have repairs all over the downstairs from when we had rabbits, so I'm hoping they don't notice that but because we're in puma'd quarters they look at every tiny little thing.

    Apparently the length of time you are in a quarter determines whether you have a discount off the final charge. Our neighbours who moved out recently were told they were to have a 60% discount because of the length of time they had lived there. Still cost them close to a grand!

    Next move I am going to write down each and every mark, scratch, stain and dust spot and photograph it too when we march in.

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    Re: charges for damages to MQ?

    the carpets are changed every 12 years , if they bill you for the carpet take it up its yours YOU PAID FOR IT , when my friend moved he was billed then 2 years later went back to the same place and guess what the guy who had his house after him was moaning about getting billed for his carpets !when my mate went in it was the SAME carpets he had , so how many times had that carpet been bought????? if te carpet aint too bad take them up , you have paid for them , then they cant charge someone else for them

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