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How much is fair contribution to broken oven door? (UK rented apartment)

Hi - outer glass shattered on our oven door. Google suggests this does sometimes happen without provocation (oven is approx 7yrs old). Housing contract (London, UK) stipulates tenant responsible for 'broken glass' but I presume this refers to windows. Letting agents got quote of £220 for new door panel. New oven costs £295 and they prefer to do this. Ask I contribute 40% (£120). Is this a fair deal - should I negotiate lower? Thanks!
posted by ManOfPlans on Jul 3, 2014 - 14 answers

Why does health club agreement waive my litigation rights?

The "health club" in my apt. building (some free weights, a few weight machines, treadmills, ellipticals) requires tenants to sign an agreement, the first two clauses of which involve litigation: The first says, paraphrasing, I hereby release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue the management co., owners, employees, etc. from all liability to me and anyone with me for any loss or damage on account of my injury or death caused by the exercise equipment, negligence of the company, etc. [more inside]
posted by the sobsister on Jun 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Please help me find a good Drupal developer to pick up the pieces

Ok hivemind, you've helped me once before, I hope you can do it again. I volunteer for an NPO that hired a less than competent development shop to create a very specialized membership database using Drupal. That includes migrating from a Filemaker database and a whole bunch of thoroughly detailed specifications for enrollment, payment systems, membership management, member profiles, various back office reports, event calendaring, conference scheduling, etc. etc. These specs describe the functions we want and I think they are clear. What's next for us? How do I find someone good to finish the job? How does bidding for a job like this work? [more inside]
posted by Gotanda on Jun 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Alternative to resignation? Want to move but not harm career.

I live in a smallish (Canadian) city an hour outside of a large city. I moved for work four years ago, and for a variety of reasons am feeling an increasing urgency to move back to the Big City. I am trying to figure out ways to do this, weighing my options, and am curious if anyone has any suggestions, or can point out repercussions of each option I hadn't considered? [more inside]
posted by offrecord on May 2, 2014 - 20 answers

How do I show contract work on my resume?

I need to quickly update my resume, and I'm not sure how to list some of my recent work history (along with the next phase once it starts). Who was I working for? How do I list that? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by pmurray63 on Feb 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Spouse working away from family. How does this work?

As you can see from my past posting my husband lost his job last month. In the meantime the jobs he's qualified for are probably not in our area (CT). Chances are after talking to recruiters in his specialty, he will have to take a job in another part of the country - probably south/southwest. [more inside]
posted by lasamana on Mar 27, 2013 - 31 answers

Contract Employee, Without the Contract

I'm a newbie web developer and I've been working my first real coding job for about a month. Help me make sure I am covering my ass and getting compensated fairly. [more inside]
posted by victory_laser on Mar 7, 2013 - 12 answers

Some music for making money to.

I'm looking for perspectives on what music composers generally charge for work on video games and films. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Jan 19, 2013 - 3 answers

employment contract lawyer needed for quick consult

I'm looking for a quick consult with a Boston lawyer with primary in employment contract law - ideally by end of day tomorrow. I just need to run a Do Not Compete contract by them to determine legality and scope. Please help me, hivemind! [more inside]
posted by canine epigram on Dec 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Independent contracting vs staffing agencies

I'm thinking of moving from a contract with a staffing agency to an independent contract. What are the benefits or drawbacks I might have to deal with? I know taxes are different and I'm planning to invest in some software to help with quarterly taxes. I'll be in the same position at the same company, but I'll be representing myself and a staffing company won't get a cut. [more inside]
posted by lockstitch on Nov 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Creating a CAD income from home (initially)

I need to get my head around the best path to retraining myself on (nominally Solidworks) with view to (in the longer term) doing CAD piece work from home - However there are several issues relating to software types and costs that I am not sure how to approach. [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Sep 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Can I return a new car?

We bought a new car last week. I want to return it... [more inside]
posted by 3dd on Sep 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Does an employer own all my writing?

Does my U.S. employer really own my emails, posts, Facebook updates, Flickr stream, etc? [more inside]
posted by babbageboole on Sep 8, 2012 - 21 answers

Five year contract?

I applied for a job with a temporary agency and got a callback, which is good, but they mentioned a five-year contract with the employer. [more inside]
posted by amiableamy on Sep 5, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I approach contract negotiation without making things really tense?

What are some common "win-win-style" tactics or phrases used during contract negotiation to get portions changed/removed? From time to time I need to write or talk about those issues without escalating any tensions. [more inside]
posted by circular on Aug 19, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I opt out of the arbitration clause for AT&T U-verse?

My new AT&T U-verse contract has a forced arbitration clause but no information about opting out. Does that mean that I can't? [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Jun 11, 2012 - 10 answers

I'm hiring a freelance programmer for the first time...what pitfalls should I watch out for?

I'm hiring a freelance programmer for the first time...what pitfalls should I watch out for? [more inside]
posted by internet_explorer on Jun 8, 2012 - 11 answers

E.T., Phone Hope

Advise me on how to navigate my smartphone issues with the smallest out-of-pocket expense possible. [more inside]
posted by erstwhile on Jun 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Don't just obey the law. Support it!

What does this oath mean, in practice, and what does "supporting a constitution" entail? [more inside]
posted by kengraham on Apr 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Do I sign this contract?

Is this contract for translation reasonable? Normal? Acceptable? [more inside]
posted by little cow make small moo on Mar 21, 2012 - 12 answers

I just want people to know I'm employed...

I am starting a long term contract position and am unsure as to how to properly reflect this on my resume/LinkedIn profile - but want to be up-to-date since it's not a guarantee that the contract will go perm. How do I update my resume/profile in this circumstance? I'm new to the world of contracting. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Feb 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Inclusion of benefits in employment contract?

Should health benefits and who will pay those health benefits be included in an employment contract? [more inside]
posted by Diplodocus on Dec 13, 2011 - 8 answers

How are 1099 contractors different from W2 contractors?

I got a part-time job contracting for a non-profit. Turns out they have me as a 1099 contractor instead of a W2 as I'm accustomed to. What do I need to do or know? [more inside]
posted by never nice on Nov 15, 2011 - 20 answers

Minicomic -> Short film -> ?

I self-published a minicomic that someone now wants to adapt into a short film. Awesome! What issues should I be aware of? [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah on Sep 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Lawyer recommendation for a small IT consulting company?

Can anyone recommend an attorney for a small IT consulting company in the Chicago/North Shore area? My husband hopes to embark on a new contract with a Big Firm, and it's time to revisit some legal aspects involved in this type of adventure. Many thanks in advance.
posted by onepot on Aug 31, 2011 - 2 answers

Company refuses to honor one of two offers that were agreed to

Legal experts of AskMe, I ask for your advice (which is not to be interpreted as legal advice)! Company X provided two online bonus offers. At the time I registered for the offers, neither offer stated that they could not be combined with the other. However, Company X only wants to apply one of the offers. [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Apr 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Gave 1st month rent but didn't sign lease, and they won't return it.

Girlfriend gave 1st month rent, but hasn't signed lease. They won't give it back. [more inside]
posted by sorrenn on Mar 14, 2011 - 22 answers

How do I not be an obnoxious album funder?

I've offered to help fund the pressing of a local musician's new album. Help me not to be an arse about it. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Dec 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Union Involvement...advisable?

As a brand new faculty member, should I be careful about too much involvement in the faculty association during difficult negotiations over our contract? I don't feel particularly worried about this, but I recognize that the tenure process ultimately is given the okay by the president and the board. I'm hanging signs on my office door and attending meetings...the typical stuff so far. What do you think?
posted by klausman on Oct 28, 2010 - 6 answers

Verizon+VerizonFamily->AT&TFamily

Walk me through this complicated transfer of two separate Verizon phone numbers onto an AT&T family plan. [more inside]
posted by billtron on Sep 27, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me pick a phone.

Please help me pick a mobile phone/carrier in the US. [more inside]
posted by and hey Charlie on Aug 31, 2010 - 11 answers

How to exit a disagreeable contract?

My future supervisor just walked out on me during an employee meeting. Can I break my contract and leave? [more inside]
posted by Keysig on Aug 16, 2010 - 21 answers

Contracting without a contract

Is the lack of any formal contract normal when starting contracting work for a contracting firm? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jun 11, 2010 - 7 answers

how can my absent friend sign a tenancy agreement?

Question about flat rental in England. A friend and I will soon be moving out of our current places and sharing a flat together. I'll need to sign a contract for a flat while he's out of the country. How can we end up in a situation where we're both on the tenancy agreement with equal status, as if he'd been present to sign originally? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on May 19, 2010 - 7 answers

Legal help in Suffolk County, NY

Free/low cost legal help in Suffolk County, NY [more inside]
posted by ginagina on Apr 27, 2010 - 3 answers

Can I cancel a lease and get my deposit back?

Can I take advantage of the "cooling off" period to cancel a lease agreement and get my deposit back? [more inside]
posted by althanis on Apr 20, 2010 - 7 answers

Perpetual Direct Debit?

13 months ago I signed a 12 month contract for martial arts tuition, for payment to be directly debited from my bank account fortnightly. About 6 months ago I moved cities, and hence was no longer able to continue with the lessons. Knowing that I signed a contract for 12 months I figured that I should honour it despite having no way of actually using the service I was paying for. The period of the contract I signed has now lapsed, and yet the money is still coming out of my account... [more inside]
posted by Philby on Apr 12, 2010 - 15 answers

What reaction and resolution can I expect when asking to be released from a one year UK tenancy agreement early?

What reaction and resolution can I expect when asking to be released from a one year UK tenancy agreement early? [more inside]
posted by Nufkin on Feb 26, 2010 - 9 answers

Can an employer require a minimum tenure?

Asking for a friend: Is it legal for an employer (in Ontario, Canada) to structure an employment contract that requires the employee to stay and work for the company for a minimum period of time (say, one year)? [more inside]
posted by Cyrie on Feb 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Good Prepaid Cellphone for Austin, Tx?

Hey there, I hate dealing with credit cards, signing contracts. Need a good simple and reliable Prepaid cell phone. [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Nov 15, 2009 - 12 answers

Lease AFTER moving in?

New York City apartment question: Is it normal for my broker to tell me I will receive hard copies of my lease a "couple of weeks" after moving in? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Oct 27, 2009 - 10 answers

What should go in a contract with a roommate?

A friend and I are looking to rent an apartment together. We're both a bit cautious and want to draft an informal contract laying everything out. What would you make sure to specify in such a document? How do we split utilities we disagree on? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Oct 20, 2009 - 19 answers

How do lottery retailers make their money?

How do lottery retailers make their money? [more inside]
posted by Grither on Aug 26, 2009 - 23 answers

Sample Product Design Contract Anywhere?

Am looking for a sample product design contract. Know where there is a (hopefully free) one i can take apart and re-write before taking to a lawyer? [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID on Jul 29, 2009 - 5 answers

How does a land contract work?

Is buying a home on land contract or as a lease option ever a good idea? [more inside]
posted by howrobotsaremade on Jul 7, 2009 - 6 answers

What's the UK's best combination of iPhone 3G S tariff and phone capacity?

What's a better deal for a contract iPhone — pay more per month and get the phone cheaper, or get a cheaper phone? [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb on Jun 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Is Now A Good Time To Get Locked Into A New Cellphone Plan in Canada?

Is now is a good time to get locked into a 3 year contract or should I wait to see what the (apparently forthcoming) new competition brings. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar on Jun 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Tax advice, UK?

Where can I get good tax advice in the UK? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Apr 15, 2009 - 5 answers

Writing a liability release for a biking accident?

Legal filter - I hit a car head-on while biking the other day. It was my fault, and I’ve agreed to pay the damages to car. I need help writing up a release of liability contract so this guy doesn’t keep coming back for more. [more inside]
posted by i less than three nsima on Mar 6, 2009 - 14 answers

We really want to stay, but they're pushing us away

Our Helio contract is ending soon and we need to cut through the outsourced call center nincompoopery and get some real answers. Difficulty level: Consumerist information is outdated. [more inside]
posted by phredgreen on Dec 19, 2008 - 1 answer

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