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    • kitchpoo
    • By kitchpoo 18th Jun 08, 8:51 PM
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    Married Quarters (MQ) Residents
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    • 18th Jun 08, 8:51 PM
    Married Quarters (MQ) Residents 18th Jun 08 at 8:51 PM
    I work for MHS (If you are in Married Quarters in the UK you'll know who we are and what we do) as a Technical Officer , if you have any issues regarding quarters and what MHS should be doing please dont hesitate to contact me.
    Praying at the church of MSE should be compulsory!

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    • jpwhittle
    • By jpwhittle 30th Jun 08, 10:17 PM
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    ok thanks will get dh to sort that tomorrow.

    congratulations on the new arrival. sorry i didnt register dates properly when i asked the question.
    back to comping in 2017, fingers crossed
  • Hell Dans Un Handcart
    Congratulations on the new baby, kitchpoo!

    I was wondering if I could ask; when we move to MQ (not sure where yet), I'll be a qualified counsellor; will I be allowed to work at home or will I have to have clients elsewhere? Thankyou.
    I like you. I shall kill you last.
    • kitchpoo
    • By kitchpoo 4th Jul 08, 8:19 AM
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    I know a number of properties where the partner runs a business from home. Often child minding, one is an aromatherapist. There are child minders orking from home both inside and out of the wire, so I dont think there is any restriction, but I would check with DE first.
    Praying at the church of MSE should be compulsory!

    There are three types of people in the world, those who can add up and those who can't.
  • oklah
    Any ideas if I can contact them direct to request they chopped down prior to us moving in?

    Secondly, am living overseas due to return to the UK in August, saw the MQ we are due to move into back in April and it had hideous conifers that were huge all the way round the the front garden ... as we are strictly not tenants yet, can I still request that they get chopped down prior to our move in date? Also, the previous tenant (was a friend of a friend) told me that new carpets would be needed throughout the house ..... would I be able to choose the colours?
    Originally posted by oklah
    Also, I ran a childminding business from a MQ prior to relocating overseas!
    • kitchpoo
    • By kitchpoo 7th Jul 08, 8:17 AM
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    Any ideas if I can contact them direct to request they chopped down prior to us moving in?



    Also, I ran a childminding business from a MQ prior to relocating overseas!
    Originally posted by oklah
    You should be able to contact the MHS helpline and raise a job, dont identify yourself as the incoming occupant, but as the current occupant. You will have more chance of them being taken out if it is causing any structural damage..... how close to the house are they?
    Praying at the church of MSE should be compulsory!

    There are three types of people in the world, those who can add up and those who can't.
  • jimnicebutdim
    If anyone out there is having any major issues with DE, specifically in the London area, then PM me. We had big problems with our qtr, but thanks to a combination of a supportive CofC, great local HIVE and shear bloody-mindedness we managed to get some action done.

    Due to this we now know some shortcuts and routes to take when trying to get things done.
    • jpwhittle
    • By jpwhittle 7th Jul 08, 11:58 AM
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    i officially hets any abreviated things the raf use. got moved on a weeks notice at 7 months pregnant with spd and baby lying back to back. so im in agony. didnt have a pre move just a move in and out and then hand the keys over today. all prepared for some charges as i had post natal depression with baby number 1 and things got to much. but cleaned the house to high standards even though i cant sleep and cant walk through the pain but happy i did the same job iv always done and never been charged for. minus a few carpet marks. also removals men did nothing but complain at us for moving 2 streets away and so didnt move half the stuff we had so i had to do that myself as well. and they broke a number of sons toys and lost some stuff. they were they clumsiest removals men ever.
    husband went to hand over the house today to be told it cant be handed over as its basicly a disgrace and needs redoing from top to bottom and untill its up to standard we cant hand the keys in as you no longer get charged for things. i havent had my disturbance and wont get it untill the end of the month thanks to the short notice we were given to move and cant afford the 230 a private cleaner wants to do the job at this short notice.
    so now im stuck. done nothing but cry as im tired and in pain. i cant do the house again or as the midwife told me ill end upin hospital and im sure the raf wont give dh the next 10 weeks of to look after my son thanks to being put there. and what if i can never get the house to standard do i never hand the keys over? we were there for 3 years of course its been lived in i tried my hardest with this dispite everything and have had enough now. the house wasnt even greatwhen we moved in and our new house isnt perfect either.

    gggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sorry or ranting iv just had enough of everything. husband has rung mhe and they said to ring the communications office or something as they may be able to sort something due to the short notice and no premove. just hoping that the fact there hve been a number of failings mean we get help.
    back to comping in 2017, fingers crossed
    • kitchpoo
    • By kitchpoo 7th Jul 08, 1:06 PM
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    i officially hets any abreviated things the raf use. got moved on a weeks notice at 7 months pregnant with spd and baby lying back to back. so im in agony. didnt have a pre move just a move in and out and then hand the keys over today. all prepared for some charges as i had post natal depression with baby number 1 and things got to much. but cleaned the house to high standards even though i cant sleep and cant walk through the pain but happy i did the same job iv always done and never been charged for. minus a few carpet marks. also removals men did nothing but complain at us for moving 2 streets away and so didnt move half the stuff we had so i had to do that myself as well. and they broke a number of sons toys and lost some stuff. they were they clumsiest removals men ever.
    husband went to hand over the house today to be told it cant be handed over as its basicly a disgrace and needs redoing from top to bottom and untill its up to standard we cant hand the keys in as you no longer get charged for things. i havent had my disturbance and wont get it untill the end of the month thanks to the short notice we were given to move and cant afford the 230 a private cleaner wants to do the job at this short notice.
    so now im stuck. done nothing but cry as im tired and in pain. i cant do the house again or as the midwife told me ill end upin hospital and im sure the raf wont give dh the next 10 weeks of to look after my son thanks to being put there. and what if i can never get the house to standard do i never hand the keys over? we were there for 3 years of course its been lived in i tried my hardest with this dispite everything and have had enough now. the house wasnt even greatwhen we moved in and our new house isnt perfect either.

    gggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sorry or ranting iv just had enough of everything. husband has rung mhe and they said to ring the communications office or something as they may be able to sort something due to the short notice and no premove. just hoping that the fact there hve been a number of failings mean we get help.
    Originally posted by jpwhittle
    Sounds like DE have been caught on the hop here. DE cannot hold you responsible for not meeting MO standard if you had no pre move out. If the MO had gone ahead DE couldnt really charge you, but MHS would still charge DE for the works - this may have led to the decision to abandon the MO. I am not aware of charges no longer being passed on to occupant.

    Unit Welfare has helped in a number of moves I have attended where pregnancy/illness etc have been an issue. The unit in one instance did the full removals job! There is no shame in asking for help trom the HIVE.

    You say your husband rang MHE... is that MHS or DE?

    Dont lose sleep over it, your unit will not let this situation get you down and on medical grounds they should help out.

    Have you any pictures of the quarter? If so , pm them over and I'll look and see if it is what I would call MO standard. This could save you doing more than you have to.
    Praying at the church of MSE should be compulsory!

    There are three types of people in the world, those who can add up and those who can't.
    • jpwhittle
    • By jpwhittle 7th Jul 08, 2:00 PM
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    thankyou for the advice

    it was mhs that he spoke to. just had a phone call from someone who arranges march outs and he said they couldnt arrange for someone to clean it butwould see if i could be charged instead. but other than that i have to sort it out myself.
    trying to ring husband to see if hes getting any joy in work. ill tell him this information as well so he can see if it will help him and try to get some pictures done later. just so much hard work and im no unpacked yet thanks to the negligent removals men.
    thankyou for your time on this forum im really gratefull for it with everything we have going on
    back to comping in 2017, fingers crossed
    • genieuk
    • By genieuk 7th Jul 08, 8:25 PM
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    jpwhittle, your plight sounds absolutely disgusting and one of the reasons people leave the services.

    My OH is army and we can only be charged for one quarter at a time, so if they want it make them help you. Not sure about not being charged for damages as our last MQ was in NI, is this since MHS took over.

    I know you have the RAF equivalent to AFF, if not try the Padre, SSAFA etc.

    HTH
    Good luck
  • discobaby
    aaarrrgggg help who can we call out of hours we cannot get in our bedroom the door will not open husband has tried everything and it has internal hinges

    please help??? have mod housing got an hours number
    • jpwhittle
    • By jpwhittle 7th Jul 08, 8:41 PM
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    jpwhittle
    been told 400 if i want to leave it at being charged. 230 just for a clean and about an extra 100 for carpets dont if i get someone in or do them myself. husbands WO is now involved as husband was upset in work talking to him and they are disgusted. turns out we shouldhave had a 2 week period to get the house straight rather than 2 days and because we have been in the house for 3 years this month we are entitled to a deep clean on downstairs carpets an the landing. i know there are some marks and he found some pen thanks to my 2year old wich im more than willing to pay for. so now hoping we can come to some arrangement were i pay half what they want. husbands work are really trying to fight our corner as well so now just have to wait and see. i cant afford to pay out large sums of money till my disturbance goes in the bank but cant physically do the house again and it isnt fair on husband to have to do everything after work.
    im just so fed up of living in fear of the smallest mark on anything. and that you cant be ill due to repurcusions later.
    back to comping in 2017, fingers crossed
    • 1012donna
    • By 1012donna 7th Jul 08, 9:20 PM
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    By the way - Joshua George was born today at 10:23 - Mum and baby doing really well!!
    Originally posted by kitchpoo
    Congratulations!!!!!
    Murphy's No More Pies Club Member No. 68

    • kyh
    • By kyh 8th Jul 08, 9:29 AM
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    Kitchpoo thanks for being brave and volunteering yourself as a source of advice. Congratulations on the new arrival I hope Mrs KP is doing well! I have to say when we have had dealings with MHS we have not had problems my big issue is with DE. My only comment would be the maintenance of gardens and surrounding grounds - the contractors in our local area are appaling and have ruined many a good garden round here by their indiscriminate use of hedge trimmers - minor point but it is often the little things that make a house a home!
    I would suggest to all of you with major problems speak to your HIVE or Welfare officer or go through either the Naval Families Federation (NFF), AFF for Army or ? not sure which for RAF ?RAFFF. There is a formal complaints procedure for both DE and MHS and if you don't get the answer you want take it higher. If you go through one of the Families Federations they will take it as far as they can and are really helpful!
    • kitchpoo
    • By kitchpoo 8th Jul 08, 11:32 AM
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    Grounds does suffer some issues at the moment that DE/MHS is trying to resolve.

    The problem seems to be the staff are paid close to minimum wage and are also required to have BCVR (or its new more rigarous version) where they must be security cleared before they can commence work. The net result is that in the summer months employment of worksforce is difficult, the high turnover of staff also makes it difficult to train and advise what the customer actually wants doing as well. This is an ongoing education of grounds at the moment.
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    • mercman1969
    • By mercman1969 8th Jul 08, 11:54 AM
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    Kitchpoo,

    Congrats on your new arrival...hope all is well with all concerned.
    We currently live in our own home and are considering moving into SFQ

    We have 1 child of 3 years.........what are our options
    We have lived in our own 4 bed home since moving back from Germany in 1999.....does it still stand that we will still only be offered a 2 bed place

    Regards

    M
    • kyh
    • By kyh 8th Jul 08, 12:01 PM
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    I think this is also rank dependant as well as number of children - there is a JSP if you have access to defence intranet?
    K
    • mercman1969
    • By mercman1969 8th Jul 08, 12:02 PM
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    K,

    Thanks....current rank is Sgt...have access to intranet but not much luck in finding anything as yet...any pointers?
    • kyh
    • By kyh 8th Jul 08, 1:21 PM
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    K,

    Thanks....current rank is Sgt...have access to intranet but not much luck in finding anything as yet...any pointers?
    Originally posted by mercman1969

    M

    Will have a look now and get back to you.

    K
    • kyh
    • By kyh 8th Jul 08, 1:34 PM
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    M

    Have Pm'd you

    K
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