Basingstoke pensioner charged garage rent for 53 weeks this year

Basingstoke Gazette: Ken Holland Ken Holland

A BASINGSTOKE pensioner has been left fuming after a housing association said that it will charge him rent for 53 weeks this year.

Ken Holland, 67, pays a weekly rent of £19.40 for two blue Sovereign housing association garages in Gainsborough Road, and neighbouring Landseer Road in Black Dam.

He said that “as a point of principle” he will not pay for the 53rd week and called the bill unfair.

In a statement, Sovereign said that Mr Holland’s contract requires him to pay every Monday – and in the 2013-14 financial year there are 53 Mondays.

“Mr Holland is charged a weekly rent on his garages,” Sovereign said in a statement.

“Once every five or six years, there are 53 Mondays in a year.

“In most years, we only charge rent for 364 days a year, and this additional week accounts for the days that he has not been charged in the previous years.”

However, speaking to The Gazette, Mr Holland, a retired lorry driver, who lives in Grove Road, said: “As far as I am concerned I am going to pay them for 52 weeks. It is a point of principle for me.

“If it was a house, that say was £150 per week, some people would struggle to pay it. It is not a question of the money. It is a question of the principle.”

The father-of-four added: “When I lived in Gainsborough Road with young children it was a struggle.

“It was tough bringing up a new a young family and to spring something that you have not budgeted for is just stupid.”

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8:18am Wed 20 Mar 13

jonone says...

So, one must assume that every so often there are 51 Mondays in a year? Looks like a non-news "oh-lets-get-a-grump
y-face-in-the-paper" story!
So, one must assume that every so often there are 51 Mondays in a year? Looks like a non-news "oh-lets-get-a-grump y-face-in-the-paper" story! jonone
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8:26am Wed 20 Mar 13

JJ38JJ says...

It should be a 'point of principle' that the housing association only let him use the garage for 364 days per year (52x7). After all that is all he is paying for. On one day per year he shouldn't be allowed to use it - after all, he isn't paying.
It should be a 'point of principle' that the housing association only let him use the garage for 364 days per year (52x7). After all that is all he is paying for. On one day per year he shouldn't be allowed to use it - after all, he isn't paying. JJ38JJ
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10:27am Wed 20 Mar 13

poi000 says...

Wow, must be a reallty slow news day.
Wow, must be a reallty slow news day. poi000
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10:28am Wed 20 Mar 13

Sam_Walker123456 says...

jonone, there are just over 52 weeks in every year so there will always be 52 Mondays in every year and the occasional year with 53, but never 51.
JJ38JJ, the calculation 52x7 is irrelevant because he pays weekly. If he pays on every Monday, as per his contract, then he will be paying the full amount for the use of the garages.
Ken Holland, are you an idiot? You pay a weekly rent so why are you trying to muddy things by bringing in the number of payments in a year? This situation has happened every few years since anybody rented anything on a weekly basis. Which week do you think you should get free? If you want to save money then get rid of one of the garages - why on earth do you need two?
jonone, there are just over 52 weeks in every year so there will always be 52 Mondays in every year and the occasional year with 53, but never 51. JJ38JJ, the calculation 52x7 is irrelevant because he pays weekly. If he pays on every Monday, as per his contract, then he will be paying the full amount for the use of the garages. Ken Holland, are you an idiot? You pay a weekly rent so why are you trying to muddy things by bringing in the number of payments in a year? This situation has happened every few years since anybody rented anything on a weekly basis. Which week do you think you should get free? If you want to save money then get rid of one of the garages - why on earth do you need two? Sam_Walker123456
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11:14am Wed 20 Mar 13

laurence86 says...

What a muppet! If he is contracted to pay every Monday the "as a point of principle" he should pay every monday.

How very refreshing it is to read the non-news story that reminds you that you live in a relatively quiet area.
What a muppet! If he is contracted to pay every Monday the "as a point of principle" he should pay every monday. How very refreshing it is to read the non-news story that reminds you that you live in a relatively quiet area. laurence86
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2:46pm Wed 20 Mar 13

Folkestone Saint says...

On principle then Ken hand back the keys if it is so unfair, but before you do can I ask, did you offer to pay the extra when you MUST have realised you were not paying the full amount on the other years?
On principle then Ken hand back the keys if it is so unfair, but before you do can I ask, did you offer to pay the extra when you MUST have realised you were not paying the full amount on the other years? Folkestone Saint
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7:19pm Mon 25 Mar 13

Alfie The Dog says...

If his pension got paid every Monday, would he refuse to accept that weeks money as a 'point of principle'?

Of course he wouldn't.
If his pension got paid every Monday, would he refuse to accept that weeks money as a 'point of principle'? Of course he wouldn't. Alfie The Dog
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