An­gela Brown

Macclesfield Express - - HOMES - BEE OFF EX­ECU­TORS’ FEES

with Nigel Read I BUILT a bee­hive in the gar­den of my hous­ing trust prop­erty three years ago. In June a swarm of bees set­tled in the hive, prompt­ing a com­plaint to my land­lord and a phone call and visit from them. Now I have had a let­ter say­ing I have bro­ken my ten­ancy agree­ment and must re­move the hive and the bees. There’s a lot about dogs, cats and birds in my ten­ancy agree­ment but noth­ing about in­sects. Your ten­ancy agree­ment is likely to pro­hibit you from al­low­ing any an­i­mals to an­noy or be a nui­sance or dan­ger to neigh­bours or to any visi­tors. Since in­sects are an­i­mals it’s pos­si­ble that your hive will fall foul of this clause. Your hous­ing trust will have an ap­peals pro­ce­dure which you should prob­a­bly in­ves­ti­gate. Take a video of your hive and the bees’ IS there a stan­dard charge that banks make to act as ex­ecu­tors of wills, or do the fees vary from bank to bank? If so, what’s a rea­son­able amount for them to charge? It’s cer­tainly ad­vis­able to en­quire about the fees be­fore writ­ing a bank into your will to act as ex­ecu­tor, although the fees charged are usu­ally those in force at the date of death and not nec­es­sar­ily those at the time of mak­ing your will. Banks usu­ally charge a per­cent­age of the value of the es­tate, re­gard­less of the amount of work in­volved in sort­ing it out.

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