For a few years there have been some whispers about how if you are an American soldier living on the economy in the UK, your rent will be outrageous and you will be charged to renovate the rental properties when you move out. This was just a whisper before, but I have found it to be true. That brings up all kinds of legal and ethical issues for the situation and as a business owner my interest was piqued.
Is it Legal?
Charging a specific group of people increased rent, at times 50% more, is a discriminatory practice. How is it legal? In Norfolk, there is a big conglomerate of American bases the more prominent being, RAF Mildenhall, RAF Lakenheath , RAF Feltwell, and RAF Alconbury. According to the rental website, Rentright, the average price of rental house in this area is about £600, so why is the average soldier being charged between £900-1200?
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I had a conversation with a colleague yesterday and he was commenting on the quality of work their IT contractor provided. Mind you, this is a huge government contract with a big consulting firm and the consultant couldn’t tell him how to link up the instant message contact names to their email addresses. As a small business I rely on technical ability daily and getting duped by vendors is a common hazard. Vendors will give you a good pitch only to come onto the project and not have the technical skills required addressing the problem. How do you qualify a vendor and how should you measure vendor quality?
Take the time to have a conversation
By the time a vendor is called to most businesses the problem needs to be solved immediately. This is one of the most costly mistakes your business can make. Look for vendors before you need them and get all of the housekeeping items out of the way. Check their references and credentials and then talk to the ones you like the best. Talking to a potential vendor will highlight knowledge, ability and how tuned into your needs as a client they are. Taking this extra time in the beginning will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
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