Government reveals shock abolition of Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions in England

first_imgThe Government has announced that it is to ban ‘no fault’ Section 21 evictions ending one of the key tools that letting agents and landlords use to end tenancies.James Brokenshire (below) has called the plans the ‘biggest change to the private rental sector in a generation’.“By abolishing these kinds of evictions, every single person living in the private rented sector will be empowered to make the right housing choice for themselves – not have it made for them,” he said.And in a rare departure from Brexit preparations, PM Theresa May has also taken time to back the plans, saying the shake-up will protect tenants from “unethical behaviour” and give them the “long-term certainty and the peace of mind they deserve”.The announcement has the support of lender Nationwide whose Director of Home Propositions Paul Wooton says: “Nationwide has been calling on Government for some time to introduce indefinite tenancies and we welcome their commitment on this issue. Tenants who are paying rent and not breaching tenancy agreements should be able to stay in their home unless the landlord has legitimate reasons for ending the tenancy.”But the planned abolition of Section 21 has not gone down well among letting agents.“Today’s news could be devastating for the private rented sector and landlords operating within it,” says David Cox, Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark (pictured, right).“The effects of the tenant fees ban have not yet been felt, and now the Government is introducing more new legislation which could deter landlords from operating in the market.“Although in the majority of cases there is no need for Section 21 to be used, there are times when a landlord has no choice but to take action and evict tenants from a property.”‘Serious dangers’Landlords are equally worried, including the Residential Landlords Association, whose Policy Director David Smith (pictured, below) believes there are ‘serious dangers of getting such reforms wrong’.“With the demand for private rented homes continuing to increase, we need the majority of good landlords to have confidence to invest in new homes,” he says. “This means ensuring they can swiftly repossess properties for legitimate reasons such as rent arrears, tenant anti-social behaviour or wanting to sell them. This needs to happen before any moves are made to end Section 21.”“For all the talk of greater security for tenants, that will be nothing if the homes to rent are not there in the first place. We call on the government to act with caution.”No-fault evictions have already been banned in Scotland and housing charity Shelter is currently running a campaign to persuade its government to introduce similar legislation in Wales.James Brokenshire landlord regulation no fault evictions abolition of section 21 notices Section 21 notices David Cox section 21 David Smith RLA April 15, 2019Nigel Lewis2 commentsJohn Socha, Orchard BMS Ltd Orchard BMS Ltd 15th April 2019 at 7:09 pmIn order for two of my disabled tenants to obtain suitably modified homes, I had to use Section 21 to end their tenancies. This smacks of the opposite of the divorce laws that have just abolished “blame” to make the process more humane.My tenants would not have been housed by my local council/housing association. If I evict them for rent arrears, or any of the various “grounds” our borough council will not accept them. As usual, the do gooders of Shelter (houses not one single tenant) and Generation Rent (Not in the house rental business) have missed the point. If I feel that I do not have suitably adapted property, I want the state to house my former tenants. This has occurred only 3 times in 23 years. Is that not what the state is supposed to be there for? A safety net.Few people invite disability into their lives. It picks citizens (including myself) at random. An avenue of assistance for such tenants is now shut.Log in to ReplyJulian Blackmore, BNE BNE 15th April 2019 at 12:58 pmWhat a complete joke, you watch landlords sell in droves or just leave them empty. Just when you thought the government couldn’t behave like bigger idiots, they propose this.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Government reveals shock abolition of Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions in England previous nextRegulation & LawGovernment reveals shock abolition of Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions in EnglandIndustry reacts with horror to likely ‘devastating’ effect on private rental market by measures announced by James Brokenshire.Nigel Lewis15th April 20192 Comments5,366 Viewslast_img read more

USA: Nimitz-Class Supercarrier Abraham Lincoln Arrives in Los Angeles for Navy Week

first_img View post tag: Nimitz-Class USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and several other ships arrived in Los Angeles, Jul. 25, bringing several thousand Sailors to visit the city and surrounding areas as part of L.A. Navy Week 2011.Navy Week is an opportunity for the officers and crew of the visiting ships to help the Navy showcase the quality of its personnel to local citizens. Lincoln’s participation in L.A. Navy Week will demonstrate to area leaders and the general public that the Navy remains an effective and vital tool of national defense and a viable career opportunity for young men and women.The Navy conducts approximately 20 Navy Weeks each year, reaching out to communities across the country to showcase the investments Americans have made toward their national defense.Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9, said the visiting ships and personnel are eager to interact with the people of Southern California.“We’re excited to be here in Los Angeles to participate in Navy Week,” Shoemaker said. “We’re looking forward to showing the people here how much pride we have in our Navy and what we do in defense of our country.”Shoemaker said the visit to L.A. would highlight two complementary aspects that make the United States great. “The L.A.-Long Beach port is one of the biggest in the world. It’s an incredibly important part of America’s economy, and the Navy ensures sea lanes remain secure, open and free for trade and travel.”While in Los Angeles, Sailors will contribute to the local economy by taking part in a variety of Southern California activities, from attending L.A. Dodgers baseball games to visiting Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. Lincoln Sailors are also scheduled to participate in community relations projects building houses for local residents in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity.Capt. John D. Alexander, Lincoln’s commanding officer, said he expects Lincoln Sailors to make a favorable impression on the people of L.A.“We have some incredibly talented and hard-working personnel serving aboard this ship,” Alexander said. “Every day, our Sailors positively contribute to the American way of life by serving in this great organization. No matter how remarkable the people of Southern California find our ships, they’ll be even more impressed by the pride and professionalism of our people.”Participating in L.A. Navy Week 2011 are Lincoln, guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90), mine countermeasures ship USS Champion (MCM 4), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, and personnel from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, Maritime Expeditionary Security Group (MESG) 31, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 3 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit 1.The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is in Los Angeles between at-sea training and certification periods and prior to a deployment scheduled for the end of the year.[mappress]Source: navy, July 26, 2011; View post tag: Naval View post tag: Los Angeles Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Nimitz-Class Supercarrier Abraham Lincoln Arrives in Los Angeles for Navy Week July 26, 2011 Training & Education View post tag: Arrives View post tag: europe View post tag: Heerema View post tag: Norway View post tag: News by topiccenter_img View post tag: Abraham View post tag: Navy View post tag: design View post tag: week View post tag: usa View post tag: Supercarrier View post tag: Lincoln USA: Nimitz-Class Supercarrier Abraham Lincoln Arrives in Los Angeles for Navy Week View post tag: ULSTEIN Share this articlelast_img read more

Students at Mansfield have launched a campaign against the College’s plan to secularise its tr

first_imgStudents at Mansfield have launched a campaign against the College’s plan to secularise its traditional branding.A Facebook group, ‘Save the Mansfield Crest’ has been set up in protest at the suggestion that Mansfield’s iconography be altered. Within two days it attracted 214 members and messages criticising the idea that the current college shield, which sports three crosses, should be changed in any way.According to Katie Moore, the Mansfield student who created the group, a new design would be issued on official college correspondence. She has also said, “Some members of the SCR would like the crosses to be removed and to change the Latin text [on the shield]. One proposal is to replace the crosses with unicorns, [since] our crest has a unicorn on the top.”Mansfield MCR voted by a majority of 88% on Monday to keep the current design, and the JCR is set to vote on Monday. Students and staff at the college have also been signing a petition against any alterations of college branding.Moore questioned the need for change and pointed out that alumni have not yet been consulted on the proposals.She said, “I think that it is important that alumni are kept informed of changes to the college. This topic has been discussed in the past and from what I could gauge then, there was strong support to keep [the original iconography]. The alumni should have been asked properly about this, and my group goes to show that they do care a lot and have started to email the development office. “Personally, I do not want to see the shield changed at all. The college has its roots in theology and you can’t change history. I am also a member of the boat club and our kit and blades have become very distinctive in recent years – this all revolves around the crosses on the shield,” she said. Mansield have issued the following statement: “A question was raised as to whether the shield’s Christian symbolism might be seen as in any way excluding those of other faiths or none. The views of the JCR and MCR have been particularly solicited. A decision will be taken at the Governing Body meeting in eighth week of this term whether to revert of the existing shield or introduce any variation. This will take account of all the views expressed.”by Chris Baraniuklast_img read more

In Short

first_imgCraft Week closeDon’t forget National Craft Bakers’ Week kicks off on Saturday 19 September, so make sure you’ve got all your special point-of-sale material ready, and are geared up to show consumers all that you can offer in your shops. A PR Toolkit and poster promoting A Big Taste, the NCBW sampling event, are in this issue of BB.Hovis toasts new lineHovis has relaunched its toasting range, with new packaging and recipes. Its Thick Crumpets, Soft white Muffins, Scotch Pancakes, and Fruity Teacakes, will also feature new packaging, while the teacakes and crumpets, will be made to a new recipe to “improve softness and taste”.Thorntons sees lossThorntons, the high street chocolatier, has marked its centenary year with record sales figures, but posted a loss of £1.1m after it was hit by £5.4m in impairment charges, such as high rents. Revenues increased by 1.7% to £218.3m in the year to 25 June. Pre-tax profits dropped to £4.3m from £6.9m.Morrisons profitsMorrisons has posted a strong set of results for the half year to 31 July 2011. Turnover was up 7.4% to £8.7bn, with underlying profit up 8% to £442m. The supermarket said its promotional offers such as bread and milk for 50p had been “extremely popular”.last_img read more

Physics and … basketball?

first_imgAt first glance, physics and basketball seem worlds apart, but at Harvard they’re connected in more ways than one. Take Physics Night at Leverett House, for example, and an intrasquad basketball game at the Malkin Athletic Center (MAC) — two activities that develop both mind and body, nurturing the individual and the community simultaneously.Physics comes into play in basketball whenever a player jumps in the air to shoot or rebound. What enthusiasts call “hang time” — when a player appears frozen at the peak of his leap — is the result of projectile motion.When a player springs upward, the strength of the vertical velocity thrust determines the time he spends airborne. There’s also a horizontal element of velocity, but that remains constant throughout the jump, since gravity doesn’t play a role.Howard Georgi, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, said Physics Night started in 1998 when three things coincided: He became master of Leverett; the dining halls were opened for study during off hours; and problem sets in several physics classes were due on Thursday mornings. The confluence meant that many students began working long into Wednesday nights, and Georgi was there to help.Soon, professors started sending their teaching fellows to Physics Nights, and even came themselves. The advent of Brain Break, during which students study late with food near at hand, reinforced the practice. Now, Physics Night is an institution that fills the dining hall with laptops and animated dialogue about physics — except, of course, when the talk is on the court at the MAC, where Leverett basketball players talk of “give-and-go” or “cutting to the basket” as they take a study break. 4Cyndia Yu sports a sweatshirt decorated with Schrödinger’s cat, a thought experiment devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. 11Leverett House basketball Team C. Front row: Resident Dean Lauren Brandt (from left), Cynthia Tassopoulos, Emma Keller, Katelyn Smith, and Joseph McGing. Back row: David Williams (from left), Manny Mendoza, Andrew Garbarino, Robert Worley, Chris Lupien, Matthew Megan, and Kai Fei. 1At Leverett House Physics Night, students gather around tables in the dining room to work on physics projects. 3Aaron Markowitz ’16 (from left), George Torres ’16, and Roman Berens ’16 focus on their physics work. 5Players vying for the ball get a leg up on the action. 8What in the world? An up-close view of physics homework. 6House Master Howard Georgi offers some advice to Paul Wei ’15 (center) and Leo Guttmann ’15 (right). 7Leverett’s mascot bunnies adorn this player’s T-shirt. 9Basketball! It’s science in gym clothes! 10Ellen Robo ’16 (left) confers with fellow student Natalie Janzow ’16. 2Leverett House basketball Team C members choose sides for an intrasquad game after another House failed to show up for their scheduled contest. 12The Leverett House dining room is packed with inquiring minds. Physics! Who’da thunk it?last_img read more

31 Fertilizer numbers

first_imgVolume XXIXNumber 1Page 31 By Clint WaltzUniversity of GeorgiaAll plants require nutrients to grow and develop properly.Various nutrients affect plants differently and are needed invarying amounts.Essential nutrients are just that: essential. Plants have to havethem to sustain the vigor they need to resist environmentalstresses, weeds, diseases, insects and other pests.The 16 essential nutrients are broken into two categories,primary (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) and secondary(calcium, magnesium, sulfur, iron and others).The primary nutrients get the most attention because they’rerequired in the greatest amounts. Fertilizers are sold based ontheir amounts.The numbersOn a fertilizer bag, the numbers refer to the percentage ofactual nitrogen (N), phosphate (P2O5) and potash (K2O). So 10percent of the weight of a bag of 10-10-10 is nitrogen, 10percent is phosphate and 10 percent is potash.It’s easy to figure the actual weight of nitrogen. The percentageis listed on the bag. In a 50-pound bag of 10-10-10, the nitrogenwould weigh 5 pounds (0.10 times 50).It’s not as simple, though, for phosphorus (P) and potassium (K).To find the amount of phosphorus, multiply the phosphate numberby 0.44. Get the potassium amount by multiplying the potashweight by 0.83.How it adds upSo that 50-pound bag of 10-10-10 has 5 pounds of phosphate times0.44, or 2.2 pounds of phosphorus. It has 5 pounds of potashtimes 0.83, or 4.15 pounds of potassium. With the 5 pounds ofnitrogen, then, it has 11.35 pounds of primary nutrients.Using the same formula, a 50-pound bag of 16-4-8 would have 8pounds of nitrogen, 0.88 pounds of phosphorus and 3.32 pounds ofpotassium. That’s 12.2 pounds of primary nutrients.So what’s the rest of the weight in the bag? Some of it may besecondary nutrients. The rest is filler material to make iteasier to apply.A fertilizer bag containing all three nutrients is considered a”complete” fertilizer. A product with any nutrient missing iscalled “incomplete.”(Clint Waltz is an Extension Service turf scientist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

RE/MAX Cairns’ Tony Williamson say Cairns is about to boom

first_imgThe Managing Director of Remax Australia and New Zealand Michael Davoren has visited Cairns to assess the local real estate market. Managing Director of Remax Australia and New Zealand Michael Davoren with Remax Cairns Principal Tony Williamson. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKEThe “time has come” for Cairns to shine on the national and international stage as a variety of investors scared off by the confusing stockmarket and poor cash returns with banks eye the affordable and profitable Far North housing market.RE/MAX Australia managing director Michael Davoren’s comments came as he visited Cairns to renew Tony Williamson’s second five-year franchise agreement with the global real estate brand.“To have people like Tony stay on is a feather in our cap. People like him don’t just stay on because it’s fun,” Mr Davoren said.“Australia is a very well-known country in the world, Queensland is a very well-known state and Cairns is a very well-known city. You can just see the time has come for Cairns. “People in big cities are starting to look at alternatives because it’s unaffordable in places like Sydney and Melbourne. I say if you want to invest in real estate, buy in regional Australia … and Cairns international airport will put it in front of other regional cities.“Construction projects start more construction and while there is the threat it goes too far, Cairns doesn’t have that problem. It’s exciting times.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoMr Davoren said bricks and mortar investments were seen as more reliable and Cairns’ tight rental vacancy rate and low prices were attractive.Just over a week after saying the Cairns property market was about to take off, Mr Williamson followed up his optimism with a belief the region was “one major announcement away from running”.“Whether that’s news about the expansion of the navy base or news about an NRL team up here, we are just one announcement away from the Cairns real estate market running,” he said.last_img read more

‘STRIKING IS A RIGHT’ Transport alliance blasts gov’t for threats

first_img“We want to make this clear, basta wala mo ginapahog or intimidate ang aton mga kautoran nga mag upod sa strike, indi ka pwede akusaran,” he said. “You cannot penalize drivers oroperators who voluntarily join a strikebangud sa iya personal nga pagpati sa kahustuhan sang tinutuyo sang strike,”” stressed Salarda. * third offense – P5,000 andcancellation of franchise Accordingto Edgar Salarda, convener of Alyansa Kontra PUV Phase Out-Panay and leader ofPinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide, the National Unionof People’s Lawyer (NUPL) Panay is helping them explain to drivers andoperators their legal rights. Strikingis allowed under the 1987 PhilippineConstitution, said the transport leader, citing Article III, Section 4 (freedomof speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people topeaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances) andArticle XIII, Section 3 (rights of all workers to self-organization, collectivebargaining and negotiations, and peaceful concerted activities, including theright to strike in accordance with law). As stated in the memo, those proven tobe forcing or using violence and intimidation on a driver or operator to join atransport strike would be penalized. Two transport cooperatives announcedon Friday they won’t be joining today’s strike – the Western Visayas TransportCooperative (WVTC) and the Iloilo City Associationof Operators and Drivers Cooperative (ICAODC).They received warning from the OTC that their registrations could berevoked. Modern jeepneys are required to have,among others, Euro 4 engines that meet the European Union emission standards onharmful chemicals (such as toxic sulfur, benzene and carbon dioxide, etc.),Global Positioning System, automatic fare collection system, dashboard camera,speed limiter, and closed-circuit television camera. On the other hand, the ICAODC hasbetween 500 to 600 jeepney units. “Let us all remember that under theConstitution, we have the right to express our grievances and kag maghulag para ipanawagan sa atongobyerno ang aton mga demanda,” said Salarda. If thegovernment really wants to reduce air pollution, said Salarda, there is analternative to phasing out old jeepneys – requiring operators to overhaul theirengines and closely monitor if this is being complied./PN SILENT PROTEST. A poster at the back of this jeepney driver’s seat expresses his sentiment on the planned scrapping of old jeepneys and the incessant fuel price hikes. PN PHOTO The phase out of old jeepneys by July2020 is in line with the government’s move to modernize Philippine publictransport; the goal is to minimize air pollution and improve public transportsafety. “Maysalabton ang LTFRB kon sumala sila, ilabi na ang ila pagpamahog. Pwede man sila kasuhan,”Salarsa said. LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2011-004enumerates the penalties: “They must know and understand theirrights. Holding a transport strike is legal,” said Salarda. Jeepneydrivers and operators became hesitant to join the nationally-coordinated strikeafter the LTFRB and OTC issued warnings. ILOILO City – Today’s nationwidetransport strike against the phase out of old jeepneys is a legal right ofpublic utility vehicle drivers and operators, according to Alyansa KontraPUV Phase Out-Panay that is leading the mass action here. It slammed the LandTransportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Office ofTransportation Cooperatives (OTC) for threatening to cancel the strikers’franchises or accreditation. * first offense – P2,000 * second offense – P3,000 LTFRB could not penalize strikingdrivers and operators who voluntarily join today’s protest, said Salarda,citing the advice of NUPL Panay. Under WVTC are some 2,000 jeepneyunits affiliated with the Iloilo City Loop Alliance of Jeepney Operators andDrivers Association and transport groups from the municipalities of Dumangasand Barotac Nuevo in Iloilo province, and from the provinces of Antique andGuimaras. According to Alyansa Kontra PUV Phase Out-Panay,these are beyond the financial capacity of jeepney operators. Even LTFRB Memorandum Circular No.2011-004 stressed this, Salarda pointed out. He also warned LTFRB against unjustlygoing after striking drivers and operators.last_img read more

Chelsea adopt living wage

first_img Press Association The Premier League leaders on Thursday announced they had been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation and, from January, will pay all directly employed members of staff the living wage as a minimum – currently £9.15 an hour in London or £7.85 an hour outside of the capital. The national minimum wage is £6.50 an hour, but the living wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said on chelseafc.com: “As a responsible employer we are proud of this significant achievement for the club. “We believe the move to the living wage underlines our commitment to ensuring that all our employees receive a fair rate of pay for their hard work and dedication. Quite simply it is the right thing to do.” League Two side Luton have also adopted the living wage. Hatters chief executive Gary Sweet said on lutontown.co.uk: “Luton Town Football Club sits right at the heart of the community. Not only do we feel that we have a responsibility to our staff, to make sure that their level of pay affords them the ability to have a decent work-life balance but we also have a desire to attract more talented people when recruiting.” Scottish Championship side Hearts also pay the living wage. center_img Chelsea have become the first Premier League club to adopt the living wage. last_img read more

Cricket News BCCI appoints Dravid as Head of Cricket at NCA

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former India captain Rahul Dravid was on Monday appointed as Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), the BCCI has announced. Dravid was supposed to take over as NCA head from July 1 but his job at the India Cements caused the delay. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) asked Dravid to relinquish his post as vice-president of India Cements or be on leave until he completes his tenure.India Cements then sent him on leave to avoid conflict of interest.“Mr Dravid will oversee all cricket related activities at NCA and will be involved in mentoring, coaching, training and motivating players, coaches and support staff at the NCA,” BCCI said in a release.“Dravid will also work closely with the National men’s and women’s Head coaches and coaches for India Developmental teams including India A, India Under 19, India Under 23 teams, in the identification of key training and development objectives,” the release added.The BCCI did not specify the tenure of appointment for Dravid, who will also be responsible for monitoring progress of the developmental teams and provide necessary inputs on the same to the senior men’s and women’s head coaches. last_img read more