Government softens blow of ‘no fault’ eviction ban proposals

first_imgHome » News » Government softens blow of ‘no fault’ eviction ban proposals previous nextRegulation & LawGovernment softens blow of ‘no fault’ eviction ban proposalsLandlords will be able to use Section 8 process to regain their properties should they wish to sell it or move in, it has been announced.Nigel Lewis16th April 20195 Comments4,506 Views  Following yesterday’s announcement from the government that it is to ban Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions by landlords and letting agents, further proposals to soften the blow of the shock announcement have been revealed.The more complicated Section 8 eviction process is to be amended to enable landlords to end a tenancy if they have a legitimate reason to do so, including regaining a home should they wish to sell it or move into it.Also, the legal process of eviction is to be ‘expedited’ to help landlords regain their properties more quickly and smoothly if tenants fail to pay their rent or damage a property.These proposals, along with yesterday’s decision to end Section 21 evictions, are to be put out to consultation.New deal“The government will collaborate with and listen to tenants, landlords and others in the private rented sector to develop a new deal for renting,” a government statement says.Ongoing industry reaction to the proposed measures has been unremittingly either cautious or hostile.“While this latest move has been made with the best intentions, it’s vital that the landlords themselves are also safeguarded so that we don’t further exacerbate this exodus of rental property providers,” says Calum Brannan, CEO of lettings platform Howsy (pictured, left).Peter Hermon-Taylor, Managing Director of lettings agency Maskells, says: “Meddling with a system that already works for the overwhelming majority is a perilous undertaking and we are very wary of this process, which by its nature is designed to tip the balance of power towards the tenant.“By doing so however they risk upsetting this stability of the whole sector which could have the effect of pushing droves of landlords out of the industry altogether. The devil however, and as always, will be in the detail.”Howsy Lettings Maskells section 21 evictions Section 8 evictions eviction April 16, 2019Nigel Lewis5 commentsJason Davies, Davies Lettings Ltd Davies Lettings Ltd 16th April 2019 at 11:41 amWhat next?! When is it going to stop?! Some of us are just honest, small independent agencies, wanting to survive an already tough market, in our local communities. the Tenant Fees Ban is already the final nail in the coffin for a lot of agencies. The Government seems to tar us all with the same brush, to take a blanket approach to make their life easier. What they should be doing is concentrating on targeting the minority rogue agents and landlords and leaving us honest, hard working citizens to try and make a decent living!Log in to ReplyVivien Mitchell, Director Director 16th April 2019 at 3:20 pmI agree Jason, This is become an absolutely devastating impact on all us small independents and I just do not know how much more I can take with Brexit, low interest in properties, Fee Ban and now this. I was told by the RLA trainer that 16 000 Letting Agents will go out of business due to the Fee Ban alone.The powers that be are destroying even the strongest hardest working people who like you and me are doing a great job and are hard working and honest citizens providing a good service.Log in to Replyjeremy clarke, Belvoir Christchurch Belvoir Christchurch 16th April 2019 at 11:00 amThe headline was banning S21, the issue is not so much to do with S21 more to do with S8.Very few landlords use the S21 for a no fault eviction process, most use S21 for other reasons such as rent arrears breach of tenancy because the S8 process is not fit for purpose. S8 is rife with pitfalls, loopholes and opportunities for the tenants that know the system (& “charities”) to exploit. Delays cost landlords money and there is often no recourse on the offending tenants so landlords take a view that at least S21 gives them certainty; they write off any tenant debts just to get the property back.S21 & S8 do not need ‘tinkering with’, they need a total review! A landlord must be able to get the property back either when the landlord wants it (sale, move in, for relative etc) but also when tenant defaults. Any new S8 grounds must be able to be actioned quickly to prevent huge losses to the landlord, say within 14 days for rent arrears? In addition, when the tenants owe the landlord money for rent, repairs etc. the tenant must immediately, without any further court action receive a County Court Judgement for the debt; if the tenant owes rent they must not be given Carte Blanc to go and do it again to another landlord. A central register which can be accessed by landlords and agents which shows all offending tenants must be produced.In my opinion, if a tenant discovers that he/she/they are going to get a CCJ, it will focus their minds and moderate their behaviour.So, this means radical changes to the court system with accessible court time for landlords and penalties on the system if it cannot perform; if the courts had to say, pay teh landlords’ rent and costs for any delayed time then landlords might not mind waiting. At the moment the biggest issue with landlords taking tenants to court via S8 is the uncertainty and the time delay – RESOLVE THAT FIRST BEFORE EVEN TALKING ABOUT BANNING S21!Log in to ReplyPhillip Ilic, Property Link Estates Property Link Estates 16th April 2019 at 10:42 amOf course the government has to allow a landlord to sell a property when he wants to what’s the alternative force a landlord to be a landlord until such time a tenant decides to leave. Rather alarmist to have thought otherwise so not really a softening. I am all for a mechanism of long term tenancies but banning the s21 notice cant be a way of doing it.What happens when a landlord wants to increase the rent? The tenant will simply refuse to accept any increase knowing they cant be evicted. So there will have to be a mechanism in place where a landlord applies to a property chamber or rent officer to set the rent. Whose going to pay for the applications and how many months will it take to get a rent increase through and how will the rent increase be calculated? That will be bringing back the rent control of the 1970’s that didn’t work. If there is a rent review clause in the agreement it will be a government controlled increase pegged to the Base Rate will that really work?This government is running scared from Corbyn because these are labour policies just like the tenant fee ban was. The Tories are desperate to not see the young persons vote go to them and not stick with labour as it did in the last election. Vote Tory or labour it will make no difference – except labour are talking about capping house price inflation so guess what will be coming out from the Tories next!Log in to ReplyWendy Peterman, Peterman Associates Ltd Peterman Associates Ltd 16th April 2019 at 10:42 amI’ll be interested to see how this government can ‘expediate’ the legal process of eviction. This government has no idea. Totally agree with Peter Hermon-Taylor.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. 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US Navy sorties Hawaii-based ships ahead of Hurricane Lane

first_img View post tag: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham US Navy ships and submarines based in Hawaii are getting underway from Pearl Harbor as Hurricane Lane travels toward the Hawaiian Islands.This was announced by Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, who said that ships and submarines not currently undergoing maintenance availabilities have begun to sortie and will be positioned to help respond after the storm, if needed.“Based on the current track of the storm, we made the decision to begin to sortie the Pearl Harbor-based ships,” Fort said. “This allows the ships enough time to transit safely out of the path of the storm.”Units will remain at sea until the threat from the storm subsides and Hawaii-based Navy aircraft will be secured in hangars or flown to other airfields to avoid the effects of the hurricane.The Navy orders a sortie during potentially extreme weather conditions to reduce the risk of significant damage to ships and piers during high winds and seas. Some ships will not get underway, due to various maintenance availabilities, and are taking extra precautions to avoid potential damage. Commanding officers have a number of options when staying in port, depending on the severity of the weather. Some of these options include adding additional mooring and storm lines, dropping the anchor, and disconnecting shore power cables. View post tag: US Navy Photo: Illustration. Photo: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

St. John Seeks Help in Restoring Distinctive Needlepoint Kneelers

first_imgSue Baker, Mary Grant, Mary Bullock, Susy Wilkins, Barbara Piston, and Janet Yunghans of St. John Lutheran Church display a completed needlepoint kneeler.When visiting the sanctuary of St. John Lutheran Church at 1001 Central Avenue in Ocean City, NJ, the first thing a visitor might notice are the distinctive needlepoint kneelers surrounding the altar. Their repeating wave pattern with Christian symbols reminds the visitor they are in a house of worship that is just a few blocks from the beautiful Ocean City beaches.Created in the early 1980s, the kneelers were lovingly stitched by women of the congregation. More than 30 years later, they are in dire need of cleaning and restoration. Once again, the women of St. John have committed themselves to a worthwhile project. This summer they have been working to restore the kneelers to their former glory by having them cleaned and reupholstered. They are seeking funds to help with the project, with a fundraising goal of $8,000.When the women first met this spring, they sought the advice of an expert. Sally Hays, of Scrim Discovery in Ocean City, explained that the kneelers were textile artwork that must be carefully and professionally cleaned before being reupholstered. The women agreed to save money by dismantling the cushions themselves, before turning them over to Sharp Cleaners of Ocean City, for a thorough cleaning. The needlepoint covers are then given to upholsterers Fred and Steve Argentiero, of Central Square, Linwood, who are creating new cushions using the handmade needlework.The women hope to restore the 11 kneelers, along with two bench cushions and bride and groom cushions that were created by members of the congregation beginning in 1981. During that time, the project to create the kneelers was led by Harriet Ott and the cushions designed by Austin Bechtold. After years of work, the needlepoint kneelers were dedicated during a church service on Easter Sunday, March 30, 1986.Today, the women of St. John have worked throughout the summer, led by church members, Susy Wilkins and Janet Yunghans. They have met several times to plan and dismantle the kneelers for cleaning and restoration. The group is working on two at a time, in order to have most kneelers available for weekly communion services with the Reverend Mark Bruesehoff. They hope to have the project completed by late November of this year.The women hope to raise the costs of cleaning and reupholstering through fundraising in the church and community. They recognize and celebrate the historical and artistic significance of the cushions that adorn the altar of St John Lutheran Church.For donations, please contact the office of St. John Lutheran Church at 609-399-0798 or email [email protected]— News release from St. John Lutheran Churchlast_img read more

Open consultation: Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

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EU offers 400 million euros to WHO-led COVID-19 vaccine initiative

first_imgTopics : “And also we’re negotiating with the rest of EU members. One possibility we are checking is for the EU members to join as a bloc. I think the best way to end this pandemic is through solidarity, through cooperation, through oneness,” Tedros added.The COVAX initiative aims to purchase for all countries in the world 2 billion doses of potential COVID-19 shots from several vaccine makers by the end of 2021.The EU financial support will be provided through guarantees, the Commission said. A spokeswoman for the EU executive did not clarify how these guarantees would be offered and why they were preferred to direct funding in cash.”Today, the Commission is announcing a 400 million euro contribution to COVAX for working together in purchasing future vaccines to the benefit of low and middle income countries,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. The EU Commission is negotiating advance purchases of COVID-19 vaccines with several drugmakers on behalf of the 27 EU states and has previously said that EU governments cannot buy vaccines through parallel procurement schemes.Asked whether its guidance to EU states not to buy vaccines through COVAX was now dropped, a commission spokeswoman declined to elaborate.”The detailed terms and conditions for the EU’s participation and contribution will be worked out in the coming days and weeks,” the Commission said.The Commission added in a statement that it was ready, together with EU states, “to put expertise and resources at work within COVAX to accelerate and scale-up development and manufacturing of a global supply of vaccines for citizens across the world, in poor and rich countries.”Critics have said that by buying vaccines exclusively through an EU scheme, the Commission was effectively undermining the WHO-led initiative.The Commission said it was committed to donating to developing countries some of the vaccines it buys through its procurement scheme.At least 172 countries have registered expressions of interest in COVAX, including 92 low- and middle-income countries eligible to secure doses through the GAVI vaccine alliance which covers much of their cost. Some 80 self-financing countries have also submitted expressions of interest and must make firm commitments by Sept. 18.The United States, Japan, Britain and the EU have struck their own deals to secure millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses for their citizens, ignoring the WHO’s warnings that “vaccine nationalism” will squeeze supplies.center_img The European Commission said on Monday that it would contribute to an initiative led by the World Health Organization to buy COVID-19 vaccines, while the WHO said Germany had joined the pact and that the agency was still negotiating with the bloc.The Commission, announcing that it would provide 400 million euros ($478 million) in guarantees, did not clarify whether EU states would acquire shots through the WHO scheme.”Germany has joined the COVAX facility today,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Gheybreyesus told a news conference in Geneva without elaborating the terms.last_img read more

Early bird buyers to have say in design at East on the Broadwater

first_imgEast on the Broadwater will be built on a 1143sq m site on Marine Pde, Biggera Waters.Buy before construction starts and you could have a say in the design of your waterfront apartment at East on the Broadwater. Three sales in six weeks on one street Reno tips for tourist hot spots “The open plan living and dining spaces feature European oak solid timber floors throughout. “The living areas and bedrooms are all infused with natural light thanks to the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors which maximise the sweeping Broadwater views.” An artist’s impression of the master bedroom. RELATED: An artist’s impression of East on the Broadwaters.Pex Projects director John O’Connor said the design would appeal to the most discerning purchaser, with early birds able to customise their apartment, from floor plan layouts, kitchen and joinery designs to power point locations.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“I personally meet every buyer and maintain regular communication with them throughout the journey, finalising designs before and during the construction phase to handing over keys, moving in and beyond,” he said. An artist’s impression of the living and kitchen zones at East on the Broadwater.“There are just two apartments per level, each occupying 260 sq m including a total of 34 sq m of balcony space over five separate balconies,” Mr O’Connor said. MORE: Pex Projects is behind the residential project on the Gold Coast, which has officially hit the market.East on the Broadwater features 12 three-bedroom apartments over seven levels, priced from $1.9 million. >>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<< “Those that get in before construction starts really can influence their apartment’s designs to ensure they end up with their dream home.”East on the Broadwater, designed by Sydney based architects Greenbox Architecture, will be built on a 1143 sq m site on Marine Pde, Biggera Waters, opposite the foreshore. Beachside a hit with downsizerslast_img read more

Exmar moves CFLNG to Cosco shipyard in China

first_imgImage courtesy of ExmarBelgium’s Exmar, the Nicolas Savery-led shipowner said Thursday it has relocated its Caribbean FLNG (CFLNG) to a temporary location at Cosco shipyard in China.The barge-based floating natural gas liquefaction and storage facility was previously located at the Wison Offshore & Marine’s yard in Nantong, China.It has been in lay-up at the Wison yard since its delivery to Exmar in July last year.To remind, CFLNG was scheduled for delivery to Pacific Exploration and Production in 2015, however, in March last year, the agreement was terminated.Since then, Exmar has been trying to secure an employment for the facility but with no luck.At Cosco, the FLNG will be “awaiting final deployment with several candidate projects under consideration,” Exmar said.The FLNG has a storage capacity of 16,100-cbm and a liquefaction capacity of 500,000 tons per year. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Kolks named new Athletic Director at OA

first_imgOldenburg, IN—Oldenburg Academy is pleased to announce the selection of Patrick Kolks as the new Director of Athletics effective July 1.Kolks is a 2010 Academy graduate and has been the OA Assistant Baseball Coach for several years.  He returns to the Academy having worked most recently for Fidelity Investments Service Support Group.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Thomas More College where he played baseball throughout his college career and also served in various campus leadership roles. Kolks and his wife Emily live in Lawrenceburg, IN.last_img

1 person injured after active shooter reported in Indian River County

first_imgThe Indian River Sheriffs Department is reporting that they have arrested a man who was reportedly walking down a street with a shot gun and shooting at random cars.The incident was reported Friday near 3800 block of 44th Street in Gifford.Officials say they received a call about a driver who was shot in the shoulder by a man who was walking with a shotgun and a flag.The suspect, 33-year-old Torrevio Ealy, was later located by police as he was walking near a home on 44th Place. Authorities say when Ealy spotted them, he then ran inside the home. Seconds later, Ealy attempted to flee the area, however, he was captured by officials with the SWAT team.Investigators searched the home and found three other firearms and a large amount of drugs. Officials also reported that at least two of the guns were stolen.Ealy has since been arrested and taken to the Indian River County Jail on charges of attempted felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm in public, and resisting arrest without violence.His bond has been set at $217,000.last_img read more

Rod Stewart Due in PBC Court Today to Face Battery Charge

first_imgLegendary rocker Rod Stewart will appear in a Palm Beach County courtroom today after being accused of punching a security guard who refused to allow the singer’s family into a private event on New Year’s Eve at the Breakers on Palm Beach. Stewart and his 39-year-old son were charged with battery stemming from the incident.The younger Stewart allegedly first pushed the guard before his famous dad delivered a punch to the security guard’s left rib cage area. A Palm Beach police officer reviewed video of the incident and identified Stewart and his son as the “primary aggressors.”Stewart is due in court at 9:00 a.m.last_img