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From today Agents face prison for Right to Rent breaches

first_imgA letting agent who knowingly rents a property to an illegal migrant will from today be committing a criminal offence and may face jail.The new offences under the Immigrant Act 2016 were announced in November and were created to help prosecute rogue agents ‘intent’ on flouting the law.Agents who face the lesser charge of omitting or forgetting to carry out Right to Rent checks already face civil penalties since the scheme went national in February. These penalties covers both new tenancies and those being renewed.The new penalties are in addition to several other criminal laws that apply to agents such as measures for those who flout Consumer Protection regulations, and under the 1979 Estate Agents’ Act against agents who do not stop trading after a prohibition order.The new criminal penalties will pile the pressure on agents to complete their Right to Rent checks and paperwork meticulously in what is a fast-moving market, particularly in the UK’s larger cities. And the penalties under either legal regime are severe.Under the civil laws the fines are £3,000 per tenant although agents can object to the penalty in writing up to 28 days of the date of the licence.The criminal penalties are much more draconian. Penalties range from unlimited fines to a jail sentence of up to five years, Home Secretary Amber Rudd (pictured) announced during October’s Tory party conference.But although the situation sounds clean cut, there are several grey areas. One is that the government recently conceded that landlords or agents would not be committing an offence if they have taken ‘reasonable steps’ to throw tenants out quickly after realising they don’t have the Right to Rent. What ‘reasonable steps’ are has not been clarified publicly yet.The other grey area that’s yet to be resolved is how tenants without birth certificates, passports or a driving licence can start tenancies. There is a bewildering array of approved documentation included in the scheme that tenants can use to prove their right to rent, but the most common and key ones are these three principal documents.The government’s own assessment of the initial Midlands pilot scheme highlighted that those without these three key documents people without these documents could find it harder to find rented accommodation under Right to Rent, particularly those on low incomes, older renters, victims of domestic violence and those who are homeless.“New Immigration Act offences for landlords and agents will only be welcome if they achieve the central aim of prosecuting and fining criminal landlords who are supplying substandard accommodation at inflated rents on the peripheries of society’s radar,” says David Cox, Managing Director of the Association of Residential Letting Agents.“Enforcement is absolutely fundamental to this and sufficient resource must be devoted to following up applications to the landlord checking service which are refused, and ensuring that properties occupied by over stayers can be made available again as soon as possible.”Right to Rent amber rudd December 1, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » From today Agents face prison for Right to Rent breaches previous nextRegulation & LawFrom today Agents face prison for Right to Rent breachesAgents who knowingly flout law may face jail or unlimited finesNigel Lewis1st December 20160661 Viewslast_img read more

Tougher regulation of house builders begins as new body begins work

first_imgHome » News » Tougher regulation of house builders begins as new body begins work previous nextRegulation & LawTougher regulation of house builders begins as new body begins workLed by Tory MP Sophie Elphicke, the New Homes Quality Board is to introduce a code of practice and ombudsman later this year.Nigel Lewis9th February 20210840 Views A new body that will oversee improvements to the quality of new homes, better customer service and strengthened consumer redress has officially launched nine months after being announced.Led by Sophie Elphicke MP, the New Homes Quality Board (NHQB) will include organisations representing consumer bodies, housebuilders, warranty providers and the finance sector.She has enjoyed a colourful political career after succeeding her husband as MP for Dover in 2019 after he was accused of (and later convicted of ) sexual assault, but she has a solid background in housing including a career in property finance.Many sales and letting agents will welcome the NHQB largely because, while agents have been regulated for years and faced redress when sales or lettings go wrong, new homes sales have been covered if they sell their homes via an estate agency.OmbudsmanThe NHQB is to launch a New Homes Ombudsman Service that will support buyers when there are disputes, although it work will not be retrospective.This will be policed via a new code of practice which will require builders to join the scheme and then commit to much higher levels of service during the sales process, and also support buyers who have problems with their homes for up to two years after they complete.Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation (HBF) said: “The industry is absolutely committed to putting measures in place to help deliver consistently high-quality new homes and effective redress for buyers.“Recent years have seen significant improvements made in build quality and customer service and we are determined to go further.”Housing minister Eddie Hughes (pictured) says: “It’s crucial developers show more responsibility for the quality of their work while also acknowledging when things go wrong – this helps give vital confidence to buyers, especially at a time of general uncertainty.”A consultation on the code is under way and the ombudsman scheme is set to be up and running later this year.Sophie Elphicke New Homes Quality Board NHQB Eddie Hughes Home Builders’ Federation Stewart Baseley February 9, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’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 2021last_img read more

Surface action group destroyers return from Indo-Pacific

first_imgUS Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Sterett (DDG 104) returned to San Diego, May 11, following a three-month deployment to Indo-Pacific.The destroyers operated in the South and East China Sea, Philippine Sea, and western Pacific.During the deployment, Sterett and Dewey joined the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) to advance the US Pacific Fleet’s “Up-Gunned” ESG concept.The Up-Gunned ESG is a concept that aims to provide lethality and survivability to a traditional amphibious ready group by integrating multi-mission surface ships, like Sterett or Dewey, and incorporating the F-35B joint strike fighter aircraft. The additional capabilities help to defend against adversarial threats in the undersea, surface, and air domains, as well provide offensive firepower to strike from the sea.“I’m very proud of my crew and the hard work that they put forth over the last few months to support the ESG,” said Cmdr. Anthony Webber, Dewey’s commanding officer. “We all worked together as a cohesive unit and made history as we established the concept of the Up-Gunned ESG.” View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Sterret Photo: USS Dewey (DDG 105) arrives in San Diego May 11. Photo: US Navycenter_img View post tag: USS Dewey Share this articlelast_img read more

Volunteers Dig in to Help Environment

first_imgThe community will come together to plant beach plums to help strengthen Ocean City’s dunes to protect the homes and businesses from coastal storms (Photos courtesy of Alma George) By MADDY VITALE Environmentally conscious students and adults in Ocean City will work together Saturday to help fortify the precious dunes that act as nature’s barrier against coastal storms.Members of the city’s Environmental Commission and the high school Environmental Club will team up to plant beach plum plants in the dunes near 57th Street beginning at 11 a.m. All volunteers will wear face masks and observe social distancing guidelines.It is an event that is not only needed, environmentalists say, but one that they are eager to finally get to do after a year of COVID-19 cancellations.“We have been trying to do this for a couple of years. Last year we had it set up and it got canceled. Needless to say, everyone is anxious to be able to get outside and do this,” Environmental Commission Chairman Rick Bernardini said Thursday.He continued, “We were anxious for the kids to get to do a project and this is an opportunity for the kids to get out and do something together.”Bernardini added that the area of 57th Street has mature dunes there. The plantings will help fortify the dunes.“It is an area where I think the plantings will help the beach a lot,” he noted. “There is an access road there. Our plan is to secure the edges of the dune.”The beach plums are hearty and have long roots.Beach plums are native to the area and their roots spread to help stabilize and strengthen dune systems.Alma George, owner of Jalma Farms in Ocean View, is not only donating 75 to 100 beach plums for the plantings, but will also be on hand to offer guidance on how to plant them and all of the benefits of strengthening the dunes.Bernardini thanked George for her donation of beach plums and for help.“Alma has been very helpful. It cost us nothing to do this, but some labor,” he said. “The city’s Public Works Department is providing us with top soil.”George explained how the beach plums are particularly hearty, despite their beauty capped by white flowers.“Their roots go down to find water and spread out under the sand. Once they get big enough, they act as a wind break almost like a snow fence,” she said.She pointed out that the beach plums have to be planted in deep holes about 10 feet apart.The beaches are just part of the entire picture of nature and its significance, George said.“Part of my business is to plant beach plums on the beaches, but it is also to farm a commercially viable product,” she said. “I have lived on a property that is 300 years old. I live in a piece of nature. If we don’t protect our beaches and help them, we won’t have them anymore.”Beach plums are native to the area and help fortify the dunes.last_img read more

Cake Décor appoints Paul Parkinson as head of B2B and sugarcraft

first_imgGlasgow-based Cake Décor has appointed Paul Parkinson as head of B2B and sugarcraft.Parkinson joined the firm 18 months ago, working on sales of cake decorations to the baking industry.“Paul has made a huge impact on our bakery business with his experience, skills and tenacity. We continue to invest heavily in developing and launching new products, and this strategic appointment gives us even more focus and presence in manufacturing bakeries nationwide,” said Bill Donnelly, managing director at Cake Décor.Cake Décor supplies sprinkle decorations, frostings and sugarpastes to plant bakeries, artisan bakers and UK supermarkets.last_img

Watch This Wild New Video Of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead From Freaks Ball [Pro-Shot]

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead has released an excellent video from their one of their shows at Brooklyn Bowl this past March. Taking place during the annual Freaks Ball, the Grateful Dead inspired super group–made up of Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Scott Metzger, Dave Dreiwitz, and Tom Hamilton–played three blistering nights at the Bowl, delivering a weekend of countless highlights to choose from.With that in mind, the band just released an incredible video on their YouTube channel that provides just one glimpse of the epic three-night run. Taken from the March 26th, 2016 show, the video starts with some improv that slowly transforms into a “Not Fade Away”, slowly building tension that eventually lands perfectly on “Rubin & Cherise”. The “R&C” is filled with amazing moments, with Metzger and Hamilton linking up for some dual-guitar action to deliver a truly impressive segment of improvisation. Watch the video for yourself, and enjoy the awesomeness that is Joe Russo’s Almost Dead:last_img read more

AJS program to explore judicial selection reform

first_img February 1, 2006 Regular News The American Judicature Society’s 2006 Midyear Meeting will present “Rethinking Strategies for Judicial Selection” February 24-25 at the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama.The event, cosponsored by The Florida Bar and others, will expose participants to a wide range of judicial selection methods and reforms, including but not limited to:• Merit selection and retention elections.• Public financing of judicial campaigns.• Judicial campaign oversight committees.• The prospects of and likely challenges to reform efforts.Participants also will be able to interact with and engage national experts on judicial selection issues and be exposed to other states’ experiences through small group discussions.Among those scheduled to appear at the program are Bert Brandenberg, executive director of Justice At Stake; Anthony Champagne, professor of Political Science, University of Texas at Dallas; Sen. Robert Duncan, Texas State Senate; Chris Heagerty, executive director, North Carolina Center for Voter Education; Frank Sirnoneaux, president, Louisiana Organization for Judicial Excellence; Chief Judge James W. Smith of the Mississippi Supreme Court; Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama; and Judge Peter Webster of Florida’s First District Court of Appeals.Current cosponsors for the program include: the state bar associations of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi, and the League of Women Voters Judicial Independence Project.The registration fee for the event is $150. For additional information, or to register online, visit www.AJS.org. The deadline for registration is February 15. AJS program to explore judicial selection reformcenter_img AJS program to explore judicial selection reformlast_img read more

Your credit union needs a strategic corporal

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Most everyone wants to be in charge. The boss. The general. When it comes to devising winning battle strategies the general is often viewed as the most important person in the engagement. After all, they are the ones devising troop movements and a myriad of details. However, when it comes to actually executing those plans it is the corporals who often play the most important role.It’s the same way with your credit union or bank’s strategic plan. While executives (board members, CEOs, CFOs, vice presidents, etc.) spend a ton of time reviewing data, crafting just the right words and determining priorities, the reality is it’s others in the organization that will ultimately determine the plan’s success. It’s the tellers, loan officers, service representatives, branch managers and other staff that have the greatest impact on the results.It’s about the corporals.But you don’t just need traditional corporals—you need strategic corporals. You need your staff to think strategically and not just tactically. You need strategic tellers, strategic loan officers, strategic service representatives and strategic branch managers. continue reading »last_img read more

Xcite turns Oakdale Mall parking lot into a drive-in wrestling venue

first_imgXcite wrestling has been operating out of the Oakdale Mall since December but organizers had to get special permits to move the ring out to the parking lot. Xcite wrestling held the drive-in event in the Oakdale Mall parking lot. It’s currently the only wrestling event given the okay by the New York State Athletic Commission. The ring was built in the middle of the parking lot with cars gathered around to watch. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — What organizers say is the first authorized professional wrestling event in New York State in five months took place in Johnson City Saturday. last_img

Khloe Kardashian Tells Tristan Thompson She Loves Him, Isn’t in Love

first_imgDuring the finale, the Good American cofounder revealed to her family via video chat that she and Tristan had not hooked up amid the pandemic. She added that although that he tries to make a move “every day,” they’ve only pecked. However, she knew they had to discuss where their relationship was heading.Later, she shared her hesitations and mixed feelings with Tristan.“We’ve done this rodeo before where your actions didn’t go with your words and for almost a year now, you’ve been a different person. It frustrates me cause I’m like, ‘Why now? Why are you, like, the man I dreamed of currently? Why couldn’t you be that when we were together?’” the former Kocktails With Khloé host asked. “One of my fears is you’re acting like this until you get what you want, and then if you do, you’re gonna turn into like the old Tristan again.’”- Advertisement – Making it work. During this season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Khloé Kardashian has been vocal about how appreciative she is of Tristan Thompson helping so much with their 2-year-old daughter, True. However, the NBA pro, 29, has been hopeful that their friendship will turn into more.During the Thursday, November 12, episode, Tristan opened up to Kris Jenner and Malika Haqq about how much he hopes that Khloé, 36, will forgive him for his past infidelities.- Advertisement – He assured Khloé that he wants more than just a coparenting relationship, but that if she couldn’t do that, they’d always be family.“You can understand the reservations I have, right?” Khloé asked. “Do I love you? A million percent. Am I in love with you currently? No, but would it be great if I could have this fairytale ending? Yes. But just because you have a family with someone also doesn’t mean you have to stay with someone if it’s not the best fit. … I don’t know what the future holds. All I do know is I am actively trying to take down little bricks. I try to be more trusting. I try. It’s a slow process, but that’s just how it has to be for me, but I do appreciate the effort you make, and the new you. It’s night and day — who you are.”The pair, who split in April 2019 after he kissed Kylie Jenner‘s former best friend Jordyn Woods, are now back together, Us Weekly confirmed in August. An insider shared with Us at the time that the reality star feels hopeful that he has “changed for good.”Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! – Advertisement – Khloe Kardashian Tells Tristan Thompson She Loves Him but Isn't in Love With HimKhloe Kardashian, Tristan Thompson Shutterstock“Losing her made me lose a part of myself, and I was going down a path — that was not who I wanted to be,” the athlete, who was caught on two different occasions cheating on the Strong Looks Better Naked author, told Malika, 37. “I gave [Kris] my word that I was going to protect her daughter, and I failed. That kills me the most — when someone you respect and have high regard for and you let them down.”He later shared those sentiments with Kris, who assured him that although he really hurt everyone in the family with his actions, he has gone the distance to prove he really loves Khloé and is sorry.- Advertisement –last_img read more