Landlords see rise in tenant demand

first_imgAlmost half of landlords in this country are reporting an increased demand for rental properties, according to the latest research by the National Landlords Association (NLA).Some 40 per cent have experienced a rise in tenant demand over the past three months, demonstrating just how important the private rented sector is in housing a growing number of people, the NLA said.The East of England witnessed the biggest net growth in tenant demand with a 48 per cent increase. This was closely followed by the South West – with 45 per cent increase – and the South East and outer London – with 41 and 40 per cent respectively.According to the research, just six per cent of landlords, on average, reported a decrease in tenant demand in the last three months.Landlords in the North East reported the largest net decrease in tenant demand of all the regions with a 15 per cent decline in demand, closely followed by 12 per cent in Wales and Yorkshire and 11 per cent in the North West.The research conducted by the NLA also found that 5 per cent of landlords will sell up following the Government’s plans to remove mortgage interest relief for landlords, which could affect some 600,000 tenancies.Carolyn Uphill (left), Chairman, NLA, said, “The Government’s planned changes, which will be phased over a period of years, gives landlords effected time to review their finances, but some will still be forced to sell or trade at a loss which is unsustainable and the projected impact will mean that ultimately renters will lose out as a dwindling stock drives up prices and competition for homes.”Meanwhile, a starting date has been set for the introduction of Rent Smart Wales – new requirements under Part 1 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.Rent Smart Wales, the brand name for the new registration and licensing requirements under Part 1 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 will be launched on 23rdNovember 2015.From this date, landlords who need to register, and landlords and letting agents who need to become licensed, will be able to register and apply for a licence. They will have 12 months in which to comply with the new legislation.NLA increase demand for rental properties National Landlords Association rental properties rise in tenant demand tenant demand November 2, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 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 Home » News » Housing Market » Landlords see rise in tenant demand previous nextHousing MarketLandlords see rise in tenant demandThe East of England has seen the biggest net growth in tenant demand, new research shows.The Negotiator2nd November 20150595 Viewslast_img read more

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Leading agency ‘surprised’ by lockdown rules as it plans normal viewings

first_imgLondon multi-branch agency Dexters says it had been expecting more stringent Covid rules for estate agents during the looming lockdown when Boris Johnson made his announcement on Friday.The firm’s 70 offices will continue to be closed to public walk-ins, a policy it has followed since May, although booked-in visits by clients will be allowed, as will physical property viewings.But Ministers have yet to confirm whether estate agency branches count as ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’ retail under the detailed guidance to be announced before Thursday.This will include whether travelling to work at a branch is ‘essential travel’.Many agents argue that, particularly if they operate in lettings, branches need to be staffed and open so that tenants, colleagues, landlords and contractors can pick up keys for properties.Dexters says that when clients do need to (or request to) enter a branch, the company is to implement very strict social distancing and hygiene rules.High risk groupsIt also says staff who do work in branches will be restricted to those who can cycle or walk to work, and who are not from high-risk groups.But otherwise it intends to offer a full sales, lettings, new homes and other seller and landlord services to customers across London, ‘as encouraged by the Government’.“Property sales and lettings in London are exceptionally busy at the moment and throughout November we will be working with all of our customers, many of whom are relying on us to help them move home before the end of the year,” says its CEO Andy Shepherd (pictured, above).“We are confident that our business can continue serving customers and employing people whilst also ensuring that closed offices, shielding and social distancing support our effort to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread.”Visit Dexters. Read more: housing market escapes latest lockdown rules.Andy Shepherd Dexters November 3, 2020Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Leading agency ‘surprised’ by lockdown rules as it plans normal viewings previous nextCOVID-19 newsLeading agency ‘surprised’ by lockdown rules as it plans normal viewingsDexters says its 70 branches will only allow visits if booked in, but says otherwise it’s business as usual during the looming lockdown.Nigel Lewis3rd November 202002,898 Viewslast_img read more

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Speech: Call for Humanitarian Aid and Government Accountability in DRC

Thank you Mr President.And thank you to our briefers for their clear and detailed accounts of why there has been such a rapid increase in humanitarian need in the Democratic Republic of Congo.As Undersecretary General Lowcock reported, the number of people needing aid in the DRC has doubled in the past year. Today 13.1 million people need humanitarian assistance, the same number as in Syria. The United Nations has declared the worst level of humanitarian crisis – “Level 3” – in certain provinces, putting DRC alongside only Yemen, Syria and Iraq. Yet it is often absent from our screens and daily briefings. We must not let it fall down our agenda.Mr President,We are particularly concerned about the impact of the crisis on the most vulnerable, especially women and girls, the disabled and children. The United Nation’s Joint Human Rights Office reported that there has been a 53% increase in victims of sexual violence in 2017.Now, the Representative of EFIM gave us a powerful testimony and I’m grateful to her.Hope, is a woman from Masisi in the east of the country, where 90% of the women have been raped. Four men in military uniforms raped her as she collected firewood for her family. The attack left her pregnant and HIV positive. She has since fled to a temporary camp in Goma and can no longer feed her eight children. They rely on humanitarian aid, like 8 million other Congolese children. 2 million children currently face starvation. Hope is one of 4.5 million internally displaced people in the DRC – the highest number in Africa. Over 2 million people have been displaced in the past year alone, so just in the last year, an equivalent number to the total number of IDPs in South Sudan has been displaced in DRC. There are a further 740,000 refugees from the DRC in neighbouring countries as a result of ongoing hostilities.Mr President,International support is vital to address the crisis and the United Kingdom will continue to play a key role. We have committed to spending $285 million on humanitarian aid between 2017 and 2022. This support will provide over 3 million people with lifesaving support, including food, clean drinking water and essential health care.To improve the challenging and limited access for humanitarian actors, DRC Government support is crucial. While we welcome the commitments made to facilitate the work of humanitarian organisations and reduce tariffs for humanitarian imports including medicines and food, this Council, and the people of the DRC, need to see concrete and sustained action.In particular, we urge the Government to take the following three steps:First, improve the administrative and financial registration procedures required for international NGOs to operate lawfully in-country, through consultations with NGOs themselves.Second, reduce the bureaucracy for humanitarian workers to get visas and for essential relief items to get through customs.And finally, ensure security across the country is maintained so that humanitarian organisations have sufficient access to those most in need.The upcoming donor conference on 13th April is an opportunity for the Government of the Congo to demonstrate the progress they have made against their commitments to facilitate the improvement of the humanitarian situation.It is also an opportunity for the international community to pledge our support to the people of the DRC and to show them that the World remembers Africa’s “forgotten” crisis.Mr President,Let me be clear, humanitarian aid will only ever provide temporary relief in this crisis. The key root cause is political instability, which drives the deteriorating security and humanitarian situations. Too often, peaceful protesters are met with violence for speaking out about their political rights, in violation of their human rights. A number of people have been killed in church-led protests this year which we all must condemn.Free, fair and transparent elections must be held on 23 December. With an estimated 46 million voters, spread over the world’s eleventh largest country, this is no easy task. For the elections to be successful, the right conditions need to be created now.The international community must remain focussed and united in our support for the people of DRC, and we must remain united in our expectations of its government, and our insistence on accountability and progress. We in the Security Council need to work with the region and sub-region to do so.Mr President,Finally, it is with great sadness that we remember the horrific, tragic murders of the UN experts Zaida Catalan and Michael Sharp, killed just over one year ago in the Kasai region of DRC. This Council must continue to push for accountability for their deaths and we call on the Democratic Republic of Congo to ensure that their investigation is thorough and transparent and to ensure that all those responsible are held to account. We should have a full update on the progress of that investigation soon.Thank you Mr President. read more

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Carole Shelley to Join Cast of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

first_imgCarole Shelley will join the cast of the Tony-winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. The Tony Award winner will step into the role of Miss Shingle on October 28, replacing original star Jane Carr at the Walter Kerr Theatre. She joins a cast that includes Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O’Hare and Lauren Worsham. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016 Related Shows Written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows Monty Navarro (Pinkham), a long-lost member of a noble family who stands to become the next Earl of Highhurst—if he can eliminate the eight other relatives (all played by Mays) who precede him in line for the title. The tuner received four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Shelley took home the Tony Award in 1979 for her performance in The Elephant Man. She was also nominated for her most recent Broadway appearance in Billy Elliot, as well as for Stepping Out and Absurd Person Singular. Her additional Broadway credits include Wicked, Cabaret, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Show Boat and Noises Off. On film and TV, she has been seen in Frasier, Gabby and The Cosby Show. View Commentslast_img read more

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Tyler Lea Will Replace Alex Sharp in Curious Incident on B’way

first_img View Comments It’s a super good day for Tyler Lea, who will make his Broadway debut as Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He will take over for Alex Sharp when the Tony winner departs the production on September 13 at the Barrymore Theatre.Additional cast members joining Lea from September 15 are Rosie Benton as Siobhan, along with Andrew Long as Ed and Nancy Robinette as Mrs. Alexander, stepping in for Francesca Faridany, Ian Barford and Helen Carey, respectively. Benjamin Wheelwright will also make his Broadway debut as Christopher at certain performances, replacing Taylor Trensch.Lea’s regional credits include Shakespeare’s R+J. He earned a B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Benton has been seen on Broadway in Stick Fly, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Accent on Youth. Screen credits include The ADK, Return, Bridge to Bourne, Angels in Stardust, Person of Interest and The Good Wife. Long is making his Great White Way debut; his U.K. credits include Richard III and War Horse. He was seen in The Iceman Cometh and Richard III at BAM. Robinette has performed in Washington D.C. as an Affiliated Artist with the Shakespeare Theatre and also at Arena Stage and Signature theaters; screen credits include Serial Mom, Louie and Soldier Jack. Wheelwright is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, Simon Stephens’ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows Christopher (Sharp)—a fifteen-year-old who is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.The play premiered at the U.K.’s National Theatre in 2012 and went on to transfer to the West End and win seven 2013 Olivier Awards. Curious Incident took home five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Leading Actor for Sharp. The Broadway production officially opened on October 5, 2014.Enid Graham is set to continue as Judy, and current ensemble members Keren Dukes, Mercedes Herrero, Richard Hollis, Ben Horner, David Manis, Tom Patrick Stephens and Timothy Wright will also remain with the production. Ensemble member Jocelyn Bioh will additionally leave the show on September 13. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Timelast_img read more

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Dangerous snails

first_imgNot in Georgia, yetNo African land snails have been reported in Georgia to date, butthe state’s Commissioner of Agriculture has instructed stateinspectors to search for the snails at pet dealers, flea marketsand other places exotic pets are sold. The snails are illegal to import into the United States without apermit and currently no permits have been issued.The commissioner’s declaration follows a pest alert from theUnited States Department of Agriculture and recent seizures ofthe snail in schools and pet dealers in Wisconsin and otherstates.”We want to determine whether these snails are in our state andif so, eradicate them as quickly as possible,” Irvin said. “Theconfiscations in other states are of concern because some of thesnails were found at schools where [teachers and students] wereunaware of the potential threat. We want to make sure allGeorgians are aware of the dangers associated with this pest.” By Arty SchronceGeorgia Department of AgricultureGeorgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin urges Georgiansto assist in the hunt for giant African land snails, a threat tohuman health and a serious plant pest. African land snails are known to carry a parasite, rat lungworm,that can cause serious diseases, such as eosinophilic meningitis,in humans. These diseases can be transferred to humans by eatingraw, undercooked infected snail meat or contaminated vegetables.Vegetables can become contaminated if the snails move acrossthem.Humans can also become infected by handling live giant Africanland snails and getting the snails’ secretions into their eyes,noses or mouths.Scientists consider giant African land snails to be some of themost damaging snails in the world because they are known toconsume at least 500 different types of plants including beans,cucumbers, melons and peanuts. The Georgia Department of Agriculture warns they could bedevastating to Georgia agriculture and natural areas. Up to eight inches longThere are several species within the giant African land snailgroup. Achatina fulica, from East Africa, is one of the largestland snails in the world growing up to eight inches long and 4.5inches in diameter. When fully grown, the shell consists of sevento nine whorls (spirals), with a long and greatly swollen bodywhorl. The brownish shell covers at least half the length of thesnail. Each snail can live as long as nine years and contains bothfemale and male reproductive organs. After a single matingsession, each snail can produce 100 to 400 eggs. In a typicalyear every mated adult lays about 1,200 eggs.In 1966, a boy smuggled three giant African land snails intoMiami from Hawaii as pets. His grandmother subsequently releasedthem into her garden. Seven years later, more than 18,000 snailswere found. It took almost 10 years and more than $1 million toeradicate this pest from Florida.For more information about giant African land snails visit thefollowing USDA APHIS Web sites:www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/ep/gas.htmlorwww.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/gas/index.shtml.center_img If found, call for removalAnyone who has an African land snail in their possession or hasseen any of these snails is asked to contact the GeorgiaDepartment of Agriculture immediately by calling 1-800-282-5852or via e-mail at [email protected] can also report a finding to the USDA’s Animal and PlantHealth Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) at 770-922-9894 or viae-mail at [email protected] with the Georgia Department of Agriculture or USDAAPHIS will remove the pests from any location and dispose of themproperly.last_img read more

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Mother’s Day Gifts

first_imgMother’s Day is less two weeks away, prompting a scramble for last-minute gifts. Not to worry – UGA Extension horticulturists are here to help. Potted ferns and cut flowers are Mother’s Day staples, but there are many other unique and thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts. For example, hand-painted flowerpots are great gifts from young children. “It didn’t matter what flower was planted in them because I have a reminder of their little fingers and creativity,” said Sheri Dorn, a UGA Extension horticulturist and director of the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers program. Another idea for honoring mothers, those here with us as well as in our memories, is planting a tree. Dorn recommends redbud and katsura trees. “Their heart-shaped leaves just ooze all the love we feel for our moms,” she said. The redbud (Cercis canadensis) has pink or purple blossoms with heart-shaped leaves and is an early flowering tree; it adds color to gardens. The katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) has heart-shaped leaves that offer an array of colors throughout the year, going from reddish-purple in the spring to a deep green and then crisp yellow in the fall. Dorn also suggests giving hanging baskets with mixed annuals – these are a great way to brighten a front porch. Potted geraniums are great gifts as they can live inside or outside and will flower year-round with bright light. Geraniums can last year after year if they are brought inside before the first frost, she said. African violets are another great gift. They flower indoors, don’t take up much room and produce flowers year-round as well. Most popular gift plants – African violets and ferns, among others – can last for months or years if treated correctly, said Paul Thomas, a professor of horticulture at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and author of “Care of Holiday and Gift Plants,” UGA Extension Circular 951. The key is to make sure the plants have adequate light, are properly watered and are kept at normal, household temperatures, he said. One mistake people often make is leaving decorative wrapping or foil on the plant’s pot. “If possible, remove these pot coverings, or punch holes in the bottom of the pot to promote good drainage, then place the pot in a saucer to protect furniture,” Thomas wrote. For more information on choosing and caring for Mother’s Day gift plants, see the publication “Care of Holiday and Gift Plants” at extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=C951.last_img read more

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Outdoor Updates: Officials with Great Smoky Mountains National Park seek information in man’s death

first_imgMotorcycle accident on Blue Ridge Parkway responsible for 9th death this year Delta is not the first major airline to remove the high baggage fee for sporting equipment. American and Alaskan Airlines have already eliminated the fee. Bikers, surfers, and skiers take note. Delta airlines has announced that anyone traveling with oversized sports gear can now check the equipment as part of their standard baggage allowance, eliminating the $150 specialty sports bag fee. The new policy covers travel worldwide and goes into effect with tickets purchased on or after July 17, 2019. Instead of the hefty sports bag fee, customers will pay a first, second or third checked bag fee according to the bags allowed under their booking. Bikes and other sporting equipment must be properly boxed or bagged and fall under the standard 50 pound weight limit for checked luggage. The National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB) is seeking information on the death of David Carver, Jr. whose body was found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on July 8, 2019. Carver was reported missing by a family member in early June. Officials with Great Smoky Mountains National Park seek information in man’s death Call or text the tip line at 888-653-0009 This is the second motorcycle-related death, and the ninth death overall, on the Blue Ridge Parkway this year. In 2018, the parkway experienced 20 fatalities, nearly half of which were motorcycle-related.  To report any information: Send a message on Twitter to @SpecialAgentNPScenter_img Delta airlines eliminates $150 specialty sports bag fee Go to www.nps.gov/isb and click “submit a tip” According to a park news release, a 73-year-old man from Texas was killed in a motorcycle accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The accident occurred on July 16 near milepost 168.4 in Virginia. Incident reports indicate that Ronald Campbell was traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway with his son-in-law, who noticed that Campbell was no longer following behind on his motorcycle. After the son-in-law failed to locate Campbell, he reported the man missing with the sheriff’s office. Campbell’s body and his motorcycle were eventually located about 30 feet down an embankment off of the parkway. Thursday, July 18 Send a message on Instagram to @SpecialAgent_NPS Send a message on Facebook to @InvestigativeServicesNPS ISB is seeking information on Carver’s death, including how Carver got to the park and what he was doing there. The public is asked to report any information about Carver through the means listed below. Anyone reporting information may choose to remain anonymous and monetary awards may be available for information that aids the investigation.last_img read more

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Common exam issues related to the ALLL

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The allowance for loan and lease losses (ALLL) is one of the most significant estimates in an institution’s financial statements and regulatory reports, so it’s understandable that the ALLL receives scrutiny from safety and soundness examiners. In fact, the 2015 Sageworks Bank & Credit Union Examination Survey found that about 1 of every 6 institutions was criticized by examiners for the ALLL calculation process, with respondents citing documentation of the calculation and justifications for qualitative factors as two issues drawing criticism.Walter McNairy, managing partner of DHG Financial Services, a national practice of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, believes that financial institutions can avoid ALLL problems with examiners by avoiding several common pitfalls and by addressing certain hot-button issues currently in focus.Speaking recently at the 2015 Risk Management Summit hosted by Sageworks, McNairy outlined ALLL-related issues that the firm has seen highlighted in various clients’ safety and soundness exams of late. continue reading »last_img read more

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Several steps to delivering helpful feedback

first_imgNAFCU staff last week pulled off what I think was hands-down the best Congressional Caucus yet. Credit union representatives from around the country came to Washington, D.C., and heard from many leading lawmakers and regulators about the good work the industry has and continues to do. I was flooded with positive messages from our members about the conference.I couldn’t be more proud of my colleagues. Their connections with each other and NAFCU’s member credit unions are some of the reasons that make our organization so great. And congratulating them on their successful effort last week got me thinking about the importance of feedback. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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