Landlord and lettings agency director fined £9,000 over freezing, damp house

first_imgHome » News » Landlord and lettings agency director fined £9,000 over freezing, damp house previous nextLandlord and lettings agency director fined £9,000 over freezing, damp houseProperty in Colchester owned by landlord who is also director of the lettings agency that managed it failed to carry out repairs despite local council requests.Nigel Lewis10th November 201701,403 Views A lettings agency director and landlord who owned a rental property in Colchester, Essex has been fined nearly £9,000 after the local authority discovered a single mother and her four children living in appalling conditions.Landlord Simon Weir, who is a director of local three-branch firm Michaels Property Consultants Ltd based in Colchester (pictured, right) which managed the house, was prosecuted after failing to carry out repairs to the property and, when the tenant complained about flooding in upstairs rooms and extreme cold to the local council, tried to evict her.During the court hearing, she revealed that her children would be taken to bed at 6pm because the the downstairs rooms were as so cold, and that she was afraid to use the upstairs lights because rain was pouring in through a loft hatch.She had been reporting defects within the property on Wimpole Road to Weir and his letting agency since late 2015 but, facing another winter in the property, she alerted Colchester Borough Council.It then served a Housing Act Improvement Notice on the property, requiring several problems to be resolved including the leaking roof, a defective chimney and work on insulating the property.The letting agency said it could not undertake any work while there was a tenant in the property but failed to offer her any alternative accommodation, the court heard, and after a four-month limit passed, the case was referred to Colchester Magistrate’s Court.“We expect landlords and letting agents to follow their own industry guidance which requires them to let homes that are safe and deal quickly with any problems that arise,” says Councillor Tina Bourne, the council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities (pictured, left).“This case shows that the Council will not tolerate poor management practices or poor housing conditions that make residents’ lives a misery and put them at risk of becoming homeless.”Weir was fined £5,000 plus costs of £3,700 and a £170 victim surcharge.lettings agency Michaels Property Consultants Ltd Simon Weir Colchester Borough Council Tina Bourne November 10, 2017Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

Students break swimming record

first_imgOxford students Lennard Lee, Harry Fisher and Nicholas Berry have broken the British record for crossing the Straits of Gibraltar, raising over £1,700 for charity through their account at http://www.justgiving.com/gibstraits. The three students, who met through the Oxford University swimming club, swum the 22km from Spain to Morocco in three hours and 38 minutes, beating the previous high-profile record set by Little Britain actor David Walliams and Olympic rower James Cracknell by almost an hour. Queens medic Lee, who finished his degree this year, is believed to be the first Malaysian to have completed the feat. The passage across the Straits of Gibraltar is widely considered one of the most challenging and dangerous swims in the world. Before their attempt the students highlighted the potential pitfalls of sharks, killer whales, jelly fish, currents of up to 5km/hour and icy cold water temperatures. The money raised will go to children’s charity the Variety Club, which works to provide care, equipment and practical support for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children.last_img read more

Trade mission explores export opportunities in India

first_imgCake supplier The English Cheesecake Company has taken part in a trade mission showcasing export opportunities in India.The London-based business was among 12 UK food and drink manufacturers that visited the country last month. They are looking to export to the Indian market, which is forecast to be worth £500bn by 2020.The 12 firms visited the India Food Forum in Mumbai, one of the country’s largest trade shows, where the companies showcased their products on the Department for International Trade (DIT) stand. In addition, more than 100 buyer meetings were arranged, and a networking event held at the British Deputy High Commission.The trade mission was organised by Santander UK, in conjunction with the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) and the DIT.“The Indian food and drink sector is at the start of a significant period of growth and Santander, along with stakeholders such as the FDF and the UK government, see incredible opportunities for UK food and drink firms,” said Santander head of food and drink Andrew Williams.“We are confident the 12 firms that attended the trade mission will benefit from this growth. India is one of world’s fastest-growing markets, with 1.3 billion consumers and improving disposable income levels, increasing numbers of middle-class consumers and demand for high-quality food products from the UK.”In addition to The English Cheesecake Company, firms that attended the trip included Amber Glen Scotch Whisky Co, Delamere Dairy, Provenance Brands, Greene King, Iceland Foods and St James Smokehouse (Scotland).“There is no substitute for meeting new business contacts face to face, as evidenced by this latest trade mission. India is at the cusp of a revolution in food consumption and processing, and the Indian government is investing heavily in the sector and infrastructure to support a fast-growth market,” said FDF director general Ian Wright.Earlier this month, Australia was flagged up as a potential growth market for UK exports.last_img read more

Cheer Yourself Up By Watching This Mini Tornado Send Tents Flying At Bonnaroo

first_imgThe Boy Scouts’ well-known motto is “Always be prepared.” Even if you’re not an Eagle Scout, this is probably a good motto to live by. As such, a good rule of car camping (and really all camping) is to make sure to stake down and secure your tent, even when you think that you don’t need to. This is a lesson that some prior attendees at Bonnaroo learned the hard way, as evidenced by this new video via Silly Hippy posted on June 5th ahead of this year’s festival start date. Dubbed the “Bonnaroo tornado,” a new video shows a number of tents and sunshades being sent skyward and scattered across part of the campground, leaving festival-goers scrambling as they chase after their soaring shelters. As it turns out, sometimes weather conditions change, and even if it’s not particularly windy when you’re setting up your tent at a festival, it could get windier later during the weekend.Bonnaroo Attendee Arrested For Elaborate “Fake Drug” Dealing Scheme Claims He’s “Doing God’s Work”With this year’s Bonnaroo kicking off this weekend in Manchester, Tennessee, we can only hope that this year’s festival crowd got the memo. Enjoy the video below.last_img read more

Broadway’s Les Miserables Announces Closing Date

first_img View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Les Miserables At the end of the run, there’s another day dawning. The Broadway revival of Les Miserables will shutter on September 4, 2016. The production began previews on March 1, 2014 and officially opened on March 23. At the time of closing, the musical will have played 1,026 performances at the Imperial Theatre. The tuner currently stars Alfie Boe, who will play the role of Jean Valjean through February 28. He will be succeeded by John Owen-Jones, who is currently headlining London’s Phantom, from March 1 for the duration of the show’s Broadway run.Owen-Jones, at 26, became the youngest actor ever to play the role of Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Miz. He is one of a handful of actors to have played the role of Valjean both in the West End and on Broadway (in 2007) and he reprised the role for the 25th Anniversary new production of Les Miz in its UK tour in 2010. Jones is London’s longest-running Phantom with nearly 2,000 performances in the role.Directed by James Powell and Laurence Connor, the current cast of the reimagined production includes Tony Award nominee Will Swenson as Javert (subbing for Earl Carpenter), Tony Award nominee Montego Glover as Fantine, Tony Award and Olivier Award nominee Gavin Lee as Thenardier, Rachel Izen as Madame Thenardier, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Chris McCarrell as Marius, Alex Finke as Cosette and Wallace Smith as Enjolras. Hayden Tee from the Australian production assumes the role of Javert on January 29.Based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, original French text by Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, an original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, and additional material by James Fenton. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1987 and was revived previously in 2006.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges.last_img read more

Every National Park Map Now Digitized for Your Convenience

first_imgSummer is here and America’s national parks are brimming with visitors. If you’re currently one of them or plan to be soon, you’ll want to be aware of this awesome new resource.Matt Holly is a lifelong national park enthusiast and current NPS employee who resides in Colorado. During the 2013 government shutdown he found himself temporarily unemployed and decided to put his unexpected free time to good use by cataloging a bunch of NPS maps online.Despite his initial lack of knowledge about website development Holly managed to pull off the feat, and the end result is amazing.Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 11.56.50 AMIf you’ve ever been to a national park you probably know the drill. You arrive at the entrance booth, hand the ranger your money, and receive a brochure-like map that highlights hikes and other must-visit sites along the park’s main thoroughfares.Now, thanks to Holly, you no longer have to wait for the entrance gate experience to start mapping out your next NPS adventure.His site also helps those who may have misplaced a map during a previous national park experience and want to reclaim the souvenir.“Receiving that map means I am now in a crown jewel; I am experiencing the best of what America has to offer and what this nation most values,” Holly told National Parks Traveler. “There’s a sense of pride and ownership that goes with the map the ranger hands over.”glacier-mapHolly, who discovered his affinity for maps and national parks during childhood trips to Yellowstone, has currently digitized NPS maps of all 59 national parks—and several other NPS units—along with Google-based interactive maps of each.Check out his site here.Related Articles:last_img read more

Why a credit union might be the smartest choice you’ve ever made

first_imgby: Rachel ProssI think all of us can look back on an “AHA!” moment when something really resonated or finally clicked. For me, that moment came in the days following an armed robbery at work. It was the fall of 2010, and I was a very green credit union CEO. My credit union, a relatively small financial cooperative of about fifteen million dollars in assets, had a whopping seven employees. Having a masked man point a gun at your face is one kind of “aha” moment for some people. It certainly was for many of my employees–some of whom called in sick, one who quit completely and never looked back, and some who took leaves of absence. When it came time to reopen the building, I was desperately short staffed. I picked up the phone and called a much larger credit union about two hours away that happened to use the same data processor as mine. Feeling a little frantic, I asked the CEO if he could spare one or two employees for me to borrow for a week or so, because I knew they could operate our computer system. I offered to pay salary, travel, food, and lodging. That CEO didn’t know me at all, but he immediately sent me FIVE employees. He wouldn’t let me pay a dime. He had my back, because I was a “credit unioner,” and credit unioners are family. That was my “aha” moment. That’s when I knew I had found an industry that I would be a part of for life.I’m often asked, “What’s the difference between a credit union and a bank?” For me, one of the best ways I’ve ever heard it explained is that credit unions are the not-for-profit balance to the credit structure of the United States. They’re member-owned financial cooperatives, meaning that earnings are returned to the members in the form of better rates on loans, higher yields on deposits, and fewer and lower fees. Our boards are elected by and for the members. Since credit unions don’t have stockholders, they exist solely to serve members. That’s it. No matter how small or big a credit union is, that fundamental cooperative structure remains the same. It’s pretty awesome, and it’s really the essence of “people helping people.” Imagine what the U.S. economy would be like without a not-for-profit balance and competitive presence in the financial services marketplace to help keep rates and fees in check. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Metsger writes Guinta on extended exam cycle plans

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA Board Chairman Rick Metsger on Wednesday sent a letter to Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H., outlining the agency’s broad regulatory goals for exam cycles for well-run, healthy credit unions starting in 2017.“We thank Chairman Metsger for his leadership on this issue and for engaging with lawmakers,” said NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler. “Offering well-run credit unions extended exam cycles would be a positive step toward providing the industry with some relief. While we would like immediate change, we look forward to working with NCUA to achieve exam improvements as soon as possible for all credit unions.”In his letter, Metsger outlined his announcement last month of the steps the agency is taking to remove the requirement that every federal credit union and all federally insured, state-chartered credit unions with more than $250 million in assets be examined each calendar year. He told Guinta that he hopes to have the board vote on this change in the next two months. continue reading »last_img read more

Be not afraid of change, for you must be notified in advance

first_img continue reading » It is a common claim that human nature favors consistency. We, as humans, do not like change. For those like me, who are compulsive planners, this is truer than for those who like to “go with the flow.” As sudden change is unavoidable, managing it becomes a necessary life skill. However, where information can be provided in advance, the sooner you get that information, the easier it is to plan accordingly. That way, you don’t end up surprised like this kid:It appears the federal regulators also subscribe to “the sooner, the better” theory of life and a key consumer protection contained in several of the federal financial regulations is that consumers must get advance notice of certain changes. One of the many, many, many changes implemented by the CARD Act was expanding the types of changes that trigger advance notice for credit card accounts. I’ve blogged before on what some of these changes are, but, there are also a number of exceptions to the rule. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Travel Diary: Port Washington’s Waterside Wonders

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By NY Auto GiantWinter is coming. Yes, this is inevitable. Yet before the plummeting temperatures, blustery winds and menacing snow (hopefully not too much) transform our beautiful island into a frozen winter wonderland, there’s still enough time to eke out one or two more road trips down to the gorgeous, soothing waters bordering our coastline. There’s still one or two last chances to stare out at those precious waves—whether the ocean, harbor, or Long Island Sound—before those whirling winds whip along the shore, sending chills up your spine and cooling that giant pumpkin latte in your hand faster than you can say “Vaaa-Room.”The North Shore hamlet of Port Washington, with its colorful history, myriad parks, shops and restaurants, and endless, breathtaking romantic waterside views, makes just the perfect destination.You’ll want to roll into this majestic community in style, however. A 2015 MINI Cooper from NY Auto Giant, therefore, is exactly what the doctor ordered!Visit NY Auto Giant and drive home your 2015 MINI Cooper today!As you cruise into town in your cute, stylish ride, you’ll undoubtedly be interested in learning some history about this special, special gem. Port Washington’s modern-day origins date back to the 1600s, when more than a dozen English families purchased this precious land from the Matinecock Indians. During the 1800s, shellfishing and sand-mining became important industries here, with millions of yards of the area’s sand eventually used to form the concrete comprising some of the most iconic and well-known buildings in New York City, including the Chrysler and Empire State Building!If you’re a fan of literature, you’ll be excited to know that Port Washington is also represented within the East Egg area of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby.First order of business is caffeine, of course. Luckily, besides the aforementioned wonders awaiting you and your loved ones here at “The Portler,” as some call it, this community is absolutely loaded with java-licious cafes and bakeries to get your heart a-pumpin’!Swing by COFFEED, a nonprofit micro-roaster that supports numerous charities and employs locals with disabilities, as well as serving some of the most exotic blends around. You simply can’t go wrong with the Ethiopian! Saint Honore Pastry Shop is also worth a visit—this place rocks not only the joe, but cakes, cookies, and cupcakes galore!Sip those lattes while you stroll Main Street and peruse its many stellar shops and storefronts, including Wright Music, Painting With Flowers, and The Dolphin Bookshop—the latter an independent bookstore that’s been feeding the minds and caffeine urges of patrons since 1946. You’re going to want some great food on your day adventure, and Port Washington is replete with high-quality restaurants serving some of the most delectable dishes around. Dating back to 1905, Louie’s Oyster Bar & Grille offers hungry locals and travelers premium seafood as well as absolutely breathtaking views of Manhasset Bay, the New York City skyline and Long Island Sound. DiMaggio’s is another prime choice for eats and memories. Since 1978 this trattoria and bar has been delighting hungry patrons with traditional Old World cuisine comprising only the freshest ingredients and made-to-order dishes that will leave your lips a-lickin’ for weeks. Roasted rabbit, ossobucco, stuffed zucchini blossoms are just a few of its many culinary masterpieces that make this a must-stop spot on any Port Washington road trip. So is Ayhan’s Mediterranean Marketplace & Café, serving so many joyous Greek delights—stuffed grape leaves, chicken souvlaki, lamb burgers—you’ll be dreaming of that ancient land and its irresistible cuisine for a long, long time afterward. [Note: Ayhan’s sells Feta Cigars—warm, mouthwatering oozing Feta tightly wrapped into a stogie with crisp phyllo dough—the name says it all!] The place is right next door to Ayhan’s Shish (Fish) Kebab, too!Ice cream goes great with Feta (as does pretty much everything), so grab a cone and sundae with all your favorite toppings at Sweet Treats On The Wharf before heading over to a comfy bench along the waterfront. Click Here To Learn More About NY Auto Giant!You and your loved one might just be in for yet another special treat on this uber-special road trip bonanza:Several gorgeous, enigmatic sea creatures have recently been spotted swimming and frolicking amongst Port Washington’s idyllic surrounding waters. Humpback whales as well as a giddy pod of Belugas have been enjoying the ever-improving depths of the Bay and Sound—providing local residents and adventure-seeking boaters the rare, moving experience of witnessing these extraordinary beauties up close and personal!You never know what adventures await you in this remarkable, idyllic community, so head down to NY Auto Giant’s Massapequa Nissan to drive home your very own 2015 MINI Cooper today and roll through Port Washington, and any other town, in style!last_img read more