EVERY Saturday, The Consumer Crew are here to solve your problems. Mel Hunter will take on readers’ consumer issues, Amanda Cable will give you the best advice for buying your dream home, Maddy Tooke rounds up the best coupons to save you money and Judge Rinder will tackle your legal woes. Jane Hamilton, property expert EVERYBODY loves good neighbours – but having noisy ones is the top property put-off for buyers. A huge 85 per cent of Brits say they would shun a home with loud families next door, research reveals. Nearly three in five would reject a house if there had previously been a murder at the home, while 44 per cent would not consider a property reports of paranormal activity. But the study from property buyer Good Move revealed Brits are far more concerned by more trivial faults, with a 73 per cent shunning homes with shared gardens or pads with damp. Ross Counsell, director at Good Move, says: “It’s clear that certain things will put off most … [Read more...] about Top 10 turn-offs for potential home buyers and how to fix them
Most microloan companies operating in Iceland are in the ownership of a single company headquartered in Denmark, RÚV reports. This allows them to offer loans with conditions which are illegal according to Icelandic law, but not Danish. The Icelandic government and Consumer Agency of Iceland are hoping to shut down such activities, which are causing higher rates of debt, particularly among young people. According to Icelandic law, interest and other incidental costs associated with a loan may not surpass 50% of the loan amount. Examples show some microlenders charging Icelandic consumers as much as 35,000% of the original loan amount. Two microloan companies were even declared bankrupt, yet continued lending to Icelanders through a Danish website. Since the companies are registered in Denmark, it’s more difficult for the Consumer Agency of Iceland to assist consumers who find themselves unable to pay up. Young people affected The number of young people in Iceland who sought … [Read more...] about Government Aims to Shut Down Microlenders
SHOPPERS need to watch out for fakes when buying on the likes of Amazon marketplace, eBay, Facebook, and Gumtree as often deals aren't what they seem. More than 13,000 problems with purchases from online marketplaces were reported to Citizens Advice last year with people losing out an average of £215. And some of these fakes may even be dangerous. Charity Electrical Safety First found dangerous electrical goods, such as hair straighteners and travel adaptors, for sale on a number of online marketplaces. The Sun has also heard from scores of readers who've accidentally bought fake items on websites such as eBay and Gumtree. Like Chris Strutt, 52, from Rainham in Essex who in 2014, bought what he thought was a £900 Rolex watch from eBay with money left to him when his father passed away. It wasn't until four years later that Chris discovered his watch was a fake after seeing a news report on it. "When I read the report I thought the conman's name sounded familiar, so I checked … [Read more...] about Warning over rise of fake watches, trainers and handbags on eBay, Facebook and Gumtree – but can YOU spot a dud?
HOUSE sellers that leave their properties dirty should face forking out up to £10,000 in compensation to the buyers, claims a leading law firm. Including "clean and tidy" clauses in contracts would mean that buyers could sue sellers if a property wasn't handed over in a fit state. These types of clauses already feature in rental agreements, but now Gorvins' solicitors feels they should be added to completion contracts too to protect buyers when they move in. Items left behind by sellers that aren't included in the contracts, such as broken furniture or bags of rubbish, can "cost buyers a lot of money" to get rid of. Animal faeces, an urn, rotten food in the fridge and even a dog tied up outside are just some of the things left behind for buyers to pick up the pieces of in their new homes on moving day, the law firm warned. In one case seen by the company, new homeowners arrived only to find the seller on the sofa eating dinner in pyjamas because they thought they had "a week or … [Read more...] about How you could get a £10,000 bill if you leave your home dirty when you sell it
EVERY Saturday, The Consumer Crew are here to solve your problems. Mel Hunter will take on readers’ consumer issues, Amanda Cable will give you the best advice for buying your dream home, Maddy Tooke rounds up the best coupons to save you money and Judge Rinder will tackle your legal woes. Jane Hamilton, property expert AS the British love affair with gardens wilting? Research from online estate agent Housesimple shows almost a third of properties for sale in major towns and cities do not have outside space. Gardens, terraces and balconies are being sacrificed so developers can squeeze in more homes. As National Gardening Week starts on Monday, we look at how to make the most of your home’s garden, no matter what the size. With a small terrace, balcony or patio, make it seem bigger by letting it “flow” from the home. Interiors experts advise using the garden as an “outside room”, so match the colour scheme for the walls, rails or fence and add a … [Read more...] about How to make the most of your garden this summer with lighting and plant tips