The shadow chancellor has accused the government of presiding over housing legislation that is “not fit for purpose” and has thrown his support behind calls for a national registration scheme. The comments were made after a Guardian and ITV News investigation revealed that convicted landlords who have been ruled unfit to rent out their properties are continuing to operate by exploiting loopholes in the law. His remarks also follow a swift U-turn by the government. Theresa May has pledged to give tenants access to the government’s new rogue landlord database after the Guardian and ITV News investigation revealed that not a single name had been entered into the system in more than six months since its launch – and that even when landlords’ names were listed, the public would not be allowed to see them. In an interview with the Guardian, John McDonnell said: “Landlord licensing is not fit for purpose and the problem of rogue landlords is extensive. We … [Read more...] about Rules for landlords not fit for purpose, says John McDonnell
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‘Out of the blue’ rent rises and landlords who are slow to repair properties and appliances have emerged as the most common bugbears for the nation’s renters. Researchers who carried out a detailed study of 1,000 British renters also found that not being able to decorate, to make a place your own, and having a small garden are other common gripes. Outdated interior design, damage caused by previous tenants and an all-out ban on pets are also considered downsides of not owning your own place. The research also found 44 per cent of renters think redecorating their rented accommodation to their own taste would mean they would take extra care of the property. And three in 10 would happily invest more money into the home to make sure it looked its best. Alan Kemp, Head of Brand Marketing at Graham & Brown, which commissioned the report ahead of International Wallpaper Week (1st - 7th October), said: “For many people now, especially the younger generation, the … [Read more...] about Tenants explain simple thing landlords could do so they’d take more care of home
YOU'VE finally got your foot on the property ladder and are the proud owner of your first home. But how can you make sure that your dream of becoming a homeowner doesn't turn into a nightmare? Whether you own your own place or are a renter, you should seriously consider getting home insurance to make sure you're not left in the lurch if something goes wrong. But with 16million Brits having no home contents insurance, lots of us are running the risk. Here's what you need to know and how you can get cheap cover: What is home insurance and what does it cover? There are two main types of home insurance - buildings and contents. Simply, buildings insurance covers your physical property - so its actual structure, its fixtures and fittings - while content insurance deals with your belongings. Many insurers offer policies which combine both - and if you're a homeowner, you'll want to think about this type of policy. If you're a renter, your building insurance should be taken care of by your … [Read more...] about Cheap home insurance deals compared – and do you need buildings and contents insurance to cover your home?
News / UK and world by Press Association May 23, 2018, 1:22 pm Updated: May 23, 2018, 2:26 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Taxi-hailing firm Uber is to offer insurance cover for its drivers including sickness, injury and maternity and paternity payments, it has announced. Chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said the company had focused too much on growth and not enough on its workers. He said: “We called drivers ‘partners’, but didn’t always act like it. “An important part of being a good partner is being a good listener. “Drivers have told us that they enjoy the freedom of being their own boss and choosing if, when and where they drive. “But drivers have also told us they want more security and peace of mind, life’s ups and downs such as an injury, sickness or having a baby should not come with all of the additional financial stress. “Today we are announcing that we will … [Read more...] about Uber offers insurance cover to its drivers across Europe
By Louise WalshA Co Meath motorist has been driven to despair after his annual motor insurance renewal quote climbed to a whopping €19,000.Slane publican Brian Kelly (48) rang Liberty Insurance to point out, what he thought was an administrative error but was told the quote of €19,368.26 for his 07 1.6 litre Toyota Avensis was correct.The hike was up over €15,000 on last year's insurance costs and over €18,500 more than his 2016 insurance policy for €800.Brian, who is a director of the suicide awareness voluntary group SOSAD (Save Our Sons and Daughters) was left scratching his head when Liberty told him that the huge premium was because of two outstanding claims against him.He said: "I'm in shock. Sure who could afford to pay €19,000 for car insurance. You'd buy a new car for that"I'm with Liberty Insurance 17 years and had nine years of a no-claims bonus intact. "I've had two tips since Christmas 2016 on two separate occasions in Navan and Slane."I … [Read more...] about Motorist’s shock at €15,000 rise in insurance cover … to over €19,000