London property firm to pay back £60,000 in rent after operating unlicensed HMO

first_imgHome » News » London property firm to pay back £60,000 in rent after operating unlicensed HMO previous nextRegulation & LawLondon property firm to pay back £60,000 in rent after operating unlicensed HMOFinchley Properties Limited operated the address, which was found by Camden council inspectors to be a ‘house of horrors’.Nigel Lewis19th November 201802,119 Views A company that owns and rents out properties in London is to pay back over £60,000 of the rent it charged after its tenants were discovered by council inspectors living in ‘house of horrors’ conditions.Finchley Properties Limited, which has offices in West Hampstead, rented out separate flats within the Victorian property (pictured) above a shop on the Finchley Road between March and November 2017.Tenants complained about severe damp to the London Borough of Camden whose officers, after visiting the address, found filthy walls rotting with damp, holes in the ceiling and exposed wires and electrics (pictured, left).The company has now been found guilty by a First Tier Tribunal of being in control of an unlicensed HMO, and will now have to hand back 70% of the profits made from the house, much of which came from tenants in receipt of housing benefit.Camden also found that the property, which had been converted twice, failed to meet building regulations and included three flats that had been created without planning permission.ProhibitedIts environmental health officers also prohibited two of the flats from future use as they were found to lack adequate levels of natural light.“HMO licensing exists to stops situations like this existing and escalating out of control. Landlords and lettings agents need to play by the rules and ensure if they are running an HMO it is properly licensed,” says Councillor Meric Apak, Councillor for Better Homes at Camden Council (right).“We can then work with them in turn to ensure the property is properly maintained for the good of its tenants.”HMO landlord fined meric apak London Borough of Camden Finchley Properties Limited November 19, 2018Nigel 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

Coasts get the most

first_imgHome » News » Auctions news » Coasts get the most previous nextAuctions newsCoasts get the mostThe Negotiator12th April 202102 Views Coastal properties proved clear winners in Network Auctions’ March sale with bidders battling it out to boost sold prices way beyond their anticipated guides.Of particular interest was a one-bedroom flat in Callington, Cornwall (above) which attracted 72 bids from over 50 people, pushing the £20,000 guide price to a whopping £49,250. Fierce bidding was also seen on a four-bedroom property in need of modernisation located in Paignton, Devon which sold for £265,500 against a guide of £200,000- £225,000.The Cornish love affair continued with a tenanted building in Newquay arranged as four flats, selling for £328,000 against a guide price of £310,000-£320,000.Toby Limbrick, auctioneer, said, “We are seeing a huge interest in coastal properties as more people plan their holidays in Britain and investors look to boost their profitability by getting into the holiday let market.”Network Auctions next online auction is 22 April.  www.networkauctions.co.uk coastal properties Network Auctions auction auctioneers Toby Limbrick April 12, 2021Jenny van BredaWhat’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

Russian Navy Plans to Receive up to 10 Diesel Submarines till 2020

first_img November 23, 2011 View post tag: Submarines View post tag: 2020 View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Navy Plans to Receive up to 10 Diesel Submarines till 2020 View post tag: receive Russian Navy plans to receive up to 10 diesel submarines till 2020 which are expected to constitute the basic submarine force in littoral areas of responsibility, reported RIA Novosti on Nov 21 referring to a spokesman for Russian Navy.Presently, Russian Navy operates about 20 submarines of this class.First of all, new submarines will be intended to improve combat worthiness of Black Sea and Baltic fleets.“In the context of recent keel-laying of Project 636.3 diesel electric submarine Rostov-na-Donu at Admiralteyskie Verfi shipyard, Russian Navy command expects to obtain 8-10 diesel subs till 2020″, said the interviewee.He added that within the next 10 years diesel submarine industry would be aimed at improving of silence parameters, increasing of endurance and versatility of use against sea surface, underwater, and coastal targets.As for the source, actions of diesel electric subs are planned in those aquatic zones where use of nuclear-powered submarines is either impossible or unpractical. Such regions are the Black and the Baltic seas.Project 636 submarine (in NATO classification – Improved Kilo) has surface speed of 17 knots and submerged speed of 20 knots; test depth is 350 meters; endurance is 45 days; crew is 57; combat load is 18 torpedoes or missiles.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 23, 2011; Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: 10 View post tag: diesel Russian Navy Plans to Receive up to 10 Diesel Submarines till 2020 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Russian View post tag: plans Industry newslast_img read more

USS Gerald R. Ford to be delivered in September

first_img Share this article USS Gerald R. Ford to be delievered to US Navy in September View post tag: USS Gerald R. Ford View post tag: US Navy Authoritiescenter_img April 8, 2016 The U.S. Navy’s next-generation aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford, should be ready to join the Navy in September this year, U.S. Navy officials said.Sean J. Stackley, Assistant Secretary for acquisitions outlined the timetable for the lead ship of the class in a statement ahead of a U.S. Senate hearing on U.S. Navy shipbuilding programs.According to Stackley, the 100,000 ton, 1,100 foot (335 meter) ship would be delivered within the  $12.887 billion congressional cost cap.As of March 2016, the Gerald R. Ford was 97% complete. After the ship is delivered to the Navy in September 2016, the ship is expected to start the post shakedown availability (PSA) in 2017 while the first of class full ship shock trials (FSST) are planned for FY 2019.Should everything go according to the plan, the carrier’s first deployment would take place in 2021.The Gerald R. Ford class is the future aircraft carrier replacement class for Enterprise and Nimitz class aircraft carriers.Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) was ordered from Newport News Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries, on Sept. 10, 2008.With this new class of ships the U.S. Navy hopes to save $4 billion in total ownership costs during each ship’s 50-year service life, compared to the Nimitz-class.According to the U.S. Navy, the CVN 78 is designed to operate effectively with nearly 700 fewer crew members than a CVN 68-class ship. Improvements in the ship design will allow the embarked air wing to operate with approximately 400 fewer personnel. Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Gerald R. Ford to be delievered to US Navy in September last_img read more

Briefs

first_imgn Biscuit company Burton’s Foods says its has removed hydrogenated fats from its entire portfolio of over 100 products, including Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels, baked from the end of January 2007.n A new website has been launched to link shoppers and retailers with local sources of organic food. OrganicAssistant.com lists around 30,000 records allowing users to search without charge for organic products near their home or business by postcode, type or retailer.n The International Materials Handling Exhibition 2007, will be held at the NEC, Birmingham, from 13-16 March. Taking place once every three years, IMHX is the UK’s largest logistics event. The show will feature products and services from over 300 exhibitors.n The 2007 abim Conference will be held at the Slieve Donard Hotel, Co Down, on 18-19 May, 2007.n Thorntons, the chocolate group, this week reported an 18% fall in first half pre-tax profit, blaming one-off items and increased investment, but forecast full-year results in line with expectations.For the 28 weeks to 6 January 2007, the group, which trades from 366 of its own stores, 214 franchise stores, through third-party retailers and from Thorntons Direct, said pre-tax profit was £10.5m, down from £12.8m last time.n Bakery consultancy BakeTran has announced the launch of its new website: [http://www.baketran.com]. The site has a special ’Problems and Solutions’ page, providing useful technical tips, which will be updated regularly.last_img read more

News story: Government announces £40 million for brain cancer research in honour of Tessa Jowell

first_imgThe government pledged £40 million investment in the Dame Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Research Mission as part of a package of measures.The measures include: starting to use gold standard dye across the UK – this dye is used to identify brain tumours during surgery and is currently only used in half of brain cancer centres in England speeding up the use of adaptive trials – to test different treatments at the same time and speed up the process The Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Research Mission will meet several of Baroness Jowell’s campaign requests. It follows on from a meeting between Dame Tessa, the prime minister and the health secretary in Downing Street in February.Each year around 11,400 people in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour and just 14% of people survive their disease for 10 or more years.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: an annual global conference to bring together world experts on brain cancer, to be hosted by the government Health Minister Lord O’Shaughnessy will lead the work to implement these commitments. He said: doubling the government research fund to £40 million – part of a £65m research package launched this year Tessa Jowell was one of those few politicians who could inspire and unite across party lines. We were all moved by her bravery and selfless campaigning in her final months, and are determined to honour her life and memory with the action on brain cancer that she fought so hard for. At this agonising time, I hope her family can draw comfort from the fact that her legacy will be lives saved and heartbreak averted for thousands of other families. I’m deeply saddened by Tessa’s death. Despite her dreadful illness, she did more than anyone to shine a light on the need to improve research and care for people with brain cancer. It is a great privilege and honour to take forward this work. My aim is to boost research into treatments – even cures – for brain cancer and transform care for patients in the way that Tessa called for.last_img read more

Press release: £500 bill for unlicensed waste carrier

first_imgTo report waste crime call the Environment Agency 24/7 on 0800 80 70 60 or report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You can also check online whether a waste carrier is genuine. The case demonstrates how seriously we take illegal waste crime and how we take robust enforcement action against those who deliberately ignore the law to protect communities and the environment. We hope it makes it clear that, if you transport waste, you must register for a Waste Carrier Licence. We also highlight to householders and businesses the importance of only using licensed waste carriers to ensure any waste will be properly and legally managed. We thank our partners, Nottinghamshire Police and Lincolnshire Police for co-operating with us throughout this investigation and for providing crucial evidence and assistance which led to today’s successful prosecution. A 42-year-old man from Derby has been ordered to pay £520 after pleading guilty to operating as an illegal waste carrier throughout the Midlands in a case heard at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 14th May.Adam Varey of Woodyard Lane, Foston, Derby was successfully prosecuted by the Environment Agency after committing eight cases of transporting scrap metal without possessing the requisite Waste Carrier Licence.On 14th May he was conditionally discharged for a period of two years and ordered to pay costs of £500 and a Victim Surcharge of £20. A licence would have cost just £154. Anyone caught transporting waste as part of their business, whether it is their waste or someone else’s, has to have a Waste Carrier Licence.Varey was warned by the Magistrates that, if he offends during the next two years, he will face punishment for these eight offences as well as penalties for his new offending.The investigation into this case involved the Environment Agency working in partnership with the police on Operation Transporter – a multi-agency operation targeting road crime.Police discovered one of the vehicles that Varey had used to transport waste when they were called to a restaurant in Lincoln on 15 July 2018.On inspecting the vehicle, officers found a ticket confirming scrap metal had been delivered to a recycling centre in Sheffield on 14 July 2018. The recycling centre confirmed that Varey’s account had also been used on the eight dates relating to his charges, between 14 July 2018 and 26 February 2019, at their branches which also included Nottingham and Birmingham.Speaking after the case, Iain Regan, Waste Regulatory Specialist at the Environment Agency, said:last_img read more

CS50 will host a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on 2/18

first_imgEveryone is invited to a CS50, “Introduction to Computer Science,” AMA (Ask Me Anything) with David J. Malan, Robert Bowden, Zamyla Chan, Jason Hirschhorn, and team.The AMA will take place on Wednesday, February 18, from noon-7 p.m. (EST).http://www.reddit.com/r/iama“Basically, /r/IAmA is a place to interview people, but in a new way. ‘IAmA’ is the traditional way of beginning the description of who you are; ‘AMA’ is the traditional way of ending the description; the acronym means ‘Ask me anything.’ The interviewee begins the process by starting a post, describing who they are and what they do. Then, commenters leave questions and can vote on other questions according to which they would like to see answered. The interviewee then goes through and responds to any questions that he/she would like, and in any way that he/she prefers.”For more information:https://www.facebook.com/events/777042082349392/http://www.reddit.com/r/cs50/comments/2uc8d4/cs50_ama_with_david_rob_zamyla_and_jason_on/ Read Full Storylast_img read more

Why Technology Matters to Social Enterprises

first_imgSocial enterprises and entrepreneurs are close to my heart. Dell has continuously embraced the principles of innovation and entrepreneurship since its inception and Michael Dell, our chairman and founder, is a strong advocate as the United Nation Foundation’s first Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship. Technology is a driving force for society as well as business and, by enabling entrepreneurs using the power of technology, we’re contributing positively to human progress.Sixteen finalists from across the region at the DBS-NUS SVC Asia awards ceremonyBut technology’s power isn’t only in taking ideas and turning them into reality, enabling innovation or creating new solutions. It also helps create ecosystems – it can facilitate new connections, accelerate working relationships and help organizations discover best practices. It can democratize access to resources, people and technology – for social entrepreneurs, these connections are invaluable and necessary. It can be used to better understand and quantify the problem to be addressed – proving why there is a need for a solution and investment. It can also help organizations move quickly from proof of concept, to proof of application.This year, Dell became the first official Digital Partner for the 2017 DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge (SVC) Asia. Organized by DBS Foundation and National University of Singapore (NUS) Enterprise, SVC Asia is an annual APJ-wide competition, creating a platform to identify and support new ideas and existing social ventures that have the potential to generate positive, scalable, and sustainable social impact.Taking our commitment further to supporting social entrepreneurs, earlier this month Dell’s judging panel chose two inspirational social businesses among the 16 finalists at SVC Asia, that stood to benefit the most from digital technologies, and presented them the inaugural Dell Digital Award:Pang Yee Beng (right), Senior Vice President – Commercial, South Asia & Korea, Dell EMC, with Nguyen Thi Van, co-founder of Imagtor (left)Imagtor in Vietnam helps People with Disabilities (PwDs) have a successful career by equipping them with employable skill sets and providing an empowering work environment. It employs and trains PwDs to provide competitively priced high-quality digital services for international clients, such as video and photography editing. Imagtor aims to expand its connected workplace (home office and partner network) with an upgraded IT infrastructure and software.Pang Yee Beng (left), Senior Vice President – Commercial, South Asia & Korea, Dell EMC, with Maral Dipodiputro, co-founder of TEMU (right)TEMU in Indonesia aims to break the cycle of poverty in urban slums through providing low-skilled workers with access to job opportunities. Their mobile and web application collects data from job providers and job seekers, and synthesizes the data to match individuals with the right job opportunities. TEMU aims to further improve its application in areas such as security and automation.I am deeply inspired by these entrepreneurs and their mission to help the underserved by transforming mindsets and business. I have been fortunate to help social enterprises such as Imagtor in setting up their computer center to train PwDs earlier this year. Meeting the co-founder, Nguyen Thi Van, in Vietnam, I had the privilege to observe the extent to which Van has gone to ensuring a sustainable means of income for PwDs and changing perception of the handicapped – something that is difficult to achieve in many parts of the world even through government initiatives.Over the next six months, Dell executives and our team members will be investing their time in mentoring these businesses to help them realize their social and business ambitions. By providing its expertise, support, resources, and access to a network, we’re hoping to encourage other budding social entrepreneurs in the region to start their journey’s and use technology to their advantage.In short, the power of technology is immense, and can help address society’s challenges from beginning to end and enable more businesses to do good and be successful. These awards are just one example of how this can be put into action. If you feel you have knowledge and skills that would be useful to social entrepreneurs across the region, including our winners, I’d love to hear from you. Together, let’s build a network for good.Learn more about the SVC Asia awards here.last_img read more

Professor recognized for service

first_imgThe Notre Dame faculty recently acquired another academic accolade when Vania Smith-Oka, assistant professor of Anthropology, was honored with the Center for Public Anthropology’s Ruth Benedict Global Citizenship Award last week. The national award, which honors 1 percent of introductory Anthropology faculty across the country, recognized Smith-Oka for her continued involvement with the Center’s Community Action Project (CAP). Smith Oka said CAP actively engaged students in ethical issues within the field of Anthropology. Smith-Oka said she first became involved with CAP when she began teaching at Notre Dame in 2006. The project includes students from Notre Dame and 60 other universities and colleges, she said. “I heard about [CAP] through another person who really enjoyed working with the program,” she said. “My students have been involved with it in some shape or form almost every semester I’ve been here.” Smith-Oka said students discussed a different anthropological question related to research and ethics each semester. Last semester’s topic covered the role of the Institutional Review Board in the research process, she said. Smith-Oka said CAP provides her undergraduate students with an outlet for critical thinking and a pathway into the world of anthropology by requiring them to write pieces about the issues presented in the project. “I like the fact that [CAP] is applied. It gets students involved in real-world issues outside the classroom,” she said. “The project changes every semester to make students feel that they’re involved in something larger than themselves.” Past students have examined a wide range of debates, including the controversy involving anthropological rights to the material remains of an indigenous group in the Amazon, Smith-Oka said. CAP now focuses more on large-scale ethical issues within research procedures, she said, and this broader scope of discussion enhances the anthropological learning process for her students. Smith-Oka said her Notre Dame students share their work with students from around the country, so the peer review process functions on both a local and national level. “[CAP] is essentially a self-sustaining project because students grade each other’s work and participate in blind peer reviews,” she said. “I find it’s a good learning process to learn through peer review and evaluation.” Though Smith-Oka is actively involved in CAP, her day-to-day work on campus relates to research on the way large-scale health policies and institutions shape reproduction and motherhood for low-income women, especially those in Mexico. Since she became a faculty member at Notre Dame, Smith-Oka said the University has supported her goals as both a teacher and an anthropologist. “[Notre Dame] has helped support me at all levels, from grants to teaching and mentorship to infrastructure, and they’ve always been supportive of the more engaged or applied side of my teaching,” she said. “This award validates the teaching approach I have in general.”last_img read more