Who’s your agent, Theresa? PM joins the ranks of landlord MPs

first_imgThere’s an agent somewhere in central London with a very special client and looking after a property with very high political connections.It has been revealed by Prime Minister Theresa May that she and her husband Philip have become landlords after deciding to rent out their central London apartment.The information has come to light after the Prime Minister, who is the MP for Maidenhead in Berkshire, declared the interest within the latest update of Parliament’s Register of Financial Interests.On 19th August the pair rented out their property in London, which unsurprisingly is worth more than £100,000 and generates more than £10,000 a year, the thresholds for property and rental income declarations by MPs.Landlord MPsTheresa May is not the only MP to join the House of Commons list of landlord MPs recently. Other MPs making the same declaration as the PM include Nigel Adams, MP for Selby & Ainsty, who has declared two rental properties in York, and Sarah Newton, MP for Truro & Falmouth, who has a rental property within her constituency.Earlier this year it was revealed that almost one in five or 123 MPs are landlords including Chancellor Philip Hammond (pictured, left), Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry and the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow.The Conservative Party has the greatest number of landlord at 87 or 28% of the party’s MPs, the research carried out earlier this year by FactCheck revealed, followed by Labour at 28 MPs and both the SNP and Lib Dems at three.The figures are likely to be higher too – the Register of Financial Interests does not actively canvass MPs to declare properties and relies on their honesty alone, and many MPs may rent out properties that generate less than £10,000 a year.John Bercow landlords MPs Boris Johnson Chancellor Philip Hammond Theresa May Emily Thornberry October 27, 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 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 » Who’s your agent, Theresa? PM joins the ranks of landlord MPs previous nextWho’s your agent, Theresa? PM joins the ranks of landlord MPsPM has been renting out her central London apartment that she owns with her husband Philip for more than £10,000 a year since August, parliamentary records show.Nigel Lewis27th October 20170882 Viewslast_img read more


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: What well-known individual would you like to see run for Evansville Mayor on the Democratic ticket in 2019?If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.last_img read more


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare VANDERBURGH COUNTY APPROVED UNPRECEDENTED ROAD REPAIRS AND PAVING PROJECTSDuring today’s Vanderburgh County Commission meeting, the Commissioners approved a massive road repair and paving project that will include around 50 miles of county roads.The total costs for the road repair and paving projects are estimated to be around 5 million dollars.This the first time in approximately two decades that a paving and repair project of this magnitude has been attempted.This project received a unanimous vote from County Commissions President-Ben Shoulders, Vice Chairmen-Jeff Hatfield, and Cheryl Musgrave.ATTACHED BELOW IS THE LINK OF THE VANDERBURGH COUNTY ROADS THAT WERE APPROVED FOR EITHER PAVING OF REPAIR DURING THIS CALENDAR YEAR AT TODAY’S COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING. Approved 2019 Paving List 4-30-19last_img read more

Cape May County Toll Bridges Go Cashless Amid Coronavirus Fears

first_imgCash tolls are being accepted again on the Ocean City-Longport Bridge after being suspended to help slow the spread of COVID-19. By DONALD WITTKOWSKIFive toll bridges linking the Cape May County beach communities along the Ocean Drive will no longer accept cash payments in response to the coronavirus outbreak.They include the Ocean City-Longport Bridge between the northern end of Ocean City and Longport, the Corson’s Inlet Bridge between Ocean City and Strathmere, the Townsends Inlet Bridge between Sea Isle City and Avalon, the Grassy Sound Bridge between North Wildwood and Stone Harbor and the Middle Thorofare Bridge between Cape May and Wildwood Crest.The Cape May County Bridge Commission, which oversees the bridge network, announced that it will implement a cashless toll system beginning 6 a.m. Thursday until further notice “as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.”Vehicles with E-ZPass will continue to be charged the $1.50 toll to cross the bridges. Equipment at the toll plaza will read the E-ZPass tags and the fare will be electronically deducted from customers’ accounts, as usual. For motorists who don’t have E-ZPass, a photo will be taken of their license plate and a bill for the toll will be mailed to the registered owner. The bill will be for the regular cash toll rate. No additional administrative fees will be charged if the bill is paid within 30 days, according to a county press release.Motorists are asked to continue driving through the toll plaza without stopping while obeying the 5 mph posted speed limit. Cash customers who do not want to be billed can open an E-ZPass account by calling the New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center at 888-AUTO-TOLL (888-288-6865) or by visiting www.ezpassnj.com. The Ocean City-Longport Bridge is one of five toll spans that link the Cape May County beach towns along the Ocean Drive.The Cape May County Bridge Commission now joins with other toll road and bridge operators in temporarily suspending cash payments to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.The Atlantic City Expressway, Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike stopped accepting cash payments on Tuesday night. The Delaware River and Bay Authority will halt cash transactions on the Delaware Memorial Bridge at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.Annually, about 1.9 million vehicles use the five spans operated by the Cape May County Bridge Commission, paying about $2.9 million in tolls, according to the agency’s financial statements.Cash payments represent only about 25 percent of the toll transactions on the bridges. E-ZPass accounts for the rest of the traffic.Previously, the bridge toll takers had the option of using a bucket to collect cash payments so they wouldn’t have to risk touching any money. They have also been protecting themselves from the coronavirus by wearing gloves, using hand sanitizers and spraying money with a disinfectant.“We are providing everything we can to our collectors in the booth,” Karen Coughlin, the bridge commission’s executive director, said in an interview last week.Motorists paying in cash must stop at the toll booth and hand over their money to the collector. This process requires the collectors to physically interact with motorists in close contact, potentially raising the risk of coronavirus exposure for both the drivers and the toll takers.As recently as its March 19 board meeting, the bridge commission had no plans to stop accepting cash payments. Carol Brand, the board chairwoman, said then she thought it would be unfair for cash drivers not to have to pay while the E-ZPass motorists would still be charged to cross the bridges.But now, the bridge commission has devised a plan to bill the drivers who normally pay in cash. The Atlantic City Expressway, Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike and Delaware Memorial Bridge will also bill those motorists.last_img read more

Baking Industry Awards: last call

first_imgLast call for entries into the 2007 Baking Industry Awards! The deadline for entry into all 12 categories is Friday 18 May. But there is still time to download a form from [http://www.bakeryawards.co.uk] and send it back to our events department, post-haste.There is a £500 first prize in each of the categories at stake, plus a night out at London’s glitzy Grosvenor House hotel and recognition from industry peers. Remember you have to be in it to win it! See page 13 for all the details, including how to enter and how to book a table for the Awards evening.last_img

ADM and Unilever agree oils and fats business plan

first_imgArcher Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has signed a joint business development plan (JBDP) to continue to grow its relationship as an oils and fat supplier for Unilever.The plan outlines a framework for the two companies to use, in order to work together. It also sets goals around NPD, growth, innovation and sustainability.Matt Jansen, ADM senior vice-president and president of oilseeds, said: “Strengthening our existing partnership with Unilever will allow us to build upon those capabilities and leverage our unique supply chain to continue to provide high-quality, sustainable ingredients and innovative solutions to Unilever and their customers.”Unilever plans to double the size of its business, while also reducing its environmental impact.last_img

The truest voice

first_imgGraduating seniors bid farewell to their Harvard years Wednesday, during Class Day ceremonies that featured light-hearted remembrances, sage advice about not taking advice, and a tongue-in-cheek idea for honoring the college experience.“When Harvard does come to mind, years from now in all of its 375-plus-year-old glory, we will be acknowledging that younger versions of ourselves now own this simultaneously beautiful, terrible, fun, depressing, fulfilling, and unbearable … home,” said Philip Gillen, one of the event’s two Ivy orators. “We must destroy Harvard, because this place belongs to us, and it should stay that way.”Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, the day’s main speaker, used lessons from her own and her parents’ lives as she counseled students to follow their own paths.O’Brien is the daughter of a black Cuban mother and a white Australian father who in 1958 traveled from Maryland, where interracial marriage was illegal, to Washington, D.C., to wed, against the advice of many people around them.The couple was then advised not to have children, because mixed race children wouldn’t be accepted in the world. They ignored that advice and had six, all of whom graduated from Harvard.“My parents were terrible listeners every step of the way, and from that I’ve learned, do not listen to other people’s take on the life you should lead,” O’Brien said. “By not listening, you can figure out what your heart is telling you to do.”O’Brien took her own advice as a student. Though she came to Harvard interested in becoming a doctor, she switched to English and American literature and language in response to an urge to tell stories. She left in the spring of her senior year, 1988, missing her own Class Day and Commencement, to pursue a job opportunity. In 2000 she returned to complete her studies.Early in her career, O’Brien worked locally, at WBZ-TV. Then it was on to NBC News, where she anchored “Weekend Today” and the technology program “The Site.” She moved to CNN in 2003, anchoring “American Morning” until 2007. Most recently, she anchored CNN’s “Starting Point” from 2012 until March of this year, when she left to start her own production company, Starfish Media.O’Brien won an Emmy in 2011 for “Crisis in Haiti.” She was part of reporting teams that won awards for coverage of the BP oil spill, Hurricane Katrina, and the Southeast Asia tsunami. She will serve as a distinguished visiting fellow next year at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.O’Brien said her travels have shown her that people around the world aren’t so different in their dreams. Bad things happen unless good people put a stop to them, she said. Graduates should be those good people and seek to understand others.Soledad O’Brien 2013 Class Day Speech <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BWdqlZKdCI” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/4BWdqlZKdCI/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> “Not taking advice means you can choose to stand up for people who need your voice. You’ll have chances every day to say, ‘this is not OK,’ ” O’Brien said, adding that a Harvard education has given graduates opportunities that others won’t get. “You have been positioned, Class of 2013, to do great things, but do them in service of others, and you will discover that selflessness, ultimately, is what makes you great.”In addition to O’Brien’s speech and the Ivy orations, students heard two Harvard orations from class members, and a brief address from outgoing Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds.“Cherish those memories and those friendships because they are Harvard’s gift to you,” Hammonds said, admonishing students to heed the words over the Yard’s Dexter Gate. “Enter to grow in wisdom and depart to better serve thy country and thy kind.”Victor Flores (second from left) and Sara Lytle were the recipients of the Ames Award.The day also featured a moment of silence in memory of classmate Philip Streich, who died in 2012 in an accident on his family’s farm, as well as the naming of the Ames Award winners, Victor Flores and Sara Lytle.The Ames Award, named after two brothers who gave their lives to save their father after he washed overboard during a 1935 storm off Newfoundland, go annually to “unsung heroes” in the class who have shown heroic character and inspiring leadership in efforts to help others. Flores was active in the Phillips Brooks House Association, helping disadvantaged children through after-school and summer camp programs. Lytle dedicated herself to improving mental health in the Harvard community, working as a peer counselor, and also worked to improve Boston schoolchildren’s self-esteem with theater.last_img read more

Police Have Seized 24.8 Tons of Cocaine So Far This Year in Bolivia

first_img Between January and October of this year, the Bolivian police seized a total of 24.8 tons of cocaine, between coca paste and powder cocaine, and 1,018 tons of marijuana, according to an official report issued by the government on 27 October. According to the report, given to AFP by the Deputy Ministry for Social Defense (the principal government office responsible for the fight against drugs), “22.1 tons of coca paste and 2.7 tons of powder cocaine” were seized in a total of “11,802 police operations” throughout the country. The deputy ministry emphasized that seizures through October are close to surpassing seizures in 2009, when 29 tons were confiscated, between coca paste and powder cocaine. The same report adds that 6,632 hectares planted with coca, the raw material for manufacturing cocaine, were eradicated between January and October, and the figure is expected to surpass 8,000 hectares by the end of the year. There are currently 30,500 hectares planted with coca in Bolivia, according to United Nations figures, of which only 12,000 are recognized as legal, for chewing the leaf, brewing an infusion with it, and using it in Aymara religious rituals. The United Nations has indicated that the South American country has the capacity to produce 113 tons of cocaine annually. Brazil is the principal destination for Bolivian drugs. By Dialogo October 29, 2010last_img read more

Brighton breezes it

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Circumstances change so what can happen if you have to break your lease?

first_imgRemember when you sign a lease, you are signing a contract.Mitigating the tenant’s loss can mean reducing the rent. The tenant will be responsible for the discount during the time of their lease, but the ongoing loss is for the owner to bear.This can be particularly frustrating for experienced landlords. Property rents peak seasonally, meaning a January lease start will attract a higher rent than an April start date. But unfortunately that’s just the way the cookie crumbles in the residential tenancy environment. Here are some tips for tenants and landlords regarding a lease break: — Inform the other party on the phone and confirm in writing of your intentions and what you plan to do to help rent the property.— Whoever has the keys has possession. Tenants should return all keys and sign acknowledging all keys have been returned.— Advertise the property. To avoid delays the tenant should pay for the cost of advertising — Open for inspection twice weekly plus offer private inspections. — Accept that a small price drop is cheaper than extended vacancy— Presentation matters so good photos and a freshly presented property go along way— Communicate regularly. My Dad once told me that intelligent people equally informed rarely disagree.Circumstances change in everyone’s life and these situations can be easily managed if handled appropriately. Agents usually only charge a small fee, equivalent to a week’s rent, to help find a tenant. If handled correctly with enough notice a break lease can be an easily managed process. When tenants and landlords can’t agree the matter often end sup before the Civil and Administrative Tribunal.The outcome and decisions on these calls can be vastly different to the outcomes and decisions made at the Tribunal. The most common current battle ground is around tenants breaking their leases. This is when a tenant decides they no longer want to occupy or pay rent at a property they have an existing lease on.The tribunals have tightened up recently around this issue.The reason a tenant wants to leave and the work of an agent to replace them have become vital in ensuring the lease is upheld. For example a tenant buying a property is a very weak reason to break the lease, but if the agent can’t demonstrate that they have actively tried to find a new tenant, then the courts may let the tenant out of their lease. With vacancy rates currently peaking in Brisbane the agent must be able to show detailed evidence of activities to uphold the lease.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoTenants get quickly educated that the agent and owners must actively work to rent the property under the Act. Their dialogue can quickly change from initially asking ‘what happens now?’ to ‘what are you doing to mitigate my loss’.The reality is it is also the tenant’s, as well as the owner’s responsibility, to mitigate the tenants loss. Breaking a lease shouldn’t need to end up before the tribunal as long as everyone understands the rules.IT’S hard to see the comparison between heart-throb and TV lawyer Harvey Specter and your average property manager.But a part of managing rental properties means property managers attend court to represent their clients for various issues. Whether it be to recover lost rent, recover money for damage or to have someone evicted, your property manager dons their Sunday best, collates their evidence and swears on the bible all in the name of service.It can be quite daunting. For many years you had to attend the Magistrates Court but now you present your cases at the state based Civil and Administrative Tribunal.I personally like to attend, it gives me the chance to channel my inner Denny Crane and also to stay current on Tribunal decisions. The process that leads to these rooms is usually a conciliation conference call facilitated by a state-based government run organisation. In Queensland that is the Residential Tenancies Authority.last_img read more