The walls of a property are the barrier which keeps the elements, and particularly water, from reaching the internal environment. In order to fulfil that function effectively, they need to be clear of soil and ground level build up. To read the whole article, click here.
There has been a worrying increase in the volume and variety of scams which are out to remove money from unsuspecting people. However, there is a property scam which can happen to you without you being aware of it!
The government has announced that from the 1st February 2016, all landlords must check that their new tenants have the right to live in the UK before renting their property out to them. To read the whole article, click here.
An announcement by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis earlier this month has outlined new measures in a bid to crack down on rogue landlords, trapping tenants in unsafe, overcrowded properties… To read the whole article, click here.
A businessman who caused an estimated £40,000 worth of damage to a pub after driving a JCB into it, has been let off criminal charges because he is the owner.
According to locals, 45 year old Mark Switsun was refused a drink after the 11pm closing time, he then left only to return at the controls of a 28 ton digger and ploughed it straight into the extension of the pub.
As a result, Switsun was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage but was released without charge, with police saying they were powerless to charge him. A police source explained:
“At the end of the day the building belongs to him so he can do what he likes with it…We would have needed someone to make an official complaint about the damage he caused”
Only the year previously had Mr Switsun – a wealthy shellfish factory owner – decided to invest £60,000 into the Royal Oak pub in Penclawdd with his business partner Colin McDonald.
A village local summed up:
“It was a classic case of cutting off your nose to spite your face…But I suppose the police couldn’t charge him because he owns the pub and he can do what he wants with it.”
Another local Rob Lowe, who lives opposite the pub explains
“My daughters had just finished watching a film and heard a loud noise…A JCB with long prongs at the end was being driven through the extension…The prongs went through the window and were lifted up through the roof…My daughters were horrified.”
Luckily, nobody was harmed during the partial demolition, though it’s more than likely that Mr Switsun’s pride and his bank balance both took a knock.
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The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 introduced a procedure for resolving disputes between owners of neighbouring properties, arising as a result of one owner’s intention to carry out works which would affect the party wall, involve the construction of a party wall or boundary wall at (or adjacent to) the line of junction between the two properties or excavation within certain distances of a neighbour’s structure and to a lower depth than its foundations.
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