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Evictions ban to be extended for ANOTHER six weeks, says housing secretary

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Evictions ban to be extended for ANOTHER six weeks, says housing secretary previous nextCOVID-19 newsEvictions ban to be extended for ANOTHER six weeks, says housing secretaryRobert Jenrick says ban on bailiff evictions in England to be extended until February 21st and possibly beyond.Nigel Lewis8th January 20213 Comments3,717 Views Housing secretary Robert Jenrick (picture, above) has announced that the current ban on bailiff evictions, which was due to end on Monday, is to be extended for six weeks until February 21st.“We are extending the ban on bailiff evictions – helping to protect the most vulnerable renters,” says housing secretary Robert Jenrick.The announcement, which has been widely expected since Boris Johnson said the current ‘Christmas truce’ bailiff ban was under review in parliament on Wednesday, will not go down among landlords.But the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) says it has secured some leeway form the government, in the form an exemption for landlords with arrears greater than six months, an improvement on the previous position of nine months’ rent arrears.“The repossessions ban is a sticking plaster that will ultimately lead to more people losing their homes,” says NRLA Chief Executive Ben Beadle (pictured).“It means tenants’ debts will continue to mount to the point where they have no hope of paying them off leading eventually to them having to leave their home.“Instead, the Government should recognise the crisis facing many tenants and take immediate action to enable them to pay their debts as is happening in Scotland and Wales.“The objective should be to sustain tenancies in the long term and not just the short term.”MotivesOli Sherlock of Goodlord adds: “The Government’s motives here are completely understandable and it’s vital we continue to support tenants during this latest phase of restrictions.“Indeed, landlords and tenants have, on the whole, been working well together throughout the crisis to create payment plans and strategies that keep people in their homes.“We are concerned, however, that a further extension to the ban without additional provisions for landlords and tenants is storing up even more trouble for the future.”Mark Hayward, Chief Policy Advisor for Propertymark, says: “In light of the recent lockdown, it is no surprise the UK Government has made today’s announcement, yet over the past few weeks the UK Government has held off updates about evictions to the sector making it impossible for agents to respond and plan for the difficult winter months ahead.“The whole of the private rented sector has been impacted as a result of COVID-19 but we must recognise that the courts already faced a backlog of cases prior to the pandemic.”Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter (pictured), says: “You cannot follow the order to stay at home if you don’t have one – making the government’s decision to stop bailiffs from physically evicting people this winter the right call.“While this ban doesn’t halt the evictions process entirely, it is the minimum required to keep more people safe in their homes.“Even with the bailiff ban extended until February, we know people will still become homeless. The government’s extra £10 million for rough sleeping support and to make sure people are registered with a GP is very welcome and essential.”Read the official announcement in full.NRLA Robert Jenrick goodlord Ben BEadle evictions January 8, 2021Nigel Lewis3 commentsPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 9th January 2021 at 12:50 pmThe Government has No perspective of the majority of single-property landlords many of whom have also been affected by the pandemic and rely of the rental income from one property to sustain their financial commitments.Landlords have costs and there is lip service to their predicament.The ‘worn record’ charade of conjoining Tenants AND Landlords is a fallacy.The government have Used Private landlords to foot the bill for its housing welfare responsibilities during the pandemic.The sad thing is that landlords are not united in sufficient numbers in order to respond.Some Tenants will pay 10% of their monthly rent to join an activist group whereas landlords won’t pay less than that one month of that for membership of a landlord Association ( any of them, there are many regional )Log in to ReplyJames Thompson, Borrels Borrels 9th January 2021 at 12:42 pmI agree wholeheartedly with Andrew. This is a disaster whichever way you look at it, and whenever it comes to fruition.The most vulnerable in society have been supported by the private rental sector for over 40 years now but this is coming to an end.A combination of the inept lack of Tenant pandemic government financial housing support, and a politically motivated anti-LL path, based on the false narrative (in 99% of the industry) of exploitation, is about to create the biggest housing crisis since the 1950’s.There is a Build to Rent rescue plan, but this it will take 20 years to fill the void.For now, immediate financial Tenant support coupled with a far more positive strategy of LL engagement is the only way forward; certainly not more rushed, ill-conceived anti LL legislation.Log in to ReplyAndrew McCausland, Hamilton Square Estates Ltd Hamilton Square Estates Ltd 8th January 2021 at 2:28 pmJenrick says: “At the start of this pandemic we made sure that the most vulnerable in society were protected.”This extension of the eviction ban is not protecting vulnerable tenants just delaying the inevitable, whilst creating massive problems for landlords in the meantime. If they want to help tenants then offer interest free loans to tenants (paid direct to LL) or increase the level of LHA / housing element of UC.As LL debt rises their margin for flexibility reduces making evictions more likely, although delayed again. Some of my LL clients have more than 12 months arrears, many have 6 months+. They will not now offer tenants any leeway when the eviction ban is lifted. This will cause further chaos in the courts system, already long overdue a complete overhaul, and force more tenants into expensive emergency accommodation.Many tenants cannot afford to stay where they are, often through no fault of their own as jobs have evaporated or incomes have shrunk. Keeping them here helps on-one in the long term (although the obvious answer is that it helps councils in the short term as they would have to organise alternative accommodation for those evicted – and pay for it).The government cannot continue asking LL to foot the bill to house these people without giving them support too. Many LL are running out of cash and at the end of their tethers too.Log in to ReplyWhat’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

18 Georgia Gold Medal

first_imgVolume XXXIINumber 1Page 18 The awards began in 1994, when the Georgia Plant Selection Committee introduced and promoted Georgia Gold Medal selections, with a winner for each of four categories: annual, herbaceous perennial, shrub and tree.The committee, about 30 people from the green industry and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, announced four new winners each year after that until 2003, when they added an ornamental vine category.The Georgia Gold Medal awards are aimed at getting deserving but underused plants into Georgia landscapes. The goal is to break through a tough supply-and-demand barrier. If a plant’s not popular, the demand is low, so growers don’t supply many, so prices stay high, so demand stays low. …’Vicious cycle'”It’s a vicious cycle,” said Gary Wade, a UGA Extension horticulturist and a committee member. “Plants have to go through a tough period of introduction. It can be a wonderful plant, but it takes a while for it to break into the market.”The supply-and-demand barrier hurts consumers by keeping superior plants in short supply. Plants that could be prized additions to your landscape never make it there.Each year the Gold Medal winners are revealed to growers in the summer so they can propagate ample supplies. The selections are formally announced the following February.To become a Georgia Gold Medal winner, a plant has to excel in five criteria: consumer appeal, low maintenance, survivability, ease of propagation and seasonal interest.The Georgia Gold Medal winners for 2007:Annual: Firespike (Odontonema strictum) provides a bold, tropical look in the landscape. It has shiny, pest-free foliage and crimson-red flower spikes that attract hummingbirds and butterflies from late summer through fall. The vigorous, shrub-like annual grows 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide.Perennial: Swamp hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) is perfect for water gardens, pond edges and rain gardens but will thrive in normal soils with enough water. It’s 5 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide, with continuous blood-red flowers 3 inches across from late spring until frost.Shrub: Admiral Semmes azalea (Rhododendron ‘Admiral Semmes’) is fragrant, heat-tolerant and mildew-resistant. It’s a deciduous shrub with lustrous, dark green leaves in summer that turn orange-bronze in the fall. Its bright, medium-yellow flowers appear before the foliage for a flashy display in early May.Tree: Green Giant arborvitae (Thuja (standishii x plicata) ‘Green Giant’) is a fast-growing, evergreen tree that gets 60 feet tall and 20 feet wide. With excellent pest resistance, it can define property lines, screen views or serve as a windbreak. It’s an excellent alternative to disease-prone Leyland cypress.Vine: “Madison” Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides ‘Madison’) has all the merits of the species plus an added shot of antifreeze to make it winter-hardy in north Georgia. It’s a fast-growing, twining, evergreen vine. Each year, like clockwork, its creamy-white, star-shaped, phlox-like flowers emerge and overshadow the foliage.As the selection committee’s slogan goes, “buy a Georgia Gold Medal plant, and take home a winner.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaFor the 14th straight year, Georgians have a new list of standout plants for their landscapes. Swamp hibiscus, Firespike, Madison Confederate jasmine, Admiral Semmes azalea and Green Giant arborvitae are the 2007 Georgia Gold Medal winners.last_img read more

Resolving the issue of tourist land opens the door to new investments in tourism

first_imgGet involved in the public debate on the new Tourist Land Act. The HUP (Association of Hospitality and Tourism) emphasizes the satisfaction that this Act has finally come to the fore and points out that the new Act will bring order to the use of state property and eliminate its implementation ambiguities. “We welcome the adoption of new legal solutions in the direction of resolving the issue of tourist land management and opening the possibility of investing in that land in accordance with the valid spatial planning documentation. Namely, due to the inadequate law on tourist land from 2010, legal-property relations on tourist land remained unclear, so there were no numerous investments desirable to maintain and increase the competitiveness of Croatian tourism; and for the state there were no revenues from land use as well as all those consequent revenues generated from investments: such as VAT, taxes and contributions to the salaries of workers in the construction and catering sector, profit taxes and others. ”Said Davor Majetić, General Manager of HUP. RELATED NEWS: Therefore, the adoption of this law and the establishment of a quality legal framework for the use and management of unvalued construction land is a common interest and an important initiative of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, which is expected to have positive effects in the valorization of state property and economic development. The draft law on unrated construction land prepared by the Ministry of State Property is currently in public consultation, followed by the procedure of passing a new law in two parliamentary readings.  Side dish: ADVISORY: BILL ON UNPRECEDENTED BUILDING LAND The final resolution of the Law on Tourist Land has been awaited by employers in tourism for years, which is one of the main obstacles to investment in tourism, especially when we talk about greenfield investors who are chronically lacking. Photo: Pexels.com HUT WELCOMES CHANGES TO LAW ON “TOURIST LAND” last_img read more