ARLA Property has today reminded letting agents across England that the full tenant fees ban came into force this morning and now covers all kinds of tenancies.Now, the Tenant Fees Act applies not only to most kinds of new and renewed tenancies but also existing ones, regardless of when they started.“I think some agents will need a nudge to remind them that, in particular, they must examine their records to ensure they have not charged any advance check-out fees or any other advance fees in the past however long ago the money was taken,” says ARLA Chief Executive David Cox.“Agents have to remember that any fees taken in advance previously – and entirely lawfully at the time – have now become prohibited payments this morning, and have to be returned.”Cox reminds agents that although advance fees must be returned, rental deposits of more than five weeks’ rent can be kept until the end of the tenancy, even if an AST becomes a statutory periodic or a contractual periodic tenancy.“That, for the purposes of the tenant fees ban, is a continuation of an existing tenancy,” say Cox (left).He says ARLA has been asking landlords and letting agents to consider transferring tenants with ASTs to these two types of periodic tenancy if they have tenants with pets who have paid a larger deposit because they have a cat or dog.“If they subsequently start these tenants on a new AST or renew an existing one, the deposit will be restricted to five weeks’ rent and anything more than that returned to the tenant,” says Cox.Steve Harriott, Chief Executive of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), says: “Today is an important date in the calendar for landlords and letting agents in England, as it means that the Tenant Fees Act is fully in force and the transitional period has ended.“The implication for TDS is that we should no longer see deposit disputes where landlords or letting agents seek to make claims for things like unpaid check-in or check-out fees.”Legal expert comment“The Act is not very well-worded and the guidance issued by the MHCLG is unclear in several areas. For example, it is illogical to prohibit landlords and tenants reasonably pre-agreeing the cost of an end of tenancy clean, which gives tenants a clear understanding of their liabilities,” says Neli Borisova (let), a solicitor in the commercial litigation team at law firm JMW,“The need to justify cleaning costs in each case potentially creates a further point for dispute between landlords and tenants.“The widening of the Act will inevitably add pressure to landlords and letting agents who are already facing significant financial challenge due to coronavirus. Businesses are having to adapt at speed on many fronts. It is also unlikely that the changes required by the Act are on landlords’ and agents’ radars at the moment.“Smaller agents will undoubtedly struggle the most as tenants’ fees represent a significant part of their income and many of them, just like other smaller businesses, may already be on the brink of closing down.”Read more about the fees ban.nelis borisova JMW Solicitors ARLA Propertymark ban on tenant fees David Cox June 1, 2020Nigel 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 » As tenant fees ban goes live in full today, agents warned over advance fees previous nextRegulation & LawAs tenant fees ban goes live in full today, agents warned over advance feesFull force of fees ban went live this morning and now covers existing as well as new and renewed rental tenancies and, therefore, once legal but now prohibited fees must be returned to tenants.Nigel Lewis1st June 202002,312 Views
William Cruice delivers a keynote address in Ocean City’s Memorial Day Ceremony on May 26, 2014.On a perfect beach day Monday in Ocean City, a couple hundred people gathered at Veterans Memorial Park to remember the men and women who have died in service of their country.“Today is not about fun in the sun,” said Air Force Master Sgt. William P. Cruice, a Vietnam veteran now retired and living in Ocean City.He said Memorial Day is about remembering those “tested in the crucible in the field of battle,” and he listed the numbers of service men and women killed in each war.“There is only one number you need to remember,” he said. “In all wars, over a million of your citizens have given up their lives.”“A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for a friend. Ladies and gentleman, freedom is never free.”His keynote address was the central part of a ceremony that included Ocean City Intermediate School student Julia Wilson singing the national anthem and “God Bless America,” a POW-MIA ceremony and the reading of the honor roll of Ocean City veterans killed in action.The Sons of the American Legion passed out wristbands that read “Free POW Sgt. Bergdahl.” Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been held in captivity by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. Sons representative Frank Hetzel noted that all troops are expected to withdraw from Afghanistan.“He also has to come home,” Hetzel said.
Ocean City unveils a new “upweller” that will act as an incubator for baby clams and other shellfish. By DONALD WITTKOWSKIThink of clams and what usually comes to mind?Clams casino? Clam chowder? Linguini with clams, perhaps?While clams are normally associated with our culinary delights, a much lesser known aspect about these squishy denizens of the bay is the critical role they play in the marine eco-system.In the science world, clams are known for their uncanny ability to cleanse the bay waters by filtering out potentially harmful microscopic plants and animals, bacteria and viruses. They are also helpful in removing excess nitrogen from the water to prevent toxic algae blooms from forming, experts say.Hoping to capitalize on the environmental benefits of clams, Ocean City officials gathered at the Bayside Center at 520 Bay Avenue on Friday to celebrate the opening of a shellfish incubator that will prove critical to maintaining a healthy eco-system in the surrounding bay waters.Michael Allegretto, aide to Mayor Jay Gillian, uses an oversized pair of scissors to cut the ceremonial ribbon for the project.Michael Allegretto, aide to Mayor Jay Gillian, noted in his remarks at a ceremonial ribbon-cutting that the project is part of Ocean City’s strategy to protect and promote the “three B’s,” the beaches, the Boardwalk and the bay.Formally known as an “upweller, the shellfish incubator will also be used as a hands-on tool to teach Ocean City High School students about marine life, the shore environment and ways to protect beach communities from coastal storms.Expressing his excitement, high school science teacher Keith Zammit said both the students and the school district will benefit greatly from the project.“The opportunities are endless for the school district,” Zammit said.Ocean City High School science teacher Keith Zammit is excited about the prospects of using the project as an educational tool.The upweller consists of a tank system that will pump in bay water to “feed” baby clams their diet of naturally occurring microscopic organisms. Once they are big enough, the clams will be removed from the upweller and placed in the bay to live in their natural environment and help keep the water clean.“Just one ribbed mussel can filter 15 gallons of water per day, one oyster can filter 50 gallons per day and one clam can filter 24 gallons,” said Junetta Dix, director of environmental services for ACT Engineers, an engineering and environmental consultant for Ocean City.In addition to helping keep the bay waters clean, the clams will be used to create “habitat castles” that act as a barrier to protect Ocean City from flooding and destructive waves crashing ashore during coastal storms.Ocean City has already undertaken such a project by creating a 1,700-foot “living shoreline” consisting of shellfish colonies on a neighboring bay islet known as Shooting Island. Shellfish habitats have helped to stabilize the 150-acre Shooting Island’s eroding shoreline and also serve as a storm barrier for Ocean City.“Our bay islands are speed bumps for wave attenuation and a first line of defense that reduces back bay flooding impacts – but only as long as these islands are still here and not lost to erosion and sea level rise,” Dix explained.Junetta Dix, director of environmental services for ACT Engineers, scoops out some of the baby clams that are being raised.The upweller project was funded by a $25,000 grant from the New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership. The restoration partnership is a collaborative group of private corporations, government, non-government agencies and the academic world to preserve and protect natural habitats throughout New Jersey.“This project meets two important elements of our mission by providing aquatic habitat and improved water quality and educational outreach to the Ocean City High School students and the community,” Russ Furnari, chairman of the restoration partnership, said in a statement about the upweller.He added, “Our contribution of $25,000 will help assure the successful completion of the project in a way that can serve as a model for future coastal resiliency projects.”While the incubator is helping to raise thousands of baby clams now, there are plans to also use it to grow ribbed mussels and oysters for coastal restoration projects.Dix envisions the project becoming a source of shellfish to help other beach communities along the East Coast cleanse their bay water, restore their marshlands and protect their shoreline.“It’s an amazing project that hopefully will spread along the East Coast,” Dix said in an interview. “The ability of shellfish to filter and clean our coastal waters is phenomenal.”Ocean City students and others get a closeup look of how the incubator “feeds” the baby clams by pumping in bay water.
Sponsored by Source: Walker’s ShortbreadWinner: Walker’s ShortbreadA manufacturer of shortbread, biscuits, cakes, meringues and mince pies, Walker’s had its main export territory of the US interrupted by trade war tariffs in the last quarter of the financial year. Despite this, the company’s total export business was positive and rose to nearly £73m.Walker’s has a specialist export team at its headquarters in Aberlour, as well as wholly owned subsidiaries in the US and dedicated sales teams in other territories including the Iberian Peninsula and the Middle East.The company has six factories, all based in Speyside. The fact that its only production facilities are in Scotland supports the story and appeal of Scottish provenance around the world, it says.The company sells into 123 export markets and manages all the product amendment requirements in its own factories – meaning considerable technical knowledge is called upon to manage the complexity of product legislation for the different markets.A key area of success was Japan, where sales rose by 9% in what Walker’s describes as an “extremely challenging market”.The judges were suitably impressed. “You cannot argue with a growing export business to 123 countries or the major success achieved last year in Japan,” they said. “Walker’s takes the complexity of operating in all these countries completely in their stride.”The panel also commented that the attitude, aptitude, vision and execution of the export strategy was second to none and that the company should be hugely proud of its achievements in the area. “It’s fair to say we were blown away,” added the judges. Finalist: Bells of LazonbyFounded in 1946, family business Bells of Lazonby produces an extensive range of cakes and speciality breads for the retail and food service sector alike. The business operates a batch production process to replicate home-made baking and hand-finishes many of its lines to give them a unique and authentic touch.Bells has its sights firmly set on the US and Australia and the appetite in those territories for cake and free-from products. Its flagship brand, We Love Cake, is spearheading an assertive drive into Australia in partnership with the Coles supermarket chain.Bells products are sent frozen so quality can be tightly controlled. The company is currently working on bespoke NPD for Australian consumers. There are also ongoing talks with both the UAE and China, while Bells is fielding enquiries from all around the globe for its free-from products. New for the 2020 Baking Industry Awards, this category celebrates the achievements of businesses exporting their baked goods across the globe. Finalist: Vittles FoodsAn established dessert manufacturer for foodservice and retail, Vittles Foods specialises in cheesecakes, mousse-based desserts, lemon tarts, crumbles and coffee shop-style cakes.Its successful track record in exports allowed Vittles to keep manufacturing during the Covid-19 crisis when its wholesale deliveries into foodservice faltered.The company operates via agents in each export territory including, among others, Korea, Taiwan, Finland, Kuwait, Canada, Australia, Germany and Sweden. However, Vittles also has a very close relationship with its end customers and involves them in product development.Coles supermarket is a key overseas client, with Vittles contributing to the design and production of its Christmas range. The company has reported impressive year-on-year growth, helped by the production of licensed products with companies such as Oreo and Mondelēz.
Lawrence is a band that we’ve had our eyes on for a while. The soulful pairing of siblings Clyde and Gracie Lawrence won us over back at Bonnaroo, when they tore apart the Miller Lite stage with their infectious good vibes, delivering an awesome show that inspired Vulfpeck collaborator Antwaun Stanley to jump on stage for an impromptu vocal jam. It was a truly awesome moment that proved to be a standout highlight of the weekend. Since then, the band has been on a tear, getting signed to Warner Bros. records, playing shows with artists like Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Jacob Collier, and touring all over the country in support of their breakthrough album Breakfast.Most recently, they hit the road with fellow up-and-comers Ripe for an awesome co-headlining tour that brought the band throughout the Northeast for a number of awesome shows. Lawrence and Ripe are a perfect pair, as each band puts on an electrifying live show, with excellent musicianship and a bevy of high-energy performers all over the stage. It makes sense that these bands would become friends because of their like-minded musical approach.At the tail end of their joint tour, Clyde and Gracie, along with Lawrence’s saxophone player Jordan Cohen, teamed up with Ripe’s transcendent lead guitarist, Tory Geismar to put together a wonderful tribute to the recently deceased legend Leonard Cohen, and they recorded a video of them performing a touching rendition of his classic song “Hallelujah”. It’s a beautiful cover that features Clyde on piano, with him and his sister trading verses before Geismar appears from behind a cardboard cutout of Cohen’s brother (from his bar-mitzvah of course) to deliver a beautiful and restrained solo that puts a beautiful cap on the heart-wrenching cover.See below for a quote from Lawrence about their cover of “Hallelujah”:““Hallelujah” is one of our favorite songs — it’s melancholy yet life-affirming, and it felt like a perfect way to celebrate the holidays, reflect on the year, and honor Leonard Cohen and all the other artists that passed away this year. We just got back from a co-headline tour with Ripe, and those guys have become some of our favorite musicians and newest friends, so we were psyched to feature their lead guitarist Tory, as well as cardboard cutouts of Jordan and his brother from their bar-mitzvahs (the perfect props for a video that we made on Christmas).”Check out Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by Lawrence featuring Tory Geismer from Ripe! Don’t miss Lawrence and Ripe, as they reunite for one final show at Irving Plaza on Saturday, February 18th. [Buy tickets here]
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 79-year-old man was fatally struck by a car driven by an 85-year-old while he was crossing Hempstead Turnpike in his hometown of Levittown over the weekend.Nassau County police said Frank Ilardi was walking northbound across Route 24 at the corner of Grassy Lane when he was hit by an eastbound vehicle shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday.The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he died five hours later.Homicide Squad detectives inspected the vehicle and did not find any criminality on behalf of the 85-year-old driver.
The two people are quarantined in their homes, Wolf said. No other information on the people affected has been released. DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says the state’s first two cases of coronavirus have been identified, one in Delaware County and one in Wayne County. Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine says the cases are not related to a case that closed schools in Bucks County. Classes were cancelled Friday at five schools because some members of its school community were exposed to a separate confirmed case of COVID-19.
FlixBus, the European leader in passenger transport, is expanding its network of international bus lines from Croatia at the beginning of the new season. Zagreb is thus additionally connected with new destinations in Switzerland and Germany by daily direct lines.Thanks to the constant investment in the development of the FlixBus green network from 22.3. passengers will be able to travel daily on the route Zagreb – Ljubljana – St. Gallen – Zurich – Basel – Freiburg stand out from FlixBus. “Listening to the wishes of passengers, and monitoring passenger traffic in Croatia, we noticed that this route has long been in great demand for a simple and affordable connection. With this night line, we have expanded our offer and provided passengers with new destinations in Switzerland and Germany for the recent spring trips. Offering an alternative to air and rail transport with shorter journeys and affordable prices, our goal is to connect Croatian cities with as many destinations in Europe as possible and make Flixbus quality and standard available to everyone..” said Petra Milanović, Public Relations Manager for FlixBus CEE South region.By digitizing the bus industry, FlixBus has made it possible to connect cities across EuropeIn just four years, Flixbus has managed to create a network of bus lines in 26 European countries that connects 1400 destinations with over 250.000 daily connections. The business model that combines the traditional bus industry and high technology allows passengers to travel cheaply and comfortably in state-of-the-art green buses. “Our Croatian bus partners have recognized this successful business model, which has been accepted by passengers throughout Croatia. Currently, more than 100 destinations in Croatia are connected to the FlixBus network by direct connections with 10 European countries, and further development and better frequency are planned.”Concluded Milanovic.FlixBus buses offer free Wi-Fi, sockets next to the seats, more space between the seats, free luggage and the possibility of changing and canceling reservations up to 15 minutes before departure, online ticket purchase without waiting in lines at the box office and passenger identification only via QR code and smart phone.
Three senior executives of a powerful state-owned Chinese company were killed in the Friday attack on a Radisson hotel in the Mali capital of Bamako, officials said Saturday.China Railway Construction Corp. identified the victims as Zhou Tianxiang, general manager for the corporation’s international group; Wang Xuanshang, a deputy general manager of the international group; and Chang Xuehui, general manager of the group’s West Africa division.The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs also confirmed Saturday that three Chinese nationals were among the dead in the attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel, and that four other Chinese citizens had been rescued.Chinese President Xi Jinping condemned the killings of the Chinese citizens, and pledged that Beijing will strengthen cooperation with the international community in fighting terrorism.The Chinese Embassy in Mali said all seven Chinese were traveling to Mali on business.China has been sending engineers and construction workers to Africa to help build infrastructure and public facilities such as hospitals and stadiums, as part of Beijing’s outreach to forge closer ties with African nations–AP
* To recognize LGUs efforts and hardwork on ecological solid waste management and greening programs in the provinceof Iloilo Previously known as the Clean and Greencontest, Gawad KKK spearheaded by the Provincial Environment and NaturalResources Office (PENRO) aims to evaluate and assess the implementation of thesolid waste management program by the LGUs. The towns were adjudged based on theirenvironmental organization, education, engineering, enforcement, economicsustainability, pollution control program, health and sanitation, and urbanspace greening program. Mitzi Peñaflorida, PENRO seniorenvironmental management specialist, said Bingawan town has gained the highestscore with its establishment of a final disposal facility. * To assess the effectiveness andsustainability of solid waste management and greening program in the province Bingawan led by town mayor MarkPalabrica received a trophy and a cash prize of P300,000 for the said award. According to Peñaflorida, PENRO’s four objectivesfor the conduct of the search are the following: * To establish and increase behavioralchange among communities toward environment protection and conservation./PN Mayor Mark Palabrica (4th from left) of Bingawan, Iloilo receives the cash prize and trophy as champion of the 2019 Gawad Kalinisan, Kalusugan, at Kasaganaan Award for outstanding ecological and sustainable waste management system at the Iloilo provincial capitol on Dec. 5. BINGAWAN LGU The town of Mina was declared as thesecond-place winner while New Lucena got the third spot. ILOILO – For its successful andsatisfactory performance in the implementation of solid wastemanagement program, the municipality of Bingawan emerged as winner amongthe 29 participating local government units (LGUs) in the search for the 2019Gawad Kalinisan, Kalusugan, at Kasaganaan Award (Gawad KKK) for outstanding LGUfor E+3S. * To increase community awareness andencourage other stakeholders to become more actively involved on environmentalissues and concerns; and Evaluators for the contest consisted ofrepresentatives from the PENRO, the Department of Environment and NaturalResources- Environmental Management Bureau, Department of Education, Departmentof the Interior and Local Government, and other non-government agencies.