Home » News » Housing Market » REPORT: Tenants reject responsibility for mould in rented properties previous nextHousing MarketREPORT: Tenants reject responsibility for mould in rented propertiesTwo thirds of tenants say it is the landlord or letting agent who should fix mould problems, even when they may be contributing to the problem.Nigel Lewis8th January 20212 Comments1,221 Views Problems with mouldy walls in rented properties are a perennial headache for many letting agents, but new research reveals that most tenants reckon it’s not their job to sort it out, despite often adding to the problem themselves.Mould grows in UK homes as temperatures drop, with 62.5% of people revealing they’ve been affected by the damp-induced blight, according to research by Uswitch, which found that 64% of them were tenants in privately rented, council, or student accommodation.Its survey of 2,000 people revealed that two-thirds believe mould is solely the landlord’s responsibility, while two out five tenants claim they wouldn’t clean mould themselves.Mouldy citiesLondon tops the list of the UK’s mouldiest cities, where 27.4% of people have experienced the problem, followed by Birmingham with 10.4% and Manchester with 8.9%. Plymouth is the least mouldy place, with only 2.3% of residents there experiencing mould.However, for those who’ve had mould in their home, 40% admit to drying their clothes indoors, 21% put furniture directly against walls, 22% leave the kitchen or bathroom door open when cooking or showering, 12% have a cluttered home, 11% confess to keeping the shower curtain folded when wet, and 6% leave spillages.Sarah Broomfield, energy expert at Uswitch, says “With the findings that the majority of those who experience mould are tenants, it’s advisable that they contact their landlord to come to an agreement on how to tackle it. Tenants should also be aware that if they pay the heating bills themselves, they have the right to switch energy suppliers to find a cheaper deal.”Read more about mould and properties. sarah broomfield mould uSwitch January 8, 2021Nigel Lewis2 commentsPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 8th January 2021 at 11:26 amIts NOT surprising to see a lot of Tenants don’t accept responsibility for mould ( or other things, like paying the Rent ! )Log in to ReplyJames Gibbs, Gibbs Gillespie Gibbs Gillespie 8th January 2021 at 10:24 amI am sure if the Landlord supplied a tumble drier which vents to the outside, these problems would be halved. But another appliance to go wrong of course.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 2021
A large proportion of the crowd walked out during Anna Fendi’s talk at the Oxford Union last Friday due to the event over-running, and the Union not publicising that she would be speaking Italian with a translator.One student also told Cherwell that she was invited to meet Fendi before the event but could not ask any questions as her translator was not there.Many students attended Fendi’s talk, hoping to hear her speak about her rise to fame as an Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur. Fendi created the luxury fashion house Fendi with her sisters and was the first Italian woman to win the IWF Hall of Fame Award.A large proportion of the crowd walked out towards the end, after Fendi’s speech overran by 20 minutes. Her translator told her to conclude her speech when the event was supposed to end.This meant that many of the crowd left before the Union President asked if anyone had any further questions. Speaking to Cherwell, students said that it was “unfair” that no one told her to stop her speech sooner.Students leaving the event early were also angered that Fendi spoke entirely in Italian. The Union did not publicise this fact beforehand on their event or on their term card. Although there was a translator, there were short intervals of silence in order for her translator to translate her speech.One student who attended the event told Cherwell that the use of a translator, “made it harder to focus. I wouldn’t have gone if I had known, because it wasn’t particularly a relaxing break!”The Oxford Union has been contacted for comment.
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Warrens Bakery’s Jason Jobling explains to Abbie Dawson how the firm’s hard work has paid off with winning the 2018 Baking Industry’s Craft Bakery Business Award.For Jason Jobling, operations director at Warrens Bakery, winning the Craft Bakery Business of the Year category was the stamp of approval he had been waiting for.“We’re so proud. It has given something back to our team who work so hard,” Jobling tells British Baker. “We’re always giving feedback internally, but to get that external recognition is great.”Warrens Bakery has made the finalist list for the category before, but this is the first time it has taken home the winner’s trophy. “I think what made us stand out to judges this year is that we’ve been on such a journey for the past seven years or so, trying to create a brand and an image and now everything is in place,” explains Jobling.“We ran our first ever Budding Baker competition this year, and we’re looking at other ways to bring the next generation into the industry – that’s really important for us.”As a baker by trade, Jobling believes the key to running a successful bakery business is having a passion for the industry, and the right people around you.“Never stop working,” he adds. “Build your brand and don’t stop building. Just because you’re the best one year, that doesn’t mean you can stand still. You have to keep going, or someone else will become better and you’ll quickly be swallowed up.”Following the win in September, Warrens Bakery decided to give something back to its customers, opting to give out Baking Industry Awards-branded vouchers entitling the holder to 50% off their next purchase. Jobling says it was important that customers got something too as, without them, the business wouldn’t function.Jobling has advice for businesses considering entering next year’s awards.“Don’t be frightened. Some people don’t enter because they don’t think they’re good enough. I think, just go for it!”He adds it’s important to include every detail in your application, as something you might see as an everyday, mundane task, such as waste control and recycling, could be crucial to one of the judges.Since winning the title, Warrens has bought back three of its franchise stores to operate as managed sites and has announced a store opening at Bristol airport. “We want to make the business a success, so we bought back the three stores, and we’ve got eight new stores opening before Christmas, including one at Musgrave Hospital in Taunton.“We’ve found that high streets and town centres are challenging, and there’s a risk involved, so, while we’ll continue to open new sites, we might look to move away from those areas.”Sponsor’s comment“Warrens Bakery embodies a modern craft bakery business where products are made by skilled bakers, using traditional skills handed down from generation to generation.While the firm has been crafting hand-crimped Cornish pasties for more than 150 years, it has also diversified into new product areas to keep its offering fresh and relevant for today’s customers. We were impressed with Warrens’ product offering and the way in which it has expanded using a franchise model for its retail outlets, supported by innovative marketing. This is a forward-thinking craft bakery business.”Tim Clarkson, sales director – distributive accounts UK, Dawn Foods
[Video: Daanon DeCock]Arcade Fire – “Wake Up”[Video: Eddie Monterrubio]For reference, you can listen to Arcade Fire’s 2004 debut album, Funeral, below via Spotify:Arcade Fire – Funeral – Full AlbumFor more information on Arcade Fire’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here.[H/T Consequence Of Sound] On Thursday night, Arcade Fire rolled through Los Angeles as part of their ongoing Everything Now world tour, which will conclude this weekend with a two-night stand in Berkley, California and a headlining appearance at Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas.During Arcade Fire’s performance at the Greek Theatre, the famed Canadian indie rock band surprised the audience by playing their hit debut album, 2004’s Funeral, in its entirety for the first time ever. Arcade Fire’s run through Funeral comprised the entirety of their first set, with the final track on the album, “In The Backseat”, marking the first time the band has performed the tune this tour.As frontman Win Butler explained to the crowd during their performance of the classic album, “We’re not sentimental, but it’s just been 14 years since Funeral so we felt like playing it.”As for the second set, Arcade Fire offered up a mix of tracks off their recently released album, Everything Now, which they have been supporting throughout this global tour, as well as a selection of tunes from across their catalog. 2007’s Neon Bible was represented with “My Body Is A Cage” and “Intervention”; 2010’s The Suburbs was showcased with its title track as well as “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” and “Ready To Start”; and 2013’s Reflektor was represented with a set-opening take on the album’s title track.You can watch selections from Arcade Fire’s Thursday night performance at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre below. Enjoy!Arcade Fire – “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”
The Office of Community Standards, more commonly known as OCS, is the campus body tasked with helping students make “good choices,” office director Heather Ryan said. Particularly, she said, the office deals with “social” misconduct — such as alcohol and parietals violations. Changes to office procedures this year are small: it is amending its process for student expulsion appeals as well as expanding its online platform for reporting incidents.“We educate the on-campus community about standards of conduct, as well as about expectations for what it means to live in community,” Ryan said. “We work very closely with folks in residential life, because they work with most of our students in that space. We also oversee the student conduct process for all students. … We work with students to help them understand how to gain insight into their values, get a better understanding of the impact of decision-making on themselves, on the community and make sure they can make a plan to be more aligned with expectations and also how to implement that plan.”While some of OCS work is disciplinary in nature, Ryan said the office’s main responsibility is helping students to grow. She said there are three levels of disciplinary gatherings: meetings, conferences and hearings. Of the three, expulsion from the University is only a possibility in the last option.“For the most part, especially in the conference and meeting settings, the outcome is really focused on formation and growth and trying to help students understand how to make a better choice in the future, or maybe make safer choices,” she said. “The hearing is a little bit more administrative, so having some of those conversations but dismissal is a possible outcome.”Much of the work, Ryan said, centers around conversations with students.“A conference would happen at a table, and we talk,” she said. “I think there’s a lot of lore out there, but we’re having conversations for the most part.”While OCS did not spearhead any new policies this year, the office did make some changes regarding appeals for cases in which expulsion from the University was a possibility, Ryan said.“There weren’t any new policies — those were not updated this year because we made some updates last year and felt like we were in a good place with that for the time being,” she said. “We did make an update to clarify information about the grounds for case review for permanent dismissal outcomes. We learned from students who were participating in that process that it would be helpful to have a little bit more understanding of what grounds would look like and how to organize something like that.”Ryan said the main change was ensuring the response appropriately fit the misconduct.“Initially, the grounds typically talked about sharing information about why [the case] should be reviewed,” she said. “Typically, students would coordinate those based on procedural defect, or substantive new information or a concern that the outcome was not appropriate for the behavior that was exhibited. So matching the actual identification of that through the process with what they had actually been using it for.”As in previous school years, Ryan said OCS’ priority is to make sure students are behaving safely and responsibly.“We want to make sure we’re continuing to educate the campus community about standards and about health, safety and how to make reports if you have concerns. We’re a campus that’s really committed to being our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers,” she said. “We want to make sure people know how to do that. We’re working to get into the halls a little bit more and to help students understand the expectation of responsibility. We know that being concerned about another student that sometimes there are barriers to getting them help and we want to make sure we’re helping them to understand and removing some of those barriers.”To that end, Ryan also said OCS is seeking to promote its Speak Up program, a website where students and community members can report incidents. Though the resource has been available for some time, Ryan said OCS is trying to make it more widely known.“It’s a website that has information about reporting and about resources,” she said. “It is not anonymous, but it does offer the opportunity to reach out for information. Making a report does not necessarily mean that it moves forward in different directions. You have some agency with that … We realized it’s not in the vernacular. We want to make sure we change that.”Ryan advised students to always seek help for others in need.“One of the pieces I would like to make sure we continue working on is understanding the expectation of responsibility,” she said. “I think it’s really important that students understand that helping a friend is never a bad idea. Students and everybody in our community’s health and safety is paramount. I really want to encourage folks to lean more about that. If a student is referred, and you’re getting someone help and you stay and comply, folks are going to get the assistance that they need and disciplinary status outcomes are typically not in play. I want to make sure people know that they can get people help. It’s really important.”On the whole, Ryan said OCS’ work is intended to guide students down the path that will allow them to attain success in their college careers.“We make mistakes, and that’s how we learn,” Ryan said. “My hope is that when we have conversations with students — whether that’s in the meeting setting with rectors or in our office through conference and hearing settings — that a student is heard, and that we’ve identified outcomes that are going to address some of the underlying concerns so they can move forward. The bulk of our students are not going to be dismissed. My hope is that they can continue and graduate as successful students.”Tags: office of community standards, Responsibility, safety, Speak Up!
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, 370 entries were submitted in the 2020 Southeastern Hay Contest (SEHC), just below the record-setting number of submissions for 2019. More states submitted samples to the contest than ever before, with nine represented.The grand prize was awarded to Brian Johnson of McKenney, Virginia, for his alfalfa hay sample. Johnson received $1,000 from Massey Ferguson and the choice of a new Massey Ferguson DM Series disc mower or RK Series rotary rake to use for next year’s hay production season. The top three entries in each category received cash prizes of $150, $100 and $50, respectively.All of the winners were announced Jan. 5 at the American Forage and Grassland Council annual conference in Savannah, Georgia.The contest is a collaborative partnership between the thirteen university Cooperative Extension programs in the southeast. Entries were judged by the UGA Feed and Environmental Water Lab using near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy testing procedures. The sample with the highest relative forage quality (RFQ) score wins. The RFQ score rates the forage quality based on protein, energy and fiber digestibility.This year’s winners in each category are as follows:Warm Season Perennial Grass Hay:Eddy Turner Farm; Tennille, GeorgiaJeff Bacon; Dudley, GeorgiaJ & R Farms; Edge Hill, GeorgiaAlfalfa Hay:Brian Johnson; McKenney, VirginiaStegall Farms, LLC; Peachland, North CarolinaBucky Malcolm; Madison, GeorgiaPerennial Peanut Hay:Bill Conrad; Malone, FloridaMcGehee Farms; High Springs, FloridaWilliams Farm; Graceville, FloridaCool Season Perennial Grass Hay:B & B Farm Services; Thomaston, GeorgiaOak Ridge Ranch, LLC; Dahlonega, GeorgiaSeldom Rest Farm; Pulaski, TennesseeMixed, Annual Grass or other Hay:Pittman Farms (Jerry Pittman); Nicholson, GeorgiaR+A Farm; Brodnax, VirginiaThousand Hills Farm LLC; Philomont, VirginiaGrass Baleage:Walters Farm; Barnesville, GeorgiaSSS Farms; Thomaston, GeorgiaKenneth D. McMichael; Monticello, GeorgiaLegume Baleage:Walters Farm; Barnesville, GeorgiaSewell Farms; Chipley, FloridaRob Woods; Vernon, FloridaThe contest is open to any hay or baleage producer from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia, as well as parts of Oklahoma and Texas.All entries for the 2021 contest must be received by Sept. 1, and winners will be notified by Oct. 1. Awards will be presented during the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo on Oct. 19.More information on how to enter the contest can be found at www.sehaycontest.com or by following on the Facebook page @SEHayContest.
The Colombian government has authorized the extradition to the United States of Phanor Arizabaleta, a former crime boss with the Cali cartel, and six other Colombians suspected of drug-trafficking offenses, the administration announced in a press release on 14 March. Arizabaleta was a cocaine-trafficking partner of the brothers Miguel and Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, bosses of the once-powerful mob organization during the 1980s and 1990s. The two brothers are now serving thirty-year prison sentences in the United States. Arizabaleta was previously sentenced in Colombia to twenty-eight years in prison for drug trafficking, but his extradition to the United States is in relation to offenses committed subsequent to that sentence. In addition to Arizabaleta, Ana Cecilia Tamayo West, Julio Eduardo Chaparro Escobar, John Frank Bonilla Cristancho, Edgar Adenis Solano López, José Guillermo Gallón Henao, and Saúl Estupiñán Yesquen will be turned over to U.S. judicial authorities, the statement from the presidential press service specified. In 2010, the Colombian government extradited 168 of its citizens, the majority of them to the United States, according to official figures. By Dialogo March 16, 2011
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