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If you are a landlord with a rental portfolio, you probably already know just how easy things can go wrong. From the simplicity of a leaking tap right through to more severe issues such as damp, leaking roofs or Japanese knotweed, there is always something that can fail, either due to poor maintenance, wear and tear or old age. As a responsible landlord, we assume that you react to these problems quickly, ensuring the health and wellbeing of your tenants and protecting your investment. However, if maintaining your rental portfolio is the least of your worries, now its time to change. Tenants now have a legal obligation to live in a well-maintained property, and if this isn’t the case, it can land you in hot water. Read on to find out more.
LANDLORD & TENANTS ACT 1985, SECTION 11. THE FACTS
If you watched TV during the 70s, you will have found it difficult not to attend the popular sitcom ‘Rising Damp’, featuring the irresponsible landlord Rupert Rigsby who would rent out appalling bedsits to a range of long-suffering tenants in an old Victorian townhouse. Fast Forward to 2019 and thanks to the Landlord & Tenants Act 1985, Section 11, the modern-day Rupert Rigsby’s are slowly disappearing. Landlords must now legally meet several obligations to their tenants, including:
- Keeping drains, guttering, outdoor pipes, property exterior and structure in good condition.
- Keeping electrical, gas and water installations, including baths and sinks, in good working order.
- Keeping the heating system in good repair and full working order.
- Any form of Housing Disrepair Claims.
If you keep your property in relatively good condition, you shouldn’t have an issue. However, if your tenant claims for housing disrepair and you fail to do anything, things can quickly escalate into a legal matter. This process can be a nightmare because as well as getting a surveyor to check your property over, you will also need legal assistance, not to mention a contractor to put the problems right. Costs can quickly mount. But thankfully, there is another way.
ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE FROM HOUSING DISREPAIR SAVES YOU TIME & MONEY
Housing Disrepair is different because we bring everything you need into one package- surveys, legal advice and contractors. This saves you time, money and a lot of hassle. We know properties inside out, meaning we can look at every claim being made by your tenant. Upon receiving your instructions, a surveyor will be out to your property within 24 hours, using our mobile app to gather all the necessary evidence to prove your case. All promptly e-mailed to you in PDF format.
WHAT ARE TRVs?
Ever wondered what those white things are at the bottom of radiators? They’re called thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs for short) Their purpose is simple: they allow you to adjust the temperature of your radiators in all the rooms of your house.
HOW DO TRVs WORK?
The purpose of TRVs is not complicated. When the temperature of a room in your home goes above the temperature set on your TRV, the flow of hot water through the radiator is reduced, making the room cooler. This is achieved by the TRV sensing the air temperature surrounding it.
Ever noticed those small numbers on a TRV valve? They simply stand for the temperature at which the radiator will switch off.
So how exactly do TRVs work? Within the valve head of a TRV, there is a capsule. Depending on the temperature, this increases or decreases in size which moves a pin in the valve body to open or close it. If a room is warmer than what the radiator is set at, the valve closes to stop the water reaching the radiator. If it’s cooler, the valve opens, heating the radiator up.
WHERE SHOULD YOU USE TRVs?
If you need to change the temperature of individual rooms in your house, TRVs will allow you to control this. This is particularly useful if your house has a conservatory or utility room. These rooms are typically much warmer than other rooms in your house. By making the temperature cooler in specific rooms, this helps cut costs on your heating bills.
WHERE SHOULD YOU AVOID USING TRVs?
Using TRVs on radiators contained in covers won’t have much benefit. Because TRVs work on the air temperature surrounding them, the temperature within a radiator cover is likely to be warmer than the room itself, meaning that it will make the room too cool. Avoid using TRVs on radiators in draughty positions as well. They will make the room too warm as they are constantly sensing the cool air.
ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO REDUCE MY ENERGY BILLS?
Yes, there are lots! If you are interested in making your home more energy-efficient, you may want to make use of the ECO scheme currently operating in the UK at the moment. If you are an eligible homeowner, your energy supplier may be able to introduce a range of energy efficiency measures into your home free of charge. So, if you’d like to benefit from TRVs or any other measure, contact Free Boiler Grants to see what we can do for you.
More details can be found at https://www.freeboilergrants.com/
Bluebell Shepherd Huts are honoured to be building traditional heritage shepherd huts for a new generation. The stunning huts evoke images of rural idylls and times gone by and are proving popular for glamping, bed & breakfast accommodation and a variety of other uses.
Visitors are loving the traditional style and vintage appearance offering an exceptional holiday experience.
The huts offer memories of childhood innocence and long-lost hot summer days.
A typical hut is between 14 and 20 feet long and around 8 feet wide, so the space inside is generous.
The starting point for each hut is a traditional cast iron wheeled chassis on which solid timber frames are built to form the hut itself and then topped with corrugated tin. Inside the walls are timber clad, with solid timber flooring.
You can opt to have a kitchen or bathroom installed, and a pot-bellied stove makes a perfect addition and offers all year occupancy.
With country rustic or shabby chic vintage furniture modified to accommodate every convenience, the experience is complete.
Canvas canopies extend the tradition and allow outdoor spaces to soak up the calming atmosphere.
For more information about buying a shepherd hut contact us on 01661 855 311 or mobile 07760 165408 www.bluebellshepherdhuts.com
After almost a 40 year career in the NHS as a nurse, I retired and started working for our family business. We are a sign and industrial engraving company.
I took on the remit of building the companies website, initially pertaining to the Safety Signage section.
While doing my research and developing a wider knowledge base on the use and important role safety signs have in our day to day life, it allowed me to reflect on my previous career and the vast number of Safety Signs used as part of the Health and Safety Standards within the NHS.
I have worked in both the hospital and community setting. In each new area, I would have an orientation to the department identifying all fire exits and fire fighting equipment, along with regular fire drills and yearly training. Each department would have the way-finding Signage and Assembly Points. The Fire Fighting Equipment is clearly identifiable with multi-instruction signs to guide the user on how and which fires they are suitable for use on. These signs would use the green and white for emergency procedures and the red circular signs with a diagonal line through it to inform of actions that are prohibited.
On one occasion I did have to extinguish a small fire, the combination of safety signs and training provided me with the skills to put out the fire safely.
Due to the nature of the services provided by the NHS and the vulnerability of many of their service users, Fire Safety Signage is an intricate part of their Fire Safety Standards.
The Hazard Safety Sign depicted by a yellow triangle with a black surround, with black pictogram are required in hospital laboratories and in the clinical area seen when toxic chemicals and treatments are used. The Hazard Safety Signs were vital whilst using different medical machines e.g lasers, x-ray machines to alert staff from the risk of burns and radiation, They would also bring to staffs attention the danger whilst using sharps e.g. to prevent needle stick injury, lacerations from scalpels and the use of medical gases to reduce the risk from fire or a potential explosion.
Over the years there has been an increase in Personal Protective Equipment PPE use. The blue circular sign is a mandatory sign and has a white pictogram. They are usually accompanied with white text re-enforcing the behaviour required. For example masks or gloves must be worn in this area.
For a large part of my career, I worked in different Accident and Emergency Departments.As part of my role, I had a specific interest in accident prevention. It was clear that education was an important factor in accident prevention. But what impact does safety signs have on the reduction of accidents?
The desire and drive to protect and prevent accidents and injury is an important part of our culture. The NHS is also dedicated to prevent and reduce ill health. The use of safety signs has been in use for many years in all walks of life. It is evident that the Government, all employers and business owners wish to keep staff and the public safe, and in part, the safety sign must assist with this.
Looking back to my career as a nurse I wanted to consider how the use of safety signage protected the public, staff and patients. Also how the safety signs prevented injury and possible ill health.
My new job has taken me along a different route but still with a drive to reduce accidents and injury, in the best use of Safety Signage.
Director Hi-Tech Safety Signs, RGN, RSCN and Health Visitor
Hi-Tech Safety Signs
11 Walton Road,
Pattinson North Industrial Estate,
Tyne and Wear
E. [email protected]
T. 0191 4190222
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The SQUAT-THOTIC is an exciting new development in the world of Bodybuilding. A team of Biomechanics has designed These corrective prescription insoles, foot specialists and competitive weight trainers to meet the supportive needs of gym users during weight bearing exercise. They not only help prevent injury, reduce uneven joint wear and tear, contribute to alleviate joint and back pain, but also correct foot positioning to improving form – thus enhancing the wearer’s performance.
Georgina O’Neil came up with the idea for the insoles after suffering for over a decade with a severe pelvic joint dysfunction.
“After the birth of my children, I was left with a very painful pelvic condition which resulted in the whole joint is very loose. I was in constant pain as there was a strain on my lower back ligaments and nerves – as well as a lot of abnormal bone movement. Previously I had loved weight training, but I found that I could no longer perform the way I used to.
After my daughter developed Leukemia in 2004, I decided to turn my life around and leave my career in accounts. I started studying Podiatry, became a Foot Health Practitioner then a partner in a busy Podiatry Clinic.
Over time I saw the positive effect that our Prescription Orthotics (Shoe insoles) had on patient’s ankle, knee, hip and back pain, so I prescribed myself a pair. It was like a miracle! My pain was gone within three days, and due to the resulting stability of my pelvis, my ligaments tightened, and I no longer had pain when walking.
But there was still the gym issue. The orthotics were designed for day to day use, not gym and sports use. My patients had the same problem. Many suffered from sports injuries, joint and nerve pain due to bad foot positioning and this resulted in a bad performance in their chosen sport.
Using my training in Biomechanics, the expertise of specialist orthotics developers and former UKBFF, NABBA competitors and my understanding of the needs of gym users, I started to develop a gym based Sport-Orthotic. The SQUAT-ORTHOTIC was the result.
It gives unparalleled support to the foot, distributes weight evenly which helps to increase ground forces, contributes to preventing sprains, keeps knee position in correct alignment and therefore controls hip and pelvis position. The result is even pressured across joints such as ankle, knee and hip, postural correction and therefore less strain on the lower back.
They are an innovative design for enhanced performance.”
More details contact Georgina O'Neil at Fit Thotics
We are living in an age where if your business is not online it means you don’t exist and this stands true today considering that if you are looking for services, products, shops, you can find them by doing a simple online search.
After you’ve searched for the subject of your interest, the only thing that will make the difference among all the pages you have open will be their presentation, and that is their website. If you like the interface and what you see, you’ll keep looking through its products but if you have problems or you think it’s too complicated to use you’ll leave.
If you own a website, you know how important your theme is not only for people to navigate across your content and offers but to make it simple to interact with, while improving the experience for the user.
DIVI is a WordPress theme and visual page builder designed to make a website simple to access and use. Elegant Themes created DIVI with the goal to change the way websites are built with a motto that explains why it’s so popular: Build anything visually.
By using DIVI, you have endless features from which to choose to make your site clean, fast and modern but to implement them efficiently you need a DIVI expert who’s going to help you in bringing your vision to reality.
Put into simple terms a DIVI expert is someone who knows everything there is to know about DIVI themes and most importantly adjusts everything to your particular case to get the best out of it. Web Design Newcastle are leading North East of England DIVI experts.
The benefit of having a DIVI expert customise your website according to your needs is that they will not only boost your income but also build the right image for your business.
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