Landlord given maximum £7,500 fine for ‘sham’ holiday let

first_imgHome » News » Landlord given maximum £7,500 fine for ‘sham’ holiday let previous nextRegulation & LawLandlord given maximum £7,500 fine for ‘sham’ holiday letTenants moving into Edinburgh property were asked to sign a ‘holiday lease’ rather than a standard tenancy contract to help landlord dodge planning rules.Nigel Lewis18th October 20190654 Views A landlord in Scotland has been fined £7,500 after failing to protect a tenants’ deposit because, they claimed wrongly, the property was a holiday let.The legal ruling, which was prompted by campaigning group Living Rent, follows the recent national debate in Scotland over ‘sham’ holiday lets, which have been blamed on a reduction in affordable homes to rent, particularly in Edinburgh.Politicians in England and Wales will have noted the court case, which has triggered even greater calls in Scotland for stricter regulation of the private rented sector.The unnamed landlord involved had asked his tenants to sign a ‘holiday let’ lease rather than Scotland’s version of an AST in order, it is alleged, to dodge planning rules, eviction procedures, health and safety regulations or the need to lodge the tenants’ deposit with a government-approved scheme.Pick and choose“This case is an important victory for tenants and sets a clear precedent: landlords cannot simply pick and choose which laws apply to them, and no amount of coercing tenants into signing sham leases can change that,” Gordon Maloney, who led the case for Living Rent, told local media.“We know there are other landlords in Edinburgh doing the same thing, and this should be a warning to them that the gig is up.”Disquiet over the growth in the holiday lets market is also growing in Scotland.A recent national poll of Scots found that 84% of them support extra taxes for holiday let landlords who advertise their properties through platforms such as Airbnb and Booking.com. October 18, 2019Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

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Cross dressing bops under fire from OUSU

first_imgOUSU Council passed a motion on Wednesday which noted that gender based themes, such as “vicars and tarts, fox hunts and pimps and hoes” can be upsetting to students who do not identify with traditional gender roles.Bops which encourage cross dressing  were this week deemed by OUSU as offensive to those who are trans gender or gender queer. OUSU Council passed a motion on Wednesday which noted that gender based themes, such as “vicars and tarts, fox hunts and pimps and hoes” can be upsetting to students who do not identify with traditional gender roles.The motion highlighted such gender related themes as a “welfare issue” on the grounds that they “stereotype men and women in a highly objectified and/or sexualised roles”.Katherine Terrell, OUSU Women’s Officer, proposed the motion. She said, “This came out of listening closely to students, many of whom care greatly about inclusivity and sensitivity but wanted guidance on how to deliver successful events, while taking welfare into account.” St Anne’s college held a cross-gender themed bop to celebrate thirty years of being made a  co-educational college. Beth McKernan, a second year at St Anne’s, said, “The bop was done with the right intentions: we were celebrating sexual inclusivity  in the context of mixed sex education, which is the exact opposite of excluding anyone.”St Peter’s has an annual cross gender themed bop. Hubert MacGreevy, a finalist at St Peter’s, said “I can’t see what people would find offensive about cross dressing. I have dressed up as a girl before; If you can’t do wacky things when you are an undergraduate when can you? “The guys who run OUSU aren’t stupid – I don’t know what they base all these politically correct motions on.”However, others are more sympathetic to OUSU’s stance. Alasdair Maher, from Regent’s Park College, said,  “I can understand why someone would find that kind of thing offensive. There is a difference between a bop that is themed to be particularly offensive to a minority and a generically themed bop which people can interpret how they want.”This is not the first time Oxford’s bop and party themes have come under fire. In the past, Cherwell has reported on students ‘blacking up’ to Univ’s Safari Bop and the University Rugby Club’s ‘Bring a Fit Jew’ night. One first year English student who recently attended a Bible Bop dressed as the ‘Spear of Destiny’, wearing a bejazzled t-shirt which read, “I’ve penetrated Jesus and he’s a very naughty boy”, said, “I suppose the whole point of a bop and costumes is that its supposed to be slightly tongue in cheek rather than purposefully controversial”.MacGreevy, who is a former president of the Newman Society, Oxford University’s Catholic Society, said, “It is right and important to be sensitive about costumes and themes which mock gender, religion and race. I may find some costumes distasteful, but I would not want to infringe students’ liberties. The motion gives OUSU’s recommendations on the matter of cross gender bops, but is not binding to JCRs. Terrell said, “OUSU can give guidance…especially to give voice to minority groups, such as trans students, who may not have a big say in common room environments.”Bops which encourage cross dressing were this week deemed by OUSU as offensive to those who are trans gender or gender queer.The motion highlighted such gender related themes as a “welfare issue” on the grounds that they “stereotype men and women in highly objectified and/or sexualised roles”.Katherine Terrell, OUSU Women’s Officer, proposed the motion. She said, “This came out of listening closely to students, many of whom care greatly about inclusivity and sensitivity but wanted guidance on how to deliver successful events, while taking welfare into account.”St Anne’s college held a cross-gender themed bop to celebrate thirty years of being made a co-educational college.Beth McKernan, a second year at St Anne’s, said, “The bop was done with the right intentions: we were celebrating sexual inclusivity in the context of mixed sex education, which is the exact opposite of excluding anyone.”St Peter’s has an annual cross-gender themed bop. Hubert MacGreevy, a finalist at St Peter’s, said “I can’t see what people would find offensive about cross-dressing. I have dressed up as a girl before; If you can’t do wacky things when you are an undergraduate when can you?“The guys who run OUSU aren’t stupid – I don’t know what they base all these politically correct motions on.”However, others are more sympathetic to OUSU’s stance. A first year LGBT rep said, “I can understand why someone would find that kind of thing offensive. There is a difference between a bop that is themed to be particularly offensive to a minority and a generically themed bop which people can interpret how they want.”This is not the first time Oxford’s bop and party themes have come under fire. In the past, Cherwell has reported on students ‘blacking up’ to Univ’s Safari Bop and the University Rugby Club’s ‘Bring a Fit Jew’ night.One first year English student who recently attended a Bible Bop dressed as the ‘Spear of Destiny’, wearing a bejazzled t-shirt which read, “I’ve penetrated Jesus and he’s a very naughty boy”, said, “I suppose the whole point of a bop and costumes is that its supposed to be slightly tongue in cheek rather than purposefully controversial”.MacGreevy, who is a former president of the Newman Society, an Oxford University Catholic Society, said, “It is right and important to be sensitive about costumes and themes which mock gender, religion and race. I may find some costumes distasteful, but I would not want to infringe students’ liberties.’The motion gives OUSU’s recommendations on the matter of cross gender bops, but is not binding to JCRs. Terrell said, “OUSU can give guidance…especially to give voice to minority groups, such as trans students, who may not have a big say in common room environments.”last_img read more

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Brand clinic: Visual brand ID – science, not art

first_imgDon Williams, CEO of brand specialist Pi Global, continues his series looking at the secrets of building a strong brandNo one in their right mind thinks that a trip to a busy supermarket is fun. The purchase decision point is where the brand identity and packaging of fast moving consumer goods (FMCGs) have to work harder than any other medium in the communication mix: right next to competition; 24/7; tiny little canvases in a sea of at least 50,000 ’noisy’ SKUs.There are two fundamentals that we should recognise when we create a brand ID and apply it to packaging design.The supermarket is not an art gallery, it’s a battlefield! Packaging is not brand ID and brand ID is not packaging.Consumers want to shop quickly and confidently with no hassle. Serious brand ID and packaging design is a science. It isn’t an art, it isn’t about winning design awards, and it’s absolutely not about likes or dislikes.It’s about providing visual foundations and a simple, understandable visual architecture from which a brand can grow with ease. It’s also about understanding the dynamics of a particular market, category and retail environment. It’s about doing the right thing, not necessarily the most creative thing. Ultimately, it’s about adding long-term value to a company’s brand and bottom line.Corporate brands understand the importance and fiscal value of consistently promoting and protecting their brand IDs. Think of relatively young brands like Apple, Vodafone or Nike. Picture them in your mind and then draw the brand, I’ll guarantee you don’t write their names. They have created simple iconic brand triggers that instantly provide consumers with brand recognition and recall of investment in communication at every single consumer touch-point.FMCG brands are slowly catching on but there’s a very long way to go. Hovis is an iconic brand, which has only recently been provided with a strong visual ID. The ’beans’ design was in my view either tactical or a mistake, it certainly wasn’t strategic and, whilst it may have given the brand a short-term boost (as a promotion would), it didn’t provide any visual foundation for the long-term. In short, it was merely a fun pack design.A brand needs to be learned by consumers. The more we change its face, the more we have to re-educate and, perversely, we achieve the double whammy of loss of recognition and huge communication spends for that privilege.A strong brand ID allows packaging to change without losing that recognition. Great brand IDs don’t come and go, they evolve.last_img read more

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M&S, Morrisons and Geary’s unveil new bakery products

first_imgSource: PidySelection by Pidy, PidyBelgium-based pastry supplier has announced a premium range of ready-to-fill tartlets for the foodservice market.Called Selection by Pidy, the range consists of 11 different tartlets in neutral, sweet or chocolate shortcrust pastry and includes a variety of shapes and sizes. The tartlets are made from a traditional French recipe and have a plant-based coating that does not contain palm oil. This, Pidy said, helps the products maintain their crisp texture for longer.The range also comes with revamped packaging. The hard, custom-made plastic tray and plastic flow pack has been designed to keep the range secure in transit, the supplier said. The range is also vacuum packed to maintain freshness and can be stored ambient.“The range has been carefully developed with only the finest ingredients and technical precision to meet the demands of professional chefs and caterers,” said Fabien Levet, commercial manager at Pidy UK. “Selection by Pidy has features that really set it apart and provide the confidence of high-quality results every time. Whatever the style of menu or outlet, the range is sure to suit all due to its versatility and will offer even more culinary possibilities.” Source: Pan’ArtisanItalian Wood Fired Pizza Bases, Pan’ArtisanPan’Artisan has re-engineered one of its most popular pizza bases – the Italian Wood Fired one.The updated version now has a higher crust to reflect the authentic characteristics of Napoli pizza, the company said. The bases are supplied already sauced and delivered part-baked and delivered frozen. When required, operators just need to defrost them at room temperature for 10 minutes.“We wanted to ensure that our Italian Wood Fired bases were as genuine as they could be. It’s for this reason we have them manufactured for us in Italy, guaranteeing provenance and authenticity,” said Chris Dickinson, Pan’Artisan’s development director. “To ensure a rustic, artisanal base the dough is hand stretched and, to offer the ultimate in convenience, they are topped with a premium tomato sauce and are available in two sizes: 23cm in cases of 10, and 29cm in cases of 12.” Source: M&SColin the Caterpillar Button Biscuits, choc orange doughnuts and internationally inspired sourdough loaves are among the latest new bakery products to hit the shelves.There are also bakery-inspired desserts from Gü as well as revamped pizza bases and tartlets for the foodservice market.Here’s our pick of the latest NPD to be unveiled: Source: MorrisonsChoc orange doughnut, MorrisonsMorrisons has added a chocolate orange doughnut to its in-store bakery range.Described as the ‘flavour of the moment’, each doughnut is hand filled with a chocolate orange filling and dusted with icing sugar. The retailer has also rolled out a lemon curd doughnut for spring. Both are available in 400 stores nationwide priced at 50p per pack of five.Morrisons makes all its doughnuts in-store from scratch every day.“We’re always looking to add new and exciting flavours to our bakery range. We know that our customers love the chocolate orange trend, so it made sense to combine it with our renowned doughnuts,” said Andy Clarke, in-store bakery manager at Morrisons. Source: GüBakery-inspired desserts, GüChilled dessert brand Gü has launched a range extension called Gü Inspirations which are influenced by popular American-style bakery treats.The trio of flavours – Chocolate & Honeycomb, Cookies & Cream and Red Velvet – are designed to help attract younger shoppers to the category by offering ‘on-trend flavours’. They all have an rsp of £3.40 for a two-pack.Chocolate & Honeycomb consists of a chocolate biscuit base and caramel sauce, topped with chocolate and honey ganache while the Cookies & Cream variant boasts a dark chocolate cookie dough base topped with a Jersey cream layer and finished with cookie sprinkles. Finally, the Red Velvet version features red velvet biscuit base, topped with a mascarpone cheese frosting and finished with red velvet biscuit crumbs.The latest addition comes after a period of sustained growth for the brand, Gü said.“All three flavour profiles are growing in popularity across other categories, particularly among younger shoppers – an audience where there is the opportunity to increase the number of people buying into chilled desserts and their purchase frequency,” said Amy Heap, Gü marketing director. Source: M&SColin the Caterpillar Button Biscuits, M&SM&S is taking Colin the Caterpillar into the biscuit aisle in the form of button biscuits.The cocoa biscuits are filled with a smooth white chocolate centre and topped with milk chocolate and sugar coated sprinkled. They’re sold in five-packs which have 110 kcal per portion and cost £1.The move comes shortly after the retailer took the Colin the Caterpillar brand into cupcakes.M&S has also rolled out Mini Choc Chip Cookies which come in packs of six and also cost £1. These come in at just under 100 kcal per portion.Also joining its range are Super Seed Sunflower, Sesame and Linseed Seeded Crackers. Made with over 90% seeds, the savoury snack costs £1.80 per 130g pack. Source: Geary’s BakeryBreads of the worlds, Jason’s SourdoughJason’s Sourdough has unveiled a three-strong ‘breads of the world’ range.The range is rolling into Asda stores from 19 April with an rsp of £1.80 and comprises:White & Rye Sourdough – this 400g New York-inspired loaf features a pinch of caraway seeds and is claimed to be a perfect pairing for pastrami and Emmental deli-style sandwichesWhite Sourdough Potato Loaf – with Baltic influences, this 400g loaf has a hint of rosemary Italian Inspired Tear & Share – this 225g flatbread features sundried tomato and basil flavours and is described as ideal for serving on the side of pastaEach of the loaves are slow proved over 24 hours, the company said, and are free from added sugars, preservatives, and additives.Geary’s Bakery, the family-owned company behind the loaves, first ventured into the branded space in March last year with the Jason’s range of ciabattin loaves – a mash up of ciabatta and sourdough. 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Fleetwood Mac Releases Stripped-Down “Seven Wonders” From “Tango In The Night” [Listen]

first_imgAs part of Fleetwood Mac‘s Tango In The Night reissue, the band has released an early, stripped-down version of “Seven Wonders.” The track first appeared on the group’s 1987 album, with this outtake displaying a steadier rendition. The 30th anniversary edition of Tango In The Night will drop March 10th, with the demo for the title track already released.Listen to “Seven Wonders” below:Listen to the previously released demo for “Tango In the Night”:last_img

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College celebrates heritage with Week

first_imgThis week, student groups are sponsoring Heritage Week, and students are encouraged to rediscover the campus’s history. The theme of the week is “The Avenue Always Leads You Home.” According to Student Activities Board (SAB) chief of staff Kelly Zenere, the Avenue is a universal symbol of Saint Mary’s. It sends students on new journeys, and welcomes them home, she said. The groups sponsoring the weeklong celebration include Campus Ministry, Resident Hall Association, SAB, Student Diversity Board and Student Government Association. Cassandra Palmer, SAB’s mission commissioner, said this week is all about remembering the history of Saint Mary’s. Palmer said the college stemmed from the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and it is important to keep them in mind when students think of Saint Mary’s heritage. “[The Saint Mary’s students] are the ones who keep our heritage alive,” Palmer said. Zenere said Heritage Week is held so the students don’t forget where they come from. For these reasons, each day’s events are centered on educating the students about Saint Mary’s rich history. On Monday the college archives will be on display in the Student Center. According to Palmer, there will be 24 large poster frames of photos from past to present, including a photo of the class of 1907. There will be a long sleeve T-shirt give-away on Monday in the Student Center, and archivist John Kovach will give a talk in the lounge from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. According to Zenere, Kovach will be hosting a questions and answers session. “[Bring] your ghost story questions,” she said. The Reidenger House will be open for tours and tea from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Space is limited, so students must sign up for times in the Student Center. On Wednesday, Sister Mary Louise “ML” Gude will be hosting three tours of the convent, and providing information on the history of the Sisters and the College, according to the schedule. Thursday, students are invited to share a meal with the nuns at the Heritage Dinner at 6:30 in Stapleton Lounge. At the dinner students are encouraged to ask questions, and listen to the stories of the Sisters themselves, Zenere said. Heritage Week will wind down with a S’more Meet and Greet with the Nuns in the Lillie O’Grady Room at 2 p.m. Friday. Zenere said this event is special because they are taking the event to the nuns. Since so many nuns are unable to leave the convent due to health issues, SAB thought it was important to move an event to a location the nuns could attend. “After all, they are the reason for the week,” Zenere said. Zenere and Palmer could not stress enough the importance of the week. “We are trying to, in a sense, abridge the ignorance of our heritage,” Zenere said. “We have such a rich history that we should be aware of.” “Saint Mary’s prides itself in forming strong, independent women … without these past strong, independent women, we wouldn’t be where we are now,” Palmer said.last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s screens ‘Band of Sisters’

first_img“Band of Sisters,” a documentary produced and directed by Notre Dame alumna Mary Fishman, screened at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday and was followed by a panel discussion about the film. The film highlights various groups of nuns across the country and shows their work outside of the physical church after hearing the calls of Vatican II. In the movie, sisters campaign for housing, food sustainability and gardening for the poor. They also work in jails, assuring that inmates had the pastoral care they deserved. Sr. Veronique Wiedower said the film reflects the priorities of Holy Cross sisters at Saint Mary’s. “Although the sisters of the Holy Cross are not specifically singled out in the dialogue of the film, those of you familiar with the sisters, will recognize the sisters’ charisma and ministry in the words and examples of other congregations and visually in the pre-Vatican footage of religious life here on Saint Mary’s campus,” Wiedower said. During the panel discussion, Fishman said she wanted to combat stereotypes about nuns in ” Band of Sisters.” “I wanted to set the record straight,” she said. “… I was inspired by the more than 300 year history of religious sisters and I wanted to inspire other people.” Sr. Betty Moyer, a former campus minister at Saint Mary’s, said she hopes people gain a deeper understanding of human dignity and justice from watching this movie.  “[I hope] you feel anger where there is injustice,” Moyer said. Moyer said the documentary portrays well the “real world issues” sisters face in the world outside of the physical church.  “We must address ourselves, and involvement in social justice is what this movie calls us to,” Moyer said. “We do not know what He calls us to; [it is] literally a journey into the unknown.” Holy Cross Sr. Elena Malits, professor emerita of religious studies at Saint Mary’s, said sharing personal stories is important among the religious community.  “A very wise Holy Cross religious recently told me, ‘Someone’s truth is an invitation to a bigger heart and a bigger mind,’” she said. Malits said interacting with the larger community is also part of their vocation.  “That’s really our vocation, to live out that sense of gratitude and sense of participation in this beautiful world, and as I meet these different people and learn different stories, I begin to have a bigger heart and a bigger mind,” Malits said.last_img read more

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How to save an extra $1,000 by Labor Day

first_imgby: Samantha SharfAs a personal finance reporter I try to practice what I preach. I put enough in my 401(k) to get FORBES’ match, I have an emergency fund that could cover several months of expenses and I pack my lunch as often as possible. But sometimes I falter.In May, I advised you, dear reader, to save for experiences in advance, putting away small amounts each month so that paying for your vacation felt like a small regular expense rather than a large sudden one. True confession: As I wrote that I was mildly panicking. My calendar said I was to fly to Chicago in July. My bank account said otherwise.Determined to enjoy my week off (I’d already asked my boss for the time) and to not let my travel companion down, I decided I would find a way to make it work. Somehow, in two months, I would find $1,000. (And it wouldn’t involve tapping my savings or asking my parents for a loan.)Guess what? I did it. Here’s how. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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4 things to do after a job interview

first_img 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details When interviewing for a job, it’s important to prepare so you can knock the interview out of the park. But what about afterwards? Should you just sit by the phone and wait for it to ring? Of course not. Here are 4 things you should do after the interview is over.Get good contact info: When leaving an interview, ask for business cards or email addresses of those who interviewed you. Ask if there is a timeline for making a decision on the position and find out who you should follow up with.Write down everything you can think of: As soon as you get a chance, write down your thoughts in as much as detail as possible. How did you feel about the interview? Was there a good vibe in the office? What was your impression of the people that you met? Use this information as you go through the process.Email your interviewers: Within 24 hours, make sure to send emails to your interviewers and thank them for their time and consideration. Use this message as an opportunity to remind the company why you are the right person for the job.Keep looking: No matter how good you feel about an interview, or how much you want the job, don’t quit looking for other positions. There’s no guarantee you’ll get the first job you want, so you don’t have time to sit around and wait on a job offer.last_img read more

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SBA releases more info on PPP appeals process, forgiveness FAQs

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued an interim final rule (IFR) detailing the process for paycheck protection program (PPP) borrowers to appeal loan forgiveness application decisions. In addition, the agency released more FAQs related to fees, group health care benefits, and the impact of economic injury disaster loans (EIDLs) on PPP forgiveness.The PPP’s authorization expired Aug. 8; the SBA’s latest data showed that almost $134 billion in funding remained. Congress is currently considering ways to continue and improve the program, including by allowing certain borrowers to take out a second PPP loan and simplifying the forgiveness process, which could be included in a Phase 4 coronavirus relief package.The IFR informs PPP borrowers and lenders of the process for a PPP borrower to appeal certain SBA loan review decisions under the PPP to the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA). Decisions eligible for the appeals process must be an official written decision by SBA, after SBA completes a review of a PPP loan, that finds a borrower:was ineligible for a PPP loan;was ineligible for the PPP loan amount received or used the PPP loan proceeds for unauthorized uses;last_img read more

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