Court delays cost landlords dear

first_imgUnder-resourced county courts are still struggling to cope with the number of possession claims being put forward, resulting in costly delays for landlords and agents, according to Landlord Action.Most residential possession claims are dealt with in the county courts and enforced by county court bailiffs. But with a lack of trained staff available, the tenant eviction service claims that many county courts are now operating call centres where temporary members of staff, with little or no experience, are being appointed to process claims and correspondence, resulting in further possession delays.In a recent routine phone call to follow up a case, an operator informed Julie Herbert (left), Head of Legal at Landlord Action, that there were just six people in one call centre dealing with calls and paperwork relating to 55 different courts.“It is evident that those at the call centre are not qualified to be able to differentiate between correspondence that can sit on a file, and correspondence that needs the urgent attention of a Judge in order for a case to progress. We have had numerous incidents where court staff appear to be opening post, filing it and doing little about it, adding to the problem even further” said Herbert.Staff shortages have been caused in part by Government spending cuts while an enforcement by some courts that bailiffs must no longer act alone, only in pairs, have combined to create serious delays in the eviction process.Landlord Action has also expressed concern that more planned court closures and the introduction of the recent Deregulation Act will likely see a surge in more cases jamming up the system and resulting in even longer delays.Herbert, who now wants to see fresh measures introduced to help improve the system, added, “When correspondence is received by the court, it needs to be looked at by someone who is capable of deciding whether the item of correspondence requires any action. If they are going to close courts, they need to transfer some of those qualified members of staff to these call centres. Alternatively, train up more qualified staff so that they have a legal understanding of each item of correspondence which the court receives. It can then be processed saving numerous calls from practitioners chasing them up.”Landlord Action is now calling for fewer applicants, particularly those which have no merit, to be given a hearing in an effort to help reduce losses to landlords and cut the strain on court resources.“If judges actually got to see these applications in the first instance, decisions could be made on most without the need for a hearing,” Herbert concluded.possession claims residential possession claims Landlord Action court delays under-resourced county courts 2015-12-04The Negotiator Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Lawyer leading RICS governance probe asks members to help with evidence30th April 2021What’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. Home » News » Regulation & Law » Court delays cost landlords dear Court delays cost landlords dear4th December 20150843 Viewslast_img read more

300 Indiana Townships Could Be Affected by House Republican Proposal

first_imgJANUARY 7th, 2018  TYRONE MORRIS INDIANA More than 300 Indiana townships could be eliminated under a proposal by House Republicans.It targets townships with populations of fewer than 1,200. Over the next five years, it would likely affect property owners’ taxes.House Speaker Brian Bosma has introduced the plan. The Indiana Township Association says people living in those smaller townships could see better fire and EMS service thanks to combined tax bases.Indiana has 1,005 townships, but as rural populations have dropped off, some townships have struggled to afford basic needs.Tyrone MorrisWeb Producer FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Gallery: gingerbread Home Alone house unveiled

first_imgFood artist and cake designer Michelle Wibowo has created a gingerbread house inspired by the Christmas film Home Alone.The edible home includes miniature versions of eight-year-old protagonist Kevin McCallister, as well as burglars Harry and Marv.At 1.7m long and 1.25m wide, the gingerbread house took over 300 hours to make. The creation includes 63 trees, 33 windows, 14 pizza boxes and six lamp posts.Disney+ commissioned the Wibowo to recreate the famous set, marking the film’s 30th anniversary.She began by studying the architecture and exterior of the McCallister family home in the suburbs of Chicago. She then sketched designs of its features, before baking the gingerbread and modelling the house, including fans’ favourite moments.“I jumped at the chance because it is one of my favourite Christmas movies – it doesn’t really feel like Christmas in our house until we have seen it at least twice. I had so much fun making it look festive and I loved making those cheeky characters Kevin and burglars Harry and Marv. I hope everyone will enjoy spotting iconic details from the movie,” said Wibowo.The set comprises a gingerbread Kevin in the snow after falling off his sled; a tarantula on Harry’s face after a run in with Buzz’s favourite pet; a pizza delivery car and array of boxes from Little Nero’s, the McCallisters’ favourite pizza place; and the Oh-Kay Plumbing and Heating van belonging to the Wet Bandits Harry and Marv.The scene also includes Kevin’s tree house with a tyre swing; the paint cans used in one of the booby traps; an icing figure of Kevin’s neighbour Marley; the statue in the front garden that is continually knocked down by vehicles; and the Christmas wreath on the front door.The Home Alone gingerbread scene will be delivered to the Oak Centre for Children and Young People at The Royal Marsden in Surrey. It will be displayed for paediatric patients and their loved ones to ‘help build festive memories together’. Source: Disney+Little Nero’s: the pizza delivery van knocks over the statue in the front garden. A Christmas wreath is on the door in the background. Source: Disney+The McCallister house: the Home Alone-inspired set features the McCallister family home in the suburbs of Chicago. Source: Disney+Oh-Kay: the famous plumbing and heating van belonging to the Wet Bandits Harry and Marv. Source: Disney+Kevin: the eight-year-old hero is stuck in the snow after falling off his sled. Source: Disney+Finishing touches: Wibowo pipes some more icing along the lamp posts in the street.center_img Source: Disney+Work in progress: Michelle Wibowo starts construction on the gingerbread house. Source: Disney+Harry & Marv: Marv waits outside the house as a tarantula leaps onto Harry’s face. Source: Disney+The finished house, complete with wreath, snow and other decorations. Source: Disney+Let it snow: Wibowo pipes icing onto the gingerbread roof.last_img read more

Watch Warren Haynes And Jack Pearson Join Gregg Allman Band For ABB Classics At Wanee

first_imgWarren Haynes brought a lot of magic to Wanee Music Festival over the weekend. The afternoon kicked off with Haynes joining Billy & The Kids for a “Deal” set closer, leading straight into Gov’t Mule‘s epic sunset set on the Peach Stage, which included a Jack Pearson sit-in for an incredible rendition of “Can’t You See.” Immediately after, Haynes joined Widespread Panic for a pair of classic ZZ Top covers, before heading over to the Mushroom Stage to reunite with members of the Allman Brothers Band in Les Brers. Named one of the hardest working men in show business, we can’t disagree.Another weekend highlight included Haynes sitting in with the Gregg Allman Band on Saturday evening for the Allman Brothers classic, “Dreams.” Thanks to YouTube user sanderjoems7, you can watch it below:Another former band mate, Jack Pearson, who played with the Allmans from 1997-99, joined the band for an energetic “Southbound”:Also from Wanee, you can watch videos and stream the audio from these very special performances: Billy & The Kids with Warren Haynes and Eric Krasno, Joel Cummins with Kung Fu, Warren Haynes with Les Brers, Umphrey’s McGee’s mash-up set, Warren Haynes sit-in with Widespread Panic for ZZ Top covers, and Karl Denson with Melvin Seals & JGB. Enjoy![Photo courtesy of Benjamin Adams]last_img read more

Center-right incumbent wins Portugal’s presidential election

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — The center-right incumbent candidate has won a resounding victory in Portugal’s presidential election. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa captured 61% of the vote Sunday to serve a final five-year term. He had widely been expected to win. Rebelo de Sousa devoted most of his victory speech to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying his first thoughts went to its victims and promising to work for an economic recovery once it was over. Socialist candidate Ana Gomes came second with 13% but close behind in third was André Ventura, a newly arrived right-wing populist whose 12% was a stunning development. Such a showing for Ventura would have been unthinkable until recently and will send a shudder through Portuguese politics.last_img

Saint Mary’s hosts annual Spooktacular Magic Show

first_imgSaint Mary’s students are planning a chemistry show this week to help their club bond with the local community. The annual Halloween Spooktacular Magic Show for local children will take place Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Science Hall. The event is hosted by the Saint Mary’s Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SMAACS), an organization aimed at educating young kids — through various chemical demonstrations — about the art of science.Senior SMAACS president Morgan Matthews said this is the clubs biggest event of the year, which both the kids and SMAACS members look forward to.“This event is really enjoyable because we get to share our passion for science with little kids and hopefully encourage them to love science too,” she said. “It’s really great to look at their faces and see their reactions because they think it’s magic. Then we explain to them what’s going on and why it’s reacting in this way and you can kind of see them understand how it works and it’s really inspiring.”The show originally started off as a small event hosted for faculty kids, senior Courtney Weston said. It has now developed into more of a community outreach event where students are able to share their passion with younger generations in a fun way, she said.“This is a great event for kids because it’s fun, educational and interesting to see that chemistry is not just this hard subject at school, but it can also be fun,” Weston said. “You can see the application of it and what chemistry is about and how truly exciting and interesting it can be.”The event’s interactive demonstrations include invisible ink, dry ice bubbles, goo that they can take home and nebulae, Weston said. Every half an hour there will be a big demonstration by a SMAACS member, which includes elephant toothpaste, dry ice cylinders and a lava lamp.“Our hands-on demonstrations allow the kids to actually learn how to do the experiments themselves,” Matthews said. “This way they can learn that science isn’t just the practical stuff they teach you in the classroom but rather stuff they can do at home, like using a bottle of vinegar from your cabinet to create invisible ink.”Matthews said the event is not just for the kids, but also for SMAACS members, who will have opportunity to collaborate and interact with others who are also interested in STEM fields.“We dress in our lab coats and it’s all very exciting to be able to do something you enjoy on a personal level and be able to share that with others,” she said.One of the club’s main goals is to promote is interest in STEM subjects, Matthews said.“Most people lack confidence in these fields and usually people only realize they’re interested in it when they’re older,” she said. “So, our goal is to allow kids to start looking at science in a more engaging way and to get them interested in it from a young age.”In honor of National Chemistry Week, SMAACS is also hosting a fundraiser, selling snacks in the Science Hall from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. every day this week.“The magic show allows us to encourage the hands-on development of science in a way that is appealing to younger children,” Matthews said.Tags: chemistry demonstration, Halloween Spooktacular Magic Show, SMAACS, STEMlast_img read more

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want to Hustle on Broadway

first_img 2.Wolf of Wall Street—19% Your second place choice is Martin Scorsese’s epic tale of the rise and fall of a wealthy Wall Street fat cat. Sounds perfect for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Broadway musical alter-ego, Aaron Tveit! Greed, sex, drugs, money, betrayal? That’s something worth singing about! We already know that our favorite Oscar-blessed pic is going to be a Broadway musical. Now we’re turning our attention to the nine films nominated for Best Picture at the 86th Annual Academy Awards. We asked you which flick should be adapted into a Broadway musical. The results are in, and it turns out a lot of you want to do the Hustle on the Great White Way. View Comments 1. American Hustle—34% Move over, Saturday Night Fever! The con is on with this late-‘70s set movie about an elaborate sting operation executed by people with elaborate hairdos in New Jersey. Life and death stakes make for great drama. Plus, disco balls never go out of style. 3. Her—12% We have to assume you’re as attached to your technology as we are (hello, we’re a website!), so we understand why you picked Spike Jonze’s film about a writer who develops a loving bond with an operating system. Cue the soulful duets.last_img read more

Kathleen McNenny to Replace Liz Wisan in The Father

first_imgKathleen McNenny(Photo: Bruce Glikas) A Broadway switcheroo right before the first preview. Kathleen McNenny (Enemy of the People) will replace the previously announced Liz Wisan in the role of Woman in the American premiere of Florian Zeller’s The Father.Led by three-time Tony winner and Oscar nominee Frank Langella, the translation by two-time Tony and Oscar winner Christopher Hampton is set to be directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes. The limited engagement will begin previews on March 22 and officially open on April 14 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.The Father looks inside the mind of Andre (Langella), a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch?The cast will also include Kathryn Erbe, Brian Avers, Charles Borland and Hannah Cabell. The Father Frank Langella View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Star Files Related Showslast_img read more

Customers asked to call CVPS if power still out

first_imgOver 500 workers continued to work to restore power to the last 300 CVPS customers in Windham County Thursday morning.”We made good progress Wednesday, and with the light so visible at the end of the tunnel, we’re giving it all we’ve got yet again today,” said spokeswoman Christine Rivers. “Each repair is still coming slow, as crews continue to spend hours to restore power one or two customers at a time, but we expect every customer outage we are aware of to be restored by late tonight. Thus we encourage customers still without power to call 1-800-451-2877.”At daybreak Thursday, more than 75 contract lines crews were working with 40 CVPS line crews, 50 tree crews and hundreds of support staff to wrap up the $3 million restoration effort that began Friday.”This has been a long but amazing restoration effort. The ice and tree damage we’ve seen in Windsor and especially Windham County rivals anything we’ve seen in our service territory. And we could not have done this without the invaluable coordination and support of dozens of utilities and local businesses, and federal, state and local officials,” said CVPS President Bob Young. “We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support we’ve seen from the customers, communities and businesses we serve. I cannot put into words how much we appreciate everyone’s efforts, patience and selflessness to restore normalcy to our customers. I also want to thank our employees, who have devoted themselves to customers while putting their own lives on hold.”CVPS estimates that it has resolved more than 1,200 separate problems on its system this week, in some cases rebuilding sections that were destroyed within Orange, Windsor and Windham counties. Over 80 poles were broken – more than 50 of those in Windham County alone, and thousands of trees brought down hundreds of lines.PLEASE CALLCVPS asked customers who are still without power as of 8 a.m. today to contact the company at 1-800-451-2877. Due to the extent of the damage in some areas that are affecting only single and small groups of customers, some without power may not be listed in the outage management system. As restoration efforts draw toward an end, the company wants to assure that no one is left without power.If customers see that others in their neighborhood have power, but they do not, CVPS asks that those customers switch their breakers off and on to assure the problem is not localized inside their home.The company also reminded customers that while service lines or overhead wires that run from a pole to a house or business are the utility’s responsibility, the service cable that runs along the side of the house is the customer’s responsibility.If those service cables are damaged, customers should contact an electrician. The service bracket that attaches the service line to the house is generally maintained by CVPS. However, the weather head, attached to the service cable, which prevents water damage to the wiring, is maintained by the customer’s electrician.last_img read more

Governor Shumlin taps Beth Robinson to serve on the Vermont Supreme Court

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin today announced the appointment of Beth Robinson to serve on the Vermont Supreme Court. An attorney with nearly two decades of experience practicing law in Vermont, Robinson is also a  widely respected civil rights advocate whose work to secure marriage equality rights in Vermont earned wide national recognition. Robinson will replace Justice Denise Johnson, who is retiring.   Robinson practiced law for 18 years at Langrock Sperry & Wool in Middlebury and Burlington, with a civil practice that included workers’ compensation, family law, employment law, negligence and injury cases. She served as co-counsel in the case of Baker versus Vermont, the landmark case that led to Vermont’s passage of a first-in-the-nation civil union law, and led the successful quest for full marriage equality for same-sex couples in Vermont.  ‘I am proud to appoint Beth Robinson to the Supreme Court,’ the governor said. ‘Beth’s strong legal background, experience with crafting legislation at the State House and commitment to the equal rights of all Vermonters will make her an exceptional justice on the Vermont Supreme Court. While I am thrilled to see Beth go to the Court and believe her to be the best qualified of an extraordinary pool of candidates, I am also sad to lose Beth as my legal counsel. In addition to depending on Beth’s sound legal advice, it is a pleasure to work with her every day.” Robinson added, ‘I’m humbled by the confidence that Governor Shumlin has placed in me, and deeply grateful both for the opportunity I’ve had to serve his administration these past 10 months, and for the chance to serve Vermont’s judiciary in the years to come.’  Robinson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1986 and the University of Chicago Law School in 1989.    According to the Vermont Superme Court Web site, Denise R. Johnson was born in Wyandotte, Michigan. She graduated from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (A.B., 1969); the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D., 1974); and the University of Virginia School of Law (LLM, 1995). She taught at the Vermont Law School, 1978-79; served as an Assistant Attorney General, Chief, Public Protection Division, 1980-88; served as chair, Vermont Human Rights Commission, 1988-1990. Appointed Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, December 3, 1990, by Governor Kunin.Governor’s office. 10.18.2011last_img read more