Minimum energy rating increase for rental sector ‘will lead to housing shortage’

first_imgPlans to increase the minimum energy rating for rental properties by 2025 have come under fire from a leading industry body.The Lettings Industry Council (TLIC) says the timeframe to achieve a minimum C rating is too short, and runs the risk of landlords leaving the market.In an open letter to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the TLIC says the move will lead to rent increases and a shortage of homes.The letter has been supported by 17 letting agents including Belvoir, Hamptons, Savills, Knight Frank and Countrywide.‘Landlords may sell up’“The SDLT holiday introduced this year has already resulted in landlords deciding to sell their properties, the letter warns. “With no information on how or when owner-occupiers will need to comply with these energy efficiency requirements, more landlords may decide to sell to avoid the pressure of having to spend additional money on their properties. This could lead to a rise in homelessness if tenants are not able to purchase a property themselves.”The letter adds: “If the maximum investment cap for energy efficiency works is increased to £10,000 this, along with additional competition due to less stock, will inevitably lead to rent increases.“The consultation states that any money that a landlord spends on energy efficiency refurbishment works prior to 2023 will not be counted towards the cap. This means if the works are going to cost more than £5,000 and they are carried out before 2023 then landlords will find themselves having to spend more money than the cap states.”Alternative planThe TLIC has put forward an alternative plan to improve energy efficiency which it says would allow more time for landlords to recover from the financial effects of Covid-19 before investing more cash.The TLIC’s suggested timescale would be:By April 2026: all new and renewed tenancies to have a minimum D rating – the average rating for all homes.By April 2028: all existing tenancies to have a minimum D rating and all new and renewed tenancies to have a minimum C ratingBy 01 January 2030: all existing tenancies to have a minimum C rating.Bring the start date forward for the refurbishment works cap from 2023 to 2020.“We believe our proposal will reduce the pressure on stock available in the PRS market whilst still achieving the overarching goal of all properties in the PRS (unless exempt) achieving an Energy Performance Certificate rating of a C by 2030,” the letter concludes.New EPC rules EPC changes row Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) April 6, 2021Richard ReedOne commentPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 6th April 2021 at 9:57 amWhy should we expect the Govt to start thinking any Housing policies through ? – they haven’t up until now !There is far too much DEMAND ( which is recognised, – just Not the cause of it is acknowledged – Immigration ) and the Shortages will never solve themselves, – Only continue to get worse.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 Home » News » Rental market » Minimum energy rating increase for rental sector ‘will lead to housing shortage’ previous nextRegulation & LawMinimum energy rating increase for rental sector ‘will lead to housing shortage’Government move has not been thought through, says The Lettings Industry Council, as industry body calls for phased approach.Richard Reed6th April 20211 Comment1,581 Viewslast_img read more

Francois Lamontagne and Cassandra Kahle Lead the Way at HITS Ocala

first_img SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Email* Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Another great year in the ‘Horse Capital of the World’ is underway with ten weeks of USEF-Rated Hunter/Jumper competition, now through March 28, culminating with the seventh edition of the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix.Taking home the first win in featured jumper competition at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit was Daniel Geitner and FAZOUS, for Oak Ledge Farm, in the $2,500 Open Welcome. The pair jumped double clear in a time of 37.060 to secure the blue ribbon.2nd Place: Hayley Waters & VITEL SOURDIN [38.398]3rd Place: Cassandra Kahle & HAJIME [4-Faults, 40.099]Competition in the Grand Prix Stadium continued on Thursday with the $5,000 HITS Open Prix, where Tracy Magness piloted INTENZ VAN HD for Mr. & Mrs. John Bartko to claim the top placing. Magness was the only rider to jump double clear with a time of 45.310.2nd Place: Waters & JUST LUCK [4-Faults, 42.476]3rd Place: David O’Brien & NIGHTSHADE SCF [4-Faults, 43.199]It’s no secret that Canadian Francois Lamontagne and his own CHANEL DU CALVAIRE are a team to watch out for. Friday afternoon, this duo took home top honors in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix with the only double clear ride in 49.961.2nd Place: Aaron Vale & PRESCOTT [4-Faults, 46.725]3rd Place: Cassandra Kahle & PYRENES DE LOUZES [4-Faults, 48.997]Joining the Winner’s Circle to accept first place in the $5,000 Jumper Classic on Saturday was Jenni McAllister riding for Viksberg Sateri AB. McAllister crossed the timers aboard ESCADA VS in a time of 44.936 to secure the win.2nd Place: David Jennings & CENTDATUS PS [4-Faults, 45.071]3rd Place: Magness & CHOPIN DU CHATEAU HOLLOGNE [4-Faults, 46.351]Jumper Classic Winners$1,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic – Low: Kristina Gallo & CANTURINIO$1,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic – Medium: Caroline Earle & DIAMANT WP Z$2,000 M&S NAL/WIHS Child Jumper Classic – High: Pippa Spingler & QUONTINEDE LA ROUQE$2,000 M&S NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic – High: Mercy Paine & CHAMBRINUS$2,500 Pyranha NAL Junior 1.25m Jumper Classic: Brooks Hull & CASCAL E$2,500 Pyranha NAL Amateur-Owner/Amateur 1.25m Jumper Classic: Amy Shafmaster & CARLOS$5,000 Jr/A-O/Am 1.35m Jumper Classic: Waters & GALOUS$5,000 U-Dump Jr/A-O/Am 1.45m Jumper Classic: Waters & VITEL SOURDINIt was déjà vu for Hunter Holloway as she clinched the top honors in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, kicking off the 2021 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit on a high note. Holloway, the youngest rider in the Grand Prix, won this same class last year with her mother’s Grand Prix Horse, LUCKY STRIKE. As Hunter reminisced, she shared how exciting it was to win the first Grand Prix of the season aboard PEPITA CON SPITA, owned by Hays Investment Corp. “This mare [Pepita] is awesome! She was imported about a year and a half ago by Hays Investment Corp. This is so exciting because last year we were just getting experience on her and getting miles, but now this year she’s really ready to come in and win it so you get to go for it,” said Holloway.Holloway showed ‘Pepita’ at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit last year and explained that she was a bit more conservative to be sure to keep her confident and brave. “She’s such a careful horse and a quick horse so you really want to take your time with those types,” Holloway explained. Seven jumped clean in the first round with Holloway being the first to return – generally, a tough spot to be on a young horse with many Grand Prix veterans to follow.Hunter set the pace, marking a quick time of 30.301 and holding on to the first position through the remaining jump-off rounds. “For me, my plan never really changes too much, especially with a horse like her and at this point in her career where she is so quick and careful,” Holloway said as she recapped her jump-off.“Every time you go in that position, you’re lucky because you can just go for it. It’s not like she’s a little young, like last year, where we were taking our time. This year it didn’t matter if we went first, or last or in the middle because we were going to go for it either way.” The future is bright for the young mare and Holloway was excited to share that they have also just imported her [Pepita’s] daughter and is really looking forward to seeing her come along.Watch for Holloway in upcoming competition at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. “I’m really looking forward to the rest of the Circuit!” Holloway added. “We’re like one big family and that’s probably my favorite part about showing here.”2nd Place: Lamontagne & CHANEL DU CALVAIRE [30.747]3rd Place: Dorothy Douglas & MTM FIONA 621 [32.407]Featured hunter competition at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit includes the Platinum Performance and Diamond Mills Hunter Prix, USHJA National and International Hunter Derbies, Hunter Classics and more throughout the season at HITS Ocala. Several special hunter classes are scheduled to take place in the Main Hunter Ring under new lights installed this year, giving hunters their time to shine.Cassandra Kahle rose victorious in the Main Hunter Ring aboard Redfield Farm’s GIVENCHY. Matching scores of 88 were awarded to Kahle in each round of the $10,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix for a 176 total and the blue ribbon.2nd Place: David Wilbur & CHARISMO [174]3rd Place: Megan Young & CAPITOL AFFAIRE [173.75]Cassandra Kahle and Redfield Farm’s GIVENCHY. (ESI Photography)No stranger to the Winner’s Circle is Katelyn Coveney with her MTM Fashion. Coveney earned scores of 86 and 87, respectively, totaling 173 and securing the win in the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix.2nd Place: Katelyn Rezac & LORENZO [163.5]3rd Place: Andie Preblick & CUCHICA [162.5]Hunter Classic Winners$1,000 A-O Hunter Classic – 3’6″: Julia Nicole Zug & NEMESIS 11$1,000 Eastern Hay A-O Hunter Classic – 3’3″: Claire Parkinson & CHAZEAUX$1,000 Antares Junior Hunter Classic – 3’6″: Laurel Smith & FEDERER$1,000 Junior Hunter Classic – 3’3″: Coveney & MTM FASHION$1,000 Perfect Products Pony Hunter Classic: Lauren Reid & GOOD TIMES$500 M&S NAL/WIHS SmartPak Adult Hunter Classic: Paula Meunier & WESTERLY$500 M&S NAL/WIHS Child Hunter Classic: Schuyler Dayner & WINTER ROMANCEM&S Bit O’ Straw Hunter Classic: Charlotte Racine & CHECKMATEClick here for the full listing of results from the HITS Ocala January Classic. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

Simeone: Jan Oblak is our Lionel Messi after UCL heroics

first_img “But in Oblak we have the best goalkeeper in the world, that is true.” “He is as important to us, as Messi is to Barcelona.”Advertisement Read Also: Liverpool crash out of Champions League, Atletico advance to quarters The attention was shone on opposite number Adrian in extra time, as his error allowed Llorente to score Atletico Madrid’s first goal. But Oblak has offered a timely reminder of his ranking as one of the world’s finest keepers, to push Atletico into the quarter finals. Simeone will now wait to see who Atletico Madrid are paired with in the last eight, with Atalanta, RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain already through. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Oblak was in outstanding form through the game, with first half saves from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino underlining his enduring importance to Atletico Madrid. Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has lauded goalkeeper Jan Oblak following his outstanding display in their 3-2 Champions Legaue win at Liverpool. The Slovenian international made save after save to keep the Premier League side at bay at Anfield, and keep the visitors in the game at Anfield. Extra time goals from Marcos Llorente and Alvaro Morata secured Atletico’s dramatic passage into the last eight, but Simeone was clear on who the hero was against Jurgen Klopp’s side. “He (Oblak) is as important as the others, as much as Savic, Lodi, Felipe, Felix,” he told a post match interview with Marca. Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtKendall Jenner’s Photos Have Never Looked This Good!7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets Loading… last_img read more

Fischer Finishes 50th At NCAA Cross Country Championship

first_imgTERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Drake University senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) completed his remarkable cross country season with a 50th place finish at the NCAA Championships on Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind. Fischer, the reigning Missouri Valley Conference champion, completed the challenging 10-kilometer course in 30:33.4. The 251-runner field faced cool conditions and steady 20 mph winds with gusts of 40 mph. “This caps a fantastic fall season and I know he’s already looking forward to leaving his mark on the upcoming track season,” Hostager added. “He beat some very talented runners and All-Americans who had beaten him earlier in the year.” With the conclusion of the cross country season, Fischer will turn his attention to the indoor track season set to begin in early December for members of the Drake track and field teams. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Saturday’s NCAA Championship performance comes just eight days after Fischer finished seventh in his first 10k of the season at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Prior to that, he became the 13th Drake Bulldog to win the MVC Championship. Additionally, Fischer was named the MVC Elite 18 Award winner and has been recognized as the MVC Cross Country Athlete of the Week three times this season and the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week twice. “Reed ran a fantastic race, he got stuck near the back at the start, but didn’t lose faith and moved up well throughout the race,” said Drake head coach Dan Hostager. “While he’s disappointed in just missing out on All-America honors, a top-50 finish in this deep field is truly amazing. Most years, his time would have been in the top-20 which is a testament to how deep and talented the field was this year.”last_img read more

Looking ahead to 49ers’ tough free agency questions

first_imgSANTA CLARA — When it comes to debating which 49ers merit bringing back to 2019, more questions are centered on those with current contracts than expiring ones. Let’s examine their in-house options to ponder ahead of the March 11, free-agency kickoff:UNDER CONTRACT (signed through)Defensive end Arik Armstead (2019): He’s started every game in a career-best season, and coaches rave about his run defense (46 tackles, 6 for loss). His three sacks are, gulp, a career high. 2019 salary: $9.046 …last_img read more

WeConnect International celebrate women in business

first_imgGive them enough to want to know more, says Tania Reid of iThemba Office Solutions, giving advice perfecting business pitches. She was one of the speakers at the WeConnect International conference in Johannesburg.Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu is of the speakers on 11 May 2017 at the WeConnect International conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Image: The Presidency, Flickr)Melissa JavanThe WeConnect International conference in South Africa was aimed at celebrating and training female-owned businesses. It took place from 9 to 11 May 2017.The second annual event, themed Bold steps for growth, provided attendees with presentations, informative workshops and networking opportunities.Training and workshops were held for the first two days, and the conference on the final day.According to Jean Chawapiwa, country director of WeConnect International in South Africa, the aim is to grow female-owned business and create further understanding about working successfully with multinational corporations.Chawapiwa explained that WeConnect International is the only non-profit organisation in South Africa that provides a seal of certification, unique to women business enterprises (WBEs), and also, that connects these WBEs to multinational corporate purchasing organisations across diverse industries.“Our signature seal of certification is a formal guarantee to corporations that they are purchasing goods and/or services from South African businesses that meet universal standards for WBEs,” said Chawapiwa.Here are some of the insights shared on Twitter on Thursday, 11 May:Government, Corporate and Women Owned Business in one room discussing solutions. #WeConnectSA #WomeninBusiness pic.twitter.com/9DhDKvLyGR— WW Solutions4Africa (@WinWinS4Africa) May 11, 2017When you go out and get something, don’t come back till you get it – @zaizai7 #WeConnectSA— WeConnect SA (@WeConnect_SA) May 11, 2017You need to become innovators, learn to leverage with your suppliers – Linda Basson @Accenture— WeConnect SA (@WeConnect_SA) May 11, 2017We all want to stand up and do well…but it’s more profound to help others stand up and do well. @jessyelapenn #WeConnectSA— WeConnect SA (@WeConnect_SA) May 11, 2017Great speech by @jessyelapenn about ‘being bold’ @WeConnect_SA today! #WeConnectSA— Tara Turkington (@taraturk1) May 11, 2017If you don’t bring value to the table with the right skills, we cannot assist – Ziaad Suleman IBM #WeConnectSA— WeConnect SA (@WeConnect_SA) May 11, 2017WorkshopsThe workshops were run by corporates and certified women’s business enterprises.Perfecting your Pitch was facilitated Lorenzo Bell Jr (EY Diversity and Inclusiveness Procurement ), Chawapiwa, and Tania Reid (CEO of iThemba Office Solutions).This workshop focussed on ensuring that women entrepreneurs pitch their businesses in the best way possible, said Chawapiwa.Other workshops were the Boost your Business with Facebook, the BBBEE or SMEs, Legal Boot Camp, and the Optimising processes within a business.Here are tweets about the Perfecting your Pitch workshop:If you can’t pitch because of fear, rather fear the fact the doors will not be open. #WeConnectsa pic.twitter.com/ukLVqeFi5J— Sandiso Sibisi (@sandisosibisi) May 11, 2017Your pitch is part of a bigger engagement . What is your moment of truth? – Shaheems Adam #PerfectingYourPitch #WeConnectWorkshops pic.twitter.com/z00e9KMfgK— WeConnect SA (@WeConnect_SA) May 9, 2017Give them enough to want to know more – Tanya Reid #PerfectingYourPitch #WeConnectWorkshops pic.twitter.com/QzudWf6FGS— WeConnect SA (@WeConnect_SA) May 9, 2017WBE’s given 60 seconds to present their business to the room. All doing very well actually. #PerfectingYourPitch #WeConnectWorkshops pic.twitter.com/dXrP3Ko6gB— WeConnect SA (@WeConnect_SA) May 9, 2017The winner of our Perfecting your Pitch competition @newmedia_indigo delivers her winning pitch to our corporates as promised #WeConnectSA pic.twitter.com/n7bL4r0b8O— WeConnect SA (@WeConnect_SA) May 11, 2017Source: WeConnect International in South Africa, Twitter.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Video Inspiration: Ice Caves and a GoPro

first_imgFly through Alaskan ice caves in this awesome drone video shot by Firefight Films.We’ve seen a lot of creative drone videos in the last few months (check out Superman with a GoPro) but we think we may have found the most beautiful one.Firefight Films have released a video titled Bigger Than Life which features a ton of awesome drone footage shot in Alaskan ice caves. Believe it or not, the entire thing was shot using a GoPro. Check it out:Firefight Films were also super kind to include a behind the scenes video on how they made Bigger Than Life. They stated that they shot 100% of the footage using a GoPro HERO 3+ Black Edition and a DJI Phantom. Just goes to show what’s possible if you have the right equipment and a plane ticket to Alaska.You can buy your own DJI Phantom for $700 bucks on DJI’s website.  This video was created and shared by Firefight Films – thanks for sharing guys!Seen any other beautiful drone videos?Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Maharashtra Assembly polls: Another NCP MLA set to join Shiv Sena

first_imgMaharashtra Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Dileep Sopal on August 26 announced he will soon join the Shiv Sena and contest the forthcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls.Mr. Sopal, who represents Barshi Assembly constituency in Solapur district, served as a State Cabinet minister in the previous Congress-NCP coalition government.A close aide of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray also confirmed that Mr. Sopal will be joining the saffron party. Last month, NCP MLA Pandurang Barora, who represented Shahapur Assembly seat in Palghar district, joined the Shiv Sena, which is an ally of the ruling BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra.On August 25, rumours were doing the rounds that the NCP’s former Minister and heavyweight leader from Konkan region, Bhaskar Jadhav, may join the Sena. The speculation gained ground after Mr. Jadhav, a former Shiv Sainik and sitting MLA from Guhagar constituency in Ratnagiri district, visited Mr. Thackeray’s residence ‘Matoshree’ in Bandra here and held a closed door meeting. However, Mr. Jadhav later said, “These are just rumours. I will remain with the NCP.” On August 24, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis virtually extended an invitation to NCP’s Satara MP and Maratha royal Udayanraje Bhosale to join the BJP. Mr. Bhosale had accused the previous Congress-NCP government of creating “obstacles” in the progress of his constituency.He is one of the NCP’s four MPs from Maharashtra. Recently, his cousin and NCP’s Satara MLA Shivendrasinh Bhosale deserted the Sharad Pawar-led party and joined the BJP along with other legislators like Sandip Naik and Vaibhav Pichad.The State Assembly polls are due in September-October.last_img read more

Phone hacking: Rebekah Brooks released on bail

first_imgFormer chief executive of News Corp’s British newspaper arm News International, Rebekah Brooks, was released on bail early on Monday morning after being questioned over the phone-hacking scandal.The British police had arrested Brooks, 43, as part of an investigation into the allegations of illegal voicemail interception and police bribery. Brooks had resigned over the allegations at News International’s News of the World tabloid, the paper she headed as its editor at the time some of the worst offences happened. She has, however, denied knowing about the hacking. The owner of News Corp, Rupert Murdoch, 80, his son James – the chairman of News International – and Brooks would be questioned by a British parliamentary committee on Tuesday. They are likely to face angry questions from politicians about suspicions that Britain’s parliament was misled over allegations of phone hacking by one of Murdoch’s newspapers. The 10-member panel of politicians on the culture, media and sport committee would focus on James Murdoch’s admission that parliament was misled over the hacking allegations. The Murdochs had initially declined to appear at the British parliamentary hearing, but later changed their minds amid escalating political and public condemnation of suspected media abuses at the News of the World. News International had previously pinned the blame for phone hacking crimes on a single rogue reporter who was convicted in 2007.last_img read more