No-fault eviction numbers declined by 5,000 last year, official figures show

first_imgThe government’s recent efforts to end unfair ‘no-fault evictions’ appears to be working after the most recent figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) revealed a sharp decline in their use.There were 29,611 accelerated possession cases or Section 21 ‘no-fault evictions’ last year, the MoJ figures show, nearly 5,000 fewer than the year before.Evictions expert Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action says the slump in no-fault evictions is largely due to the Deregulation Act 2015, which came into force in October that year.It has made no-fault evictions much more difficult and protected tenants against unfair retaliatory evictions when they report legitimate complaints about a property.Correct paperworkThe act requires that tenants are served the correct paperwork when they start a tenancy including providing a copy of a property’s EPC, Gas Safety certificate, proof that the deposit has been legally protected and the government’s ‘How to Rent’ booklet.If this paperwork is not served correctly, evictions are much more difficult.Paul Shamplina says this has stopped a lot of landlords using accelerated evictions, often because they aren’t aware of the legislative requirements and then, when a tenant stops paying the rent – which make up 73% of evictions – they then struggle to get an eviction off the ground.“By the time landlords come to us, the relationship with the tenant has usually broken down making it harder to gain access to the property and deal with these issues, meaning the landlord can’t use a section 21,” says Paul (pictured).Accelerated evictions are also now taking longer, the MoJ figures show.“The term ‘accelerated’ is not really an appropriate name for this procedure, as the statistics show, it is not actually quicker anymore,” says Paul.“Despite this, I predict we will see another rise in use of the accelerated possession procedure over the next couple of years as more landlords are forced to sell off properties off the back of rising interest rates and increased tax liabilities.”Read more about evictions. Landlord Action no-fault eviction Paul Shamplina retaliatory evictions Section 21 March 15, 2018Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » No-fault eviction numbers declined by 5,000 last year, official figures show previous nextRegulation & LawNo-fault eviction numbers declined by 5,000 last year, official figures showDrop is mostly down to the Deregulation Act 2015 and its deterrent effect on landlords and agents proceeding with Section 21 evictions.Nigel Lewis15th March 20180817 Viewslast_img

BAYONNE BRIEFS

first_imgFormer mayor Mark Smith may run again in 2018Mark Smith served as mayor of Bayonne from 2008 to 2014. Asked about a possible run for mayor in May 2018, he told the Bayonne Community News: “It’s going to be a family discussion. A campaign is always a family affair,” said Smith, who planned to talk it over with family over the holiday week. “Then we can come back and make a real decision.”Speculation about Smith’s mayoral run has been surfacing for months as his narrow defeat in the 2014 election by 406 votes sowed doubts about Davis’s long-term popularity. Former assemblyman Jason O’Donnell, who was appointed to the Assembly by Smith, is also running for mayor. Smith said that he considers O’Donnell a friend, and that his candidacy will not affect his decision to run.Fire on Linnet StreetThe Bayonne Fire Department extinguished a roof fire at an unoccupied commercial building at 111 Linnet Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 20, according to BFD Chief Keith Weaver. Using two hose lines, fire companies extinguished hot spots on the roof and inside the building, placing the fire under control at 3 a.m. No injuries were reported. The fire is considered accidental and caused by construction equipment on the roof of the building.Governor-Elect Murphy comes to BayonneOn Wednesday December 20, the Amalgamated Transit Union held its Annual Toy Drive and Luncheon at the Chandelier Restaurant. They were joined by a special guest, Governor-elect Phil Murphy. The governor was introduced by ATU State Council Chair Ray Greaves whose union aggressively worked the incoming governor’s campaign. At the event the Governor-Elect thanked the ATU leadership and members for all their support. He said he’s always happy to be with everyone in Bayonne and the ATU.Also on hand were Mayor Jimmy Davis and the Bayonne City Council, Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti, HCDO Executive Director John Minella, Pastor Gregory Perez from the Windmill Alliance who received the donated toys for their Highways Program, Erica Daughtrey representing Congressman Albio Sires, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, boxing legend Chuck Wepner, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro Jr, and the brother of former Vice President Joe Biden, Jim Biden.Hockey coach allegedly points gun at two peopleDavid J. McKenna, 38, a Bayonne High School teacher and hockey coach, allegedly pointed a gun at two people on November 30, 2017, after finding it in the closed coach’s locker room at the Richark Korpki Ice Rink on West 28th Street, according to Captain Joseph Scerbo, Investigative Bureau Commander of the Bayonne Police Department. A BPD investigation found that an off-duty State Trooper who also volunteers as a hockey coach at Bayonne High School, secured his handgun in the closed coach’s locker room at the ice rink.McKenna, of Bayonne, was charged on December 12 with two counts of aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon on school grounds, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, according to the BPD. McKenna was released on a summons.“It is not believed that Mr. McKenna intended to use the weapon against the victims, however, the act of possessing the weapon under these circumstances and pointing the weapon were sufficient to bring these charges,” said Scerbo in a press release. Shooter caught, chargedThe alleged gunman in a December 3 shooting on 19th Street and Avenue C was arrested on December 20, according to Captain Joseph Scerbo, Investigative Bureau Commander at the Bayonne Police Department (BPD). The victim was struck twice. Raeqwan Cromartie, aka Stewart Hikens, 22, of Jersey City, is charged with criminal attempt murder, unlawful possession of a weapon (handgun) and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. On December 20 at approx. 12:02 a.m., the United States Marshals NY/NJ Regional Task Force, Jersey City Police Department, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and Hudson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Cromartie on a warrant and without incident in the area of Van Wagenen and Sip Avenue, Jersey City.O’Donnell endorsed by United Steel Workers Union Local 4-406Mayoral candidate Jason O’Donnell was endorsed by the United Steel Workers Union Local 4-406 this week, the third union endorsement of his campaign. The Bayonne-based steel workers union represents workers at International-Matex Tank Terminals. O’Donnell and his ticket of city council candidates are running against Mayor James Davis and his ticket of incumbent council members in the May nonpartisan municipal elections. The Laborers’ International Union of North America and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 previously endorsed O’Donnell.In a press release, Local 4-406 President Cary M. Krand and Vice President Tyrone Johnson said, “Jason O’Donnell’s beliefs don’t change depending on what room he is in read more

Farmington selectmen send letter to commissioners regarding nonprofit funding

first_img[Update Feb. 13] – The meeting between the Town of Farmington and County Commissioners has been rescheduled to March 17.###FARMINGTON – The Board of Selectmen approved sending a letter to the county commissioners, and will be attending next week’s meeting, to question the withholding of previously-approved funding for several nonprofit organizations.A total of $40,001 is being withheld by the commissioners from Western Maine Transportation Services, Western Maine Community Action and Seniors Plus; those funds were approved through the county budget process last year.WMTS was approved for $10,000 by the budget committee after commissioners failed to unanimously amend the committee’s budget. Commissioner Terry Brann of Wilton and Commissioner Charlie Webster of Farmington were in favor of not funding the organization, having previously indicated they intended to remove most outside agency funding from the budget within a three-year period. The commissioners argued against the efficiency and/or effectiveness of those organizations and that all of the towns should make their own funding decisions. Commissioner Clyde Barker of Strong was opposed to removing the funding, citing the importance and popularity of WMTS in his district, which encompasses the northern part of the county.Commissioners have not released funds to either WMTS or Western Maine Community Action – which was appropriated $30,000 by the committee – in this fiscal year. Funds raised and not appropriated by the end of the fiscal year lapse to the county’s undesignated fund. Among other uses, the fund can be used to reduce the tax assessment impact of county budgets.Seniors Plus had been funded $1 by the budget committee as a placeholder to remain on the list of potentially funded organizations.“In this case, there’s a difference between a philosophy of not wanting to fund and when a budget is approved and agencies are relying on that money,” Town Manager Richard Davis said.The board agreed with Davis and unanimously approved a letter to be sent on their behalf stating their collective opinion. Board members also plan to attend the public meeting on Feb. 18 at the court house to express their concern.last_img

Two indicted on charges relating to Jay shooting incident

first_imgArthur Cohen (Photos courtesy of Franklin County Detention Center)FARMINGTON – Two people have been indicted by the Franklin County grand jury in relation to a shooting incident which occurred in Jay last year, with one man now facing additional drug charges.Arthur Cohen, 36 of Waterbury, Conn., and Alicia Beck, 36 of Bangor, were both indicted on one count of reckless conduct with a firearm, a Class C felony, by the grand jury earlier this week. Cohen also faces additional charges, including two counts of trafficking, one Class A and one Class B felony, as well as possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, a Class C felony.The charges stem from an incident that occurred on April 23, 2020 on Otis Street in Jay. According to an affidavit filed with the court by Jay Police Chief Richard Caton IV, law enforcement responded to the address at 2:40 p.m. after receiving a complaint of shots being fired. Three bullet holes were located in the building and three shell casings from a 9 mm pistol were found in the road.Witnesses told dispatchers that they heard gunshots and saw a white SUV with out-of-state plates leaving Otis Street, turning left onto Main and heading toward Livermore Falls. Livermore Falls police observed and stopped a vehicle matching that description in Livermore Falls on Main Street, near Cumberland Farms, Caton wrote in the affidavit. JPD Officer Daniel Demers and LFPD Lt. Joseph Sage placed all three occupants of the vehicle into custody.Beck was reportedly driving the vehicle, while Cohen was in the front passenger seat. The third occupant was released after police determined he had been picked up after the shooting.Alicia BeckPolice allegedly located two 9mm handguns in the vehicle, one between Beck’s legs and the other in the door console of the driver’s front door. The handgun found in Beck’s possession was checked and discovered to be chambered with a Sig round, Caton said in the affidavit, with the chief also noting that Sig casings were also found at the scene of the shooting.Beck and Cohen were both charged initially with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. Cohen was also charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. According to the indictment, Cohen was previously convicted of the charge of attempt to commit burglary in Connecticut in 2017.Per the indictment, Cohen is further alleged to have trafficked in 6 grams or more of heroin and/or fentanyl; or 270 or more individual bags of heroin and/or fentanyl, leading to the Class A trafficking charge. The Class B charge stems from an allegation that Cohen also trafficked in cocaine.An indictment means that after considering the evidence the district attorney has presented, the grand jury believes there is probable cause, or a “reasonable belief” that the crime occurred.Class C, B and A felonies carry maximum prison sentences of five, 10 and 30 years, respectively.last_img

Campus club on listening seeks members

first_imgThe Listening Club, a burgeoning Harvard organization, is now seeking members. Members will cultivate and hone vanguard listening skills in both subjective and objective contexts; form a vital resource body of listeners performing campus and broader community service; research listening in applied fields of study; and invite active collaboration with other Harvard entities to both liaise with the club and partner on special listening events and activities.A preliminary meeting will take place to discuss the club’s mission and objectives, as well as to designate the founding directors, president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. For more information on the club and the meeting, email [email protected] or call 617.947.7972.last_img

Genes without patents

first_imgAs Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan questioned Myriad Genetics’ attorney about patenting genes, Chris Hansen rejoiced.The attorney said that yes, genes should be patentable. But it was only under the pressure of further questions that he said that chromosomes, too, should be patentable, and — more reluctantly still — organs such as kidneys.“It was all I could do to not leap out of my chair and go, ‘Yaaay!’ ” Hansen said of the spring hearing.To Hansen, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyer who led the lawsuit against Myriad Genetics’ patents of two human breast cancer genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, the exchange augured well for the case’s outcome. The line of questioning seemed to bolster the ACLU’s argument that the genes were a product of nature, like a kidney, and so by law, not patentable. In isolating the genes for breast cancer, it argued, Myriad invented nothing that wasn’t already there.That reasoning ultimately won the day. In its July decision, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that human genes were not patentable, overturning common practice both in the biotech industry and at the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, which by the time of the case had issued patents for 20 percent of human genes. The decision also found, however, that synthetic copies of genes, called cDNA, were patentable.Hansen discussed the proceedings and the decision’s ramifications Tuesday at the Science Center. He was joined by George Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School; Professor I. Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law School; Judy Norsigian, executive director Our Bodies Ourselves, a nonprofit focused on women’s health; and Tania Simoncelli, former ACLU science adviser and today assistant director for forensic sciences with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Sheila Jasanoff, the Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology at the Kennedy School, served as moderator.It was Simoncelli who first brought human gene patenting to Hansen’s attention. The pair credited part of the victory to the broad-based legal strategy that involved multiple plaintiffs to illustrate the wider societal cost of patent restrictions. Among the plaintiffs were scientists whose research was restricted by Myriad’s patents — including the lead plaintiff, the Association for Molecular Pathology — patient advocates, and patients themselves, whose diagnostic choices were limited by the patents.Though several plaintiffs were removed from the case after the court ruled they didn’t have standing, Simoncelli said the early momentum forced the federal attorneys representing the Patent Office, also named in the suit, to look beyond patent law in order to investigate the practice’s broader effects. That was a key reason the government switched sides midway through the case, she believed, and may also have prompted the Supreme Court to decide to hear it.After Hansen’s presentation, the others offered their thoughts as part of a panel. Church, who himself holds some 60 patents, said he was among the first geneticists approached by the ACLU and was involved early on, but withdrew later. He became convinced, he said, that the pace of genetic technology’s advance would soon make Myriad’s patents irrelevant, overtaken by cheap whole genome decoding that included analysis of BRCA genes. He also was concerned that even a win wouldn’t be enough because Myriad held related patents it could use to similar effect. And finally, Church said, he was concerned that the alternative to patents, which are open and available to researchers to read and build on, would be a move toward hiding discoveries as trade secrets, which would reduce scientific openness.“I worry about trade secrets quite a bit,” Church said. “Patents are publications; my lab uses them all the time. They look at other people’s patents — we otherwise wouldn’t be able to figure out what the heck they’re doing. We invent on top of it, and things go forward quickly.”Cohen — who filed an amicus brief to the court on behalf of Eric Lander, director of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT — agreed with the decision but said it provides scant reasoning for lower courts to build on. It might be best for Congress to revisit the issue and devise better legal guidelines, he said.The event, part of a lecture series run by the Kennedy School’s Program on Science, Technology, and Society, was co-sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Graduate School of Design.last_img

Toxic chemicals linked to brain disorders in children

first_imgToxic chemicals may be triggering recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children — such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia — according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The researchers say a new global prevention strategy to control the use of these substances is urgently needed.The report will be published online Feb. 15 in Lancet Neurology.“The greatest concern is the large numbers of children who are affected by toxic damage to brain development in the absence of a formal diagnosis,” said Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health at HSPH. “They suffer reduced attention span, delayed development, and poor school performance. Industrial chemicals are now emerging as likely causes.”The report follows up on a similar review conducted by the authors in 2006 that identified five industrial chemicals as “developmental neurotoxicants,” or chemicals that can cause brain deficits. The new study offers updated findings about those chemicals and adds information on six newly recognized risks, including manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos and DDT (pesticides), tetrachloroethylene (a solvent), and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers (flame retardants).The study outlines possible links between these newly recognized neurotoxicants and negative health effects on children. The findings include:• Manganese is associated with diminished intellectual function and impaired motor skills.• Solvents are linked to hyperactivity and aggressive behavior.• Certain types of pesticides may cause cognitive delays.Grandjean and co-author Philip Landrigan, dean for global health at Mount Sinai, also forecast that many more chemicals than the known dozen or so identified as neurotoxicants contribute to a “silent pandemic” of neurobehavioral deficits that is eroding intelligence, disrupting behaviors, and damaging societies. But controlling this pandemic is difficult because of the scarcity of data to guide prevention, and the huge amount of proof needed for government regulation. “Very few chemicals have been regulated as a result of developmental neurotoxicity,” they write.The authors say it’s crucial to control the use of these chemicals to protect children’s brain development worldwide. They propose mandatory testing of industrial chemicals and the formation of a new international clearinghouse to evaluate industrial chemicals for potential developmental neurotoxicity.“The problem is international in scope, and the solution must therefore also be international,” said Grandjean. “We have the methods in place to test industrial chemicals for harmful effects on children’s brain development — now is the time to make that testing mandatory.”Funding for the study came from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences.last_img

Strikes, violence overwhelm Haiti’s crumbling judiciary

first_imgPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s justice system has long been dysfunctional. But in recent years, delayed judicial appointments, a spike in violence and protests by judges and court clerks demanding higher salaries and better working conditions have overwhelmed a system in which some 80% of inmates are being held with no trial amid a rise in what activists say are illegal and arbitrary preventive detentions. The United Nations said in a statement this week that the conditions are so unacceptable that they constitute a violation of the prohibition of cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.last_img

Bedbugs!!! Extend Their Stay Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows The cast includes Chris Hall, Grace McLean, Nicholas Park, Brian Charles Rooney, Danny Bolero, Tracey Conyer Lee, Barry Shafrin, Gretchen Wylder, Courtney Bassett and Colin Scott Cahill. Bedbugs!!! View Comments Good news, the bed bugs aren’t going anywhere soon!?! The girl-meets-bug sci-fi-rock-musical-comedy Bedbugs!!! has extended off-Broadway through November 2; it had originally been set to shutter on October 25. Directed and choreographed by Robert Bartley, the show officially opened on September 14 at the ArcLight Theatre. Featuring music by Paul Leschen and a book and lyrics by Fred Sauter, Bedbugs!!! follows Carly, an exterminator, who is hell-bent on avenging her mother’s bedbug-related death. In an effort to permanently rid the city of its infestation, she accidentally mutates the pests into an army of human-size, intelligent, carnal creatures out for blood and world domination. The tuner premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2008. Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 2, 2014last_img

Lower-cost Heat.

first_imgGeorgia’s weather is finally reaching the point that many homeowners are either piling on an extra blanket, turning up the thermostat or building roaring fires in the fireplaces. After all, no one wants to be cold on a winter night — that is, until the energy bills begin to rise. University of Georgia experts say lowering your winter energy bill can be as easy as replacing an air filter. “Just like your automobile, your heating system needs monthly maintenance to perform properly,” said Lisa Ann Kelley, a pollution prevention specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Kelley coordinates the Home*A*Syst program in Georgia. “Your heating and cooling system is the single greatest energy consumer in your home,” Kelley said. “But you can reduce the cost of running the system.” Home*A*Syst is a national program that helps homeowners identify pollution problems and ways to correct them. Most heating systems have three parts: (1) the heating unit, (2) the duct or distribution system and (3) the thermostat. Homeowners can save on their heating energy bills by inspecting each of these parts. Kelley said Home*A*Syst offers tips on reducing home energy costs. “If your heating unit is 15 to 25 years old or more, it’s probably not very energy-efficient,” Kelley said. “Even if it still works well, you could greatly benefit by replacing it with a new, energy-efficient model.” If the price of a new system turns you off, Kelley said the energy savings should pay for the unit in only a few years. “If you finance your new unit, the monthly energy savings may exceed the monthly payment,” she said. All machines work more efficiently and safely if you regularly inspect and maintain them. “Forced-air systems include air filters you should change or clean regularly,” she said. Filters remove dust and debris before they reach the air blower and heat-exchange coils. Dirt on heating coils reduces the system’s efficiency. Kelley said your thermostat can be an energy-saving tool, too. “One of the easiest ways to save energy is to set your thermostat at a lower temperature in winter so the system runs less often,” she said. “When the system is constantly cutting on and off, it’s wasting energy.” For the winter, Kelley recommends a setting of 68 degrees during the day and 50 to 60 degrees at night and when no one’s home. Another way to use your thermostat to your advantage is to replace it. “If your thermostat is an older model — one you set to maintain a constant temperature — it should be replaced,” Kelley said. The best thermostat is one designed to adjust temperatures depending on the time. “You can set these digital or clock thermostats to lower the temperature when you’re at work and raise it just before you arrive home,” she said. Or set it to turn the heat down every night at 11 and bring it back up by 6 a.m. Finally, check out your duct or distribution system. More than 90 percent of U.S. home heating systems are forced-air systems. These systems use air ducts to move warm air around the house. “If a duct system leaks, it can waste a lot of energy,” Kelley said. “Inspect your duct systems and make any necessary repairs.” If you find leaks, especially where air enters rooms, repair them with caulking. Your heating system is probably not the only energy-wasting machine in your home. “The best way to know your home’s energy efficiency is to schedule a home energy audit,” Kelley said. “Contact your utility company to see if they offer a home energy audit or can provide energy-saving information for houses like yours.” To assess your own home energy efficiency, contact Kelley at (706) 542-3086 for a Home*A*Syst self-assessment form.last_img