Investing £1k in UK shares? I think this is the best FTSE 100 stock to buy now

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first_img Matthew Dumigan | Wednesday, 10th June, 2020 | More on: ULVR I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Matthew Dumigan has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. The FTSE 100 has staged an impressive recovery since shedding 32% of its value in the stock market crash. While market sentiment has clearly improved, investors are by no means in the clear. A second stock market crash could be just around the corner. There’s every possibility that share prices will sink lower in the short term. With that in mind, it’s vital for investors buying today to adopt a long-term buy-and-hold strategy. That way, you have ample time to ride out the temporary market downswings while still capitalising on cheap valuations. So, if you have spare cash to invest in UK shares, I reckon this could be the best FTSE 100 stock to buy now.Fund managers’ favouriteThe British-Dutch multinational consumer goods company Unilever (LSE: ULVR) is undoubtedly one of the most popular shares listed in the index. The company is even the top holding in the Lindsell Train Global Equity fund, known for its consistent outperformance and strong returns.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…It’s easy to see why the stock is a favourite among the UK’s top fund managers. On an average day, one-third of the world’s population will use a Unilever product. Such products range from Cif and Persil to Vaseline and PG Tips. Moreover, many of the products are household staples, meaning that demand remains resilient even during a downturn. This is evidenced by the group’s first-quarter trading statement. Despite underlying sales growth remaining flat, hygiene and in-home food products performed well.One of the best UK shares?Unilever has delivered sustainable growth for decades and its share price gains are testament to this. Since March 2009, the company’s share price has risen by around 250%. What’s more, there’s plenty of room for further growth in my eyes. The company’s emerging markets business has been a catalyst for sales growth and I think this could continue over the long term. With an expanding middle class in many of these countries, Unilever will evidently benefit from the increased consumer spending.The fact that the company has pledged to pay its dividend will be music to the ears of income investors. With many of the FTSE 100’s top dividend payers suspending or cutting their pay-outs, income investors have been hit particularly hard in this stock market crash. Unilever’s 3.2% yield is nothing to shout about, but it’s better than nothing.Considering Unilever looks well equipped to navigate the current disruption, I think now could be the perfect time to invest. Despite the fact that the shares have almost recovered from their mid-March lows, they’re still down by 5% since the beginning of the sell-off. In my view, Unilever’s dominant market position and opportunities for further growth mean it’s one of the best UK shares to buy now. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images Investing £1k in UK shares? 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Balmain Sandstone Cottage / Carterwilliamson Architects

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first_img Projects “COPY” Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/778896/balmain-sandstone-cottage-carterwilliamson-architects Clipboard Year:  Australia ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/778896/balmain-sandstone-cottage-carterwilliamson-architects Clipboard “COPY” Year:  photographs:  The Guthrie Project Photographs:  The Guthrie Project Save this picture!© The Guthrie ProjectText description provided by the architects. Looking from the street at this rare and intact streetscape, an example of early urban development in Balmain, it may appear that nothing has changed. Go inside, however, and it is apparent that an accumulation of unsympathetic additions had masked the natural beauty of the Sydney Sandstone structure in this 1850s terrace house.Our brief was to rejuvenate the home, while respecting its historic significance.Save this picture!© The Guthrie ProjectThe process of removing excess material, opening up the spaces and inviting in more light was a driving strategy behind the design. We pitched the new ceiling so it reaches up over the lounge into the former roof space, and reveals changes of colour in the sandstone: the patina of light and shadow resulting from past spatial configurations.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!First Floor PlanWhere possible existing apertures have been utilised and celebrated: a step in line with the former rear facade now negotiates the short drop between front and rear levels. New openings, tall skylights over the main bathroom and lounge reach up to the original ridge line, while remaining hidden from the street.Save this picture!© The Guthrie ProjectSliding doors dissolve walls between rooms, allowing them to expand and provide flexibility of uses. While views of the Sydney skyline are visible through a strategically placed bedroom window.Save this picture!© The Guthrie ProjectThick sandstone columns provide a deep threshold into new kitchen and living spaces while speaking to the original cottage footprint. As you walk through one can question the lives of former occupants.Save this picture!Section AASave this picture!Section BBLarge sliding glass doors open to landscaping of the rear garden: released from a previously overgrown state to create a private courtyard and a level space to be expanded into. Here, a restored sandstone   wall, comprised of salvaged sandstone from the local area, bears the marks of convict chisels.Save this picture!© The Guthrie ProjectRestoration work to the street facade gives the home a vitality and originality that immediate neighbours lack, with timber doors, shutters, picket fences, and slate roof tiles reconstructed to their original form. A calm, warm, and robust material palette allows the richness of the original cottage walls to become the decoration in this modest, yet spacious and flexible home.Save this picture!© The Guthrie ProjectProject gallerySee allShow lessM.A.P. Pavilion / Impromptu ProjectsSelected ProjectsRefurbishment Of 906 School In Sabadell / H ArquitectesSelected Projects Sharecenter_img Save this picture!© The Guthrie Project+ 21 Share CopyAbout this officeCarterwilliamson ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionBalmainAustraliaPublished on December 17, 2015Cite: “Balmain Sandstone Cottage / Carterwilliamson Architects” 17 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ AbstractFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Talis MShower ColumnsAXORShowers – AXOR LampShower by NendoWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsMega-Panel Facade SystemsConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMTable LampsAxolightTable Lights – SkirtDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Glass Pivot Door – Rabel 8700 Slim Super ThermalUrban ShadingPunto DesignPublic Architecture in Residential ComplexExterior DeckingHouse of BambooDecking – BambooAnti-Corrosive CoatingsTIGERPowder Coating – Drylac® Bianco 605More products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses Balmain Sandstone Cottage / Carterwilliamson Architects 2015 Architects: Carter Williamson Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Balmain Sandstone Cottage / Carterwilliamson ArchitectsSave this projectSaveBalmain Sandstone Cottage / Carterwilliamson Architects CopyHouses, Extension•Balmain, Australia 2015last_img read more

Aireys Inlet Light House / ARKit

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first_imgCopyHouses•Melbourne, Australia Architects: ARKit Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs ArchDaily Houses “COPY” Aireys Inlet Light House / ARKitSave this projectSaveAireys Inlet Light House / ARKitSave this picture!© Alessandro Cerutti+ 15 Share “COPY” Year:  Projects 2015 Australia Manufacturers: Classic Ceramics, Modinex, McKay Joinery, Meyer Timber, Wes Robbins JoineryDesigned And Constructed:ARKit, Advanced Prefabricated ArchitectureCity:MelbourneCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!PlanRecommended ProductsDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesText description provided by the architects. A stunning site along Eagle Rock Parade in Aireys Inlet, we have designed and built a compact three bedroom home for a family of 5. The emphasis for the design focused on expanded and contracted social spaces, one where the parents could entertain separate from the children when other families stayed with them.Save this picture!© Alessandro CeruttiWhilst maintaining a high level of transparency within and through the architecture, the other design principles of strong environmental design and construction, outdoor living and an abundance of natural light the result is a building that sits lightly on the ground.Save this picture!Section CopyAbout this officeARKitOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMelbourneAustraliaPublished on June 07, 2016Cite: “Aireys Inlet Light House / ARKit” 07 Jun 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MSun Control Film – Prestige ExteriorShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectWall / Ceiling LightsSpectrum LightingLED Downlight – Infinium 3″ Round FlangelessVentilated / Double Skin FacadeCosentinoDekton Cladding in LD Sevilla hotelSealantsSikaJoint SealingBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – MarblesCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Facade in Manchester HospitalWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerHome AppliancesGIRAGira Keyless in – Door communicationLightsLinea Light GroupIntegrated Lighting – Fylo+More products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/788979/aireys-inlet-light-house-arkit Clipboard Save this picture!© Alessandro CeruttiDesigned around a compact footprint, a linear kitchen allows for the inclusion of a large size dining table to accommodate an extended group of family and friends. Decks to the north and south provide for covered indoor/ outdoor connections and effectively double the living area of the house.Save this picture!© Alessandro CeruttiAn outdoor shower and secondary entrance provide an opportunity to wash off from the beach before heading inside. A bunk room complete with custom designed trundle beds creates accommodation for six and the adjacent spill out space gives kids a room of their own to camp, play and explore.Save this picture!© Alessandro CeruttiCrafted from a suite of robust, environmentally friendly materials the house is externally clad in western red cedar with plywood kitchen, timber flooring, low/no VOC finishes and blackbutt decks and pergola. Siting considerations included minimising impacts to the existing vegetation and maximising privacy. ARKit’s scope included revegetation of the site with indigenous plant species.Save this picture!East ElevationSave this picture!South ElevationThe project was built offsite in ARKit’s workshop, allowing for frequent visits by the owners prior to transportation to site.Save this picture!© Alessandro CeruttiProject gallerySee allShow lessGallery: The Serpentine Pavilion and Summer Houses Photographed by Laurian GhinitoiuArchitecture NewsPezo von Ellrichshausen’s Vara Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is a Maze of Circular…Architecture News Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/788979/aireys-inlet-light-house-arkit Clipboard Aireys Inlet Light House / ARKit Photographs:  Alessandro Cerutti Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project last_img read more

New grant-making trust announced

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About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New grant-making trust announced Howard Lake | 24 March 2000 | News A new grant-making trust was announced this morning on FundUK, UK Fundraising’s discussion list for fundraisers. Find out what the UIA Charitable Foundation will fund in UK Fundraising’s report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

Physicist Charles A. Barnes Dies

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first_img Credit: Bob PazCharles A. Barnes, professor of physics, emeritus, at Caltech and an expert in the study of both the weak nuclear force—one of the fundamental forces of nature—and of the nuclear reactions that produce the majority of the elements in our universe, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2015. He was 93.“Caltech was the place at which nuclear astrophysics was invented, and Charlie made many fundamental contributions in this field,” says Fiona Harrison, the Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair of Caltech’s Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy and Benjamin Rosen Professor of Physics.Born on December 12, 1921, in Toronto, Canada, Barnes received his bachelor of arts degree in physics and mathematics from McMaster University in 1943 and his master of arts degree in physics from the University of Toronto in 1944. He earned a doctorate in physics from the University of Cambridge in 1950. He came to Caltech as a research fellow in 1953 and became a senior research fellow in 1954, an associate professor in 1958, and a professor in 1962. Barnes retired in 1992.Barnes was a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.An experimental physicist who specialized in nuclear physics, Barnes performed pioneering research in two key areas. The first was in the study of the so-called nuclear weak force, which governs the radioactive decay of elements and is responsible for the fusion of protons to form deuterium. This fusion releases the energy that is the source of heat from our sun and other stars.During the 1960s and 70s, in experiments using the particle accelerators in the basements of Caltech’s Kellogg Radiation Laboratory and Alfred P. Sloan Laboratory of Mathematics and Physics, Barnes studied the breakdown of “mirror symmetry” in the weak force, the phenomenon that causes an experiment and its mirror experiment to give different results. “This is a surprising and novel feature of the weak nuclear force,” says Caltech professor of physics Bradley W. Filippone.Barnes was also an expert in nucleosynthesis, the formation of new atomic nuclei from simpler ones, a process that occurs on a cosmic scale in the cores of stars.“He is probably best known for his nucleosynthesis studies of the nuclear reaction that produces oxygen from carbon and helium,” says Filippone. In 1974, Barnes and his student Peggy Dyer (PhD ’73) performed the first careful measurement of this reaction. Over the next two decades, in collaboration with Filippone and others, Barnes improved upon the measurement; their work culminated in a precision measurement at TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, in 1993. This reaction rate was called “a problem of paramount importance” by Caltech’s William A. Fowler, co-winner of the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics for his research into the creation of chemical elements inside stars, in his Nobel address. Through his work, Barnes provided critical input in determining the final distribution of the chemical elements produced in stars—and whether the final fate of a star is to become a black hole or some other celestial object, such as a neutron star.In addition to his scientific achievements, Barnes will be remembered fondly for his support of young scientists. “He was a superb mentor to young scientists—including me—providing encouragement, enthusiasm, and great ideas to a generation of nuclear physicists studying both the weak nuclear force as well as nuclear reactions that occur in stars,” says Filippone.“Charlie was still active when I came to Caltech, and I remember conversations with him about signatures we could look for to identify how rare chemical elements are manufactured in the universe,” Harrison says.“Charlie was a wonderful person, scientist, and collaborator,” says George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry Nate Lewis (BS ’77, MS ’77), who worked with Barnes during the late 1980s. “He was thorough, scholarly, and curious, and a shining example of the best qualities in a long tradition of truly world-class experimental nuclear physicists at Caltech.”Barnes was predeceased by his wife of six decades, Phyllis, who passed away on August 12, 2013. He is survived by his son, Steven Barnes, and his daughter, Nancy Wetherow; by four grandchildren; and by two great-grandchildren. 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Community News Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community Newscenter_img Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Science and Technology Physicist Charles A. Barnes Dies By KATHY SVITIL Published on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | 2:57 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Man arrested following car theft in Strabane

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first_img By News Highland – January 23, 2020 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Man arrested following car theft in Strabane Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articlePre-Election public meeting to discuss ED crisisNext articleFG manifesto will contain clear cross border commitments – Mc Hugh News Highland Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows A 21 year old man has been arrested following a report of theft at the Ballycolman Estate area of Strabane last night.At around 10:15pm, it was reported that a male had entered a car parked in the area. It is believed that a number of items were taken during the incident.He was arrested a short time later on suspicion of theft, interference with vehicles and possession of a Class A controlled drug. He is in police custody assisting with inquiries.Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to contact police on 101. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Further drop in Covid rate across Donegal

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first_imgHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – February 5, 2021 Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Facebook Previous articleNew build for local Gaelscoil a step closerNext articleMan dies following crash in Sligo News Highland WhatsApp There’s been a further decrease in the rate of Covid-19 across Donegal.According to figures up to February 1st, case numbers in each local electoral area of the county have also dropped.The biggest drop in the 14 day incidence rate in Donegal is seen in Letterkenny where it has more than halved from 815.7 to 392.7 cases per 100,000 people with 117 confirmed cases.37 cases have been identified in North Inishowen and the rate of infection is down 32% to 218.1.The rate is also down in the South of the peninsula to 286.1 with 64 confirmed cases.The number of cases are down significantly in Milford from 130 to 72. The incidence rate there stands at 522.8, down 44%.In Lifford/ Stranorlar, while the rate of infection is down 34% to 714.6, the case numbers still remain high at 185.91 cases have been recorded in Glenties while the incidence rate is 380.5, a decrease of 35%.There’s been a drop in the rate in Donegal also to 437.9 with 116 cases reported there. WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+center_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Further drop in Covid rate across Donegal DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebooklast_img read more

Growth and metabolism in the Antarctic brachiopod Liothyrella uva

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first_imgSummer and winter growth rates were assessed separately for a population of the Antarctic brachiopod Liothyrella uva between early January 1992 and December 1993. Annual shell growth rates (1.6–2.3 mm yr−1 for a 5 mm individual; 0.96–1.44 mm −1 for a 20 mm specimen) were two to six times slower than those reported for temperate species. Growth in specimens less than 20 mm in length was faster in 1992 than in 1993, although differences between years over the whole size range were not significant. Surprisingly, growth was much faster in winter periods than during the summers. A 5 mm long individual grew five times faster in winter than in summer, and for a 20 mm long specimen the difference was 13 times. This runs contrary to current ideas on the effects of seasonality on the biology of polar marine invertebrates, but may be an effect of maximizing the efficiency of resource utilization. Comparisons with previous work showed shell growth to be decoupled from periods of tissue mass increase, and also from the main period of phytoplankton productivity. Oxygen consumption of 75 of the specimens used in the growth study was measured to test the hypothesis that basal metabolic rates should be inversely correlated with growth rates. Unexpectedly, an analysis of residuals produced no significant relationship, positive or negative, between growth rate and basal metabolism (F = 1.37, p=0.25, n = 75).last_img read more

Website that enables tenants to rate landlords and agents goes live

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first_imgHome » News » Website that enables tenants to rate landlords and agents goes live previous nextProptechWebsite that enables tenants to rate landlords and agents goes liveFounders say if the site is successful they plans to launch in the US, Oz and NZ soon.Nigel Lewis12th April 201701,458 Views A Bristol-based website that claims to be a TripAdvisor for tenants by enabling them to rate landlords, letting agents and property has gone live with ambitions to launch in the US, Australia and New Zealand.The site, MarksOutOfTenancy.com, asks tenants to rate their landlord, property and area and also leave brief details about their experiences.It asks tenants to rate the heating, décor and furniture, utilities, structural qualities, soundproofing and heating system, each out of ten.Marks out of Tenancy then publishes summary pages for each property and names both the tenant and how long they have rented the property, and the landlord.Rate letting agentsThe site also enables tenants to separately rate letting agents, marking them out of ten for communication, speed, quality of repairs, value for money, attitude and check in/check out abilities.Both landlords and agents will be able to respond to their reviews, whether good or bad, the site says.Marks Out Of Tenancy has been under development for two years and was founded by Bristol-based Ben Yarrow (picture right, top) and Tom Dickinson (below), who say the idea came to them after a “negative experience” with a local landlord.The pair found that while they could go online to rate holidays, hotels and restaurants, there was no comparable service for the rental market.They say the reviews left by tenants on Marks Out of Tenancy won’t just be about highlighting property quality and landlord or agent behaviour.Ben, who is the tech brains behind the website, says it will also enable landlords to understand better which are the best agents in an area, and also push up housing standards by sharing anonymised data with councils and housing charities.“Marks Out Of Tenancy can be a really useful tool when embraced by landlords and letting agents, to display real-life testimonials of high standards of service,” he told The Negotiator.“Your readers will be keen to know that our next update includes a stream of comments on reviews, in which the letting agent or landlord being reviewed can add more information and communicate transparently with the tenant.“We’re well aware that this is a concept that may be met with some resistance and might make some letting providers feel uncomfortable, but are keen to work with landlords and agencies to demonstrate the positive impact it can have on your service.”The site launched a month ago and to date 50 properties have been reviewed by tenants, almost half of them in Bristol where the business is based.MarksOutOfTenancy Ben yarrow tom dickinson April 12, 2017Nigel 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

Council charges record £900 per property to license rented homes

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first_imgHome » News » Council charges record £900 per property to license rented homes previous nextRegulation & LawCouncil charges record £900 per property to license rented homesBarking & Daganham, which requires all private rented properties to be licensed, has also increased its fees for HMOs to £1,300.Nigel Lewis19th August 201901,346 Views A local authority in London has increased its property licensing fees by 78% to £900 per property, which is believed to be the highest in the UK.The huge increase is expected to generate an additional £16 million in fees over the next five years for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.The council has also increased the fees it charges for licensing HMOs by 30% to £1,300 per property.The council operates three ways to license private rented properties within its borders (pictured, above) depending on how they are rented out. This includes a selective licensing scheme, an HMO licence and an additional licensing scheme for smaller HMOs.From 1st September this year its additional licensing scheme is not being renewed and instead all letting agents or landlords renewing the licence for a non-HMO property must apply via the council’s selective licensing scheme instead.ConfusionHousing regulation consultancy London Property Licensing has also claimed that advice given by the council’s housing hotline about the changes could lead to agents and landlords being in breach of HMO regulations.It says council advisors have told the consultancy that smaller HMOs will not need to licensed when the borough’s additional scheme expires on 1st September, but London Property Licensing believes this is not the case as has asked the council for clarification.“With a replacement selective licensing scheme starting on 1 September 2019, it is vital that Barking and Dagenham Council clarify how the rules will apply to HMOs that are no longer covered by their additional licensing scheme, says Richard Tacagni, MD, London Property Licensing.Selective Licensing scheme additional licencing Barking and Dagenham August 19, 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 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 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more