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Your Rights Against Illegal Eviction

By |2021-05-24T12:57:26+00:00June 18, 2010|Householder Rights|

Illegal eviction by landlords is a serious criminal offence and the law is there to protect tenants in private rental accommodation. Right to a Fair Eviction If a landlord believes a tenant has broken the terms of their contract, or otherwise made their lease untenable, then by law they have [...]

What Rights Does a Homeowner Have Against Intruders?

By |2021-05-24T12:57:26+00:00June 17, 2010|Householder Rights|

Despite operating outside of the law, burglars are still protected by it. So what rights do householders actually have against intruders? Equal Rights for Householders and Intruders? If a burglar breaks into your home with intent to steal then you might expect to be able to use whatever force necessary [...]

Your Rights Against Troublesome Neighbours

By |2021-05-24T12:57:26+00:00June 9, 2010|Householder Rights|

Troublesome neighbours can seriously damage the quality of home life, but not only do you have the right to live in peace but the legal rights too. Neighbour Trouble Whether it’s head thumping bass of a stereo, persistent shrieks of an over active child or loud footsteps, the chief neighbour [...]

Safeguarding Privacy in the Home

By |2021-05-24T12:57:26+00:00June 9, 2010|Householder Rights|

The privacy of the home is under threat through the widespread powers of entry at the disposal of the state, but what efforts are being made to protect our private domain? The Right to Privacy in the Home Recent years have seen a heightened government interest in monitoring the behaviour [...]

Who Has the Power of Entry?

By |2021-05-24T12:57:26+00:00June 8, 2010|Householder Rights|

With the state possessing a disquieting number of different powers of entry, an Englishman’s home is less a castle than an open house. Is an Englishman’s Home Still His Castle? “An Englishman’s home is his castle” is a much cherished phrase that highlights a national inclination to claim a piece [...]

Can Householder be Forced to Fix Dangerous Roof?

By |2021-05-24T12:57:27+00:00July 19, 2009|Ask Our Experts|

If the disrepair of a householder’s roof presents a danger to members of the public then the responsible party should be forced to take action. The first course of action in disputes with neighbouring householders is always negotiation. The neighbour should always be given the chance to resolve the problem [...]

Plasterboard in New Build Houses: Can Paint Cause Smell?

By |2021-05-24T12:57:27+00:00July 19, 2009|Ask Our Experts|

I would have to disagree with your decorator and say it is much more likely the white emulsion paint is to blame for the bad gas-like smell experienced in your daughter’s room. What’s more it’s not a smell that will simply go away in time or be relieved by any [...]

Student Property Rights

By |2021-05-24T12:57:27+00:00February 18, 2009|Student House Safety|

By understanding their rights when renting properties, students can avoid falling victim to crooked landlords, living in unhealthy and unsafe conditions, and losing any of their precious pennies. Contract Negotiations Once you have located the student house you are happy with, the first things you need to sort out with [...]

Gas Safety in Student Properties

By |2021-05-24T12:57:27+00:00February 17, 2009|Student House Safety|

Not only is carbon monoxide the most toxic substance you'll come into contact with in your student life but also it’s the hardest to detect. It’s vital therefore that the necessary care is taken to ensure a student property is gas safe. The Threat of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Carbon monoxide [...]

Fire and Electrical Safety Advice for Students

By |2021-05-24T12:57:27+00:00February 17, 2009|Student House Safety|

With the many exciting distractions of life in a student property, fire and electrical safety are unlikely to feature high on the list of priorities. However, it vital that certain safety standards are upheld. Laws Ensuring Tenant Safety Fire and electrical safety is a major issue in private rented accommodation, [...]

Crime Prevention Tips for Students

By |2021-05-24T12:57:27+00:00February 17, 2009|Student House Safety|

Living independently for the first time gives you a lot of freedom but in doing so makes you vulnerable to crime. However, staying safe is simply a matter of exercising common sense. High Crime Risk According to recent government statistics, young people between the ages of 16 and 24 are [...]

Minimising the ‘Student Look’ of Your Property

By |2021-05-24T12:57:27+00:00February 13, 2009|Student House Safety|

Burglars target student properties because they know each owns a small fortune in consumer desirables. To avoid attracting the burglar’s eye, it is therefore a good idea to try to minimise that ‘student look’. Prime Burglary Target Private student accommodation a very attractive proposition to the average burglar, and it’s [...]

Finding Safe Private Student Accommodation

By |2021-05-24T12:57:27+00:00February 12, 2009|Student House Safety|

Time spent carefully researching and inspecting a potential student property will prove time well spent, as it will ultimately save you time, money and misery. Compile a Checklist There are lots of aspects to consider when first viewing a property, and it’s all too easy to overlook important details in [...]

Student House: Choosing a Safe Location

By |2021-05-24T12:57:27+00:00February 11, 2009|Student House Safety|

The location of a student property will be every bit as important to your first experiences of living independently as the accommodation itself, so it’s vital you take time to do your research first. Location, Location, Location As every estate agent knows, location is everything. It doesn’t matter if your [...]

Protect Your Home From Lightning Strikes

By |2021-05-24T12:57:28+00:00July 30, 2008|Hazards|

With regard to the British weather, most of us are familiar with using our common sense when it comes to thunder and lightning when we’re outdoors. We’ll know not to shelter underneath trees when lightning is in the air as well as trying to get indoors as opposed to remaining [...]

Look Out For Rogue Traders When Extending Your Home

By |2021-05-24T12:57:28+00:00May 29, 2008|Extending a Home|

Rogue traders can be the blight of many a home improvement project and we’re all familiar with the term ‘cowboy builders’. However, you need not fall victim to a rogue trader if you’re having a home extension installed and by following a few careful steps, you can ensure peace of [...]

Advice on Home Security and Protecting Your Property

By |2021-05-24T12:57:28+00:00April 29, 2008|Home Security|

Home security affects all of us and the vast majority of us will all naturally ensure that our homes are secure and locked even when we’re just popping down to the local shops for 15 minutes or so. Likewise, when we go to bed, we’ll lock all our external doors [...]

What to Consider When Buying Skylights

By |2021-05-24T12:57:28+00:00April 1, 2008|Home Technology|

Having one or more skylights installed in your home does not only make your home more aesthetically pleasing to live in and can also make it extremely attractive to potential buyers should you ever wish to sell your property, they can also serve other useful additional purposes such as increasing [...]

Wireless Monitoring Systems

By |2021-05-24T12:57:28+00:00January 31, 2008|Home Technology|

Home security systems have come a long way since we first started installing burglar alarms, light sensors and the like and the rapid advances in home security has been, for the most part, thanks to information technology and to wireless technologies in particular. More than just offering security and protection, [...]

Selling Your Home & Renting it Back – The Pros & Cons

By |2021-05-24T12:57:29+00:00November 14, 2007|Finance|

With the levels of personal consumer debt continuing to make the headlines numerous companies have sprung up as they have seen the opportunity to cash in on this spiralling phenomenon. One of the biggest growth sectors has been in the area of selling your property to rent it back afterwards [...]

When You’ll Need Planning Permission

By |2021-05-24T12:57:29+00:00August 17, 2007|Buying a Home|

A planning department in a local authority is there to manage the way our towns, cities, suburbs and countryside develop. This includes the use of land and buildings and their appearance, landscaping considerations, the impact upon roads and highway access and the effects in which any proposed development will have [...]

Coping With Flood Damage And Action You Should Take

By |2021-05-24T12:57:30+00:00August 16, 2007|Hazards|

In the midst of a flood situation there are some very real dangers out there and your thoughts need to be more focused now on yours and your family’s self-preservation as opposed to any damage to your property and belongings. Flood damage insurance claims and flood damage clean up operations [...]

Childproofing Your Home and Making It Safe for Children

By |2021-05-24T12:57:30+00:00August 16, 2007|Hazards|

Childproofing our homes is something that we have to carry out in great detail, especially when children are very young. Although we might all think we are responsible parents who would not let our baby or toddler get into any harm at home, there are many hidden dangers lurking which [...]

Home Security – Walls and Fences

By |2021-05-24T12:57:30+00:00August 16, 2007|Home Exterior|

For many people their first consideration when looking at how to secure their home is to look at windows and doors. However, your first line of defence really should begin with perimeter walls and fences. Ideally, you should be looking at erecting walls or fences which are high enough to [...]

Dealing with Household Waste Safely

By |2021-05-24T12:57:31+00:00May 22, 2007|Hazards|

Whilst everybody needs to dispose of some household waste each week you should try to apply what’s become known as the ‘3Rs’ to managing your waste effectively – reuse, reduce and recycle. Implementing this will limit both the environmental and economic impact of household waste. Reducing, Reusing and Recycling Waste [...]

Air Purification Systems For The Home

By |2021-05-24T12:57:31+00:00February 15, 2007|Indoor Pollution|

It’s hardly surprising that air purification systems are becoming increasingly popular. With more pollution in the atmosphere then at any time in history it’s hardly surprising that more of us are suffering from a greater variety of medical ailments. These include asthma, sinus problems, headaches, nausea, ear infections and respiratory [...]

Effects of Household Chemicals

By |2021-05-24T12:57:32+00:00October 27, 2006|Kitchen and Bathroom|

It's a sobering fact that a large number of chemicals used in household cleaning products started out as surplus industrial chemicals left over from the war in 1945. The drive for instant cleaning solutions for busy families has increased the use of these strong chemicals in household products, but without [...]

Caring For Your Trees And Keeping Them Healthy

By |2021-05-24T12:57:32+00:00October 26, 2006|Home Exterior|

Trees are a beautiful addition to any garden, and with proper tree care they will thrive and give pleasure for generations. Like any other living things, tree care is all about the need to be looked after correctly, fed properly, and for diseases to be diagnosed and treated promptly, in [...]

Home Communications Systems

By |2021-05-24T12:57:32+00:00October 20, 2006|Home Technology|

The explosion of the Internet has had a dramatic effect on communication worldwide over the last twenty years. Although the most sophisticated communications systems are bought and used by major international corporations, the addition of the personal computer - or PC - has meant a parallel revolution in everyday communication [...]

Chemicals And Additives In Food And Ways Of Eating More Healthily

By |2021-05-24T12:57:32+00:00October 19, 2006|Kitchen and Bathroom|

The media prints more advice today about chemicals in our food than ever before. It is confusing, knowing which chemicals occur naturally, which are man-made additives, which are actually beneficial and most importantly, which are harmful and to be avoided. A comprehensive list of all the chemicals that occur in [...]

Leaving Children At Home While You Are Working

By |2021-05-24T12:57:32+00:00October 19, 2006|Home Security|

These days, happily, working parents spend far more time with their children than parents of thirty years ago did, but working arrangements can still mean young teenagers arriving home and remaining unsupervised for a couple of hours. For those parents who need to let their children enjoy a couple of [...]

Finding a Reputable Tradesman

By |2021-05-24T12:57:33+00:00October 13, 2006|DIY and Maintenance|

It's a common complaint among householders - finding a reputable tradesman is next to impossible. The route to finding a good reputable tradesman is not as difficult as you might imagine, if you follow these basic rules you will get the job done properly, at the right price. Recommendation Word [...]

Home Security And Safeguarding Your Property When You’re Away

By |2021-05-24T12:57:32+00:00October 13, 2006|Home Security|

Nothing spoils a holiday or trip away than returning to find that thieves have been in your home, and taken your valuable possessions. Home security means taking a few simple security steps before you go away so that you can make your house look 'occupied' even if you're not there. [...]

Repairing Structural Defects

By |2021-05-24T12:57:33+00:00October 11, 2006|DIY and Maintenance|

The expression 'a stitch in time …' is entirely appropriate when dealing with structural defects in your home or business. Prevention is always easier, and cheaper, than repairs on neglected areas, which can lead to serious costs in both time and money. The key to saving time and money in [...]

Internet Fraud and How to Avoid it

By |2021-05-24T12:57:33+00:00September 27, 2006|Home Technology|

There is no doubt that the age of mass communication is a double-edged sword. The ability to send messages by the Internet has opened up the information super-highway, communication and information can be found and used in a micro-second. But, personal information can also be located and used, and indeed [...]

The Importance of Radon Testing

By |2021-05-24T12:57:33+00:00September 27, 2006|Indoor Pollution|

Radon is a natural radioactive gas, which seeps into buildings from minute amounts of uranium that is present in all rocks, soil, bricks and concrete. In highly concentrated amounts, Radon can be harmful to the human body, but there is absolutely no need to panic. This information will tell you [...]

Preventing and Dealing with Fat Fires

By |2021-05-24T12:57:34+00:00August 8, 2006|Kitchen and Bathroom|

In the UK there is a domestic fire every 8 minutes. Around 20 people are killed or injured every day from fires that start in the kitchen; one fifth of these accidents will involve chip pans, or deep fat fryer fires. Cooking oil and fat fires are difficult to control [...]

The Danger of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Home

By |2021-05-24T12:57:34+00:00August 8, 2006|Indoor Pollution|

Carbon Monoxide poisoning kills 50 people a year in Britain and seriously injures hundreds more. With many more cases going undetected, unreported and untreated. Carbon Monoxide is emitted from the burning of carbon fuels like, wood, charcoal, gas, and coal, due to inadequate oxygen supply. The burning of all these [...]

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