Tenancy Agreement Reminder After High Court Ruling

Last year the High Court ruled that certain terms and conditions used by the letting agent Foxtons in its contracts with landlords were unfair. The terms in question allowed Foxtons to charge repeat renewal commission when tenants stayed on in a rental property after the initial fixed period tenancy had expired, even if the firm had played no part in persuading the tenant to stay, and did not collect the rent or manage the property. They also required landlords to pay commission to Foxtons even after it had sold the property, and allowed Foxtons to receive a full estate agents’ commission for sale of the property to a tenant. Although the OFT was on this occasion jumping to the defence of landlords, it is equally concerned that landlords do not themselves impose unfair terms on tenants. Tenancy agreements are contracts between a landlord and a tenant, or tenants. They set out the terms under which the landlord lets and the tenant rents the property. Landlord and tenant are not entirely free to agree whatever terms they wish – or at least the terms included will not necessarily be enforceable in every respect. Assured shorthold tenancy agreements – the default type of agreement – are subject to Housing Act and Common Law constraints. No matter what the tenancy agreement says, for example, landlords cannot impose more stringent notice periods than required by legislation, or throw off their duty of care towards tenants. Neither can landlords enforce terms added into an agreement which are ‘unfair’ under the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations. In fact the Office of Fair Trading has...

Can I get a Compromise Agreement after Redundancy?

The start of the credit crunch has been pinpointed to 9th August 2007. Almost three years later, companies are still finding themselves hard-hit by the economic downturn. Businesses are being forced to make redundancies in their work force. This can involve a reduction in the type of job required or possibly the complete closure of a business or department. In any case the total reorganisation of a workforce could leave you out in the cold. The use of compromise agreements in redundancy is often initiated by employers. Even though the termination of your contract may not be contentious, your employer may still want to make sure that no employment tribunal claim is brought against them. For an employer it’s a no-brainer, the extra cost of a compromise agreement is trivial compared with the legal fees, stress and time lost to contest a Tribunal claim. As an employee who’s contract is being terminated, why should you sign something which waives your right to make any future claims against your employer? The compromise agreement will turn your redundancy package into a full and final settlement. It is your opportunity to get the best deal for you. The agreement can provide full details of what compensation you will receive and what proportion of this will be tax-free. As well as this, it allows for rules to be agreed, such as the employee working for fellow competitors or certain customers, if this is not already covered in the service contract. However you may have been left thinking, ‘why was I chosen?Employees often get the impression that their particular redundancy was unfair, sometimes they...

Before And After Cataract Operations

Cataracts are not very fun to live with. As a person ages the lens of their eye becomes a little hardened and when it goes cloudy, eye sight is affected. It is one of the most common eye conditions in the over 55 age group. There is a high chance of anyone in their 70’s developing this condition, more so if there is a family history of it or diabetes in the family. The good news however is that there is treatment available. By having the lens of the eye replaced altogether you can be rid of cataracts and poor eye sight and be safe in the knowledge that the cataracts won’t come back. Eye sight can be instantly restored with laser eye surgery and it has so far helped millions around the world. This article provides all the information you need about before and after having cataract surgery. Although glasses or contacts can be worn to help correct minor vision problems caused by cataracts, the cloudy area is likely to continue growing. Eventually blurred vision, double vision and poor eyesight can mean reading becomes difficult or seeing things in the distance is not possible. There are some measures and treatments that can be effective before resorting to surgery however. There are eye drops available that can also slow down the development of cataracts and there are even special exercises a person can do to prevent the condition from worsening. If this all fails to control the condition however then surgery offers an effective and permanent solution. Cataract surgery is safe, quick and totally painless. Recovery does not take...

Fire and Smoke – The Clean Up Operation After a Fire

The secret of dealing with fire and smoke damage is in knowing whether to tackle it yourself or call in a team of professionals. In the aftermath of a fire, shocked homeowners are understandably anxious to immediately set about putting their home right, taking out damaged items and restoring comfort and tranquility as soon as possible. Unfortunately, a clean up operation needs to be delayed for a short time while the practicalities take place. Most homes carry insurance and some items are listed as valuable while others are not. Take the time to take photos of the damage and ring your insurers to secure permission to start cleaning up. Usually the insurance company will say go ahead but do take plenty of pictures as a precaution. Check out the electrical wiring and make sure the area is safe to work in: no point in surviving the fire and then blowing yourself to bits in an electrical explosion. Once you have established the cleaning can begin, make a decision whether to call on the services of a professional team of cleaners with the experience of cleaning fire and smoke residue. Soot and smoke pervade everything, coating walls, floors and ceilings and penetrating a sickly odor into fabrics and wallpaper. Cleaning up the effects of smoke and fire can be a prolonged and unpleasant task. Having decided to try cleaning up the mess yourself, remove everything outside if you can, to introduce some fresh air to the proceedings. Open all the doors and windows and leave them open for as long as you can each day while you start cleaning from...

Recovering Right After Your Tummy Tuck Operation

Tummy tuck (also called “abdominoplasty”) is one of the most popular surgeries today. It can get you the flat, trim, sexy stomach that no amount of exercise and diet seems to get. But like all types of surgery, this also carries risks. Most people who have trouble recovering from abdominoplasty simply don’t know what to expect, or can’t tell when it’s time to go to the doctor. What Can You Expect From Your Incisions? Incisions and scarring are natural results of a tummy tuck. The former will heal, but the later remains forever. A good plastic surgeon will know how to position and limit the length of the scars so that they are not so noticeable. In three months, the cuts should be healed. At this time, you don’t have to worry so much about complications. They still might look the same for months to come, but the pain and swelling should go down. Tingling sensations around the cuts are perfectly normal. So is numbness. Numbness may last for a long time after they heal. This goes case-by-case; some folks experience no pain, numbness or tingling at all. What Is Not Normal-And When You Should Talk To A Doctor There will be some pain and discomfort from your tummy tuck incisions, but if the pain is excessive, you should talk to the doctor. After your operation, the pain should gradually decrease, and not increase over the next few weeks. If, a few weeks after the operation, the pain worsens, definitely talk to your plastic surgeon. Again, this goes case-by-case, so if it feels like excessive pain to you, talk...
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