Legal firm reveals trail of horror left by ‘worst rogue tenant ever’

first_imgHome » News » Legal firm reveals trail of horror left by ‘worst rogue tenant ever’ previous nextRegulation & LawLegal firm reveals trail of horror left by ‘worst rogue tenant ever’Legal4Landlords says it has helped a landlord battle a rogue tenant who took seven months to evict and still owes £6,250 in back rent.Sheila Manchester24th January 20201 Comment1,414 Views A legal firm has released sickening images of a worm-infested home left by a rogue tenant to highlight the plight of landlords facing long eviction waits and a referencing system that often misses repeat offenders.Maggots can be seen engulfing the fridge and freezer, which the tenant left unplugged intentionally, while mounds of unopened debt letters pile up on kitchen counters.It took a shocking SEVEN MONTHS for the tenant to be evicted from the two-bedroom home in Barking, Essex, despite the appalling state of the property.Rent arrears totaled £6,250 but, as the tenant was an EU national with no UK assets, the landlord recouped nothing at all and has been left with a bill totaling thousands of pounds for cleaning, repairs and waste removal.Rogue tenantThe landlord later discovered the tenant is a repeat offender, having been evicted from other properties, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake.While a letting agency dealt with tenant referencing checks on behalf of the landlord, she now questions its thoroughness given that previous issues weren’t flagged.LegalforLandlords represented the landlord in gaining possession of her property, having initially attempted to handle the issue herself.The first hearing was scheduled two months after approaching the firm for help, with court backlogs causing delays.But this hearing was adjourned by the judge, with a new date listed for July 2019, at which possession was granted and a bailiff appointment set for September 2019, again due to the huge number of cases being dealt with.Sim Sekhon (pictured, left), Managing Director of LegalforLandlords, said: “We’ve handled many cases where tenants have left properties in a state of squalor, but this is definitely one of the worst we’ve seen.”Read more about evictions.rogue tenant legal4landlords Barking and Dagenham Sim Sekhon Essex January 24, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentKelvin Francis, Kelvin Francis Ltd. Kelvin Francis Ltd. 24th January 2020 at 11:01 amThis is an appalling example of how bad things can get and it also highlights the weaknesses of the system, taking so long for meaningful action to be taken. Every delay in achieving a Court Hearing and subsequent delay, in being able to enforce the eviction, exacerbated the financial losses of rent and property damage.The Reference company involved needs to take a long hard look at its record keeping, this awful tenant obviously left a trail of destruction behind them. The system is broken and taking away the option of S21. notices, without a radical overhaul, can only make things considerably 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 2021last_img read more

Economic Crisis: A Panel of Harvard Experts

first_imgHarvard University held a University-wide forum, “The Economic Crisis, Two Years Later: A Panel of Harvard Experts,” on Tuesday, October 12 at 4:00PM.last_img

PEMCo performs ‘Guys and Dolls’

first_imgIf you ask senior Clare Strickland, PEMCo’s executive producer, how she balances majoring in Neuroscience with overseeing the spring show “Guys and Dolls”, she would respond:“That’s a funny joke! We simply don’t sleep.”If you ask sophomore Alison Croucher, the director of the upcoming spring show, “Guys and Dolls,” how she manages to stay motivated between her Film, Television, and Theater course load and 24 hours per week of PEMCo rehearsals, she would respond:“Pure adrenaline and exhaustion at this point is what keeps me going. I don’t even have time to get a coffee.”Being a full-time student and also part of PEMCo, an entirely student-run and self-sustaining musical theatre group, is no small feat.“Balancing is hard. There’s no way you can have 24 hours of practice a week, have the amazing, glorious social life you want, and do well in academics and extracurriculars,” sophomore Roni Mansour, the music director of the spring show, said.Mansour, majoring in Music and English with a minor in Musical Theater, has had to learn to wear many different hats, along with the rest of the PEMCo team of around 50 members, including four producers, 21 cast members, 16 pit members and countless other people who have contributed to the show. Directors, producers and cast members alike, might find themselves running from a physics lab or an art critique to rehearsal. With that in mind, it can be a challenge to put together a show with so many different schedules and the routine distractions and stressors of everyday college life.“You leave everything at the door when you walk in and give everything you have to the production and rehearsal,” Croucher said. “It’s a journey, and it’s a process. As a director, I have to constantly be reading the room.”The size of the cast and crew could potentially cause conflict, but Mansour said the group’s mutual respect ensures that they work productively.“Everything comes down to respect. The cast has respect for us, we have respect for them. You have to check your egos at the door,” Mansour said.While rehearsals and the production process can be taxing, there is a reason that students come back year after year to be part of PEMCo productions — shows are rewarding and fun.“We have a really good balance between having fun and being professional,” Strickland said. “While at times, [the show] can be another source of stress, being at rehearsal is stress relief for me. It’s a really safe place where we can kind of let go and escape any troubles that we are going through.”Croucher echoed Strickland’s sentiments as she credited a love of theater as her motivation.While “Guys and Dolls” has been done time and time again, PEMCo is trying to put their own twist on the production.“This is a classic golden-age show, meaning it’s old. It’s been redone and re-vibed countless times. How are we going to make it our own? How is our version going to be different than what you saw on Broadway five years ago?” Croucher said when asked about how she has adapted the show at the University.Mansour said the most exciting part of the show has been “messing around with the music and making it our own.”“It’s a unique show with our own taste of creativity,” she said.Performances of “Guys and Dolls” will be take place Thursday through Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Washington Hall. Tickets are now on sale at the LaFortune Box Office. Student tickets are $7 and non-student tickets are $10.Tags: Guys and Dolls, PEMCo, Washington Halllast_img read more

Lawyers serving in the legislature

first_img December 15, 2005 Regular News It’s Geller’s role in the Senate Jan Pudlow Senior Editor When Steven Geller was a boy in the seventh grade, his teacher assigned a paper on what he envisioned himself doing in 30 years.In his futuristic autobiography, Geller wrote that he wanted to graduate from Florida State University with a law degree, become an attorney, and go into politics, with the ultimate goal of becoming a U.S. Senator.Today, 47-year-old Geller is all of the above, except the U.S. Senator part—to which he now says: not interested.“I like being a state senator,” says Sen. Geller, D-Hallandale Beach. “But for term limits, I would stay there as long as thevoters would have me. You have to understand, as an AV-rated lawyer, as someone who has practiced law for 24 years, I earn a good living—but not a great living. What I mean about that, I haven’t salted away the millions yet. Accordingly, I can’t afford to take any job that would require me to give up my law practice.”At Geller, Geller and Garfinkel in Hollywood, Geller practices zoning and land use law, and his brother, Joe, is his law partner.Because he can still practice law, Steve Geller, married to Laurel Leffler of West Palm Beach, and father of two sons, says, “Being a senator is the best job in the state.. . . I deeply regret that voters wanted term limits. Would you like to have your neurosurgery done by someone with eight-year term limits? Would you like the guy flying the big jumbo jet to have to resign eight years after getting his pilot license? Insurance, criminal justice, growth management: I can speak authoritatively on all of those issues. I am not smarter. I am more experienced.”Since the ninth grade when Geller was a Young Democrat, continuing to college where he was president of the FSU Young Democrats, he has been steeped in party politics. Now he is putting a decade of legislative experience as a state representative (1988-98) in the House and another eight years in the Senate to further the cause of the Democratic Party by striking a moderate balance.Four years ago, Geller was the founder of Florida Mainstream Democrats, now chaired by Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres. The Web site — www.mainstreamdemocrats.com — describes it as an “organization comprised of centrist elected officials throughout the state to reach out to disenchanted Democratic voters who cross over to vote Republican.”Geller launches into what he calls his friend Sen. Rod Smith’s story that he tells better:“A North Florida voter leaves the house at 5 a.m., drives two and a half hours to drop the kids off at his parents, because it’s the only daycare he can afford. Then he drives another 45 minutes to drop his wife off to do a double shift at the convenience store, before driving to his job at the Department of Corrections. The back bumper on his 25-year-old pickup truck has a Bush sticker. This guy is really a Democrat, but he doesn’t know it. He thinks the damn liberal Democrats want to take away his guns. He wants to make sure his kids aren’t prevented from learning about their own religion. He thinks we all wear pink underwear and want to turn the country over to the commies, the gays, and whoever else. In his own economic self-interest, he’s a Democrat. We are trying to let people like that know that they are Democrats,” says Geller, who adds: “I happen to regard myself as religious. I am on the board of my temple and my children go to religious school two days a week.”He notes that Democrats have not had a net gain in the Senate since 1982.“I believe that will change next time,” Geller said. “I am feeling very hopeful. I am looking at a couple of seats. My general consultant is Craig Smith, who was the political director for the Clinton White House, just as Karl Rove is now for the Bush White House. People ask, ‘How did you get a guy like him managing your caucus race?’ If you are a Democrat, there are really two states that matter right now: Ohio and Florida, the two big swing states. Ohio is shrinking, and we’re growing. I showed him my plan and he liked it.”Encouraged by polls reflecting the public’s current loss of faith in the Republicans, if the sentiment holds until next November, Geller predicts more Democrats elected to office.Meanwhile, back at the Florida Senate, Geller says, “Don’t make any mistake: Republicans are in charge and they set the agenda and get taken care of. There is no attempt to punish Democrats because they are Democrats, as it happens frequently in the House. In the Senate, we make sure we treat our members with courtesy and respect. If we can’t reach an agreement, we will do what the Republicans in charge want. But I can’t say Democrats haven’t been given input.”Because there are only 40 senators, Geller said, “It’s hard to vilify any of them. We spend so much time together, and it’s a very collegial group. I wear a ring that says ‘Senate of the State of Florida.’ It’s a very exclusive club. Regardless of party affiliation, I have been respectful of the way I would want to be treated.”As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Geller said he spends “a tremendous amount of time and effort trying to promote the separation of church and state, trying to make sure we have an independent judiciary. I can tell you, a lot of legislators clearly don’t get it. Mostly, they say, ‘The voters elected us so the courts should rule the way we tell them to.’ You try to tell them, ‘That’s one of the reasons we have a court, so you can’t do whatever you think sounds good in a given week.’”Geller braces for another attempt in the Senate Judiciary Committee to rewrite the Florida Constitution.“It is the first time I aware of, in my 18 years in the legislature, that a nonlawyer is the chair of Judiciary. Sen. (Dan) Webster, (R-Winter Garden), has assured me they only want to operate by consensus and not eliminate controversial issues, and streamline. If that is accurate, that is a tremendous amount of work for not much gain. I believe Sen. Webster to be an honorable man. I hope it does not get hi-jacked. I trust the Senate more than the House. I do not trust the Florida Legislature. And you can quote me.”Geller points warily to past attempts to strike the constitutional right to privacy, when Gov. Bob Martinez called a special session on abortion. He mentions Gov. Jeb Bush has never liked the class size amendment.“With much of the current Republican leadership, if they don’t like a constitutional amendment, they will ignore it,” Geller said. “I didn’t like the bullet train, but my bosses told me to raise my right hand and uphold the constitution. Some colleagues seem to forget and ignore it.”Another issue to watch out for once again is tort reform, said Geller, vice chair of the Banking and Insurance Committee.“All it continues to be is protecting mostly out-of-state manufacturers and shifting responsibility to consumers,” Geller said. “I did a white paper that showed the cause of the crisis is to a large degree a manufactured crisis. The insurance industry gets to manipulate the rates.. . . As far as I can tell, they instigated the whole crisis. They couldn’t get what they wanted by themselves, because they are seen as the black hats. So they duped doctors in aligning with them.. . . One of my major regrets in Tallahassee is that lawyers and doctors are both learned professions, and we should be allies.”One of the bills Geller has filed this year would create a stem cell research program, using existing stem cell line embryos originally created for fertility treatments, and he’s asking for $10 million to launch it.Does he expect a big emotional fight?“If it gets heard, I expect it will be,” Geller said. “Just like Terri Schiavo. And that’s a perfect example of why we need more lawyers in the legislature.. . . I can tell you I read every appellate court ruling before I began to discuss it. But lack of information did not prevent people from discussing it, despite no actual knowledge.. . . There have been many frustrating episodes. But I think that will change.” Lawyers serving in the legislaturecenter_img Lawyers serving in the legislature Editor’s Note: In Florida’s Republican-dominated legislature, two Democratic lawyer-legislators from Southeast Florida with similar last names rise to the challenge to make their voices heard at the Capitol.Sen. Steven A. Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, is vice chair of Banking and Insurance, and also serves as a member of Community Affairs, Government Efficiency Appropriations, Judiciary, Regulated Industries, and Rules and Calendar committees.Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, is vice chair of the Domestic Security Committee, as well as serving as a member of the Choice & Innovation, Judiciary, and Justice Appropriations committees. Gelber is House minority leader designate.The News caught up with both Geller and Gelber to discuss their careers, goals, and issues that lawyers should watch for during the upcoming 2006 legislative session. Look for more conversations with Florida’s lawyer-legislators in upcoming issues of the News. Gelber rallies House Democrats Jan Pudlow Senior Editor When Dan Gelber needs an unvarnished opinion of himself, he listens to his 86-year-old dad, Seymour Gelber, one of the oldest sitting senior judges in Miami, a former chief juvenile judge, and former mayor of Miami Beach.“I probably talk to my dad at least once a day,” says 45-year-old Gelber. “He was the best man at my wedding and is still my best friend. He is my advisor and enforcer. It’s nice to have someone call you up and tell you how stupid you sound.”When Rep. Gelber, D-Miami Beach, speaks, a lot of Floridians are listening.He writes frequent op-ed pieces like a lawyer writes briefs, tersely and passionately framing his position on everything from protecting the Sunshine Law to keeping citizens in the initiative process to Medicaid. During legislative committee meetings or in front of the cameras, Gelber is not afraid to speak his mind even though he’s in the minority party.When the Florida House Judiciary Committee chair Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, announced his intention to complete a streamlining review of the constitution, Gelber was quick to call such an exercise “the epitome of arrogance.”“It’s rank overreaching. I don’t think they understand what they are getting into,” Gelber said. “Whatever they are trying to filter out of the constitution, they were significant ideas to the people who wanted them. Whether it’s class size, universal pre-K, in a perfect world they may not be in the constitution; but the reason citizens wanted it in the constitution is because they couldn’t get a hearing. Each one has pretty serious support and a documented history of being ignored by the legislature.”Gelber says he loves the exercise of sitting on the House Judiciary Committee, likening the debates to oral arguments as a lawyer.Sometimes, during those committee meetings, it’s as though he is trying a case with co-counsel Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach.“Some people say we share the same brain,” Gelber says with a laugh.Gelber—a lawyer at Zuckerman Spaeder in Miami doing corporate integrity work and general litigation and married to federal prosecutor Joan Silverstein—has plenty of experience practicing law.After graduating from Tufts University magna cum laude and the University of Florida College of Law where he was Truman Scholar, Gelber was only 24 when he became one of the youngest federal prosecutors in the country. During those early years prosecuting public corruption and civil rights cases, Gelber said he would wake up thinking: “How great somebody is paying me to do this!”Then U.S. Sen. San Nunn appointed Gelber chief counsel and staff director of the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, where he directed investigations into global terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, well before America’s shattering wake-up call of 9/11.“My first job was to find out how the Japanese had obtained serin gas,” Gelber said, of the release of the deadly nerve agent in a Tokyo subway in 1995 that killed a dozen people and injured more than 5,500 and was attributed to Japan’s Aum Doomsday Cult.“I went around the world twice interviewing and investigating what it was, how they had obtained such sophisticated weaponry under the noses of the international community. I looked at real world W.M.D.s.”Because of that background in terrorism, his Republican colleagues at the Florida Legislature have made him vice chair of the Domestic Security Committee.“There’s a different chair every year, and I’m always vice chair,” Gelber said. “I can’t argue that I haven’t had a forum. They have given me not only a forum, they have listened to me.”How does a Democrat find an audience in a Republican-controlled legislature?“There’s no question the House is much more partisan than the Senate,” Gelber said. “On the other hand, I think in this process, if you are thoughtful and do your homework and you are not a jerk, you have currency. Even people I disagree with, I try to treat with respect. My style is not unlike what I learned as a prosecutor. The court expects more from you as a prosecutor. I try to conduct myself that way: firmly and try to be fair. If you do that, people hear what you have to say.”It’s tougher in the House, Gelber concludes.“The Senate tends to be very bipartisan.. . Senates are considered ‘the pause that refreshes.’ Houses tend to be more of the show and burlesque. In a sense, it’s up to the right-thinking House members to reveal the burlesque for what it is. If an idea really out of the mainstream is treated as a serious piece of policy, sometimes we do seem exercised. I think we are trying to telegraph that this is really not a mainstream idea and shouldn’t be treated as such. We want the media to know it. We want the Senate and the governor to know it.”What Gelber wants Florida’s lawyers to know is it’s wise to remain vigilant when it comes to attacks on the judiciary, because “the judiciary cannot stand up on its own.”“Even if it looks like a great year, don’t let your guard down,” Gelber warns. “I’ve seen some pretty far out stuff become the law.” Like what?“First of all, the JNCs,” Gelber was quick to answer, referring to the change in the judicial nominating committee process that gives the governor much more power in choosing who sits on the screening panels, and the ability to reject the Bar’s nominees as many times as he wishes.“I don’t like that at all,” Gelber said. “The governor should want a greater variety of choices, not the same choices. As soon as lawyers think the JNC process is an unappetizing process, then you don’t get the selection you hope for. If lawyers don’t want to suffer the nominating process, then the whole judiciary is harmed. I worry that is happening. and large, I give the governor high marks in his selections. But I wish people didn’t have the perception: ‘Don’t bother; don’t apply.’”While every major assault on the judiciary has come from the right wing, Gelber points out, the defense of the judiciary has been bipartisan.“Clearly there is a group of Republicans who seem to have contempt for an independent judiciary and the Bar. The defense of that comes from other Republicans and Democrats. It’s important not to be a screaming partisan and try to have thoughtful debate,” Gelber said.“There have been some really harsh ideas that have made it surprisingly far, if not into law. As I tell my colleagues, every legislator has lawyers of both parties in their districts.. . . They have to make judicial independence their No. 1 issue to their legislators. Let them know this is what we care about. If the judiciary has to worry about being independent, strange things can happen.”Pointing out he comes from a family devoted to public service, it was a natural move for Gelber to run for the open House seat he won in 2000, and was reelected to in 2002 and 2004. His jobs as a prosecutor and in the U.S. Senate showed him how government policy can improve the lives of people.“If you want to be a good guy and improve your community, you need some place to do that,” Gelber said of his desire to run for public office. But he admits this father of three has learned much more about being a good guy from his volunteer work as co-founder and head counselor at Camp Fiesta Summer Oncology Camp, since 1985.Gelber has bunked with kids in his cabin who have lost their eyesight or their legs to cancer, and just wanted to be treated like anyone else. A dozen years later, his own nephew contracted cancer and died as a young boy, and Gelber said he was well-practiced in helping his sister and nephew deal with the harsh reality of a terminal illness head-on.“You think you do important stuff. You think you have big issues and big problems. Then you learn there are things way more important and way more vexing,” Gelber said. “It’s totally humbling to be with an 8-year-old confronting cancer. In a lot of ways, it adjusts your life perspective. It gives it a little realism and gives you a sense of priorities. Nothing I have done has been as significant as what these kids go through.”last_img read more

Losinj Hotels & Villas introduces direct flights to Losinj

first_imgThis summer, the hotel brand Lošinj Hotels & Villas offers its guests a faster and easier arrival to the island of vitality with a special offer of flights.Namely, from June 25 to September 16, LH&V, in cooperation with the Czech airline Silver Air, is organizing return flights from Zagreb, Split, Pula and Lugano to Lošinj at a price of as little as 235 euros. Thus, the arrival on the island of Lošinj becomes more accessible, and Lošinj will additionally confirm its deserved place on the map of unavoidable tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.Thanks to the new flight schedule, domestic and foreign guests can travel to Lošinj this summer with return flights from Zagreb three times a week, from Pula and Split twice a week, and from Lugano, Switzerland once a week. For example, the journey from Zagreb to Lošinj on the new Silver Air flight takes only 45 minutes. A total of 14 passengers can leave for their extended weekend on the island of vitality on Thursday or Friday at 17 pm and return to Zagreb on Monday at 9 am after a sunny weekend. In addition, LH&V provides guests who arrive on the island by plane with transportation to the hotel, as well as return to Mali Lošinj Airport.”By introducing new flights, we continue the mission of planned development of Lošinj as an elite tourist destination, and by realizing a better connection between the island of Lošinj and the mainland, we make all its beauties more accessible to our guests. The islands, with their unique beauty and perfectly preserved nature, are at the same time a travel challenge, but with the introduction of new flights, we have reduced the trip to Lošinj to the shortest possible time.. ”, Said the member of the Management Board of the Jadranka Group Goran Filipović and adds that better traffic connection and easier communication of the island with the mainland is one of the strategic goals of the Lošinj Jadranka Group, which has been working for 70 years to position Lošinj and the entire Cres archipelago on the tourist map of this part of the Mediterranean.”The planned reconstruction and expansion of the Mali Lošinj Airport will also contribute to the achievement of these goals, which in the future will enable easier access to the destination for all visitors, because then aircraft with a capacity of up to 180 passengers will be able to land on Lošinj.”Concludes Filipović.Find out all the details about the flight schedule, accommodation offer and reservations on the website  losinj-hotels.com i silverairtravels.com.last_img read more

Paddy Power Betfair challenges €55 million tax whammy

first_img Related Articles Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit FTSE100 betting group Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) has confirmed that it will appeal its €55 million European tax charge imposed by the authorities of Germany and Greece.The first charge of €40 million relates to Germany’s Hessen Fiscal Court rejecting PPB’s 2012 Betfair Exchange tax assessment.The Hessen Court supports the German tax authority’s backdated review of Betfair Exchange transactions and wagering, demanding that PPB governance pay a €40 million cash charge plus accrued interest.PPB’s European tax predicament is followed by Greek authorities demanding that PaddyPower.com pay €15 million in legacy tax charges accumulated during the period of 2012-2014, in which PPB’s online betting subsidiary was operating under the provisions of a Greek interim license.PPB governance has moved to discredit the Greek €15 million tax charge, stating that the figure is significant multiple X times higher than revenues and earnings generated by Paddy Power Greek operations during the period in question.Furthermore, the FTSE betting group states that it settled its all Greek arrears and tax liabilities in 2019.With regards to Germany, PPB’s legal counsel has put forward an appeal with Hessen Court, further stating that German authorities need to clarify certain provisions of the €40 million cash charge. Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more