On the 1st October the paper tax disc is being scrapped and replaced with a new electronic system. This means that motor traders will need to physically remove tax discs from the vehicles in their care as well as adapt to a number of other changes. We have previously talked about the relationship strain between the DVLA and motor trades however that relationship is now about to change, find out more… (more…)
One of the longest debated topics in the landlord world is whether the landlord has a say in whether the tenants are allowed to let friends, partners or relatives stay in the rented property. This is because it can be sometimes hard to tell whether the person is a guest or should be a paying tenant. Around this subject the law is a little grey and most landlords have their own way of dealing with this for when the situation arises.
Obviously, you can just leave things as they are because most of the time you are probably unaware of who your tenants are letting stay in your property and most of the time, it doesn’t matter. If the guests at the property are not interfering with the property then there should be no problems.
However, when it comes to HMOs a little more caution is needed. This is because the amount of people living in a property determines whether or not the property is an HMO. If a guest is staying for a long period of time, this may make your HMO policy invalid, if you already have one. If not an extra tenant could mean your property now falls into this category.
There are also a number of safety issues to consider. This is because in the event of a fire or theft, and then consequently claiming on your landlord insurance policy, it may not cover guests. Even more so if the guests were to cause the damage.
Of course, you can’t expect your tenants not to entertain their friends and family. However, do make sure you know if anyone is staying for long periods of time to make sure all your policies are still valid.
As soon as you turn seventeen it is pretty much a given that you will want to learn to drive as soon as possible. Most young people apply for their provisional licenses as soon as they are sixteen and it is quite common for youngsters to have their first driving lesson on their seventeenth birthday. However, passing the driving test is no longer the issue: the cost of running a car is becoming more of a problem for the younger generation. (more…)
It often seems as though taxi drivers are constantly battling illegal taxi services from all sides, and recently we have heard of another issue: illegal taxi or “lift offering” services on social media sites. Over the past few years sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become increasingly popular which has led to a rise in these “lift offering” services.
It has just been announced that car dealers or repairers who haven’t been filling in their tax returns properly are being targeted by the HMRC in a new campaign. Within the motor trade there has been a number of changes this year including the abolishment of the paper tax disc, so it’s essential that you make sure your business up to scratch when it comes to the HMRC. (more…)
As a taxi driver you offer a service to your customers, a service which you are required to adapt on a fare to fare basis. One example of when a taxi driver may be required to adapt their service is when one of their passengers has a disability, as it means that you may have to change the way you look after your fare. Here at QuoteSearcher we often provide information on how taxi drivers can stay within the law as well as increase their chances of getting a tip, which is why being disability-friendly can make a huge difference… (more…)