Beds in Sheds Accidents on the Increase

There was a report published recently that showed that one person a month dies from a house fire in a property they shouldn’t be living in in the first place. Properties that do have people living in them but that don’t have any kind of fire safety precautions are now known as beds in sheds.

According to the report most of these incidents have been people who are squatting in derelict or unoccupied property and are living in them illegally. Sometimes if landlords have large portfolios they may not know that anyone is living in one of their properties illegally. This could be especially true if they are renovating or in the middle of experiencing a void period. Unfortunately the landlord could still be accountable for the person injured if it happens in their property. This means a good landlord insurance policy is essential.

As a landlord it is your job to ensure that the property is safe to live in and if it doesn’t fall under the guidelines, you could be letting illegally.

Fires spread quickly and can very easily affect the neighbouring properties. This means extra precaution needs to be taken to ensure you have thought about everyone’s safety not just that of the people living in your property. In void periods, your property still needs to be safe.

A restaurant has apologised after a toddler was served whisky instead of fruit juice at his birthday party

Whiskey KidSonny Rees drank the whisky at his second birthday in a Frankie and Benny’s restaurant in Swansea. His mother Nina Rees only realised the mistake after he had nearly finished the drink. Sonny, from Pontarddulais in Swansea, was taken to accident and emergency where he was kept under observation by doctors. The toddler is now recovering at home. The restaurant is investigating how the incident happened.

Sonny’s mother Nina Rees, 34, said: “We went to the restaurant just after midday and I had ordered him lime juice and water, his favourite.

“The drinks arrived and I was encouraging him to take sips because he was eating salty things.

“We had finished our first course when we noticed he was pulling a face as he was drinking.

“I took it from him and took a sip myself.

“It was whisky, I would say a double. As soon as I sipped it I had the slight burny feeling in my throat and warming in my chest.

“Sonny had taken about 10 sips – he was obviously intoxicated.

“I immediately went into a panic and a rage – I was crying my eyes out.”

Mrs Rees, who is a teacher, complained to the manager who took a sip herself. Mrs Rees was disappointed by the staff’s reaction and called NHS Direct before taking Sonny to accident and emergency. Sonny was asleep by the time he arrived at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, where staff monitored his vital signs.

He was later given the all-clear and allowed to go home.

The family took photographs of Sonny with his drink before they realised it was whisky.

A Frankie and Benny’s spokesman said: “The company is incredibly sorry for what happened. It was a human error and we are putting measures in place to ensure it never happens again.”

It was lucky that they had a good Restaurant Insurance policy!

Static Caravan Park Plans Withdrawn

Plans for a static caravan park have been withdrawn after seven years of planning. Park Leisure 2000 applied to Durham County Council for permission to open a new park. They say the new site would have created 43 new jobs for people in the local area. They also said that it would have boosted tourism in the area by £1.7 million a year.

The plans were for the site to be home to 301 static caravans, which would be covered with static caravan insurance, where the Beechburn Quarry used to be between High Grange and Witton Park.

People living in the surrounding villages opposed the plans because they felt that the roads were oo narrow for extra traffic. It was also claimed that some of the proposed caravans would be situated on flood plain.

Park Leisure 200 have issued a statement that says, “It is with great regret that, after seven years of developing the scheme and taking it through the planning system, Park Leisure 2000 Ltd has chosen to withdraw the planning application and concentrate their investment and development programme in other countries around the UK.”

There have been no reasons made available as to why the plans were withdrawn but a number of groups opposed the idea including the Environment Agency and Natural England. Also departments within the council opposed the idea to protect the countryside.

Terry Coult is an ecologist and he has said, “A large-scale development of 300 caravans will have impacts from light, noise, dogs etc. in what is now a dark and quiet wetland habitat.”

Buying in America

Five years ago is when the economic crisis started. This was down to the property market in America after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac spent years accumulating assets that were worthless. As a result of this, no one has wanted to touch the American housing market including us here in the UK but there are signs that this is about to change.

Before the crunch, property prices in America were strong and substantial was key to growth here. However, when the crunch hit however, this false value evaporated and prices sank rapidly. Buying a house in America now, you could be getting up to a 50 per cent discount on what was seen in 2007.

People from around the world see America as a great place for a holiday, even those living there. With the huge discount too, those looking for a holiday home, are looking at the perfect time to buy.
There is a huge amount of choice in the USA so choosing the right property in the right state can be daunting. Some places can be crossed of the list immediately as some banks in certain areas are still weary of offering mortgages. However states like California and Colorado are safe bets as these attract thousands of holiday makers a year.

This is perfect for landlords looking for a new opportunity at a bargain price. If you do decide to purchase a property abroad, make sure you choose the right landlord insurance policy. Especially if you are planning on a property in America as it is not just a stone’s throw away if there is an emergency. Make sure you have done your research and choose which areas are best for you.

Motorhome destruction' sees man jailed

Destructed MotorhomeA retired Tauranga couple who had their motorhome, worth more than $100,000, stolen and then torched by a 21-year-old local man are disgusted he has received only 20 months jail.
The Welcome Bay couple aged in their 60s, who do not wish to be named, told the Bay of Plenty Times Weekend that Jordan Hall’s jail sentence was woefully inadequate. They had expected him to get at least four to five years’ jail.

Part of Hall’s 20-month sentence includes time for stealing a solo mother-of-four’s uninsured car, which he subsequently crashed. It also comes on top of a two years and three months jail sentence he received on August 27 for aggravated burglary and cannabis possession.

The aggravated burglary charge related to Hall waving a wrench at woman after she discovered him on her Waitaha Rd property on July 31, before running off. Hall was sentenced in Tauranga District Court last week by Judge Louis Bidois, after he earlier pleaded guilty to charges of arson, burglary and unlawfully taking a car.

Those offences were committed between July 15 and July 18 this year.
The court was told how on July 15, Hall had stolen the 7.3m motorhome from a secure lockup in Brook St and drove it to an associate’s rural Oropi property, and then abandoned it after it became stuck in a swamp.

The motorhome was subsequently recovered by police and towed to Rowe Motors but three days later, at 2am, Hall climbed the security fence and set fire to a mattress inside the motorhome before fleeing in another vehicle also stored at the yard. The motorhome was gutted in the ensuing blaze. The owners of the motorhome said that when the vehicle was first recovered it had been completely stripped and trashed inside.

“I’d just completed servicing the motorhome and cut and polished it ready for our holiday this month, and when I was first told it was stolen my stomach dropped through the floor,” the man said.

“We had saved a long time to buy a motorhome and spent a lot of money on making it completely self-sufficient for our needs. It is absolutely gut-wrenching that someone could destroy it just for the hell of it.”

“It’s felt like someone had broken into our home and burnt it down.”

Always make sure you have a good, valid motorhome insurance policy!

Banned from All You Can Eat Restaurant

Two diners have been banned for life from a Mongolian all you can eat restaurant for eating too much.

George Dalmon is 26 and Andy Miles is 25 and both were asked to leave and never return from Gobi Mongolian Barbecue Restaurant in Brighton. This was because they ate five bowls of food before being called “pigs” by the manager and thrown out.

George Dalmon said, “They only give you small bowls and you cannot get enough food in there so we always go back for more.

“We have been eating there regularly for a couple of years but suddenly the owner came to our table and started going mental in front of the other customers.

“He said we were eating him out of business and called us a couple of pigs. I asked if he was joking and he told us we were banned for life.”

Comments on TripAdviser seem to say the bowl sizes are perfect sizes especially if you want to try a variety of cuisines before you get full up.

Having two less customers may save him some money as the all you can eat price is only £12. This will help him pay for expenses including, paying staff, restaurant insurance and rent.

Having said this, the website does say that you can eat as much as you wish for only £12.

The manager of the restaurant commented on the situation saying, “Basically these two guys just come in and pig out. I have put up with them for two years but have had enough.

“They spoil it for everyone else and are in such a hurry to get to the food so none of the other diners ge a look in.

“We are not a charity. We are a business. It is our restaurant and we can tell people not to come back if we want to.”