The Motorhome that has everything…

Motorhome that has everythingPrices for the bus start at around £750,000 and rise to about £1.2 million, and may well be worth every single penny. A brand-new state-of-the-art motorhome which has been called “the palace on wheels” has been showcased in a special report by The Sun newspaper.

The newly-built Volkner Mobil Performance Bus offers an incredible level of luxury for its owners with each model carefully designed over a period of 12 months.
Already, many orders have been received from wealthy buyers all around the world. No expense has been spared on this 40ft long vehicle, with luxury leather sofas and a full-size real wood kitchen fitted as standard.

Amenities also include a dishwasher, microwave and impressively large fridge-freezer. The luxuries don’t end there either, with a widescreen TV on hand alongside Bose-Dolby-home Entertainment Surround Sound also present for on-board entertainment. Bathroom facilities are very impressive, with a standard toilet and power shower provided. We would dread to think how much the Motorhome Insurance would cost. It also features a hidden ‘garage’ tucked between the front and rear wheels which is designed to accommodate a low-slung sports car such as a Ferrari or Lamborghini!

Rugby Star’s Restaurant Named Best in Wales

A restaurant that is co-owned by Welsh rugby players Stephan Jones and Dwayne Peel has won the AA Award for best restaurant in Wales.

The Sosban, the restaurant that won the award is situated in Llanelli and is a great achievement as it has only been open for a year.

The restaurant seats 100 people at one time and the huge amount of business definitely makes it easier to pay for the restaurant insurance bill!

The owners said, “It is fantastic to be given such a prestigious award in our first year of business, it is a tribute to all the directors and the team at Sosban.”

They have a policy to use local food and drink and showcase it to the best of their ability. This is led by the head chef at the restaurant Sian Rees. She is one of the best female chefs in the UK and has worked for restaurants such as Claridges and L’Escargot. She decided to return to her home in West Wales and runs Sosban with her partner Ian Wood who is the general manager.

Dwayne Peel added, “It was an honour to be in the company of such a high profile restaurateurs and a wonderful feeling when Sosban was announced as the best restaurant in Wales.”

Stephan Jones also commented on the award being an honour saying, “This award crowns a memorable year for us. We are all immensely proud that we offer top quality food from local suppliers in wonderful surroundings and which makes Sosban a unique dining experience.”

The restaurant has already won AA rosettes earlier on in the year.

Long Tenancies

The length of tenancies in the UK is changing. The majority of the time landlords offer shorter tenancies that are on a rolling contract. This means that is down to the tenants how long they wish to stay in the property. However, statistics show that 86 per cent of tenancies now last over two years and 32 per cent are lasting four years or more. This is according to the National Landlords Association.

This is not surprising considering that people are struggling to put together enough money for a deposit meaning they have to stay in rental properties a lot longer. Many tenants are viewing renting as a long term solution rather than a means to moving out and saving for a home of their own.

The longer the tenancy the better for landlords as this means a stable income. It also means that the landlord has a chance to build up a good relationship with a tenant which will provide reassurance knowing that the property is hopefully being properly looked after. This means less claims on a landlord insurance policy as you can trust your current tenants more, the longer they have been there, in theory.

You do have to be careful of bad habits though with long term tenancies. They may also be more inclined to redecorate your property. This isn’t always a bad thing but just keep on eye on it in case they decide to knock a few walls down!

Changes to John Smith Grand National

The year one of the most famous races, the John Smith Grand National has had some changes made to it. The start line has been moved forward by 90 yards. This was the most important changes that were made by the Aintree and the British Horseracing Authority.

There were a few other changes that were made for this race including the start line being further away from the grandstand. As the start line has been moved it now means that the race is four miles and three and a half furlongs instead of four and a half miles.

Another change is that the “no go” area has been increased from 15 feet to 30 feet from the starting tape. The starter’s rostrum has also been moved in a bid to stop horses going through the starting tape early. It has been moved in between the tape and the “no go” zone.

They are also looking at ways that can reduce the amount of riderless horses continuing to run before they are caught.

The director of race day operations and a regulator for the BHA, Jamie Stier, has said, “Following this year’s race, our priorities were to establish the facts surrounding the incidents that occurred during the running of the race and, secondly, to review the events which led to what was an unsatisfactory start to the race.

“We have also worked closely with Aintree and consulted widely with jockeys, trainers and welfare organisations.”

This shows how much there is to think about when actually organising the races, let alone the planning in getting the horses to the race. Everything from a trainer to horsebox insurance needs to be considered.

Tenant References

When choosing the right tenant for your property there is nothing more valuable than a reference. Not only do landlords like them, landlord insurance providers like them too. This is because they have proof of a good history as a tenant. This means the chances of them carrying on being a good tenant is very likely.

Once you have found a potential tenant, one of the quickest and easiest ways to get a reference is to phone their ex-landlord. Make sure you ask all the right questions. You want to know if there were any problems and if so what they were and why they left their previous home. Don’t assume though if there was a disagreement between landlord and tenant then than means they are a bad tenants. There are always two sides, all you need to worry about is if the tenant was in the wrong or not.

There is a slight difficulty though when it comes to tenants who are first time renters. This doesn’t mean though you can’t look for a reference elsewhere e.g. employers. However, many will be reluctant to give out too much information but if your potential tenant went to university you might be able to ask their Uni for a reference.

Do remember as a landlord yourself you may be asked to give references. It does take up a lot of time and rarely adds any value in monetary terms to you property. The more references there are ait means the chances of other landlords getting bad tenants and this will hopefully make the letting sector less risky and therefore more profitable.

You should always let your potential tenants know you will be asking for a reference and just double check they are happy for you to ask. If they aren’t this should sound alarm bells in itself so be careful and sensible when choosing your next tenants

Letting Studio Flats

When starting out as a landlord, one of the best property types to buy is probably a studio flat. This is because they are cheap to buy and maintain. This means that once you start letting it out you can quickly build up your portfolio and generate even more income. However, insuring this income is regular for your studio flat is essential.

Trying to make a studio flat look a great place to live can be difficult because it is just one room. This means décor needs to be light and by adding mirrors to the walls this can really help increase the appearance of added space. Also if you are lucky enough to have big windows, instead of opting for heavy curtains, consider blinds. Make sure if you chose to furnish the flat you choose pieces that are of good quality. It is easier to spot cheap furniture in a studio flat and this will put many prospective tenants off.

Tenancies are often short in studio flats because the majority of tenants that will be living here will be on their own. This means having a good landlord insurance policy in place is essential as more tenants means more chance of damage.

Choose advertising that is sensible. Going through a letting agent for a studio flat is not the best option. Those looking to rent a studio flat are probably looking to keep their costs to a minimum and will be thankful that they don’t have to go through an agent.

Choosing a studio flat in a good area is also key, location and decoration will really add value to your property.