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The Festive Season: Decorating Your Property to Christmas Perfection

Tis’ the season to be jolly – with a jolly looking house to go with it! So what’s the fuss with Christmas decorations? Your home most likely stays the same throughout the whole year with no change to it except maybe a new doormat and fridge magnet every now and then. There is no reason why our houses should not …

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Happy Chanukah

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Shelter: temporary emergency helpline number

Contact: Shelter press office, 0207 505 2162 or 07850 901 142 (out of hours) In response to the severe flooding over the weekend, Shelter has set up a temporary emergency helpline number offering expert housing advice to anyone affected– on 0344 515 2370. Shelter’s director of services Alison Mohammed said: “Our dedicated emergency helpline number will give anyone who is …

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NFU Mutual estimates Cumbria flood claims will cost over £20m

From claims reported by noon today (Tuesday, December 8) leading rural insurer, NFU Mutual, estimates that the weekend’s devastating floods centred on Cumbria will lead to claims costing over £20m. NFU Mutual, which insures over 75% of UK farmers and thousands of rural homes and businesses, has launched its emergency claims plan to speed help to its policyholders and is …

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Shocking Ministry of Justice figures

  Every 12 minutes a renter in the North West is put at risk of losing their home Research by the housing and homelessness charity Shelter has revealed that approximately 42,600 renters were put at risk of eviction in the last year – equivalent to 1 renter every 12 minutes. Atwel James is an agency that protects renters by only …

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Autumn Statement: shared ownership

Ed Rooney, a director in the development team at Savills in Manchester comments on shared ownership following yesterday’s Autumn Statement: Plans to deliver 135,000 new shared ownership homes will enable more people to get on to the housing ladder and help open up the property market to renters on median income who struggle to save for a deposit. Enabling more …

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Flatsharers care about the people they live with

Location, location, location … unless with friends. 51% would rather live in the best flat in the worst area than the worst flat in the best area. 78% of flatsharers care more about the people they live with than the area they live in More than half of flatsharers would not share a flat more than 2 people But, 1 …

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Atwel James HMO specialists

Atwel James are the HMO specialists to turn to for expert advice. The popularity of HMOs is on the rise, with the introduction of bedroom tax, cuts in benefits and the recovery from recession many more individuals are looking for cheaper housing. HMOs are generally targeted at those on a lower earnings, benefits or students and are generally not appealing …

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Mancunians spend £66m on boiler breakdowns

First Utility and the AA join forces to offer discounted 24/7 heating cover this winter  ●        Data shows that 18 November is when most households turn up their heating for winter ●        170,000 households in Manchester experienced a boiler breakdown last winter ●        The average boiler repair costs £391 and central heating repair costs £250 ●        First Utility customers can …

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Reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning over winter

With the start of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, Public Health England (PHE) is advising people to have their fossil fuel and wood burning appliances – such as boilers, heaters and cookers – checked by an appropriately registered engineer before winter sets in. There are about 30 accidental deaths a year from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in England and Wales. It …