Voting starts for Shed of the Year 2013
It’s that time of year again when the eyes of the world turn towards our back gardens and more specifically our sheds – yes, voting has opened for Shed of the Year 2013 (pictured is last year’s winner, the ‘Woodhenge’ pub owned by John Plumridge from Shrewsbury). To vote for one of the 1975 sheds that have entered, click here. As in previous years there are various categories so make every vote count. Voting shuts at midnight on May 31 at which point the category winners voted for by the public will then be discussed by the judges, Sarah Beeny, Kevin McCloud, myself, the organiser of the event Uncle Wilco and last year’s winner John to come up with an overall winner who takes away £1,000 and other goodies. The winner will be announced in National Shed Week which starts July 1.
Live in an airfield control tower
We posted yesterday on the blog about a Grand Design now up for sale in the Isle of Wight but if you want something rather more unfinished, how about a former airfield control tower at Condover, Shrewsbury? It has planning permission for conversion to three storey living accommodation with roof garden and is probably one of the few chances you’ll get to buy a property which features a former fire engine shed. It also includes just over 14 acres of land. Other properties for sale in Shrewsbury include The Engine Shed at Benbow Quay, a two bedroom terraced house for £39,950; an eight bedroom detached house in Kennedy Road for £895,000; and a new four bedroom terraced house for £328,000 at Abbey Foregate.
One in ten renters at gas safety risk
One in ten people who privately rent their home could be at risk from gas safety hazards, Shelter and British Gas are warning. Research commissioned by the two organisations questioned more than 4,300 private renters in England and found that one in ten said that in the last year their landlord or letting agent had failed to ensure a gas safety check was carried out in their home. An annual gas safety check and certificate is required by law, and is the legal responsibility of the landlord. Gas safety checks pick up a range of problems including faulty boilers and are vital in helping to prevent gas leaks, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Landlords who fail to meet gas safety regulations in the homes they rent can face fines and even imprisonment. Until 30 June, British Gas is offering a free CP12 gas safety certificate to landlord customers who sign up for their Homecare insurance package. To find out more visit www.britishgas.co.uk/whatwedo.
Buy-to-let sector still growing
The Council of Mortgage Lenders has reported gross mortgage lending of £4.2 billion across 33,500 mortgages to buy-to-let landlords in the first three months of 2013, compared to £3.7 billion over the same period last year. There are now around 1.46 million buy-to-let mortgages in the UK, accounting for around 13% of the total number of mortgages. CML director general Paul Smee said: “The buy-to-let mortgage market is performing well, against a backdrop of robust landlord and tenant demand for good quality rental property. Loan performance compares favourably with the owner-occupier sector, and buy-to-let continues to grow as a proportion of the overall mortgage market.”
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