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Saving For a Space Ship

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  1. TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Long delayed evictions are rolling out more than a month after the end of a federal moratorium that had protected tenants, including some who hadn’t paid rent for many months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    It is far from the tsunami many people predicted, but the lockouts now starting up are nevertheless devastating for families still trying to catch up while the pandemic churns on.

    Officials say some landlords seem to be holding off on lockouts so they can get repaid with assistance money.



  2. 'A Russian housing boom stoked by Kremlin-backed mortgage discounts'...

    'rapid growth in mortgages and house prices “could create a financial bubble that could seriously harm the stability of the financial sector and real incomes”.'

    Sergei Gordeev: Russian property tycoon betting on prefab blocks


  3. 28 minutes ago, Trampa501 said:

    Took the missus for a meal in the local Cricklewood branch. Was just a basic burgers, chips and drink deal, but was pleasantly surprised by the 12.60 bill. Normally we'd budget 30 when eating out. Can't say the place was packed, but there were a few groups taking advantage of the keen prices. Given the tax and duties they pay, they can't be making much margin, but they are open from 8am to 11pm and consequently must make enough sales to cover staff, rent, leccy etc. However I fear they may be hit hard if inflation sets in. I get the feeling that in these parts folk rely on take aways for meals, and only eat out when they can get exceptional service.

     Wetherspoon’s struggles to find staff in some parts of England Pub chain – hit by record loss of almost £200m – finds it hard to attract workers in holiday hotspots


    Wetherspoons suffers record loss as counts cost of lockdowns


  4. Britain Is Heading Into a Nightmarish Winter



    ...This grim confluence, from fuel shortages to spiraling poverty, has been described by many as a perfect storm. Yet the metaphor erases the active role the Conservatives — and in particular, the prime minister — have played in orchestrating these foreboding conditions.

    The bleak winter ahead is of their making.

    But Mr. Johnson is unlikely to bear the consequences of his actions.

    His government, resting on a large majority, remains secure. And for him, crises are always opportunities.

    A master shape-shifter, unburdened by any sense of accountability or honesty, he thrives in conditions of adversity. The rest of the country won’t be so lucky.

    Universal credit £20 drop puts 100,000 renters at risk, homelessness charity warns


  5. 1 hour ago, MonsieurCopperCrutch said:

    More fool them. The charging infrastructure (and vehicle milage) is currently not there for an EV revolution. 

    there are big charging issues, that are improving... ie recent vw / tesco suparmarket charge tie up expansion , but you have to weigh that against many being able to charge at home and ...

    20 miles a day
    On a daily basis, cars in the UK drive an average of 20 miles a day, 142 miles a week, 617 miles a month and 7,400 miles a year.30 May 2021

    ive been driving a 2014 renault kangoo for nearly 3 years with onl 75 mile in summer 60 in winter , max range & slow charging rate (up to 3.4 kw), but manage fine as I only do local trips as many folks do,

    23 k miles in that time, 79k miles total now . no money spent on servicing or parts aprt from tyres. 

    renault  say no long term services needed , they only change filters , save me loads in fuel costs 

  6. 8 hours ago, Si1 said:

    Tesla batteries are expected to last over 300,000 miles, and user experience is already validating this. The brake pads get similar longetivity, which is shocking.



    recent article update


    Clean Technica included a report from an owner whose Tesla Model S passed 200,000 miles.

    He spent very little on maintenance, even with his car out of warranty. He reported spending $1,050 in the first 100,000 miles and $5,415 total in the first 200,000 miles. He replaced the regular 12V car batteries twice but not the Tesla batteries. He also calculated that he’d saved $20,000 when comparing gas prices to charging prices.



  7. How buy-to-let upturned Britain's property market


    'I wanted to be a landlord with 10 properties, but I bought 400' Buy-to-let investors who weathered tax changes and recession have now been rewarded


    ......then came covid / recession  / credit crunch 2 ? 

  8. But for many for who the eviction ban was not extended ....

    Evicted in less than 10 minutes: courts fail tenants broken by pandemic



    People in dire financial straits are losing their homes in a matter of minutes because of a legal system that has failed to account for the catastrophic impact of the pandemic, with judges powerless to prevent evictions being ordered, the Bureau can reveal.

    At the start of the pandemic, the government said no one should lose their home as a result of coronavirus.

    But despite campaigners warning that the pandemic would lead to a “cliff edge” of evictions, nothing has been done to address the fact that a judge is required to grant a possession order – paving the way for eviction – against any tenant who falls two months behind on their rent.

    Now, an unprecedented analysis of 555 recent possession court hearings involving rented properties in England and Wales reveals that 85% of cases leave judges with no scope to take a tenant’s circumstances into account.

    The impact of Covid-19 was explicitly mentioned in a third of all hearings where a possession order was granted, yet the existing rules left judges with no choice but to order an eviction....


  9. Welsh renters given six-month notice periods until end of year News

      Six-month notice periods will remain in place in Wales for the majority of evictions until at least the end of December as ministers choose to extend COVID-related protections.



    In a written statement, housing minister Julie James confirmed that the rules extending notice periods, which were due to expire at the end of this month, will now remain in place “during a time when case numbers and hospitalisations are increasing and the virus remains a serious threat to public health”.

    As before, the rule will apply to all evictions except for instances where the tenancy is being ended due to anti-social behaviour or domestic violence.

    According to an explanatory note published by the Welsh government, “there remains the potential for a significant number of evictions in the private rented sector” in Wales.

    “Without a longer period to offer support, address rent arrears, and for landlords and tenants to prepare for potential eviction, local authorities could struggle to meet the demand for temporary accommodation, which could lead to a large number of people potentially sleeping rough,” it said.

    Ms James said that the increased notice periods will give renters a longer period of time to seek support for rent arrears, including by applying to the government’s Tenancy Hardship Grant scheme.

    The £10m grant scheme was introduced by ministers in June to coincide with the ending of its ban on evictions, which came into force towards the start of the pandemic.

    Notice periods in England are set to return to pre-pandemic rules from the start of next month, meaning landlords can give two-month notice periods when serving Section 21 evictions, which do not require a reason for eviction.



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