OpenRent offers landlords and tenants free rent collection service

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » OpenRent offers landlords and tenants free rent collection service previous nextAgencies & PeopleOpenRent offers landlords and tenants free rent collection serviceUK’s largest letting agency by listing size says it will chase tenants if they’re late paying too, all for no charge.Nigel Lewis29th November 201802,546 Views The UK’s largest letting agency by size of listings OpenRent has launched a free rent collection service, the first agency in the UK to do so.Tenants are asked to pay their rent directly to OpenRent via their bank and the money is passed on to the landlord instantly. But neither landlord nor tenant are charged a fee for the service and landlords are sent an email as soon as the transaction has completed, the company says.“One of the assumptions we come up against a lot is that things we do for free or very cheaply must be costing us a lot of money to provide because other agents charge large fees for them,” says spokesperson Sam Hurst.“Like referencing, writing up a contract, or securing a tenancy deposit, we’re able to offer rent collection without charging hundreds of pounds a year. ”OpenRent will also chase tenants for their rent if they fail to pay it on the agreed date and introduce landlords to eviction specialists if they stop paying their rent completely.“We’ve built it because it’s something landlords have asked for, so we know it will be a useful addition to our Rent Now product,” says HurstRent payment chasingIts rental collection service is available only through its Rent Now service. Tenants click a button on a property’s listing page and the process of renting the property begins automatically via email and SMS after they’ve paid a £200 holding deposit, one of the few fees agents will be able to charge tenants after the tenant fees ban.OpenRent was launched in 2012 and says it has processed 243,646 tenancies so far and signed up 94,907 landlords.It became the largest letting agency by size of listings overtaking Countrywide three years ago, a position its online-only service has retained. It currently has 4,251 properties available to rent on Zoopla, far more than its nearest online rival Upad at 745, and is about to hit 100,000 properties let this year.Upad launchUpad has also just launched a rent collection service, a proprietary system to collect rental payments via Direct Debit. Called Rent Manager, it s a Direct Debit controlled rent collection system that will provide landlords with the assurance each month that their tenant’s rent will be paid on time. Upad’s new system places a ‘hold’ on the money three days in advance of the payment being made, so the landlord is provided with the assurance of receiving the funds on collection openrent November 29, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Oxford ranked world’s best university for third year running

first_imgOxford has been crowned the world’s best university for the third successive year, according to the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.The University beat second-placed Cambridge to the title, ensuring that Oxford remains the only UK University ever to top the international rankings.The new league table for 2019 was unveiled at the World Academic Summit in Singapore this afternoon, with Oxford first among the 1258 universities assessed worldwide.Vice Chancellor of Oxford University, Louise Richardson, said: “We’re deeply gratified by this result but also delighted to see how strongly British and other European universities have performed.“As we in the UK face the great unknown that is Brexit we look forward to ever deeper cooperation with colleagues abroad. It has never been more important that we engage internationally in furtherance of the themes of this year’s World Academic Summit in Singapore – advancing knowledge, driving the economy, and recognising the transformative power of academic research.”Chief Knowledge Officer at Times Higher Education, Phil Baty, said: “Oxford has once again been confirmed as the world’s number one university – the third consecutive year in the top position.“You cannot lead the World University Rankings without an outstanding performance right across our full range of performance indicators, covering teaching excellence, research power and impact, industry relations and international outlook.“Oxford stands out across the board, but what sets it apart from the top-ranked schools below it, primarily from the US, is its exceptionally international focus. Oxford thrives, not just due to strong levels of research funding, and a remarkably intimate teaching environment, but primarily due to the talent on its campus – and there’s no doubt Oxford is a magnet for talent globally, attracting the brightest and the best students and faculty from all over the world.”The full rankings can be found here.last_img read more

Bodyguards for TERF professor

first_imgSt Hilda’s have asserted their support for Todd. Claire Harvey, Communications Manager at St Hilda’s, said: “Security arrangements are a matter for the University. St Hilda’s College is committed to defending all college members’ rights to express their views.” “Inevitably, this will mean that members of the University are confronted with views that some find unsettling, extreme or offensive. The University must therefore foster freedom of expression within a framework of robust civility.” Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Todd stated she requested the new security arrangements after she was informed by two students of threats made against her on email threads. The threats, as well as previous hostility to her views, left her feeling “vulnerable.” Todd addressed the developments on Twitter, writing: “I understand those sceptical [about] how serious threats made towards me were/are. As a historian, I like robust evidence. But on basis of limited info me and my employer could get, we decided not to wait and see if I’d get hit in the face … before taking action.” Selina Todd, a Professor in Modern History as St Hilda’s, has been criticised for a number of transphobic statements and her involvement with trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF) groups. “I believe that UK law should remain as it is, with sex a protected characteristic under the 2010 Equality Act, against the claim of some trans activists that people should be able to define themselves as men or as women simply by describing themselves as such. The notion that people can ‘feel’ like a woman or like a man is highly socially conservative, implying as it does that being a woman rests on dressing or behaving in a ‘feminine’ way. Being a woman rests both on certain biological facts and on the experience of living in the world as a woman, from birth, an experience that is shaped by particular kinds of oppressions. A movement that claims to be advocating a liberating kind of ‘fluidity’ is in fact reinforcing and promoting highly conservative gendered stereotypes. In a statement, the University said: “When staff raise concerns with us, the university will always review the circumstances and offer appropriate support to ensure their safety and their freedom of expression.” The College withdrew a code of conduct which asked all participants to “refrain from using language or putting forward views intended to undermine the validity of trans and gender diverse identities,” in favour of a statement saying that “The University and College prioritise the protection both of academic freedom and of their members from unlawful discrimination.” She went on to say “I’m delighted that Merton College has upheld freedom of speech and the right to debate in accordance with College and University policy.” “In the world today, democracy is under threat and therefore we all have the right to freedom of speech and freedom of debate.” Security for Todd comes after a row erupted over trans rights and academic freedom at Merton last week, regarding an event ‘Perspectives on trans intersectionality’. An Oxford professor has been provided security by the University over fears she may face physical violence and intimidation from trans rights activists. Todd is a specialist in the history of the British working class, as well as women and feminism in modern Britain. Todd has a history of transphobic remarks and associations with TERF groups. She has previously retweeted transphobic groups on Twitter including the parody twitter account ‘British Gay Eugenics’. She retweeted a tweet from the group which joked: “Please join our MASSIVE thanks to @stonewalluk, @ruth_hunt, Gendered Intelligence, & Mermaids UK for helping #transawaythegay. The protection accorded to Todd comes after attacks on other TERF academics. Julie Bindel attacked by a protestor after giving a talk on violence against women at the University of Edinburgh last year. Harvey reiterated the college’s code on freedom of expression, as noted on the St Hilda’s website states: “It [freedom of expression] enables the pursuit of knowledge. It helps us approach truth. It allows students, teachers, and researchers to become better acquainted with the variety of beliefs, theories, and opinions in the world. Recognising the vital importance of free expression for the life of the mind, a university may make rules concerning the conduct of debate but should never prevent speech that is lawful. Outlining her perspective on trans rights, Todd wrote on her website: “As a gender critical feminist, I have seen my views misrepresented on social media and elsewhere. So here, I explain my views. By ‘gender critical’, I mean that I believe that men and women are defined by their sex, not by culturally constructed gender norms. You can’t change sex – biologically, that is impossible. Todd described the original code of conduct as a “dangerous precedent” that had left her “stunned”. “Parents, there is an alternative to having an embarrassing gay son or lesbian daughter! All it takes is timely intervention!” “The claim that some people ‘naturally’ feel feminine is ahistorical, since it overlooks that what is understood as ‘feminine’ or ‘masculine’ has changed over time.” Threats to Todd have come from trans rights campaigners who take issue with her stances, such as keeping those who self-identify as women but are anatomically male, out of single sex refuges. Bindel told The Independent in June that the attacker had screamed at her “saying that I was scum, I was a c***, I was filth,” before attempting “to punch me in the face but was dragged away by security.” “I was also struck that the University rightly I think did its own quick investigation and was convinced there was enough evidence to provide protection in the lectures. Todd also mocked a trans man who said he was happy after transitioning. She tweeted: “Here are lots of success stories as we #transawaythegay. Emmett wasn’t allowed to be a lesbian and had to wear skirts and makeup. But when he realised he was supposed to be a boy and started taking testosterone, his church accepted him. All better now!” Todd added on Today: “When I first heard about the threats the thing that worried me was that I knew from my experience of speaking at women’s rights meetings that sometimes there had been attempts to disrupt those meetings.last_img read more

News story: Annual Safety Review 2018 published

first_imgThe Annual Safety Review 2018 contains information on the AAIB’s activity during 2018 and includes an overview of the 15 Safety Recommendations published in the 31 field and 184 correspondence investigations during the year.The review includes statistical information on the accident causal factors established by AAIB investigations across the aviation industry. There are articles on how we investigate drone accidents and how we use communication as part of our investigations.last_img

British Society of Baking golf day tees off on 29 May

first_imgThe British Society of Baking (BSB) will hold its annual golf day on Wednesday 29 May at the Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club in Meriden, Warwickshire.Teams of four will compete, with a shotgun start tee-off at 12.30pm, and will play 18 holes of golf over the Arden course. There will be team and Individual prizes, including the ‘BSB’, ‘Rosebowl’ and ‘Veteran’ trophies.Spa and treatments are available for non-golfers.The day is rounded off with a three-course gala dinner and after-dinner entertainment from comedian and impressionist Aaron James.The BSB golf day started in 1990 as a social event for society members and guests.Tickets for the 2019 golf day are available now from Keith Houliston at [email protected]last_img

HIMSS19: A Dell EMC Storage Perspective

first_imgThe Dell EMC storage team recently had the honor of being at HIMSS19 in the Sunshine State. For three consecutive days, Dell EMC experts showcased the innovations being made every day to better enhance patient care across the healthcare continuum. Kiosks in the booth included AI, data protection, security, multi-cloud, client solutions, and of course, next-generation infrastructure. Capturing everyone’s attention was the PowerMax on the floor.PowerMax, the world’s fastest storage array[1] with 10M IOPS[2] and 150GBps throughput[3], was highlighted at HIMSS19 as the storage array of choice for EHR deployments with a dedicated kiosk and hardware on site. Customers and employees alike were excited to see the physical PowerMax array showcased in the booth.  Dell EMC storage experts were giving live demonstrations of PowerMax to show how fast and easy the array is to use. One attendee was so shocked at how fast PowerMax can provision storage that she asked, “is this real, or is this just because this is a demo?” To this, our expert replied, “PowerMax is simply that fast.”We had the opportunity to interact with a lot of great people at HIMSS19. Our storage experts had the opportunity to speak to group booth tours with visitors from around the world who were interested in Dell EMC’s offerings. Partners, employees, users, and customers all stopped by the Dell EMC booth to see how we are bettering health IT. Focusing on how PowerMax is the ideal solution for EHR environments.With NVMe done right, multi-controller architecture, multi-dimensional scale, rich data services, and blazing performance, PowerMax is next-generation storage for health IT. EHR workloads are demanding which is why PowerMax offers so much performance with virtually zero unplanned downtime.  In fact, PowerMax is architected for 99.9999% of availability to ensure patient data is available when caregivers need it.PowerMax is an efficient machine with up to 5:1 in data reduction thanks to inline compression and deduplication. To top it off, PowerMax keeps data safe and secure with data at rest encryption, replication, and secure snaps. I could go on and on about what makes PowerMax the array of choice for Electronic Health Records, be sure to check out our Top Ten Reasons Why PowerMax for Epic and PowerMax for Epic Solution Overview.As part of Dell’s Giving Back campaign, the Dell EMC booth once again showed support to Brooke’s Blossoms Hope for Childhood Cancer. The organization gives hope to young girls battling cancer by supplying them with headwear made by volunteers. These beautiful floral head pieces give children comfort after losing their hair. Employees and attendees made it their mission to make as many of these head pieces as possible, over 300 were made over the course of the show! Giving back to those facing health challenges is what makes what we do to transform Health IT so important. At Dell EMC, we are truly making healthcare digital transformation real.Our storage experts and healthcare team worked hard at HIMSS to showcase our product offerings and educate attendees about what Dell EMC has to offer. We continue to innovate as a technology leader while never losing sight of what is most important, the patient.We hope to see you again at HIMSS20![1] Based on Dell EMC internal analysis of published bandwidth of the PowerMax 8000 versus competitive mainstream arrays, March 2018.[2] Based on Dell EMC internal analysis of Random Read Hits Max IOs Per Second (Within a single array on 2 floor tiles) for the PowerMax 8000, March 2018[3] Based on Dell EMC internal analysis of Random Read Hits Max GB per Second (Within a single array) for the PowerMax 8000, March 2018.last_img read more

National agency funds ND foreign aid in Ghana

first_imgThe Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) recently awarded $375,000 to The University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) to conduct research on the MCC’s water project in Ghana. The MCC is an independent U.S. foreign aid agency founded by Congress in 2004. The MCC designed its program in Ghana with the intention of using water projects to alleviate disease and poverty in the country. Michael Sweikar, managing director of NDIGD, said the blank purchase agreement, reached in June, will enable NDIGD to monitor MCC’s project and to evaluate the initiative’s overall effects.  “The contract with them provides assistance in monitoring and evaluation to help measure the impact of one of their water interventions in Ghana,” Sweikar said. NDIGD monitoring and evaluation specialist Lila Khatiwada said the project aims to reduce diseases and widespread health problems, such as diarrhea, in some of the poorest areas of Ghana. “MCC implemented water interventions in 30 districts in Ghana for [the] poorest of the poor,” Khatiwada said. “They provide water points, water holes and water systems to extend to newer communities.” Khatiwada said comparing communities that receive MCC water treatments with those that do not will be NDIGD’s primary method of assessment.  “We will be using rigorous study,” he said. “One community receives the [MCC’s] water treatment, and this is called the ‘treatment community.’ Similar communities we call ‘control communities’ did not receive the treatment. We will compare the outcome between the two communities.” Khatiwada said NDIGD collected baseline data for the relevant communities in 2010. It will compare that data to post-treatment statistics that it will collect sometime in 2014. “The hypothesis is that there will be a reduction in disease [in the treatment community],” Khatiwada said. “It could be untrue, partially true, but we are testing that.” Sweikar said the involvement of Notre Dame faculty is an important aspect of the project.  Edwin Michael, professor of biological sciences and a member of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health, and Joe Kaboski, professor of economics, are working with Khatiwada and NDIGD monitoring and evaluation specialist Juan Carlos Guzman to design the study and complete the research.  “The faculty has the chance to analyze the data and future publication,” Sweikar said. “Interdisciplinary strengths in global health add a diverse array of subject area knowledge that is beneficial to the team.” Contact Katie McCarty at [email protected]last_img read more

The Finding Neverland Team Flies to Headquarters

first_img View Comments Related Shows How do you get to’s NYC offices? Follow the second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning! Finding Neverland stars Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer, and director Diane Paulus and producer Harvey Weinstein stopped by the website’s headquarters on February 25 to chat about the new musical with the Group Sales team. Featuring music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, who became the inspiration to write Peter Pan. Check out these shots of the magical visit, then see Finding Neverland beginning March 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Finding Neverland Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016last_img

Greg Mullavey & Kate Wetherhead Tapped for Clever Little Lies

first_img Clever Little Lies Stage alums Greg Mullavey and Kate Wetherhead will join the previously announced Marlo Thomas in Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies off-Broadway. The three reprise their roles as Bill Sr., Jane and Alice from the world premiere at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse in 2013. Performances will begin on September 18, with opening night set for October 14. David Saint will direct. Tickets are now on sale.Clever Little Lies follows a family with a mother who always knows what’s happening among her flock. As their son struggles under pressure from his overbearing mother, a confidence is shared between father and son that escalates into an unexpected family disclosure that could change their entire dynamic.Mullavey appeared on Broadway previously in Romantic Comedy and Rumors. His numerous additional stage credits include his one-man A Christmas Carol, Exit Entrance and White Woman Street. He is perhaps best known for playing Tom in the ‘70s series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.Wetherhead returns to the New York stage after appearing in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Legally Blonde on Broadway and The Other Josh Cohen, Ordinary Days and Tatjana in Color off-Broadway. She is the co-creator of the series Submissions Only and co-author of the Jack & Louisa series.The production will end its limited engagement on January 3, 2016. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Temps to Rise on Long Island During Weekend

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nine-year-old Kevin Grix measures and takes the temperature of the snow piled up in front of his North Babylon home on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. (Photo credit: Tom Grix)The brutal cold that arrived with Thursday night’s nor’easter was still lingering Saturday morning, but the temperature is expected to rise during the day, the National Weather Service said.Saturday’s forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures approaching 30 degrees as the day progresses. Sure, it will still be cold, but the forecast is nothing like what the Island has seen over the last two days with plummeting temperatures in the single digits.David Stark, a meteorologist at the Upton-based National Weather Service, said Friday that it’s unusual to see frigid temperatures produced by a storm such as the nor’easter that slammed Long Island. The storm, he said, funneled in cold air, contributing to the falling temperatures.The weather will warm up Sunday with forecasters predicting a 40-degree day, which will contribute to melting the large packets of snow outside, Stark said.Rain is also in Sunday’s forecast.The brief reprieve from the frigid temperatures will continue during the day Monday before quickly dropping in the evening.Forecasters are calling for a high of 14 degrees on Tuesday.last_img read more