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Short-notice evictions face axe in tenant rights victory

Housing campaigners hail government plans to scrap no-fault removals Housing campaigners have hailed a groundbreaking shift for tenants rights after the government announced plans to scrap no-fault evictions, which it described as the biggest overhaul for renters in a generation. The government will consult on abolishing section 21 evictions in England, meaning private landlords would no longer be able to evict tenants from their homes at short notice and without good reason. Currently landlords have the right to get rid of tenants with as little as eight weeks notice after…

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No-fault evictions to be banned

Where does rent hit young people hardest? ‘No water and rodents’ among student housing gripes First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced similar plans for Wales, while in Scotland new rules requiring landlords to give a reason for ending tenancies were introduced in 2017. There are no plans in Northern Ireland to end no-fault evictions where a fixed-term tenancy has come to an end. ‘Peace of mind’ Housing Secretary James Brokenshire said that evidence showed so-called Section 21 evictions were one of the biggest causes of family homelessness. He told BBC…

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One step ahead: how walking opens new horizons

Whether its to the North Pole or across LA, walking is the fastest way to make more time for life As a child growing up in 1970s Norway, with parents who didnt own a car and loved to hike, Erling Kagge believes one of his first full sentences was: How much further is it? By his late teens, though, hed begun to embrace his parents ethos. By then, for me, walking wasnt just getting from A to B, he says. It had a value in itself. So much so that…

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23 of the world’s best hiking trails

23 of the world’s best hiking trails From a multiday trek tracing the routes of a Japanese poet, to a classic clamber in the Argentinian Lake District, here are 23 of the best hiking trails in the world. Cool Backpack Search Walking boots and waterproof coats at the ready. 1. Pennine Way, United Kingdom Pennine Way — the first official long distance trail to be established in England. Anthony Devlin/Getty Images   Stretching 268 miles from the Derbyshire Peak District to the Scottish Borders, the Pennine Way is the United…

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Tyrion, Daenerys … Hot Pie? The greatest Game of Thrones characters

As the final season of the fantasy saga gets underway, our writers pick their favourite Westerosi citizens, from blunt Bronn to deliciously vicious Cersei Jaime Lannister Theres nothing like a good redemption story to thrill viewers and Jaime Lannisters is a redemption like no other. Hes the man who dreamed of knightly glory, only to find that the gold all too quickly wore off, leaving him sustained only by the illicit love he feels for his sociopathic twin Cersei. That we dont entirely hate him is down to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau,…

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