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Landlords Profit in English Properties

In a recent survey conducted, increasing house prices as well as rents in east England have given best returns from their properties to landlords. Among the cities that have a recorded all time high in the returns in the property sector are Hertfordshire and Essex. They dominated the list and have significantly provided a very high combination of potential appreciation in capital as well as in their rental income over the last year. Their returns altogether are more than 25 percent.

Land registry notes increasing prices

At the top of the list of hotspots is Halstead situated in Essex where the average price for a housing property increased significantly from 150,000 pounds during the summer of last year to about 181,000 pounds one year later. In the same period, the average rent that was collected would have been around 7,000 pounds which gives the landlord who bought the property at the original price a whopping 26 percent return in their investment. Borehamwood in Hertfordshire claims the second spot and provided for 13,000 pounds in rent and an increase in the property asking price of 56,000 pounds from the original property value of around 260,000 pounds.

The figures do not account for taxes and any other costs which are related to offering a property. They are based solely on properties that are listed for rent and sale across Wales and England. The average rents for the properties increased by about 5 percent outside of Greater London during the third quarter of last year and during the third quarter of 2015. The capital was up by about 3 percent. However, in East England, the jump was about 6.4 percent.

Homebuyers pay less compared to renters in UK cities

Among the cities that were listed in the top 10 for investors was East Yorkshire for the northern part where the asking prices made a jump to 124,000 pounds to about 150,000 pounds and the rental income added up to a significant 5,900. Research companies said that six of the locations listed had asking prices below the average of UK. This means that they are still relatively very much affordable for the investors. Rents are likewise cheaper for these places compared to London and other areas in the southeast. It is for this reason that demand from priced-out tenants are very high.

Meanwhile, the improvement in the housing sector also strengthened the painting and decorating industry. Companies like Fitzhugh Decorators Northampton with website are in an upswing also.


Teenager Dies After Accidentally Hanging Himself On A Gate Latch

Safety must be prioritized at all times even in the simplest of details. You never know what may happen until it is too late just like what happened to a 17 year-old boy from Beeston who had accidentally hanged himself by his hoodie on a rare and freakish accident.

Yes. You read that right. What was meant to serve as a protective covering for him had become the instrument of his death.

Adam Cullen is believed to have died in a matter of seconds when the bow that he had tied on the drawstring of his hooded top had caught on the rear garden gate’s latch.

His family was the one who found the 17 year-old lifeless outside his home in Beeston, Nottinghamshire last February 6, Friday.

According to a Nottingham coroner, Mairin Casey, the death of Adam Cullen had left an ‘enormous gaping hole’ in the hearts of all those who know and love him. Adam was known to be a young man who is very happy and fulfilled.

The investigations that were conducted showed no signs of suspicious circumstances, deeming the incident as a ‘tragic accident.’
At the time of his death, Adam was wearing a sports hoodie that had a lacy threading. He was also suffering from a stomach bug.

According to Detective Inspector Rogers, the fashion that teenagers follow in this age is that the hoodie strings were to be tied in a bow at the neck. Adam is only one of the many teenagers that follow this fashion that also included his group of friends.

What may have happened to cause his death was that he either tripped or that because he was also unwell at the time, he may have collapsed when he had entered the gate of his property.

The string may have caught in the gate latch and this led to the most freakish and rare accident.

It is actually frightening to know that such simple clothing could cause such a terrible death. Hoodies are a common type of clothing. People wear them all the time due to their convenience and warming factor. They can even be designed for TV shows like My Little Pony or even famous personalities.

Who would ever think that it may cause heartache to those that Adam had left.


Squabble Over Roadside Rubbish

The council chiefs have received some negative responses after saying that Britain’s roadside garbage is too dangerous to clean up. Hampshire’s Winchester Council has revealed that there were some new rules imposed by the Health and Safety Executive regarding the annual road clean-up drive that is happening in the city. The said rules were made in order to make sure that litter-pickers are protected from any danger such as traffic.

HSE denied that they made such rules and also went on to express that the council is just over-interpreting. Sir Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate and the current Campaign to Protect Rural England’s president, has fired some accusation pertaining to the neglect when it comes to the task of removing litter in the sidewalk. The accusations were directed to the Highways Agency and bosses in the town hall.

Sir Andrew said that people are expressing their disgust and anger everyday regarding the current condition of the roads in England. He also expressed his opinion on why no one is interested in visiting the countryside or the city because of the rubbish. He also commented on the delay of the action despite being there laws that could fine those people who are throwing rubbish from inside the vehicle to the sidewalk.

According to him, proper funding is necessary in order to provide a solution to the problem and make sure that the roads are not permanently abused this way.

Highways Agency was replaced by the Highways England, which is a company owned by the Government, and they are responsible in making sure the motorway is always clean. The task of clearing trunk routes and A-routes is handled by both the councils and the agency.

Clean Highways’ Peter Silverman has expressed their opinion as a group that the councils know that it is important to make sure everyone is safe and they are using this justification as an excuse towards their inaction.

Almost all of UK is suffering from the rubbish problem that is on every roadside.

A spokesman from Highways England has revealed that around £6 million is spent every year in garbage collection yet there are still litter everywhere and the rate is alarming. The group is set to start an investigation on the matter.


Best Romantic Hotels To Stay When In Florence

When in Florence, there are a number of romantic hotels one could stay in while indulging in the culture and its arts and architecture. Hotel rooms are clouded with unique ambiance and come with dreamy bedrooms and classy bathrooms equipped with stunning marble basins.

– St Regis

The hotel St Regis will give you the feeling of being in a place with just the right amount of extravagance. This ambience is further more made special by the service provided by the place which is both unobtrusive and friendly. This hotel is located in the heart of Florence where the territory is surrounded by lux boutiques and easily accessible when one wants to visit major tourist sites. The place was originally called the Grand Hotel and was only launched in 2011 as St Regis which is then known to be. St Regis offers a total of 100 hotel rooms, all of which are as grand with the level the hotel is known for. There are rooms that are preferred because of its view of the river.

– Four Seasons

This hotel is extraordinary in every way and is evident as soon as you step inside the lobby which uses stuccoes and bas reliefs as its main décors. The hotel is humungous with its main building on one side and a former convent house the other side of the park which is around 11-acre. This is considered as Florence’s largest garden. The hotel is big in using oil paintings, décor of the Old Parisian taste and various antiques all over the place. The hotel offers 116 rooms and suites combined which are all decorated individually with much use of velvet and silk while furniture that are made of marble and some antique graces the rooms.

– Palazzo Galletti

This hotel is strategically located in the center of Santa Croce and Duomo. It is surrounded by the rich neighborhood of Florence with scattered bars, shops and restaurants. Reception is provided and always available but the place gives off a homey feel rather than being a hotel. There are four suites and one of them is the Cerere suite which is often given to couples on a honeymoon. The area where breakfast can be taken is said to date back as far as the 1500 and comes with a fireplace and original stunning marble basins.


Why Is Bulgaria A Miserable Nation?

Is there such a thing as an unhappy country? Yes there is. In a new released survey, it was found out that Bulgaria is the most unhappy country in the European Union. Bulgaria was a former communist country that joined the European Union in 2007 but it seems that the people are not satisfied. Bulgarians averaged 4.8 in a happiness scale of 0 to 10. The next most miserable country was Portugal that gained an average of 6.2. Scandinavia is the happiest country with an average score of 8/10. The survey was published to coincide with the International Day of Happiness.

Why is Bulgaria unhappy?

Bulgaria has the lowest GDP in the EU. Its unemployment rate is 10.8% which is above the 9.8% average. In 2013, Bulgaria has the lowest average annual wage rate at 1,949 Euros. The country experienced rapid growth between 2004 and 2008 but it was hit by the global economic crisis. However, according to an expert, Bulgaria’s misery is more nuanced than lack of money. Bulgaria was not happy joining the European Union and they considered it as a necessary evil. Their expectations were too high and they thought the Europe Union was the answer to their problem. The underlying nature of Bulgarians as people and as a society is not to trust anyone. In the last few years, there were lots of activism and protest movements.

According to a Bulgarian, Elena Georgieva, it is not surprising for Bulgaria to be unhappy. Since the fall of the communist regime, many Bulgarians are living in poverty and it has taken its toll. Bulgarians want a simple life and they are not interested in having lots of money or travel to exotic places. People are constantly worried about the jobs and whether there will be enough to buy food and pay bills.

A significant factor that is considered is that happiness is not a state of being but a process. People who are not evolving will not be happy. You have to move forward so that obstacles can be overcome. Happiness is also a feeling of belonging. If you know that you are part of a community and are appreciated, you will be happy.