Rental property dispute sparks street demonstrations

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Rental property dispute sparks street demonstrations previous nextAgencies & PeopleRental property dispute sparks street demonstrationsDisagreement over compensation for tenant between Brighton agency Brand Vaughan and rental union Acorn are ongoing.Nigel Lewis13th August 201801,283 Views A South East estate agent has become involved in a war of words with a leading housing and poverty action group over repairs to a property, and is due to have one of its branches picketed tomorrow by protesters.Brand Vaughan, which has three branches in the seaside city of Brighton and was recently bought by Lomond Capital, rented a property to Ana Sandou who was also a member of the Acorn renters’ union.On arrival at the property she discovered it needed substantial repairs and was missing several essentials including a fridge and a washing machine.Sandou claims it took Brand Vaughan a long time to bring the property up to scratch and a month after she moved in, Acorn got involved. Compensation of £250 for Sandou was then negotiated between the two sides.But it is claimed that Brand Vaughan has attached strings to the deal. This requires that Acorn destroy all campaign materials including posters and banners, remove references to the dispute from its social media and website, and desist from both picketing any of its offices or discouraging “potential tenants from using [Brand Vaughan’s] services”.Goodwill paymentWriting to Sandou, Brand Vaughan says: “Both yourself and Acorn acknowledge and agree that in signing this agreement and accepting the goodwill payment, this will serve as full and final settlement of the matter”.But this offer has now been rejected by Sandou and Acorn, who have said they will demonstrate once more near the agency’s main Brighton branch, asking supporters to bring “noisy” instruments and drums to the event, which is due to take place at lunchtime tomorrow.Acorn is a national membership-based rental union with offices in Newcastle, Bristol and Sheffield which describes itself as a ‘fighting organisation’.The Negotiator approached Brand Vaughan’s Brighton branch for comment but so far has not received a response.Acorn Brand Vaughan Brighton Brighton and Hove August 13, 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

Bod aims to save English-language opera

first_imgThe Bodleian Library has launched an appeal to raise £85,000 by 6 January 2009 in order to conserve a manuscript of the first opera written in English.‘Erismena’ was written by Pietro Franceso Cavalli and was probably performed in England for the first time during the 1670s.The Bodleian is trying to acquire the manuscript after it was sold from the Music faculty’s collection in 1797.The aim to raise £85,000 for ‘Erismena’ has become part of the ‘Oxford Thinking’ campaign, which hopes to raise £1.25bn for the University as a whole.Emma Kirkby, an Honorary Doctor of Music at Oxford University, said, “I am tremendously excited to hear that an entire Cavalli opera manuscript has survived – in an English translation, decades before Handel came to this country, and that there is a chance for the Bodleian Library to acquire this landmark of our musical history. I earnestly hope the means can be found to achieve this.”last_img read more


first_img Letters Lawyer Advertising I wish to commend Peter Aiken on his letter appearing in the March 15 News. I have been practicing criminal law for over 25 years and as the newly elected public defender for the Seventh Judicial Circuit I can attest to the fact that the criminal defense lawyer’s activity in the first 30 days of a criminal case is crucial to protecting the client’s interests and frequently results in early, favorable dispositions. There are more than a few instances where quick attention by an effective criminal defense lawyer can result in the avoidance of extended jail time, resulting in loss of job, home, vehicle, and in some instances, family and friends. In the first 30 days following the arrest, a defense lawyer can often contact the state attorney’s office to provide information which had not been previously made available by the arresting officers. This action often results in a reduction of the charge from that sought in the probable cause affidavit. It does not take a rocket scientist to recognize what can be accomplished by an effective criminal defense lawyer who responds quickly to the needs of his client. If an arrestee has the means to employ a criminal defense attorney, he should have the opportunity to be acquainted with the lawyers willing to represent him at the earliest possible stage of the proceedings. As a public defender, I find it most helpful to our heavy dockets to have private attorneys assuming early representation. I believe that the Board of Governors should refrain from making any changes to the advertising rules for the first 30 days following arrest as this would undermine proper representation of the criminal client. James S. Purdy Seventh Circuit Public Defender Defending the Judiciary The statement issued by the president of The Florida Bar responding to attacks on the judiciary [in regard to the Terri Schiavo case] and calling for support of the rule of law and separation of powers is excellent. Justice is under fire in the state of Florida. The Florida Bar is to be congratulated for its active participation in defending judges and the courts from these unwarranted attacks. As this year’s president of the Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates and our 525 member organization with 11 chapters throughout the state, we join with The Florida Bar in protecting the judiciary from these attacks. Judicial independence enriches democracy. Our constitution is intentionally designed to place limitation on the exercise of power in all branches of government. Under our constitutional government, with its separation of powers, it is the function of the judiciary to ensure that the legislative and the executive branches do not overstep their bounds. FLABOTA members are plaintiff and defense lawyers who are experienced trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill as advocates and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of civility, professionalism, and ethical conduct. FLABOTA’s mission is to preserve the Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury in civil cases and to vigorously protect the independence of the judiciary and the independence of the Florida lawyer. This is a call to action to all Florida lawyers. As lawyers, we can celebrate judicial independence because we all know that the courts help make America and our wonderful state of Florida special by defending our freedoms and protecting our rights. To undermine judicial independence would mark a drastic departure from our nation by ripping up our federal and state constitutions and their values. We cannot allow political demagoguery and special interests to undermine the genius of our constitutional system. We must fulfill our duty to protect the independence of the judiciary and the bar. You also should be aware that there is a group called The Institute for Legal Reform (see One of the ads on this Web site has a man screaming that our state’s legal system destroys jobs, raises taxes, and takes your money. The ad further lists the best to worst legal systems in the United States. The best legal system is rated number 1, the worst legal system is rated 50. Florida is listed as number 42. The ad ends with the cry that legal reform is needed now. Demand that your elected officials fix the flaws in the justice system. The ad concludes with this unbelievable statement: “Require fairness from your judges.” We must stand together to denounce these negative attacks and organized campaigns to drive judges from office or attack their integrity for making unpopular decisions. Current efforts to encroach on judicial independence come in a variety of forms including special interest groups. The threat to judicial independence in Florida is no longer a slow, incremental erosion. The attack now moves at a rapid speed with special rules and limited debate. FLABOTA is ready, willing, and able to join The Florida Bar and will actively participate in defending judges and the courts from unwarranted attacks. We must expose these political threats to judicial independence and protect judges who are being targeted for specific case rulings. Herman J. Russomanno FLABOTA president Gay Adoptions I’ve been suffering in silence for a long time while headline after headline in the News talks about the ongoing debate over “gays” and “gay adoption.” Please, we’re lawyers. We’re supposed to know what words mean, and use them accordingly. Must you misuse what was formerly a perfectly serviceable word, “gay,” to denote a group that is no more uniformly “gay” than all heterosexuals? It is bad enough that the U.S. Supreme Court tells us the words in the constitution have constantly shifting meanings, but to say all homosexuals are gay ( i.e. happy), just like some heterosexuals are. And some, in both groups, are notably morose. So how about we stop abusing the word “gay”? As anyone who knows me will attest, I’m a very gay fellow, and often appear as a gay lawyer, but I’m heterosexual, not homosexual. . . not that there is anything wrong with that. Timothy Condon Tampa letters The Board of Governors recently declined to allow certain Bar sections to lobby for repeal of the statute banning adoptions by homosexuals. In doing so, they recognized that the single, relevant, and finally determinative issue was the “potential for deep philosophical or emotional division among a substantial segment of the membership.” The majority could not ignore this unmistakable division as expressed by the membership prior to their vote. The March 1 News reported the impassioned language of those involved in the latest effort to use “the honor and prestige of the Bar” to lobby in support of the latest incremental step to sanction adoption by homosexuals. (Proponents describe it as the “first thing we can do.”) It is more than clear by now that there is at least “a substantial segment of the membership” (this member included) which holds an equally passionate, but diametrically opposite view on this subject. The bill in question, as the News candidly described it, would “skirt the law.” Its proponents suggest that, since homosexuals are presently allowed to be foster parents, it necessarily follows that the homosexuality of said foster parents should not bar them from adoption. This logic is questionable but, in any event, the bill’s advocates cannot claim to have resolved the deep division among Bar members on this issue. To the best of my knowledge, none of the Bar members opposed to the first lobbying request expressed their support for foster parenting by homosexuals. (Nevertheless, a bill to ban homosexuals from being foster parents would be equally divisive among the Bar membership and, accordingly, should not be lobbied by the Bar or any of its sections.) I urge the Board of Governors to decline permission for any Bar section to lobby for, or against, these latest bills to permit adoption by homosexuals. Guy R. Strayhorn Ft. Myers Leroy Collins Leroy Collins was my hero, my mentor, and my friend. The 40th anniversary of the Selma, Ala., civil-rights march should encourage Floridians to remember Thomas LeRoy Collins, 33rd governor of Florida, for a lifetime lived in service to others. And what a lifetime it was! In the years after his governorship, Collins became the first director of the Community Relations Service under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Though the job meant a pay cut and put a dent in his political aspirations, he accepted the position because he knew that it was a crucial step in racial equity. On March 7, and again on March 25, 1965, he served as President Lyndon B. Johnson’s special envoy in Selma to protect the marchers led by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shortly after that famous event, he commented, “If I hadn’t done anything else in my lifetime, but was involved in that, I would have had something to feel good about.” Florida was fortunate to reap the benefits of Collins’ lifetime of service, and he did plenty for us to feel good about. From his creation of the community-college system, to his efforts to reapportion the legislature, to his passionate quest to improve race relations, he was the model of a selfless public servant. Collins’ legacy is the cast that molds today’s Florida officials. In his lifetime, Collins showed us what it means to be a leader. He never succumbed to pressure to conform when he took stands on difficult or volatile issues. Because of this, he was rejected by many of his local friends and legal colleagues. When he ran for U.S. Senate in 1968, I was a student at the University of Florida, where we had our own race-relation problems. After the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and King, his example inspired me and many others to become involved in public service. During that Senate campaign, his opponent’s supporters used a picture of Collins marching with King to win votes. He accepted defeat in that race as a statesman, with grace and without regret. That racism could not be used successfully today in Florida is a testament in part to Collins’ legacy. Florida’s greatest public official is remembered today and his opponents have been long since forgotten. In much the same way as Abraham Lincoln is remembered now, Collins’ lifetime of service comes into much clearer perspective with the passage of time, and his far-reaching policies will become only more impressive with the clarity of hindsight. After his death in 1991, the Florida House named Leroy Collins the Floridian of the Century because of his lifetime of service. A state holiday is an apt way to honor this lifetime and provide a wonderful way to teach forever a new and younger generation about this unique man. Such a lifetime, such a legacy, such a man surely deserves this recognition. Steve Uhlfelder Tallahasseecenter_img April 15, 2005 Letterslast_img read more