Free Talk by Secretary of State William Hague in Pimlico

Start Date: 23rd Oct 2014
Start Time: 18:30

Location – Westminster Abbey

The Rt Hon William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons will give this year’s One People Oration. The phrase “One People” was coined by Edward Carpenter (then Archdeacon, later Dean of Westminster) in 1965-6. The orations commenced in 1966, and were intended to make people “think not only of all Christian people but of all mankind”.


The talk is entitled:

Humanising hell – diplomacy and the search for peace

Booking (free) is essential:

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EasyProperty and the Arsehole of Agents

We would like to issue a correction notice and offer easyProperty a full and unreserved apology. In an article published on 18th September 2014 reporting on the launch event for easyProperty we reported incorrectly ” the crowd was told: “We are looking at the arsehole of agents.” we are happy to correct that this was in fact never said by any of the presenters, in what was a very professional presentation launching and understand the distress caused by this error.
We apologise unreservedly for this error and for any distress or reputational damage to The easy Group , easyProperty, its directors ,shareholders and staff.
Commenting Rob Ellice, CEO easyProperty, said: “We are very happy that propertyindustryeye has apologised unreservedly and corrected its article  which we accept. Our launch event was a fantastic milestone in our business and we wanted to ensure this was not spoilt by inaccurate reporting “
Commenting Ros from propertyindustryeye said: “Having reviewed video of the event in full we are happy to issue a formal correction and apology and set the record straight. We pride ourselves on our reporting but in this instance we got it wrong.”
Now having read the original article I don’t remember the phrase as being of significance, but seeing the correction it sounds hilarious. I really wish I could now see the original report, and also understand how it was misheard. It sounds fabulous and far more likely to get EasyProperty great publicity than their stuffed shirt PR launch!

Pimlico Exhibition – THE ART OF WAR HORSE

To commemorate the centenary of World War I a unique exhibition celebrating the dramatisation of Michael Morpurgo’s book War Horse “THE ART OF WAR HORSE” is being held at 22 Bury Street, St. James’s, SW1Y 6AL ( a short walk from Pimlico Flats) until 30th August. Entry is free.

The book was first published in 1982 and recently this wartime tale has become an international phenomenon. The stage play, launched at The National Theatre in 2007, has become one of the greatest British productions and seen by over 3 million people worldwide. Theatre designer Rae Smith is the artistic mastermind who brought this to life on stage, and for which she won both the US Tony Award and the British Olivier Award, and the exhibition shows Rae’s original theatre, costume and scenic artwork. On show will be a selection of equine drawings of the horse puppets so vividly created by Handspring Puppet Company, as well as powerful Vorticist-inspired depictions of battle-torn France.


The play currently running in London’s West End:

The exhibition introduced by Rae Smith

The lighting of the play:

A Guide for Renting

How to Rent

How to Rent

The government has launched a guide for private rented sector tenants today.

The idea is that new ‘How to rent’ guide will give tenants the knowledge they need at their fingertips and help raise the game of landlords who may not know what is expected of them.

The guide will help tenants whilst looking for property to rent as it can be viewed on smartphones and tablets.

The guide includes:

  • information and advice on tenancy deposit schemes, tenancy length and bill payments
  • a checklist of what the landlord must provide tenants, including gas certificate and deposit paperwork
  • information on the requirements of the landlord to maintain the structure of the property and give tenants at least 24 hours’ notice before entering the property
  • the legal requirements for landlords and tenants on ending tenancies and returning deposits

The Guide is available here: How to rent: the checklist for renting in England.

Government Review of property conditions in the private rented sector




This discussion document considers what more can be done and how best to tackle rogue landlords, without negatively impacting on the good ones.

The government announced a package of measures on 16 October 2013 to help ensure that tenants get a good deal when they rent a home. The measures included a commitment to undertake a review into property conditions in the private rented sector.

The discussion document is the first stage of the review, it sets out the issues that the review will cover and invites comments by 21 March 2014.

The Government Legislation Plan aims to:

  • avoid hidden fees from unscrupulous letting agents
  • get proper protection from rogue landlords
  • can request long-term rental deals that cut costs and provide stability for their family
  • feel confident to demand better standards and management of their property by landlords

The Legislation which is being prepared will:

  • Publish a new code of practice setting standards for the management of property in the private rented sector, with a view to making it statutory to provide greater confidence for tenants in what they can expect.
  • Publish a tenant’s charter to help tenants understand what they should expect from their rental deal, and how they can take action if they are the victim of hidden fees or poor standards of accommodation.
  • Legislate a new tenancy agreement, which landlords can use to offer longer tenancies of 3 years or more, which will, provide extra security and stability for families.
  • Produce extra guidance for local councils on how to protect tenants from illegal eviction, how to push for harsher penalties before magistrates for housing offences where these have a real impact on peoples’ lives, and to plan for new private rented developments in the future, including on their own land.
  • A mortgage lenders summit will consider how lenders can make it easier for landlords to offer longer tenancies that benefit families.
  • The government will review the process by which tenants can raise concerns about the standard of their private rented property and the response they should expect from their council in enforcing standards of safety and hygiene
  • The review will also consider requiring landlords to repay rent where a property is found to have serious hazards. This could include allowing councils to recoup housing benefit so that taxpayers’ money is not used to support landlords who provide sub-standard property.
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