'Bristol Res' Blog • 09 March 2018
Bristol was named as the world’s smartest city this week at the mobile industry’s largest gathering in Barcelona – beating global centres of excellence Dubai, New York, Singapore to the coveted title.
The GLOMO Award (Global Mobile Award) event is a combination of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile phone industry and a conference featuring prominent executives representing mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners from across the world.
Judges who awarded Bristol the Smart City Award, said Bristol boasted “an ambitious program that has resulted so far in a strong IoT (internet of things) network test bed and a city operations centre that is beginning to make a real impact on broader city policy”.
The judges highlighted Bristol’s three mobile networks currently integrated through software controls: fibre in the ground, a wireless het-net along the Brunel Mile area of Bristol with wi-fi, 3G, 4G, LTE (long-term evolution) and 5G experiments, and a radio frequency mesh network deployed on 2,000 of the city’s lampposts.
Just lettings, just Bristol
Do gas safety certificate have to be served before a tenant occupies a property ?
Landlords have known for a long time that their properties with a gas supply must have a current landlord Gas Safety Certificate (CP12). How many landlords however are ensuring they are served to a tenant before they move in to the property and getting proof that the tenant has received it ?
The Deregulation Act 2015 brought in a whole new raft of legislation governing when a landlord/agent can or cannot serve a Section 21 (notice seeking possession) and the documents that must precede it.
Since 1 October 2015 landlords and agents have got used to the fact that paperwork proving compliance with the deposit registration regulations, the appropriate EPC and the government’s ‘How To Rent’ guide have all been provided and documented prior to the start of the tenancy agreement.
Before last month however it was common practice simply to ensure a property had a current gas safety certificate and pass on a copy of the certificate to a tenant when it was convenient or indeed received from the gas engineer Should the situation arise when a landlord wanted to serve a Section 21 notice the landlord or agent would ensure the tenant was in possession of the gas safety certificate first.
This practice might have to be reviewed in light of the decision of His Honour Judge Luba QC in the case of Caridon Property Ltd v Monty Shooltz heard in the County Court at Central London last week. The judge found that to comply with the Gas Safety (installation & Use) Regulations 1998 and therefore the Deregulation Act 2015 a Section 21 Notice can only be validly served if the tenant was in possession of a gas safety certificate before the commencement of their tenancy.
Clarity is currently being sort from the Minister of Housing on this matter but until it has been given our advice is to make sure a valid gas safety certificate is presented and signed for by the tenant before moving into a property.
World Pasty Competition – another year, another trophy for Don !
Despite the awful weather conditions last week the World Pasty competition still took place at The Eden Project in Cornwall Now in its 8th year our own Don McKeever (Director – Southville Office) was defending his title in the Open Savory – Amateur Class. Although not triumphant with his pasty Don was awarded ‘Cornish Pasty Ambassador of the Year’ ( far left in photo under the hat !)) for his services to the competition and in recognition of being the championships most decorated competiton !
Delighted with this award Don is even more determined to return next year and win back his title.
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