Landlords Advised Against Discriminatory Rental Practices

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is hoping to educate landlords after seeing a noticeable increase in inquiries related to discriminatory rental practices targeting families. Staff at the commission have reported a recent spike in inquiries from residents with children reportedly being denied rental accommodations. People have contacted the commission to raise concerns after responding to rental advertisements online. In many cases, individuals are responding to advertisements for rentals of more than one bedroom, with yards, those most appealing to families. “Landlords need to understand that it is illegal to deny tenancy to individuals based on the fact they have children,” said Christine Hanson, the commission’s director and CEO. “Telling someone you do not rent to families is a violation of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act and we are committed to investigating and pursuing resolution in instances that demonstrate that people’s rights are being violated.” Family status is a protected characteristic under the act. Individuals who believe they have faced discrimination of this manner are encouraged to contact the commission. Landlords are also encouraged to contact the commission if they have questions about their rights and responsibilities. Visit the commission website at humanrights.novascotia.ca for contact information. FOR BRAODCAST USE: The Human Rights Commission is hoping to educate landlords in the province after seeing a noticeable increase in inquiries related to discriminatory rental practices targeting families. Staff at the commission have reported a recent spike in inquiries from residents with children reportedly being denied rental accommodations. Individuals have contacted the commission to raise concerns after responding to rental advertisements online. In many cases, people are responding to advertisements for rentals of more than one bedroom, with yards, those most appealing to families. Family status is a protected characteristic under the act. Individuals who believe they have faced discrimination of this manner are encouraged to contact the commission. Landlords are also encouraged to contact the commission if they have questions about their rights and responsibilities. Visit the commission website for contact information. -30-last_img read more

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Ash dieback screening could leave trees defenceless against deadly beetles

first_imgOur research highlights the danger of selecting trees for resilience to ash dieback at the expense of resistance to insects that threaten this iconic UK tree speciesDr Christine Sambles, University of Exeter Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Caused by the hymenoscyphus fraxineus fungus, the disease is capable of killing young trees in a single season, and older trees over several years.Screening replacement trees in order to plant only those resistant to the disease is seen as the “best hope” of saving Britain’s ash population.Since 2013, the Forestry Commission has planted around 155,550 trees across 14 locations in the South East in an attempt to find out which types are disease resistant.But the new research from the universities of Exeter and Warwick suggests the types able to resist the fungus also have very low levels of the chemicals needed to defend against insects.In particular, it leaves them defenceless against the Emerald Ash Borer beetle, which has already devastated vast tracts of ash in the US and is currently spreading westwards across Europe. It means choosing saplings on the basis of their ability to withstand dieback could simply replace one lethal problem with another.“Our research highlights the danger of selecting trees for resilience to ash dieback at the expense of resistance to insects that threaten this iconic UK tree species, said Dr Christine Sambles, who co-led the research.Ash is Britain’s most common hedgerow tree, with 60,000 miles of tree lines, and the second most common woodland tree after oak.An infection of dieback is usually fatal for a tree, and the disease can be spread on the wind and by the movement of infected logs.The Forestry Commission has said its strategy to secure the long-term future of Britain’s ash trees lies in understanding the species’ genetic structure and how some varieties can survives dieback.However, the team from Exeter and Warwick also examined in the differences in the chemical composition between tolerant and susceptible ash trees.“Plants use a vast range of chemicals to defend against fungal attack, and the primary objective was to identify differences which could be used to screen young ash trees and choose the best ones for replanting, said Professor Murray Grant, from Warwick.“Our findings underline the need for further research to ensure that we select ash trees resilient to present and future threats.”Emerald Ash borer, a beetle which kills ash trees within two or three years, is not yet in the UK but is high on the Government’s plant risk register.In October the Woodland Trust announced it would launch an accreditation and labelling scheme for trees sold at nurseries as a guarantee that they have been grown in Britain from British seed.The “Buy British” initiative is intended to try to prevent foreign pests entering UK woodlands.An estimated six million trees were brought into Britain in the past three years, including 1.1 million oaks. Attempts to stall the spread of Ash dieback may backfire because trees selected to withstand the disease are particularly vulnerable to deadly attacks by insects, new research reveals.The “unexpected” data has prompted warnings from scientists about the hidden dangers of screening projects, such a major initiative currently being run by the Forestry Commission.The current outbreak of dieback, also called Chalara, was first detected in a nursery in Buckinghamshire in 2012, leading to fears the UK ash tree population could be all but wiped out.last_img read more

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New database will reveal exactly how much rent your neighbours pay

first_imgTHE PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL Tenancies Board has launched a national rent index that reveals the actual rents being paid for houses and apartments across the country as opposed to the amount of rent being asked.The Economic and Social Research Institute has compiled the database based on the PRTB’s own register of over 277,000 tenancies throughout the country.It will provide real rent details for five different categories of dwellings with a micro level breakdown by county, postcode and townsland and by the number of bedrooms for each dwelling types.The director of the PRTB, Anne Marie Caulfield, said it would take “the speculation and surmise out of renting”.Rents riseThe PRTB also found there was an increase in rents nationally but a fall in Dublin rents.Compared with Q1 2012, there has been a 2 per cent increase in national rents – a 2.3 per cent increase in Dublin rents and a 0.8 per cent increase in rents for outside Dublin. However, rents in Dublin fell in the first quarter of 2013, down by 1.9 per cent, when compared with the final quarter of 2012. Outside Dublin rents grew by 1.7 per cent, having fallen in the fourth quarter of 2012.The index was officially launched today by the Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, who welcomed it pointing out that 20 per cent of households now live in the private rented sector.People can log on free of charge to check rent levels for different locations, and dwelling types.Read: Revenue “happy” with property tax payments after deadline passes>More: This map shows you why rent is rising in Dublin more than anywhere else>last_img read more

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