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What is the Green Deal?

What is the Green Deal?
This is scheduled for introduction in autumn of this year, and will enable accredited retailers such as Tesco and B&Q to supply, without no upfront cost, quality assured services to homeowners and businesses looking to improve the energy efficiency of their property.
The full cost of the measures will be recovered through instalments on the energy bill over several years, and because the Green Deal is not a personal loan or an advance payment scheme, there is no obligation to continue paying the instalments when the owner moves home.
Qualification for the scheme depends on a simple calculation, known as the “golden rule”– whereby the predicted savings from the energy efficiency improvements to the property must equal or exceed the cost of installation.

How will it work?
Those wishing to participate in the Green Deal will require a full property assessment carried out by an independent and fully accredited advisor.  This initial consultation will provide househ…

Sewage pipes - The importance of ownership

The Water Act 2003 which came into effect in October 2010 has left certain home owners worse off and continues to pass under the radar of may lawyers who act for those buying homes.
Up until the introduction of this new law, financial responsibility for the maintenance and repair ofthe drainage pipes which connects your home to the mains sewer rested squarely with you.If anything went wrong with the drains you and the others who share the use of the pipes would be required to meet the costs of repair.Often this meant having to find several thousand of pounds.
The good news is that since October this responsibility has not passed to the local water authority meaning that if your house does not connect directly to the mains sewer but is part of a network connecting more than one house then there is longer any liability resting with you.If any thing goes wrong the water authority must sort it.
Beware however as any stretch of pipe through which sewage from only your property flows will re…