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Tenant rights: Can a landlord kick me out?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Millions of people pay monthly rent to a landlord for a room or a home, but many will be unclear about their rights as a tenant.BBC News asked Citizens Advice to answer the 20 most commonly asked questions.1. Can a landlord kick me out without a reason, and how much notice should I be given?Your landlord can't evict you during the fixed term of a
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Number of middle-aged renters doubles in a decade

[ad_1] Image caption Paul McKay says the housing market seems out of control Forty-somethings are now almost twice as likely to be renting their home from a private landlord than 10 years ago.Rising UK house prices have left many middle-age workers unable to afford a first home, or as "accidental renters" after a relationship break-up.Analysts say a focus on young first-time buyers means older tenants, often with children, risk being
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Reality Check: Are we spending more money on rent?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images In the UK, people are renting for longer periods of time, as buying a property has become more expensive and wages have struggled to keep up. As analysis for the BBC by Hometrack reveals, the average length of residence for private renters in England has increased to 4.3 years.This got Reality Check thinking about how much people are spending on rent.If people are renting for
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Pothole ‘epidemic’ costs £1m a month in motoring claims, says AA

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Drivers and insurers are losing £1m a month repairing damage to vehicles caused by potholes, the AA says.The motorists' organisation says the number of claims for the first four months of 2018 already equal those for the whole of last year.It said there was a pothole "epidemic" that was a "national embarrassment".The Department for Transport said it was spending £23bn on England's roads to improve journeys,
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House of Fraser slumps to £44m loss

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Department store group House of Fraser lost almost £44m in 2017 as sales fell. The department store's potential new Chinese owner, C.Banner, said the loss of £43.9m reversed a pre-tax profit of £1.5m for the previous year, while sales fell 6.3% to £787.8m. It blamed Brexit, terror attacks and online for damaging the performance of the group, which owns 59 UK stores. The Chinese group
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BMW recall: What owners need to do

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA BMW is recalling cars in the UK after the BBC's Watchdog found that vehicles could cut out completely while they are being driven.If you're worried about the implications for you and your car, here's everything you need to know.Is my car affected?This recall is an extension of another recall which took place in April 2017, when BMW recalled 36,410 petrol-fuelled models. This time, the recall covers
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US commercial drones given green light

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Green light for first commercial drones in the US Drones that monitor crops, control mosquito populations and deliver defibrillators are to be tested in US airspace.Ten commercial drone projects have been selected to try out new ways for unmanned aircraft to be integrated into the skies.They include Zipline, which currently offers a blood-delivery service in Rwanda, and Apple.But Amazon, which wants to offer
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Severn Trent boss and sex toy founder win businesswoman awards

[ad_1] Image copyright David M. Benett Image caption Chief executive of Severn Trent, Liv Garfield, was praised for her strong focus on customers The boss of a water company and the founder of a luxury sex toy company have won top awards for businesswomen.Liv Garfield, the chief executive of Severn Trent, was crowned Business Woman of the Year at the Veuve Clicquot awards ceremony.Her company's share price has risen 15%
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Next and Morrisons defy downturn as sales rise

[ad_1] Image copyright Next The recent spells of hot weather have led to stronger than expected sales at Next, leading the fashion retailer to raise its full-year profit forecast.Full-price sales for the 14 weeks to 7 May rose 6%, and Next lifted its profit forecast from £705m to £717m.However, the drift away from the High Street continued, with store sales down 4.8% while online sales jumped 18.1%.Separately, supermarket chain Morrisons