HOMES Got it covered? 1YOUR
It’s often only when roofs leak that we remember they need care and attention like everything else. JULIA GRAy has tips for keeping on top of things
home’s roof should be inspected at least twice a year, both from the outside (preferably using binoculars) and inside the loft. If you can see daylight in the loft, there’s probably something missing on the outside.
Roof tiles or slates that have broken, slipped out of place, or been blown off are a common occurrence. If they’re not replaced, rainwater will get into the loft and cause damage there and then to the rooms below.
Water staining in the loft is an early warning sign of a problem with the roof covering, so get it looked at by a reputable roofer straightaway.
agreed by the seller. children get divorced or go bankrupt. The gift would also not work if inheritance tax is a problem so you should discuss it with your solicitor.
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I WAS divorced and have remarried, but my ex-wife has recently started up in business using my surname. She has run up huge debts in the past so I don’t want her to have anything more to do with me. What are my rights as regards preventing her using my name? THERE’S probably nothing you can do. Adults can generally use whatever name they choose as long as their motive isn’t fraudulent, and it is common for divorced women to continue to use their former married name. However, if you are in a similar line of business to your ex-wife’s you may be able to prevent her using your surname for business purposes if she is trying to pass her business off as yours. To avoid problems with credit reference agencies, check that she is no longer listed as living at your address on the electoral roll. THE building firm that fitted the damp-course in my house a few years ago got into trouble and was taken over by a national company. The firm’s new owners say they’ve no obligation to honour my guarantee. Is this true? IT depends entirely on the agreement the companies made about guarantees when the takeover took place. Sometimes they’ll decide to honour them for a defined period, say three years, in order to maintain the goodwill of the original firm’s customers. If the building firm was a member of a professional organisation it may be worth approaching them for assistance. You may also find that the suppliers of the chemicals used in connection with the damp treatment come to your rescue, as they often underwrite the guarantees. The supplier’s name should be on your guarantee so you can contact them direct.
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