Local tragedy sparks campaign against letting fees

first_imgA councillor in Southend, Essex has vowed to do battle with local agents who charge tenants high letting fees after his son killed himself over the cost of renting a flat.Southend independent councillor Tino Callaghan says the council has supported his motion to ‘name and shame’ local agents charging tenants high administration costs.Mr Callaghan, who launched the initiative with fellow councillor Laurence Davis, says his son was worried because he couldn’t afford the cost of a deposit for a flat to house his family.“Registration fees can be astronomical and we have spoken to many tenants who been caught out with fees,” Mr Davis told the Halstead Gazette.“The council can’t enforce anything but they can name and shame those who are not acting in the best interests of the public.”This tragedy played out in Southend is the latest development in a growing campaign by several media outlets, councils and politicians to highlight what they see as the excessive administration fees charged by some agents.This includes The Guardian newspaper which recently called fees a ‘great letting agency rip-off’ while in May this year the London Borough of Tower Hamlets gave six local agents 28 days to display fees or face a £5,000 fine, following a local campaign.“Since April 2015 lettings agents are legally obliged to display their fees prominently online and in their offices, but research showed that 34 of around 134 agents operating in the borough were failing to do so”, the Tower Hamlets Renters campaign website says.Also, a bill was introduced in Parliament in June this year by Lib Dem peer Baroness Grender designed to amend the Landlord and Tenant Act. This would prevent letting agents charging tenants a range of fees including registration, administration, inventory check and reference fees and recently passed its second hearing unopposed.   southend letting agent registration fees administration fees refernce checks fees September 26, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Local tragedy sparks campaign against letting fees previous nextRegulation & LawLocal tragedy sparks campaign against letting feesCouncillors in Southend call for agents who charge high fees to be ‘named and shamed’Nigel lewis26th September 20160626 Viewslast_img read more

US Navy Ships Dpart for Scotland

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Ships Dpart for Scotland View post tag: US View post tag: Dpart View post tag: Navy Training & Education US Navy Ships Dpart for Scotland September 24, 2012 View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Scotland Two U.S. Navy ships, led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (COMDESRON) 26, departed from the U.S. for Scotland, Sept. 17.The ships will take part in the Joint Warrior 12-2 exercise with allied navies. Joint Warrior is a coalition exercise designed and led by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) in the United Kingdom.Sailors from guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) 46 Detachment 2 and U.S. maritime support reconnaissance patrol aircraft from Experimental Evaluation Test Squadron (VX) 1, Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 and VP 10 and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (TAO 195) will play a role in the exercise, which is intended to improve interoperability between allied navies and prepare them for possible joint exercises in the real world. “Allied and coalition operations are the standard when units deploy,” said Capt. Nelson Castro, commander of COMDESRON 26. “This exercise provides a venue for our Sailors to practice and learn NATO operating procedures.”Joint Warrior is the United Kingdom’s advanced naval certification course and is on par with a U.S. Joint Task Force Exercise. The exercise is a multi-national training event for allies in a maritime environment. It aims to improve interoperability and prepare forces for combined exercises. There are 12 countries participating in Joint Warrior including the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Those countries are Denmark, Netherlands, Estonia, France, Spain, Norway, Brazil, Germany, Canada, Sweden, and Belgium.“Many of the allied units involved in Joint Warrior exercises will be the same units our ships will see on deployment,” said Castro. “This familiarity allows for the development of trust. All nations benefit from open commerce in the maritime common. Our Navy deployed forward supports the movement of goods worldwide, which affects everyone.”Joint Warrior is a two-week exercise that begins in early October. It involves sea, ground and air assets from participating allied and NATO forces and aims to foster a spirit of teamwork between allied nations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 24, 2012; Image: US Navy Share this article View post tag: shipslast_img read more

Ocean City Housing Authority Struggles With Cash Shortage

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiThe financially struggling Ocean City Housing Authority is running at a $100,000 loss as it awaits a crucial payment from Washington, D.C., that has been held up by delays in getting the federal budget approved.Jacqueline Jones, the housing authority’s executive director, said the agency will be “very, very low on cash” through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.“That’s a great concern, obviously,” Jones told the authority’s commissioners while giving a financial report during their monthly board meeting Tuesday.The authority’s finances have been strained by a late $117,000 payment from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Normally, the money would have arrived from HUD months ago, but has been held up by delays with the federal budget’s approval in Washington, Jones explained.“So, we’re going to be watching our pennies, literally, through the next month or so,” she said.The HUD funding can be used for both the housing authority’s capital and operating expenses. The money is not expected to come to the authority until the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.Until then, the authority will tighten its belt and hold off on any extra capital projects, although it will keep up with basic maintenance repairs, according to Jones.During their board meeting, the housing authority commissioners heard a report about the agency’s tenuous finances.Looking to cut costs, the authority will eliminate one job beginning Oct. 1, but other positions will remain untouched, said Bob Barr, a city councilman who serves as board chairman. The job being cut is occupancy clerk.The housing authority continues to implement a series of management and financial reforms following the removal of former Executive Director Alesia Watson, who was fired on May 16, a week after pleading guilty to an embezzlement scheme.Watson, 54, of Galloway Township, faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine for embezzling federal housing funds to pay off credit card bills for her personal expenses. She was originally scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, but the date has been postponed until Sept. 7 for undisclosed reasons.During her guilty plea on May 8, Watson admitted misusing two housing authority credit cards to buy 69 MasterCard gift cards between December 2013 and March 2015. The gift cards were used for personal expenses and were also shared by Watson with friends and family members, authorities said.Watson then used HUD funds administered by the authority to pay off the credit card bills associated with her purchase of the gift cards, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Authorities said between $6,500 and $15,000 was lost in the embezzlement scheme.After Watson was removed, the board brought on Jones, a veteran housing executive, to help rebuild the troubled agency. Jones also serves as executive director of the Vineland Housing Authority. Jones has taken on the same duties at the Ocean City Housing Authority under a shared services agreement with the Vineland Housing Authority.The Ocean City Housing Authority uses federal funds to provide affordable housing for low-income senior citizens, families and the disabled at its Pecks Beach Village and Bay View Manor facilities.The housing authority is ending the practice of tenants at Bay View Manor renting out their parking spaces during the Ocean City Block Party festivities.In other business at Tuesday’s board meeting, the authority announced that tenants at the Bay View Manor senior citizens complex would no longer be allowed to rent out their parking spaces during the Ocean City Block Party festivities in May and October.The block party is a hugely popular tourist attraction in the spring and fall, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to Ocean City’s downtown area for a weekend of shopping, dining and sightseeing. Parking is usually at a premium with so many visitors in town.Barr and Jones said some tenants at Bay View Manor would capitalize on the block party by renting out their parking spaces to visitors. In some cases, they “force” other Bay View Manor tenants to move their cars, too, to create even more parking spaces that are rented out, Barr said.“It’s not fair to ask a housing authority tenant to move from the parking spot,” he said.Both Barr and Jones noted that the tenants have been renting out the parking spaces without the approval of the housing authority. The authority has not been able to find out where the money goes, they added.A parking operation is not allowed on the housing authority’s public property if the money does not go back to the agency, Jones said.A major concern is that the authority could be exposed to liability lawsuits if someone suffered an injury on the Bay View Manor property while they were directing cars in the parking lot.“It’s a very sticky situation,” Barr said. “I think the practice should end.” Ocean City Housing Authority headquarters at 204 Fourth Street.last_img read more

Drinks round-up

first_imgWhile the public are already aware of the benefits of smoothies as a healthy and nutritious food, King Parrot Foods (Liverpool) has come up with a twist on the concept – a smoothie that they say is even healthier and contains more vitamins than other types of smoothies.King Parrot Smoothies are sold frozen, with frozen fruit, juice and fat-free yoghurt. They are less than 1% fat and provide a minimum of two of the five portions of fruit a day.The ingredients are frozen in prime condition, says the company, and kept in that state, so there is no deterioration. They have a 12-month shelf life.Ocean Spray (Croydon, Surrey) is offering its consumers the chance to ’Win a spa break every day’, in the run-up to Christmas, with an on-pack promotion through its core cranberry juice drinks range.Jonathan Duffin, business development manager UK drinks at Ocean Spray said: “We are looking to encourage trials among lapsed and infrequent users, with an offer that complements our brand’s unique cranberry health benefits.”A spa break offer is a natural fit for the brand. Research suggests 40% of users arrive at the product because of its health properties, and our range of ambient products offers a cranberry flavour for everyone.”last_img read more

Ginsters uses technology to bring bakery to classroom

first_imgStudents studying the Diploma in Manufacturing and Product Design (MPD) can now gain access to Ginsters’ Callington Bakery without leaving their classroom, thanks to online video conferencing technology.Using free Skype communication software, pupils are able to talk directly to staff at Ginsters and look around the bakery as part of course projects and assignments. The new Diploma in MPD targets students aged between 14 and 19 and mixes practical and theoretical work on food manufacturing and product development, including at least 10 days’ work experience.”At Ginsters, we have worked with schools and colleges in Plymouth and Cornwall for many years. But we noticed that visits were decreasing year-on-year. It seems that new challenges associated with taking a class of young people on a visit were responsible for this reduction. These included transport, health and safety, financial and time-tabling issues,” said Chris Schaffer, bakery training and education co-ordinator at Ginsters. “We didn’t want this to affect our ability to help schools, especially with the new work-relevant requirements of the Diploma in MPD, so we decided to use Skype. Now, thanks to this technology, we can give students access to our facilities and the expertise of our staff.”Schaffer, who has signed up to become an employer champion for the Diploma in MPD, has also developed an educational website to support Ginsters’ activity.last_img read more

Borrello Pushes Plan For State Medicaid Reform

first_imgSenator Borrello at the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Local Government on February 10, discussing the burden thatskyrocketing Medicaid costs have placed on local governments.ALBANY – Senator George Borrello Friday called on the Governor and members of the Legislature to include the elimination of transportation brokers for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) services as part of any Medicaid reforms passed as part of the state budget.Borrello cited statistics from Chautauqua County showing massive cost increases in NEMT spending after the state took over the administration and management of these federally-mandated services for Medicaid recipients from localities.The Senator pointed to figures from Chautauqua County to illustrate the scope of the problem in upstate communities.In 2013, the last full year when NEMT was managed at the local level, costs for Medicaid transportation services were approximately $209,000. In 2019, costs for NEMT services were $2.9 million, an increase of nearly 1,300 percent.“The transition of NEMT coordination from the local level to the state level was advanced as a cost-saving measure several years ago during the first Medicaid Redesign Team effort,” said Senator Borrello. “Unfortunately, it has proven to be just the opposite – an exorbitantly expensive boondoggle that relies more on single-rider taxi services for Medicaid recipients than public transit, creating gross inefficiency and unsustainably high costs.”The MRT II, which has been tasked by the Governor with finding $2.5 billion in savings within the Medicaid program to help close a $6.1 billion deficit, has compiled a list of initial reform recommendations, based on input from stakeholders, the public and its own members.Among its current proposals are a call for a reexamination of the effects of the transition from locally managed NEMT services to state control. The group’s own research found large increases in the program’s cost statewide. Those increases included:an overall, statewide increase in NEMT spending of 131 percent since 2011;an 800 percent increase in taxi/livery expenses for Medicaid recipients.exponential increases in spending per member and trips per member;“In my time as county executive, we found that rather than utilize the CARTS public transit system, the transportation broker would often assign an in-county NEMT ride request between Dunkirk and Jamestown to a Buffalo transportation service. This would involve invoicing a trip of 150 miles for a single individual, rather than assigning the ride to CARTS. That is just one of countless, similar examples. It is a reckless use of taxpayer dollars and runs directly counter to the environmental agenda put forth by the Governor and state Democrats,” said Senator Borrello. “With so many pressing budgetary needs and a taxpaying public that is increasingly voting with its feet, we cannot continue to throw money away when there are better and more environmentally sound alternatives. We have an opportunity to right now to correct this costly mistake.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fire Island Braces for Joaquin-related Flooding

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Fire Island residents trudged through six inches of water flooding Ocean Beach at high tide on Friday while preparing for the impact of Hurricane Joaquin’s expected passing east of Long Island starting this weekend.While many secured their homes and businesses, a few reveled despite the National Weather Service’s coastal flooding and high surf advisories for LI—forecasts that spark extra worries on FI, where the beaches remain particularly vulnerable since Sandy three years ago.“You have people preparing as they should be,” said John Randazzo, owner of Castaways Bar & Grill, who trucked $3,000 worth of food from his five Ocean Beach eateries to freezers on LI in case the power goes out. “Then you got people who just want to have a few beers.”LI breathed a sigh of relief when forecasters predicted it’ll be spared a direct hit, but officials remain concerned about the four barrier islands protecting LI from the Atlantic Ocean—especially FI, the largest, which remains breached and partly dune-less since the 2012 superstorm.“I’m not worried,” Ashley Ingenito, 25, an waitress at The Albatross, said while planning hurricane parties and surfing in the above-average waves. Next to her at the bar, the owner, Ocean Beach Mayor James Mallott, fixed a broken light after leading a half dozen TV reporters around the village that’s FI’s unofficial capital.“The ocean gives and the ocean takes away,” Mallott said while showing the press gaggle where the waves reached the foot of the makeshift dune made of sand berms, trap bags and geotubes. “We’re still waiting for sand to be replenished on the beach, which is… crucial to our survival here on Fire Island.”The mayor was flanked by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who said the partly completed $207-million Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet (FIMI) project is expected to resume in the coming weeks. The east end of FI was rebuilt earlier this year, the second phase is slated this fall to rebuild the beach on the west end of the island and the residential middle won’t begin until litigation ends. The Suffolk public works department is currently negotiating with about 20 oceanfront FI property owners in the 17 communities that face buyouts and potential condemnation to make way for the new Sandy-aid-funded replacement dune.“We have to expedite the FIMI project…to restore this dune line to make sure the barrier beach is being protected,” Bellone told reporters while waves crashed behind him during a news conference at Robert Moses State Park. “This place is not only a national treasure, it is vital to the protection of the south shore.”The county executive noted that he doesn’t plan to order an evacuation of FI and a spokeswoman for PSEG Long Island said that there are no plans to preemptively cut power to there, as it has done in hurricanes past. But Bay Shore-based Fire Island Ferries, the biggest of three companies that serve the public to the mostly car-free island, suspended service starting Sunday while the other two in Sayville and Patchogue are taking it day by day. All eyes will remain on the south shore until the storm passes.last_img read more

US vaccine expert says he was removed for opposing Trump-backed chloroquine

first_imgTopics : He said the move was a direct response to his resistance to “misguided directives” to support the use of malaria treatments chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus.Those treatments, he said, were “promoted by the administration as a panacea,” but “clearly lack scientific merit.”.”While I am prepared to look at all options and to think ‘outside the box’ for effective treatments, I rightly resisted efforts to provide an unproven drug on demand to the American public.”Since mid-March Trump, backed by the conservative Fox News channel, has advocated for the use of chloroquine to treat COVID-19 infections, with scant evidence from studies of its safety or effectiveness. Despite his own science advisors suggesting more study is needed, Trump repeatedly pushed for the drugs’ use, claiming the treatment could be a “gift from God” to counter the coronavirus pandemic.On Tuesday the results of the largest study yet of hydroxychloroquine, funded by the US government, showed no benefit against the disease over standard care.And in fact it showed use of hydroxychloroquine was associated with more deaths.Bright said he would be asking the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the Trump administration’s politicization of BARDA and its pressuring scientists to favor companies with political connections.”Sidelining me in the middle of this pandemic and placing politics and cronyism ahead of science puts lives at risk and stunts national efforts to safely and effectively address this urgent public health crisis,” he said.center_img The head of the US agency in charge of developing a vaccine against coronavirus said Wednesday that he was removed from his job for opposing the chloroquine treatment promoted by President Donald Trump.Dr. Rick Bright said he was removed on Tuesday as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), the government agency for developing and procuring treatments and vaccines, and moved to a lesser position in the National Institutes of Health.”I believe this transfer was in response to my insistence that the government invest the billions of dollars allocated by Congress to address the COVID-19 pandemic into safe and scientifically vetted solutions, and not in drugs, vaccines and other technologies that lack scientific merit,” he said in a statement to US media.last_img read more

US Justice Dept drops case against ex-Trump aide Flynn

first_imgElection year triumph for Trump The department said the January 24, 2017 interview was not “conducted with a legitimate investigative basis, and therefore does not believe Mr Flynn’s statements were material if untrue.”Trump, who is campaigning for reelection in November, said Thursday after the decision that Flynn was “an innocent man.””He was targeted by the Obama administration and he was targeted in order to try and take down a president, and what they’ve done is a disgrace,” Trump said.Trump took aim at the FBI and Justice Department officials who launched the probe of Flynn in August 2016, at the height of the presidential election battle that led to Trump’s upset victory.”I hope a lot of people are going to pay a big price, because they’re dishonest crooked people. They’re scum and I say it a lot. They’re scum, they’re human scum,” he said. Russian meddling Flynn, a senior Trump campaign advisor at the time, became one of the targets of an FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the election and efforts to support Trump.The former Pentagon intelligence chief had a number of contacts with Russia and had been paid tens of thousands of dollars the previous year to attend a banquet in Moscow for a Russian media giant, where he sat next to President Vladimir Putin.The investigation focused on Flynn’s calls with Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak that December, after Trump’s victory.In them Flynn allegedly sought to make political deals for the incoming administration that were contrary to the positions of the outgoing Barack Obama administration.Weeks after the FBI interview, Trump fired him for having lied to Vice President Michael Pence about his Russian contacts.But the episode snowballed into an even broader investigation, after Trump then removed FBI director James Comey for rejecting his overtures to drop the Flynn probe.In the wake of that, the Justice Department named Mueller as a special prosecutor to pursue the Russia investigation further infuriating Trump, who has repeatedly rejected the notion that Moscow interfered in the 2016 race on his behalf.Flynn was one of six people associated with the Trump campaign who either pleaded guilty or were convicted in the investigation, which also issued indictments against 25 Russian individuals and three Russian companies. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe rejected the Justice Department’s reasoning for dropping the case as “patently false” and “pure politics designed to please the president.”Flynn’s secret talks with the Russian ambassador to Washington in December 2016, before Trump was inaugurated, was a cornerstone of the sprawling investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Moscow’s meddling in the US election.Even though Trump fired Flynn just 22 days into his administration, the president has always claimed the investigation was a political “witch hunt” and that Flynn, a former general and head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was a “good man.” The Justice Department filing Thursday gave support to Trump’s claim, saying there were no grounds for the original investigation.”The government has concluded that the interview of Mr Flynn was untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr Flynn — a no longer justifiably predicated investigation,” it said. Topics :center_img The decision by the Justice Department, led by close Trump ally Attorney General Bill Barr, came as Flynn was fighting possible imprisonment, and after public statements by Trump that Flynn was the political victim of “filthy cops.”It sparked accusations that Barr was undermining longstanding department policies barring interference in cases involving political cronies.”The evidence against General Flynn is overwhelming. He pleaded guilty to lying to investigators,” said Jerry Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.”And now a politicized and thoroughly corrupt Department of Justice is going to let the president’s crony simply walk away.” The US Justice Department withdrew its case against former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn Thursday, handing President Donald Trump a major political victory.The department said in a filing Flynn’s December 2017 guilty plea for lying to the FBI in an interview over his Russia contacts was moot because the lies were not significant.It said the FBI’s original probe of him had no “legitimate investigative basis.”last_img read more

Twin Gold Coast homes the epitome of modern living

first_imgA touch of luxury. Past the ground floor staircase is an open kitchen, dining and living area with sliding glass doors opening out onto an alfresco deck that overlooks the pool and waterfall spa, canal and Gold Coast skyline.A theatre room and guest bedroom with ensuite is also on the ground floor.Upstairs, there are three additional bedrooms, two of which have balcony access, as well as a rumpus room that opens onto a balcony.The top floor is dedicated to the main bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and wraparound balcony with views stretching as far as the Gold Coast skyline. The twin properties each have a $2.495 million price tag. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 There are four bathrooms to choose from. Each of the three-storey houses has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, theatre rooms and pools.Stone, glass and European Oak floors are featured throughout while a black and white palette gives the properties a classy edge.Mr Stylianou said they had many standout features but there was one he liked most.“The favourite part for me is the stairs with lights in them,” he said.Before questioning their practicality, Mr Stylianou assures each step can be easily removed to clean or change the light globes. The outdoor entertainment areas overlook the water. Another spot to take in the Gold Coast views.Other standout features include sensor and dual activated lighting throughout, a laundry shoot on each level and intercom security.Ray White Broadbeach Waters — Mermaid Waters agents Mitch Palmer and Jamie Harrison are marketing the properties. They each have a $2.495 million price tag. How about those views! He spent about a year getting the design right and obtaining approval to build the five-bedroom houses.“The actual build was about 11 months,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoWith 25 years experience in the construction industry, Mr Stylianou had a very clear idea of what he wanted the finished product to look like.“They’re quite close to identical,” he said.“Everything (inside) is unique and one-of-a-kind where you can’t just go and buy it off the shelf.“Everything is pretty well top of the line.” The staircases are a real highlight. Two expertly designed houses at 97 and 97a T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters, have hit the market. Waterfront homes are always in high demand but house hunters will be left coveting two in particular from the moment they step inside.Contemporary design paired with cutting-edge finishes characterise two houses in Broadbeach Waters. Built on two blocks that were once one, the houses at 97 & 97A T E Peters Drive are the first of their kind in the suburb. Contemporary design is paired with cutting-edge finishes. Owner and developer Tim Stylianou bought the 830sq m block and its 1980s-built house in 2016 with the intention of demolishing it and building a much more modern home.But new rules have allowed Mr Stylianou to subdivide the block rather than the usual strata titling, which means the houses that tower above the block today are not villas or duplexes with a body corporate like all the others in the area built to date. MORE NEWS: Currumbin Waters units fastest-selling on the Gold CoastMORE NEWS: Isle of Capri house snapped up in multimillion-dollar deallast_img read more