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URA to introduce ‘preventive home maintenance’ model

  • April 22, 2023
The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) on Sunday said it is planning to require homeowners of one of its housing projects in Hung Hom to devise regular maintenance plans for their building.

The authority’s managing director, Wai Chi-sing, wrote on his blog that under the proposed pilot programme, new clauses will be added to the deed that is binding on all flat owners of the “eResidence” starter home project, for them to make plans and set aside budget for “preventive maintenance” at the time when they move in.

“If one only begins to collect fund for maintenance work after wear and tear starts to appear in the building, home owners will face heavy financial pressure. This will make them reluctant to carry out renovation work,” he said, adding that it’s the responsibility of property owners to keep their buildings in good shape.

The URA chief also said that the authority will issue a set of guidelines in the second half of this year to help homeowners formulate plans to fix problems in common areas once every ten years.

Wai added that, in the long run, he hopes to study the possibility of amending the Guidelines for Deeds of Mutual Covenant, and introducing regulation for homeowners to carry out building maintenance.

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Crate and Barrel Releases Beautiful Outdoor Furniture Collection :

  • October 20, 2022

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, XX September, 2022: Just in time for the cooler months,  Crate and Barrel – owned and operated by Majid Al Futtaim in the UAE – has introduced its latest outdoor furniture collection. Brand-new lines have joined the brand’s core range to help customers furnish their exterior spaces with comfort and versatility and turn their home into a serene oasis.

Indoor-outdoor living spaces are becoming increasingly popular, with research showing that being outside and in nature can encourage wellbeing. As a result, Crate and Barrel has expanded its outdoor category, offering everything from lounge furniture to dining sets, umbrellas, and accessories. 

Customers can discover new lines to suit every home and design style – whether emulating the coast through Grotta, Seascape and Ashore; embracing the warmth with Abaco, Zuma and Cerca; or preferring the modern styles of Dune and Railay. The stunning collection is intended to create a sense of continuity from the inside out, blurring the distinction between interior and exterior furniture. 

Included in Crate and Barrel’s current product assortment are breezy linen sofas, all-weather resin wicker frames and stunning bar carts to carry style throughout every space. Luxury outdoor garden furniture creates the perfect mood, with long tables and benches for those large family gatherings or smaller bistro-style round tables that can be moved easily.

From removable, washable slip covers to powder coated aluminium for weather-resistant durability, each piece is made to last in a way that can serve a variety of needs. Every detail has been carefully thought out with convenience in mind through use of modern materials and contemporary design.

To elevate outdoor entertaining and encourage borderless living, Crate and Barrel also offers a range of fun and unique accessories. Beautiful

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