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UK Malayalee Cricket League: Wins for 3 Caps and East Ham Malayalee Cricket Club

By A Staff Reporter

LONDON May 22: UK Malayalee Cricket League (UKMCL) weekend league matches concluded with wins for 3 Caps and EMCC.
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Beware of new immigration law: Visa overstayers and illegal entrants face more stringent punishment in UK

By A Staff Reporter

LONDON May 22: The Nationality and Borders Bill got passed into law in April 2022 following months of debate. The Borders Bill will allow Home Office to hand out tougher sentences and enhance Border Force’s power to pursue the organised criminal gangs behind these dangerous journeys. First debated in Parliament in July 2021, the Bill was voted through by MPs in April 2022 and received royal assent despite strong resistance from campaigners.
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UK inflation rises at fastest pace in 30 years as energy costs, food prices and tax increases bite

LONDON May 21: British consumer prices rose at the fastest pace in 30 years last month, fueled by soaring costs for household energy and motor fuels the latest grim figures as inflation surges around the world.
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Kerala expatriates form new political party and registers with Election Commission of India

DUBAI May 20: A new political party has been formed with its base in the Gulf. The new political party led by expatriates is named as Kerala Pravasi Association (KPA) and is now registered with the Election Commission in India.
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Indian nurses drive UK’s National Health Service’s foreign intake, says official NMC figures

LONDON May 19: Indians are driving a rise in foreign nurses coming in to boost the workforce of the UK’s National Health Service, according to official figures released in London on Wednesday.
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Keralite in UK elected as first Asian mayor of Royston Town Council in North Hertfordshire

By A Staff Reporter

LONDON May 18: Keralite Mary Antony of Royston Town Party has been elected the first Asian mayor at Royston Town Council following the recent council elections held on 5th May. The vote was unanimous from all present council members and from all political parties at the council meeting.
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Indian-origin academic appointed to Bank of England’s interest rate-setting panel

LONDON May 17: Leading UK-based academic Dr Swati Dhingra has been named as the first Indian-origin woman to be appointed as an external member of the Bank of England’s interest rate-setting committee.
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Kerala student graduates open their own restaurant in Cardiff named Little Kochi

By A Staff Reporter

CARDIFF May 17: A Keralite student who graduated last year with a masters from Cardiff University will open a new restaurant in Cardiff named Little Kochi tomorrow (18th May 2022) along with another student who arrived in the UK just over a year.

25-year old Albin Sunny was working full time for a tech company in London when he decided to do something other than the normal 9am to 5pm job, Wales Online reported.

Albin joined hands with his close friend Melvin Mathew, the future restaurant’s general manager, for the idea of the restaurant to become a reality. Melvin arrived in the UK too to study an MBA in Cardiff Metropolitan University and started working in Albin’s dad’s shop. The duo was passionate to set up their own business and this led to several ideas and finally the two settled to open a restaurant which they believed would be the best option to experiment their strengths. And thus Little Kochi was born.

The duo started visiting Indian restaurants in Cardiff and Bristol to taste test and found that most of the dishes were a fusion of north and south Indian cuisine which is not what they want to serve at Little Kochi.

The plan for Little Kochi is to cater to authentic food and drink with all chefs from Kerala and spices brought directly from Kerala. South Indian whiskeys and brandies will also be available at Little Kochi.

The interior of the restaurant is designed to emulate the houseboats found on the backwaters on Kerala. Bamboo mats cover the walls, which were imported from India.

Little Kochi is located at 78 Albany Road, Cardiff, CF24 3RS

This website wishes Albin and Melvin all the best in their debut venture

Landlord fined £268k after cramming tenants into flats: Keralite landlords or second home owners too in spotlight

By A Staff Reporter

LONDON May 17: A landlord in London was fined £268,000 after cramming up to 12 people in south London apartments meant for just eight. The Asian landlord squished seven flats into a building with planning permission for only six by slicing one of the apartments in half, My London reported.

Reports say that the flats were so cramped as a result of his alterations that five didn’t have any storage space and all but one of them were below the legal size for a house in England. Southwark Council launched an investigation after neighbours complained about noise from parties held by those staying in the flats.

This brings to the spotlight of another issue which is brewing within the Keralite community following the influx of students in the UK.

Keralite landlords or second home owners also have to be careful as there are several complaints already filed by students to the respective local authorities for breach of agreement and also for fleecing rental money or withholding deposit money from them.

Many Keralite students who have spoken to this website has stated that they are cramped in rooms with living conditions not conducive or money not worth for what they are paying for. The lack of student lets are leading them in desperation to pay for whatever they can get to live.

Allegations of landlords cheating students of rental money or deposit money is also rife with several already making contacts with this website for help. These type of complaints can lead to scrutiny of such practices by landlord and may lead to stringent fines.

One student who spoke to this website on condition of anonymity stated that the landlord, who is a Keralite, is not returning his deposit money in spite of repeated requests. When it comes to making official complaint its is alarming to note that many students do not have a proper licence agreement or a tenancy agreement. Thus there are no proofs to substantiate what was agreed at the onset. This leads to several issues for community representatives who try to find an amicable solution to the issues faced by students.

When asked on why these students never bothered to get it all documented the only finding was that they didn’t want to offset the landlord and therefore never asked for agreements and agreed to what they said as securing an accommodation is like hitting  a jackpot when they initially arrive in the UK. The landlords too are aware of the situation. Although this doesn’t apply to all landlords but there are several who are flouting the rules.

Do you know a landlord who is causing you trouble. Email editor@ukmalayalee.com and we can help you bring to the attention of others so that they don’t fall victim to this landlord. Thus you will be helping to save others from such pitfalls.

What is Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

If you let your property to several tenants who are not members of the same family, it may be a ‘House in Multiple Occupation’ (HMO).

Your property is an HMO if both of the following apply:

at least 3 tenants live there, forming more than one household
toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities are shared
A household consists of either a single person or members of the same family who live together. It includes people who are married or living together and people in same-sex relationships.

Licences
An HMO must have a licence if it is occupied by 5 or more people. A council can also include other types of HMOs for licensing.

Find out if you need an HMO licence from your council.