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Cleaning a unit after a pet owner leaves typically takes considerably more time than when a non-pet owner leaves. And appeals to government bodies to recover costs are usually a waste of time.
Tenants already have more rights to the property than the owners. This decision swings the pendulum even farther and will force many landlords to consider removing their properties from the rental market, increase rent costs to the absolute maximum they can get or become bad landlords and let their properties fall into a state of disrepair.
Perry Coleman, Delta
COVID-19 vaccination concerns
I’m writing to express my concerns regarding delaying the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As I understand it, the studies of the effectiveness of the vaccine were based on the administration of a second dose about three weeks after the first dose. This gives a protection of over 90 per cent. The effect of delaying the second dose isn’t known.
I understand the desire to protect as many people as possible as quickly as possible, which is highly admirable. This virus is known to mutate and the new strain is known to be more infectious than the original version.
I’m concerned that if we have a large number of people who have incomplete protection from the first dose, that it may create a false sense of security leading to more risky behaviour. I’m also concerned that this may give the virus a chance to infect people who have incomplete immunity and give it more time and better conditions to develop further mutations that may be resistant to vaccines.
I would like to see the manufacturers’ recommendations adhered to until it’s known what the result of delaying or omitting the second dose is.
Eric Wright, Surrey
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