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Lucinda Newell - Super Sleuthing Property Rental Expert - One Woman and Her Dog...

To be seen pottering along the highways and byways of Luton in her Mini Clubman, her trusted Scottie Malcolm at her side, our super sleuthing property rental expert Ms Lucinda Newell is on the case on your behalf! I hope that you had an enjoyable Summer, certainly it was an excellent one for British sport and the weather eventually turned out to be spectacular too. Whilst still August as I write this, my thoughts are on September, a month where summer begins to turn into autumn, the children return to school and a month that contains one of the four quarter days which are traditionally associated with the payment of rent. I decided to look into the history behind the quarter days and found that, in British and Irish tradition, the quarter days were the four dates in each year on which servants were hired, and rents were due. They fell on four religious festivals roughly three months apart and close to the two solstices and two equinoxes. The significance of quarter days is now limited, although leasehold payments and rents for land and premises in England are often still due on the old English quarter days. The quarter days have been observed at least since the Middle Ages, and they ensured that debts and unresolved lawsuits were not allowed to linger on. Accounts had to be settled, a reckoning had to be made and publicly recorded on the quarter days. The four English quarter days are: Lady Day (25 March) Midsummer Day (24 June) Michaelmas (29 September) Christmas(25 December) Lady Day was also the first day of the year in British dominions (excluding Scotland) until 1752 (when it was harmonised with the Scottish practice of 1 January being New Year's Day) and the British tax year still starts on 'Old' Lady Day (6 April under the Gregorian calendar corresponded to 25 March under the Julian calendar). The cross-quarter days are four holidays falling in between the quarter days: Candlemas (2 February), May Day (1 May), Lammas (1 August), and All Hallows (1 November) There is a mnemonic for remembering on which day of the month the first three quarter days fall (Christmas being easy to recall): the second digit of the day of the month is the number of letters in the month's name. So March has five letters and Lady Day is 25 March; similarly June has four letters and September nine, with Midsummer Day and Michaelmas falling on the 24th and 29th respectively. Fortunately on my small portfolio of rented property the rents are paid every month, Iím not actually sure I could wait three months for the income! Come on Malcolm, walkies!
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