Update on mandatory licencing

Posted by on 02/06/2015 at 3:20 pm

  Published by Landlord Today on Friday, 29 May 2015 by Emma Lunn   New information has come to light about the Government’s plans to licence landlords. In a speech last week, Prime Minister David Cameron called for a new licensing scheme to tackle landlords who “cram” their houses full of illegal immigrants and powers […]

Government backtracks on offices-to-homes plan

Posted by on 31/03/2015 at 9:30 am

  Published by Financial Times on Thursday, 26 March 2015 by Kate Allen, Property Correspondent   Plans to extend developers’ right to convert offices into homes have been abandoned by the government after a backlash led by central London boroughs, business leaders and London mayor …

PRS issues further guidance on unfair lettings agent fees in UK

Posted by on 02/03/2015 at 9:30 am

  Published by Property Wire on Friday, 27 February 2015   The Property Redress Scheme (PRS) has issued further guidance on unfair fees being charged by letting agents in the UK. The PRS is one of three consumer redress schemes authorised by the government whose role it is to provide fair and reasonable resolutions to […]

Stamp Duty Land Tax Bill receives first House of Lords reading

Posted by on 16/01/2015 at 8:54 pm

  Published by TSO – Have Your Say on Saturday, 16 January 2015   The ‘Stamp Duty Land Tax Bill (HLB 80) has received its first reading in the House of Lords, and has begun its journey through the Lords to be passed into law. The Bill makes changes to the way that Stamp Duty […]

Warning to UK home owners over invasive plant controls

Posted by on 07/01/2015 at 3:02 pm

  Published by Property Wire on Friday, 02 January 2015   Buyers and sellers in the UK are being advised to check for signs of the invasive Japanese knotweed plant in gardens, or else they could face criminal prosecution. The government has announced measures aimed at controlling the spread of non-native plants, including the invasive […]

Properties worth a total of £1bn will fall into the sea

Posted by on 30/12/2014 at 10:36 am

  Published by The Independent on Monday, 29 December 2014 by Jon Stone   Nearly 7,000 properties worth over £1bn will fall into the sea because of coastal erosion over the next century, according to an Environment Agency report. The properties will be allowed to fall into the sea because the cost of protecting them […]

Breakingviews: UK needs a permanent, property-based wealth tax

Posted by on 30/08/2012 at 1:58 pm

  Published by Reuters on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 By Ian Campbell   The UK deputy prime minister’s call for an emergency wealth tax has a whiff of political opportunism: things are tough, let’s get those fat cats. Yet Nick Clegg is partly right. But a tax on the wealthy needs to be fair and […]

House Prices: UK Faces Shortfall Of 750,000 Homes – Report

Posted by on 03/11/2011 at 8:59 pm

  Published by The Huffington Post on Tuesday, 25 October 2011   The government must find new sources of finance to fund the construction of 250,000 new homes per year, if it is to solve the UK’s housing crisis, a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has said. England will have […]

More bad news for house prices: insiders are selling out

Posted by on 05/10/2011 at 9:02 am

  Published by Money Week on Friday, 30 September 2011 by Associate Editor David Stevenson   There was some good news for the UK housing market’s cheerleaders yesterday. In August, the number of loans agreed for UK house purchases rose to 52,410. That was up from 49,644 in July. If more mortgages are being approved, […]

First-time Buyer Roadshow in Manchester

Posted by on 01/09/2011 at 10:19 pm

  Published by Manchester Confidential on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 by Rakhi Sinha   ARE you itching to get your foot on the property ladder but don’t know where to begin? Then pop down to Exchange Square this Saturday (September 3) where a road show is being held to give first-time buyers advice. It’s being […]