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December 2011 Newsletter

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Publication date: 9th December 2011

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - December 2011
The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our chartered surveyors and the propertysurveying.co.uk team, collating survey data, statistics and related trends and information from the building and property market. This will help many persons with an interest in property to gain an accurate view of what is happening in the property market as a whole in the UK.
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Tree root High Court case ruling welcome news to local authorities
A recent High Court ruling decided the local authority in question was not liable for damage caused by their tree as long as they were unaware the tree posed a real risk to the property in question - a new precedent for future cases and a cause to breathe a little easier for local authorities.
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Drafting Leases advice – Tenant’s property
Most tenancy agreements stipulate obligations on the tenant to remove all of its goods at the end of the agreement. There is no guarantee, however, that the tenant will oblige in this. By leaving goods at the property, the landlord can inadvertently be put in a position he or she likely didn’t predict.
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High Court to assess Norfolk County Council’s £500m waste incinerator battle
The people of King’s Lynn have taken their battle with Norfolk County Council to the High Court in a judicial review of the proposed £500m incinerator development on the outskirts of their town.
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Alterations to Listed Buildings and VAT
Legislation and general red tape surrounding listed buildings can often be confusing and open to interpretation by an individual. The situation with Value Added Tax (VAT), charged by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), is just one of many such complications.
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Richest buyers costing £1bn in Stamp Duty Avoidance
Stamp duty avoidance on £1m+ properties could be causing the Government a loss of £1bn in revenue. With pledges from Mr Osborne earlier this year to tackle tax avoidance, many will be pointing to this as an area he should be scrutinising closely.
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Letting a commercial premises
If you’re thinking of letting your commercial premises, the difficult economic climate has made it more important than ever to be aware of your options. Four main types of agreement exist and we describe each to help you make the right decision.
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Construction guide – power cables
Every year accidents occur on large and small scale construction sites around the country, when due care and attention is not paid to neutralising the threat of un-insulated overhead and underground power cables. We have provided a guide to help you stay safe, whether you’re constructing a 10 storey block of flats, or merely repairing your chimney.
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Should rules surrounding the ‘Green Belt’ be relaxed to allow for further development?
A new report originating from a popular think-tank, ‘Policy Exchange’, has put forward strong arguments for the relaxation of rules surrounding development on ‘Green Belt’ land.
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Affordable Housing Plan announced by the UK Government, but is it enough?
21st November saw the Government release their Affordable Housing Plan – a set of measures designed to tackle Britain’s problems of undersupply and overpricing in the housing market – but has it gone far enough?
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In case you missed it…..
Wayne Rooney commissions architect to create garden shed and dirty rat wrecks home in Manchester.
Wayne Rooney has commissioned the services of award winning architects, Pulmann Associates, to design him a brand new garden shed, replacing the previously paltry shack with a ‘mega-shed’ three times the size. This whilst at the other end of Manchester, the dirty rat wrecks home!
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