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September 2011 Newsletter

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Publication date: 8th September 2011

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - September 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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Law Breaking Rioters face eviction under the Housing Act 1985 as first council to pursue a possession order begins proceedings.
Following the wide spread riots of early August this year, the first instance of a council pursuing eviction of a tenant involved in the unrest has begun. Indications are that more will follow.
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Appeal Court case ruling for Tenant’s evictions for rent arrears.
A recent case in the Court of Appeal has ended with a ruling in favour of making lawful bankrupt tenant possession orders on grounds of rent arrears, a decision which could spell a significant blow to statutory insolvency protections, including bankruptcy and Debt Relief Orders, and the safety net they offer to debtors in the UK.
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Party Wall Quandary: To Straddle or not to Straddle.
When plans are proposed to build a side, return or rear extension on or close to a neighbouring property, it becomes an emotive subject as to where the outside of the flank wall sits. Chertsey Chartered Surveyor and Propertysurveying.co.uk member Guy Gibson, addresses some of the issues associated with abutting or straddling a Party Wall.
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New factsheets for Tenants and Landlords to clarify rights and responsibilities
In a move designed to strengthen tenants' and landlords' awareness of their rights and responsibilities, Housing Minister Grant Shapps has published helpful advice aimed at those letting or renting a property.
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Draft National Planning Policy could generate over 200,000 building jobs
A new report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research has outlined how a housing boom could help boost the British economy, lending support to Chancellor Osborne’s strong stance on promoting development.
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Joint article by the Secretary of State and the Chancellor
An article written jointly by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles, and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
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A few reasons why you should be optimistic about Britain’s Housing Market
A three-pronged batch of good news has emerged, indicating that the UK property market is moving in the right direction. Improvements in the price of property around the country, record low loan rates and mortgages reputedly at their most affordable for 12 years all suggest a market beginning an important recovery.
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Fire and looting damage advice offered for properties affected by the disturbances
The Association of British Insurers has urged anybody affected by the rioting, which swept the country in early August of this year, to contact their insurers as quickly as possible. Many providers, they say, are operating 24-hour help-lines to help arrange the necessary repairs.
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UN Committee implores UK government to suspend the eviction of travellers from Dale Farm
The committee on the elimination of racial discrimination for the UN has recently implored the British Government to suspend the planned eviction of over 400 travellers from the Dale Farm site in Essex, stating that an eviction would "disproportionately affect the lives of the Gypsy and traveller families, particularly women, children and older people".
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Three clauses of the new Local Authorities Bill look set to make things difficult for Britain’s small travelling community.
Three clauses in the recent Local Authorities Bill are predicted to impact traveller planning concerns, in a time when publicity over gypsy groups is at its highest following events at Dale Farm.
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10 Questions on … Geothermal Power
With the introduction of various Government incentives to turn your home ‘green’, including Feed-in-Tariffs introduced on 1 April 2010 and Renewable Heat Grants on 1 August this year, we are taking a look at the different options available to homeowners to produce their own energy and reduce their bills.
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In case you missed it…..
Pussies galore as feline lover faces eviction
A woman reportedly housing 21 cats in a one bedroom flat has been given notice that she must either get rid of 19 or face eviction. Standing defiantly against the might of her local council, she pledges to live on the street with her cats should things come to a head.
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