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January 2012 Newsletter
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Publication date: 11th January 2012

Property Market Monthly Fact File – January 2012
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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Final appeal at Supreme Court for crucial homeless accommodation case
A new case has seen the London Borough Council for Camden pursue a strongly held belief that an offer of accommodation in two adjacent, but self-contained, flats was sufficient to discharge its duty under s. 193(2) of the Housing Act 1996. Its final result could have a resource allocation benefit for councils across the country.
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The Housing Act 2004 and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme - A Guide
The Housing Act 2004, and more specifically Chapter 4 of the Act, sections 212 - 215 and Schedule 10, requires that deposits for all assured shorthold tenancy (AST) agreements created on or after 6th April 2007 be protected under a Tenancy Deposit Scheme. We provide a guide to what is required and why landlords and agents should be careful when handling tenant’s deposits.
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Court of Appeal decision exposes need for stringent controls when serving notices to tenants
A new case provides an excellent example and warning to landlords and solicitors that when issuing notices to tenants, strict procedures and checks must be in place to eliminate the risk of crucial errors.
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Section 106 reforms causing reduction of affordable housing commitments despite ‘desperate’ shortage
Changes to the Section 106 section of the Government’s Planning Policy Framework seem to be controversialy reducing the provision of affordable housing across the country. One case, in Alnwick, Northumberland, provides an excellent example of the arguments flaring across the nation.
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Consultation begins on Social Housing Allocation Guidance
The Government has released a consultation concerning new draft statutory guidance on social housing allocations for local authorities in England. Grant Shapps MP, Minister for Housing, hopes the guidance will help do away with the ‘injustice’ associated with the social housing system.
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Housing Chiefs brand Shapp’s comments ‘insulting’
In releasing the new government consultation on social housing allocation, Mr Shapps has angered several housing bigwigs. They claim that his comments on the injustice existing in the system were unfounded and an insult to 4 million social housing tenants.
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New Plan released by MPs Field and Davis could help shake up Social Housing Right to Buy scheme
Two prominent MPs, David Davis (Conservative) and Frank Field (Labour), have put together a report suggesting that the Government go further with their proposed changes to the Right-to-Buy scheme – providing the opportunity for another 1 million tenants to get on the property ladder.
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Halifax’s annual quality of life survey reveals that home is where Hart is
The recent release of Halifax’s annual quality of life (QOL) survey has highlighted what some are calling a widening of the north south divide. In a thorough ranking of all 405 local authority districts, just 8 areas of the top ranked 50 locales can be found outside the southern and eastern regions of England.
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High Speed rail link between London and Birmingham gets the go ahead
Following a damning Rail Network review of the two favourite alternatives to controversial high speed rail plans, Ministers have given a green light to plans for a high speed rail link between Birmingham and London.
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10 Questions on…..2011
2011 was a fairly dreary year in the world of property, but it wasn’t all bad news. We have compiled a list of 10 of the most interesting property stories to come of the UK last year as part of our monthly “10 questions on…” section.
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In case you missed it….. Naked flesh debate arousing residents all over Britain!
Licensing changes are being implemented by councils around the country which, despite resistance from dancers and residents alike, threaten Britain’s many and various ‘sex entertainment venues’.
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