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Welcome to the Property Surveying Advice Newsletter
A UK wide network of Independent Property Professionals

www.PropertySurveying.co.uk

Publication date: October 2017

In this month’s edition … we look at HMO and EPC legislation updates, discuss how air pollution laws are being used to challenge the building of more houses, ask why taxpayers are subsidising Trump, and discover how Kent Fire and Rescue delivers a serious message.

The Property Market Monthly Fact File

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, trends and information from the property market. This aims to provide a single place where anyone with an interest in UK property can find the information they need.


Planning Law Update: Local Authority being challenged over breaches of air pollution laws resulting in invalidation of Local Plan

An environmental campaigner has challenged Canterbury’s adoption of its Local Plan, arguing that Canterbury’s valley situation, which causes pollution to accumulate in certain weather conditions, makes it non-compliant with air pollution law.


Just one in fifty social housing tower blocks in the UK are equipped with a full sprinkler system

More shocking statistics have been revealed following the Grenfell Tower disaster, revealing the urgent need to review regulations and learn from previous tragedies.


Renting out rooms in your own home?

Find out what you need to know before you rent out rooms in your own home.


April 2018 legislation changes to HMOs and EPCs

Legislation is changing for Houses of Multiple Occupancy and Energy Performance Certificates, so read our summary of what you need to know.


 

Robot devices knocking on the door of smart homes

Only 13% of UK households say they currently use smart technology in the home, even though 78% of homeowners surveyed said they had heard of smart home technology and know what it means. Here are some items of smart home technology that might whet your appetite for bringing robots into your home.


The ‘north-south divide’ in housing affordability has grown over last ten years

Affordability over the last ten years has divided the country, resulting in an inverse correlation of house price growth to average prices.


Trump’s Turnberry Hotel receives £110,000 in bail out from Scottish taxpayers

Ratepayers in the Scottish hospitality sector, including hotels, restaurants, cafes and pubs, are benefiting from a 12.5% cap on rate bill increases.


Half of UK adults at risk of financial vulnerability

The Financial Conduct Authority has warned of singificant vulnerabilities in the UK housing market, revealing worrying statistics on mortgage protection cover, rate increase concerns and lack of retirement planning.


Nobody puts Fire Safety in the corner!

Kent Fire and Rescue highlights serious home safety messages with its latest in a series of lighthearted videos.


And Finally….

Tuck your trousers in your socks and stand on a chair! Rat invasion on its way

Rats are reportedly on the increase this autumn, due to a combination of wetter weather and cooler temperatures. Rats are most likely to seek food and shelter indoors as they abandon their summber habitats for somewhere warmer and drier.

 

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