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September 2010 Newsletter

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Welcome to the Property Advice Newsletter
written by Independent Chartered Surveyors of the network

Publication date: End of September 2010
Next publication date: Last Week of October 2010

The Property Market Survey Fact File - September 2010
The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our chartered surveyors and the 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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New Legal Regulations to be set for HMO Landlords
The Coalition Government has announced that a change in the law is to be implemented which will affect Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
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Council Tax Revaluation put on hold
The Coalition Government have pledged not to revalue properties for Council Tax during this Parliament. We reported in July 2009 that the VOA (Valuation Office Agency) would be reassessing properties in England, also taking into account aspects of the property like scenic views, proximity to parks and "peacefulness".
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Legal issues of buying a house at auction.
In today's financial climate, buying a house at auction is not necessarily a cheaper alternative to estate agents.
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Increased evidence for North / South divide
There is increased evidence of a North / South divide even before the government's spending cuts have been implemented. A study by retail analysts looked at the vacancy rate of retail outlets in town centres throughout England. It found that, on average, one in seven shops is vacant, but in places in the north of Britain, almost one in three shop premises are empty.
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Desire for home ownership not diminished
A recent survey for the Council of Mortgage Lenders, undertaken by YouGov, shows that people still see owning their own property as a long-term aim. Interesting statistical changes to the hopes and aspirations were noted.
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10 Questions on . . . Radon
Questions such as What is Radon?, Is my house affected?, How do I test my property for it? One page with links to websites which provide further information.
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Dated 29th September 2010

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