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March 2011 Newsletter

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

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written by Independent Chartered Surveyors of the network

Publication date: 2nd March 2011
Next publication date: First Week of April 2011

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - March 2011
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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Party Wall Act – New Legal Precedent Ruling
In Kaye V Lawrence, a new precedent has been set that enables an adjoining owner to require a building owner carrying out work (governed by the Party Wall Act) to lodge a sum of money as security before he begins any works. This seems to overrule the established Party Wall guidance text of the Pyramus and Thisbe club.
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Grant Shapps kickstarts local housebuilding “revolution”
It was announced by the Government on the 17th February 2011 by the Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, that communities who go for growth by building new homes will reap the benefits and at the same time deliver a much needed economic boost to their local area.
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DCLG revealed UK house prices rose in December
Official data from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) today revealed UK house prices rose by 0.5% in December compared with November, with the average UK home costing £208,148.
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27th March 2011 – Census of Every Household in the UK
A census of every household in the UK will be held this March. Each person in every household will be asked for basic information about themselves to help the government plan how to deliver key everyday services. By law you have to complete the census and can face a big fine if you don't.
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Census History and Property Taxation
The Law, taxation and the Domesday Book.
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How the Census Affects Housing and Planning Policy
The census is a vital tool for the organisation of strategic planning decisions taken by Central Government. This helps the policy makers decide what we need in relation to new housing and infrastructure.
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In case you missed it…..Urban fox lives the high-life

For two weeks, ‘Romeo’ the fox lived at the top of the Shard - the London building site where the highest building in Europe is under construction. Romeo was feeding on scraps left by the builders at a height of 945 feet (288 metres) from the ground.
Following a possible 2 weeks residency, a notice to quit was served and a subsequent eviction by Pest Control Officers was carried out. He was deported to the Riverside Animal Centre in Wallington.
He was released at midnight in Bermondsey, close to his original patch and Ted Burden, the centre’s founder reported that “he glanced at the Shard, and then trotted off in the other direction”.
It is reputed that many people have done the same.
The Shard is due to be completed in Summer 2012, when it will be 1016 feet high, making it the UK’s, and the EU’s, tallest building. It will rank 45th highest in the world.

The Shard under construction

Dated 2nd March 2011

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