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February 2013 Newsletter

Property and Building Surveyors

Welcome to the Property Advice Newsletter
Written by Independent Chartered Surveyors
of the UK wide network of Property Professionals

Publication date: 12th February 2013

This month's edition includes a landmark Court of Appeal ruling, a view on the serious state of business rating, our advice on why you should be investing in property this year and a look at the company attempting to restore one of JRR Tolkein's Two towers...

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - February 2013
The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the team; collating survey data, statistics, trends and information from the property market. This aims to help many persons with an interest in property gain an accurate view of what is happening in the UK property market as a whole.
To read the monthly fact file, click here.

Landmark contract law vs human rights case will make interesting reading for Landlords and Legal Advisors alike
Ref. Sims v Dacorum Borough Council [2013] EWCA Civ 12
The Court of Appeal has now passed final judgement on a case that was the first to challenge the rule of Monk’s compatibility with two articles of the European Convention on Human Rights. The judgement provides an important new precedent in UK housing law.
To read the whole article, click here.

Repair works to a chimney. Was the defendant here liable for such works to his surrendered property?

Lawful Development Certificate granted, as Court of Appeal decisively quashes Westminster
Ref. Westminster City Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government & Anor [2013] EWHC 23
Westminster City Council has failed in its pursuance of a case to the Court of Appeal, seeking to deny a restaurant the right to lay furniture out on the adjacent pavement. The result will no doubt be welcome for countless restaurant and café owners looking forward to a glorious British summer…
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Statutory Changes to Estate Agents Act Could Seriously Threaten Property Purchasers
Government consultation on changes to the Estate Agents Act 1979 and repealing the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991 has taken place and the Government response indicates change is almost a certainty. The result could be a serious lack of statutory protection for unsuspecting property buyers…...
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A new dawn for UK property in 2013?

Business Rates Backlog Could Spell Doom for Hundreds of British Shops
A backlog of hundreds of thousands of business rates appeals, made to the swamped HM Revenue & Customs’ Valuation Office, could be the cause of death for hundreds of high street shops this year…
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Editor's Comment
Our Editor looks at the huge backlog issue the Valuation Office is currently experiencing and discusses what should be done to improve the process and protect British business…
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Government Announces Green Deal…. But Only Five Sign Up Before Launch
The Government has finally announced the Green Deal, a policy which it hopes will stimulate thousands of homes and businesses up and down the country into carrying out substantial energy efficiency improving works to their properties. With a target of 14 million homes, things aren’t going well so far…
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Big Investors turning to the Property Market as experts claim Property will outperform Shares
In a context of rejuvenating house prices, a weakened Sterling encouraging foreign purchasers to buy British and tentative indications of growth in 2013, several big players on the global investment markets are looking to property to supply the returns they need in 2013…Should you?
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Could mortgage positivity in 2013 boost the UK property market?

Maximising your Assets - Downsizing
The youth of today face perhaps the most difficult conditions for first-time-buyers seen for fifty years and in an increasing number of cases the Bank of Mum and Dad is coming to the rescue. We look at this growing trend and advise on how you might best assist your own children onto the property ladder and leave behind a lasting and undiminished legacy…
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Centre for Cities Claim Housing Policy Needs Rethink
The Centre for Cities has published its annual Cities Outlook which suggests a change to the failing housing policy is required to kick start the UK’s economy by flexibly providing new homes and retrofitting old ones.
To read the whole article, click here.

And Finally....

In case you missed it…..
JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings Tower set for Refurbishment Project
A housing provider is seeking funds for a restoration project to restore one of the Two Towers imagined by millions in JRR Tolkein’s the Lord of the Rings…
To read the whole article, click here.

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