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

Publication date: Wednesday 06th November 2013

This month's edition includes several legal advances concerning temporary accommodation for homeless applicants, a High Court case setting an interesting precedent for lawyers dealing with leasehold break clauses, a note from the Editor on the recent energy price hikes and a story you may have missed concerning some technophobic beekeepers in Bodmin...

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - November 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.

Two ‘significant’ findings in Housing Association Court Case lead to eviction
Temp. Ref. Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities [2013]
In a ‘significant’ decision for Housing Associations across the country, the High Court, presiding over an appeal, has made two important findings concerning the eviction of a temporary tenant with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
To read the whole article, click here.

Supreme Court agrees to hear two cases concerning temporary accommodation for the homeless and the Protection from Eviction Act 1977
Ref. R (CN) v London Borough of Lewisham and R (ZH) v London Borough of Newham [2013]
Following our article on a man in temporary accommodation who was eventually evicted, the Supreme Court is to hear two similar cases on the eviction of homeless applicants. They will be asked to rule on whether authorities are first required to seek possession orders for those in temporary accommodation. The judgement will undoubtedly be closely watched by Housing Associations, Councils and their advisors…
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High Court decides on case, indicating important preference for Justice over technicalities
Ref. Siemens Hearing Instruments v Friends Life Limited [2013]
The High Court has recently reached a decision based on the substance of an agreement, rather than a failure to follow the technicalities of the exact procedure required by contract. Doing so reveals a preference for justice over technicalities, indicating that future cases may also be viewed in this light...
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As Energy prices rise more than 10%, can they be justified and what is the solution? Depends on who you ask…
Consumers have in recent weeks been hit by price rises of up to 11.1 per cent – equating to between £100-200 extra per year on the typical household’s fuel bill. A number of the “Big Six” energy firms have claimed that the increases are because of rising wholesale prices, but recent data doesn’t support this. The solution? Depends on who you ask…
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What is behind the energy price rises?

Are you one of the est. 1,400,000 landlords not paying their full tax liability?
HMRC wants property landlords to declare all property income and capital gains and to pay what’s due to the government before the January deadline. For the UK’s 500,000 landlords already registered with HMRC this is business as usual. But estimates put the real number of landlords at between 1.4-1.9 million and HMRC are missing out on upwards of £550million a year as a result…
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self-build could grow in popularity in coming years

Consultation leads to thousands of savings for self-builders
Following our article back in April concerning a consultation the Government was undertaking to determine whether self-builders should be exempted from a substantial levy charge; those changes have now become a reality. This could, the Government hopes, fuel a surge in self-build construction to support the under-performing market…
To read the whole article, click here.

Have you heard about Smart Cities? Set to be a £400bn industry by 2020 and a big part of all urban lives
A new report published in October values the smart cities industry at more than $400 billion globally by 2020, with the UK expected to gain a 10% share. This comes as the Government announces the creation of a Smart Cities Forum and looks to capitalise on the UK’s part in a fast growing sector…
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Listed Buildings – Laws and Regulations - Article 2
In the second of a four part series, we look at English Heritage’s method of preserving significant buildings – Listing – and explore every aspect of the process, from choosing the building to the history of litigation surrounding enforcement. This time, we look at how the list is formed and what it takes to become listed...
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And Finally....

In case you missed it…..
One for the technophobes as Beekeepers triumph in legal battle with HMRC
Like many technophobes, Graham and Abigail Blackburn, who run Cornish Moorland Honey, in Bodmin, Cornwall, fiercely objected when Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) demanded they file their VAT returns online. Unlike most, however, they’ve managed to win their case on a point of Human Rights…
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