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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: Monday 2nd September 2013

This month's edition includes a new precedent from the High Court regarding millions of pounds worth of tenant's chattels and fixtures, further controversial changes to Permitted Development Rights that could change our highstreets forever, a month of strong performance from the UK property market and a breakdown of the Judicial Review which could send Richard III back to Yorkshire...

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - September 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.
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High Court decides on extreme case concerning the removal of millions of pounds worth of items – were they chattels or fixtures?
Ref. Peel Land and Property (Ports No 3) v TS Sheerness Steel Limited [14 June 2013]
In a case of particular significance to tenant’s who cease to trade and their legal advisors, the High Court has decided on an extreme issue concerning thousands of tonnes of heavy equipment, worth millions of pounds, which an outgoing tenant wished to remove from the premises and sell on…
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Court of Appeal overturns decision on lease ruling where tenant vacated property for five years
Ref. Francis v Brent Housing Partnership & Ors [2013] EWCA Civ 912
In an interesting case from the Court of Appeal, a woman that had been decanted from possession of her flat for over 5 years whilst repairs were undertaken has won an appeal despite a High Court judge stating that she had merely been a ‘tolerated trespasser’ for 14 years beforehand…
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Further changes to Permitted Development Rights could change the face of Britain’s Highstreets
Three months ago we reported on changes the Government was making to Permitted Development Rights. Now, despite vociferous opposition in some corners to the first round of changes, the Government is consulting on several more…
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The Legal Aspect – Permitted Development and Judicial Reviews
Despite DCLG’s attempts to push on with yet more Permitted development changes, the original amendments made back in May have been under fire from two major Councils – both of which are looking to instigate a Judicial review…
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Most affordable mortgages in 14 years coincide with bright times for the UK property market
A study by Halifax finds that mortgages are the most affordable since 1999, providing yet more positive news for the buoyant property market…
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A modern consumer unit - why are your energy prices climbing?

Household Energy Consumption Drops But Energy Companies Counter by putting up Prices
The level of average household energy consumption is reported to have fallen greatly in the last 8 years, following consistent increases in energy prices. We look at why the fall may have occurred, beyond the energy price issue, and why energy companies are increasing their prices, some are saying, by unethical amounts…
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Stamp Duty Tax Limits growth in Property Market according to Walbrook Economics
Despite recent progress in the state of the UK property market, research by Walbrook Economics has indicated that if the Government was brave enough to reduce or even remove Stamp Duty Land Tax, the Government would not actually lose any revenue, but rather gain substantially in increased activity…
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House prices to blame for Thames Water's 12% bill shock
House prices are being blamed for the proposed super-hike of water prices by Thames Water, one that will push bills up a staggering 12%. Although an application has been made to try to spread the cost, it looks like the cost of living could be about to rise yet again…
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Bath’s Beautiful Buildings and Somerset Skyline or Football Frenzy?
At the start of the new football season, many of you will be heading off to play football. But recent research has found that you can burn the same calories as you would on the field, with a leisurely walk around Bath – taking in some of the most beautiful urban views the UK has to offer…
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Bath Cathedral Building

And Finally....

In case you missed it…..
Car parks, foxes and roses….Long dead king becomes subject of a new legal war over where he should be laid to rest
Richard the Third, the last York King of England and Wales, led a colourful life that has been the subject of much public speculation. Shakespeare himself fuelled the intrigue by portraying the man as deformed, conspiring and hunched – such is the way for those that lose the battle. His story did not end with his death though and the latest chapter in his long saga continues as we look ahead to a Judicial Review on the decision to allow his entombment in Leicester…
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