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Written by Independent Chartered Surveyors
of the UK wide network of Property Professionals

Publication date: 13th November 2014

In this month's edition... a novel solution from the High Court, justice for an unlawfully evicted tenant, bank closures, manhole explosions, neighbourhood development and expensive, unusable driveways...

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - November 2014
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 provide a single place where anyone with an interest in UK property can find the information they need.
To read the monthly fact file, click here.

High Court balances need to maintain stable family unit with the need to allow effective recovery of debts in novel solution
Ref. Fred Perry (Holdings) Limited v Genis [1 August 2014]
In this case, the High Court sought to find a way to balance conflicting statutes and contrasting commercial and familiar interests, eventually settling on a novel solution…
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Tortious claims of conspiracy, interference with goods, negligence and misfeasance in public office settled in the High Court as unlawfully evicted tenant receives justice at last
Ref. AA v London Borough of Southwark [2014] EWHC 500 (QB)
In this case, a tenant had been the legal occupant of a flat since 2001. He paid the rent predominantly from housing benefit, with the shortfall made up from his own funds and, throughout his tenancy the tenant had been in arrears, amounting to £2,353.26 at the time of eviction. In the action of processing his eviction, Southwark made a number of mistakes which ultimately resulted in unlawful eviction, unlawful destruction of goods and over a year of unwarranted homelessness…
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Neglect tenants at your peril - Landlord fined £30k after leaving tenants with no heat for four weeks
A rogue landlord has been fined more than £30,000 to reflect the serious "physical and mental hardship" endured by five tenants under his duty of care. The message laid down by Hammersmith Magistrates' Court is clear; ignoring serious, reasonable pleas from your tenants will result in council intervention and a hefty bill…
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Could you make more of your holiday cottage?

Anger as many communities set to lose their last bank
NatWest have caused uproar and frustration around the country this year after they decided to close 44 branches, many of which were serving as the last bank in their community. But this is just the tip of the iceberg, with revelations now that the bank will be closing 27 more branches over the next 4 months, with 25 being the last banks.
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Northern transport links to be overhauled as Cameron pledges backing to HS3, despite continued resistance to HS2
The subject of whether HS2 has been and will be a viable, beneficial project is ongoing and vociferous. We have written on the matter before; exploring a comparison between modern day and Victorian era infrastructure investments and looking at the possible impact on flooding in the context of the devastating floods of last winter. The introduction of outline plans for HS3, however, looks set to further complicate the debate…
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Major stink warning for Britain
The Government's Food and Research Agency issues warnings over a new public nuisance - a stink bug which emits an appalling smell and has already infested homes in China, Japan, Taiwan and the United States. Unfortunately, it's set to imminently make its way across to Britain...
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Savills report highlights £95bn of infrastructure crucial to London housing progress
A new Savills report - Spotlight on London Infrastructure: Connecting Opportunities - has estimated that the cost of infrastructure necessary for London to keep up with its burgeoning housing demand is £95bn. With 50,000 homes a year needed to satisfy the identified 'need', the necessary infrastructure could stretch to new bridges, two crossrail lines and a myriad of road improvements…
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Number of manhole explosions rises by more than 250% since 2010
The number of serious manhole explosions across Britain has seen a staggering increase of more than 250% since 2010, with the south east of England being the worst effected. ..
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Government announce £23m boost to Neighbourhood Planning - But would you get involved?
Ministers on 31st October announced a further £23m of funding to aid take up and delivery of neighbourhood plans (NDPs) which, once established, become a planning consideration for councils in determining applications. With only 33 plans currently in operation, the hope is that extra funding can finally push NDPs into becoming an influential part of the planning system, not a side note…
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Back by popular demand...

10 Questions on Chancel Tax
All you need to know on chancel tax and how it could effect you
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chimneys can be your property's greatest weak spot

And Finally....

In case you missed it…..

A roundabout set to cost £150 million has devastated at least one particular resident in Clifton, Nottinghamshire as it has rendered her £20,000 driveway useless
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