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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: 21st January 2015

In this month's edition... We look at one landlord's failure to comply with statutory deposit protection requirements, a landmark decision on London's iconic black cabs, Islington's controversial buy-to-leave plans and a fence so big, it was deemed a distraction to drivers...

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - January 2015
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.
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Failure to comply with statutory tenant deposit requirements results in failed s. 21 possession notice
Ref. Charalambous v Ng [16 December 2014]
In this case, the Court of Appeal has found in favour of a tenant whose deposit was not adequately protected under the statutory requirements of the Housing Act 2004, even though it was paid before the requirements came into effect - rendering the landlord’s section 21 notice void. The result is a strong precedent for all landlords to take note of, and any with outdated tenancy protection should be wary…
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European decision reached on black cabs and bus lanes
Ref. Eventech (Judgment) [2015] EUECJ C-518/13
The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has recently ruled on an interesting issue surrounding London’s iconic black cabs. Specifically, whether their use of bus lanes, which minicabs are not allowed to use, amounted to ‘selective economic advantage’...
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Court of Appeal rules on 1,700 home judicial review
Ref. Savage, R (on the application of) v Mansfield District Council & Anor [2015] EWCA Civ 4
In this case, Mansfield District Council had granted permission on 17 April 2013 for a large mixed use development close to Harlow Wood stretching to 1,700 homes and covering over 169 hectares. A third-party brought a challenge on alleged defects in the consultation process, and the Court of Appeal has now made their judgement…
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Will Islington's buy-to-leave proposals work?

London Borough of Islington to tackle ‘buy-to-leave’ with landmark proposals.
Islington Borough Council have proposed radical new measures in a bid to tackle ‘buy-to-leave’ and reduce the number of empty houses.
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Is buying on the cheapest street in Britain a wise move?
Two bed, semi detached house is put on the market for just £5,000 in Stockton-on-Tees, but should prospective purchasers look at more than just the bargain price?
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New fund made available to local councils in a bid to prevent unauthorised development
Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles announced on the 10th January that a new £1million boost will be made available to local councils in an attempt to crack down on unauthorised development.
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100,000 first time buyers offered new scheme allowing them a 20% discount when they purchase new homes
Prospective first time buyers eligible for 20% discount when they purchase new build properties thanks to new scheme which removes arduous s.106 obligations...
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Back by popular demand...

10 questions on... Radon Gas
All you could want to know about radon gas, how to find and measure it, and what effect it could have on you and your property...
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And Finally....

In case you missed it…..£10,000 fence erected by electrician must be removed after the council insists that it is a danger to drivers

Electrician upsets neighbours by erecting a security fence worth £10,000, after being burgled 10 times in only 2 months.
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Lack of planning leads to £10,000 fence removal

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