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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: 19th November 2015

In this month's edition... a frequently cited legal case has a new development, a council is reprimanded and fined for human rights breaches, Neighbourhood Planning boosts house building, new measures are introduced against rogue landlords and we offer our own guide to dealing with Japanese Knotweed...

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - November 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.
To read the monthly fact file, click here.

High Court adjourns proceedings in long running straw bales planning case
Ref. Fidler v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government (2009)
A famous case of concealment from the planning authority has hit the High Court again, with proceedings for contempt of court now being heard. The case, which concerned a wall of bales erected to hide an elaborate mock-Tudor house with crenelated towers, is commonly cited in planning law…
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Council billed £40,000 for mother and child human rights breaches
Ref. Medway Council v M & T (By Her Children's Guardian) [2015] EWFC B164
Following established breaches under the Human Rights Act 1998, Medway Council have been ordered to pay damages of £20,000 to mother and child respectively. Her Honour Judge Lazarus commented that there had been an ‘alarming history’ of the unlawful accommodation of the girl by the authority for a period exceeding two years.
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Neighbourhood planning is boosting new build numbers

Plans for House Building are boosted by More Than 10% By Neighbourhood Planning Powers
Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis announces that areas taking advantage of new planning powers, have seen an increase in house building of 10%...
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Brandon Lewis announces new measures to crack down on the fight against rogue landlords
An announcement by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis earlier this month has outlined new measures in a bid to crack down on rogue landlords, trapping tenants in unsafe, overcrowded properties.
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Age limits on mortgages to be reviewed by building societies
Older home buyers may soon find it easier to take out a mortgage, after building societies announced that they would review maximum age limits for borrowers…
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New Proposals are set to introduce a more efficient appeals system, allowing business owners to better check and challenge their business rate bills.
Proposals announced on the 30th October are set to make it easier for business owners to check and challenge their business rates bills, by introducing a more efficient appeals system.
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high street shops could be affected by business rate changes

Japanese Knotweed – Your guide to identifying and dealing with this silent invader
Japanese Knotweed is Britain's most invasive non-native plant. We look at how you can best identify and manage the threat, helping you to avoid the devastating effects Knotweed can bring - from structural damage, to loss of sale and a compromised mortgage...
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Mortgage Market Update
Various sources are claiming that now is as good a time to buy a property as there has ever been, with interest rates low and the property market surging forward. We have compiled stats from various sources around the country to give you a complete view of the mortgage market, in case you are looking to invest…
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And Finally....

In case you missed it - Widow banned from her new home because it was the 'wrong colour' - leaving her homeless

Jayne Fawcett, aged 62, left “homeless” after being told that she must change the colour of the property that she designed with her late husband…
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