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

Publication date: 15th September 2015

In this month's edition... two cases concerning homelessness obligations under the Housing Act 1996, a new policy to tackle 'Dale Farm' disputes, a tragic death, an analysis of the pitfalls of buy-to-let investing and a tiny property in Bristol...

Editor's Comment - Labour Leader Corbyn and his potential effect on the property market
It is far too early to tell exactly what impact on the property sector the election to the Labour Party Leadership of Jeremy Corbyn will make, but historic comments and his selections for the shadow cabinet do offer some insight into what might be ahead for the property sector…
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The Property Market Monthly Fact File - September 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.

Family fleeing domestic violence win judicial review over Ealing Council on five-year residency rule
Ref. HA, R (On the Application Of) v London Borough of Ealing [2015] EWHC 2375
Fleeing domestic abuse, a woman took her five children from their home in Hounslow and settled in Ealing – seeking the assistance of the council there on grounds of ‘unintentional homelessness’. Though she received their support, she was denied a place on their housing register. The High Court has now ruled that this was unlawful on a number of grounds, including contravention of both Human Rights law and the Housing Act 1996…
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Iranian torture victim refused final accommodation offer – appeal process culminates in defeat
Ref. Poshteh v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea [2015] EWCA Civ 711
Following on from our article on a recent domestic violence case, we look at the case of an Iranian woman who, subsequent to suffering torture and imprisonment at the hands of the Iranian authorities, refused a final offer of accommodation under the Housing Act 1996. Was she reasonable in doing so?
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Government seeks to discourage unauthorised development

No more ‘Dale Farm’ disputes as new policy strengthens councils tackling unauthorised development
Special planning rules designed to support England’s travelling community will only apply to those who lead a genuine travelling lifestyle, under changes that came into force from 31st August 2015. It is a move measured to aid councils in their frequent battles against travelling communities setting up on private land without planning permission, like the high-profile Dale Farm dispute which finally concluded in 2011 after 10-years of legal battles…
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Enterprise zones boom with thousands of new jobs and over £2.2bn of new investment
Enterprise zones are playing a vital role in growing the local and national economy, the Government say, after new figures show more than 19,000 jobs have been created under the scheme, alongside an extra £2.2bn of private sector investment. Bids are open for more zones, so could your business benefit?
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Loft converter hit with huge fine after tragic death of 16-year old labourer
Labourer Alfie Perrin was working for loft conversion company Rooftop Rooms Ltd on 14th November 2012, when he fell from scaffolding and sustained head injuries he would not recover from. The case has ended with a £325,000 fine for the company involved, which provides ample to warning to all those who would play fast and loose with their H&S obligations…
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Premiums for schools, tube stations and now the name of the thoroughfare?
It has long been known that if you want your child to go to a particular school – an ‘over-subscribed because it’s really good’ school – you stand a better chance if you live close to it, rather than miles away. The consequence is demand for those houses closest and a boost to their sale prices. But it now appears that school proximity is not the only great influencer of house values, with tube stations and road names also playing a part…
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What difference could the type of thoroughfare you live on make?

House building – latest excuse is lack of skilled workers
For years, the Home Builders Federation, the Federation of Master Builders and others have been warning the government that there are not nearly enough new homes being built to satisfy demand. According to Shelter, the UK needs at least 250,000 new homes per year to come close to reaching that goal. Last year (2014), the actual number built was 118,760. So what’s holding the construction industry back?
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Beware the pit-falls of being a Buy-to-Let landlord
Rental prices are rising almost as fast as house prices. More people are looking for somewhere to live than there are homes available for them. Savings rates are still pitifully low. So why wouldn’t someone want to buy a property purely to let it out?
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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 - Property measuring just 198 sq feet becomes the smallest on the market and could be yours for £30,000

An outhouse in Bristol has become the smallest property on the local market measuring just 198 sq ft and it comes with a price tag of £30,000…
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