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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: 10th August 2016

In this month's edition ... We investigate not only one, but two new types of building brick, see a sharp fall in home ownership, and offer you some tips to help you sell your home. Plus the sixth in our series on common defects - this month is Woodworm.

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - August 2016
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.

Significant fine and criminal record for landlord who refused to honour repair obligations
A landlord who refused to carry out vital renovations on his rented property has been left with a criminal record and costs amounting to almost £18,000.
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Home ownership slumps to pre-millennium levels
Research by the Resolution Foundation has shown that the ratio of home owners to tenants in the United Kingdom has dropped considerably over the last decade or so. How does your region fare?
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Houses owned and to let

Number of Neighbourhood Plans passes 200
Following the approval of 3 plans in Herefordshire earlier this month, the total number of neighbourhood plans currently in place has now risen to 200. This is on top of almost 1,900 communities across England that are in the process of implementing their own plans.
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'Living' bricks to supply fresh water and electricity to buildings
A new smart brick is being developed which will contain a microbial fuel cell (MFC), capable of extracting resources from its surroundings, both inside and outside the building.
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Click-Together ‘bricks’ for buildings in the future
Most children will have played with Lego bricks at some point in their lives. Well, an Israeli developer has designed a set of building bricks for full-scale buildings.
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Barn conversion in Cornwall

New Barn Conversions in decline
It has been reported that the demand for Barns and other redundant agricultural and industrial buildings to convert into residential accommodation is now significantly in decline.
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20 tips to prepare your home for sale
Did you know that you should never put your house on the market without preparation? You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
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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 an overview of the mortgage market, in case you are looking to invest…
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NEW SERIES: 10 defects that could be hiding in your home – a surveyor's view

Defect 6– Woodworm
We have covered timber defects such as Dry Rot, and Wet Rot. Now it's the turn of Woodworm, and how to deal with it.
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And Finally....

In case you missed it: "I've been living in the wrong property!"
A bizarre legal mix up has meant Chris Meyer has been living in the wrong home for six years - and many of his neighbours are in the same predicament..
To read the whole article, click here.

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