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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 May 2016

In this month's edition ... we examine the debate of countryside versus housing, witness how ignorance of the regulations is no defence, and see a whole village up for sale. Plus the third in our series on common defects - this month is Rising Damp.

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - May 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.

House in Multiple Occupation owner fined over £20,000 for non-compliance
An unlicensed landlord has been fined for failing to appropriately licence the property as a house in multiple occupation.
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Squatting becoming criminalised in 2012 does not stop pensioner losing house!
Pensioner Colin Curtis lost the rights to his mother’s house this month, despite a change in the law in September 2012 which made squatting a criminal offence.
To read the whole article, click here.

St Ives harbour - with seagull

Is the financial cleansing of St. Ives a little fishy?
83% of residents of St. Ives in Cornwall voted in a referendum to ban the sale of newly-built second homes to non-locals. The ban, however, cannot be implemented as Cornwall County Council have to decide whether or not to adopt the policy.
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EU Swimming warnings now in force on Britain’s beaches!
Certain attractive waterside locations in the UK now have signs erected advising people not to swim in the sea.
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Fewest property repossessions recorded in 2016 for many years
The repossession rate now is the lowest on record over recent times. If this rate continues throughout 2016, it will put the annual number of repossessions at a lower rate than any year since 1982.
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Is our green countryside being sacrificed for new housing?
There is a huge debate between those who think that the country does not have enough housing, and those who believe that our countryside should be protected.
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Green rolling countryside of England

A valuer’s perspective on corporate property investment
A business must achieve a balance between capital growth, yearly return and risk-management. A number of options exist, but many – including dabbling in the stock market – might be considered too risky.
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Drainage trench full of muddy water

A surveyor’s guide to home maintenance - Drainage
Drainage faults are a common source of water ingress, so keeping your drainage systems in good order is essential to maintaining a dry house.
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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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NEW SERIES: 10 defects that could be hiding in your home – a surveyor's view

Defect 3 – Rising Damp
In part 1, we covered , last month it was water ingress, and this month we’re going to take a look at rising damp, which is defined as the upwards flow of moisture through a permeable wall structure.
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And Finally....

In case you missed it: An entire British village is up for sale - and it is going to the kindest bidder!
The village comes with an historic hall that has 21 bedrooms, 42 houses, a restaurant/pub, a sports pavilion with playing fields, a mechanics garage and over 2,000 acres of countryside.
To read the whole article, click here.

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