The property market fact file is a collection of
data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the propertysurveying.co.uk
team, reflecting survey data, statistics, trends and information from
the property market. This provides a single place where anyone with an
interest in UK property can find the information they need.
A homeowner in Pembroke has complained about her
discovery of several restrictive covenants on her property. Even though
she used a solicitor, is there a liability question when she claims she
wasn't informed about the covenants when she bought the new build
As the case of the homeowner in Sandbanks, Dorset,
has recently proved, planting the wrong kind of tree in the wrong
location can be expensive. We look at subsidence and heave, and discuss
how far away it is safe to plant trees and how high your fully grown
tree is likely to reach.
Keeping your home’s gutters, rainwater downpipes
and drains clear and in good condition is by far the best way of
ensuring your home stays free of damp. But painting your property’s
external walls with the wrong type of paint can cause it to act as a
It has emerged that one of the most significant
impacts on property prices is the ability to get to work
easily. The Land Value and Transport report focused on the
relationship between transport and property values in the North of
England, a region with 15 million people and over 7 million homes.
As summer recedes and we contemplate those long
winter nights, it’s worth taking a look at the way in which we heat the
home. Tempting though it is to simply turn up the thermostat and close
the curtains, this could result in higher than necessary energy bills
with little result.
Portsmouth City Council is planning to build a
car-free community with 4,000 homes in a project designed to 'put
people first' by changing the way people travel. The project began as
an approach to realising the government's target for thousands of new
homes and it is hoped the scheme will become a 'beacon' for elsewhere
in the UK.
At Staffordshire's Keele University, a group of
students is embarking on a one year project that will teach them how to
live sustainably. The mainly student-led project, known as the
'Sustainability Bungalow', is located on the university's campus, in
the former home of the caretaker.
Property investment sounds like a dream and the
idea of having a portfolio of properties to renovate, while living off
the rent of tenants, sounds ideal. However, private landlords across
the UK are feeling the squeeze and landlords are increasingly selling
A recent survey has revealed the number of young
adults aged 20-34 who live with their parents or are returning back
home to live them. As the cost of living soars, the comfort of living
‘back home’ may be tempting or necessary.
With the scary last day of October looming up on
us at the end of the month, people across the UK are living in
trepidation of the events that take place on Halloween. We look at how
to avoid one of the most expensive 'tricks' we can all protect against.
by Independent Chartered Surveyors
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