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this month's edition ... we look at the latest English Housing
Survey, discuss the relevancy of the term 'affordability' in the
housing market and discover one company's solution to the B***** impasse
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solicitors not making sure that their clients understand what they are
contracting to? A crisis on a scale compared to the recent PPI scandal
has left home owners and MPs alike wanting answers, as new home owners
are lumbered with annual charges that they feel they did not sign up
for. Owners of brand new houses are being asked to pay unexpected
annual charges for the upkeep of fledgling neighbourhoods.
landlord has been sentenced to a suspended prison term and ordered to
pay over £300,000 for costs and compensation, after ignoring a planning
enforcement notice and taking steps to hide tenanted flats.
government funding has been announced that will link new housing at
Brent Cross and Old Oak Common to Central London and further afield.
City Council has approved plans for a private developer to use 'air
rights' to build a new ground-breaking design in the St George area of
the city which will house eleven apartment flats, at no charge to
developers over a 30-year lease.
new standard bans the use of fossil fuel heating from new builds to
reduce carbon emissions and could make gas central heating a thing of
raised as long ago as 1958 have finally been agreed in a landmark
victory for postal workers across the UK after the government agreed to
alter building regulations on letterbox heights later this year.
latest national English Housing Survey headline report has
been published. The survey covers a range of topics including energy
efficiency, home tenure and household movement between tenure
categories, housing costs and expectations, housing stock condition and
variations in housing circumstances.
term ‘affordable housing’ describes lower rent properties that are
available to eligible households that are unable to afford the full
market value. However, homes let under the ‘affordable’ banner
may be decidedly ‘unaffordable’ to those on a low income, as rent
is capped at 80% of the full market rate but crucially does not take
account of local wages.
MPs have benefited from a windfall of £42 million, paid for in part by
taxpayers' contributions to their mortgage interest payments and
property running costs.
Council has pulled the planning permission on a development that
promised to deliver badly needed affordable housing to Wrexham after
councillors accused the developer, Mandale Group, of making misleading
the current uncertain property market it is understandable that many
householders are staying put, but in doing so, we have spent around £48
billion improving our homes over the last five years.
And finally ...
an architect's tongue-in-cheek proposal of bringing light, open plan
and collaborative spaces into the 'confrontational design' at the
Palace of Westminster inject life into Brexit as well as the tired old
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