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this month's Property Surveying Newsletter ... we
look at action being taken by homeowners against mortgage lenders,
discover 2019's most popular place to live and
look at measures to head off potential home maintenance disasters
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.
three price-fixing estate agent cartels that colluded to fix fees for
letting and selling properties are broken up by the Competition and
Markets Authority (CMA), the watchdog asks property buyers and
homeowners to report estate agents they suspect of cooperating
illegally when they set fees.
people under the banner 'UK Mortgage Prisoner Action Group' have now
threatened legal action against two lending institutions that 'unfairly
trapped' them into mortgages with high interest rates, when the banks
were taken into public ownership.
review has discovered that Persimmon had no 'standard' in place to
monitor the quality of its house building or build process that would
ensure homes were built to a rigorous standard - nor were any
procedures in place to supervise or inspect employees' or
sub-contractors' work, who were given a minimal amount of training.
website Rightmove has declared Bristol to be the most sought-after
place in the UK outside London for both property sales and rentals in
picturesque town of Oakham in Rutland has no permanent speed traps, is
home to England’s largest reservoir and boasts the remains of a Norman
castle. Rutland is England’s smallest county and until now has been the
last remaining English county that can claim to be without a
Mcdonald’s, Burger King or KFC restaurant – although this is about to
recently introduced 'mortgage stress test' has proved controversial for
some first time buyers, as it can decrease purchasing power by as much
as 20%. However, it can also make it more difficult for people who
already own their property but need to refinance or renew their
that we are told that the average home in the UK is 20% smaller than in
the 1970s, take a look at what the average priced home in your area
would give you in terms of the 'price to space' ratio.
number of single households in the UK has risen to its all-time record,
and there are now 8.2 million single households in the UK.
number of UK cities have made, or are planning to make, their centres
free from traffic. We look at how, in 2017, the Norwegian city of Oslo
began the process of creating Bilfritt
Byliv or ‘Car-Free Livability Programme’. Approximately
1.3 sq km was designated to form an improved urban environment for the
1,000 people who call Oslo's city centre home, and the 100,000 who
travel to and from the area daily.
Scottish government has announced a new First Home Fund shared equity
scheme. The pilot scheme will release £150 million for first time
buyers in Scotland, who can use the funds towards new build or existing
car owners would ensure their vehicle was well-maintained and had an
up-to-date MOT, but how many home owners routinely check their houses
for maintenance issues? Routine maintenance is just as
important in the home, and making regular checks can help to keep
things under control – and also ensure that you stay protected by your
may live in a disability friendly home but looking for a truly
disability friendly hotel room that breaks with tradition may not be
straightforward. To highlight the physical challenges faced by people
with disabilities in the home, an artist has designed a unique hotel
room in Blackpool.
by Independent Chartered Surveyors
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