New report reveals extent of ‘underused homes’

A study by the Intergenerational Foundation has suggested that the housing crisis is being severely compounded by ‘underused homes’, with their co-founder reputedly suggesting that ‘empty nesters’ should be ‘encouraged’ through a new land tax to downsize. The report represents a new, a controversial, angle in the argument on how to solve Britain’s property problem.

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Cost of third bedroom now at £60,000

New research from HSBC has indicated that the cost of providing suitable housing for a third child in the UK, ie. purchasing a three bedroom property,  is just under £60,000. This figure constitutes a 38% increase in price from a 2 bedroom to a 3 bedroom property.

The same figures help illustrate that the extra cost of a third bedroom represents 1.6 times the average annual household income for the nation.

Bruno Genovese, head of savings at HSB, is reported to have said:

“[Having a] second child seems to be catalyst for many families moving to a larger home, which is often the largest financial outlay they will ever undertake.”

The figures suggest that careful financial planning is advisory,  to ensure that finances are in place to handle the costs involved in raising a family.

If you’re upgrading to a larger property, seek out a professional surveyor to ensure the right price and minimnise the costs as much as possible. PropertySurveying UK

Accelerating the release of Public Land – New document released

A summary report has been released detailing the acceleration of the release of public land into the hands of the private sector. The report includes further details on the ‘Build now, pay later’ scheme and is part of a wider Government effort to stimulate growth and create jobs.

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Judge rules Leasehold Service Charges covered by Consumer Protection Laws

Case Reference: Levitt v London Borough of Camden

A new case concerning a hot water system disagreement between leaseholder and freeholder in an apartment in the London Borough of Camden, has reached an important conclusion: a ruling that the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations apply to the service charge provisions of long leases. The decision in the present case could be determinative of contribution obligations if similar cases arise elsewhere under similar leases.

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Japanese Knotweed – Your guide to identifying and dealing with this silent invader

A recent outbreak that led to the demolition of a £300,000 house has highlighted the damaging effects of Japanese Knotweed, Britain’s most invasive non-native plant. Most people don’t even know it exists until it appears in their living room, but with growth rates of up to 4inches a day and paying little attention to the small matter of walls, this plant can be deadly to properties all over Britain.

To read more about this threat and how you can avoid disaster, click here.

Need a building survey in Plymouth?

Right Surveyors South West can provide you with any property purchasing service you need, be it for residential or commercial purposes. Lee Gallon MRICS and Liam Bunclark RICS, both qualified, experienced and local Chartered Surveyors, cover the South West area with expert local knowledge and a combined experience of over 40 years in the industry. Find their local website here.

They provide building survey reports, homebuyer surveys, valuations, and acquisition advice, as well as acting as expert witnesses in all types of property dispute. Whatever it is that you need, Right Surveyors South West can provide you with an efficient, professional and cost effective service.

For a no obligations chat about how RS South West can help you, call Liam or Lee on 01752 687 752.

For building surveys in Abertillery, choose the Right Surveyors

Right Surveyors Glamorgan is a new company in South Wales, providing property consultancy services and building surveys for residential and commercial property purchasers. The company may be new to Abertillery, but its Director, Mr Keith Batten FRICS, has 30 years experience in the property and construction industry and a lifetime spent living and working in South Wales.

To see Keith’s local Abertillery website, click here.

All types of survey report and professional consultancy are provided by Right Surveyors Glamorgan, from full building surveys to homebuyer reports, acquisition advice to valuations. In addition, Keith is experienced and adept at acting as an expert witness and appearing in court.

To discuss what service Right Surveyors Glamorgan might be able to provide you in and around Abertillery, give Keith a call on 029 2193 2193

Building surveyors in Cwbran – Right Surveyors Glamorgan

For all property purchase advice and reports, be it residential or commercial, Keith Batten FRICS can help. Keith has lived in South Wales all his life and has been in the construction and property industry for 30 years. He combines extensive local knowledge with industry expertise to provide a uniquely professional, accurate and reliable service. See his local website for further details here.

Give Keith a no obligations call if you need a building survey, homebuyer type report, acquisition advice, a valuation or an expert witness for any type of property dispute. Reach him at the Cardiff Head Office – 029 2193 2193

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Newport Chartered Surveyors – Building surveys in and around Newport

If you need a building survey, acquisition advice, a valuation or an independent expert for any type of property dispute, Keith Batten FRICS, the new Director for Right Surveyors Glamorgan, can help. Find his local website here.

With 30 years of experience in the property industry and a lifetime spent working and living in South Wales, Keith provides the perfect mix of expertise and local knowledge necessary to provide a professional and effective service. Whether you purchase is residential or commercial, Keith can provide you with whatever service you require.

Give Keith a call on 029 2193 2193 for a no obligations chat.

Port Talbot has a new professional, local Chartered Surveyor

Keith Batten FRICS is the new Director for Right Surveyors Glamorgan, a company providing a professional service for all types of clients in and around Port Talbot. Keith combines expert local knowledge gained from a Lifetime living and working in South Wales with professional expertise accumulated over 30 years in the construction industry. With such a combination, he is able to provide a uniquely reliable, fast and professional service to the property purchasing public. Find his local website here.

Whether it is a building survey of any sort, a valuation or an expert witness that you need, Keith can help. He provides services to fit all budgets and is always happy to conduct a no obligations telephone call with a potential client. Give him a call on 029 2193 2193

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