Young people to be restricted to two year tenancies in London Borough

surveyorsbarnet.co.uk – The Council for Barnet in London has put forward plans to restrict tenants aged 18-25 to just two year tenancies as part of a shake up of its housing allocation policies.

The tenancy agreements would also be conditional upon unemployed tenants taking part in skills development, training or education which could lead to employment. They would, of course, be reviewed every two years; allowing the council to reallocate housing away from those, for example, not deemed to be trying hard enough to find gainful employment, and towards those deemed to deserve greater support.

Additionally, new tenants over the age of 25 would be offered a five year tenancy agreement, the minimum outlined by the Government.

Both measures are part of a wider exploitation of the powers gained through the recent Localism Act, with additional moves towards prioritising social housing for servicemen and women and towards tackling under occupation.

More information on under occupation and underused homes can be found here.

Richest buyers costing £1bn in stamp duty Avoidance

Stamp duty avoidance on £1m+ properties could be causing the Government a loss of £1bn in revenue. With pledges from Mr Osborne earlier this year to tackle tax avoidance, many will be pointing to this as an area he should be scrutinising closely.

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Letting a commercial premises

birminghambuildingsurveyors.co.uk – If you’re thinking of letting your commercial premises, the difficult economic climate has made it more important than ever to be aware of your options. Four main types of agreement exist and we describe each to help you make the right decision.

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Have your say on the August riots

Inside Housing is offering the chance to win £100 in Marks & Spencer vouchers in exchange for your views on the riots.

Shortly after the riots swept England in August, Inside Housing, the Chartered Institute of Housing and the National Housing Federation launched ‘The Riot Report’ to find out what steps can be taken to help prevent a repeat of the violence. Now they want to know what housing professionals, who work for social landlords operating in areas that experienced riots, think caused the disturbances. What would they like their organisations to do to address the underlying problems?

Have your say here.

Looking to buy property in Devon?

www.devonsurveyors.co.uk – Property Surveying provides a resource for all property purchasers to find the best surveyor for them. If you are looking to buy a property in Devon the Government, Which? and the RICS all recommend that you get a Chartered Surveyor to inspect it before purchase.

Follow the link above to find a Chartered Surveyor near your property purchase in Devon.

Thinking of moving to Wales?

www.cardiffbuildingsurveyors.co.uk – If you are thinking about buying a property in South Wales, you should think hard about having a survey carried out.

There are many different types of survey, from full structural surveys to homebuyer reports, valuations to single fault assessments – there is a type of building survey to suit all budgets. Keith Batten FRICS is a Chartered Surveyor in South Wales that can help. Contact him to talk about having a building survey carried out on your property by a fully Qualified Chartered Building Surveyor. Doing so, will give you the peace of mind, and forward planning, needed to properly enjoy your property purchase.

0800 880 6024

Welsh Association increases investment in new homes

pontypriddsurveyors.co.uk – Areas like Pontypridd, caerphilly, Cardiff and Barry will all see increased investment in new homes construction, revealed by a new report from Community Housing Cymru. It says Housing Associations spent £802m in 2010/2011, up 16% from 2009/2010 and employed 6,300 people directly.

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If you are thinking of buying a new property in Wales, think about getting a professional to look it over and give you the peace of mind you need to plan for the future. Keith Batten FRICS has lived in South Wales all his life and is a Chartered Surveyors providing building surveys in Wales. Call now on 0800 880 6024

Need a surveyor in Plymouth?

Plymouth Building Surveyors Right Surveyors South West have offices all over Devon and Somerset and can provide all types of property consultancy from experienced and local professionals. For the Plymouth area, Lee Gallon MRICS can produce all types of survey reports, act as an expert witness in court proceedings, mediate in party wall disputes and carry out acquisition advice. He can give you the peace of mind you need to enjoy, and properly plan for, your property purchase

Contact Lee for a no obligations chat about how he can help you in the Plymouth area by following this link to his local website.