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Welcome to the Property Advice Newsletter
Written by Independent Chartered Surveyors
of the UK wide network of Property Professionals

Publication date: December 2017

In this month’s edition … we look at some of the budget issues that will affect the housing market, discuss how and why we should deal with mould as soon as it appears, and discover how FinTech industries might help renters get on the housing ladder.

The Property Market Monthly Fact File

The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the team; collating survey data, statistics, trends and information from the property market. This aims to provide a single place where anyone with an interest in UK property can find the most of the information they need.

Rogue landlord busted!

How one rogue landlord came to be imprisoned for illegally converting property, misleading tenants and ignoring planning notices.


Common sense prevails as controversial Staircase Tax abolished

Small businesses across the land will be celebrating as the Chancellor confirmed the abolition of the Staircase Tax.

 Redress Scheme: registration for estate agents, letting agents and property managers in England

Since October 2014, it has been a legal requirement for letting agents and property managers in England to join one of the three government-approved redress schemes.

Rent Smart Wales: landlords failing to register

Two years after legislation came into effect, nearly 4,000 of the estimated 90,000 landlords in Wales have failed to register. They are effectively letting their properties illegally, despite being given twelve months to comply.

January 2018 brings more changes for buy-to-let landlords

The Chancellor’s Autumn Budget delivered yet more bad news for the buy to let landlord in the form of an indexation allowance freeze. New legislation will be introduced in the Finance Bill 2017-18.

 Mould in the home

Why has mould appeared in my home?

It’s that time of the year again; it hasn’t stopped raining for months, the windows are steaming up and black patches are appearing on the walls. Mould isn’t just unsightly – it can exacerbate some common health problems.

Here are some of the things you can do to treat mould, and prevent it from returning.

More help coming for first time buyers and low-income savers

First time buyers have an array of schemes designed to help them get on the property ladder – and two new schemes are being launching in January.

Financial Technologies (FinTech) invited to help renters get on the housing ladder

The Treasury has made £2 million available for FinTech companies to compete to bring a new app onto the market.

And Finally … 

Merry Christmas
and a
Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year
from everyone at Property Surveying


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