Welcome to the April 2018 Property Surveying Newsletter

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In this month’s edition … we ask whether you can legally keep the chattels found in your new property, highlight the issues surrounding home energy efficiency investment, discuss what the law says about home intruders, and discover when you will become a property millionaire

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 propertysurveying.co.uk 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 information they need.

Planning Precedent set as High Court judge ruins thousands of perfect days

The owner of listed Thornton Manor, near the pretty village of Thornton Hough on the Wirral,  was granted planning permission for the erection of three marquees on the estate to be used as wedding venues. However, the permission was granted without the conditions that had been agreed by the planning committee. Six years later, the permission has now been quashed in the High Court.

Do you own any treasure left in your new attic? Is it really a case of “finders keepers”?

What can (or can’t) be legally kept of the chattels found when you move into new property?

FCA concerned over household debt, accusing many of ‘getting in too deep’

‘Getting affordability right in consumer credit’ has raised concerns over rising debt that has almost reached the peak levels that caused the 2008 financial crisis.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland spending more on promoting energy efficient homes than England

Why has energy efficiency investment significantly fallen in England, when the government is discounting the energy bills of two million homes and cold homes cost the NHS an estimated £1.36 billion every year?

McMafia dirty money buying luxury homes in Londongrad?

An investigation by an anti-corruption group says London has ‘routinely been the choice destination for Russians with suspicious wealth to move’. Although just 3% of prime central London property was snapped up by Russians last year, the government has announced an investigation that will focus on property investment.

Housing Benefit U-turn for 18 to 21 year olds

A decision that would have saved the taxpayer £40 million a year has been scrapped – but research shows the savings would have been negated after just 140 young people became homeless.

Second homes still in high demand in deprived Cornwall

Homes without parking in Cornwall villagesThe average cost of a home in Cornwall is now 24 times the average Cornish wage. Can Cornish communities fight back and avoid becoming over-priced ghost towns, left behind by the families that have lived there for generations?

Want to know when you’ll be a property millionaire?

You too could be a millionaire homeowner … find out how long you might have to wait here.

What the law allows you to do when confronted with an intruder in your home

The terrifying prospect of finding an intruder in your home is fortunately something few of us have to deal with … here’s what you can ‘reasonably’ do to protect yourself and your family.

What to look out for (when signing a tenancy agreement)

Beware the pitfalls of signing a contract without first reading it … or be prepared to look after your landlord’s parrot (yes, really).

And Finally …

Devon couple evicted from their mud home

After living for three years in their ‘medieval-style hovel’, built by hand from the natural resources of their smallholding, a Devon couple has been told to dismantle it.

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