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Rogue estate agents still at large

In April 2018, housing reforms were announced that would crack down on rogue estate agents and leave greater transparency. However, these reforms are yet to ...
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Mortgage prisoners still banged up!

In October 2019, mortgage affordability rules were reformed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to enable mortgage lenders to help mortgage prisoners, by allowing them ...
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Second home owners exploiting small business grants

The government's Covid-19 small business grants, in which businesses have been able to claim a £10,000 government grant, is being exploited by greedy second home ...
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Homes England demands couple buy access to property they already own

Homes England has demanded £750 from a couple living in the town of Redditch in Worcestershire, to formally procure their garden hedge and part of ...
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New scheme available to help Scottish home buyers

The Scottish government has announced a new First Home Fund shared equity scheme. The pilot scheme will release £150 million for first time buyers in ...
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Homeowners to use care funding to keep their homes?

Two thirds of the households in England that are headed by someone aged 65 or over are owned outright, that is 6.5 million homes, and ...
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What housing policies might we expect from Boris’s new government?

Boris's government has in recent months announced a number of housing policies designed to help home buyers and renters. So, now he can act, who ...
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Homes, flooding and insurance – we look at Flood Re

The Flood Reinsurance Scheme known as 'Flood Re' began in 2016 and is designed to ensure that households in areas at high risk of flooding ...
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Ready to embrace MMC?

A report from Parliament has said the government must 'embrace modern methods of construction or risk missing its target of building 300,000 new homes in ...
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RICS calls on government to view housing market as a whole

The government's apparent focus on increasing the level of property ownership without consideration of the resulting squeeze in the lettings market is likely to raise ...
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New regulator for estate and letting agents

The government has published its proposals for a new independent regulatory body with mandatory qualifications and a code of practice, to oversee estate and letting ...
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Urgent calls for Stamp Duty changes

There are growing demands across the country to slash stamp duty charges in order to free up the stagnant housing market. New prime minister, Boris ...
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Homelessness Reduction Act increases homelessness

The Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed that the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act has led to more people being placed in temporary and ...
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Housing market halted by stamp duty changes

How has the SDLT rate hike affected the property market? An Inflation Report from the Bank of England says that recent increases in Stamp Duty ...
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