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Budget funding to build on brownfield sites and transform neglected spaces

In his recent budget, the Chancellor announced investment in housing of almost £24 billion, to be released over a period of several years. Here are ...
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Planning reforms under review

The proposed planning reforms announced a year ago are officially being reviewed. In his speech to the Conservative party conference in October, the Prime Minister ...
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Council advanced £151 million to billionaire buying property

Warrington Borough Council's audit and finance committee reported in July that it had advanced over £150 million to an investment company, and was five times ...
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Countryside springs leasehold trap

An investigation began in 2019 to investigate leaseholds, after millions of leaseholders faced massive increases in ground rents and the cost of buying the freehold ...
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Eton mess – when it’s gone it’s gone

The elitest of England’s public schools has sparked outrage by proposing to build 3,000 houses in rural East Sussex. Eton’s propaganda eulogises a new town ...
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Stop this vandalism and create new routes for cyclists and walkers

The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has stopped work being carried out on 69 bridges along disused railway lines, having learned of plans to block dozens ...
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Make your house a home

First Homes trial discount scheme for first time buyers

Some of the key factors of recent elections have been making home ownership more affordable for more people, particularly those wanting to purchase first homes, ...
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Spiralling cost of affordable homes

The cost of building affordable homes in London has tripled, according to the mayor's office, which blamed Brexit and the cladding crisis for the failing ...
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Leaseholders and tenants won’t be protected from fire safety costs

An attempt by the House of Lords to force the government to pay for fire safety work on buildings with unsafe cladding before reclaiming the ...
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Budget March 2021 – will it help homeowners?

Thanks to the coronavirus, no budget was delivered in the autumn but it is hoped that on 3rd March 2021 the Chancellor might deliver a ...
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Empty property grants in Wales

Wales has been operating a pilot scheme of empty property grants for home buyers. The scheme  promises to help tackle some of the problems associate ...
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Capital Gains Tax could cost buy to let property sellers and renters

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has recommended changes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) that could result in costly implications for buy to let property ...
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Details of the government's first homes scheme awaited

First Homes Scheme consultation response published

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has published a summary of responses to its consultation on the delivery of the proposed First Homes ...
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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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