July 2019 Property Surveying Newsletter

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In this month’s Property Surveying Newsletter … we look at reaction to the government’s report on leasehold reform, find out how to make money from property without owning it and look at how to get the most from photographing your home

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Solicitors’ lucky escape

The government has published its response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee report on Leasehold Reform. It seems that no action will be taken against those conveyancing solicitors proved to have a direct relationship to developers, often receiving incentives for their trouble. However, the committee has called for a ban on financial incentives to encourage an independent and reliable legal service, saying there was no place for ‘coercion or deceptive practices within a modern housing market’.

image of clay tiles on a house roofA building survey? What’s the point

A Chartered Surveyor acts for the buyer of a property and gives an honest professional opinion on the condition of the property. It is not the job of a Chartered Surveyor to provide a glowing building survey report that will encourage you to buy a property, nor is it their mission to ruin a property purchase by causing alarm or despondency.

Rent to rent: how to earn from property without owning it

There is clearly something very wrong with the current housing system if individuals can earn sufficient income from properties that they don’t even own that they can give up paid employment. Rent-to-rent is now a thing.

figures from the government's report on buildings with ACM claddingCladding concerns still rife two years after Grenfell disaster

Two years after the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy, in which 72 people tragically died, there are still hundreds of buildings with dangerous aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding attached.

First time buyers leapfrogging into houses

New research has found that more first-time buyers are choosing to bypass flats and choosing to move straight into houses, resulting in a fall in the asking price of apartments.

Estate agent property for sale and to let boardsBerkshire estate agents accused of price fixing

Four Berkshire estate agents, with branches across the country, stand accused by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) of forming a ‘price fixing cartel’, exchanging information and fixing commission for their own financial gain.

Britain’s prefab housing heritage

We step back in time to 1918, when  committee of experts was asked by the government to create a blueprint for housing for the working class … prefab housing was about to arrive in Britain.

Ikea launches affordable homes in UK

Swedish firm, Ikea, is set to build on its empire after being given the go-ahead to build 162 flats in the UK in a joint venture between Ikea and construction firm, Skanska. The company specialises in factory-built homes that can be constructed at low cost.

Cardiff houses homeless in shipping containers

Thirteen brand new homes created from converted shipping containers are set to be introduced later this year as a temporary housing solution for homeless families in Wales.

House price inflation may lead to property bargains

May’s house price inflation fell to 1.2%, well below the government’s target of 2%, and potentially leading to cheaper property prices in many areas. We discuss where you might start looking for a property bargain.

And finally …

Tips for taking picture-perfect photos of your home

We’re all familiar with the types of magazine or Instagram photos that make other people’s houses look attractive and spacious. We look at ways to achieve picture-perfect photos of your home.


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