November 2019 Property Surveying Newsletter

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In this month’s Property Surveying Newsletter … we look at building in flood risk areas, discover which UK cities attract the highest rent increases and find out how to avoid pollinator-friendly gardening from damaging property prices

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, reflecting survey data, statistics, trends and information from the property market. This provides a single place where anyone with an interest in UK property can find the information they need.

Nottingham breach of planning regulations fined £20,000

The owner of a property in Nottingham has become embroiled in a dispute with the local council over a breach of planning regulations by building in their back garden.

Ealing Broadway, LondonIs it legal for a landlord to lock access to a shared property’s thermostat?

A landlord has installed a locked cover over the Nest thermostat of the shared house she lets out in Ealing, London. The move means that hot water and central heating settings are now out of the control of the property’s tenants – but is this legal?

Idiots still building and buying houses in flood zones

A new report has discovered that over 10,000 homes are currently being planned to be built in areas of England that are most prone to flooding, including areas of Doncaster and Sheffield which have recently been badly hit.

Homes, flooding and insurance – we look at Flood Re

Flood Re began in 2016 and is designed to ensure that households in areas at high risk of flooding are able to obtain affordable home contents and buildings insurance.

The silent killer in your home

If your home has even one fuel-burning appliance or heater, or an attached garage or fireplace, you should have a carbon monoxide detector installed on every level of the home as well as in sleeping areas.

Re-wilding could seriously damage property prices

If you’ve put the lawnmower away for the year and need an excuse not to get it out again next spring, you might like to convert to the new trend of ‘re-wilding’. The eco-conscious amongst us have begun to allow gardens and surrounding land to become a wild meadow, with hopes of creating a space with abundant wildflowers to benefit pollinators.

Survey reveals cities with highest rent increases

Renting may be becoming more affordable for many, but rent affordability varies widely across the UK and is largely dependent on local economies as well as people’s ability to buy into the housing market.

House plans of a traditional older buildingWindlestone Hall derelict despite millions spent on investment

Despite hopes that the 1897 birthplace of former Prime Minister Anthony Eden would be saved from neglect, Grade II Listed Windlestone Hall near Bishop Auckland in County Durham, is still derelict.

How to prepare for power cuts

Power cuts are a fact of life in many areas of the UK, particularly during periods of inclement weather and often due to circumstances beyond our control. We look at some simple measures that can make dealing with a power cut in your home more palatable.

And finally …

Discover whether you live in a ‘woke’ city

A property finance website has conducted a survey identifying the most ‘woke’ cities in the UK. How does your home city rate against others ranked the UK’s ‘most progressive places in which to live and work’?

Written by Independent Chartered Surveyors
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