November 2021 Property Surveying Newsletter

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In this month’s Property Surveying Newsletter … we look at property fraud , consider the carbon footprint of our homes and discover what services a surveyor could provide at her Majesty’s pleasure …

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.

How to protect your home from property fraud

In August this year, while working away from his home in Luton, the Rev Mike Hall was alerted by a neighbour that someone was in his house. He drove home to make the shocking discovery that his property had a new owner.

Got a plan to reduce your home’s carbon footprint?

One of the biggest challenges in our quest to reduce the carbon footprint of our homes is home heating. A big challenge indeed, considering the key findings of a recent government survey, which showed that over 20% of people in the UK have not given any thought to energy saving in their home.

Budget funding to build on brownfield sites and transform neglected spaces

In his latest budget, the Chancellor announced investment in housing of almost £24 billion, to be released over a period of several years. We look at some of the areas that are attracting government money.

Business properties unable to access Flood Re

The Flood Re scheme has helped around 350,000 home owners obtain buildings insurance, but the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) says that helping owners of business properties in a similar way can be ‘problematic’.

Inheritance tax revenues set to increase

Inheritance tax is the tax paid on a person’s estate when they die, and comprises the property, possessions and money of the deceased. Inheritance tax was once aimed at the wealthiest tiers of society, but the number of people having to pay the tax is on the rise.

Call for gazumping to be legally banned

As if buying a house in itself isn’t frustrating enough, particularly in times when few houses are available and buyers are being incentivised by government schemes, gazumping is back in the ring.

The tale of the Fonthill estate

We take a brief tour of the ups and downs of the Fonthill estate – extended, demolished and rebuilt multiple times by both fate and its many owners.

And finally …

Estate agent seeks to sell tower

A London estate agent has written to the Tower of London to offer its selling service. Addressed to the ‘legal owner’, the letter said the company was valuing property in the local area, where buyers and tenants were waiting for new homes.

Written by Independent Chartered Surveyors
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