April 2024 Property Surveying Newsletter

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In this month’s Property Surveying Newsletter … we look at new build complaints, discuss working from home, and consider the benefits of a good view

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Property Surveying Articles

Surge in new build property complaints

A market survey by the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) reports an increasing number of complaints from home owners over the snagging issues in their new build properties. Particular new build property complaints noted were service charges, properties handed over in an unsafe condition and housing estate infrastructure left unfinished after the buildings were completed.

Woke decision allows traveller site after self build rejected

Shropshire Council has been forced to refute allegations that a planning report showed “due regard” for the “equality of opportunity”, as it agrees to the change of use of land to a gypsy/traveller site after refusing planning application for a bungalow on the site made by the same family.

Property with extension condemned by planners can be holiday let

The new owner of a property in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, has been granted permission for the house to become a holiday let – despite ten years of legal wrangling over the building’s extension that resulted in a prison sentence for its original owner.

Would you sell your home in a raffle?

A couple who own a number of rented properties have started to sell them, albeit in an unconventional way and not without danger.

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Watch out landlords – Robin Hood is going global

Be warned, landlords around the world: Robin Hood is expanding and the UK, US and Switzerland are now within his sights. An Australian lawyer who began making online videos to mock estate agents as a joke has been dubbed the “Robin Hood” of TikTok.

Time to ban “WFH” (working from home)

The evidence is incontrovertible. Declining output, health and safety issues, data security problems – what more evidence do we need before we accept that working from home simply doesn’t … work, that is.

And finally …

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Home with a view you may be too self-conscious to enjoy?

The affluent property buyers of new homes proposed in converted derelict naval gunnery buildings may get rather more of a view than they expect. Eastney Beach has for over seventy years been the site of a nudist beach, one of only a handful still remaining on the South Coast of England.

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