May 2024 Property Surveying Newsletter

Property Surveying Newsletter

In this month’s Property Surveying Newsletter … we look at new permitted development rules, discuss ‘fleeceholds’, and consider China’s answer to its housing crisis

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.

Estate Agents fined £1.6 million

HMRC has issued fined which total in excess of £1.6 million to estate agents who have failed to register or re-register with them for Anti-Money Laundering (AML).

Dawn breaks over the River Cam

New PDR regulations on conversion of farm buildings in England

Existing Permitted Development Rights (PDR) for agricultural buildings have been extended from 21st May 2024 to allow farm buildings to be converted into homes, shops, cafes and more – without the requirement for planning permission.

Fleeceholds – the next housing scandal?

The next great scandal for the housing market is fleeceholds, warns Lord Moylan.

The China Cafe trompe l'oeil decorates a building in St Austell, Cornwall

China plan to solve housing crisis

The Chinese housing market went into crisis in 2020 following the government’s introduction of a strict debt policy. The sudden decision to stop the flow of “easy credit”, that had fueled the thriving housing market, triggered a wave of developer bankruptcies and shook the confidence of home buyers.

Housing group sorry for overcharging £3,500

The country’s second largest housing association has apologised to an unnamed woman after it was found to have overcharged her for the maintenance costs of “a tiny verge of grass and a few bushes”.

back to back houses

Leeds plan to make back-to-back homes more energy efficient

A number of the houses in Leeds could be described as way beyond their ‘sell by date’. As such, they fall well below the acceptable standards that are required to achieve an adequate Energy Performance Certificate rating.

Listed property to be replaced by two new houses

A modernist home at 71 Whitney Drive in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, attracted the attention of English Heritage due to its “classic modernist vision of large windows and floating cantilevered components”. As a result, the property was Grade II listed, despite only being designed in 1966.

New affordable homes left empty

Families were expecting to move into newly built social housing  months ago, but have been left waiting with no certain date on which to move into the boarded up properties.

And finally …

image of a house kitchen mop

Kitchen mistakes or added value?

A survey of 1,000 home owners asked what they would do differently after having a new kitchen fitted in their homes.

Written by Independent Chartered Surveyors
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