The estate agent who ‘forgot’ to mention murder, the bodies in the garden and other outrageous complaints…

When the housing market starts to boom, buyers’ and sellers’ activity soars. One side wants their property to sell for the highest price and the other want to grab a bargain. In this frenzy, the estate agents try to keep both sides happy. However, in their desperation to get a sale or exploit a property, things can go very wrong. Bodies, ghosts and seagulls all feature in this tale of house buying woe…
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Household Pests: Who is responsible, the landlord or the tenant?

There is often a disagreement between landlords and tenants as to who is responsible for dealing with a pest problem and according to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC), it is becoming more and more common to see the problems dumped on the landlord.
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Woman moves house 56 times in 13 years

For many, moving house is a stressful ordeal to be avoided wherever possible. The average Brit opts to move house a total of around 8 times in his or her lifetime but for one woman, stress is evidently no obstacle as she’s racked up 56 house moves in just 13 years.

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Controversial report by the RIBA highlights that 80% of school buildings should not be in use and threatens Green Belt land

A recent report carried out by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has indicated that 80% of current school buildings should no longer be operational. The same report controversially suggests that building must begin on the green belt to solve the housing crisis…
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Council assistance through Right-to-Build could unlock 1million new self-build homes. Could you make your dream home a reality?

People who want to build their own home will be able to turn to their council to make their dream a reality, under measures announced by Nick Boles on 2nd July 2014. Boles announced the arrival of a new ‘Right-to-Build’ which seeks to unlock land for custom builds. With Germany self-building 60% of all its new property and Austria 80%, is it time we joined the trend?
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Tax position for fixtures in commercial buildings – rules changed on 1st April 2014 could seriously impact commercial property owners

Purchasers of commercial buildings such as a factory or offices must jointly elect to fix the value of the fixtures in the contract to be able to claim any capital allowances on those fixtures.
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Statistics reveal that prospective purchasers can pay more than £10,000 per square metre of property in certain areas of the country

Recent figures released by the Halifax show have indicated that purchasers of houses in Chelsea, London could find themselves paying more than £10,000 per square metre as the average price for the area is revealed to be a staggering £10,854.
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Paying your mortgage off early – the pros, cons and pitfalls

Paying your mortgage off earlier than expected could be one of the biggest investments you ever make. You can be rid of your biggest debt fast, free yourself from ties to the mercy of the varying property market and put all the money you are no longer paying out to better use. With inflation and the base rate both low, we reveal why you should be thinking about overpaying on your mortgage obligations…
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New proposals made by the Bank of England aim to prevent housing boom

Proposals made by the Bank of England, including a cap of 15% on the number of mortgages that lenders can give to people who want more than 4.5 times their salary, are being recommended to prevent another housing crisis…

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Local Authorities Escape Hefty Resource Drain as Court of Appeal rules on Homelessness

The Court of Appeal have provided an important ruling in the case referenced above, in which the appellant applied for protection under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 as homeless and was granted it, without priority status. When appealing the priority aspect, Hackney declared that the appellant was no longer homeless – a decision which she has taken all the way to the Court of Appeal…

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