1st June: Eviction Ban Comes To An End

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From tomorrow, 1st June, the eviction ban that has protected tenants against enforced bailiff evictions for over a year will begin to come to...

Government Announces 50% Discount On Homes For First-Time Buyers

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The UK government has outlined initial plans to provide first-time buyers with a 30-50% discount on new properties. The First Homes Scheme will launch...

Why Did The Queen’s Speech Ignore Grenfell Tower Families?

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The Queen’s Speech, which included the announcement of a new planning bill to facilitate the construction of more new homes, completely failed to address...

Queen’s Speech To Announce Plans For Creating More Homes In Midlands and North East

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Today, 11th May 2021, the Queen is scheduled to deliver her traditional Queen’s Speech to parliament and is widely expected to announce a new...

The Curse of Khan? The Affordable Housing Gap

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Opinion - Russell Quirk The results are in. Sadiq Khan has retained the London Mayoralty and will serve a second term - albeit a...

Cladding Scandal: Protests On The Way This Summer

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Homeowners who find themselves trapped at the centre of the ongoing external cladding scandal have vowed a summer of protests and ‘no end to...

London Mayoral Election: What Do The Leading Candidates Say About Housing?

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The London Mayoral Election will take place on Thursday 6th May, when Sadiq Khan will hope to retain his position as the Capital’s most...
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Cladding Scandal: Government Attempts To Reduce The Dangerous Mixed-Messaging From Trained Assessors

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After months of confusing mixed messages from industry professionals, many flat owners have complained that they still don’t know whether the cladding on their...

What Is The Mortgage Guarantee Scheme?

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We’ve received a lot of questions recently asking what exactly the government’s new mortgage guarantee scheme is and who it is available to. To...

Cladding Scandal: Rules Changed To Make Life Easier For Flat Owners

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A new list of exempt flats means many owners will finally be able to escape the trap of unsellable flats.  The Royal Institute of Chartered...

Rishi’s Budget: 95% Mortgages Available From Next Month

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Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has revealed his new Budget following a year of extraordinary public spending in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Among...

Critics Slam Rishi’s 95% Mortgages: Helping The Rich Get Richer And Furthering Punishing Everyone...

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Rishi Sunak and his Tory government colleagues have come under fire from many corners of the British media and economics industry after announcing a...

UK Government To Announce 95% Mortgages For First-Time Buyers As National Debt Piles Up

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The housing market is set to enjoy rare attention in the press this week as it plays multiple different roles in Rishi Sunak’s next...

Homeowners Should Act Quickly Before Green Homes Grant Is Pulled

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In September 2020, the UK government introduced the Green Homes Grant. The idea was for the government to cover two-thirds of the cost of...

Stamp Duty Holiday Gets 3 Month Extension

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Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer and the man behind such headline-stealing initiatives as furlough and eat out to help out, is due to...

Do We Need A Tapered End To Stamp Duty Holiday?

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With the end of March fast approaching, so too is the stamp duty holiday deadline, a moment which will mark the end of the...
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Affordable Home Ownership Schemes: As Demand Soars, The Rules Are About To Change

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Help To Buy and Shared Ownership, two of the UK’s most popular alternative home ownership schemes are proving increasingly popular with first-time buyers but...

Is The UK Housing A Market Bubble Fit To Burst?

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There are experts who look at the UK housing market today and warn that it is in a bubble, very close to bursting. But...

The North West of England Enjoys Nation’s Biggest Price Boom

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published its UK House Price Index for December 2020, showing that house prices rose 8.5% on the...

Renting: Eviction Ban Extended To March 31st

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The government has announced that the ban on evicting private rental tenants is to be extended to at least the end of March 2021,...

Unsafe Cladding: Government Announces £3.5 Billion Relief Fund

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We reported this morning that the UK government was set to announce new measures for helping owners of high-rise flats which have unsafe exterior...

Cladding Scandal: Government To Announce £5 Billion Relief Fund

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Government ministers are expected to announce a new relief pot for the growing cladding crisis which has become known as a ‘scandal’ in the...
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Unsafe Cladding: MPs Pass Labour Motion While Boris Says He Will Do Something ‘Very...

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MPs have passed a Labour motion which aims to protect leaseholders who are stuck in the middle of the ever-expanding cladding scandal, but all...

Scottish Taxpayers Protected As English Pockets Are Pilfered

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To make up some of the money the UK government has unexpectedly had to spend during the Covid-19 pandemic, from the job retention scheme...

Breathing Space Law Will Not Truly Protect Tenants, Lawyer Warns

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Earlier this month, the government announced the Debt Respite Scheme, also known as Breathing Space. It is due to come into effect in May...

Fightback Begins Over Government’s Plan To Increase Council Tax

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Boris Johnson’s Conservative government has announced plans to increase council tax in an attempt to aid economic recovery and make up for some of...

Prices Fall But Over 100,000 Sales Will Miss The Stamp Duty Deadline

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The most recent house price index from Rightmove tells us that new homebuyers continue to flock to the UK housing market, but warns that...
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Boris: ‘It may become necessary to pause all home moves’

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Just when we thought the housing market was safe from lockdown measures, the government has warned that it ‘may have to do more’ if...

Homebuyer Survey Reveals SDLT Holiday Is NOT Driving The Majority of Recent Market Activity

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“Those who are feigning hysterics that everything in their pipeline will fall-through on April 1st are being swept along by media hyperbole,” says Russell...

UK Government Looks To Silence Flat Owners With Unsafe Cladding

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We have previously reported about the struggles currently facing flat owners due to the new rules, restrictions, and guidelines concerning external cladding. Since the...
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So-Called London Exodus Is Already Being Reversed As Buyers Return To The Capital

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During the first national lockdown in Spring/Summer 2020, interest in London homes dropped significantly as buyers seemed to be fleeing the capital. Today, demand...
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Should I Wait Until Covid Is Gone Before I Sell My Home?

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Despite a third national lockdown, the UK government has stated that the property industry, including the housing market, can remain up and running. This...
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Housing Market To Stay Open During 3rd National Lockdown

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The UK government has announced that the housing market will remain open, despite the country being forced into another full lockdown which could last...
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Will I Still Be Able To Move Home If The UK Goes Into Another...

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Closing the housing market “will kill any flicker of economic recovery just as the population begins to feel the pharmaceuticals coursing through their veins”,...

Londoner’s Pay £27.6bn To Escape The Smoke But The Capital Still Tops The Charts

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In 2020, London leavers bought £27.6 billion worth of property outside the capital in an attempt to escape the Big Smoke in this era...
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House Prices Will Rise 4% in 2021

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Rightmove’s last house price index of 2020 forecasts a 4% price rise in 2021 despite the new year bringing significant levels of political and...
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House Prices See Fastest Growth Since 2004

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House prices are rising at a pace that the UK hasn’t seen since 2004. In the month of November, prices increased by roughly £3,000. According...
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5 Reasons Why The Homebuying Process Is Taking So Long

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The recent boom in the housing market has been widely reported and the catalyst is most often cited as the government’s stamp duty holiday...
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Will House Prices Be Higher Or Lower In 12 Months Time?

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We recently reported that the average UK house price has reached more than £250,000 for the first time in history. So, with homes now...
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BBC Panorama exposes the hidden risk of Shared Ownership

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An investigation by BBC Panorama, broadcast on 25th November and available on iPlayer, has found that the UK government’s Shared Ownership scheme “has left...
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Dangerous No More? Government Relaxes Cladding Rules To Help More People Sell Their Flats

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As we reported a few weeks ago, people who own flats in high rise tower blocks have been experiencing great difficulty when trying to...
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Should I Spend Money On My Home Before Selling?

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If you’re lucky, your home will have increased in value since you bought it. In certain markets, such as London, this is almost a...
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Covid-19 Checklist: Is Your Agent Being Safe?

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Despite the second national lockdown, the property industry remains open for business. So, if you’re in the process of selling your home or looking...
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How Do I Sell My Home Quickly Before The Stamp Duty Holiday Ends?

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With the Stamp Duty holiday scheduled to end in March 2020, time is quickly running out to take advantage of the substantial discount when...
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Right To Buy: Can I Buy My Nan’s Council House?

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Right To Buy makes it possible for public sector tenants to purchase their home at a significant discount to market value.  The discount is based...
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What Is Shared Ownership And Do I Qualify?

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Shared Ownership is an initiative designed to help buyers who cannot afford to buy a home in the open market. The idea is that...
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Housing Market Will Stay Open During 2nd Lockdown Says UK Government

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The government has announced that the UK housing market will remain open for business despite the second wave of nationwide lockdown due to commence...
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Help To Buy: How Does It Work?

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Help To Buy is a government initiative which aims to help first-time buyers get on the property ladder with as little as a 5%...
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Stamp Duty During Covid-19: How Much Is It?

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Stamp Duty is a land tax which must be paid when you buy a property over a certain value. The amount of tax you must...
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My Flat Has Unchecked Cladding. Is My Property Worthless?

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Editor's Note: Since the original publication of this article, the UK government has announced a slight change in the cladding fire safety rules. Get...
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PM Announces Government-Backed 95% Mortgage Scheme To Get More Young People On The Ladder

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative government have announced a plan to introduce a new scheme which will enable first-time buyers to gain...

Latest: Today’s Rightmove Data Shows Property Market ‘Exploding’

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Rightmove today published its August house price index and it makes for quite incredible reading. Why incredible? Because since the beginning of the Covid pandemic...

London leads the way for estate agency job opportunities

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Leading property recruitment specialist, Rayner Personnel, has taken a look at which city currently offers the best chance of getting back on the horse for estate agency professionals made redundant during the current pandemic.

Awake The Sleeping Dragon. But Slowly

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Mark Drakeford the Welsh First Minister has announced that the housing market will be allowed to re-open in Wales from today, following slowly from...

Tips on pandemic pet rentals for landlords and tenants

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Traversing the rental market at present is a tricky business and it can be even trickier if you have a furry friend with you, or any other pet for that matter. 

Free rental helpline launches as cost of renting increase by 94% for some furloughed...

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Rental deposit replacement scheme, Ome, has brought forward the launch of their free to use Rental Wellbeing Helpline this week, as the company’s latest research highlights the sharp increase in the cost of renting for many UK tenants who now find themselves on furlough due to the spread of the Coronavirus. 

More Mortgage Products Now Available

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'Lenders just aren't lending at the moment' is a sentence that you may have heard uttered by barrack-room property experts. Except it isn't true...

Investigation: London’s Affordable Housing Supply. Do The Numbers Add Up?

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London’s City Hall have just released their latest house building statistics for the 2019- 2020 financial year and Mayor Sadiq Khan swiftly grabbed the...

Estate Agencies Unlocked

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The Mail on Sunday reports today that Housing Minister Christopher Pincher MP will this week collaborate with the estate agency industry on means to...

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