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The role of planning in the deterioration of high-rise housing estates

Dr Gideon Bolt from the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University shares his expert perspective on the role of planning in the deterioration of high-rise housing estates.

Remortgages reach nine-year high in January 2018

The number of remortgages in January 2018 reached a nine-year high while the number of first-time buyers and home movers both increased compared to the same period in the previous year

The rise of Britain’s sustainable homes: Building eco-friendly on a budget

The drive to cut carbon emissions means sustainable homes are growing in popularity. Johnathan Bulmer, managing director of shipping container experts Cleveland Containers, discusses this rising trend and how to build an eco-friendly property on a budget
london housing group

London housing group receives multimillion European funding

A London housing group has received European funding to share its knowledge and inspire more communities to become ethical housing developers
payment method

Northern Ireland property developer accepts bitcoin as payment method

Bitcoin is to be accepted as a payment method by a Northern Ireland property developer amid significant growth
new homes

New funding will help speed up the delivery of new homes

Housing Minister has announced new funding to help speed up planning decisions and help deliver quality new homes
custom build homes

Homes England supports first custom build project in Shropshire

Home England has completed a deal to provide development finance to SME developed Czero Developments
electrical safety standards

Electrical safety standards to be improved for private tenants

Recommended new safety measures to better protect private tenants have been published for consultation
new homes

£45 million funding boost to build thousands of new homes

UK projects will receive funding to support the construction of thousands of new homes on council-owned land

The leasehold system is more alive than ever before according to statistics

Sellhousefast.uk investigates the sales of leasehold properties in England and Wales in light of the Government’s crackdown of ‘unfair and abusive practices within the leasehold system’
ICO issuers

ICOs for real estate

A number of ICO issuers have envisioned a future in which tokenized pieces of a property could be tracked and traded via shared database There are currently four ICO issuers with a real-estate component and more are to be expected in the future. They include; BitRent, a way to speed up...
first-time buyers

First-time buyer count hits decade high in 2017

2017 saw the highest number of first-time buyers since 2006 according to the UK Finance’s latest mortgage trends update Mortgage lending for first-time buyers, home movers and buy to let purchases all fell in December 2017 compared to the previous year. However, 2017 overall saw the highest number of first-time buyers...

Overcrowding is a growing concern according to The London Assembly

The London Assembly has called for a review of the London Housing Strategy as overcrowding becomes a growing issue A third of children in social housing and a quarter of children in private-rented accommodation live in overcrowded conditions. The London Assembly is concerned that without enough three and four-bedroom family-sized homes,...
smarter homes

Smarter homes for the elderly could save NHS and social care systems billions

Creating more modified homes could save the NHS and social care system over £2.5 billion a year according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers The report, Healthy Homes: Accommodating an Ageing Population, calls for Government to introduce financial incentives for construction companies to build for older...
cost cap

London Assembly calls for £5,000 cost cap on landlord funding contribution

Assembly calls for Mayor to support the £5,000 cost cap in his Fuel Poverty Action Plan as an estimated million households are unable to heat their homes Around 9,000 people in the UK died last winter as a result of living in a cold home due to fuel poverty. A London...
property guardians

Property Guardians – second class renters?

Becoming a Property Guardian is no longer a life-style choice, but a necessity in an over-heated rental market Property Guardians (PGs) come from many different age groups, are often working and on modest incomes. Most PGs live a precarious existence. New research, carried out by York University for the London Assembly...
benefit cap

45,000 households move away from benefit cap and into employment

A study from the Office for National Statistics employment statistics, shows that 107,000 households are no longer limited due to the benefit cap, with 45,000 moving into full-time or part-time work The report also shows that a record high of 32.2 million people are currently in work in the UK. There...
green homes

Homes for people and wildlife- how to build green homes in a nature-friendly way

New guidelines published by The Wildlife Trusts show how new housing developments can be built in a way that provides people with green homes The government has recently committed to building a further 300,000 homes a year until 2022, meaning that about 36 square miles will be given over to...

Legal squatting solutions for property owners and landlords

Simon Broadbent, CEO of Secure Empty Property, advises how property owners or landlords can legally remove squatters from their commercial properties When the law that made squatting in residential properties a criminal offence was put into effect back in 2012, commercial properties have been put exponentially at risk. Now, while residential...
government property

Maximising the potential of your empty property portfolio

Stuart Woolgar, CEO of Global Guardians, discusses the implications and opportunities of the shrinking public sector estate The public-sector estate is shrinking as both the Government Property Unit (GPU), in tandem with municipal and other authorities, seeks to utilise property assets more efficiently and effectively. The way we work as a...

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