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Housing associations 'front and centre' in Housing White Paper

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“Housing associations have been doing well – they’re behind around a third of all new housing completed over the past five years” – if the government did ‘glowing reviews’, this would probably be as good as any. The...

Government buying scheme withdrawal adds to pressure on social housing

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According to recent figures, there has been a 48% rise in the sales of social housing to private ownership as pressure on existing stock continues to grow. Data from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) shows that housing associations...

The booming commercial property market

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The commercial property market is booming after years of under-investment. Increased spending in the owner-occupier and rental sectors reflects a greater appetite from the banks to make funding available as well as investors who hold the necessary...

New regulations for landlords, tenants and property marketers

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The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/880) (2014 Regulations) came into force on 6 April 2014. The 2014 regulations most importantly introduce fines for certain specific breaches. While not all the...

Right to Buy discount increased

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The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has now provided an even bigger incentive for council tenants to exercise the Right to Buy. It has announced an increase in the maximum Right to Buy percentage discount for eligible social tenants...

Land Registry launches new Property Alert service due to increased fraud

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Fraud is on the increase and there is a rising incidence of fraudsters targeting the properties of both individuals and companies. Property fraud is becoming increasingly common and so these attacks often include identity and other types of fraud and the...