Balcony fire

Why we must keep talking to residents about fire safety

We’ve written a lot about fire safety this week. We are adamant that residential buildings must be built better – and built back better. The myriad faults revealed by the intrusive testing which has proliferated Since the Grenfell Tower fire must be remedied and neve...

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Why our construction industry must do better

Last month cases were filed in the High Court against a number of companies and organisations involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower for the part they played in the fatal fire of 14 June 2017. The list includes building product suppliers Celotex, Kingspan an...

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Landlords: do you know your tax liability?

If you’re a landlord, do you know how much tax you should be paying and how it is calculated? There have been changes to both mortgage interest relief and capital gains tax in the last year but according to a report in the press today, there’s a widespread lack of kn...

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Why the new safety rules MUST include low rise blocks too

Just before Christmas, the Government announced an extension to its building safety fund and allocated £30M in funding to pay for alarm systems in blocks where leaseholders are paying out huge sums of money for a waking watch.Good news – in part. The fund is still in...

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Fire alarm

When will we address fire safety in low rise blocks?

Last week, the RICS proposed new guidance designed to reduce the number of buildings that will need an EWS1 fire safety assessment before flats in the block can be mortgaged or re-mortgaged. A consultation on the proposals runs until 25 January, so if you are a lease...

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Build to rent

Four reasons to be cheerful about Build to Rent

Quintain Living has been doing some research among its residents and the results are interesting. The sector has cause for optimistic about the coming year according to the BTR provider. Here’s why.First, it’s a renter’s market. This means that the landlords offering...

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Get your pet microchipped - your new tenancy could depend on it

On 29 January, MPs will hear the second reading of a Private Members’ Bill to abolish no-pet clauses in private rental contracts. The Dogs and Domestic Animals (Accommodation and Protection) Bill, put forward by Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell received a positive re...

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Moving out

Where does the housing market go from here?

The housing market had an extraordinary stop-start year in 2020, characterised by what the head of research at estate agent Hamptons describes as “a relocation frenzy fuelled by the stamp duty holiday and cheap mortgage deals for buyers with plenty of equity”. This t...

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Law reform

Leasehold reform - more questions than answers?

Having had some time to digest yesterday’s news on leasehold reform, there is no doubt that the announcement raises a number of difficult questions which will only be answered as the changes play out.We firmly believe that government paying attention to the problems ...

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Leasehold reform part 1 - at last!

We could all do with some good news at the moment - and here it is. The Government has just announced that millions of leaseholders around the country are to be given a new right to extend their lease by 990 years at zero ground rent.Housing secretary Robert Jenrick ...

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