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The Fire Safety Bill - what happens now?

The Government is now playing ping pong with the Fire Safety Bill. Following yesterday’s vote in Parliament to reject the latest amendment, the Bill has gone back to the House of Lords for yet another vote. The Lords has sent the FSB back to the Commons for debate tw...

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Fire Safety Bill - what happens now?

Fire Safety Bill – what happens now?The Government is now playing ping pong with the Fire Safety Bill. Following yesterday’s vote in Parliament to reject the latest amendment, the Bill has gone back to the House of Lords for yet another vote. The Lords has sent the F...

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Why we need a fundamental change in housing policy

Post pandemic, many commentators think we are going to see a paradigm shift in the way we want to live and work. They may be right. Monday’s blog flagged up research that claimed millions of us are looking to move house in the near future. But in order to meet our ho...

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Escape to the country: are a third of us really planning a house move?

Are you planning to move this year? If so, you’re not alone! According to research published by a property developer last week, despite the prospect of the Stamp Duty holiday tapering off in a few month's time, millions of us are now dreaming of a new home. The repor...

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Could tiny homes help solve the housing crisis?

Earlier this week we blogged about last month's extension to permitted development rights. A major issue that PD has thrown up in the past is space standards, with some developers accused of exploiting the relaxation of planning rules to build very small residential ...

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Permitted Development Rights - what do you think?

At the end of March, the Government gave the go-ahead to newly extended permitted development rights. This means commercial premises such as offices, shops and hospitality can now be converted into new homes without planning permission. Not everyone is happy about th...

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Why both parties must commit to mediation - or it won't work

It seems that mediation is literally flavour of the month. Following hot on the heels of the announcement that TDS Resolution is expanding its mediation service, the Government has now published details of its own mediation pilot scheme.The Government initiative, ann...

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Court

Taking a property problem to court should always be the last resort

With the courts now facing at least a six month backlog of rent arrears cases alone, if you have a grievance with your landlord or tenant, it will be some time before you will be able to resolve the problem. This is hugely stressful – and potentially costly – for eve...

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New lease-break app could be a life saver – but it comes with a caveat

The COVID-19 evictions ban has been extended again until May to support tenants facing rent arrears. But with pandemic restrictions now being eased and Government support coming to an end, some tenants will inevitably find themselves with rent to pay that they can no...

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Whatever happened to building back greener?

What a mess. Over the weekend the Government announced it is pulling the £1.5bn Green Homes Grant in favour of delivering funding for energy efficient home improvements via local authorities. The failed scheme was only set up in September 2020 and is the second initi...

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