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Asset Management | 04/11/2021

Think before lighting up this bonfire night

If you rent your home and are thinking of celebrating 5 November tomorrow night with friends and fireworks, think again. You could make yourself very unpopular with your neighbours and ultimately your landlord if you get it wrong, so here are a few handy tips passed ...

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Asset Management | 02/11/2021

Cash for Courts - but will it be enough to clear the possessions backlog?

Since it was included in the Queen’s Speech in May, the Government has kept very quiet about the Renters’ Reform Bill - until last week.  It has now been announced that the long-awaited draft legislation will be further delayed until next year.According to a letter s...

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New housing

Block Management | 28/10/2021

Why is the government still ignoring the housing crisis?

Yesterday’s Budget was a bit thin when it came to housing policy. There were a few key messages on funding - some of which had already been reported - but nothing to really shake up the sector. In total the Chancellor is pledging to spend “almost £24 billion” on hous...

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Block Management | 26/10/2021

Autumn Budget – will there be any relief for leaseholders?

Leaseholders still living in the shadow of the cladding crisis will be wondering what – if anything – will be in tomorrow’s Budget for them. We can expect further details on the Residential Property Developer Tax, which may provide some relief for flat owners further...

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Block Management | 21/10/2021

Fabric-first says the Government - but is it really committed to environmental change?

 Remember those annoying protesters who have been making people late for work over the last couple of months? Well, against all the odds, it seems the Government has been listening to their demands all along.The new Heat and Buildings Strategy published better-late-t...

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Smart meter

Asset Management | 19/10/2021

Did you know it is Smart Meter Awareness Week?

With all of us facing bigger bills for our heating this winter, the first Smart Meter Awareness Week couldn't have come at a better time. Having a smart meter installed in your home won’t of course automatically cut your energy bills – but it can help you save money ...

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New homes

Block Management | 15/10/2021

House prices hit all-time high – so where will new supply come from?

According to the latest market report from Hamptons, the housing market is showing no real sign of slowing down. In 2022, the agency expects demand to keep price growth above pre-pandemic levels. It is forecasting a 3.5% increase next year, slowing to 3.0% in 2023. W...

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Block Management | 11/10/2021

What should we do about social housing?

There was plenty of coverage last week – not all of it positive – of the Conservative Party Conference, with its heavy emphasis on ‘levelling up’ and ‘building back better’ (or burger or beaver, depending on your preference).  But for those of us in the property indu...

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Asset Management | 08/10/2021

When are tenant fees unreasonable?

Is £50 a reasonable fee to charge a renter who wants to cancel their tenancy agreement early and replace themselves with an alternative tenant?According to the Tenant Fees Act 2019 (TFA) a fee can be charged by a letting agent where this situation arises due to the a...

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Asset Management | 04/10/2021

Why is the rental market shrinking?

This week Hamptons is predicting that by next year there could be 300,000 fewer rental homes in England than in 2016. New research from the agent blames rapid house price growth for reduced yields resulting in a level of landlord purchases that is below the numbers n...

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