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November 27, 2018

Brexit Shambles: No Deal impact on house prices to take centre stage

Newspapers are reporting that Brexit’s impact on house prices – especially if there is No Deal – are likely to take centre stage in the next 48 hours. The London Evening Standard, edited by former Chancellor George Osborne, quotes unnamed… Read Full Article
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November 16, 2018

Brexit Shambles: Housing minister Malthouse backs Theresa May

Housing minister Kit Malthouse appears to be backing Theresa May as Brexit chaos consumes the government. A request from Estate Agent Today to the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government to find out Malthouse’s precise views on the proposed… Read Full Article
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November 12, 2018

Online agent blames Brexit, legal fees and stamp duty for supply slump

There was a drop in the number of new listings across the UK last month, suggesting that the usual autumn rush to move before Christmas hasn’t materialised. New property listings in October fell by 5.5 per cent across the UK… Read Full Article
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November 6, 2018

Yet more buy to let expense as EPC rules tightened by government

Buy to let investors in England and Wales who own particularly cold homes are being targeted by new regulations. Since April this year, landlords who own some of the coldest privately rented homes have been required to improve these properties… Read Full Article
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November 3, 2018

A quiet Budget – but there’s still enough to keep everyone busy

On the face of it, this year’s Budget was not what you could describe as ‘housing heavy’ in terms of the measures announced but dig a little deeper and there was enough to keep everyone busy. The big changes to… Read Full Article
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November 2, 2018

Emoov for sale, Purplebricks down, Hatched gone – what now for Online?

As scary Halloweens go, yesterday was quite a shocker for Britain’s online estate agency sector – and not in a good way. During the day Purplebricks’ share price – which earlier this year was approaching an extraordinary 500p mark –… Read Full Article
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October 27, 2018

We need to wake up before we sleepwalk into a housing crisis

It’s now almost a month since the government introduced new rules on Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), as part of its drive to crack down on rogue landlords. October 1 2018 was hailed as a ‘Year Zero’, when safety and… Read Full Article
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October 27, 2018

Three-year tenancies – should they be compulsory?

An open rental market, where neither landlord nor tenant is in a dominant position, enables rents to rise and fall, which they should be allowed to do. There are plenty of examples in recent history of how controls risk distorting… Read Full Article
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October 27, 2018

Budget briefing – Seven things to watch for today

Perhaps it’s been our pre-occupation with Brexit, or on the other hand maybe we’re bored with politics, but this year’s Budget has seen little anticipation from the property industry. It’s at 3.30pm this afternoon so the purpose of this column… Read Full Article
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October 13, 2018

Dear Mr Chancellor…this is what we need on October 29…

I’ve spoken many times before of my desire to see government take property more seriously. For more than just lip service to be paid to what is, let’s face it, an essential part of the landscape of UK Plc. Ideally,… Read Full Article
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October 13, 2018

Let’s focus on the real foreign property ownership problem

It’s time to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to overseas buyers of property. If you listen to Theresa May you’d think that by getting foreign purchasers to pay a stamp duty surcharge you would (hey presto!)… Read Full Article
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August 18, 2018

The market needs stamp duty cuts for all

Were it not for climate change, I would be very close to predicting that the summer is close to being over, and (ordinarily) we would be entering the incredibly important period which races us down towards the end of the… Read Full Article
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July 28, 2018

Government goes on holiday as agents go on waiting

It’s holiday time: schools have broken up, quite a few estate agents are taking time off, and the MPs are in recess – and in their case, they don’t return to work until September 4. You might think with six… Read Full Article
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July 14, 2018

Three-year tenancies will have biggest impact when things go wrong

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal which could have serious ramifications for private landlords, and those who let or manage properties on their behalf, slipped by relatively unnoticed. Ministers have outlined plans to introduce a minimum… Read Full Article
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June 27, 2018

Security deposit cap – where do landlords and tenants stand?

We’re lucky enough to interact with thousands of landlords and tenants every month. As a result, we get the chance to engage them on the issues that are affecting the private rented sector, whether its rent levels, regulation or fees.… Read Full Article