Renting now cheaper than buying in the UK

New research has revealed that on a monthly basis it's now cheaper to rent a home in the UK than it is to buy one. This represents a significant shift from early 2020, and is the first time in five years that it's been the case.

A June 2021 report from international estate agents, Hamptons, attributes this shift directly to the knock-on effects of the pandemic.

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Major planning reforms announced in Queen’s speech

As expected, the Queen's speech on 11 May unveiled far-reaching changes to the UK's planning system. 

The Queen's speech is the official reopening of Parliament for the next session, and is used to announce the government's key priorities for the coming year. This time round, changes to the planning system were high up the agenda. These reforms represent the most significant alterations to our planning laws in more than half a century, and have delighted and alarmed different interest groups in equal measure.

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