Is beauty in the eye of the beholder anymore?

Hands up anyone who’s ever walked past an eyesore of a new-build housing estate and asked, ‘how on earth did that get built?’

Ugly houses are a fact of life. For many housebuilders, visual attractiveness is largely unimportant, and they defend these ever-expanding legions of carbuncles by arguing that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. After all, even the ugliest buildings are bound to be beautiful to someone.

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New report explores the impact of short-term lets

The UK’s main professional and regulatory body for letting agents, ARLA Propertymark, has released a new report that investigates short-term lets and how they affect the private rented sector. The research has been conducted by an independent consultancy called Capital Economics, and while it’s important to remember that it was commissioned by an association of letting agents who will be broadly against short-term rentals, the report does contain a lot of fascinating analysis and exploration of industry trends.

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Tax Hike Coming for the Lettings Industry

As if landlords haven’t had enough tax changes to deal with over the last few years, now another potential tax hike is on its way. It won’t affect all landlords, but for those it does affect, the costs could be very high.

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£8 million Cash Boost for Communities

The government recently announced that it will be allocating £8 million to help assist with the construction of up to 200,000 new homes across England.

Here we take a look at what’s involved in the new funding and what it hopes to achieve.

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