What might the recent cabinet shake-up bring to the private rented sector?

February’s cabinet shake-up was the first major reshuffle since the Conservatives’ general Election victory in December and the UK’s exit from the EU at the end of January. There were rumours that plenty of heads would roll, and indeed Boris Johnson did not disappoint. Among the high-profile sackings were Andrea Leadsom and Julian Smith – secretaries of state for business and Northern Ireland respectively – while Sajid Javid was forced out of his post as chancellor after a well-publicised rift with strategic adviser Dominic Cummings, the media’s current bogeyman-in-chief.

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Budget 2020: Potential Property Announcements

On March 11th, 2020, the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, will announce his first budget. While we won’t know exactly what will be announced until the date arrives, there are a few areas to look out for related to the property market that might affect landlords, homeowners and tenants.

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Universal Credit Rollout Delayed Again

The rollout of Universal Credit has been delayed again. The new date for the full rollout to be completed has been pushed back to 2024, meaning it will now be ready a full nine months after its previous deadline.

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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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