The UK Government has elaborated on its funding and plans to help the homeless off the streets. In a March announcement it said that £26 million of a previously agreed £100 million fund to help the homeless, has been allocated to create specialist, tailored support to help with mental health and get rough sleepers into accommodation.
When it comes to choosing which tenants to target for your property, tenants on housing benefit (or LHA, which stands for Local Housing Allowance) are often not the first choice.
The Halifax House Price Index for June 2021 has suggested that house prices were down 0.5% on May, prompting some commentators to wonder if this heralds a slowdown in the UK’s frantic housing market. If so, could this be due to the fact that the government’s Stamp Duty holiday is beginning to taper off, and can we expect to see house prices fall further over the coming months?
A broad range of organisations – including charities and professional bodies representing tenants, landlords and other members of the property industry – are calling for the government to increase the level of housing benefit.
New Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond’s first (and last!) autumn statement may have lacked the rabbit’s previous chancellors have pulled out of hats. But, it did have a couple of things in common with George Osborne’s preferences, an onus on more housing construction and tinkering with the private rented sector (PRS).
The UK Government is reported to be in detailed discussions over a new housing stimulus plan to the tune of £50 billion of new money.
Britons are the most concerned about housing than they have been for over 40 years, a recent survey from pollsters Ipsos-Mori shows.
Theresa May acknowledged the UK's housing crisis in her first speech as PM. Since then a number of commentators have made suggestions on how she should tackle it, including the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA).
As 2015 is drawing to a close, thoughts are increasingly turning towards 2016 and how the housing and mortgage markets will fare.
The English Housing Survey has been running since 1967. It's an ongoing national survey that measures people's housing circumstances and how satisfied they are with them, along with the actual details and quality of the nation's housing. Properties and participants are chosen at random, and the research includes both questionnaires and physical inspections of some of the properties.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors have suggested that Theresa May needs to “get out [her] hard hat” as they estimate the UK faces 1.8 million shortage of rental properties.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has made his first housing agreement since securing £3.15 billion Government funding for London housing. The move comes just five months after the Government conceded they needed to provide funding to bring London’s housing crisis to an end and suggests the Mayor of London remains focussed on delivering on his housing promise.
Sadiq Khan has recently announced a target of 35% for affordable property and fast track planning for such developments. How will this work, and how might it affect property investors?
As the date for the next London Mayoral draws closer, the debate between candidates and their manifestos is heating up.
As March comes to an end it’s been hard to focus on anything other than the constant Covid-19 reporting. However, there were also some big property stories in the news. Here’s a March 2020 Round Up to refresh your memory:
The first thing to realise when you’re about to head off to university as a mature student, is that anyone over the age of twenty-one is officially classed as ‘mature’. This will hopefully reassure those worried that they might well be the fossil in the class; you won’t be. The other thing to reassure is that universities aren’t just an extension of the playground for young whippersnappers fresh out of the box.
While numbers of part time students are on the decline, there are a million reasons for studying on a part-time basis. With tuition fees, caring responsibilities, employment and a whole host of other factors, studying for a degree over a longer period can make real sense, especially if you’re trying to juggle studying with employment. We’ve got some great advice on UCAS, fees, duration, and housing to get you started on the road to your degree.
The headline price measure from the latest survey from the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) rose to +12 in August from July’s +5.
If you’re buying a leasehold property – whether for your own use or as a buy-to-let investment – you’ll need to consent to the terms of the lease document. It’s basically a written agreement between you and the freeholder, setting out the rights and responsibilities of both parties (mostly their rights and your responsibilities).