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KEYWORD "Councils" - 87 RESULTS
Named and shamed: local councils with the slowest searches

A trade body has sharply criticised HM Land Registry for its slow progress on digitising local searches after a promising start...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

How can the government help the millions of 'trapped' movers?

There’s no doubt that we live in politically charged times and every day appears to bring something new to the ‘party’. For...

05 October 2019

From: Features

Will the current political landscape encourage Generation Rent to vote?

In recent years, governments and local councils have sought to change the private rented sector (PRS) to make it more appealing...

28 September 2019

From: Features

Labour bid to seize empty homes and squalid rental properties

Labour will this week discuss plans to allow councils to compulsorily purchase homes left empty for six months. Young Labour - a...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Party Conferences: what agents should look out for

If you thought - perhaps hoped - that five weeks of prorogued Parliament meant a break from politics, think again: the...

14 September 2019

From: Features

Boris Johnson urged to legislate against tiny ‘Hobbit Homes’

A leading figure in urban design is urging new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to stand up for the pioneering space standards...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock as Land Registry admits big delay in search digitisation

The city of Norwich has become the sixth part of the UK to switch from council Local Land Charges to digital...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Back to the future? A home ownership crisis

With this summer marking forty years since Margaret Thatcher came to power, her legacy continues to invoke both celebration and consternation...

06 July 2019

From: Features

Blond ambition - Does Boris Johnson have any housing policies?

Britain lives in fundamentalist black-and-white times - all the more surprising when the country's most divisive point of contention sits on...

22 June 2019

From: Features

Easier extensions - mixed response from industry and planners

There’s been a mixed response to the government’s surprise announcement that it would make permanent the right of home owners to...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The man who polices the agency industry - an exclusive interview

It’s clear that some agents are not fans of Trading Standards officers, described in the comments sections of the trade press...

27 April 2019

From: Features

So farewell Theresa May and thanks for...well, not much

No, this isn’t about Brexit. But as the saga of leaving the EU is likely to bring about the downfall of...

13 April 2019

From: Features

Shelter and Generation Rent? Radical? Don’t make me laugh…

Campaigning groups like Generation Rent and Shelter like to think they are simultaneously edgy and radical; likewise some think tanks believe...

30 March 2019

From: Features

Building better homes is good for everyone – not just older people

It’s no secret that the UK’s housing sector is in crisis. Headlines scream about the shortage of new-build homes. TV pundits...

30 March 2019

From: Features

Stop indulging councils over rental licensing and local schemes

It’s time, surely, for government to crackdown not just on rogue agents and landlords but on rogue councils that confuse the...

09 March 2019

From: Features

Our homes are ‘woeful’ for older people, claims pressure group

The vast majority of people want homes built as standard for all age groups - a contrary view to those in...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

When renting a property out, letting agents and landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Offices converted to housing are denying affordable homes - claim

Communities have missed out on more than 10,000 affordable homes in the past three years as a result of government rules...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Action pledged on mobile homes - but government gives no timetable

The government says mobile home residents are to receive greater protection from dishonest site owners seeking to make a profit at...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

What now for faster house sales as search roll out ‘could take seven years’?

HM Land Registry says the full roll-out of its Local Land Charges digital register could take up to seven years, with...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Should equity release be taxed to encourage down-sizing?

There’s little doubt that downsizing is less of a factor in the housing market than it used to be - so...

25 August 2018

From: Features

Government quietly scraps controversial sell-off of large homes

The government has quietly scrapped a proposal to force councils to sell off their most valuable assets, which would have included...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour wants London property tax revenue to be given to Sadiq Khan

Labour says stamp duty receipts and other tax income from properties in the capital should go to the Mayor, Sadiq Kahn,...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Big tax rise on empty homes as government clamps down

Councils across England will have new powers to charge dramatically more council tax on homes left empty for many years following...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Corbyn's 'Healthy Homes Zones' will aim to save money for NHS

Labour says it wants ‘Healthy Homes Zones’ in a bid to reduce housing-related health inequalities which are estimated to cost the NHS £1.4...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

May's new housing adviser is ex-Shelter ex-Livingstone policy chief

Theresa May has appointed a controversial former Shelter executive as her new housing policy adviser working in Whitehall. Toby Lloyd was until...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

60,000 first time buyers have benefitted from stamp duty change - Hammond

  Chancellor Phillip Hammond claims over 60,000 first time buyers have already benefitted from the stamp duty relief he announced at his...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Quicker conveyancing pledged as Land Registry puts council searches online

HM Land Registry has taken another step towards its aim to “make conveyancing simpler, faster and cheaper” for the general public. The...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils aim to address housing crisis with home ownership register

Three councils are encouraging local residents to sign a new register which aims to bring more quality homes for sale to...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – Q & A with Isobel Thomson, NALS

This week I carry out a question and answer session with one of the most high-profile names in property. Isobel Thomson has...

10 February 2018

From: Features

Right To Buy is unsustainable without new homes, say councils

Right To Buy is unsustainable without local councils being given the right to set discounts for their areas and replacing every...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Budget to reveal massive housebuilding programme ... again

Another Budget, another pledge of new house building: it appears from statements made over the weekend by Chancellor Phillip Hammond that...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

'Government has no ideas at all #idiots' - industry reacts to probe

There has been a wide range of views from trade bodies and individual agents on the government’s surprise ‘call for evidence’...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Government to hold housing summit tomorrow as it scrambles for ideas

It has been revealed that the beleaguered government of Theresa May is to hold a summit at 10 Downing Street tomorrow...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Party conference season - A housing plan for UK Plc

And so concludes another party conference season.  We’ve followed the great and the good (both terms are debatable) around Torbay, Bournemouth,...

07 October 2017

From: Features

Could tax be the excuse to introduce national private rental licensing?

It’s not just the evenings drawing in that marks the approach of autumn - it’s also the return to work of...

26 August 2017

From: Features

Building bridges: Q&A with Daniel Owen-Parr of Together

As the mainstream mortgage market braces itself for yet another clampdown on buy-to-let lending, a growing number of property investors are...

04 August 2017

From: Features

Councils demand immediate fast-track review of building regulations

Local councils say there must be an immediate and fast-moving review of building regulations in the light of the Grenfell Tower...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London agent angry at Grenfell council's long-term empty homes record

A London agency says it’s angry that out of 200,000 homes officially classified as long term empty across the UK, just...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Scrap the bureaucracy and let’s have simple rental regulation

That the private rental sector has become the government’s whipping boy for housing problems - landlords in particular, letting agents almost...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Housing industry reacts to shock general election result

The housing industry has responded with shock, joy, and jitters, after Theresa May’s snap general election went catastrophically wrong, leaving her...

10 June 2017

From: Features

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

Theresa May’s call for a snap general election on June 8 took many by surprise. But estate agents have been broadly...

03 June 2017

From: Features

Councils 'spending millions' buying back Right To Buy properties

An investigation by the BBC has revealed that councils are spending million buying back homes they sold at a discount under...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage 'forces councils to spend £2m a day on B&Bs'

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is forcing councils to spend more than £2m a day on temporary accommodation for homeless...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister tells agents: 'no quick fix' for homes shortage

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has told the NAEA conference that there is no quick fix for the country’s housing shortage -...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing White Paper - what to expect from today's release

A series of leaks to national newspapers and a flurry of broadcast interviews by housing minister Gavin Barwell means we already know...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

What homes will we build – where will government policy go next?

Over 168,000 new homes were completed in the year to March 2016, according to data released by the government, over 15,500...

28 January 2017

From: Features

Councils serving Fixed Penalties on agents leaving up For Sale boards

A number of local authorities are now serving £100 or £120 fixed penalty notices on estate agents who display For Sale...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Research shows huge potential to use garage sites for new homes

As the wait goes on for the government’s White Paper on Housing, due this month, one funding organisation has suggested that...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

What next for the rental market in 2017?

The rental market has had to face a raft of changes over the past year, including the introduction of the 3% stamp...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Housing crisis: number of 25-year-old owners 'halved in past 20 years'

Home ownership rates among 25-year-olds have plummeted by more than half in 20 years, council leaders have warned.  New analysis for the...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Property in the capital - London’s night economy

London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s aim of creating a 24-hour city is one step closer with the appointment of London’s first Night...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Autumn Statement: The property industry's wish list for Philip Hammond

It may still be too early to start compiling a Christmas wish list, but it is the right time to provide...

19 November 2016

From: Features

The future looks bright for Bristol

A campaign has been launched to make Bristol the colour capital of the UK by ensuring that more homes are painted...

02 September 2016

From: Features

Councils replacing only one-in-six homes sold under Right To Buy

Councils have started replacing just one sixth of the number of homes sold under Right To Buy in England in the...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Institute bucks trend by saying Cameron leaves a proud housing legacy

A housing body says that, rather than presiding over a worsening housing crisis as many suggest, David Cameron has actually left...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Look what Labour’s Owen Smith has done to me

Older readers may recall a terrific movie called Network where a character, disillusioned by life, shouts from a window: “I’m as...

29 July 2016

From: Features

New housing minister opposes homes scheme in his own constituency

It has been revealed that the new housing minister, Gavin Barwell, appears to be campaigning to oppose a new housing scheme...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit-focussed May eventually names Gavin Barwell as housing minister

Housing appears to have a disappointingly low priority in the new Theresa May-led Cabinet - at least judging from the time...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Council in Right To Buy media probe prosecutes fraud-case tenant

A man has been prosecuted for fraudulently attempting to purchase a Right To Buy council property from one of the local...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Search company warns that new forms may trigger conveyancing delays

A search company says the introduction of new search forms aimed at making council reporting easier to understand may lead to...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Time to stick it up: Agents still not complying with transparency law

Running a business is not easy, but sometimes it becomes harder because we are expected to modify our behaviour due to...

20 May 2016

From: Features

Agent says new house price index is cover to raise council tax

An estate agent is suggesting that the goverrnment’s new price index, coming into force in June, could be used to revalue...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

50,000 Right To Buy homes sold since 2012 but only 5,000 replacements started

Government figures claim almost 50,000 households in council and other forms of social housing have taken up their Right To Buy...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Should estate agent boards be banned?

Agents' boards get a lot of stick. Many see them as stains on the landscape, some see them as useless in...

18 March 2016

From: Features

Councils hold the key to affordable housing crisis, says land agent

An agency which specialises in land is calling on local councils to play a greater part in the push to create...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want to cut delays - by getting estate agents on a course

The Conveyancing Association is launching a training course for estate agents, as the debate swirls over whether a shortage of conveyancers...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Lords enter row over affordability (or not) of Starter Homes

An influential committee of the House of Lords has waded into the argument over whether the government’s new Starter Homes are...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Government Starter Homes will be unaffordable for most families - claim

Discounted starter homes could be out of reach for the majority of families in need of an affordable home in many...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Search company backs regulatory board in criticism of very poor councils

Conveyancing search company SearchFlow has joined the attack on councils which are slow at conducting searches and threaten to delay transactions. Yesterday...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Regulator slams councils for very poor searches that delay transactions

A body that regulates property searches has criticised some councils for providing “very poor service” which delays transactions. The Property Codes Compliance...

15 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing reviews: A little less conversation, a little more action...

As we all know, Peter Redfern is critical to the future of the British housing market and.... What? Wait? You don’t know...

13 February 2016

From: Features

You read it here first – what to look for in 2016

There’s been plenty of forecasting in recent weeks - banks, consultancies and high-end estate agents have predicted house prices in the...

31 December 2015

From: Features

Countrywide sets housing challenges for London mayoral candidates

Countrywide has taken the unusual step, for an estate agency group, of stepping into next year’s London mayoral election by setting...

22 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Could you be risking a fine?

There are a number of fairly recent regulations that agents need to comply with. One of them, now just over a year...

18 December 2015

From: Features

New legislation means letting agent training is more important than ever

With a raft of new legislation introduced recently now will be the ideal time to think about whether staff are up...

06 November 2015

From: Features

Reasons to be cheerful (Even if you’re involved in buy to let)

A reader of Industry Views is unlikely to need converting to the virtues of buy to let, but anyone involved in...

30 October 2015

From: Features

Out with the old, in with the new (homes)

Property journalists, and more than a few estate agents, are beginning their annual autumn ritual – forecasting what’s going to happen...

16 October 2015

From: Features

Government clampdown on slow planners in bid to get more new homes

The government is telling councils to produce local plans for new homes in their area by 2017 – or Whitehall will...

13 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour wants more affordable housing from private developers

The new shadow housing minister says Labour will build 100,000 new council houses and housing association homes a year with more...

29 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Sheffield: an example of how a local authority can enforce compliance

It’s been nearly a year since all lettings and property management agents have been legally required to join a redress scheme...

25 September 2015

From: Features

Agency says space for 1.4m new homes in 'high-density London'

Another 1.4m homes could be built across London if councils make better use of land and if local authority planners allowed...

17 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour mayor hopeful details housing policies

Labour’s newly-elected candidate for next year’s London mayoral election says he will name and shame rogue landlords and create a public...

17 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Government fund to encourage more starter homes

The government has launched a £26m fund for house builders and developers to demonstrate the range of high quality homes appropriate...

11 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Delayed Exchanges – Why are they increasing?

A number of my member firms (Bold Legal Group) have reported that, compared to three years ago, the time to get...

17 July 2015

From: Features

Out of Hour cover for areas under Landlord licensing

Many Councils are now introducing Landlord Licensing within different boroughs, for those that have one of the requirements is a 24...

13 July 2015

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