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KEYWORD "Parliament" - 169 RESULTS
Property Natter - perception vs reality - why do agents have a bad rep?

It’s fair to say that UK estate agents don’t have the best of reputations, often featuring in the lists of the...

29 August 2020

From: Features

Is the UK to See Phase-Out of Fossil-Fuelled Boilers?

Boilers as we know them are set to vastly change in the next few decades. While fossil-fuelled boilers are the norm...

30 July 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Big day for Leasehold reform as Law Commission issues reports

It’s a big day for leasehold reform today with the Law Commission due to publish three residential leasehold and commonhold reports. They...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Jenrick fails to show for key question as ‘cash for favours’ row grows

Beleaguered Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is under growing pressure to explain his part in a planning decision - now deemed illegal...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New Property Ombudsman is lifelong redress champion

The new Property Ombudsman taking over from October is Rebecca Marsh. She is currently Chief Ombudsman at the Legal Ombudsman and was...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of breaking lockdown before new rules announced

Details being presented to Parliament today may include information on how agents can return to work in some sort of ‘new normal.’ A 50...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Plea to government - Let Agents Get To Work Again!

The government is being urged to allow estate and lettings agents to return to work as soon as possible when the...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty change and business rate holiday announced in Budget

There will be a two per cent stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of UK investment properties by non-resident overseas buyers...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Electrical checks – how to get ahead of the current

By now, most letting agents and landlords will have heard about the draft legislation laid in Parliament concerning a mandatory minimum...

04 March 2020

From: Features

Referral Fees: No change “for a while” but reform coming

The Trading Standards report on the future of referral fees is almost completed and will be sent to government next week. However, James...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets - should there be selective bans?

There’s something of a conspiracy of silence over the problem of short lets. That is a stark claim but many siren voices...

22 February 2020

From: Features

A new Housing Minister - what does it mean for the PRS?

Earlier this month, Boris Johnson carried out a reshuffle of his cabinet, telling ministers they must 'repay the trust of those...

22 February 2020

From: Features

Brexit transition period: change, or just more of the same?

Despite still being in the transition period after leaving the EU on January 31, we are seeing an upturn in the...

22 February 2020

From: Features

Controversial housing minister named as predecessor picks up thousands

The new housing minister is Christopher Pincher, who for the past decade has been Conservative MP for Tamworth having had a...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Future of referral fees may be revealed at upcoming conference

The annual conference of the National Association of Estate Agents takes place on February 27 - the date when the future...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Why pent-up demand will drive the property market this year

As I look towards this year, I am sure that my thoughts are the same as many within the industry. I am...

18 January 2020

From: Features

Tory tiff prompts gossip about yet another new Housing Minister

He’s a young and very wealthy up-and-coming MP in his 30s, a Cambridge graduate who also studied in the US and...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what has the last decade meant for the property industry?

Yes, believe it or not, we’ve nearly reached the end of a whole decade. And what an eventful decade it’s been. We’ve...

14 December 2019

From: Features

Election preview - what are the key issues for agents?

In just over two weeks, the UK population will head to the polls for the fourth general election since 2010. Of course,...

27 November 2019

From: Features

Labour pledges ‘revolution’ based on revamped council housing

Labour is pledging a “housing revolution” with the biggest council house building programme for decades Its manifesto being launched today will include new...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Election 2019: what agents should expect from the main parties

It’s on - although judging by the early lack of enthusiasm amongst the British public, you might be forgiven for thinking...

01 November 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

Sales progression even more vital with Brexit and election imminent

Continuing political uncertainty over Brexit and now a significant chance of an autumn or winter General Election makes the case for...

17 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

Catch her if you can: latest housing minister makes key speech today

Who knows how long any housing minister will last, especially with a General Election widely expected in the coming months. So Esther...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Maybe the portals should just take over?

I remember the day well; the day we all fell foul of addiction, the day our website was launched. Until then, at...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy housebuilders get another government bung

It’s been quite a week for news so you might have missed this story - there is yet another boost for...

31 August 2019

From: Features

Agency chief blasted for backing Boris Johnson, Brexit and homes policy

Estate agent turned Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake has provoked a furious response on social media by coming out in favour of...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

No Deal Brexit will create “feeding frenzy” of foreign buyers, says agent

An independent estate agency says a No Deal Brexit will prompt a “feeding frenzy” of foreign buyers who are already “piling...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

MHCLG gets a makeover – three key tasks for the new ministers to consider

With Boris Johnson winning the Conservative leadership election and becoming Prime Minister, he has spent his first few days in office...

03 August 2019

From: Features

High profile housing minister named - but how long will she last?

Esther McVey is to be the new housing minister - one of the most seasoned politicians to take the job in...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Beyond the headlines - What the new regulator really means

The industry press has given substantial space to recommendations from the Regulation of Property Agents, the government’s working party which has...

20 July 2019

From: Features

Huge fine for estate agency after data breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined a London estate agency £80,000 for leaving 18,610 customers' personal data exposed for almost two years. The security...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to beef up anti-money laundering elements of new Bill

The government has published its response to an MPs’ committee’s comments on overseas buyers of properties in the UK - and...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Radical reform for agency industry to be signed off by minister today

Some of the most radical reforms ever proposed for estate and letting agents are expected to be signed off today by...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - is a no deal Brexit real life, or is it just fantasy?

It’s now more than three years since the EU referendum result in June 2016, and we’re still no clearer on when...

13 July 2019

From: Features

Following Scotland’s lead – what next for England’s PRS regulation?

Increasing legislation and regulation has arguably been the biggest talking point in the private rented sector (PRS) over the last few...

29 June 2019

From: Features

There’s never been a better time for property to rise above politics

Four years ago, as we approached the general election, Andrews Property Group held a roundtable debateon the impact the election might have...

08 June 2019

From: Features

Housing minister mocked over bid to become Prime Minister

Housing minister Kit Malthouse appears to have some difficulty being taken seriously as a candidate for Conservative party leader and Prime...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

House prices are like Brexit talks - stuck, floundering, going nowhere

The latest house price index shows very little happening in the market, with analysts expecting little significant movement until Brexit is...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

160 homes are owned by 'high corruption-risk' individuals say MPs

A Parliamentary committee has claimed that 160 properties in the UK are owned by “high corruption-risk individuals” and wants more to...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Here we go again … another new housing minister on the way

It appears almost certain that there will be another new housing minister named when a new Conservative leader - and thus...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Commonhold in action – one small builder’s attempts to change the system

So far in our contribution to the campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold we have outlined the stories of some of...

18 May 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

ARLA Propertymark Conference 2019 – three key talking points

The recent ARLA Propertymark conference featured a hugely interesting line-up of speaks and session during a watershed time for the lettings...

13 April 2019

From: Features

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – we’re backing the campaign!

The leasehold scandal has received plenty of press coverage, with horror stories of people living in homes that are impossible to...

06 April 2019

From: Features

60% portal fee discounts: will this lure independent agencies to Hunters?

The chairman of franchise giant Hunters says his company’s purchasing power is such that it secures 60 per cent discounts from...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Hunters' founder becomes latest MP to join TPO Conference panel

The founder of the Hunters franchise agency group, Kevin Hollinrake - now a Conservative MP - is the latest parliamentarian to...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents slam “regurgitated rhetoric” in Hammond’s damp squib statement

Estate agents have responded cynically to the small-fry property sector announcements made by Chancellor Phillip Hammond in yesterday’s spring statement mini-Budget. Overshadowed...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say! Guild wants agent input on government’s reform agenda

The Guild of Property Professionals is seeking views from member agents on the government’s reform agenda.  The Regulation of Property Agents working...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: will the real Housing Minister please stand up?

Kit Malthouse has been making headlines this week, but – in keeping with his tenure as Housing Minister so far -...

02 February 2019

From: Features

The importance of being part of a trade association

When it comes to letting a property, it is important that landlords and renters have faith in their agent. The more...

26 January 2019

From: Features

It’s time to upgrade your AML armoury

The government has moved to crack down on money laundering in the UK with a new campaign focusing on the accountancy,...

16 January 2019

From: Features

Maverick agent threatens ‘yellow vest’ civil protest over Brexit

A maverick estate agent pictured wearing a yellow vest has threatened to mount what he calls a “civil protest” if Brexit...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Warm welcome for regulator's bid to help 'mortgage prisoners'

There’s been a warm welcome from the property and consumer sectors for a suggestion that the Financial Conduct Authority may be...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

He’s back: Emoov’s Russell Quirk is now PR man and pro-Brexit pundit

The former boss of Emoov, the controversial Russell Quirk, has resuscitated his career as a public relations man and pro-Brexit commentator. Just...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2019?

As 2018 draws to a close, it is fair to say that stretched affordability and uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations has...

29 December 2018

From: Features

The top 10 property personalities of 2018

There’s nothing new about identifying 10 figures who have helped shape an industry over the past year, but that doesn’t mean...

28 December 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – A to Z of the property market for 2018

Another year is nearly done – and what an eventful year it’s been. We’ve had more than our fair share of breaking...

22 December 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: Emoov, Brexit, Agents Got Talent and a partridge in a pear tree

Hard not to mention two major breaking news stories of recent days; one directly affecting the property market and one which...

15 December 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: New tech offerings require action from the high street

I’m spending a lot of time in airport terminals waiting for flights. They’re not the most comfortable of surroundings, but at...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit Shambles: No Deal impact on house prices to take centre stage

Newspapers are reporting that Brexit’s impact on house prices - especially if there is No Deal - are likely to take...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Inside the new Regulation of Property Agents working party

The title may be unfamiliar but most agents know by now that in the corridors of Whitehall a working party exists...

24 November 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – legislation, legislation, legislation

Landlords and letting agents might feel they’ve taken a bit of a battering from the government in recent years – and...

22 September 2018

From: Features

Agents welcome consultation into new leasehold reform proposals

The National Association of Estate Agents has given broad support for radical proposals from the Law Commission to end leasehold abuse...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Stop the red tape! Agent warns on latest 'property transparency' idea

A London estate agent who works closely with High Net Worth overseas buyers has hit out a proposed law which he...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Forget narrow demands - Work together for more homes

Any day now we’ll hear the date for the Autumn Budget: it may be delayed to wait for a Brexit deal...

15 September 2018

From: Features

Stamp Duty - should downsizing pensioners be exempt?

There’s been another call for the government to reform stamp duty - and this time the request is that the duty...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government goes on holiday as agents go on waiting

It’s holiday time: schools have broken up, quite a few estate agents are taking time off, and the MPs are in...

28 July 2018

From: Features

Why property software needn’t be as changeable as the Housing Minister

With the shelf life of recent housing ministers being on a par with football managers, it's perhaps little surprise that we're...

20 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

MP criticises rip off quick buy firms using cowboy tactics

A Labour MP has used Parliamentary privilege to name a quick buy company and to make accusations about its practices. During Prime...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Kit Malthouse - We’ve obviously had enough of experts

It may not be a good idea for a journalist to be personal about a politician, so I write about our...

14 July 2018

From: Features

Three-year tenancies will have biggest impact when things go wrong

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal which could have serious ramifications for private landlords, and those who...

14 July 2018

From: Features

Little-known Conservative MP Kit Malthouse is new housing minister

The little-known Conservative MP Kit Malthouse has been named as the new housing minister. He takes over from the high-flying Dominic Raab,...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Why James Brokenshire must build on Sajid Javid’s pivotal housing work

To say this is a turbulent time for UK politics would be something of an understatement. As I write, the Brexit...

23 June 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: Day in the life of…a property journalist

Ever wondered what it’s like to be on the frontline of property journalism? Well, wonder no more, as our very own...

05 May 2018

From: Features

Keep promise over leasehold reform, new Housing Secretary is urged

A leasehold reform campaigner has called on the government to ensure it publishes its report on leasehold reform before the summer recess at...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it

‘Respect’ is the new mantra for politicians: whether it’s about street gang leaders, social media trolls or those on either side...

14 April 2018

From: Features

HMRC wins ruling over scheme claiming to cut stamp duty on homes

HM Revenue and Customs has won a key ruling concerning a tax avoidance scheme promoter which claimed to be able to...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs tell government - stamp duty cut isn't really helping first time buyers

One of the most influential select committees in parliament has told the government that it needs to do more - much...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Senior Tory wants 50% of new London homes reserved for Britons

Chris Philp, a Conservative MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chancellor Phillip Hammond, says 50 per cent of new homes in...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Not everyone in the industry likes the stamp duty change...

Agents and even the Labour Party have backed the government’s scrapping of stamp duty for first time buyers’ purchases up to...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering regulations – collaboration is key

A new EU crackdown on money laundering requires estate agency businesses to adopt a collaborative approach if they are to avoid...

11 November 2017

From: Features

Why the last fortnight might not matter

It’s something of an understatement to say it’s been a busy fortnight for the industry in terms of announcements, consultations and...

04 November 2017

From: Features

Consultation isn’t a substitute for action

Another week, yet more consultations - the agency industry can’t complain about not being asked for its views recently. The latest were on...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Another petition - this time calling for Help To Buy to be scrapped

Online petitions appear to be the flavour of the week - the latest is calling for the government’s Help to Buy...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Ban leasehold houses and new ground rents, MPs urge government

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold and Commonhold Reform has made a hard-hitting submission to formal government consultations on the...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Tips for surviving the ban on letting agent fees

Parliament is sitting again and the entire lettings industry is waiting with bated breath for more detail on the government’s proposal...

09 September 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - forget the tech, here's the fund-raising

It’s been quite a week, much of it concerning the technology that increasingly underpins our industry.  A glut of fund-raising and relaunching...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

HIP, HIP, Hooray - The Other 10-Year Anniversary

  You’ll see a lot of 10th anniversary stories in the property industry and consumer media in the coming days: early August...

28 July 2017

From: Features

Why the new build leasehold ban is a big moment for our industry

Without wishing to blow our own trumpet at this time, we did say at the start of the year that 2017...

28 July 2017

From: Features

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2017

With several agent partner programmes available across the country, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, with...

22 July 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: a half-year review – hybrids, PropTech and resilience

We’re already more than halfway through 2017 and, against all the odds, it’s pushing 2016 close in terms of eventfulness and...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Forget stamp duty reform - There’s a new tax on the horizon

When it comes to provoking anger in property professionals, taxation takes some beating. Press releases are still arriving berating the December...

01 July 2017

From: Features

The Queen's Speech marks another step forward for leasehold reform

The political ebb and flow continues - seemingly with all the subtlety of a Boris Johnson rugby tackle on a 10-year...

01 July 2017

From: Features

Queen’s speech: Property industry reacts to proposed tenant fee ban

The Queen’s speech to the British parliament this week was a scaled-back affair, which was unsurprising given the Grenfell Tower fire,...

23 June 2017

From: Features

Uncertainty over government 'aim' to streamline house buying process

The detailed paperwork accompanying the Queen’s Speech includes the Conservative party manifesto pledge to streamline house buying - but gives no...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says Brexit destabilising sales but allowing lettings to thrive

The managing director of lettings at Foxtons says Brexit and domestic political uncertainty have become ‘the new norm’ in the London...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property needs to rise above politics now more than ever

“Housing policy should be in independent hands.” That was the conclusion of a panel debate that Andrews held, not recently, but two...

17 June 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

Disbelief, joy and nerves: Property industry reacts to general election result

As the nation waits with bated breath to see if Theresa May can form either a minority or coalition government after...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Investor consultancy wants new government to lay off property

London Central Portfolio, a property investment consultancy, has set out a five point plan for the next government elected this week...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Election preview: Could we be heading for a ‘black swan moment’?

In years to come, students of political history might come to look at the 2017 General Election campaign with some interest....

03 June 2017

From: Features

New homes must be marketed to Britons first, say Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have set a building target of 300,000 new homes a year, have pledged to scrap housing association Right...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Will the Conservatives introduce Capital Gains Tax on family homes?

Speculation has grown that the Conservatives may make a manifesto pledge to remove some family homes’ long-established exemption from Capital Gains...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing policy progress will suffer thanks to snap General Election

Not only did Theresa May stun everyone with her decision to call a ‘snap election’ but with the campaign now underway...

29 April 2017

From: Features

#GE2017: Housing minister will leave his post on May 3

Yesterday’s decision by MPs to agree to Theresa May’s snap General Election on June 8 means that the current government -...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit threat to London market if financial services jobs go overseas

New research by business information firm Bloomberg suggests many thousands of London’s financial services jobs are under threat thanks to Brexit...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with David Cox, ARLA Propertymark

In this Natter we have an exclusive interview with David Cox, CEO of ARLA Propertymark and one of the best-known figures...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Brexit: Housing must not be ignored in the clamour

We’re almost nine months on from the EU Referendum and yet the issue remains the big divide across the nation: an...

18 March 2017

From: Features

Clients of agency and mortgage firm asked to come forward

Former clients of a Scottish estate and letting agency and mortgage company are being asked by a corporate insolvency firm to...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Another part of the UK prepares to scrap Right To Buy

Wales is the latest part of the UK to formally scrap the policy which was once the flagship of Margaret Thatcher’s...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

What does the future hold for the buy-to-let market?

Over the past two decades, investing in buy-to-let has been a relatively easy way to make money, which is why so...

25 February 2017

From: Features

Questions asked over government's '1m new homes' figure

A trade publication claims the UK’s statistics watchdog is to hold talks with a Whitehall department about the government’s much-vaunted 'one...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

How can estate agents secure more new build housing instructions?

Lots of people buy new-build due to the perceived lack of hassle with maintenance, as they are built to the latest...

28 January 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty replacement: call for clarity over tax on 'border properties'

Welsh politicians have called for clarity over the new Land Transaction Tax that will replace stamp duty from April next year. In September...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to tackle leasehold abuses in the new year

Housing minister Gavin Barwell says the government will put forward proposals in the new year to stop abuses of the leasehold...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2017?

Following a strong start to 2016, particularly in the lower to middle range of the UK housing market, that lasted up...

17 December 2016

From: Features

ICYMI: What agents need to know from the Autumn Statement

In case you missed it yesterday, here’s a summary of everything relating to property that was in Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Brexit: housing minister tells both sides to tone down the rhetoric

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has taken to Twitter to tell those for and against Brexit to "tone down the rhetoric" that...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Redressing the wrongs of agents remains fair and impartial

When a tenant paid his initial one month’s rent in addition to a tenancy deposit in exchange for the keys to...

05 November 2016

From: Features

eMoov's petition wants agency licensing because standards are poor

eMoov founder and chief executive Russell Quirk has launched another online petition, this time calling for mandatory licensing of estate agents. The...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing must remain top of the government’s agenda

With the number of new homes being built across the UK still significantly below the level needed to meet demand, housebuilders...

16 September 2016

From: Features

Land Registry privatisation delayed - or possibly abandoned?

The government is reported to have yet again delayed a decision on whether to privatise the Land Registry. The Financial Times says...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Shelter charity is latest to say 'Help To Buy isn't solving housing crisis'

More criticism has come of the government’s multi-faceted Help To Buy initiative, this time from campaigning housing charity Shelter. The charity claims...

01 September 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

City's new 15% surcharge on foreign buyers - could it happen here?

One of the western world’s ‘hottest’ city residential markets has introduced a near-instant 15 per cent price surcharge on properties purchased...

27 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

Squeezed activity shows why we should be grateful for new PM

What a month it has been. By the time you read this, we'll have a new Prime Minister, a new Cabinet,...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Portals: Zoopla chief challenges Brexit, OTM reports new visits and leads

Zoopla chief executive Alex Chesterman has been revealed to be one of the business leaders behind a legal challenge regarding the Brexit...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Still no Labour shadow housing spokesman after Healey resignation

In case you were wondering, it appears that the Labour party has still to find someone to replace John Healey as...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

What will happen to the housing market if Britain leaves the EU?

The sense of gathering momentum for the Leave campaign ahead of the upcoming EU referendum is causing high levels of uncertainty...

17 June 2016

From: Features

MP pledges to raise portal juggling scandal in House of Commons

A Conservative MP is to raise the portal juggling controversy in the House of Commons. Derek Thomas, MP for St Ives in...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Bungalows vulnerable under government sell-off, says think-tank

Bungalows are likely to be sold-off as a by-product the government’s plans to extend Right To Buy, but are unlikely to...

04 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Another online petition - this time against stamp duty surcharge

Another online petition has been launched against one of Chancellor George Osborne’s fiscal measures seen as an attack on the private...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

The Mansion Tax is back (but only for Labour party members)

There’s bad news today for Labour members living in homes valued at £1m or more - one of their own MPs...

15 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Tax return threat to small agencies will be debated by MPs this month

The prospect of quarterly tax returns being imposed on some businesses - including small estate agencies and other small firms servicing...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Unintended consequences of PRS-meddling could cause real damage

You might recall a collective sigh of relief emitted by stakeholders in the housing market and private rental sector back in...

04 December 2015

From: Features

The enduring allure of the UK's historic homes

The UK is filled with popular historic locations. Naturally, Surrey is a popular choice for buyers looking for homes with historic...

27 November 2015

From: Features

The weather outside is frightful – A new starter home would be delightful

So this weekend some of us will see our first snow of the season. Harsh weather, Christmas adverts and winter generally...

20 November 2015

From: Features

70,000 new households a year can't afford to buy or rent says agency

Over the next five years at least 70,000 new households a year in England alone will be unable to afford to...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

We need more than just affordable homes, builders tell government

Scotland’s home building industry says at least 100,000 homes of all tenures are needed by the end of the next Scottish...

05 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Quirky views, website traffic and a love affair with 'hybrid'

I’m writing this from the brand spanking new Center Parks in Woburn Forest. Set within 365 acres of lush Bedfordshire forest,...

23 October 2015

From: Features

Police probe continues as struck-off solicitor linked to MP's property portfolio

There is still no word on when a police investigation will report on alleged irregularities said to involve the buy to...

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Corbyn elevates housing to full shadow cabinet status

John Healey - a former housing minister from when Tony Blair was prime minister - has taken the housing post under...

15 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Cameron 'will sack minister if more homes aren't built'

Communities Secretary Greg Clark will be sacked if there is no improvement in the number of homes built in the next...

28 August 2015

From: Breaking News

'Housing emergency' committee of MPs is set up

A new All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Planning has been announced to address what it calls “the national housing emergency”...

29 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Latest Right To Buy idea may be watered down

The House of Lords has set the cat amongst the pigeons on the government proposal to give housing association tenants the...

22 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Manage your landlords effectively as tax changes take hold

Consider the scene. It is July 8th and new Chancellor, Ed Balls, stands at the Dispatch Box giving his first Budget...

17 July 2015

From: Features

Call to devolve agency regulation to Scottish Parliament

People buying or selling property in Scotland would be better protected if the regulation of estate agency was devolved to the...

07 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Let’s get our act together

This month has marked a real change in the way the private lettings sector is perceived - and it’s a perception...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Can we panic yet?

When do we really start to worry about rising rents and house prices? Despite an apparent slowdown in house price inflation...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Could cross-party support solve supply conundrum?

Given that I wrote my last article on the day of the General Election but well before the result was known,...

19 June 2015

From: Features

What Will the Election Result Mean For the Housing Market?

Now that the General Election results have been counted and verified, and now that a new parliament has been sworn in,...

02 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

A victory V sign to the housing sector?

The Conservatives’ election victory came as a surprise, so much so that television pundits spent all night after the vote rubbishing...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Whoops…Lewis in charge despite government mix-up

If the first few hours of the new government’s approach to housing are anything to go by, it could be a...

13 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Take 2: government now decides to keep former housing minister after all

If the first few hours of the new government’s approach to housing are anything to go by, it could be a...

12 May 2015

From: Breaking News

So who will be the new housing minister?

The industry is awaiting news of exactly who will become the new housing minister and whether the role will have cabinet...

11 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Over the next five years, let’s talk - but not to ourselves

So, a sigh of relief.  Most agents will be pleased with the election result - even if they are not Tory supporters...

08 May 2015

From: Features

Agents delighted at Conservative victory

The agency industry has been acting with delight over the likelihood that there will be a slim overall majority for the...

08 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Election Day: Take housing out of politics, agent pleads

The chief executive of Andrews estate agency chain says housing policy should be decided not directly by politicians but by an...

07 May 2015

From: Breaking News

NAEA backs Labour's first time buyer policy

To the surprise of some, the National Association of Estate Agents says Labour’s proposals to scrap stamp duty for first time buyers...

28 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Economist calm about 'anti-London' mansion tax

The Economist appears to have cut through the arguments over mansion tax - and its conclusion may upset those who think...

28 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Letter from the Publisher – What are the challenger parties saying about housing?

With another hung parliament looking increasingly likely, the so-called ‘challenger parties’ look set to have a major say in who forms...

23 April 2015

From: Features

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