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....,". Outlining her ten minute rule bill, Ms Buck said: "While I welcome the freedom for homeowners to let their properties for such purposes without excessive bureaucratic interference, it is difficult and expensive for cash-strapped councils to police the rules. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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. From April 6, the new family home allowance will allow homeowners to pass on an additional £100,000 in property value free of inheritance tax (IHT), rising steadily to £175,000 by 2020. ... [Read full article on Daily Express ]
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....Corporate services director John Bagshaw says this is the highest proportion in nearly six years, with young buyers helped by competitive mortgage deals: “The housing shortage still makes life tough, but for those with enough savings for a deposit, now is a great time to buy. However, aspiring homeowners find it a real challenge saving enough for a deposit. ... [Read full article on Daily Express ]
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Millions of older people may miss new inheritance tax break image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 09:51:00 PM
. From April 6, the new family home allowance will allow homeowners to pass on an additional £100,000 in property value free of inheritance tax (IHT), rising steadily to £175,000 by 2020. ...
MP warns of housing strain caused by holiday lets image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 05:22:50 PM
....,". Outlining her ten minute rule bill, Ms Buck said: "While I welcome the freedom for homeowners to let their properties for such purposes without excessive bureaucratic interference, it is difficult and expensive for cash-strapped councils to police the rules. ...
Five-minute guide to…The resurgence of first-time buyers image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Corporate services director John Bagshaw says this is the highest proportion in nearly six years, with young buyers helped by competitive mortgage deals: “The housing shortage still makes life tough, but for those with enough savings for a deposit, now is a great time to buy. However, aspiring homeowners find it a real challenge saving enough for a deposit. ...
Trump faces formidable institutional obstacles – so what can he do? | Barry Eichengreen image
.... But one person’s loophole is another’s entitlement. Even if there are economic arguments for eliminating, say, the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, imagine the howls of protest from homeowners, including many Trump voters, who borrowed to purchase their houses. ...
AirBnB raises $1bn of investment funding image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 09:50:42 PM
....It has grown rapidly since its launch in 2008, and currently operates in 65,000 cities worldwide. The firm, which does not publish its sales figures, makes its money by enabling homeowners to rent out their homes. ...
Budget 2017: Philip Hammond urged to change inheritance tax rules image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 02:28:00 PM
....Passing on wealth before death can help people avoid the stinging 40 per cent rate of inheritance tax on assets outside the £325,000 threshold. From April inheritance the allowance will become more generous to high value homeowners. ...
Bank of England deputy's slip-up was astonishing – but its reaction was predictable | Nils Pratley image
.... The rate of growth in prices fell in February to the lowest for three and a half years, according to the Halifax’s index. This development may not delight homeowners looking to sell in a hurry but, for anybody with a wider or longer perspective, a slowdown is exactly what the UK needs. ...
When the roof over your head doubles as your garden image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 07:00:08 AM
....With space at a premium in many cities, could tackling the nation’s housing crisis mean ditching the back garden in favour of a roof terrace?. Lots of would-be homeowners fantasise about a family house with plenty of space for the kids to run around, kick a ball or jump on a trampoline. ...
More than half of new-build homes in England 'have major faults' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 07:01:10 AM
....More than half of the buyers of new homes have experienced major problems with their properties, according to research, which comes after Bovis Homes agreed to pay £7m compensation to customers for poorly built houses. A YouGov survey for the housing charity Shelter found that 51% of homeowners of recent new builds in England said they had experienced major problems including issues with construction, unfinished fittings and faults with utilities. ...
‘Housing should be seen as a human right. Not a commodity’ | Patrick Butler image
.... You see immediately a loss of vibrancy. ” There have been some positive examples where politicians have sought to curtail the power of global credit markets: Andalucía and Catalonia in Spain introduced laws to temporarily expropriate vacant housing, while several countries have imposed taxes on foreign homeowners to discourage speculation in luxury property, with the revenues used to subsidise affordable homes. ...
‘Buy for Uni’ mortgage turns students into landlords image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of February 2017 09:28:35 AM
.... Raising enough for a deposit on a first property becomes a a distant thought as they tackle paying off their loans. Unless, that is, they are homeowners already. ...
Oxford once again tops list of UK's least affordable places to live image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of February 2017 08:01:06 AM
....Home affordability in Britain is at its worst level since 2008, with Oxford, London and Winchester the UK’s most unaffordable places to buy. Affordability ratings, which compare the costs of buying a home in an area with the average regional pay, say that the cost of homeownership in five cities is now more than 10 times the average local income, thanks to a rapid growth in house prices, combined with slower wage growth. ...
What’s the point of building a million new homes if they’re not fit to live in? | John Harris image
....But in privately owned developments and new social housing, and the mixed-tenure places that combine the two, problems abound. Last month I spent two weeks reporting on the case of the Orchard Village estate on the Essex/east London border, and properties split between homeowners and tenants whose problems – with leaks and damp, and allegedly faulty fire protection and dangerous levels of methane – are mind-boggling. ...
Deportation orders threaten Trump's own turf: the real estate market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 12:00:02 PM
....2% of the growth in all households, 35. 7% of growth in homeowners and 26. ...
Move over granny: the ‘graddy annexe’ is on the rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 03:18:11 PM
....According to reports, the number of homes with an annexe for family members has jumped by a third in the past two years – thanks to council tax breaks for those building to house relatives. Before April 2014, homeowners had to pay full council tax on annexes attached to a main household if they had fitted kitchens or bathrooms. ...
Bovis to pay £7m to compensate customers for poorly built homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 09:05:32 AM
.... There need to be alot more consumer protection. “[The Bovis homes] were signed off for the needs of the shareholder, not for the needs of the homeowner. ...
One in four UK families have less than £95 in savings, report finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 07:01:30 AM
....Brencher said: “Although mortgage rates are at record lows, qualifying for these deals and getting a deposit can be difficult for those with limited household income or unusual circumstances. Britain’s broken housing market means becoming a homeowner is a distant dream for many families and government plans must swiftly be turned into action to stem the tide of inequality. ...
Tackle your debts while interest rates are at lowest image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 19th of February 2017 11:59:00 AM
.... . David Hollingworth, broker at L&C Mortgages, says older homeowners with interest-only mortgages need to review their debt: “If you have a capital repayment mortgage, check it is set up to clear the mortgage on your retirement date, or preferably earlier. ...
One in four UK retirees burdened by unpaid mortgage or other debts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of February 2017 06:49:49 AM
....The FCA has warned that almost half of all people with interest-only home loans (about 1. 3m homeowners) might not have enough money to pay off their home loans when they mature, fuelling fears that some might need to keep making monthly mortgage payments into their old age. ...
New home owners gagged over poor build and compensation claims image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of February 2017 07:00:34 AM
....New home owners are being forced to sign gagging orders after making successful claims for compensation about the quality of their new homes. The Guardian has been made aware of NHBC, the regulator of new homes, issuing gagging orders or so-called non-disclosure agreement that not only restrict the homeowner from contacting the media about the problems with their property but also talking to neighbours in the development. ...
Steven Mnuchin, former Goldman Sachs exec, confirmed as treasury secretary image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:50:03 AM
.... He renamed it OneWest and turned it around, selling it for a handsome profit in 2014. OneWest foreclosed on more than 36,000 homeowners in the state and 24,000 additional households around the country, according to housing advocacy groups. ...
No place like home: America’s eviction epidemic image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 10:00:03 AM
.... Her payments kept going up, jumping from $920 to $1,250 a month, and her hours at Potawatomi casino were cut back after her maternity leave. Hispanic and African American neighbourhoods had been targeted by the sub-prime lending industry: renters were lured into buying bad mortgages, and homeowners were encouraged to refinance under riskier terms. ...
Government willing to admit UK housing market is
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
....The housing crisis is one of the biggest facing Britain, and many will be hoping that lower immigration post-Brexit will offer some relief. If not, the next generation will continue to be priced off the housing ladder, putting an end to the homeownership dream. ...
Pensioner homeowners are missing out on hundreds of pounds of extra income image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 07:10:00 PM
....They are missing out on an average of £576 a year, rising to more than £2,000 in some cases, according to the state benefits survey by specialist financial services group Just. Group communications director Stephen Lowe said that far too many pensioner homeowners are struggling for income while missing out on benefits: “Take-up rates are far too low and it is costing pensioners dear. ...
Councils to be told to build thousands more new homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 12:01:22 AM
.... A source in the department added that identifying housing requirements was particularly complex, lacked transparency but councils would be consulted on a new approach. The shadow housing minister, John Healey, told Today that after seven years of Conservative government and “hundreds” of announcements, the number of homeowners had fallen by 200,000, while more and more young people were sleeping rough. ...
New homes warranty firm pays millions to leading homebuilders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 05:26:47 PM
....6 million UK consumers. “Last year we paid £90m in respect of claims in addition to providing assistance to homeowners through our resolution service, which mediates between homeowners and their builder and last year found in favour of homeowners in 70% of cases. ...
The Crusader: Water meter would have saved Bournemouth couple thousands of pounds image
....And now they reckon they are owed a rebate but whose fault is it that they missed out?. That’s the nub of a long-running dispute between Bournemouth Water and homeowners Malcolm and Janet Weale. ...
How artificial intelligence could help make the insurance industry trustworthy image
.... Lemonade set out to create algorithms that make it easy and quick to sign up and approve claims – in minutes rather than days. By automating the service as much as possible, the company, which sells renters and homeowners insurance, hopes to keep costs low. ...
How buying a Bovis home came with hundreds of snags image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of January 2017 07:00:48 AM
....Marc Holden, a 33-year-old army veteran turned IT consultant, claims his £490,000 house in Milton Keynes had major defects, including the gas supply installation. He is helping organise a protest outside the company’s annual meeting in May and is expecting at least 100 disgruntled homeowners to turn up. ...
Is equity release a good way to pay off your home loan? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of January 2017 07:00:48 AM
.... Some lenders have maximum age caps – often it’s 70 or 75. As Hollingworth explains, a homeowner in this situation might be prepared to make such a switch, but if they are then bumping up against their lender’s maximum age limit, this may shorten the mortgage term to such a degree that it means the monthly payments would be unaffordable. ...
Batteries included: Yorkshire village seeks to solve riddle of too much sun image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of January 2017 08:00:30 AM
....The bungalows of Oxspring may look an unlikely testing ground for a new technology billed as a way to help renewable power, stymie energy price rises and aid the local power grid. But later this month, dozens of homes in this South Yorkshire village will have a home battery installed as part of a £250,000 trial to see if they can make solar power more valuable to homeowners and less painful for grid managers. ...
Libor scandal: the bankers who fixed the world’s most important number | Liam Vaughan and Gavin Finch image
.... It began: “One of the most important barometers of the world’s financial health could be sending false signals. In a development that has implications for borrowers everywhere, from Russian oil producers to homeowners in Detroit, bankers and traders are expressing concerns that the London interbank offered rate, known as Libor, is becoming unreliable. ...
House prices in the South East FALL amid Southern Rail chaos image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of January 2017 04:51:00 PM
...."In this instance, strike action, poor service, cancelled trains and long delays have had the reverse effect to property prices on the Southern Rail network. "Southern Rail staff must forgive UK homeowners for remaining unsympathetic to their cause when their selfish actions are inadvertently depreciating the most expensive asset they are ever likely to own. ...
Take the long view with a 10-year fixed-rate mortgage image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 07:00:21 AM
. Existing homeowners can lock into low interest rates – and sail through the Trump and Brexit years safe in the knowledge their mortgage will not rise – following the launch of a raft of attractive 10-year fixed-rate home loans. ...
Mortgage rates are at a record low, now is the time to see if you can get a better deal image
....January is peak time for remortgaging and with rates at a record low you have more incentive than ever to do so. A third of homeowners who define themselves as “just about managing” are looking to remortgage this year, either to free up some monthly income, protect themselves by locking into a fixed rate or simply grab a cheap deal while they last. ...
One blunt heckler has revealed just how much our economists are failing us | Aditya Chakrabortty image
....If there is to be a rebirth of economics and economic policymaking, my guess is it won’t come from within the discipline. It’s more likely to come from a son or daughter of that woman in Newcastle, looking to fix things after realising they’ve been shafted, while others have gained riches simply for being the kids of London homeowners. ...
Generations at war image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 12:14:35 AM
....In fact, by the age of 30, Claudia's generation are 50% less likely to own their own homes than their baby boomer parents. Almost two-thirds of Ian's generation were homeowners by the same age. ...
Inheritance tax is toxic. We need new ways to tackle inequality | Polly Toynbee image
.... Last year the Fabian Society, a leftwing thinktank, conducted intensive opinion research among people of all incomes and political leanings, and IHT came out as the most detested of taxes. No use trying to tell people that only very few of the richest estates ever pay it: every homeowner imagines all their wealth will be snatched by the state on their death. ...
Richest young people in UK also likely to inherit most wealth, study finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of January 2017 12:01:34 AM
....The study concluded that inequality was likely to increase and social mobility hindered as pensioners bequeathed the wealth they had accumulated as a result of rising home ownership and property-price inflation. “Between 2002-03 and 2012-13, the wealth of elderly households (those in which all members are 80 or older) increased by 45%, mostly as a result of higher homeownership and rising house prices,” the IFS study said. ...
UK credit binge approaching levels not seen since 2008 crash image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of January 2017 01:41:55 PM
....Last month the Bank said some households were highly indebted and might struggle as unemployment rose, and separate data showed British households saved the lowest portion of their incomes since 2008 during the three months after the EU referendum. But the Bank’s figures showed homeowners remained upbeat, with the number of mortgages for house purchase approved by lenders rising to an eight-month high of 67,505, from a slightly downwardly revised 67,371 in October. ...
Tax, not tech, gives Airbnb advantages in UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 10:27:41 AM
....According to the Financial Times, around one third of the savings the company offers customers on accommodation in London comes from having a lower tax bill. Where a traditional hotel has to pay expensive business rates on its property, and charge VAT on the entire cost of its stay, individuals and small businesses who let out rooms on Airbnb have a much lighter taxation regime: the service only charges VAT on its service fees, not on the bulk of the cash transferred from guest to host, and homeowners are recipients of a number of tax breaks aimed at encouraging them to take on lodgers. ...
Home ownership 'overestimated by official data' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of December 2016 08:21:38 AM
....It is calling for more attention to be paid to the millions of others who rent. "Our new analysis shows that we should perhaps obsess a little less about homeowners, and think more about how the other half live," it said. ...
Home ownership by 25-year-olds halves in 20 years image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 08:30:07 AM
.... . Responding to the LGA survey, a Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said: "We've halted the decline in homeownership, with the number of first-time buyers up nearly 60%, and over 335,000 households helped into homeownership through government-backed schemes since 2010. ...
Housebuilders must halt leasehold sale of new houses, says minister image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of December 2016 05:16:06 PM
....A series of reports in Guardian Money has revealed how developers have been selling detached and semi-detached houses as leasehold, with clauses which allow the ground rent to double every 10 years. The freeholds are then sold on to private companies which extract the ground rent, charge high fees if a homeowner wishes to make alterations, and refuse to sell the freehold except for a huge premium. ...
Donald Trump faces Senate backlash over ‘cabinet of billionaires’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of December 2016 12:04:36 AM
....Cohn’s appointment does not require Senate approval, and could serve as a stepping stone to other government positions at the Treasury or the Federal Reserve, a route that has been well trodden in the past. Trump’s pick for treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, is also a multimillionaire former Goldman banker who went on to be dubbed a “foreclosure king” for buying up distressed mortgages and evicting thousands of homeowners during the financial crisis. ...
Housing sales to fall in 2017, says CML image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 11:55:23 AM
....Paul Smee, director-general of the CML, said: “The housing market is relatively well insulated from direct Brexit effects as most activity is driven domestically, but it is not immune from more generalised economic uncertainty. “And we expect any modest strengthening in homeowner lending to be offset by a less active house purchase market in buy-to-let, as both tax and regulatory changes bite on landlords. ...
Take charge of your mortgage: 3 out of 5 mortgage borrowers have no idea how much they owe image
....”. Research from online mortgage broker Trussle suggests that homeowners on expensive SVRs could save on average around £3,500 a year by remortgaging to a cheaper deal. ...
Airbnb a solution to middle-class inequality, company says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 01:01:57 PM
....”. Lehane said most Airbnb hosts were middle-class homeowners renting out rooms in their primary residence “on an amateur basis” for supplemental income. ...
Is property facing a meltdown in 2017? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 11th of December 2016 10:10:00 AM
. The assumption that homeowners automatically celebrate price rises has been blown apart by the crazy growth of recent years, which has made the majority of people uneasy about locking the next generation of buyers out of the market. ...
Donald Trump's talk of 'draining the swamp' rings hollow image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 10th of December 2016 01:00:03 PM
.... Mnuchin, like all good Wall Streeters, clearly would love to see those rules vanish, although he has been discreet about what he says publicly. Mnuchin himself profited when the distressed mortgage lender he bought at a firesale price, IndyMac, foreclosed on properties owned by tens of thousands of homeowners who had taken out mortgages with his firm prior to the financial crisis. ...
Energy firms held £4bn in overpayments image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 02:58:22 PM
....Energy suppliers are under no obligation to tell customers if their credit becomes excessive. However, they must pay back the surplus if homeowners request a refund. ...
Steven Mnuchin nominated for US treasury secretary image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of November 2016 10:49:30 AM
....Donald Trump has nominated Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs banker-turned-Hollywood movie financier with no government experience, as US Treasury secretary. Mnuchin, a multimillionaire who was dubbed a “foreclosure king” for buying up distressed mortgages and evicting thousands of homeowners during the financial crisis, immediately announced he would oversee “the largest tax change since Reagan” and said his “No 1 priority is tax reform”. ...
Government promises to stamp out abuses of new-build ground rent scandal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 07:00:42 AM
....Following the Guardian’s campaign, Taylor Wimpey has also promised to review its contracts. It said: “We hadn’t been aware of the concern of some customers and homeowners regarding these pre-RPI clauses and the difficulties that they are currently experiencing in selling or mortgaging their homes. ...
Is Insurance Premium Tax really the sneakiest of scare taxes? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 27th of November 2016 12:00:00 AM
.... Ian Hughes, chief executive of Consumer Intelligence, says the average car insurance premium has already risen 13. 5 per cent this year to a whopping £788, upping the pressure on motorists: “Every driver and homeowner will now have to pay even more to protect what matters most to them. ...
Housing gets £4bn boost to increase number of new homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of November 2016 07:00:27 AM
.... But he said that the continuation of the help-to-buy loan scheme, which Hammond mentioned in his speech, was unwelcome. “We hope government will wean itself off these inflationary demand-side subsidies as soon as possible so we can eventually see homeownership being affordable to average people,” he said. ...
Autumn Statement 2016: Everything you need to know and what it means for your money  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 09:41:00 AM
....Tax rises. In a hit to households the Insurance Premium Tax will be raised from 10 to 12 per cent, meaning insurance policies for homeowners and motorists is likely to become more expensive. ...
North of England loses 310,000 graduates in 10-year brain drain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of November 2016 09:02:23 PM
.... The group has published a report calling on the chancellor to raise the stamp duty threshold to £350,000 and to lower business rates in an attempt to attract and retain highly qualified workers. The report suggests the more likely prospect of homeownership in the north compared with the south is potentially the biggest incentive for graduates to stay in the region. ...
New-build ground rent scandal could spark legal battles image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of November 2016 07:00:01 AM
.... All purchasers have independent legal advice. “Until recently, we hadn’t been aware of the concern of some customers and homeowners regarding these pre-RPI clauses and the difficulties that they are currently experiencing in selling or mortgaging their homes. ...
Metro Bank says mortgage customers can rent out homes on Airbnb image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of November 2016 02:50:41 PM
....”. Airbnb allows homeowners to rent out rooms or entire properties for as long as they want, but in London there are rules restricting lets to 90 nights in a calendar year. ...
Mortgage costs at record low, say lenders image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 11:49:46 AM
....Mortgages are now more affordable than they have ever been, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). In September, the average homeowner - excluding first-time buyers - spent 17. ...
Delayed HS2 second-phase route unveiled image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 07:48:04 AM
....But residents in the path of the network expressed fury and dismay. On the threatened Shimmer estate in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, homeowners demanded that HS2 bosses came in person to see what it would mean for them. ...
HOMEOWNER BOOST: Mortgage deals defy Brexit doom-mongers to fall to RECORD lows image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 14th of November 2016 05:05:00 PM
....uk. It means a homeowner on today's typical 2. ...
Most renters feel they're unlikely to buy home in next five years – review image
....The warning is a preview to the results of the survey, which will be published on Wednesday. The Redfern review, led by Pete Redfern, the chief executive of housebuilder Taylor Wimpey, has examined the reasons for the decline in homeownership. ...
Inflation measure to be changed to include home owning costs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 10th of November 2016 12:19:22 PM
....CPIH includes what are called the "costs of housing services associated with owning, maintaining and living in one's own home". Rather than tracking the cost of a mortgage, statisticians estimate what it would cost homeowners to rent the property they live in. ...
Business leaders urge government to tackle UK housing crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 12:01:30 AM
. Business leaders have urged the government to tackle the housing shortage by expanding the rental sector and creating incentives for older homeowners to vacate large properties. ...
The new-builds catching house buyers in a leasehold property trap image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of October 2016 06:00:12 AM
....MP Justin Madders is calling for a ban on leasehold for estates of houses. “It is clear this system is being abused to drive huge profits at ordinary ­homeowners’ expense. ...
Time is money: here's how to save some when the clocks go back this weekend image
....65%) if you’re on one of the 14 fixed dual-fuel deals that expire on 31 October, according to Go Compare. It points out that even if you are in debt to your energy company – its research shows 5% of homeowners owe their energy supplier money – you may still be able to change your energy tariff or supplier. ...
How to protect yourself against burglaries as the night falls this winter image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of October 2016 12:01:00 AM
....Households need to secure their home and also make sure they comply with their home insurance policy, otherwise they risk the added heartbreak of seeing a claim rejected. Russ Hargreaves, general insurance manager at Yorkshire Building Society, said homeowners should be extra cautious from October to April. ...
Taxman grabs family fortunes thanks to inheritance tax ignorance image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of October 2016 12:01:00 AM
.... . IHT is charged on assets above £325,000 but this threshold has been frozen since 2009 while soaring house prices brought many homeowners into the net. ...
Crackdown on rogue landlords to include new minimum bedroom size image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of October 2016 11:01:22 PM
.... More than one in 10 of those surveyed felt their homes did not have adequate space. Since becoming housing minister in the summer Barwell has indicated the government could shift its housing focus from homeownership to looking at ways to increase the number of homes to rent. ...

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