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6 Tips for Avoiding Building Disputes

Home renovations are stressful. Not only do you have to make big decisions about transforming your property in a way that makes it more functional, beautiful and valuable, but you’re also faced with the prospect of having your daily routine disrupted for several days, weeks or even months. On top of it all, there’s the worry about things not going to plan – what happens if a cowboy builder leaves your home in a mess, with work that is poor-quality or unfinished? 1.Choose a builder wisely Choosing the right contractor is often half the battle. Do your research and seek recommendations from friends, family and neighbours to find a builder or decorator that can complete your project to a satisfying standard. Check online reviews for any glaring warning signs, too. The Federation of Master Builders recommends preparing a brief to help you pinpoint exactly what you want and, of course,...
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Calls to scrap direct payments as Panorama reveals rent arrears double for Universal Credit claimants

On Monday 12th November, BBCs latest Panorama investigation focused on the impact of the controversial Universal Credit, and most crucially the housing element. The programme revealed the extent of the rent arrears problem as a result of changes to the benefits system. Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action, together with Mick Roberts, one of the UK’s largest Housing Benefit landlords, join other industry experts in calling on the government to act now and scrap direct payments to tenants of the housing element of Universal Credit, before the situation worsens. Under the old system, housing allowance was paid direct to councils or private landlords. Now, in order to mirror the world of work and encourage people to be more independent, Universal Credit (UC) payments are made direct to claimants. However, when combined with the cuts in benefits, tenants are under increasing financial pressure, evidenced by the 55% rise in evictions of...
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Paul Shamplina's Latest podcast

In the latest episode of Hamilton Fraser’s podcast series Paul Shamplina, Director at Hamilton Fraser and Eddie Hooker, CEO at Hamilton Fraser, are joined by the Principal of Jeremy Leaf & Co Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents, Jeremy Leaf. Jeremy has years of industry expertise, being a former RICS residential chairman, and started trading with Jeremy Leaf & Co in 1984. He has two offices in North and East Finchley. After bonding with Eddie over their mutual love for Arsenal Football Club, Jeremy, Paul and Eddie discuss whether you should buy or wait in the current climate, including top tips for first time buyers and where you can find the key property hotspots. They also discuss uncertainty in the market surrounding Brexit and how this may influence overseas investors. Jeremy also answers the £1m question on where he would invest this money in the property market Click here to listen...
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Halifax HPI confirms fall in annual house price growth

At this moment in time very few people will be surprised to see a softening of the UK housing market with the latest Halifax House Price Index (HPI) reflecting this. Annual house price growth has fallen from 2.5% in September down to 1.5% in October. This is the lowest growth rate since March 2013 but there does appear to be underlying support for the UK housing market. We are seeing the cumulative impact of more than two years of Brexit concerns coming to fruition. Buyers appear reluctant to chase prices but more importantly sellers have not hit the panic button and are not prepared to partake in a race to the bottom. Property listings down Online estate agent Housesimple confirmed a significant drop in property listings averaging around 5.5% across the UK but rising to 6.8% in London. While recent figures confirm that house prices outside of the South-East of...
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Protecting University Campus’: Access Control

University accommodation holds a lot of negative connotations for both parents and students, and recent news stories have no reassured anyone. For example, a video that went viral earlier this year recorded students at Nottingham Trent University chanting racist comments in front of the door of another student in their university accommodation (halls). A recent video that was released on social media by Rufaro Chisango highlighted the potential danger of living in university accommodation. Thankfully, with the advancements in technology and the implementation of access control systems in university halls, Rufaro was physically safe from any threat. But now, expectations must be higher to ensure that this type of behaviour, or risk, does not happen again. Here, 2020 Vision find out why access control systems are vital for the protection of students around Britain and how they can improve a student’s overall wellbeing during their university life. Why are access...
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Richard Hamilton – Head of the Property team at Davis Blank Furniss – on the MEES Regulations and domestic property.

What are the MEES regulations? The Energy Efficiency Regulations are designed to tackle the least energy-efficient properties in England and Wales – being those rated F or G on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The MEES regulations restrict landlords of domestic property from granting tenancies for properties which fall below the minimum energy efficiency standard. Landlords will also be prohibited from continuing pre-existing tenancies, after 1st April 2020 if the property falls below this standard. How will tenants benefit from the Regulations? An energy efficient home will reduce the cost of energy bills for tenants; and in particular the elderly and vulnerable during the winter months. Properties falling below the energy-efficiency standard contribute to avoidable greenhouse gas emissions, therefore increasing the energy efficiency of properties would go some way in counteracting this problem. What are the benefits for landlords? Energy efficient residential properties can reduce the long term maintenance costs...
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Managing a home environment

It’s natural to feel somewhat stressed at work but a new study has revealed something that causes us to feel it even more than being in the office: chores. A study by Hoppy, an innovative home management system, found that 75% of workers feel unhappy in their home environment. Running a home isn’t easy and 36% said that keeping it tidy was tough whilst other felt short on storage space. There’s also a ten-hour difference between the amount of housework men and women do each month (37.7 for men and 47 for women). The unequal split of time doing shores was cites as a trigger for arguments in relationships, with some considering moving out or even getting divorced! Hoppy propose a number of solutions to ease any chore-related tension by keeping expectation realistic, dividing and conquering the chore list as well as letting tech help to manage the trickier aspects of...
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Buying property abroad? Here are some of the issues you might face

If you’re an expat planning your big move to a foreign country or you’re simply looking to expand your rental or investment property portfolio beyond the shores of the UK, you are likely to find it’s not going to be a simple matter. Buying in this country can be difficult enough, but once the myriad problems of international regulations and language barriers are taken into account it can be quite a daunting prospect. But there is help at hand. By doing your research online before making any decisions and by speaking to experts in the field who know their stuff about international property, it’s possible to make sound decisions and enjoy either a life in the sun or the benefits of an international property portfolio. This article will look at some of the main hurdles involved – and how they can be overcome. Rules and regulations Firstly, buying a property...
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Housing benefit, private landlords and trouble ahead

Despite the fact that social housing in the UK is struggling to meet current demand, to say the least, an alarming new trend has emerged in the buy to let mortgage market. Backed by the Residential Landlords Association it has been revealed that 90% of mortgage providers in the buy to let market are refusing mortgages where the tenant is in receipt of housing benefit. Historically, housing benefit was seen as a secure income for private landlords but recent developments have caused a significant about turn. NatWest in the firing line NatWest is currently in the spotlight after refusing a mortgage to a private landlord where the tenant was in receipt of housing benefit. It is alleged that the bank tried to pressurise landlord Helena McAleer into evicting the tenant in question. She refused and was thankfully able to secure mortgage finance elsewhere with no such conditions. It is worth...
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Would you buy a ‘haunted’ house?

New survey reveals nearly half would be put off by suspected spectres and poltergeists • One in five Brits would slash the price of their house by 10% to sell • 42% would cover up their suspicions to would-be buyers • Some would even have a ghoul-banishing ritual carried out before selling Selling a ‘haunted’ house could scare off buyers - and strip up to ten per cent off the value of your home, according to a new survey. Nearly half of Brits (46 per cent) polled would be put off if they suspected they are sharing their new home with a ghostly spectre or poltergeist. And one in five GB residents (20 per cent) would be willing to drop their asking price for a quick sale of a home with spiritual inhabitants. Our Halloween survey of more than 2,000 British adults discovered that 42 per cent who thought they...
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