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Planning Rules Softened to Allow “Automatic” Yesses for Building Permission

Some newbuilds in England are about to cut through the red tape as easily as the Reaper scythes through the flimsy breathing tubes of the infected, as rules on granting planning permission are to be softened to such an extent that automatic yesses are to be handed out to developers on appropriately designated sites. Read More >>

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Ridiculously Grim Room in London Can Be Yours for Just £200k

Coronavirus hasn't dented the ridiculously inflated house prices in London by nearly as much as we'd hoped, although possibly the capital's worst studio flat has been reduced by a hefty £50,000. Read More >>

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Landlords Told They Can’t Add “No DSS” Disclaimers to Rental Listings Any More

Sneakily adding the term "No DSS" to rental listings is a shady practice that's about to end, thanks to a judge ruling that the favourite habit of landlords is a form of indirect discrimination. Read More >>

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Stamp Duty on Most House Sales Axed as Emergency Market Resuscitation

One of the many emergency measures introduced in yesterday's mini budget was additional help to get the housing market alive and operational again, with the chancellor cancelling stamp duty on the vast majority of transactions; and getting to be all superhero-like by adding "...with immediate effect." Read More >>

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Mortgage Lenders Begin Tightening the Screws on First-Time Buyers

The Nationwide building society has decided that what young people need right now is a bit of additional hope for the future torn away from them, as it's increased the deposit required for new buyers wishing to get themselves into the world of mortgages and home ownership. Read More >>

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Landlords Told They Still Can’t Evict Tenants for Another Two Months

Back in March at the outset of the pandemic, the Prime Minister confirmed that renters wouldn't face eviction what with everyone told to stay home, and even though people are slowly starting to return to work, those protections are still in place until August 23. Read More >>

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House Prices Enjoy/Suffer Worst/Best Drop in 11 Years

Something either very good or very bad has happened to the UK's house price index, with the thumb up or thumb down status of the news depending on if you own a house or not. If you don't, it's party time. Read More >>

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Norfolk Nuclear Bunker For Sale at Just £29,995

A man is selling his personal nuclear bunker on eBay, as he's had another child and you can't really house a family of four in an underground bolthole or they get angry about lack of light, internet and so on. Read More >>

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House Viewings to Restart in England From Today

A little bit of normal, business-as-usual life has restarted in England today, as our beloved fleet of estate agents are free to start enthusing about the potential of small areas of concreted-over patio and the amount of light the vent brick in the bathroom lets in thanks to the officially-approved reopening of house sales, lettings and viewings. Read More >>

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Council Tax Reform is Needed to Mirror North/South Property Divide

The independent thinkers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies have taken aim at council tax in its latest update on what it thinks we should all do when/if we stop fighting over the last four-pack of Soft Soothe Super Quilted Scented Six-Ply, and suggests that a reform – or at least a nationwide reevaluation of property values – is needed to address the north/south house price divide that's mushroomed in the decades since the tax was introduced. Read More >>

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English Councils Should Regulate Airbnb, says MP

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas says England's local councils need new powers to be able to regulate Airbnb and other short-term letting services, because they're making the housing situation "intolerable." Read More >>

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Inaccessible Upstairs Room Sells for £1

Someone has bought a flat between a couple of shops in the town of Wisbech, which isn't usually such unusual a turn of events to warrant inclusion on a so-called technology news site – but what sets this purchase apart is that gaining access to it via traditional methods is... impossible. Read More >>

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Toilet in Shower Drives Council Inspectors to Declare War on Landlords

Oxford City Council has released a batch of photos of some of the worst housing conditions its inspectors have found in the city's rented stock, and the crimes are so great it's now pushing for all rental homes to be added to a register for better monitoring. Read More >>

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Londoners Bail Out to Cheaper Climes Younger Than Ever

Londoners are growing tired of the cost of renting what used to be a garage, a hallway or an insulation cavity sooner than ever, with the average age of those leaving the capital to buy a home anywhere else falling to new lows. Read More >>

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Scotland’s Getting an Entire New Village With 3,000 Homes

A complete, brand new village containing 3,042 houses is about to assemble itself on a virgin site in Scotland, thanks to developer Springfield winning planning permission for what it believes is Scotland's largest ever single plan for a thing to build. Read More >>