What did the Autumn Budget 2018 hold for housing?

Monday 29 October 2018

This year's Autumn Budget was probably one of the most anticipated in recent years, as it set out the domestic policy and financial direction for the UK ahead of Brexit.

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Chancellor to announce high street rates relief

Monday 29 October 2018

Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to loosen the purse strings during this afternoon's Autumn Budget, and announce a much needed £1.5 billion boost for England's high streets.

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Government launch 'dirty money' campaign

Friday 26 October 2018

Agents across the UK are being urged to flag up suspicious activity as part of a new Government campaign to crack down on criminals who may be using dirty money to buy properties.

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Government release latest leasehold figures

Thursday 25 October 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has published its latest statistics on the number of leasehold dwellings in England, looking at the number of leasehold properties in the owner occupied, social and private rented sectors.

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Assured advice on listed properties and EPCs

Thursday 25 October 2018

Following a question asked by one of our members, Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards have issued assured advice about listed properties and EPCs. The advice given will be respected by all local regulators, helping to prevent inconsistent reading of regulations.

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We've launched our Junior Estate Agent apprenticeship standard

Monday 22 October 2018

Today, we have revolutionised the way knowledge and skills are supported in the sector, by launching our new Level 2 Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship Standard in England.

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CMA sends tough message to business cheats

Monday 22 October 2018

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is calling for more whistle-blowers to expose business cartels with the launch of a new national campaign.

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Homes cost more using Help to Buy

Thursday 18 October 2018

First-time buyers using Help to Buy are paying almost 10 per cent more for their properties than those buying new builds without the scheme, new research suggests.

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And the award goes to...

Wednesday 17 October 2018

This afternoon, Propertymark Qualifications held its annual awards ceremony in the Cholmondeley Room at the House of Lords, celebrating excellence in learning and development in the property industry.

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Is your client money healthy?

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Every year, Propertymark regulated agents are required to submit a client money examination to renew their membership. In the past the only option has been an accountant’s report, but now there's an alternative – the Client Money HealthCheck.

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Housing Minister signals the end to poor leasehold practices

Monday 15 October 2018

Yesterday, James Brokenshire announced Government plan to consult on improving the leasehold sector, and bring an end to poor leasehold practices for homebuyers once and for all.

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Government moves a step closer to full regulation of the industry

Friday 12 October 2018

Housing Minister Heather Wheeler has announced today that a new working group will be set up, tasked with raising standards across the housing sector.

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Our representation to HM Treasury ahead of Autumn Budget

Friday 12 October 2018

We've submitted our representation to HM Treasury ahead of Chancellor Philip Hammond's 2018 Autumn Budget announcement, which is expected towards the end of October.

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CMA lays down the law when it comes to competition

Tuesday 09 October 2018

The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) is continuing with an investigation into a suspected estate agents’ cartel, with the results of the probe likely to be released by or in February.

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UK's first Unexplained Wealth Order issued

Monday 08 October 2018

The subject of the UK’s first Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) is fighting to keep hold of her property after failing to reveal the source of her wealth, following a High Court Judgement.

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Theresa May promises to build a better Britain

Wednesday 03 October 2018

There were a number of highlights from this week's Conservative party conference, and whilst the PMs dance moves were probably the most notable, she also promised to do more to build the homes the UK needs and lift the lending cap on councils.

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New Homes Ombusdman to 'champion consumers'

Tuesday 02 October 2018

Secretary of State for Housing, James Brokenshire MP, has announced that a New Homes Ombudsman is to be appointed, to specifically address quality problems in new build properties.

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Foreign buyers to be hit with new stamp duty surcharge

Monday 01 October 2018

Yesterday, Theresa May unveiled plans for a new levy to be paid by those buying British homes from abroad, as part of a wider bid to tackle Britain’s housing crisis.

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