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  • Historic England has issued new technical guidance called "Building Work and Bats". The guidance is intended to help property owners and all involved in managing, maintaining or making changes to buildings, or using the buildings, avoid infringing the law. This guidance will be useful for residential surveyors and others in...

  • Due to a jump in house prices of more than £10,000 over the past year, a whopping 1.8 million homes have moved into higher stamp duty tax bands. Zoopla reports that around 940,000 homes have moved up to the 5% stamp duty band and 130,000 homes into the 10% band. This means that the number of...

  • When the pandemic first hit, the strict lockdown meant that construction sites had to close. Wanting to keep the industry going, the government introduced measures such as flexible working hours to allow building to continue safely. This year, the government has announced that the first quarter of 2021 saw the highest...

  • Following an investigation by CMA (the Competition and Markets Authority), housebuilder Persimmon will now allow leaseholders to buy the freehold of their property at a discount. In addition, Aviva, the insurance company which buys leaseholds from the housebuilders, will repay homeowners who saw their ground rent double. Campaigners have described...

  • Mortgage lending reached a record-breaking £35.6 billion in March of this year, the highest level since 1993 when the Bank of England records began. The number of remortgages approved in March 2021 stood at just under 35,000, whereas new mortgage approvals reached 82,700, 13% higher than the previous year. The mortgage market clearly responded to demand,...