Green Homes Grant Scheme - why quality really does matter

Quality assurance will be key to consumer confidence.Image supplied by The Green Homes Grant Scheme was announced in July. It promises homeowners and landlords in England vouchers covering a proportion of the cost of upgrading their home...

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Get on your bike - but where will you keep it?

Cycling is big news - but do we have enough bike storage to meet demand? Get on your bike! This was the message from Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday as he launched ambitious plans to get us all off the sofa and out walking and cycling. As part of an initiativ...

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E-signing to transform homebuying

Homebuyers can wave goodbye to pen-and-ink signatures with new e-signing option E-signing could be about to transform homebuying. E-signing of documents has come into its own during the pandemic but there still have been some situations where an electronic signature...

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Building safety should not be left up to residents

Building safety reform may leave leaseholders with more responsibility than they want DAre you happy to shoulder the responsibility for building safety in your block? If not, you?re not alone. According to new research published this week and commissioned by freehol...

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Why we say YES to healthy homes guidance!

New housing developments get new guidelines New healthy homes design guidance for England has just been published. This is timely in light of our blog yesterday about making our town centres more attractive places to live and work. The new guidelines, Building for ...

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It's time for a town centre revival!

Could new planning laws bring life back to the high street? Photo credit: Metin Ozer Can we expect to see a town centre revival in the next few years? The Government certainly hopes so. Changes to planning legislation, expected to be in place by September, will make...

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Law Commission report is both timely and welcome - but we urge caution

The Law Commission report into the leasehold sector is published this week The Law Commission report into leasehold reform is a timely announcement, as the Government looks to restart the housing market. But we sound a note of caution.  The proposals, announced on 2...

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Code of practice for agents - have your say

The new code is out for consultation until 4 September A proposed code of practice for property agents is now out for consultation, so block managers can take a look and comment on the proposals. These include 14 recommendations made by Lord Best in his Regulation o...

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What does the new Building Safety Bill mean for you?

Today?s draft Building Safety Bill has been a long time coming. But we hope it will be a major step forward in improving levels of safety in residential blocks. The new legislation is based on the recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt?s building safety review, which...

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Lenders to rethink cladding safety forms

The Housing Minister has confirmed that lenders will review the EWS1 form Mortgage lenders are to ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the installation of External Wall Systems...

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