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Written by Independent Chartered Surveyors
of the UK wide network of Property Professionals
Publication date: May 2018
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In this month's edition ... we look at what
happens when you build outside the planning specification, highlight
the hidden dangers of home security systems, discuss the number of
older workers priced out of house buying, and discover how to protect
our homes from Legionella
The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the propertysurveying.co.uk
team; collating survey data, statistics, trends and information from
the property market. This aims to provide a single place where anyone
with an interest in UK property can find the information they need.
Two retrospective planning applications for a house in Lightwood,
Staffordshire, have been rejected by Stoke-on-Trent Council, after the
property was found to have been built with a ridge line 75cm higher
than the planning permission.
The company that owns Zoopla, Prime Locations and uSwitch has
received a £2.2 billion takeover bid from American private equity firm,
Silver Lake Partners. What could that mean for the UK property sales
Many of us are fascinated by smart devices, installing the latest
technological gadgets that give us remote control of the heating,
lighting and security alarms in the home. You don't need to be
tech-savvy when it comes to home technology, so it is important to be
aware of the hidden dangers when it comes to family security.
Routine water sampling by Shropshire Council and Public Health England revealed a second case of Legionella at The Feathers Hotel
in Ludlow. The news came just eight months after the death of a 69 year
old woman, who had contracted Legionnaires' Disease on a visit to the
hotel in July 2017. We consider whether home owners should be concerned
about Legionella in the home, and how responsibilities for tenants'
safety can impact on private landlords of rental property.
Japanese Knotweed is a problem. It is hugely invasive, can prevent
you from selling your home and, indeed, mortgage lenders are unlikely
to lend on a property which has it. A team of bioscientists at Swansea
University has concluded that 'no treatment completely eradicated'
It is hoped a new service will solve some of the more tedious
aspects of buying a property, which include time saving and the risk of
Rising house prices have resulted in more people aged 35 to 54 being
priced out of house buying over the last ten years, a survey has found.
Many older people have missed out on the financial incentives afforded
to first time buyers, and people in older age groups are more likely to
become ‘accidental renters’ through employment insecurity, mounting
debts or relationship breakdown.
Ministers of the Welsh government are clamping down on advertisers of rental property with strings attached. Adverts for:
'Tenant with benefits wanted', 'Maisonette share, very low cost, with
dominant strict gentleman' or 'Female with whom I can come to an
arrangement' are seen as a growing menace by the Welsh
government, and a by-product of a housing crisis where young people are
unable to afford somewhere to live without spending excessively.
Residents of homes along the sandy cliffs of Hemsby, on the Norfolk
coast, are no strangers to coastal erosion. Indeed their homes have
been tumbling down the sandy cliffs for years, and many remain at 'high
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