One in four councils across England have reported an increase in homelessness, and more than half have experienced a rise in housing benefit claims, the Local Government Association (LGA) claims. Almost all authorities believed the situation would get much worse in the next few months as people lose jobsRead More →

The UK’s largest privately owned housebuilder said the availability of loans to homebuyers would be a crucial ingredient in a return to a stable housing market. Delivering an upbeat trading statement for the year to December 31, Miller Group, the Edinburgh based building, construction and property company, said itRead More →

HE WAS 24 YEARS OLD and he hadn’t even seen Cathy Come Home. In 1966 Des Wilson was working on a campaign called HHSE from a dingy London office. In an interview to be published next week he tells LPW (go here to subscribe) what happened next: ‘I’dRead More →

Britain’s high street banks are to be forced to undergo individual audits of their lending practices by the Treasury, amid claims they are still failing to lend fairly to cash-strapped businesses. After a meeting with the heads of Britain’s main lenders yesterday, the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, said that eachRead More →

An increasing number of tenants are choosing the ‘right to manage’ the property they live in, but solicitors involved warn that the time and expense of taking over a building can cause large financial and legal headaches. Right to manage was introduced in 2002 to protect tenants against exploitationRead More →

The number of mortgages approved for house purchase fell for the third month in a row during February as the housing market continued to show signs of slowing down, figures revealed today. A total of 47,094 loans were approved for people buying a home during the month, 21% downRead More →

Two of the UK’s largest house builders Redrow and Barratt Developments have said that the continuing lack of mortgage availability is hampering the recovery of the housing market. They said that while the market has stabilised too many would-be buyers are struggling to get the finance needed, and theRead More →