Property investors will face tough new mortgage affordability tests from next year which will herald the “beginning of the end of the middle-class buy-to-let dream”, experts have warned.
Business leaders have urged the government to tackle the housing shortage by expanding the rental sector and creating incentives for older homeowners to vacate large properties.
The CBI set out 10 recommendations to get more people into suitable housing ahead of the publication of a white paper by the Department for Communities and Local Government on tackling the housing crisis.
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More than 120,000 children across Britain face spending this Christmas homeless and in temporary accommodation, according to analysis by Shelter.
The charity, which used government data to make the findings, said the estimated figure is the highest since 2007 when over 133,000 children were living in temporary accommodation by the end of March that year. Continue reading
The average UK house now costs eight times the average national wage. But new research, carried out by online money-saving agent eMoov, shows that there are some places where you can buy a house for as little as three times the average salary in the area. Continue reading
Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced two multi-billion pound housing funds on Monday in an attempt to deal with Britain’s growing property affordability crisis. Continue reading
Philip Hammond has confirmed that the government’s help-to-buy mortgage guarantee scheme will be closed by the end of the year, another of former chancellor George Osborne’s flagships now abandoned by the Treasury.
In a letter to Bank of England governor Mark Carney, the chancellor said the scheme had a “specific purpose that has now been successfully achieved”.
The Bank of England has held the UK’s main interest rate at 0.5% despite speculation that it would cut rates.
The Monetary Policy Committee voted 8-1 to leave rates unchanged, but minutes of the meeting showed most members think the Bank will take some action next month. Continue reading
The supply of homes on the UK market fell at its sharpest rate to date and buyer demand hit an eight-year low as Brexit was confirmed, surveyors say.
House prices are expected to fall across the UK in the next three months, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) survey suggested.
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Fewer tenants are falling into serious rent arrears thanks to the improving employment market, according to letting agents Your Move and Reeds Rains.
In absolute terms, just 86,200 tenants across the UK are more than two months behind in their rent. This compares to 89,300 in the previous quarter. This represents a 4% fall and means that 3,100 households in homes to let have moved out of serious rent arrears since the end of 2015. Continue reading