Cutting the cost of keeping warm to tackle fuel poverty

Future governments will be required by law to help fight fuel poverty by making the coldest, leakiest homes in England more energy efficient. Tackling this problem is a priority for government.

Since 2010 the number of households in fuel poverty has fallen every year, thanks to government energy efficiency schemes and the Warm Home Discount. However, the problem could rise again unless action is taken to tackle it. Continue reading

Stamp duty will cost average homebuyer £7500 by 2016

At the current rate of house price growth (10% a year) the buyer of an average UK home will be subject to a 3% stamp duty tax rate before the end of 2016 according to a new report from haart estate agent.

An acute shortage of supply has eased as new homes for sale increased 5% annually and new buyer demand fell by 1.8%. Continue reading

144,500 buy first home so far in 2014

The number of first-time buyers in the first six months of 2014 reached their highest level since 2007, according to the bi-annual Halifax First-Time Buyer Review.

There were an estimated 144,5001 first- time buyers in the first six months of 2014, an increase of 25% on the same period last year – and also the highest total for the same six months period since 2007 (181,500). Continue reading

U.S model could help HA’s build homes

 

Tax credits could help housing associations build homes without the need for increased government grant funding according to a new report examining their successful use in the USA.

The report by Vic O’Brien, development director at GreenSquare Group, explores the potential of private investment in affordable housing supported by tax credits, known in America as Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). Continue reading

New initiative warns MPs of Labour’s flawed proposals

As Labour continues to develop controversial policies designed to protect tenants from rogue landlords, Belvoir is issuing MPs and tenants with a stark warning of the negative impact of these policies. 

“In recent weeks we have seen media reports of many controversial policies by Labour, such as the proposed banning of tenancy fees, introducing rental caps and statutory long-term tenancy agreements,” says Dorian Gonsalves, Belvoir’s Director of Commercial and Franchising. Continue reading