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New support for social tenants who want to work

Social tenants who need to move for work will no longer be pushed to the back of the housing waiting list, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced yesterday (9 March 2015).

The government is pressing ahead with new regulations and statutory guidance to ensure town halls adopt a ‘Right to Move’ guarantee for all existing council or housing association tenants. Continue reading

Renewable heat scheme for social landlords opens

A new £6million competition aimed at getting renewable heating kit into the homes of social tenants across Great Britain has been launched by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

This new competition, part of the extended Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme announced in March this year, will help registered providers of social housing to install heat pumps, solar thermal panels and biomass boilers. Continue reading

Luxury residential market slowdown led by Tokyo

The average price of luxury homes in the world’s key cities fell by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2013 although the annual rate remained positive at 3.6%, according to the latest data from Knight Frank.

Cities in Europe remain the weakest performers, recording a fall of 2.3% on average, while Jakarta (up 38.1%) was the strongest performing prime residential market. Continue reading

Land buying appetite grows across UK

Appetite for buying land among house builders, property companies and PLCs alike has increased this year, as housing market activity remains positive, new analysis from CBRE reveals.

Land buyers are seeking land with planning consent to add to their reserves, although good quality land in UK regions is of short supply. Land values in most regions have shown slight growth over the first Q1, mirrored by tentative signs of increased activity in the housing market. Continue reading