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More than 600,000 homes lay vacant across England

A new study has revealed the shocking extent of England’s empty homes crisis, with more than 600,000 homes remaining vacant. The study, conducted by Good Move, has found that a third of empty homes are classed as long-term vacant, after being empty for more than six months.
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SASC invests in Hull Women’s Network

Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC), a UK fund manager and social enterprise, has made a significant investment in Hull Women’s Network, based at the award-winning Preston Road Women’s Centre, provide safe homes for vulnerable women and their children in Hull. Set up in 2004, Hull Women’s Network is...
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BPF submits real estate Sector Deal proposal to government

The British Property Federation (BPF) has submitted a Sector Deal proposal to government on behalf of the real estate industry. The announcement follows today’s publication of the government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper – and of the first three Sector Deals committing industry and government to achieving the Industrial...
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Housing Bill should also include rogue tenants list, says AIIC

The Housing and Planning Bill, which includes measures to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents, should also address the issue of problem tenants, according to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC). Included in the Bill are proposals to ban and fine criminal landlords and letting agents, introduce...
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Incoming MPs fear young will rent for life

Just before the General Election, a poll of future MPs published by the National Housing Federation has revealed that nine in 10 (89%) are worried that most under-30s in their constituency will not be able to afford to buy a home in a decade’s time. This echoes young...
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Without inheritance children will never own a home?

Research from Shelter has shown that 49% of parents in Britain whose children haven’t bought a home, think the only way they will be able to do so is with inheritance from them. Many parents feel high house prices and a lack of affordable homes are leaving their...
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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...
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