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New minimum energy efficiency laws for landlords

Landlords have just under six months to ensure their rental properties meet the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). Portico London estate agents explain how the new MEES will work in regards to EPC ratings, the impact the rules will have on landlords, and the steps that you...
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What luxury Londoners love

Roof terraces strong enough to take a helicopter’s weight, squash courts in the basement and car galleries to display vehicle collections are among some of the most extravagant homebuyer requests fielded by Marsh & Parsons recently.
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Better bin buying would save £70 million every year

Councils can make sensible savings by joining forces to buy refuse trucks and wheelie bins, according to a recent report. Ministers are clear town halls no longer have the luxury of procuring waste management equipment in isolation and therefore must work together to deliver a better deal for...
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Time to end bin blight

New ways of tackling the scourge of ‘bin blight, that affects thousands of homeowners across the UK must be found, according to a new report by the NHBC Foundation. As the UK increases its recycling of domestic waste, there has been a growth in the numbers of bins...
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New measures to protect the countryside

Proposed new measures to tackle travellers who flout planning rules and abuse the system will crack down on unauthorised sites, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has said. They will ensure fairness for all in the planning system and provide greater protection for our countryside and the green belt.
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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...
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Essex district is Britain’s best rural area to live

Residents of Uttlesford in Essex enjoy the best quality of life of any rural area in Great Britain, according to the 2014 Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey. With last year’s winner Waverley dropping back to third in 2014, Uttlesford tops the annual survey with South Northamptonshire...
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