Matt Townsend

Help to buy has ended – what other options are out there for first time buyers?

If you’re looking to buy your first home, applications have now closed for the Help to Buy loan scheme. We’ve taken a look at some of the other government schemes and legislation changes that can help to get you on the property ladder or buy your next home.   What was Help to Buy? The …

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New carbon monoxide & smoke alarm regulations for landlords

On the 1st October some new added regulations came into force surrounding Carbon Monoxide and smoke alarms in rented properties. They only apply to England, separate rules are in place for Scotland and Wales. All rented properties will need alarms, with testing being required on the first day of new tenancies beginning on or after …

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Maximise your sale price with green upgrades

Research is showing green upgrades help sellers pocket up to 16% more for their home. Homeowners making important energy efficiency improvements by upgrading their ‘Energy Performance Certificate’ (EPC) before selling are banking as much as 16% extra on average, compared to those that don’t make those improvements. What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)? An …

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Scotland announces rent freeze & moratorium on winter evictions

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced that emergency legislation will be brought forward to freeze rents and establish a moratorium on evictions over winter for both the private rented and social sectors. The emergency measures will be in place until at least the end of March 2023, with the rent freeze to practically take …

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Renters Reform Bill – What you need to know

The government has given details of the Renters Reform Bill, which will: – remove Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 providing in the government’s words “security for tenants in the private rented sector and empowering them to challenge poor practice and unfair rent increases without fear of retaliatory eviction” – reform possession grounds for landlords, …

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