London Rental Property News for March 2010

House price increase unsurprising, says economist

House price increase unsurprising, says economist

A leading economist believes that a rise in house prices was to be expected and suggests the area in and around the capital will continue to increase in value.

Read Article ... Published on 31st March, 2010

Regent Street Vision hailed at awards ceremony

Regent Street Vision hailed at awards ceremony

A vision to bring Regent Street's shopping district into the 21st century image of London has been commended at an awards ceremony.

Read Article ... Published on 31st March, 2010

House prices increase in March

House prices increase in March

House prices have risen for the month of March according to new figures.

Read Article ... Published on 30th March, 2010

Stamp duty assistance for first-time buyers 'exaggerated'

Stamp duty assistance for first-time buyers 'exaggerated'

An investigation by a national newspaper has revealed that the number of first-time buyers benefitting from the increase in the stamp duty threshold has been "greatly exaggerated".

Read Article ... Published on 30th March, 2010

Stamp duty criteria 'difficult to assess' as house purchase approvals fall

Stamp duty criteria 'difficult to assess' as house purchase approvals fall

New data reveals that the number of house purchase approvals fell by two per cent in February.

Read Article ... Published on 30th March, 2010

Essex airport 'good' for Southend and east London

Essex airport 'good' for Southend and east London

The government has approved plans to extend the runway at Southend Airport, which it is hoped will be ready before the 2012 Olympic Games.

Read Article ... Published on 29th March, 2010

Lee: London life on the lighter side

Lee: London life on the lighter side

Background

Read Article ... Published on 29th March, 2010

Southall Gas Works mini-town gets go ahead

Southall Gas Works mini-town gets go ahead

Proposals to create a mini-village on the site of Southall Gas Works have been approved by the mayor of London.

Read Article ... Published on 29th March, 2010

First-time buyers will continue to struggle, says expert

First-time buyers will continue to struggle, says expert

continue to struggle to get on the property ladder.

Read Article ... Published on 26th March, 2010

Stamp duty holiday may help some first-time buyers

Stamp duty holiday may help some first-time buyers

First-time buyers have been helped by a new holiday on stamp duty for homes valued under £250,000.

Read Article ... Published on 25th March, 2010

Science Museum 'one of the best accessible attractions' in the UK

Science Museum 'one of the best accessible attractions' in the UK

London's Science Museum has been recognised as one of Britain's best accessible visitor attractions.

Read Article ... Published on 25th March, 2010

Hammers look to joint council bid for Olympic Stadium

Hammers look to joint council bid for Olympic Stadium

Premier League football club West Ham United has expressed an interest in relocating to the Olympic Stadium after 2012 with the help of the local council.

Read Article ... Published on 24th March, 2010

Election must not hold back private rented sector

Election must not hold back private rented sector

Britain's leading voice on residential letting has called on political parties not to use the upcoming general election as an excuse.

Read Article ... Published on 24th March, 2010

Stamp duty clawback not enough to help first-time buyers, says housebuilder

Stamp duty clawback not enough to help first-time buyers, says housebuilder

UK housebuilder Bellway called for greater government assistance for first-time buyers after the Chancellor announced another stamp-duty holiday.

Read Article ... Published on 24th March, 2010

Olympic organisers set to employ more staff in next two years

Olympic organisers set to employ more staff in next two years

The chief financial office of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) believes it can deliver the event on budget as it starts to recruit more staff.

Read Article ... Published on 23rd March, 2010

Rics calls on cities developers to show long-term vision for sustainability

Rics calls on cities developers to show long-term vision for sustainability

One of the world's leading building surveying groups has called for environmental sustainability to be a key principle in the future development of cities across the world.

Read Article ... Published on 23rd March, 2010

Olympic site taken over by Legacy Company

Olympic site taken over by Legacy Company

People in accounting jobs may find dealing with tax far simpler with the introduction of electronic P60 certificates.

Read Article ... Published on 22nd March, 2010

Biggest barrier for first-time buyers is size of deposit, says survey

Biggest barrier for first-time buyers is size of deposit, says survey

Almost half of first-time buyers believe that affording a deposit is the biggest barrier when it comes to buying a property, according to survey.

Read Article ... Published on 22nd March, 2010

London museums to reopen to the public after redevelopment

London museums to reopen to the public after redevelopment

Four museums across London are reopening their doors to the public after extensive renovations and visitor-friendly addition to the sites.

Read Article ... Published on 19th March, 2010

London mayor approves £4.5bn Brent Cross regeneration

London mayor approves £4.5bn Brent Cross regeneration

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has approved a £4.5 billion proposal to substantially regenerate Brent Cross.

Read Article ... Published on 17th March, 2010

Renting is an aspiration, says minister

Renting is an aspiration, says minister

A government has claimed "well-off" people living in London and the south-east should be aspiring to living in a rented home rather than buying their own.

Read Article ... Published on 17th March, 2010

House price increase lowest ever recorded in March

House price increase lowest ever recorded in March

House prices in the UK have risen by 0.1 per cent during March, according to new research.

Read Article ... Published on 17th March, 2010

Deposits 'goalposts' are shifting further away from first-time buyers

Deposits 'goalposts' are shifting further away from first-time buyers

The spiralling cost of deposits for first-time buyers is making it far harder to get on to the property ladder.

Read Article ... Published on 16th March, 2010

New £200 million Tower Hamlets development agreed

New £200 million Tower Hamlets development agreed

A planning application for redevelopment of part of London's east end was approved by local authorities.

Read Article ... Published on 16th March, 2010

Award-winning office development to bring prosperity to Southwark

Award-winning office development to bring prosperity to Southwark

An office complex, soon to be occupied by one of London's big accountancy firms, has won high praise for its sustainability.

Read Article ... Published on 16th March, 2010

Fewer first-time buyers getting on to property ladder despite Treasury proposals

Fewer first-time buyers getting on to property ladder despite Treasury proposals

First-time buyers are said to be finding it harder to get on to the property market despite government attempts to make it more affordable to buy.

Read Article ... Published on 15th March, 2010

Multi-billion pound London development good for local tenants

Multi-billion pound London development good for local tenants

Anyone looking for property to rent in the London borough of Camden will be very interested in new developments around the area.

Read Article ... Published on 15th March, 2010

Is first-time buyer market losing out?

Is first-time buyer market losing out?

The middle to high end of the property market is currently doing better than the first-time buyer market, it has been revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 12th March, 2010

Bad weather 'may push up insurance rates'

Bad weather 'may push up insurance rates'

UK insurers have forked out millions of pounds in recent months to cover the damaged caused by what is now known to have been the coldest UK winter in three decades.

Read Article ... Published on 12th March, 2010

Majority of young families 'cannot afford London home'

Majority of young families 'cannot afford London home'

The majority of couples - 90 per cent - aged under 40 and with young children are unable to take their first steps on the property ladder if they live in London, new figures have found.

Read Article ... Published on 11th March, 2010

Brits 'struggling with energy bills'

Brits 'struggling with energy bills'

Following the coldest UK winter in three decades, many Britons got an additional chill when they received their energy bills for these months, it has been revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 11th March, 2010

House prices 'need to fall further'

House prices 'need to fall further'

The government needs to do more to help first-time buyers afford to take their first steps on the housing ladder, one sector commentator has claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 11th March, 2010

Should Brits forget homeownership until their 30s?

Should Brits forget homeownership until their 30s?

Owning their own home could be becoming an increasing pipedream for many people in the UK, with one sector commentator warning Britons may not be able to climb on to the first rung of the property ladder until they are in their 30s.

Read Article ... Published on 10th March, 2010

Mortgage 'should be paid off by 50s'

Mortgage 'should be paid off by 50s'

It is important for people to take steps to pay off their mortgage before they reach the age of 55, one sector commentator has claimed.

Read Article ... Published on 10th March, 2010

2010 - The year of renting

2010 - The year of renting

As property prices rise in the UK, the philosophy of many Britons is changing, as more people come to the conclusion that rented accommodation can still be a home.

Read Article ... Published on 9th March, 2010

Could down payments put people off buying?

Could down payments put people off buying?

First-time buyers hopeful that this is the year they will purchase their first home may be concerned that they still need to save up a sizeable down payment in order to take out a mortgage.

Read Article ... Published on 9th March, 2010

How tenants can avoid frozen pipes

How tenants can avoid frozen pipes

Spring appears to finally be settling in, which may be welcome news to Londoners fed up with what has proven to be the coldest winter in the UK in some 30 years.

Read Article ... Published on 9th March, 2010

Hammersmith and Fulham 'may see development'

Hammersmith and Fulham 'may see development'

The London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham could soon be one of the most up and coming parts of the capital, which may make it a great place for people to live if they wish to experience a busy life in the capital.

Read Article ... Published on 8th March, 2010

House price predictions 'difficult'

House price predictions 'difficult'

While people looking to buy their first home may have been pleased to hear the news that house prices fell in the UK last month, one sector commentator has warned it is difficult to predict whether this will be a continuing trend.

Read Article ... Published on 8th March, 2010

House prices 'higher than a year ago'

House prices 'higher than a year ago'

House prices in the UK fell during February but are still higher than they were at this point last year, it has been revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 5th March, 2010

Do Londoners know their neighbours?

Do Londoners know their neighbours?

The hit Channel 4 series Friends has been popular with people in the UK for well over a decade now, but just what was the secret to their friendship?

Read Article ... Published on 5th March, 2010

Docklands: Enjoy London life on the river

Docklands: Enjoy London life on the river

Background

Read Article ... Published on 5th March, 2010

Are more Londoners choosing to rent?

Are more Londoners choosing to rent?

Homeownership is falling, according to new research, which could point to a growing trend for Britons embracing the flexibility and cost savings that renting their home can afford.

Read Article ... Published on 4th March, 2010

Green proposals for rented homes 'welcomed'

Green proposals for rented homes 'welcomed'

People looking to rent their home may be concerned that they have little choice when it comes to environmental issues, but this could all be about to change following a recent government announcement.

Read Article ... Published on 4th March, 2010

Brits 'adopt Euro lifestyles'

Brits 'adopt Euro lifestyles'

When it comes to how and where they choose to live, Britons are becoming increasingly European in their thinking, it has been revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 4th March, 2010

Rental tenants 'to benefit from green strategy'

Rental tenants 'to benefit from green strategy'

People renting a home who are concerned they do not have the power to invest in improvements designed to make it more energy efficient may be pleased to hear the details of a new government green strategy which was announced yesterday (March 2nd).

Read Article ... Published on 3rd March, 2010

Simple steps to energy efficiency

Simple steps to energy efficiency

When it comes to major improvements such as installing solar panels or insulation, rental tenants may not have permission to make their property greener, however, there are simple steps they can take to reduce their utility bills, it has been asserted.

Read Article ... Published on 3rd March, 2010

Mortgage approvals 'decline'

Mortgage approvals 'decline'

There has been a sharp drop in the number of mortgage approvals while the level of consumer credit has risen, according to new statistics.

Read Article ... Published on 2nd March, 2010

January house prices 'saw rises'

January house prices 'saw rises'

January saw property prices across England and Wales experience positive growth for the second month in a row, according to the latest data.

Read Article ... Published on 2nd March, 2010

How to 'hit back' at energy companies

How to 'hit back' at energy companies

In recent weeks, many of the UK's largest energy suppliers have released their financial results and this news has kick-started "outrage" among many consumers, according to one newspaper.

Read Article ... Published on 2nd March, 2010

Demand for housing 'increases in London'

Demand for housing 'increases in London'

The number of households in London on a waiting list to move into social housing increased last year, new research has revealed.

Read Article ... Published on 1st March, 2010

Banks 'need to start lending'

Banks 'need to start lending'

Lending for mortgages by UK high street banks has fallen, it has been revealed - which could see more people continuing to rent until buying becomes more affordable.

Read Article ... Published on 1st March, 2010

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