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23 Sep 2021
FAQs: Debt Respite Scheme, Breathing Space

The scheme provides a temporary period of respite from creditor (e.g. landlord/letting agent) action to help people in problem debt (e.g. tenant) consider their options and engage with professional debt advice. The Scheme came into force on 4 May 2021, but qualifying debts can include any that the debtor had before the legislation started.

01 Sep 2021
FAQs: First Homes Scheme

The First Homes Scheme enables a first-time buyer purchasing their only home to take advantage of at least a thirty percent discount on the property’s market value. Buyers must purchase properties with at least a 50 per cent mortgage.

01 Sep 2021
FAQs: Building Safety, Government plan of action

The Grenfell Tower tragedy exposed failings in the building and management of high-rise homes. Home Office analysis of fire and rescue service statistics show that buildings between 18 and 30 metres are four times more likely to suffer a fire with fatalities or serious casualties. 

01 Sep 2021
FAQs: National Disability Strategy (UK)

On 28 July 2021, the UK Government published its National Disability Strategy, which sets out the their vision to improve the everyday lives of disabled people. Nearly half of disabled respondents to the UK Disability Survey reported having at least ‘some difficulty’ getting in and out of where they live.

02 Aug 2021
FAQs: EWS1 Forms

In 2019, mortgage lenders across the UK began to seek assurance on the safety of external wall systems as a condition of approving applications. In recent years there has been concern that flats in high-rise blocks wouldn’t represent good security and that owners could be liable for remediation costs.

07 Jul 2021
FAQs: Property agents and Capital Gains Tax

Until April 2020 UK taxpayers were only required to declare Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on an annual self-assessment tax return. Since then, taxpayers disposing of a UK residential property are required to calculate, report and pay any applicable CGT within 30 days of completion of the sale. 

01 Apr 2021
FAQs: Mortgage Guarantee Scheme

The Chancellor announced a new policy to support homebuyers who can only afford a five percent deposit with a mortgage guarantee. The scheme is not applicable when buying second homes or buy-to-let properties.

01 Apr 2021
FAQs: Leasehold Reform

On 7 January 2021, the UK Government announced reforms with the intention of making it easier and cheaper for leaseholders to buy their homes in England.

01 Mar 2021
FAQs: Property Taxes

At the UK Government’s Budget on 3 March 2021, the Chancellor announced that the £500,000 Nil Rate Band will not end on 31 March 2021 but will be extended and end on 30 June 2021.

10 Dec 2020
FAQs: Generation Buy Scheme

The Generation Buy Scheme will give first-time buyers the chance to take out a long-term fixed rate mortgage of up to 95 per cent of the value of the home.

10 Dec 2020
FAQs: First Homes Scheme

The First Homes scheme proposes to introduce a 30 per cent discount for first time buyers who, will ‘save around £100,000 on the price of an average new-build property’ according to the UK Government.

04 Dec 2020
FAQs: New digital service to improve energy efficiency performance

On 30 September 2020, the UK Housing Minister launched a new digital service to help homeowners improve the energy performance of their homes and cut their energy bills.

04 Dec 2020
FAQs: Green Homes Grant

The UK Government have introduced a plan to allow homeowners and landlords to apply for vouchers from a £2 billion scheme to help fund the cost of upgrading the energy performance of their homes.

06 Nov 2020
FAQs: Stamp Duty Land Tax for non-UK residents

At the Budget 2018, the UK Government announced plans to introduce new rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for purchasers of residential property who are not resident in the UK.

02 Oct 2020
FAQs: Draft Building Safety Bill

In light of the Grenfell fire tragedy, measures to reform building safety were announced in the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019 which have led to the creation of the Draft Building Safety Bill.

27 Aug 2020
FAQs: Amendments to Use Classes

An amendment has been made to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987, to make significant changes to the Use Classes system in England.

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