Iain Bevan added: “There’s so much choice now with what you can do to your home, there has never been a better time to make it more energy efficient and kinder to the planet. … [Read more...] about Common myths about sustainable products ‘put off’ homeowners from going green
Government plans to help homeowners
Require estate agents and freeholders to provide up-to-date lease information for a set fee and to an agreed timetable, which will end the current situation where leaseholders are "at the mercy" of freeholders and their agents Strengthen Trading Standards so it can carry out more enforcement activity, including banning agents Produce guides on "How to Buy" and "How to Sell" to ensure customers are better informed about the process and know what questions they should be asking Paula Higgins, boss of campaign group the Homeowners Alliance, said: "These reforms - which the HOA called for - will go a long way to bring more certainty for homeowners and help stop sales falling through. … [Read more...] about Government to crack down on ‘rogue’ estate agents
The Local Government Association's housing spokesman David Renard added: "With more than 1million households on council housing waiting lists, it is vital that we build more housing for social rent and we look forward to seeing more clarity around how this will be delivered." … [Read more...] about Plans to make it easier to get onto the property ladder using shared ownership revealed – here’s how it works
If you want to buy a home worth more than £450,000 with your LISA, 20 per cent of what you withdraw is taken off You can only use a LISA for a property if you have NEVER owned a property before (including a share of a property that was inherited, or a home overseas) If you're a first-time buyer purchasing with someone else (a partner or friend, for example), they cannot have owned a property before If you're using the money for a new home it is paid directly to a solicitor, not to you If you reach the age of 40 on or before 6 April 2018 you won't be eligible for a LISA If you're using the money for retirement you can only access it on your 60th birthday. By contrast, you can access money in a private pension from the age of 55. … [Read more...] about What are Help to Buy and shared ownership and are there other government schemes to help you buy your first home?
Exemptions to the new measures include those who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability, or if a person is speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate. … [Read more...] about Seven new laws coming into effect in September – including £5,000 green home vouchers