GGF defends members and confirms industry position

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has released a statement in defence against recent allegations made by Anthony Jones, Chairman of National Federation of Glaziers. Jones claimed GGF members had brought “consumer biased laws” upon the industry and also accused theFederation of being “afraid to... View Article

Hugh growth in student housing interest

An unprecedented jump in the funding of student housing has taken place as institutional investors pile in. During the first half of the year at least £4 billion was invested in the sector. One of the biggest student landlords in... View Article

New Novus bungalows for Bonington Road residents

Two brand new bungalows have replaced several neglected garages on Bonington Road in Mansfield, after Novus Property Solutions delivered on a high-profile contract for Mansfield District Council. The project involved the stripping back of vegetation and the removal of garage... View Article

Right to rent checks: what they mean for landlords

From 1 February 2016, all private landlords in England will have to make ‘right to rent’ checks on their new tenants, or face prosecution for failing to do so. The new checks are being introduced as part of the government’s... View Article

The country’s biggest buy-to-let landlords sell up

The country’s biggest buy-to-let landlords have sold their property portfolio to an overseas buyer for a sum in excess of £250 million. Fergus and Judith Wilson amassed a stock of several hundred properties, mainly in the Kent towns of Ashford,... View Article

Active asset maintenance launched by CIH

Asset management is all about how landlords look after their prized assets – the properties they own and let out, which brings in the rental income and on which we spend huge amounts of money. Not all of it wisely!... View Article

Orbit downgraded over fire risk

One of England’s biggest social landlords has had its governance rating downgraded after reporting itself to the sector’s regulatory body. The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) announced a downgrade of Orbit’s governance to a G2 rating – compliant but improvement... View Article

Midlands Council criticised for safety breaches

Redditch Borough Council has breached the social housing regulator’s standards after failing to service all of the gas boilers in its housing stock. The Worcestershire based council has around 6,000 tenanted homes in the district, to the south west of... View Article

Skills crisis hitting the building sector

The country’s construction industry is facing its greatest skills crisis since 1998, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Simon Rubinsohn, Chief Economist at RICS said: “The availability of construction workers is reaching crisis point. We haven’t witnessed a... View Article

Shared ownership boost

A spiring homeowners around the country could need a deposit of as little as £1,500 to realise their dream of homeownership under new measures announced by the government. Thousands of people could benefit from an extension to the shared ownership... View Article

Ageing university halls offer development opportunity

Universities could save billions of pounds in operational costs and create new campus housing to entice students, according to a major new report. Around a third of institutions’ property budgets could be saved by making better use of space, by... View Article