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06/20/2018 11:22 AM
Government outlines ‘ambitious programme of court reform’
The government have reported that work has begun on “a very ambitious programme of court reform, which aims to bring new technology and modern ways of working” to the system. Whilst acknowledging that the underpinning principles of the justice system are enduring, the government recognise that the associated processes have not kept pace. It states […]

06/20/2018 10:48 AM
Research shows buying cheaper than renting in all UK regions
New research has revealed that average monthly mortgage repayments are less than average rental prices in every UK region. According to Santander Mortgages, purchasing a property – if they were able –  could save renters around £2,268 annually. In the UK, the average rent paid per month stands at £912 per household, whilst the average […]

06/20/2018 09:50 AM
Government published new guidance to further protect tenants
Guidance for landlords to provide additional protection for tenants against poor living conditions has been published today (20/06/18). Released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the guidance includes further details on the extension of mandatory licensing to smaller homes in multiple occupation (HMOs), as well as introducing minimum bedroom sizes. Part of […]

06/20/2018 08:27 AM
Industry first as Search Acumen launches real-time planning data for property lawyers and their clients
Commercial Real Estate platform – ForeSite, now displays approved, pending, denied and withdrawn planning applications to assist legal firms acting on property transactions Feature shows current and historic applications dating back to 2008 to highlight potential planning risks within a user-defined radius Multi-purpose data can also help property lawyers and their clients assess patterns of […]

06/20/2018 04:35 AM
Anti-money laundering firm launches fully integrated app
An anti-money laundering (AML) firm has launched a fully integrated app to allow AML checks to be carried out remotely. Whilst SmartSearch’s AML verification platform is currently used by more than 3,000 businesses globally, the new app will enable registered users to have access to the same system on their iPhone, Android or tablets at […]

06/19/2018 02:50 PM
Share of Government-funded homes in sub-rental market drops to 44%
New statistics show that in 2017, just 44% of homes constructed through government funding programmes in England were for social or affordable rent in 2017. The figures from Homes England indicate that in 2017/18, 17,159 affordable rent homes and 1,409 socially rented properties were funded by the government – the lowest cumulative figure since records […]

06/19/2018 01:56 PM
CLC expresses concern over impact of referral fee ban
The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has commented on the launch of a survey which aims to assess the use of referral fees by estate agents. Released by the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team (NTSEAT) and with the support of both the Property Ombudsman and the Property Redress Scheme, the launch of the survey follows the […]

06/19/2018 08:30 AM
Referral Fees Survey launches to assess estate agent use
A survey has been launched by the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team (NTSEAT) to assess the use of referral fees by estate agents. Supported by the Property Ombudsman and the Property Redress Scheme, the launch of the survey comes in the wake of the Government’s Call for Evidence released last year. Aimed at both […]

06/18/2018 03:34 PM
Financial commitments of homeownership deters renters from property ladder
New results suggest that many people in Britain not looking to get on the housing ladder just don’t want the financial commitment of homeownership. According to Direct Line for Business, around 70% of the estimated 17 million people renting in the UK do not plan to purchase a property, with around 22% citing the associated […]

06/18/2018 01:14 PM
DevAssist shortlisted for national awards
DevAssist is pleased to reveal that it has been shortlisted for two awards at the prestigious Eclipse Modern Law Conveyancing Awards. Striving to protect those involved in the property transaction process through the delivery of bespoke risk reports, DevAssist is delighted to be featured in two shortlists; both for the Innovation of the Year and […]