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Housing Minister announces homes boost for rural families

By cardelladmin | June 18, 2018

The government is making it easier for developers to convert agricultural buildings into family homes. Currently developers are permitted to create a maximum of three homes from agricultural buildings on farmland. This is set to rise to five. It’s part of the government’s plan to meet local housing needs more efficiently. The new measures will…

Nearly 70,000 first-time buyers benefit from stamp duty cut

By cardelladmin | June 5, 2018

Nearly 70,000 first-time buyers have benefited so far from the abolition of stamp duty on homes costing less than £300,000. The figures, released by the government, cover the period up to 31 March this year. The changes to stamp duty were made by Chancellor Philip Hammond in the autumn Budget last November. The stamp duty…

Lasting powers of attorney can help protect dementia sufferers

By cardelladmin | May 29, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a new drive to use technology and artificial intelligence to tackle debilitating diseases like dementia. Speaking at the beginning of Dementia Week, organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, Mrs May said: “The United Kingdom will use data, artificial intelligence and innovation to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of…

Estate agents to be ‘professionalised’ to improve housing market

By Lambert Pugh News Team | May 22, 2018

The government says it wants estate agents to become “professionalised” as a way of improving the housing market and reducing the number of sales that fall though each year. Ministers say delays and complications during the process of buying or selling a home can cause unnecessary financial and emotional stress to customers. This uncertainty can…

Son fails to overturn father’s will to inherit extra land

By Lambert Pugh News Team | May 15, 2018

A businessman has failed to overturn his father’s will, so he could inherit farming land and other substantial assets. The High Court heard that the father had built up a farming and haulage business during his working life and acquired several parcels of land. The son worked for the business and lived for free in…

Tax on empty homes could be doubled to boost housing market

By Lambert Pugh News Team | May 8, 2018

The government is to give local authorities the power to double council tax on homes that are left empty for long periods. It’s hoped the move will bring more properties back into use and ease the pressure on the housing market. The new legislation will allow councils to charge double the rate of Council Tax…