May 23, 2016

Planning permission granted for Leicestershire village

planning permission in Leicestershire

Successfully obtaining planning permission in Leicestershire villages is not always a straightforward matter. At Andrew Granger & Co, we have had many years of working with clients to assist them during the planning process – including working up initial designs with architects that are sympathetic to the site’s surroundings Other common issues that can halt […]

May 16, 2016

Tackling the housing shortage

new housing scheme

A brand new housing scheme will see 45,000 builders trained by 2019 in order to tackle the UK housing shortage. This £2.7m initiative was announced by the Construction Industry Training Board and Home Builders Federation. The latest figures show that 181,000 new homes were built last year up 25% year on year with the largest companies increasing their output […]

May 11, 2016

Buy-to-let tops asset classes

asset classes

Supported by record low mortgage borrowing rates, high tenant demand and increasing rents, there are thousands more people now turning to residential property as a means of supplementing their income. The latest Property Partner Residential Market Index shows that residential lettings continue to outperform other major asset classes offering greater returns than from investment in shares, bonds or cash. Figures […]

April 27, 2016

First time buyers grow UK housing market

first time buyers

The UK housing market has had a healthy growth in March according to research by a valuations firm. Most notably, this boost was driven by a surge in first-time buyer activity with the latest figures showing that the number of valuations for this demographic rose by 41% from February and 15% compared to March last […]

April 23, 2016

Changes to the Model Clauses affecting Agricultural Holdings Act (1986) tenancies

When a farm is let out, it is important that the landlord and tenant’s repairing obligations are clearly set out. For most Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies the repairing obligations are set out in the statutory regulations known as the ‘Model Clauses’. In some cases, the Model Clauses also form part of Farm Business Tenancy (Agricultural […]

April 20, 2016

Record rent rises in East Midlands

House key on a house shaped keychain resting on wooden floorboar

Rent in England and Wales have increased by an average of 3% over the last year to an average of £791 per month, according to the latest buy to let index. Record rents were recorded in the East Midlands with an 8.5% growth from last year – an all-time record high of £613 per month. […]

April 16, 2016

A tenant’s home is their… office

rsz_office

Tenancy legislation usually covers a single type of letting – for example, the Housing Act 1988 covers modern residential lettings and the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 covers business lettings. But what happens when your house tenant starts running a business from home? So long as the tenancy remained substantially for residential purposes there usually […]

April 14, 2016

Tips for conducting a successful property viewing

tips for conducting a successful property viewing

The house viewing is the most important component of the house sale. It is also one of the hardest components to get right. To help you, we’ve compiled a list of areas you can work on when showing would-be buyers around your home: Preparation Make your home the best of its ability. Buyers are naturally […]

April 11, 2016

Changes to permitted development rights

The General Permitted Development Order allows certain development to be carried out without requiring a planning consent. The permitted development rights for erection of new farm buildings and conversion of existing farm buildings into dwellings are well known. Recent amendments to the Order will extend the permitted development rights further as follows: The temporary right […]

April 6, 2016

Buying fall-through rate drops

fall-through rate

Just one in five house sales fell through in the first quarter of 2016, welcome news for those looking to sell their property, new research has found. The findings which were released by a home buying firm show a house sale fall rate of 20 per cent for Q1 of 2016, an improvement on the […]