News round up                                                                                                                                                         21.07.17

 

UK

Ombudsman: 18% increase in number of complaints to the housing ombudsman being taken forward http://www.24housing.co.uk/news/tenant-complaints-rise/

Housing First: concerns from Centrepoint about the implementation of services under the name of Housing First not doing what they should and at the expense of existing services https://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2017/jul/19/housing-first-youth-homelessness-sunderland-council

Brexit slowdown: growth in construction industry has slowed due to lack of investment as a result of Brexit uncertainty, according to Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-economy-construction-idUKKBN1A42OU

Gap in understanding: new research out to show that landlords don’t know what their tenants want http://www.propertywire.com/news/uk/landlords-uk-dont-understand-tenants-want-new-research-suggests/

Leasehold: further problems emerge with regards to leasehold properties as LSE research shows households overpaying to extend http://www.independent.co.uk/money/spend-save/leasehold-homeowners-overpaying-extend-leases-fees-sales-housing-market-a7848556.html

SME rise: over the past year it is being reported that there has been diversification in the market with regards to smaller firms picking up more business http://www.propertywire.com/news/uk/uk-home-development-market-seeing-smaller-builders-build-rent/

Nationwide: the building society has said it will look to make housing its ‘focal point’ moving forward, providing investment in to the house building sector http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-4668818/Nationwide-use-millions-start-new-homes-boom.html

Collaboration: calls for a cross-party housing commission to be set up https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/why-britain-needs-a-cross-party-housing-commission

 

Wales

Price variations: piece on the difference in value of property from one ward to the next http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/welsh-homes/huge-difference-house-prices-neighbourhoods-13348717

Consultation: Welsh govt seeking views on banning letting agents’ fees http://gov.wales/newsroom/housing-and-regeneration/2017/170719-views-sought-on-lettings-agents-fees/?lang=en

Surveyor shortage: RICS have released data from survey to indicate that there is a real shortage of Quantity Surveyors in Wales – and it is holding back the construction industry https://www.insidermedia.com/insider/wales/quantity-surveyor-shortage-affected-welsh-construction-rics

 

Regional

Green belt: interesting bit of research done on where houses are not being built in the South East http://www.citymetric.com/fabric/can-you-spot-green-belt-map-housing-supply-increase-3206

Staffordshire: new 276 home estate planned for Knutton http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/work-to-start-on-huge-housing-estate-in-knutton-after-plans-approved/story-30450089-detail/story.html

Oxford: council considering opening up unused building for housing people who are homeless http://www.thepavement.org.uk/stories.php?story=2146

 

London

First-time buyers: despite falling numbers of first-time buyers, they now make up the largest proportion of the market, according to Countrywide http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/buying/first-time-buyers/london-firsttime-buyer-deposits-soar-140-per-cent-in-a-decade-a111986.html

London re-price: firms in the City are predicting major changes to high-end of the London property market, with re-adjustment of as much as 10% likely in the wake of Brexit https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-19/kkr-s-rosenberg-says-london-property-prices-could-decline-10

As further evidence that the top of the market is struggling and rippling down https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-20/london-s-super-prime-housing-slump-spreads-to-luxury-properties

Royal Docks: 1,000 new flats planned http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/07/20/mount-anvil-plans-1000-flats-in-london-royal-docks/

Empty Dwellings: despite having the power to do so, London boroughs are still not using their ability to seize empty property http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/revealed-town-halls-fail-to-seize-any-of-capital-s-20000-empty-homes-a3591156.html

Housing Association surplus: Notting Hill Housing Group are planning on using record surplus to deliver additional 1151 homes https://www.nhhg.org.uk/news/news/press-releases/record-surplus-will-help-create-homes-for-london/

 

 

 

 

Long Read: Guardian report on ‘the real cost of regeneration’ https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/21/the-real-cost-of-regeneration-social-housing-private-developers-pfi