News round up                                                                                                                                                         21.07.17



Ombudsman: 18% increase in number of complaints to the housing ombudsman being taken forward

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

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

Gap in understanding: new research out to show that landlords don’t know what their tenants want

Leasehold: further problems emerge with regards to leasehold properties as LSE research shows households overpaying to extend

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

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

Collaboration: calls for a cross-party housing commission to be set up



Price variations: piece on the difference in value of property from one ward to the next

Consultation: Welsh govt seeking views on banning letting agents’ fees

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



Green belt: interesting bit of research done on where houses are not being built in the South East

Staffordshire: new 276 home estate planned for Knutton

Oxford: council considering opening up unused building for housing people who are homeless



First-time buyers: despite falling numbers of first-time buyers, they now make up the largest proportion of the market, according to Countrywide

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

As further evidence that the top of the market is struggling and rippling down

Royal Docks: 1,000 new flats planned

Empty Dwellings: despite having the power to do so, London boroughs are still not using their ability to seize empty property

Housing Association surplus: Notting Hill Housing Group are planning on using record surplus to deliver additional 1151 homes





Long Read: Guardian report on ‘the real cost of regeneration’