New figures have revealed that mortgage products allowing applicants to put down a deposit of just 5% have become more popular in the past year. Research from Moneyfacts showed that 307 such deals are now on the market in the UK, up from 253 last year.

BBC News

Posted 13/03/2018


The Times’ Carol Lewis says parents and grandparents are being deterred from helping their children and grandchildren financially because they are confused by IHT rules. A survey by Brewin Dolphin found that one in three people don’t know how much they can gift without incurring IHT. Meanwhile, the Independent reports on research by Direct Line Life Insurance which shows millions of cohabiting couples mistakenly believe that they would automatically receive their partner’s money, property and pension if they died.

The Times, Page: 63 The Independent, Page: 39

Posted 17/02/2018


The number of mortgages taken out by first-time buyers hit its highest level since 2006 last year, according to UK Finance, which says banks lent money to 365,000 first-timers. This marks an increase of 7.4% on 2016. The UK Finance figures showed that average first-time buyers are aged 30 and have an income of £41,000. Buy-to-Let mortgages were down 17.2% on the year previous, while remortgaging increased 8.3% year-on-year and the size of the median loan advanced continued to rise.

The Daily Telegraph, Business, Page: 4 Financial Times, Page: 18 The Guardian, Page: 38 Daily Mail City AM

Posted 14/02/2018



A couple have been ordered to pay over £2,000 after a court heard they disguised a small home as a garage in an attempt to hide it from Blaby District Council planners. Dr Reeta Herzallah and partner Hamdi Almasri concealed the home behind a fake garage door and a fence.

Daily Mail, Page: 28 The Guardian, Page: 14 The Daily Telegraph, Page: 11 The Times, Page: 5 Daily Mirror, Page: 25 Daily Express, Page: 18 Daily Star, Page:

Posted 13/02/2018

A growing number of so-called nimby communities are harnessing the power of social media to organise resistance to housing developments. The trend saw the number of planning disputes reaching the High Court hit a decade-high of 215 last year.

The Times, Page: 16

Posted 02/02/2018



A parliamentary debate will see ministers argue for stamp duty to be reformed so sellers are required to pay the tax rather than buyers in order to kick-start the housing market and give a boost to first-time buyers. John Stevenson, Conservative MP for Carlisle, will make the case in a Westminster Hall debate, the Telegraph reports.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 4

Posted 23/01/2018




Families are being put at risk by unregulated firms promising to help them avoid care fees and inheritance tax, lawyers and financial advisers have warned. Richard Bates, a partner and specialist in elderly clients at Coole Bevis , says that arrangements that put property into trust during an individual’s lifetime could fall foul of the law: “If you are going into a scheme with the intent of not paying for the full cost of care, and making the local authority put their hand into pocket instead, there is the potential to commit a fraud”.

The Daily Telegraph

Posted 12/01/2018



The Church of England has laid claim to minerals beneath privately owned land covering over half a million acres since 2010. Ancient property laws known as “manorial” rights allow the Church to claim rights over land it once owned and in 2013 a change in the law meant if mineral rights were not logged with the Land Registry they could be lost. Gavin Le Chat, a property lawyer at Shoosmiths , said: “It’s a very archaic thing. I don’t think it’s reasonable or fair to landowners. It can affect the saleability or mortgageability of the land.”

The Times, Page: 1, 2

Posted 09/01/2018


The Independent lists some of the new laws due to come into effect in 2018, including adoption of the EU’s new data protection rules in May; the requirement for banks to check whether their customers are illegal immigrants from January; and from April that all privately rented properties must have a minimum energy performance rating of “E”.

The Independent, Page: 11

Posted 27/12/2017


A man is to sue the estate agents who sold him a £280,000 flat but failed to tell him 20 travellers would be moving in next door. David Stanley bought the flat in Farnham, Surrey, in February this year – but just a few weeks after he moved in, the previously empty plot of land next door was filled by the group who threw loud parties every night, he said. Mr Stanley claims the agents knew this would happen but did not mention it, and the activities have devalued his property. He has lodged a formal complaint with the firm and has taken the case to the property ombudsman.

Daily Mail

Posted 23/12/2017