All Ask the expert articles – Page 11

  • New homes
    Professional

    First Homes has its challenges

    2022-02-10T00:00:00Z

    First Homes has been lined up as the replacement to the Help to Buy scheme, but unlike Help to Buy, First Homes will count towards a developer’s affordable housing provision as part of a planning application. 

  • Manchester
    Professional

    The buzz of city life is returning

    2022-02-10T00:00:00Z

    City living has had a tough time throughout the pandemic. Remote working and the closure of hospitality venues eroded the allure of the city, and the nature of housing demand changed.

  • Climate change building
    Professional

    Is the property industry ESG-ready?

    2022-02-03T00:00:00Z

    Investment in the office sector is on the rise, but is the property industry ready to meet the ESG compliance and investment models of real estate investment companies? Are funds ready to invest and looking to attract tenants who need to prove their occupational interests meet the ESG standards they ...

  • Affordable homes aerial
    Professional

    Could discounted housing be the solution to Britain’s skills crisis?

    2022-02-03T00:00:00Z

    Britain faces a skills crisis. Vacancy rates are running high and businesses simply cannot get enough lorry drivers, chefs, fruit pickers – the list goes on and on.

  • Flats
    Professional

    Assessing BTR’s RPDT ‘exclusion’

    2022-02-03T00:00:00Z

    After a record-breaking 2021, the build-to-rent (BTR) sector has continued to gather pace in 2022, with new sites coming on stream and institutional investors buying or entering into partnership deals with developers.

  • Court of Appeal
    Professional

    Can a guardian claim tenancy after signing a licence agreement?

    2022-02-03T00:00:00Z

    The recent landmark judgment in the Court of Appeal (Global 100 Ltd v Maria Laleva [2021] EWCA Civ) confirms the legality of the property guardianship operational model that defines the status of, and between, property owners, guardianship companies and guardians when securing vacant property.

  • workplace picture
    Professional

    Time to rethink private office spaces in a post-Covid world

    2022-01-27T00:00:00Z

    Pods can provide employers with flexibility, noise cancellation and a host of health and air-quality benefits.

  • Casual dining
    Professional

    The fast-casual restaurant boom

    2022-01-27T00:00:00Z

    The fast-casual boom in the UK’s restaurant industry is becoming increasingly hard to ignore. The fast-food and takeaway sector experienced enormous growth due to the pandemic, but recent data around property prices, consumer trends and industry flexibility are suggesting a reversal of fortunes.

  • Planning
    Professional

    Addressing the planning process

    2022-01-27T00:00:00Z

    Following the publication of ‘Meeting Housing Demand’ last week, chairwoman Baroness Neville-Rolfe observed: “The most important aspect in terms of housing supply is planning. Frankly, all the twisting and turning over reform has had a chilling effect, creating uncertainty for housebuilders and planners.”

  • Housebuilding
    Professional

    How can developers make money while helping to save the planet?

    2022-01-20T00:00:00Z

    By now, developers will be used to designers promoting opportunities to improve sustainability performance, and equally familiar with these proposals being rejected due to risk and cost concerns.

  • Housebuilding
    Professional

    What does ‘nutrient neutrality’ spell for new-homes delivery?

    2022-01-20T00:00:00Z

    Amid a UK housing shortage, 10,000 homes in Portsmouth and Southampton went on hold in 2020 and now, according to research by Savills, 10% of all local planning authorities (LPAs) – predominantly in the South West – have had to cut housing delivery by more than half.

  • London
    Professional

    Fostering a sense of community

    2022-01-20T00:00:00Z

    Deals in the City of London were historically brokered in coffee shops, when market intelligence was shared through networks of people talking to each other. In an increasingly mobile world, business happens in Shoreditch House or the lobby of The Standard, as well as remotely from holiday homes and rural ...

  • Science lab
    Professional

    Catering for the science market

    2022-01-20T00:00:00Z

    We are witnessing a golden age for life sciences, with the sector boosted by enhanced funding, social necessity and government policy. 

  • High street_shutterstock_1310114878_cred Willy Barton
    Professional

    Is end of the CVA road in sight?

    2022-01-13T00:00:00Z

    Recent statistics show that only 20 CVAs were sanctioned in Q3 of last year – a record low for any quarter in the last decade – leading many industry experts to ask whether the CVA has become obsolete.

  • C&P
    Professional

    Workplaces should foster team spirit and collaboration

    2022-01-13T00:00:00Z

    Employers will need to offer more than a pre-pandemic approach to offices to attract and retain talent.

  • Diversity
    Professional

    Putting diversity on the agenda

    2022-01-13T00:00:00Z

    Property has long been considered a laggard in terms of diversity and inclusion. But it isn’t just property. Stonewall’s LGBT in Britain – Work Report found that almost 20% of LGBT people said they were discriminated against because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity while trying to get a ...

  • High street
    Professional

    Envisioning ‘spaces’, not ‘places’

    2022-01-06T00:00:00Z

    The narrative of the ‘dying high street’ both pre- and post-pandemic has often been over-hyped and overstated. 

  • Leasehold
    Professional

    Do new conveyancing forms offer hope for trapped leaseholders?

    2022-01-06T00:00:00Z

    Recently published, the updated versions of the LPE1 (Leasehold Property Enquiries), LPE2 (Consumer Summary) and FME1 (Freehold Management Enquiries) forms go live on 11 January 2022 and include several additions that will benefit property managers and those buying and selling leasehold properties.

  • Empty shop
    Professional

    Helping to bring life to empty units

    2022-01-06T00:00:00Z

    Our high streets and shopping centres are visual testament to property sector difficulties. Whatever the reason may be – shopping shifting to digital, pandemic-reduced footfall, Brexit uncertainty – empty commercial gaps present themselves as the public face of a troubling time for landlords.

  • Construction
    Professional

    The Domestic Building Works Bill: a sign of things to come?

    2022-01-06T00:00:00Z

    In November, the Domestic Building Works (Consumer Protection) Bill was withdrawn from parliament.