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  • Remote working
    Insight

    Technology is vital to hybrid working

    2022-11-30T00:00:00Z

    While I agree with the sentiment expressed in your recent article, ‘Flex space offers hybrid solution’, I was surprised to see technology receive such little attention. Technology is key to securing the future of the office in terms of creating a flexible, healthy and elevated workplace.

  • New build houses
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    Majority of freeholders are just out to make money

    2022-11-30T00:00:00Z

    Mick Platt, the director of the Residential Freehold Association, wrote a spirited defence of England’s leasehold system whereby flats are owned with leasehold tenure and the freehold is owned by a separate individual or company 

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    Levelling up: PRS must take priority

    2022-11-24T00:00:00Z

    The private rented sector (PRS) needs to be top of the list when it comes to levelling up. 

  • To let signs
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    Government must offer lifeline to buy-to-let sector

    2022-11-24T00:00:00Z

    We have been talking about the end of the buy-to-let era for some time, but the recent move by the Bank of England to raise interest rates really does signal its death knell, both as a viable sector for investors and as a model that makes a useful contribution to ...

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    England still needs freehold system

    2022-11-17T00:00:00Z

    Since a thumping 2019 General Election win, the Conservative government has pursued a reckless war with freeholders in England. Its strategy, seemingly only adopted to win political capital, will remove professional oversight in apartment blocks, putting residents’ safety at risk while significantly increasing the number of dilapidated buildings.

  • Market shares
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    Investors can’t ignore the elephant in the room

    2022-11-17T00:00:00Z

    Last week’s leader was a timely and friendly reminder to the industry not to ignore the elephant in the room as we head into a seemingly inevitable recession.

  • Retirement home
    News

    ​Government must support later-living developers

    2022-11-16T09:55:00Z

    Editor: Given the UK’s housing shortage, many will be pleased to hear Michael Gove’s recommitment to building 300,000 new homes by the mid-2020s. 

  • To let sign
    Insight

    High debt costs and low yields to affect BTR appetite

    2022-11-10T00:00:00Z

    In response to your recent article ‘BTR sector set to keep growing as economic situation worsens’, I would agree with the effects of rising demand due to a chronic shortage of rental property and a growing tenant pool.

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    Time for practical action on climate

    2022-11-10T00:00:00Z

    Record-breaking temperatures in the UK and Europe over the summer and extreme weather events globally should in theory have galvanised the governments and corporations attending COP27.

  • Revaluation
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    Companies left unable to plan for Revaluation Day

    2022-11-03T00:00:00Z

    A lack of information on next year’s business rates revaluation is making it impossible for companies to budget with confidence. The government has not yet properly addressed the issue, leaving little time for businesses to plan for Revaluation Day on 1 April 2023.

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    SME builders ready, willing and able

    2022-11-03T00:00:00Z

    It is well documented that a revival of small and medium-sized housebuilders would make a substantial contribution to our new housing requirements. Their output has fallen by around 75% from their peak, which represents a huge and increasing supply gap. 

  • Housebuilding
    News

    Housebuilding sector can ride out the latest storm

    2022-10-27T00:00:00Z

    It is fair to say that it’s been a tricky few weeks for the government, the economy and the country as a whole. Yet, faced though we are by uncertainty and predictions of a recession, we must continue with our pragmatic approach as an industry.

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    Experience must be BTR’s raison d’être

    2022-10-27T00:00:00Z

    The recent research from Savills and the British Property Federation (BPF) on the build-to-rent (BTR) sector shows how much progress has already been made (’BTR market could “rise fivefold and be worth £170bn by 2032”’, PropertyWeek.com). However, as the sector continues to advance and mature, it is essential that tenant ...

  • Keir Starmer
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    Conference season brings some joy

    2022-10-20T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Kwasi Kwarteng’s Budget aside, the development sector might come away from the Conservative Party Conference with some reason to be cheerful, especially if recent soundings from the DLUHC team at fringe events come to fruition.

  • Housing
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    It is vital housing remains accessible to everyone

    2022-10-20T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The mini-Budget sent shockwaves through the property market. As mortgage rates rocketed, the inverse was true for the hopes of property buyers.

  • Investment
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    Timely data will keep wheels of investment turning

    2022-10-13T00:00:00Z

    Your recent leader piece, ‘Gather data before gambling’, provides great insight into the constant struggle between sound logic and strained emotion that difficult economic times induce. As you mention, we have already seen this struggle at the highest level of government, and at Coyote we can see at first hand ...

  • Technology
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    Technology critical to drive efficiency

    2022-10-13T00:00:00Z

     In response to your article ‘Energy crisis puts pressure on both occupiers and landlords’, while I agree wholeheartedly that as an industry we need to think more creatively about ways of reducing energy usage within buildings, there is one critical piece missing from the story: technology.

  • Proptech
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    Proptech could be the Conservatives’ saving grace

    2022-10-06T00:00:00Z

    On day one of the Conservative Party Conference, the levelling-up secretary Simon Clarke said that levelling up was still “fundamental” to Liz Truss’s government – while his department, and indeed the UK, are preparing for a period of significant economic uncertainty. 

  • Welsh housing
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    Action needed on temporary housing

    2022-10-06T00:00:00Z

    As the latest housing minister enters post to an overflowing in-tray, he will be faced with a number of competing priorities. Although efforts will undoubtedly be made to address affordability and supply issues, we should also hope that temporary housing solutions are not overlooked.  

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    Housing secretaries need to have a longer shelf life

    2022-09-28T00:00:00Z

    It was depressing to read in Peter Bill’s column that the new housing secretary Simon Clarke “is seen as a coming man”.