All Feedback articles – Page 2

  • Mortgage

    We can’t ignore negative equity risk


    Editor: The prime minister’s announcement of 95% LTV mortgages for first-time buyers at the virtual Conservative conference last Tuesday will undoubtedly support first-time buyers in accessing the property market, while simultaneously inflating property prices .

  • Proptech connections

    The tech’s there to tackle laundering


    Editor: The case of Mansoor Mahmood Hussain, known as ‘Manni’, (‘ Leeds developer loses £10m of property due to money laundering charge ’,) clearly demonstrates the huge gaps in protection against money laundering that exist in the property market, through which criminals are able to pour millions of pounds a ...

  • Office

    Hub-and-spoke model is the future


    Editor: It is no surprise that the regional office market has remained robust throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with stable rents outside the UK’s primary cities a strong indication of future working norms.

  • Proptech

    Digital solutions can help CRE firms


    Editor: Yardi’s Justin Harley noted recently in Property Week that “ technology is more important than ever in the residential world ”. This can also be said for the commercial world, yet many CRE businesses still have far to travel in digital transformation and data capabilities.

  • Eat out to help out sign

    Hospitality faces a knockout punch


    Editor: It really is turning into the fight of the century for the hospitality sector .

  • Students in corridor

    Tech will underpin PBSA flex appeal


    Editor: It is encouraging to see PBSA adopting more flexible leasing arrangements in order to accommodate different course lengths and formats and address the increased uncertainty surrounding the pandemic .

  • Car park

    Let’s repurpose underused car parks


    Editor: In 1970, Joni Mitchell’s hit ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ proclaimed “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot”. Perhaps it is time to revisit this.

  • New Look

    Expect more New Look-style CVAs


    Editor: The New Look CVA rent deal is a watershed moment for both occupiers and landlords.

  • Coronavirus

    Covid insurance ruling may save jobs


    Editor: The High Court ruling that some insurers should have paid out for losses caused by lockdown is a major victory to policyholders and the thousands of businesses that had trading interrupted by Covid-19.

  • Streets from above

    A tight timescale for affordable homes


    Editor: The government’s commitment of £12bn to help deliver 180,000 new affordable homes over the next five years is welcome and significant – as is the pledge that 50% of these new homes will be affordable rental product (‘Jenrick releases details of £12bn affordable housing programme’)

  • Office ext generic

    Let’s do things better post-lockdown


    Editor: The argument about getting people back to the office (‘ Government campaign to bring workers back to the office ’), continues to spark fierce debate.

  • Homeless man

    We must solve homelessness now


    Editor: The news that Alvarium Home REIT Advisors is seeking a £250m listing to aid its effort in tackling homelessness in the UK  is a welcome and timely step towards delivering safe shelter for all.

  • Climate change construction

    Green recovery post-lockdown is vital


    Editor: While TrustMark accreditation is vitally important in establishing consumer confidence in the tradespeople retrofitting homes (‘ RIBA responds to £2bn Green Homes Grants ’, a more pressing need might first be increasing the size of our nation’s energy workforce.

  • Flats

    Two-speed rental market is emerging


    Editor: The latest rental index from Zoopla shows a two-speed rental market emerging in the UK. Outside London, annual rental growth to the end of Q2 2020 was up 2.2%, while in London rents fell 1.4% year on year.

  • Road traffic

    Traffic reveals post-lockdown trends


    Editor: As lockdown restrictions have lifted, traffic has migrated back to motorways with even more visitors than before.

  • Funky office

    Flex space offers high street solution


    Editor: There is no doubt that the British high street is facing a crisis, having been impacted by consumer preferences for online shopping and lockdown.

  • Office resi conversion

    We must improve and repurpose existing buildings


    Editor: The reaction to the government’s extension of permitted development rights (PDR) for new housing has been loud and passionate. It may be a tool to drive volumes but experience plainly shows us that it is not a route to creating quality homes that people want to live in . ...

  • Warehouse

    Logistics sector also needs support


    Editor: It is not unprecedented for planning reforms to be part of the government’s economic stimulus package, but these have tended to focus on housing. Meanwhile, logistics, which last year contributed £124bn (gross value added) to the economy, and directly supported almost one million jobs, often gets sidelined.

  • Green buildings

    Planners failing on sustainability


    Editor: The Town and Country Planning Association survey findings are no surprise, but hugely frustrating given the focus on sustainability, climate change and now, driving a green economy ( ‘Most planning committees fail to “seriously consider” climate crisis’ ).

  • Retirement home

    Time to plan for an ageing population


    Editor: Housing secretary Robert Jenrick’s announcement of ‘radical reform’ to the country’s antiquated planning system must be celebrated ( ‘Jenrick to announce radical planning shake-up’ )