As industry braces for a buy-to-let surge, beware the risks of rushing
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With implementation of additional stamp duty approaching, leading property risk management expert urges risk management diligence
Housing and Planning Bill analysis
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Reception to the Housing and Planning Bill, laid before Parliament in October, has been mixed to say the least. With provisions giving social housing tenants a right to buy (RTB), a 1 per cent annual rent reduction in the social rented sector over four years from April, and a pay-to-stay measure charging social housing tenants market rent, critics warn that housing associations, and social housing, could soon be a thing of the past.
Plan ahead
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Since its introduction in October, the Housing and Planning Bill has had a lukewarm reception. It contains the government's promise last summer to extend the right to buy (RTB) to social housing tenants. Following concerns raised by housing associations, a last-minute agreement was reached to introduce this on a voluntary basis.
Renewable Perspectives
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Since the decisive Conservative win in the general election, the government has taken a very firm stance on environmental policies, and renewables in particular. In August it launched a consultation paper on feed-in tariffs with proposals to cut them by 87% from 2016. Businesses who have invested in solar farms are likely to be hardest hit by these proposals, as the government plans on removing incentives for large schemes (between 1 and 5 MW).
Buy-To-Let Transformation
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It's been a bumpy ride for the buy-to-let market as the government, through various measures, attempts to slow down a sector dominated by private landlords. The intention is an honourable one as it aims to ease the housing shortage while increasing home ownership. Approximately 1.4 million people in the UK are currently landlords, and many may now need to reconsider their investments as the introduction of universal credit together with other changes put increasing pressure on them.
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