Turn and face the strange of 2016
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2016 was certainly a year of Changes, to quote singer/songwriter David Bowie, whose death in January was for many a portent of the tumultuous year ahead in the political and economic spheres. The three per cent rise in stamp duty on second homes and buy-to-let purchases was greeted with some dismay, particularly as the government's initial consultation had suggested that there could be an exemption for investors buying 15 or more properties.
Making a statement
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The country's housing shortage topped Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement in November, who promised to deliver a housing market that works for everyone.
Land Registry privatisation comes with risks
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The government's announcement in the Autumn Statement that it would be consulting on the privatisation of the Land Registry has raised concerns regarding the potential for fraud and manipulation of the data currently held at the Registry.
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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