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Shock and anger from agents at extra 3% stamp duty on some homesThere’s been shock and anger from agents -especially those in London - at the surprise news ofan additional three per cent stamp duty on buy to let and second homes. 

George Osborne made the surprise announcement in his Autumn Statement, alongside a pledge to encouragea vast house-building programme and to extend the Help To Buy programme by a year to 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 


From April 2018, landlords need to ensure all of their properties have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of Band E or higher, as required by the Energy Act 2011. Failure to do so will prevent a landlord lawfully renting out property that fails to meet the requisite standard.

 


 

The newest of the three official ombudsman-style services - the Property Redress Scheme - has now passed the 3,000 individual membership mark. 

 


Research by Propia (www.propia.co.uk), a company specialising in maximising a property’s potential before selling or letting, has found that 74% of properties are not achieving their maximum value.

 

More people are paying to rent privately rather thanuse social housing in England for the first time ever, official figures have revealed.