Empty homes in the UK: The true picture

Jan Ambrose, Editor of the residential section of the RICS’ Property Journal, explores the data behind empty homes headlines, and asks what can be done to deal with long-term vacant properties

Goldwyn’s Lie: No contract? All is not lost…

It’s bad enough when commercial arrangements turn sour in the property world, let alone when there’s nothing in writing. But despite Samuel Goldwyn’s famous maxim that a verbal contract “isn’t worth the paper it’s written on”, an oral agreement can actually prove very useful for an aggrieved party – as these three cases demonstrate…