It may be customary for a contractor to return to a completed project and rectify defects at no cost to the client, but the common law has to date provided little protection if this doesn’t happen, writes Kieran Fano
Almost 85,000 new homes have been built in flood risk areas in the last five years, according to Government data mined by The Guardian. NFU Mutual, meanwhile, estimates that the cost of insurance claims for the recent Storm Ciara will reach £20m.
Influential think tank Policy Exchange has published a blueprint for the “urgent wholesale reform” of the planning system, calling for a “clean break” with the current regime.
Robert Jenrick’s Housing Ministry says it is “committed to delivering the biggest change in building safety for a generation”; threatens to name-and-shame non-compliant building owners.
Every fixed electrical installation in a rental property will need to be inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person.
Important new report suggests three schemes to make leasehold enfranchisement cheaper, easier and more fair.
Surveyors, builders and lenders agree a new industry-wide process for the valuation of homes in 18+ metre buildings.
From Stamp Duty levies to income tax thresholds; planning reforms to green homes… PrimeResi summarises the key property and wealth policy pledges from the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat Election 2019 manifestos.
The High Court has recently revisited the principles for determining the validity of overlapping consents. Gary Soloman and Alex Minhinick of law firm Burges Salmon share a cautionary message for property developers, highlighting the key points for landowners, developers and local authorities.
There’s no 2019 election manifesto yet, but Mishcon de Reya has summarised everything that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has proposed about property and wealth-related taxation over the last few years into a handy crib sheet. Some punchy measures have been mooted – including replacing Stamp Duty with an annual levy based on property values… “For those buying a residential property to live in themselves, consider waiting until after the Election,” advises the law firm.
New septic tank regulations require all homes not connected to a mains sewage network to review, upgrade or replace their non-mains system by the 1st January 2020; failure to comply may delay a property sale, warns Hamptons