The future of ‘ground rents’ in the UK has been well-debated. Campaigners and Members of Parliament alike have regularly taken to the stage to tarnish such rents as ‘unfair’, while landlords and property managers continue to see them as an obvious necessity.

But with the Ground Rent (Leasehold Reform) Bill…


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Many sectors have suffered dramatically during the past 12 months, but one that continues to bounce back stronger than before is the housing market. Recent figures by Rightmove’s monthly House Price Index show that, even during a pandemic, new records have been set within the industry, with the average price…


The House of Lords’ decision to reject the Government’s cladding bill yesterday should remind the Government that its responsibilities to leaseholders and tenants goes further than simply removing unsafe cladding. Proper plans must also be put in place to rectify the costs of additional safety procedures such as waking watches, which have been mandated by the Government. The additional costs incurred by various parties, including that of fire safety surveys, should be seen as part of the overall cost of the cladding crisis. It is important that these wider issues are resolved in order to avoid ambiguity.


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We welcome the announcement of the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. We will be looking at accessing this fund to roll out charge points across our portfolio where possible, in conjunction with our managing agents. By being able to provide charging points in our buildings, we will make it easier for our tenants to embrace the electric vehicle revolution and in doing so help the country reach our Net Zero Carbon targets.


The Government has faced huge amounts of pressure from across the property sector to resolve this issue. Is it right that the fund to remove unsafe cladding is increased, which will finally end the months of confusion and anxiety for many thousands of people. However, the funding must go further; the Government’s decision to exclude thousands of leaseholders from access to this relief will take some people back to square one.

“There must be a clear pathway forward. Although the loan scheme is a welcome effort to accelerate the work to remove the cladding, it must come with more clarity about the costs to leaseholders and how it will affect their future. It is also essential that the Government sets out a clear response to managing fire safety costs in order to ensure the cladding crisis is resolved once and for all.


Reducing the energy consumption of your building should be a high priority for any landlord or freeholder. As well as lowering running costs, conserving energy will make it easier to comply with tightening environmental regulations, give you sustainable credentials and ultimately impact the property’s long term value. …


Recently, I was lucky enough to be involved in a community project that will make a massive difference to a charity very close to my heart. It was announced last week that Side by Side, a Jewish special needs school, would receive fibre optic internet for free at their new…


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The Government has announced a major reform of planning laws — a shakeup that is long overdue. Out of date planning regulations have not been reformed in the UK since the Second World War, with successive governments instead opting to alter the existing system. This has led to a process…


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It is undeniable that we are all currently living in very strange times. In only a few months, every sector has changed dramatically. This especially includes the property sector — an industry that usually relies on face-to-face contact and personal relationships. Despite this, there are ways to develop within “The…


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The Government has announced a plan to expand Permitted Development Rights (PDR), allowing residential blocks to be expanded by up to two storeys without prior planning permission. …

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Founder and chairman of Avon Group of Companies.

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