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  • Council pays rogue landlord £500,000 in housing benefit
    Bernard McGowan, who has £30m in property, received money from Brent despite being bannedA repeatedly convicted landlord, ruled unfit to rent out property in a north London borough in 2015, has since received more than £500,000 in housing benefit payments from the same council that banned him.The discovery that a ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2019-01-20
  • Buy perennials for summer colour now
    It’s a rare horticultural win-win: the best time to plant and the best time to buyIn January, frequently the coldest month of the year, planting up swathes of summer flowers can seem like a very distant dream. However, as they lie deep in their dormancy, now is (perhaps counterintuitively) the ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2019-01-20
  • Lenders cut mortgage rates to give a kick-start to 2019
    As Brexit takes its toll on the property market, there is some good news for borrowersFirst-time buyers and homeowners remortgaging their properties have been given some good news at the start of the year as a number of lenders have cut their rates in an increasingly competitive market.Last week HSBC ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2019-01-20
  • Council houses were once a glory of the public realm. Let’s return to those days | Rowan Moore
    It’s scandalous that local authorities are being forced to rent from private landlords the same properties they once owned… before right to buyBuild more council homes. Not so long ago, this idea was, although not new, radical. So thoroughly had Margaret Thatcher schooled the nation in the virtues of private ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2019-01-20
  • Late January, time to feed birds and burn branches
    More than anything it’s time to tidy up – and for that there’s one indispensable garden toolEdging towards the end of January, quiet gardening now. Time for bird feeders and fire. We spent Christmas at the beach hut. My mother-in-law is nearing 94, our weeks ever more precious together.I turn ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2019-01-20
  • Looms with a view: weavers give ancient craft a modern twist
    From spun metal to twisted horse hair, these four women are finding new platforms for an old craftFrom gallery spaces to Instagram, practitioners of the ancient craft of handweaving are finding new platforms for their work. This, coupled with a growing appreciation for all things handmade and an increasing awareness ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2019-01-19
  • The cabin in the woods: ‘When it rains, it’s loud but lovely’
    Created from sustainable sources by architect Piers Taylor, and parked in a Somerset valley, is a mobile home that’s both in and of the treesMobile home. It takes just two words to stir up the contradictions in British attitudes to that most basic of needs: where, and how, to live. ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2019-01-19
  • Could renting without huge deposits become the norm?
    Tenants are being offered schemes that do away with the need for large amounts upfront Scraping together a deposit on a new flat is always tough for tenants, with the average amount demanded now more than £1,400 in England and Wales. Would you rather pay an insurance fee of about ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2019-01-19
  • Let’s move to Somers Town: one of London’s best-kept secrets
    It’s ripe with history and character, from magnificent social housing to spooky churchesWhat’s going for it? We shan’t mention HS2 and the new Euston station (well, OK, just once more). But ’twas ever thus. Apart from a brief fancy period in the early 19th century when Charles Dickens and Mary ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2019-01-18
  • can we transfer our existing mortgage to a new property?
    We've seen a house we like but fear we may be locked into a two-year fixed-rate mortgage. Can we port our mortgage to the new house and how does this work? ... read more
    Source: Home and PropertyPublished on 2019-01-18
  • Italian mortgages, taxes, contracts and agents for foreigners explained
    A euro might not be a lot to spend but it's still worth doing some research before you take the plunge in Sambuca di Sicilia. ... read more
    Source: Home and PropertyPublished on 2019-01-18
  • magazine's Covent Garden office for sale after over 100 years in the same family
    The Victorian building is coming up for auction with a guide price of £13 million. ... read more
    Source: Home and PropertyPublished on 2019-01-18
  • the skyscrapers set to complete in the capital in 2019
    From the City to the Isle of Dogs, a bevy of buildings around the 200 metre mark are nearing completion this year in London. ... read more
    Source: Home and PropertyPublished on 2019-01-17
  • Sicilian town of Sambuca sells houses for €1
    The Euro to sterling exchange rate may not be working in Britain's favour at the moment thanks to ongoing Brexit uncertainty, but, even with a weaker pound, it's not just priced-out Londoners who will consider a home in the Italian town of Sambuca the deal of the century. ... read more
    Source: Home and PropertyPublished on 2019-01-17
  • Italian town puts dozens of homes on market for as little as €1
    Officials in Sambuca, on Sicily, seek to revive depopulated town – but there’s a catchBritish house prices may be crashing, but you would still be hard-pressed to find a cheaper property than those on sale in one Sicilian town, where homes are going for as little as €1.Dozens of properties ... read more
    Source: GuardianPublished on 2019-01-17



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