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22 Oct

Berlin state cabinet agrees five-year rent freeze

Proposal to counter rising housing costs still requires approval by state parliamentBerlin’s state cabinet has agreed on a rent freeze for five years to counter rising housing costs in the German capital.The city’s leftwing coalition government wants to freeze the rent for...

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21 Oct

Developer Nick Candy considers takeover of Capital & Counties

Candy’s investment vehicle may buy all of £2.3bn owner of Earl’s Court and Covent Garden sitesMultimillionaire property developer Nick Candy is considering a takeover bid for Capital & Counties (Capco), the FTSE-250 real estate company that owns much of Earl’s Court and...

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21 Oct

Welcome to Manc-hattan: how the city sold its soul for luxury skyscrapers

Giant towers are sprouting up all over Manchester. But how will sky lounges and penthouse olive groves help the city’s rocketing homelessness problem?‘Hell upon Earth” is how Friedrich Engels described Manchester’s Angel Meadow. This violent, squalid, disease-ridden district was one of the...

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21 Oct

Will I have to pay the higher rate stamp duty on new property?

I’m buying the house with a new partner, but I am still named on a previous mortgageQ Shortly before my ex-wife and I separated, we bought a house together. We are now divorced and both have new partners. I am still named...

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19 Oct

Mortgages: 40-year terms are becoming the norm – but watch out

First-time buyers could end up paying a lot more – and not be mortgage-free until their 70sMortgages with a maximum term of 40 years are now becoming the norm, according to new data this week. However, with the average age of a...

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19 Oct

Mortgage prisoners: domestic abuse survivors on how they got trapped

Homeowners fleeing toxic relationships can get stuck with large mortgages they can’t escapeFour years ago, without a word of warning, Wendy’s estranged husband stopped paying his share of the mortgage, leaving the mother of one to pay the full £1,100 a month.Despite...

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