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13 Aug

Danish bank launches world’s first negative interest rate mortgage

Jyske Bank will effectively pay borrowers 0.5% a year to take out a loanA Danish bank has launched the world’s first negative interest rate mortgage – handing out loans to homeowners where the charge is minus 0.5% a year.Negative interest rates effectively...

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13 Aug

Landmark verdict over letting agency that posed as a club

£42,273 fine marks a ‘major victory’ for all private tenantsA lettings agency that posed as a membership club to dodge tenancy laws has been fined more than £40,000 in the first prosecution of its kind in the UK.Lifestyle Club Ltd pressured tenants...

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13 Aug

Talk of a public housing renaissance in London is fake news

Developers exploit spurious definitions of affordability to pretend they are solving a housing crisis they helped to createAs academics researching the UK housing crisis, we are all too familiar with the extreme lack of public housing. Between 1981 and 2016, for instance,...

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12 Aug

My little summerhouse has upset my neighbour. Do I need planning permission for it?

I’d intended to use my 2.4m by 2.1m building as a painting studio. I don’t want to get into an argument, but the complaint is spoiling my enjoyment of itQ I have recently had installed a small 2.4m x 2.1m summerhouse at...

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09 Aug

Let’s move to Chichester, West Sussex: it punches well above its weight

This place has no dark side, unless it’s hidden deep, deep in its repressed pastWhat’s going for it? Chichester is so generally lovely, it’s impossible to be rude about it. For a city of its relatively small size, it’s well-rounded, nicely brought...

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09 Aug

Houses with swimming pools – in pictures

From a ‘natural’ pool in Suffolk to a heated one in northerly Perthshire, here are some homes to whet your appetite Continue reading… Continue Reading

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