15 Jun

Letting fees ban: agents urge landlords to increase rents

The government has banned agencies from ripping off tenants – but there is evidence that rents are rising to offset the lossesThere were warnings that this month’s ban on rip-off tenant fees would result in rents being pushed up – and now...

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15 Jun

Second homes now worth nearly £1tn to Britons

Extra property wealth rises 50% but numbers of young families owning homes halves in 20 yearsProperty wealth in Britain from second homes has risen by more than 50% over the past two decades to reach nearly £1tn, according to a report that...

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14 Jun

Let’s move to Kendal, Cumbria: a proper town in permanent festival mode

You have the luxury of two of the most magnificent national parks – the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales – at the edge of townWhat’s going for it? Auld Grey Town, they call it, and under a heavy blanket of cloud and...

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14 Jun

Help to buy has helped the well-off – and made the housing crisis worse | Vicky Spratt

More than half of those using the scheme could already afford a home. The government must stop propping up a broken marketConservative politicians have long professed their infallible belief that Britain should be a “property-owning democracy”. From Noel Skelton, who actually came...

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14 Jun

Homes for large families – in pictures

There’s plenty of space for your brood in these family-friendly properties, from London to Scotland Continue reading… Continue Reading

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11 Jun

Leasehold trap: watchdog investigates if homebuyers are treated unfairly

Competition and Markets Authority to look at mis-selling and potentially unfair contractsUK homeowners at risk of falling into the so-called “leasehold trap” could benefit from a new official investigation into potential misleading practices and unfair terms.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said...

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10 Jun

My daughter is helping us buy our retirement home – what if we go into care?

I’m worried she won’t get her contribution back if the property is sold to pay for our careQ Our daughter is contributing 25% of the price of our new retirement home. This enables us to buy it yet allows us to keep...

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09 Jun

Fresh land laws are key to ending inequality | Letters

Rev Paul Nicolson, DBC Reed and Marion Shoard are among several readers responding to George Monbiot’s piece tackling ‘the most neglected issue in British politics’Wealthy and powerful landowners ought to visit homeless hostels in the London borough of Haringey, where single mothers...

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08 Jun

Which budget turntable, amp and speakers should I buy?

I can spend up to £250 on a new or used system for playing old vinyl recordsEvery week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best...

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07 Jun

Vote-grabbing gimmicks put pensions at risk | Letters

David Blake, Edmund Cannon and Ian Tonks criticise James Brokenshire’s idea to let first-time buyers dip into pension funds for a deposit on a home, while Sue Ferns says we are still a long way off gender equality in pensionsWe view with...

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