29 Apr

I'm confused about renting and changes to capital gains tax

I’m not sure whether now would be a good time to sell the house I’ve been renting outQ I’m confused about the proposed changes in the capital gains tax system for people selling their home when it has been rented out. I’m...

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28 Apr

Is a cheaper but longer mortgage worth it to get on the ladder?

The rapid extension of mortgage terms from 25 to 40 years means different things for different peopleAs the cost of buying a property continues to exceed the budgets of many homebuyers, the prospect of paying less – but for much, much longer...

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27 Apr

DIY urban gardening hacks for small spaces

Go bold on scent and add drama with glossy-leaved plants to create a cosy urban oasisSmall gardens are often seen as having little or no scope for design. This couldn’t be further from the truth. You can squeeze a lot into a...

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26 Apr

Let’s move to Ripon, North Yorkshire: where all seems right in the world

There’s a flawless cityscape, damn fine tearooms and even an ancient hornblowerWhat’s going for it? One can snigger at local customs – you know, the Ye Olde Knee-Painting Ceremony of Nuneaton, that kind of thing. But I think there’s something just fabulous...

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26 Apr

Blooming wonders: five of the best wisteria-clad homes

From a Grade II-listed house in Shropshire to a hunting lodge in London, here are some floral picks Continue reading… Continue Reading

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24 Apr

MPs call on landlords to scrap 'no DSS' clauses in rental ads

Critics compare refusal of people on benefits to ‘no blacks, no Irish, no dogs’ signsMPs have demanded landlords and letting agents end the practice of screening out people on benefits after hearing claims that “no DSS” clauses have become the 2019 equivalent...

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23 Apr

Net loss of housing to wealthy incomers | Letters

Guardian readers respond to a range of stories on the UK housing crisisThe government should help families like the Earles by keeping rents affordable (Priced out: ‘We had to choose: eat dinner or stay warm’, 22 April). Instead it actively makes their...

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23 Apr

Forget the greige age: the case for painting your house any colour you like

People who paint their houses unusual colours can end up annoying the neighbours – and falling foul of their local council. But is it anybody else’s business what colour your home is?Future archaeologists may come to know the early 21st century as...

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22 Apr

If I inherit my mum's house will I be able to use my lifetime Isa?

I could end up losing 25% of it or having to leave my savings there until after I retireQ I’m single, earn around £20,000 a year at age 34 I have a pension pot which is currently worth £15,000. I want to...

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22 Apr

'Nothing's affordable': buying a home now just a dream on Arran

Young couples and older workers alike face housing insecurity on island where tourism is boomingHousing crisis on Arran leaves hundreds of islanders without homes Jennifer and Andrew Earle’s new home arrived on the ferry to Arran almost a fortnight ago, a static...

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