02 Nov

After Grenfell, homebuyers told their flats are worthless

Thousands of property owners in tower blocks are unable to sell or remortgage in the wake of the disasterLucy Stevenson is one of a new breed of “mortgage prisoners” – trapped in an unsaleable home, rejected by lenders when trying to remortgage...

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01 Nov

Let’s move to Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex: it has seen off the sea for centuries

The waves, I should add, do not need encouragement. The soft marshy sludge and crumbly fudge of the land is disappearingWhat’s going for it? The Naze, since you’re asking, is the promontory or “ness” of land, colonised by seals and barely above...

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01 Nov

Homes for sale in old mills – in pictures

Escape the daily grind with these former working properties, from Devon to North Yorkshire Continue reading… Continue Reading

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29 Oct

Building a better society with decent homes for all | Letters

Ian Bretman, John Worrall, Tom Fyans of CPRE and Susan Major respond to John Harris’s article on housingJohn Harris is absolutely right to highlight housing problems as central to debates about politics and society and to stress the need for more and...

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29 Oct

Will I have to pay capital gains tax on rental income when I sell my house?

I plan to have two lodgers while still living in the property – my only houseQ Please can you clarify for me whether I am likely to be required to pay capital gains tax on my rental income when I decide to...

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27 Oct

Are micro-houses the solution to Britain’s homelessness crisis?

With an estimated 320,000 people homeless in Britain, charities are turning to using tiny ‘pods’ as temporary accommodationWith a single bed, a chemical toilet and a phone charger in a very tight space, a “micro sleeping pod” is very much basic living....

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26 Oct

How students can buy a £400,000 home with zero deposit

A building society is offering 100% mortgages to 18-year-olds while at university. Spoiler: you’ll need wealthy parentsFancy literally lording it over your college flatmates? A growing number of building societies are offering deals that let young adults buy their university home and...

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25 Oct

Let’s move to Tavistock, Devon: Dartmoor photobombs every street

Its beautiful architecture is mostly down to a spot of relatively benign dictatorshipWhat’s going for it? What a joyful town Tavistock is. Is there something in the Tavy? Or maybe it’s the town’s geographical DNA. The up-down topography, perhaps; the rollercoaster hills,...

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25 Oct

Five of the best island homes – in pictures

These properties all sit on an island – for some you’ll need a ferry, for one you’ll need your own boat Continue reading… Continue Reading

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25 Oct

Revealed: the plan to end gazumping in house sales

Homebuyers and sellers could be required to sign £1,000 reservation agreements to make it harder to walk awayCould this mean an end to the heartache and expense of a house sale falling through? A revolutionary new scheme that would require a homebuyer...

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