The Homes Act 2018: a landlord’s guide

By Richard Walker, National Technical and Development Manager at Peter Cox This April, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitations) Act came into effect. The updated legislation allows tenants in England and Wales to pursue legal action against landlords who do... View Article

Councils’ powers to remove Grenfell-style cladding ‘useless’

New powers for councils to step in and remove dangerous cladding from privately-owned towers have been criticised for being “largely useless”, leaving tens of thousands of leaseholders feeling unsafe and facing huge bills. Last November, Housing Secretary James Brokenshire announced... View Article

Grenfell residents’ rights were breached

The human rights of Grenfell Tower’s residents were breached by both their local council and the Government, according to the country’s equalities watchdog. The use of combustible cladding on the tower and allocating flats high in the building to elderly... View Article

W Zone at King’s Cross given final go ahead

Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) was today (30 April 2019) given the final go ahead by Islington Council on the W Zone. The W Zone, located off York Way and Randell’s Road will comprise three mixed use buildings, known... View Article

The NFB unveils its Major Contractors Group

The board of the National Federation of Builders (NFB) is pleased to announce the formation of the NFB Major Contractors Group (NFB MCG). Mark Wakeford, joint managing director of Stepnell Limited and chair of the NFB MCG, said: “We are... View Article

John McAslan + Partners’ Msheireb Museums

John McAslan and Partners has transformed a group of historic houses within Msheireb Properties’ flagship redevelopment of the historical downtown area of Doha. The four historic houses – Company House, Bin Jelmood, Mohammed Bin Jassim House and Radwani House –... View Article

New partnership formed to deliver Queensway regeneration

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Swan Housing Association have signed contracts and formed a joint venture partnership that will work to deliver the regeneration of the Queensway estate. This follows full council approval of Swan Housing Association as preferred bidder in... View Article

Construction cartel directors disqualified

The CMA has secured the disqualification of two former directors of CPM Group Ltd following CPM’s admission that it breached competition law.  The move follows the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) statement of objections issued on 13 December 2018, alleging that 3 suppliers... View Article

80% of consumers say that the design of homes impacts their wellbeing

New research published by Eurocell plc, the UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor and recycler of PVC-U window, door, conservatory and roofline systems, has revealed that four in five consumers believe the design of their home impacts their wellbeing, demonstrating the growing demand for homes... View Article

Mortgage Insurance and When It is Required

Sometimes referred to as mortgage payment protection insurance, MPPI, mortgage protection insurance or even just mortgage insurance – regardless, the overarching principle is the same. It’s all about protecting a person and their home by covering the cost of their... View Article

The Difference Between a Merchant Cash Advance and a Loan

Attracting ever-greater attention in recent times, merchant cash advances (MCAs) are seemingly becoming the future as an alternative form of business finance. Although often compared to traditional bank loans, to such an extent that they may sometimes be referred to... View Article