Rat and Mouse
Fri
10
Jul

It’s in Barton Le Clay in Bedfordshire, in four acres, with outbuildings including a rented barn annex bringing in £10k a year, and it’s the country house that inspired Blur’s Country House. The story is that Flood label owner David Balfe moved to the property after selling his label to EMI in 1994, prompting Damon Albarn to write the hit. Particulars here.

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Thu
09
Jul

When’s a non-dom not a non-dom? When they’ve been in the country for 15 of the past 20 years. A curb in tax relief is likely - according to those who sell them - to affect the prices of high-end residential properties. Meanwhile, in letting, a reduction in tax relief for buy-to-let landlords, due for implementation in two years could, again according to those in the industry, combine with increasing interest rates to form a perfect storm, wiping out landlords’ profits. The result? Properties thrown on to the market, risking negative equity for homeowners? Rising rents? Finally, new inheritance tax bands effectively ending the tax on a property worth up to £1m (and owned by a married couple) was brought in in response to rising house prices. Worries include even more restricted market supply, as people hold onto properties for longer. 

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Wed
08
Jul

It’s Flat 24, in the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, Wandsworth Common. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, off-street parking, games room and glorious vaulted ceilings have previously been enjoyed by Rudolph Hess (before the place was separated into flats) and a member of Duran Duran. More here (and note the picture caption, helpfully distinguishing Hess from Simon Le Bon). 

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This kind of article always puzzles me. Yes, Emma Freud obviously has a right to move wherever she wants, rent her house out for the most money she can get and note the eccentricities and foibles of prospective tenants. She’s a witty and elegant writer, too. But who at the Telegraph thought it would be a good idea to present this piece as a “plight of the first-time landlord” column? Note the sympathy in the comments section.

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Tue
07
Jul

According to research by Lloyds Bank, property prices in the Olympic Park area have been boosted by an average of £1,500 per month since the bid was won in 2005. Since September 2012, they’ve led the country, including the rest of London, in house price gains, adding 33%, compared to 25% (London as a whole) and 12% (England and Wales). The survey doesn’t focus on a tiny sample of property, either, but includes 14 postcodes closest to the Olympic Park. More here.

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Mon
06
Jul

Countrywide merge sales and lettings and appoint ex-Dixons/Carphone chief [Property Industry Eye]
A tour of the £1 house [Daily Mail]
Secret plans for London super-skyscraper [Sunday Telegraph]
Will Tories curb buy-to-let tax subsidies? [Letting Agent Today]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Fri
03
Jul

Market report - slight slump according to Nationwide [Guardian]
But it’s hot in the suburbs [Independent]
Croydon landlords rise up [Property Industry Eye]
Minicab v construction site… outside Robbie Williams’s house [Daily Mail]
London’s too small [Conservative Home]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Thu
02
Jul

With buy-to-let borrowing making up 18% of new mortgages, the Bank of England, in its biannual Financial Stability Report, expresses concerns about the sector’s outlook in a context of rising interest rates, and its power to affect the rest of the market. While pressure on properties by potential landlords can push up prices in the short-term, extending general debt levels, landlords’ vulnerability to rising interest rates (resulting from narrow margins) and their capacity to put properties up for sale at short notice, could drive prices down just as quickly and cause a negative equity crisis for homeowners. More here.

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Wed
01
Jul

Parts were published, but there were 63 redactions. Now Andrea Leadsom MP has told Parliament that - despite DEFRA’s own position - the entire document “will” be published, as per the Information Commissioner’s wishes. With Liz Truss’s DEFRA considering an appeal, expect fisticuffs. Her worries? The accuracy of the report… and that publication will prove “damaging”. Blimey. That’s guaranteed to give affected homeowners the jitters. More here.

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Tue
30
Jun

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We’re talking about 10 Park Drive, a Stanton Williams-designed Canary Wharf block of 354 apartments. Unlike other high-profile recent developments, this - the developers promise - won’t be sold off-plan in the Far East before Londoners get a look in. It’s getting a UK-only launch (although non-UK citizens resident here will, of course, be eligible to buy). More here.

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Mon
29
Jun

Rental voids at record low [Property Industry Eye]
Estate agents named country’s worst bosses [Property Industry Eye]
Is London “eating itself”? [Observer]
Amazing sheds [Readers’ Sheds]
eMoov to pilot “no sale-no fee” model [Estate Agent Today]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Fri
26
Jun

Boris announces 12,000 new fast-track homes in across four zones [Property Industry Eye]
Luxury homes hit hard [Daily Telegraph]
Lindsay Lohan… Londoner? [Evening Standard]
26 people living in one East Ham home [Guardian]

The Rat and Mouse - London’s property blog 

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Thu
25
Jun

The move, by the Southwark Council, apparently comes following campaigning by the Walworth Society, and appears to be the final nail in the coffin for any plans to convert the old pub into a new branch. More here.

Friday morning linkage - anti-Foxtons squatters on the move [June 19, 2015]
Foxtons fixed on historic Elephant & Castle pub [June 3, 2015]

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An interesting piece in Homes & Property points to Plaistow as one of London’s last property gambles… a neighbourhood on the very edge of east London regeneration with excellent schools and interesting shared-ownership buyer opportunities. The question for early investors is whether the London property boom will continue long enough for regeneration funds to reach E13. More here.

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Wed
24
Jun

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It’s the first part, tonight (9pm, Channel 5) of a six-part series called Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords, and it promises to showcase the nastier side of the letting industry. Tonight… sub-letting scams. More here and here.

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Luxury apartments tied to and benefitting from the 24 hour services of hotels aren’t new, but here’s something interesting. These £12m+ Connaught Place apartments come with room service via Harrods, including food from the restaurants and use of the Harrods Private Air Service chopper or jet. Views are over Hyde Park, and some apartments come with cinema, gym, steam room. More here and here.

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