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French embassy buys apartments in Fulham

21st October 2014

Residential and commercial real estate investor Sunny Day Capital has sold four flats at its office-to-residential conversion in Fulham. The two-bedroom flats at The Lanchesters, Fulham Palace Road, went for a total of £3.13 million, reflecting a price of £850 per sq ft. Two of the London apartments were acquired by the French embassy and the other two involved owner occupiers. These sales followed the recent completion of Sunny Day’s nine-apartment residential project of two b...

Hanover's Nicholson appointed new chair of HCA advisory group.

21st October 2014

Hanover deputy chief executive Rona Nicholson has been appointed the new chair of the HCA’s equality and diversity board advisory group (EDBAG). Nicholson, who has been a member of EDBAG since April 2013, replaces outgoing chair Dorian Leatham. "I am delighted to be taking on such an important role for the HCA," Nicholson said. "A focus on meeting the needs of all sections of our communities continues to underpin the agency’s work and, in relation to that, equality and diversity re...

Housing association drops mandatory conditions from tenancy agreements

21st October 2014

A housing association has quietly dropped mandatory conditions from its tenancy agreements after a pilot found they were not needed. Somerset-based Yarlington Housing Group, which manages 10,000 homes across the South West, developed and piloted its Household Ambition Plan in 2013, which it said was designed to help its new tenants "identify and achieve their goals". The majority of the ambitions in the agreement - which had to be signed to secure a tenancy - were focused on employment and training, as...

Isos grandmother in shock at £1k bill after energy wazzocks read wrong meter

21st October 2014

A disabled grandmother-of-six with a hip replacement is celebrating after her northeast landlord Isos Housing helped her snuff out a staggering £1,000 energy bill, ending eight long months of tears, anger and sleepless nights. The catalogue of errors started when 68-year-old Sandra Scott asked npower to have £200 of account credit refunded into her bank account. She was told this would not be possible, and even worse quickly followed. When Scott was asked to read her meter, the naugh...

Opinion: Rent price growth eases

21st October 2014

By Martin Totty, chief executive, Barbon Insurance Group For two consecutive months the UK has experienced an easing in rental price growth, with twice as many regions seeing rental price falls than those recording an increase.    There can be an element of ‘seasonality’ to the rental market with September often recording marginally lower average prices than other months, perhaps due to the number of student letting agreements being signed at this time of year.  However...

Caption Competition

21st October 2014

November’s picture features 90s TV annoyance Nick Hancock, sat with Hyde’s chief executive, Elaine Bailey, for some reason. Not really. It’s merely the latest housing minister, Brandon Lewis, pointing downwards as he discusses the Conservative Party’s chances of re-election next May. Only joking!  He was actually deep in conversation about his thoughts on using cloud-seeding aircraft to make Christmas “all snowy”. Actually, that’s probably untrue ...

Mayor to be quizzed over Tottenham Hotspur/West Ham ground share

21st October 2014

The Mayor of London is to be quizzed about the possibility of Premier League teams Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United sharing the Olympic Stadium. Leader of the Greater London Authority (GLA) Conservatives Andrew Boff will ask Boris Johnson this week if West Ham has the power to veto Spurs, if the club approached the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) requesting a ground-share deal for the 2017-18 season. Boff is a long-time critic of the LLDC's decision to sign the Olympic Stadium ...

Government's economic recovery stumbles as borrowing soars

21st October 2014

The Tory-led coalition's claims to have saved the UK's economy have taken a blow as new figures show that government borrowing ballooned last month. The country borrowed £11.8 billion in September, £1.6bn more than September last year. And the Office for National Statistics' figures reveal that public sector net debt excluding public sector banks (PSND ex) was £1,451.3bn (79.9% of GDP) in September 2014, an increase of £100.7bn compared with September 2013. Chris Leslie MP, Labour&rsquo...

100 and counting for Sunderland City Council's empty properties team

21st October 2014

Sunderland City Council's empty properties team has returned 102 empty properties to use for families to live in this year. The council is working with social housing providers and accredited private landlords to refurbish empty and neglected properties. It provides practical help, advice and access to funding through a range of grants and loans to help property owners carry out the essential repairs needed. The loans are provided by the council through the national New Homes Bonus, which was launch...

Nottingham City Homes celebrates black history month

21st October 2014

Nottingham City Homes is marking black history month with a special event to celebrate the contribution of the African-Caribbean community to Britain. The free event on 27 October at Bulwell Riverside includes dancing, drumming, storytelling and poetry along with African-Caribbean food. There will also be a display from the "Universal Roots" project, a collaboration between NCH and Nottingham City Museums and Galleries. The project started in 2009 when African Caribbean tenants from NCH’s...