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Fitness for human habitation – What does it mean?

By Kane Kirkbride On the 20 March 2019 the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (the ‘Act’) comes into effect. This changes the way in which many disrepair claims are dealt with and increases the obligations of both private and social housing landlords. What is changing? One of the key purposes of the Act […]

Investment franchising and negotiation of franchise terms

By Pauline Cowie The bfa Natwest survey recently confirmed that franchising is firmly on the boardroom agenda as a way of achieving faster expansion, whether that’s in the UK or overseas. This is being driven by trends like multi-unit franchising, which enables franchisees to use their existing infrastructure to manage and acquire a number of […]

Affordable housing – developer’s calculations rejected

By Katherine Evans Earlier this month, the Planning Inspectorate rejected a developer’s method of calculating the sum to be paid for the provision of off-site affordable housing. Background Churchill Retirement Living (Churchill) appealed against the refusal of their planning application by East Devon District Council (the Council) for 39 sheltered apartments for the elderly.

The future of the mortgage market – Home ownership for young adults

By Graham Walters House prices have increased significantly over the last 20 years, resulting in increased barriers to home ownership for young adults and a falling proportion of young adults earning their own home. Our paper takes a look at the barriers to home ownership for young adults and what could be done differently to shape […]

Austria: Electric vehicles exempt from emissions-reducing speed limits

By Sandra Kasper, Christoph Jirak The transport sector is especially important for reducing worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants. This is also the case in Austria. According to the federal minister for sustainability and tourism, “strengthening e-mobility is an essential instrument for achieving these goals”.1 As such, e-mobility is a core element of the Austrian climate […]

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Is it all over for the tax havens of Britain?

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