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Yesterday (15th April 2019), the government outlined plans to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 in a bid to end so called ‘no-fault’ evictions. Although this is not a surprise move, it is one that, if goes ahead as suggested (i.e. full abolition of Section 21), will be game-changing for the private rented sector.
Standing back from all the uncertainty in the news and looking at the property market indices this month, it’s a miracle the market is still performing so well. And despite some worries and wobbles from London and the South East, and of course Aberdeen’s continued decline in both prices and rents, it’s good to see that Hometrack is reporting “All cities recording positive house price growth” up by 2.8% year on year. And there seems to be more good news on the way with London prices turning positive (+0.4%) after a poor few years.
The Spring Statement from Philip Hammond wasn't the most exiting event of the day, but at least it was a rare bit of 'respite' away from the disaster that is now Brexit - or maybe not! Much of the statement repeats pledges and consultations on more changes to property taxation from previous budgets, but there is some news on where investment is going into areas such as Nottingham, Derby, Portsmouth, Southampton and the likes of Stoke on Trent.
I was the 'midnight expert' on BBC's 5Live between Wednesday and Thursday with the fabulous Phil Williams and, as always, in between the sport and news updates we managed to chat about the property market - especially chatting about the impact of Brexit on today's and the future market. But I also answered questions on shared ownership, should first time buyers invest first, are lenders adding additional monies to your outgoings, is it better to buy a property with a mortgage or with cash, and genuinely hopefully pointing buyers, sellers, renters and investors in the right direction.