Private flat owners start campaign over Grenfell-style cladding

Homeowners want freeholders to pay costs of removing fire-risk cladding from tower blocksScared homeowners living in tower blocks covered in Grenfell-style cladding are launching a national campaign demanding urgent action to make their homes safe.Amid growing anger that too little is being done to...

Should we remortgage our home to build an extension?

A neighbour sold a property like ours – without an extension – for 10% more than we paidQ We have been living in our five-bedroom home for the last four years. I don’t imagine we’ll move for at least another six years or so, until both our kids...

We’re a couple aged 76 – can we get help to buy a house?

We’re planning to return to the UK from Australia and wonder whether we can get a mortgageQ We are a couple both aged 76 who are currently living in Australia. However, we would like to return to the UK to be with family as we no longer have...

Do I count as a first-time buyer if I inherit a share of a home abroad?

I’m worried I’ll lose my bonuses in a help-to-buy Isa and/or relief from stamp duty land taxQ My partner and I are looking to buy our first home in London together so have both been saving in help-to-buy Isa accounts. However, I am soon inheriting a share of...

My parents have a ‘lifetime mortgage’ – what happens if my mother sells?

She will need to go into a care home soon and we’re worried the lender will set the priceQ When my father died, my parents’ joint mortgage was put into the sole name of my mother. This was when we discovered that he had not been paying the...

I own my home with my parents – what happens to it when they die?

Neither of my parents have a will, so does ownership of the house automatically come to me?Q I own my home with my parents. It’s jointly owned between me, my mother and my father. Also living here are my husband and my son (who are not named as...

Chancellor offers £3bn fix for Britain’s ‘broken housing market’

Philip Hammond’s spring statement includes funding to build 30,000 affordable homesA new £3bn scheme will fund the building of 30,000 affordable homes, the chancellor has said, as he proclaimed that the government was on track to reach its target of 300,000 new homes a year in Britain.

Help to buy has had its day. Time to tax the builders and close the scheme

Osborne’s plan to assist first-time buyers has created colossal windfall profits. The Treasury deserves some of that moneyIf the major banks – rather than housebuilders – were the chief beneficiaries of the government’s help-to-buy scheme, the financial regulator would probably list it as a scam. Ministers would...

Help-to-buy scheme pushes housebuilder dividends to £2.3bn

Flagship policy of former government drives up firms’ profits along with house pricesBritain’s biggest housebuilders paid out £2.3bn in dividends in their most recent financial year, as the help-to-buy subsidy pumped up their profits and house prices.The nine biggest housebuilders listed on the London...

London property slump pushes Foxtons to first annual loss since IPO

Nationwide says house prices dipped 0.1% in February from January to average of £211,304The London estate agent Foxtons slumped to its first annual loss since its stock market debut six years ago, blaming a further fall in the number of homes sold and warning of a prolonged downturn in the...

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