Student renters happier in purpose-built accommodation, says new report

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Student renters happier in purpose-built accommodation, says new report previous nextHousing MarketStudent renters happier in purpose-built accommodation, says new reportReport reveals how students who can afford ‘PBSA’ accommodation during their first year then find it harder to enter the often shabbier traditional market.Nigel Lewis3rd January 20200807 Views Have you ever heard of a ‘twodio’ or a ‘cluster flat’? Then you need to brush up on the latest lingo coming out of the newbuild student renters market.The two terms – the former being a two-bedroom flat with shared bathroom and cooking facilities and the latter a larger apartment with en-suite bedrooms and shared kitchen – are the latest kind of property being built to lure students into upmarket student digs.It’s all within a new report from Knight Frank, which has surveyed some 60,000 students in partnerships with admissions body UCAS.As well as highlighting the two new types of property, the report highlights how ‘purpose built student accommodation’ or PBSA blocks are becoming increasingly popular with students, and in particular foreign students.This includes both second and third-year undergraduates, more of whom are staying in the shinier and more fashionable PBSA apartments rather than decamping to lower-quality traditional properties.30% more expensiveBut this kind of accommodation is expensive. The Knight Frank reports shows that, on average, students living in private PBSA are paying £7,990 a year in rent on average, 30% higher than students living in privately rented house shares.“Overall, it is encouraging to see that the survey shows high levels of student satisfaction within the PBSA market, more so in fact than the alternatives available in the private rental sector,” says James Pullan, Global Head of Student Property at Knight Frank.PBSA investment is expected to have totalled £3.75bn druing 2019 according to research by Cushman & Wakefield.Read more about student accommodation. James Pullan knight frank Accommodation for Students student accommodation January 3, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Mayor of Gloucester officially opens The Waterfront

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Mayor of Gloucester officially opens The Waterfront previous nextLand & New HomesMayor of Gloucester officially opens The WaterfrontThe Negotiator20th February 20200241 Views The Right Worshipful Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Colin Organ, joined fellow councillors and senior members from Crest Nicholson to officially unveil the first building at The Waterfront at Gloucester Quays. The event celebrated an exciting milestone for this £85m project located on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.Comprising 362 one and two bedroom apartments along with 49 two and three bedroom houses, the first residential phase at The Waterfront is well underway. During his visit, the Mayor was taken on a full tour of the show apartments in the marketing hub and he visited the site for an update on the progress of the development so far. The Mayor, Councillor Colin Organ said, “I am delighted to officially open the first building at The Waterfront. It is fantastic to meet those involved and learn more about the vision for this new community. This is an impressive development and something the wider community can be proud of. It will provide much needed new homes in a central Gloucester location.”Sandra Dixon, Sales and Marketing Director at Crest Nicholson South West said, “It is an honour to welcome the Mayor of Gloucester to The Waterfront and this is a perfect occasion to celebrate the opening of the first building as residents start to move in. We are proud to continue to play a part in the ongoing redevelopment of the wider Gloucester Quays area and delivering much needed housing for a range of buyers.”www.crestnicholson.com/ developments/the-waterfrontat- gloucester-quays The Waterfront at Gloucester Quays The Right Worshipful Mayor of Gloucester Sandra Dixon land and new homes February 20, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Labour leader Keir Starmer reveals new shadow Secretary of State of Housing

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Labour leader Keir Starmer reveals new shadow Secretary of State of Housing previous nextHousing MarketLabour leader Keir Starmer reveals new shadow Secretary of State of HousingBristol MP Thangam Debbonaire says she wants to tackle the UK’s lack of affordable housing and the ongoing homelessness crisis.Nigel Lewis7th April 20202 Comments989 Views Newly elected Labour party leader Keir Starmer has revealed his front bench team including his Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Thangam Debbonaire.The 53-year old is well known for being one of a tranche of Labour MPs who resigned in June 2016 after losing faith in the party’s then leader Jeremy Corbyn.Debbonaire, who became MP for Bristol West in 2015, re-joined the Labour front bench team in October that year despite backing Corbyn leadership rival Owen Smith during the rancorous 2016 internal vote. She was made shadow Brexit minister in January 2020.During the 2017 election she increased her majority to 37,336, making it one of the safest seats in the UK.Housing policyTo date her only major foray into housing policy has been to call for student accommodation providers to pay council tax for their residents.Talking about her new job, she says: “Even before the current crisis, there were huge problems to solve. We have a chronic shortage of housing, including social housing and affordable homes.“Homelessness has spiralled upwards in the last decade of Tory governments. And we urgently need to make homes more energy efficient and incorporate renewable energy technologies as we tackle climate change as well as Covid-19.”Debonnaire replaces John Healey, who has looked after Labour’s housing brief since 2009, interrupted only by 12 months as Secretary of State for Health during 2010/2011.Visit her website.Thangam Debbonaire shadow housing secretary keir starmer Labour Party April 7, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsJohn Socha, Orchard BMS Ltd Orchard BMS Ltd 8th April 2020 at 12:21 pmMs Debbonaire does not appear to have the most basic grasp of economics.Charge landlords Council Tax for students, the rent will increase to be paid by “The Bank of Mum & Dad”.Another fantastic, well thought-out policy from the Labour Party.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 7th April 2020 at 3:42 pmShadow secretary for state for housing and your have three minutes on your selected topic housing.Question one – do you have any industry experience in the housing or real estate sector. Question two – does this lack of knowledge help or impede you keeping the government to account, or will you take advice from ‘those in the know.’ Three – what exactly is Labour’s position on housing – apart from the usual rhetoric that there is not enough housing and the poor are the worst off?Lastly, you have been quoted as saying that you support ‘unfettered capitalism’ is that some sort of chutney preserve? And after three minutes you have scored … well it does make me wonder if there are somewhere on the Labour benches more suited individuals, but then maybe not.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Chestertons reports on its lettings activity during four weeks of lockdown

first_imgHome » COVID-19 support » Chestertons reports on its lettings activity during four weeks of lockdown previous nextHousing MarketChestertons reports on its lettings activity during four weeks of lockdownThe London agency reports that it has has registered 2,369 new tenants needing to move, conducted 3,432 virtual viewings and agreed 199 new tenancies during lockdown.Sheila Manchester23rd April 20200558 Views London agency Chestertons reports that it has been kept busy over the lock-down period and has registered 2,369 new tenants needing to move, conducted 3,432 virtual viewings, received 396 offers and agreed 199 new tenancy agreements over the past four weeks.In the same period, it has also conducted well over 500 video market appraisals for landlords and brought nearly 800 properties to the market for rent.The company hasn’t carried out any physical viewings or market appraisals since the 23rd March, when the Government announced the lockdown rules, but prepared for the lock-down by getting video tours of around 50% of its properties before the restrictions were put in place and was quick to introduce virtual market appraisals, which it has been relying on since.It has also been helped by the launch of its new mobile-friendly, web-based landlord and tenant platform, Chestertons Connect, which allows landlords and tenants to progress a tenancy completely online from start to finish, meaning that agreements can now be finalised in a matter of hours.Richard Davies, Chestertons’ Head of Lettings, commented, “The lockdown brought its own set of unique challenges to lettings agents, but both tenants and landlords have been quick to adapt, with landlords understanding that they have to be a bit more flexible with their price and terms, and tenants appreciating that they either have to wait until the restrictions are lifted or else make a decision on the basis of a video viewing.”With more and more tenants opting to do video viewings in the hope of securing a deal during the lock-down period, Chestertons produced a special Guide to Video Viewings specifically for tenants, advising them on the sort of information that they should ask for, to help compensate for the lack of physical viewings.See the guide here.lockdown covid-19 Richard Davies Chestertons April 23, 2020Grant LeonardWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Here’s how to get out of the housing crisis, Boris!

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Here’s how to get out of the housing crisis, Boris! previous nextHousing MarketHere’s how to get out of the housing crisis, Boris!Nick Milton, a biographer of much-maligned Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, says our current PM could learn a lot from his time in office.Nick Milton18th November 20200610 Views This year marks the 80th anniversary of the death of one of Britain’s most misunderstood Prime Ministers, Neville Chamberlain. Remembered almost solely for his controversial policy of appeasement and waving his ‘piece of paper’ proclaiming ‘peace for our time’ after visiting Hitler in September 1938, there is much more to Chamberlain than is commonly known – particularly when it comes to housing.Nearly 50 years old before he was elected a MP in the 1918 general election, he came into politics to improve the dire living conditions of his constituents in his native city of Birmingham. There many of them lived in extended families in rented accommodation, often more than two to a room, in slum housing.In 1924 he was appointed Minister of Health, a portfolio which then included housing and one of his first acts was to continue with the Wheatley Housing Act of 1924 which had been passed by the previous short lived Labour government. This resulted in over half a million council homes being built in Britain by the 1930s, one of the biggest house building programmes of modern times.Unfit homesLater as Chancellor he passed the Housing Act of 1935 which made it a legal requirement for local authorities to identify unfit homes and build replacements before in 1937 becoming Prime Minister.  Chamberlain had big plans for housing when he came to office, but his time was soon dominated by foreign policy and the rest as they say is historyWhat can Boris Johnson learn from Neville Chamberlain? Like Johnson, Chamberlain found himself at the mercy of global events not of his own making which led to an economic depression. His way out of it was to invest in building affordable semi-detached homes, many of which still put a roof over the head of hundreds of thousands of people, particularly around London and southern England.This decade has seen the lowest levels of peacetime construction since the 1920s when Chamberlain came in and over a million people on waiting lists. As Johnson seeks to find ways to kick start the economy following the Covid-19 pandemic, he should take a leaf out of Chamberlain’s book and embark on a new house building programme.That means empowering local authorities to issue bonds so they can raise funds to invest in new homes, particularly for first time buyers and those on low incomes. Thats exactly what Chamberlain did and it worked helping to restore the country’s finances following the Great Depression. By being bold on housing Johnson would not only boost the economy but also make a reality of the Conservative slogan ‘We’re going to #BuildBackBetter.’Nick Milton (left) is the author of ‘Neville Chamberlain’s Legacy’ published by Pen and Sword. Negotiator readers can get a signed copy for £20 (RRP £25) plus P&P by contacting Nicolas at www.nick-milton.comRead more about the PM’s housing market plans.Neville Chamberlain’s Legacy Pen and Sword Neville Chamberlain Build back better Nick Milton Boris Johnson November 18, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

London agents facing CMP crackdown and fines of up to £30,000

first_imgTrading standards have revealed a London-wide crackdown on letting agents who do not comply with client money protection (CMP) regulations, along with plans to roll it out further afield.It has revealed that over 100 agents in the capital have already been investigated for not belonging to an approved CMP scheme, a redress scheme and for not publishing their CMP certificate on their website or at their offices.These agents have already been issued with formal ‘Notices of Intent’ by their local council, warning of a looming fine. Many more will receive similar notices over the coming weeks.Depending on their levels of non-compliance and prior track record, the agents involved face fines of up to £30,000 each.Mitigating circumstancesThe councils involved must now give the agents involved 28 days to explain any mitigating circumstances before a fine is issued.Since April 2019 letting agents have been required by law to belong to an approved CMP scheme to ensure that tenant and landlord deposits and rent are protected should a business fail.The enforcement operation is being run by London Trading Standards, which is a partnership between London’s 33 borough and the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team.It is being funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.James Munro, head of the NTSELAT (pictured) says: “Our officers are providing advice and guidance to support this landmark enforcement initiative, helping to safeguard billions of pounds of consumers’ money.“The intelligence gathered from this campaign will be used to support local authority investigations across the country, which will help protect consumers, raise compliance across the industry and boost consumer confidence.”A survey of agents published by NTSELAT two years ago found that 20% of agents in England were not registered for CMP.head of the NTSELAT CMP fines London trading standards James Munro client money protection CMP February 23, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » London agents facing CMP crackdown and fines of up to £30,000 previous nextRegulation & LawLondon agents facing CMP crackdown and fines of up to £30,000London Trading Standards says 100 agents have already been notified of potential fines with more to follow.Nigel Lewis23rd February 202102,388 Viewslast_img read more

China Conducts Large-Scale Military Exercise

first_img China Conducts Large-Scale Military Exercise View post tag: News by topic A local daily reported Monday that China’s East China Sea Fleet has been conducting an unprecedentedly large-scale military exercise in the…By Sofia Wu (focustaiwan)[mappress]Source: focustaiwan, June  14, 2011; Share this article View post tag: Large-scale View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: Exercisecenter_img June 14, 2011 View post tag: china View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today China Conducts Large-Scale Military Exercise View post tag: military View post tag: conductslast_img read more

HMAS Parramatta Secures Middle East Area of Operation

first_img View post tag: HMAS For many, filling up the tank at their local petrol station would have no connection to the Royal Australian Navy. Most Australians would not realise that some of the goods they purchase at the supermarket and the fuel they consume has been provided safe passage to our shores by Australian sailors deployed to the Middle East Area of Operation (MEAO).The Royal Australian Navy ANZAC frigate HMAS Parramatta is currently on her fourth rotation to the MEAO as part of Operation Slipper and is the 27th Royal Australian Navy ship to deploy since 2001. HMAS Parramatta is captained by Commander Guy Blackburn and is deployed to the MEAO as part of the Australian contribution to the Combined Maritime Forces, working under various United Nations Security Council Resolutions to provide maritime security and counter terrorism support in the Gulf and Horn of Africa region and as part of the international commitment to counter piracy in the Gulf of Aden.Just 2 months into a 6 month deployment, HMAS Parramatta has conducted maritime security operations in the Gulf Region and the Horn of Africa, conducted counter-piracy and anti-smuggling operations in the Gulf of Aden and supported a number of counter terrorism activities.The 191 strong crew celebrated Christmas in the Gulf of Aden, where spirits were high after receiving Christmas gifts and well wishes from loved ones in Australia. However celebrations were brief as, even on Christmas Day and throughout the holiday period, operations did not cease and the crew remained vigilant to their task of providing security to the strategic waterways in the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa region.Commander Guy Blackburn described the importance of HMAS Parramatta’s mission to Australian households.“HMAS Parramatta is up in the Middle East providing maritime security operations and maritime interception,” he said.“Simply put, this means we are up in the Middle East keeping the ‘sea lanes, free lanes’. We’re making sure that all the mariners and the trade of the world can get through safely, so that everybody at home can get all their goods and that all the merchant mariners are kept safe,” said CMDR Blackburn.The HMAS Parramatta left Sydney in late September and now, almost halfway through its deployment, is close to clocking up 15000 nautical miles.“The deployment so far has been very rewarding, everybody enjoys doing active service, this is what we train for and it’s the pinnacle of our careers to be able to be up here , doing our job at sea,”.Whilst it is never easy to be apart from families and friends, especially over Christmas time, the crew of HMAS Parramatta remain firmly focused on the importance of maintaining security throughout the strategic waterways of the world and the Straits of Hormuz, ensuring that millions of barrels of oil are transported through those sea lanes.“This is a very important task that we are doing,” added Blackburn.Leading Seaman Dwayne Cocks, an aircraft controller on the HMAS Parramatta describes this deployment as a career highlight.“The most rewarding part to me is controlling foreign military aircraft and coalition aircraft around the sky as the aircraft controller. Under the direction of the Operations Officer, we all work together to achieve a specific aim,” he said.HMAS Parramatta will handover to HMAS Melbourne in March 2012 before returning home to Sydney for a much deserved break.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 06, 2012; View post tag: Area HMAS Parramatta Secures Middle East Area of Operation View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Middle View post tag: Parramatta Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Parramatta Secures Middle East Area of Operation View post tag: secures View post tag: Navy January 6, 2012 View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: East View post tag: operationlast_img read more

Fairway of Peace 2012 Begins in Sevastopol, Ukraine

first_img View post tag: Ukraine Share this article View post tag: Naval May 24, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: 2012 Industry news Back to overview,Home naval-today Fairway of Peace 2012 Begins in Sevastopol, Ukraine View post tag: beginscenter_img View post tag: Peace View post tag: Sevastopol View post tag: News by topic Russian-Ukrainian joint exercise Fairway of Peace 2012 started in Sevastopol…(rusnavy)[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, May 24, 2012; Image: Russian MoD View post tag: Fairway View post tag: in Fairway of Peace 2012 Begins in Sevastopol, Ukrainelast_img read more

Indian Coast Guard Commissions ICGS Rajveer

first_img View post tag: ICGS View post tag: M/s GRSE View post tag: Navy August 13, 2013 View post tag: Patrol View post tag: coast View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence Authorities View post tag: Defense View post tag: commissions View post tag: Indian View post tag: Inshore View post tag: Naval ICGS Rajveer, seventh in a series of eight Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs) designed and built by M/s GRSE, Kolkota was commissioned on 10 Aug 13, at Visakhapatnam by Shri RK Mathur, Indian Defence Secretary, in the presence of Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal, AVSM, Director General of the Indian Coast Guard, Inspector General of SP Sharma, PTM, TM, Commander of Coast Guard Region (East) and other senior dignitaries of the Central and State Government.Other distinguished guests present on the occasion included Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, Chief of Staff of the Eastern Naval Command, followed by numerous flag officers, commanding officers and senior officers from ships and establishments based at Visakhapatnam.The Defence Secretary was welcomed by a fifty-man guard and introduced to the ship’s officers and senior sailors thereafter. The inaugural address was delivered by Rear Admiral (Retd) NK Mishra, Chairman and Managing Director of M/s GRSE, and Vice Admiral Anurag Thapliyal, DGICG delivered the keynote address. Commandant Rajiv Ranjan, commanding officers of ICGS Rajveer, read out the Commissioning Warrant of the vessel. Hoisting of the Coast Guard Ensign onboard for the first time and ‘Breaking of the Commissioning Pennant’ with the National Anthem being played marked the completion of the Commissioning Ceremony.The ship on joining the Coast Guard Fleet will enhance the Coast Guard’s capability in furthering its mandate of providing maritime safety and security, environmental protection and coastal security on the eastern sea boarder.[mappress]Press Release, August 13, 2013; Image: Indian Navy View post tag: Guard Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Coast Guard Commissions ICGS Rajveer Indian Coast Guard Commissions ICGS Rajveer View post tag: Rajveer View post tag: vessel Share this articlelast_img read more