May 31, 2018

Julie Hirigoyen

It’s certainly been a while since a prime minister made a speech about energy use in buildings.

But last week Theresa May stood up at Jodrell Bank and, in a flash of this government’s new-found green ambition, announced a mission to “at least halve the en...

May 30, 2018

More than £800,000 is to be spent on the latest phase of Dundee’s external wall insulation (EWI) programme to help tackle fuel poverty in the city.

The neighbourhood services committee will hear on Monday that another 72 properties will become warmer and more energy eff...

Sarah-Jane McArthur - Brodies LLP

Earlier this month, at the All-Energy conference, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched the Route Map and consultation on Energy Efficient Scotland (EES).

EES aims to launch a set of long-term energy performance standards for all b...

May 25, 2018

Energy performance certificates (EPCs) – you know what they are, and you know you need them for your buy-to-let properties.

But are you fully up to speed with your obligations as a landlord, as well as with recent updates to minimum energy efficiency standards?

Whether...

May 24, 2018

With the UK population living longer than ever, the ways in which you invest for retirement can have life-changing consequences. 

Property has long been seen as a sound investment. But with house prices stagnating and an increasingly punitive buy-to-let landscape, can...

May 23, 2018

Approximately a third of mortgage brokers’ buy to let business will come from limited company clients in the next few years.

The prediction came from Mortgages for Business chief executive David Whittaker. Whittaker stated that there remained ‘considerable opportunity’...

May 22, 2018

John Goodall, CEO and co-founder of Landbay

From 1 October, the government will be tightening regulations for house in multiple occupation (HMO) to improve the general standard of lettings in the UK.

The change to licensing closes off a major HMO classification loophole...

May 22, 2018

Geoff Hall, managing director of Berkeley Alexander

Despite much being written about the Energy Act, including in Mortgage Solutions, according to research by HSB Engineering, less than 20% of UK brokers are aware of its impact on their property owner clients.

The new re...

Tim Blackman, solicitor: Commercial Property – Gardner Leader LLP

THE Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (otherwise known as MEES) came into force on April 1.

The new regulations prevent landlords from granting new (or renewing existing) tenancies of non-domestic proper...

Dawn Reynolds 

If you have diversified your farm income by converting any of your outbuildings for commercial rent, are you aware that new minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) announced last year came into force in April 2018? Minimum energy efficiency ratings hav...

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