Protecting Your Property from Japanese Knotweed

By Nic Seale It's growing season and that means many property owners are on the lookout for signs that Japanese knotweed may be encroaching onto their land. This is a very real problem that's affecting landlords all over the UK. To get an idea of the scale of the problem, here's a map of Japanese knotweed infestations (from the PlantTracker site): As you can see, there are several large clusters of Japanese knotweed infestation, primarily in northern England, Wales and down into the southeast of England. Parts of Scotland are also blighted with the highly invasive species that was brought here from Japan in the 1800s, and Northern Ireland to a lesser extent. At Environet, we're constantly tackling infestations of Japanese knotweed on private as well as commercial premises. Methods of eradication for this weed is the subject we’re asked about on a daily basis, so we’re here to give some...
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The UK Sees Significant Rise in Student Property Investments

Whilst we all know that there is a shortage of homes across the UK, many do not realise that there is also a vast under-supply of student property, which is proving to be a goldmine for many investors.Universities across the country are seeing students flooding through their doors every year, and many of those are leaving home for the first time. With so many students choosing to study away from home, there is a high demand for housing in very specific and concentrated areas. It is largely the case that this demand is not being met, and so property investors are seeing the student property market as a wise place to put their money.Northern Property MarketsAccording to research, the University Of St Andrews in Scotland is the place for investors to achieve their highest yields when it comes to student property investment. As the university has royal connections, with previous...
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How will Brexit affect the UK housing market?

We are edging ever closer to the UK leaving the European Union, with plenty of actions being taken ahead of the March 2019 deadline. What effects will Brexit have on the UK’s housing market once the dust has settled? DM Design, experts in bespoke kitchens in Glasgow, investigates… The RICS headline price balance falls A survey of UK chartered surveyors carried out across the summer suggested that the UK’s housing market as a whole weakened in June. In fact, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor’s (RICS) headline price balance dropped to +7 per cent in that month — down considerably from the +17 per cent recorded in May, and also the weakest reading made by the organisation since one was made straight after the crucial Brexit vote in June 2016.While on a national level, RICS found that 44 per cent of surveyors who were questioned for the study cited domestic...
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Are the Costs of Buying Investment Property in London Still Worthwhile?

The cost of buying property in London is famously high and compared to the rest of the UK, it always has been. However, as more people than ever before are now choosing to relocate out of the UK’s capital because they cannot afford to buy a property, it begs the question – is investing in property in London still a viable option?It depends where you want to investLondon is a big place, and like any other part of the country it has areas which are much more expensive to live than others. Due to developments made within different parts of the capital, some areas have become a much more of a lucrative investment than others. If you have the capital, the more popular areas such as Chelsea, Battersea and Mayfair are still very much worth investing in. However, you may also want to consider areas such as Nine Elms, Tooting,...
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Predicted Property Hotspots

These property hotspot areas have come from The Barclays UK Property Predictor. This provides a three-to-five-year forecast of property hotspots, revealing the areas across the UK where house prices and rental incomes are expected to see the biggest rises. The UK is still a prime location for property investors. The Property Predictor uses factors including rental trends, employment levels and commuter behaviour as well as current house prices to create an index of future property trends. It could be a great way for you to choose the location of your next property investment.  After all, a hotspot could be right around the corner from you!LONDONThe capital is one of the most desirable places to live, not just in the UK, but in the world. It is also one of the most expensive with the average property value of more than £500,000.The largest upwards increase in average house prices is expected to...
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The UK Buy to Let Market - Incentives and Education key for sustainable future

There’s been no shortage of change in the UK over recent years and private landlords may well be wishing for a break from it all. At the same time, the fact that the UK continues to have a severe lack of housing supply, coupled with strong demand means that there is still a case for buy-to-let investment. Here are three key issues, which could determine whether or not this investment area performs well over the forthcoming years.    Recognition that there are generational differences in attitudes to housingSome aspirations are pretty much timeless, for example the desire to find a life partner and to have children. Many aspirations, however, change between generations, often in line with changes in technology, which lead to changes in lifestyle. Up until relatively recently, most people born in the UK would typically spend most, if not all of their lives here, certainly their working lives.Over recent...
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Slowing demand but expectations are positive

According to the recent Land Registry HPI: The average price of a property was £217,502. The annual price change for a property was 5.8%, below the average of 7.3%. The monthly price change for a property in the UK was 0.6%. The monthly index figure for the UK, with January 2015 equalling 100, was 114.1. Indicators suggested a slowing demand and continued tight supply. According to surveys, housing market activity has remained subdued and transaction volumes and enquiries are mostly unchanged from November 2016. Despite this, expectations are positive, but steady. New buyer enquiry figures, supported by the Bank of England, show that the volume of approvals for house purchases decreased by 5.6% compared to February 2016. The total number of seasonally adjusted property transactions completed in the UK with a value of £40,000 or above has also decreased by 1.9% compared to February 2016.House Price Changes Annual house price...
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Why does the UK pay the highest rate of property tax in the world?

Did you know that the UK has the highest property taxes in the developed world? The government is squeezing home owners and businesses and showing no signs of relenting. New data has come to light which shows Britain is paying the highest rate of taxes on property purchases. OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) show that when purchasing a property, taxes made up 12.7% of the total burden in 2014, the latest year for which data is available. Since 2014, taxes have only increased with the likes of Stamp Duty changes in April 2016. This equates to taxes levied on property as a share of total taxation is higher in the UK than anywhere else in the developed world. The average tax burden across the 35 OECD members is more than half the UK figure. Since 1965 the average has fallen from 8% to 5.6% meanwhile the UK has...
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International Property Investors selling up after Brexit

  With investors from overseas contemplating the full effects of the decision recently taken to leave the EU, we are seeing massive outflows of investment from overseas speculators holding property based assets in the UK. With the pound sitting not so pretty around 1.17 to the euro, the impact of Brexit has been immediate. The UK has always been an attraction for property investors all over the world from China to Abu Dhabi. Property investors have always had a romance with own prime property in areas such as London, Manchester and Birmingham. With the UK decidedly leaving the European Union, those investors are concerned and rightly so. Though dropping prime assets so soon may be seen to be premature as the UK has yet to negotiate trade deals and the final makeup of Brexit for better or worse is yet to be seen. Most commonplace is that when a currency...
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