The home

Average rent growth slows in May

Renting a home? Average rent for homes across England and Wales is now at £792 per month, an increase of 1.8% over the last 12 months.

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Capital gains tax exclusion top concern for landlords

According to 63% of landlords, the decision to maintain existing capital gains tax rates on residential property will be their biggest challenge over the next 12 months.

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Landlords return to property market

Following changes to stamp duty land tax from 1 April 2016, landlords are slowly returning to the buy-to-let property market.

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Lack of financial backup planning endangering households

Taking action to secure a financial backup plan? 1 in 5 households would not survive financially if they lost their main source of income through unexpected circumstances.

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Parents loan £5 billion to children each year

Looking to help your child purchase their first home? Parents will loan an estimated £5bn in 2016, according to research from Legal & General.

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‘Granny flat’ exempt from SDLT surcharge

Annexes for an older relative will be exempt from the new stamp duty land tax rates which came into force on 1 April 2016.

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Stamp duty changes come into effect

New stamp duty rates for people investing in buy-to-let property and second homes came into force on 1 April 2016.

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Starter home plan announced

Housing sites of 10 homes or more will need to make 1 house in 5 a starter home under new plans published by the government.

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Scotland Help to Buy scheme launched

A new Help to Buy scheme has launched, providing interest-free equity loans to first-time buyers and people moving home in Scotland.

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Stamp duty tax changes concern for joint buyers

The 3% higher rate stamp duty land tax on second homes and buy-to-lets coming into effect 1 April 2016 could adversely impact parents buying jointly with their children to help them into the housing market.

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