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Property News

Cladding scandal: I can’t afford £8k service charges on my unsafe flat

It has been four years since the Grenfell Tower fire but thousands of leaseholders are still living a nightmare.

Where to live

Four of the best-value alternatives to traditional commuter honeypots

Look beyond the traditional commuter honeypots to find great value in well-connected alternatives

Buying & Mortgages

We swapped Charlton for life in a converted schoolhouse in rural Wales

Open space, fresh air and... sheep. Ruth Bloomfield meets a family who swapped south-east London for fields.

Property News

Top UK areas for 10-year house price growth revealed

Nine of the top 10 UK areas for house price growth over the last decade are in London.

Where to live

We left Twickenham for a townhouse on the Isle of Man in our twenties

Lockdown gave this couple pause for thought, bringing forward their move to the Isle of Man by a decade or two.

Where to live

Why we swapped life in Rochester for rural Devon before the pandemic

The move to rural Devon was overwhelming at first for the Whiting family but, four years on, they couldn’t be happier with the lifestyle swap.

Property News

Everything you need to know about buying a home in London this year

The race for more space is on. Here’s how to make the most of London’s property market right now.

Property News

How to sell your home in the current property market

From a fresh lick of paint to being flexible on viewings, Ruth Bloomfield has expert advice on selling a property in the current market.

Where to live

London commuter islands: boats and beaches within reach of the office

Fancy the island life but can’t stray too far from London? Here are the capital’s best commuter isles.

Property News

Biggest shake up of Britain’s planning system in a generation

The plans include scrapping Section 106 and the creation of planning zones.

Where to live

How one family traded their Nunhead home for a stone house near Bath

Jessie and Alastair Mills said goodbye to their home in Nunhead for a move to a historic village near Bath last year, and haven’t looked back.

Where to live

How two friends moved from Tooting to Bristol without changing jobs

Renters are finding they no longer need an expensive home in the capital in the new WFH reality

Renting

Why one couple swapped a Mile End house share for life in Amsterdam

When her boyfriend started remote working indefinitely, Emily realised working at her company’s Amsterdam office could be a realistic option

Where to live

The 10 cheapest postcodes in Zones 1 and 2 to buy a starter flat

Exclusive research has revealed the districts where buyers on a budget can expect to pay least for a home.

Buying & Mortgages

First-time buyers scoring post-lockdown deals on central London flats

There are deals to be found for those willing to make a bet on urban living returning

Buying & Mortgages

Meet the PR guru who left Clerkenwell to live on a boat in Costa Rica

Emma Whitehair found she ‘wanted to be in nature’ during the pandemic – so she swapped London for Costa Rica.

Buying & Mortgages

Why one couple left Herne Hill to rewild a Staffordshire dairy farm

Sam and Thom began lockdown living separately in London – now they’re preparing to relocate to a 55-acre, Grade II-listed farmhouse near the Peak District

Where to live

What it’s like to live in Teddington, the best place to live in London

This green spot by the Thames has been named the best place to live in London. Families looking for green space know why

Interiors

How to transform a new two-bedroom flat for just £3,000

Can you furnish and decorate your new flat for just £3,000? This is how three designers made it happen.

Buying & Mortgages

How to get a mortgage: what first-time buyers need to do to prepare

Wondering where to start? Here’s what you need to do to ready yourself for that mortgage application

Interiors

Inside the chateau-inspired renovation of a 16ft-wide terrace house

Fulham family starts with a new loft en suite, adds a kitchen extension, reconfigures ground and first floors, then goes for the full set with a basement.

Property News

Rumoured stamp duty holiday extension would save 100k home sales

The extension would come after months of pressure from the industry and a 150,000-strong online petition

Renting

15% of London renters now owe their landlords money for back rent

An influential group of charities and industry bodies has warned that ‘more renters will lose their homes in the coming months’ without further action from the Chancellor

Buying & Mortgages

From Kensington to Peckham — where you can buy with deposits from £5k

This spring a series of new developments in some of London’s best-located urban villages from Maida Vale to Wimbledon will launch for first-time buyers with small deposits

Celebrity homes

Ed Sheeran can legally enjoy 30th in the pub thanks to property empire

Despite lockdown, the Shape of You singer could choose to celebrate his 30th birthday at the pub — because he has his own private one at his Suffolk home.

Property News

Extra £3.5bn added to cladding fund but true cost could be £100bn

Nearly four years on from Grenfell fire, the Government’s fire safety funding still falls short.

Property News

Our block could go up in flames: dangers and costs overwhelm residents

Insurmountable costs and a litany of safety issues have left owners in a corner.

Homes & Property

Did any of the house price forecasts get it right in 2020?

From Brexit to lockdown, property market forecasters have been kept on their toes this year

Homes & Property

A big-budget home overhaul to inspire your future renovation projects

A top-to-bottom home transformation packed with clever ideas to inspire your next home makeover project

Homes & Property

6ft-wide house and butchers’ shop among most unusual London home sales

Among the most remarkable homes to have been put on the market this year is John Lennon and Ringo Starr's Georgian retreat — still for sale for those with a spare £11 million