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Stamp duty changes prompting a rise in investors and rents

31 March 2016

The introduction in April of new rules affecting the purchase of second homes in the UK has led to a rush of ‘buy to let’ investors wanting to complete sales before the changes come into effect. But a short-term rise in rental purchases may not lead to more properties available or cheaper rents in the long-term, say estate agents.A report by the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) showed that in February 85% of estate agents surveyed reported an increase in the number of buy to let investors looking to beat the stamp duty tax changes which come into effect...

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LondonÕs new tube line unveiled as the Elizabeth Line

31 March 2016

London’s new 40 station £15bn tube line will be called the Elizabeth Line when it comes into operation in 2018 it has been revealed.The name was unveiled along with the line’s purple colour theme when Queen Elizabeth II visited Bond Street station with London’s charismatic Mayor Boris Johnson last month. Once completed the Elizabeth line is expected to carry 200 million passengers a year and will run from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east via central London.The Queen became the first UK monarch to travel on the Tube in 1969, when she...

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Client Survey 2016 Quality Cost and Service considerations

30 March 2016

Over recent months we have been busy asking our clients about the nature of their global mobility needs and how they go about choosing relocation service providers.Between December 2015 and January 2016 we surveyed 50 multinational clients on the key international business and relocation issues facing their organisations and the mobility teams over the next 18-24 months.The key findings should make interesting reading for mobility and human resources professionals wherever they are located around the world:Cultural training is considered the key value-added for assignees especially for more junior employees, where moves demand dramatic lifestyle changes or those involving families;Companies are...

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How old is your borough

29 March 2016

A great mapping find this month, looking at the age of buildings in the UK – dividing them in bands from pre-1900s to 2010-15.The map shows how the pre-Victorian core of most cities has been extended by subsequent waves of building, destruction and rebuilding, and how planning regulations have gone on to shape the scale of spread of towns and cities across the UK.London’s Hackney - a blend of old and newLondon is particularly interesting, with the map showing the extent of new building post 1945 – the East End having been hit hard in the war years.The map is...

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London named No 1 city destination on TripAdvisor

22 March 2016

It is always a pleasure when others around the world show the same level of interest in the UK as we do, and this is underlined by an article on the BBC recently confirming that London is the top-ranking city in the world according to TripAdvisor users.It seems that the capital city has been the most searched for location in the past 12 months and has had more than 1 million reviews in the past year alone. The full artice can be read by visitign the following site:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-35840394The top tourist attraction is the Tower of London, which as home to...

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Right to Rent tenancy checks now in force for UK landlords

20 March 2016

Landlords in the UK now have to perform immigration status checks on all new tenants, despite a recent survey stating that seven in 10 landlords do not understand their obligations under the controversial rules.The new law means that private landlords, including those who sub-let or take in lodgers, must check the right of prospective tenants to be in the UK to avoid being hit with a penalty – landlords who fail to check a potential tenant’s ‘Right to Rent’ will face penalties of up to £3,000 per tenant.Right to rent was introduced in the Immigration Act 2014 as part of the...

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The most expensive car parking space in the UK

15 March 2016

A car parking space in central London has been put on the market for £350,000, making it the most expensive in the UK and significantly more expensive than the average property in England & Wales.The 19.5ft by 8ft parking spot, which is on an 88-year lease, is located in Hyde Park Gardens, roughly half way between Paddington and Lancaster Gate tube stations, making it convenient nonetheless for those with an office or property in Marylebone or Mayfair. The space is on the market with Knight Frank. But this isn’t the most expensive car parking space ever to go on the market...

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Fancy a walk around London

08 March 2016

Anyone who visits this site will know we all spend too much time enjoying a good map and today is no exception. LOndon has one of the best underground systems in the world, not only is this sizable, but when in the centre of London there are many stations within a short walk, which raises the question of how far long does it take to walk from one station to another? In many occasions it can be quicker to walk than to take the underground but how can this be shared with those new to London. The answer...

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