Council pays rogue landlord £500,000 in housing benefit

Council pays rogue landlord £500,000 in housing benefit Bernard McGowan, who has £30m in property, received money from Brent despite being banned A repeatedly convicted landlord, ruled unfit to rent out property in a north London borough in 2015, has since received more than £500,000 in housing benefit payments from the same Read more about Council pays rogue landlord £500,000 in housing benefit[…]

Buy perennials for summer colour now

Buy perennials for summer colour now It’s a rare horticultural win-win: the best time to plant and the best time to buy In January, frequently the coldest month of the year, planting up swathes of summer flowers can seem like a very distant dream. However, as they lie deep in their dormancy, Read more about Buy perennials for summer colour now[…]

Lenders cut mortgage rates to give a kick-start to 2019

Lenders cut mortgage rates to give a kick-start to 2019 As Brexit takes its toll on the property market, there is some good news for borrowers First-time buyers and homeowners remortgaging their properties have been given some good news at the start of the year as a number of lenders have cut Read more about Lenders cut mortgage rates to give a kick-start to 2019[…]

Council houses were once a glory of the public realm. Let’s return to those days | Rowan Moore

Council houses were once a glory of the public realm. Let’s return to those days | Rowan Moore It’s scandalous that local authorities are being forced to rent from private landlords the same properties they once owned… before right to buy Build more council homes. Not so long ago, this idea was, Read more about Council houses were once a glory of the public realm. Let’s return to those days | Rowan Moore[…]

Late January, time to feed birds and burn branches

Late January, time to feed birds and burn branches More than anything it’s time to tidy up – and for that there’s one indispensable garden tool Edging towards the end of January, quiet gardening now. Time for bird feeders and fire. We spent Christmas at the beach hut. My mother-in-law is nearing Read more about Late January, time to feed birds and burn branches[…]

Looms with a view: weavers give ancient craft a modern twist

Looms with a view: weavers give ancient craft a modern twist From spun metal to twisted horse hair, these four women are finding new platforms for an old craft From gallery spaces to Instagram, practitioners of the ancient craft of handweaving are finding new platforms for their work. This, coupled with a Read more about Looms with a view: weavers give ancient craft a modern twist[…]

The cabin in the woods: 'When it rains, it’s loud but lovely'

The cabin in the woods: ‘When it rains, it’s loud but lovely’ Created from sustainable sources by architect Piers Taylor, and parked in a Somerset valley, is a mobile home that’s both in and of the trees Mobile home. It takes just two words to stir up the contradictions in British attitudes Read more about The cabin in the woods: 'When it rains, it’s loud but lovely'[…]

Could renting without huge deposits become the norm?

Could renting without huge deposits become the norm? Tenants are being offered schemes that do away with the need for large amounts upfront Scraping together a deposit on a new flat is always tough for tenants, with the average amount demanded now more than £1,400 in England and Wales. Would you rather Read more about Could renting without huge deposits become the norm?[…]

Let’s move to Somers Town: one of London’s best-kept secrets

Let’s move to Somers Town: one of London’s best-kept secrets It’s ripe with history and character, from magnificent social housing to spooky churches What’s going for it? We shan’t mention HS2 and the new Euston station (well, OK, just once more). But ’twas ever thus. Apart from a brief fancy period in Read more about Let’s move to Somers Town: one of London’s best-kept secrets[…]

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