Freeze rents in London to avert mass evictions, urges Sadiq Khan

Freeze rents in London to avert mass evictions, urges Sadiq Khan The UK capital’s mayor seeks powers to prevent up to half a million evictions Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Rents should be frozen in London to prevent a wave of evictions caused by Covid-19, the capital’s mayor, Read more about Freeze rents in London to avert mass evictions, urges Sadiq Khan[…]

Renters fleeing inner London in 'race for space', data suggests

Renters fleeing inner London in ‘race for space’, data suggests Places such as Chessington becoming more popular with rise of home working Renters are swapping inner London transport hubs for homes further afield as the need to commute has become less important than a desire for space, data on searches on property Read more about Renters fleeing inner London in 'race for space', data suggests[…]

A plumber charged hundreds without a quote or invoice

A plumber charged hundreds without a quote or invoice All that was needed was a ballcock replaced and it won’t even explain how it cost that much On my first post-lockdown visit to my 78-year-old mother who lives alone in Salisbury, I found her visibly upset. It soon emerged that she had Read more about A plumber charged hundreds without a quote or invoice[…]

My marriage is in crisis and I'm wondering who has more rights on the property

My marriage is in crisis and I’m wondering who has more rights on the property The mortgage is fully paid off, and, although I paid it all, it is in both our names Q I would like to know who has more rights to the property that both my wife and I Read more about My marriage is in crisis and I'm wondering who has more rights on the property[…]

UK cities should work for the people who live in them, not for distant shareholders | Neil McInroy

UK cities should work for the people who live in them, not for distant shareholders | Neil McInroy Covid has caused terrible pain, but offers the chance to halt the financial juggernaut that sucks wealth from our urban centres Coronavirus is changing the way we live in cities. Many people are now Read more about UK cities should work for the people who live in them, not for distant shareholders | Neil McInroy[…]

UK mortgage demand nears pre-Covid level amid stamp duty cut

UK mortgage demand nears pre-Covid level amid stamp duty cut Bank of England figures show consumer borrowing up in July as coronavirus lockdown eased Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Mortgage demand increased sharply and consumer borrowing rose for the first time in five months as the UK emerged Read more about UK mortgage demand nears pre-Covid level amid stamp duty cut[…]

More UK homebuyers turn to 'bank of mum and dad' as Covid crisis bites

More UK homebuyers turn to ‘bank of mum and dad’ as Covid crisis bites Family and friends will support nearly one in four purchases in 2020, against one in five last year Nearly one in four home purchases this year will be backed by the “bank of mum and dad” – up Read more about More UK homebuyers turn to 'bank of mum and dad' as Covid crisis bites[…]

Can I get a 20-year mortgage when I'm due to retire in 17 years?

Can I get a 20-year mortgage when I’m due to retire in 17 years? I can afford a 17-year loan, but as a super-cautious person I’d prefer a slight reduction in monthly outgoings Q I am expecting to buy a small flat, for between £90,000 and £120,000 with a deposit of 15% Read more about Can I get a 20-year mortgage when I'm due to retire in 17 years?[…]

'Imagine using liquid water': why people water their house plants with ice cubes

‘Imagine using liquid water’: why people water their house plants with ice cubes Often touted as an easy solution to overwatering, the practice of placing ice cubes in orchids has become a ‘comedy horticultural moment’ One piece of houseplant folklore resurfaces from time to time: that we should water our plants with Read more about 'Imagine using liquid water': why people water their house plants with ice cubes[…]

Three easy ways to ripen your tomatoes

Three easy ways to ripen your tomatoes They think they are still in the tropical Andean highlands, you have to talk them out of it Ever since I can remember, I have had a passion for growing tomatoes. The diversity of colours and flavours of their fruit, the delicate ferny foliage of Read more about Three easy ways to ripen your tomatoes[…]