ROOF Blog en Copyright 2010 2010-03-30T10:18:45+00:00 Mortgage approvals fall for third consecutive month The number of mortgages approved for house purchase fell for the third month in a row during February as the housing market continued to show signs of slowing down, 2010-03-30T10:18:45+00:00 Government asks experts to offer boost for council building Housing Minister John Healey and the Local Government Association (LGA) today announced they are launching joint work… 2010-03-30T10:16:06+00:00 Council tenants who sublet could face jail Thousands of council tenants who make profits by illegally subletting their homes will face tough new measures to be… 2010-03-29T10:05:20+00:00 Mortgage protection costs leap as jobless queues lengthen Fears that millions of homeowners could soon be paying a heavier price for rising unemployment have been fuelled by the news that more than 20,000 people have, this month, seen… 2010-03-29T10:03:17+00:00 Mortgage help makes profit for claimants Millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money will be used to overpay mortgages after the Chancellor extended the Government’s mortgage rescue scheme for another… 2010-03-29T09:59:15+00:00 Councils poised to regain right to housing cash Councils will be allowed to keep their rents and the proceeds from the sale of homes under an overhaul of local authority financing that reverses reforms from the Thatcher era.… 2010-03-26T12:25:16+00:00 Rise in red tape will choke landlords and ‘push up rents’ Thousands of tenants, students and buy-to-let investors will be hit by new laws forcing landlords to apply for planning permission if they want to rent… 2010-03-26T12:13:07+00:00 HCA consults on proposed new core design standards A consultation on future core housing design and sustainability standards has been published by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). It… 2010-03-26T12:11:57+00:00 Stamp duty boost for first-time home buyers Young people trying to get on the property ladder were handed a pre-election boost worth up to £2,500 after the chancellor scrapped stamp duty on homes costing £250,000 or less… 2010-03-25T12:41:28+00:00 Housing benefit capped at £1,100 a week Hundreds of out-of-work families who have been living in expensive homes at the taxpayers’ expense are facing eviction after changes to housing benefit announced yesterday.… 2010-03-25T12:37:18+00:00