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Garden cities: Homeowners could get payout if house values fall says Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister said he did not want people to ‘lose out’ due to the creation of garden cities

Rents in London have reached double those across the rest of the UK for the first time ever, according to new research

London rents are now twice the national average

Public confidence in housebuying has slumped to its lowest for at least three years

Number of young people buying new home plunges to record low

Figures reveal that just a fraction of the homes sold in June were to buyers aged between 18 and 30

Landlords are capitalising on rising house prices

Tenants face eviction as landlords capitalise on rising house prices

Soaring numbers of people in private rented homes face eviction despite being up to date with their rent because rising house prices are prompting landlords to ask tenants to leave.

The study suggested that 79 per cent of homes were either near or below acceptable size

Rabbit-hutch Britain: Growing health concerns as UK sets record for smallest properties in Europe

Millions living in overcrowded housing because of failure to build new homes

The Government's Help to Buy scheme has been extended until 2020

Scale back Help to Buy scheme or risk house owner debt if interest rates rise, European Commission tells Government

Urgent action to take the heat out of the property market by scaling back a Government mortgage scheme was backed tonight by the European Commission.

Property news roundup: Price dip or just a blip?

Online mortgage applications are set to double. And why it’s cheaper to build your own home...

The 16,000-square-foot duplex penthouse is part of the One Hyde Park complex in Knightsbridge

Pussy riot: Photographer Alexandra Crockett's book Metal Cats celebrates the metalheads who have a soft spot for their moggies

On stage, they are the lords of darkness; back at home, they can’t wait to cuddle up to their kitties

Oscar Quine and his seven-year-old Jack Russell, Billie, enjoying the hospitality at The Arch hotel

It's a dog's life at The Arch - the latest five-star boutique hotel catering for Britain’s pet-pampering boom

Pipless fruit salad and peppermint tea on the menu for Oscar Quine's overfed Jack Russell Billie

An artist's impression of an apartment living room at the Battersea Power Station

Sales open for flats in Battersea Power Station in May - but at £800,000 for a studio they aren't cheap

For more than 30 years it has lain abandoned and derelict on the south bank of the River Thames, but Battersea Power Station is about to be reborn as a luxury residence – with towering asking prices to match its vast white chimneys.

Emma Reynolds visits the block of flats in Walsall, where she used to lived with her mother

Sell off land so people can build their own homes, says Labour minister

Shadow housing minister will challenge power of councils and developers to help self-build projects

Mike Penn’s sleek home and its up-to-the-minute interiors sit behind a mews entrance in Fitzrovia

Smart shades of grey

Inspired by New York lofts, photographer Mike Penn turned a central London office into a cool urban living space and created the perfect backdrop to hang his pictures

It's a fix: when Simon Read saw his bill for roof repairs, he felt he was being overcharged

The day I took on the tradesmen's guild

When Simon Read, The Independent's personal finance editor, hired a roofer to repair storm damage, he was shocked to see that half the bill consisted of travel time. So he wrote about it – and all hell was let loose

Promised Land: Letchworth, Herfordshire (pictured above in 1912), is one of only two true garden cities built in England

Why garden cities are streets ahead

As George Osborne plans a new garden city at Ebbsfleet, Sarah Rutherford hopes he'll remember the progressive ideals upon which these urban utopias were founded

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