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British houses are now less likely to be owned by the families living in them than a decade ago

Britons forced out of their castles and into landlords'arms

Inaccessible mortgages, stagnant wages and high house prices have all led to a the first drop in homeowners in 100 years. By Chiara Cavaglieri

High risers: Rental prices in London's Docklands recovered within a year of the market crash

Buy-to-let booms as investors seek real returns

Landlords have prospered as tenant numbers rise and mortgage rates fall. Alister Foye reports

The Funding for Lending scheme has helped push mortgage rates to record lows

England and Wales drive 1.9% increase in house prices but Scotland and Northern Ireland lag behind

House prices climbed by 1.9% year-on-year in February, but England and Wales drove the increase while Scotland and Northern Ireland posted falls, official figures showed today.

The Bluebird restaurant in London has launched a new dog-friendly menu to win over dog-owning customers.

The dog-friendly restaurants where the meat is best served on the bone...

On Friday, invitations went out to next week’s “VIP launch night of Bites and Bones” at the Bluebird restaurant in London. Held to celebrate a new dog-friendly menu, the event promises “doggie cocktails,  canapés and goodie bags”.

Julian Knight: Housing wealth that lifted parents is holding their children back

Whatever you might think of Margaret Thatcher, one thing is for sure: the explosion in home ownership that took place in her time in office increased the wealth of Britain's working class to a greater extent than almost any other move in our country's economic history.

The Haining estate is protecting by three residents who pay just £180 a month to live there

Dream homes for guardian angels

Chiara Cavaglieri finds out how you can live for very little cost in stately homes or empty hospitals, in return for fending off squatters and vandals

Rise in swift evictions for unpaid rent

Landlords are moving faster than ever to evict tenants who fall into arrears according to new figures from Sweet & Maxwell, the leading legal information provider.

Murray Dellow has been trying to sell his beach hut at Holland-on-Sea since summer 2010

Beach hut sales all at sea as cold wind of recession blows

Prices are sinking as our long-running love affair with them is being soured by rent rises, vandals and arsonists, reports Graham Norwood

The latest star of the BBC is a golden retriever called Miss Molly

Google, Amazon, The BBC: Office dogs are giving us paws for thought

It seems the latest star of the BBC is a golden retriever called Miss Molly. If you caught the politics show This Week you would have noticed that the  10-month-old dog was given free rein of the studio and so decided to have a wander around the set. She even had a snooze in the lap of guest David Starkey and cuddled up to Terry Wogan.

The Chancellor's Budget added new schemes aimed at getting the property market moving

Budget's incentive schemes cautiously welcome first buyers

Low-deposit mortgages were at the heart of the financial crisis but the Help to Buy scheme is a little different, writes Chiara Cavaglieri

In the 1990s negative equity was mostly in the South but now northern regions have been hit hard

Up to 630,000 borrowers are stuck in negative equity as the housing market stagnates

New consumer finance watchdog warns further pain could be on the way despite Budget pledges

All you need to know about gas safety

Paying attention to your gas system is extremely important to guarantee the safety of you and your family. Andy Harris, the owner of Greenserve, is a five-star rated plumbing and heating engineer on RatedPeople.com, he helps us answer those FAQ’s
in terms that we can all understand.

DIY electrical work: an expert’s opinion

Carrying out your own electrical work can be tempting. There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there regarding what we’re allowed to do ourselves and what has to be left to a professional. We spoke to electrician Darren Pennington, of Pennington's Electrical, and member of RatedPeople.com to give us the reality of the situation.

'No amount of packed lunches and Saturday nights in will fatten your piggy enough' to be able to have a mortgage in London

The Emperor's New Clothes (24/03/13)

Buy your property, don't waste money renting, we're told. But Matthew Bell finds life is much less stressful if you don't own your home

The once-hidden problems of a property will have to be revealed to buyers or renters

Estate agents forced to break code of silence on defects

New legislation demands prospective buyers and renters are given all the negative information when home-seeking. Graham Norwood reports

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