Voices

Advocates argue that living small is not only more affordable but offers an ecologically-friendly alternative

The rustic-chic kitchen

Property news roundup: Are kitchens getting smaller?

Plus, househunting by broadband speed, and searching offline

Two bedroom flat to rent at Beaufort Court, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff CF10. On with Northwood UK at £650 pcm (£150 pw)

One in five landlords has returned early from a holiday to help tenants

On average, landlords visited their property three times in the last 12 months to carry out repairs

Five bedroom new flat for sale, Penthouse B The Atrium, 127-131 Park Road, London NW8. On with Aston Chase at
£9,750,000

Property news roundup: Using Google Glass to sell properties

Plus, househunter numbers up, house supply down, and latest mortgage figures

Negotiating the minefield: The basic dos and don'ts of picking your new student accommodation

The world of estate agents and student flats is a tricky one - but these simple rules should see you right

Average UK house prices predicted to rise by a quarter in next five years

Latest estimates show house prices up 1.6% over the last three months

2 bedroom flat to rent in Glenloch Road, Belsize Park. On with Benham and Reeves for £475 per week.

Government promises better tenancies for families in rental homes

Property industry welcomes crackdown on hidden charges in the rental market

A two bedroom maisonette to rent in Westbrook Gardens, Margate, at £150 per week, on with New Space Margate.

Rents now £1 away from highest ever level

Number of tenants up nearly 14% in last 12 months though 'reluctant landlords' figures are dropping

Councils sold electoral register data for £250k

Local councils have sold the personal information of individuals to more than 2,700 private companies – including lobbyists, estate agents and fast food outlets – according to new figures.

Business week in review

In profit...

Forget trust, it’s results that matter

In March 2006 a BBC reporter, after spending months undercover at Foxtons, presented a damning exposé of the firm. It revealed seriously dodgy practices, like sharing private financial information on buyers with an “independent” mortgage broker, enabling Foxtons to squeeze them to the limit. The reporter also found the company forging customer signatures on legal documents and lying to suit its ends.

Special report: Labour to tackle the great rental rip-off

Housing charity warns millions are being forced into debt, and profiteering agents still go unregulated

Balfour sells facilities arm to the French

The French will now be in charge of running facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London and hundreds of UK schools and hospitals after Balfour Beatty sold its UK facilities management business to GDF Suez for £190m.

The 'bedroom tax' does not unlawfully discriminate against disabled people in social housing, the High Court ruled

Campaigners vow to fight on after challenge to 'bedroom tax' is thrown out by High Court

Ruling widely condemned by charities and lawyers acting on behalf of ten disabled adults in social housing

During hot weather, government fans would be issued to workers only once the temperature reached '30C or higher'

Civil servants told not to take electric fans to work

Whitehall officials told air coolers could have 'potential impact on electrical supplies' and present a 'risk to electric shock'

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