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DVD: Acts of Godfrey (15)

This low-budget oddity, which is performed entirely in rhyming couplets, starts with a drenched, stark naked salesman, Victor (Iain Robertson), and a ripe Simon Callow voiceover explaining why this poor unfortunate has ended up in this predicament.

Market Report: Savills suffers from tax crackdown on top homes

Punters in Savills were cursing George Osborne yesterday. The estate agent, which focuses on the high end section of the market, was one of the stocks worst-hit by the Budget after the Chancellor announced he was upping the amount of tax on homes being sold for more than £2m.

Savills senses a move by rich Londoners

Families in London's prosperous boroughs have been postponing moves to bigger pads in the Home Counties while house prices in the capital surge but the trend could be ending, estate agent Savills said yesterday.

Duncan Roy was charged with extortion after he tried to claim $500,000 damages for structural faults at his house in Malibu

The film director, the ex-lovers' tiff, and a brush with the law that came straight out of Kafka

Duncan Roy has just spent three months in a tough Los Angeles jail. But the really tough thing, he tells Guy Adams, was having no idea why he was there

Weather in brief: Whiteout for snowdrop fans; Sledgers take a wok in the park; The battle of Brick Lane; Thieves caught leaving tracks

Chippenham Park, near Ely, in Cambridgeshire, was closed to all but one hardy busload of snowdrop enthusiasts from Lowestoft yesterday morning. With 4in of snow on the ground they looked in vain for the flowers, which normally bloom on the first weekend in February.

In 2011 some £6,000 per square foot was paid for flats in One Hyde Park

A perfect storm: The forecast for the property market in 2012

House prices are down, supplies of new homes are below target and frustrated first-time buyers are struggling to get mortgages...

Windrush, Gloucestershire, guide price £428,000, jackson-stops.co.uk: Don’t let the cottage-box looks trick you. This Grade-II listed cottage may look pretty on the outside but inside it need substantial work (and a lot of investment) to bring it up to scratch.

Ripe for renovation: A new website is helping buyers track down wrecks

As long as you're in for the long haul, an unmodernised home is the cheapest way on to the property ladder.

'Lax' managing agents under fire...again

Firms charged with the upkeep of blocks of flats – known as managing agents – could be putting occupants at risk, according to a leading property management company.

Rentokil still struggling with City Link

Rentokil initial said its first-quarter profits had fallen by 10 per cent and its City Link parcels business was continuing to frustrate its attempts to revive its fortunes.

Phone app helps landlords to screen tenants

A new iPhone app has been launched aimed at helping buy-to-let landlords find out if their prospective tenants are on a blacklist for property damage or unpaid rent.

Agents 'using brokers to overcharge leaseholders'

Leaseholders are being systematically overcharged for buildings insurance by managing agents, property industry experts have warned.

David Prosser: Ageing laws holding back the high street

Outlook One of the micro-measures the Chancellor should explore next week is a review of the aged laws that govern the relationship between the owners of commercial properties and tenants such as retailers. As Stephen Marks, the boss of French Connection noted yesterday, these laws are now creaking badly – so much so that they are a serious impediment to a recovery on the high street.

Property management company Peverel in administration

Debt-laden property management company Peverel has gone into administration in a further blow to the empire of the billionaire Tchenguiz brothers.

Now it's the tenant's turn to get gazumped

The practice that destroyed so many house purchases has invaded the rental sector as demand outstrips supply. Chiara Cavaglieri reports

Leaseholders take on the managing agents

Flat-owners have had enough of excessive service charges and are setting up their own management companies. Chiara Cavaglieri explains how
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