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

Eight-year low for home sales

The number of homes being sold fell to an eight-year low during December, as the severe winter weather exacerbated an already subdued housing market, research indicates today.

Rents soar as first-timers struggle to buy

Rents soared to a record high during September as demand continued to be boosted by frustrated home-buyers, research indicated today.

Five Questions About: Tenants' rights

House Doctor: 'Why won't estate agents market our property in a multi-agency deal?'

Question: We've had no luck selling our property with a single estate agent and want to switch to a "multi-agency" deal as we're very keen to sell by mid-September. However, three out of the six agents my wife and I have approached won't take us, saying, "it's a sole agency arrangement or nothing". We don't understand it and are frustrated we can't move on. Surely it's up to us to decide how we want to sell, not them?

David Cameron wants fixed-term council house tenancies

Council houses should no longer be granted "for life", David Cameron suggested today in a bid to make sure those in most need can access accommodation.

Don't be conned by excessive service charges

Leaseholders are banding together to tackle inflated bills set by managing agents. Alison Shepherd reports

Rentokil trio closes in on £90m bonus

Boost to annual profits as turnaround team cuts costs and raises sales

Money Matters: 'I can't afford to pay my council tax bill. Will I get evicted?'

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Send your accommodation questions to Independent Student

Whether you are getting ready to start university in the autumn, planning to move on from halls or preparing for your final year, searching for a place to live is an exciting but potentially stressful time

Investment Column: Savills a short-term buy following upgrades

Wood Group; McBride

Property interest surges as stamp duty deadline looms

Estate agents have reported a surge of interest from potential buyers as the end of the Government's stamp duty holiday looms, it was reported today.

Can guaranteed rental schemes save struggling landlords?

Letting agents promise to take the hassle and worry off the backs of landlords but it comes at a cost, discover Alessia Horwich and Julian Knight

Bogus websites can trick landlords out of tenants' deposits

Landlords have been warned to be wary of firms pretending to be authorised to operate the Government's tenant deposit scheme, introduced in 2007.

Buying the land can help you to sell a property

In a slumping market, it's tempting to do anything you can to boost your property – but is it worth the effort and the cost? Alessia Horwich reports
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