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Parliament: Property: Leaseholders to get extra freehold rights

PROPERTY OWNERS who have only a leasehold interest in their home will find it easier to acquire the freehold, under a housing shake-up announced by the Government yesterday.

OFT threatens to ban estate agents who take homebuyers for a ride

ESTATE AGENTS who exploit Britain's buoyant property market to take housebuyers for a ride could be banned, the Office of Fair Trading said yesterday.

Railtrack deal boosts Jarvis

JARVIS, THE maintenance and facilities management group yesterday saw its shares jump 6 per cent to 317.5p, as it announced its contract dispute with Railtrack had been solved.

Property: Hooray, hooray, for the agent who cares

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Leaseholders have won an historic victory in their war against landlords.

United Utilities weighs spin-offs

UNITED UTILITIES, the North-west-based electricity and water group, is ready to consider spinning off of its facilities management arm, Vertex, and its telecoms management operation in a few years' time. Finance director Bob Ferguson said yesterday that a partial sale of the businesses would be considered.

Serco falls as directors sell stock

SERCO, the facility management group, dismissed market speculation that the company may issue a profits warning in December, as its shares slumped a further 6 per cent. The fall in Serco's share price from a peak of 1,447p in July accelerated after three directors sold 240,000 shares on 30 September.

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ONE OF Britain's most upmarket estate agents has become entangled in a row over plans to develop one of Dorset's finest estates, which is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty by government heritage bodies.
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