Future homebuyers will see their prospective property bills reduce from 30 June 2022, when the government’s ban on charging ground rent on new leases in England and Wales comes into force. The government is taking action to rid future homeowners of annual costs – known as ground rent. Sometimes worth hundreds of pounds a year, […]
News and advice
Buying your home is an exciting experience, but it can also be a daunting process during which you will need expert help and advice.
Our news and advice section contains information from industry experts, buyers who’ve used our schemes and the latest news about government support.
The government has launched a consultation on proposals for changes to building regulations to ensure new homes have next-generation gigabit broadband installed in them as standard practice. Around one in ten new-build homes are still being built without gigabit connections, mostly in smaller developments, where the cost can be higher or broadband companies have not […]
New homes and buildings in England will have to produce significantly less CO2 under new rules announced by the government today (15 December 2021) to help the country move towards net zero. Under the new regulations, CO2 emissions from new build homes must be around 30% lower than current standards and emissions from other new […]
The government yesterday published the prospectus for Help to Build, a £150 million scheme announced in April to make self and custom build housing a realistic and affordable option. The prospectus outlines how the scheme works, so that those thinking about building their own homes but are held back by affordability, can plan their projects […]
A nurse and a police officer are among the first people to be helped on to the housing ladder through a new affordable home ownership scheme, the government announced today (26 November 2021). The keyworkers from Bolsover, Derbyshire, are benefiting from the government’s First Homes scheme, which offers homes at a discount of at least […]
Thousands of new homes will be built on underused and derelict land to regenerate local areas and help people onto the property ladder, the government announced today (12 October 2021). Almost £58 million from the £75 million Brownfield Land Release Fund has been allocated to 53 councils. The funding will boost local areas by transforming […]
The number of people buying a home through the Help to Buy scheme is at an all-time high. New figures released on 13 August 2021 show that from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 over 55,000 households bought their home with the support of a Help to Buy: equity loan. That makes it a record-breaking year for the scheme, which has helped […]
This page was written by MHCLG’s home buying & selling team. It typically takes around six months to buy and move into a new home. The precise amount of time taken will vary from person to person and depend on a number of factors including; whether the buyer also has a home to sell, whether the buyer is purchasing a new build […]
Kate Faulkner, Managing Director of Designsonproperty.co.uk and Propertychecklists.co.uk shares some top tips for first time buyers looking to get on the property ladder. Buying and owning your own home is an amazing feeling, but for many it can feel unaffordable, especially when it’s often reported the ‘average’ property price is eight or more times the […]