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The "Lifetime Isa", which has been available since April 2017, is an option for those who want to save up to buy their first home or build a retirement savings pot. For would-be homebuyers, the Lifetime Isa is an alternative to the Help to Buy Isa, which was introduced in December 2015. This helps those who want to buy their first property by paying a 25pc government boost on contributions of up to £200 a month.
Local authorities will collect a whopping £79million from 77,000 landlords this month as new licensing rules come into effect. HMO licensing - which stands for houses in multiple occupation - already applies to landlords who rent their properties to five or more tenants from two or more different households where the property is three or more storeys. But from 1 October, any property let to five or more tenants from two or more households will be caught by the rules - regardless of the number of floors.
According to a new study of 16 UK mortgage lenders, the average homeowner is being hit with £222 extra a month for lapsing onto a lender’s Standard Variable Rate. The analysis found that as of August 28th, the average homeowner slipping onto their lenders’ SVR after the initial two-year fix faced an extra £2,664 a year in interest payments, equating to £222 a month.
The recent IMLA report ‘Bridging the gap: developments in later life lending to an ageing population’ suggests that the number of over-65 homeowners has increased by a half in the last 20 years, from 4 million to 6 million. Never have older borrowers had so much power over the property market, and whilst this market is thriving, it is also influenced by several different factors, including increased regulation as consumers increasingly buying for the first time in their late 30s or 40s.