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Eviction ban extended by 4 weeks

Posted by MMB Finance Swindon and Gloucester on 3 September 2020

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The government has announced a further four-week extension to the eviction ban for tenants affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. This means that landlords in England and Wales will be banned from evicting tenants until at least 20 September 2020. This takes the total ban to 6 months. The government has also announced plans to give tenants greater protection from eviction over the winter by requiring landlords to provide tenants with a new 6 months’ notice period (extended from 3 months’) in all bar those cases raising other serious issues such as those involving anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse perpetrators, until at least 31 March 2021. The Scottish government has also introduced a ban on evictions until March 2021 and there is currently an extended 12-week notice period in Northern Ireland.

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House price growth surges to record high

Posted by MMB Finance Swindon and Gloucester on 2 September 2020

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House prices have recovered from the recent dip during the Covid-19 pandemic to reach an all-time high in August, according to the latest Nationwide house price index. The figures show that UK house prices rose by 2.0% in August, after taking account of seasonal effects, following a 1.8% rise in July. This is the highest monthly rise since February 2004 (2.7%). As a result, annual house price growth accelerated from 1.5% last month to 3.7%. House prices have now reversed the losses recorded in May and June and are at a new all-time high.

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Mortgage approvals double in July

Posted by MMB Finance Swindon and Gloucester on 1 September 2020

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The mortgage market showed more signs of recovery in July, but remained weak in comparison to pre-Covid, according to the latest Money and Credit statistics from the Bank of England. Mortgage approvals increased to 66,300, up from 39,900 in June. Approvals are now 10% below the February level of 73,700, but more than seven times higher than the trough of 9,300 in May. Approvals for remortgaging with a different lender are little changed compared to June, at 36,000. They remain 30% lower than in February. Net mortgage borrowing was £2.7 billion in July, higher than the £2.4 billion in June but below the average of £4.2 billion in the six months to February 2020. The increase on the month reflected a slight increase in gross borrowing to £17.4 billion in July, below the pre-Covid February level of £23.7 billion.

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Landlords evicting tenants must reveal if tenants have been affected by Covid-19

Posted by MMB Finance Swindon and Gloucester on 18 August 2020

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Landlords who look to evict tenants once the eviction ban ends on August 23rd need to disclose whether a tenant’s circumstances were affected by the pandemic. If the situation isn’t properly disclosed judges could throw the case out of court.

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Halifax says July 'mini-boom' pushes house prices to record high

Posted by MMB Finance Swindon and Gloucester on 7 August 2020

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A 'mini-boom' in July has pushed average house prices to the highest seen since the Halifax house price index began, its latest data shows. House prices are 1.6% higher than in June and 3.8% higher than a year ago. However, prices dipped on a quarterly basis by 0.2% and Halifax says uncertainty remains with "likely greater downward pressure on prices in the medium term".

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