York’s historic city centre
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New buyers drawn to York’s northern lights

Prime sales in the historic city have hit a 20-year peak, according to one agent, and prices are rising

Illustration of property law

Property law: neighbours’ extensions

There are rules and procedures on ‘party walls’ to protect owners from works that might affect their property

Little Venice in Maida Vale
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London’s new ‘breakthrough postcodes’

Maida Vale, Queen’s Park and Hammersmith feel the £1m-plus ripple effect from central areas of the capital

Illustration of property law

Property law: arrears of concern

Deposit protection schemes and effective ways to get tenants to settle outstanding rent

The river Thames in Old Windsor
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Windsor: royalty, races and rail links

Historic town’s location and beauty offer a rare combination in south-east England

A crowd of people in London Fields park in Hackney, east London
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Hackney turns over a new leaf

The London Overground rail-line has transformed the appeal of Hackney Central, Dalston and De Beauvoir

Three-bedroom apartment in Ennismore Gardens, Knightsbridge

London’s Knightsbridge: a golden postcode?

Residential sales in the high-end district are faltering, with price growth at its slowest rate since 2009

Warren Mere in Thursley, Surrey

Homes designed by architect Edwin Lutyens

His name rarely adds value to a house, yet he was the most prominent architect of his generation

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge across the river Tyne
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Newcastle: the Tyne is ripe for investors

The city’s tech industry is flourishing thanks to low rents and high-quality graduates

One of the Highgate Ponds on Hampstead Heath
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London’s Highgate given a new dimension

A ‘3D-printed’ house is among the striking contemporary homes starting to appear in the leafy conservation area

Scottish estates retain their allure

Proposals to allow local buyouts and forced sales of land fail to deter overseas buyers seeking country houses

Housing market shows signs of reheating

Surveyors double forecast for price rises to 6% in 2015

New episode for London’s White City

Project to transform BBC Television Centre into high-end homes is part of district’s £8bn regeneration

Waterside homes: the risk of a shore thing

The allure of living by the sea or a river in the UK means buyers are prepared to pay a premium despite the possibility of flooding

London’s Camden rocks the boat

The canalside district now has the third-highest number of start-ups in the capital as it looks to compete with Shoreditch

Property law: issuing a notice to complete

Either party can serve the notice once the agreed completion date has passed — but if you serve it, you stay in control

London’s Holland Park: room with a mews

The area stands out from the rest of prime central London — so why have sales stalled?

Property law: unauthorised extensions

Enforcement of planning rules generally applies to the current owner, even if they didn’t break them in the first place

Property law: student accommodation

Legal points, tenant responsibility and deposits

Leeds site testifies to UK property cycle

Development rises on land where scheme went bust in 2010 lending drought

Dandy London: St James’s returns to resi

Residential is returning to the area where ‘Beau’ Brummell once swashed and buckled

Property law: fixture or fitting?

Having a solicitor write down exactly what a seller intends to take or leave will help iron out any uncertainties

Nautical but nice: Lymington, Hampshire

The popular sailing town has charm, character and no shortage of buyers seeking a berth

Property law: the right to manage

Leaseholders must do their homework before seeking to take over the management of a building

Buyers flock to London development land

Foreign investors push dealmaking up 118% on last year, the highest level since 2007

Edinburgh braced for big build-up

A new wave of development is set to change the face of the Scottish capital — but not everyone is impressed

Dungeness: Britain’s only desert

The headland may be windswept, bleak and home to a nuclear power station but there is no shortage of buyers

Belgravia: London’s next retail hub?

Plans are under way to turn the district into a shopping area to rival Knightsbridge and Chelsea

Property law: penalties for empty flats

London council tackles buy-to-leave; charging tenants gym rent; and new rules for landlords in Wales

Battle for the heart of Spitalfields

Tensions between conservation and development as campaigners fight to save an ancient enclave on the edge of the City

Staying after the summer . . .

The varying fortunes of England’s seaside towns since their Victorian heyday

Tax changes aim to subdue buy to let boom

Estate agents warn that rents are likely to rise in response

Property law: can I dig a basement?

Rules on excavating the ground under your home; Ramblers’ legal victory

Bournemouth basks in digital hotspot

South coast town given boost new lease of life as digital start-ups flock to universities

Which Ashes venue has home advantage?

House-buying prospects near the Test cricket venues

Leaving London for the ’burbs of Cobham

Surrey village is the poster child for prime suburbia

The Stoke Newington steeple chase

Good schools, an arty vibe and green space have made ‘Stokey’ the new Islington

Parsons Green roars back to life

West London enclave rides out slump in Fulham prices

Déjà views on the Isle of Man

British Crown’s self-governing dependency looks to lure buyers and entrepreneurs

The tides that bind in Cornwall

A growing number of buyers are looking beyond summer homes to live and work in the southwest


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