The general view on Kings road, Chelsea, where a new cross rail station is proposed.
©Charlie Bibby

Only tenants truly live the London dream

Renting has given me the freedom to live in areas that should be beyond my means

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How to force a house sale if love ends

Any dealing with a property requires the joint involvement of all trustees. This could be a problem if your ex doesn’t want to sell

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Wimbledon Village: a more laid-back London

The pretty suburb offers more space for growing families and a slower pace than much of the capital

ghost homes
©Daniel Long

Buy to leave: rise of London’s ghost homes

Fears are growing about the impact of ‘ghost homes’ on the UK capital — but what can be done to stop properties being left empty?

Brunswick House in front of the St George Wharf housing complex
©Stefan Lorett

Brunswick House: London’s grand survivor

The 18th-century mansion has seen many changes over the past 350 years but has retained its allure

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UK property law: employing friends

Both sides need to be clear about the nature and scope of the relationship, with terms set out in writing

The Royal Quarter Café, Buckingham Gate, London
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Developers eye London’s ‘Royal Quarter’

Despite its location, just south of Buckingham Palace, home prices are well behind those of Mayfair and Belgravia

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UK property law: building a dream home

If buying land outside the UK, there are many considerations — political, social and financial stability, as well as the rule of law

The architect’s design for the new house
©Beasley Dickson Architects

Out of the woods in Kent

The new-build in an old apple orchard required some delicate negotiations with the locals, both human and animal

Tenby harbour
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Living on the edge in Tenby, Wales

A clifftop Georgian house seemed a rare bargain but a quick makeover soon turned into a costly engineering challenge

London home goes back to the sixties

With its Artex ceilings and leaking windows, this modernist house in Crystal Palace needed some love to revive its original spirit

Hunt for perfection: English sporting estates

Such properties only rarely come up for sale but exacting buyers demand more than just plentiful game and fish

Hidden gems in London’s Borough

The area is being transformed by daring new architecture but it is the glimpses into its colourful past that appeal most to buyers

UK property law: timeshares

What are the rules if the adjoining owners want to impose charges for using previously free leisure facilities on their land?

London’s Marylebone boosted by facelift

The revitalised London area — home to Harley Street — offers better-value homes for the more price-sensitive

UK property law: bats in the loft

If you are found guilty of disturbing these protected species, you could be sent to prison and fined up to £5,000 per roost

Artists’ studios brushed out of London

Many painters’ and sculptors’ work spaces in prime areas are being converted into high-end homes — but at what cost?

Investors pour cash into Birmingham

‘Midlands engine’ enjoys boom in office developments

Entrepreneurs take on estate agents online

Startups cut overheads and charge sellers a flat fee

Pimlico: London’s next property star?

Overseas buyers may prefer more opulent parts of the city but this well-located area has plenty of character and potential

Commercial property debt at turning point

New lending close to cancelling out impact of deleveraging

UK commercial property ‘peaked’

Real estate prices expected to remain high for years

London’s Mayfair: top of the food chain

The exclusive area is home to some of the city’s most opulent restaurants — and has the property prices to match

Hot-ticket homes in London’s Theatreland

Eliza Doolittle just wanted a room somewhere but, today, larger properties are in demand in Covent Garden and Soho

Property law: buying an off-plan home

Are developers obliged to give a reasonable estimate of when a property will be ready — and can a buyer walk away?

King’s Road, London: back in the swing

Chelsea’s artsy main artery may have lost its 1960s pop vibe but big developments are breathing new life into the area

All change for London’s Tooting

The once-shabby district is undergoing rapid gentrification as young families move in thanks to the ‘Northern line effect’

Chipping Norton, home of Cotswolds cool

The area appeals to those seeking pretty villages, proximity to London, good fee-paying schools and a sprinkling of stardust

UK property law: noisy tenants

Most leases set ‘quiet enjoyment’ terms, but negotiation may be the only way to minimise disturbance

Hampstead: London’s answer to Bel Air

The boom in bulldoze-and-rebuild-it buyers is ruffling feathers on the capital’s hilltop jewel

London’s Islington woos the centre ground

One of the Labour party’s heartlands in the capital is starting to attract more families and foreign buyers from prime central areas

The Malverns v the Cotswolds

Excellent schools and good value homes are helping the Malvern Hills to attract more families from London

UK property law: mountain hide-outs

A wannabe Bond villain would require planning permission for residential use — and might need to go ‘off-grid’

Low-rise London: the battles of Waterloo

The district has few towers and apartment blocks thanks to campaigners’ efforts to preserve its distinct low-rise streets

Stamp duty rise hurts prime London

Sales down again in third quarter as agents blame tax burden

The case for London’s Chancery Lane

The capital’s legal district is luring residential developers but will it ever become a ‘destination’?

Property law: footpaths on private land

The first step to divert a path is to check that there is an alternative route and that it ticks all the legal boxes

Property law: trees that trespass

Anything that hangs over a neighbour’s boundary without permission is trespassing

London’s street markets and house prices

Street stalls and farmers’ markets help put parts of the capital on the map but can they also drive gentrification?

Is London’s ‘Tech City’ overpriced?

New homes around Silicon Roundabout and Old Street are selling fast but at prices that may deter the area’s workers