HOA’s Voice

Read our take on the latest developments of interest to homeowners and aspiring homeowners, with contributions from our staff, supporters and guest contributions.

The worrying reality of being a leaseholder

If you're lucky, the most stressful bit about being a leaseholder is paying the annual maintenance bill for a cleaner to clean the common areas. If you're unlucky, it can be a complex process of constantly establishing your rights, dealing with overwhelming and complex correspondence and the desperate, nagging feeling that you're being ripped off year on year by unreasonable hikes in fees. Here is one member's experience.

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Estate agents warn fracking will hit house prices

Greenpeace activists target the South Downs National Park Authority meeting with a Not For Shale roadshow, on the launch of a new investigation into fracking in Sussex.

Estate agents in areas close to possible fracking sites have warned the controversial technique is likely to wipe tens of thousands of pounds off the values of nearby properties, potentially affecting up to half of all house sales, new research found.

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Election 2015: End of stamp duty for first time buyers

Ed Miliband proposes cut to first time buyers stamp duty

This is a great proposal and one we have been shouting about for some time. It doesn’t make sense to introduce financial schemes like Help to Buy and Help to Buy ISAs for first-time buyers and then land them with a big stamp duty bill. The removal of stamp duty on first-time buyers makes sense.

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