Owley and Phelps on Understanding the Complicated Landscape of Civil War Monuments @JessicaOwley

Jessica Owley, University at Buffalo Law School, and Jess R. Phelps, Dinse, Knapp, & McAndrew, have published Understanding the Complicated Landscape of Civil War Monuments at 93 Indiana Law Journal Supp. 15 (2018). Here is the abstract. This essay examines the controversy regarding confederate monuments and attempts to contextualize this debate within the current preservation framework. While much attention has been paid to this topic over the past year, particularly with regard to “public” monuments, such discussion has generally failed to recognize the varied and complicated property law layers involved—which…

Two-year tracker rates fall for third month in a row

New figures from Moneyfacts have revealed that the rate for the average two-year tracker mortgage has fallen for the third time in three months and now sits at 1.92% – the lowest since the base rate rise back in November 2017. Moneyfacts also found that the number of two-year tracker deals has risen from 222 at the start of the year to 246 deals in June. Charlotte Nelson, finance expert at Moneyfacts, had this to say: “The average two-year tracker rate has fallen…

Beast from the East blamed for construction output fall

According to the Federation of Master Builders, the Beast from the East, rising costs and Brexit are to blame for the sharp drop in construction output. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The UK construction sector declined by 3.4% in the three months from February to April compared with the previous three months. This is the biggest fall since the latter stages of the recession in August 2012. The Beast from the East has certainly played its part as it forced many…

Stamp duty continues to impact UK property market

New data from Knight Frank has revealed that the proportion of homes sold in London was lower than any other part of England and Wales last year. The figures revealed that in total, 3.2% of all private London residential properties were sold last year, compared to the average of 4.1% for England and Wales, meaning that on a street of 100 properties, an average of just over 3 were sold in London last year. The London figure marked a decline from 3.6% in…

a proposal for a Protocol

Stijn Smismans, Professor of Law, School of Law and Politics, Director of the Centre for European Law and Governance, Cardiff University Since the EU and UK presented a (partially) agreed draft version of the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) in March 2018, many seem to assume that the post-Brexit status of the more than 3 million EU27 citizens in the UK (and more than a million British citizens in the EU) is resolved.  The EU has indeed made an important effort to define and obtain a status for those citizens that comes…

Landlords losing out due to sky high deposits

Landlords and letting agents could be losing out on £61m of rent every month by pricing potential renters out of their properties – while the government spends £1bn keeping them in temporary accommodation. Official figures show the number of families living in temporary accommodation has risen by 500% since 2009, with 78,930 families – and 120,510 children – currently living in emergency housing. £845m of public money has been spend on temporary accommodation for homeless families since 2010 – with nightly emergency housing…

Where to rent to watch the World Cup in Russia

Well, it’s almost here. Four years after England crashed out of the last competition without a win we’re ready to put ourselves through it again. For the majority of fans, sitting at home or down the pub and screaming at the TV for 90 minues would be enough. However, for some die hards, anything other than spending thousands on plane tickets and jetting off to Russia with their fingers crossed is unpatriotic. While each venue will only host between five and six games,…

Significant numbers of landlords shifting towards 5 year fixed products

The latest data and analysis from Buy to Let Club has revealed that an increasing number of landlords are opting for 5 year fixed mortgages in favour of short-term alternatives. Buy to Let Club found that the percentage of its buy to let business resulting from 5 year fixed products has risen to a staggering 42%. During the same period two years ago, 5 year fixes accounted for just 15% of its business. This increase is in line with recent industry trends and points…