Literature and the Judicial Opinion

Via Benjamin Woodring, news that Judge Michael Baylson went literary in his ruling in favor of the City of Philadelphia, finding that the federal government cannot cut off funding because the city insists it will only surrender undocumented immigrants if the feds have proper warrants. Here, courtesy of Dr. Woodring, is a link to Judge Baylson’s opinion. It begins with quotations from Hamlet and Coriolanus and from Dr. Woodring’s own article Liberty to Misread, published in the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, and continues to the Odyssey. I…

Some conceptual clarifications concerning EFTA and the EEA

Dr. Michael Sánchez Rydelski and Cath Howdle* *Respectively Member and Deputy Director of the Legal Service of the EFTA Surveillance Authority. Nothing in the present article binds or necessarily reflects the views of the EFTA Surveillance Authority. 1. Introduction This contribution does not intend to offer a solution to the Brexit conundrum: that is a matter for governments and negotiation teams. The following comments are merely intended to serve as a guide to some of the more important aspects of the European Free Trade Association (“EFTA”) and the European Economic…

BTL range enhanced at Leeds BS

Leeds Building Society has announced that it has expanded its buy-to-let range with the addition of new fixed rate products. According to the lender, the new mortgages include a 1.44% two-year fixed rate up to 60% LTV and a 1.69% rate up to 70% LTV, both with free standard valuation, fees assisted legal services and a £2,499 fee. Additionally, the two year fixed rate period is followed by a 1% discount until 31st August 2023. Jaedon Green, Leeds Building Society’s director of…

Fortis Group announce 1900 new homes in Salford

Fortis Group, a Manchester based property developer, has announced that it is on target to deliver a pipeline of more than 1,900 new homes in Salford by 2020. Spanning five developments in the area, Fortis Group’s investment in the area is set to top £340 million, creating a total of 1.8 million sq. ft. of high quality, residential living space. The company launched its latest development in the area earlier this year – the £72 million, 376-home Bridgewater Wharf on Ordsall Lane. …

Auction House sales up 6% on last year

Auctioneer, Auction House has announced continued strong performance in 2018, with cumulative results more than 6% ahead of 2017. This brings the group’s results since the start of the year to 1,358 lots sold from 1,830 offered – a success rate of 74% – and raising more than £173m (£173,441.950) in the process. Roger Lake, Auction House founding director, said: “At a time when the property market is going through a challenging period, we are pleased to report another strong set of figures,…

What are the top ten DIY jobs that UK adults can’t do?

A new survey has revealed that despite DIY remaining a popular fixture on our TV for years, us Brits lack the confidence to have a go ourselves. According to home heating oil supplier, Emo Oil, 52% of UK adults avoid common household DIY tasks in favour of calling for professional assistance. In fact, the majority (77%) of adults living in the UK do not feel confident to carry out simple home DIY tasks. More than 1 in 3 (36%) also confess to having…

Who has topped the Premier League of property price growth 2017-18?

Manchester City may have won the league, but when it comes to property, the Sky Blues have to settle for 2nd place. After winning the 2015-16 Premier League, Leicester City has finished mid-table over the past two seasons. However, the Foxes are back to winning ways, topping the Premier League of property price growth table for 2017-18. According to new research in which HouseSimple.com looked at house price growth over the past 12 months in the towns and cities where the 20 Premier…

FTB approvals up in May according to latest figures

The latest data and analysis from e.surv has shown that 66,479 mortgages were approved in May – a rise of 6.4% against the previous month. First-time buyers significantly increased their share from 20.2% to 22.4% of the market. e.surv reported that, as ever, there is a wide variation between the regions of the UK, with some areas seeing higher proportions of small deposit borrowers than others. For the second month running, Northern Ireland saw the biggest proportion of loans go to small deposit…

Five renovations that could improve your rental returns

The growth in the number of rental properties available over recent years means renters can often afford to be a little more discerning in their choice of property. Some renters are happy to pay over the odds for the most desirable or practical properties, and landlords can increase their rental income by making some shrewd improvements. 1. Focus on kitchens and bathrooms The old adage says that that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, so it stands to reason that the same should…

UK HPI: House prices up 3.9% in April

The latest statistics from ONS has revealed that the slowdown in house price growth continued into April, with average UK house prices seeing a 3.9% rise compared to 4.2% in March. ONS reported that this the lowest rate seen since March 2017. According to the figures, the annual growth rate has been slowing since mid-2016 and has remained under 5%, with the exception of October 2017, throughout 2017 and into 2018. When seasonally adjusted, average house prices in the UK increased by 0.7%…