Supply issues continue to drive rents up

New data from RICS has shown that, during July, the squeeze on property supply in the lettings market continued with a 22% rise in respondents seeing a fall rather than rise in New Landlord Instructions. According to the data, this is the eighth consecutive quarter in which this indicator has recorded a negative number. This pattern reflects the shift in the Buy to Let market in the wake of tax changes which are still in the process of being implemented, as smaller scale…

Rise of the smart homes

Burdened by stress and a lack of time, Brits now more than ever crave convenience and speed in various aspects of their lives. One area where this is particularly true, is within their home environment. Individuals are therefore gradually adopting smart home technology which they can remotely control through their smartphones and tablets to facilitate a ‘connected home’. The rise of smart home technology has been nothing short of fascinating. In fact, recent findings from ‘Smart Home Week’, found that 43% of Brits now…

Tampered energy meters putting 3m households at risk claims new research

According to new research, commissioned by outsourced utility collections specialists, Echo Managed Services and Grosvenor Services Group, and endorsed by Crimestoppers UK, almost three million UK households could be at risk of potentially fatal fires, electric shocks and even street-wide gas explosions caused by an undetected energy meter tamper. The figures, from a survey of 2,000 UK residents, revealed that 14% of UK residents have encountered the signs of a tampered energy meter in person; around three million households across the country. Meter cheating…

UK’s first shared living members community secures £3.5m investment

The UK’s first shared living members community, Lyvly, has secured £3.5m investment from venture capital firm, Mosaic Ventures and entrepreneur Greg Marsh. Lyvly will be using the Series A funding to expand its portfolio of London homes by targeting private and corporate landlords and institutional funds. – Targets the rapidly growing shared housing market for 25-35 years olds utilising existing stock– Management team previously helped build the Realstar residential portfolio and onefinestay– Works alongside fund managers and Build to Rent developers in new and…

Is Staying Married For the Children Worse Than Divorce?

The typical pressing concerns such as money, living arrangements and dividing possessions all play a role in the decision to divorce, however, what haunts many parents most is the effect on the children. We have all heard the awful stories or sometimes even witnessed first hand the effects that divorce can have on children 'but that does mean that every couple that should stay in an unhappy or unhealthy marriage? As an adult child of parents who should have divorced and as a divorced parent I will say that the…

Batlan on the Gendered Origins of the Practice of Immigration Law, 1907-1940 @ChicagoKentLaw

Felice Batlan, Chicago-Kent College of Law, has published Deja Vu and the Gendered Origins of the Practice of Immigration Law, 1907-1940. Here is the abstract. Donald Trump’s administration has provoked crisis after crisis regarding the United States’ immigration policy, laws, and their enforcement. This has drastically affected millions of immigrants in the U.S. and those hoping to immigrate. Stemming from this, immigration lawyers and immigrant advocacy organizations are challenging such policies and providing an extraordinary amount of direct pro bono legal services to immigrants in need. Yet the history of…