Miller Homes report 12% rise in completions

UK housebuilder, Miller Homes, has announced that it has seen completions rise 12% during the six months to June 30 2018. Miller announced that it achieved 1,493 home completions during its half year, compared to 1,336 during H1 2017 with average selling prices rising 6% to £248,000. Accordingly, revenue increased 7% to £356.1 million. Operating profit improved 11% to £70.5 million. At the same time the company reported a 3% decrease in its private sales rate to 0.77 net reservations per site per…

Spotlight on SPVs: what are they and how can they help landlords?

A growing number of landlords and investors are incorporating or setting up private limited companies in a bid to negotiate the impact of the buy-to-let tax regime. As a result, lenders like Together are offering products tailored to limited-company landlords, including tailored products for those who’ve set up Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) as a way of running their portfolios. Here are a few pointers about why landlords and property investors might want to consider the SPV route when setting up a limited company……

Govanhill Law Centre prevents “instant” eviction of family of EU citizens without notice in Glasgow

Govanhill Law Centre (GhLC) has prevented the instant eviction of a family of European Union (EU) nationals with four young children by lodging a sheriff court appeal earlier this afternoon seeking the suspension of the eviction. Physical ejection from the property was scheduled to take place tomorrow at 10am in Govanhill. A sheriff at Glasgow Sheriff Court has now issued a court order to temporarily suspend the ejection, in order to give the family time to secure homeless or alternative accommodation. The client had obtained the lease of a privately…

Art as Cultural Diplomacy, November 23-24, 2018

Call for Papers for the Panel:Art as Cultural DiplomacyAs part of 7th Euroacademia Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again23 – 24 November 2018Nice, Côte d’Azur, FranceDeadline for Paper Proposals: 15th of October 2018 Panel Organizer: Cassandra Sciortino, University of California, Santa Barbara Panel Description The panel Art as Cultural Diplomacy seeks papers that explore the function of art (in its broadest definition) as an instrument of cultural diplomacy by the state and, especially, by nongovernmental actors. The main theme of the session is the question of art and…

How Lawyers Can Use Screenwriting Techniques To Tell More Compelling Stories in Legal Writing

Teresa Bruce, University of Colorado Law School, is publishing The Architecture of Drama: How Lawyers Can Use Screenwriting Techniques to Tell More Compelling Stories in Legal Writing: J. Writing Inst. Here is the abstract. Hollywood writers have a secret. They know how to tell a compelling story—so compelling that the top-grossing motion pictures rake in millions, and sometimes billions, of dollars. How do they do it? They use a simple formula involving three acts that propel the story forward, three “plot points” that focus on the protagonist, and two “pinch points”…

Shabalala on IP, Traditional Knowledge, and Traditional Cultural Expressions In Native American Tribal Codes @Dyebo

Dalindyebo Bafana Shabalala, University of Dayton School of Law, CWRU School of Law, Maastricht Faculty of Law, is publishing Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge, and Traditional Cultural Expressions in Native American Tribal Codes in volume 51 of the Akron Law Review (2017). Here is the abstract. Indigenous peoples and nations have been making demands for protection and promotion of their intellectual property, traditional knowledge, and traditional cultural expressions in domestic and international fora. The power of the basic demand is one that lies in claims of moral duty and human rights.…

How to incorporate mindfulness and wellbeing into your home

Between juggling work, family and social commitments, there’s no denying life can be hectic. So much so, that the UK is becoming more conscious of ways to better it’s mindfulness and wellbeing. Over the last ten years, Brits’ interest in wellbeing has increased by 151%¹, while the interest in mindfulness has increased by a whopping 900%. This means creating a living space that not only meets physical needs, but also benefits health and wellbeing too, is more important than ever.Create a peaceful sanctuary to…

Record breaking first quarter for online BTL agency

Following a successful rebranding in June, online buy-to-let estate agency, yieldit, has announced that demand from investors has resulted in its portfolio of available properties growing by almost a third in the first three months of trading. According to their figures, the rise in new properties listed has been on a steady increase month on month since June, with a 69.4% increase in new listings made per month from June to August. yieldit, which specialises in investor to investor sales of buy-to-let property,…

Poor connectivity is ‘digital dealbreaker’ for commercial tenants

With access to quality digital infrastructure now so important to the UK’s commercial tenants, the sector is being urged to get ahead of industry trends and help build Gigabit Britain. According to recent data, four out of five IT decision makers wouldn’t even consider signing the dotted line on a new lease before checking out a premise’s connectivity. The study conducted by Censuswide, on behalf of UK full fibre infrastructure provider, CityFibre, revealed that six in 10 wouldn’t even view premises without checking…

You can no longer buy a property in London for less than £100k

The latest research from Housesimple has revealed that despite a highly publicised slump in London property prices over the past few months, £100k properties in the capital are now a thing of the past – in fact there are only four at around £125,000. According to the research, barring shared ownership and auction properties, houseboats and retirement homes, the cheapest property on the market today in the capital is a studio flat located in Hornchurch, which the estate agent is asking for offers over…