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APPG calls for the creation of a specific SME Homes England

APPG calls for the creation of a specific SME Homes England

This week, Advantage has been taking a look at the All Party Parliamentary Group for SME House Builders’ calls for the creation of a new SME Homes England which understands the sector and is sympathetic to it. As reported by Housebuilder, this recommendation is one of...

Construction output rises in 2021

Construction output rises in 2021

The finding from the Office for National Statistics which has been most widely quoted is that the UK economy shrank by 2.9% in January. However, for those focusing on the construction sector when reviewing the ONS data, the picture was considerably brighter, with...

Social housing sector remains strong

Social housing sector remains strong

As well as providing structural warranties for developers and self-builders throughout the UK, Advantage also works with a number of Housing Associations, providing 10-12 year cover. This week, we took a look at the results of The Regulator of Social Housing’s latest...

The property sector reacts to the new Budget

The property sector reacts to the new Budget

Although some key elements of this week’s Budget had been revealed to the press in advance, many were still waiting to see what the detail of Rishi Sunak’s spending and taxation plans would mean for the property sector. Confirmation of an extension of the stamp duty...

Stamp duty holiday to be extended ‘until end of June’

Stamp duty holiday to be extended ‘until end of June’

The stamp duty holiday (which was due to end in March) could be extended by a further three months. Back in January, Advantage wrote that there had been increasing calls for the stamp duty holiday to be extended – both to allow for delays in the system caused by the...

Build-to-Rent sector sees strong growth throughout the UK

Build-to-Rent sector sees strong growth throughout the UK

According to new research by the British Property Federation, the Build-to-Rent sector has proven particularly resilient during the coronavirus pandemic, with the number of completed build-to-rent homes increasing by 23% from 43,598 in Q4 2019 to 53,750 in Q4 2020....

New Homes Quality Board launches this week

New Homes Quality Board launches this week

Several months ago, Advantage wrote about the government’s shakeup of housing policy, which is intended to ‘empower’ millions of social housing tenants. And this week it has been announced that, in a further move to protect consumers, the New Homes Quality Board will...