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Coronavirus Economical News

3/7/20 Business Money: Staffordshire based gastro pub group secures £2m CBILS package 

30/6/20 Business Money: Local Lockdown Business Fund needed to support businesses 

29/6/20 Property Investor Today:  Reacting to the Covid-19 crisis – what should I be investing in? 

25/6/20 Today’s Conveyancer: The Impact Of A Pandemic On The Legal Sector 

25/6/20 Landlord Today: The property industry has second-lowest monthly furlough wage bill 

24/6/20 The Guardian: Survey shows a record rise in UK business activity in June 

23/6/20 EY: How do you find clarity in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis? 

23/6/20 Bridging & Commercial: FCA update on Covid-19 and its impact on mortgage repossessions 

22/6/22 Bloomberg: Housing’s Covid clause – banks and their home appraisers are getting nervous about prices 

22/6/22 Enness Global: London property market recovery post-pandemic 

22/6/22 Today’s Conveyancer: Welsh Property Market Restrictions Relaxed 

22/6/22 FT: Insurers vs small businesses: a high-stakes battle over lockdown 

Property News

Property Sector News

3/7/20 Nationwide: Annual house price growth grinds to a halt in June as
the impact of the pandemic filters through 

30/6/20 Property Weekly: The City of London has put The Mark Lane Estate on the market with an asking price of £103m, reflecting a net initial yield of 4.81%. 

30/6/20 Property Weekly: Intu investor keen to flog Trafford Centre 

24/6/20 Estate Agent Today: House prices to rise further over next three months – Zoopla 

23/6/20 Inside Media: Pre-tax profits have been slashed of the property investment giant, Custodian REIT to £2.1m for the year to 31 March 2020, down from £23.6m. 

23/6/20 City AM: UK house prices to fall five per cent this year 

23/6/20 The Telegraph: The property hotspots with the most green space and best value homes 

23/6/20 Relocate Magazine: Lockdown relaxation sparks property surge 

22/6/20 Estate Agent Today: Purplebricks’ biggest critic warns over housing market uncertainty 

22/6/20 Todays Conveyor:  Simultaneous Exchange And Completions – Are They A Good Thing? 

Wednesday 24th March 2021

High Streets

3/7/20 Business Money: Public appreciate efforts of retailers and their staff – BRC-Opinium coronavirus survey 

29/6/20 Business Money: Shoppers feel retailers are doing enough to protect the public 

23/6/20 Estate Agent Today:High Street agency veteran speaks up for hybrid business model 

22/6/20 The Mirror: Next to reopen 66 more high street stores from today 

22/6/20 Wired- Gov: Government provides further halt to business evictions and more support for high street firms 

19/6/20 Property Week: New company aims to save UK high streets 

Commercial Rentals

30/6/20 Property Weekly: June commercial rent collections mirror previous quarter day at four-day mark 

23/6/20 Property Weekly: Travelodge CVA approved 

22/6/22 Accountancy Today: To rent or not to rent? Chancellor’s changes swing  commercial property benefit from Entrepreneur’s Relief to Capital Allowances 

22/6/20 Estate Agent Today: The death has been announced of one of the country’s leading campaigners against the injustices of the leasehold system, Louie Burns. 

Residential Rentals

3/7/20 Landlord Today: Rogue landlords in London’s East End forced to pay more than £100,000 

3/7/20: Landlord Today: New rent arrears guidance issued by leading housing organisations 

29/6/20 landlord Today: Misery for tenants as cost of renting continues ‘to climb across the UK’

22/6/22 Daily Mail: Inside the UK’s most sought-after rentals: From a chic London apartment with its own rooftop playground to a modern waterside home with an outdoor pool 

Buy To Let Residential

2/7/20 Landlord Today: North West is home to fastest-growing buy-to-let yields 

2/7/20 Landlord Today: Rents rise as the market returns to pre-Covid activity levels 

2/7/20 Landlord Today: Ban on tenant evictions will not be extended beyond next month 

30/6/20 Bridging and Commercial: Landlords will face ‘a lot of pressure’ throughout this year 

30/6/20 Landlord Today: Slump in mortgage approvals will inevitably see people ‘renting for longer’ 

25/6/20 Landlord Today: Landlord ordered to pay more than £3,000 after harassing tenants 

24/6/20 Landlord Today: BTL rental yields remain broadly unchanged year-on-year 

22/6/20 Landlord Today: Ipswich withdraws BTL products following high demand from applicants 

22/6/20 Landlord Today: Court ruling will be ‘a huge relief to private and social landlords’ 

22/6/20 Property Investor Today: A Build to Rent (BTR) mystery – what has happened to Atlas Residential UK? 

Planning Permissions

24/6/20 Today’s Conveyancer:  The government have confirmed that planning permissions that have expired between the start of lockdown (23rd March 2020) and the end of 2020 will automatically be extended to 1st April 2021 

22/6/20 Housing Today: Government to act to extend planning permissions 

16/6/20 Property Week: Planning permission granted for next phase of £400m Kirkstall Forge scheme 

12/6/20 Bridport News: Planning permission received for ‘green’ home to be built in Mount Lane, Eype, Dorset 

Commercial Developments

23/6/20 Property Weekly: U+I submits plans for £770m mixed-use Greenwich scheme 

22/6/20 The Times: Holborn Studios sees off property developers 

22/6/22 Herald Scotland: Met Tower developer bullish despite home working shift 

Residential Developments

2/7/20 Aldermore: Aldermore has provided a £5m, 10 year, interest-only Commercial Residential Investment refinance facility to Quintain Alto Residential Limited 

29/6/20 Business Money: Funding deal enables Manchester developer to buck trend with new residential scheme 

25/6/20 Property Weekly: New Hill Group and Bioregional JV to build affordable green homes 

25/6/20 Property Weekly: Barratt Homes benefiting the most from the government’s Help to Buy scheme 

23/6/20 Property Reporter: Regeneration specialist, Vistry Partnerships, has announced that it has completed a new deal with government housing agency, Homes England, to acquire a site in Sandymoor, Runcorn, with a development value of £75m.

23/6/20 Estate Agent Today: New homes delivery to plummet by a third despite high demand 

Estate Agencies News

29/6/20 Estate Agent Today: Over 50 jobs lost as Midland agency, Andrew Grant, collapses into administration 

25/6/20 Estate Agent Today: Distressed agents may benefit from the latest commercial eviction ban 

25/6/20 Estate Agent Today: Boom! Agency records highest ever number of offers accepted in a week 

24/6/20 Estate Agent Today: Industry veteran Harry Hill, a former chairman of Countrywide and founder of Rightmove, has now become a mentor at the new Agents Together foundation 

24/6/20 Property Industry Eye: UK house price growth to remain positive over the next quarter – Zoopla 

23/6/20 Letting Agent Today: Warning of ‘perfect storm’ for agents as new electrical checks arrive 

23/6/20 Reuters: Rightmove sees revenue hit; says housing market recovering 

23/6/20 Estate Agent Today: Rightmove and OnTheMarket extend cut-price fees deals 

22/6/20 Estate Agent Today: Rightmove was warned for years to improve relationship with agents 

22/6/20 Estate Agent Today: Purplebricks’ biggest critic warns over housing market uncertainty 

16/6/20 Estate Agent Today: Almost half of Keller Williams agency’s new recruits have no property experience 

Overseas Properties

29/6/20 Property Investor Today: Investment in Portugal – Finnish group commits €30 million to a sustainable scheme 

24/6/20 Mondaq: There are unique opportunities now for buying a house in Italy 

22/6/20 Property Investors Today: Q&A – could Cyprus become the next European investment hotspot post-pandemic? 

12/6/20 Property Investor: Q&A – why should you invest in Uruguay? 

Informative … updated daily!

Healthcare Property News

25/6/20 Property Weekly: Prime Minister urged to build 30,000 new retirement homes 

22/6/20 Property Investors Today: Legal & General announces first later living scheme (retirement development) in London 

Financial News

2/7/20 Bridging and Commercial: Hope Capital posts 189% surge in enquiries 

30/6/20 Business Money: Allica Bank launches 95-day notice account for British businesses 

29/6/20 FT: FCA orders Wirecard’s UK operations to cease activities 

29/6/20 Today’s Conveyancer: FCA have discovered that some mortgage advisors were giving questionable advice to clients 

25/6/20 Commercial Broker: Commercial Broker: Nine ways to increase your CBILS success 

24/6/20 Financial Reporter: Santander increases higher-LTV rates 

22/6/22 The Telegraph: FSA – Credit card and loan repayment holidays extended as £6bn debt mountain piles up 

22/6/22 Bridging & Commercial: YBS Commercial Mortgages returns to pre-lockdown lending  

22/6/22 The Telegraph: Fears female entrepreneurs hit harder by Covid as funding applications halve 

22/6/22 Landlord Today: Ipswich withdraws BTL products following high demand from applicants 

22/6/20 Estate Agent Today: One in six homeowners with mortgages now on payment break 

Buy To Let Funding News

2/7/20 Aldermore: Aldermore has provided a £5m, 10 year, interest-only Commercial Residential Investment refinance facility to Quintain Alto Residential Limited 

30/6/20 Landlord Today: BTL landlords are remortgaging in order to build war chests 

23/6/20 Bridging and Commercial: Roma Finance launches holiday let mortgage 

23/6/20 Financial Reporter: Paradigm Mortgage Services has added buy-to-let mortgage lender, Zephyr Homeloans, to its panel. 

Commercial Finance Deals

2/7/20 Business Money: Aspen completes £1.2m bridge for BVI company 

30/6/20 Property Weekly: Shiva Hotels secures £230m loan for Marylebone hotel 

9/6/20 NACFB: UTB’s Structured Finance Division completes £10.9m investment facility 

04/6/20 Bridging & Commercial: 978 Bridging completes deal for commercial conversion with no extension or default interest fees 

Development Funding

16/6/20 NACFB:  United Trust Bank (UTB) has agreed to fund Hawkfield Homes’ latest project providing 22 new homes in the charming Gloucestershire town of Wotton-under-edge. 

Redeeming Loans

12/6/20 Bridging & Commercial: The art of redeeming loans 

– by Rob Affleck of Currency UK

Pubs and restaurants return

3/7/20 This weekend sees pubs and restaurants open their doors for the first time in months as UK lockdown measures continue to lift.

The latest round of face-to-face UK/EU trade talks concluded a day early as today’s planned meeting between EU Chief Negotiator Barnier and UK counterpart Frost was cancelled. Both sides reported little progress with the usual areas of disagreement remaining.

Sterling starts steady, around 1.2470 and pre-weekend positioning likely to be a significant factor. 


24/6/20 Business Money: UK business leaders: Lockdown is turbo-charging innovation 

12/6/20 FT: Property as an alternative income investment 

12/6/20 FT: Investors need to rethink pension drawdown strategy 

Insurance News

24/6/20 Insurance Business Magazine: Willis Re Securities completes £90 million cat bond for reinsurer 

22/6/22 FT: Insurers vs small businesses: a high-stakes battle over lockdown 

22/6/22 Insurance Business Magazine: Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on laws and regulations in the London market 

4/6/20 Business Money: Trade credit insurance backed by up to £10bn government guarantee 


22/6/20 Commercial Broker: How have valuers responded to the crisis? 

22/5/20 The Telegraph: How will coronavirus affect house prices – and should I hold off buying a property?

20/5/20 Mortgage for Business: How Lockdown Property Valuations Will Workby Steve Olejnik

The Property Perspective: In-house valuers speed up our service as property market bounces back

 2020 Year Todate

Success rate 90%

Total raised £179M

Lots sold 266

£1m+ Lots 50

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Auction News

17/6/20 Property Investor Today:  Auction success! Record-breaking sale for Auction House London’s latest live stream 


Associations' News

24/5/20 Wales 247: Conveyancing Association urges the Welsh government to go ‘Further’ and ‘Faster’ in opening up the housing market 

22/5/20 RICS: Scottish Route Map: Good for Construction but housing market fears

14/5/20 The Law Society: Industry issues guidance to help kickstart the housing market

ICAEW: Economic growth to be 1% in 2020

NAEA: Land Registry makes changes to help keep the market moving


25/6/20 Today’s Conveyancer: Conveyancing Hit Hardest In Pandemic 

24/6/20 ABP: Hinduja brothers fight over 16 billion pound property quoting letter in UK High Court 

24/6/20 Today’s Conveyancer: Homebuyer Communication Processes Criticised 

23/6/20 Business Money: Landbay to use Lender Exchange for its conveyancing 

22/6/22 Today’s Conveyancer: Supporting the Legal Industry through Lockdown 

22/6/20 Landlord Today: Court ruling will be ‘a huge relief to private and social landlords’ 

Property Features

22/6/20 Property Investors Today: How the property industry must evolve to be fit for the future 

19/6/20 Bridging and Commercial: What has our industry learnt? 

17/6/20 Landlord Today: What property type has the best yields? 

12/6/20 FT: The role of property in a balanced portfolio 

10/6/20 Thirlmere Deacon:  Property vs shares – what is a better investment option in 2020 

8/6/ EY: The pandemic has driven consumers to rethink 

3/6/20 Thirlmere Deacon LLP: UK property investment has proven itself to be a resilient and lucrative venture for investors with a long term view 

27/5/20 Property Investor Today: Professional property buying in a post-Covid-19 climate – how should you do it?

22/5/20 Sifted: Venture capital investment into European startups is slowing down by Amy Lewin


Wednesday 24th March 2021