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UK government sets out long-awaited energy efficiency standards for new property rentals

Landlords in England would have to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties to at least an 'E'-rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) standard before they could let them out under plans put forward for consultation by the UK government. 25 Jul 2014

UK government consults on stamp duty land tax relief on properties purchased by investment funds

Relief from stamp duty land tax (SDLT) could be limited to larger transactions under proposals being considered by the UK government. 23 Jul 2014

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Samsung, Dell among first companies to commit to development of open standard for 'smart' devices

Development of an industry-wide specification and certification programme for 'smart' devices for use in connected homes and offices will be the first priority of a new industry consortium. 09 Jul 2014

Scottish government proposes subsale LBTT relief for certain "significant" developments

Relief from land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) would be available on subsales of the land for "significant" development which completes within five years of the subsale, according to proposals put forward for consultation by the Scottish government.... 03 Jul 2014

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