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Institutional investors, housing developers face "negative impact" of Scottish SDLT replacement, says expert

The first rates set for the Scottish's government's new tax on the sale or lease of property result in institutional commercial property investors being "significant losers", while buyers of averagely-priced homes in Scotland will benefit, an expert has said.... 10 Oct 2014

Issuer of securities entitled to raise negligence claim for overvaluation of commercial property, says UK court

A UK court has found in favour of the issuer of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) over a German office building in a negligence claim against the firm which overvalued the property, despite the fact that the valuation was carried out on behalf... 03 Oct 2014

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'Second charge' mortgage regulation to be tightened as part of FCA's approach to new mortgage credit rules

'Second charge' mortgages, which allow consumers to borrow against the value of their home, in addition to an existing 'first charge' mortgage, are to be brought within the existing regime for regulated mortgage contracts, the UK's Financial Conduct Authority... 29 Sep 2014

Energy and Climate Change Committee: new incentives needed to encourage energy efficiency improvements

The UK government should consider new incentives, such as stamp duty or council tax discounts, if it is to encourage more householders to carry out energy efficiency improvement work on their properties funded through the Green Deal, a committee of MPs has... 26 Sep 2014

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