06.08.12 Reaction to Government’s housing and planning changes
6th September 2012
Reaction to Government’s housing and planning changes From Jamie Lester, Head of Haus Properties
Jamie Lester, Head of Haus Properties, comments: “Whilst the planning changes sound like good news on one hand by helping to create jobs and housing, my concern is that if people don’t have access to funding to buy or improve their homes, the initiatives are as good as useless! I personally have planning permission to extend my home, but Halifax is making my life hell in order to release a little equity, even though my property has £200,000 of equity in it. With a growing family, this leaves me stuck in a rut!
“Although relaxing red tape is also welcomed, the changes to allow people to extend their properties up to 6m (or 8m for detached houses) without planning permission are a concern, especially in urban areas. This could cause neighbourly issues with other people’s light and enjoyment of their own properties affected. And what will happen when the rules change again after a year? Obviously, the devil will be in the detail, but I do think it will lead to a lot of confusion and some serious disputes!”
Haus Properties is currently marketing a range of properties (for both sale and rent) in the Fulham and Chiswick area. For further information, please visit www.hausproperties.co.uk or call: 020 7751 0400.
Haus Properties (www.hausproperties.co.uk) is a new concept in estate agency, set up by entrepreneur and former BBC Apprentice finalist, Jamie Lester, with the aim of turning traditional estate agency on its head. There are currently offices in Fulham and Chiswick and plans for further London offices in the future. Haus Properties offers property for sale and rent, as well as a property management service for Landlords. It is fully regulated by the Office of Fair Trading and the Property Ombudsman.
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