Largest pre-Christmas house price drop for six years: Rightmove

The latest data released by Rightmove has shown that once again, at this time of year, it is a buyers market. According to the figures, the price of an average home in the UK fell by 1.7%. Although not unusual for prices to fall at this time of of year, this is the largest November drop seen since 2012. Rightmove was keen to explain that the larger than usual drop has been compounded by a cooling market in the south as well as…

How long does it take to sell an average home in the UK?

The latest research from Post Office Money and property-tech provider, Gazeal, has revealed that the time it takes to sell a home has increased by a week in the last year, with properties in Luton and Bristol seeing the median time properties spend on market increase by 20% and 19% respectively. According to the data, most sellers get an offer in less than three months, however, as many as one in three have experienced an offer fall through within the first three weeks of…

Landlords warned that arrears and evictions have doubled under Universal Credit

New figures from the BBC’s Panorama programme have revealed that tenants claiming Universal Credit have more than double the rent arrears of those who have yet to move to the new benefit system. A survey of Universal Credit claimants in every local authority area where the changes have been implemented shows they owe their landlords £662.56 on average, compared with £262.50 for those on traditional housing benefits. The figures also indicate that evictions have risen by 55% in just one year in areas when…

Greenlead, Chung, and Mowbray on the Launch of the Foundations of the Common Law Library (1215-1914) @grahamgreenleaf

Graham Greenleaf, University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law, Philip Chung, University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law, and Andrew Mowbray, University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law have published Speaking Notes: Launch of the Foundations of the Common Law Library (1215-1914), IALS, University of London, 3 October 2018. Here is the abstract. It is now more than 800 years since the Magna Carta of 1215, soon after which English law started to document its history. In some ex-colonies of the British Empire, the common law has been…

Carrying out a reasonable investigation into a misconduct allegation – can an employer withhold evidence from a disciplinary panel? | Employment Law Blog

The case of Hargreaves v Manchester Grammar serves as a useful reminder for employers of how to carry out a reasonable investigation, particularly when the employee in question is facing potentially career changing consequences as a result of the allegations. In this case the Employment Appeal Tribunal decided that it was reasonable for the employer to withhold the evidence of potential witnesses who “had seen nothing” – the Tribunal had been entitled to make this finding and reject the employee’s claim of unfair dismissal.   Background Mr Hargreaves was employed…

Inventory clerks happy to go the extra mile despite being under pressure

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks is reminding letting agents, landlords and tenants that one of the reasons they engage its members is because they are independent. Danny Zane, chairman of the AIIC, says: “As an association we like to know what drives our members. Time and again our members tell us that they are proud of having no direct links to the landlord, agent or tenant because this allows them to carry out their job in the manner that is professional, impartial and…