housing

Housing Plymouth event returns

Housing Plymouth, Plymouth’s biggest housing event is coming back to the Piazza for a second year.

Housing Plymouth is a free open event, for anyone to come along and explore their housing options.

The housing market used to be simple, you either rented or you bought. However, there are new schemes and initiatives such as Help to Buy, Shared Ownership and Rent to Buy, which are...

Joined up approach by councils to plan for development

Three councils have teamed up to work on a Joint Local Plan to ensure future developments meet the needs of all residents.

Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council are working together to prepare the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan.

It brings together work that has previously been carried out separately by the three...

SW house prices set to falter

Near term expectations for South West house prices turned slightly negative for the first time since 2013 according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Residential Market Survey.

The survey shows house prices in central London falling while prices are continuing to climb modestly across the rest of the UK. In the South West 25% more respondents said prices had...

Charity receives funding to help city homeless

A charity dedicated to helping the homeless will be able to provide homes to rent thanks to Plymouth City Council’s innovative Social Enterprise Investment Fund.

PATH, Plymouth Access to Housing has been awarded £127,500 under the fund to enable the charity to buy and lease properties.

The fund means the charity can expand its offer to help the homeless in Devon by providing...

SW housing market dips for first time in 13 months

Interest from South West house buyers has dropped for the first time since February 2015 according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Residential Market Survey.

Following the buy-to-let rush that preceded the 1 April tax rise deadline and with increased uncertainty surrounding the upcoming EU referendum interest from buyers dropped in April with 17% more...

Get on the first rung of the property ladder with shared ownership

Getting onto the first rung of the property ladder can seem an impossible struggle; but Plymouth couple Amy and Julian Relf have moved into their dream home thanks to Westward and Help to Buy’s Shared Ownership scheme.

The first-time buyers are now the proud joint owners, with Westward, of a two-bedroom home in the stunning location of Boston Close, The Boatyard, Oreston, overlooking...

Crackdown on harassment and illegal eviction of tenants

Rogue landlords who harass or illegally evict tenants are the subject of a new crackdown in Plymouth.

Plymouth City Council is working in partnership with PATH (Plymouth Access to Housing) who have appointed a dedicated Tenancy Relations Officer to tackle these issues. The project involves the investigation of allegations of illegal eviction and harassment by landlords, and will see...

Plymouth's first rent-to-buy homes completed

The country’s first rent-to-buy homes from Rentplus have been completed in Plymouth, as part of a drive towards developing new homes to help tackle the region’s housing shortage and provide much-needed housing for local families.

The properties are the first five of 19 affordable rent-to-buy homes being delivered by innovative new housing company Rentplus as part of a 139 home...

Rightsizers – the new downsizers

The typical downsizers looking for a smaller home for their retirement has been replaced by a new breed of buyers who put space, location and a new lease of life at the top of their priority list.

Five star housebuilder David Wilson Homes said that it is seeing a rise in the number of people who are making a move to Plymouth long before retirement – movers it is calling the rightsizers...

Syrian refugee families start new lives in Plymouth

Two Syrian Refugee families will started their new lives in Plymouth yesterday (Tuesday 15 December) as part of a national scheme led by the Home Office, to provide sanctuary to those fleeing conflict.

The families are being accommodated in private sector housing. We are not providing any further details on the families and their location, in order to protect their privacy.

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