Commercial Property Market Review – December 2021

Strong performance from retail parks Retail parks remain the shining light of the retail industry, with their yields across Europe now at parity with shopping centre yields, according to Savills’ data. So far in 2021, more than €5.1bn has been invested in retail parks across nine European countries. Investment was up 46% year-on-year in the … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – December 2021”

Commercial Property Market Review – November 2021

Business rates boost for hospitality and leisure The Autumn Budget provided good news for badly hit shops, restaurants, bars and gyms, with a temporary 50% cut in business rates in England announced by the Chancellor. These sectors, which suffered particularly badly during the pandemic, will be able to claim a 50% discount on their bills … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – November 2021”

Commercial Property Market Review – October 2021

Strong recovery for UK flex market According to Workthere research, the flexible office sector regained momentum in H1 2021 following its pandemic-induced slump, with renewed appetite for flex space in both enquires (+30% on pre-pandemic levels) and transactions (+36%). Flexible workplaces – a catchall term encompassing anything from serviced offices to fitted plug and play … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – October 2021”

Commercial Property Market Review – September 2021

Robust figures for commercial property market Commercial property investment volumes reached £31.4bn at the end of July, according to the most recent UK Commercial Market in Minutes report from Savills. This was 32% above the same period in 2020 and 4% higher than the five-year average. Savills also noted a promising rise in the three-month … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – September 2021”

Residential Property Review – August 2021

Transition to eco homes hotting up With climate issues becoming ever more urgent, policymakers and the housing industry are increasingly turning their attention to sustainable property development. Making homes greener will play an important part in the UK’s efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050: new and existing homes together account for 20% of the … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – August 2021”

Commercial Property Review – August 2021

Investment in student accommodation nears £2bn in H1 The latest data from Knight Frank shows that investor appetite for purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) was strong in H1, despite the sector being adversely impacted by the pandemic, with restrictions limiting international travel and disrupting study for a large proportion of students. The sector is in a … Continue reading “Commercial Property Review – August 2021”

Residential Property Review – July 2021

Building Safety Bill published Claiming “the biggest changes to building safety in nearly 40 years“, Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, said that the Building Safety Bill will set out a clear pathway for the future as to how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained. The Bill was published on 5 July to set out new … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – July 2021”

Commercial Property Market Review – July 2021

Moratorium on commercial evictions extended The government has announced an extension to the moratorium on commercial eviction due to rent arrears until 25 March 2022. The scheme has been extended to give hospitality businesses and nightclubs, which have operated under restrictions for the entirety of the pandemic, and which came under increasing pressure when the … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – July 2021”

Residential Property Review – May 2021

Queen’s Speech is ‘significant‘ for housing market A key announcement in the Queen’s Speech on 11 May was a new Planning Bill, which aims to simplify and speed up the planning process using a digital, map-based service, allowing more active public engagement in the development process. The reforms should allow homes, schools and hospitals to … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – May 2021”

Residential Property Review – April 2021

Spring sees the busiest ever housing market Growing optimism due to the vaccine rollout, the return of low-deposit mortgages and the Stamp Duty holiday extension for England and Wales, have contributed to make this spring the best time to be a property seller in a decade, according to property website Rightmove. The online property portal … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – April 2021”