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Regional house prices: affordability and income ratios
Published Tuesday, May 29, 2012 | Commons Briefing papers SN01922
In 2011 the ratio of lower quartile house price to lower quartile earnings in England was 6.5. The highest ratios are found in London (9.0), the South East (8.2) and the South West (7.8).
The economic crisis: policy responses
Published Friday, June 3, 2011 | Commons Briefing papers SN04968
This note brings together the various elements of Government action to deal with the current economic crisis
Housing: construction defects
Published Monday, May 16, 2011 | Commons Briefing papers SN02030
Housing: construction defects. By Wendy Wilson. SN/SP/2030. This note outlines assistance available for owners of homes that are of a defective construction type.
Home Information Packs: a short history
Published Wednesday, November 10, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers RP10-69
This paper provides background information on the introduction of HIPs and a chronology of key developments during their long implementation period up to their suspension in May 2010.
The regulation of sale and rent back agreements
Published Thursday, March 11, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers SN05354
All firms undertaking sale and rent back agreements now have to be authorised by the FSA, so giving consumers greater protection. A key feature of the full regime will be that all consumers who undertake a sale and rent back agreement will have a guaranteed minimum tenancy of five years.
Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants Etc.) Bill: Committee Stage Report
Published Monday, February 22, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers RP10-15
This paper summarises the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Bill. In July 2009 the Government announced that it would legislate to ensure that tenants are given adequate notice to vacate their property if their landlord defaults on their mortgage. Over the summer of 2009, the Government consulted on legislative options to achieve this. On 3 December 2009, Dr Brian Iddon announced that he would introduce a Private Members' Bill to protect private tenants whose landlords default on their mortgage. The Bill has Government support.
Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants Etc.) Bill
Bill 15 of 2009/10
Published Monday, January 25, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers RP10-05
The main purpose of the Bill is to offer protection to tenants of rental properties whose landlord has both defaulted on his mortgage and not notified his lender that the property was being let (an 'unauthorised tenancy'). The Bill gives courts power to postpone the delivery of a possession order, and to stay or suspend the execution of an existing possession order. It also ensures the tenant is given notice of a possession order before its execution.
Means-tested benefits: help with mortgage costs (archived)
Published Wednesday, December 3, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers SN00737
This Commons Library briefing paper has been archived as it no longer offers up-to-date information. However, we have published other papers which may be of interest.
Shared appreciation mortgages
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2007 | Commons Briefing papers SN03414
Shared appreciation mortgages, their problems and uses; and help for constituents.
Housing Bill (Bill 11 2003/04)
Published Monday, January 5, 2004 | Commons Briefing papers RP04-02
Housing Bill (Bill 11 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/02.
Homes Bill (Bill 5 2000/01)
Published Wednesday, December 20, 2000 | Commons Briefing papers RP00-98
The Homes Bill (Bill 5 of 2000/01). House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/98.