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Homes the Size of a Budget Hotel Room

On Sunday 21 August 2017, Dan Macadam, BBC Business Reporter, wrote about research by the consumer group Which? which found that the number of newly built micro-homes, smaller than the size of a Tube carriage, rose by 40% last year.

Multiple Home Ownership Sees 30% Increase

Brian Milligan, Personal Finance Reporter, reported on the BBC website (Friday 18 August 2017) on research by the Resolution Foundation showing that the number of multiple home owners grew by 30% between 2002 and 2004 with as many as 5.2 million UK adults owning a second home. That figure includes buy-to-let landlords who are counted as one owner even if they have multiple properties.

Council Tax Exemptions

Freedom of Information requests asking various councils for the number of student occupied properties exempt from paying Council Tax and the monetary value of these exemptions for the past seven years have been published.

Fall in Student Applications

In the Guardian on Monday 14 August 2017, Richard Adams, Education Editor, reported on how the decline in the number of UK school leavers, and less interest from EU undergraduates has meant that the UK's Higher Education sector is having its 'toughest season'.

CML Calls for Landlords to be Spared More Tax & Regulation Changes

On Thursday 22 June 2017 in an on-line article Kevin Peachey, BBC Personal Finance reporter, filed a report in which the Council for Mortgage Lenders (CML) called for landlords to be spared any new tax and regulation changes after a 'weak start' to 2017.