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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'.

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.

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.

Queen's Speech Announces Move to Ban Lettings Fees

Brian Milligan, BBC Business Section Personal Finance reporter, writing on line on Wednesday 21 June 2017, reported that a new Tenants' Fees Bill, which will stop tenants having to pay money to agents, was announced in the Queen's Speech, a commitment originally announced by the Government in the 2016 Autumn Statement.