Countryside and Taylor Wimpey ordered to remove 'unfair' doubling ground rent clauses from leases
Two major house builders have been ordered to remove 'unfair' leasehold clauses that allow them to double ground rents every 10 or 15 years. It comes after the competition watchdog found these terms can make it 'impossible' for people to sell or get a mortgage
15 September 2021
Mortgage rates hit record low AGAIN as Halifax launches 0.83% two-year fix – how to find the best deal for you
Halifax has launched a two-year fixed mortgage with a record low interest rate of 0.83%. It comes amid a mortgage rate war with five-year fixes also dropping below 1% for the first time EVER last month. It's yet another reminder to check whether you could save £1,000s on your own mortgage now.
9 August 2021
Mortgage prisoner review launched amid concerns even MORE homeowners could be trapped on expensive rates
More homeowners than previously thought could be trapped on expensive mortgage rates and unable to switch, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has admitted.
26 July 2021
First ever sub-1% five-year mortgage fix launched by Nationwide – check if you can take advantage of record low rates
Nationwide's deal is another reminder of the fierce competition between lenders – there's no better time to check if you could save £1,000s on your mortgage
21 July 2021
Martin Lewis: 'Mortgage rates drop below 1% – check urgently if you can switch & save £1,000s'
New mortgage deals are at their LOWEST EVER rates, with two-year fixes down to 0.95% and five-year fixes at 1.17% (though in some cases they load the cost in the form of hefty fees). That means huge savings are possible for some.
16 June 2021
'Lowest ever' rates on two and five-year fixed mortgages launched - check if you can save £1,000s
Platform and NatWest have today launched fixed-rate deals with the lowest ever interest rates seen on a two-year and five-year fix respectively, according to brokers. But while these mortgages won't necessarily be best for everyone, the headline-grabbing rates of 0.95% and 1.17% indicate that competition between lenders is currently fierce. So check now if you can save £1,000s on your mortgage.
2 June 2021
Government rejects interest rate cap for mortgage prisoners - but the fight won't stop
The House of Commons has struck down a proposed amendment to the Financial Services Bill, which would have seen interest rates capped for certain mortgage prisoners.
27 April 2021
House of Lords votes in favour of interest rate cap for mortgage prisoners
The House of Lords has voted in favour of an amendment to the Financial Services Bill, which could see interest rates capped for certain mortgage prisoners.
15 April 2021
Accord becomes the first lender to bring back standard 5% deposit mortgages for first-time buyers
Accord Mortgages will become the first lender to bring back standard 5% deposit mortgages after the majority of lenders pulled out of the low deposit market a year ago due to fears the coronavirus crisis would have a negative impact on borrowers' ability to afford loans
16 March 2021
Martin Lewis' call for 'urgent action' to help mortgage prisoners debated in House of Lords as peers propose interest rate cap
MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis has had his calls urging for Government action to help struggling mortgage prisoners heard in the House of Lords this week.
11 March 2021
20 October 2021
Martin's mortgage heads-up
'Can you lock in cheaply now to save £1,000s?'
Urgent. Shift debt to 27mths 0%
Breakdown cover for TWO £54/yr
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Martin's scam ads broadside
'It's a ludicrous plan'
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21 October 2021Tesco has tweaked its rules on how Clubcard holders can spend their points at Cineworld, which has meant some customers have lost out on big savings at the cinema chain.
Buy now, pay later users may be able to take complaints to the Financial Ombudsman under new Government plans21 October 2021Shoppers using buy now, pay later (BNPL) services may be able to take complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service in future, as well as claim refunds using Section 75 protection, under new Government proposals.
21 October 2021Goto Energy, which has about 22,000 household customers, has become the latest energy provider to cease trading – meaning a total of 13 suppliers have gone bust in the past six weeks.
Virgin Media and O2 launch Volt, their first joint product which offers to boost mobile data and broadband speeds for customers of both firms – how it works20 October 2021Newly-merged O2 and Virgin Media have launched a new product called Volt, allowing eligible customers to get their mobile data allowances doubled and their broadband speeds boosted to the next level at no extra charge.
21 September 2021There are more myths and misunderstandings about student finance than any other subject. So in this blog is my updated 2021/22 version of the must knows, with links to far more info.
14 September 2021Update September 2017: It’s eight years since I first braved this subject, expecting a snowstorm of protest. Instead, year after year more join in, like Julia who recently tweeted me, “@MartinSLewis, finally took your advice and told my family I can’t afford Christmas presents. What a weight off my mind. Thank you.” One year even the Archbishop of...
12 October 2021
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