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
19 March 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
Ban on rental evictions extended until end of May
A ban on bailiff-enforced rental evictions in England, which was introduced at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, has been extended again until 31 May 2021
10 March 2021
Habito to launch 'lifetime' fixed-rate mortgage that lets you lock in for up to 40 years - here's how it stacks up
Homebuyers and movers in England and Wales will soon be able to fix their mortgage rate 'for life'
10 March 2021
Chancellor commits to looking for 'workable solutions' to help mortgage prisoners - and praises MSE's campaign
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has told MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis that the Government will keep looking for solutions to help mortgage prisoners, after Martin tackled him on the issue
5 March 2021
Homebuyers' transaction tax holiday extended in Wales but not in Scotland
Homebuyers in Wales will continue to pay no transaction tax on properties up to £250,000 until 30 June - but the rates in Scotland will return to their usual level from 1 April.
4 March 2021
Budget 2021: Stamp duty holiday extended in England and Northern Ireland
The current stamp duty holiday in England and Northern Ireland has been extended until the end of June, and some relief will continue until the end of September, the Chancellor announced in the Budget today
3 March 2021
Millions of leaseholders to get new rights which could save £10,000s
Millions of homeowners in England will be given a new right to extend their lease by up to 990 years and not have to pay any ground rent, while extending a lease or buying a freehold will also become cheaper for many, under sweeping new Government reforms
7 January 2021
Martin Lewis urges MPs to free mortgage prisoners, warning coronavirus is set to trap even more households
Martin Lewis has called on the Government to act to help "mortgage prisoners" as he gave evidence to the Treasury Committee about the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, warning that more households could become trapped as a result of the crisis
10 December 2020
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'I'm self-employed but confused about whether I can claim the fourth grant' – Unsure? Here's what you need to know13 April 2021100s of self-employed people are confused about what constitutes being “adversely affected” by coronavirus, we have some helpful scenarios to work out where you stand, as well as HMRC’s guidance.
13 April 2021If you're worried about work during the coronavirus crisis, this guide looks at your rights if you're self employed, including what help's there for limited company directors.
13 April 2021The coronavirus outbreak is causing major travel disruption around the globe
12 April 2021Jobseekers claiming certain work-related benefits can once more get unlimited mobile data, minutes and texts for £10 a month.
Martin Lewis: Payment holidays coming to an end – but should you take one? Mortgages, credit cards, loans, payday loans, car finance and more23 March 2021Within the last week, we've seen the extension of coronavirus credit card, personal loan and overdraft help to 31 October 2020, with mortgage payment holidays already extended. The regulator's other help schemes are also likely to be extended too, including car finance and payday loans, yet should you do it?
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