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Sharpest increase in private rent prices in London

Sharpest increase in private rental prices are in London Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Private sector tenants are facing the steepest increases to their rents seen in more than a year and a half, according to Office for National Statistics figures.

Across Britain, private rental prices paid by tenants increased by 2.1% in the 12 months to March; the fastest annual rate of increase recorded since August 2013 - and within England, the sharpest annual rate of price growth was in London, at 3.2%.

Sellers urged not to list property at unrealistic prices

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41% of homeowners in London would try to sell their property for a higher price than their estate agent quoted.

New research from online estate agency eMoov has warned that people could see their homes failing to sell for months because they have listed their properties way over their real value.

Its survey also found 31% of Londoners say getting the highest price is the most important factor when selling a home.

While only 3% would list their property at a lower price than they've been quoted by the estate agent.

Across the UK, it found the average home sold for £180,252 according to the latest Land registry report yet the average asking price on property website Rightmove is £279,000.

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Right to buy sales out stripping demand

Right to Buy sales are set to outstrip supply of new council homes in London - new research has found. Across the capital, councils predict they will lose 1.5 council homes for every one they build.

Drawing on new data provided by London boroughs the report estimates that based on current development plans around 10,300 council homes will be completed over the decade to 2023/24, compared to an estimated 16,100 Right to Buy sales leaving almost 6,000 fewer council homes by 2023/24.

The London Assembly Labour data shows that London boroughs expect 1.5 council properties to be sold over the next ten years for every new home that will be built.

House price growth slows in London

House prices in five UK cities have been rising faster than in the capital.

Findings by Hometrack found house price growth in London slowed by two-thirds in the last quarter to 0.5%. That is compared to 1.4% three months ago.

Meanwhile property in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Southampton, Bristol and Birmingham rose at a faster pace in the three months to November.

Edinburgh (1.8%) and Glasgow (0.9%) registered the fastest house price inflation in the last quarter, as demand fed back into the market post-referendum.

The greatest reversal was seen in Aberdeen (-0.4%) and Cambridge (-0.2%), but Oxford (0.3%), Cardiff (0.2%) and Bournemouth (0.1%) also showed pronounced slowdowns.

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Protesters force world's biggest property fair to close

Protesters in Kensington have forced the world’s biggest property fair to close.

The MIPIM property event attracts thousands of investors and developers every year.

But the event has become a target for protests highlighting London's housing crisis.

Millionaire London developer donates profits to charity

A developer in London is causing a stir in the property market with an unusual business plan - she builds properties, sells them, and gives all the profits away.

Charlotte Grobien has already raised a million pounds, and has a target of a half a million more by Christmas.

Ruth Zorko went to meet her and representatives of two of her chosen charities, Whizz-Kidz and The Eikon Charity.

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