Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement was marked by an attempt to counteract the UK’s expected deficit of £100bn caused by the Brexit vote. Yes, Brexit again.
The mayoral race this year was dominated by the issue of housing. Four years ago, when voters were faced for the second time with a choice between Boris Johnson and Ken Livingston, jobs, crime and transport were all higher-ranked concerns; but in 2016, it is housing which unequivocally tops the agenda of the average Londoner.
April 2016 has brought two things: rain showers and a stamp duty rise on second (or more) properties. In fact, the Chancellor’s March Budget has marked significant changes for the property market as a whole so let’s recap what homebuyers and landlords can expect of the year ahead.