Much has already been said about the housing crisis, but we are now beginning to see solid policy action - such as the end of the local authority borrowing cap - which should help increase the building of affordable homes. Still, much more remains to be done.
This issue focuses on housing, looking at what surveyors can do, how to understand the world of social housing, and the true picture on empty homes – where are they and why have they been left vacant? We've had some great feedback about housing issues, so do keep your comments coming.
Company voluntary agreements (CVAs) have also been hitting the headlines as major high-street names continue to go under. We look at whether these arrangements are leaving landlords high and dry, and what the alternatives might be.
We're pleased also to offer some technology insight, exploring how 3D walkthroughs contribute to property transactions, and presenting advice from the specialists on becoming a data-led real-estate business – it's not just for the big players, and every business holds information that can be made to work harder for them. There's legal advice, too, on how the General Data Protection Regulation applies to information on building users that may be collected by sensors.
As we head into the new year, we hope you enjoy our new look – please let us know what you think – and don't forget to explore our events listings to plan ahead for your CPD. We hope to see you at many RICS events in 2019.
Editor, Property Journal
Claudia joined Property Journal at its launch and took the helm of the Commercial section. She has 12 years of editorial experience in health, education and social care publishing across multiple formats.