Property

New Haringey planning rules welcomed by strictly Orthodox

By Simon Rocker, November 1, 2013

New planning guidelines introduced by a north London borough to help large families have been welcomed by its growing strictly Orthodox population.

Haringey Council said that the measures would give families greater freedom to create additional space while protecting the privacy of neighbours.

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Docklands visionary Paul Reichmann dies

By Rosa Doherty, October 31, 2013

The developer behind Canary Wharf in London has died aged 83.

Born in Vienna in 1930, Paul Reichmann fled to Paris with his family in 1939 to escape the Nazis.

After the war, Mr Reichmann took a Talmudic studies course in Britain and then Israel, where he became a rabbi.

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Man who built Canary Wharf dies

By Rosa Doherty, October 29, 2013

The world-renowned Jewish property developer Paul Reichmann has died aged 83.

Mr Reichmann was born in 1930 in Vienna and escaped the Nazi occupation of Austria in 1939 by fleeing to Paris with his family.

The family was forced to move for a second time when Germany invaded France, and eventually settled in Morocco.

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The property greats behind London’s landmarks

By Peter Bill , September 12, 2013

“Noah? He’s been on the payroll for eight days — and not done a stroke.”

The boy in question is the grandson of The Shard developer, Irvine Sellar: Born to his daughter Caroline towards the end of July. A rich example of Jewish humour used to mask pride.

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Letting tenants in on rent-saving schemes

By Martin Lewis, July 25, 2013

If you live in rented accommodation, you don’t need your landlord’s permission to save money. There are many things you can do to slash bills. With the number of tenants rising, rents are fiercely expensive in many areas, so never has it been more crucial. Here are my top tips for renters:

Renters have a right to switch and save on energy (even prepaid)

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High Court finds Israeli officer ‘evasive’ over property project

By Simon Rocker, July 4, 2013

A former Israeli army intelligence officer misappropriated £2.7 million while managing a property project in London, the High Court has found.

Doron Biran, who moved to Britain in 2001, was sued by his business partners, Ran Avrahami, a former Israeli airline pilot, and Be-Ready, a company owned by the family of Rami Lermer, who worked in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.

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Jewish homes featured on ITV’s Top 10 Britain’s Secret Homes

By Zoe Winograd, July 4, 2013

Two houses with important connections to Jews in Britain are to be featured on a prime-time television show revealing the little-known and intriguing stories behind landmark buildings.

Latimer House in Wiltshire and The Jews’ House in Lincoln will be profiled in ITV’s Top 10 Britain’s Secret Homes on Friday. The two sites were selected for the programme by English Heritage.

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Landlords should not rely on letting agents

By Jonathan Monjack, June 17, 2013

The property market needed a unique business offering landlords an alternative to doing it themselves or using letting agents — they both have drawbacks.

I owned one property and had a very easy tenant for four years. One day, I received a renewal fee from the agent and just thought, ‘why am I paying him eight per cent plus VAT?’.

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One place in heaven, yours for a mere $100,000 on eBay

By Simon Rocker, May 30, 2013

It was an offer too good to pass up: a chance to reserve your place in paradise.

The online auction site eBay hosted one of its more unusual lots when New Yorker Ari Mandel put up for sale his portion in the olam haba’ah, the world to come. Within a day, his supernatural offering had attracted 180 bids, with the price having climbed to a staggering $99,900.

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House calls in Salford

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 20, 2013

A kosher social housing scheme is expected to make a significant dent in the property shortage for Charedi families in Salford.

The Stamford Hill-based Agudas Israel Housing Association will be offering 23 new-build family homes in the Kings Square development off Leicester Road, Salford, an area where over 200 Jewish people are reported to be in need of social housing.

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