Is property on the rise?

By Candice Krieger, July 8, 2009

Simon Rubinsohn
Chief Eeconomist, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

It is becoming increasingly hard to ignore the improvement in the news flowing in about the housing market. Activity has picked-up, albeit from abysmally low levels, and prices now actually seem to be rising in many parts of the country, with London a principal beneficiary. In fact, some parts of the capital are even seeing competitive bids for the right sort of property in the right location.


Lofty ambition to clarify extension rules

By James Martin, Haringey, May 28, 2009

Haringey’s strictly Orthodox community is being consulted over new guidelines clarifying the council’s position on loft extensions.


Tenants keep out construction vehicles

By John Fisher, April 23, 2009

Leeds Jewish Housing Association residents have won a battle to keep cranes and diggers away from their street during the £4 million expansion of an LJHA sheltered housing complex.

The association had earmarked Queenshill View, where they live, as a site entrance for the development, which is directly linked to the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre.

Residents voiced concern at the prospect of pollution, noise and parking problems in the narrow street where the 10 properties are home to families with a total of 17 children.


Developer loses appeal over four metres of land

By Simon Rocker, March 5, 2009

A property developer and his son have lost their appeal in an action that centred on a piece of land less than four metres wide.

Lord Justice Mummery told the Court of Appeal that the legal costs of the dispute between two London Sephardi families — Freddy Ezekiel and his son Mark, and brothers David and Haim Kohali — had “probably topped” the price of the original land deal.

In September 1999, the Ezekiels agreed to buy two plots of land from the Kohalis in Hendon, North-West London, for £300,000.


The secret of a successful house sale: a mezuzah

By Simon Round, March 5, 2009

With property prices in freefall, many home-owners who need to sell are desperately looking for way of maximising the price of their properties.

But according to a survey due to be released on Monday, the answer could be under their noses.

North London-based property website,, has revealed that houses and flats with a mezuzah on the front door are selling for approximately £10,000 more than those without the small cylinder containing Hebrew parchment.


Housing association fears cut in Barnet funding

By James Martin, February 19, 2009

The Barnet-based Jewish Community Housing Association fears the loss of essential services through local authority funding cutbacks.

JCHA currently receives £71,752 from Barnet Council’s Supporting People programme to pay for wardens and an emergency calls system for seven schemes and over 200 tenants, among them people with learning or physical disabilities.


£3.9m for Leeds housing

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2009

The regeneration of a sheltered housing complex for the Leeds Jewish community has moved a step closer after a £3.9 million grant from the government. The money will enable the construction of 46 two-bedroom and 16 one-bedroom apartments.

They will be built next to the Leeds Jewish Community Centre in Stonegate Road and will replace outdated bungalows at the Queenshill Estate site.

Construction begins in the spring and is due to be completed by the end of 2010. LJHA will then have 230 properties in its portfolio.


More space for worship advised

By Leon Symons, January 15, 2009

New housing developments should have a specific area set aside to create facilities for faith communities, according to a newly-published report.

Construction companies should be told that they must set aside half a hectare (1.23 acres) of empty land in developments to enable faith communities to erect their own buildings, said Cambridgeshire Horizons, the organisation which produced the report “Building for Faith in the Future” and which is responsible for identifying new communities in the East Anglian county.


A £100,000 row — over 4m of land

By Simon Rocker, November 27, 2008

A dispute between two Sephardi families over a patch of land in North-West London ended up in the Court of Appeal this week.

Freddy Ezekiel and his son Mark are seeking to reverse a judgment made against them earlier this year over a site in Hendon which they agreed to buy from brothers David and Haim Kohali for £300,000 nine years ago.

But the judges were clearly exercised by cost of the one-day appeal, along with a previous eight-day trial. "It's not sensible litigation," said Lord Justice Mummery during Tuesday's hearing.


Saul Magrill is 94 and still hot property in the business world

By Candice Krieger, August 8, 2008

Surely, 94-year-old Saul Magrill is the oldest man in property? Cardiff-based Mr Magrill, who started his career 77 years ago, still works part-time as a commercial property consultant at Chris John & Partners.