Stratford – the new jewel in the East London crown. This town in the Borough of Newham stepped into the spotlight when confirmed as the location of the 2012 Olympic stadium. The rush of associated investment brought with it improved public transport links in the shape of Stratford International – the station with its high-speed train line running to St Pancras in one direction and mainland Europe in the other. Also in time for the Olympics was the mega Westfield shopping mall and a future legacy plan is in place to ensure E15 doesn’t become an expensive ‘white elephant.’
It’s been a momentous year in the world of UK lettings, with a raft of new laws and legislations that will shape tenant accommodation moving into 2016. The biggest change, however, was saved for the end of the year when Chancellor George Osborne announced a new way of taxing buy-to-let property investment purchases.