Theresa May at the EU conference in Salzburg and her subsequent public address in the UK dominated headlines. There was some revisiting of the potential economic effects of a disorderly Brexit. Sky News

Kier Living and Inland Homes reported healthy sales and profit figures to year-end June 2018. The success was attributed, in part, to the substantial proportion of buyers who are now receiving assistance from one of various help-to-buy schemes. House Builder

Miller Homes reported a rise in completions of 12% during the six months to June 30 2018. 1,493 homes were completed during the first half of the year, compared to 1,336 during the same period in 2017. Its average selling price rose 6% to £248,000. House Builder

While Theresa May pledged to build around 200,000 new homes a year to tackle the housing shortage and get young people onto the property ladder, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) slashed estimates for the number of new households to be created in England over the next 25 years by 50,000 annually. 159,000 extra households are estimated to spring up every year – far lower than the 210,000 which had been predicted.  Daily Mail

A slight increase in property sales in August is reported and stated by some as evidence that Bank of England governor Mark Carney’s property price warnings must be kept in the context of a resilient housing market. Daily Express

The government’s “Move On Fund” aimed at helping rough sleepers, has opened for bidding on IMS.  UK Gov

Industry commentators, speaking with respect to the closure of Hatched, have questioned the online/hybrid estate agency model. Propertyindustryeye

54 student accommodation blocks are rumoured to still be clad in similar materials to the cladding used on the Grenfell building. This is according to official figures released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on 20th September.  Work is underway to plan the removal but the schedule remains unclear. The Guardian

The London Home Show opened its doors at the Queen Elizabeth II centre, Westminster.  A significant focus is on help-to-buy schemes. Help to Buy London

There are reports that one million vulnerable families have been driven into deeper poverty by being forced into the private rental sector due to the unavailability of social housing. The Guardian

The Labour party is reported to have announced plans to double the tax on second holiday home ownership. The Guardian

Rumours are covered by several papers that Prime Minister Theresa May or her aides are secretly engaged in contingency planning for a snap general election in November. This has been dismissed by Downing Street. The Times

40% of house purchases in the South West are now cash purchases arising from families selling high-value properties around London and then subsequently investing in larger rural properties for “lifestyle change” reasons. The Times