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UK interest rate cut: how it will affect you

05 August, 2016

With the Bank of England reducing the base rate to just 0.25%, we look at the likely impact on mortgage and savings rates, pensions and house prices

Is it time to abandon the dream of owning a home?

05 August, 2016

Some have argued that we should focus on improving renting rather than obsessing over house ownership - readers share their opinions on this

Interest rate cut to record low

04 August, 2016

The Bank of England has cut interest rates to a record low of 0.25%

Rents fall as landlords remain nervous over Brexit

26 July, 2016

Letting market hit by uncertainty over the future of Britain's role in Europe, but London continues to benefit from high demand for homes

June property transaction count down by 10% on last year

26 July, 2016

The number of residential property transactions increased by 4.9% between May and June 2016, but is down 10.2% compared with the same month last year

London housing: Lambeth's Pockets of affordability

25 July, 2016

A new kind of compact home for middle income Londoners looks to be part of the new mayor's plans

Taxing tenants: how taxes on landlords end up hitting tenants

25 July, 2016

TaxPayers' Alliance report

House Price Index

19 July, 2016

June 2016

Bank of Mum and Dad is now paying the rent, too

18 July, 2016

Parents in Britain put hand into pocket to the tune of £1bn a year, as housing crisis grows

Landlords urge Welsh government to introduce a new tax to boost rented housing supply

18 July, 2016

Assembly members in Wales are being asked to scrap the 3% stamp duty hike and instead introduce a new Land Transaction Tax

Millennials paying more rent than Baby Boomers

18 July, 2016

Resolution Foundation report

NLA launches tenancy management software

18 July, 2016

The NLA has launched its newest service, Landlord Vision, which uses cloud-based software to help landlords manage almost every aspect of their tenancies

Fire, Gas and Carbon Monoxide Safety Regulations:

15 July, 2016

What English social landlords need to know

Interest rates could be cut to new low

14 July, 2016

The Bank of England could make the first cut to UK interest rates in more than seven years

Netherlands landlord offers tenants 100 Euro rent cut for helping refugees

16 June, 2016

Trudo housing corporation residents to get monthly discount if they guide new arrivals through Dutch customs and rules

Buy-to-let Britain

10 June, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords likely to increase rents to offset higher costs - report by Kent Reliance

UK startup offers landlords continuous, deep surveillance of tenants' social media

10 June, 2016

New Startup That Sends Dossiers On Your Private Social Media Profiles To Potential Landlords

Council to pay a £26.8m water bill refund to tenants

09 June, 2016

Many landlords with similar arrangements could also face large bills.

NFA & ARCH Welfare Reform 2015 Analysis

07 January, 2016

NFA and ARCH survey reveals 89% of Universal Credit Claimants in rent arrears

LIN Press Release - Right to Rent being extended across England from 1 February 2016

20 October, 2015

LIN Press Release - Right to Rent being extended across England from 1 February 2016

Immigration Act Rollout Announcement

20 October, 2015

The Home Office has announced details of the rollout of Right to Rent checks.From 1 February 2016 all landlords and letting agents in England who allow a tenancy will need to make checks on ID for all adult occupiers

'No Passport Equals No Home': An independent evaluation of the 'Right to Rent' scheme

04 September, 2015

The Right to Rent checks form part of a package of measures intended to create a "hostile environment" for irregular migrants in the UK

English housing survey 2013 to 2014: household report

17 July, 2015

Annual report on households in England, covering themes such as housing needs, housing moves, and vulnerable and disadvantaged groups

Landlords enjoy £14bn tax breaks as figures reveal buy-to-let expansion

27 May, 2015

Shelter urges review of tax treatment of landlords as freedom of information request shows they declared £6.3bn against mortgage interest in 2012-13

Opinion: How housing associations are empowering communities

11 March, 2015

As traditional methods of support for communities are undermined, social landlords have an increasingly important role to play.

Victory for landlords - councils' powers to license further diluted by housing minister

11 March, 2015

With effect from 1.4.15 Local councils will no longer have the power to licence landlords across a whole borough or city following reforms of Selective Licensing, restricting local decision-making powers

LIN press release - Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates applicable from April 2015

18 February, 2015

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates applicable from April 2015 (Paid to tenants renting from private sector landlords and letting agents).

Section 21: Yesterday's Vote In Parliament

12 February, 2015

Whether you manage your own properties or manage properties on behalf of a landlord this could affect you

New database names and maps private landlords convicted under Housing Act

18 December, 2014

Database provides private renters with the first at-a-glance guide to landlords and letting agents who have been prosecuted

Water meters mean higher bills for more than a third of consumers

22 August, 2014

The number of water meters installed in homes across England and Wales has risen above 10 million

Households clear out new £7,600 per home Green Deal cashback

14 July, 2014

The most generous cashback in the Government's overhauled Green Deal scheme could be gone in one month, the Telegraph can disclose

Green deal: what next for government's energy efficiency scheme?

14 July, 2014

Efforts to revive the flagging policy still fail to address critics' concerns over cost and complications

Tenants face eviction as landlords capitalise on rising house prices

14 July, 2014

Soaring numbers of people in private rented homes face eviction despite being up to date with their rent because rising house prices are prompting landlords to ask tenants to leave

Scottish regulator reports on landlords' failures

10 July, 2014

Scottish social landlords are being urged to make it easier for tenants to report failures in performance

Five tips for handling rent arrears

10 July, 2014

Experts offer their advice on how housing providers can better manage arrears and help residents struggling to pay rent

Bid to help tenants with complants

08 July, 2014

The Government is taking steps to ensure social tenants are aware of the correct procedure for complaining about their landlord

Renting brings lower yields for buy-to-let landlords as property prices rise

07 July, 2014

Buy-to-let landlords are facing a squeeze on rental yields because of rising property prices, according to mortgage broker, Mortgages for Business

The law on renting needs changing: it's far too easy for landlords to evict

07 July, 2014

A tenant evicted after complaining about a plumbing problem lost his court case, but each year tenants do suffer 'revenge' evictions

Public urged to take part in HMO survey

07 July, 2014

Exeter City Council is eager to find out what its residents think about houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)

Britain's biggest buy-to-let landlords to sell entire portfolio of properties

07 July, 2014

Sale of nearly 1,000 homes in Ashford and Maidstone area likely to net Fergus and Judith Wilson at least £100m

Balancing risks after Cosmopolitan

04 July, 2014

The lesson from the Cosmopolitan crisis is that landlords must calculate and manage their risk

Five commandments for landlords after Cosmopolitan

27 June, 2014

The Cosmopolitan crisis had a huge impact on the housing sector. The five commandments to enable landlords avoid the pitfalls of the past

Rise in tenancy terminations

27 June, 2014

As the number of notices seeking possession rises, Carl Brown investigates why landlords are taking a tougher line

GLA to be flexible over retrofit plans

30 May, 2014

Landlords will not be forced to carry out work they cannot afford

CIH warns worst offenders may 'simply ignore' new London Rental Standard

29 May, 2014

The mayor of London's new London Rental Standard, sets out standards for landlord and letting agent accreditation schemes

Helping Tenants to Combat Poverty

29 May, 2014

Practical Interventions in Housing

New SORP threat to balance sheets

16 May, 2014

Landlords are warned changes to policy could hit their accounts

Landlords: What are your responsibilities?

13 May, 2014

Landlords have specific legal responsibilities to their tenants when it comes to gas safety. Here we look at some of the major points

Universal Credit - Rent Arrears Form

12 May, 2014

This form is for private and social sector landlords to claim Universal Credit rent arrears

Labour to call Commons vote on letting agent fee ban

09 May, 2014

Labour are to call a vote in the Commons in an attempt to ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants

Safe as houses

25 April, 2014

The health and safety of tenants is the most basic and important responsibility of any landlord, social or otherwise

Spotlight on PRS licensing scheme

24 April, 2014

Councils across the UK are considering licensing schemes to tackle rogue private landlords

Stronger protections for tenants and leaseholders

15 April, 2014

All letting and property management agents will be required to join an approved 'redress scheme' later this year

Fears Budget pensions shake-up could hit landlord bonds

27 March, 2014

Warning that pensions plan could hit investors' appetite for bonds

£billions paid to MPs, peers and royalty in housing benefit

25 February, 2014

A new study has revealed that MPs and members of the Royal Family are paid billions of pounds in housing benefit

Landlords forced into credit balancing act between lenders and tenants

19 February, 2014

Landlords are absorbing losses from rental arrears in order to keep up buy-to-let mortgage payments, government statistics have indicated

Immigration minister's resignation highlights 'stupidity of his own laws'

11 February, 2014

The resignation of the immigration minister demonstrates the "stupidity" of the laws he was introducing, a lettings agent has claimed

Landlord loan rates dive to new low

04 February, 2014

Buy-to-let mortgages are now cheaper than before the credit crisis

Back to Rising Damp

30 January, 2014

Addressing Housing Quality in the Private Rented Sector

Get-rich-quick schemes target laid back landlords

29 January, 2014

Landlords are at risk of unethical schemes which take over the management of a property under the promise of guaranteed rental income

CH 4148 2012

16 January, 2014

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Whether periodic tenant liable for council tax after ceasing to reside in the dwelling

Sheffield Page Hall landlord licensing scheme approved

16 January, 2014

Landlords in an area of Sheffield where MPs have warned of "tensions" between communities will soon have to register for a £725 five-year licence

Pioneering pair launch a new service for landlords

15 January, 2014

Two entrepreneurs with years of experience of dealing with housing benefits and recovering rent arrears have launched an innovative letting agency for landlords with tenants on benefits

Tenants save half a million pounds through housing provider's scheme

14 January, 2014

A scheme to help people in fuel poverty and facing financial difficulties has saved tenants nearly half a million pounds of debt

Why landlords are shunning profitable benefit tenants

13 January, 2014

Benefit claimants are more profitable than many types of tenants, but landlords are turning them away

Property tycoon Fergus Wilson hits back after criticism of mass evictions

13 January, 2014

Controversial landlord spells out why his housing benefit tenants had to go - and northerners must get on their bikes

Just two housing landlords prosecuted in Swansea last year despite 443 complaints

13 January, 2014

Only two housing landlords were prosecuted last year, despite 443 complaints being made to Swansea Council

Benefits tenants good and bad, say Britain's most successful landlords

13 January, 2014

Opinion among top private property owners differs as to whether working tenants are actually much different

Mortgage Monitor

10 January, 2014

December 2013

Reassessing existing DLA claimants for PIP

18 December, 2013

The process for inviting existing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants to claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Rogue landlords' squalid homes revealed by Newham Council

17 December, 2013

The squalid homes which rogue landlords are renting out have been revealed as part a London council's crackdown

Maintenance and repairs during a tenancy

17 December, 2013

Landlords' responsibilities do not end when a tenancy agreement is signed

Quarter of a million tenants withhold rent as punishment for taking too long to make urgent repairs - but are they breaking the law?

10 December, 2013

A quarter of a million private tenants a year are withholding rent money from their landlords because of delays resolving emergencies

Landlords being ripped off by up to £500 by lettings agents

04 December, 2013

Rogue letting agents are pocketing profits of as much as 600 per cent by ripping off landlords with hidden costs

Call to extend new fire rules to social landlords

26 November, 2013

A new fire safety scheme where businesses can select just one fire authority to set regulations 'must' be extended to social landlords

Senior government official apologises over ECO uncertainty

22 November, 2013

A senior government official has apologised for the situation facing landlords planning to bid for billions of pounds-worth of subsidies

Politicians slam strict housing bill measures

22 November, 2013

Measures to tackle rogue landlords may have to be watered down to allow the housing bill to pass through the Welsh Assembly

Green Deal take-up passes 1,000 mark

20 November, 2013

The number of people agreeing to take up the government's Green Deal on home energy has passed the 1,000 barrier

Landlords seek changes to new immigration bill

11 November, 2013

The Government is listening to industry concerns that the proposed immigration bill may unfairly penalise landlords and letting agents

Landlords welcome immigration bill change

30 October, 2013

The RLA has welcomed the government's decision to amend the Immigration Bill after concerns that it would have imposed a double penalty

Boston landlord licensing plans to tackle anti-social behaviour

15 October, 2013

A Lincolnshire council is planning to introduce a licensing system for landlords to crack down on anti-social behaviour at their properties

Better tenancies for families in rental homes

01 October, 2013

New measures will encourage family-friendly tenancies in the private rented sector

Millions of ghosts in UK's rented properties

30 September, 2013

Up to 3.3 million 'ghost' tenants are living unofficially in rented properties across the UK, new research has revealed

Opinion: Let's fight back against tenancy fraud

27 September, 2013

Housing tenancy fraud costs tax payers millions each year. Here a fraud investigator at Viridian Housing, shares the initiatives that the housing association has implemented to tackle tenancy fraud

Massive rise in rent arrears as one in 10 admit being conned by a lodger

24 September, 2013

Research by 192.com has discovered that one in 10 letters have been conned by a lodger, with one in five renters admitting to often concealing their true identity when applying for a property

'Beds in sheds' couple fined £60,000

24 September, 2013

A couple from Hillingdon have been fined £58,750 for failing to license a property as a house of multiple occupancy (HMO)

Increased costs for tenants living in Doncaster

24 September, 2013

Carl Agar, the NLA Local Representative for Doncaster provides the latest blog speaking about Selective Licensing in his City

More than six in ten tenants at risk from faulty gas fittings

18 September, 2013

Well over half of those in rented accommodation in the UK could be at risk from faulty gas fittings and appliances

Identity theft: keep it safe

12 September, 2013

As a landlord, your personal details - name, phone number, business and financial details, etc - will be in the public domain, so be sure to protect your identity

Landlord eviction of tenants at five-year high

11 September, 2013

The number of tenants who have been evicted from rental properties by their landlords reaches highest level in five years

Massive fine for lettings agent that committed 15 offences

10 September, 2013

A Hounslow letting agent found guilty of 15 housing offences has been hit with £47,540 in costs

'Not enough being done' as tenancy fraud rises by 70%

10 September, 2013

A credit reference company has warned that much more needs to be done to combat tenancy fraud as new figures reveal that the number of detected cases of the crime increased by 70% in 2012

The inns and outs of inventories

10 September, 2013

A free guide for landlords, agents and tenants

Tenants fear rent rises as a result of landlord licensing

10 September, 2013

Tenants will be hit with rent rises as a result of a licensing scheme set to be introduced in Nottingham, a group of landlords has warned

Landlord loses battle to keep 'bed in shed'

04 September, 2013

A landlord has lost his appeal to house a tenant in an outbuilding in his garden

Letting to students proves academic for landlords

03 September, 2013

The NLA's latest Landlord Panel research suggests that students are amongst some of the most reliable tenants

Smaller landlords shun ratings in deal drive

29 August, 2013

Small and medium-sized housing associations without credit ratings are turning to capital market funding, due to improved investor appetite

Tenant gets the boot after years of misery

29 August, 2013

A woman has been evicted from her Cardiff council home after subjecting her neighbours to two and a half years of crime and anti-social behaviour

Eviction for anti-social tenant

27 August, 2013

An Ipswich social housing tenant has been evicted after a campaign of harassment and noise

Changing priorities

27 August, 2013

Landlords are taking advantage of new flexibilities to review their allocations policies, with some interesting results, says Jonathan Hulley

Water damage and everyday repairs

27 August, 2013

Landlords who fail to stop a trickle may soon find themselves swept away in a flood of costly repair bills, warns Property Club editor

Government urged to rethink illegal immigrant proposals

22 August, 2013

The BPF has warned the government that its proposals to tackle illegal immigration through rented homes could lead to landlords being prosecuted for failing to recognise complex immigration documents

Two thirds of London tenants in conflict with their landlord

19 August, 2013

Two thirds of tenants in London have had bad experiences with a landlord and more than half parted ways while in dispute over deposits

Carbon monoxide alarm law toughened

07 August, 2013

Carbon monoxide alarms will have to be fitted when new boilers or gas appliances are installed in Scottish properties, under a change to the law

Rent controls: should they be reintroduced?

06 August, 2013

With 9 million people dependent on the private rented sector, calls for rent controls have been increasing. But what are the arguments for and against?

NLA warns landlords of 'no win no fee' deposit claims

05 August, 2013

The Chairman of the NLA has warned landlords to ensure their tenants' deposits are properly protected and that they've fully complied with Tenancy Deposit Protection law

HMO landlord fined for endangering tenants' lives

01 August, 2013

A landlord and his company have been ordered to pay out nearly £40,000 for letting out five houses in multiple occupation where the lives of the tenants were endangered

Housing benefit challenge dismissed by High Court

30 July, 2013

Disabled families have lost a court challenge to social housing benefit cuts for residents with spare bedrooms in England, Wales and Scotland

Tottenham hatches plan to crackdown on bad landlords

25 July, 2013

Haringey Council has revealed plans for a crackdown on bad landlords in Tottenham

Sheffield Page Hall landlord licensing consultation launched

24 July, 2013

Landlords in Sheffield could be forced to apply for special licences to let property in an area of the city, the council has said

How to fulfil your electrical obligations and protect tenants

23 July, 2013

Electrical accidents kill one person a week and cause half of all house fires. How can you ensure your properties are safe?

Tenant Arrears Tracker - July 2013

08 July, 2013

Nearly 100,000 private tenants are now more than two months behind on their rent, according to figures published by LSL property services

Rogue landlords face £3,000 fines

05 July, 2013

Private landlords who rent homes to illegal immigrants could be fined up to £3,000 per individual, under government proposals published yesterday

Understanding Landlords

05 July, 2013

A study of private landlords in the UK using the Wealth and Assets Survey

Spending review: George Osborne targets benefits and slashes public sector jobs

28 June, 2013

Chancellor unveils unexpected package of welfare measures that include extension of wait before unemployed can sign on

Benefit Cap rollout

21 June, 2013

National implementation of the benefit cap will be managed over a 10 week period split into two tranches:

ASB landlords could face ban on collecting rent

20 June, 2013

Local authorities are urging the government to give them the power to ban private landlords from collecting rent if they fail to deal with anti-social tenants

Landlords offered cash to help homeless people

18 June, 2013

A charitable social enterprise is offering landlords with properties to let the chance to help vulnerably housed and homeless Londoners through its private sector leasing service

Bad landlords face licensing crackdown

14 June, 2013

With multiple tenants crammed into decrepit properties, one London borough is taking direct action

Landlords urged to act as 20% of properties risk becoming unlettable

14 June, 2013

Commercial and residential landlords should act now to avoid being left with unlettable properties when new energy efficiency rules come into place

Liverpool landlord prosecuted for HMO breach after inspectors smelt a rat

14 June, 2013

A Liverpool landlord has been prosecuted for operating a house in Multiple Occupation (HMO) without a licence after officers followed up a rat complaint

Letting agency fees force renters into debt

12 June, 2013

Shelter is calling for an end to letting agency fees

A place to stay, a place to call home

31 May, 2013

A Strategy for the Private Rented Sector in Scotland

Almost a third of renters unaware of their deposit rights

30 May, 2013

Almost one in three renters are unaware of their rights under tenancy deposit protection schemes, new research from Shelter has found

A third of councils are considering compulsory landlord licensing

30 May, 2013

Health and safety concerns, and the sheer growth of the sector, lead local authorities to pay more attention to private rentals

The Hidden Costs of Private Renting in Northern Ireland

28 May, 2013

An Investigation into the Practice of Letting Charges

Renting Homes - A better way for Wales

23 May, 2013

Welsh Government White Paper

Renting in Wales: Concern over cost of tenancy changes

20 May, 2013

Plans to change how social and private homes are rented in Wales have been outlined by the Welsh government

The Welsh Government has unveiled plans to simplify the law on renting homes

20 May, 2013

Housing Minister Carl Sargeant has been spelling out his plans to simplify complicated law governing how homes are rented

Letting agents: how to protect yourself from 'cowboys'

17 May, 2013

Top tips when looking for a letting agent

Universal Credit direct payment pilots to be extended for further six months

16 May, 2013

The Universal Credit direct payment demonstration projects will be extended for a further six months, Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud has announced

Universal Credit direct payment demonstration projects - latest findings

16 May, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions today published its latest report into the Universal Credit demonstration projects testing the payment of housing benefit direct to social housing tenants

LIN Press Release - Direct Payment projects extended for 6 months

16 May, 2013

DWP Direct Payment Projects extended for 6 months

Universal Credit toolkit for partner organisations

10 May, 2013

A toolkit to inform partner organisations about Universal Credit and to help them explain the changes to claimants

Buy-to-let mortgage lending hits record share, says CML

09 May, 2013

The buy-to-let sector now accounts for a record portion of total mortgage loans in the UK, according to lenders' data

Landlords and agents are 'failing tenants over gas safety'

09 May, 2013

Despite the law requiring a gas safety certificate to be issued annually, Shelter says one in 10 landlords and agents have not carried out a check for more than a year

Shelter says government should regulate letting agents

08 May, 2013

Letting agents for private property should be regulated by the Scottish government, according to Shelter Scotland

The Queen's Speech: Power and Majesty

08 May, 2013

The State Opening of Parliament is a fabulous piece of theatre

Landlords to get benefits of tenants in arrears

01 May, 2013

Payment of benefit will be switched back to social landlords when tenants accrue two months of arrears during universal credit 'pathfinders'

Universal Credit: Landlords to receive direct payments after two months of arrears

01 May, 2013

Housing benefit payments will be sent directly to landlords after tenants have gone into two months of arrears during the Universal Credit pathfinders

Universal credit: Major benefits shake-up begins

29 April, 2013

A massive shake-up in the UK benefits system starts with the first claims being made for the new universal credit payment

Tenants to take to streets to protest against 'exploitation'

29 April, 2013

Londoners will take to the streets to protest against "rip off fees", spiralling rents and the "exploitation" of private tenants by letting agents

Landlord fined for failing to improve empty property

26 April, 2013

A Barnet landlord has been fined £24,000 after failing to make improvements to an empty property

Record fine for slum landlord as council forces him to demolish 'bed with shed'

23 April, 2013

A slum landlord who has been forced to raze a 'bed with shed' to the ground has been hit with a record fine

Should minimum space standards apply to social and private housing?

22 April, 2013

British homes are the smallest in western Europe. Would minimum space standards make the difference?

A licence to let

22 April, 2013

Are blanket licensing schemes practical - and legal? With other local authorities set to follow Newham's lead, lawyer Eamonn Hogan gives his view

Arrears fall while rents rise

22 April, 2013

Private rent arrears are lower in most parts of the UK than they were a year ago, while rent levels have risen

Buy to Let Index

19 April, 2013

Rents 4.2% higher than a year ago according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from LSL Property Services

London's private rents soar by 1.3% during March

19 April, 2013

Private rents in London soared by 1.3% during March to a record average of £1,106 per month according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from LSL Property Services plc

Buy-to-let: seaside towns offer best returns

19 April, 2013

Landlords in Southampton, Blackpool and Hull achieve rental yields of almost 8% - the highest in the country

Regulator dropped credit rating requirement

18 April, 2013

A suggestion that landlords could be required to obtain credit ratings was shelved by the regulator following concerns from housing figures

Letting agents face tougher scrutiny

18 April, 2013

Letting agents and residential managing agents will now have to sign up to a recognised ombudsman scheme following an amendment to a bill currently going through parliament

Scottish House Price Index

18 April, 2013

April 2013

A letting agent ombudsman is a start

17 April, 2013

It's not perfect, but at last renters might be able to seek redress for grasping, discriminatory and devious treatment by agents

Tenants to be given right to challenge rogue letting agents

17 April, 2013

Amendment requires agents to sign up to ombudsman scheme while giving OFT the power to ban those who act improperly

Government forces lettings agents to take responsibility

16 April, 2013

An amendment to protect consumers from 'rogue' lettings agents has been added to a government bill

Why a digital inclusion strategy is now crucial for social landlords

12 April, 2013

Changes to how benefits are accessed means housing providers will have to do more for their tenants

Five million households in debt to energy firms

09 April, 2013

The number of people who owe money to their energy supplier has risen by over one million in a year, with around one in five households now in debt, according to a study by USwitch

Housing benefit climbdowns could put lenders and landlords at risk

09 April, 2013

Lenders should be applauded for their housing benefit u-turns, but have they now gone too far the other way?

Live discussion: direct payment demonstration pilots

08 April, 2013

The government's pilot schemes have seen arrears double in the first four months, but what can be learned from the six schemes' progress so far?

Discretionary Housing Payments Guidance Manual

05 April, 2013

April 2013 Good Practice Guide for DHP's

Things are looking up: Arrears are down!

05 April, 2013

There's good news for landlords and tenants alike with rent arrears at their lowest level since March 2010 according to NLA

Sheltered housing and welfare reform

05 April, 2013

NHF Report

Changes to council tax on empty homes introduced this week

04 April, 2013

Information from the Empty Homes Agency Limited

'Chaotic' council tax changes may lead to rent rises

04 April, 2013

The government's council tax changes could lead to a rise in rents, a lettings agent had warned

Landlords who don't disclose properties' negative qualities facing prison

02 April, 2013

Landlords and letting agents are now legally obliged to disclose to prospective tenants any negative information about their properties

Vacant property owners to get homes renovated for free

02 April, 2013

Owners of empty homes are being given the opportunity to renovate their properties and rent them out as shared housing for people in need

Void periods on steady decline

28 March, 2013

According to the latest research from the NLA, void periods in private-residential property have fallen to their lowest level in over a year

A licence to rent?

28 March, 2013

How regulating the private rented sector can mean a better deal for tenants, landlords and taxpayers

Money Advice Service - guides

27 March, 2013

Free printed guides give you clear, unbiased information and advice in plain English - of particular interest will be the 'Everyday money' guides

Two thirds of landlords have 'no plans' to let tenants use Green Deal

26 March, 2013

The majority of the UK's landlords have "no plans" to let their tenants take advantage of the government's Green Deal, a new survey has revealed

Universal Credit toolkit for partner organisations

25 March, 2013

This toolkit is for organisations, particularly those in the Pathfinder locations, to inform them about Universal Credit and to help explain the changes that Universal Credit will bring

LIN Press Release - information for private and social sector landlords

25 March, 2013

Changes to the size criteria for approved foster carers and parents of armed forces personnel

MPs and peers to examine private rented sector

14 March, 2013

A Parliamentary group is to examine the impact welfare reforms will have on young people in the private rented sector

Universal Credit: tenants could be 'a broken washing machine away from not paying rent'

14 March, 2013

Landlords are being warned to prepare for the worst ahead of the government's welfare reforms, which could leave some tenants "a broken washing machine away from not paying rent"

Impact of rising rents on family life revealed

14 March, 2013

Almost two thirds of renters are struggling or falling behind with their rent, according to a new survey by Shelter

Council rules out landlord licensing

14 March, 2013

Westminster council has ruled out setting up compulsory licensing for private landlords

my deposits reduces landlord deposit protection fees

13 March, 2013

My deposits has announced it is to reduce its fees from the 1st April

Tax breaks for landlords will not solve the housing crisis

12 March, 2013

Councils must offer landlords better services to help meet housing need

Households renting from private landlords rises to 15%

08 March, 2013

The proportion of people renting from private landlords in Britain rose from 10% to 15% between 2008 and 2011 according to the Office for National Statistics

Impact of LHA cuts on London

07 March, 2013

Recent figures show that following cuts in April 2011 there has been a dramatic shift in where Londoners who get Local Housing Allowance (LHA) are living

New ruling on letting agents fees

07 March, 2013

The Advertising Standards Agency has ruled that letting agents must make their full fees clear in the quoted price of all rental properties

Universal Credit: Proposal for Direct Payments trigger

07 March, 2013

CIH has joined forces with the National Housing Federation and Community Housing Cymru to advise the government

DWP sets date for national benefit cap roll-out

07 March, 2013

The national roll-out of the benefit cap will begin on 15th July announced the Department for Work and Pensions

Legal bid fails to stop housing benefit reforms

06 March, 2013

The High Court has dismissed a claim for a judicial review of the government's decision to limit housing benefit payments for tenants in the private rented sector

Annual private rent bill up £8 billion

05 March, 2013

England's private rent bill for 2012 was £7.7 billion higher than in 2008, according to housing investment and shared equity mortgage provider Castle Trust

Nationwide reverses ban on local authority tenants

04 March, 2013

Nationwide has reversed its decision to stop lending to buy-to-let landlords with local housing authority tenants

Enforcement squads going after unlicensed properties

04 March, 2013

Enforcement squads are prowling a London borough's streets for unlicensed rental properties - with criminal landlords facing fines of up to £20,000 per dwelling

Nationwide to stop lending to landlords with Local Housing Allowance tenants

01 March, 2013

Mortgage provider Nationwide, which provides mortgages for over a third of the buy-to-let market, has withdrawn from lending to new landlord customers with LHA tenants

Local authority goes after 'beds in sheds'

01 March, 2013

A London local authority is going after rogue landlords who are letting out 'beds in sheds'

Call for compulsory register of private landlords

26 February, 2013

Labour councillors in Westminster are calling for the establishment of a compulsory register of private landlords after new figures revealed poor practice in the sector

Nottingham rented house licence fees prompts row

25 February, 2013

A group which represents Nottingham landlords has said a rise of more than 50% in licence fees is unjustified

Southwark Council pilot findings cast doubt on viability of Direct Payment of benefits

21 February, 2013

A London council has projected it faces a rocketing £14 million increase in rent arrears once the direct payment of HB to tenants comes into effect later this year

Reduced budget for Council Tax benefit from April 2013

20 February, 2013

Changes to Council Tax exemptions are a hot topic for landlords at the moment

The Lettings Market - an OFT report

19 February, 2013

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has called for better regulation of lettings agents after identifying several consumer protection issues

LIN Press Release - Information on Direct payment of Universal Credit Housing costs direct to landlords

15 February, 2013

Universal Credit (UC) - Guidance on Personal Budgeting Support

Rental prices set to 'cool down'

11 February, 2013

The supply of private rented homes is likely to increase in 2013 according to a new forecast from property search specialist Rightmove

Council launches England's first regional 'accredited landlords' register

11 February, 2013

Bournemouth Council has become the first local authority in England to launch a regional 'accredited landlords' register

Universal Credit - Local support services framework

11 February, 2013

The Local support services framework states it will be up to the DWP to make exceptions to normal payment rules such as paying the housing element of Universal Credit direct to landlords

LIN Press Release - Universal Credit (UC)

11 February, 2013

The local support services framework for the government's flagship welfare reform, Universal Credit, states it will be up to the DWP to make exceptions to normal payment rules such as paying the housing element of the credit to landlords

Letting agent accreditation is little more than a sticker in the window

08 February, 2013

While accreditation remains voluntary, there is little regulators can do to help tenants in dispute with letting agents

London has certainly seen a big increase in private renters but it's not the city with the biggest proportion of private renters in England

06 February, 2013

The recent census shows that renting is becoming the norm in urban areas across England. Ths report explores the implications of this trend

NLA launches complete Green Deal solution for landlords

06 February, 2013

The NLA has launched NLA Green Deal, a complete Green Deal solution which will enable landlords to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties with ease

Deposit scheme to avoid disputes between tenants and landlords

04 February, 2013

Northern Ireland is to have its first Tenancy Deposit Scheme, in a move to avoid disputes over deposits between tenants and landlords

Councils warn of impact of letting agent rip-offs and rogue landlords

04 February, 2013

Extortionate fees charged by some letting agents are exacerbating the housing crisis, local government leaders are warning

'Give private landlords tax relief to relieve homelessness crisis'

30 January, 2013

Private landlords should be given tax breaks in order to relieve the housing crisis, London Councils has urged

Homeless sign up for Recovery College

30 January, 2013

An innovative college for homeless people in London, the first of its kind in the country, is attracting hundreds of students

Set in place solid foundations - Then tackle the myriad of welfare reforms

28 January, 2013

LIN complimentary report for landlords

Freud: Direct payments will not reduce incomes

28 January, 2013

Lord David Freud said he does not expect landlords to 'suffer sudden losses of income' as a result of direct payment of benefit to tenants

Landlords warned not to ignore the Green Deal

28 January, 2013

The NLA reminds all private residential landlords to familiarise themselves with the Green Deal and begin making energy efficiency improvements to relevant properties

landlords should get systems in place before Universal Credit

25 January, 2013

Here Claire Turner, director of LIN, argues that landlords should take steps to prepare for Universal Credit before payments are made direct to tenants

Who Lives in the Private Rented Sector?

25 January, 2013

A report by the Building and Social Housing Foundation

Call for empty homes in Rochdale

25 January, 2013

Landlords with empty properties in Rochdale are being targeted as part of a housing programme aimed at increasing the amount of homes available for rent in the borough

Fresh blood brings new perspective to private rent debate

25 January, 2013

Commons exchange risked creating an unhelpful war of words, but Damian Collins' lively intervention offers hope

Prisk rejects call for register of private landlords

25 January, 2013

Housing minister Mark Prisk has dismissed Labour's proposals for a national register of landlords to improve standards in the private rented sector

Evictions warning over housing benefit reforms

24 January, 2013

Changes to housing benefit later this year could lead to a rise in evictions, a key housing body has warned

'The sleights of hand in the changes to Local Housing Allowance funding'

23 January, 2013

David Lawrenson explains the "work arounds" and the sleights of hand involved in the latest changes in Local Housing Allowance funding

10,000 property firms mis-sold interest-rate 'protection' agreements

22 January, 2013

Thousands of property firms were targeted by banks mis-selling complex interest-rate “protection” agreements, a law firm has claimed

Homelessness applications drop 13 per cent

16 January, 2013

Homelessness applications in Scotland have fallen 13 per cent since last year, according to the latest government figures

Council searching southern England for homes for homeless families

15 January, 2013

Croydon Council is searching southern England for properties as it seeks to fix its homelessness crisis

'Blame councils not private landlords for empty homes crisis'

14 January, 2013

London's private landlords are being unfairly singled out as the source of the empty homes crisis

Over a third of landlords to increase rents this year

14 January, 2013

Over a third of the UK's landlords are planning on raising their rents this year, and 24% will raise them by more than 3% - 0.3% above the rate of inflation

Million pound boost to extend homelessness help to thousands

10 January, 2013

A cash injection of £1.2 million will help thousands of vulnerable people into the rented homes they need, Mark Prisk said today

There is a problem with welfare, but it's not 'shirkers'

09 January, 2013

This economic model isn't delivering jobs or decent wages. The real scroungers are greedy landlords and employers

Landlords' body warns MPs that a vote to cap benefits will boost homelessness

08 January, 2013

A vote in favour of capping benefits is a vote in favour of rising homelessness, a landlords' organisation has suggested, as it spoke out ahead of a crucial Commons vote later today

Private sector letting and managing agents (England): should they be regulated?

04 January, 2013

Briefing by the Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Liverpool's landlords facing new licensing scheme

04 January, 2013

Liverpool's landlords may have to sign up to a new licensing scheme, as the council considers ways of improving the quality of rented accommodation in the city

Millions behind with rent and mortgage payments

04 January, 2013

Millions of households are struggling to maintain rent and mortgage payments in the face of the government's austerity measure

Tenant arrears fall by 16%

04 January, 2013

It's good news for landlords as the number of tenants in severe arrears has fallen for the first time in over a year

Paying the housing element of Universal Credit direct to tenants in social rented housing

03 January, 2013

Briefing by the Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Registration scheme to target rogue landlords begins

02 January, 2013

Newham Council in east London is becoming the first local authority in England to introduce a compulsory system of landlord registration

New Orleans singer-songwriter releases single to support UK homelessness charity

02 January, 2013

A New Orleans born singer-songwriter has released a single to raise money for a UK-based homeless charity

Housing is in crisis, yet the coalition does nothing

02 January, 2013

Scotland is taking the lead in housing the homeless. If only Westminster did likewise

Buy-to-let landlords' buying spree will keep more families in rental trap

01 January, 2013

Rightmove predicts three-quarters of professional landlords will buy more homes in 2013, as MPs begin to look at the issue

Landlords urged to meet tenancy deposit scheme deadline

01 January, 2013

Landlords have been urged to register for a compulsory scheme designed to protect tenants' deposits before new rules take effect

Young claimants shut out of private rented sector

24 December, 2012

Just 1.5 % of rental properties are available to single people on benefits, according to research from homelessness charity Crisis

Temporary accommodation

21 December, 2012

NHF submission to DWP in response to their update on temporary accommodation reforms

Editor's blog: my Christmas wish is for housing to find a voice on welfare

21 December, 2012

Latest evidence on rent arrears under universal credit is damning, but next analysis will come too late

Homelessness charities stretched to breaking point

20 December, 2012

Homelessness has risen and funding has dwindled, but charities have coped so far

Homeless claims rise in Wales for second year in row

20 December, 2012

The number of people in Wales claiming help from councils for homelessness has gone up for the second year running

Homelessness, July to September 2012

20 December, 2012

This Welsh Government quarterly release provides summary information on local housing authorities' activities under homelessness legislation

The homelessness monitor: England 2012

19 December, 2012

The homelessness monitor is a five year study that will provide an independent analysis of the impact on homelessness of recent economic and policy developments in England.

Cameron finally admits he lied on HB

19 December, 2012

Back in January 2012 at PMQS Cameron said Housing Benefit has reduced and then claimed when challenged on this that it had fallen and consistently maintained that line

Spectre of homelessness even more desperate in rural areas than in cities

19 December, 2012

The spectre of homelessness is as bad if not worse in rural areas than in cities, a housing association has warned

Down and out in Paris: the frustration and tedium of homelessness

19 December, 2012

Three years ago, Eric had a house, two cars and a 2,000 Euro monthly income. His descent to a life of refuges and park benches has been swift and shocking

Stories from the frontline of homelessness

13 December, 2012

In England today, people from more than 50,000 households are living in temporary accommodation and councils are overwhelmed with demand

Video: Panorama - Britain's Hidden Housing Crisis - Thurs 21.00

13 December, 2012

Britain is in the grip of a housing crisis of a sort not seen before, where even the most unexpected people are losing their homes

Cultures of worklessness - we need to focus on work, not welfare

13 December, 2012

It's popular for politicians to talk about generations of the same family that have never worked

Cameron defends welfare cuts, saying Tories are 'party for people who work'

13 December, 2012

PM clashes in Commons with Ed Miliband as he admits cuts announced by chancellor will hit workers in receipt of tax credits

18% of UK's private landlords do not have required insurance

10 December, 2012

Almost one in five of the UK's private landlords do not have the required insurance on their properties, new research has revealed

Autumn Statement: At-a-glance summary of key point

05 December, 2012

Chancellor George Osborne has updated MPs on the state of the economy and the government's future plans in his Autumn Statemen

Study of accredited landlords finds they prefer vetted tenants too

05 December, 2012

Survey of landlords offers guidance for local authorities, but reveals stark differences between tenants and owners

Housing ALMOs branching out to deliver range of services

03 December, 2012

ALMOs are branching out from their core business of managing council homes to provide a growing range of services for other landlords

Landlord warning on Benefits Changes

30 November, 2012

The National Landlords Association has concerns about changes to benefits

Time to think big

30 November, 2012

If housing providers get these details right, private rent will take off

Autumn statement: what it means for housing

29 November, 2012

Find out all about the autumn statement, what it means for the sector and what we expect

October Market Trend Data from Land Registry

29 November, 2012

October house prices down 0.3 per cent since September

RICs Members reveal damaging impact of empty property rates

28 November, 2012

Results of research from our expert members into the effect of business rates on empty property

Why landlords should stop asking tenants for deposits

28 November, 2012

One landlord has stopped taking deposits from new tenants to avoid poisoning a relationship that should be built on trust

Poor housing can 'lead to mental health problems'

27 November, 2012

Councils, landlords and other agencies should work together to help vulnerable people living in bedsits

Households miss out on energy efficiency work

27 November, 2012

Around 3.4 million privately rented and owner occupied households could still benefit from a scheme to improve home energy efficiency

Landlords cut number of empty homes

26 November, 2012

Almost 20,000 empty homes were brought back into use in England over the last year

Mortgage approvals exceed expectations

26 November, 2012

Green shoots in the house buying market after mortgage approvals rose to their highest level in nine months in October

Time to curb lettings agents, says Which?

26 November, 2012

Consumer group Which? has called for the lettings market to be regulated in the same way as house sales after exposure of widespread abuse

Leicester City Council plans to cut homeless places

23 November, 2012

Accommodation for homeless families and individuals could be cut under Leicester City Council plans

Scottish Government bans letting agents' additional charges

23 November, 2012

All letting agent and landlord charges except rent and refundable deposits have been outlawed by the Scottish Government

Benefit reforms could increase homelessness, warns housing group

22 November, 2012

Homelessness could increase and more people may turn into the hands of loan sharks if welfare reforms go ahead, a housing organisation says

Housing shortage affects thousands as homelessness rises in the East Midlands

22 November, 2012

Home Truths: East Midlands 2012, a new report by the National Housing Federation, found that whilst around 22,000 new households formed in the region in 2011/12, only 9,930 new homes were built

SFHA Launches Report on Impact of Welfare Reforms

20 November, 2012

There is still time for the UK Government to change its welfare reform proposals to avoid unfairly penalising tenants and landlords

Investment fund looks to build real future for homeless

19 November, 2012

Homelessness charity Broadway has launched a social impact investment fund which aims to provide housing for vulnerable people while generating an income for investors

Unemployment drops below 8% but JSA claimant level rises

14 November, 2012

The unemployment rate has fallen below 8% for the first time since January 2009 but the amount of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has risen, new figures show

Landlord sells care business

14 November, 2012

Viridian Housing has announced the sale of eight residential care homes in order to focus on their housing services

Helping the homeless

14 November, 2012

Housing the homeless is among the serious of responsibilites for a local authority

Names of 151 homeless read out at service

13 November, 2012

The names of 151 homeless and formerly homeless people who have died over the last year were read out during the annual commemoration service in London

Report shows value of homeless social enterprises

13 November, 2012

A group of social enterprises working with homeless people generates an £11 return for every £1 invested, a report found

'Beyond cynical': ministers, housing benefit cuts, and homelessness

13 November, 2012

There has been uproar over council plans to house vulnerable homeless families many miles away from where they live

Homeless bound? Homelessness in London, the South East and East of England

13 November, 2012

With homeless numbers on the rise again, the face of homelessness is changing

HB Direct

09 November, 2012

November 2012 - includes information on Council Tax Support, Supported 'exempt' accommodation and Universal Credit, Temporary accommodation, Universal Credit and the HB Direct pilots

81% of private landlords see properties as pensions

08 November, 2012

Four-fifths of Britain's private landlords claim that their properties are their pensions, according to new research

Landlords reject direct payment plans

07 November, 2012

Private landlords would be less likely to rent to benefit claimants if it is up to councils to decide whether housing benefit can be paid direct to the landlord after tenants reach eight weeks arrears

Six tips for landlords to reduce void rental periods

07 November, 2012

Welfare reform will lead to repossessions and properties being abandoned by tenants. Here's how to get it back into use quickly

The best of British banking

06 November, 2012

A report by Accent on basic bank accounts for Consumer Focus

Direct payment to landlord scheme has cut private rents, says Freud

05 November, 2012

A temporary scheme to enable private landlords to receive direct housing benefit payments in return for dropping rents has been a success, welfare reform minister Lord Freud has said

London rents to rise 5% a year over next decade

05 November, 2012

Rents in London are forecast to rise 5% annually over the next 10 years, as the supply of housing in the capital fails to meet the needs of people working in the city

Housing benefit changes: Warning over affordable housing shortfalls

01 November, 2012

Plans to change the way HB is calculated could leave half of local authority areas in England with shortfalls of properties affordable to LHA claimants, the NAO

Tenants using range of payment options in Universal Credit trial

31 October, 2012

Tenants involved in the Government's direct payment demonstration projects are preferring to use a range of options to pay their rent, according to the DWP

Government bypasses landlords to increase Right-to-Buy sales

31 October, 2012

The Government has sent letters to more than 213,000 council and housing association tenants in London encouraging them to exercise the Right-to-Buy (RTB) their homes

Universal Credit a 'potential poverty trap'

30 October, 2012

Universal Credit has major flaws that will need to be addressed to avoid becoming a potential poverty trap, a new report has concluded

DWP issues warnings to households in benefit cap hotspots

30 October, 2012

Nearly 89,000 households across Great Britain may be affected by next April's household benefit cap, with 42% living in social housing, according to the DWP

Inside justice: London Rent Assessment Panel

30 October, 2012

Samir Jeraj observes an independent panel settle private rental disputes, including a rare case of a flat with 'fair rent' controls

Lord Freud told to explain 'unique circumstances' of direct payments concession

29 October, 2012

A Labour MP has called for an urgent debate or statement from Lord Freud as to why he has let tenants in Northern Ireland continue to have HB paid directly to their landlord under UC

Mark Prisk: 'private rents have fallen'

29 October, 2012

The housing minister Mark Prisk says private sector rents have fallen in real terms, despite evidence to suggest they are soaring across the country - and increasing the housing benefit bill

Sanctions and conditionality briefing

29 October, 2012

NHF Report

IDS plans 'two-child' family benefit cap

26 October, 2012

Families claiming child-related benefits may find the amount they are entitled to capped at two children, the work and pensions secretary said today

Landlords to access tenants benefit data

26 October, 2012

Housing associations in Liverpool have launched a new IT system with the city council's benefits service that will give them access to tenants' benefit data

Open letter to landlords: why renting to housing benefit claimants makes sense

26 October, 2012

Put those prejudices aside. This is a real period of opportunity for those letting properties in the private rented sector

Doubts cast on green deal cash back scheme

25 October, 2012

Construction groups have questioned whether £125 million of cashback payments will be sufficient to encourage take up of the green deal energy efficiency scheme

London councils failing private tenants and landlords

25 October, 2012

It's true that amateur landlords need better education - but local authorities need to play their part by providing more information

Universal Credit: Northern Ireland to continue direct payments to landlords

23 October, 2012

Tenants in Northern Ireland will still be able to have their housing costs paid directly to their landlord, it has been announced

PRS 'will be free' of affordable homes requirement

23 October, 2012

The head of a review of the private rented sector has said he expects his key recommendation that PRS homes should be freed from affordable housing planning requirements to be implemented

Housing benefit limit only for future claimants

22 October, 2012

Plans to end housing benefit for under-25s would only apply to new claimants, the Department for Work and Pensions has said

Rents rocket to new high as tenants 'lengthening stay in PRS'

22 October, 2012

Rents rose in seven regions across England and Wales last month and have hit a new high of £741 a month, according to the latest buy-to-let index from LSL Property Services

Home Truths 2012: the housing market in England

22 October, 2012

This National Housing Federation report says that by the next election one million earners will be dependent on welfare to afford rent

Industry pans payment control

19 October, 2012

Plans to introduce pre-payment cards to restrict how groups of people spend their benefit money risk stigmatising claimants, housing organisations have warned

Montague must please investors, taxpayers and consumers

19 October, 2012

Strategy to attract private investment into rented housing ignores our national culture and business demands

A warning to investors: the era of buy-to-let is over

18 October, 2012

Investors must use cash assets, avoid gearing and only pay a fair price for property to avoid an all out market crash

Is Shelter's campaign against 'rogue landlords'helpful for private tenants

16 October, 2012

Law-breaking landlords aren't the sole blight on the private rented sector, despite Shelter's eye--catching campaign

Green Deal Quick Guides

15 October, 2012

Quick guides on the Green Deal are available for householders, owners, tenants and landlords

171,000 single parents could lose their homes

12 October, 2012

More than 171,000 single parents could be forced to move home if housing benefit is axed for under-25s

London Fire Brigade in new "beds in sheds" warning after shocking figures published

11 October, 2012

The London Fire Brigade has published shocking new figures showing the risk to life posed by the capital's "beds in sheds" epidemic

British Gas and Shelter launch 'Decent Homes' for private rented sector

10 October, 2012

Shelter and British Gas have launched an ambitious partnership to improve the standard of one million homes in a kind of Decent Homes programme for the private rented sector

Osborne's housing benefit proposals 'will hit families with children hardest'

09 October, 2012

Charities say impact of cutting housing benefit for under-25s would be to discourage mobility and increase homelessness

Cutting under-25's housing benefit will increase youth homelessness

09 October, 2012

History tells us that George Osborne's plan to remove housing benefit based on age instead of need will have a severe impact on young people

Tory MP outlines exemptions to under-25s benefit cut

09 October, 2012

Plans to stop under-25s claiming housing benefit would not affect anyone coming out of care or fleeing domestic violence, a parliamentary aide has clarified

Universal Credit and HB cuts: something for something?

08 October, 2012

Shelter Policy Blog

Thousands of tenants lives threatened by rogue landlords

05 October, 2012

The lives of thousands of tenants are being put at risk by England's rogue landlords, a report by Shelter has revealed

Q3 2012 Tenant Arrears Tracker

05 October, 2012

October 2012

Landlord complaints increasing, says charity Shelter

04 October, 2012

Complaints about landlords in England have risen by more than a quarter in recent years, the charity Shelter says

3 landlords sign up to council's lettings scheme

04 October, 2012

A council has already seen three landlords sign up to its new service for helping families into accommodation

Universal Credit could exclude people without Internet access

01 October, 2012

People with little or no IT skills could have difficulty applying for the UK Government's new Universal Credit

How to - Help tenants manage their money

27 September, 2012

CIH guide for housing staff

Rise in house shares with six or more bedrooms as demand increases for cheaper rooms

27 September, 2012

Figures released by flat and house-share website SpareRoom.co.uk show that house shares with six or more bedrooms are the fastest-growing property type as landlords react to increased demand for lower rents

First squatter jailed under new law

27 September, 2012

Alex Haigh, who had come to London seeking work, sentenced to 12 weeks in prison for occupying flat without permission

Future of housing benefit for supported housing

26 September, 2012

NHF response

Finding and sustaining a home in the Private Rented Sector - The essentials

26 September, 2012

Shelter report - A guide for frontline staff working with homeless offenders

Universal credit to exclude supported housing costs

25 September, 2012

Homelessness charities have welcomed a decision by the Department for Work and Pensions to exclude supported accommodation from universal credit

Hefty fine for unlicenced flat landlord

25 September, 2012

A landlord has been fined £10,000 after failing to licence 20 flats

Near 50% increase in households renting privately in five years

24 September, 2012

Also according to a new report, an additional £57bn funding will be needed per year if the sector is to provide the homes needed to meet demand

Landlords and tenants lock horn over energy efficiency

24 September, 2012

Social landlords and tenants are at odds over who should pay for energy-saving measures such as insulation, an exclusive survey shows

Shelter calls for five-year rental contracts

21 September, 2012

Housing charity says a 'stable rental contract' would allow tenants to put down roots and give landlords more certainty

A better deal - towards more stable private renting

21 September, 2012

Report from Shelter

Private renting in London: a little less conversation please

21 September, 2012

It's expensive and often substandard with unreasonable landlords - it's time the sector was improved

Buy-to-let Index

21 September, 2012

Rents have risen for a fifth consecutive month with tenants seeing record highs in five regions in August, according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from LSL Property Services

Universal Credit: Freud lays down criteria for new bank accounts

19 September, 2012

Ministers are calling for a range of suppliers to explore the feasibility of new financial products to help benefit claimants budget and manage their money under Universal Credit

Homeowners offered grants to house social tenants

19 September, 2012

Cherwell DC is offering owners of empty homes grants of up to £15k to renovate their houses in exchange for allowing the properties to be temporarily used as social housing

Freud: New financial products to help Universal Credit claimants manage money

18 September, 2012

Ministers are calling for a range of suppliers to explore the feasibility of new financial products to help benefit claimants budget and manage their money

DWP clarifies advance payments' for Universal Credit claimants

18 September, 2012

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud says benefit claimants used to being paid fortnightly will be able to opt in for an advance payment to bridge them on to the monthly system of Universal Credit

Mark Prisk pledges to work with housing sector

18 September, 2012

New housing minister says he intends to make use of sector's expertise and promises long-term plan for the housing crisis

Sink or Swim? The impact of the Universal Credit

17 September, 2012

Social Market Foundation Report

The housing benefits cap means a wretched life for thousands in B&Bs

17 September, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reform will leave families already on the lowest housing rung with nowhere to go

Lettings agents need more effective regulation

14 September, 2012

Now that the private rented sector is the second largest tenure in the market, it's time to make agencies more transparent

More than 1,000 of Hackney's private lets out of reach for benefit claimants

13 September, 2012

Only 143 of 1,585 properties available in Hackney in June 2012 were available under housing benefit levels

Buying cheaper than renting in 88% of UK

12 September, 2012

It is cheaper to pay a mortgage than to rent in 88% of British towns, a new report by Zoopla reveals

Rental market in London and the south-east is 'overheating'

12 September, 2012

Rightmove survey says about 30% of tenants in the south-east are spending more than 50% of their take-home pay on rent

To have or have not? Taking responsibility for tomorrow's affordable homes today

12 September, 2012

Report by Housing Voice - The Affordable Housing Alliance

PRS investigation seeks views of tenants

12 September, 2012

Tenants are being asked to share their experiences of renting from private landlords as part of a London Assembly investigation

Universal credits and changes to benefit claims debate

11 September, 2012

The row over the new universal credits - with a government bid to simplify benefits - saw Welfare Secretary Iain Duncan Smith face questions from MPs in the Commons

Fears raised over digital benefits

10 September, 2012

MPs have been warned that people from disadvantaged backgrounds may suffer if the government pushes ahead with plans to digitise the benefits system

Landlords move to accommodate rising number of tenants

10 September, 2012

As buying a home is no longer an option for many, the market is seeking ways to increase long-term, private renting

NLA gas safety advice and guidance

06 September, 2012

In support of Gas Safety Week, the NLA's gas safety advice and guidance will be free to access during September

Figures show 9% surge in homelessness

06 September, 2012

The number of homeless households in England has risen by 9% since last year, according to the latest government figures.

Call for more flexibility on shared ownership

06 September, 2012

A trio of south-east landlords has opened the door to introducing more flexiblility with shared ownership after research they commissioned revealed that it would present 'significant opportunities'.

Government agrees £300m affordable homes fund

06 September, 2012

The government has announced £300 million of capital funding to build 15,000 affordable homes as part of a series of measures designed to stem the slump in house building.

Housing association offers £10,000 to release spare bedrooms

06 September, 2012

To tackle the bedroom tax, Viridian has introduced an incentive scheme helping under-occupiers switch accommodation.

PRS developments 'need right infrastructure'

05 September, 2012

New private rented sector developments must also include the infrastructure and amenities to cope with the increased number of people, warns London Councils

Plans to move Iain Duncan Smith is hardly reassuring for housing associations

05 September, 2012

According to reports, IDS was offered the Ministry of Justice role, with the Government keen on the hard-line approach of Chris Grayling to spearhead its further assault on the welfare bill

App launched to end deposit disputes

04 September, 2012

A homelessness charity in Scotland has launched a smartphone application developed to end deposit disputes between tenants and landlords

Advice on dealing with squatters in your home

04 September, 2012

This publication is aimed at informing property owners about the new offence and the procedures for regaining possession of their properties from squatters

Freud announces successful Local Authority led Universal Credit pilots

03 September, 2012

The DWP has named the local authorities that will pilot support for Universal Credit claimants ahead of its implementation next October

Rules regarding flats above shops to be relaxed, Eric Pickles announces

03 September, 2012

Developers will be able to create two flats instead of one above retail premises without planning permission

Law criminalising squatting to be challenged in court by cottage dweller

03 September, 2012

Irene Gardiner bringing case against Crown Prosecution Service and police over law change that could make her homeless

Dealing with Rogue Landlords - A Guide for Local Authorities

03 September, 2012

This guidance urges local authorities to crack down on rogue landlords and provides them with practical advice for doing so.

Beds in sheds shouldn't distract us from the real housing crisis

03 September, 2012

The coalition's cuts to capital spending are decimating the house building sector

London borough facing £3m shortfall in council tax benefit shake-up

03 September, 2012

Islington Council says it's facing a £3m shortfall in funding to support residents with their council tax as a result of Government reforms

NHF commissions welfare reform study

03 September, 2012

The NHF has commissioned Ipsos Mori & Cambridge University to carry out a sector-wide assessment of how the gov's welfare changes will hit landlords and their tenants

Squatting set to become a criminal offence

31 August, 2012

Squatting in a residential building in England and Wales becomes a criminal offence on Saturday, meaning squatters would face jail or a fine

Major clampdown launched on 'beds in sheds'

31 August, 2012

Ministers today launched a major clampdown on rogue landlords to bring an end to suburban shanty towns that trap vulnerable people

Plans for family homes scrapped

31 August, 2012

Landlords are revising development plans due to effect of bedroom tax

50% PRS landlords experience arrears

29 August, 2012

Almost half of private landlords have experienced rent arrears in the last year, according to a survey.

'Jam Jar' Accounts

28 August, 2012

Landlords are beginning to develop their own mechanisms to protect their rental income.

Give Montague a chance

28 August, 2012

Why I think the housing backlash against the Montague report is being overdone

Letting agent fees law to be tightened

28 August, 2012

Scottish rent laws are to be clarified to ensure letting agents do not charge private tenants unlawful fees.

LSL - Landlord Survey

28 August, 2012

August 2012

Discretionary Housing Payments Consultation

28 August, 2012

NHF consultation response

Montague calls for 10 to 20-year rental agreements

24 August, 2012

Councils should be able to "waive affordable housing requirements" on schemes for private rent and ensure new homes remain in the rental sector for up to 21 years

Landlords pay tenants to open 'jam jar' accounts

24 August, 2012

Housing associations are paying tenants to open credit union accounts to protect their rental income from forthcoming welfare reforms.By encouraging tenants to open 'jam jar' accounts the organisations hope to ease the impact of the universal credit, which will be phased in from October 2013.

Landlord offering £10,000 for 10 years for empty homes

24 August, 2012

A Hereford-based housing association has received funding to bring 15 empty homes back into use, and will pay £10,000 for a 10 year lease.

Ministers consider new wave of publicly funded housebuilding

23 August, 2012

Report into housing shortage proposes relaxing planning regulations in effort to kick-start ailing construction industry

Britain's 'most expensive council house' can't be sold

23 August, 2012

A council property labelled Britain's "most expensive" by a right-wing think tank can't be sold, it has emerged.

Beating the bedroom tax

23 August, 2012

Landlords will do what they can to help under-occupying tenants, but concerns remain for disabled tenants

Preventing the poverty premium - Lottery invests over £31m

23 August, 2012

Money-saving expert Martin Lewis, National Housing Federation and Citizens Advice are backing a multi-million pound Big Lottery Fund initiative aimed at preventing thousands of the most vulnerable people living in social housing across England from falling into a spiral of debt

Economic pressures drive young adults home to roost

23 August, 2012

Families rediscover the financial benefits of intergenerational living as high house prices, increased unemployment and care issues take their toll, Aviva report says

Right-to-buy part: London's new equity scheme for tenants

23 August, 2012

Hammersmith & Fulham designs product for tenants priced out of the right-to-buy, where family homes cost £1m

Radical changes needed for private rented sector

23 August, 2012

Radical changes to the planning system are needed to stimulate investment in private rented housing, according to an influential government-commissioned review

Does Montague live up to expectations? It must be worth a shot

23 August, 2012

With such catastrophic rates of housebuilding, Sir Adrian Montague's recommendations deserve to be given a chance

London's housing crisis hotspots1 in 10 Londoners are on council housing waiting lists

22 August, 2012

Andrew Fisher from the Left Economics Advisory Panel (LEAP) explains the latest shocking waiting list statistics

Publicising discretionary hardship fund criticised

17 August, 2012

A call on councils to more aggressively promote a hardship fund by the Department for Work and Pensions has been criticised

Feeling the strain - DHPs

17 August, 2012

An in-depth look at the system of Discretionary Housing Payments by Keith Cooper, Inside Housing

House prices rise three times as much as incomes over ten years

17 August, 2012

The cost of buying a home in England increased by more than three times the rate of an average salary over the past 10 years, according to research from the NHF

Buy-to-let index - July 2012

17 August, 2012

Private sector rents rose to a new record high in July, according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from LSL Property Services

Publicising discretionary hardship fund criticised

17 August, 2012

A call on councils to more aggressively promote a hardship fund by the Department for Work and Pensions has been criticised

London rents '85% more expensive than rest of UK'

15 August, 2012

Renting a home in Greater London is now 85% more expensive than anywhere else in the UK - the largest difference ever recorded, according to research

Landlord urges tenants to use 'jam jar' accounts

15 August, 2012

A west midlands landlord is encouraging tenants to set up 'jam jar' accounts with a local credit union to help them manage their finances once welfare reforms come into force

Private tenants see eviction orders soar

14 August, 2012

New figures show there has been a 70% rise in court orders to evict private tenants over the past three years.

Benefit cap

14 August, 2012

Frequently asked questions for local authorities

Consultation on a strategy for the Scottish private rented sector

14 August, 2012

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on a strategy for the Scottish private rented sector

LIN Member Report August 2012 - Welfare Reform Case Study - Vela Group

13 August, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Claire Turner, Lynn McPartlin and Anthony Scarre.

Private sector rents up 4% in a year with further hikes predicted - RICS

13 August, 2012

The cost of renting a home in the private sector has risen by more than 4% in the last year as would-be buyers continue to find themselves locked out of home-ownership

House Price Index

13 August, 2012

July 2012

esurv Mortgage Monitor

13 August, 2012

July 2012

Why are older people exempted from the impact of welfare reform?

13 August, 2012

Elderly people commonly underoccupy property, overconsume assets, and put pressure on rent and house prices

Editor's blog: five unanswered questions about welfare reform

13 August, 2012

With the weight of expectation lying on their shoulders, housing providers wait for clarity and confidence from government

Buy-to-let lending increased in the second quarter

10 August, 2012

Buy-to-let lending increased by 5% in the second quarter of 2012, according to data published by the Council of Mortgage Lenders

Councils stockpile benefits war chest

10 August, 2012

Councils are stockpiling money from a hardship fund that helps tenants hit by welfare reforms because they are expecting a huge jump in need next year

Localising the social fund: moving too fast?

09 August, 2012

Councils are left with little time to prepare for the responsibility of awarding crisis loans and community care grants

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

09 August, 2012

Council of Mortgage Lenders response (part 1) to the SSAC: Universal Credit and related regulations

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

09 August, 2012

Council of Mortgage Lenders response (part 2) to the SSAC: Universal Credit and related regulations

LIN Press release - Evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects

09 August, 2012

Evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects- Emerging Learning

Housing benefit: 'Homes will have to be handed to the private sector'

09 August, 2012

Notting Hill Housing faces an end to 700 tenancies when the housing benefit cap hits London households next year

Universal credit doesn't help tenants off benefits and into work

08 August, 2012

New regulations remove the incentives that support unemployed residents back into work

Unintended consequences: Local Housing Allowance

08 August, 2012

People Place and Policy report

What is 'vulnerable'?

08 August, 2012

If you thought the new Universal Credit regulations were done, dusted and ready for implementation, you'd be wrong.

No right to remain

08 August, 2012

In the case of Birmingham Council v Lloyd, the Court of Appeal has reassured housing providers that only in exceptional circumstances can a trespasser win the ability to stay

Working lives: preparing for direct payment of housing benefit

08 August, 2012

Vulnerable tenants will see housing benefit paid directly to their landlord despite Universal Credit. But who is considered vulnerable?

Fears over 38-day wait for Universal Credit

07 August, 2012

The Government should allow all Universal Credit claimants to opt for fortnightly payments for a temporary period

Lord Freud: 'We must allow people to run their lives independently'

07 August, 2012

The architect of welfare reform on how the DWP will tackle low pay and how the housing sector can help tenants off benefits

Landlords show green credentials

07 August, 2012

According to the National Landlords landlords are proactively working to improve the energy efficiency of their properties

Spot checks for council house tenants in mid Devon

06 August, 2012

Council house tenants in one Devon authority could face unannounced checks on their homes

Refuges 'under threat' from shake-up of benefit rules

06 August, 2012

A charity that runs refuges for victims of domestic violence will have to close all its centres, because of planned changes to benefit rules

Wales to launch 'NHS-style' welfare service

06 August, 2012

Welsh housing minister pledges to create an 'NHS-type' welfare advice service to cope with a predicted spike in the number of people hit by welfare reforms

Universal Credit: Confusion over who informs DWP of rent changes

02 August, 2012

Housing Associations are seeking clarity over who will inform the DWP about annual rent increases under Universal Credit

Should we return to intensive housing management?

02 August, 2012

Reform of the social housing system means landlords must take advantage of new opportunities to meet tenants' needs

DHPs - Public Consultation

02 August, 2012

Consultation seeking views on the Discretionary Housing Payments guidance manual. Consultation closing date 31.8.12

Council tax on Welsh empty homes could double

02 August, 2012

Councils in Wales could be allowed to charge up to double the cost of council tax on long-term empty homes

Getting tenants online: housing officers as digital champions

02 August, 2012

There is a serious lack of personal digital skills in the UK and we need a new kind of housing officer who can train tenants

Private landlords fail to understand council support schemes

01 August, 2012

Projects to encourage landlords to engage with councils and free up local accommodation have failed to make an impact

LIN Press release - DWP model documents

01 August, 2012

Support for Housing Benefit claimants to meet any rent shortfall - model documents

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

01 August, 2012

Crisis response to the SSAC consultation on Universal Credit

Launch of final round of funding for private rented sector schemes

01 August, 2012

Crisis is inviting final bids for funding under a £10.8 million scheme to help homeless people secure private rented accommodation (closing date 17.9.12)

Housing Scotland Act to protect tenants from eviction

01 August, 2012

A law which makes it harder for councils and housing associations to evict tenants for failing to pay their rent has come into force

Housing associations offer £50 cashback for tenants to switch to direct debit

01 August, 2012

Adactus Group tenants are being offered £50 cashback if they switch to paying their rent by direct debit

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

01 August, 2012

St Mungo's response to the SSAC: Universal Credit and related regulations

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

31 July, 2012

NHF response to the SSAC: Universal Credit and related regulations

PRS properties 'should meet decent homes test'

31 July, 2012

Private landlords should be forced to refurbish their homes to the equivalent of the decent homes standard, a leading Labour thinker has suggested

How Mental Capacity Act responsibilities go beyond 'duty of care'

31 July, 2012

Article, reproduced from the English Community Care Association newsletter

Fairer by design: efficient tax reform for those on low to middle incomes

31 July, 2012

Tax rules favour mansion owners over council tenants

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

31 July, 2012

CIH response response to the SSAC: Universal Credit and related regulations

Number of tenants in arrears goes up, says research

30 July, 2012

The number of tenants falling into rental arrears has risen, according to new research

Editor's blog: welfare reform could push vulnerable families into debt

30 July, 2012

As a doorstep lender reports a 17% rise in profits, can landlords prevent tenants resorting to creditors to plug the gap?

Rich as houses? The facts about asset-based wealth

30 July, 2012

Homeownership has boosted asset wealth, but the poorest tenth of owners gained assets of little practical use

Homelessness: consultation response

30 July, 2012

NHF response to new regulations on housing homeless families in the private rented sector

Crisis report published on 1st year private renting schemes

30 July, 2012

Crisis Private Renting Access Programme Yr 1 report

Shelter bids to recoup 'illegal' letting agent fees

27 July, 2012

Housing charity Shelter Scotland said more than £100,000 could be repaid to private tenants who have been charged unlawful fees by letting agents

Fears council tax benefit cut will jeopardise income

27 July, 2012

Councils across England are devising strategies to protect tenants and prevent arrears from rocketing due to a 10 per cent cut to council tax benefit

Private sector rental arrears rising

27 July, 2012

Rental arrears on the rise: Landlords and tenants must work together, says the NLA

Fears council tax benefit cut will jeopardise income

27 July, 2012

Councils across England are devising strategies to protect tenants and prevent arrears from rocketing due to a 10 per cent cut to council tax benefit

Benefit reforms will cause 'family breakdown'

26 July, 2012

New rules will leave young benefit claimants struggling to contribute towards their households' rent, leading to family breakdown, housing bodies have warned

Tax and benefit policy: insights from behavioural economics

25 July, 2012

Institute for Fiscal Studies report

Is the Government set to merge the two rented sectors?

25 July, 2012

Within the current housing and political landscape how long will it be before the Government merges the two rented sectors into one?

Welsh property Index

25 July, 2012

May 2012

Charity calls for Scottish PRS to be 'fit for purpose'

25 July, 2012

A homeless charity in Scotland has called on the government to reform the private rented sector to make it fit for increasing demand

Universal Credit Regulations: SSAC call for evidence

24 July, 2012

Read this new briefing before sending your response to the Social Security Advisory Committee

UK's smallest private landlords struggling with voids and arrears

24 July, 2012

The UK's smallest private landlords - those renting out one property - are struggling as they feel the impact of voids and rent arrears

Benefit cap factsheet

24 July, 2012

Updated 24.7.12

A rogue policy: Newham's licencing scheme will damage private rent

24 July, 2012

Newham council and the Welsh Government should be commended for tackling rogue landlords but ill-conceived policies will hinder, not help

Buy-to-let index

23 July, 2012

June 2012

Rents rise in England and Wales, says survey

23 July, 2012

Rents in London rose again to hit a new high for the second month in succession, according to figures from LSL

Landlords planning on buying more property

20 July, 2012

Up to 60% of landlords are planning on expanding their property empires in the next six months

Cap private rent and build more council homes

20 July, 2012

The government's response to the housing crisis has been to attack exploited tenants, rather than deal with abusive landlords

UK housing third least affordable in Europe

20 July, 2012

Families in the UK are among the worst off in Europe when it comes to housing costs

London borough secures court win after man rented garden shed

20 July, 2012

A London borough has scored a court win against a man who flouted planning rules and rented out a garden shed

Rise in working housing benefit claimants

20 July, 2012

The number of employed people claiming housing benefit has increased again - despite a drop in the overall number of claimants

Housing Benefit recipients

19 July, 2012

Aged under 25 by Local Authority, March 2012 (Tables)

Online push for Universal Credit claims

18 July, 2012

Claimants of a new universal benefit will be pushed to complete forms online when the new system starts next year

Welfare Benefit Reform

18 July, 2012

A Private Landlord Briefing

Labour bids to end letting agent fees 'scandal' in private rented sector

18 July, 2012

Labour has vowed to tackle the unregulated lettings market in the private rented sector and is considering setting up a regulatory body

Green deal will 'fail' without fuel poverty changes

18 July, 2012

Consumer groups have written to the energy and climate change secretary warning the green deal could 'fail on all fronts' if it is not improved

Labour's policy review of private rented housing

18 July, 2012

Comments from the NLA

Benefit cap

17 July, 2012

Ad hoc statistics on early feedback from claimants who are at risk of having their benefit capped in April 2013

Universal Credit benefit reforms 'threatened by IT system'

16 July, 2012

Flagship reforms of the welfare system are under threat because the IT scheme behind the project is £100m over budget and plagued by glitches

42% of renters cannot afford to save deposit for own home

16 July, 2012

New research has found that 42% of renters cannot afford to save a deposit for their own home

Over 3,500 Westminster council flats now owned by private landlords

16 July, 2012

Over 3,500 former Westminster council flats sold under the Right To Buy are now in the hands of private landlords

Families feel the big squeeze as overcrowding spreads

13 July, 2012

One in four London children living in cramped conditions, with problem affecting previously untouched areas of Britain

Esurv Mortgage Monitor

13 July, 2012

June 2012

DWP to close bedroom tax loophole

12 July, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions has pledged to close a loophole which would have inadvertently exempted long-term housing association tenants from the bedroom tax

Housing groups join forces to develop 'fully flexible tenure' model

12 July, 2012

A group of South East-based HA's are joining forces to develop a deliverable model of 'fully flexible tenure' allowing tenants to move towards home ownership

Private renters now equal social renting market share, according to English Housing Survey

11 July, 2012

Home ownership remains the dominant tenure but its significance is waning as England fast becomes a nation of renters according to English Housing Survey

Housing benefit cheat sent child to private school

10 July, 2012

A housing benefit cheat who lied about being a single mother sent her child to a private school in Ireland

Landlord struck with huge fine after cramming 28 flats into four houses

10 July, 2012

A rogue landlord has been struck with an enormous £320k fine, Vispasp Sarkari has 6 months to find the money or he'll face jail

Paying the rent? There should be an app for that

10 July, 2012

An 'app club' will help share the cost and risk of developing a mobile application helping tenants pay rent and report repairs

Jargon warning after 40 different households ignore same benefit cut letter

10 July, 2012

Lambeth councillor warns social landlords to carefully consider communications to tenants around welfare reform after 40 households ignore benefit cut letter

Universal credit to support payments to landlords

09 July, 2012

The government will have the ability to make payments of the housing element of universal credit direct to landlords from the start of the scheme

Universal Credit - frequently asked questions

09 July, 2012

Frequently asked questions on the Universal Credit benefits system.

YouGov: over 50% support housing benefit cut for under 25s

09 July, 2012

A YouGov poll has found that 53% of respondents support the Prime Minister's plans to cut housing benefits for the under 25s

Under 25s to be offered two-year council tenancies in London borough

09 July, 2012

Most young people under 25 will be offered 2 year fixed-term tenancies in Barnet, while the majority of new tenants will be offered 5 year terms

London councils seek 150 homes outside London

09 July, 2012

Four south London councils are in talks to lease 150 properties outside London to temporarily house homeless families because of rising private rents in the capital

Localising support for council tax

09 July, 2012

A statement of intent on information sharing and powers to tackle fraud

Why councils should take civil action against rogue private landlords

09 July, 2012

Criminal prosecutions have proved a poor deterrant and resources can be better used supporting tenants elsewhere

English Housing Survey: Household Report 2010-11

06 July, 2012

Published July 2012

Universal Credit Policy Briefing Note

06 July, 2012

Transitional Protection

Welfare cuts: housing benefit claimants not welcome here

06 July, 2012

Only a fraction of private rented homes in Hackney are affordable under welfare reforms, and many L/L's are actively refusing to let to HB recipients

Deal struck to allow tenants without bank accounts to receive Universal Credit

06 July, 2012

The Government has struck a deal to allow tenants without bank accounts to receive the new Universal Credit directly from next year

Crackdown in Brent on 'beds in sheds' menace

06 July, 2012

Brent Council is to begin a crackdown on the problem of 'beds in sheds' in the borough

Housing benefit cut 'will see rise in homelessness'

05 July, 2012

Poll shows majority concerned about fallout from Cameron's plan to end aid for under-25s

Petition calls for rethink on direct payment

05 July, 2012

Private landlords have set up a petition urging the government to rethink its approach to making housing benefit payments direct to tenants

Edinburgh issues first private landlord ban

05 July, 2012

Edinburgh Council has struck a landlord off its register for the first time banning him from renting out property in the city

Co-operative accommodation: towards a mutually agreeable housing

05 July, 2012

The PM's plans to remove housing benefit from the under-25s is symptomatic of a failed system - how can mutualisation help?

Conservative-led council looks to move homeless outside London borough

04 July, 2012

Croydon Council is looking at offering homeless households accommodation outside the borough due to a lack of council houses & high private sector rents

Relaxation of planning rules for change of use from commercial to residential

04 July, 2012

Summary of consultation responses and the Government's response to the consultation

£9,000 fine for landlords who "put students' lives at risk"

03 July, 2012

Husband and wife Abdul Kalam and Jahanara Begum were successfully prosecuted by Camden Council for failing to licence overcrowded student digs

Over 100,000 private tenants now in severe arrears

03 July, 2012

Over 100,000 privately renting tenants are now in severe arrears with their payments, according to new figures

Government 'clobbering the working poor' with benefit reform

03 July, 2012

There are fears the IT system won't be ready, that the policy is being rushed through - another of the Government's benefit reforms - Council Tax Benefit

Benefit Cap

03 July, 2012

Frequently asked questions

More tenants in financial trouble as rental hardships hit home

03 July, 2012

More than 100,000 tenants in England and Wales owe more than two months' rent, according to latest figures

Tenants' deposit protection schemes launched

02 July, 2012

New schemes have been launched which require all Scottish landlords to protect tenants' deposits

Fighting talk

02 July, 2012

Now the dust has settled on the prime minister's controversial welfare speech it is worth reflecting on what signals have been sent and what it means

Fewer service charges to be covered by benefits

29 June, 2012

Proposed new rules could lead to fewer service charges being covered by housing benefit, sector experts have warned

Private rented funding formula revealed

29 June, 2012

An influential government-commissioned review is set to recommend sweeping changes to planning and funding rules to favour the private rented sector over affordable homes

New banking concept to protect rents

29 June, 2012

Gentoo is in talks with credit unions about setting up 'jam jar accounts' to protect its income stream

Southwark in private rent cap negotiations

29 June, 2012

Southwark Council could be the first UK local authority to introduce a rent cap for private landlords to make their homes more affordable to benefit claimants

Benefit 'shock' in draft Universal Credit regs

29 June, 2012

Benefit claimants absent from home due to long-term hospital care will only be eligible for 6 months HB not 12 months, under the draft UC regulations

MPs 'surprised' at Cameron's attack on his Government's benefit reform

29 June, 2012

MPs have expressed "surprise" at the Prime Minster's attack on non-dependant deductions which have been reformed by his Government

Barking and Dagenham revealed as England's 'repossession risk' hotspot

28 June, 2012

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has the highest home repossession risk in England, according to new research from Shelter

Non-compliant landlords could be forced to hand over homes as Newham licence approved

27 June, 2012

Newham Council could take over the management of properties in the PRS where regulations have been breached under its new landlord licensing regime

Borough wide licensing in Newham for private landlords

27 June, 2012

NLA comment on decision to introduce borough wide licensing in Newham

Freud announces further investment to secure future of credit unions

27 June, 2012

Credit unions will receive up to £38m of investment to modernise and expand so they can support one million more people, according to Lord Freud

Are social landlords prepared for universal credit?

26 June, 2012

Social housing can learn from the private rented sector to prepare for the government's new welfare scheme

David Cameron's 17 ideas to cut extra £10bn from welfare

26 June, 2012

David Cameron's proposals come on top of restrictions to benefits in the Welfare Act, to be introduced from 2013

Regional reposessions

26 June, 2012

June 2012

Landlord helps tenants claim £3m of benefits

26 June, 2012

Radian housing association found that tenants had not claimed benefits worth £3 million over the course of a year

Cameron to axe housing benefits for feckless under 25s

25 June, 2012

Prime Minister reveals housing benefit will be scrapped for under 25s and dole money will be stopped for those who refuse to find work

Councils underspend payments for struggling households by £8m

25 June, 2012

A quarter of the £30m fund for discretionary housing payments left untouched compounds concerns over the scheme's efficiency

Top tips: regulating the private rented sector

25 June, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion on regulation for private landlords

Is scrapping housing benefit for under-25s a good idea?

25 June, 2012

The prime minister David Cameron says the policy would save £2bn a year, and send out a clear message on welfare

Welfare speech

25 June, 2012

Speech by Prime Minister David Cameron on welfare, at Bluewater, Kent on Monday 25th June, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron considers benefit cuts

24 June, 2012

BBC One's Sunday Politics video clip

Buy to Let Index

22 June, 2012

May 2012

Surge in complaints over rent deposits

21 June, 2012

Calls to Shelter from people with rental deposit problems have surged by over 80% in the last two years

Grant Shapps' 'beds in sheds' taskforce: the ingredients for success

20 June, 2012

The housing minister's attempt to tackle illegal and unsuitable accommodation must not put vulnerable tenants onto the streets

Housing associations could be the landlord of choice for Generation Rent

20 June, 2012

With their experience providing decent, affordable homes, housing associations could dominate the private rental market

House asking prices reach a new record high of £246,000

20 June, 2012

The Rightmove House Price Index

Tenants cutting essentials before finding work as housing benefit cuts bite

19 June, 2012

Tenants in the private rented sector hit by caps to the Lha would rather cut back on essentials before finding work according to independent study

House Price Index

19 June, 2012

May 2012

Budget 2012: Changes affecting landlords

19 June, 2012

Information from the NLA

LHA landlords told to seek alternatives to eviction

18 June, 2012

The umbrella body for local authorities in London has warned against hasty evictions after a report found tenants in the capital are being hit hardest by benefit cuts

Research shows 'worrying' impact of housing benefit cap

18 June, 2012

Study shows landlords in London are three times more likely to evict tenants on housing benefit than elsewhere in UK

Universal Credit regulations

18 June, 2012

Welfare reform draft regulations and policy briefing notes

Home ownership £200,000 cheaper than lifetime of renting

18 June, 2012

Barclays researchers says figure is a conservative estimate and does not factor in high inflation or resale value

Monitoring the impact of changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of housing benefit:summary of early findings

15 June, 2012

The first report from an independent research into housing benefit reform

Homelessness and B&B figures shoot up

15 June, 2012

Homelessness applications have jumped up 16% from last year and use of bed and breakfast has risen by 44% according to CLG figures

Family Resources Survey

15 June, 2012

The Family Resources Survey from DWP, collects information on the incomes and circumstances of private households in the United Kingdom

London rents 82% higher than rest of UK

15 June, 2012

The average cost of renting a home in Greater London is 82% more expensive than the rest of the UK

Private landlords turning backs on benefits tenants

15 June, 2012

A third of private landlords are either considering or planning to cease letting homes to housing benefit claimants as a result of the government's welfare reforms

DWP submits draft universal credit and benefit cap regulations to Social Security Advisory Committee

15 June, 2012

It was announced in parliament yesterday that draft universal credit regulations would be published shortly

New Build Index

14 June, 2012

May 2012

LIN Member Report June 2012 - More money to spare: How local authorities are still failing to award discretionary housing payments

14 June, 2012

LIN June member report by Neil Merrick which looks at the DHP fund, which is one measure, that could help offset the impact of the Welfare Reforms

Greater risk of death warning as private tenancies rise

14 June, 2012

The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has warned that the risk of fatalities will grow as private tenancies continue to rise

Households Below Average Income

14 June, 2012

The latest national statistics on Households Below Average Income produced by the Department for Work and Pensions

Discretionary Housing Payments in Wales

14 June, 2012

Shelter Cymru - policy briefing

Tenants favour accredited landlords

13 June, 2012

According to the NLA 51% of tenants are more likely to accept a rental property if they know the L/L is committed to professional development and accreditation

Housing 2012: the sector must meet the challenge of welfare reform

13 June, 2012

Housing is key to the transformation of the welfare system and breaking dependency, says the minister for welfare reform

Premium phone line fined for targeting vulnerable

12 June, 2012

A premium rate phone line claiming to help people on benefits find accommodation in the private rented sector has been fined £100,000

One in four Glasgow asylum seekers are destitute

12 June, 2012

One in four asylum seekers and refugees presenting to services in Glasgow are destitute, according to a survey

Families to be pushed into private rented sector

12 June, 2012

More families will be pushed into the private rented sector if the economy does not pick up, says a Cambridge University report

Families to be pushed into private rented sector

11 June, 2012

More families will be pushed into the private rented sector if the economy does not pick up, says a Cambridge University report

Homeownership out of reach for half of UK

11 June, 2012

Half of all Britons believe they won't own a property during their lifetime, according to a nationwide poll from a self storage company

Renting to be 'way of life' for young UK families

11 June, 2012

Price rises are blocking ownership, new study warns, with trend 'set to continue for a decade'

Renting to be 'way of life' for young UK families

09 June, 2012

Price rises are blocking ownership, new study warns, with trend 'set to continue for a decade'

Benefit cap

06 June, 2012

DWP on-line Benefit Cap Calculator

Government acts to restrict long distance moves

01 June, 2012

The government has issued proposals that would restrict the ability of councils to place homeless people in private accommodation outside their area

Bridging the Gap: Sustaining online engagement

01 June, 2012

Communications consumer panel report

Face to face and telephone support under universal credit will be geared towards helping claimants use online channel, says Lord Freud

01 June, 2012

Speech by Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, at the National Digital Conference

Reforms to Council Tax benefit 'could undermine Universal Credit'

01 June, 2012

Government plans to localise council tax benefit while cutting funding for it by 10% threatens to undermine the new Universal Credit system

Are we becoming a nation of mummy's boys and daddy's girls?

01 June, 2012

The number of young adults living with their parents has risen by a fifth in fourteen years - Guardian news report

Touchbase DWP e-zine

01 June, 2012

June 2012

Reforming Council Tax Benefit

31 May, 2012

Joseph Rowntree report

Rents: where is the affordability ceiling?

31 May, 2012

Rightmove customer rental forecast

Good news for landlords: 79% of tenants like them

31 May, 2012

The majority of tenants have positive relations with their landlords, according to the National Landlord Association's first Quarterly Tenant Index

£9 million in unpaid rent written off by Leeds City Council

31 May, 2012

Leeds City Council has written off nearly £9 million of its tenants unpaid rent arrears in the past five years

Benefit cap factsheet

31 May, 2012

From April 2013 the Benefit cap will be implemented for new and existing claimants via a deduction from Housing Benefit

Landlord fined £5,500 for filthy, overcrowded house

30 May, 2012

A Newham landlord has been fined after admitting a total of 23 counts of breaching houses in multiple occupation (HMO) management regulations

Welsh letting agents asking for 'unreasonable' costs

30 May, 2012

Letting agencies in Wales are asking 'unreasonable' administration fees of up to £594, says homelessness charity Shelter Cymru

Struck-off solicitor slammed as 'slum landlord' by Camden Council

29 May, 2012

A struck-off solicitor was one of two defendants successfully prosecuted for failing to license a property let to 12 people

Young, hidden and homeless

29 May, 2012

Crisis briefing

Is it time to set up a specialist housing court system?

29 May, 2012

Delays cost homeowners money and encourage landlords to take the law into their own hands - A new court could help

Do we need more specialist housing?

28 May, 2012

An extra 100,000 specialist needs homes will encourage downsizing and solve the housing crisis, according to Lord Best

Housing benefit changes

28 May, 2012

Advice and information for tenants

New council tax help for hard-working families and pensioners

28 May, 2012

Following a consultation, the Government confirmed plans to amend council tax rules so councils have greater local flexibility to help residents

Charity calls for rent cap as 600 families face being made homeless

25 May, 2012

A homeless charity has called for rent controls after it was revealed that 600 families face being made homeless because of housing benefit changes

Early roll out of Universal Credit to go live in Manchester and Cheshire

25 May, 2012

Universal Credit will go live in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire region in April 2013 – six months before the national roll-out

Freud insists welfare reforms are cutting rents

25 May, 2012

Lord David Freud has insisted that rents are coming down as a result of the coalition's welfare reforms

Tenant demand pushes PRS rents up

25 May, 2012

Tenant demand has pushed private rents in the UK up over the past three months, according to figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Needs test all new tenants

25 May, 2012

Housing providers should needs test all new tenants to provide better early intervention services, according to a new report

Cost of regulating private landlords will be passed on to tenants

25 May, 2012

Plans for tougher regulation of the private rented sector in Wales could force rents up, according to landlords

Unregulated letting agents drive up the cost of private renting

25 May, 2012

Training for inexperienced landlords would support the private rented sector, but rogue agents must be driven out

Local guidelines for retrofit must not be a planning afterthought

24 May, 2012

If the Green Deal is to be successful, streets of UK homes will need to be 'overcoated' with external thermal insulation

New Universal Credit benefit to be tested in North West

24 May, 2012

The new single benefit, which the government claims will simplify the welfare system, is to be introduced six months earlier than planned

Violent offenders forced into shared accommodation by welfare changes

23 May, 2012

Attempts to protect tenants from harm are flawed, leaving dangerous and vulnerable people slipping through the net

Swifter justice for 'neighbours from hell'

23 May, 2012

Nightmare tenants whose persistent antisocial behaviour causes misery and fear for their local communities will face swifter justice

Strengthening Powers of Possession for Anti-Social Behaviour

23 May, 2012

Summary of responses to consultation and next steps

Welsh white paper: minister to introduce new rules on homelessness

22 May, 2012

The Welsh housing minister explains new measures to tackle family homelessness, poor housing and a poor private rent sector

The new mid-life crisis - house sharing into your 40s

21 May, 2012

The number of older professionals living in shared homes has increased by 2,000 in the past six months

Private rents rise again

18 May, 2012

Private rents in England and Wales rose by 0.5% in April, according to letting agency group LSL Property Services

Accreditation for landlords coming soon

18 May, 2012

The Welsh government will outline plans for compulsory registering of private landlords in a white paper

LIN Member Report May 2012 - Welfare Reform - Key Changes to Benefits in 2012/13

17 May, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Peter Hall

£25bn further welfare cuts? 'Froth'

17 May, 2012

Lord David Freud has dismissed reports that the prime minister is considering £25 billion of further welfare cuts as 'froth'

DWP chooses partners for Universal Credit pathfinder

17 May, 2012

The DWP has chosen partners for its Universal Credit pathfinder which will road test the system "end-to-end" six months before it comes in for real

Localising Support for Council Tax: Funding arrangements consultation

17 May, 2012

Consultation closing date 12 July 2012

Buy-To-Let Market Needs 'Greater Innovation' Say Landlords

17 May, 2012

Research shows almost 74% of landlords agree that the buy-to-let market needs greater innovation

The Housing Report 2

17 May, 2012

Leading housing groups have warned that the Government is failing to tackle the country's growing housing crisis

MSPs support Scottish welfare changes

16 May, 2012

Proposed new laws to "limit the impact" of UK-wide welfare reforms in Scotland should be passed, MSPs have said

Cuts threaten ability to tackle rogue landlords

15 May, 2012

Public sector cuts are hampering the ability of some councils to crack down on rogue landlords, according to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

'Victory for rights of disabled' as Government loses spare room benefit case

15 May, 2012

A charity is hailing a victory for rights of disabled people after Court of Appeal rules the HB regs size criteria discriminate against disabled

Report questions legality of household benefit cap

15 May, 2012

The government may have broken equality laws when introducing the total household benefits cap, according to watchdog the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Judgement to force changes to benefit rules

15 May, 2012

Housing benefit rules for private rented tenants discriminate against disabled people and will have to be changed, the Court of Appeal has ruled

Getting to grips with the nation's welfare

15 May, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms are welcome but we need to go further

Landlords told to stop housing tenants in back garden shed

14 May, 2012

A couple have been told to stop using the garage in their back garden as tenants' living accommodation

Support for people on sickness benefits to get back into the workplace

14 May, 2012

Thousands of people who have been on sickness benefits for more than 15 years have been found fit to work and will now get support to help them back into a job, new analysis reveals

Eviction fear after housing benefit changes

14 May, 2012

BBC Welfare Reforms video

£1.8m to tackle scandal of 'beds in sheds'

14 May, 2012

Criminal landlords trapping vulnerable people in 'suburban shanty-towns' will get the justice they deserve, Housing Minister Grant Shapps has pledged

It's not just London - now benefit cuts push claimants out of Cambridge

11 May, 2012

Anecdotal information suggests that some benefit claimants have started to move out of Cambridge to cheaper areas

House Price Index England and Wales

11 May, 2012

April 2012

Esurv Mortgage Monitor

11 May, 2012

April 2012

Landlords sceptical about green deal

11 May, 2012

Social landlords believe the government's flagship retrofit scheme will be unpopular with their tenants

Editor's blog: why we need a licence for private landlords

11 May, 2012

A study into the housing crisis has revealed shocking examples of exploitation in the private rented sector

Parliament fails to accommodate growing housing problem

11 May, 2012

Letters to the Guardian

Flat rentals hit record highs as tenants forced to pay small homes premium

10 May, 2012

The cost of renting a flat in the UK has a reached record high, with tenants being forced to pay a premium for smaller properties, according to property website FindaProperty.com

The woman who lives in a shed: how London landlords are cashing in

10 May, 2012

Council finds people living in everything from massively overcrowded houses to a walk-in freezer - and the problem is getting worse

Londoners 'spending 71% of income on rent'

10 May, 2012

Londoners are spending an average of 71% of their take-home income on rent - nearly double the UK average

An intergenerational solution to the housing quagmire

10 May, 2012

Rather than pitching generation against generation, a more international approach could help young and old alike

Benefits Rates Card

09 May, 2012

From April 2012 - 2013

Government gives one year's notice of benefit cap

08 May, 2012

Letters are being sent this week to households who may be affected by the benefit cap

Thousands to learn if their homes are at risk

04 May, 2012

The National Housing Federation is urging councils to share information with housing associations as thousands of households find out their homes could be put at risk by benefit cuts

Income and Expenditure form

03 May, 2012

Complete an income and expenditure form to ensure that income exceeds expenditure and a tenant has enough excess income to pay any rent shortfall

Labour strategy to target private rented sector

03 May, 2012

Labour will soon be launching tough proposals for the private rented sector, shadow housing minister Jack Dromey told delegates at a homelessness conference

Royal Assent for Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

02 May, 2012

Legal Aid Bill receives Royal Assent

The seven reasons why landlords won't let to tenants on benefits

02 May, 2012

Private sector landlords are accused of unfairly turning away households claiming housing benefit. So why do they refuse

Private landlord hit with fine

01 May, 2012

A private landlord has been prosecuted by Lewisham Council for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation (HMO)

House prices down in England and Wales

01 May, 2012

House prices fell 0.6% in England and Wales during March, data from Land Registry's House Price Index reveals

Woman jailed for fraudulent housing claim

01 May, 2012

A woman who used a false passport to fraudulently obtain a social home has been jailed for eight months

Government to set up 'beds in sheds' task force

30 April, 2012

A new national taskforce will be set up to tackle the issue of "beds in sheds" by taking action against criminal landlords and removing illegal immigrants

New Housing Benefit Regulations (Under-occupation)

30 April, 2012

Read how the draft regulations which govern how the size criteria, also known as the bedroom tax, will be applied. Explanatory cover note by DWP

New Housing Benefit Regulations (Under-occupation)

30 April, 2012

Read the draft regulations

Dromey asks London councils to reveal numbers of displaced LHA claimants

27 April, 2012

Labour's Shadow Housing Minister and Shadow Minister for London have written to London councils asking how many homeless people are being housed outside the capital

Welfare Reform Act

27 April, 2012

Briefing paper from the CIH

Rents in London '75% more expensive than rest of UK' - research

26 April, 2012

The average cost of renting a home in Greater London is now 75% more expensive than the rest of the UK, new research shows

Welsh House Price Index

26 April, 2012

Feb 2012

Newham's housing crisis is a warning sign

25 April, 2012

The London borough's plea for Stoke on Trent to take tenants is indicative of a risky cocktail of pressures in the housing market

'Social cleansing' housing benefit cap row: Grant Shapps hits back

24 April, 2012

The government has defended its housing benefit cap after it emerged London's Newham council was trying to find homes for some families 160 miles away

The Newham Council letter to Stoke-based Brighter Futures Housing Association - in full

24 April, 2012

Here is the text of the letter from Newham Council to Stoke-on-Trent-based Brighter Futures Housing Association requesting that it leases accommodation to more than 500 families

Council hands developer £20,000 fine for illegal flats conversion

24 April, 2012

A man accused of ignoring a council notice to undo an illegal conversion of a house in the London borough of Ealing has been found guilty and fined £20,000 plus costs

Q&A: Rehousing families on benefits

24 April, 2012

Newham council has been accused of "social cleansing" in London. What is meant by social cleansing, and what will it mean for the city?

Cambridge rejects plan to limit HMOs

24 April, 2012

Ruling Liberal Democrat councillors on Cambridge Council have defeated an attempt by the opposition Labour group to restrict the number of houses of multiple occupation in the city

Fed warns Newham problems are 'tip of iceberg'

24 April, 2012

Moves by a London council to house families hundreds of miles away from the capital are just the 'tip of the iceberg' the National Housing Federation has warned

Families priced out by benefits cap

24 April, 2012

Shelter is urging the Government to consider the damage inflicted on families by cuts to housing benefit

Top tips: how to make the most of the Green Deal for housing

23 April, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion about how you can prepare for the eco-efficiency scheme

Poorest will be hardest hit by 'botched' Universal Credit roll-out

23 April, 2012

The Government's "botched" roll out of Universal Credit threatens to penalise the poorest in society Unison warn

Buy-to-let Index

23 April, 2012

March 2012

Social landlord's crossover to private rented market 'already producing results'

20 April, 2012

A leasing scheme in the Midlands is securing private rented homes to support homeless people

Councils not asking landlords to lower rents

20 April, 2012

Three-quarters of private landlords have not been approached by councils about reducing rents in return for direct payment of local housing allowance

Tackling the bedroom tax: finding new homes for cash-strapped tenants

19 April, 2012

Liverpool Mutual Homes has launched a Mersey-wide lettings scheme to help tenants avoid the penalty for under occupation

Benefit and Pension rates

18 April, 2012

April 2012

Better protection for private tenants promised

18 April, 2012

The Scottish Government has promised better protection and improved services for more than 270,000 private sector tenants

Last year for Warm Front

18 April, 2012

The last scheme year for Warm Front began on 2 April 2012

'Nation of renters' warning from estate agency chief

17 April, 2012

Generation aged 18-34 risks being priced out of market unless government helps housebuyers, says head of Countrywide

Right to Buy hits Westminster rents

17 April, 2012

Westminster Council has negotiated with owners of former council flats to lower rents for households affected by the housing benefit cap

Experts warn of rent price 'limits' and more sharing among private renters

16 April, 2012

Experts warn that there's a limit as to how high rents in the PRS can go, predicting that shared accommodation will be more commonplace in the future

House Price Index

16 April, 2012

March 2012

Mortgage Monitor

16 April, 2012

March 2012

Private rents expected to rise

16 April, 2012

Average private rents in Britain are expected to rise by two to three per cent this year, according to figures released by property analysts Hometrack

Charity calls for 'fairer' private sector rents

16 April, 2012

Scotland's private rented sector has the potential to lead the rest of the UK by building a more affordable market, according to a homelessness charity

Livingstone launches petition for London 'Living Rent'

13 April, 2012

Online petition for a London Living Rent stating no Londoner should be forced to pay more than a third of their income on accommodation

Landlords win access to £190m fuel poverty fund

13 April, 2012

Government responds to Inside Housing's Green Light campaign by redesigning the energy company obligation

Warning over housing benefit plan for under-25s

13 April, 2012

Attempts to simplify benefits through universal credit will fail if the government accepts a controversial proposal to stop out-of-work under-25s receiving housing benefit

Cutting housing benefit for under-25s ultimately saves nothing

13 April, 2012

Young housing benefit claimants are infantilised by policymakers, who are ignoring structural economic problems

Rental market booms as number of properties for sale plummets

12 April, 2012

The rental market in the UK is flourishing with an additional 58,000 properties being marketed to rent in 2011 compared to the same period in 2010

How to consider new approaches to allocations and lettings

12 April, 2012

CIH briefing - guidance on core areas of housing management helping overcome the challenges associated with putting current policy changes into practice

Housing market failing older people

12 April, 2012

Britain's housing market is failing to meet the needs of older people despite a rapidly ageing population and growing demand for retirement housing according to Shelter

Ending housing benefit for under-25s? A policy with more holes than a sieve

11 April, 2012

This out-of-touch plan, slipped out just before the bank holiday getaway, contains so many flaws that it surely can't be serious

Landlord fined for housing 15 people in 'filthy' unlicensed flat

11 April, 2012

London landlord fined more than £6,500 after inspection uncovered filthy and unsanitary rooms with 15 people living inside unlicensed three-storey flat

House sales reach three-year high

11 April, 2012

House sales in the UK have reached a three-year high, giving an indication that the housing market is picking up

Benefit cap factsheet

11 April, 2012

DWP information factsheet

Concern over plan to withdraw housing benefit from under-25s

10 April, 2012

Government proposal would hit thousands of vulnerable young people, charities and campaign groups warn

Housing consortium launches online discount store for tenants

10 April, 2012

A housing consortium is set to launch an online discount store which will offer social housing residents essential household items at a discount

A guide to The Social Fund (April 2012)

10 April, 2012

Technical guide giving detailed information about benefits and entitlements from the Department for Work and Pensions

Abundance of land, shortage of housing

10 April, 2012

The government's 'timid' planning reform will not solve the housing crisis, according to a new report by the Institute of Economic Affairs

Temporary accommodation warning to government

10 April, 2012

Campaigners in Scotland have renewed calls for the Scottish Government to introduce guidance on standards for temporary accommodation

Rental Britain

10 April, 2012

New report on Private Rented sector by Savills and Rightmove

Benefit cap

05 April, 2012

DWP information page

Deposit protection law changes

05 April, 2012

Shelter is calling on landlords to ensure they are protecting their tenants' deposits, to protect themselves from penalties

Tenant panels guide to be published

04 April, 2012

The National Tenant Organisations (NTOs) are to launch a tenant panels' guide

Affordability of northern rental markets revealed

04 April, 2012

Best of both worlds? Study shows on average tenants pay less and investors earn more in the north of England

Retrofitting is expensive - let's demolish and start again

04 April, 2012

The development and maintenance cost of bringing homes up to modern standards often exceeds their value

Private firms approved to become social landlords

04 April, 2012

Three profit-making companies are set to become social landlords after gaining approval from the Tenant Services Authority before the regulator closed

Government to 'review' regulatory framework and role of commercial landlords

04 April, 2012

The Gov will review "certain aspects" of the new regulatory framework in a bid to clarify the expectations and approach to regulation of 'for-profit' L/L's

Tenancy Deposit Protection changes for Landlords

04 April, 2012

Reminder for L/L's and letting agents that they must protect a tenancy deposit with an approved government scheme from 6 April 2012

Mother claimed benefit on shared ownership home she was renting out

03 April, 2012

A mother claimed housing benefit for the rent on her shared ownership home for nearly 18 months - even though she wasn't living there and was renting it out for £954 a month

Letting agent fined over housing benefit data

02 April, 2012

A letting agent and one of its directors have been found guilty of unlawfully obtaining details about their tenants' HB from a rogue employee at Slough Council

Bishop warns housing benefit cap will lead to 'torn and fractured communities'

30 March, 2012

The former Bishop of Southwark has warned that the Gov's housing benefit cap poses "a real threat to families living in central London communities"

Tenants banned from moving if home is damaged

30 March, 2012

A local authority is cracking down on tenants who trash their council homes before moving on to a new one by forcing them to pay before they leave

Government to set up 'beds in sheds' task force

30 March, 2012

A new national taskforce will be set up to tackle the issue of "beds in sheds" by taking action against criminal landlords and removing illegal immigrants

Troubled Families: Top 10 areas are on board as Government is ready to go

29 March, 2012

The 10 LA's with the largest number of troubled families have agreed to sign up to the Gov's scheme to turn around 120,000 problem households by 2015

Experian plans to extend rent record checks to housing associations

29 March, 2012

Private landlords signed up to Experian's new 'Rental Exchange' product could soon be allowed to check out prospective tenants' rent records

When affordable rents are no longer affordable

29 March, 2012

The Government is introducing a £500pw cap on household benefits from 2013, but at the same time, is raising the rents for those on the lowest incomes

London rents unaffordable

28 March, 2012

Renting a two bedroom home in London is unaffordable for families earning less than £52k, according to new research by housing charity Shelter

Universal Credit: The impact on Passported Benefits

28 March, 2012

DWP have published the government's response to SSAC's report into the impact of Universal Credit on passported benefits

Number of private renters doubled in a decade - report

27 March, 2012

The number of people renting homes in the private sector has nearly doubled in the last ten years jumping from 2.5 million in 2002 to 4.8 million today

Landlord tackles crowding with loft conversions

26 March, 2012

A housing provider has launched a pilot scheme to ease overcrowding in council homes by converting lofts into bedrooms

Budget 2012: Housing round up and full reaction from the sector

22 March, 2012

Despite a strong focus on taxation, today's Budget revealed a number of housing and benefits reforms aimed to "improve fairness", "reward work" and encourage growth

Social landlord considers 'affordability assessments' on prospective new tenants

22 March, 2012

Hyde Housing are considering carrying out 'affordability assessments' on prospective new tenants

Peer withdraws attempt to change squatting law

22 March, 2012

A peer has withdrawn amendments to a bill which seeks to ban squatting after assurances were given that they could be brought back at a later stage of the debate

Croydon's homeless reject housing offer in Manchester and Walsall

21 March, 2012

Homeless families in the London borough of Croydon have rejected the council's offer to move them into temporary accommodation in the North of England

Chancellor threatens further welfare cuts

21 March, 2012

George Osborne has today raised the prospect of further welfare spending cuts in the next spending review

How affordable is housing where you live?

20 March, 2012

How many hours would you have to work on the minimum wage to cover your weekly rent? See what the data says

Shared housing scheme enhances life skills of homeless people

20 March, 2012

Peer Landlord London is a new scheme that helps the homeless adjust to life indoors through shared housing

Peer tables amendment to remove squatting ban

19 March, 2012

A peer has tabled an amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill which calls for the banning of squatting to be removed from it completely

Subletting tenant sentenced to 16 weeks in prison

19 March, 2012

A council tenant has been sentenced to 16 weeks in prison for subletting a local authority-owned property

Private rent levels fall across England and Wales - including London

19 March, 2012

Private sector rents dipped during Feb as an increased number of tenants considered moving into the sales market to beat the end of the stamp duty holiday

Housing associations bolster rent arrears teams ahead of benefit changes

19 March, 2012

Housing associations are looking to bolster their rent arrears teams ahead of the Government changes to the benefits system, according to research by Badenoch & Clark

Tackling neighbours from hell

19 March, 2012

A new tool for communities

Squatting law reforms 'could cost taxpayers £790m over five years'

19 March, 2012

Extension of squatting law could cost 20 times official estimates and wipe out legal aid budget savings, campaigners warn

Energy Efficiency Changes for Landlords

16 March, 2012

Landlords are being reminded about changes to Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) which will affect rental properties in the UK

Return of right-to-buy creates a raft of uncertainty for councils

16 March, 2012

Last year's sudden revival of the Conservative policy has forced local authorities to review their housing strategies

Why the shared room rate doesn't add up

15 March, 2012

Forcing housing benefit claimants under 35 to share a house leaves vulnerable tenants such as single pregnant women at risk

Tenants bear the brunt of economic downturn

15 March, 2012

Debt problems on the rise for those in rented accommodation as family finances and disposable incomes are squeezed

Labour MP calls for rent controls

15 March, 2012

A Labour MP has called on the Government to consider controlling private sector rents over fears that the capital is being "cleansed" of poorer residents

Private renters owe more in unpaid rent than social sector tenants

15 March, 2012

Tenants in rent arrears living in private rented accommodation appear to have the most debt problems owing more in average than tenants in the social sector

Councils 'lack willpower' to tackle sheds with beds

15 March, 2012

Secretary of State for communities and local government Eric Pickles has accused councils of "lacking the willpower" to tackle the so-called "sheds with beds" epidemic

Private housing needs rent regulation now

15 March, 2012

The government must introduce private sector rent controls to stop social cleansing on a grand scale

Shapps: Rents are falling and tenants 'happier in private rented sector'

14 March, 2012

Grant Shapps has told MPs tenants in the PRS are happier than in the social sector and that there's evidence to suggest that rents in the PRS are falling

MPs and peers to examine private rented sector

14 March, 2012

A Parliamentary group is to examine the impact welfare reforms will have on young people in the private rented sector

Tenant advertised council home for £1,100 a month

13 March, 2012

A local authority tenant in Barnet was found advertising her £400-a-month council home with a lettings agency for £1,100-a-month

Sex offenders forced into shared houses

12 March, 2012

Paedophiles and rapists who used to receive payments enabling them to live on their own could be moved into shared homes with women and children, due to housing benefit reforms

Landlords braced for impact of benefit reform

12 March, 2012

Social landlords are preparing to commit significant amounts of extra cash and resources to ready themselves for the impact of the Welfare Reforms

Welfare Reform Act 2012

12 March, 2012

Legislation

Conservative MP calls on landlords to pilot 'jam jar' accounts for Universal Credit

09 March, 2012

A Conservative MP has called for RSL's to pilot an existing type of bank account to help tenants better manage their finances ahead of Universal Credit in 2013

Minister Announces £6.6 Million Funding for Citizens Advice Cymru

09 March, 2012

Local Government and Communities Minister Carl Sargeant has announced funding of over £6 million for the next three financial years for Citizens Advice Cymru

Direct payments: are rent arrears set to rocket?

08 March, 2012

Nearly a decade ago, L&Q trialled paying housing benefit directly to social tenants with disastrous results. The group’s rent arrears nearly doubled

Landlords 'refusing to let to those on benefits', says council leader

08 March, 2012

Private landlords are starting to refuse to let to those on benefits, the leader of Brighton and Hove City Council told housing professionals

Iain Duncan Smith: Welfare reforms realised

08 March, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith's Welfare Reform Bill has now become law marking an historic moment for the Coalition Government

How to tackle poor conditions for migrants in the private rented sector

08 March, 2012

Migrants are three times as likely to live in the private rented sector. A new report shares lessons on managing housing

LIN Member Report March 2012 - Welfare Reform - What Next?

08 March, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Peter Hall, Director, PHHS.

Third of Londoners expect to leave due to high housing costs

07 March, 2012

Almost a third (30%) of Londoners say they expect to be driven out of the capital by the high cost of housing, a new survey by housing and homelessness charity Shelter reveals

Wrexham homeless inquiries soar to record level

07 March, 2012

A record number of people are contacting Wrexham council for advice on homelessness

Social justice and the future of flood insurance

07 March, 2012

Joseph Rowntree report

Youth homelessness: Falling through the net?

06 March, 2012

Life for Britain's younger generation doesn't seem to be getting easier, young people now face an additional problem - of ending up on the streets

Lords abandon new bid for statutory welfare review

06 March, 2012

A renewed attempt to get an independent review of the impact of the government's welfare reforms enshrined in law has been abandoned

Private tenancy evictions up by 17%

05 March, 2012

Analysis of county court possession order claims shows an increase from 12,500 to almost 15,000 in the three years to 2011

Ten myths about the private rented sector

05 March, 2012

From affordability to flexibility, the government's comments on private rent just don't stack up

Hove man in £100K Brighton council benefit fraud jailed

02 March, 2012

A man has been jailed for cheating Brighton and Hove City Council out of more than £100,000 in council tax and housing benefits

Tenancy Deposit Protection Changes Confirmed for 6 April 2012

02 March, 2012

DCLG has published the required regulations bringing in amendments to Tenancy Deposit Protection arrangements in England and Wales

Working with the private rented sector to tackle youth homelessness

02 March, 2012

Crisis' publication identifies effective ways in which agencies support young homeless or vulnerably housed people to access and sustain PRS accommodation

Welfare Reform Bill passes final House of Lords hurdle

01 March, 2012

The government's controversial Welfare Reform Bill has passed its final hurdle in the House of Lords

Cameron on Welfare Reform: 'An historic moment'

01 March, 2012

The Government's Welfare Reform Bill finally passed on Wednesday night after peers dropped their final resistance to the measures

Guidance for landlords

01 March, 2012

Electrical Safety Council (ESC) guidance for landlords outlines the simple steps landlords can take to ensure the electrical safety of their properties

Localising council tax support

01 March, 2012

The Local Government Finance Bill introduced on 19 Dec 2011 paves the way for the implementation of localised council tax support schemes in England in Apr 2013

Welfare Reform Bill reaches conclusion

01 March, 2012

The Welfare Reform Bill came to the end of the consideration of amendments stage (ping pong) in the House of Lords on Wednesday 29 February 2012

Check UK LHA rates effective from 1 Mar 2012: follow this link

01 March, 2012

Click on 'Find LHA rates' and search for LHA rates by postcode or local authority to find the UK LHA rates effective from 1 March 2012

How to find a Good Landlord

29 February, 2012

The NLA has compiled a list of the top things a tenant should look for when they are searching for the ideal landlord

Electrical safety warning to private landlords

29 February, 2012

Private rented sector tenants are being exposed to serious electrical dangers through confusion over Landlords responsibilities, a group has warned

'Unfair tax treatment of private landlords costing £1,000 per tenancy'

28 February, 2012

The "unfair" tax treatment of private landlords is stifling investment in the sector and major changes are required

Andrew Stunell offers £100m boost to breathe life back into empty homes

27 February, 2012

Neighbourhoods suffering the blight of empty homes could benefit from a £100m boost to bring properties back into use and provide stable homes for families in need

Number of rough sleepers in England rises by a fifth

24 February, 2012

Charities warn homelessness will rise further as local authority and housing benefit cuts take effect

HB/CTB S1/2012

24 February, 2012

Allocation of Housing Benefit Reforms Transitional Funding in 2012/13

Shared home scheme for former homeless

24 February, 2012

A homelessness charity in London has set up a housing project to help people affected by housing benefit reforms

Minister Hits Out at Pay Day Loan Companies

24 February, 2012

Minister Carl Sargeant hit out at pay day loan companies and high cost money lenders for targeting vulnerable people and those on fixed/reduced incomes

Council could name bad landlords in bid to protect tenants

23 February, 2012

East Staffs BC is considering plans to publish the names of L/L's who were issued with enforcement notices in a bid to improve the quality of the PRS

Massive drop in households claiming housing benefit over cap in Westminster

22 February, 2012

More than 1,000 households in Westminster are no longer living in homes requiring housing benefit higher than the new national caps, it has emerged

Review of the barriers to institutional investment in private rented homes - Call for evidence

22 February, 2012

Formal call for evidence to support the independent review of the barriers to institutional investment in private rented homes

Private rented sector review head seeks evidence

22 February, 2012

The head of a government review of barriers to large-scale investment in the private rented sector has issued a call for evidence

£5 million to return houses to homes

22 February, 2012

Action to return some of Wales' 22,000 empty private sector properties into use as a home has taken a step forward thanks to £5m funding from the Welsh Gov

UK house prices slumped by 24% since 2007 - Halifax

21 February, 2012

Average house prices in the UK have fallen by 24% since 2007 and the beginning of the economic downturn, new research by Halifax reveals.

A revolution in affordable housing

21 February, 2012

A US housing concept has helped people to buy cheap homes. An east London scheme aims to replicate it

Squatting law will only criminalise the homeless

21 February, 2012

The million empty homes in Britain are the real scandal, not the squatting of a tiny number of occupied properties

UK migrants and the private rented sector

20 February, 2012

Joseph Rowntree report which explores the needs and experiences of new migrants living in the private rented sector

Securing good housing standards for migrants

20 February, 2012

John Perry, Policy Adviser at the CIH and author of the report, calls on Gov to ensure good standards are available to all private rented sector tenants

Inside Housing proves Cameron rent claim wrong

17 February, 2012

A claim by the prime minister that private rents are falling as a result of welfare reforms was wrong according to research by Inside Housing

Housing benefit cap forces families to leave central London or be homeless

17 February, 2012

As schools struggle to cope with the disruption caused to children, a council officer declares: 'To live in Westminster is a privilege, not a right'

Lords tempted by bid to decriminalise squatting in long-term empty homes

16 February, 2012

Proposals by a Lib Dem peer to decriminalise squatting in homes that have stayed empty for more than 6 months are likely to gain support in House of Lords

Woman's £100,000 benefit fraud 'largest council has ever uncovered'

16 February, 2012

A Merton woman has been sentenced to eight months in prison after being found guilty of fraudulently claiming over £100,000 in benefits

London borough detects '8,000 fraudulent council tax claims'

16 February, 2012

A London borough has saved more than £2 million after it uncovered 8,000 incorrect claims for council tax discounts

False details to result in housing application ban

16 February, 2012

Housing applicants who supply false information could be banned from applying for homes for a year, under proposals being considered by one council

Government urged to rethink bedroom tax given second Lords defeat

16 February, 2012

The CIH is urging government to agree concessions on its proposed 'bedroom tax' before the Welfare Reform Bill is returned to the House of Commons

Ministers lose Lords welfare vote

15 February, 2012

Gov plans to cut the housing benefit of social tenants living in homes with spare rooms has been dealt another major defeat in the House of Lords

Record number of lodgers as families look for extra cash

15 February, 2012

January 2012 saw the highest ever number of homeowners renting out spare rooms as thousands of families look for alternative incomes, new figures reveals

Dec 2011 Scottish Index

15 February, 2012

Scotland House Price Index

Charity urges Lords not to criminalise squatting

14 February, 2012

A homelessness charity is urging the House of Lords not to criminalise squatting ahead of its reading on proposed legislation changes this week

Youth Contract wage subsidy

14 February, 2012

New details of the £2,275 wage subsidy for employers to take on young unemployed people have now been announced

Tax credit change could cost families £4k a year

13 February, 2012

Low income families with parents in part-time work could lose nearly £4,000 per year because of a change in tax credits, according to Labour Party

Poll backs one spare room limit for tenants

13 February, 2012

More than two thirds of Inside Housing readers think social tenants on housing benefit should be allowed to have one spare room

Homelessness and improving private rented sector to feature Wales' Housing Bill, says Minister

13 February, 2012

Welsh Minister hs met with some of the world's leading homelessness experts as he continues to shape his policies for dealing with the issue in Wales

Speaking the language of benefits: how to explain welfare reform to tenants

13 February, 2012

Landlords need to be creative and professional to help residents cope with the government's radical changes to benefits

Tenants see 'loss of £100,000' in first wave of housing benefit cuts

10 February, 2012

HB changes to non-dep deductions have cost tenants of a West Midlands housing association £100,000 - with a further £100,000 cut expected next year

Private landlord fined for allowing tenants to live in 'hell-hole' home

10 February, 2012

A private landlord has been fined for allowing his tenants to live in what Newham Council has described as a 'hell-hole' home

CLG admits LHA rates claim error

10 February, 2012

The Communities and Local Government department has admitted incorrectly stating local housing allowance rates will continue to rise from April

Welfare reform calendar 2011 - 2013

10 February, 2012

The Welfare Reform Bill is about to receive royal assent and will radically alter the benefits system

House price index

10 February, 2012

January 2012

Tackle rogue landlords

09 February, 2012

Shelter is calling on the Government to toughen sentencing for serial rogue landlords

Number of new private sector tenants at record high

09 February, 2012

More than 275,000 new tenants registered for private rental accommodation in 2011, a 24% increase on 2010, according to recently published figures

Flint: ban benefit payments for substandard homes

09 February, 2012

Private landlords whose homes do not meet minimum energy efficiency standards should be not be able to house tenants on housing benefit, the shadow energy secretary has argued

English Housing Survey: Headline Report 2010-11

09 February, 2012

The Department for Communities and Local Government English Housing Survey Headline Report 2010-11

Number of private renters closing in on social total

09 February, 2012

The number of people renting homes in the private market could soon overtake those in the social market as figures show the gap is closing

SDLP delegation to meet minister over benefits reform

08 February, 2012

An SDLP delegation is to meet the minister for welfare reform later to discuss changes to the benefits system

Peers urged to find new exemption to 'bedroom tax'

08 February, 2012

Controversial plans to cut the housing benefit of tenants living in homes with 'spare rooms' returns to the House of Lords next Tuesday

Localism, Welfare Reform and Housing Market Change: Identifying the issues and responding to the challenge

08 February, 2012

HB cuts could see private landlords 'subdivide' homes for smaller families displaced from social housing leading to overcrowding and homelessness

Impact of welfare reform on the south east housing market - opportunity or hindrance?

08 February, 2012

A CIH report claims that the proposed welfare reforms present serious challenges for the south east & a benefit cap may not be enough to incentivise people to work

Landlord fined for renting unsafe property

08 February, 2012

A landlord who flouted fire safety rules while renting out an unlicensed home has been fined following an investigation by housing officers

Landlords see Property as Pension

08 February, 2012

According to a survey carried out by the NLA Landlords regard their property portfolio as an important part of their post-retirement income

Government advisor warns of benefit cap harm

07 February, 2012

Plans to cap benefits at £26,000 could harm vulnerable families and needs to be rolled out carefully, a government adviser has warned

Minister calls on landlords to boost credit unions ahead of likely Post Office link-up

06 February, 2012

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud has called on councils and social landlords to help boost their local credit unions

Tower Hamlets Councillor Shelina Akhtar sacked for benefit fraud

06 February, 2012

An east London councillor has been sacked after being jailed for 16 weeks for benefit fraud

Government benefit cap 'based on myths'

03 February, 2012

The Government's proposed benefits cap is based on a set of myths, a leading charity has claimed

Anger as government halts welfare bill changes

03 February, 2012

The government has come under fire for seeking to use a parliamentary mechanism to prevent further attempts by the House of Lords to change the Welfare Reform Bill

Watchdog shuts down sale and rent back market

03 February, 2012

The Financial Services Authority has shut down the market for businesses that buy homes from struggling homeowners and then rent them back to them

Touch base DWP e-zine

03 February, 2012

This issue includes information on the Warm Home Discount Scheme. This is help with fuel bills, make sure older people don't miss out

Lords amendments to Welfare Reform Bill beaten

02 February, 2012

The government has succeeded in overturning a series of crucial amendments made by the Lords to the Welfare Reform Bill

Councils forced to meet housing benefit shortfall

02 February, 2012

Local authorities are having to dig into their own budgets to help people meet housing costs, according to government figures

Councils fail to spend £1m earmarked for people at risk of homelessness

01 February, 2012

Six local authorities spend only half the DHP money allocated to them for needy families by the Department for Work and Pensions

Benefit cap: Landlord backs 'nine-months grace' for claimants

01 February, 2012

A housing association has welcomed reports that the Government is to introduce a nine-month transitional period for families affected by the £26,000-a-year benefits cap

Shapps: housing is central to economic recovery

01 February, 2012

The housing minister has told councils and housing associations that building new homes will be central to improving the country's economy

Iain Duncan Smith defiant over benefits cap but concessions expected

30 January, 2012

Removing child benefit from the Government's proposed welfare cap would be "ludicrous" Iain Duncan Smith has said

Labour to back welfare benefits cap

30 January, 2012

Labour party expected to vote in favour of a benefits cap, providing it is set higher in expensive areas such as London

Housing experts warn of homelessness threat

30 January, 2012

The Gov has been warned that its plans for welfare reform are likely to have an impact on homelessness figures and increase the use of B & B's by LA's

Labour wants benefit cap to be set locally

30 January, 2012

Labour has called for the proposed total benefits cap to be set locally rather than at the national limit of £26,000

Housing chief calls for child benefit probe after welfare cap rejection

27 January, 2012

A housing boss has called for more clarity on how child benefit is spent - after peers in the House of Lords rejected plans to include it in the £26,000 benefit cap

Council to start licensing all HMOs

27 January, 2012

Oxford council will begin licensing every house in multi occupation from the end of this month

Peers press for details on benefits help

27 January, 2012

The government has come under pressure to publish details of promised transitional arrangements to help people affected by the impact of the proposed total benefits cap

Credit Unions offer an affordable alternative to pay day loans

27 January, 2012

Welsh Government Minister highlights the role credit unions can play as an alternative to pay day and other instant loan companies

London boroughs to be hit hardest by benefit cap

26 January, 2012

54% of London's boroughs contain more than 1,000 households that will be worse off as a result of the government's forthcoming benefit cap

Landlords take 'bedroom tax' fight to MPs

26 January, 2012

Landlords are throwing their weight behind a campaign to stop a 'bedroom tax' on tenants deemed to be underoccupying their homes

Welfare reform: Housing association reveals direct payment plans

25 January, 2012

The CEX of Wakefield and District Housing, discusses the landlord's involvement in the 12-month direct payment pilot and what it hopes to learn

Ex-Archbishop Carey attacks bishops over benefit cap

25 January, 2012

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has criticised Church of England bishops for opposing the government's £26,000-a-year cap on benefits

Assessment of equity release pilot schemes

25 January, 2012

Are equity release schemes the solution for older people? Joseph Rowntree report assesses pilot schemes run by three Local Authorities

Welfare reform: household benefit cap Q&A

24 January, 2012

Ministers say a £26,000 cap on the amount of benefits families can receive will cut the deficit and incentivise people to find work - fidn out more

Council reveals plan to licence HMOs

24 January, 2012

Brighton and Hove Council is planning to licence houses in multiple occupation to improve neighbourhoods

Government undeterred over benefits after Lords defeat

24 January, 2012

The government has vowed to press ahead with controversial plans to limit welfare payments despite a defeat in the House of Lords

Landlord to 'rigorously test' direct benefit payments in pilot

24 January, 2012

A housing chief says piloting direct benefit payments to social tenants ahead of Universal Credit will help the landlord "rigorously test the new system" ahead of its implementation in 2013

Benefit cap defeat will be reversed, says Clegg

24 January, 2012

Nick Clegg says ministers will seek to overturn a Lords defeat for plans to cap benefits for households at £26k when the bill returns to the Commons

Big Issue case could help homeless access benefits

23 January, 2012

Big Issue sellers who have been denied access to housing benefit could reapply following a court ruling, a legal centre has advised

Private landlords dismiss Cameron rent claim

23 January, 2012

The NLA has dismissed David Cameron's claim that rents are falling in the sector as a result of the coalition government's welfare reforms

Families forced to rent whose children pay the price

23 January, 2012

Families who rent privately are often forced to move repeatedly, with disastrous consequences for their children's education

Available rented housing cuts in your area: download the data

23 January, 2012

The cuts to HB will leave many people searching for cheaper places to stay. Have a look at the impact of this through the country by downloading this data

The Essential Guide to Squeezed Britain

23 January, 2012

The proportion of low and middle income (LMI) earners aged under 35 and renting has more than tripled from 14% in the late 1980s to 47% now, according to the Resolution Foundation

Benefit cut raises housing concerns for u'25s

23 January, 2012

Homelessness charities have raised concerns about the ability of young people to access housing in the private sector following housing benefit cuts brought in this month

Housing benefit cap: can you live on 62p a day?

22 January, 2012

The housing benefit cap will mainly hit stable families on low incomes. Surely this can't be what George Osborne wanted

Paddy Ashdown takes on coalition over benefits cap

22 January, 2012

Former Lib Dem leader says he will vote against government on welfare changes because of effect they would have on children

Leak reveals benefits cap will hit 100,000 children

22 January, 2012

Official figures show many families will be pushed into poverty by coalition reform

Landlord keen on credit union investment ahead of Universal Credit

20 January, 2012

A Merseyside-based housing association says it could invest in its local credit union to support its tenants under Universal Credit

Private tenants urged not to bury their heads in the sand

20 January, 2012

Private tenants in receipt of housing benefit have been urged to contact landlords to negotiate rents. News article by landlord Portfolio

Impact of Christmas spending drives up rental arrears, with 10.7% of all rent late or unpaid in December - figures

20 January, 2012

Private sector rents fell across England & Wales by 0.8% in December to £711pm for a second successive month, according to LSL Property Services

Mixed reaction to Universal Credit direct payment pilots

20 January, 2012

CIH welcomes the direct payments trial with Housing Associations, but the RLA have slammed the trials claiming Private Rented Sector tenants have been "let down"

Benefits cap not about punishing people - Duncan Smith

20 January, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith has told the BBC a planned benefits cap is not "about punishing people", and has said people are "not suffering" under his reforms

Top tips: how should councils work with private landlords?

20 January, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion about how councils should work with private landlords

Direct Payment Pilots announced

19 January, 2012

Landlord Information Network Press release

No Scottish housing association or council named in DWP's direct benefits pilot

19 January, 2012

There are currently no Scottish LA's or HA's signed up to pilot the direct payment of housing benefit to social tenants

Housing association chiefs debate Right to Buy extension

19 January, 2012

Calls to extend the Right to Buy to all housing association tenants have been greeted with a mixed response

Welfare amendments face government fight

19 January, 2012

The government will seek to overturn all amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill when it returns to the House of Commons later in the year

Housing Benefit claims rising

19 January, 2012

The number of housing benefits claimants in Great Britain has risen by more than 130,000 to 4.9 million according to statistics released by the DWP

Families cut back on food and fuel

19 January, 2012

A third of people across Britain have cut back on food so they can pay their housing costs, according to a Shelter survey

Welfare reform bill - household benefit cap live discussion

19 January, 2012

Government faces further controversy as Lords prepare to debate proposed £26,000 family benefit cap

ALMO offers up to £2,000 for tenants to downsize

18 January, 2012

South Lakes Housing which manages some 3,500 homes in Cumbria is providing up to £2,000 for tenants to voluntarily downsize

Welfare changes row

18 January, 2012

BBC Welfare Reforms Q&A's

The cuts in London: where will Lucy live?

17 January, 2012

A case study looking at the impact of Government Housing Benefit caps

Shed rent bid in Oxford demonstrates 'dire housing crisis'

17 January, 2012

Oxford City Council has launched an investigation after a homeowner advertised a double room to let in a "garden house" — which turned out to be a shed

Shapps outlines plans for elderly downsizing

17 January, 2012

Councils should help elderly people downsize in order to free up family homes, housing minister Grant Shapps has said

House Price Index

17 January, 2012

November 2011

Benefit caps leading to people 'vanishing from neighbourhoods' - Westminster tenant

17 January, 2012

A tenant in Westminster has revealed how caps on HB in the private rented sector are leading to people 'vanishing from his neighbourhood'

60% of landlords displaying 'No housing benefit tenants' in ads - survey

16 January, 2012

60% of landlords are refusing to accept anyone on HB, stating 'no housing benefit tenants' in their adverts, according to a SpareRoom.co.uk survey

David Cameron considers extra £25bn of welfare cuts

16 January, 2012

David Cameron is considering ordering billions of pounds in extra welfare cuts proposed in a confidential Downing Street policy paper, The Daily Telegraph can disclose

Self Help Housing - Briefing events for empty properties funding

13 January, 2012

Funding via DCLG for a £100m Empty Homes Programme with a significant element to be ring fenced for community led housing organisations

Cameron clarifies 'rents are falling' claim

13 January, 2012

Downing Street has issued a statement clarifying claims in the House of Commons that rents are falling as a result of the Government's HB reform

Housing benefit reforms: a huge gamble on rent cuts

12 January, 2012

The government's hope that the cut in housing benefit will result in landlords lowering their rents could backfire.

Number 10 defends PM's private rents claim

12 January, 2012

Number 10 has defended the prime minister's claim that private rents are falling as a result of the coalition government's welfare reforms

LIN member report - How landlords can make use of and contribute to a national tenant database

11 January, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Lorna Stevens, Founder-Director, TenantID and Claire Turner, Director, Landlord Information Network

Shapps: Social housing tenancy cheats face up to two years in prison

11 January, 2012

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has made proposals to help ensure tenancy cheats who deny social homes to families in need will face justice

David Cameron claims housing benefit cuts have slashed rents

11 January, 2012

David Cameron claims the Gov's HB cuts have brought down rent levels across the country, despite evidence to suggest they are continuing to reach record highs

Landlord puts family of eight 'at risk' over gas safety failure

11 January, 2012

A landlord has been fined after he failed to make sure gas safety checks were carried out at a house in Blackburn, putting a family of eight at risk

Mendip District Council sets up lettings agency

11 January, 2012

Mendip District Council is to set up a not-for-profit lettings agency which will guarantee rent to private landlords for tenants receiving benefits

Social Housing Fraud - Consultation

11 January, 2012

Consultation closing date 4.4.12

Local Housing Allowance caps risk 'ghettoising low-income families'

10 January, 2012

New HB caps for existing tenants in the private rented sector risk 'ghettoising low-income families', according to a London charity

Association buys up 150 flats for private rent

09 January, 2012

Glasgow Housing Association has acquired 150 flats in a £14 million deal to shore up its social housing business

Right to buy 2.0

06 January, 2012

Institute of Public Policy briefing

Councils forced to call on B&Bs

06 January, 2012

Councils in London are being forced to place more people in emergency accommodation as tenants are squeezed out of private rented sector housing

Government inflated cost of benefit defeat

06 January, 2012

The government's claim that its 'bedroom tax' defeat will cost taxpayers around £300 million in lost savings has been disputed by the NHF

Social security 'reforms' are a litany of welfare cuts

06 January, 2012

Labour has ducked the fight so far, but the truth will out: this is the tightest squeeze on children's living standards yet seen - Guardian news article

British property prices flat in 2011 but regional divide widens

04 January, 2012

Average house prices in Britain have remained mostly flat in 2011 while the division between North and South has widened, according to Zoopla

Shapps to launch crackdown on sublet social housing

03 January, 2012

Council tenants who sublet their homes could face prosecution and potential prison sentences as part of a new year crackdown on abuse of social housing

Housing benefit cuts injure us all

03 January, 2012

The effects of removing support from those most vulnerable to homelessness will be felt across society

Benefits change prompts affordable house shortage fear

02 January, 2012

Benefit system reforms could mean that in many parts of the UK there will be a shortage of housing for families on a low income

Available rented housing cuts in your area: download the data

02 January, 2012

The cuts to housing benefit in Jan will leave many people searching for cheaper places to stay,this Guardian report looks at the impact of the cuts

Housing benefit cuts: 'It's not as if we're living in luxury'

02 January, 2012

Case studies looking at the impact of the coalition's latest cost-cutting measure

Working in partnership with credit unions

01 January, 2012

Housing practice magazine

Number of first-time buyers 'lowest since 1974'

28 December, 2011

The number of first-time buyers (FTBs) in the UK has plummeted to the lowest annual total since records began in 1974, data from Halifax shows

First-time buyers may be the losers in shared equity scheme

28 December, 2011

Property developers have been ones to gain from government scheme aimed at buyers on low incomes, claims thinktank

Woman jailed for £25,000 benefit fraud

23 December, 2011

A Shropshire woman has been sentenced to 26 weeks in prison after being found guilty of housing benefit and council tax benefit fraud

Rented homes review chief announced

23 December, 2011

The housing minister has revealed the person who will lead the government's review of barriers to investment in the private rented sector

Eviction of squatters halted after 'missiles' thrown from property

22 December, 2011

A council has halted the eviction of squatters from a Brighton address after "missiles" were hurled from the property, making the operation unsafe

HB/CTB A14/2011

22 December, 2011

HB/CTB circular - Changes made to the use of the shared accommodation rate

Halifax reports rise of 12,000 empty homes

21 December, 2011

There are nearly 12,000 more empty homes in England compared to this time last year, according to data from Halifax, generated by data returns from English councils

Where's the peace and goodwill for those on housing benefit?

21 December, 2011

There was no room at the inn for Mary and Joseph,& there's little Xmas cheer for those who will struggle with their rents once the HB cap kicks in

Nicola Sedgebeer admits £69,000 Bridgend benefits fraud

19 December, 2011

A 37 year old Bridgend mother has been given a 10-month suspended jail term after admitting fraudulently claiming more than £69k in benefits

Localising support for council tax in England:

19 December, 2011

Government's response to the outcome of consultation

Families face fast-track eviction to help landlords cash in on higher rents

19 December, 2011

Housing charity Shelter blames combination of lower benefits and an already acute housing shortage

London Assembly seeks longer tenancies in private rented sector

16 December, 2011

The London Assembly has called for longer tenancies in a bid to boost standards in the capital's private rented sector

Private rents down for first time since January

16 December, 2011

Private rents in England and Wales fell for the first time in 10 months in November, according to the latest buy-to-let index from LSL

Ken Livingstone, private landlords and the 'London living rent'

16 December, 2011

Ken Livingstone's proposals for improving London's private rented housing sector, have been greeted in some quarters like a sighting of rising damp

Tackling troubled families

15 December, 2011

Plans to radically transform the lives of the country's most troubled families have been announced

Council to offer £15,000 interest free loans to empty home owners

14 December, 2011

Eden DC in Cumbria is planning to offer interest free loans of up to £15,000 to enable empty property owners to bring their homes back into use

Charities bracing for increase in youth homelessness

14 December, 2011

From January, a change in housing benefit will mean more people will be classed as single young people when claiming for private rented accommodation

Council cuts: the Manhattanisation of central London

13 December, 2011

Westminster's proposed 'civic contract' foreshadows increasing social inequality in the capital

Areas most at risk of eviction revealed

13 December, 2011

New research released by Shelter highlights the areas of England where people are most at risk of losing their home

Council hits private landlord in court

13 December, 2011

A private landlord has been hit with a fine after failing to fix health and safety hazards in the home he rented to vulnerable tenants

Boris attacks Ken's plans for private rented sector

13 December, 2011

The Mayor of London has hit back at Ken Livingstone's plans for rent controls in the capital saying they would be 'devastating for the sector'

Landlord offers tenants cash incentive to downsize

12 December, 2011

Tenants living in under-occupied homes are being offered cash incentives to downsize by A2Dominion housing association

Tenants risk homes to pay for Christmas

12 December, 2011

Around 280,000 people in Scotland could be risking their homes to pay for Christmas, according to research

Landlords Urged to Report Rents to Local Valuation Office

12 December, 2011

Landlords are being encouraged to report the level of rent on their properties to the VOA to help LA's determine average market rents in their area

Concern as private sector homelessness up 70% in two years

08 December, 2011

Homeless Link warns the 73% hike in the number of people made homeless after leaving the PRS "will accelerate as the Gov's changes to HB bite"

CLG welcomes largest year-on-year drop in number of empty homes

08 December, 2011

Families across the country in need of a stable home could benefit from thousands of formerly long term empty homes being made available

Renting in the Dark:Creating a lettings market that works for tenants

08 December, 2011

Families in PRS accommodation are being priced out of buying a home after it was revealed they have to save for 31 years to afford a deposit

Tenants who grew cannabis face eviction

07 December, 2011

Two Sheffield council tenants face losing their homes after they were caught growing cannabis by police

Rental yields rise for landlords as market can't meet demand

07 December, 2011

Yields on rental properties are rising as a result of increased tenant demand and rising rents, new research has revealed

Dromey slams 'tenant abuse' as he vows to regulate private rented sector

07 December, 2011

Shadow housing minister Jack Dromey has reiterated the Labour Government's intention to regulate the private rented sector

Sustainable income standards: Towards a greener minimum?

07 December, 2011

Are changes towards 'greener' forms of consumption compatible with preserving a minimum acceptable standard of living?

Camila Batmanghelidjh says government must 'wake up' to needs of vulnerable young

07 December, 2011

Camilla revealed that when her organisation started 15 years ago 60% of the children who sought its help were homeless. Today, the figure is 84%

Minister pledges to abolish 'digital apartheid'

06 December, 2011

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has pledged to end a 'digital apartheid' that has meant many social tenants in England are unable to get online

Universal Credit may not hit tenants until 2017

06 December, 2011

Almost 500,000 HB claimants could continue to receive their money in the same way up to 4 years after the implementation of Universal Credit

Housing benefit caps force families out of town

06 December, 2011

Benefit caps are pushing the poorest families out of inner-city areas into already overstretched boroughs

Housing benefit cuts: young people face a homelessness 'perfect storm'

06 December, 2011

Recession and spending cuts have already caused a spike in youth homelessness

Third of private rental homes 'have safety hazards'

05 December, 2011

Government housing report says almost 40% of converted flats and older properties have category 1 hazards, which can cause death, burns and loss of limbs

Private landlord edges closer to 'registered provider' status

02 December, 2011

The UK's largest listed residential landlord says its decision to set up a Registered Provider arm has been "warmly welcomed"

Spending cuts blamed for rising benefit bill

02 December, 2011

Housing bodies have blamed government spending cuts for adding nearly £2 billion to the cost of housing benefit over the next five years

Check UK LHA rates effective from 1 Dec 2011: follow this link

01 December, 2011

Click on 'Find LHA rates' and search for LHA rates by postcode or local authority to find the UK LHA rates effective from 1 Dec 2011

Charity urges owners to bring empty homes back into use

30 November, 2011

Homeowners and landlords are being urged to bring their empty homes back into use as part of the National Empty Homes week

Benefit cheat claimed partner was her brother in £40,000 swindle

30 November, 2011

A Middlesbrough woman who falsely claimed more than £40,000 in benefits, after falsely claiming she lived alone, has been given a criminal record

Private rented sector becoming 'tenure of choice' - Terrie Alafat

29 November, 2011

The private rented sector is becoming the tenure of choice due to the flexibility it offers, according to one of the Government's leading experts on housing

Lord Freud resists benefit cap amendments

29 November, 2011

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud has faced more questions in parliament from peers worried about the proposed benefit cap for workless households

The Private Rented Sector is a central part of the UK Housing Solution

29 November, 2011

The NLA report that the private rented sector will play an increasingly important role in providing housing and is becoming the tenure of choice

Squatting

28 November, 2011

New laws 'quietly introduced' through legal aid bill

A new way to find the best estate or letting agent

24 November, 2011

A Sheffield based property professional has launched the UK's first estate agent/letting agent comparison website

Wandsworth to pilot homes for workers scheme 'in selected wards'

24 November, 2011

Councillors in Wandsworth have given their backing to the council's radical 'Housing into Work' pilot scheme

Housing in crisis: The future of the private rented sector

24 November, 2011

Jennet Siebrits, Head of Residential Research, CBRE, provides an overview of the current state of the private rented sector

More than £100,000 of 'illegally gained rent' taken off rogue landlord

23 November, 2011

A rogue landlord has had £112,500 in illegally gained rent confiscated after breaching planning enforcement notices following three Richmond Council prosecutions

NLA comments on the Government's Green Deal proposals

23 November, 2011

The Green Deal represents a good opportunity for landlords and homeowners to increase the energy efficiency of their properties

LIN press release - What's new for the Private Sector in the Government's housing strategy?

22 November, 2011

LIN press release - What's new for the Private Sector in the Government's housing strategy?

Housing strategy 'far from strategic'

22 November, 2011

Kevin Gulliver, Research and Development Director at the Human City institute, shares his opinion on the Coalition's Housing Strategy

Housing strategy: Council flats and homes to be sold at half price

21 November, 2011

The Government will be consulting in December on how best to use Right to Buy proceeds, after it announced discounts of up to 60%

Housing strategy: at a glance

21 November, 2011

The Guardians comprehensive round up of the key points in the government's strategy for housing

We need a new deal for private tenants and landlords

21 November, 2011

This housing strategy offers little to private tenants facing the instability of ever increasing rents – they need help now

Tenant Checks are not an optional extra

18 November, 2011

Landlords are reminded to carry out background checks on potential tenants before letting their properties.

The NLA warn landlords to look out for their tenants this winter

16 November, 2011

Landlords are reminded to ensure their properties and tenants are prepared for the winter months

Landlord fined for 'one of the worst houses officers had seen'

15 November, 2011

A landlord has been fined £8000 after Newham council officers described the house he rented as one of the worst they had seen

Number of renters to overtake homeowners in 15 years - survey

14 November, 2011

Over 50% of adults expect more people to be renting than owning homes within 15 years as the UK housing market experiences a major shift

40,000 Sheffield residents 'trapped in poverty' - research

14 November, 2011

Around 40,000 Sheffield residents are currently trapped in poverty, according to new research from two of the city's leading academics

Top tips: managing cuts to Supporting People funding

12 November, 2011

Comments from the Guardians discussion about Supporting People funding

LHA claims have doubled in three years

11 November, 2011

Local housing allowance claims more than doubled in three years, according to latest figures

Welfare reform to hit 133,000 London households

11 November, 2011

Does the Cap fit? An analysis of the impact of Welfare Reform in London. A research report commissioned by London Councils

More London tenants live in shared homes 'than ever before'

10 November, 2011

Rising living costs and high rents in London are causing 'more tenants than ever before' to live in shared homes, new research has showed

Buy-to-let market continued to grow in third quarter

10 November, 2011

The number of new buy-to-let loans increased by 16% in the third quarter of 2011, according to data published by the Council of Mortgage Lenders

Arrears continue to fall and repossessions remain stable in the third quarter

10 November, 2011

The number of properties taken into possession by mortgage lenders in the 3rd quarter of 2011 was 9,200, virtually unchanged from the previous quarter

Welfare Reform Bill Universal Credit - Equality Impact Assessment

10 November, 2011

This assessment provides a brief outline of the relative impact of Universal Credit on the different groups as defined by equality legislation

New tenancy being looked at for direct payments switch

10 November, 2011

A new type of tenancy agreement is being considered to reduce the impact of HB being paid directly to tenants under Universal Credit

House prices fell in October, more houses sold

08 November, 2011

The housing market saw an increase in new sales last month, according to a RIC's survey, however, house prices also fell slightly in Oct

Letting company hammered with £12,000 bill for appalling housing

07 November, 2011

A letting company has been fined £2000, ordered to repay £6.5k in rent, which they illegally collected, and has had to pay nearly £4k in costs

Slough squatting victim backs law change

07 November, 2011

A woman whose dead mother's home was taken over by squatters says moves to criminalise the act cannot come soon enough

Panorama exposes housing benefit fraudsters

07 November, 2011

The BBC's Panorama has exposed the 'double lives' of some housing benefit claimants as it uncovered widespread fraud in the system

Welfare reform: progress to date

05 November, 2011

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

LHA claimants up by 63% in London borough

04 November, 2011

Claimants of Local Housing Allowance (LHA) in London suburb Redbridge have shot up by 63%, new Government figures show

Tenants could be charged for benefit advice

04 November, 2011

Private companies are looking to charge tenants for benefit advice because of planned changes to legal aid rules, a consultant has warned

Treasury denies benefit link to inflation axe

04 November, 2011

Civil servants deny there are plans to change the way benefits are calculated after this week's highest inflation measure since Sep 2008

Housing benefit cuts to affect three quarters of landlords

03 November, 2011

A survey by the NLA has found that Government caps on HB payments could force over three quarters of landlords out of the LHA market

Landlord sees arrears drop by £0.5m with rent reward scheme

03 November, 2011

A resident reward scheme introduced by Orbit Heart of England HA has contributed to a £0.5 million reduction in rent arrears among residents

Rogue landlord housed 21 people in 'unsafe accommodation'

03 November, 2011

Twenty one people have been re-housed by Hackney Council after they were found to be living in unsafe and unauthorised rented accommodation

Check UK LHA rates effective from 1 Nov 2011: follow this link

01 November, 2011

Click on 'Find LHA rates' and search for LHA rates by postcode or local authority to find the UK LHA rates effective from 1 Nov 2011

Northern Ireland Housing Executive: new LHA rates for November

01 November, 2011

Weekly Local Housing Allowance rates by district effective from 1st November 2011

Heating and insulation improvements from the Warm Front scheme

01 November, 2011

The scheme now has a new set of eligibility criteria

House Price Index - September 2011

01 November, 2011

The number of completed house sales in England and Wales decreased by 11% in July compared to the same time last year, new data has revealed

HB/CTB A12/2011

01 November, 2011

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Circular - Changes made to the use of the shared accommodation rate

Charity urges owners to bring empty homes back into use

30 October, 2011

Homeowners and landlords are being urged to bring their empty homes back into use as part of the National Empty Homes week

Government releases plans to criminalise squatting

26 October, 2011

Justice secretary plans to criminalise squatting and strengthen law of self-defence for those who confront intruders

Tenants forced to choose between paying rent and fuel bills

19 October, 2011

A campaign to prevent its tenants paying over the odds for their fuel bills has been launched by Peterborough's largest social landlord

Supporting independence?

29 September, 2011

Evaluation of the teenage parent supported housing pilot

Communities in the driving seat

22 September, 2011

A study of Participatory Budgeting in England

Does income inequality cause health and social problems?

22 September, 2011

Joseph Rowntree report

More power for communities to bring empty homes back into use

20 September, 2011

Community groups will be able to apply for Government cash to bring empty homes that blight neighbourhoods back into use

London councils 'write off millions' in benefit overpayments

19 September, 2011

Councils in London have written off millions of pounds worth of debt after failing to claw back overpayments of housing benefit

Private landlords issue warning over social housing riot evictions

16 September, 2011

The NLA has warned that evicting social sector tenants who took part in riots will shift the problem of ASB to the private-rented sector

Leading the market?

16 September, 2011

A research report into whether Local Housing Allowance (LHA) lettings are feeding rent inflation

Direct payments scare off private landlords

16 September, 2011

Private sector landlords are set to snub social tenants if direct payment of housing benefits is implemented, a group has claimed

Lord Freud: direct payment of housing benefit will end if arrears spiral

14 September, 2011

Government plans will protect social landlords from tenants who fail to pay their rent under universal credit

Anger as Welfare Reform Bill debate 'squirreled away' from public scrutiny

14 September, 2011

Peers have agreed to hold the committee stage of the Welfare Reform Bill away from the main chamber of the House of Lords

Lord Freud reveals direct payments pilots at NHF conference

14 September, 2011

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud has announced half-a-dozen pilots that will test out direct payments to social housing tenants

Under Universal Credit the majority of claimants renting in the social sector will begin receiving benefits direct

14 September, 2011

Six Demonstration Projects are being set up to trial direct payments to Housing Benefit claimants living in social sector housing

Public accounts committee's question welfare reforms

13 September, 2011

Concerns raised about Whitehall's ability to deliver welfare reforms, while at the same time cutting £2.7bn from the DWP

Landlords unite to challenge government on tenants' welfare payments

13 September, 2011

The aim is to get an amendment into the Welfare Reform Bill allowing tenants the choice of having HB paid directly to their landlord

Asserting authority:calling time on rogue landlords

13 September, 2011

Shelter policy briefing which exposes the scale and the nature of problems in the private rented sector

Discretionary Housing Payments data 2010/11

13 September, 2011

Discretionary Housing Payments data for the year 2010/11 by local authority, their allocation and the proportion actually used by the LA

Welfare benefits to be paid monthly

13 September, 2011

Many welfare benefits will be paid monthly in an effort to prepare people for the world of work, ministers have said.

Jobseeker's allowance claimants who don't speak English may lose benefits

13 September, 2011

People claiming jobseeker's allowance who do not learn English will lose some benefits, under plans announced by the prime minister

Top tips: the financial impact of welfare reform

10 September, 2011

What impact will the government's welfare reforms have on local government finance?

Data protection: why poor policies can cost housing providers dearly

09 September, 2011

Housing providers gather extremely sensitive data on their tenants and communities, how can you keep it safe?

UK housing conditions among worst in Western Europe, report claims

08 September, 2011

An alarming new report produced by the Pro Housing Alliance,claims that housing conditions in the UK are among the worst in Western Europe

Cuts in CAB funding leaving thousands with nowhere to turn for help

07 September, 2011

The CAB has published evidence that substantial cuts to funding is leaving thousands of people with nowhere to turn for help

Private Sector Renewal Activity, 2010-11

07 September, 2011

The latest revised National Statistics on Private Sector Renewal Activity produced by the Welsh Government

Carbon Monoxide trends 1996 - 2010

06 September, 2011

Report by the Gas Safety Trust reveals the risk of fatality by Carbon Monoxide to someone over 70 is now 5 times that of anyone younger

Grant Shapps responds to judge's ruling on squatters rights

06 September, 2011

Housing Minister Grant Shapps responds to judge's ruling ordering a London council to publish a list of empty homes in their area

Top tips for landlords: Assured shorthold tenancies

03 September, 2011

These tips are for landlords who have let or who intend to let a property on an assured shorthold tenancy

Fact sheet: Gaining possession of a privately rented property let on an assured shorthold tenancy

03 September, 2011

This fact sheet has been prepared for landlords who wish to gain possession of a privately rented property let on an assured shorthold tenancy

Shapps: more powers for communities to choose boats on water alongside bricks and mortar

27 August, 2011

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has urged local authorities not to become landlocked in meeting local housing needs.

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics

15 August, 2011

Quarterly National Statistics on possession actions issued in county courts by mortgage lenders and social and private landlords

UK riots

11 August, 2011

Should rioters lose their entitlement to benefits?

Tenants' deposits

10 August, 2011

This note explains the requirement on landlords to place certain tenants' deposits in a statutory tenants' deposit scheme.

Council tenants who sublet face criminal charges to save £5billion

09 August, 2011

Council house tenants who sublet their homes while living elsewhere could be jailed under Coalition plans that could save £5 billion

Local Housing Allowance and the reform of Housing Benefit

09 August, 2011

This note discusses the implementation of the LHA since 7 April 2008 and proposals for the future reform of Housing Benefit

Making a rented house a home-Housing solutions for 'generation rent'

08 August, 2011

New report calls for councils to start accepting private sector housing as meeting section 106 agreements

10-point guide to housing benefit changes and what they mean for social care

08 August, 2011

News report from Communitycare.co.uk

Housing Benefit: implications of the June 2010 Budget and October 2010 Spending Review

04 August, 2011

Outline of the measures aimed at reducing Housing Benefit expenditure set out in the June 2010 Budget and the October 2010 Spending Review

A new mandatory power of possession for anti-social behaviour

03 August, 2011

CLG consultation. Closing date for responses 7 November 2011

The work programme

03 August, 2011

The DWP Work Programme is a major new payment-for-results welfare-to-work programme that has now launched throughout Great Britain.

DWP Local Authority Omnibus Survey - Wave 22

03 August, 2011

Three in five local authorities think that local housing allowance changes will affect decisions about discretionary housing payments

HB Backdating letter

02 August, 2011

Housing Benefit template letter, to request that a housing benefit claim be backdated.

HB reform transition fund

02 August, 2011

DWP announces successful bidders to the £4m HB reform transition fund

£4m boost for innovative projects to support Housing Benefit reforms

02 August, 2011

Ten innovative projects will play a key role in restoring fairness to the Housing Benefit system

Landlords report good tenant relations as rental demand continues to rise

01 August, 2011

A majority of landlords say they have a good relationship with their tenants, according to a survey by the National Landlords Association

National Salary Insurance

29 July, 2011

Reforming the welfare state to provide real protection - IPPR report

As easy as EPC?

25 July, 2011

Consumer views on the content and format of the energy performance certificate, report from consumer focus

Private Rented Sector Launches New Schemes for Tenants on Benefits

21 July, 2011

24dash.com news report about TenantID and LIN

Amendment to planned welfare reforms

19 July, 2011

An exemption in HB regs will protect some previously homeless people from the extension of the Shared Accommodation Rate for 25-34 year olds

The Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2011

19 July, 2011

Link to the Regulation change made to the Shared Accommodation Rate that will protect some previously homeless people

Amendment to planned welfare reforms

19 July, 2011

LIN press release and information leaflet

Unfair Shares

19 July, 2011

A report on the impact of extending the Shared Accommodation Rate of Housing Benefit by the Centre for Housing Policy and Crisis

Welfare Reform Bill - Lords 2nd Reading

14 July, 2011

National Housing Federation Briefing paper

New taskforce to crack down on benefit cheats

13 July, 2011

A new Mobile Regional Taskforce to combat fraud will be visiting all high risk postcodes across the country re-examining claims

Landlords 'refusing to take people under 34' ahead of housing benefit cuts

13 July, 2011

The chief executive of homelessness charity Thames Reach says private landlords are already refusing to take people under the age of 34

Rent levels rise amid shortage of homes

13 July, 2011

A shortage of homes to let has forced rent levels higher and further increased the squeeze on cash-strapped consumers according to ARLA

Criminalising squatters could make more people homeless

13 July, 2011

The government's own impact assessment of plans to criminalise squatting has acknowledged it could boost homelessness and rough sleeping

Top tips for private tenants

13 July, 2011

CAB guide for private tenants living in poor housing conditions

House Price Index

12 July, 2011

The latest UK house price index statistics produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government

The Governments Green Deal

08 July, 2011

Member report by Paul Maplethorpe, Affordable Warmth & Sustainable Energy Coordinator, Rotherham MBC

Focus report: Homelessness

06 July, 2011

Local Government Ombudsman highlights councils failings over legal duties to homeless people

English Housing Survey Housing Stock Report 2009

05 July, 2011

The Department for Communities and Local Government have published the English Housing Survey (EHS) Housing Stock Report 2009 on 5th July 2011

Allowable Solutions for Zero Carbon Homes - towards a workable framework

05 July, 2011

Zero Carbon Hubs proposals for a delivery framework for Allowable Solutions.

Public attitudes to housing in England

05 July, 2011

Report based on the results from the British Social Attitudes survey

English Housing Survey 2009-10 Household Report

05 July, 2011

The Department for Communities and Local Government have published the English Housing Survey Household Report 2009-10 on Tuesday 5 July 2011.

Table of Councils decreasing Local Housing Allowance rates

30 June, 2011

Based on the new LHA rates from April 2011

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP)

29 June, 2011

Everything tenants and landlords need to know in order to make a successful claim for a Discretionary Housing Payment. Member report by Claire Turner, Director, LIN

Government to close squatters' legal aid loophole

29 June, 2011

Squatters will no longer get legal aid to fight home owners trying to evict them from their properties, under proposals set out in the Sentencing, Legal Aid and Punishment of Offenders Bill

Students and Council Tax

27 June, 2011

Frequently asked questions

Non-Dependent Deductions

24 May, 2011

Period: 2011/12

Direct payment of Housing Benefit to a landlord April 2011

24 May, 2011

New Guidance on Direct Payments where the Landlord is prepared to reduce the rent

Disclosure Consent Form

24 May, 2011

Form authorising a landlord to discuss a tenants claim for HB with the housing benefit department

Tackling housing market volatility in the UK

17 May, 2011

Jospeh Rowntree report

The resilience to fraud report

11 May, 2011

Research into how well uk public sector organisations protect themselves from fraud

Information sheet for tenants

01 May, 2011

Useful landlord letting form

Inventory

01 May, 2011

Useful landlord letting form

Landlord annual checklist

01 May, 2011

Useful landlord letting form

Landlord pre-tenancy checklist

01 May, 2011

Useful landlord letting form

Overdue rent - letter 1

01 May, 2011

Useful landlord letting forms

Overdue rent - letter 2

01 May, 2011

Useful landlord letting forms

Overdue rent - letter 3

01 May, 2011

Useful landlord letting forms

Personal reference letter

01 May, 2011

Useful landlord letting forms

Request for bank reference

01 May, 2011

Useful landlord letting forms

Request for landlord reference

01 May, 2011

Useful landlord letting forms

Tenancy guarantee form

01 May, 2011

Useful landlord letting forms

Tenant application form

01 May, 2011

Useful landlord letting forms

Local Housing Allowance

20 April, 2011

Guidance manual

Relaxation of planning rules for change of use from commercial to residential

08 April, 2011

CLG Consultation runs from 8.4.11 to 30.6.11

A New Approach to Banking

01 April, 2011

Extending the use of Jam Jar Accounts in the UK - a report by Social Finance

Welfare Reform Bill 2011

16 February, 2011

On 16 February 2011 the Welfare Reform Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill legislates for the biggest change to the welfare system for over 60 years.

Benefits cap to hit 5,000 Westminster tenants

25 January, 2011

Up to 5,000 private tenants in Westminster are going to be directly affected by the benefits cap from 2013, according to the man responsible for housing in the borough

Private landlords and the Local Housing Allowance system

10 September, 2010

DWP research report

Housing Benefit/Council Tax Benefit Overpayments Guide

01 September, 2010

DWP guidelines (updated September 2010)

Housing Benefit/Council Tax Benefit Guidance Manual

23 June, 2010

DWP guidance (updated 23 June 2010)

Welfare Reform Act 2009

12 November, 2009

Chapter 24

Local Housing Allowance Legislation

06 April, 2009

Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2009

Local Housing Allowance Legislation

07 April, 2008

The Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance, Information Sharing and Miscellaneous) Amendment Regulations 2008

Welfare Reform Act 2007

30 September, 2007

Welfare Reform Act 2007 (Commencement no 4 and Savings and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007

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