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New guidance on renting possession and moving

20 November, 2020

With a few exceptions notices to tenants in England given from 29 August 2020 to at least 31 March 2021 must be at least six months for most grounds

What is the government's definition of 'substantial' rent arrears?

20 November, 2020

Possession cases with severe rent arrears will now be exempt from the ban on evictions, meaning bailiffs and high court enforcement officers can move to enforce warrants and complete evictions

Substantial rent arrears cases are now exempt from eviction ban

20 November, 2020

A positive step forward for landlords; possession cases with severe rent arrears will be exempt from the ban on evictions, meaning bailiffs and High Court Enforcement Officers can move to enforce warrants and complete evictions

Low-paid workers need council homes

20 November, 2020

When jobs are insecure, council housing is the obvious solution for those who can't afford 'affordable homes'

Social Housing Tenants Charter: the importance of listening to residents

20 November, 2020

This week, commencing 16 August, the government launched the long-awaited, and very welcome Social Housing White Paper

Sheffield Council tenants to get £28,945,000 of electrical improvements

20 November, 2020

Council tenants can look forward to better electrics soon, after Sheffield's cabinet approved £28,945,000 worth of improvements

Explainer: how governments across the UK are supporting homeless people during the second wave

20 November, 2020

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, all four national governments across the UK led valiant efforts to find self-contained accommodation for rough sleepers, as well as those sleeping in shelters and shared hostels

How the Social Housing White Paper will impact the sector: housing associations

20 November, 2020

The long-awaited Social Housing White Paper was published on Tuesday

Most renters have no contents insurance

20 November, 2020

There is often a lot of focus on helping homeowners better protect themselves and their property from potential insurance claims, but many renters are often left taking major risks when it comes to their own belongings

Extend ban on tenant evictions

20 November, 2020

An estate agency north of the border is calling for greater protection for renters facing financial difficulties

Housing providers should adopt new scheme to protect LGBTQ+ residents

19 November, 2020

A new report encourages social housing providers to sign and commit to the HouseProud Pledge Scheme to help ensure the welfare of their LGBTQ+ residents

Mother of eight forced to live in cramped hotel room during lockdown as Covid pandemic fuels rise in homeless children

19 November, 2020

A mother of eight has told ITV News how she has been forced to live in two "dirty" hotel rooms for five months where she is forced to wash the family's laundry in the bath and the cooking facilities are so dirty the family can eat only microwave meals

Redbridge Council must compensate mum £3,500 over housing

19 November, 2020

Redbridge Council was ordered to pay £3,500 compensation after it housed a homeless family of four in a single hotel room outside London for more than a year

Norfolk councils set to spend more than £1m on housing rough sleepers

19 November, 2020

Two Norfolk councils are set to spend over a million pounds to buy homes for rough sleepers

Cornwall spending £17,000 a day on temporary housing for homeless families

19 November, 2020

Of the total amount spent last year, £5 million was spent on B&Bs alone, up from £3 million in 2018/19

Council 'braced for second wave of homelessness' from Covid economic fallout

19 November, 2020

There are fears people could be priced out of the private rental sector when furlough ends

Propertymark expresses concerns with Right to Rent

19 November, 2020

Letting agents will not be able to comply with Right to Rent checks in accordance with existing expectations from the government when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted

Landlords launch legal action against government over lockdown evictions

19 November, 2020

The lawyer representing buy-to-let landlords who feel that they have been left with no alternative but to ask the courts to review the actions of the government to try and get back their properties from tenants who have huge arrears of rent

Capped for Christmas: why the benefit cap needs to go

18 November, 2020

The pandemic has affected us all. But it has not affected us all equally

Covid-19: Eviction ban leaves London landlord living in hotel

18 November, 2020

A London landlord says she is owed £15,000 in rent, but cannot evict her tenant because of coronavirus restrictions

English regulator confirms grades for 16 housing associations in strapline judgements

18 November, 2020

The RSH has published 16 strapline judgements confirming the existing grades of registered providers, resulting from a mix of IDAs and stability checks

Council provides shelter for more than 700 homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic

18 November, 2020

More than 700 homeless people were given temporary accommodation by Bridgend Council between March and October 2020

Cube Housing Association could join forces with GHA and Loretto under £600m investment proposal

18 November, 2020

A new structure for three Wheatley Group housing associations could pave the way for over £600 million to be invested in new and existing homes and the creation of hundreds of new jobs

White paper: RSH to take up consumer regulatory function that is 'proactive, proportionate, outcome-focused and risk-based'

18 November, 2020

The government's long-awaited Social Housing White Paper has outlined a host of changes to the regulatory regime within which social housing providers operate, revolving around a new consumer regulatory function to be delivered by the RSH

Messages on homeownership in Social Housing White Paper 'creates stigma'

18 November, 2020

Tenant campaigners and organisations have criticised the Social Housing White Paper for what it says on homeownership and said it could have gone further in tackling the stigma around social housing

Housing associations sceptical about FOI-style transparency demands in white paper

18 November, 2020

New proposals put forward in the Social Housing White Paper that will make it easier for tenants to access information regarding their housing associations, which are similar to the requirements under the Freedom of Information Act, could cost time and money

Social housing landlords in England face checks on tenants' satisfaction

17 November, 2020

Proactive consumer regulation body also proposed in white paper on post-Grenfell reforms

Tollcross Housing Association loses appeal against tenancy assignation order

17 November, 2020

A housing association that refused to consent to the assignation of a social rented sector tenancy has failed in its appeal against the grant of decree ordering it to allow the tenant to assign the tenancy

More than 14,000 households facing Christmas in temporary accommodation in Scotland

17 November, 2020

Record numbers of households in Scotland are facing Christmas in temporary accommodation

Three new board members appointed at 65,000-home landlord

17 November, 2020

Three new members have been appointed to The Guinness Partnership's board

Priority to receive Peterborough social housing set to change

17 November, 2020

Measures to assess priority for social housing in Peterborough is set to change

Illegal evictions will not be tolerated

17 November, 2020

With a reported increase in harassment and illegal evictions, the Isle of Wight council say these will not tolerated and they will take action where necessary

The Charter for Social Housing Residents Social Housing White Paper

17 November, 2020

A home should always be more than just four walls and a roof

Social Housing White Paper to toughen regulator and strengthen ombudsman

17 November, 2020

The long-awaited Social Housing White Paper will toughen up the Regulator of Social Housing and strengthen the Housing Ombudsman

Government accused of supporting tenants who are 'wilfully not paying their rent'

17 November, 2020

Buy-to-let landlords could be facing up to 18 months without rent due to the government's decision not to do more to help those tenants in financial difficulty due to Covid-19

Struggling renters need a lifeline this winter

16 November, 2020

This new research highlights that renters in Great Britain are struggling to stay afloat as we approach winter and continue to navigate the coronavirus crisis

All change! Rent gap between City and Country narrows dramatically

16 November, 2020

The gap between typical City rents and Country rents is closing according to an analysis of Countrywide properties by the company's upmarket Hamptons International brand

Housing associations 'able to borrow more' under new Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme

16 November, 2020

Housing associations will be able to borrow against more generous valuations of their properties in the government's new Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme

Post-Grenfell social housing reforms in England to be unveiled

16 November, 2020

Housing secretary to publish white paper advocating better protections for tenants

Cleaning remains the number one cause of deposit disputes

16 November, 2020

The most common cause of a tenancy deposit dispute in the private rented property sector is cleaning, according to the latest data released by The Dispute Service

Tenants and landlords need greater financial support

16 November, 2020

The National Residential Landlords Association has once again called on the government to do more to help financially support landlords and tenants

Many renters 'are anxious about paying the rent over winter'

16 November, 2020

The government is being urged to provide greater support for tenants during these difficult times

Rents increase for the first time since the start of coronavirus pandemic

16 November, 2020

Rents in Great Britain rose last month for the first time since the Coronavirus pandemic began

Inverclyde's largest housing association says rent arrears are decreasing despite the pandemic

13 November, 2020

Inverclyde's largest housing association says rent arrears are decreasing despite the pandemic

2.5 million households worried about paying rent over winter, with 700,000 already in arrears and 350,000 at risk of eviction

13 November, 2020

A large-scale survey of private and social renters in Great Britain reveals that around 2.5 million households are worried about paying their rent over the winter and 700,000 are already in arrears with their rent payments

UK homeless charities call for suspension of 'reckless' eviction of asylum seekers

13 November, 2020

Growing numbers face a winter of destitution as the Home Office withdraws accommodation provided during first lockdown

Waiting list for council homes in England 'will double to 2 million'

13 November, 2020

As people on low incomes struggle to pay their rent during the coronavirus crisis a wave of evictions is expected

The case for short and long-term investment in social housing

13 November, 2020

In summer 2020, we - and many others - welcomed the commitments from the prime minister and chancellor to invest in building back better and in levelling up

Private rented sector landlords continue to be battered from all quarters

13 November, 2020

Welcome to the November edition of the "Landlords Barometer" where I highlight the trending topics and news from the Property Tribes forum

Rogue landlord fined £70,000 after rotten waste and broken floors found at homes

13 November, 2020

A rogue landlord who owned properties with floors at risk of collapse, drains filled with rubble and rotting waste has been fined £70,500 by Tendring District Council

Regulator receives applications from more than 100 organisations wanting to become housing associations

13 November, 2020

The RSH has received more than 100 applications from organisations looking to become registered providers of social housing

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2020 to Mar 2021

12 November, 2020

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2020 to 2021

High Court finds DWP unlawfully refused Universal Credit to disabled students for seven years - only for Secretary of State to change the law to bar them again

12 November, 2020

A newly published High Court judgment has shown that, between 2013 and 2020, thousands of disabled students were unlawfully barred from claiming Universal Credit for essential living costs benefit

Project to find site and build massive £6.5m social housing scheme in Newry out to tender

12 November, 2020

It comes as political representatives said Housing Executive waiting lists demonstrated 'the importance of the huge need to get social housing schemes in this city'

Gateway wins court appeal to evict deceased tenant's relative

12 November, 2020

Gateway Housing Association has won a legal appeal in which it argued that a relative of a deceased tenant must leave the property despite confusion over possession documents

Croydon In Crisis: Council forced to declare itself bankrupt

12 November, 2020

'Devastating blow' for the borough as it has issued a Section 114 notice, making it the first local authority in London for two decades to admit it has gone bust

The housing market remains busy despite national lockdown

12 November, 2020

Activity levels remain robust, with buyer enquiries, agreed sales, new instructions and prices all remaining firm

Douglas Robertson: Tenancy change impacts - You don't always get what you want (quickly)

12 November, 2020

A key finding from our on-going evaluation of Scotland's private rented sector, is that change happens very slowly

Blackpool Food Bank 'violated' as thieves steal van used to deliver goods to vulnerable people

12 November, 2020

Thieves have stolen a van from outside Blackpool Food Bank in Cornwall Avenue, leaving the organisation 'feeling violated'

Young mum says her and her daughter have been "neglected" by Westminster council after being housed in cold and dirty temporary flats

12 November, 2020

A young mum and her five-year-old daughter say they have been "neglected" by Westminster council after being put in cold, dark and dirty temporary flats

Universal Credit statistics: 29 April 2013 to 8 October 2020

11 November, 2020

Official experimental statistics including the number of people and households on Universal Credit, starts and claims

Universal Credit statistics: quality assurance of administrative data report

11 November, 2020

Information about Universal Credit statistics quality assurance of administrative data

House Price Index - October 2020

11 November, 2020

The market is slowing but still sets record prices in October

Coronavirus: Number of renters in arrears could triple

11 November, 2020

With a growing number of tenants facing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there is likely to be a sharp rise in the number of private tenants in rent arrears over the next 12 months

New landlord enquiries plummet as the market adjusts towards seasonal norms

11 November, 2020

Landlords stole the limelight in the past week as new enquiry levels for property management and tenant services plummeted 31% on the week leaving them at levels last seen in the depths of lockdown on 12 April and a huge 25% below the same week in 2019

Unemployment: Wales sees largest rise in rate across UK

11 November, 2020

Unemployment in Wales for July to September leapt to 4.6%, an increase of 28,000 compared with April to June

Hemel Hempstead housing association to build further 1,000 homes after getting £60million from NatWest

11 November, 2020

Hightown Housing Association plans to build the homes for those most in need by 2022

Council must find 200 new homes for families forced to move out of Milton Keynes two unsafe tower blocks

11 November, 2020

Almost 200 households living in two MK tower blocks will definitely have to quit their flats for good

Universal Credit statistics: background quality report

10 November, 2020

Information about Universal Credit statistics quality

Benefit sanctions statistics to July 2020 (experimental)

10 November, 2020

Statistics on the number of sanctions imposed on people who receive JSA, ESA (WRAG), IS or Universal Credit

Thistle Housing Association: Bosses cancel meetings to stop shareholders in Toryglen voting against Sanctuary Scotland plans

10 November, 2020

Housing bosses have cancelled planned meetings with shareholders in a bid to stop them voting against a scheme to transfer management of a scandal-hit social landlord

UK's largest housing association prices £300m sustainability bond at 1.25%

10 November, 2020

Clarion Housing Group has priced a £300m bond at a coupon of just 1.25%, the funds from which will be used exclusively to develop new energy-efficient affordable homes

UK Rental Market Report

10 November, 2020

Latest insight on the UK Rental Market

Homes for all

10 November, 2020

Putting council housing at the heart of the local recovery

Labour calls for expansion of social housing retrofit programmes in Build it in Britain green plan

10 November, 2020

The government must undergo a major expansion of its current housing retrofit schemes as part of a green recovery programme following the Covid crisis

Redundancies hit record high as hundreds of thousands lose jobs

10 November, 2020

UK unemployment has risen at its fastest pace in more than a decade, with redundancies surging to a record high between July and September

The DPS to host deposit dispute webinars for agents and landlords

10 November, 2020

The Deposit Protection Service has announced that it is once again running its free online deposit dispute webinars, starting from next week

We need landlords and tenants to have good relationships

09 November, 2020

My name is Stewart and I'm from Newcastle upon Tyne

Single people make up almost half social housing waiting list in Derry & Strabane

09 November, 2020

Almost half those registered on the social housing waiting list in Derry & Strabane are single people

Coronavirus: Food bank demand during Covid-19 'concerning'

09 November, 2020

People in parts of Northern Ireland are using food banks more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic

East End Tenants slam Glasgow Housing Association over close cleaning delays

09 November, 2020

A tenant's union are demanding action following GHA delays in restarting vital close cleaning services

Home Office accused of breaching court order over asylum seeker evictions

09 November, 2020

Judge asked for evictions to be halted because of coronavirus concerns

Johnson, Sunak agree to extend universal credit benefit

09 November, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and finance minister Rishi Sunak have agreed in principle to extend a 20 pound weekly increase in universal credit for 6 million people at a cost of 6 billion pounds

Civitas Social Housing provides market update

09 November, 2020

Civitas Social Housing has announced its net asset value as at 30 September 2020, made a dividend declaration and has provided a trading and market update

Average UK house price reaches new record high - but market set to slow in coming months

09 November, 2020

On a monthly basis, house prices in October were 0.3% higher than in September

Tens of thousands made homeless despite UK ban on evictions during pandemic

09 November, 2020

Charities say younger people working in hospitality among worst affected

Sharp increase in housing supply in London as rents fall

09 November, 2020

With the housing market in prime London remaining open during the current month-long lockdown, the momentum generated since the market re-opened in May is expected to drive deal activity into Q1 2021

Around half of sales agreed now are unlikely to beat stamp duty holiday deadline

09 November, 2020

Delays across the house buying sector mean that a significantly high number of property purchasers are unlikely to benefit from the stamp duty holiday

Welsh government injects further £10m into social housing decarbonisation programme

06 November, 2020

The Welsh government has given a further £10m to a major new programme aimed at retrofitting more than 1,000 social homes across the country to make them more energy efficient

Architects urge investment in wave of council housing

06 November, 2020

Support local authorities to solve housing crisis for good and create 250,000 jobs

Staff and tenants' data compromised in cyber attack at 32,000-home housing association

06 November, 2020

Staff and residents' personal data has been compromised in a cyber attack at a 32,000-home housing association based in East Anglia

Time for change: Making renting fairer for private renters

06 November, 2020

Shelter and Nationwide Building Society have proudly worked together for the last 19 years to campaign for reforms that will help end the housing emergency

South Kesteven council houses fail fire regulations and electrical safety checks

06 November, 2020

A local authority has been failing to follow fire safety regulations on the council houses it provides for thousands of people

Bailiffs must halt evictions during national lockdown

06 November, 2020

Bailiffs in England must not evict renters from their homes during the latest national lockdown

Buyers and tenants undeterred by second lockdown

06 November, 2020

The housing market in London has so far escaped the second lockdown announcement unscathed, with buyer and tenant activity somewhat stable

Government announces new protections for renters

06 November, 2020

With England having now begun it second coronavirus lockdown, the government has confirmed that renters will be protected during the national restrictions

LA Welfare Direct 11/20

05 November, 2020

These LA Welfare Direct bulletins provide information that affects Housing Benefit and other areas of DWP, to local authority staff

From 2 November 2020 those who 'fail to attend' telephone work capability assessments may have their ESA stopped or UC entitlement changed

05 November, 2020

The DWP has said that action will now be taken where a someone fails to attend an employment ESA or Universal Credit telephone health assessment without "good reason"

Blackpool council houses deal extended

05 November, 2020

Blackpool Council has agreed to extend its management agreement with Blackpool Coastal Housing for another five years

Full list: 45 housing associations have credit ratings affirmed

05 November, 2020

A total of 45 housing associations have had their credit ratings affirmed by ratings agencies and only one received a downgrade

Cheyne seeks buyer for c.£160m social housing portfolio as it prepares for exit

05 November, 2020

A fund manager that established one of the UK's first social property impact funds in 2014 is exploring options to sell the full portfolio held by the fund

Lockdown 2.0: the housing policies and how they have changed from the first time

05 November, 2020

As England plunges into its second coronavirus-induced lockdown, Inside Housing examines the key rules and guidance affecting the housing sector

The rental market 'seasonal cool off is now in full effect'

05 November, 2020

Rental market activity is starting to slow, with the average cost of rent decreasing and void periods increasing in all regions

Government fails to commit to eviction ban extension

05 November, 2020

The government has failed to commit to reinstating the eviction ban that was in place in England and Wales over the first six months of the COVID-19 crisis

Goodlord Rental Index

05 November, 2020

Monthly key figures for the private rented sector

Housing association eyes 900 homes target

04 November, 2020

A Derbyshire-based housing association has outlined plans to build and acquire 900 new homes by 2023

Housing associations in Northern Ireland finally declared private by ONS

04 November, 2020

Housing associations in Northern Ireland have finally been declared private organisations by the Office for National Statistics

Buying, selling and renting a home will continue 'in a Covid secure way'

04 November, 2020

The impending lockdown will not directly impact the housing sector and estate and letting agencies will still be able to continue operating, provided it is done in a Covid-secure manner

Birmingham City Council reveals plan to end rough sleeping entirely

04 November, 2020

Emergency measures during the coronavirus pandemic got rough sleepers off the streets, and now the council wants to end rough sleeping for good

New social housing scheme launches in South Worcestershire

04 November, 2020

A new scheme to allocate social housing across the three districts has launched in Worcester

Social Housing Tenants - Influence Your Future

04 November, 2020

Social landlords provide (or should provide) a safe and secure place that you can call and make your home

National report on the Scottish social housing charter

04 November, 2020

Each year we provide an analysis of the information reported to us by social landlords on their performance in achieving the standards and outcomes

Ardenglen hails 'Housing Association of the Year' win as 'perfect birthday present'

04 November, 2020

Ardenglen Housing Association has spoken of its pride after being named Housing Association of the Year in what is its 30th anniversary year, describing the award as "the perfect birthday present"

Government extends extra welfare support for self-employed for further six months

03 November, 2020

Universal Credit will continue to be calculated based on current earnings as Minimum Income Floor suspension extended

Scottish social landlords limit rent increases amid focus on affordability

03 November, 2020

The average planned rent increase for Scottish social landlords has fallen for the second year in a row as the regulator continues to define rent affordability as a key focus for the sector

Edinburgh's council homes to be carbon neutral under £2.9bn strategy

03 November, 2020

Moves are being made to make council housing in Edinburgh some of the most sustainable in the country as part of an ambitious £2.89 billion programme

Tenants at thousands of Sheffield council properties have refused free repairs

03 November, 2020

Thousands of council properties in Sheffield are not up to standard because tenants refused to have their kitchens and bathrooms refurbished for free

L&Q becomes third major social landlord to use repairs app

03 November, 2020

L&Q will trial a new technology platform for its repairs and maintenance service, joining fellow G15 landlords Peabody and NHG in adopting the approach

2020 Spending Review: the role social housing can play in recovery

03 November, 2020

The coronavirus crisis has shown us all once again how important our homes are to us

Cheshire East private landlords urged to help those in need

03 November, 2020

Private landlords are being urged to help provide one-bedroomed accommodation for people in need across Cheshire East

Fitch Downgrades 1 English Registered Social Housing Provider; Affirms 6 Others

03 November, 2020

Fitch Ratings has downgraded one register provider (RP) of social housing and affirmed six others as detailed below

Housing association merger is confirmed

03 November, 2020

Newtown-based Mid Wales Housing Association has merged with neighbouring Tai Ceredigion to form Barcud

Benefits cap leaves almost 500,000 renters struggling to pay rent

03 November, 2020

Almost half a million low-income tenants who are claiming universal credit are struggling to pay rent because it only covers the cheapest third of rents in each part of the country

Will the housing market remain open despite lockdown?

03 November, 2020

Boris Johnson's decision to hold a press conference at 6:30pm on Saturday to announce that England is being placed under a national lockdown has left many people in the process of moving home in limbo

Evicted during the pandemic: How one council made 13 people homeless within an hour

02 November, 2020

Jessica Brown speaks to tenants in Glasgow who were given just a few minutes to collect their belongings before being turfed out onto the streets in the middle of a second lockdown

Growing numbers of 'newly hungry' forced to use UK food banks

02 November, 2020

Charities report influx of middle-income families during Covid pandemic

'Inevitable' second wave of homelessness expected in East Devon over winter after evictions ban ends

02 November, 2020

EDDC is preparing to deal with an 'inevitable second wave of homelessness' over the winter now a ban on evictions had been lifted

Covid job losses lead MPs to call for trials of universal basic income

02 November, 2020

Large cross-party group urges government to allow councils to run pilot schemes

Aggregator places £30m retained bonds with new borrower at 2.09%

02 November, 2020

Social housing bond aggregator Blend has priced £30m of retained bonds for Rooftop Housing Group at 2.09% for 34 years

Private Rented Sector Report - September 2020

02 November, 2020

Number of tenants experiencing rent increases down by almost a fifth

One in eight UK renters unable to meet housing costs in full

02 November, 2020

Action needed to help tenants in second wave

Fewer agents saw rents increase in September

02 November, 2020

There has been a notable drop in the number of landlords increase rents

Letting agents and landlords must carry out regular inspections under new rules

02 November, 2020

It is now best practice for letting agents and landlords in Wales to carry out regular inspections under new rules introduced as part of wider changes to Rent Smart Wales, which marks its fifth anniversary this month

Mortgage payment holidays extended for up to six months

02 November, 2020

Mortgage payment holidays are being extended for homeowners adversely affected financially by the pandemic

Half a million tenants in the UK battle to pay rent due to benefit cap

30 October, 2020

Families hit by Covid-19 face debt as universal credit doesn't cover housing costs

Britain is facing 'perfect storm of awfulness' warns welfare expert

30 October, 2020

Louise Casey calls on the government for more help for the vulnerable as hunger and homelessness rise

Public are more likely to think unemployment benefits are too low rather than too high

30 October, 2020

The National Centre for Social Research has published new research from its annual British Social Attitudes survey

People urged to apply for NIHE home in social housing test

30 October, 2020

Anyone who needs social housing now or in the future in the Maghery area is urged to get their name on the NI Housing Executive waiting list

Desperate tenant 'left without cold water' in his flat for five years

30 October, 2020

Andrew Duff said the problems started as soon as he moved in

The cladding scandal: the true scale of housing association fire safety spend since the Grenfell Tower fire

30 October, 2020

How much are housing associations spending on fire safety after the Grenfell Tower tragedy?

As a rent crisis looms, councils have a plan - the government should take note

30 October, 2020

Buying up cheap housing could provide a safety net to millions who may struggle to pay the bills as the pandemic continues

Almost 100,000 households living in temporary accommodation during first months of pandemic

30 October, 2020

The number of households living in temporary accommodation soared to almost 100,000 during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic

UK's largest housing associations to spend £1.2bn on fire safety in next five years

30 October, 2020

Fire safety spending at the UK's biggest housing associations is expected to hit nearly £1.2bn in the next five years

Tax expert says 'it is critical that the government reviews this stamp duty holiday'

30 October, 2020

With research showing that up to 325,000 homebuyers who agree to purchase a property before the end of the year are expected to miss out on the stamp duty holiday

Rogue letting agents ordered to pay close to £100,000 in compensation

30 October, 2020

Three unscrupulous letting agents in north London who kept tenants' rent payments instead of passing them on to the landlords have been ordered to pay close £100,000 in compensation to their victims

Lockdown rundown breakdown

29 October, 2020

The COVID-19 lockdown and the impact of poor-quality housing on occupants in the North of England

Rise in homelessness drives social housing demand as over 200 apply for each home

29 October, 2020

A total of 4,008 households made themselves known to Salford council as homeless in the year up to March 2020, up by 13.5 pc from the previous year

Regulator downgrades Yorkshire-based HA after incorrect reporting of rules to lenders

29 October, 2020

The RSH has downgraded Yorkshire-based HA Incommunities Group from G1 for governance to G2 after it found that two of the group's subsidiaries had "made incorrect certifications about their rules to lenders"

Debbonaire's local party urges Labour to adopt more radical housing policy

29 October, 2020

The local party of Shadow Housing Secretary Thangam Debbonaire has passed a motion urging Labour to adopt a more radical housing policy in support of renters during coronavirus

Britons' support for welfare benefits at highest level for 20 years

29 October, 2020

Annual survey finds 'dramatic softening in attitudes' even before Covid pandemic

Funding allocated for 3,300 new homes for rough sleepers

29 October, 2020

Over £150 million to be made available across England to provide a permanent place to live for some of the most vulnerable in society

One in 10 BTL landlords plan to add to portfolios

29 October, 2020

One in 10 buy-to-let landlords are currently planning to expand their property portfolio over the next few months

Write to your MP to ensure ESA is uplifted to match the £20 per week increase to Universal Credit

28 October, 2020

In March, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government announced an emergency increase of £20 a week for both UC and Working Tax Credits

New study will measure the performance of short-term rentals

28 October, 2020

The UK STAA has teamed up with STR to launch a unique tracking study that will measure the performance of short-term rental accommodation, along with serviced apartments and hotels

MMC, social housing and the environment

28 October, 2020

Offsite and Modern Methods of Construction can not only help us meet our increasing social housing demand but can boost our environmental progress too

Sadiq Khan: Grenfell fire safety reform delay putting lives at risk

28 October, 2020

A delay to the implementation of changes recommended by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry is putting lives at risk

Stamp duty holiday fuelling portfolio expansion plans among landlords

28 October, 2020

Data shows that at the end of last year, 82% of landlords claimed that they had no plans to acquire another property in 2020, with just 3% intending to add more than a single property to their portfolio

UK House Price Index

28 October, 2020

Sales pipeline 50% bigger than a year ago as demand slows to pre COVID levels

Rural homelessness in England rises by 115% in past two years

28 October, 2020

Deregulated planning system will worsen housing shortage and supply of affordable homes

The reality of accessible housing during lockdown

27 October, 2020

As the government consults on how to raise accessibility standards for new homes, Nicholas Bungay of Habinteg discusses recent research into the challenges many disabled people have faced during lockdown because of a lack of even basic accessible features

Scot forced to sleep outside after smoke alarm at housing association home rang for 21 hours

27 October, 2020

Paul McGeoghie, who needs a ventilator to help him breathe after having had a brain tumour

Shirley-Anne Somerville: Designing a benefit service with those who will use it

27 October, 2020

Something that permeates through all our plans is the input of people across the country

Harlow couple lied about income to secure council housing

27 October, 2020

A Harlow couple who lied about their income to secure a council house have been kicked out of the property and ordered to pay a fine

Clarion's operating surplus holds steady despite pandemic

27 October, 2020

The UK's largest housing association saw its operating surplus rise slightly in the first six months of 2020/21 despite the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic

Director at Grenfell Tower TMO describes how fatal cladding saved £800,000

27 October, 2020

Peter Maddison challenged at the inquiry over his 'candour' in relation to cost-cutting

Welsh housing associations limit repairs and focus on emergency lettings as country enters lockdown

27 October, 2020

Housing associations in Wales have reduced their repairs work and reverted to emergency lettings only, with the country entering a two-week 'fire-break' lockdown

Renters facing eviction: tell us how the end of the eviction ban has impacted you

26 October, 2020

We'd like to hear from renters in England and Wales who are facing eviction when the government ban is lifted this weekend

Housing Ombudsman details 'severe maladministration' findings against five social landlords

26 October, 2020

The Housing Ombudsman has released details of the 'severe maladministration' findings it made last year

Tenants support move of proposed changes to the management of council housing

26 October, 2020

Feedback from tenants and leaseholders is recommending that Gateshead Council takes on the future management and maintenance of council homes in the borough

Local welfare applications soared by 219% in London during lockdown

26 October, 2020

Local authorities in London witnessed a 219% spike in demand for emergency welfare support during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic

The housing association annual financial statements round-up: 2019/20 part two

26 October, 2020

In the second part of our round-up of housing associations' financial statements, Dominic Brady finds out how fire safety works and COVID-19 have affected balance sheets

Stimulus package for UK's poorest families vital

26 October, 2020

Offer allied with job support scheme essential to prevent hundreds of thousands falling below poverty line this winter

DWP spent nearly £200,000 fighting single mothers over Universal Credit change

26 October, 2020

The DWP spent nearly £200,000 fighting an unsuccessful legal battle against four single mothers over Universal Credit rules that it is now changing

NRLA updates coronavirus guidance for landlords

26 October, 2020

The NRLA has updated its various coronavirus guides to reflect the new three-tier system in England, which you may care to share with your landlord clients

Evictions to be halted across much of England and Wales

26 October, 2020

Given the existing differences between the Covid-19 three-tier system in England, bailiffs have agreed not to carry out evictions of tenants in areas under tier 2 or 3 restrictions

Tenants are facing eviction again, despite the UK government's promises

23 October, 2020

Two of my clients came within days of losing the roof over their heads. The summer ban on evictions must be extended

Inside Housing salary survey: male housing association bosses paid £19,000 more than women

23 October, 2020

Male chief executives working for housing associations earn on average £19,000 more than their female counterparts

HAs warn of increased staff absence in high infection areas

23 October, 2020

Housing providers operating in areas of the country with high numbers of COVID-19 infection have reported increased levels of absence

Temporary accommodation spend soars to £1.2bn with majority being paid to private companies

23 October, 2020

Spending on temporary accommodation by local authorities increased to £1.2bn last year, with the vast majority being paid to private landlords, letting agents or companies

MP accused of 'blocking' landlord licensing in Hastings

23 October, 2020

Labour councillors have accused Hastings MP Sally-Ann Hart of blocking the renewal of a scheme requiring landlords keep properties in good condition

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: September 2020

23 October, 2020

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in the UK. Includes measures of owner occupiers' housing costs

Council demands HS2 to fund rehousing of hundreds of tenants

23 October, 2020

A London council has demanded that the company building HS2 funds the rehousing of hundreds of its tenants, whose homes it claims will be made "virtually uninhabitable" by rail works

Rogue landlords in north London ordered to pay £130,000

23 October, 2020

Two unscrupulous landlords in north London have been ordered to pay just over £130,000 for renting out three unsafe properties illegally

Grenfell lessons and the need to talk to tenants

22 October, 2020

Paul Francis on the story emerging from the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry, and Suzanne Muna on safety concerns in other housing blocks

Welsh housing association to invest £198m building 1,200 new homes

22 October, 2020

A housing association based in North Wales has committed to investing £198m with partners to build more than 1,200 new homes across the region

Landlords fined over £100,000 after Islington Council found 35 tenants squeezed into three two-bed flats

22 October, 2020

Two landlords in Islington who squeezed 35 tenants into three two-bedroom flats, have been fined £110,500 for forcing them all to endure dangerous and sub-standard conditions

Ten housing associations set up partnership to work with new West Yorkshire mayor

22 October, 2020

A group of 10 housing associations has formed the West WYHP as the region prepares to elects its first metro mayor

Housing association that took regulator to court ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal costs

22 October, 2020

A housing association that unsuccessfully took the RSH to court earlier this year was made to pay the body hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal costs

12 million people in Britain will struggle to pay bills

22 October, 2020

Some 12 million people in Britain are likely to struggle with bills and loan repayments as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak economic havoc

Thousands of people refused universal credit 'turning to food banks'

22 October, 2020

Research finds one in six turned down for means-tested benefit struggle to afford food

Tales from the frontline: Property licensing and HMOs

22 October, 2020

Following on from the success of this week's 'Important Changes to Right to Rent', Fixflo will be holding another live webinar today at 2pm

Investment in build to rent sector hits record high

22 October, 2020

Investment into the UK's build to rent sector hit an all-time high during the third quarter of the year, with £1.43bn transacted between July and September 2020

Watchdog bares teeth again at Civitas housing associations

21 October, 2020

CSH and SOHO social housing Reits face further scrutiny over the regulatory risk to their businesses after the RSH found two of their housing associations had not fully complied with legislation for fair rents

Private rents in London plunge by up to 34% amid Covid crisis

21 October, 2020

Other cities across Britain have also reported large year-on-year falls

Welsh government reverses decision to ban non-essential repairs during lockdown

21 October, 2020

Tradespeople will be able to carry out repairs and maintenance work inside people's homes during the two-week 'fire-break' lockdown in Wales

Empty Portishead retirement flats to be sold for social housing

21 October, 2020

The Marina Gardens retirement complex - dubbed Olditz by locals - will now be used for social housing

NHF calls on sector to adopt tenant engagement charter

21 October, 2020

The National Housing Federation asks all housing associations in England to adopt its new resident engagement charter

New funding and guidance to improve housing support for vulnerable people

21 October, 2020

The government has published a new National Statement of Expectations for supported housing

House Price Index - October 2020

21 October, 2020

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

The housing association that is waving goodbye to the office

21 October, 2020

Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust is proposing to convert its head office into new housing and permanently overhaul the world of work for its staff

Residents asked to leave London blocks immediately over safety concerns

21 October, 2020

Nearly 900 people, mostly students, told to move from Paragon site in Brentford

NI expert warns stigma is stalling social housing growth

20 October, 2020

The number of people in NI in housing stress has jumped by almost a third since 2015 - from 22,000 to 28,945 by June this year

Beating the stamp duty holiday deadline is 'a race against time for many landlords'

20 October, 2020

Buy-to-let landlords who are hoping to benefit from the existing stamp duty holiday have been warned that they will need to move quickly to take advantage

Scrapping Section 21 could lead to a 20% drop in available rental stock

20 October, 2020

The government is being urged not to outlaw the use of Section 21 to oust tenants, after a new report found that it would almost certainly lead to a fall in the number of properties available to rent

Goodlord introduces new facial-recognition tenant referencing tool

20 October, 2020

Goodlord introduces new facial-recognition tenant referencing too

Rent like a boss

20 October, 2020

The guys go to Liverpool to help wheelchair user Emma who wants to find an accessible property in the city

Thousands of social houses taken back under full Kirklees Council control

20 October, 2020

Senior councillors agree to scrap Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing and run council housing themselves

Two Bristol hotels emptied of homeless people

20 October, 2020

Nearly 300 homeless people were placed in three hotels and two hostels in the city in March

Top 10 Housing Association Data Comparison

20 October, 2020

The UK's largest organizations working in Social Housing use LOCARLA for marketing, research, sales & leads

Tenant demand hits four-year high

20 October, 2020

Demand from tenants in the third quarter of this year increased to reach the highest level since the third quarter of 2016

Retail giant John Lewis eyes 20 sites as it plots expansion into social housing

19 October, 2020

High street retail giant John Lewis has taken further steps to break into the social housing sector, identifying 20 sites on which it plans to provide new housing

Housing association seeks firm to fix fire-safety defects

19 October, 2020

A housing association is looking for a contractor to fix fire-safety defects across its housing stock, some of which currently require constant patrols to keep residents safe

Salford council proposes landlord licence for shared homes with three or four tenants

19 October, 2020

The move comes after inspections of smaller HMOs over the last 12 months showed issues with fire safety, damp and heating - as well as problems with storage and disposal of waste

MPs urge 'starter payment' to universal credit claimants

19 October, 2020

Select committee's recommendation aims to support people during five-week wait for first benefits

Coronavirus: People to get emergency help to pay energy bills

19 October, 2020

Energy regulator Ofgem is introducing new rules from 15 December to help vulnerable customers who struggle to pay their energy bills this winter

Is SHPS heading for choppy waters? The state of the Social Housing Pension Scheme explained

19 October, 2020

Last month saw the latest three-yearly Social Housing Pension Scheme valuation

Are you up to speed with changes in the Right to Rent scheme?

19 October, 2020

The temporary changes to Right to Rent checks, adapted due to coronavirus, are designed to make it easier for landlords and appointed agents to carry them out

Up to 10% of tenants have rent arrears

16 October, 2020

Poll of industry by Safeagent reveals higher rent arrears including a significant number who are refusing to pay their rent

Nearly a third of landlords plan to sell properties in the coming year

16 October, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the buy-to-let sector hard, leading to an estimated £437m in rent arrears

Social housing provision: Reconciling social need and commercial risks

16 October, 2020

Recent research suggests 40% of homes granted planning permission in England go unbuilt

Bristol City Council to buy 100 homes after pandemic delay

16 October, 2020

Plans to buy 100 extra houses following delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic to a council's own home-building programme have been agreed

Manchester students faced with 'unsafe' housing during lockdown

16 October, 2020

Students have threatened a rent strike if the conditions, which include floods, pests and broken windows, don't improve

Debt problems in Yorkshire double during coronavirus

16 October, 2020

The number of people with serious debt problems in Yorkshire has more than doubled during the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus: Overwhelming majority of local councils in England delivered no extra housing for domestic abuse victims amid pandemic

16 October, 2020

Women are still not safe, even with further lockdowns now taking place, with those at risk clearly being left to deal with unimaginable circumstances

How commercial landlords can weather the storm as retailers fail to pay rent

16 October, 2020

Unsurprisingly, the property investment market has been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic

Will government offer loans to vulnerable tenants to pay off rent arrears?

15 October, 2020

A rent arrears loan could help struggling tenants keep up with rent payments. Should Rishi Sunak add it to his support packages to help the country through Covid-19?

UC claimants set to lose out on Severe Disability Premium money

15 October, 2020

The Severe Disability Premium is now a part of Universal Credit - a move which will see it eroded in relation to other benefits

Grenfell Tower landlord had 'secret' meeting on cost cutting

15 October, 2020

£800,000 of refurbishment savings agreed 'offline' with contractor Rydon, including cheaper cladding

Licence system backed but call to inspect social housing

15 October, 2020

Cornwall councillors have backed calls for a new licensing system to crack down on rogue landlords - but say more needs to be done to improve social housing

MP says anti-social behaviour is caused by poor regulation of housing for vulnerable tenants

15 October, 2020

Edgbaston MP Preet Kaur Gill sets up group to deal with 'exempt accomodation' linked to anti-social behaviour

Improving the Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and Wales

15 October, 2020

Our homes are a key part of our national heritage. They have shaped and defined us as a society

Vital housing services to be brought back in-house by Trafford council for first time in 16 years

15 October, 2020

For the first time since 2005 the council will be looking after its own services

Liverpool landlords brace for arrears and unemployment spikes as COVID-19 restrictions tighten

15 October, 2020

Social landlords in the Liverpool City Region are preparing for increases in arrears and unemployment after it became the first city to be given a "very high" COVID-19 alert level

Removal of ESA 'waiting days' for ESA extended for a further six months where someone is affected by Coronavirus

14 October, 2020

The Government has extended the removal of waiting days in ESA, where someone is claiming due to the impact of Coronavirus for a further six months

HMRC investigation into Airbnb landlords 'may be last straw' for short term letting growth

14 October, 2020

The forthcoming investigation by HMRC into Airbnb landlords may be the last straw for growth in the short-term lettings market

North East housing association secures £75m financing deal with L&G

14 October, 2020

One of the largest providers of affordable homes in the North East of England has agreed a £75m long-term financing deal with Legal & General

Politicians have made an algorithm to fix the housing crisis. It's bad

14 October, 2020

Politicians believe an algorithm can solve England's housing woes. The problem? It's making things worse, not better

Kirklees Council to resume control of council housing after almost 20 years

14 October, 2020

Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing is set to be officially scrapped at a meeting next week

Higher rental demand for houses as tenants seek more space

14 October, 2020

There has been a notable increase in rental demand for houses as tenants rush to upsize

Trending topics on the Property Tribes forum - Landlords' Barometer #86

14 October, 2020

Welcome to the October edition of the "Landlords Barometer" where I bring you the trending topics and news from the Property Tribes forum

Rents outside London hit record high

14 October, 2020

Asking rents outside London rose to a record high in September, driven by a surge in demand from renters

Universal Credit statistics: 29 April 2013 to 10 September 2020

13 October, 2020

Official experimental statistics for the number of people on Universal Credit

Lease-based providers found to have breached Rent Standard

13 October, 2020

Two lease-based providers of SSH have been found to be in breach of the regulator's new Rent Standard in what was described by the watchdog as "a serious matter"

Homes England chair-elect would assess social housing funding based on potential homeowner shortfalls

13 October, 2020

The prospective chair of Homes England would work out how much social housing is needed by analysing the percentage of the population that cannot afford to buy a home

Landlord confidence slumps as two-thirds brace for financial impact of pandemic

13 October, 2020

A new survey of over 2,000 landlords has revealed that the majority are bracing themselves for the negative financial impact of the Covid-19

Gloucestershire housing association reports steady growth

13 October, 2020

Newent-based Two Rivers Housing Group has reported steady growth in its annual financial statements

Grenfell landlord called safety campaigner an antagonist

13 October, 2020

Tenant organisation singled out Ed Daffarn, who later escaped the burning tower

UK unemployment hits 1.5 million on record leap in redundancies

13 October, 2020

Unemployment rose more than expected over the summer in the UK, hitting 1.52 million as the coronavirus crisis triggered a record surge in redundancies

Free title indemnity insurance for BTL landlords

13 October, 2020

Landbay is now offering free-of-charge title indemnity insurance, with a view to significantly speeding up the legal process

Residents of Eastleigh housing 'disgusted' at landlord

12 October, 2020

Elderly residents of a block of flats say they have not had adequate hot water for five weeks

Housing association 'failed in duty' to residents at Highgate block of flats after years of complaints

12 October, 2020

A housing association has been attacked for "fundamentally failing in its duty" by taking more than two years to deal with systematic damp issues in a Highgate apartment block

Loreburn Housing Association and RBS agree additional £20m funding for new social housing

12 October, 2020

Loreburn Housing Association has agreed an additional £20 million funding programme with Royal Bank of Scotland to create a new social housing programme for Dumfries and Galloway

Social landlord applications still to be added to oversubscribed cladding safety fund

12 October, 2020

Applications for funding to cover the costs of "tens of thousands" of trapped leaseholders in social housing blocks with dangerous cladding are yet to be added to the vastly oversubscribed Building Safety Fund, the government has confirmed

Councils failing to use powers in majority of private rented homes with severe hazards

12 October, 2020

Councils are failing to issue improvement notices for private rented homes where severe hazards are discovered in the vast majority of cases

Rental market reveals UK divide between affluent and deprived areas

12 October, 2020

Researchers say tenants in worse off areas more likely to be affected by economic fallout

Landlord confidence falls as rent arrears ignored by government

12 October, 2020

Significantly more needs to done to financially support landlords and renters during the existing Covid-19 pandemic

Rishi Sunak's local furlough scheme is not enough to help renters

12 October, 2020

Rishi Sunak's new furlough scheme announced on Friday is unlikely to help tenants facing financial hardship in affected areas

Government urged to foot £15bn bill to fix unsafe cladding

12 October, 2020

Phil Spencer is calling on the government to take control of the growing cladding crisis by providing the funds required to fix the situation

Covid scheme launches that pays rent arrears cash direct to letting agents

09 October, 2020

Welsh tenants who have fallen behind in rent can now apply for funds if their circumstances have changed since 1st March

Welsh tenants offered low interest state loans to pay rent arrears

09 October, 2020

The Welsh Government has thrown tenants struggling to pay their rent because of the pandemic a lifeline with the launch of an £8m loan scheme

The temporary benefit increases beyond 2020-21

09 October, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has led to a profound shock to the labour market, one consequence of which is a rising number of claimants of means-tested benefits and higher entitlements among existing claimants

Housing association apologises as tenants told to wash clothes in bath after repair delays

09 October, 2020

A housing association has apologised after tenants were unable to cook meals and told to wash their clothes in the bath when delayed repairs left them without basic facilities

Five homes in six years: temporary housing blamed for children's illnesses

09 October, 2020

A family of six is appealing to a council for a permanent home after six years of temporary housing

House Price Index - September 2020

09 October, 2020

Stamp duty holiday keeps the market active

Special report: unit costs rise among all types of association

09 October, 2020

Social Housing's analysis of data from the English regulator has found that unit costs have risen among all types of housing association, with overall maintenance costs seeing the highest weighted average increase of nearly seven per cent

Rents drop sharply in prime London

09 October, 2020

Prime central London has recorded the steepest decline in rental values for more than a decade

At last! Overseas tenants 'start returning to London'

08 October, 2020

There was a sharp rise in the number of tenants moving home in the capital last month

Living standards for UK's poorest plunge during pandemic

08 October, 2020

Charity reveals over a third of families say they are financially worse off since lockdown

What impact has the coronavirus pandemic had on BTL landlords?

08 October, 2020

The majority of buy-to-let landlords have been adversely affected by the pandemic, with many seeing lost rental income due to arrears

Tenant loan scheme goes live

08 October, 2020

The Welsh government's Tenancy Saver Loans, allowing renters facing financial hardship to apply for low-interest loans to cover their rental arrears built during the Covid-19 pandemic

Glasgow social housing and public services set for £7.7m investment

08 October, 2020

Public services and social housing in Glasgow are set to receive an investment of £7.7 million following the publication of the latest accounts from council-backed construction firm City Building

Government should fund social landlords to buy up private lets

08 October, 2020

The government should set up a fund that allows social landlords to buy private rented sector homes and turn them into social housing and temporary accommodation, argues Lord Richard Best, chair of the Affordable Housing Commission

Government Response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee report on the Long-term Delivery of Social and Affordable Rented Housing

08 October, 2020

The Government welcomes the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee's report on Building More Social Housing following its recent inquiry

Government rejects calls from MPs to set social rent targets and provide grant to buy unsold homes

08 October, 2020

Ministers have failed to commit to a number of recommendations put forward by a group of cross-party MPs concerning the long-term delivery of social housing, including a refusal to provide grant to fund the purchase of unsold homes during the coronavirus pandemic

Lease-based housing association admits 'material uncertainty' over ability to stay afloat

08 October, 2020

A lease-based housing association has admitted it faces "material uncertainty" over its ability to continue meeting financial obligations "for the foreseeable future"

Cornwall Council to help residents struggling to pay rent

07 October, 2020

Residents who are struggling to pay their rent are urged to get in touch for support and advice

Birmingham Council launches housing scheme for homeless families

07 October, 2020

With the evictions ban now lifted, Birmingham City Council has launched a scheme that is set to help hundreds of people find affordable housing

Majority of landlords have suffered financially during the pandemic

07 October, 2020

The majority of landlords (65%) have suffered financially during the pandemic

Building our way back

07 October, 2020

Investing in social housing to boost the economy and level the country up

'We have a plan' - As need for social housing increases councillor reveals Barrow's Marina Village plan will tackle it

07 October, 2020

Around 1,600 people in Barrow are on the waiting list for council housing due to the lack of space available

Victory in battle against 'thuggish' debt letters

07 October, 2020

Warning letters sent to those falling seriously behind on debts are to be toned down to make them less "thuggish"

Rental voids steady as rents drop marginally

07 October, 2020

The average void period for rental properties in the UK remained broadly unchanged at 20 days during September, although the rental market did see the median cost of renting drop slightly by 1% overall last month

Watch: Campaigner pushes for evictions after two weeks' rent arrears

07 October, 2020

A high-profile property investor who this week launched a petition calling for evictions after two weeks' rent arrears to be introduced has launched a YouTube video to support his campaign

Long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing: government response to the Select Committee report

06 October, 2020

A response by the government to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee's report on long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing

Renters need a rescue package to make life bearable

06 October, 2020

There's an almost tangible stress and frustration in the air as large parts of the country sink back into lockdown

Council bans rogue landlord who glued locks and cut off utilities

06 October, 2020

A London council has banned a private landlord who glued door locks and cut off utility supplies from renting out properties again

UK Housing Review Autumn Briefing Paper warns of lack of readiness for post-COVID housing needs

06 October, 2020

The UK Housing Review's Autumn Briefing Paper, published on 5 October 2020, warns that the UK is ill-prepared to deal with housing needs that have been made worse during the pandemic and that it is young households who will suffer most

Rishi Sunak: hard choices ahead to tackle debt from Covid crisis

06 October, 2020

Chancellor hints at tax rises or spending cuts to balance books after pandemic

One in four private renters said housing situation made lockdown harder

06 October, 2020

A quarter of people living in private rented housing said their housing situation made it harder for them to cope with coronavirus lockdown restrictions

Petition launched to allow evictions after two weeks' rent arrears

06 October, 2020

A petition calling for evictions after two weeks' rent arrears has attracted more than 2,300 signatures so far

Average UK rents up 2.1% in 12 months to September

06 October, 2020

Average rents across the UK increased by 2.1% in September when compared with the corresponding month last year

Scottish social enterprise lettings agency Homes for Good welcomes Big Issue Invest as new partner in GBP3m deal

05 October, 2020

A ground-breaking social business group which provides high quality social housing has secured GBP3 million of investment

Risk of massive rise in evictions warns housing body

05 October, 2020

The Chartered Institute of Housing claims there may be a "massive increase" in evictions in the near future

Grenfell: inquiry hears council at heart of cost-cutting decisions

05 October, 2020

RBKC used 'decisive influence' to remove original contractor over budget concerns

Housing association slams unclear fire safety guidance after it spends £840,000 on scheme that passed EWS check

05 October, 2020

A large London housing association has blamed unclear government guidance around fire safety for spending £840,000 on safety inspections and precautions on a building that was eventually deemed not in need of remediation

Student accommodation: renters face stress over tenancies in Covid crisis

05 October, 2020

Uncertainty over the financial arrangements covering lockdowns, university closures or illness

Housing associations agree merger to create 3,000-home group after a year of talks

05 October, 2020

Two Bristol-based housing associations have agreed to merge after nearly a year of talks. The organisations pledge to invest £10m in improving tenants' homes and services

Grenfell bereaved threaten legal action over government failure to implement inquiry changes for disabled people

05 October, 2020

Bereaved family members of the Grenfell Tower fire have threatened the government with legal action over its "misleading and inadequate" proposal not to implement inquiry recommendations relating to the evacuation of people with disabilities from tower blocks

2020 VfM Comparison Report

05 October, 2020

Comparing Value for Money metrics from 60 Housing Associations in England with their data from last year

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2020 to Mar 2021

02 October, 2020

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2020 to 2021

LA Welfare Direct 10/20

02 October, 2020

These LA Welfare Direct bulletins provide information that affects Housing Benefit and other areas of DWP, to local authority staff

New briefing - Coronavirus: Withdrawing crisis social security

02 October, 2020

The House of Commons Library has published a new briefing paper that contains a summary of the changes to social security during the Covid-19 crisis and sets out when measures are due to be withdrawn

New online service to enhance Right to Rent scheme

02 October, 2020

The Home Office is planning to introduce a new online service designed to make it easier for letting agents and landlords to check that potential tenants have the right to rent property in the UK

Banned! Rogue landlord faces prison if he tries to rent out properties

02 October, 2020

A landlord has failed to overturn a ban from renting out properties after repeatedly putting tenants' lives at risk by letting unsafe housing

Charities divided on Bristol council's £2m for homeless

02 October, 2020

A charity boss says private landlords will cash in on Bristol City Council's latest £2m package for the homeless

London landlord secures £250m PRS issue to fund development

02 October, 2020

NHG has secured a £250m, seven-year securitisation of its PRS assets to fund its development programme

Financial Analysis 2020

02 October, 2020

Comparing 75 Financial Returns currently available with their data from last year

Secretary of State: DWP has no legal duty to safeguard the wellbeing of vulnerable claimants

01 October, 2020

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Dr Therese Coffey has said that the statutory safeguarding responsibility to vulnerable claimants falls to councils, social services, doctors and others, but not the DWP

More than one hundred Southwark housing repair cases settled by single law firm in the last two years

01 October, 2020

Law firm claims Southwark is its 'worst offending public landlord' on repairs

Homelessness spike driven by single adults needing help

01 October, 2020

The number of households being classified as homeless by councils has jumped 15% in a year, driven by single adults needing accommodation

£1.1m housing service for people in crisis to be recommissioned

01 October, 2020

Bosses are to recommission a £1.1 million housing service for "people in crisis" including victims of domestic abuse and residents with mental health issues

Who are the new COVID19 cohort of benefit claimants?

01 October, 2020

Welfare at a (Social) Distance is a major national research project investigating the benefits system during the COVID-19 pandemic

Two housing associations added to £51m Homes England strategic partnership

01 October, 2020

Two housing associations have been added to a £51m Homes England strategic partnership deal to quicken the delivery of more than a thousand new homes across the South of England

Hundreds of thousands who lost jobs in pandemic denied universal credit

01 October, 2020

300,000 universal credit applications in first few months of pandemic deemed ineligible due to savings

Landlords hit with over £400,000 fines and costs for flouting planning rules

01 October, 2020

Waltham Forest Council has brought two successful prosecutions against landlords who adapted their properties without seeking appropriate planning permissions

Retail rent arrears "to exceed £2bn" as landlords warn on lower payments

30 September, 2020

Retail rent arrears are set to exceed £2 billion as landlords anticipate receiving less than half of due payments for the third quarter of 2020

Joint open letter from over 50 charities urges Chancellor to keep and expand the £20 week Universal Credit lifeline

30 September, 2020

Over 50 charities have today written an open letter to the Chancellor to urge him to make the temporary £20 per week increase to the standard allowance of Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit permanent from April 2020

Housing repairs need to be sorted in time

30 September, 2020

Too many works are wrongly assumed to have been resolved satisfactorily when in actual fact someone has visited, looked at the problem, perhaps done some work, but it is far from fixed

Liverpool to manage first council homes in 30 years

30 September, 2020

The city council has secured cabinet backing to operate 74 properties in Yew Tree, the first homes to be directly managed by the council since it overhauled its housing delivery model in July

Council to write off debts totalling £204k

30 September, 2020

Warrington Borough Council will write off around £204,000 in unpaid council tax, housing benefit overpayments and other debts

Private Rented Sector Report - August 20

30 September, 2020

The number of new prospective tenants reached an all time high in August, with 101 registered per branch

Universal Credit: Plea not to axe £20 a week 'lifeline'

30 September, 2020

Millions of the UK's poorest households could see their incomes cut by £20 a week from April unless a "lifeline" payment continues

High demand from tenants, especially in Yorkshire and the South-West

30 September, 2020

The number of new prospective tenants continued to rise in August, hitting the highest number on record

Commercial Property Rent Arrears - What can a landlord do?

29 September, 2020

In order to protect commercial tenants against debt recovery actions during the Coronavirus pandemic, there are currently considerable restrictions on a landlord's ability to recover outstanding rent

Flawed Universal Credit benefit is pushing people into poverty

29 September, 2020

The Government's rigid insistence on automating Universal Credit threatens the rights of people most at risk of poverty

Grenfell families call on government to put 'lives before money' and remove dangerous cladding

29 September, 2020

Survivors and bereaved family members from the Grenfell Tower fire have called on the government to put "lives before money" and bring an end to the cladding scandal gripping the UK

Oxford City Council calls on UK Government to follow Scotland’s lead and empower councils to tackle short-term lets

29 September, 2020

Oxford City Council has called on the UK Government to follow Scotland's lead and empower local authorities to crack down on short-term lets

Government must clear tenant debts before second wave hits

29 September, 2020

A rent guarantor service says the rental sector has investors and landlords who are happy for tenants to defer rent payments but cannot countenance having nothing at all

Regulator uses powers to appoint sector CEOs to board of non-compliant lease-based provider

29 September, 2020

The RSH has appointed three housing association chief executives to the board of a lease-based provider that was given a non-compliant rating for "serious regulatory concerns" earlier this year

Regulator issues first regulatory notice on basis of rent-setting

29 September, 2020

The RSH has issued its first regulatory notice on the basis of its rents work, after its rents-focused report in April outlined a new approach to communicating non-compliance on rents

MHCLG records lowest number of Right to Buy sales for a quarter in eight years

29 September, 2020

The number of council homes sold through the Right to Buy in the first quarter of 2019/20 was the lowest recorded for a single quarter for nearly eight years

Universal Credit will be cut by £20 per week from April 2021

28 September, 2020

The £20 a week uplift in Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit will end in April 2021

Majority of Bolton Landlords don't want tenants on benefits

28 September, 2020

The vast majority of Bolton landlords don't want to let their houses and flats to tenants on housing benefits

'Situation is bleak' - Ipswich residents face losing their homes as evictions restart

28 September, 2020

Dire warnings have been given that people in Ipswich are "at risk of losing their homes" after bailiffs were given the go-ahead to restart evictions

Large Northern housing association changes allocation policy to support those in priority need

28 September, 2020

Gentoo Group is temporarily changing the way it allocates properties in a bid to support those on its waiting list who are most in need of social housing

MP calls for stronger action against exempt accommodation housing associations that exploit tenants

28 September, 2020

The government must put in place a "clearly defined and resourced regulatory regime" to ensure that thousands of people living in exempt accommodation are not exploited by their landlords

UK House Price Index

28 September, 2020

Supply/demand imbalance supports growth but first-time buyer demand softening

End Our Cladding Scandal campaign relaunches with 10-step plan to tackle mounting crisis

28 September, 2020

Inside Housing has joined with Grenfell survivors and residents of blocks with dangerous cladding to relaunch the End Our Cladding Scandal campaign, calling on government to take "urgent, national" action to fix the spiralling crisis

Social Housing Financial Analysis 2020

28 September, 2020

Comparing 75 Financial Returns currently available with their data from last year

LIN member report September 2020 - Universal credit: where next after Covid?

28 September, 2020

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Why did Chancellor ignore private rental sector?

25 September, 2020

A leading figure in the private rental sector says the lettings industry has been largely ignored once again by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his Covid rescue plan

Chancellor fails to take action to protect those hardest hit by Covid

25 September, 2020

The new job support scheme to top up wages on a part time basis will help some sectors which have seen a downturn in activity

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2020

25 September, 2020

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data usually consistent with the annual spring and autumn Budgets or Statements

The new shared ownership model: why it is a headache for housing associations

25 September, 2020

The government has published a new model for shared ownership. However, not all social landlords are behind the move

Aggregator taps £1bn bond at 2% for three housing associations

25 September, 2020

A major social housing aggregator has tapped one of its £1bn-plus bonds to raise nearly £20m for three community-based housing associations at a rate of just over 2%

Right to Buy Sales in England: January to June 2020

25 September, 2020

In the 2019-20 financial year, local authorities sold an estimated 10,574 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

Milton Keynes private renters paying more for electricity and heating than social tenants

25 September, 2020

Private renters in Milton Keynes are paying more for electricity and heating than those in social housing, new figures suggest, as their homes are less energy efficient

Landlords forced to review development plans in preparation for new shared ownership model

25 September, 2020

Housing associations have been forced to review the make-up of their future development plans in preparation of the government's new model of shared ownership, set to be introduced next year

More than 9,000 people waiting for council homes with 187 pc more in urgent need

24 September, 2020

523 people waiting are in urgent need of accommodation

Government refuse to promise nobody in Newcastle will be evicted due to Covid

24 September, 2020

Newcastle Chi Onwurah asked for an assurance that nobody will be evicted due to Covid-19 but ministers refused

Newent housing association seals £130m investment package

24 September, 2020

Two Rivers Housing has secured a £130million investment package to support the delivery of affordable homes and stock investment across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire

'Take responsibility and resign': Councillor sends message to landlord's top brass after fire safety issues discovered at Rochdale's Seven Sisters flats

24 September, 2020

Rochdale Boroughwide Housing say the problem relates to panels installed in 1998 - 14 years before it took control of the council's social housing stock

Hull council tenants 'refusing to pay debts' as rent arrears soar to £3.2m

24 September, 2020

Rent arrears have reached an all-time high during the pandemic

Scottish regulator update: eviction notices continue to rise as arrears increase

24 September, 2020

Scottish social landlords sent out hundreds more eviction notices to tenants in August, as the total percentage of rent arrears experienced by the sector continued to rise

Seven out of ten regions of England and Wales see rents decline

24 September, 2020

Howsy says that since lockdown (March), average rent levels have dropped in seven out of ten areas of England and Wales

Opposition parties unite in call for new evictions ban

24 September, 2020

Opposition parties in both the House of Commons and House of Lords called on the Government yesterday to abandon the restart of eviction proceedings

Reimagining Rent: Report unveils innovation in the future of the private rented sector

23 September, 2020

The Young Foundation has unveiled the findings from its Reimagining Rent accelerator, a programme that seeks to drive improvements in the PRS through supporting innovation

Landlords 'exploiting loophole' to recover rent arrears from retailers

23 September, 2020

Landlords are taking debt enforcement action against retailers by exploiting a loophole in temporary government protections

Glasgow housing board warns members over rent arrears

23 September, 2020

One of Glasgow's biggest housing associations has warned board members not to 'use their position to their advantage' after it emerged some have acrued rent arrears

Westminster launches new strategy to raise standards for tenants in private rental sector

23 September, 2020

A new strategy has been launched today by Westminster City Council to help protect tenants who rent privately and ensure they live in good quality and well managed properties

Housing minister confirms dates for Christmas truce on evictions

23 September, 2020

Bailiffs will be told not to enforce possession orders in England between 11 December and 11 January 2021

Affordable Housing Commission calls for £1.3bn fund to convert private homes to social housing

23 September, 2020

Housing leaders are calling on the government to establish a £1.3bn 'national housing conversion fund' to enable social landlords to buy up private housing amid warnings of a housing market downturn

Reimagining Rent: Report on the future of the private rental sector

23 September, 2020

The Young Foundation has unveiled the findings from its Reimagining Rent accelerator; a programme that seeks to drive improvements in the PRS through supporting innovation

Regulator finds record number of registered providers breached consumer standards last year

23 September, 2020

A record number of registered providers breached consumer standards during the last year according to the English regulator

UK distancing measures could leave homeless people out in cold

23 September, 2020

Shelter spaces could drop by two-thirds this winter due to coronavirus regulations

Renters at risk: Getting through the coronavirus crisis

22 September, 2020

With the end of the evictions ban this week, cases can now be heard again in the courts

'Why I signed up to join Shelter's Landlords for Good project'

22 September, 2020

Our Landlords for Good project is about working together with landlords who want to help us address the problems in the housing system

Large 35,000-home landlord appoints new chair

22 September, 2020

Radian has appointed experienced housing figure Wayne Morris as its new chair

'Seek urgent help' over coronavirus rent arrears, tenants at risk of eviction told

22 September, 2020

Nearly 400 people have been given help by Citizens Advice in Ipswich to deal with housing or rent arrears since the Covid-19 lockdown

Universal Credit claims almost double since December

22 September, 2020

Local Universal Credit claims have almost doubled since December

Demand rises for first-time buyer BTL mortgages

22 September, 2020

New data from Legal & General Mortgage Club has revealed growing demand among first-time buyers who want to enter the buy-to-let market

Affordable Housing Commission calls on government to provide £1.3bn fund to enable social landlords to buy rented homes

22 September, 2020

A commission of housing professionals led by Lord Best has called on the government to commit to a new £1.3bn national housing conversion fund for England to enable social landlords to buy unused, unfinished or badly managed homes

Government should set target of 75,000 modular homes per year by 2030

22 September, 2020

A target of 75,000 homes per year should be set for the modular housing sector

Westminster launches new strategy to raise standards for tenants in the PRS

22 September, 2020

A new strategy has been launched by Westminster City Council to help protect tenants who rent privately and ensure they live in good quality and well managed properties

A quarter of tenants admit concerns about paying rent during the pandemic

22 September, 2020

One in four tenants have admitted they are concerned about their ability to pay rent

The Guardian view on restarting evictions: the law needs changing

21 September, 2020

Forcing tenants out of their homes as Covid-19 cases rise is risky. Instead, ministers should rebalance the scales

LA Welfare Direct lite 9/20

21 September, 2020

These LA Welfare Direct bulletins provide information that affects Housing Benefit and other areas of DWP, to local authority staff

Illegal evictions up 50 per cent since pandemic began as housing experts warn of 'massive increase' in coming months

21 September, 2020

As hundreds of thousands of tenants fall into arrears and new rules mean landlords must give six months notice to evict, campaigners warn some property owners are taking law into their own hands

London landlord obtains FCA licence to offer leaseholders loans for cladding costs

21 September, 2020

Network Homes has obtained a consumer credit licence from the FCA to provide loans to leaseholders saddled with the cost of paying for cladding remediation work

Landlords slash rents by up to 20% as tenants quit city centres in pandemic

21 September, 2020

'Race to suburbia' and a lack of foreign students see rental demand plummet in wake of Covid-19

More than 60% of councils delay fire door safety works

21 September, 2020

Six in 10 councils delayed fire door maintenance or inspection programmes in the first half of the year, raising concerns about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on housing safety

Anger of the North: housing bosses fear Affordable Homes Programme rules will see money diverted to the South

21 September, 2020

Funding rules for the new AHP undermine the government's ambition to 'level up' the North and could see cash diverted to the South of England

Momentum to focus on resisting evictions during Covid-19 crisis

21 September, 2020

Group shifts away from internal Labour politics towards community campaigns

Social landlords set to take advantage as more lenders return to the market

21 September, 2020

Social landlords' favourable balance sheets, predictable assets and social purpose means they are well placed to benefit from investors returning to the market

Calls grow to protect renters as ban on lockdown evictions expires

18 September, 2020

Up to 55,000 tenants may be at high risk of losing their homes as cases restart after Covid-19 moratorium

Short survey on the provision of social welfare benefits during the Coronavirus pandemic

18 September, 2020

The Administrative Justice Council ( AJC) has commissioned a survey

'Right to shared ownership' threatens rental valuations

18 September, 2020

The so-called 'right to shared ownership' constitutes a threat to the value of social rented homes as the country emerges from the worst of the pandemic and the housing market begins to stabilise

Homelessness crisis looming unless evictions ban extended further

18 September, 2020

The UK risks spiralling into a homelessness crisis this winter unless a ban on evictions in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak is extended

Councils call for extra funding to help prevent evictions when ban lifts this weekend

18 September, 2020

Councils are calling on the government to increase the funding available to support struggling renters ahead of the evictions ban ending this Sunday

David Cameron Volunteering At A Food Bank In Chipping Norton Has Not Gone Down Well

18 September, 2020

Critics say the former prime minister, who championed austerity, is to blame for the huge rise in food bank use

Council accuses G15 association of backtracking on social rent promises for prison site

18 September, 2020

A large London housing association has been accused by a council of watering down its promises over social rent delivery at a high-profile former prison site

UK government has failed to deliver on cladding promises

17 September, 2020

Cross-party committee says it is 'unacceptable' cladding remains on residential buildings

Residents angry at 'neglect' of Keighley estate

17 September, 2020

One of the UK's largest social housing providers has been accused of neglecting a Keighley estate

Social landlords stockpiling PPE over second wave fears

17 September, 2020

Social housing providers are preparing for a potential second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic by stockpiling PPE and carrying out safety checks ahead of schedule

Fears of 'rising tide' of people needing temporary housing due to covid-19

17 September, 2020

The outbreak could have long term implications due to people losing their jobs

Rent freezes and council tax support - how Hartlepool council chiefs plan to help vulnerable households

17 September, 2020

Council chiefs are to make a decision on plans to retain their existing local council tax support scheme and implement a rent freeze for properties which are part of their housing stock

Social landlords' role could be forever changed by pandemic

17 September, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic may forever change the way housing associations interact with communities and build new homes

General needs rents will exceed the benefit cap in 110 local authorities within a decade

17 September, 2020

General needs rents will exceed the benefit cap for those out of work in 110 local authorities by 2030 if rents continue to rise at the CPI plus one per cent, impacting providers' financial strategy

Housing Ombudsman to 'name and shame' landlords from next year

17 September, 2020

The Housing Ombudsman will 'name and shame' landlords in reports from next year, as it seeks to improve transparency in the sector

London Mayor requests new powers to freeze rents in the capital for two years

17 September, 2020

The Mayor of London has demanded new powers to freeze private rents in the capital for two years

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to July 2020

16 September, 2020

Quarterly statistics including numbers of claims in payment, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made

Council to inspect supported housing after national report raises concerns

16 September, 2020

More than one in ten supported housing units in Havering are run by companies which have failed nationally to comply with basic standards

Poor maintenance and antisocial behaviour behind concerns raised by hundreds of council tenants in north Manchester

16 September, 2020

Northwards has overseen council housing on behalf of the town hall since 2005

People in housing need

16 September, 2020

A comprehensive analysis of the scale and shape of housing need in England today

Bid to give councils more powers to regulate houses of multiple occupancy

16 September, 2020

North East MP Ian Levy brought legislation to the Commons giving councils more powers over the development and governance of houses in multiple occupancy

Care specialist becomes latest housing association to access Bank of England COVID-19 scheme

16 September, 2020

England's largest provider of specialist housing and care to older people, Anchor Hanover, has increased its liquidity by £140m via the BoE coronavirus liquidity scheme

Freeze rents in London to avert mass evictions

16 September, 2020

The UK capital's mayor seeks powers to prevent up to half a million evictions

Housing associations need to take a second lockdown into account

16 September, 2020

Housing associations should be writing a second lockdown into their business plans with a view to holding up to two years of liquidity in order to secure finance

'Stop arguing and put this right': MPs condemn government 'failure' over dangerous cladding

16 September, 2020

The government has no convincing plan for how to meet its target for remediating buildings with deadly cladding and must "put a stop to arguing over who's responsible and put this right"

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 13 August 2020

15 September, 2020

Official experimental statistics for the number of people on Universal Credit

Social housing waiting lists fall 500,000 short of true total

15 September, 2020

The number of households in England in need of social housing is 1.6 million - 500,000 more than the 1.16 million households recorded on official waiting lists

One in three landlords expects to need at least two years to comply with Building Safety Bill

15 September, 2020

A third of housing bosses expect their organisations will need more than two years to get up to speed with the Building Safety Bill's requirements, while costs remain a major concern

Lettings agents remain confident about survival despite rise in arrears

15 September, 2020

Tenant arrears have grown by more than 30% in some cases during the pandemic

Social housing decarbonisation held back by lack of funding

15 September, 2020

A lack of funding and clarity from the government is preventing housing associations from mounting major retrofitting programmes to improve the energy efficiency of social housing stock

Desperate people, overcrowded rooms - Manchester's modern-day slums exposed

15 September, 2020

Rogue landlords fined a fortune in city-wide crackdown

Slough could face housing shortfall of thousands

15 September, 2020

A shortfall of 5,000 in housing is a 'very, very serious problem in Slough'

Henry Boot puts social housing arm into liquidation

15 September, 2020

Henry Boot has put the social housing contractor it acquired last year into voluntary liquidation

Renters fleeing inner London in 'race for space'

15 September, 2020

Places such as Chessington becoming more popular with rise of home working

Family left in mouse-infested housing by Enfield council

14 September, 2020

A disabled man and his family were left in mouldy, mouse-infested housing due to failings by Enfield Counci

Affordable Homes Programme branded a 'disappointment' for social rent homes in the North

14 September, 2020

The way in which social rent homes in the North will be funded under the government's new AHP does not align with its 'levelling-up' agenda

Unemployment: Planned redundancies twice the rate of last recession

14 September, 2020

Employers in Britain are planning more than twice as many redundancies than they did at the height of the last recession

Extreme poverty 'will double by Christmas' in UK because of Covid-19

14 September, 2020

End of coronavirus job and income support expected to spark 61% rise in food bank use

Tenants entering space race as renters seek bigger homes

14 September, 2020

Tenant demand is now being driven by a race for more space

Agents removed video 'celebrating' rising rents after social media backlash

14 September, 2020

We know only too well that the popular press equates rising house prices with a 'healthy', 'improving', or 'strong' property market - and vice versa

Four in 10 pensioners missing out on key benefit

14 September, 2020

Failure to deliver pension credit to poorest 'is costing NHS and social care £5bn a year'

Huge loss of income: Buy To Let counts cost of Coronavirus crisis

11 September, 2020

The first attempt to assess the loss of rental income as a result of Coronavirus calculates 22 per cent of private landlords have suffered reduced rent

Covid economic fallout sees 172 Denbighshire households made homeless, rent arrears, and housing waiting lists up a third

11 September, 2020

More than 170 households are homeless, housing waiting lists are up a third and rent arrears are more than double the norm because of the economic effects of Covid-19

Housing Benefit circulars affecting guidance manuals

11 September, 2020

A list of Housing Benefit circulars and the guidance manual chapters they relate to

The housing association annual financial statements round-up: 2019/20

11 September, 2020

The pandemic caught the tail end of the financial year and has not yet affected landlords' balance sheets

Tenants take advantage of lower rents and move in record numbers

11 September, 2020

Chestertons has released its latest monthly market data, which shows that increasing numbers of tenants took advantage of the lower rents across London to move in August, but the number of new tenants registering to move started to drop very slightly

YouGov poll suggests almost a quarter of landlords have lost rent due to Covid

11 September, 2020

Twenty-two per cent of private landlords with properties in England have lost rental income as a result of COVID-19

Government introduces 'winter truce' as it confirms introduction of six-month eviction notice period

11 September, 2020

The Government has been accused of making it impossible for agents to navigate the uncertainty caused by the pandemic after unveiling yet another series of changes for the rental sector

Caledonia Housing Association commits £75m to build 500 new homes

11 September, 2020

Caledonia Housing Association has confirmed a £40 million spend on seven current housing projects in Scotland with a further £35m earmarked for nine future developments

Together, we can do more: A roadmap for the future of social value in social housing

11 September, 2020

Social value is an intrinsic part of our sector's DNA. It is central to our collective social purpose

Reprieve for renters facing eviction in England and Wales

10 September, 2020

Housing secretary offers lifeline in lockdown areas and announces Christmas 'truce'

Second Shelter court trial confirms disabled dad-of-four was discriminated against for receiving housing benefit

10 September, 2020

Two months ago, we shared the news of a landmark court ruling declaring housing benefit discrimination unlawful, marking a huge breakthrough for our End DSS Discrimination campaign.

Government sets out comprehensive support for renters this winter

10 September, 2020

Renters affected by coronavirus will continue to be supported over autumn and winter through comprehensive measures

Social Housing White Paper work 'paused during pandemic'

10 September, 2020

Work on the Social Housing White Paper was paused during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure it received the "prominence" it deserved

A new roadmap can measure the social value of social housing

10 September, 2020

HACT is launching a roadmap for social value

Social landlords mull listing assets on new property exchange

10 September, 2020

Registered providers are considering listing social housing assets on a new commercial property exchange that is due to be launched this year

No DSS: Second court case confirms estate agencies must not discriminate against housing benefit tenants

10 September, 2020

Reperesented by a Shelter solicitor, a disabled man has won his case against housing benefit discrimination at Birmingham County Court

Keep the Universal Credit £20 week uplift and expand it to ESA

09 September, 2020

The £20 a week uplift in Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit has been a lifeline for many claimants as they've struggled to get through the Coronavirus pandemic

The government's new shared ownership model: how will it affect landlords?

09 September, 2020

Details of the government's new model for shared ownership have been revealed after a year-long consultation

Disabled homeless man wins 'no DSS' case against estate agency

09 September, 2020

Stephen Tyler was unlawfully discriminated against when refused chance to rent

London social landlords say Affordable Homes Programme grant allocation is not enough

09 September, 2020

Housing associations and councils in London have warned that the amount of grant available to deliver affordable homes in the capital over the next five years will not be enough

Universal Credit switch leaves councils battling to claw back £2bn housing debts

09 September, 2020

Nearly £66m in overpaid housing benefit is yet to be recovered in Birmingham alone as local authorities across the UK try to get back the money they're owed from those who were switched to Universal Credit

Triple Point Social Housing has proved itself resilient during lockdown and has ambitious plans for the future

09 September, 2020

Property companies have been hit hard by the lockdown and its aftermath. Shops and restaurants are struggling. Offices are largely empty

Civitas Social Housing has seen its share price rise 11% in three years - can it continue?

09 September, 2020

Civitas Social Housing specialises in supported homes

Housing associations report a spike in shared ownership demand since lockdown

09 September, 2020

Housing associations in England have seen major surges in shared ownership enquiries and sales since the coronavirus lockdown, with some reporting a three-fold increase in enquiries

Landlords refused to rent to me and my autistic son because we claim benefits

08 September, 2020

The voice at the end of the phone was blunt and unapologetic. 'Those are the rules Ms Collier,' the letting agent told me

Consent in Universal Credit

08 September, 2020

A statement by the SSAC on the outcome of a joint action point from DWP's response to SSAC's managed migration report

New Freebridge chief executive: 'Tenants can help us improve their lives'

08 September, 2020

The new head of West Norfolk's largest social housing provider wants to help improve tenants' lives and is urging them to be part of shaping that drive

Are we in the middle of a social rent renaissance?

08 September, 2020

This year's Inside Housing Biggest Builders survey reveals the sector just isn't ready to let go of social rent as a tenure

Sector prioritising building safety over decarbonisation

08 September, 2020

Only one in five social landlords say planning for carbon zero is their top long-term priority, with the majority prioritising building safety first

Sector prioritises social rents and homelessness, while financial capacity down 25%

08 September, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the priority that housing providers place on delivering both social rented homes and temporary accommodation

Trending topics on the Property Tribes forum - Landlords' Barometer #85

08 September, 2020

Welcome to the September edition of the "Landlords Barometer" where I bring you the trending topics and news from the Property Tribes forum

PA Housing's surplus falls 26% as it books £1.5m provision for safety works at London block

08 September, 2020

PA Housing has reported a 26 per cent drop in annual surplus and booked a £1.5m provision to replace cladding at a London tower block

LA Welfare Direct 9/20

07 September, 2020

These LA Welfare Direct bulletins provide information that affects Housing Benefit and other areas of DWP, to local authority staff

UK private rented sector data

07 September, 2020

The UK private rented sector has evolved substantially over the past 15 years and has been the focus of significant policy change

CIH chief executive: housing and welfare policy must align to deal with COVID-19 impact

07 September, 2020

The government must work to align housing and welfare policy to deal with the socioeconomic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought

Repairing the COVID-19 backlog: how repairs services are beginning again post-lockdown

07 September, 2020

Repairs jobs were the aspect of housing businesses most severely affected by the coronavirus lockdown

Majority of York landlords say 'benefits not welcome'

07 September, 2020

An overwhelming majority of York landlords say prospective renters on housing benefits are not welcome

Brighton landlords refusing to rent to people on benefits

07 September, 2020

People claiming housing benefit in Brighton are being told that they are not welcome in the vast majority of properties listed on a popular housing website

The Impact of Home Workingin Social Housing

07 September, 2020

Exploring impacts on the Organisation, People and the Environment

Landlords pay out more than £400,000 in compensation over tenants' complaints

07 September, 2020

Social housing landlords paid out close to £0.5m in compensation to tenants last year as a result of complaints made to the Housing Ombudsman

Shire Housing Association receives £10.5m funding package from RBS

07 September, 2020

Shire Housing Association has obtained a £10.5 million funding package from Royal Bank of Scotland to refinance existing debt, enable future expansion plans and enhance existing office and tenant facilities

Scottish Tenant Loan Scheme should be offered in the rest of the UK

07 September, 2020

A new scheme which will provide interest free loans to tenants who are facing difficulties paying their rent due to the coronavirus pandemic should be offered in the rest of the UK according to a leading property management firm

Deposit Diaries: Rent Deferral and Deposit Cap

07 September, 2020

While lockdown, due to Covid-19 has been eased and steps are slowly being taken to return to a 'new normal', for many, worries and concerns will remain

New week, new rules: six-month notice periods

04 September, 2020

In recent months, Friday afternoons have no longer signalled the end of a long week and the upcoming respite of a weekend break

Why investment in social housing needn't wait for planning reform

04 September, 2020

Since 2011, 380,000 homes have received planning permission but have not yet been built out

Non-emergency repairs increase by 59% as performance of Scottish landlords continues to improve

04 September, 2020

Reports of non-emergency repairs by Scottish landlords increased by 59% in July but performance will not return to 'normal' levels for some time

Almost 150 new affordable homes to be built under council's social housing scheme

04 September, 2020

'We want to increase the availability of choice for people wishing to live here'

Thousands of people are on housing lists for council properties in Kent and some have been waiting for years

04 September, 2020

Thousands of people are waiting to be rehomed by local authorities in Kent and, for some, the wait has been considerably longer than others

Housing associations take stock of development pipelines

04 September, 2020

A slew of recent financial updates have given a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on development pipelines, as housing associations take stock of the longer-term challenges they face

Rent arrears highest in five years with London worst hit

04 September, 2020

Rent arrears at England's registered providers have reached their highest level in more than five years as unemployment has risen amid the coronavirus crisis

Special report: housing associations' impairments rise almost 40% in a year

04 September, 2020

Fire safety costs, contractor insolvencies and reduced land values result in impairments

Almost 80% of housing association workers are satisfied with working from home

04 September, 2020

A survey of almost 800 housing association staff members has found nearly eight in 10 are satisfied with working from home

Rents up by 2% in August - Goodlord Rental Index

04 September, 2020

According to the latest Goodlord Rental Index, August proved to be another successful month for the lettings market as demand from students and young professionals continued to fuel the sector

Applicants and tenants are becoming more abusive towards agents - what is your view?

04 September, 2020

Over at Property Tribes, Bill Rockett of Newcastle-based Rockett Home Rentals has been asking a pertinent question about applicants' attittude to agents and their staff since the introduction of the tenant fee ban

We opened our doors to the media to shine a light on social housing

03 September, 2020

Over the past two years, Southwark Council has been working with Channel 4 on a six-part documentary, Council House Britain

Social landlords must remediate buildings or they will 'be held responsible for loss of life'

03 September, 2020

Social landlords yet to remediate buildings with dangerous cladding must ask themselves if "they want to be the next landlord... held responsible for loss of life"

Council with UK's worst housing crisis to consult on new allocations policy with overcrowding focus

03 September, 2020

An east London borough with the UK's most severe housing crisis is set to overhaul its allocations policy with an increased focus on alleviating severe overcrowding

Khan writes to 51 private and social landlords over 'unacceptable' pace of Grenfell-style cladding removal

03 September, 2020

The mayor of London has written to more than 50 social and private landlords in the capital, demanding they "accelerate" their plans to remove and replace ACM cladding

Major housing association looks to be 'held to account' on ESG

03 September, 2020

Optivo, which became the first HA to publish a report following a new sector standard for ESG metrics, has said it hopes to be "held to account" on its performance next year

Southwark housing boss: 'We hope Council House Britain highlights importance of social housing'

03 September, 2020

Southwark's housing boss says he hopes the new Ch 4 documentary highlights the importance of social housing

Development after the pandemic

03 September, 2020

From COVID-19-related delays, to planning changes and energy efficiency - what do the current challenges mean for housing associations' development pipelines?

Social housing arrears drop for first time since start of COVID-19 outbreak

03 September, 2020

Rent arrears among social landlords have fallen for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK

And for more guidance on possession claims

03 September, 2020

David Smith, Partner at JMW Solicitors and a recognised legal expert in property regulation, will present a masterclass this Friday morning in partnership with Fixflo

Housing Benefit debt recoveries statistics: April 2019 to March 2020

02 September, 2020

Twice-yearly publication on Housing Benefit debt recoveries

Edinburgh pledges 'swift' action to return short-term lets to full-time residential use

02 September, 2020

The City of Edinburgh Council has pledged to "use all the powers available" to crack down on Airbnb-style short-term lets after a new report found that only about one in 500 properties had proper planning permission

'From one hazard to another' - Single mother accuses Redbridge Council of moving her into dangerous flat that's falling apart

02 September, 2020

A single mother with three children said Redbridge Council moved her into an unsafe home which was falling apart and only intervened after the Recorder got involved

Revenue climbs in year of investment at housing association

02 September, 2020

A housing association with operations across the South West has increased revenue in a financial year when it invested £260m in building new homes and maintaining and improving its existing portfolio

Four social housing investment trusts in the spotlight

02 September, 2020

Affordable homes are a hot political topic. That bodes well for the sector's investment trusts

Large London association sees unsold homes hit 610 amid 'market challenges'

02 September, 2020

Notting Hill Genesis has reported that it had 610 unsold homes at the end of 2019/20 as a difficult London sales market continues to affect the G15 landlord

Scotland moves to help struggling tenants - will England follow suit?

02 September, 2020

The Scottish Government has said that the ban on evictions will be extended for a further six months to March 2021 and that it will provide greater support to tenants and landlords by introducing a £10 million package of interest-free loans to help those struggling to pay their rent due to financial difficulty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic

How housing associations are supporting tenancy sustainmentand income collection throughthe coronavirus crisis

01 September, 2020

The coronavirus crisis has been a catalyst for change in the way many housing associations have approached resident rent arrears, income collection and working with residents around their tenancy conditions

Supported housing for people with long-term care and support needs

01 September, 2020

This Housing LIN report sets out what is required to ensure there is sustainable development of supported housing for adults with long term care and support needs

Mum claims kitchen infested by rats after housing association left it 'unsafe'

01 September, 2020

The tenant says she has been left having to store food in her living room

New Forest housing report promises 'affordable' rents

01 September, 2020

Tenants have been promised "affordable housing" following a review of how Crown properties in the New Forest are rented

Government spends £120m in taxpayer money fighting disability benefit claims in two years

01 September, 2020

New data reveals cost of administering appeals soared by 39 per cent between 2017 and 2019

Government urged to provide £270m for renters to prevent thousands of evictions

01 September, 2020

An emergency grant and loan package worth up to £270m should be made available to support private renters who have fallen into arrears during the COVID-19 pandemic

Repossession looms for buy to let investors because of eviction ban

01 September, 2020

Reduce buy to let regulation or face a worsening housing crisis - that's the message from a leading property lawyer

Coronavirus: 80% of low-income families financially worse off since pandemic

01 September, 2020

More than three-quarters of surveyed families say Covid-19 crisis has affected ability to pay for food

Renters with six months' arrears to get just four weeks' notice before eviction

01 September, 2020

Tenants who have failed to pay their rent for six months can be evicted with just four weeks' notice under new government legislation tabled today

A wave of buy-to-let repossessions could overtake landlords

01 September, 2020

The UK is heading for a deeper housing crisis driven by a wave of buy-to-let repossessions unless the Government urgently takes the shackles off renting legislation

Landlords welcome clarity on possession cases

01 September, 2020

The NRLA says that Ministers have made important concessions about how repossession cases in the rental market will be handled from 20th September

The coronavirus debt crisis: Why government should offer financial support to private renters

28 August, 2020

The national lockdown has been a shared experience, one that has affected us all, and not something we ever imagined would or could happen to us

New payment for people on low incomes self-isolating in highest risk areas

28 August, 2020

People on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high incidence of COVID-19 are to benefit from a new payment scheme

Boris Johnson told: You've kicked the rental sector in the teeth

28 August, 2020

A leading trade body has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that some landlords face receiving no rent for two years

In rush to build, the government's White Paper risks putting off private investment in social housing

28 August, 2020

Blackstone, Legal & General and others have been investing heavily in funding and building homes for the needy

Private Rented Sector Report - July 2020

28 August, 2020

The number of new prospective tenants reached an all time high in July, with 97 registered per branch

Scrapping 213 local councils could save £3bn says report

28 August, 2020

Abolishing 213 smaller councils in England and replacing them with 25 new local authorities could save almost £3bn over five years

Benefit claimants face landlord discrimination despite ruling

28 August, 2020

Thousands of landlords are trying to avoid renting their properties to benefit claimants

Eviction ban could leave some landlords without rent for two years

28 August, 2020

Some landlords could find themselves without rental income for two years if a 'perfect storm' of circumstances affects their lettings and they find themselves unable to evict unsatisfactory tenants

Coronavirus: Universal Credit claims rise by 90% in NI

27 August, 2020

The number of households in Northern Ireland claiming Universal Credit rose by almost 90% between February and May

Renters find mushrooms growing under carpet but are evicted after they complain

27 August, 2020

They feel they are being punished for making a number of complaints about the St Pauls property

North East housing association plans coronavirus recovery with £45m affordable housing boost

27 August, 2020

Gentoo Group will put £45m into building 268 new affordable homes in the city, which it says will "kick-start" social and economic recovery in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

Mayor of Newham criticises four week extension of evictions ban

27 August, 2020

The mayor of Newham has criticised the government's evictions ban extension for not being long enough

UK House Price Index

27 August, 2020

Time to sell falls more than a quarter as homeowners shrug off recession fears

Medway Council u-turns on rogue landlords crackdown

27 August, 2020

A crackdown on rogue landlords across Medway has been shelved as the council makes a u-turn on a decision made three months ago

Evictions ban explainer: have social landlords been 'seeking possessions' during lockdown and will this increase when the ban is lifted?

27 August, 2020

The eviction ban may have been extended by another month but housing associations have been planning for weeks what approaches to take when the eviction moratorium is eventually lifted

UK will pay low-income residents to self-isolate because of COVID-19

27 August, 2020

Britain will pay low-income residents to self-isolate if they have confirmed or suspected coronavirus as the government steps up measures to keep the virus under control

UK housing demand soars since end of Covid lockdown

27 August, 2020

Roomier rural houses are selling quickest, says Zoopla, with buyers prioritising space

Guide for tenants on raising safety issues in tower blocks published

26 August, 2020

A new website has been created by tower block safety campaigners to give residents advice on how to get safety issues fixed

Housing associations join forces for digital building safety project

26 August, 2020

A group of housing associations are working on a joint project to encourage social landlords to introduce digital systems for ensuring building safety

Colchester Council to press ahead with £22m plans to buy 100 homes

26 August, 2020

Council is set to press ahead with £22 million plans to purchase 100 council homes for residents on the borough's housing list

Large housing association cuts back on recruitment due to COVID-19 fears

26 August, 2020

Metropolitan Thames Valley has cut back discretionary spending and recruitment in a bid to protect its finances from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic

Labour urges government to scrap benefits cap to avoid wave of evictions

26 August, 2020

Month-long extension to ban on removal of tenants will provide only temporary relief as thousands go into rent arrears

Government must provide funding quickly to prevent 'slip back' to pre-coronavirus homelessness levels

26 August, 2020

The Conservative mayor of the West Midlands has called on the government to provide local authorities with homelessness funding quickly in order to support the "on-the-ground" work to prevent rough sleepers from returning to the streets

Agents not giving landlords 'clear opportunity to positively consent' to energy switching should amend Terms of Business

26 August, 2020

Following a recent story run by Property Industry Eye, we were asked to comment on the practice of letting agents obtaining consent to switch energy suppliers on behalf of landlords

Should the government bring in rent arrears loans for private tenants?

25 August, 2020

Earlier this month, the Welsh government announced a loan scheme to tackle rent arrears caused by Covid-19

Fear of mass coronavirus evictions of vulnerable housing tenants

25 August, 2020

Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre urges housing associations to stand by their communities

Councils scrapping use of algorithms in benefit and welfare decisions

25 August, 2020

Call for more transparency on how such tools are used in public services as 20 councils stop using computer algorithms

Rental housing boost from council pension funds

25 August, 2020

Local government pension funds have invested £150 million in one of Britain's biggest private rental housing operators

Research reveals escape of water problem in social housing

25 August, 2020

Insurance company Zurich is calling on the government to increase investment in maintenance of the UK's social housing stock

Households in temporary accommodation rose nearly 10% as pandemic hit

25 August, 2020

The number of homeless households in temporary accommodation across England climbed nearly 10% last year to reach a 14-year high as the coronavirus pandemic hit

Westminster launches HMO checker to help combat rogue landlords

25 August, 2020

Westminster City Council has launched a new online checker that allows residents in Westminster to see if the property they live in is licensed correctly

Agents and landlords get to grips with the extension of the eviction ban

25 August, 2020

Agents will need to manage tenants to mitigate Eviction U-turn impact

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