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Government can no longer ignore impact of Stamp Duty on transactions

17 November, 2017

Government inaction on the housing market will put the brakes on price growth next year

New universal credit claimants 'will get no money before Christmas'

17 November, 2017

Peabody Trust says 42-day wait means 60,000 households, with over 40,000 children, will receive no income until after festive season

Ditch tax cuts to fund universal credit

17 November, 2017

Centre for Social Justice urges chancellor to row back on manifesto pledge to reduce income tax and invest in benefits instead

ONS confirms reclassification of housing associations

17 November, 2017

The Office for National Statistics has reclassified housing associations as private

Eviction threat over complaints about crying baby

17 November, 2017

A family renting in London have been threatened with eviction after complaints that their baby was crying

Chancellor urged to remove barriers to council house building

17 November, 2017

NFA and ARCH call for the chancellor to free up local authority borrowing limits in the Autumn Budget

Impact of tax and welfare reforms between 2010 and 2017: interim report

17 November, 2017

This report is a summary of the first set of results from our research project looking at the effect of tax, welfare, social security and public spending

Scrutiny of Government plans to ban landlord and letting agents fees

17 November, 2017

The Communities and Local Government Committee conducts pre-legislative scrutiny of the Government's proposals to ban letting fees

Universal credit shouldn't be scrapped - it is worth salvaging

17 November, 2017

Merging six benefits into one should eventually make the system simpler and more efficient

PMQs: Universal credit families risk Christmas eviction

16 November, 2017

Hundreds of families have been issued with eviction notices by a landlord concerned about the impact of universal credit

Government refuses to investigate whether people claiming Universal Credit are forced to use food banks

16 November, 2017

Stance 'only serves to demonstrate the contempt they have for the most vulnerable in our society'

Walsall Council's Selective Licensing Proposals to Punish Energy Inefficient Properties

16 November, 2017

Walsall Council's is currently consulting on plans to introduce a Selective Licensing Scheme in two parts of the Borough, seeking to clamp down on energy inefficient properties

Social housing: Ministers move debt to boost building

16 November, 2017

Plans to encourage housing associations to borrow money to invest in new homes are being announced as part of a fresh government house-building drive

Regulator downgrades nine associations over financial viability

16 November, 2017

Nine housing associations, including two G15 landlords, have been downgraded by the social housing regulator over financial viability concerns

Landlord defends sending eviction letters ahead of universal credit rollout

16 November, 2017

Lincolnshire property firm sends formal notice of possession to all tenants in case universal credit leads to rent arrears

Six-week wait for universal credit set to be reduced

16 November, 2017

Government preparing to trim wait for new benefit after Tory backbenchers raised concerns about impact on constituents

Universal Credit: Architect of welfare shake-up urges changes

16 November, 2017

The man who invented Universal Credit has added his voice to growing calls for the benefit to be paid quicker

Major new CIH project will help to shape the future of social housing

16 November, 2017

A major new project by the Chartered Institute of Housing aims to help shape the future of social housing

May rejects Corbyn's call for sprinkler funding

16 November, 2017

Theresa May cited four Labour councils which have so far decided not to fit sprinklers in high rises

Why social landlords need to think seriously about smart meters

16 November, 2017

Smart meters in the sector have had a slower than anticipated take-up

The Budget must improve living standards for struggling families

16 November, 2017

The Government must use the Autumn Budget to lift the benefit freeze and reverse work allowance cuts to help people who are struggling

Landlord threatens mass evictions ahead of universal credit rollout

15 November, 2017

Lincolnshire property firm sends formal notice of possession to all tenants in case universal credit leads to rent arrears

Housing Benefit caseload statistics: data to August 2017

15 November, 2017

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Benefit destinations of claimants receiving a benefit sanction: methodology

15 November, 2017

An explanation of the methodology used in the benefit destinations of claimants who have been sanctioned statistics

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Oct 2017

15 November, 2017

These experimental statistics cover numbers of starts made and people on Universal Credit to 12 October 2017

Benefit sanctions statistics 2017

15 November, 2017

Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions: data to June 2017

House insurance 'unaffordable' for social housing tenants

15 November, 2017

Report shows majority of tenants cannot afford and do not trust the insurance sector

Lettings agency issues pre-emptive eviction notices ahead of UC roll-out

15 November, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn cites the notices at PMQs amid reports of a coming government climb down on the UC waiting time

Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing: Analysis of responses to the public consultation exercise

15 November, 2017

This report presents analysis of responses to a consultation on Energy Efficiency and Condition Standards in Private Rented Housing

Successive governments have misled the public about the impact of immigration on housing demand

15 November, 2017

Successive governments have misled the public over the true extent to which immigration adds to the demand for new homes

Unfreeze public sector pay and cut benefits bill

15 November, 2017

Inflation-linked pay rise would cost £5.8bn - but £2.5bn would come in from extra tax and from benefits savings

50 years of the English Housing Survey

15 November, 2017

The EHS is a national survey of people's housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England

Letting agent prosecuted after failing to obtain licence in 'first' Rent Smart Wales court case

15 November, 2017

A letting agent has been taken to court, fined and ordered to pay costs for failing to register and license

Average 2 bedroom private rents up by 4.4%

15 November, 2017

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Big rents rise adds to cost of living squeeze

15 November, 2017

Scotland's cost-of-living squeeze has intensified as "out of control" rents have soared by up to one third in the last decade

Tenants face 'insurmountable barriers' in sorting disrepair

15 November, 2017

Tenants face "numerous and often insurmountable barriers to justice" when trying to sort out defects in their homes

UK Government must take responsibility for consequences of UC implementation

14 November, 2017

Latest call for action follows the Scottish government urging a stop on the roll-out to fix "fundamental flaws"

Hamptons set to trial deposit replacement insurance product for tenants

14 November, 2017

Countrywide brand Hamptons has identified four branches that will trial deposit replacement insurance schemes from this month

Cash purchases rise to two thirds of the buy-to-let market

14 November, 2017

Record numbers of landlords are now building their buy-to-let portfolios using cash

Ombudsman continues crackdown on letting agents breaking law over fees

14 November, 2017

The Property Ombudsman has launched phase three of its national campaign with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute to tackle lettings agents that are breaking the law by not displaying their fees

Housing law deemed 'inadequate' in research prompted by Grenfell Tower blaze

14 November, 2017

The charity said the failings the review highlighted were likely to have contributed to the blaze, thought to have killed around 80 people

Council tax debt: Concern over use of bailiffs

14 November, 2017

Bailiffs were called in to collect debts by councils in England and Wales on more than two million occasions last year

Solihull council 'wastes' £6m reserved for council housing

14 November, 2017

More than £6million of Solihull taxpayers' money reserved for replenishing council housing stock has been wasted in five years

A mother given 50p a week for housing: the benefit cap one year on

14 November, 2017

A year after the lower benefit cap was introduced, families go without food and fuel and are forced to use foodbanks

Living in Fear - Experiences of Older Private Renters in London

14 November, 2017

At Age UK London we have been running our Older Private Sector Tenants Programme funded by the Nationwide Foundation

Councils forced to sell off 'enough homes to house Oxford'

13 November, 2017

The Local Government Association is warning councils need more financial powers in the Budget to replace homes sold under the Right to Buy

People left without heating due to spending cuts

13 November, 2017

Health of low-income households at risk as funding cuts slash support for replacing and repairing boilers

Life in the rental market: what the future holds for older renters

13 November, 2017

Most debates around housing focus on young adults, the drastic fall in their rate of home ownership and ways to boost the number of first time buyers

Building fire safety 'must improve'

13 November, 2017

More serious fires such as that at Grenfell Tower could happen unless safety measures get more priority

English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016: headline report

13 November, 2017

The latest findings from the English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016

Northern Ireland foodbanks have seen an eight per cent rise in handouts

13 November, 2017

Trussel Trusts say they fear problem will get worse thanks to ongoing benefit system changes

PIP disability benefit: Concerns raised over NI assessments

13 November, 2017

More than 12,000 people in Northern Ireland have challenged the Department for Communities over the outcome of their initial PIP assessment

Call to fix 'fundamental flaws' in Universal Credit

13 November, 2017

The Scottish government is calling on the chancellor to stop the rollout of Universal Credit to enable "fundamental flaws" to be fixed

Buying and renting: Your biggest financial decision - in 10 charts

13 November, 2017

For tenants, paying the rent is the biggest monthly outgoing

Universal credit: the homeless charity that could lose a third of its income

10 November, 2017

Residents at Emmaus Greenwich face a stark choice under changes to the benefits system: lose money or lose the chance to work for the charity that supports them

Sprinklers save lives. So why, after Grenfell, isn't the government doing more?

10 November, 2017

Only 2% of tower blocks have sprinkler systems yet councils which have asked for funding to make homes safe have been turned down or ignored

Legal challenge to the way those with psychological distress are treated by PIP rules

10 November, 2017

The PLP is representing a client who is bringing a challenge to the unfair and discriminatory way those with psychological distress are treated by the PIP rules

Landlord who is director of estate agency firm hit with £9,000 bill after tenants complain of cold and damp

10 November, 2017

The director of an estate agency has been ordered to pay almost £9,000 after a court case concerning a rental property that he owns as a landlord

Fees ban: Agents 'may have to refund fees to early-booking student tenants'

10 November, 2017

Agents who deal in student lets are expressing concerns over the effect of the impending fees ban

Mortgage arrears fell in third quarter

10 November, 2017

The number of mortgages in arrears of 2.5 per cent or more of the outstanding balance fell again in the third quarter of 2017

Priced Out: Affordable housing in England

10 November, 2017

England is in the midst of a housing crisis

Affordable Housing Supply: April 2016 to March 2017 England

10 November, 2017

An additional 41,530 affordable homes were delivered in England in 2016- 17

Call for tough new targets after fuel poverty failure

10 November, 2017

Consultation will set new fuel poverty targets after Scottish Government's failure to eliminate the problem

Boom in Scottish short term lets is destroying's basic rights

10 November, 2017

Since I first raised the issue of short term lets in the Scottish Parliament in January of this year, I have been inundated by people throughout Scotland who have serious concerns about the impact on their communities

New research outlines ground rent risks for associations

10 November, 2017

New research by Network Homes published today identifies particular risks for housing associations from the onerous ground rents seen in the leasehold market in the last ten years

The Chancellor should use Universal Credit, not the tax system, to help young people in the Budget

10 November, 2017

Unfreezing working age benefits next year and rebooting Universal Credit would provide a much needed living standards boost to young families as the majority of gains would go to millennials

Kettle packs and extreme overcrowding: the realities of temporary accommodation

09 November, 2017

Having to feed your family while trapped in just one room, with nothing other than a kettle, isn't something you'd expect to hear about in Britain in 2017

'No coloureds' landlord taken to court by UK equality watchdog

09 November, 2017

Buy-to-let mogul Fergus Wilson told agent to ban 'coloured' tenants because they left curry smells in his properties

HomeLet Rental Index - October 2017

09 November, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 0.9% in October compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £909 a month

Government considers separate rates for extra care and sheltered housing

09 November, 2017

The government is considering separate rates for sheltered housing and extra care, sector sources have been told, as the new funding model for supported housing begins to take shape.

Temporary Accommodation

09 November, 2017

House of Commons Hansard

Discussions start on future shape of housing association sector

09 November, 2017

The Future Shape of the Sector Commission - set up by three of the country's largest housing associations - has held its first meeting

Councils can help tackle the housing crisis - but government has to step up

09 November, 2017

The housing crisis is one of the most serious issues this country faces - and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is right on the front line of that crisis

Bournemouth Council rejects scheme to license landlords

09 November, 2017

Bournemouth Council has today rejected plans to introduce a landlord licensing scheme in parts of the area

The tenants fees bill doesn't go far enough

08 November, 2017

Britain needs longer tenancies and caps on rent increases

Govt dismisses call to allow Universal Credit to be paid twice monthly in England and Wales

08 November, 2017

The government has rejected a recommendation from the Lords Select Committee on Financial Exclusion to allow flexibility so that Universal Credit payments might be made twice monthly

New tenants' passport business reveals ambitions to launch property portal

08 November, 2017

A property portal which is launching tenants' 'Passports' has gone over-target in its latest

Landlords warn of lack of accountability over fire safety failings

08 November, 2017

Landlords have warned that tower block residents are being let down by a system in which it is difficult to hold a single person or organisation to account for fire safety failings

Low-income families will be biggest losers in next recession

08 November, 2017

Watchdog warns plans for reduction in tax credits will take heavy toll on households facing cuts in hours or lower wages

Council chiefs pledge to rehouse 'every Grenfell survivor who wants a new home by Christmas'

08 November, 2017

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire were today offered a package of support to help them move into permanent accommodation and rebuild their lives

Grenfell Tower fire: Kensington leader says council not responsible for residents' safety

08 November, 2017

Elizabeth Campbell says safety is 'under legal remit' of Kensington and Chelsea tenant management organisation

Third of NI DLA claimants' benefits stopped

08 November, 2017

More than a third of DLA claimants in Northern Ireland have had their benefit stopped after being reassessed for the new PIP

The long-awaited letting fees ban

07 November, 2017

Having campaigned for a ban on letting fees since 2013, this draft legislation is a welcome step towards finally bringing an end to these unjust fees

Food banks fear 'soaring' Christmas demand as UC rolls out

07 November, 2017

Trussell Trust says the need for its parcels in areas where full service UC operates has increased by an average of 30% since April

Private lettings platform backed by Trinity Mirror secures listings on Rightmove and Zoopla

07 November, 2017

A new lettings platform which puts landlords and tenants directly in touch with each other has been backed by newspaper group Trinity Mirror

Council 'advised private tenant to return to former property'

07 November, 2017

A local authority advised a former renter who ran up arrears to go back to the property, where she had been given notice to quit and had duly left

Food banks warn of struggle to cope this Christmas due to universal credit

07 November, 2017

Trussell Trust says six-week wait for first payment of benefit will lead to soaring demand for help from families this winter

Deregulation measures pass committee stage

07 November, 2017

Deregulation measures forming part of the package aimed at moving housing associations back into the private sector have been passed unanimously by a parliamentary committee

£10m raised in housing association retail charity bond

07 November, 2017

A housing association's retail charity bond has raised £10m and closed early due to high demand

Plea for 'full scale rescue' of Universal Credit in upcoming budget

07 November, 2017

New study shows the sinking flagship welfare reform represents a "colossal failure" of public policy if it rolls out little more than desperation and destitution

Speak up for supported housing

07 November, 2017

The sector must respond carefully to the supported housing funding consultation, or vulnerable tenants could still lose out

Scottish food banks report record demand

07 November, 2017

The use of food banks in Scotland has risen by 20% in the last year

New bill bans landlord and letting agent upfront fees for renters

06 November, 2017

A ban on private landlords and letting agents demanding upfront fees from would-be tenants has crept a step closer

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2017 to Mar 2018

06 November, 2017

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2017 to 2018

Fees ban Bill brings industry to a 'fork in the road'

06 November, 2017

ARLA has said that the new draft Tenant Fees Bill brings all agents in England to a "fork in the road"

Families thousands of pounds worse off after years of cuts

06 November, 2017

Seven years of cuts to tax credits and universal credit have hugely eroded their role in supposedly rewarding people for working, leaving many families thousands of pounds a year worse off

North of England sees rise in buy to let activity

06 November, 2017

More buy to let landlords are applying for mortgages in the Northern regions of England although the highest number still come from London even although rents and yields are falling in the city

Government urged to lift housing benefits cap as 1 million families face homelessness

06 November, 2017

More than 30 homeless charities, faith leaders and MPs warn Chancellor that abandoning freeze on LHA for private is 'essential' for low-income families to avoid homelessness

Funding for supported housing: update

06 November, 2017

In summary the proposals split supported housing into three strands

Homeless placed in 'tiny' flats to be investigated

06 November, 2017

The chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has vowed to investigate private landlords, who are housing the homeless in tiny flats

Renters fear 'constant threat' of losing their home

06 November, 2017

One in three private renters is worried they will have to move in the next year

Tenancy fees ban: Relocation agent calls for letting firms to 'cease and desist' immediately

03 November, 2017

A property finding agent who specialises in the rental market has called for letting firms to stop charging fees to tenants immediately

UK interest rates rise for first time in 10 years

03 November, 2017

For the first time in more than 10 years, the Bank of England has raised interest rates

Bill to force landlords into fixing health and safety issues proposed

03 November, 2017

MPs are set to debate a bill which would make it easier for tenants to force landlords into fixing health and safety hazards

Freeze on LHA rates risks increasing homelessness

03 November, 2017

A freeze on the amount of benefits private sector tenants can claim risks increasing homelessness

Halt right to buy to ease housing crisis

03 November, 2017

There is a housing crisis in Brighton and Hove

Lower benefit cap pitching 'thousands' into poverty and homelessness

03 November, 2017

More than 68,000 families were capped last month alone, with nearly a third losing between £50-£100 a week

What's the modern purpose of the welfare state?

03 November, 2017

Was it conceived as a necessary bulwark to a moribund, failing capitalism, or is it an active creator of destitution, or something to be cherished?

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2017-18 to 2021-22

03 November, 2017

Debates over living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK are often hampered by the fact that official data on household incomes are available only with a significant lag

Toblerones and Tenancies - Shrinkflation in the Private Rental Sector

03 November, 2017

while it's not been added to the Oxford English Dictionary yet, shrinkflation isn't a new concept for economics or housing

Landlord prosecutions are a postcode lottery

03 November, 2017

Less than a third of councils have prosecuted poor landlords in the past year despite government cries of how they are repairing a 'broken housing market'

Benefit Cap

02 November, 2017

There is a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called the benefit cap

A year on lower benefit cap is pushing thousands into poverty

02 November, 2017

A year since its introduction a cap on benefits is pushing people into poverty and putting them at risk of homelessness

DWP launches legal challenge to release of Universal Credit reports

02 November, 2017

Department says the documents fall under a Freedom of Information exemption allowing staff "free and frank" discussions in developing policy

Uncertainty and lending constraints to slow 5 year house price growth and limit house buying activity. Rents to keep pace with wages, but landlords feel the squeeze

02 November, 2017

Average UK house price growth is expected to slow to 14 per cent over the next five years, but there will be marked differences between and within regions

Sector welcomes supported housing policy change, but flags concerns

02 November, 2017

The sector has welcomed a change in direction from the government over the funding of supported housing but pointed out that there are still crucial details to be ironed out

Guinness to pay compensation after estate went 18 days without water

02 November, 2017

Guinness is to refund rent and service charges to Loughborough Park residents for the 18 days the estate spent without water

LGA responds to Government announcement on letting agent fees

02 November, 2017

"This ban on letting agent fees and a cap on holding deposits will bring much-needed clarity for the private rented sector"

Foodbank fears soaring demand as Universal Credit rolled out in Dundee

02 November, 2017

Dundee Foodbank organisers say they expects pleas for help to soar if the city is hit by a poverty crisis as the new Universal Credit benefit is rolled out

Warning that Wales could see the biggest rise in absolute poverty if benefits changes go ahead

01 November, 2017

A major report warns that child poverty in Wales could jump from 28% to 34.9%

Government needs to iron out kinks in Universal Credit roll-out

01 November, 2017

The government should not overlook the lessons that can be learnt from the roll-out of full-service Universal Credit

October 2017: Touchbase edition 122

01 November, 2017

News and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs

Former No.10 housing adviser: 'Social housing should be a reward'

01 November, 2017

Alex Morton has said government should not allow Labour councils that are failing to build other tenures a single penny of "social housing grant"

Funding Supported Housing: Policy Statement and Consultation

01 November, 2017

Supporting the most vulnerable people in our society is a priority for the Government, and we value the important role that supported housing plays

Legal aid cuts trigger 99.5% collapse in numbers receiving state help in benefits cases

01 November, 2017

Just 440 claimants were given assistance in the last financial year, Ministry of Justice admits - down from 83,000 before almost £1bn of cuts

Javid urged to 'keep an eye' on associations flouting PRS rules

01 November, 2017

In the Commons, some housing associations are accused of believing themselves "above and beyond" regulations that govern the private sector

Government to introduce bill on letting agent fees ban

01 November, 2017

The government will introduce a bill to parliament today to ban letting agent fees

George Osborne's tax raid on buy-to-let properties nets £2.7bn: Figure is twice as much as officials expected

01 November, 2017

Government expected to raise £1.3 billion from the tax increase in first two years

Government sets out plans for future supported housing funding

01 November, 2017

The government has announced its plans for the future funding of supported housing

Agents urged to support foodbanks in run-up to Christmas

01 November, 2017

Agents are being urged to support local foodbanks in the run-up to Christmas

Buying a home has 'departed realm of reality' as Stamp Duty receipts grow 23%

01 November, 2017

Receipts from Stamp Duty Land Tax have soared as house prices continue to rise - leading one critic to say that the cost of home ownership has become 'unreal'

Funding for supported housing for older people to encourage building new homes

31 October, 2017

A tailored approach to protect and encourage the supply of a wide range of supported housing has been set out by government

Funding for supported housing - policy statement

31 October, 2017

A policy statement and two consultation documents setting out the government's proposals for a flexible funding approach for the supported housing sector

Funding for supported housing

31 October, 2017

Responses to the November 2016 'Funding for supported housing' consultation

Scotland Buy-to-let index - September 2017

31 October, 2017

Scottish rents edge up in August

Universal Remedy - Ensuring Universal Credit is fit for purpose

31 October, 2017

Making Universal Credit fit for 21st Century Britain

Renting in Wales - what does the future hold?

31 October, 2017

Private renting in Wales is experiencing massive change

Impact of UK Welfare Policy on Disabled People

31 October, 2017

This report is supplementary to the annual welfare reform report, focusing on the impact of UK welfare policy on disabled people

Councils put aside millions for universal credit debt

31 October, 2017

Scottish councils have put aside £8 million to mitigate against universal credit debt

Call for student flat landlords who 'contribute almost nothing' to pay their way

31 October, 2017

Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire wants private student accommodation developers to help plug the gap left by students' exemption from paying council tax

Social housing sector has 'largely strengthened' its financial position

31 October, 2017

But new report stresses it is still too early to assess the ongoing impact of the strengthening

Reverse cuts or backing for universal credit may collapse

31 October, 2017

Urgent £3bn cash injection needed to bolster confidence in failing system after welfare cuts

Right to Buy: Flagship Government housing scheme in trouble

31 October, 2017

Three years on from extending Right to Buy, Sky News has seen figures which show the scheme has barely got off the ground

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics: Update to 30 June 2017

30 October, 2017

This publication provides information on the Scottish Welfare Fund for the latest quarter

Draft Tenant Fees Bill

30 October, 2017

Make provision prohibiting landlords and letting agents from requiring certain payments to be made or certain other steps to be taken; to make provision about the payment of holding deposits

Another build-to-rent landlord drops tenancy fee charges

30 October, 2017

Dropping fees charged to tenants, or never charging them in the first place, is becoming the norm in the government-backed build-to-rent sector

Beyond the call of duty - Why we should abolish Stamp Duty Land Tax

30 October, 2017

There is about £7.5 trillion worth of property in the UK, but we tax it in strange and inconsistent ways

Rogue landlords enjoy an easy ride as councils fail to prosecute

30 October, 2017

Most local authorities have not secured a single prosecution, figures released under Freedom of Information Act reveal

Private Rented Sector Report - September 2017

30 October, 2017

The number of letting agents who saw rents rise for tenants dropped to 27 per cent in September, from 35 per cent in August

Conservatives 'planning Budget U-turn' over rollout of Universal Credit regime

30 October, 2017

It was reported that Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to make an announcement at the autumn Budget - scheduled for 22 November

Housing lawyers draft bill to empower tenants

30 October, 2017

Housing specialists have been working on a private members bill that empowers tenants to force their landlords to fix hazards that pose a serious threat to their health and safety

Association has raised suicide alerts for some UC tenants

30 October, 2017

A housing association has been so concerned about some of its tenants on Universal Credit that it has raised suicide alerts with local GPs

Universal Credit: the six week wait

27 October, 2017

First Report of Session 2017-19

Universal credit left Port Talbot woman 'penniless'

27 October, 2017

A woman from Port Talbot said she has been left penniless since signing up to universal credit

Taking action now - first retrofitted sprinkler system in Manchester after Grenfell

27 October, 2017

One week after the Grenfell tragedy, the Board of Arcon HA decided to install a sprinkler system to its one and only tower block at Arundel Court in Blackley

Government housing benefit climbdown won't help private renters

27 October, 2017

A welcome U-turn on the housing benefit cap for supported housing still leaves private tenants to face crippling rents and being turfed out on the streets

DWP quietly drops Universal Credit child poverty forecast

27 October, 2017

The DWP has quietly dropped its estimates of how many children will be lifted out of poverty because of Universal Credit

The zombie housing policies: what has happened to the Right to Buy extension and high-value asset levy?

27 October, 2017

What has become of the Right to Buy extension and the high-value asset levy?

Scale of potential Stamp Duty refunds might be bigger than expected

27 October, 2017

How much in the way of refunds might HMRC have to pay to buyers of additional homes who will be entitled to ask for a slice back of the Stamp Duty they have paid?

Tenants' deposits covered by protection schemes spiral to over £4bn

27 October, 2017

Some 14m tenants' deposits worth over £4.1bn were covered by authorised schemes, both custodial and insurance-backed as of the end of March

Lettings fee ban unlikely by next April but legislation coming 'very shortly'

27 October, 2017

The tenant fees ban is unlikely to be in place by next April due to the legislative process

Universal credit: MPs urge government to cut waiting time

26 October, 2017

The six-week waiting time for universal credit should be cut and be a maximum of one month

Evictions raised at PMQs

26 October, 2017

May and Corbyn continue to clash over Universal Credit

Young Scots hit by housing benefit cap

26 October, 2017

Scottish Government says thousands of young Scots will lose out

LHA Cap: How it impacts one of north Wales' largest housing associations

26 October, 2017

The proposals to cap the Local Housing Allowance rates by the UK Government presents significant obstacles to helping the Welsh Government meet its target for new affordable homes

AMs call for pause to universal credit roll-out

26 October, 2017

AMs have backed calls for a pause to the roll out of universal credit in a vote

Quarter of renters spending half their income on housing

26 October, 2017

YouGov survey shows how wages are the biggest cost every month

A two-year U-turn: the rise and fall of the LHA cap

26 October, 2017

A timeline of the Local Housing Allowance cap's journey from George Osborne's brainchild to the policy's abandonment by Theresa May

Housing Benefit Speed of Processing Statistics

25 October, 2017

Housing Benefit is an income related benefit that is intended to help meet housing costs for rented accommodation

Family lettings firm launches tenancy referencing app for the industry

25 October, 2017

A new app for lettings agents has been launched - by an agent

Housing association rents fall by 1.3% in 2016/17

25 October, 2017

Housing association rents in England have dropped by 1.3% on average in the first year of rent cutting

Labour urges government to scrap LHA plans for supported housing

25 October, 2017

Labour will urge the government to drop its plans to introduce a Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing in a parliamentary debate today

Universal credit rollout not expected to increase food bank use

25 October, 2017

Junior minister says government listening to concerns after Labour passed advisory motion calling for rollout to be paused

Government appeals against High Court ruling that benefit cap 'causes misery to no good purpose'

25 October, 2017

Department for Work and Pensions denies policy causes 'discriminatory impact' on single parent families

A London borough is transferring most of its social housing to a private developer. What is it thinking?

25 October, 2017

The Haringey Development Vehicle is thought to be one of the largest transfers of public land into a public/private partnership ever

Universal Credit arrears could limit new build

25 October, 2017

Universal Credit arrears could hamper housing associations' ability to build, a provider has warned ahead of an emergency debate in the House of Commons

Disrepair claims against social landlords are on the rise

24 October, 2017

A rise in opportunistic 'claim-farming' has led to a rise in successful disrepair claims against social landlords, but there are ways to reduce your vulnerability

Postcode lottery: The impact of applying the Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social housing tenants in Wales

24 October, 2017

The proposed application of the Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social housing tenants from April 2019 has the potential to cause deep and long lasting hardship for tenants right across Wales

Universal Credit advances

24 October, 2017

If you don't have enough to live on while you wait for your first payment you may be able to get an advance of your first Universal Credit payment

Dundee City Council to deliver 1,000 new social homes by 2020

24 October, 2017

Dundee City Council has increased its new build social housing target to 1,000 properties by 2020/21 and has pledged to review the use of section 75 agreements to help deliver the new homes

Budget must let councils 'take back control' of housing assets and revenue

24 October, 2017

ARCH and NFA set out key asks on allowing councils to lift the HRA debt caps for new build purposes

Tenants affected by regeneration in Haringey guaranteed 'right of return'

24 October, 2017

Residents of council estates earmarked for redevelopment in Haringey will enjoy a guaranteed right of return

Labour and rebel Tories secure debate on universal credit rollout

24 October, 2017

Three-hour parliamentary session to take place as pressure grows to reduce six-week delay before benefits payments begin

Social housing benefit policy 'flawed'

24 October, 2017

Welsh housing associations have called on the UK government to reverse the Local Housing Allowance cap

Universal credit behind rising rent arrears and food bank use, 'guinea pig' councils say

24 October, 2017

Research by Southwark and Croydon councils reveals devastating effect of new benefits system

Emergency debate on UC waiting times

23 October, 2017

There will be an emergency debate today on the six-week waiting time for Universal Credit claimants

Safe as houses: the impact of universal credit on tenants and their rent behaviour in the London boroughs of Southwark and Croydon, and Peabody

23 October, 2017

The London boroughs of Southwark and Croydon were among the first areas in the country to see the early rollout of full service universal credit

There is more landlords can learn about the needs of LGBT residents

23 October, 2017

HouseProud, the nationwide network for LGBT+ people working in social housing is spearheading the first sector-wide study to explore resident interactions with housing providers

Motion presses Highland Council to cap private rents in Inverness and other communities

23 October, 2017

A move to have private house rents capped in Inverness will be considered next week following claims of "extortionate" sums being charged

Model tenancy agreement for new private residential tenancy published

23 October, 2017

Under the Private Housing Act 2016 all private residential tenancies will be subject to core rights and obligations

U-turn on housing benefit cap for mentally ill and elderly

23 October, 2017

Move follows outcry from charities and evidence that housing projects have been axed

Theresa May plots climbdown over Universal Credit amid fears it could become her 'poll tax'

23 October, 2017

Theresa May is on the brink of a major climbdown over Universal Credit payments, having been warned it could become her "poll tax"

Archbishop calls for cut to universal credit delays

23 October, 2017

The six-week waiting time for universal credit must be cut as the idea that people have a nest egg to fall back on is "grotesquely ignorant"

Young tenants hit by tax hike on landlords

23 October, 2017

One in five private landlords now less willing to rent to young people as a result of tax increases

Gathering storm of fees ban in Scotland - and a warning to English government as Scots landlords 'flee the market'

23 October, 2017

Five years after agents' fees charged to tenants were formally banned by the Scottish government, the effects continue not just to reverberate but to worsen

Welfare questions for Wales

23 October, 2017

It was certainly hard to find much good news on offer at the session on welfare reform

Keeping more of what you earn

23 October, 2017

JRF is calling for people to be able to keep more of what they earn under Universal Credit in order to reduce in-work poverty, delivered by increasing the work allowance

Making Fair Rent Homes a reality

23 October, 2017

The need for a new wave of Fair Rent Homes is clear. But how do we build them? And where is the money coming from?

MPs and ministers out to tackle rogue landlord and letting agents

23 October, 2017

MPs are worried that councils do not have enough powers to deal with rogue landlords and letting agents

What the private residential tenancy means for tenants

23 October, 2017

Big changes to private renting are on the way

No government funding for councils to take action against private tower block landlords

20 October, 2017

The government will not provide funding for councils to take enforcement action against private landlords of tower blocks with ACM cladding

Housing summit: LGA 'hopeful' of action on borrowing caps

20 October, 2017

The LGA is "hopeful" that the Autumn Budget will see a relaxation of council borrowing restrictions

Chesterfield council tenants may have to change their own lightbulbs

20 October, 2017

Chesterfield Borough Council tenants could soon be expected to carry out minor repairs themselves to help save the authority money

Associations having to give food parcels to tenants on Universal Credit

20 October, 2017

Housing associations are having to hand out food parcels and vouchers to tenants on Universal Credit as well as helping with utility bills

Over 40% of low earners are eating and buying clothes less to pay their rent

20 October, 2017

Shelter calls for new type of home to help tacking housing crisis

Universal credit isn't about saving money - it's about disciplining unemployed people

20 October, 2017

The scheme has cost a fortune and done nothing but cause suffering. So why does it exist at all?

Connecting People, Improving Lives: A Digital Future for TEC?

20 October, 2017

There is an urgent need for government, regulators, telecoms and the TEC sector to agree and mobilise a plan to manage the transition and realise the full potential of digital connectivity

Wales continues fight against Universal Credit

20 October, 2017

The Welsh housing sector has continued to pile pressure on Westminster over the controversial policy

Tories warned UC defeat can't be 'shrugged off'

20 October, 2017

Government defiant after humiliating commons crushing over welfare reform

Learning the lessons from Grenfell

20 October, 2017

The tragedy at Grenfell Tower four months ago shocked the country and threw the country's relationship with social housing into sharp relief

HB G10/2017

19 October, 2017

For all Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 14 Sep 2017

19 October, 2017

These experimental statistics cover numbers of claims made, starts and people on Universal Credit to 14 September 2017

Yes, you're (still) better off working than on benefits

19 October, 2017

New analysis shows that you're still better off in low paid work than on benefits, but the financial advantages have shrunk for some

Welsh Secretary calls on Welsh Government to crackdown on rogue landlords

19 October, 2017

The UK Government has today announced plans to crackdown on unfair management agents in England

Your tenants are gay, get over it!: How housing services discriminate against LGBT+ users

19 October, 2017

Are public services delivering equality for LGBT+ service users?

Universal credit: My five-year-old searched bins for food

19 October, 2017

Anna says she had to visit a food bank after the changes to her benefits left her without any money

Two in ten landlords willing to house Universal Credit tenants

19 October, 2017

Just two in 10 landlords say they are willing to let to tenants in receipt of housing benefit or universal credit

Gauke: 'unacceptable' for social landlords to evict Universal Credit tenants

19 October, 2017

It is "simply unacceptable" for social landlords to evict tenants due to arrears built up when switching to Universal Credit

Labour inflicts symbolic defeat over universal credit rollout

19 October, 2017

Tories under fire for abstaining from vote hours after work and pensions secretary David Gauke ends helpline charges

Seven in ten letting agents say their landlords will not accept Universal Credit tenants

19 October, 2017

Private landlords across the country are refusing to let their properties to Universal Credit claimants

Government under fire after abstaining on Universal Credit vote

18 October, 2017

Government have dodged a humiliating defeat, by not turning up to the vote on pausing the roll-out of Universal Credit

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: September 2017

18 October, 2017

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Comparing measures of private rental growth in the UK: Quarter 3 (July to September) 2017

18 October, 2017

This article compares growth in the Index of Private Housing Rental Prices with other measures of private rental growth

'We went days without eating properly': how universal credit brought misery to Inverness

18 October, 2017

People who were never in debt before have been catapulted into crisis in trial of benefit whose rollout continues despite concerns

Two-child limit on benefit claims to be challenged in court

18 October, 2017

Campaigners are granted permission to apply for judicial review of policy, which stops benefits being paid for more than two children

Associations could be forced to pay backdated VAT

18 October, 2017

More than 500 housing associations could be forced to pay four years' worth of backdated VAT, depending on the outcome of ongoing legal proceedings

'Rogue' property agents to be targeted

18 October, 2017

Plans to protect leaseholders and tenants in England from unfair costs have been outlined by ministers

PM will not reduce six-week wait for universal credit despite MPs' warnings

18 October, 2017

Government says it believes advance payments solve problems with delays as Labour urges Tories to support motion to pause rollout of benefit

Theresa May to scrap universal credit helpline charges

18 October, 2017

People will be able to call the government's universal credit helpline without being charged, within weeks

'Universal Credit isn't a fair system'

18 October, 2017

Gillian Garriock has worked in several jobs throughout her adult life to provide for her children

Four landlords who breached licensing requirements made subject of Criminal Behaviour Orders

18 October, 2017

A landlord has been handed what is the largest fine issued in this country for renting out properties without a selective licence

Letting agents secretly filmed by BBC accepting fake IDs from tenants

17 October, 2017

Letting agents were secretly filmed by the BBC accepting fake IDs from tenants, with innocent firms said to be "easily duped" into thinking that the paperwork was authentic

Landlord in court accused of sending threatening email via letting agent

17 October, 2017

Controversial buy-to-let landlord Fergus Wilson has appeared in court, denying sending a threatening email to a family via his letting agent

Universal credit: DWP withholding bad news

17 October, 2017

Frank Field, work and pensions committee chair, believes department has not revealed scale of problems with welfare changes

Major housing associations launch commission into future of sector

17 October, 2017

Three of the largest housing associations in the UK have launched a commission to look at how the sector should change over the next 10-15 years

Oxford City Council plans to improve standards in the private rented sector

17 October, 2017

Oxford City Council has announced plans to tackle poor housing conditions in the private rented sector

Bare cupboards and nobody to help buy food - the forgotten welfare gap in older age

17 October, 2017

Isolated older people living in poverty are suffering from food insecurity

Buying a house made 'impossible' by rental costs

17 October, 2017

Rental costs combined with high house prices means it is impossible to save a deposit to buy a home

Written Statement - Introduction of the Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill

17 October, 2017

The Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill and Explanatory memorandum have today been laid before the National Assembly for Wales

Mind the (housing benefit) gap - it's growing

17 October, 2017

The Autumn Budget must end the benefits freeze

Why Philip Hammond should revisit the benefit freeze in next month's Budget

16 October, 2017

The weather might be un-seasonally warm just now, but millions of household budgets are in the grip of a four-year freeze that's about to get colder still

Khan under pressure on 'controversial' rent controls

16 October, 2017

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is under pressure from opposition in the GLA about rent controls in London

Chancellor urged to lower tax rate on universal credit

16 October, 2017

Conservative MP calls on Philip Hammond to cut rate to allow people receiving in-work benefits to work more hours without facing such heavy tax

The future social housing provider

16 October, 2017

Social housing in England is at a critical juncture

Halton Housing calls for a slow down to Universal Credit roll out

16 October, 2017

July 2016 saw the introduction of Universal Credit in Halton

Forged IDs: Landlord laws 'fuelling black market'

16 October, 2017

Legislation aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from renting properties is fuelling a black market in forged IDs

Bedroom tax hits Northern Ireland despite political pledges

16 October, 2017

The 'bedroom tax' is hitting dozens of homes across the Northern Ireland despite years of Stormont pledges to prevent the controversial welfare cut

Universal credit: Plaid Cymru offers to pay for claimants' calls

16 October, 2017

People claiming universal credit have been offered free use of Plaid Cymru phones to avoid helpline charges

ForViva to fit sprinklers in tower blocks

16 October, 2017

ForViva has announced plans to fit sprinkler systems at all of its 17 high-rise blocks across the North West

Transition Rollout Schedule - October 2017 to September 2018

16 October, 2017

In May 2016 the full Universal Credit service for all claimant types began to rollout nationally (beyond London) and in July 2016 it was announced that this rollout will complete by September 2018

The private sector has failed. Only councils can be trusted to build the homes we need

16 October, 2017

Focused on profit, not people, private developers will never help us out of the housing crisis, but local authorities are coming up with ideas that can help

Universal Credit: Landlord request for a managed payment or rent arrears deduction

13 October, 2017

If a tenant is having difficulty paying their rent, fill in the UC47 form to request payment of rent from a tenant's Universal Credit

The CPI+1% rent settlement: sector reactions

13 October, 2017

The government last week announced a post-2020 inflation-linked rent settlement

The cost of housing for low-income renters

13 October, 2017

The 'affordability' of housing is one of the most prominent domestic public policy issues of the day, and for good reason

Everyone who lives in social housing needs action, not this chaos

13 October, 2017

People in social housing have been denigrated for too long. We need an urgent focus on safety, but all we have is a government dragging its heels

Corbyn challenged over UC eviction rates claim

13 October, 2017

The housing association cited for UC evictions at PMQs throws its figures back at the commons

Government resists calls to lift council borrowing cap

13 October, 2017

The government has held firm on its position against raising or removing caps on the amounts local authorities can borrow against their HRA

Could landlords be offered tax relief for offering longer-term tenancies? Government set to announce new incentives to support renters

13 October, 2017

Calls have been made for tax incentives for landlords offering longer-term tenancies

Pressure grows to make universal credit helpline free of charge

13 October, 2017

Campaigners are concerned that complexity of new benefit and poor staff training are contributing to long and repeated calls

Low-income tenants battle soaring rents

13 October, 2017

Low-income tenants are now spending an average of 28% of their wages on rent, up from 21% in the mid-1990s

New inquiry into private rented sector will look at whether enforcement is working

13 October, 2017

A new inquiry has been launched into the private rented sector

Buy to let ban for homes that fail green test

13 October, 2017

Landlords may have to pull 200,000 buy to let homes off the lettings market within months if they fail a minimum energy efficiency test

Almost half of landlords would reject a tenant based on their credit score

12 October, 2017

Paying rent on time should be counted towards a tenant's credit score to make them more appealing as applicants for rental property

Corbyn tells May to 'wake up' on universal credit complaints

12 October, 2017

Theresa May has defended the expansion of the government's flagship welfare reform as Jeremy Corbyn said it was increasing poverty and homelessness

HRA borrowing cap can be lifted for fire safety

12 October, 2017

Communities secretary, Sajid Javid, has confirmed that local authorities will be able to have "flexibility" to improve fire safety

Minister promises new LHA cap proposals this autumn

12 October, 2017

The government will have new proposals for supported housing "this autumn"

Welfare reform a major challenge for Welsh housing

12 October, 2017

The government's green paper on social housing needs to provide answers for Wales over the LHA cap and Universal Credit

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 - Fitness for Human Habitation

12 October, 2017

This consultation is seeking views on the regulations determining a dwelling's fitness for human habitation, and the accompanying guidance

Is Universal Credit leading to rent arrears?

12 October, 2017

Half of all council tenants on Universal Credit are at least a month in arrears in their rent

The housing crisis will only get worse until England scraps right to buy

12 October, 2017

Selling off council homes is economically and morally reprehensible. The government needs to halt its kneejerk support for home ownership

Single Parent Families, Benefit Conditionality and Wellbeing

11 October, 2017

Why conditionality is unnecessary, unjust and ineffective

To reach their full potential, single parents need to have the conditions which support their health and wellbeing

The introduction of the LHA cap to the social rented sector: impact on young people in Scotland

11 October, 2017

This research was commissioned by CIH Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government and was conducted by the Indigo House Group

This research seeks to improve understanding of the impact that the introduction of Local Housing Allowance caps will have on single people aged under 35 in the social rented sector in Scotland

Half of Landlords Would Refuse Tenant over Poor Credit Score

11 October, 2017

Almost half of landlords would refuse an application from a new tenant if they had a poor credit score

Discretionary housing payments: the under-spenders

11 October, 2017

Every year the Government offers councils millions of pounds to help households struggling to pay their rent - so why does so much of it remain unspent?

The Private Rented Property minimum standard - landlord guidance documents

11 October, 2017

Guidance to landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property on complying with the 2018 'Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency' standard

Why UK housing associations are failing to use data as an asset

11 October, 2017

As demand surges and issues within the system persist, it's become clear that the current methods for managing data are no longer fit for purpose

HomeLet Rental Index - September 2017

11 October, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 2.1% in September compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £927 a month

Alienating, insecure and unaffordable

11 October, 2017

Living in Scotland's Private Rented Sector

The findings of this analysis paper are based on data in the Scottish Households Survey 2016

HB S12/2017

11 October, 2017

Final payment for RTI BDM files issued for May 2017 to August 2017 and advance payment for RTI BDM files for September 2017 to January 2018

Death of social rent properties in Salford?

10 October, 2017

New accounts for City West Housing Trust show a loss of 259 social rent properties last year

Half a million more people in poverty if Government maintains benefits freeze

10 October, 2017

Real terms cuts to working-age benefits and tax credits - imposed before Prime Minister Theresa May took office - are set to drive almost half a million more people into poverty in 2020

Major cities falling short on Right to Buy replacements

10 October, 2017

Major city councils are failing to replace homes sold through the Right to Buy since the government introduced a larger discount for tenants

Disrepair claims: a losing battle for landlords?

10 October, 2017

I recently attended a seminar aimed at RPs defending disrepair claims

'Who is going to feed my kids?' - stress, hunger and dire warnings amid 'chaotic' Universal Credit roll-out

10 October, 2017

As the Universal Credit roll-out continues across Greater Manchester, ministers and charities are warning it could be a catastrophe for the poorest in society

Council tax benefits in Wales extended

10 October, 2017

A benefit scheme resulting in thousands of Welsh households paying only partial or no council tax at all has been extended by the Welsh government

Universal Credit's impact on the two HRAs

10 October, 2017

The Universal Credit roll-out raises questions for councils around meeting the requirements of the Homelessness Reduction Act and managing their Housing Revenue Accounts

First Autumn rental price standstill as South East records annual fall

10 October, 2017

National asking rents outside London dropped by 0.2% in the third quarter of 2017, the first drop recorded at this time of year

'Changes could make life easier for millions renting in private sector'

10 October, 2017

In a big week for housing it would have been easy to miss some changes which could have a big effect on the millions of people renting privately

'I can't even charge my wheelchair': the impact of universal credit delays

10 October, 2017

UC was meant to simplify benefits, but readers have told us of their confusion and anguish in dealing with the system

Scotland ready to pay housing element of Universal Credit direct to landlords

09 October, 2017

Now UK government is being urged to follow the Scottish government lead

Rent control could deepen the housing crisis in UK's most expensive cities

09 October, 2017

To tackle the housing crisis, we need to dramatically increase house-building - which rent control could hamper

£30million of council houses sold off in Leicester in two years

09 October, 2017

815 homes have been sold under the Right to Buy scheme

Government confirms 25,000 homes figure is 'an estimate'

09 October, 2017

The government has confirmed that the 25,000 homes it expects to be built with £2bn of new funding is an "estimate"

Hammond urged to scrap benefit cap as 1 million face homelessness

09 October, 2017

Shelter calls on chancellor to act in next month's budget while council leaders attack failure to fix 'broken' housing market

More than 25 Tory MPs prepared to rebel over Universal Credit roll-out

09 October, 2017

More than 25 Tory MPs are now prepared to rebel over the Government's flagship welfare reforms

The UK housing market's perfect storm, and five steps to avoid it

09 October, 2017

With ownership plummeting, rents unaffordable and homelessness on the rise, action is needed to stave off a crash

Councils fear surge in evictions as universal credit rollout accelerates

09 October, 2017

Housing federation says new system poses challenge to landlords, and Guardian investigation reveals claimants' frustration

Grenfell Tower: Safety cash not released

09 October, 2017

The government has not released funds to make tower blocks safe following the Grenfell Tower fire

Rent settlement will get associations building

06 October, 2017

The new settlement on social rent will "enable social landlords to build many more houses"

Grenfell: Confusion as experts contradict Hackney Council on Fire Risk Assessment gaps

06 October, 2017

Surveyors and Town Hall at odds over documents which appear to counter Mayor's claim that FRAs 'up to date'

Right to Buy sales drop off

06 October, 2017

Right to Buy sales of council homes have dropped in recent months

Bedroom tax: Clydebank worst hit in entire UK by governmental charge

06 October, 2017

Clydebank residents are the worst hit in the entire UK by the so-called "bedroom tax"

One in 20 rental properties in UK do not yet meet minimum energy standards

06 October, 2017

The private rental sector in the UK has seen rapid energy efficiency improvements in recent years

'In a year, not one payment correct': a council tenant on the misery of universal credit

06 October, 2017

In a revealing video, visually-impaired council tenant Jo King explains the impact of delays and mistakes since she's been on universal credit

Welsh landlords make advances on housing quality standard compliance

06 October, 2017

Numbers of social homes meeting the Welsh Government's housing quality standard have reached record levels

Ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants branded 'dangerous move'

05 October, 2017

A ban on letting agency fees charged to tenants in Wales would be a dangerous move

Theresa May's £2bn for social housing unlikely to solve problem

05 October, 2017

As No 10 aides admit cash helps create just 5,000 extra homes a year, it is no surprise the funds are being tagged 'chicken feed'

Government announces five-year rent settlement

05 October, 2017

The government has announced a return to Consumer Price Index plus 1% rent rises for five years after 2020

Tenants pile on pressure over lack of RTB announcements

05 October, 2017

A group of housing association tenants are growing increasingly frustrated by a lack of information on the scheme

Universal Credit choices for Scottish claimants begin

05 October, 2017

Recipients of Universal Credit in Scotland will be offered two new ways to help them manage their money

A rent pressure zone for Edinburgh?

04 October, 2017

In response to concern about rising private rents, the Scottish Parliament has passed new legislation which allows councils to designate areas as rent pressure zones

The Landlord: Inside the Housing Executive

04 October, 2017

Following staff at Northern Ireland's biggest social landlord, the Housing Executive, as they struggle to cope with rising numbers of those presenting as homeless and tenants behind with their rent

Grenfell Tower: Are North East tower blocks any closer to getting sprinklers fitted?

04 October, 2017

North East councils are open to the idea of retro-fitting the life-saving systems but are yet to make concrete commitments

The supported housing flats that weren't built

04 October, 2017

Most new supported housing projects have been put on ice

Work and Pensions Committee calls for more detail on UC changes

04 October, 2017

The chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee has asked how the government will decide if a Universal Credit claimant is in "immediate need" for a same-day payment

Javid announces PRS shake-up - but what are the details?

04 October, 2017

There were a number of surprises in store for landlords and letting agents in Sajid Javid's speech at the Conservative Party Conference yesterday

Theresa May Set To Unveil Council House Building Boom

04 October, 2017

Local authorities to be given new freedoms and new demands

Landlords' Barometer - #53: Politics, politics, politics - it's all a bit much

04 October, 2017

Welcome to a special "themed edition" of the Landlords' Barometer where we showcase landlord reactions to the latest political announcements about the private rented sector

Rent bill more than double mortgage interest rate bill

03 October, 2017

More homes urgently to rent needed to boost rental affordability

UC roll-out will have 'catastrophic consequences'

03 October, 2017

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations calls for the roll-out to be halted

Housing association downgraded over evictions process

03 October, 2017

A West Midlands-based housing association has had its governance rating downgraded by the regulator due to its eviction processes at a temporary accommodation scheme

Right to Buy stopped us bidding for build grant

03 October, 2017

Government rules on how councils spend their money prevented London boroughs from bidding for Sadiq Khan's housing programme

Government slammed for pushing ahead with Universal Credit roll-out

03 October, 2017

The government has been slammed for failing to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit, despite claimants struggling with debt because of delayed payments

DCLG issues new interim fire safety advice

03 October, 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government has updated fire safety advice for owners if high-rise buildings with failed cladding systems

Scottish rental market more than doubles since 1999 while home ownership is flat

03 October, 2017

The proportion of people in private rented accommodation has more than doubled since the turn of the century, while the numbers of those owning has been broadly flat

The social housing that never got built

02 October, 2017

"Claustrophobic" is how Llyle describes living in a studio flat with his girlfriend, Mehreen, and their toddler

Conservatives pledge 'complete rethink' of social housing in the wake of the Grenfell disaster

02 October, 2017

Sajid Javid was speaking less than a week after Jeremy Corbyn put the implications of Grenfell at the heart of his own speech

Landlords urged to prepare for new HMO rules - but they haven't been introduced yet

02 October, 2017

An insurer is warning landlords to get ready for new licensing and room size laws regarding HMOs, despite the fact the proposals have yet to be finalised

At last! Victory for industry campaigners as ministers finally bow to demands for letting agents to be regulated

02 October, 2017

All letting agents across England will have to be registered under new legislation

Universal Credit 'fundamentally the right thing to do'

02 October, 2017

Universal Credit is "fundamentally the right thing to do" but there are concerns about how it might impact living standards

The Waitrose effect: boom times for homeowners but evictions for tenants

02 October, 2017

How the the arrival of Britain's favourite supermarket in an area emphasises the growing gap between those who own property and those who rent it

7 things to consider when communicating about welfare

02 October, 2017

Campaign to soften public attitudes towards welfare

Next phase in rollout of Universal Credit confirmed

02 October, 2017

The next stage of the rollout of Universal Credit to all claimants starts on Wednesday 4 October 2017

Universal Credit: Advance payments offered as rollout continues

02 October, 2017

Benefit claimants struggling to pay their bills will be able to get cash advances upfront

Odile Guzy Architectes covers social housing scheme with wooden slats and diamond patterned roofs

01 October, 2017

French firm Odile Guzy Architectes has completed a social housing project in the city of Chalon-sur-Saone

Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit: changes to the Work Capability Assessment

29 September, 2017

Changes to the Work Capability Assessment reassessment criteria from 29 September 2017

Corbyn pledges Labour to 'radical action' on social housing policy

29 September, 2017

Party conference hears Grenfell Tower described as a monument to social policies that had failed housing

Twelve Conservative MPs demand pause in Universal Credit

29 September, 2017

The policy at the heart of welfare reform has been thrown into doubt with 12 MPs writing a private letter calling for a halt

More will rent than buy a home with a mortgage within 10 years

29 September, 2017

More people will privately rent a home than own one with a mortgage in less than 10 years

The big squeeze: central London rents rocket as number of rental homes drops by 17% in a year

29 September, 2017

Young London renters are being pushed out of Zones 1 and 2 as average rents rise to £1,785 a month

Borough worst hit by housing benefit cap revealed as more than 4,000 families in west London affected

29 September, 2017

More than 4,000 families in west London families have had their housing benefit capped

Theresa May urged to halt Universal Credit roll-out

29 September, 2017

Families could be left homeless and destitute if Theresa May insists on pressing ahead with Universal Credit

Tory rebellion throws Universal Credit reforms into chaos

29 September, 2017

The Government's flagship welfare reforms have been thrown into jeopardy after 12 Conservative MPs wrote a private letter to the Work and Pensions Secretary demanding a pause in the roll-out of Universal Credit

Buy-to-let Index - September 2017

29 September, 2017

Rents rise across much of England and Wales

Brokers claim first-time buyers are starting to reap rewards of buy-to-let clampdown

29 September, 2017

There was little sign of the traditional "summer lull" during August, with first-time buyers starting to take advantage of fewer landlords adding to their portfolios

Universal credit is a mean, flawed scheme. Its rollout must be blocked

28 September, 2017

In my Southwark constituency, the Tories' benefits system has already forced many into debt, food poverty and eviction. Others should be saved from it

Twice as many renters in the North West opt for comfy cushions over a neighbourly chat when setting up home

28 September, 2017

Twice as many renters in the North West opt for comfy cushions over a neighbourly chat when setting up home

£2m housing benefits 'error' by Bridgend council

28 September, 2017

Housing benefits mispayments totalling £2m may have been made by Bridgend council

Housing associations should require less rent upfront to combat debt

28 September, 2017

Housing associations in Scotland have been urged to require less rent upfront to combat growing arrears under Universal Credit and the benefit cap

Midlands-based association evicted tenants without legal notice period

28 September, 2017

Tenants of a Midlands housing association may have been forced to sleep rough after they were evicted with very little notice

Regulator of social housing consults on Value for Money Standard

28 September, 2017

The regulator is proposing to revise and strengthen the existing Value for Money Standard and publish a supporting new Code of Practice

Corbyn announces social housing review

28 September, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has used his leader's speech at this year's Labour Party conference to launch a party review into social housing policy

Average earners priced out as landlords favour higher paid tenants over those with the best credit score

28 September, 2017

Average earners in the UK risk being priced out of the rental market

Corbyn's pledge to introduce rent controls comes under fire

28 September, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's confirmation that a Labour government would introduce rent controls has come under attack

Majority of tenants say landlords have not discussed fire safety after deadly Grenfell disaster

27 September, 2017

The vast majority of private landlords in the UK have not been in touch with tenants to discuss fire safety

Old fashioned rent control: what is it good for?

27 September, 2017

Eye-catching retail offers on housing have become a party conference tradition, as much part of the furniture as the stuffy airless room or terrible phone signal

Buy to let lending standing still

27 September, 2017

The latest buy to let mortgage data shows the market is standing still even though lenders completed more than 20,000 loans

Private Rented Sector Report - August 2017

27 September, 2017

The number of letting agents who saw rents rise for tenants stood at 35 per cent in August

Milton Keynes Council to invest £54 million in council housing stock

27 September, 2017

Milton Keynes Council has announced that it will be investing close to £54 million in its council housing stock in 2017/18

Bradford Council rapped over backlog of more than 500 housing benefit appeal cases

27 September, 2017

An investigation has uncovered a huge backlog in housing benefit appeals in Bradford, some dating back more than two years

Buy-to-let property purchases plummet one-third in two years

27 September, 2017

High street banks approved 11% more mortgages for home buyers during August compared with last year as the market shifts away from buy-to-let and cash purchases

'Bleak picture' for tenants as a third of agents report landlords increasing rents

27 September, 2017

The number of letting agents seeing landlords increasing rents has hit a two-year high

Lettings fee ban to result in job losses and lack of morale

27 September, 2017

Jobs will be lost when the letting fees ban comes in, and morale among remaining staff will drop like a stone

Housing associations urged to be as flexible as possible over payment of first month's rent

26 September, 2017

More and more social tenants in Scotland are struggling to pay the first month's rent in advance as a result of welfare reforms

Private rents still rising - but at a slower rate

26 September, 2017

Buy to let rents rose in the UK by 1.6% in the year to August, while the rate of increase slumped from 1.8% measured in the previous month

Universal benefit changes driving more people to doorstep loans says debt manager

26 September, 2017

The woman who heads up a debt management service in the Northern Ireland town where Universal Credit will be first implemented tomorrow has expressed serious concerns about the impact

Grenfell survivors 'forced to use foodbanks'

26 September, 2017

Labour MP wants answers over what's happened to the £20m raised in the wake of the disaster

Landlords call for PRS on public land

26 September, 2017

Calls for government to support small-scale landlords by redeveloping unused public land and cutting mortgage interest relief

Why you should be talking Value for Money

26 September, 2017

It seems like you can't move in the social housing sector in Wales without hearing talk of 'value for money'

Advice NI: 'Suspend introduction of Universal Credit'

26 September, 2017

A charity has called for this week's major changes in how benefits are paid in Northern Ireland to be suspended

Rebuilding social housing

26 September, 2017

Why the UK needs a new approach

Public believes housing inspections should be in hands of council

26 September, 2017

The majority of the public believes housing safety inspections should be in the hands of local councils

Shock research reveals 'little action' by social landlords on fire safety

25 September, 2017

According to a survey, just 10% of social landlords have been in touch with tenants in person to talk through safety measures such as escape routes and fire doors

The university towns and cities that have been named as Britain's best places for buy-to-let

25 September, 2017

As students turn up at universities across the country in the next few weeks, their landlords will be hoping for another bumper year

Concerns about how Universal Credit deals with changes of circumstances

25 September, 2017

Elements of Universal Credit will pose significant challenges for claimants, advisers and landlords

Council slammed over social housing ambiguity

25 September, 2017

Liberal Democrat councillors have been accused of "not telling the whole truth" about the replacement of 96 socially rented homes in South Oxhey

Ministers told to cut wait for new benefit amid evidence it is causing debt

25 September, 2017

Report raised 'very serious concerns' with government over delay before first payment

Letting agent fined record amount after appalling conditions at HMO

25 September, 2017

A letting agent has been fined a record amount after 15 people were found crammed into an overcrowded building infested with cockroaches

Foodbanks can't cope with universal credit fallout

25 September, 2017

Charity warns that new benefit is leading more people to seek emergency food parcels

Social landlords staying silent on fire safety

25 September, 2017

Three months on from Grenfell, new research reveals that tenants still feel left in the dark when it comes to fire safety

Universal credit 'making financial abuse easier'

25 September, 2017

Changes to benefit payments have made it easier for abusive partners to withhold money

HB G9/2017

22 September, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

DWP to roll out landlord portal to help associations deal with Universal Credit

22 September, 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions has written to the National Housing Federation to notify them they will be rolling the portal out

Helping social tenants improve or furnish their homes

22 September, 2017

Offering discounted surplus paint to tenants is just one example of how organisations can help tenants with decorating costs

Social housing is back on the agenda

22 September, 2017

Ministers are increasingly becoming interested in social housing and landlords must make the most of the opportunity

Upper end of prime central London market sees sales rise, buy to let declines

22 September, 2017

Sales of homes towards the upper end of the prime property market in central London increased by 23% in the second quarter of 2017 and have tripled compared to last year

Why we need the welfare state more than ever

22 September, 2017

Shocked by the 'poverty cycle', British reformers created a safety net for casual workers

Tackling homelessness together

22 September, 2017

The importance of local authorities and housing associations working in partnership

Ledbury Estate residents protest over lack of heating in tower blocks

22 September, 2017

Residents of the Ledbury Estate have protested after being left without heating, after safety fears resulted in the gas supply being switched off in the tower blocks

Parliament to receive £118m fire safety upgrade as funding for tower blocks refused

22 September, 2017

The government will spend more than £100m on fire safety upgrades to parliament, including sprinklers, despite turning down requests from councils for cash to fund fire safety works on tower blocks

Rise and rise of private rental sector: 'More renting than mortgaged households within eight years'

22 September, 2017

A major cultural shift in home ownership is on the horizon, with more private renters than mortgaged home owners within just a few years

Social housing: haunted by Grenfell, hemmed in by cuts, left in limbo

21 September, 2017

Warm words for social housing providers from communities secretary Sajid Javid can't make up for a lack of a coherent housing policy

We will give tenants clarity over RTB

21 September, 2017

Alok Sharma has said he will seek to give clarity to housing association tenants over Right to Buy

London council finds 35 men living in one three-bedroom house

21 September, 2017

Brent council says it is cracking down on exploitative landlords after shocking case in which every room was filled with mattresses

Keepmoat looks to private rented sector

21 September, 2017

After a year of growth, restructured Keepmoat homes is looking to expand into the private rented housing sector and modular housing

'Housing crisis? We've got four empty council homes on our street'

21 September, 2017

"I feel all this is an utter scandal. The council have lost years of rent and council tax"

Social housing providers say welfare policy 'undermines efforts to tackle homelessness'

21 September, 2017

Of 106 councils responding to survey, 84% said welfare policy has hit homelessness work - 70% of housing associations agreed

Labour MP confirms DUP talks over LHA future

21 September, 2017

Homelessness forum event in Manchester hears housing doesn't need more legislation - it needs a complete change of policy

Young people worst affected by debt crisis

21 September, 2017

Rent arrears, benefit changes and insecure work contributing to rise in number of young people seeking advice

Sector demands inflation-linked rent deal

21 September, 2017

Sector leaders have called for the power to set inflation-linked rent increases after Sajid Javid promised "certainty" at the NHF conference

Tougher buy to let borrowing on the way for portfolio landlords

20 September, 2017

Portfolio buy to let landlords will find mortgages harder to find and more expensive as strict new borrowing rules bite from the end of the month

Majority of tenants in UK not asked to provide proof of income and only half ID

20 September, 2017

Landlords and letting agents in the UK are failing to carry out sufficient financial checks on new tenants with 75% not asked to provide proof of income

Belfast mum 'goes without food for days so she can afford rent'

20 September, 2017

A Belfast mum-of-two who has been on the Housing Executive's waiting list for nine years has revealed she regularly goes without food for up to three days to keep a roof over her children's heads

Proposed changes to benefit payments will impact private rented sector landlords - not just social landlords

20 September, 2017

Proposed changes to housing benefit will not only have significant and severe implications for the tenant in receipt of benefit

Supported housing: getting people back onto their own feet

20 September, 2017

Their work is crucial, but supported housing providers are feeling anxious about the future

Housing leaders call for input into social housing green paper

20 September, 2017

Housing leaders have welcomed the government's green paper on social housing, but said providers must be given a chance to have their say

Why are housing association flats lying empty when Grenfell survivors need them?

20 September, 2017

Properties owned by Kensington and Chelsea housing associations are being earmarked for redevelopment rather than providing much-needed homes

Lettings fees ban will be our biggest challenge

20 September, 2017

Letting agents consider the impending fees ban to be their most significant challenge in the coming months

Licensing scheme which has brought 1,200 landlords and 25 lettings to book could be cancelled

20 September, 2017

England's first compulsory borough-wide licensing scheme is under threat

Common households - landlords celebrate tribunal win

19 September, 2017

Landlords in Doncaster are celebrating after tenants successfully challenged the council in a row over the level of benefit paid to landlords providing homes to common households

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2017 to Mar 2018

19 September, 2017

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2017 to 2018

The Tories have failed, says Healey, as social housing spending hits a record low

19 September, 2017

The Tories have "washed their hands" of responsibility by failing to build the houses needed by ordinary families

Welsh housing association development soars

19 September, 2017

Housebuilding by housing associations surged 56% in the last quarter

Council could buy homes from rogue landlords as full extent of disrepair and mismanagement revealed

19 September, 2017

Glasgow City Council has set aside almost £50 million to bring up to 500 properties under public ownership

Sajid Javid should give councils free rein to tackle rogue landlords

19 September, 2017

In Newham,the council's licensing scheme for private landlords has uncovered abuses and exploitation. So why isn't the government interested?

Ten more councils join request to spend RTB receipts on shared ownership

19 September, 2017

A further 10 councils have joined a consultation with the government to be allowed to spend Right to Buy receipts on shared ownership

Government attempts to tackle growing rent arrears under Universal Credit

19 September, 2017

The government will attempt to tackle a sharp increase in rent arrears under Universal Credit by rolling out initiatives that give landlords more control over their tenants' rental payments

How public money is spent on housing

19 September, 2017

As a nation, we just aren't building enough homes

How much will the lettings fee ban cost your business? Here's where you can find out

19 September, 2017

How much will the impending fees ban cost you?

Ending stigma could produce immeasurable benefits

19 September, 2017

The Benefit to Society campaign is one with the greatest potential to change the tide for social housing

Growth Slows As Controls Beckon

18 September, 2017

Rents in Scotland eased slightly in Q3 2017 which may be a welcome surprise to many who fear an overheating market

Tenants' approval rating of Thenue value for money drive soars

18 September, 2017

Tenants have given Thenue Housing a huge endorsement of its drive to deliver value for money with soaring approval ratings

How having access to social housing helped my mental health and got me back on my feet

18 September, 2017

Growing up, I was told that all council estates were dirty and that social housing tenants were lazy scroungers who were likely to steal anything that wasn't nailed down

Universal credit a train wreck that must be stopped

18 September, 2017

Liberal Democrat work and pensions spokesman to call for next month's rollout to be cancelled until overhaul takes place

Universal credit sends rent arrears soaring

18 September, 2017

Housing chiefs' warning on effect of flagship Tory welfare reform

HomeLet Rental Index - August 2017

18 September, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 2.4% in August compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £939 a month

Local authority in search of private landlords further afield who can house its tenants

18 September, 2017

In recent years the Government has hit landlords with extra Stamp Duty and the removal of several tax reliefs

Tenants paying more as annual rate of rental inflation rises

18 September, 2017

New rents rose 2.4% across the UK in August on an annual basis

Buy-to-let lending squeeze: 'some banks won't lend at all'

18 September, 2017

Stringent new rules for mortgage lending to buy-to-let investors with multiple properties could mean that some can no longer borrow to fund their business

The future of social housing design and build in Scotland is all about virtual reality

18 September, 2017

You've just been informed that there's a new development planned in your neighbourhood, but rather than leaf through the image of a brochure, you reach for a pair of VR goggles

Government debate on rent repayments and mortgages

15 September, 2017

Parliament will debate a call for rent payments to be taken into account when applying for a mortgage.

Universal Credit payment advances: May 2016 to June 2017

15 September, 2017

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on payment advances for claims to Universal Credit for May 2016 to June 2017.

We need to change how we talk about homelessness

15 September, 2017

People often have a limited view of homelessness and are fed 'typical' media

Poor people pushed into debt by harsh benefit deductions

15 September, 2017

Poor people on benefits are being pushed into destitution by having direct deductions taken from their benefit payments. 

2017 UK HOUSING REVIEW

15 September, 2017

New housing supply continues to fall behind new household growth across Great Britain.

Stereotypes of social housing tenants are isolating and damaging

15 September, 2017

Housing association tenant explains why the Fair Press for Tenants guide for media is needed

Councils warn of cuts to housing budgets due to fire safety works

15 September, 2017

Social landlords could be forced to cut back spend on repairs and new build as they scramble to fund fire safety works on tower blocks.

'Direct link' between welfare changes and rough sleeping rise

15 September, 2017

Labour responds to the mayor of London's comments that there is a 'direct link' between welfare changes and the rise in rough sleeping.

Homelessness rise 'likely to have been driven by welfare reforms'

14 September, 2017

The number of homeless families in the UK has risen by more than 60% and is "likely to have been driven" by the government's welfare reforms, the public spending watchdog has said

It's getting harder for those on low incomes to make ends meet

14 September, 2017

Responding to today's Monetary Policy Committee's interest rates decision

Commons confirms date for rental payment debate

14 September, 2017

The issue of adding rental payments to tenant credit histories is back in the Commons next month - the response to a major public petition

Build-to-rent - the solution to Britain's housing crisis?

14 September, 2017

Purpose-built block of rental homes, including affordable units and extensive facilities, are fast becoming a hot investment

Universal Credit forcing PRS tenants into rent arrears

14 September, 2017

More than a third of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit say they are owed rent, up by over 10% since last year

RLA secures £1.5million energy funding pot for members

14 September, 2017

The RLA has secured a £1.5m funding pot from energy company E.ON to install energy efficiency improvements in members’ properties

RICS UK Residential Market Survey August 2017

14 September, 2017

August 2017: UK Residential Market Survey

Study finds 'shocking' lack of support for young people leaving care

14 September, 2017

Children's charity Barnardo's finds 65% of young care leavers with mental health issues get no support from government

80% of government housing funding is on private housing

14 September, 2017

The government is due to spend almost 80% of its housing budget in England through to 2020/21 on private housing through programmes such as the Help to Buy

APPG: 'We must get housing options right for older people in the countryside'

13 September, 2017

Parliamentary group urges action on LGA analysis outlining the need for more specialist homes.

UK House Price Index (HPI) for July 2017

13 September, 2017

The UK House Price Index shows house price changes for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Local housing allowance cuts are too deep for renters to work their way out

13 September, 2017

Housing benefit freezes are putting renters at risk of homelessness.

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: August 2017

13 September, 2017

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain.

English councils' local welfare schemes in 'meltdown'

13 September, 2017

New report reveals that two-thirds of English councils have closed or cut emergency funds, causing greater hardship to low-income families

RLA presents Universal Credit evidence to Select Committee

13 September, 2017

The RLA has given evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on the troubled roll out of Universal Credit.

Landlords urged to get ahead of new laws

13 September, 2017

Research by top sector insurer shows the impact of new legislation on the UK's 1.75 million landlords.

English councils' local welfare schemes in 'meltdown'

13 September, 2017

New report reveals that two-thirds of English councils have closed or cut emergency funds, causing greater hardship to low-income families

Homelessness rise 'likely to have been driven by welfare reforms'

13 September, 2017

The number of homeless families in the UK has risen by more than 60% and is 'likely to have been driven' by the government's welfare reform

DWP to procure 'off the shelf' appointment booking system for Universal Credit

12 September, 2017

Solution for a five year contract expected to be a 'seven figure sum' for cloud-based system providing 99.9% availability supporting UC.

A new urban eyesore: Britain's shamefully shoddy student housing

12 September, 2017

Free to ignore building standards for dwellings, student housing isn't just ruining British cities - it's damaging student life.

Anglesey council's financial outlook 'remains bleak'

12 September, 2017

Councillor Llinos Medi said the authority has had to save £19m over the last five years and have to save another £8m over the next three.

New clean energy projects set to power 3.6 million homes

12 September, 2017

Record amount of renewable capacity secured to power our homes following second contracts for difference auction.

Severe weather warning - are your tenants safe?

12 September, 2017

Rain and high winds have been battering the country over the last few days - with gales of up to 75mph set to hit the UK this week.

Civitas set to raise more capital for supported housing buys

12 September, 2017

REIT hopes to tap into a 'significant pipeline' of further opportunities which exceed remaining investible equity and proposed debt finance.

Joint effort to weed out tenant cannabis use

12 September, 2017

Housing providers warn of eviction risk if tenants smoke the drug in their homes.

Are rented micro-homes the future for young singles?

12 September, 2017

Are you young-ish, single and thoroughly fed up with paying a high level of rent for a room in a house, miles away from where you work?

Councils have 'urgent' concerns over Homelessness Reduction Act delays

12 September, 2017

London council leaders have 'urgent concerns' over delayed government guidance on the Homelessness Reduction Act.

Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State

11 September, 2017

A new account shows how Attlee's reforms built on foundations laid down decades earlier - and that was the key to their success

Universal Credit expansion is 'a disaster waiting to happen' says Citizens Advice

11 September, 2017

Citizens Advice is warning that the expansion of Universal Credit is 'a disaster waiting to happen'.

I see housing officers do all they can to refuse homeless applications

11 September, 2017

Faced with growing demand and dwindling supply, councils have become experienced in using the law to keep homeless people off their waiting lists

Government buying into affordable homes

11 September, 2017

Evidence of Downing Street testing fresh housing initiatives to win over younger voters.

Universal basic income: Half of Britons back plan to pay all UK citizens regardless of employment

11 September, 2017

Nearly half of Britons would support giving all citizens a cash allowance, regardless of whether they were employed, according to a new survey.

'Bank of Mum and Dad' shoulders burden of high cost of renting

11 September, 2017

Parents will pay £2.3bn this year helping children with rent, as the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' stretches beyond helping with house deposits.

'Is my smart meter charging me for the energy generated by my solar panels?'

11 September, 2017

Smart meters and solar panels are incompatible and can even cause householders to pay for electricity generated by solar panels rather than receiving money for it

Squeeze on living standards is down to welfare cuts, not the fall in the pound

11 September, 2017

Love it or loathe it, the long shadow of Brexit dominates our political weather. With good reason, of course.

Two million UK families face £50-a-week cut in income

11 September, 2017

Households with children make up more than 80% of those set to lose out as pressure grows for end to austerity

Glimmer of hope as MPs say they must 'look at' deposit cap plan

08 September, 2017

MPs have debated the proposed lettings fee ban - with a glimmer of hope for landlords as even those backing the move raised questions about capping deposits.

Landlords fined over Right to Rent triples in a year

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of landlords have been fined in a crackdown on illegal immigration.

DWP launches new helpline for landlords

08 September, 2017

The DWP has issued a new guide that includes a helpline for landlords who have had their Universal Credit Alternative Payment Arrangement approved and whose tenants will still not communicate with them.

Quarter of private-renting families slipping into 'bad debt' as they are frequently forced to move

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of private renting families paying average of £1,619 in added costs when they move, findings show

Quarter of private-renting families slipping into 'bad debt' as they are frequently forced to move

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of private renting families paying average of £1,619 in added costs when they move, findings show

Loophole that offers couples a chance to dodge second-home stamp duty

08 September, 2017

A clash between official Government 'guidance' and the law could provide a loophole for couples looking to purchase a second home without paying stamp duty.

Where should housing and social care overlap?

08 September, 2017

Do housing providers need to play a more active role in assessing the housing needs of vulnerable individuals

Supported housing: bottom of the pile?

08 September, 2017

An overstuffed political agenda has meant supported housing funding has been pushed aside.

Campaign calls for increasing number of accessible homes

07 September, 2017

Champion of accessible and inclusive housing, Habinteg is campaigning for the government, councils and developers to recognise the importance of increasing the supply of accessible homes to meet national demand.

Government tells landlords to fix fire safety breaches in large panel system blocks

07 September, 2017

The government has told social landlords to take action to seal up any cracks found in large panel system tower blocks.

Property entrepreneur turned MP backs ban on letting agent fees

07 September, 2017

Tory Kevin Hollinrake tells Commons the compromise of a cap would start 'a race to the top'.

Landlords admit turning away EU citizens to avoid Government regulations

07 September, 2017

Almost one in five landlords say they would be reluctant to let property to an EU national, due to checks they must now complete

Keep exploring different options to improve services

07 September, 2017

Mergers may grab the headlines, but there are lots of other opportunities for associations to deliver real benefits

SFHA: UC roll-out will have 'catastrophic consequences'

07 September, 2017

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations warns the continued roll-out of the benefit will hurt some of the most vulnerable in society

Liverpool Mutual Homes mitigates Universal Credit through predictive analytics

07 September, 2017

Liverpool Mutual Homes have created efficiencies, driven down arrears and helped reduce the impact of Universal Credit

We're addicted to debt and headed for a crash. It could be worse than 2007

07 September, 2017

When Provident Financial lost £1.7bn in share value a week ago, a handful of people asked whether this was a Northern Rock moment.

Life on the job in social housing: 'it's always important to remember our social purpose'

06 September, 2017

Empathy and resilience are a must for frontline housing sector staff

Grenfell: social housing policy issues 'dealt with in due course'

06 September, 2017

In the Commons, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid acknowledges that such issues need to be addressed

Flexibility 'needed for the future of payments'

06 September, 2017

'Flexibility, greater automation and mobile payments' crucial to future payments strategy according to payments collection specialists.

How Tenant Management Organisations have wrongly been associated with Grenfell

06 September, 2017

Tenant Management Organisations are small, tenant-led organisations that take on a number of landlord functions from local councils.

Council tax reduction for around half a million Scots

06 September, 2017

Scotland's Council Tax Reduction scheme supported 491,180 households and the total weekly income foregone by local authorities was £6.5m.

How will councils survive the funding abyss?

06 September, 2017

From struggling northern councils to seemingly prosperous counties, talk of a financial meltdown is getting louder.

Why getting a loan will be harder for landlords

06 September, 2017

Landlords who have four or more properties could find it impossible to get a mortgage under tough new checks by banks.

Tenants let down by lack of letting fee enforcement

06 September, 2017

RLA calls for better enforcement of existing regulation of letting agent fees rather than outright ban being debated today

The future of supported housing must be top priority

05 September, 2017

With MPs back at the House of Commons today after the summer recess, the government must take an urgent look at the future funding of supported housing

Buy-to-let alterations could result in stock surge

05 September, 2017

Alterations to buy-to-let lending criteria being introduced at the end of September are set to entice a surge of rental stock

Can buy-to-let investors get more by Airbnbing their properties?

05 September, 2017

An increasing number of landlords are turning away from long-term rentals in favour of using Airbnb

How will Universal Credit claimants experiencing homelessness be paid?

05 September, 2017

With the roll out of Universal Credit Full Service set to accelerate in October, what options will ensure people can receive their UC?

New benefits system planned for Dundee is 'broken and should be halted'

05 September, 2017

That's the view of the director of Dundee CAB after several national bodies expressed concerns about the introduction of Universal Credit

London developer to allow rental tenants to pay deposits in bitcoin

05 September, 2017

The Collective says there is international demand to accept cryptocurrency, and will take it for rent payments from autumn

Benefit sanctions shoot up 50% in six months

05 September, 2017

The number of sanctions imposed rose from 18,994 last July to 33,860 in December, before falling back to the 30,000 mark by March this year.

Majority of charity's supported housing under threat from LHA cap

05 September, 2017

More than 90% of shelters run by a major homelessness charity face a risk from the government's proposed supported housing funding changes.

No interest rate rise for at least a year, economists say

04 September, 2017

Many economists do not expect UK interest rates to rise until 2019 despite inflation remaining above target

Solar power deal will lower social tenants' energy bills

04 September, 2017

Solar panels are to be installed in 800,000 low-income homes across England and Wales over the next five years, as part of a new government scheme.

Housebuilding boom front and centre for resumed parliament

04 September, 2017

The need for new homes and where they can be built now seen as crucial to government strategy beyond Brexit.

Increase in evictions are result of renters facing 'impossible choices'

04 September, 2017

Rising evictions are being driven by a toxic mix of low wages and reductions in benefits

DWP publishes Universal Credit guidance

04 September, 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a guidebook for landlords to help them prepare for the roll-out of Universal Credit.

Situation critical for supported housing

01 September, 2017

Emma Maier calls for government to rethink the LHA cap

Homeowners 'happier than renters' with their standard of living

01 September, 2017

Homeowners are happier about their standard of living than renters

Letting agents who fail to display fees 'should be fined not £5,000 but £30,000'

01 September, 2017

The Government should make better use of current legislation on letting agents rather than banning tenant fees

Landlords call on Government to revolutionise tenancy deposit system

01 September, 2017

The Residential Landlords Association is calling for the creation of a new insurance-based scheme that would allow tenants to transfer deposits between properties

Cigarettes cause majority of deadly council housing fires

01 September, 2017

Cigarettes were the most common cause of deadly fires in council housing in the seven years preceding the Grenfell Tower fire

REITs target small housing associations

01 September, 2017

All identified housing associations that are involved with a new index-linked funding method have fewer than 1,000 units

Hundreds of landlords who let illegal immigrants stay in their properties are fined total of £163,000 in crackdown

01 September, 2017

Owners of 236 properties fined under the government's Right to Rent scheme

Scottish charities call for halt to roll-out of 'flawed' Universal Credit

01 September, 2017

A group of 24 Scottish charities have come together to urge the UK government to stop the roll-out of the Universal Credit system in Scotland

Scottish Greens say more than 11,200 children will be affected by new benefit cap

01 September, 2017

More than 11,000 children in Scotland are being hit by the UK Government's new lower benefit cap

Valerie Grant took her own life after son lost benefits

31 August, 2017

A mother killed herself after her disabled son lost a string of benefits and support

First signs of rising rents as buy-to-let investors pass on higher tax

31 August, 2017

The first widespread evidence of landlords raising rents in response to a range of tax increases has led to commentators insisting that buy-to-let remains a viable investment for many

Universal credit has caused untold hardship. But the worst is yet to come

31 August, 2017

The Conservatives' flagship welfare reform programme is a deeply flawed and damaging scheme

Scottish charities say 'stop' to UC roll-out

31 August, 2017

Twenty-four charities and individuals sign an open letter urging UK government to 'fix flaws' seen in the system

Buy to Let index - August 2017

31 August, 2017

Bottleneck of housing supply sees rents rise in July

Shrinking lettings supply pushes up rents

31 August, 2017

Your Move says a shrinking supply of properties, in part created by government measures against the lettings sector, has led to rent rises

Mind the pay gap

31 August, 2017

What will be revealed when social landlords publish new data on their gender pay gaps?

Streets Apart: A History of Social Housing

31 August, 2017

In the wake of the fire at Grenfell Tower, Lynsey Hanley tells the story of social housing in Britain

PRS Statistics Bulletin - August 2017

31 August, 2017

Welcome to the August PRS Statistics Bulletin from the RLA Private renting Evidence

Quarter of a million working age people on benefits in NI

30 August, 2017

Tax credits and housing benefit not included in the latest figures

Fining rogue landlords up to £30,000

30 August, 2017

It could keep thousands in Pendle safe from rogue landlords

Landlords signing up to council scheme helping find new homes for Milton Keynes families in need

30 August, 2017

More than 50 private landlords in MK have signed up to a council scheme to let their properties for a guaranteed rent each month - helping more families in need of homes

Further education for benefit claimants: 2015 to 2016

30 August, 2017

Analyses training for learners on benefits in England using government data for the 2015 to 2016 academic year

Housing association given governance upgrade

30 August, 2017

A housing association that was previously downgraded for seeking to restrict an internal review has had its governance rating upgraded by the social housing regulator

Scottish housing leaders raise DHP concerns

30 August, 2017

Housing leaders have spoken out against the Scottish Government's plan to make Discretionary Housing Payment schemes voluntary for councils

Alison Inman: 'Some who experience domestic abuse will live in social housing'

30 August, 2017

Tenant champion and incoming Chartered Institute of Housing president says domestic violence needs to be centre of housing policy

Tenants to be charged for damage

30 August, 2017

Council tenants are to be charged for damage caused to their homes and gardens "beyond fair wear and tear" under new cost-cutting plans unveiled by Waverley Borough Council

Credit card lenders 'targeting people struggling with debt'

30 August, 2017

Citizens Advice finds almost one in five people struggling with debts have had their card limit raised without request

A cut in stamp duty this autumn is highly unlikely

29 August, 2017

Speculation that the Chancellor will take a fresh look at stamp duty charges in November's Autumn Budget is again circulating the housing market

Private Rented Sector Report - July 2017

29 August, 2017

Almost one third of letting agents saw rents rise for tenants in July

Council to fit sprinkler systems themselves to get them into high-rises 'as quickly as possible'

29 August, 2017

The move comes in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy

David Gauke signals he will press on with universal credit

29 August, 2017

Work and pensions secretary says benefit changes are 'transforming lives' after MPs called for a pause in their introduction

Bank of Mum and Dad now playing vital role in private rented sector

29 August, 2017

The Bank of Mum and Dad has long been an active lender in helping offspring buy their homes - but a new report says it is also playing a pivotal role in the rental market

Council gets more powers to tackle private sector

29 August, 2017

Powers include right of entry, enhanced criminal record checks and document demands

DWP spends £39m defending decisions to strip benefits from sick and disabled people

29 August, 2017

Government appeal process condemned as 'traumatic' and a 'waste of time and money'

No 'pause' in universal credit

29 August, 2017

The government are pressing ahead with the welfare changes, saying it is 'making work pay and transforming lives'

Council gets more rogue landlord powers in Govanhill

29 August, 2017

Glasgow City Council has been given more powers to tackle rogue landlords in an area plagued by squalid living conditions

Kevin Hollinrake says it is important that MPs understand implications of fees ban

25 August, 2017

MP Kevin Hollinrake has confirmed that agents will be able to attend the forthcoming Parliamentary debate on the proposed ban letting agent fees

Airbnb tenants who decide against staying can now leave bad reviews

25 August, 2017

Airbnb customers who take one look at their accommodation and decide against it, or who leave early after finding it unacceptable, will now be able to leave bad reviews

Associations pull 85% of planned supported housing developments

25 August, 2017

Housing associations have slashed the number of supported housing homes they plan to build by 85%, as uncertainty around government reforms to the sector stymie development

National Audit Office to re-assess Universal Credit roll-out

25 August, 2017

New report will examine progress after two previous assessments identified key areas of poor performance hindering an 'overly ambitious' programme

How many homes did housing associations deliver in quarter one 2017/18?

25 August, 2017

Housing associations started 9,063 homes in 2017/18 Q1

Increasing benefit uptake

25 August, 2017

Roun-table meeting to agree next steps

Nationality at point of NINo registration of DWP working age benefit recipients: data to Feb 2017

24 August, 2017

Nationality at point of National Insurance number (NINo) registration of DWP working age benefit recipients

Analysis of migrants' access to income-related benefits

24 August, 2017

Analysis relating to the access to income-related benefits for European Economic Area and non-EEA migrants

Properties vanishing from mainstream rental market as more landlords switch to Airbnb

24 August, 2017

An increasing number of rental properties in London are being used for short-term holiday lets using websites such as Airbnb and are no longer available for long-term renting

Half of new association homes funded privately

24 August, 2017

Housing associations are funding almost half their affordable housing from their own balance sheets

New stamp duty charge on landlords and investors raises significantly more than expected

24 August, 2017

Rising revenues suggest policy is failing in aim of stopping people buying multiple homes

From Long-Term Lets to Short-Term Lets: Is Airbnb becoming the new buy-to-let?

24 August, 2017

Homes are no longer being used for long term accommodation

Regulator writes to tenant groups over Grenfell

24 August, 2017

The social housing regulator has written to tenants' groups to explain its role in the sector, following the Grenfell Tower disaster

Cash offer fails to entice council tenants to move

24 August, 2017

Increased incentives, designed to persuade council house tenants in Moray to downsize, have failed to boost housing stock

National Panel of Tenants and Service Users

23 August, 2017

This theme considered views on what value for money means for users of social landlord services

Two housing associations under review by regulator

23 August, 2017

Two housing associations are being investigated by the social housing regulator for governance issues

Grenfell residents' call for fire safety checks refused five weeks before blaze

23 August, 2017

A request by Grenfell Tower residents for an independent review of fire risk to the building was refused just five weeks before the deadly blaze

A quarter of all UK households will be private tenants within eight years

23 August, 2017

The average tenancy length in the UK is getting longer - and by 2025, 25% of all households will be living in the private rented sector

Court hears housing benefit assessors ran £1m false claims racket

23 August, 2017

Seven assessors working for London borough councils committed to Crown Court on fraud charges

Landlords: concerned about letting to international students?

22 August, 2017

There are so many benefits to renting your property out to students

Brexit 'cuts off' cash for social housing

22 August, 2017

European Investment Bank has frozen its UK operations

Letting fees: MP Kevin Hollinrake initiates Parliamentary debate on ban

22 August, 2017

MP Kevin Hollinrake - who co-founded Hunters of which he is now chairman - is sponsoring a Parliamentary debate on the proposed ban on letting agency fees in England

Why replacing Right to Buy homes is so difficult

22 August, 2017

In 2012, the government announced it was revitalising the Tory party's most famous council housing policy

Calls to widen Help to Buy in Wales

22 August, 2017

Critics say scheme as it stands does not stimulate the housing market

Protest called amid homes loss fears after housing associations merger plan announced

22 August, 2017

Tenants and resident from Notting Hill Housing and Genesis Housing oppose the plan, which would create one of the country's largest housing associations

Landlords Being Urged to Remortgage Ahead of Tougher Lending Criteria

22 August, 2017

Landlords are being urged to remortgage ahead of tougher buy-to-let lending criteria due to be introduced in September, which will make it more difficult to obtain finance

Bringing private and social housing together can be the key to successful regeneration

22 August, 2017

John Gallacher champions the use of mixed tenure developments to create thriving and sustainable communities as he looks back on four decades spent in the housing industry

Universal credit: ID issues with Irish passport

22 August, 2017

Irish passports and the Northern Ireland driving licence have been posing problems for the computer system processing a new benefits system

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