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Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2018

21 September, 2018

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data usually consistent with the annual Spring and Autumn Budgets or Statements

Landlords face £95m bill as new HMO laws introduced

21 September, 2018

Collective fine of up to £4.8bn if license deadline is missed

L&Q to end Fixed Term Tenancies in favour of open-assured tenancies

21 September, 2018

Research revealed FTTs to be a "crude tool that have not fixed the problems they were created to address"

Landlords are losing out by evicting tenants when they want to sell up

21 September, 2018

Over half a billion of rental income is lost annually because private landlords are evicting good tenants mistakenly believing that they need to sell their properties tenant free

New kids on the block: why for-profit providers are making housing associations nervous

21 September, 2018

As the argument about what place for-profit housing associations have in the wider industry rumbles on, traditional providers are beginning to wonder what the new kids on the block will do next

Giant housing association to offer lifetime tenancy to all residents

21 September, 2018

London's largest housing association is set to scrap fixed-term tenancies for all its tenants

Tenancy fees ban inevitable and changes to Bill very unlikely

21 September, 2018

The tenant fee ban will trigger "a seismic shift" in the way the lettings industry operates - and will put businesses under huge strain

Grenfell Tower area residents told: return home or lose council tenancies

20 September, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea council issues ultimatum to people who lived in housing near tower

Housing associations praise May's £2bn plan as 'total step change'

20 September, 2018

PM announces funding for next decade and calls for end to social housing 'stigma'

PM pledges £2bn to housing associations over next 10 years

20 September, 2018

NHF housing summit has its first ever Prime Ministerial address - with the sector told to take more initiative over housebuilding

Gas Tag turns the heat on rogue landlords

20 September, 2018

First-of-its-kind initiative in Liverpool pitched as a start to making UK the "best in the world" on gas safety

'it's not a choice between supporting rented housing and backing homeownership'

20 September, 2018

The government doesn't have to choose between supporting rented housing and backing homeownership

'False comparison' to say housing associations are capable of more than councils

20 September, 2018

It is a "false comparison" to suggest housing associations are capable of more than councils, shadow housing secretary John Healey has said in response to comments made by the prime minister yesterday

Less than a fortnight for letting agents in Scotland to apply for mandatory register

20 September, 2018

Letting agents with properties in Scotland have under two weeks to submit their applications to join the mandatory Scottish Letting Agent Register

Nearly 8m now living in council areas with no access to local welfare assistance schemes

19 September, 2018

FoI responses expose the extent to which local welfare assistance schemes have collapsed

Grenfell neighbours face higher rents or tenancy terminations

19 September, 2018

Kensington & Chelsea Council criticised for creating "inhumane climate of fear" for those feeling unable to return

Polly Neate, Shelter: 'May's words and tone on social housing mark significant change'

19 September, 2018

Natalie Elphicke, chief executive of the Housing and Finance Institute, and Polly Neate, the CEO of Shelter, discuss Theresa May's £2bn social housing pledge

LGA warns May's focus on associations 'misses the point' about council-led building

19 September, 2018

The Conservative head of the LGA has hit back after Theresa May suggested councils are not able to build at the same scale as housing associations

Theresa May throws support behind housing associations in landmark speech

19 September, 2018

Theresa May threw her backing behind the housing association sector

Bath landlord battles to avoid £5,000 bill after leak from flat above his property causes roof collapse

19 September, 2018

James Hassam says it is the fourth time this has happened since 2011

Conference update: Lib Dems call for mandatory licensing

19 September, 2018

A system of mandatory licensing, with a publicly available database of rogue landlords has been called for at the Liberal Democrat conference

Lib Dems call for Housing Act to be changed so that tenants are always given at least six months' notice

19 September, 2018

The Liberal Democrats have called for private landlords to have to give at least six months' notice after the initial fixed term

Landlords' Barometer - #62: Eye-watering tax effectively charged to landlords will be 66%

19 September, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you all the action from the Property Tribes forum

Housing associations to get £2bn investment over next ten years

18 September, 2018

Theresa May to tell housing federation it needs to take more initiative in return

'Tough sanctions' in the pipeline over gas safety

18 September, 2018

Leading law firm says with Gas Safety Week underway landlords need to switch on

Social housing Scotland's 'best kept secret'

18 September, 2018

Poll for Scottish Housing Day shows soaring tenant satisfaction levels

Decision to be made over fate of council house which nobody wants to live in

18 September, 2018

Some 25 families on the council's housing waiting list viewed it but said they didn't want to live there

What are councils spending on discretionary housing payments?

18 September, 2018

Local authorities are spending record sums on emergency payments to households that otherwise face eviction by private or social landlords

Jail for man who illegally sublet Hyde housing association home

18 September, 2018

A housing association tenant has been sentenced to 14 months in jail after being caught subletting

Free workshops launched to help agents navigate the tenant fee ban

18 September, 2018

Lettings industry support providers and training firms have teamed up to offer agents a free one-off workshop on restructuring their business ahead of the fees ban

Barking and Dagenham Council wins award for innovative affordable housing models

17 September, 2018

Barking and Dagenham Council has won a housing award

Shelter warns that lack of engagement from accidental landlords has 'serious consequences' for tenants

17 September, 2018

Shelter has warned that 'accidental landlords' need to be more engaged in the rental sector

Calls for 'Right to Buy' policy to be suspended in Greater Manchester - after 5,000 council houses were sold off and no replacements built

17 September, 2018

Despite the government promising 'one for one' replacements for any home sold off over the last five years, nothing has in fact been built

Triple Point to tap investors as demand for supported housing grows

17 September, 2018

Triple Point Social Housing REIT is to tap its shareholders for new equity to continue investing in homes aimed at tenants with care needs

Rents on tenancy renewals now growing at more than double the rate of new contracts

17 September, 2018

Existing Countrywide tenants are seeing their rents increase at more than double the rate of new renters

Local authorities continue to miss Right to Buy replacement targets

17 September, 2018

Local authorities have failed to replace properties sold under Right to Buy with new affordable homes over the past five years

Selective Licensing Update: Great Yarmouth Council publishes recommendation report

14 September, 2018

A recommendation report on Selective Licensing by Great Yarmouth Council has just been published, announcing the scheme will come into effect on January 7, 2019 and run for five years

HB A7/2018

14 September, 2018

Adjudication circulars provide updates to the Housing Benefit guidance manual for local authority staff

Tenant 'cooped up' in room measuring less than 6.5 square metres

14 September, 2018

Court hears how letting agent ignored council warnings that the space behind a kitchen was a fire hazard

Social landlords must consider the pros and cons of rooftop development

14 September, 2018

There is considerable interest in the provision of rooftop housing development from social landlords which could make a significant contribution to the housing supply

Half of those placed in temporary housing by council placed outside borough

14 September, 2018

Half of Waltham Forest Council's temporary housing placements are outside of the borough and many families placed there have small children

Agent who let out 'fire hazard' room in HMO is told to pay over £32,000

14 September, 2018

An agent who let a tiny room behind a kitchen to a tenant has been ordered to pay more than £32,000

Tenants' passport firm acquired 'for millions' by giant referencing firm

14 September, 2018

Movem was yesterday acquired by Barbon Insurance Group, owners of Homelet and Rentshield Direct

Council ready to buy homes housing associations don't want

13 September, 2018

Pilot project to buy back former council homes could be extended to new affordable homes

'Right to buy' for people living in some Fortis Living affordable homes gets go-ahead

13 September, 2018

Tenants in the city can now apply to buy their homes at a discount after councillors agreed to enter into a £200 million Midlands-wide Right to Buy pilot

Market for 'private social rent' should be explored

13 September, 2018

The housing minister has suggested there is a need to explore the market for "private social rent" in response to a question about boosting social housing supply

CIH supports suspension of Right to Buy

13 September, 2018

"Not only are we failing to build enough homes for social rent, we are losing them when we need them more than ever"

For-profit provider refuses to change its name from 'housing association'

13 September, 2018

A for-profit registered provider of social housing has refused to change its name, amid a row over whether or not these organisations can use the name 'housing association'

Lenders now approving six times more mortgages to first-time buyers than to landlords

13 September, 2018

There are now almost six times more mortgages approved for first-time buyers than for landlords

Estate agency group warns investors that fees ban will cost it hundreds of thousands

13 September, 2018

The Property Franchise Group has warned the City that the tenant fee ban will lose its franchisees 17% of their income, and will hit group revenue and profits

First-time renter? Here's what you need to know

12 September, 2018

Renting your own place can be really exciting, but sometimes things can go wrong

Universal Credit: in-work progression randomised controlled trial

12 September, 2018

These documents present the findings from the evaluation of the Department for Work and Pensions in-work progression trial

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2018

12 September, 2018

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data usually consistent with the annual Spring and Autumn Budgets

PM accused of 'pouring petrol on Britain's burning injustices'

12 September, 2018

Heated PMQs clash sees Jeremy Corbyn launch a sustained attack on "flawed, failing" Universal Credit and the thousands it was driving to destitution

Universal credit: one in six not paid on time

12 September, 2018

Figures emerge as archbishop of Canterbury calls for benefit system rollout to be stopped

Fears for vulnerable as Universal Credit is rolled out in Boston today

12 September, 2018

The controversial new Universal Credit system of paying benefits is due to be rolled out in Boston from today

Universal Credit roll-out in Darlington proves 'a real success'

12 September, 2018

The roll-out of Universal Credit would spell disaster for a borough featuring areas with high levels of deprivation have proved unfounded

Housing fund Multifamily eyeing private rental market to kick off £175m IPO

12 September, 2018

An investment trust aiming to compete against buy-to-let landlords in the booming private rental market will fire the starting gun on its £175m London IPO on Wednesday

Strong results for Belvoir despite fall in sales and looming shadow of lettings fees ban

12 September, 2018

Belvoir is on course for a 22nd year of unbroken profit growth after reporting strong results for the first six months

Avoiding discrimination - a guide for letting agents and landlords

11 September, 2018

The launch of our campaign to end DSS discrimination against renters on housing benefit has suggested that some landlords and letting agents may not be fully up to speed on how their policies could be putting them at risk of breaching the Equality Act 2010

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 9 August 2018

11 September, 2018

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 9 August 2018

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to July 2018

11 September, 2018

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

There's a fundamental problem with the government's social housing green paper

11 September, 2018

Three months after the Grenfell Tower fire, Savid Javid, then Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, announced a Housing Green Paper

Vulnerable Islington tenants stranded as charity landlord evicts them so it can build homes

11 September, 2018

An education charity has left tenants in its housing stock stranded after handing them eviction notices so it can build more homes

Single association's social tenancies contribute £607m a year to UK economy

11 September, 2018

Ground-breaking study of just one group said to show what the overall value of social housing can be

Concerns as agent appears to have quit owing money to landlords and tenants

11 September, 2018

A local agent has disappeared, apparently owing money

Agents and landlords 'left in dark' over new HMO requirements despite huge penalties

11 September, 2018

Letting agents are reminded that the clock is ticking towards the October 1 deadline, when the rules on mandatory HMO licensing change across England

Leeds City Council trials free internet for social housing tenants

11 September, 2018

Social housing tenants at two Leeds tower blocks have been connected to free broadband as part of efforts to combat digital exclusion

The Guardian view on tenants and landlords: private renters need more rights

10 September, 2018

A growing number of people are renting damp, unsuitable homes, and action to protect them is overdue

HMO licensing fees in Lincoln: New fee structure announced

10 September, 2018

A new HMO Licensing fee structure in Lincoln has been announced. The new structure will be in effect for all new and renewal HMO Licence applications received from 10 September 2018

'Property MOT' proposed to test poor conditions in over 1.3m PRS homes

10 September, 2018

Landmark review slams successive governments for 'unquestioning' and 'uncoordinated' policy on private renting

Housing association pledges to make improvements after positive council meeting

10 September, 2018

Council leaders and housing association bosses have heralded the success of an open meeting to air any issues

Slum landlords can be prosecuted from next month - but thousands of ordinary buy-to-lets could fall foul of new rules

10 September, 2018

Government rules to protect tenants from overcrowding and slum conditions come into force from 1 October

Landlords told to remove Grenfell-style cladding or face action

10 September, 2018

Communities secretary says there is a 'moral imperative' for private-sector landlords to remove unsafe cladding

New tenancy deposit replacement product launches - with tenants charged nothing

10 September, 2018

Another tenancy deposit replacement product has been launched - this time as part of a landlord's insurance package

Vulnerability amongst Low-Income Households in the Private Rented Sector in England

10 September, 2018

The study focuses on households in the bottom one third of incomes

The Evolving Private Rented Sector: Its Contribution and Potential

10 September, 2018

The objective of the Review is to present neutral commentary on the PRS and to draw on robust evidence

The benefits of moving: Managing the transition of existing claimants to Universal Credit

07 September, 2018

The long implementation of UC has been far from smooth and we've become all too used to negative stories about roll-out delays and, more seriously, payment problems and financial hardship for those accessing the new system

Universal Credit could be crushed if impending roll out fails

07 September, 2018

Report from the Resolution Foundation makes major recommendations as to how the 'reform' might salvage some public and political credibility

Tenant Fees Bill third reading: The Government listens to the NLA on enforcement, deposits and default fees

07 September, 2018

Landlords could be set to lose out financially as the controversial Tenant Fees bill passed its third reading at the House of Commons yesterday afternoon, meaning charging tenants fees could soon be banned alongside other regulatory changes

Personal Independence Payment: claimant experiences of the claim process

07 September, 2018

This mixed method research explores claimants' experiences of the whole Personal Independence Payment claim process, including disputes

Government weighs in to prevent 'for-profit' providers calling themselves 'housing associations'

07 September, 2018

The government has intervened to prevent a new wave of for-profit registered providers using the name 'housing association', following an appeal from the NHF

Housing association apologises to Chichester mum-of-two left without hot water for weeks

07 September, 2018

Housing association Home Group has apologised to a Chichester mum who was left without hot water for more than two weeks

Poole Housing Partnership says refurbished tower blocks will 'improve conditions for residents'

07 September, 2018

Four tower blocks in Poole are set to be modernised with new cladding

Work Programme (Universal Credit) provider guidance: 2018 contract variation

06 September, 2018

Referrals to this programme ended on 31 March 2017. This guidance is for existing Work Programme participants only

CIH 'disappointed' over rumours government will ditch three-year tenancy plans

06 September, 2018

The CIH has warned it would be "very disappointing" if the government changed its plans for mandatory three-year fixed tenancies amid rumours it is preparing to water down the policy

£2bn housing association bond aggregator prepares to launch

06 September, 2018

A new £2bn bond aggregator is preparing to launch as a subsidiary of existing aggregator The Housing Finance Corporation

How a housing association is bucking the trend on apprenticeships

06 September, 2018

The number of apprenticeships has fallen nationally, but Home Group has doubled its numbers

Labour seeks unlimited fines against rogue landlords ahead of Commons votes

06 September, 2018

Party tables amendments to stop unscrupulous landlords ripping off tenants

Universal credit could be sunk by next stage of rollout

06 September, 2018

Calls for further delays to fix flaws before million working families move on to benefit

Tenant energy supplier switches focus to lettings agents

06 September, 2018

Lettings sector energy provider Spark, which has always specialised in supplying utilities to tenants via agents, is now making a play for agents themselves

Government rumoured to be considering scrapping three-year tenancy plans

06 September, 2018

The Government is rumoured to be planning to scrap plans to introduce mandatory minimum three-year tenancies

Hunters founder MP Kevin Hollinrake backs fees ban 'although it keeps our finance director awake at night'

06 September, 2018

Hunters founder-turned-Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake was among MPs who helped the Tenant Fees Bill sail through its report stage and third reading yesterday, despite admitting it would lose him money

One in three social housing tenants with mental health problems 'unhappy' with home

05 September, 2018

New research emphasises a need to put mental health strategies at the heart of social housing policy

Housing Benefit debt recoveries: April 2017 to March 2018

05 September, 2018

Twice-yearly publication on Housing Benefit debt recoveries

Londonderry homes: 'Not enough' to meet social housing demand

05 September, 2018

A senior Housing Executive official has said not enough social homes are being built to meet demand in the north-west

MHCLG pitches further protections against unfair letting fees

05 September, 2018

PRS tenants will no longer face excessive fees for damages deemed minor as Tenant Fees Bill passes latest Parliamentary stage

Bond aggregator completes £10m issue for Welsh housing association

05 September, 2018

Bond aggregator The Housing Finance Corporation has priced a £10m issue from its retained bond

Help calls for rent arrears treble over 10 years

05 September, 2018

Money Advice Trust has set out specific recommendations for the sector as housing related debts rise

Government rejects mandatory fixed term tenancies

05 September, 2018

Sector leader brands the decision a "baffling turnaround" that betrays "forward thinking" landlords

Councils back away from asylum seeker housing amid contract uncertainty

05 September, 2018

Local authorities have put on hold their plans to join the government's asylum seeker housing scheme after problems with the government contract

Peabody seeking investors for £350m bond issue

05 September, 2018

London housing association Peabody is gearing up for a £350m bond issue, which has received an A3 rating from credit ratings agency Moody's

London housing association outlook moved 'negative' by Moody's

05 September, 2018

Southern Housing Group has been given a 'negative' outlook by ratings agency Moody's, due to its plan to take on more debt to expand its housebuilding

Tenants with mental health problems being let down

05 September, 2018

Mind has claimed the social housing system "just isn't working" for people with mental health problems after new research highlighted significant dissatisfaction among tenants

Fight or flight? Landlords split over prospects for the buy-to-let sector

05 September, 2018

Landlords are almost evenly split between those pressing on despite tax changes and others heading for the exit

Post-It Notes Reveal Anguish Of Disabled Man Who Killed Himself After £20 Benefit Cut

04 September, 2018

Austerity Bites: 'I don't know how anyone could be expected to live on that amount of money'

Don't blame Airbnb for rise in rents

04 September, 2018

Placing restrictions on the sharing economy will not help locals and will be bad for consumers

Yorkshire: The following areas will move from Universal Credit live service to full service

04 September, 2018

Jobcentres located in Beverley, Bridlington, Hessle and Goole will shortly be asking their universal credit live customers to move over to universal credit full service

Longer tenancies - what next?

04 September, 2018

On 26 August the government closed its consultation on three-year tenancies

London renters ready to 'stand together' against exploitative landlords

04 September, 2018

Labour housing leads from 19 London Boroughs fight for strengthening the Tenant Fees Bill with a Parliament debate due Sept 5

Agent hopes for strength in numbers as it scales up ahead of tenant fees ban

04 September, 2018

A lettings business which has acquired the rental business of a local rival says it will now look to limit costs to landlords and tenants when the fees ban comes in

'Callous disregard' costs long-term landlord over £37k

04 September, 2018

Court hears council inspectors ranked the HMO regulation breaches amongst the worst they had seen

Longer-Term Tenancies in England: observations about the recent government consultation

04 September, 2018

England currently has some of the shortest leases in the advanced world: the typical assured short-hold tenancy lasts either 6 months or a year

LA Welfare Direct bulletins: 2018

03 September, 2018

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

Nearly a third of Bath HMOs are dangerous

03 September, 2018

'Significant' health and safety risks were found in more than 900 shared homes

Universal Credit claimants needing food parcels to get by as online struggles revealed

03 September, 2018

Nearly 800 people in one North Yorkshire borough have been moved onto the new benefit and are struggling

Landlords struggling to find replacements for faulty fire doors

03 September, 2018

Social landlords are facing "huge problems" finding replacements for faulty fire doors

Even after Grenfell, tower block residents are being ignored

03 September, 2018

The tragedy motivated me to become a councillor, yet my Tory counterparts are still failing to listen to those they serve

Regional differences drag down Scottish rental growth

03 September, 2018

Rental growth in Scotland was relatively flat during July despite double digit annual increases in some parts of the country

Tenant Fees Bill returns to Parliament amid calls for further crackdown on agents

03 September, 2018

The Tenant Fees Bill returns to the Parliamentary agenda this week with Shelter among those turning up the pressure for it to go further

Social Security Advisory Committee consultation on Universal Credit and next steps for managed migration

31 August, 2018

The RLA has submitted its response to the Social Security Advisory Committee consultation, on Universal Credit and next steps for managed migration

40% of Welsh PRS will not take on those on benefits

31 August, 2018

An investigation has found less than half of letting agents and landlords will rent to those on housing benefit

Sadiq Khan hits out at Universal Credit

31 August, 2018

Mayor of London has issued a warning to government over its flagship welfare reform, saying it will be "the vulnerable who suffer the most"

One of the first: landlord repays housing benefit following new legislation

31 August, 2018

An Essex council claims it is one of the first to be granted a rent repayment order - part of legislation introduced under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

Sadiq Khan calls for rollout of universal credit to be paused

31 August, 2018

London mayor says expansion poses 'significant threat of harm' to vulnerable claimants

Councils' temporary accommodation spend nears £1bn

31 August, 2018

Councils across England spent nearly £1bn on temporary accommodation last year alone

Landlords launch legal action as local authority scraps informal notices for landlords

31 August, 2018

A local authority is facing legal action after scrapping informal notices for all landlords except those who join its own accreditation scheme

August 2018: Touchbase edition 128

30 August, 2018

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

Young tenants tackle stereotypes on their own terms

30 August, 2018

'Inspirational' youngsters share what makes their London borough home

Private Rented Sector Report - July 2018

30 August, 2018

Demand from prospective tenants increased in July, to the highest level this year so far

England and Wales Rental Tracker

30 August, 2018

Prices rise fastest in South West

Government expects 3,000 Right to Buy sales in Midlands pilot

30 August, 2018

Ministers expect around 3,000 housing association homes to be sold through the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

Rents in England and Wales remain flat despite above-inflation rises beyond London

30 August, 2018

Average rents remained flat across England and Wales in July despite inflation-beating rises in some areas

Freeze on housing aid is pushing private renting out of reach of benefits tenants

30 August, 2018

The benefits freeze has put private renting out of reach for low-income tenants, and put them at increasing risk of homelessness

UC2/2018

29 August, 2018

Information for all local authority staff about Universal Credit

Government urged to thaw benefit freeze as 'thousands' face homelessness

29 August, 2018

Report reveals the extent to which the freeze now puts private renting out of reach for low income tenants

£1,000 of rent recovered from rogue landlord in landmark case

29 August, 2018

Successful prosecution also sees council coming after costs for work on "appalling" property as a local land charge

Colne Together Housing tenant's anger at too late texting

29 August, 2018

A disabled tenant of as housing association has criticised it arranging staff visits to properties without adequate warning

Regulator downgrades two associations

29 August, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has downgraded its governance rating for two housing associations, covering almost 20,000 homes

Rental supply fails to keep up with demand as landlords 'are pushed out of the market'

29 August, 2018

Demand for rental property has hit its highest level so far this year, but supply has failed to keep up

One of the best-kept secrets of the UK welfare system is at risk

29 August, 2018

Campaigners are worried vital funding that keeps people out of hospital could disappear

Low-income tenants face 'heat, eat or pay rent' choices

29 August, 2018

Housing benefit freeze leaving poorest private renters with shortfall of up to £140 a week

One in three Universal Credit claimants in Brighton and Hove are in employment

28 August, 2018

Thousands of workers in Brighton and Hove are claiming Universal Credit as their low wages are not enough to live on

Green paper leaves question marks over council housing companies

28 August, 2018

Councils are seeking clarification over the government's stance on town hall housing companies after the Social Housing Green Paper hinted at plans to curb the use of subsidiary landlords to dodge Right to Buy sales

Disgruntled tenants who complain of conditions are twice as likely to face 'revenge evictions'

28 August, 2018

Almost half of tenants who have complained about their landlord have faced "revenge evictions"

Decent Homes Standard review 'threatens council business plans'

28 August, 2018

Local authority housing business plans could be rendered unsustainable if the government revises the Decent Homes Standard

Social housing bosses move to build nearly 200 new homes in Greenock on land contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals

28 August, 2018

Social housing bosses want to build nearly 200 new homes in Greenock on land that is contaminated with toxic and cancer-causing chemicals

Universal Credit Amendment Regulations: Our response to SSAC consultation

28 August, 2018

JRF's response to a SSAC consultation on proposals in the draft Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) (Managed Migration) Amendment Regulations 2018

Calls for urgent reviews of legislation over revenge evictions

24 August, 2018

A new report by Citizens Advice has shone a light on the "murky world" of revenge evictions

Survey shows 'widespread public support' for unfair eviction protection

24 August, 2018

End Unfair Evictions coalition strengthened by survey findings ahead of petition presentation to James Brokenshire

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2014 to Mar 2015

24 August, 2018

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2014 to 2015

Nearly half of tenants who make complaint face 'revenge eviction'

24 August, 2018

Estimate by Citizens Advice puts figure at 141,000 tenants since 2015

High-rise tenants being ignored like we were

24 August, 2018

Campaigners claim safety concerns of Salford residents are not being handled properly

Most landlords offering furnished properties despite strong tenant demand for unfurnished

24 August, 2018

A majority of tenants are seeking unfurnished properties despite a minority of landlords offering this on their listings

Branch where 17 rental households have been given notice because landlords are selling up

24 August, 2018

Belvoir is calling for the Chancellor to introduce incentives in November's Budget to encourage landlords to remain in the sector

Why the government needs to change the law on longer tenancies

23 August, 2018

Shelter has recently been talking about why the government should change the law to give all renters longer tenancies

Benefits boost due to council's Working 4U service

23 August, 2018

Almost £10 million in benefits have gone to West Dunbartonshire residents thanks to council support

Rogue landlords under the cosh in London

23 August, 2018

Raid finds 15 men crammed inside a unsafe squalid two-bedroom bungalow - each paying £3,250 a month in rent

Buy-to-let lender OneSavings warns on Brexit impact after strong first-half

23 August, 2018

Reuters warned of the potential impact of a hard Brexit on the UK housing market over the next year

Major report calls for tenants in Stoke-on-Trent's 18,400 council houses to pay rent every month

23 August, 2018

And tenants are still being hit in the pocket by the bedroom tax

Did the green paper address concerns raised by tenants on Alok Sharma's roadshow?

23 August, 2018

Did the government listen to tenants' concerns?

More landlords attack housing benefit claims

23 August, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association has added their voice to the attacks against the campaign looking to get PRS landlords to rent to those on housing benefit

Council slammed for 'reckless imagery used to justify selective landlord licensing'

23 August, 2018

Nottingham City Council has come under criticism for releasing images of shocking examples of living conditions in rental properties as justification for introducing selective licensing

haart says it DOES arrange tenancies for those claiming housing benefit

23 August, 2018

The agency chain named as having the most branches banning benefits tenants has said that this is not company policy

Universal Credit local authority bulletins 2018

22 August, 2018

Information for all local authority staff about Universal Credit

PRS hits back at Shelter and NHF campaign on housing benefit

22 August, 2018

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the launch of the campaign by National Housing Federation and Shelter against private landlords not letting to those on housing benefit

South East council breaches regulatory standard over fire safety

22 August, 2018

A council landlord in the South East has been censured by the Regulator of Social Housing for failing to carry out risk assessments or carry out the necessary work arising for them

Civitas Social Housing buys English property portfolio for £37.6m

22 August, 2018

Civitas Social Housing said it had completed the purchase of regulated social housing portfolio in England for £37.6m, comprising a freehold and long leasehold interest in 67 properties with 362 tenancies

String of top agents warned they could be breaking discrimination law as branches 'ban benefits tenants'

22 August, 2018

A string of major agents have been named this morning as actively discriminating against tenants on housing benefit after a mystery shopping exercise found outright bans in place

Inland Homes approved as social housing provider

22 August, 2018

Inland Homes has become one of the first publicly listed house builders to successfully register as a social housing provider

Undercover check finds discrimination against tenants on benefits

22 August, 2018

Shelter plans legal action after investigation with the National Housing Federation

Generation Rent launches End Unfair Evictions campaign aimed at scrapping Section 21

22 August, 2018

Activitist group Generation Rent has launched a new campaign - to End Unfair Evictions by scrapping Section 21

Tax breaks for longer tenancies - spending big for a two-tier system

21 August, 2018

The government is consulting on introducing longer tenancies for private renters

Your Housing ready for three-year tenancies

21 August, 2018

Tenancies to be offered to tenants of provider's private rental brand

Universal Credit - Inclusion London's response to the SSAC Committee's consultation on the 2018 regulations

21 August, 2018

Inclusion London believes the Universal Credit system is not fit for purpose and should be stopped and scrapped

The current Buy-to-let market

21 August, 2018

General assessment and impact of recent policy changes

Nigel Adams: How we will make social housing the path to a better life

21 August, 2018

Homes aren't just a roof over our heads but a place where we can raise our families, put down roots and build better lives

BTL market will stabilise by 2021: Shawbook

21 August, 2018

A report predicts that activity in the BTL market will continue to fall until 2021

Social Housing Green Paper one week on: the debate rages

21 August, 2018

The government's Social Housing Green Paper has prompted a huge amount of debate among Inside Housing's contributors

Revealed! The images that prompted one council to introduce landlord licensing

21 August, 2018

A Nottingham health inspector has lifted the lid on some of the worst examples of hazards he has seen in rental properties as selective licensing is introduced in the city

New accreditation scheme to target agents and landlords offering short-term lets

21 August, 2018

Letting agents are to be invited to join a new accreditation scheme for short-term lets in an attempt to tackle rogue operators

Half of homeless from private rented sector - even though only 15% of households are private tenants

21 August, 2018

Almost half of those made homeless last year because of rental arrears came from the private sector

Families in private rental face expanding 'income adequacy' gap

20 August, 2018

New report exposes the likely impact of government 'poverty policies' on those least able to absorb the impact

Security of tenure moves must end 'no fault' evictions

20 August, 2018

Generation Rent challenges government to make security of tenure mean something more than 'consultation'

Right to buy exposes the cynicism of a Tory party whose base is dying out

20 August, 2018

High rents are a gift for Corbyn, but selling off social housing in a naked attempt to buy votes can only backfire

Ending DSS Discrimination

20 August, 2018

'On benefits'. We live in a society which has given those two words an unwelcome significance they don't deserve

Extending the housing crisis to associations is not the answer

20 August, 2018

Readers respond to the latest news on the housing crisis, including right to buy for housing association tenants and the bedroom tax's impact on single people

Letter: Social housing ticking time bomb

20 August, 2018

As the Liberal Democrats have almost exclusively been the governing party of Three Rivers for the past 40 years they cannot credibly blame others for the housing crisis in this area

Council has millions to spend on affordable housing

20 August, 2018

Trafford Council has millions of unspent cash earmarked for housing, highways, parks and green spaces

World first Airbnb sanction scheme aims to expose rogue landlords

20 August, 2018

Airbnb and short-let hosts will be able to apply for national accreditation as the industry attempts to stamp out unscrupulous landlords

No-fault evictions making hundreds of families homeless each week

20 August, 2018

A law allowing landlords to throw out private tenants without giving a reason is exacerbating the crisis

Government finally unveils Right to Buy pilot scheme for housing association tenants

20 August, 2018

The Government has unveiled its long-awaited trial scheme to extend Right to Buy to housing association tenants, starting in the midlands

Independent making three acquisitions as he says there is safety in numbers ahead of fees ban

20 August, 2018

An independent letting agent is making a series of acquisitions ahead of the tenant fee ban due to come into force next year

What do rising house prices in northern England mean for social landlords?

17 August, 2018

Will surging house prices in the North pose a problem or be a route to growth for social landlords?

Government confirms NO announcement due on long term tenancies

17 August, 2018

It has been confirmed that there is NO announcement due on long term tenancies and reassured landlords all responses will be taken into account before a decision is made

Councils paid £660m for temporary homeless accommodation

17 August, 2018

Local authorities across Scotland have paid out more than half a billion pounds putting homeless people in temporary accommodation such hotels, hostels and B&Bs in the last five years

Housing association tenants in Midlands to be given right to buy

17 August, 2018

Pilot scheme will cost £200m with commitment to build new homes to replace lost stock

Housing associations plan more supported housing following LHA cap U-turn

17 August, 2018

Several large housing associations have indicated that they will increase their development of supported housing

Landlords warn Government not to jump the gun on longer tenancies

17 August, 2018

Landlords are warning that the Government must not announce any decision on longer term tenancies until the consultation process has closed and it has considered all responses

HB G8/2018

17 August, 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Greenwich Council criticises social housing reform

16 August, 2018

The leader of Greenwich Council has blasted new government proposals for social housing reform

Rough sleeping strategy 'must address welfare and supply'

16 August, 2018

The government's Rough Sleeping Strategy must address issues of welfare reform and housing supply if it is to succeed

Ready and able to build more council homes

16 August, 2018

Let me be honest, in this country we are facing the worst housing crisis since the Second World War

As a social landlord, I want a proper plan to tackle homelessness

16 August, 2018

After a decade of cuts and plummeting staff levels, providers of housing and support want more than promises

A lesson in tenant engagement

16 August, 2018

Byker Community Trust has formed a partnership with Newcastle University to study tenant engagement

Government 'must decide how proactive regulator should be' on consumer standards

16 August, 2018

The government must decide how "proactive" it wants the Regulator of Social Housing to be in policing consumer standards

Tech firms win prize to help UK's renters onto the housing ladder

16 August, 2018

Renters unable to get a mortgage because of their lack of a credit rating will be able to boost their chances through one of three new start-ups backed by the government

Government floats 'street party' award to battle tenant stigma

15 August, 2018

The Social Housing Green Paper's proposal to combat the 'stigmatisation' of social housing tenants involves launching a neighbourhood competition to win funding for a street party

Longer strategic partnerships and guaranteed debt to boost social housebuilding

15 August, 2018

Strategic partnerships with housing associations and loan guarantees have been mooted as key ways to accelerate building new affordable homes in the Social Housing Green Paper

The Tories have always feared social housing - and now their actions speak louder than words

15 August, 2018

Kit Malthouse's pathetic projected levels of new supply are essentially a prescription for the sector to wither

May: Social landlords 'appear remote, unaccountable and uninterested'

15 August, 2018

In her foreword to the Social Housing Green Paper, Prime Minister Theresa May has criticised social landlords for not always treating tenants with respect

Social Housing Green Paper: Sector calls for more investment

15 August, 2018

Leading figures in the sector have responded to the government's "new deal" for tenants, calling for more investment in new social housing

Government proposes dropping one-for-one Right to Buy replacement commitment

15 August, 2018

The government has proposed scrapping its commitment to replace homes sold through the Right to Buy on a like-for-like basis

Government proposes league table for social tenants to rank landlords

15 August, 2018

Private sector landlords renting homes to social tenants could find themselves ranked in a new league tables

'Time to get big or go home' say couple planning to own 5,000 rental properties across UK

15 August, 2018

A new business has set out plans to expand across the UK by buying out smaller landlords and property management companies

A new deal for social housing

14 August, 2018

This green paper seeks views on government's vision for social housing providing safe, secure homes that help people get on with their lives

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

14 August, 2018

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Benefit sanctions statistics to April 2018

14 August, 2018

Sanctions statistics for Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and Universal Credit, data to April 2018

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 12 July 2018

14 August, 2018

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 12 July 2018

Crackdown On Bad Landlords Promised In 'New Deal' For Social Housing Tenants

14 August, 2018

Shelter says post-Grenfell plan 'doesn't commit a single extra penny' for new-builds while Labour branded it 'pitiful'

Social housing green paper pitched as 'new deal' for tenants

14 August, 2018

But the sector says the proposals merely represent a "small step" toward change

Councils hopeful of Right to Buy reform as consultation launches

14 August, 2018

Councils have welcomed a consultation on Right to Buy in the hope that the reforms will allow them to build more homes under the policy

Creating an intermediate housing list - but who gets priority?

14 August, 2018

Southwark Council is consulting on who should be eligible and prioritised for its new intermediate rent waiting list

Nigel Adams MP defensive over Universal Credit in Leeds visit for rough sleeping strategy launch

14 August, 2018

The Minister for homelessness and rough sleeping has sought to play down the impact that benefits changes may have had on the issue during the launch of a new strategy

Proportion of overseas based landlords halves since 2010

14 August, 2018

But London bucks the trend with a pickup this year

League tables and 'sharper teeth' for regulator in Social Housing Green Paper

14 August, 2018

League tables for housing associations and "sharper teeth" for the sector watchdog are among the new measures outlined in the government's much-delayed Social Housing Green Paper

Government must change course on landlord bashing and Stamp Duty

14 August, 2018

Spicerhaart boss Paul Smith is backing Boris Johnson's calls for Stamp Duty to be cut right across the housing market - and has said that the Government has got its landlord-bashing policies "badly wrong"

Tenancy deposit protection IS working, says head of TDS after Which?

14 August, 2018

The chief executive of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme has hit back at Which? over its suggestions that alternatives would work better

Court case could mean that landlords apply for licensing costs to be refunded

14 August, 2018

A case in the High Court could have major implications for landlords, letting agents and for every single local authority licensing scheme

Should Scotland worry about the right to rent?

13 August, 2018

The announcement from Serco that it will pause plans to evict asylum seeks from their homes in Glasgow has brought the UK government's asylum and immigration policies back into the headlines

Repair and maintenance is a priority for social landlords, but costs are taking a toll

13 August, 2018

Driving ongoing improvement in the quality of Scotland's social housing stock has been a consistent long term ambition of the Scottish Government

Housing Crisis: The Grim Reality For Families On Short-Term Tenancies

13 August, 2018

From a mum forced to move when nine months' pregnant to a chemotherapy patient kicked out at Christmas

'Crippling bedroom tax has left me penniless, starving and buying charity shop clothes' says Hull grandmother

13 August, 2018

Sue Wheeldon feels like she is being punished but says she cannot downsize for the sake of her granddaughter

Third of UK's universal credit claimants hit by deductions from payments

13 August, 2018

Cuts to pay rent and utility bill arrears drive people into poverty, warn campaigners

The Housing Podcast: the supported housing saga

13 August, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine

Landlord Fergus Wilson says untrue that he evicted four single mothers

13 August, 2018

High-profile landlord Fergus Wilson has told EYE that it is completely untrue that he has evicted four single mothers with young babies

Renters warned of scam which asks for viewing deposits by fake landlords

13 August, 2018

An extraordinary property scam is apparently gaining ground, whereby prospective tenants are being asked for "viewing deposits" by people who do not own the property in question

Damning new report says that tenancy deposit protection system is broken

13 August, 2018

Renters are struggling to move home because they face weeks of waiting for their deposits to be returned

UK rents don't have to rocket - just look at Berlin

10 August, 2018

It's time to join the fightback in the UK as renters' unions take the battle to the landlords

The Plymouth families forced out of their homes because of the bedroom tax

10 August, 2018

More than 50 families have had to leave their homes because of the bedroom tax and a tougher new benefits cap

Housing associations and sector bodies welcome 'certainty' of supported housing announcement

10 August, 2018

The housing sector has warmly welcomed the government's decision to abandon controversial plans to reform the funding of sheltered housing

The supported housing funding saga: a timeline

10 August, 2018

The government's decision to drop a shake-up of supported housing funding brings an end to uncertainty that's lasted for nearly three years

Landlords raise concerns of EU nationals losing their homes

10 August, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association, representing private landlords, say Brexit could see a wave of EU nationals losing their homes

Landlords' Barometer - #61: Buy-to-let becomes cry-to-let

10 August, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you the landlord buzz!

Date is set for High Court challenge to Right to Rent

10 August, 2018

Right To Rent is to be challenged in the High Court just before Christmas

Arrears and repossessions fall to an all-time low

10 August, 2018

Arrears and repossessions are at an all-time low since the data began to be collected 24 years ago

All supported housing funding to be retained in welfare system

09 August, 2018

Housing benefit will be kept in place for all those living in supported housing

Funding for supported housing - two consultations

09 August, 2018

This is the full government response to the two joint consultations on the design of the new funding models for the housing costs for supported accommodation

Rents in UK will rise for next five years

09 August, 2018

Rics says falling supply of rental properties and increased demand will lead to 15% rise

Private landlords still quitting sector all over country - RICS urgently calls on Government to review Osborne's reforms

09 August, 2018

Private landlords are continuing to quit the sector all over the country, while tenancy demand continues to rise

'Disappointed' councils miss out on social housing funding

09 August, 2018

'Disappointed' councils across Greater Lincolnshire are set to miss out on a share of £1 billion worth of social housing support after just one authority in the county was deemed eligible to bid for the extra cash

HomeLet Rental Index - July 2018

09 August, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 1.3% in July compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £937 a month

Housing benefit retained for all in supported housing as grant funding plan ditched

09 August, 2018

All supported housing funding will be covered by the welfare system, ending a plan to fund short-term accommodation through council grants

Supply shortage could push rents up 15%

09 August, 2018

Rents could rise 15% by 2023 as the supply of new rental properties dries up

New HMO rules come into effect in England on 1 October 2018

08 August, 2018

New regulations to bring mandatory licensing to all multi-occupied properties where there are five or more people, forming two or more separate households

The impact of welfare reforms on housing associations

08 August, 2018

Welfare reforms introduced since 2010 in the United Kingdom represent a major challenge for housing associations

Another agent reveals they are refusing to pay easyProperty for licence after five leads went nowhere

08 August, 2018

A second agent has spoken out to say that he is refusing to pay for an easyProperty licence

Landlords call for more energy efficiency measures in PRS

08 August, 2018

Landlords are urging the Government to be more ambitions when it comes to the energy efficiency of rented housing

On universal credit, ministers were wrong to ignore us

08 August, 2018

Former top civil servant says his committee raised genuine concerns about the controversial new benefit that weren't listened to

Jobcentre Staff Told By DWP Not To Record Number Of People They Send To Foodbanks

08 August, 2018

DWP directive masks extent of welfare system's reliance on charities

Landlords call for energy improvements to be made tax-deductible

08 August, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association is calling on the Chancellor to make all energy upgrades to rental property a tax-deductible expense

New rents shoot up to all-time record high in London - and rise across much of UK

08 August, 2018

Average new rents in London have jumped to over £1,600 a month for the first time, and new rents across the whole UK are up by 1.3% on this time a year ago

Private renting is broken. Now's our chance to fix it

07 August, 2018

The government has proposed giving private renters more protections by changing the minimum length of tenancies to three years, and they're running a consultation until 26 August

How have welfare reforms impacted the private rented sector? A review of our research & policy work

07 August, 2018

The PRS has grown significantly in size over the last twenty years and now plays a vital role in providing a home for those on low-incomes and the homeless

easyProperty licensee being chased by debt collection agency says he will not pay up after 'so few leads'

07 August, 2018

An agent who is trying to have his contract with easyProperty rescinded says his small family business will be forced into insolvency if the debt is pursued

Serco halts evictions as housing associations offer support

07 August, 2018

Legal bid halts evictions as third sector housing providers join to offer tenancy agreements

Urgent council home repairs leaves £666,000 hole in finances

07 August, 2018

A new team formed last year to carry out repairs and maintenance on council homes has cost £666,000 more than expected

South West association and house builder agree £28m Section 106 package deal

07 August, 2018

A housing association in the South West has agreed a £28m affordable housing 'package deal' with a house builder

Government urged to change 'unfair' PRS deposit system

07 August, 2018

A new report by Centre for Policy Studies has called on the government to change the system

Bank of England Interest Rate Hike Could Lead to Rent Rises

07 August, 2018

The Bank of England interest rate hike could leave landlords passing on the costs to tenants

Mayor calls for 'watered down' Tenant Fees Bill to go much further

06 August, 2018

London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for the fees ban to go much further than is currently proposed

Hammond urged not to launch "tax attack" on second home owners with new buy-to-let levy

06 August, 2018

Philip Hammond has been warned against hiking levies on buy-to-let properties over fears the move would result in lower revenues for the Treasury

Mayor brands Tenant Fees Bill 'a missed opportunity'

06 August, 2018

Bill must go further to end 'rip-off fees' and extortionate deposits for renters

Civitas Social Housing net asset rise in Q2

06 August, 2018

Civitas Social Housing reported Friday a higher net asset value in the second quarter of the year

Vulnerable children facing 'catastrophe' over crisis-hit councils

06 August, 2018

Vulnerable children cannot get help from some cash-strapped councils

Universal credit flaws leaving families in debt

06 August, 2018

Low-income households being wrongly benefit-capped

Council considers selling off excess homes bought for Grenfell survivors

06 August, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea Council is considering selling off some of the homes it bought for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire

The Housing Podcast: a brief history of council housing

06 August, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine

'Slugs came through the floorboards': what it's like to be a millennial renting in Britain

06 August, 2018

Surveillance cameras, kitchen-cupboard toilets and unscrupulous landlords: for millennials looking for affordable rents in the UK's cities, farcical living conditions are becoming the norM

Soaring rents rose 60% faster than pay since 2011

03 August, 2018

Many English towns out of reach for workers, whose pay rose only 10% in seven years

Report calls for new approach to customer satisfaction in social housing

03 August, 2018

A new report from HACT has called on social housing providers to adopt a different approach to customer satisfaction

'They hadn't eaten all day': food banks tackle holiday hunger

03 August, 2018

Gap in school meals provision means demand spikes during summer just as donations dry up

Food banks appeal for help to feed children during school holidays

03 August, 2018

Trussell Trust raises alarm about shortage of donations

Tory MPs In Leafy Middle England Warned They Could Fall Victim To A 'Rentquake'

03 August, 2018

Research reveals housing crisis has spread far beyond London

Alarm bells for tenants as landlords are either hiking rents or selling up

03 August, 2018

Half of renters are facing a rent increases due to landlords both hiking prices and exiting the market due to tax and legislative changes

Rate rise likely to have minimal impact on housing market

03 August, 2018

Yesterday's rate rise should have little effect on the property market or buyers' intentions

Government updates fire door guidance after doors fail tests

02 August, 2018

A number of fire doors have been found to fall short of expected standards in testing carried out following the Grenfell Tower fire

Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2018

02 August, 2018

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and May 2018

CIH hits out at 'unfair' benefit cap

02 August, 2018

Latest figures from the Department of Work and Pensions shows the impact of the benefit cap on families across the country

London temporary housing costs up by half in four years

02 August, 2018

Temporary housing costs in London have risen by half in the past four years

Why we set up our own council housing company

02 August, 2018

Across London there is a desperate need for affordable homes, and this is especially true in Haringey

Landlords in London are embracing Airbnb

02 August, 2018

A new piece of research reveals that landlords are embracing the culture of Airbnb in London rather than letting out properties on more traditional longer term tenancies

'Keyworkers' could pay discount rent in Southwark housing shake-up

02 August, 2018

Council wants to hear your views

Southern councils selling off homes through Right to Buy

02 August, 2018

Social housing in the south of England is being sold off four times as fast as it is being replaced

Charity expresses concern over delay in reversing 'deeply flawed policy'

01 August, 2018

Centrepoint has issued a strongly worded statement as parliament has done nothing to reverse the removal of automatic eligibility of 18-21 year olds housing benefit

North East housing associations announce merger details

01 August, 2018

Coast & Country Housing and Yorkshire Coast Homes have confirmed the two organisations will merge to form a new company, Beyond Housing, in early October 2018

Labour set to include pilot of radical basic income policy in next manifesto

01 August, 2018

The shadow chancellor said: 'I think it's one of those things I think we can get into the next manifesto and see, it's worth a try'

Fire Doors Made By Five Companies Fail Post-Grenfell Safety Tests

01 August, 2018

Products removed from sale as building owners urge to consider removal

Government must act on Universal Credit domestic abuse risk

01 August, 2018

Single payments of Universal Credit to households put people living with domestic abuse at risk of harm

Ministers' plan to research effect of policies on food bank use

01 August, 2018

Ministers want to identify policies or practices that may have contributed to rise in demand for food banks

Housing association judged non-compliant following fire safety failures

01 August, 2018

Knowsley Housing Trust has been downgraded to non-compliant status by the RSH following major fire safety failures "potentially affecting hundreds" of tenants

Breaking the silence: a council insider shines a light on the homelessness crisis

01 August, 2018

Councils have a number of homelessness duties - but their decisions can be difficult to scrutinise

Thousands of teens 'face homelessness' after Tory benefit changes delayed by six months

01 August, 2018

Many young people in Merseyside could suffer because the government has dragged its heels

Our concerns over timetable for moving existing disabled claimants to UC

31 July, 2018

Disability Organisations raise concerns regarding the Government's timetable for moving existing disabled claimants onto Universal Credit

'When these kids say they are starving, they mean it. Having no food in the house is normal for them'

31 July, 2018

Many youngsters who rely on breakfast clubs and school meals during term time don't eat properly during the summer holidays, prompting one youth worker to set up a food bank for struggling kids

Provider wins court case and sets precedent for social housing

31 July, 2018

Case centred on an eviction that ended eight years of anti-social behaviour by a single tenant

Agency networks tie up with tenancy deposit replacement scheme

31 July, 2018

Nick Dunning Associates has partnered with Zoopla-backed Zero Deposit to offer tenants and landlords an alternative to the traditional security deposit

Shadow Housing Secretary Wrong on Scarborough Social Housing

31 July, 2018

Claims by the Shadow Housing Secretary that no social housing has been built in the Scarborough Borough are wrong according to a local Councillor

Borough slammed for dumping vulnerable families in poor accommodation miles from home

31 July, 2018

Vulnerable families have been uprooted and dumped in poor accommodation on the Essex coast

Government to pay thousands to disabled men who had benefits cut

31 July, 2018

DWP was found to have unlawfully discriminated against men who were forced on to universal credit

Housing association borrows £75m from large US investor

30 July, 2018

A giant US investor has signed a £75m loan to a housing association, marking its third deal with the sector

S&P downgrades five large associations' credit ratings

30 July, 2018

S&P has downgraded five large associations' credit ratings over increased sales risk

Former manager at agent escapes jail after stealing over £34,000 of tenants' deposits

30 July, 2018

A trusted ex-manager at an estate agent has escaped jail after stealing over £34,000 of tenants' deposits

Grenfell Tower site to be handed to council despite local anger

30 July, 2018

Borough of Kensington and Chelsea owns site of tower, which is expected to be demolished

This mum's tears show the terrible cost of living in 'nightmare' housing

30 July, 2018

We have mice running around - I think they are coming in through a hole in the wall. At least they are not rats

Call for extra action over council housing arrears

30 July, 2018

Council house tenants should pay their rents or face being kicked out of their homes

Nottingham starts Selective Licensing

27 July, 2018

A new licensing scheme, which aims to improve homes and raise standards across Nottingham's private rented sector, comes into force in many areas of the city on 1 August 2018

Campaigners see off Grenfell 'tenancy stripping'

27 July, 2018

Tenants in the shadow of Grenfell Tower faced a council-imposed deadline to either return or relinquish tenancies and pay for their own temporary accommodation

The benefits of using peer support models in shared housing

27 July, 2018

A new report says landlords should seriously consider peer support models in shared housing

Universal Credit 'Wrecking Lives' As Thousands Take Out Emergency Loans

27 July, 2018

70,000 taking out DWP's 'Budgeting Advance'

Private Rented Sector Report - June 2018

27 July, 2018

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes increased

Housing associations 'require 138,000 more plots of land'

27 July, 2018

Savills calculates amount of extra land associations need to achieve their development ambition

Rental supply hits highest level so far this year

27 July, 2018

Supply of rental properties has hit the highest level so far this year

Sheltered housing residents at Newmarket's Barlings Court 'abandoned' by landlords

26 July, 2018

Residents living in sheltered housing in Newmarket claim they have been abandoned by their landlords since their wardens were made redundant four months ago

Regulator downgrades housing associations over risk management and safety

26 July, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has downgraded three housing associations this morning, including two for struggles with managing risk and one for 'electrical safety' issues

Universal Credit will 'inflict pain on Nottingham families'

26 July, 2018

The government says the aim is to simplify the benefits system

PEARL Rental Index: July 2018

26 July, 2018

We have rounded up all of the latest housing statistics, rental index updates, and data on renting from across the sector and compiled them into one easy to digest monthly bulletin

Fire doors which failed tests not third-party accredited

26 July, 2018

Fire doors which have been withdrawn from sale after test failures were not part of a third-party accreditation scheme

New site for self-managing landlords has its membership reviewed by Rightmove

26 July, 2018

A site has been launched for self-managing landlords who specifically want to cut the cost of having a letting agent, while listing on both Rightmove and Zoopla

Social housing used to be a national asset. Let's rebuild that attitude

25 July, 2018

Our commission has revealed the scale of working people who cannot get a home

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2017 to 2018

25 July, 2018

Statistics on the average number of days to process a new Housing Benefit claim or a change in circumstance of an existing claimant

Funding application to build more social housing turned down

25 July, 2018

Sheffield City Council has been told that it won't be eligible to borrow more money to provide much needed social housing in Sheffield

Fixed Term Tenancies: Revealing Divergent Views on the Purpose of Social Housing

25 July, 2018

Since 2012, social landlords in England have been permitted to offer fixed term rather than 'lifetime' tenancies to new tenants

Government restores 'social rent' to definition of affordable housing

25 July, 2018

The government has restored the term 'social rent' to the definition of affordable housing in its national planning rulebook after housing and council bodies voiced concerns

Most Grenfell Tower survivors show signs of PTSD

25 July, 2018

Two-thirds of adults involved in the fire believed to need stress disorder treatment

Belvoir franchisees engage with project to help them replace lost income after fees ban

25 July, 2018

A partnership between Belvoir and Let Alliance has resulted in 10,000 rent guarantees - and a trip to New York for those who topped the leader board

Political foes unite over a future for social housing

24 July, 2018

A former Labour leader and former Tory treasury minister together set an example as to how the housing crisis can be tackled

Social housing green paper goes back to September - unless released over recess

24 July, 2018

Fears off a summer 'slip out' after days of speculation over publication come to nothing

Tenancy deposit replacement scheme Reposit explains why it went quiet

24 July, 2018

Reposit, first of the tenancy deposit replacement schemes, has returned to the market - declaring that it never really went away

New housing minister criticises councils over unused borrowing capacity

24 July, 2018

The new housing minister has said he is "at a loss" to understand why councils are not using Housing Revenue Account borrowing headroom

The Peabody Index: Tracking the experiences of London's social housing tenants

24 July, 2018

At Peabody we want to more than help our tenants directly through affordable homes and support services

Could tenancy agreements be next in government's agency clampdown? Which? calls for review of tenant contracts

24 July, 2018

Which? is calling for a review of tenancy agreements used by lettings agents as part of its latest investigation into the sector

Homeless and Working

24 July, 2018

Dispatches goes behind the scenes in two homeless shelters to reveal the growing number of people who are in work but homeless, because they can't afford expensive private rents in a low-wage economy

Further evidence of government failure on Grenfell re-housing

24 July, 2018

MHCLG admits just two households moved out of blocks beside Grenfell Tower have been found permanent accommodation

In work - but out of a home

23 July, 2018

60,852 families are currently homeless in England. But, we don't know much about their lives, and what could be causing them to be unable to find a safe, stable, affordable home

Britain's most controversial landlord due to be prosecuted again after 'evicting' single mums with babies

23 July, 2018

Controversial landlord Fergus Wilson is set to be taken to court by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for a second time

Which? urges private rented sector reform

23 July, 2018

Our report reveals tenants under financial and emotional stress, and a sector facing a critical need for reform

May's housing cash pledge is not enough

23 July, 2018

PM's promise undermined by borrowing controls as social home building hits a new low

Universal credit IT system 'broken'

23 July, 2018

Service centre staff say glitches having harmful effect on huge number of claimants

More than half of temporary accommodation residents in work

23 July, 2018

More than half of families living in temporary accommodation are in work and there has been a 73% increase in the number of working homeless families since 2013

'Shameful': More than 100 council homes in Grenfell Tower borough lying empty

23 July, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea council must 'get a grip' on housing stock, says law centre

NHF calls for housing associations to play larger role in Universal Credit rollout

23 July, 2018

The NHF has called for housing associations to have a larger role in the migration of benefit claimants to Universal Credit

A buy-to-let register by the back door? Councils are introducing landlord licence schemes costing up to £1,000

23 July, 2018

More and more landlords may have to sign up to council licensing

Agent jailed for a year after children's fire deaths in rental home with no smoke alarms

20 July, 2018

A letting agent has been jailed for 12 months after two young children died in a fire in a rental home his firm managed and where he failed to fit smoke alarms

PRS electrical safety checks welcomed

20 July, 2018

"We are delighted the government has finally recognised the importance of regular electrical checks in the PRS, which protects both tenants and landlords"

London needs 40,000 new social rented homes a year

20 July, 2018

"London has consistently failed to build enough homes but social housing has taken the biggest hit"

Government moves to review building regulations fire safety guidance

20 July, 2018

James Brokenshire says he will "go further" with a full-scale review of the guidelines starting in the autumn

Esther McVey admits ongoing problems with universal credit

20 July, 2018

Changes in pipeline as DWP is accused of failing to respond promptly or take expert advice

Tenant who sub-let rooms in 'death trap' bungalow hit with bill of over £26,000

20 July, 2018

The head tenant of a 'death trap' bungalow into which he crammed other tenants has been ordered to pay over £26,000

Government to introduce mandatory five-year electrical safety checks for rental homes

20 July, 2018

The Government has backed introducing a mandatory requirement on landlords with properties in England to ensure that electrical installations in their property are inspected every five years

Tenants angry after housing association takes away trampoline - but leaves scaffolding up for over a year

19 July, 2018

Housing association tenants in St John's Wood are furious after landlords banned a communal trampoline on health and safety grounds but left scaffolding up for over a year

Grenfell Tower: Minister admits 'mistakes were made' in rehousing scheme for victims as dozens remain in temporary accommodation

19 July, 2018

Administrators 'being asked to perform roles that they are not used to under very difficult circumstances'

The staggering amount Bristol council taxpayers are paying to bail out people hit by Government's benefit cap

19 July, 2018

The cap was meant to be a way to save the Government money - but the city council is picking up the bill

Southall housing association told to tackle antisocial behaviour or face prosecution

19 July, 2018

PA Housing could be prosecuted if steps aren't taken to deter the behaviour at Victory Mews

Ministers consider sector 'league tables' for Social Housing Green Paper

19 July, 2018

Ministers have been exploring the idea of 'league tables' of housing associations as a key policy recommendation in the imminent Social Housing Green Paper

Government 'must do more' after revelation housing associations pay tens of millions to help unemployed

19 July, 2018

Nationally commissioned employment and skills services have failed to work with them, and have failed to support people who face the greatest barriers to work

Landlords' Barometer - #60: Forget the heatwave - it's scorching for landlords

19 July, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you the latest trending topics and news that have engaged landlords over the past month and which is just as scorching as the weather!

Government will pay arrears to thousands of benefit claimants

18 July, 2018

U-turn means repayments owed as a result of errors will be backdated to 2011

Dispatches episode was not a balanced documentary

18 July, 2018

Self-funding has helped housing associations to create homes and communities in the face of declining government subsidy

Landlords nervous about adding to portfolios even in areas where rents are rising

18 July, 2018

Landlords are operating a "buy and hold" strategy with even areas with strong rental growth suffering from a dip in transactions

90 per cent rise in Swindon families in temporary accommodation

18 July, 2018

Homeless households living in temporary accommodation in Swindon have almost doubled in the last five years

Disability claimants owed £340m after DWP blunder

18 July, 2018

'Indifferent' department tried to shift the blame and took six years to correct error

Government urged to 'baffling' housing complaints system

18 July, 2018

More calls for a single housing ombudsman

Grenfell fire: Ban on combustible material 'not enough'

18 July, 2018

The government's proposed ban on using combustible materials for new high-rise buildings does not go far enough

HB G7/2018

17 July, 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 14 June 2018

17 July, 2018

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 14 June 2018

Social housing allocations policy 'discriminates against Travellers'

17 July, 2018

A High Court judge has branded a London council's housing allocation policy "unlawful" as it discriminates against Irish Travellers

Canterbury social housing deal stopped London 'gazumpers'

17 July, 2018

Canterbury City Council claims it outwitted big-spending London boroughs to land a secret deal to convert properties into affordable local homes

Taxpayers to foot £8,000 bill for benefit claimant no-one can find

17 July, 2018

Officials first noticed the overpayments on October 8 2012

Stock transfer landlord secures £95m bank loan

17 July, 2018

A stock transfer housing association has secured bank finance of £95m - including a restructuring of its previous debt and £40m of new borrowing

Social Housing Green Paper expected by recess

17 July, 2018

The Social Housing Green Paper is still expected to be published before parliament breaks up for summer recess either next Tuesday or on Thursday this week

Landlords waiting 118 days to evict problem tenants but are losing up to six months' rent

17 July, 2018

Private landlords are potentially facing six months without rent due to the length of time it is taking to initiate and complete eviction proceedings against tenants

Judge rules that letting agent which only handled deposits and took first month's rent was 'managing' illegal property

17 July, 2018

Two agencies have been hit with a total bill of over £42,000 after being found guilty of managing three unsafe flats that required a HMO licence but were not licensed

Rents continue to climb amid fears of reducing rental supply as landlords quit sector

16 July, 2018

Wales was the only region to see rents decline annually in June as rental growth remained below the rate of inflation

Rented property licensing: crackdown on rogue landlords or money grab?

16 July, 2018

Owners are angry with councils for demanding hundreds of pounds for licences and claim it's just to boost coffers

Why rental fraud is on the rise

16 July, 2018

Demand outstripping supply helps fraudsters play a particularly cruel game

Scrap eviction powers and restrict landlords' right to sell, government told

16 July, 2018

The pressure group Generation Rent has joined forces with other critics of the private rental sector to demand an end to Section 21 evictions and further limitations on the new three year tenancies favoured by the government

56,000 in region on waiting lists for social housing

16 July, 2018

More than 56,000 people or families are on waiting lists for social housing in the North East and North Yorkshire

Scottish landlord seals £50m private placement

16 July, 2018

Scottish landlord Cairn Housing Association has raised £50m through a private placement deal with an unnamed US insurance company to support

Almost a fifth of Countrywide rental properties are now let through landlord companies

16 July, 2018

The proportion of homes let by a company landlord through the Countrywide group has reached new highs

Housing associations face being stuck with dangerous cladding on leased blocks

13 July, 2018

Housing associations may be stuck with dangerous cladding on blocks of flats leased from private owners

The latest English Housing Survey lays bare the perils of private renting

13 July, 2018

It lays bare the insecure and expensive reality for households forced to rent privately

The fall and rise of social rent

13 July, 2018

Will the comeback of state-funded socially rented housing deliver the homes Britain needs?

It's official: DWP cuts are so bad councils just spent record amounts mopping them up

13 July, 2018

The DWP has cut some welfare so near to the bone that local authorities had to spend record amounts last year to make up the shortfall

One in five English households live in private rented homes - but home ownership still biggest tenure

13 July, 2018

Home ownership remains the most common form of tenure in England at 63% of households

Here's why government plans for longer tenancies don't go far enough

13 July, 2018

When the modern private rental market was devised as part of the 1988 Housing Act, flexibility was the theme

First-time buyers on the rise as buy-to-let mortgage market falls

13 July, 2018

Number of new homeowners rose 8% in May as mortgages for landlords dropped 10%

Is Universal Credit ready for an expansion?

13 July, 2018

Universal Credit recently made the headlines for the wrong reasons

Figures show first-time buyers on the up

13 July, 2018

But Buy to Let is on a down with the RLA fearing a net loss of 133,000 PRS homes over the next year

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: variations in housing circumstances

12 July, 2018

This report explores the link between housing circumstances and household characteristics

English Housing Survey 2016: stock condition

12 July, 2018

Report on the condition of housing stock in England, how this has changed over time, and how poor housing is distributed by tenure and household type

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: social rented sector

12 July, 2018

Report on the characteristics and circumstances of social renters in England, and how this has changed over the last 20 years

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: private rented sector

12 July, 2018

Report on the characteristics and circumstances of private renters in England, and how this has changed over the last 20 years

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: fire and fire safety

12 July, 2018

Report on fire incidents, fire safety equipment and fire hazards in different types of households and dwellings in England

English Housing Survey 2016: energy efficiency

12 July, 2018

Report on the energy efficiency of the English housing stock using present-day statistics, time-series analysis and profiling of hard-to-treat dwellings

English Housing Survey shows huge increase in families renting privately

12 July, 2018

The English Housing Survey is a national survey commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: financial year 2017 to 2018

12 July, 2018

Analysis of the use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds by local authorities

Benefit cap calculator

12 July, 2018

There's a limit on the total amount of benefits that most people aged 16 to 64 can get

RLA challenges government to 'recognise the good' in PRS provision

12 July, 2018

Debate opens up over interpretation of private rental stats from the latest English Housing Survey

Private landlords face £30,000 fine under new powers granted to councils and police

11 July, 2018

Cornwall Council says it wants to raise standards of privately rented accommodation

Universal Credit claimants make up 25% of council rent arrears

11 July, 2018

Universal Credit households now account for 25% of unpaid council rent despite representing just 4% of tenants

How to contact HMRC - updated information for housing associations

11 July, 2018

HMRC has issued new guidance for housing associations wishing to contact HMRC. There are now two distinct routes, depending on your query

Full migration of UC by March 2023 a viable plan

11 July, 2018

The Director General of Universal Credit gives a cagey response on universal credit rollout to members of the Public Accounts Committee

Cross border raid on Universal Credit

11 July, 2018

Welsh housing and regeneration minister Rebecca Evans gunning for Esther McVey over the impact on vulnerable claimants in Wales

NFA and ARCH now want Universal Credit slow down

11 July, 2018

New report stresses a belief that it will not be possible for landlords to sustain present levels of support

Labour wants McVey 'sanctioned' over Universal Credit

11 July, 2018

Opposition to call for arbitrary, vindictive DWP approach to be turned on secretary of state embarrassed by her own attack on damning NAO report

Calls to 'sanction' Esther McVey over Universal Credit rejected

11 July, 2018

Labour's attempts to "sanction" Esther McVey for her handling of the rollout of Universal Credit have failed

Anti-poverty coalition calls for overhaul of universal credit

11 July, 2018

End Hunger UK says payment delays and errors are pushing vulnerable people into destitution, hunger and debt

How to become a trans-inclusive landlord

11 July, 2018

Trans people can face discrimination when it comes to housing

Update: How to Guides corrected and reissued

10 July, 2018

The Government has corrected errors in the recently updated How to Guides in England, and has reissued them on their website

Housing Federations unite to fight 'flawed' Universal Credit

10 July, 2018

SFHA, NHF, CHC and NIFHA demand change for tenants in England alone facing more than £21m of debt

APPG launched to tackle unemployment in social housing

10 July, 2018

A response to Centre for Social Justice finding social housing households four times more likely to be workless than those in private housing

How to Rent guide updated - make sure you issue THIS version

10 July, 2018

The Government's How to Rent guide has been updated, just two weeks after the previous update

DWP Universal Credit newsletter for landlords

10 July, 2018

The Department of Work and Pensions has published the first quarterly newsletter on Universal Credit

Scottish Government blames Tory welfare cuts for 38% rise in Council Tax warrants over past 5 years

10 July, 2018

Shelter Scotland says "more should be done" to help people meet their payments as opposition parties renew calls for council tax abolition

Social Housing Pension Scheme - significant changes on the horizon

10 July, 2018

KPMG summarises two recent updates on the Social Housing Pension Scheme

Will three-year tenancies become the norm?

09 July, 2018

On 2 July 2018 the UK Government launched a consultation inviting views and comments on the benefits and barriers of landlords offering longer tenancies in England

Administrators appointed to social housing specialist

09 July, 2018

Deveron Construction Limited offered design and build contracts to associations across the North of Scotland

London rents rise for the first time in almost two years

09 July, 2018

But new stats show overall rental growth has been fairly subdued in H1 of 2018

Universal Credit roll-out forces some Ashford claimants to travel to Folkestone to sign on

09 July, 2018

A bungled Universal Credit roll-out is forcing some Ashford claimants to travel more than two hours on public transport to sign on - in Folkestone

Universal credit row: DWP official has 'full confidence' in NAO

09 July, 2018

Permanent secretary says DWP has good relationship with National Audit Office despite watchdog's critical report

Revealed: the DWP drove through a controversial welfare reform off the back of some very scant evidence

09 July, 2018

The DWP just quietly revealed that it had scant evidence to support a controversial change to the benefits system

Length of payment delays for new claims to Universal Credit

09 July, 2018

Statistics on the length of payment delays for new claims to Universal Credit that are paid late

Housing 'shake-up' could save £3bn on the welfare budget

09 July, 2018

Government already giving serious consideration to a CSJ proposal that rewards housing associations for turning tenant lives around

Universal Credit: Labour says Esther McVey should resign

09 July, 2018

Esther McVey has faced calls to quit over "inadvertently misleading" the Commons about the official NAO spending watchdog's view of Universal Credit

Urgent Question - Universal Credit

09 July, 2018

Live coverage of work and pensions secretary Esther McVey answering an urgent question on Universal Credit

Two Letting Agents Banned by Property Ombudsman

06 July, 2018

The Property Ombudsman has booted two letting agents out of the redress scheme

June 2018:Universal Credit landlord engagement newsletter

06 July, 2018

We regularly update our information for landlords, read the up-to-date version of the Universal Credit & Rented Sector Housing Guide and use the latest UC47 form to request payment of rent from tenant's Universal credit

Awaiting Right to Buy replacements

06 July, 2018

Homes sold under the Right to Buy are simply not being replaced. Could the government's plans to partially lift the council debt cap bring relief?

Scrap the surcharge! Strong support for petition to repeal buy to let taxes

06 July, 2018

There has been strong support for an e-petition calling for the scrapping of the stamp duty surcharge on buy to let properties and the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief for landlords

Rent collection service aims to offer landlords 'financial security'

06 July, 2018

Unpaid rent and rent arrears are the main reason for tenant evictions, according to Belvoir's Q1 rental index

Hinckley & Rugby extends BTL deals to portfolio landlords

06 July, 2018

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society is now offering its full range of buy-to-let mortgage products to portfolio landlords

London Assembly agrees motion to scrap Section 21 notices

06 July, 2018

The London Assembly Members yesterday agreed a unanimous motion calling on the Mayor of London to back a campaign to abolish section 21 and to lobby the government for a change in the law

Universal Credit: Complaints - and sticking to your guns

06 July, 2018

RLA trainer and Universal Credit expert Bill Irvine shares one of his latest cases

Disabled people could slip through net in universal credit move, says charity

06 July, 2018

Mind raises concerns that safeguards for vulnerable claimants will not be in place

Safety products for the elderly need to be updated

06 July, 2018

People are put off making home adaptations due to the stigma of unattractive products available

Special administration regime for English housing associations comes into force

05 July, 2018

A new special administration regime which allows the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) to deal with insolvent housing associations will come into force today

British government imposes collective punishment by evicting families from public housing

05 July, 2018

The British government intends to roll out nationally a scheme piloted in north London, whereby the families of gang members and violent criminals are evicted from their public housing residences

Less than four weeks until introduction of selective licensing in Nottingham

05 July, 2018

BTL landlords in Nottingham will soon face tougher rules with new rental licensing conditions set to be introduced in the city

Strong support for petition calling for BTL tax relief changes to be reversed

05 July, 2018

An online petition calling for buy-to-let tax relief changes to be reversed has received almost 16,500 signatures

Government slammed for failing to act on report that suggests improvements to PRS

05 July, 2018

The government has been criticised for continuing to drag its heels over taking on key recommendations made in a recent report designed to improve standards in the private rented sector

Universal Credit: Labour says Esther McVey should resign

05 July, 2018

Esther McVey has faced calls to quit over "inadvertently misleading" the Commons about the official NAO spending watchdog's view of Universal Credit

Social care system 'seizing up' under strain

05 July, 2018

Northern Ireland's social care system could seize up unless it receives more funding, the chief social worker has warned

Wales fee ban will lead to increased costs

05 July, 2018

Banning fees in Wales will drive up costs and change the way landlords interact with letting agents, RLA Director for Wales Douglas Haig told the Senedd today

CIH Northern Ireland: Right to Buy a 'double edged sword'

05 July, 2018

Early findings from a project looking to shape the future of housing in Northern Ireland have been released

Calls to end no-fault evictions

05 July, 2018

London Assembly looks to Sadiq Khan to back the campaign.

Long tenancies won't stop landlords wanting a CV, 12 months' rent - or a date

04 July, 2018

Proposed three-year agreements do little to change oppressive demands from landlords charging extortionate rents

Northern Ireland student wins landmark case against Belfast letting agent

04 July, 2018

A landmark court ruling has closed a loophole for letting agents to levy extra charges on tenants, it was claimed today

Risks to children 'the biggest social justice challenge of our time

04 July, 2018

Children's commissioner seeks more help for young people in vulnerable family situations

Smoke alarm 'would have saved Huddersfield fire-death boys

04 July, 2018

A house fire which killed two boys was "eminently avoidable", had the letting agent provided smoke alarms, a court has heard

Landlord couple want to see letting agent banned over unpaid rent

04 July, 2018

A couple who claim they are owed thousands of pounds in unpaid rent have called for a ban on the letting agency accused of withholding the money

RLA gives evidence to HCLG committee on Hackitt report

04 July, 2018

The Hackitt report into building regulations should include more information about the lifetime management of buildings once occupied, RLA Policy Manager John Stewart told a committee of MPs this week

Right to Rent: Windrush guidance for landlords

04 July, 2018

Landlords renting to Windrush immigrants, who have a right to live in the UK, but may not have the documents to prove it, can apply for a Positive Right to Rent Notice (PRRN).

Government urged to update HHSRS system

04 July, 2018

Government 'refusing' to take on key recommendations for safety in the private rented sector

Minister apologises over 'inadvertently misleading' parliament

04 July, 2018

Esther McVey apologises for her comments over Universal Credit

HB Direct newsletters: 2018

04 July, 2018

These HB Direct newsletters for local authority staff provide information that affects Housing Benefit.

'Stock up on tins' - Universal Credit is on its way to Carlisle and Barrow

03 July, 2018

The switch to the controversial government benefit is on the way for thousands of residents

London first-time buyers put down £19k extra per bedroom

03 July, 2018

New report makes case for shared ownership in the capital as an FTB option.

Shock results as 30 lettings agencies probed by undercover teams

03 July, 2018

A consumer group which conducted 30 undercover viewings in five different UK cities claims letting agents are showing potential tenants around mouldy properties and not informing them about important safety details.

Families hit by crippling cost of living need a third more income to make ends meet

03 July, 2018

Our latest research reveals how low-income families need a third more disposable income than a decade ago to make ends meet

National Housing Federation response to Homes England deals with housing associations

03 July, 2018

Homes England has agreed first wave of strategic partnerships to ramp up building of affordable homes. These include deals with eight housing associations.

Japanese Knotweed: a warning

03 July, 2018

Landlords are being warned to keep a close eye on the gardens of their rental homes after it was revealed homeowners will be able to sue their neighbours for damages if Japanese Knotweed grows onto their land.

New research exposes factors that lead to people returning to sleeping rough

03 July, 2018

Today, St Mungo's publishes peer led research outlining reasons why some people can find themselves sleeping rough after time away the streets.

Regulator highlights importance of providing good quality, accessible information on homelessness services

03 July, 2018

A report highlighting the importance of easy access to homelessness services information for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness has been published by the Scottish Housing Regulator.

How Labour Will Act On Unhealthy Homes

03 July, 2018

In this NHS anniversary year, we are committing Labour to new action to rekindle Bevan's vision and end the scourge of substandard homes

More than one in ten privately-rented homes are unfit to live in

03 July, 2018

Shocking figures reveal homes with problems such as mould, damp, a faulty boiler or freezing cold in winter

Landlords welcome tax incentives for longer tenancies

02 July, 2018

Landlords are today welcoming proposals being considered by the Government to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies.

More tenants faced rent rises in May

02 July, 2018

There was an increase in the number of tenants in the private rented sector experiencing a rent increase in May compared with a month earlier at a time when supply of rented homes on offer is rising.

Top tips for landlords for clearing out at end of tenancy

02 July, 2018

It's time for many students up and down the country to clear-out their properties, so now is a good time to make sure they know how to correctly clear out their properties.

Homes for social rent 'have to be' part of new national planning policy

02 July, 2018

Call from LGA comes as the number of such homes tips towards historic low.

New report highlights benefits of short-term rentals in Scotland

02 July, 2018

Scotland's short-term rental sector generates £723 million of economic activity every year, a new report has claimed.

Report criticises new PIP benefits payment system

02 July, 2018

A Stormont department has been urged to start recording assessments of those applying for the Personal Independence Payment after a report criticised the current process.

More than 600 'affordable homes' built in Merseyside were NOT affordable

02 July, 2018

New data shows many houses do not meet the guidelines to be classed as affordable

Labour says government plans to provide renters with greater stability are 'meaningless'

02 July, 2018

'Any fresh help for renters is welcome but this latest promise is meaningless if landlords can still force tenants out by hiking up the rent'

Longer-term tenancy plans proposed

02 July, 2018

Compulsory three-year contracts would give more protection to renters.

Abuser could 'take control of family finances' under Universal Credit

01 July, 2018

A group of MPs have warned government that Universal Credit could see an increase in abusers controlling the finances of their partners

Government policy forced 190 women to prove they were raped in order to get child benefits, figures show

29 June, 2018

Tens of thousands of low income families miss out on child benefits under 'poverty-producing' measure, while mothers forced to disclose rape in order to put food on the table

London council launches Housing First pilot as part of £500,000 homelessness package

29 June, 2018

Newham Council has unveiled a wave of new projects to tackle homelessness, including a Housing First pilot aimed at tackling rough sleeping.

Scrap the new homes tax argue landlords

29 June, 2018

Ministers need to scrap the tax on new homes which is punishing those in need of a home to rent, the UK's leading landlord body argues

Report salutes housing support provided by Armed Forces charities

29 June, 2018

Reasearch reveals the extent of a home front providing £40m of housing support to over 11,000 people a year

Landmark legislation gives communities right to buy abandoned land

29 June, 2018

New legislation has been introduced which in some instances will give communities the right to buy land that is abandoned, neglected or detrimental

Heatwave leaves homeless 'fighting' over water

29 June, 2018

How do the homeless cope with a heatwave? While many of us are basking in the summer sun, many people on the streets face dehydration, heat exhaustion and severe sunburn, say charities.

'Two-child policy' cuts benefits of more than 70,000 families

29 June, 2018

Campaigners warn poverty will rise as low-income families lose financial support

CIH Housing 2018

29 June, 2018

Keynote speech by the Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP

Research finds tax changes leading to private renting sell-off

29 June, 2018

Ministers need to scrap the tax on new homes which is punishing those in need of a home to rent, the UK's leading landlord body argues.

Deprived areas 'have five times more fast food outlets'

29 June, 2018

Deprived areas such as Blackpool and parts of Manchester and Liverpool have five times more fast food outlets than affluent areas, a survey suggests.

Tories forced to rewrite obscure benefits law after court finds it breaches human rights

28 June, 2018

The DWP admitted a "small group" of jobseekers had been denied a fair hearing when they tried to appeal against a benefit sanction

Social care in Wales 'could be funded by age-related tax'

28 June, 2018

An income tax increase of between 1% and 3% could be used to fund elderly social care in Wales, according to an independent report.

Tougher electrical safety standards needed to protect private tenants

28 June, 2018

Tougher electrical safety standards for rented properties north of the border are needed to protect private tenants

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

28 June, 2018

Tenant, landlords and buy to let investors are the targets for new online rental guides

Housing 2018: Green paper 'to give regulator teeth'

28 June, 2018

Housing minister Dominic Raab says regulator will gain powers in the Social Housing Green Paper and stresses government commitment to Right to Buy

Understanding your citizens to beat the Universal Credit challenge

28 June, 2018

Understanding your citizens to beat the Universal Credit challenge

Call of the week: Section 21 documents

28 June, 2018

This week, a landlord called us with a question about serving a Section 21 notice and when he needed to serve the documents on his renewal tenancy.

Random rental property spot checks could improve standards in the PRS

28 June, 2018

Most private landlords would oppose the idea of arbitrary checks of their rental properties by local authorities, but that has not stopped PayProp supporting the contentious proposal.

English councils warn 'worst is yet to come' on cuts

28 June, 2018

Authorities risk going bust unless steps are taken to shore up budgets, ministers told

'Silver splitters' fuel rising homelessness

28 June, 2018

Number of over-60s presenting as homeless at a 10-year high

Government publishes new and updated 'how to' guides

27 June, 2018

The Government has today (Tuesday 26th June) published new and updated information to help landlords and tenants who live and work in private rented housing.

Universal Credit: In Work Progression Randomised Control Trial

27 June, 2018

Information about Universal Credit trials and pilots

Domestic abuse survivors and children sleeping rough' survey finds

27 June, 2018

Women unable to get refuge place also having to sofa-surf or stay with abuser

Benefit or burden? The cities trying out universal basic income

27 June, 2018

Cities around the world are experimenting with basic income schemes. The benefits for residents seem obvious - but what's in it for the cities?

Child homelessness in England at highest level since 2007

27 June, 2018

123,130 children were in temporary accommodation in first quarter of 2018 - an increase of nearly 80% since 2011

Latest stats show temporary accommodation numbers are up

27 June, 2018

Overall the numbers have increased by 56% from 2010 – rising to 190% for those in B&B over the same period

Online guides will help renters and leaseholders to know their rights

27 June, 2018

New 'how to' guides include checklists for new and existing tenants, landlords and letting agents

Most associations do not treat domestic violence as a tenancy breach, research reveals

27 June, 2018

Almost one in 10 social landlords do not consider perpetrating domestic abuse as a breach of tenancy, delegates at Housing 2018 in Manchester heard

Regulator warns social landlords that bail-outs are not guaranteed

27 June, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) would allow a housing association to fail if there was 'limited or no value' in its business, its executive director has said

Housing body with 12,000 London tenants has been placed under review

27 June, 2018

London social housing management body CityWest Homes has been placed under review, and its chief executive has stepped aside

Families feast in the Forest

26 June, 2018

An innovative project between Two Rivers Housing and the Salvation Army is teaching basic cooking skills to families and building community relationships

Arhag needs landlords for Syrian refugees

26 June, 2018

Specialist association offering incentives including carrying out and funding repairs and guaranteed monthly rental income for 3-5 years

LIN member report June 2018 - Benefit Sanctions

26 June, 2018

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Experiences of Living with Visual Impairment: Matching Income with Needs

26 June, 2018

Six existing benefits have been consolidated into Universal Credit - which the Government says will make the transition between welfare and work, more simple. But a new report from Thomas Pocklington Trust is highlighting changes which it feels will leave future blind and visually impaired claimants worse off

Angus Council welcomes move to install sprinkler systems in all social housing

26 June, 2018

As the first Scottish local authority to install sprinkler systems as standard in its new build housing, Angus Council welcomes the move by Scottish Government to make sprinkler systems compulsory in new social housing

Flying the standard

26 June, 2018

HACT is excited to announce that Housemark, L&Q and Metropolitan, as well as a number of other housing associations, have signed up to support the development of the full version of the UK housing data standard

What is social housing for?

26 June, 2018

In the aftermath of Grenfell, and with many people priced out of homeownership, Nathaniel Barker finds out how social housing fits into the current climate

High Court overturns housing legal aid changes

26 June, 2018

The High Court has overturned controversial planned changes to legal aid for housing support

Manchester named as best buy to let option for landlords in England

26 June, 2018

Manchester currently has the best yields for landlords in England and Wales and the highest rental growth, making it the best location for buy to let, according to new research

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