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Landlords look to commercial loans to sidestep buy-to-let changes

24 February, 2017

The proportion of landlords intending to take out commercial loans to fund their property purchases has doubled over the last 18 months as they look for ways to avoid the impact of forthcoming changes to landlord taxation

Melissa and millions like her are just one unpaid bill away from the abyss

24 February, 2017

As the cocktail of long-term austerity, rising living costs and a slumping post-Brexit economy hits, what's really frightening is the crisis that is brewing but is barely being noticed

Ministers must be prepared to listen to the evidence of rent cut impact

24 February, 2017

Inside Housing's annual look at councils' Housing Revenue Accounts reflects the growing divergence in policy across the UK - and the different impacts that policy decisions are having on the ground

Breaking the Cycle

24 February, 2017

Gang violence is a growing problem in our inner cities but councils' youth services budgets have been cut. Can housing associations fill the void?

Welsh Government ends councils Right to Buy duty

24 February, 2017

Right to Buy is to be suspended in Flintshire for five years to ensure social housing is available for those who need it

Welsh councils hike rents to boost investment

24 February, 2017

Welsh councils are raising rents by up to 5.2% next year to fund investment of almost £200m in existing and new homes

Bristol Council forced to cut housing target

24 February, 2017

Bristol City Council has been forced to cut its target to build 1,000 homes as it seeks to make savings in its Housing Revenue Account

Councils seek to plug budget holes as rent cut bites

24 February, 2017

Councils are boosting their income through service charge rises and other fee increases as pressure from the 1% rent cut on Housing Revenue Accounts ramps up

Changes to Personal Independence Payment regulations

23 February, 2017

DWP Information briefing

Legal aid shakeup hands lifeline to domestic violence victims

23 February, 2017

Exclusive: Removal of five-year limit for applications follows vow by prime minister to increase domestic abuse prosecutions

Ministers seek alarm improvements after tenant death

23 February, 2017

Ministers have promised to take steps to improve alarm services in social housing, after a man died waiting for an ambulance after contacting a housing association's emergency call line

Smoke alarms 'fail to wake children'

23 February, 2017

Forensic scientists and fire investigators have warned that smoke alarms may not wake children

Let's build the social rent homes we need

23 February, 2017

First Wessex and Sentinel have announced they plan to merge to form VIVID

MPs to debate associations' duties to private neighbours

23 February, 2017

Ministers will be asked to require housing associations to offer compensation to neighbours affected by their tenants at a House of Commons debate

Reports show state of BTL and PRS sectors

23 February, 2017

LendInvest and ARLA release latest survey findings.

Committee launches double benefits inquiry

23 February, 2017

The Work and Pensions Committee has launched two new inquiries into the benefit cap and Universal Credit, as concern mounts from the sector

Short-term lettings industry 'to enforce 90 day limit'

22 February, 2017

Short-term letting sites suggest they will help to enforce 90-day limits, after Tom Copley forces the issue at City Hall

Orr hits out at government supported housing proposal

22 February, 2017

David Orr was giving evidence at a joint Work and Pensions Committee and Communities and Local Government Committee into supported housing

Landlord of illegal flats ordered to repay £100,000 in rent - or go to jail

22 February, 2017

A landlord who converted a house into two flats without planning permission has been ordered to pay £108,000 following legal action by a local authority

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter three 2016/17?

22 February, 2017

We have recently completed our third survey of developing housing associations to capture the full scale and breadth of their homebuilding activity

MPs launch official inquiry into universal credit as criticism grows

22 February, 2017

Investigation into benefits system comes amid mounting evidence that payment delays have left thousands facing eviction

Crisis backs call to ensure sanctions do not lead to homelessness

22 February, 2017

Crisis has welcomed a report by the Committee of Public Accounts which says that 'suspending benefit payments can lead to rent arrears and homelessness'

Landlords in UK more optimistic and planning to cope with tax change

22 February, 2017

Landlords in the UK are taking action ahead of mortgage relief tax changes due to come into force in April and more are optimistic about the outlook for the private rented sector

HAs market sale building overtakes social rent

22 February, 2017

New figures show market sale starts made by housing associations were higher every quarter than social rent starts

Let's build the social rent homes we need

22 February, 2017

First Wessex and Sentinel have announced they plan to merge to form VIVID

Bedroom tax: Westminster warned against cutting benefits

21 February, 2017

Scottish Government seeks "cast iron" commitments from Westminster benefits won't be clawed back

Benefit claimants face poverty at hands of erratic sanctions system

21 February, 2017

MPs call for review as PAC report finds sanctions are being unevenly applied and are forcing some people into homelessness

Letting agent launches new Airbnb service which passes on financial benefit to landlords

21 February, 2017

A new home-sharing service has launched, allowing tenants to sub-let their homes in Airbnb-style - but passing on some of the financial benefit to the landlord

Barwell hints at RTB deal for councils

21 February, 2017

The housing minister has offered a small olive branch to councils over the Right to Buy policy

Government must review the use and impacts of benefit sanctions

21 February, 2017

The Public Accounts Committee report say that unexplained variations in the use of benefit sanctions are unacceptable and must be addressed

MPs say housing benefit is being wrongly stripped from jobseekers, threatening them with eviction and homelessness

21 February, 2017

The Public Accounts Committee cites evidence that one-third of people who were claiming housing benefit lost their money when they were given a sanction

MPs condemn 'postcode lottery in benefit sanctions'

21 February, 2017

An "unacceptable" postcode lottery in benefits sanctions must be tackled to stop claimants being treated differently depending on where they live

Call for MOT system for rented homes in UK

21 February, 2017

New minimum standards should be introduced for the private rented sector in the UK and landlords should receive tax incentives for signing up to accreditation schemes

Leeds council tax bills to go up by £70... but social housing rents to fall

21 February, 2017

Leeds's annual local services budget is set to be rubber-stamped tomorrow, with a five per cent council tax rise forming part of a £492.67m overall financial plan for the city

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics in England and Wales, October to December 2016

20 February, 2017

The number of mortgage possession claims made to county courts has increased

Abrupt end to Help to Buy Wales would be 'disastrous'

20 February, 2017

A senior housebuilding figure has warned that the government's Help to Buy scheme remains "critical" to the market in Wales

Rent campaigners claim victory over Santander buy-to-let 'rent rise clause'

20 February, 2017

Santander has confirmed that it will remove a clause in its buy-to-let mortgages which housing campaigners claimed previously forced landlords to get "the maximum increase in the rent"

First-time buyers '£860 a year better off' than renters

20 February, 2017

First-time buyers in Scotland are on average about £860 a year better off than those who rent

Family of seriously ill man told housing benefit will be slashed under new bedroom tax rules

20 February, 2017

A Belfast family have spoken of their outrage after receiving a letter notifying them that their housing benefit is to be cut because their family home has been designated as under-occupied under new rules

Labour hit out at 'counterproductive' Right to Buy extension

20 February, 2017

Thousands of new homes are to be brought under the Government's Right to Buy scheme, despite fears that it could hamper the creation of more affordable housing

NHF warns of 'significant risks' in deal-based rents approach

20 February, 2017

The National Housing Federation has warned of "significant risks" to a deal-based approach for future rent settlements

Landlords' Barometer - #46: Is there still a place for the small private landlord?

20 February, 2017

Welcome to my first Landlords' Barometer following the release of the Housing White Paper

Third of agents in town fined for failing to show fees - and this was after Trading Standards warning

20 February, 2017

Thirty letting agents across one of Britain's major towns have been fined by the council's Trading Standards department after failing to stick to new transparency guidelines

Mapping benefits changes: how GIS can help housing associations

20 February, 2017

Local housing allowance caps make a huge difference to the rent our tenants pay. Electronic mapping can help us support them

Westminster warned against benefits 'claw back' once 'bedroom tax' abolished in Scotland

20 February, 2017

Scottish ministers are to seek assurances from the UK government that it will not reduce the benefits of claimants in Scotland when the Scottish Government abolishes the 'bedroom tax'

'Silver lining' to rental market

20 February, 2017

Silver renters on the rise as more recognise the benefits of downsizing

Social housing can be beautiful and sustainable, like the Kings Road Affordable Flats

17 February, 2017

Correspondent Donna asks "Is there any one out there willing to work with those who are not of the 1%?"

Law to scrap right to buy to be proposed by Welsh Government

17 February, 2017

Tenants' rights to buy their own council homes would be scrapped under a proposed new law by the Welsh Government

Basic income pilot considered in Glasgow

17 February, 2017

Glasgow could be the first city in the UK to pilot a basic universal income for every citizen

New film on social housing launches

17 February, 2017

Tenants TV have launched a new film 'Born into social housing' to look at how young people will be affected by social housing

Tenants face Rent Bombshell

17 February, 2017

Tenants face potential rent increases of twenty to thirty per cent as a result of tax rises hitting the private rented sector says a former independent member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee

Government considers development commitments in return for rent increases

17 February, 2017

The government is considering deals with housing associations to link rent increases to commitments to increase housebuilding in its post=2020 rent settlement

Landlord ordered to use letting agent after being handed Criminal Behaviour Order

17 February, 2017

A notorious landlord has been banned from managing her own rental properties, and must instead use an agent

Majority of UK landlords not planning to buy or sell property in next five years

17 February, 2017

The majority of residential landlords in London and elsewhere in the UK do not intend to buy or sell more properties to let in the next five years

HB G2/2017

17 February, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

32% of people on housing benefit are employed

16 February, 2017

It's not good enough that a third of people on housing benefit also have to work in Aylesbury Vale

Benefit freeze tenants 'shouldn't be taken to court for rent arrears'

16 February, 2017

Council tenants should not be taken to court if they cannot pay their rent due to benefit freezes

Labour council pushes ahead with massive attack on council housing

16 February, 2017

A Labour council in north London took a step closer to launching a massive attack on council housing tenants on Tuesday

More than 240 associations sign up to Sector Scorecard pilot

16 February, 2017

Housing associations covering more than half of all housing association stock have signed up to a pilot of pioneering efficiency metrics being developed by the sector

Landlords baffled by EPC changes and Right to Rent scheme

16 February, 2017

Landlords are unaware of several current and incoming regulations that could affect their portfolio

Shelter calls for fees ban to be outright, demanding no loopholes 'for agents to exploit'

16 February, 2017

Lobbying organisation Shelter is calling on the Government make sure that the forthcoming ban on letting agent fees is outright, comprehensive and unequivocal

Susan Park appointed as Director General, Universal Credit operations

16 February, 2017

Susan Park has been appointed Director General Universal Credit Operations, accountable for its operation in jobcentres and service centres

Universal Basic Income: best choice for the job?

16 February, 2017

What could possibly be wrong with a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement?

Insecure private renting leaves families worried and unsettled. Let's fix it

16 February, 2017

Private renting in England is exceptionally insecure

Landlords refuse to take on new Universal Credit claimants in Great Yarmouth

15 February, 2017

Landlords are refusing to take on tenants who are in the process of claiming for benefits

Could a Supported Housing Allowance offer a solution to the threat imposed by the LHA Cap?

15 February, 2017

It is very unclear exactly what problem the Government is trying to fix with its proposal to introduce a LHA cap for supported housing

Focus on tenancies

15 February, 2017

The Housing White Paper has been received positively by the Private Rental Market, and it's reassuring to see standards in the rental sector being given the attention it deserves

Characteristics of London landlords

15 February, 2017

Historically, the private rented sector has always played a significant role in London's varied housing landscape

Kent social housing provider joins national financial awareness project

15 February, 2017

One of Kent's leading social housing providers is playing a vital role in a nationwide search to find the best way to help people make the best use of their money

Social Tenants in Scotland, 2015

15 February, 2017

This is a new statistical publication that presents an overview of social tenants and social rented housing in Scotland for the year 2015

Just about managing: Four million more people living on inadequate incomes in modern Britain

15 February, 2017

Four million more people are living below an adequate standard of living and are just about managing at best

Calls for long-term funding for supported housing

15 February, 2017

Supported housing for older people should be excluded from new funding proposals until at least 2022

Right to Buy extension to companies could reduce affordable development

15 February, 2017

Councils could reassess plans to build affordable rented homes through housing companies after the government said the Right to Buy should apply to these homes

Help to Buy scheme's impact across England revealed

15 February, 2017

One in three new build properties outside London were bought through a flagship scheme for first-time buyers, but just one in 10 in the capital

New rents in UK up 2.6% in January, but falling in London

14 February, 2017

New rents in the UK increased by 2.6% in January overall year on year, the fastest rise for the month in two years but continued to fall in London

£1m raided from tenants' deposits by letting agents

14 February, 2017

Letting agents raided more than £1m from tenants' deposit schemes last year

Birmingham seeks to remove 4,000 from housing waiting list

14 February, 2017

Birmingham City Council is set to remove an estimated 4,000 households from its housing waiting list by changing its allocation policy

'Unfit' council home payouts and legal fees hit £35m in five years

14 February, 2017

Councils in England have paid out more than £35m in compensation and legal fees in the past five years to tenants living in "unfit" council homes

DWP admits it hasn't assessed impact of closing 78 local jobcentres despite announcing policy last month

14 February, 2017

Ministers have denied Google MPs was used to draw up a list of potential closures

Almost half of UK tenants frustrated by landlord issues

14 February, 2017

Poor communication and taking too long to resolve property issues are among the major frustrations reported by private sector tenants in the UK

Government's private rental sector reforms 'self-defeating'

14 February, 2017

Conveyancer trade body criticises approach to boosting private rental supply

How renting can fix the UK's broken housing market

13 February, 2017

How to fix the UK's housing crisis has been the subject of national debate for decades

Cardiff council likely to put a stop to right-to-buy

13 February, 2017

Tenants are likely to lose the right to buy their council houses in Cardiff in a bid to tackle the city's growing housing need

'Terrorised' tenants take on drugs den

13 February, 2017

Residents praised for evidence that saw a property shut down over allegations of drug-related anti-social behaviour

Out of the box: councils try innovative projects to provide social housing

13 February, 2017

Constrained by government and with a lack of funding, local authorities are becoming developers to tackle the homes crisis

Right to Rent 'failing on all fronts'

13 February, 2017

A crackdown on 'illegal' immigrants is leading to discrimination against Britons - especially ethnic minorities - in the housing market

LHA cap: £64m funding gap risks breaking service

13 February, 2017

The Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing risks "breaking" sheltered housing, three major specialist housing providers have warned

Increasing number of landlords 'buying property with cash'

13 February, 2017

The proportion of landlords paying in cash for a property reached a ten-year high in January

Passport Please: The impact of the Right to Rent checks on migrants and ethnic minorities in England

13 February, 2017

The Right to Rent scheme is part of a package of legislative measures adopted in recent years to create a 'hostile environment' for irregular migrants

New budgeting support for Universal Credit claimants

13 February, 2017

Free online support to help Universal Credit claimants with their personal finances has been launched.

Campaigning association calls for buy to let change in March Budget

13 February, 2017

A campaigning landlord organisation is calling for UK Chancellor Philip Hammond to scrap planned changes to taxation for the buy to let sector

Standards in the private rented sector 'must improve'

13 February, 2017

Government must do more to protect the millions of people renting in the private sector

More must be done to end fuel poverty

13 February, 2017

Currently 2.38 million families - that is 10.6% of UK households cannot afford to keep their home warm; this is defined as being in 'fuel poverty'

LIN member report February 2017 - The Housing White Paper

13 February, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

15 renters an hour 'at risk of eviction'

10 February, 2017

In 2016, 53,201 private renting households in England were put at risk of eviction - equivalent to 131,938 renters, which is 15 renters per hour

Benefit cap hitting single parents hardest in Nottingham

10 February, 2017

More than half of the 404 Nottingham households hit by the Government's spending cap are run by single parents

G4S to take over welfare support for families facing deportation

10 February, 2017

Home Office expected to announce controversial contractor will provide services rather than Barnardo's charity

Agent claims that Airbnb can be a nice little earner for landlords

10 February, 2017

Landlords could make just over £100 a day using Airbnb at times when they are facing tenant voids

Renewed calls to halt Universal Credit pilots

10 February, 2017

The controversial benefits reform pilot scheme should be halted

Mother of 'fit for work' victim calls for ministers to face criminal charges

10 February, 2017

The mother of a disabled man who starved to death after he was found "fit for work" and lost his out-of-work disability benefits has called for ministers to face criminal charges

Bedford foodbank funds frozen 'because of US law'

10 February, 2017

A fundraiser had £400 in donations for a UK foodbank charity frozen after his "very common name" appeared on a restriction list for the US Treasury

The government's assault on buy-to-let landlords is hurting tenants

10 February, 2017

The bill for the government's misguided war on buy-to-let is coming due

Does a low rental yield put you in the buy-to-let danger zone?

10 February, 2017

Many buy-to-let investors who bought their properties under old affordability rules may now find that they can't remortgage

Associations could save £1.6bn in repairs costs

10 February, 2017

A new survey has shown housing associations could save a huge amount of money if they sharpen up their repairs and maintenance contracts

Landlords expected to scale-back portfolios

09 February, 2017

The results of the January 2017 RICS UK Residential Market Survey again point to a sales market that is lacking momentum

Prices and rents continue to rise with shortage of stock a key factor

'I borrowed money from my mum to buy food': life on universal credit

09 February, 2017

Recipients are falling into rent arrears because of payment delays, forcing some to rely on food banks

Benefits shake-up causing rent arrears

09 February, 2017

The pressure on councils to find the cash for more homes could not come at a worse time for many

Associations must properly consult tenants before selling properties

09 February, 2017

The social housing regulator is calling on housing associations to properly consult tenants before disposing of properties or making a change in management

Barwell: no tenancy length increases for buy-to-let landlords

09 February, 2017

Gavin Barwell made longer private sector tenancies the headline announcement of an offer to renters in the White Paper

High street banks 'charging more than payday lenders' on overdrafts

09 February, 2017

Borrowers who need as little as £100 could be charged up to £156 more by their bank than a payday lender would demand

Revenge eviction law 'not working'

09 February, 2017

A new law designed to help protect people renting homes from rogue landlords isn't working

Councils' Local Plan targets cast doubt on key White Paper measure

09 February, 2017

More than half of councils currently set Local Plan targets below assessed need, casting doubt on the government's plan to tackle town halls "ducking" housing responsibility

Letting agent jailed after fleecing vulnerable tenants of holding deposits

09 February, 2017

A letting agent who cheated over 100 tenants and worked other scams has been jailed for 45 months

The demise of the welfare state is now the defining issue of our time

09 February, 2017

There are four ways to spend money, as the great economist Milton Friedman once explained

Welfare reform 'will cost Dundee economy £100m a year'

09 February, 2017

The UK government's welfare reform measures are set to cost Dundee's economy almost £100 million every year by 2021

Families to stay in emergency accommodation for maximum of one week

08 February, 2017

Families with children and pregnant women will spend no more than a week in emergency accommodation when a cap is introduced by the Scottish Government

These pictures show vulnerable people are living in shocking conditions because of slum landlords

08 February, 2017

Pictures showing some of Manchester's worst rented homes are revealed as part of a major crackdown on landlords

Council housing company homes could be subject to the Right to Buy

08 February, 2017

A growing number of councils have set up housing companies to directly build homes for affordable rent, private rent and market sale

Barwell: we will balance 'fiscal consequences' with calls for rent flexibility

08 February, 2017

The government will balance the "fiscal consequences" of higher rents against housing associations' calls for full flexibility

Government to set new post-2020 rent standard for housing associations

08 February, 2017

The government announced it would continue with the 1% rent cut through the life of this parliament but would introduce a new standard to help them borrow against future income thereafter

Policy changes welcomed by UK lettings industry but landlords still feel battered

08 February, 2017

New housing policies affecting the private rented sector in the UK have been widely welcomed regarding longer tenancies and clamping down on rogue landlords

Strengthening the case for supported housing: the cost consequences

08 February, 2017

This report looks at the shortfall in supported housing place for working age people in England and considers the cost to the taxpayer of not taking action to meet this need

Benefit overpayment recovery: staff guide

08 February, 2017

A DWP staff guide about how overpayments of benefits are recovered

Freud says Universal Credit figures 'incomprehensible'

08 February, 2017

Lord Freud has defended the scheme in an evidence session, saying there is an "obsession" to find things wrong with policy

Are you a landlord, first-time buyer, renter or would-be downsizer? How the Government's Housing White Paper plans will affect you

08 February, 2017

The Government has finally unveiled its plans to fix the 'broken housing market' in a white paper spanning 104 pages

Housing white paper

07 February, 2017

Housing white paper and supporting documents setting out the government's plans to reform the housing market and boost the supply of new homes in England

Energy (in) efficiency: what tenants expect and endure in private rented housing

07 February, 2017

This research sought to afford tenants a voice in the urgent debate about energy (in) efficiency in the private rented sector

The use of temporary accommodation in Scotland - 2016

07 February, 2017

This data report is intended to improve our understanding of the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland

The way Birmingham allocates social housing is changing

07 February, 2017

Birmingham is changing the way it allocates social housing

Longer PRS tenancies in White Paper

07 February, 2017

The government will look to increase the availability of longer rental tenancies as it seeks to boost institutional investment in Build to Rent in tomorrow's Housing White Paper

Tenants lacking financial back-up for loss of income

07 February, 2017

Almost a third renters would have no financial back-up plan if their household lost its main source of income

Housing White Paper: "The private rented sector is finally coming of age"

07 February, 2017

With 4.3 million people relying on the private rented sector, it increasingly caters for all, not just generation rent

Universal credit flaws pushing claimants towards debt and eviction

07 February, 2017

Recipients falling into rent arrears because of payment delays, forcing them to turn to food banks

Government promises more security for renters. Should we believe the hype?

07 February, 2017

We have long been campaigning for private renters to get more security from eviction, so they can make their house or flat a proper home

White Paper: Right to Buy could apply to council housing companies

07 February, 2017

White Paper 'welcomes' council housing companies and related initiatives, but says tenants placed in such homes should be offered equivalent terms to those in council housing

Making the cap fit

07 February, 2017

The new benefit cap, the latest welfare reform, is providing a stern test to our sector and we are starting to see its impact on many of our residents

Details of hundreds of landlords and agents leaked in official email

06 February, 2017

In what looks like a massive breach of data protection, contact details of hundreds of landlords and agents were revealed in an email sent by the compulsory registration programme

London leads association building rates in 2015/16

06 February, 2017

London housing associations set the pace for development in the sector in 2015/16

Affordable rent measures promised in housing White Paper

06 February, 2017

The government is promising a new emphasis on people who rent their homes when it unveils its housing strategy for England this week

Council to invest £5m in sheltered housing

06 February, 2017

A London Council is to invest nearly £5m in new sheltered housing schemes

91 landlords punished under right to rent rules

06 February, 2017

A total of 91 landlords have been issued with civil penalties since the Government's controversial right to rent scheme was rolled out a year ago today

Trowbridge tenants say lives will be put at risk by move

06 February, 2017

Residents have accused Selwood Housing of putting people's lives at risk after it revealed plans to remove fire safety sprinklers from over 200 homes

Concentrix tax credit cases to be reviewed

06 February, 2017

Thousands more families who were wrongly stripped of their tax credits by the US contractor Concentrix are to have their cases reviewed

Mid Ulster housing tenants 'worried' by bedroom tax letters

06 February, 2017

Patsy McGlone has said that there is understandable confusion about the introduction of the bedroom tax on housing benefit payments in Northern Ireland

City council forced to admit plans to scrap sheltered housing completely

06 February, 2017

The budget for sheltered housing in Glasgow is to be scrapped completely

Benefit Cap

06 February, 2017

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

The influence of buy-to-let on UK housing

06 February, 2017

The rise of buy-to-let in the UK has been a phenomenon of the last 20 years

Disability employment gap

03 February, 2017

The Government is aiming to halve the disability employment gap

What letting agents do to earn their fees

03 February, 2017

Agent Calculating FeesLetting agents want to offer tenants easy repayment plans rather than see a fee ban

The Right to Buy public housing in Britain: a welfare analysis

03 February, 2017

We investigate the impact on social welfare of the policy introduced in 1980 by which public housing tenants had the right to purchase their houses at heavily discounted prices

Shifting attitudes to welfare: why knowing your audience is key to any campaign strategy

03 February, 2017

This is the second in a series of blogs talking about Shelter's campaign to change public attitudes towards welfare

Benefit cap restores fairness to the system

03 February, 2017

Figures published on 2 February 2017 show that 26,000 households who had their benefits capped have moved into work

Benefit cap: number of households capped to November 2016

03 February, 2017

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to November 2016

Cut to disability benefits may make return to work harder

03 February, 2017

Government warned cutting benefits by almost £30 a week may push many disabled people into poverty, instead of incentivising them back into work

Landlords tighten up affordability criteria under lower benefit cap

03 February, 2017

An increasing number of housing associations are making more stringent checks into the ability of new tenants to pay their rent, as the new lower benefit cap takes effect

HomeLet Rental Index - January 2017

03 February, 2017

Average rents in the UK continue to see a slower rate of rental growth compared to last year

Santander to review clause suggesting landlords hike rents to 'maximum' achievable

03 February, 2017

The Government may be focusing on letting agent fees to make renting fairer for tenants, but an interesting story has emerged regarding landlord contracts with their lenders

Renting in London: room prices may be falling, but a quarter of house sharers in London still spend more than half their wages on rent

02 February, 2017

The capital's growing number of renters may find small relief to hear that rents across London fell by a modest one per cent - from an average of £755 a month to £748

CIH president calls for more homes for social rent

02 February, 2017

The president of the Chartered Institute of Housing has called for the government to build homes for social rent, slamming its limited focus on homeownership

Housing associations quadruple land buying in 2016

02 February, 2017

Housing associations bought four times as much land last year as they did in 2015, as the sector geared up for large development ambitions

L&Q's Gallagher purchase could unlock 5,000 homes per year

02 February, 2017

L&Q's landmark £505m acquisition of one of the country's largest strategic land companies could result in the delivery of 5,000 new homes every year

Letting agents' fees ban: Industry bodies continue their fight

02 February, 2017

ARLA has called for an end to up-front fees

Technology in Social Housing Part 2

02 February, 2017

In the second event in the Technology for Social Housing series we invited UK housing providers to meet the technologies that have the potential to transform housing

Havering's Informal Licensing Consultation Draws to a Close

02 February, 2017

The London Borough of Havering has joined the recent spate of local authorities attempting to introduce new licensing schemes

PlaceShapers lobby to sustain supported housing

02 February, 2017

PlaceShapers response to the DCLG and DWP consultation sets proposals to help sustain and develop supported housing for elderly and vulnerable people

Commuter zone landlords: what to expect in 2017

02 February, 2017

Prime commuter rental markets proved more resilient than those in neighbouring London last year, with only a small decrease in values of 0.9 per cent, compared with a 5.1 per cent fall in London

Private rented sector has vital role in addressing shortage of housing

02 February, 2017

With so many tumultuous political events on the news agenda, we can lose sight of the more mundane issues that can have a huge impact on our day-to-day lives

New welfare advice centre opens at Dundee hospital

02 February, 2017

A new Advice Centre in Dundee means that visitors, staff and patients can access information on issues including welfare and financial topics without having to leave the hospital

How Landlords can help in the Refugee Crisis

02 February, 2017

UK unlikely to reach target to resettle 20,000 refugees

Glasgow calls for rent rises as it cuts sheltered housing budget by third

01 February, 2017

Glasgow City Council has asked the city's associations to implement rent rises to help cover the cost of a forthcoming £1m cut to sheltered housing services

Right to rent immigration checks put vulnerable people at risk

01 February, 2017

Daily, 11,300 checks are made on potential tenants in England. But the proven benefits are limited - and the damage is very real

Landlord-led domestic abuse initiative gets £30,000 of government funding

01 February, 2017

A landlord-led initiative to tackle domestic abuse in the social housing sector has been awarded £30,000 of funding from the government

Personal injury? Get in touch, urges DWP minister

01 February, 2017

Think you're entitled to money back for supported housing? Get in touch

UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years

01 February, 2017

Resolution Foundation says inflation, welfare cuts and squeeze on pay will punish least well-off hardest

Scottish welfare fund helps low income households

01 February, 2017

Total of £116m allocated since the scheme was established

Social housing and the shared society

01 February, 2017

In her second major foray into public policy outside of Brexit - the first being an intention to found new grammar schools - Prime Minister Theresa May announced on 8th January that her Government would be committed to enabling a 'shared society'

How much top-up funding will be required under the Government's proposed model, and what might a different cap look like?

01 February, 2017

Research briefing: supported housing

The significant variation in the Local Housing Allowance (LHA)cap across the country means that the new system for funding supported and sheltered housing will operate very differently in different parts of the country

Stamp duty windfall must lead to rethink on tax changes

01 February, 2017

Landlords are calling on the Government to rethink tax changes to the private rented sector after citing figures that show the taxman has received an unexpected windfall from the stamp duty surcharge

Letting Agent fees research

31 January, 2017

Association of Residential Letting Agents research

When will Wales finally ban letting agent fees?

31 January, 2017

There have been some curious developments in the Assembly recently on whether Wales should ban letting agency fees

Britain's housing crisis could be solved - if only the government wanted to

31 January, 2017

Private builders will never meet the demand for homes. We need more social housing, denser cities and new suburbs - and those require real political will

Conservative MPs attack Government for plans to close dozens of local jobcentres

31 January, 2017

MPs accused the DWP of using Google Maps to close the jobcentres

CML supports launch of new social housing regulator

31 January, 2017

The Council of Mortgage Lenders says it supports moves to set up a new regulator for the social housing sector

Scottish councils warn lower benefit cap putting pressure on DHP budgets

31 January, 2017

A number of Scottish councils have warned they may not be able to afford the full cost of DHPs to cover tenants' rent in the future because of the new lower benefit cap

Police search for bogus landlord who used Airbnb and Gumtree to operate rental scam

31 January, 2017

Police have launched an investigation after a man who appears to have rented an Airbnb property in Dulwich, south-east London, then posed as the landlord to set up a rental scam

'More must be done to tackle fuel poverty'

31 January, 2017

According to National Energy Action, fuel poverty now affects over four million households, up from one million in 2004

Britain's buy-to-let tax regime will be one of the toughest around, landlord chairman warns, as he calls for crackdown to be reversed

31 January, 2017

Mortgage interest change in April will see landlords taxed on revenue not profit

ARLA wants lettings fees spread as alternative to full ban

31 January, 2017

Association of Residential Letting Agents releases its research on of the impact a full ban will have on tenants, letting agents and the wider housing market

Average tenancy deposit still just below £1,000

31 January, 2017

New figures from the Deposit Protection Service put London properties at an all time peak of nearly £2,000

First Minister of Wales confirms no decision on fees ban

30 January, 2017

In a letter from Carwyn Jones, it has been confirmed that no decision has yet been taken on introducing a ban on letting agent fees

Letting agent hit with bill of over £20,000 after HMO breaches

30 January, 2017

A landlord and letting agency have together been fined more than £26,000 after being found guilty of housing offences following a multi-agency operation carried out at two properties in Luton last year

UK rental property demand falls to two-year low

30 January, 2017

Rise in supply sees rent flattening or falling in many parts of the country including London

Universal basic income 'worrying and expensive'

30 January, 2017

Paying everyone in Wales a universal basic income would be a "worrying and extremely expensive socialist experiment"

Universal Credit move 'to benefit 700,000 homes'

30 January, 2017

The Scottish government has said up to 700,000 homes will benefit from its plans to make Universal Credit payments more flexible

As you cut repairs spend, prepare for the worst

30 January, 2017

Many social landlords are planning to cut their maintenance spend over the next three to four years - one of a number of steps being taken by the sector to cope with the 1% annual rent reductions

Conman hired AirBnB property then showed would-be tenant round pretending it was his before fleecing him of £1,600 rent deposit

30 January, 2017

Swindler hired an AirBnB property in Haringey, north London in simple scam

Tower Hamlets social housing boss slams call centres for taking control away from tenants

30 January, 2017

A former social housing boss in London's deprived East End has hit out at the trend for estates being swallowed up in "mega housing groups" that lose touch with tenants and families in their care

Transparency and Trust: A guide to data protection and privacy for landlords and tenants

30 January, 2017

We are living in a new digital age and it is continually evolving

In the social housing sector, many organisations are seeking to realise the value of the data they hold, particularly that relating to their customers, and are therefore investing more in analysing it

Landlords 'rent loss' bid to get more cash

30 January, 2017

Peterborough taxpayers were asked to give compensation through "the public purse" to the housing firm which is evicting dozens of residents from a single estate

Landlords demand that Chancellor waters down hammering of private rented sector

27 January, 2017

The Residential Landlords Association is first off the blocks in issuing what have become statutory Budget wish lists

Welsh government 'yet to make a decision on banning letting agent fees' but will review evidence

27 January, 2017

The Welsh Assembly has yet to make any decision as to whether a ban on letting agent fees should be introduced in Wales

Tackling the under-supply of housing in England

27 January, 2017

Estimating the need for housing depends on making a judgement about the amount of housing space people should live in

There is no strict definition of housing need, but it can be understood as the amount of housing required for all households to live in accommodation that meets a certain normative standard

Growth of private sector renting and poverty 'closely linked'

27 January, 2017

Is the story about poverty and housing in the UK now dominated by the problems of one housing tenure - the private rented sector - and poverty?

Scottish government 'interested' in universal basic income

27 January, 2017

The concept of a universal basic income is of "interest" to the Scottish government as one potential option to reducing poverty and inequality

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

27 January, 2017

This revised briefing sets out the practical implications of implementing the -1% rent cut in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Reducing homelessness: The bill and beyond

27 January, 2017

In 2015, Wales changed the way it provides support to people threatened with homelessness

Work starts on new housing scheme in Sacriston aimed at helping people stuck in rental trap to buy their own homes

27 January, 2017

Work is underway on a housing development aimed at helping people stuck in the rental trap to buy their own home

LIN Member Report January 2017 - Housebuilding

27 January, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

This briefing, which includes details of housebuilding schemes elsewhere in the UK, looks at the picture in early 2017 and considers whether the government is on target to build one million new homes by the end of the decade.

The return of the Bedroom Tax monster?

26 January, 2017

Four years ago, when the first wave of welfare cuts was breaking, Shelter Scotland ran a high profile campaign to Banish the Bedroom Tax Monster

Rough sleeping: time to overhaul the way we understand homelessness?

26 January, 2017

The latest rough sleeping data has been released by DCLG and it shows that yet again the number of people forced to sleep on the streets has gone up

Hundreds of letting agents pre-sign up to new service which will launch tenants' 'passports'

26 January, 2017

Hundreds of letting agents have signed up to a new site which will review tenants and could potentially help agents 'reference' prospective renters ahead of the ban on letting agent fees

Once the biggest housing associations own 90% of social homes, tenants will lose out

26 January, 2017

As social housing moves inexorably towards mega-mergers and consolidation, it should heed a warning from history: big is not always beautiful

Alternatives to local welfare schemes - because being unable to afford a fridge should not mean losing your home

26 January, 2017

Making a new tenancy work after a period of homelessness is near on impossible if you have no cooker, fridge, carpets or curtains

Buy-to-let nightmare: my battle to evict tenant from hell

26 January, 2017

When Fergus Wilson drew up a list of the types of tenant he was no longer prepared to house, there was predictable outrage

Over half of renters fear they will never own a home

26 January, 2017

More than half of renters do not believe they will ever be able to afford to buy their own home

Calls for minimum standards for private rented sector

25 January, 2017

New minimum standards should be introduced for the private rented sector and landlords should receive tax incentives for signing up to accreditation schemes

Catalyst downgraded by regulator following management breaches

25 January, 2017

Catalyst Housing Group has been downgraded by the regulator following breaches in the management of its sales and marketing team

Movebubble app to help letting agents identify 'serious renters'

25 January, 2017

An app that claims to speed up finding a London home for tenants has launched a new feature for negotiators to assess potential renters for landlords and distinguish between time wasters and serious viewings

Council tax support schemes in 2017-18: what are the key issues ahead of councils' decisions?

25 January, 2017

The main change between the national Council Tax Benefit scheme and the local Council Tax Support scheme is that now working-age claimants may have to pay some of their council tax liability

Housing Benefit Entitlement Reductions: Caseload Management Information

25 January, 2017

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

Housing Benefit Speed of Processing Statistics

25 January, 2017

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

HB S1/2017

25 January, 2017

Subsidy circulars are about the money the government pays local authorities to administer Housing Benefit and other financial matters

Calls to increase energy efficiency in homes

25 January, 2017

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations is calling on the Scottish government to decrease the amount of carbon emissions in houses

Lord Kerslake: Rent cut drop would give sector 'confidence'

25 January, 2017

In an exclusive interview, Lord Kerslake opens up to 24housing on all things housing - and his hopes for the future

Landlord facing prosecution for housing 18 tenants in dangerous property

25 January, 2017

A landlord is facing prosecution for failing to comply with various HMO regulations

'Rogue' landlords receive £2.3bn in housing benefit

24 January, 2017

One in every £10 spent on housing benefit in England goes to a private landlord letting a sub-standard home

Rental growth slowed down in Scotland at end of 2016 but demand is high

24 January, 2017

Residential rents in Scotland fell in the fourth quarter of 2016, down 0.9% year on year to an average of £739 per month

Hate crime a 'major concern' for migrant tenants

24 January, 2017

Specialist migrant HA Arhag now offering detailed guidance on how to recognise and report hate crime - staff have also been given guidance on how to help victims

Areas with rising waiting lists see falls in social housing

24 January, 2017

Councils with the fastest rising housing waiting lists are areas which saw above average decreases in the amount of social housing coming available

Campaigners aiming to stop 'racist' Right to Rent

24 January, 2017

A campaign group has emerged opposing Right to Rent legislation on the grounds that it is racist

Belvoir set to swoop on buying up businesses as letting agents' fees ban draws near

24 January, 2017

Franchise chain Belvoir has said that it believes it can substantially mitigate the impact of the proposed ban on letting agent fees

Early warnings about the lower benefit cap

24 January, 2017

The reduction of the benefit cap from £23,000 to £20,000 per household is currently being rolled out across Scotland

Supporting housing tenants

24 January, 2017

Caroline Nokes reiterates her commitment to working with the social housing sector to best support claimants

Touchbase - edition 117

24 January, 2017

January 2017

Caroline Nokes MP commits to supporting tenants

24 January, 2017

The welfare reform minister has urged housing leaders to lobby her own government over benefits changes

Making the Most of Build to Rent

23 January, 2017

Build to Rent isn't a panacea for London's housing crisis, but momentum is building

Right to Buy: dreams and nightmares

23 January, 2017

An analysis of the Right to Buy extension pilot contains stark warnings about affordability and communication around exemptions

Perth & Kinross Council continues home improvements despite rents freeze

23 January, 2017

Significant investments in council houses in Perth and Kinross over recent years has seen the percentage of council houses achieving the SHQS reach an all time high

Housing benefit claimants increasingly shut out of private rental market

23 January, 2017

Campaigners say growing instances of 'No DSS' are problematic

Councils could provide homelessness prevention support beyond 56 days

23 January, 2017

Councils could be required to work with households to prevent them becoming homeless beyond the 56-day time period set out in the Homelessness Reduction Bill

Falling rents 'a small positive' for tenants on Southern railway route

23 January, 2017

Growth in rental prices has slowed or dipped in some areas where commuters have been affected by the Southern railway strikes

Private rents not rising above inflation - unlike social housing rents

23 January, 2017

The cost of private rented housing is roughly mirroring changes in earnings across England - but in the social rented sector rents have increased faster than wages

Buy to let landlords affected by lending and tax changes

23 January, 2017

Tougher lending criteria and rising house prices are having an impact on buy to let borrowing in the UK

Slight decrease in average PRS rents

20 January, 2017

Average rents in Scotland's private rented sector fell in the final quarter of 2016 by 0.9 per cent on the year to stand at £739 per month

Letting agents' fee ban consultation gets icy reception from industry bodies

20 January, 2017

The timing of the consultation on the ban on letting agent fees in England, announced out of the blue in the Autumn Statement, has been given the chilliest of receptions by the industry bodies

Buy-to-let lenders deny claims that they are a 'stumbling block' to longer tenancies

20 January, 2017

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has hit back at claims that it is a "stumbling block" to longer tenancies in the rental sector

Associations slash spend on major repairs as rent cut bites

20 January, 2017

Housing associations in England slashed spend on major repairs work to their estates as the government enforced its policy of cutting social rents

Disabled and cold: Sandra is penalised for being poor. Fuel poverty is harsh

20 January, 2017

Their freezing home makes her asthmatic son sick, but she can't access a cheaper energy tariff. So she rations heat, cuts out food and goes to bed early

Fact check: Do lenders really oppose longer tenancies?

20 January, 2017

As market conditions have steadily improved in the aftermath of the financial crisis, lenders have continued to make funding more readily available for housing in all tenures

Landlords and tenants leaving the lettings market in central London as costs rise

20 January, 2017

Tenant demand in the residential lettings market in central London is showing signs of slowing and landlords are looking outside the city for higher yielding investment

Data reveals empty council garages could create 16,000 homes

19 January, 2017

Councils are sitting on more than 22,000 empty garages in London that could be turned into at least 16,000 homes

Social rents have increased faster than earnings

19 January, 2017

Social housing rents have increased faster than earnings over the last 15 years

Council landlords welcome Scottish Government's use of new welfare powers

19 January, 2017

Council housing staff across Scotland have welcomed the news that the Scottish Government will use its new welfare powers to allow the housing element of Universal Credit to be paid directly to landlords

Combating food poverty

19 January, 2017

£350,000 to make fresh and healthy food available

Sheffield named as Britain's low pay capital

19 January, 2017

Sheffield is Britain's "low pay capital" with hourly rates 10% below the national average

Taxing times for landlords as changes come into effect in 2017

19 January, 2017

2016 was a tough year for landlords and as 2017 progresses and some of the planned tax changes come into force, things are not about to get any easier

Review: Top 10 buy-to-let hotspots of 2016

19 January, 2017

The focus of buy to let hot spots is continuing to move away from London

Landlords looking beyond London's 'saturated' rental market as tenant demand declines

19 January, 2017

London's high-pressured rental market may be squeezing out demand, prompting landlords to look towards investment opportunities in areas beyond the capital

Man dies from heart attack on way home from Jobcentre after being ruled 'fit to work'

19 January, 2017

A man collapsed and died in the street after being ruled "fit to work" and forced to sign on

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 8 Dec 2016

18 January, 2017

These experimental statistics cover the total live caseload, starts and claims for Universal Credit

Home counties lettings index

18 January, 2017

Demand jumps but prime home counties rents see slight fall in 2016

Projection of social rented stock from April 2012 to April 2020 on various assumptions

18 January, 2017

Housing Association social rented stock (figures to 2015 from HCA statistics)

Rise in children in temporary accommodation in Scotland

18 January, 2017

The number of children in temporary accommodation in Scotland has soared by 17% in a year

Benefit freezes and "poverty premium" leave struggling families out in the cold

18 January, 2017

Rises in the cost of living will outstrip meagre increases in child benefit by 17 times by 2020

Changing how we think about repairs

18 January, 2017

Some housing associations are challenging received thinking about the way the sector approaches repairs and maintenance

'250,000 social homes lost by 2020'

18 January, 2017

Almost 250,000 social rented homes could be sold or converted to other tenures by 2020

New buy-to-let lending remains flat as housing market remains subdued in 2016

18 January, 2017

Home movers and first-time buyers dominated mortgage lending in November 2016, while remortgages made buy-to-let look better than it is

Agents told not to fight letting fees ban but concentrate on making it work

18 January, 2017

Civil servants have stressed that it is the "political will" of Government to ban letting agent fees and that the industry's focus should be not on preventing the ban but on how it will work

All change in Northern Ireland's private rented sector

18 January, 2017

The DfC has published its proposals for change to help make the private rented sector a more attractive housing option

DWP slammed for "shambolic" Universal Credit roll-out

18 January, 2017

MP demands figures on how many people are being put on Universal Credit in error

Disused council building 'ideal for social housing'

18 January, 2017

A county council complex which has lain derelict in the heart of Bridgetown for more than five years should be converted into affordable homes for young people

Stormont votes for bedroom tax mitigation payments

17 January, 2017

Northern Irish politicians have voted for regulations that will mitigate the effect of the upcoming bedroom tax despite the political turmoil taking place in the country

Government yet to introduce bedroom tax exemption despite court ruling

17 January, 2017

The government is yet to exempt certain people with a disability from the bedroom tax despite a Supreme Court ruling two months ago

HMRC criticised over spiralling payments to outsourcing firm

17 January, 2017

Watchdog says tax officials increased commission paid to outsourcing firm Concentrix despite evidence of failure

'Buy-to-let is dead', say landlords, as they start buying shops instead

17 January, 2017

The number of buy-to-let investors moving to commercial property has tripled in the past three years

Council-owned homes drop by 10% in six years

17 January, 2017

The number of council-owned homes has dropped by more than 10% in six years, with a 1.9% decrease since last year

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Dec 2016

17 January, 2017

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

Concentrix claimant 'taking out payday loans to cope'

17 January, 2017

A benefit claimant has told the BBC she is still suffering as a result of having her payments wrongly blocked by the US contractor Concentrix

Disabled claimant takes DWP to court over email

17 January, 2017

Claimant believes DWP is breaching disability legislation

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2017

17 January, 2017

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data usually consistent with the annual Budget and Autumn Statement

Doubts around ring-fenced funding for supported housing

17 January, 2017

Housing professionals have stated they are not sure how long the ring-fenced funding for supported housing will last for

10-year wait for a council house

17 January, 2017

Research shows tens of thousands of people have been on social housing waiting lists for a decade

Lenders report buy-to-let demand increased at end of 2016, but is set to fall this year

16 January, 2017

Lenders reported that demand for secured lending for house purchase increased slightly in the final three months of 2016, partly driven by landlords, but the mortgage market is expected to be flat in the first quarter of this year

Landlords' Barometer - #45: Reasons to feel positive about this year

16 January, 2017

Welcome to the first "Landlords' Barometer" of 2017

Welsh Social Landlords take new approach to January Debt

16 January, 2017

New data solution identifies those at risk to loan sharks

Woking landlord ordered to pay £8K for mould ridden flat with leaking toilet

16 January, 2017

Tenants in Woking were left to live among mould and with a leaking toilet after the landlord failed to maintain the property

Which west London borough has the highest cost social housing rents?

16 January, 2017

Unsurprisingly, west London has some of the most expensive social housing costs in England, but which borough has seen the biggest rise in the last year?

Universal Credit - Progress Update

16 January, 2017

This publication sets out the results of a survey launched in November 2016 of 33 stock retaining councils and Arm's Length Management Organisations

Universal Credit to be paid more regularly in Scotland

16 January, 2017

The Scottish Government plans to use its new social security powers for the first time to make Universal Credit payments more regular

Rents 'rose at slowest rate for seven years at 1.6% across Britain'

16 January, 2017

Rents increased at their slowest pace in seven years in 2016

Universal Credit tenants in arrears increases to 86%

16 January, 2017

The percentage of council tenants on Universal Credit in rent arrears has increased to a "critically high" 86% over the past year

Contradictory advice of civil servants has ministers at odds on welfare cash

16 January, 2017

The two ministers at the centre of the row over a 'bedroom tax' relief scheme have published conflicting advice from their most senior civil servants

Government reveals councils on fixed-term tenancies working group

13 January, 2017

The government has revealed the names of the 20 councils it is working with to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies

Deadlock in Stormont could spell turmoil for social housing tenants

13 January, 2017

The resignation of Martin McGuinness jeopardises Northern Ireland's plans to delay the bedroom tax - introducing it now wouldn't just be cruel, but dangerous

Resolution in sight for NI mitigation measures

13 January, 2017

Political wrangling over Stormont's plan to mitigate the impact of the so-called bedroom tax seems to be ending

First use of new Scots welfare powers over Universal Credit

13 January, 2017

The Scottish government plans use its new social security powers for the first time to increase the frequency of Universal Credit payments

Smart meters are really changing tenants' lives

13 January, 2017

The National Housing Federation has been promoting the smart meter rollout for nearly six months and what is interesting is the interest from our members

Rents to rise by 4% outside London this year

12 January, 2017

Rightmove is forecasting asking price rents to rise 4% outside London this year

71% unsure of Right to Buy purchase price

12 January, 2017

Concerns have been raised about affordability and clarity in a new report looking into the Right to Buy pilot

The Pilot Programme for the Voluntary Right to Buy for Housing Associations: An Action - Learning Approach

12 January, 2017

This research report assesses the aims, operation and outcomes so far of the pilot programme for the voluntary Right to Buy

Welfare claimants, schools and hospitals to pay price of Northern Ireland's political meltdown

12 January, 2017

Up to £91m pounds set aside to mitigate the impact of the "bedroom tax" on Northern Ireland is at risk following the collapse of the Executive

Concerns that thousands of private landlords are unaware of laws

12 January, 2017

Shelter Scotland has raised concerns that thousands of private landlords may be operating without full knowledge of their legal responsibilities

Total of 31 illegal immigrants removed from UK as a result of Right to Rent

11 January, 2017

A total of 31 people have been removed from the UK following implementation of the Right to Rent regime which showed they were illegal immigrants with no right to live in private rented accommodation

Letting agents hit with fines after council crackdown on display of fees

11 January, 2017

Letting agents in one borough have been fined over £14,000 after a crackdown by the local authority on the display of fees

Returns on rental properties will 'fall below five-year average' in 2017

11 January, 2017

Rental yields should be sustained in 2017 by a reduction in supply of housing stock and moderate house price growth

Citizen's Advice wants action on short-term tenancies

11 January, 2017

One in three private renters would like their tenancy to be longer - rising to two in five amongst those with children

Affordable housing definition explained: From homes for social rent to shared ownership

11 January, 2017

Despite a housing crisis and calls for more affordable housing, 2015-16 saw the fewest built for 25 years

More than half of tenants in UK private rented sector cannot afford to buy

11 January, 2017

More than half of people who rent a home in the UK are doing so because they cannot afford a deposit to buy a property

'Bedroom tax' impact mitigation scheme 'not a way forward'

11 January, 2017

The communities minister has said a scheme proposed by the finance minister to mitigate the impact of the 'bedroom tax' is not possible

UK rental price inflation more than halved in 2016

11 January, 2017

UK rents in December are just 1.7% higher than a year ago, down from 3.8% last year

Tory MP warns lettings fee ban could increase rents in 'unintended consequence'

10 January, 2017

A Tory MP who is also a buy-to-let landlord has voiced concerns over his own party's plans to introduce a ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants

Landlords call for Government to repeal mortgage interest relief changes

10 January, 2017

Most New Year's resolutions have probably already been broken by now but Simple Landlords Insurance is hoping the Government is still feeling receptive about change

Rents outside London rise to £750 a month milestone as wages fail to keep pace

10 January, 2017

The average rent in the UK outside of London hit £750 a month in December, rising by 2.04% over 2016

Land transaction tax 'likely to reduce supply' of rentals

10 January, 2017

Welsh assembly members are to consider the impact of a new Land Transaction Tax on vulnerable people's ability to access rented housing

Remove new tax on buy-to-let homes call by landlords

10 January, 2017

Landlords are calling for the Welsh Government to partially remove a charge on people buying houses to let

Purplebricks boss says traditional agents have charged too much for too long, for too little

09 January, 2017

Purplebricks boss Michael Bruce has said that traditional estate agents "have been able to charge people too much for too long for too little"

No children, no pets, no battered wives - tenants banned by Britain's best known landlord

09 January, 2017

He keeps saying he is selling up but Britain's best known buy-to-let landlord Fergus Wilson is still apparently very much in business - and has issued new letting criteria

Bid to stop people refusing social housing

09 January, 2017

A scheme will be introduced across all local authorities within the next six months in a bid to crack down on those refusing social housing

Kent landlord bans 'battered wives' and single mothers from renting properties

09 January, 2017

Landlord says he wants to protect properties from abusive partners who might smash his doors down

HA launches innovative recruitment for tenants

09 January, 2017

'Aspire2work' gives all young people under 25 living in an Aspire home access to training or a job opportunity

Brokers record increasing limited company buy-to-let applications

06 January, 2017

More than two-thirds of buy-to-let mortgage applications came from limited companies in the fourth quarter of 2016

Police voice concerns over pop-up brothels in the private rented sector

06 January, 2017

There has been a significant increase in 'pop-up' brothels in private rented accommodation

Tenants to lose £1.9m in benefits

06 January, 2017

Luton tenants are expected to lose around £1.9m a year in housing benefit after a new Benefit Cap was enacted by the government on Boxing Day

SNP and Labour unite against Westminster 'Bedroom Tax Two' welfare cuts

06 January, 2017

Scotland's government and opposition parties have attacked Whitehall plans for fresh welfare cuts dubbed 'Bedroom Tax Two' with one prominent figure the proposals "must be stopped"

January is the cruellest month for families with just 50p to pay the rent

06 January, 2017

Theresa May isn't helping 'just about managing' families - she's hammering them in an ideological crusade by slashing the benefit cap

Scotland labels UK welfare changes 'damaging'

06 January, 2017

Minister Jeane Freeman has expressed strong opposition to the UK Government on its changes to the welfare system

Housing chief's concerns amid welfare overhaul

06 January, 2017

A Dundee housing chief has warned that "horrendous" changes to welfare payments could plunge some of the city's poorest people further into poverty

Nama defends social housing efforts as campaigners demand action

06 January, 2017

The state's bad-bank Nama said it has delivered 2,378 social houses and apartments a mid renewed calls for it to make more property available for the homeless

Good letting agents can save a landlord almost £2,000 a month

05 January, 2017

Almost of half of private rented sector landlords use a letting agent because it gives them peace of mind and a quarter communicate with then on a weekly basis

Families left with just 50p a week in housing benefit after cuts

05 January, 2017

Forty-two Grimsby-area families have been left with 50p or less a week in Housing Benefit, following rules that brought in a lower cap for claimants

Further Parliamentary engagement on supported housing

05 January, 2017

One of our Parliamentary champions, Peter Aldous MP, has put forward an Early Day Motion on supported housing

Labour calls for PRS reform amid £2bn housing benefit spend to private landlords

05 January, 2017

New figures which reveal that private landlords in Scotland have made billions of pounds from housing benefit claimants in five years have led to calls for reform in the sector by Scottish Labour

The secretly homeless social worker who used welfare services she offered others

05 January, 2017

Just a few thousand pounds of debt say Theresa Yemisi Williams sleeping in her car and dealing with the mental breakdown of her daughter

Building our homes, communities and future

05 January, 2017

Local government shares the collective national ambition to build one million new homes

Welfare changes 'damaging' to low income families

05 January, 2017

Minister for Social Security Jeane Freeman has expressed strong opposition to the UK Government on its proposal to limit the number of children in families who can qualify for Child Tax Credit

Mortgages hit an eight-month high: More than 67,500 loans approved in November as house-buyers return to the market following Brexit

05 January, 2017

Mortgage lending has hit an eight-month high as house buyers return to the market following the Brexit vote

Midland Heart has deployed rostrvm for Housing to tackle the impact of Universal Credit

04 January, 2017

Midland Heart is a leading UK housing, care and support business, providing 33,000 high quality affordable homes to over 70,000 customers

Charity calls for major overhaul of England's private rented sector

04 January, 2017

Two in five people living with their children in privately rented homes have a tenancy of six months or less

Landlords planning more limited company purchases to get round buy-to-let changes

04 January, 2017

More than half of landlords are planning to purchase further buy-to-lets through limited companies

Buy-to-let landlords struggling to pay mortgages hit a two-year high... before tax grab even kicks in

04 January, 2017

Rising numbers of landlords are struggling to pay their mortgage

Petrol and food prices expected to continue rising in 2017

04 January, 2017

With prices at pumps starting the year at their highest since 2014, cost of food and other essentials is also predicted to go up

New Year Sees Tougher Standards for Buy-to-Let Borrowers

04 January, 2017

The first tranche of tougher lending criteria for buy-to-let mortgages, set by the Bank of England's Prudential Regulation Authority, took effect from 1st January

What does 2017 hold for social housing?

04 January, 2017

Our panel of experts on the housing, homelessness and policy issues the year ahead holds

41% of Scots 'would struggle to pay small increase in rent or mortgage'

04 January, 2017

Two-fifths of tenants or homeowners in Scotland would struggle to afford their monthly housing bills if they increased by up to £50

Families with children hit by insecurity in the private rented sector

04 January, 2017

Two in 5 people living with their children in privately rented homes have a tenancy of 6 months or less

Need for rethink on Bedroom Tax II

03 January, 2017

Some were always sceptical about Theresa May's speech on the steps of Downing Street about helping families who are just about getting by

Shock over private landlords' £2bn housing benefits bonus

03 January, 2017

Private landlords have raked in more than £2 billion in housing benefits in the last five years

Is Buy to Let Dead?

03 January, 2017

The buy to let market in the UK really gained traction in 1996, with the opening of the mortgage market

Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland

03 January, 2017

Two councils, Fife and Glasgow, are investigating idea of offering everyone a fixed income regardless of earnings

Number of private renters made homeless has trebled since 2010

03 January, 2017

Private renters account for 96 per cent of the rise in homelessness since 2010

More than 2.3m families living in fuel poverty in England

03 January, 2017

Tories urged to act as one in 10 households is fuel poor, rising to about one in five for those renting from private landlords

Zero hours contract staff earn £1,000 a year less than other staff doing the same job

30 December, 2016

A new report shows zero hours workers suffer a 'precarious pay penalty'

New benefits cap affecting 3,500 Sheffield children 'is despicable'

29 December, 2016

A Government crackdown on the amount of benefits one family can claim affecting 3,500 Sheffield children is 'despicable'

Council suffering from lack of homes

29 December, 2016

There is a continuing shortage of council-owned properties in the Caerphilly county borough

Council targets rogue Sheffield landlords after highest ever number of convictions

28 December, 2016

Sheffield Council has promised to carry on targeting rogue landlords after bringing its highest-ever number of successful prosecutions

Homelessness group worker suspended for sleeping rough in council garage

28 December, 2016

Arleen Matthews suspended by organisation that manages homes for London's Haringey council after she was evicted for falling behind with rent

Judge tells benefit fraudster she is taking money from 'people like me'

23 December, 2016

A mother who stole almost £80,000 in welfare handouts has been condemned by a judge for taking money from "people like me"

Renters wanting to start a family face impossible housing costs

23 December, 2016

London has become so expensive that couples who are renting and wanting to start a family would need to fork out over half their combined average monthly salary to afford an average three bed home

HomeLet Rental Index - November 2016

23 December, 2016

2016 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth, compared to the same period last year

Where to rent in London in 2017:Tube map charting average rental costs and journey times reveals Mile End as the best-value spot for fast commutes

22 December, 2016

New Tube map displays the average rent for a one-bedroom flat near each station along the Underground, revealing Londoners pay £6.60 for each minute shaved off journey times

Property and housing in 2016: Brexit, buy-to-let tax hikes and slowing London house prices

22 December, 2016

We look back on a property year where the dynamics of UK house prices shifted and Brexit began

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Nov 2016

22 December, 2016

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

Will 2017 be doom & gloom for landlords?

22 December, 2016

Another turbulent year is coming to a close and 2017 is not gearing up to be much of an improvement

Benefits are Changing

22 December, 2016

Did you know the benefit system has been changing?

New Universal Credit benefits system in East Lothian linked to petty crime

22 December, 2016

A controversial new benefits system has been cited as an increased factor in instances of petty crime

Government not expecting the end of mortgage interest relief to increase rents

21 December, 2016

The Government has appeared unconcerned at the prospect of increasing numbers of landlords incorporating to get around buy-to-let taxation changes

Transactions to fall in 2017 but Housing White Paper could be 'defining moment'

21 December, 2016

RICS has described the release of the long awaited Housing White Paper next month as a "defining moment" for 2017

New homelessness duties could cost London councils millions

21 December, 2016

New duties introduced through proposed homelessness laws will cost town halls millions, councils in London have calculated

Council house replacements

21 December, 2016

Council homes are being sold off without being replaced

HB A12/2016

21 December, 2016

This circular advises you of the rates so you can take the appropriate action

Charity calls for major changes to Bedroom Tax

21 December, 2016

Anti-poverty commission proposes major changes to the Bedroom Tax

London's temporary housing population is expanding

21 December, 2016

London has the severest housing crisis; one third of all homeless households in England are accepted by local authorities in the capital

Half of people on emergency food supplies may go without heating this winter

21 December, 2016

Almost half of people referred to foodbanks are at risk of going cold as well as hungry this winter

Housing minister claims lettings fee ban will make it easier for tenants to shop around

20 December, 2016

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has failed to address concerns that the tenant fee ban will cause letting agents to pass on costs to landlords or just redefine charges

Nine in ten tenants and landlords do not ask agents how their money will be handled

20 December, 2016

A nationwide survey carried out by The Property Ombudsman has revealed that 90% of tenants and 89% of landlords fail to ask how their money will be handled by their letting agent

Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions early warning trial evaluation: interim report

20 December, 2016

This report presents interim findings from the Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions early warning trial

East Lothian rent arrears up 20 per cent in first three months of Universal Credit

20 December, 2016

Universal Credit has caused a 20 per cent rise in rent arrears from East Lothian Council tenants in just three months

2016: Huge Changes in Housing

20 December, 2016

2016 was a monumentally busy year for Shelter. It was our 50th anniversary, but we hardly took a moment to acknowledge it

22,000 social rented homes lost in last two years

20 December, 2016

Department for Work and Pensions data shows new social housing lettings by private registered providers and councils decreased by nearly 22,000 homes in the last two years

'Rising landlord costs' are to blame for private rent hikes driving Britsol's housing crisis

20 December, 2016

Rising costs to private landlords are forcing them to put up rents in cities like Bristol

Can the UK benefit from following the American model for PRS?

20 December, 2016

Over the last 20 years the US multifamily market has blossomed into a key sector of the US residential market

Labour's Lisa Forbes: Yes, we do need more social housing

19 December, 2016

It is a strange set of circumstances in which a relatively wealthy society, the sixth largest economy in the world, is prepared to accept homeless people living and sleeping on its streets

Landlords identify mortgage relief changes as their biggest challenge ahead

19 December, 2016

Martin & Co has registered 15 new tenants for every property instructed to let in the first seven months of the year and conducted 12.4 viewings for each one, underlying demand in the sector

JV to develop Newcastle's first PRS scheme in £37m deal

19 December, 2016

Worthington Construction is set to start work on Newcastle's first major private rented sector development

Fuel poverty in the UK

19 December, 2016

When a household can't afford adequate heating this is referred to as 'fuel poverty'

Fifth of Scots struggling on pay below real living wage

19 December, 2016

The number of Scots struggling to get by on low pay is on the rise prompting fresh calls for the Scottish Government to "get to grips" with poverty among people in work

Campaigners catch council out over social housing commitments

19 December, 2016

The Local Government Ombudsman finds a London borough council failed "for years" to monitor whether developers were providing promised social housing in accordance with Section 106 Agreements

Fees ban - and why this firm thinks it is a cause for seasonal cheer

16 December, 2016

Each year, London agent Stanley Chelsea gets out a political Christmas card

2016 Rental Market Trends

16 December, 2016

The National Rent Review 2016 Rental Property Market Analysis

This report reviews property data through analysis by bedroom number and postcode level from the Landbay Rental Index

Help to Buy helps over 220,000 people buy a new home

16 December, 2016

Over 180,000 supported by the schemes have been first time buyers

Enfield council homes for rent at £2,000 a month spark row

16 December, 2016

Council-built family homes are being offered for rent for up to £2,000 a month, and have sparked a political row

Inquiry into supported housing funding reform launched

16 December, 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee and the Communities and Local Government Committee launch a joint inquiry into the Government's funding reform for supported housing

Clampdown on buy-to-let 'will send home sales plunging'

16 December, 2016

The housing market will suffer a slowdown next year as fewer people are expected to buy homes owing to economic uncertainty and changes to taxes for buy-to-let landlords

Right to Rent penalties and expectations for a landlord

16 December, 2016

Having ran numerous workshops on this legislation around England this year, there still appears to be much confusion about the penalties and expectations placed upon landlords

The Welfare State is an extension of us, not a replacement for us

16 December, 2016

The Welfare State is an important extension of our human community's capacity to care; not a replacement for it

What 2017 has in store for the UK's private rental market

16 December, 2016

We look at the key themes in 2017 for the private rented property market

Why politicians must listen to people on low incomes

16 December, 2016

One reason UK poverty persists is that people on low incomes are often marginalised. They must have a stronger voice in democracy

Borough moves to protect renters

15 December, 2016

New measures approved by Hammersmith & Fulham Council also back the 'better' landlords in a borough where a third of residents rent

Gov report finds council 'failed' for years to monitor developers on broken promises to provide social housing

15 December, 2016

Southwark now pledges to start running annual audits of section 106 agreements, to check promised social housing will be delivered

Energy companies urged to tackle 'poverty premium' paid by low income households

15 December, 2016

Representatives from the 'Big Six' energy companies attended a summit yesterday looking at ways to help low income households living in fuel poverty

Call for universal basic income trail in the West Midlands

15 December, 2016

Unison's 20-point manifesto also calls for the building of genuinely affordable housing, fair public transport fares and English language lessons for new arrivals

Tenant wins appeal over council bid to terminate tenancy agreement

15 December, 2016

A council tenant who claimed that his occupancy agreement should be treated as a Scottish secure tenancy because it did not contain an express provision stating that it was for a term of less than six months

London council accused of 'social cleansing' over plans to deposit lowest paid tenants on edge of capital

15 December, 2016

Westminster Council buys 24 homes in Hounslow for its social housing tenants - without telling Hounslow Council

Affordable homes: residents' views of quality

15 December, 2016

Eight out of ten Housing Association residents remain pleased with their homes

Landlord research for Council of Mortgage Lenders shows picture of relative stability but reveals Government tax changes set to impact on buy-to-let landlords

15 December, 2016

Almost half (49%) of landlords own all of their properties outright, with no mortgage debt at all

LGA seeks legal advice for councils caught in water bill scandal

15 December, 2016

The LGA is seeking legal advice on behalf of councils exposed to multi-million pound compensation claims for overcharging tenants for water

Landlords are undeterred by buy-to-let changes

14 December, 2016

More than a third of landlords have never used a letting agent

Labour pledges housing association deal to end rough sleeping

14 December, 2016

The Labour Party has pledged to end rough sleeping through a voluntary deal with housing associations to reserve 4,000 properties for the street homeless

Women have suffered 86% of the impact of tax and benefit changes since 2010

14 December, 2016

Labour accuses the Government of a 'woeful record' towards women - and a complete disinterest in the issue

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2016

14 December, 2016

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 10 Nov 2016

14 December, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 10 November 2016

Private Renting: We're in the business of providing homes, just like you

14 December, 2016

The private rented sector has come in for some stick lately, but it's currently meeting housing needs other tenures are failing to address

Landlord possession claims fall by 26%

14 December, 2016

The number of claims made by private sector landlords to repossess a property has fallen by 26% over the past two years

Bereaved unmarried mother loses benefits test case

14 December, 2016

A "groundbreaking" ruling which gave an unmarried mother entitlement to a widowed parent's allowance after her partner's death has been overturned

Hard-pressed private tenants need a union to stand up for their rights

14 December, 2016

Revenge evictions, nonexistent repairs, legal terror - landlords hold all the cards. But thanks to groups like Acorn and Living Rent things are beginning to change

Right to Buy sales outpace development

14 December, 2016

Councils in England sold almost six times more homes than they built in first nine months of this year

Judge backs landlord as letting agent claims fee for no work

14 December, 2016

A judge rejected a claim from a letting agent who tried to claim a £1,123 tenancy renewal fee from a landlord without carrying out any work

Too many council websites overcomplicating social housing applications

13 December, 2016

Too many councils are making it unnecessarily difficult for people seeking social housing to find out if they are eligible and then apply

90% of councils 'won't meet Government housing targets'

13 December, 2016

Nearly 90% of local authorities believe they will not be able to meet the Government's housing targets because of a lack of resources in their planning departments

The benefits of going digital

13 December, 2016

As the lead for digital at North Wales Housing, I am always shouting about the virtues of doing more things digitally

Blaenau Gwent to see launch of fuel bank to help foodbank users

13 December, 2016

It is only the second area in South Wales to provide the service

Jobseeker's Allowance: statistics on claim duration and sanctions

13 December, 2016

Information about the length of time individuals have claimed Jobseeker's Allowance and the number of sanctions imposed

Discretionary Housing Payments guidance manual

13 December, 2016

This guidance is for local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales who are responsible for administering Discretionary Housing Payments

Private rental can be game changer

13 December, 2016

Institutional investors buying up land to build flats for rental could be the defining characteristic of the Scottish housing market in the near-term

Welfare Reform Impact report

13 December, 2016

This report considers the impact of the changes in welfare support on social landlords' income, arrears and collection costs

When reform of the UK welfare benefits system started in the wake of the 2010 election, much was expected to be complete by the end of 2017

Half of landlords would ditch their agent if profits began to fall

13 December, 2016

Almost half of landlords (47 per cent) say they would forego the services of their letting agent if their profits began to fall

New banning orders to stop rogue landlords in their tracks

13 December, 2016

New public consultation launched as part of a wider package of measures to crack down on rogue landlords and property agents

Council consulting on selective licensing

13 December, 2016

Landlords in parts of East Staffordshire may have to spend £680 per property on licensing their PRS homes

Scottish Buy-to-let index - November 2016

13 December, 2016

Scottish rental prices outperform expectations

Have cuts to Council Tax Support in England led to rising council tax arrears?

13 December, 2016

Council Tax arrears have risen in the years since the introduction of Council Tax Support

This briefing paper looks at the relationship between the generosity of council tax support schemes and council tax arrears

Gap between London rents and rest of the UK starts to close

12 December, 2016

New rents outside the capital have risen faster than in London for the first time since 2010

Tenant fees - the fight continues

12 December, 2016

23 November 2016 was a grim day for the industry as lettings agents across the country heard for the first time that the Government intend to ban letting agent fees

Buy to let: 'We landlords are being vilified'

12 December, 2016

With a lending crackdown and a massive tax hike due, many landlords could soon find themselves moving from profit to loss

NI government to scrap housing association Right to Buy

12 December, 2016

The Northern Irish Government plans to scrap Right to Buy for housing associations as part of a package of measures to take associations off the national balance sheet

Days of the buy-to-let landlord are numbered

12 December, 2016

Britain's biggest landlord believes tax changes and tougher mortgage rules will sound the death knell for buy to let

Government will intervene if councils fail on homelessness prevention

12 December, 2016

The government will intervene with councils which are not meeting their homelessness prevention duties if a new law is passed

How a healthy buy-to-let profit could soon become a painful loss

12 December, 2016

Major changes to the way income from property rentals is taxed could see some people paying up to three times more

Unpaid benefits at record level

12 December, 2016

A total of £1.7bn in benefits was not paid to those entitled to the money in 2015-16 owing to fraud and error, a new record rate of underpayment

Council tax bills set for further inflation-busting rises

12 December, 2016

Council tax bills across England are set for a second year of inflation-busting rises in April

Landlords' Barometer - #44: Rent rises will not be automatic solution for landlords

09 December, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #44" - a guide to trending landlord topics which has got the PropertyTribes.com community talking!

Shock as sales to buy-to-let landlords are decimated by nearly 65% in a year

09 December, 2016

The Government's 'war on landlords' has seen buy-to-let sales collapse 64% in 12 months - and 8.2% on a one-monthly basis in November

Fees ban latest: MP demands assurances that letting agents will not pass costs on to landlords

09 December, 2016

An MP has tabled a written question asking for reassurances that English letting agents will not pass costs on to landlords when the fees ban kicks in

Rogue landlords busted in Birmingham

09 December, 2016

Three ordered to pay over £8k in fines and costs for breaching tenant protection basics

2,000 disabled people wrongly declared 'fit to work' by DWP in just three months

09 December, 2016

Most appeals found the original decision was wrong

Buy to let valuations fall as landlords react to lettings fee ban in England

09 December, 2016

First time buyers, home movers and those looking to remortgage are active in the UK housing market but valuations in the buy to let sector have fallen

Professionalising the PRS whilst supporting its 'accidental' landlords

09 December, 2016

In my role as private landlord support officer in Dundee, I work with many different landlords and letting agents

Moray tenants to be consulted on rent rises

09 December, 2016

Council house tenants in Moray are to be consulted over the level of rent increase for the next three years

Dame Kate Barker offers Treasury Select Committee "sober reminder" of true cost of taxing landlords more

09 December, 2016

Dame Kate Barker's warning that families could lose their homes as a result of changes to landlord taxation is a "sober reminder" of what's at stake

The housing poverty trap means work doesn't pay

09 December, 2016

A toxic trio of high rents, low pay and cuts to in-work benefits have created a perfect storm, with housing costs fueling poverty

Buy-to-let transactions crash at haart amid 'war on landlords'

09 December, 2016

National Housing Market Monitor report from haart shows sharp fall in number of landlords buying property

Claimants win 60 per cent of benefit appeals

09 December, 2016

Tribunals and gender recognition certificate statistics quarterly: July to September 2016

Databases of private tenants as proposed by the RICS already exist

08 December, 2016

This week, the RICS called on the Government to introduce an online database of good and bad tenants, to replace the referencing service for which letting agents currently charge tenants

Coping with the cap

08 December, 2016

After a year of rumours, promises and fears, Simon Brandon asks what the future will look like for supported housing once the new funding mechanism kicks in

Regulator cautions against taking private lending for granted

08 December, 2016

The Scottish Government's target to deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the current parliament presents opportunities for some RSLs but could throw up financial challenges for others

LHA cap: supported schemes remain on ice

08 December, 2016

Supported housing providers are keeping development schemes on hold

Sarsfield: social housing commitment drives merger ambition

08 December, 2016

Peabody and Family Mosaic's merger plans were driven by a joint commitment to providing low-cost rental units

Recovery of overpaid benefits hits record high of £1 billion

08 December, 2016

A record £1 billion in overpaid benefits through fraud and error was recovered in 2015/16, latest figures show

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: December 2016

08 December, 2016

Outcomes of Employment Support Allowance Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals information

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2015/16 estimates

08 December, 2016

Final estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain in the financial year 2015/16

Treasury urged to stop landlords raising rents to cope with tax changes

07 December, 2016

Labour's shadow housing spokesman has urged the Government to detail how it will stop landlords raising rents to offset changes to buy-to-let taxation

This has been an 'annus horribilis' for landords

07 December, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords are holding off their purchases and home-movers are reluctant to move

Study finds 7m Britons in poverty despite being from working families

07 December, 2016

More than 7 million people in the UK are living in poverty despite being part of a working family

L&Q to launch £47m supported housing subsidiary

07 December, 2016

L&Q is planning a return to the supported accommodation sector with a new subsidiary called L&Q Living, which will manage more than 6,600 homes

Raw year for renters ahead but first time buyers may find some respite

07 December, 2016

Pressure on first time buyers may ease off next year, allowing some of them to escape the private rental sector as it faces a drop in the number homes to let

Rented Sector Policy Paper for England

07 December, 2016

Since the 1990s, the UK has undergone significant demographic change: people are settling down later and living longer

Right to Rent: Tenants are footing the bill in fees

07 December, 2016

Last week the government tightened its Right to Rent rules, making it a criminal offence for a landlord to let to anyone they know is an illegal immigrant

Lettings agency fee ban must be loophole-free

07 December, 2016

A lettings agency fee ban has been welcomed by the London Assembly

The rent gap: what is the local housing allowance?

07 December, 2016

The LHA benefit helps tenants renting privately who can't afford their full housing costs

Staggering £800,000 weekly bill for benefit fraud in Northern Ireland

07 December, 2016

The cost of fraud in Northern Ireland's benefits system has reached its highest level for more than a decade

Universal Credit roll out to begin in September 2017

07 December, 2016

Communities Minister Paul Givan today announced plans for the roll out of Universal Credit in Northern Ireland

Why landlords must take care if opposing a tenancy renewal

07 December, 2016

In a growing market landlords and developers alike may take the opportunity to develop their holdings

Government working with councils on fixed-term tenancies

06 December, 2016

The government has set up a working group of 20 councils to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies, a key plank of the Housing and Planning Act

No 10 rules out forcing obese people to undergo treatment to get benefits

06 December, 2016

Theresa May's spokesman says sanctioning obese people who refuse help is not under consideration after report dismissed idea

Sheffield associations and councils sign housing deal

06 December, 2016

Social landlords and local authorities across the Sheffield City Region have signed a compact which they hope could lead to a devolution deal on housing

Don't forget meaning of social

06 December, 2016

The Northern Ireland Executive is consulting on its draft programme for government

One in three people claiming sickness benefits have conditions which are fuelled by obesity

06 December, 2016

One in three people claiming benefits because they are too sick to work have conditions which are fuelled by obesity, a government review has found

Best-buy mortgages if you set up as a company

06 December, 2016

Lending to landlords who have set themselves up as limited companies has shot up this year as buy-to-let investors prepare for tax changes applying from April

Nottingham announces city-wide licensing plan

06 December, 2016

Nottingham City Council is planning to introduce a citywide selective licensing scheme - with landlords expected to fork out £600 for each of their rental homes

Overpaid housing benefits 'funded terrorism'

06 December, 2016

Cash held in a housing benefit account was handed to a suspect in the Brussels airport bombing during a meeting in a Birmingham park

Almost 100,000 households move out of fuel poverty

06 December, 2016

Charities warn against complacency with around 748,000 Scottish households still fuel poor

Sheltered housing in Mid Suffolk and Babergh set to change

06 December, 2016

Sheltered housing in Babergh and Mid Suffolk is set to change following a major review of the needs of older people in the two districts

New style Jobseeker's Allowance

06 December, 2016

Depending on your circumstances you may be able to claim new style Jobseeker's Allowance

HB Direct issue 173

06 December, 2016

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

Landlords found unfit to rent out property

06 December, 2016

Glasgow City Council removes six landlords from its register - one convicted of assault with intent to rape

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter two 2016/17?

06 December, 2016

We have recently completed an important survey of developing housing associations to capture the full scale and breadth of their homebuilding activity

Landlords banned from industry after being found unfit

05 December, 2016

Six landlords have been banned after their licences were withdrawn and now face criminal prosecution with fines of up to £50,000 if they try to let their properties

Three-month-old lettings platform that aims to eliminate agents is now worth over £3.5m

05 December, 2016

No Agent, a proptech lettings platform that launched only in September and which cuts agents out of the equation, has been valued at over £3.5m

We must fight to overturn 'monstrous' ban on tenants' fees

05 December, 2016

As if our industry had not already been in trouble enough, the Government has blasted us with both barrels between the eyes by introducing a ban on lettings agents' tenant fees within the Autumn Statement

500 new council homes? It's not all it seems to be

05 December, 2016

Cambridge City Council voted to proceed with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution proposal

Industrial dispute over supported housing restructure

05 December, 2016

One of England's largest housing associations is facing union action after warning supported housing staff could be dismissed and re-engaged on new terms as part of a major restructure

Casey review raises alarm over social integration in the UK

05 December, 2016

Study attacks attempts by governments to boost ethnic integration as 'saris, samosas and steel drums for the well-intentioned'

The Sheffield City Region Social and Affordable Housing Compact

05 December, 2016

The Sheffield City Region Social and Affordable Housing Compact is a landmark collaboration between local authorities, social and affordable housing providers in the Sheffield City Region

Landlords trapped in ground rent nightmare

05 December, 2016

Banks and building societies are refusing to lend money to landlords trying to mortgage new build homes with automatic ground rent rises written into lease agreements

Abolish right-to-buy schemes that are depleting social stock: McCann

05 December, 2016

The social housing stock in Derry is being depleted by landlords acquiring multiple properties from former housing association tenants who have bought under market rates

The more the State has withdrawn from housebuilding, the more it has found itself propping up the private market

05 December, 2016

Margaret Thatcher recorded in her memoirs that, by the mid-1980s, 'everything in housing pointed to the need to roll back the existing activities of government'

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Oct 2016

05 December, 2016

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

Kent Reliance Buy To Let Britain report - fifth edition

02 December, 2016

Welcome to the fifth edition of Kent Reliance's half-yearly Buy to Let Britain report

This report examines the key trends in the private rented sector and the Buy to Let mortgage market

FOI extension will lead to cost burden

02 December, 2016

The Scottish Government's U-turn on the FOI Act extension to housing associations will burden associations with additional costs

Welfare reform update

02 December, 2016

National Housing Federation welfare reform update

BHP launches first new homes supporting vulnerable tenants to live independently

02 December, 2016

BHP has completed the refurbishment on a six bedroom house in Wembley, which has been developed into six apartments for Brent residents with learning disability and special needs

Minister who helped create the Universal Credit leaves government

02 December, 2016

A minister instrumental to Conservative welfare reform has left his government post after more than six years

Quarterly Survey for Q2 (July to September) 2016 to 2017

02 December, 2016

Our quarterly survey report is based on responses from private registered providers of social housing who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Social landlords 'require additional capacity' to deliver 50,000 homes target

02 December, 2016

Around two thirds of social landlords in Scotland have insufficient in-house skills and capacity to deliver an expanded programme of new affordable housing

The displaced tenants paying the true cost of an inhumane housing policy

02 December, 2016

Councils must commit to a more humane, thoughtful and cost-effective social housing policy than moving people away from jobs and homes

Theresa May appears to have 'historically obsolete' view on welfare

02 December, 2016

Despite her claim to govern not in the interests of the privileged few Ms May is continuing austerity with further welfare

Kayleigh is on universal credit. Her first payment arrives next year

02 December, 2016

The built-in delay in universal credit payments means she and her two young children will have to rely on £34/week child benefit over Christmas

Lettings fee ban unlikely until 2018

01 December, 2016

The lettings agent tenant fee ban won't come in until at least 2018 DCLG has revealed, with the consultation to be launched in the New Year

Agents must display their fees properly ahead of ban

01 December, 2016

The announcement by the Chancellor that the Government intends to remove letting agents' ability to charge fees to tenants came as a surprise to many in the industry

Tax credit benefit removals criticised by MPs

01 December, 2016

A "cut first, think later" attitude plunged tax credit claimants into humiliating hardship and debt

Proposal on using a Legislative Reform Order to establish the social housing regulator as an independent body

01 December, 2016

This consultation paper sets out the proposal for amending the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 so that responsibility for social housing regulation is transferred HCA to a new standalone public body

Tenant Information Pack

01 December, 2016

The pack gives information to tenants in privately rented housing

Landlord Right to Rent criminal sanctions come into effect Thurs 1 December

01 December, 2016

New regulations contained in The Immigration Act 2016 will come into force from 1st December

Campaign launched to move beyond foodbanks in Scotland

01 December, 2016

Charities awarded cash to find more dignified solution

Ways for UK landlords to cut taxes

01 December, 2016

Landlords should be thinking about reducing taxes and learn more about the consequences of scrapping renters' fees

Princess Anne hails £3million social housing project at official opening in Bury St Edmunds

01 December, 2016

The Princess Royal officially opened a £3.1million affordable housing project in Bury St Edmunds December 1

Government opens consultation into extending FOI to social landlords

01 December, 2016

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation proposing the extension of Freedom of Information legislation to RSLs in Scotland

Airbnb announce plans to block hosts exceeding 90-day rental limit

01 December, 2016

AirBnB is to block hosts in London from renting out homes for more than 90 days a year without official consent

Transparency and accountability in the housing association sector

01 December, 2016

In recent years there has been a strong push from the Government to improve transparency in the public sector at the national and local level

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary at August 2016 published

01 December, 2016

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary, providing an overview of the main DfC administered benefits, has been published

Emergency housing package for young needed

01 December, 2016

An emergency package to house young working Londoners is urgently needed in the capital

ARLA says it is avoiding 'knee-jerk reactions' over lettings fee ban

01 December, 2016

ARLA has hit back at claims that it isn't standing up for the industry after it emerged it didn't attend the Fair Fees Forum's working group

LIN Member Report December 2016 - Autumn Statement

01 December, 2016

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Building society survey examines buy-to-let landlords' voids experience

30 November, 2016

More than a fifth of buy-to-let landlords have to wait longer than four months before signing up their first tenants

Letting agent hit hard in deposit protection clamp down Letting agent hit hard in deposit protection clamp down

30 November, 2016

A letting agent has been hit by fines totalling £15,000 following successful prosecutions for failing to protect tenancy deposits

Benefit sanctions

30 November, 2016

This report examines the Department for Work & Pensions' administration of benefit sanctions in Great Britain

Over 3.5 million people rely on out-of-work benefits including Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit and Income Support

Evidence shows benefit sanctions are not fit for purpose

30 November, 2016

The sanctions system is in urgent need of reform

Rents increases in England and Wales levelled off in October

30 November, 2016

Residential rent increases in England and Wales levelled off in October, with the average property being let for £900 per calendar month

Furious activists protest top architect over call to evict central London council tenants

30 November, 2016

Furious activists gathered outside the office of leading architect Patrik Schumacher today to protest his calls for "free-riding" council tenants to be moved out of central London

'Limited evidence' for benefit sanctions

30 November, 2016

Benefit sanctions leading to "hardship, hunger and depression" are being imposed on people despite "limited evidence" on how well they work

How Licensing is Changing your Role as a Landlord

30 November, 2016

What does a landlord actually do? I know, perhaps a stupid question, but every once in a while it could be worth asking

Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland: as at 30 September 2016

30 November, 2016

Following consultation with users, the frequency of Discretionary Housing Payments publications has reduced from quarterly to six-monthly

Financial Conduct Authority must not hand payday lenders a Christmas present

30 November, 2016

The City watchdog is planning a review of the cap it imposed on charges. The ideal result would see it extended to other types of high cost credit

Benefits sanctions don't work and plunge claimants 'hunger and depression'

30 November, 2016

The benefit sanctions system has become a 'postcode lottery' and is doing more harm than good, according to the public spending watchdog

One in four Jobseeker's Allowance claimants caught abusing benefits system as watchdog reveals chaos

30 November, 2016

One in four people on Jobseeker's Allowance has been punished for abusing the benefits system in the last five years

Buy-to-let mortgages may cost £7k-a-year more as New Year crackdown pushes landlords to long-term deals

30 November, 2016

Rules tweaked to push landlords away from cheap two-year fixed rates

Buy to Let index - November 2016

29 November, 2016

Rents in England and Wales hit second highest peak ever recorded by Your Move

Councils could face new duty to prevent homelessness

29 November, 2016

As rents rise and benefits fall, more people face losing their home

Top architect blasts 'free-riding' tenants living in council houses in central London and says they should be moved, to make way for HIS staff

29 November, 2016

A top London architect has triggered a ferocious storm by calling for "free-riding" council tenants to be moved out of central London

A quarter of renters in Scotland say they have a slum landlord

29 November, 2016

A quarter of tenants that rent in Scotland have described their current renting conditions as a "nightmare", higher than anywhere else in the UK

A toxic concoction means women of colour are hit hardest by austerity

29 November, 2016

Minority-ethnic working-class women experience triple discrimination through class, race and gender - but their voices are never heard in the austerity debate

UK fuel poverty to last a lifetime

29 November, 2016

A child born in Britain today may never see fuel poverty eradicated

Rise in 'child benefit loans' to cover Christmas costs

29 November, 2016

Parents struggling to access affordable credit are turning to a co-operative for an 'advance' on their welfare payments

Touchbase - Edition 116

29 November, 2016

November 2016 edition

Autumn Statement 2016

29 November, 2016

This briefing covers the main announcements relevant to housing and housing associations in the 2016 Autumn Statement

Tenancy Deposit Scheme - Tenants win recent court case

28 November, 2016

We are often asked by clients whether it is worth their while to take action when their landlord isn't doing what they should be

Rental licence operators threaten 'sensible, proportionate' enforcement

28 November, 2016

The controversial Welsh private lettings sector scheme called Rent Smart Wales had around 65 per cent of agents and landlords register by last week's deadline

The rise in buy-to-let through limited companies

28 November, 2016

There has been an increase in the number of residential property investors who manage their portfolio as a limited company

A statement of intent on the LHA

28 November, 2016

Paul Langley blogs on the far-reaching implications of the UK government's latest announcement on the LHA and social housing

The Autumn Statement was a let-down for 'just about managing' families. How do we talk about poverty in a way that makes politicians listen?

28 November, 2016

The Autumn Statement contained some measures aimed at helping the so-called 'just about managing' in society

Flagship council housebuilding scheme quietly axed

28 November, 2016

A flagship £100m scheme, designed to give smaller local authorities the opportunity to borrow collectively to build housing, has been wound down

Landlords join forces to create efficiency metrics

28 November, 2016

A group of housing associations have joined forces in an attempt to create an authoritative set of metrics to measure efficiency

HCA launches social housing regulation fees consultation

28 November, 2016

HCA has published a statutory consultation on introducing a fee-charging scheme for the regulation of private registered providers of social housing

Rent Smart Wales: Fears landlords letting properties illegally

28 November, 2016

More than 13,000 private landlords in Wales may be letting properties illegally after the Welsh Government's Rent Smart Wales scheme became law

The long road to shifting attitudes on welfare

28 November, 2016

There is little doubt that when it comes to the question of welfare the public aren't exactly flag waving supporters

HB A11/2016

28 November, 2016

Payment Deduction Project interface: local authority user guidance

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2017 to 2018

28 November, 2016

A list of the proposed benefit rates and pension rates for 2017 to 2018

Is your tenant a Bubble Gazer or a Homing Pigeon?

28 November, 2016

It is always hard to predict the right type of tenant for a landlord, but Strutt & Parker has had a go

Landlords are under fire from a tax-hiking Treasury - but buy-to-let is far from dead

28 November, 2016

Higher stamp duty and an end to tax relief for mortgage interest costs; being a landlord is getting expense

Town identified as buy-to-let hotspot for rental yields and growth

25 November, 2016

Luton has been named as the top spot for rental yield and price growth

Meeting of Fair Fees Working Group to go ahead today despite ban

25 November, 2016

A meeting of the newly-formed Fair Fees Working Group is to go ahead today

Affordable rented homes could be prioritised over social rented

25 November, 2016

Housing associations could be expected to prioritise affordable rented homes over social rented in an effort to drive up housing numbers

Local Housing Allowance cap U-turn 'creates new bedroom tax'

25 November, 2016

Housing association leaders have compared a shift in the government's Local Housing Allowance cap policy to the controversial bedroom tax because it will hit tenants in their current circumstances

Rent cut hiatus blamed for affordable housing drop

25 November, 2016

A hiatus in housing association building following the 1% rent cut announcement has been blamed for the lowest growth in affordable housing witnessed in a generation

Right to Buy extension delayed until at least 2018

25 November, 2016

The national roll-out of Right to Buy for housing association tenants will not take place until after April 2018 at the earliest

Scotland could trial giving each citizen a universal basic income

25 November, 2016

Development of radical scheme, which would see welfare benefits including child and tax credits replaced with universal flat-rate payment, due to be tested in Fife

2% rise in Insurance Premium Tax from July 2017

25 November, 2016

Insurance Premium Tax is set to rise again by 2% to a new high of 12%

Remortgage now to shield profit ahead of the new buy-to-let rules

25 November, 2016

Remortgaging onto a lower rate could save a landlord from having their profits obliterated by tax changes effective from next year

Mum-of-four faces losing home after 75% housing benefit cut

25 November, 2016

Keiley Messham, from Rhewl, has had her support cut from £124 a week to just £34 since benefit cap brought in

Sanctuary Housing rolls out first-of-its-kind social housing platform using SAP

25 November, 2016

The large social housing authority is transforming the way it communicates with tenants

I'm an estate agent. Philip Hammond ought to cap letting fees, not ban them

25 November, 2016

Most of us offer a good service, and a ban will only mean higher rents. The government should instead regulate the sector properly

Government's £500,000 legal bill over Bedroom Tax

24 November, 2016

Figures show massive bill for legal proceedings over 'bedroom tax'

Letting agent fees ban is great news, but will it push up rents?

24 November, 2016

The forthcoming ban on letting fees is great news for England's private renters

Banning letting agent fees is good news for renters but here's what's needed to unlock private renting for homeless people

24 November, 2016

Chancellor Phillip Hammond's announcement that letting agent fees are to be banned in England is great news for renters

Buy-to-let and second home stamp duty hike to rake in £3.1bn tax windfall - as landlords continue to snap up homes

24 November, 2016

Since April the tax has been applied to anyone buying a second property

Scotland's experience of abolishing letting agent fees

24 November, 2016

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement yesterday has brought some good news for tenants across England

Housing gets £4bn boost to increase number of new homes

24 November, 2016

Government aims to build 40,000 additional affordable homes by 2021 - but OBR says it expects 13,000 fewer homes to be built over next five years

Right to Buy delay fears after second pilot announcement

24 November, 2016

The National Housing Federation is seeking clarity "as soon as possible" on the national roll-out of the Right to Buy extension

Rent rise from agents fees not necessarily true

24 November, 2016

The Chancellor's announcement of a ban on letting agents charging fees to tenants marks a significant shift in the industry - but should not come as a surprise

Autumn Statement 2016: Iain Duncan Smith tells Philip Hammond to do more to reverse welfare cuts

24 November, 2016

The former Work and Pensions Secretary welcomes moves to cushion cuts to universal credit - but says they must be a 'downpayment' only

'I worry about money all the time': the Jam reality in Birmingham

24 November, 2016

The households Theresa May promised to help in her first speech on the steps of Downing Street are waiting nervously

Widened scope of LHA cap 'to affect over 240,000 more tenancies in Scotland'

24 November, 2016

The SFHA has highlighted that 241,000 more tenants in Scotland will be affected by the announcement that all social housing tenants on Universal Credit will be brought under the new LHA cap

Call for Welsh letting agency fee ban after England move

24 November, 2016

Letting agency fees for tenants should be abolished in Wales as soon as possible

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