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Buy-to-let slump:the cost of renting in London rises for the first time this year as the number of rental homes drops by 18 per cent

15 August, 2017

One in 10 homes sold in July was bought by a landlord, which is the lowest proportion of buy-to-let sales recorded in seven years

One in five buy-to-let investors plan to sell up

15 August, 2017

One in five buy-to-let investors plan to sell their properties

Some Right to Buy owners now 'property millionaires'

15 August, 2017

Over 1.5 million council homes in the UK have been sold to council tenants, making millions for some

Social media and social housing - four tips for housing professionals

15 August, 2017

While social media can be very successfully used to build a more direct and personal connection with tenants, housing associations and social landlords need to be prepared to respond meaningfully when things aren't going to plan

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

15 August, 2017

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

The Grenfell Inquiry must address the powerlessness social tenants feel

15 August, 2017

All too often social housing residents tell us that they feel like second-class citizens

20% of NI housing now private rented

15 August, 2017

Almost 49,000 landlords have now registered just over 97,000 properties across Northern Ireland

Urgent decisions on welfare and housing required: UUP MLA

15 August, 2017

Crunch decisions on welfare reform and housing are in limbo as a result of the ongoing Stormont stalemate

Social housing firm Mears hit by Grenfell Tower fall out

15 August, 2017

Safety checks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy will hit profits this year as building works are delayed

HCA urges caution over REIT deals

14 August, 2017

Housing associations should be aware of the risks involved in taking money from real estate investment trusts

Nationwide mortgage lending hit by fall in buy-to-let loans

14 August, 2017

Nationwide has reported a sharp fall in mortgage lending, mainly due to making fewer buy-to-let loans

Private rental sector gets a 'perfect storm' warning

14 August, 2017

RLA survey of almost 3,000 landlords shows 22% plan to sell as demand for rental homes rises

PRS will not solve the housing crisis

14 August, 2017

Government claims that renting is key to fixing the country's broken housing market are misplaced

The other Waitrose effect: rapidly increasing evictions

14 August, 2017

Study shows the arrival of a new store associated with an 25%-50% increase in the number of evictions

Welfare Reform and Universal Credit: The impact on the private rented sector

14 August, 2017

Over the past 2 years there has been significant political attention provided to the private rented sector

Rent Arrears and the Sweet Science

14 August, 2017

As Digital Transformation Manager for Housing Services at Hackney Council, I get to run some really fun and interesting projects

Barriers to setting up council-owned housing companies

14 August, 2017

Difficulties spending Right to Buy receipts and confusion over the Housing Revenue Account, planning and rent-setting

Universal credit and the risk of digital failure

14 August, 2017

With UC being rolled out across the country, a strong digital inclusion strategy can be the difference between successful adoption and a potentially devastating impact on housing associations' income

Rise of the retired renter

11 August, 2017

Stats suggest that almost half of UK over 65s would consider downsizing - a level of demand that far outstrips retirement housing available

HB G7/2017

11 August, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

'Home-owning hopelessness' as private renters fear they'll never get on property ladder

11 August, 2017

Nearly two thirds (59 per cent) of private renters on the lowest incomes in England never expect to buy their own property

The Shocking Increase In Rents On London's Two-Bedroom Homes

11 August, 2017

The London housing market is obviously out of control

London will fall further behind on new council homes without more action from Mayor

11 August, 2017

Sian Berry told the Mayor he has 'a lot of catching up to do' after revealing that no new council homes funded by the Mayor have started on site since he took office 16 months ago

Third of private rented homes fail basic health and safety standards

11 August, 2017

Millions of UK people living in rented properties with dangerous hazards, despite private rents soaring

People shouldn't have to feel grateful for social housing - it's a basic human right

11 August, 2017

We should stop seeing social housing as scarce or precious. It's as much a necessity as good healthcare and education

DWP 'is using lost benefit assessment letters to cut spending'

11 August, 2017

The DWP is using lost appointment letters for face-to-face assessments as an excuse for turning down disabled people's benefit claims, to help it cut spending on social security

Rogue landlords warned to expect stiffer penalties in wake of landmark ruling

11 August, 2017

A landmark court ruling against a Fife private landlord could have major implications for scores of other cases across the country

Salford Council Approves Fourth Selective Licensing Scheme

10 August, 2017

Following a consultation earlier this year Salford Council's City Mayor and Cabinet have now formally approved a fourth selective licensing scheme

Are cuts to Council Tax Support in England a false economy for councils?

10 August, 2017

Total uncollected council tax is £400m higher than in 2013-14 when Council Tax Benefit was abolished

Truth at last: What really happened in Scotland after letting agent fees were banned

10 August, 2017

What follow is an opinion piece but I believe it to be the factual truth

Concerned tenants offered chance to move out of tower blocks

10 August, 2017

Southwark Council has offered tenants on one of its estates the chance to move out after compartmentation breaches were found in two of its tower blocks

Lettings agency 'took tenants' holding deposits and never returned them'

10 August, 2017

An anonymous article on young consumer website the Debrief claims that tenants' holding deposits disappeared into the coffers at a mystery Fitzrovia office of a London lettings agent

UK tenants don't have much faith in private rented sector

10 August, 2017

People renting a home in the UK feel that not enough is being done to help them onto the housing ladder with those in London forced to rent because of the high price of property

Landlords' Barometer - #51: Hammered! Why landlords are feeling so negative

10 August, 2017

Welcome to another edition of the "Landlords Barometer" with all the trending topics that have been engaging landlords on the propertytribes.com forum over the past few weeks

If social housing is precious, tenancies should be time-limited

09 August, 2017

Without means testing and fixed tenancies, someone on a high income could end up in secure housing while those on lower incomes struggle

August 2017: Touchbase edition 120

09 August, 2017

This edition of Touchbase focusses on initiatives that support disabled people and those with health conditions back into work

Joint response - Terms of Reference to the Public Inquiry on the Grenfell Tower fire - ARCH, CIH, Inside Housing and NFA

09 August, 2017

This is a joint submission into the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry to ensure we provide a consistent message accross the trade and professional bodies across the housing sector

Helping journalists portray social housing tenants fairly

09 August, 2017

A group of housing associations is working to produce a guide for journalists on how to avoid stereotyping

Proptech firm comes up with real-time facial recognition to help agents with Right to Rent

09 August, 2017

A new firm is using real-time facial recognition technology with the aim of helping letting agents meet their Right to Rent obligations

Tenancy deposit replacement products will be 'as popular as Christmas trees in January'

09 August, 2017

The boss of the Property Franchise Group says he does not think there will be a market for tenancy deposit replacement products once the tenancy fees ban comes in

Impact of applying Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social tenants

08 August, 2017

Our analysis shows the potential numbers of people affected and the amount of shortfall between benefit levels and rents charged

Landlords losing confidence in rental profits

08 August, 2017

Landlords are losing confidence in their ability to rely on steady rental yields

Local Housing Allowance Direct Payments - changing the "payee"

08 August, 2017

Landlords have been left horrified - and out of pocket - after local authorities re-directed direct payments from landlords to tenants

Government recommit to Help to Buy

08 August, 2017

Statement shrugs off reports of the scheme being shelved and stresses support until 2021

Enough Empty Council Flats In One Chelsea Block To House All Grenfell Families

08 August, 2017

Council flats in the same borough as Grenfell Tower which could house all the survivors are lying empty because the owners want to demolish them

Abolition of Right to Buy Scheme 'Progressing'

08 August, 2017

Proposals which would see the Right to Buy policy scrapped in Wrexham and across Wales have moved a step closer

Tenants 'struggling to put a roof over their head'

07 August, 2017

Thousands are unable to hold down a tenancy due to rising costs, lack of affordable housing and welfare reforms

Redbridge Council launches private property licensing scheme to crack down on rogue landlords

07 August, 2017

Absentee landlords who fail to deal with poor conditions may be a thing of the past thanks to a new borough-wide Redbridge Council scheme

Opposition MPs call for Universal Credit pause

07 August, 2017

A group of opposition MPs have called for the planned rollout of UC in their constituencies to be delayed because of delays in claimants receiving payments

Annual rental inflation returns to growth as average new rents hit new high

07 August, 2017

Annual rental inflation on new tenancies returned to growth for the first time in two months during July

HCA could de-register 'sham transactions' housing association

07 August, 2017

An association sued by Southwark Council for alleged "sham transactions" that helped it avoid building affordable housing could lose its status as a registered provider

HomeLet Rental Index - July 2017

07 August, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 1.1% in July compared to the same month a year ago

MPs urge government to delay universal credit rollout

07 August, 2017

MPs' letter calls for extension of universal credit to be postponed until next year to avoid people suffering Christmas hardship

Grenfell must be a turning point in housing - for staff and residents

07 August, 2017

Making social housing more commercial has eroded workers' skills and knowhow

An ode to social housing

04 August, 2017

Sometimes words alone aren't enough to explain the issues

Shared housing: the solution?

04 August, 2017

Shared housing for social tenants could be the next big thing due to government plans to cap housing benefit for single under-35s

Universal Support-Universal Credit

04 August, 2017

Universal Support is part of Health & Work Programme contained in the government's Green Paper and Universal Credit

Landlords 'avoid paying millions in tax' with short-term Edinburgh festival lets

04 August, 2017

Over £10 million of taxes are being avoided this year due to the boom in private homes being let out as holiday accommodation during the Edinburgh festival

Lower annual welfare cap affects 68,000 families

04 August, 2017

The first six months of the new lower benefit cap has seen 68,000 families having their welfare cut for the first time, losing each around £50 a week

Support of last resort: alternatives to local welfare schemes to prevent and relieve homelessness

04 August, 2017

The safety net that local welfare schemes provide is stretched to breaking point

Give us a paintbrush! Ten ways to make the housing market work for tenants

04 August, 2017

It may seem trivial, but giving renters more control over where they live and what they pay is essential to tackling bad landlords

Britain's 11 million renters are crying out for an end to the housing crisis

04 August, 2017

A recent book on the scandal that is our private rented sector raises some big questions after the Grenfell disaster

Right to Buy: Whose interest does it serve?

04 August, 2017

Right to Buy, the policy no one wants to talk about, is decimating local councils' housing stock and costing us all dearly in state subsidy

Three-year tenancy plan to stabilise rental market

03 August, 2017

Ministers are to change the national planning rules to put pressure on landlords to offer tenancies of three years rather than one

Housing calls for a review after latest benefit cap statistics

03 August, 2017

The housing sector has said the latest figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions show there is a need for government to re-look at welfare policies

Bursting the buy-to-let bubble

03 August, 2017

The buy-to-let mortgage sector has been bombarded with reforms resulting in a slowdown of lending to landlords

Renting becomes cheaper than buying, particularly in the South East

03 August, 2017

For many years, rent has been called "dead money" and young people have been urged to "get on the housing ladder"

Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2017

03 August, 2017

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and May 2017

The state of private renting

03 August, 2017

In the second in a series of pieces examining findings from the English Housing Survey, Jules Birch looks at the private rented sector

Letting agents accused of 'fraudulent listings' and 'treating renters like students'

03 August, 2017

Almost 30,000 London tenants claim they have been a victim of lettings fraud

'Damaging' Right to Buy policy is suspended in city for five years

03 August, 2017

Right to Buy is to be suspended for a period of five years in Cardiff

Council which set up first borough-wide licensing scheme to publish star ratings of all letting agents

03 August, 2017

The local authority which set up the first borough-wide mandatory licensing scheme of every rental property is to launch the UK's first letting agents' rating scheme

Clock is ticking in Scotland for all letting agents to be registered and hold CMP

02 August, 2017

Scottish housing minister Kevin Stewart is writing to all letting agents to warn them that the clock is ticking towards the implementation of a mandatory new regime

Bringing repairs in-house

02 August, 2017

An increasing number of housing associations are improving services and efficiencies by setting up their own repairs and maintenance companies

Councils 'can't hide' fire safety reports

02 August, 2017

The information commissioner is urging councils to proactively publish fire information 'in full' for residents to see

Green space v social housing: the fight for the future of London's oldest allotments

02 August, 2017

A charity's plans to build social housing threaten allotments established in 1832 for the working poor of Ealing

How have attitudes changed towards social housing?

02 August, 2017

Does the Welfare State still have an obligation to house everyone who can't afford to buy or rent their own home?

Welsh associations urged to further empower tenants

02 August, 2017

Associations in Wales welcome a report from the Welsh Public Accounts Committee praising the increasing transparency in the sector but setting out robust recommendations

Inquiry into Regulatory oversight of Housing Associations

02 August, 2017

The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales

The Committee welcomes steps to make housing association regulation more open

Young people are shut out of private renting

02 August, 2017

Shelter has said it, local government has said it, former ministers have said it

David Webster: 'Benefit sanctions should be a thing of the past'

02 August, 2017

The economist and Glasgow research fellow on why stopping benefit payments is counterproductive and must not be rolled out more widely

Renters can't wait for the government to scrap letting fees - so Hackney council is stepping in

01 August, 2017

Four homes, four landlords and four completely different experiences: in my 15 years as a renter in London, I've experienced first-hand the good, the bad and the ugly of the private rented sector

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics in England and Wales, January to March 2017 (Provisional)

01 August, 2017

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

Housing Benefit Entitlement Reductions: Caseload Management Information (CMI)

01 August, 2017

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

Landlord portfolio management - past and future

01 August, 2017

This research, funded by Shelter, explores how landlords manage their portfolios and make decisions over buying and selling stock

Council secures long-term housing strategy

01 August, 2017

Transaction will reduce the council's rent obligations by approximately 30% over the next 10 years

Landlords cut back on renting to young people

01 August, 2017

Younger people will have more difficulty finding rented accommodation in coming months as a substantial proportion of landlords actively cut back on renting to under-35s

Anger as Scottish Government leaves 130,000 disabled Scots at the mercy of PIP assessments

01 August, 2017

New figures reveal 130,000 are still to be subjected to humiliating PIP assessments - but SNP won't halt them

Access to homes for under-35's: The impact of Welfare Reform on Private Renting

01 August, 2017

As the dust settles after the general election there is a clear need for policy and practical solutions that have cross-party support

Council to let associations bid for RTB receipts

01 August, 2017

Housing associations are invited to bid for the £16m pot - as long as it is spent on easing Hackney council's 12,000-plus waiting list

From the archive - benefit fraud plan criticised

31 July, 2017

Inside Housing looks back at what was happening in the sector this week 10, 20 and 30 years ago

Right to Buy suspended in Cardiff

31 July, 2017

The Right to Buy will be suspended in Cardiff to ensure social housing is available for those who need it

Swansea food bank runs out 'due to school holiday'

31 July, 2017

A Swansea food bank has run out of supplies, with volunteers making an urgent appeal to help restock it

Extra Stamp Duty 'has not deterred landlords so far' as HMRC receipts rise again

31 July, 2017

Landlords may be complaining about the extra Stamp Duty charges but that doesn't seem to be stopping people buying additional properties

Government urged to end letting fees

31 July, 2017

Hackney council is calling for immediate action over the failure to introduce clear timescales on the measure

Technology adoption in social housing: what's your scorecard?

31 July, 2017

We're entering an age of unprecedented technological, social and political disruption that will create a great deal of unpredictability and risk

Poverty group calls for an end to the benefits freeze

31 July, 2017

The Poverty Alliance has written to every MP in Scotland

New council homes planned in Walthamstow as clock ticks in council's race to spend £16.5m Right to Buy cash

31 July, 2017

The council made more than £41 million selling social housing between April 2014 and April this year

Older people worst culprits when it comes to benefit fraud

31 July, 2017

Londoners more likely to cheat too

DWP to look at RLA proposals on Universal Credit

28 July, 2017

The DWP has said it will address problems faced by landlords who house Universal Credit tenants following a meeting with the RLA

Rightmove launches trial of Face Messenger bot to help renters find their next home

28 July, 2017

Rightmove is testing out new ways for home hunters to interact when searching for a home to rent

Tenants pay the price as rental rises become more widespread

28 July, 2017

Rent hikes became more common last month

Grenfell Tower: Sixty blocks 'fail new fire test'

28 July, 2017

Cladding and insulation used in at least 60 tower blocks will be deemed to have failed a new fire safety test

'It's social cleansing': the 93-year-old fighting east London demolitions

28 July, 2017

In Whitechapel, residents say their campaign against the possible bulldozing of their council homes is a battle over the future of housing

Six months left for letting agents to meet statutory code requirements

28 July, 2017

Housing minister Kevin Stewart is writing to all commercial letting agents to highlight a new statutory Code of Practice and the need to comply by January 31 2018

HB A7/2017 (revised)

28 July, 2017

Right Benefit Initiative 2017/18

Buy to let crackdown has not finished yet

28 July, 2017

Buy to let mortgages are about to get more expensive for landlords as new lending rules take effect from September 2017

I know what it's like to spend school holidays hungry. So do today's kids

28 July, 2017

Visiting a food bank may be as far some families get this summer. This needless hunger, and its effect on childhood, should cause a national outcry

Landlords fear buy-to-let regulation and taxation, but no worries over Brexit

27 July, 2017

Landlords have identified regulation and economic uncertainty as their key concerns when running their buy-to-let portfolio

Facebook backs campaign to tackle social housing stigma

27 July, 2017

'Benefit to Society' will benefit from backing from one of the largest organisations in the world, social media giant Facebook

Temporary short-term let 'not comparable to renovation'

27 July, 2017

Using a residential flat as a short-term Airbnb-style let for a temporary period is not comparable to removing it from the housing supply for other reasons

Reassuring tower block tenants post-Grenfell

27 July, 2017

The Grenfell fire has caused anxiety among tower block tenants

Private Rental Market Summary Statistics - April 2016 to March 2017

27 July, 2017

The median monthly rent recorded between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 in England was £675

Private Rented Sector Report - June 2017

27 July, 2017

A third of letting agents saw rents rise for tenants in June

Union warns more social housing is needed in WIltshire

27 July, 2017

Just over a third of new homes built in Wiltshire last year were for social housing, but a union is calling for more

Social housing residents have changed: landlords must now adapt

27 July, 2017

The sector must get away from the legacy notions of a 'typical' social housing tenant and to understand the breadth and scope of people who now live in affordable housing

Private landlords in Glasgow 'profiting from homelessness crisis and housing shortage'

27 July, 2017

Private landlords are profiting from a homelessness crisis and housing shortage in Glasgow

Five ways to help your tenants with the roll-out of universal credit

26 July, 2017

The 'full service' version of universal credit is on its way - so what do social landlords need to be doing differently?

Is buy to let dead?

26 July, 2017

Property expert Kate Faulkner looks at the facts behind the headlines - and what the future holds for the private rented sector

How to ensure your rental deposit is properly protected

26 July, 2017

It may surprise you to know that anyone can set up a lettings agency - you don't need a licence or a qualification

Landlords' action on fire safety

26 July, 2017

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, over half of the UK's landlords have taken steps to check the fire safety of their Buy to Let properties

Landlords hit out at evictions report

26 July, 2017

The Residential Landlords Association has said a recent piece of research into evictions is 'misleading and distorted'

Housing Benefit Entitlement Reductions: Caseload Management Information

26 July, 2017

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

Housing Benefit Speed of Processing Statistics

26 July, 2017

Data for Quarter 4 (January 2017 to March 2017)and the full financial year 2016/17

Consultation on recognising residents' associations, and their power to request information about tenants

26 July, 2017

This consultation seeks views on proposed secondary legislation under section 29A Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 - Tenants' Associations: power to request information about tenants

Victims of ground rent scandal demand action on existing abuses

26 July, 2017

As government plans to ban leaseholds on new-build houses, there are claims up to 100,000 people own 'unsellable' properties

Pause for Thought

25 July, 2017

Measuring the impact of Welfare Reform on tenants and landlords - 2017 Survey Results

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics: Annual update: 2016/17

25 July, 2017

Following feedback from users, we have decided to continue publishing Scottish Welfare Fund statistics on a quarterly basis until summer 2017

A blueprint for Scotland's future

25 July, 2017

The Scottish Government should strengthen and clarify the links between housing and the various outcomes of the National Performance Framework

Half of children needing summer food bank support are in primary school

25 July, 2017

Under-fours made up 27% of the children receiving emergency food supplies last July and August

Rise in personal loans dangerous

25 July, 2017

A sharp rise in personal loans could pose a danger to the UK economy

Buy-to-let: how many properties do I need to own to set up as a company?

25 July, 2017

Several key tax changes have hit buy-to-let investors' profits

Landlords are turfing people out of their homes without reason - and it's completely legal

25 July, 2017

No fault evictions allow private landlords to turf tenants out without any reason. It's legal but its use is on the rise and it needs to stop

Tenants satisfied with Clydebank Housing Association services

25 July, 2017

The result of an independent poll commissioned by CHA has revealed that 94% of its tenants are satisfied with the overall service they receive

Hardship payments to be available immediately to JSA claimants who are homeless

25 July, 2017

From October 2017, JSA claimants who are homeless will have immediate access to hardship payments if their benefit is reduced because of a sanction

Cardiff bus station developer moots scrapping PRS homes

24 July, 2017

The developer behind Cardiff's new bus interchange is looking to scrap 195 rental homes from the scheme and replace them with offices or student housing

Nottingham's landlord licensing plan gets green light

24 July, 2017

Controversial plans to introduce landlord licensing across swathes of Nottingham have been given the go-ahead

Energy efficiency in privately rented homes: you talked, we listened

24 July, 2017

In June 2017 we gathered the views of over 200 private tenants on the Scottish Government's proposal to introduce a minimum energy efficiency standard for private rented homes

Council 'remains committed to delivery of homes' partly through 'arms-length' £60m housing company

24 July, 2017

Warrington Borough Council 'remains committed' to setting up a £60 million housing company

The social housing system is being demolished without a whimper

24 July, 2017

Housing associations are beset by cuts, but will survive - the real victims of the crisis are the most vulnerable people in society

Almost one in five MPs are landlords

24 July, 2017

Parliament has published its register of MPs' financial interests for the first time since the election

Councils house extra secondary school's worth of homeless children each month

24 July, 2017

The numbers of homeless children councils are having to house in temporary accommodation has increased by more than a third in the last three years

100 tenants a day lose homes as rising rents and benefit freeze hit

24 July, 2017

Charities demand action to tackle toll of soaring housing costs, welfare cuts and 'no fault' evictions

Poverty, evictions and forced moves

24 July, 2017

This report explores the rapid increase in evictions over the last 12 years, and the impact these have had on the lives of tenants who lose their homes

Landlords in UK say long term growth is more important than tax efficiency

21 July, 2017

Buy to let landlords have dismissed concerns about the impact of changes to mortgage tax relief and consider long term growth as more important

BBC landlord show serving as eye-opener to industry

21 July, 2017

A BBC One landlord programme should serve as an eye-opener for the entire lettings industry

Tenants move into brand new affordable homes in Glasgow

21 July, 2017

Housing association says the rented flats are state-of-art

Nottingham City Council Reduces Size of Proposed Selective Licensing Scheme

21 July, 2017

Nottingham City Council has revised its proposal for selective licensing of PRS property in the City

Scottish Housing Regulator updates regulation plans for three RSLs

21 July, 2017

The Scottish Housing Regulator has published updated regulation plans for three RSLs as each undergo various changes within their organisations

Building society Nationwide to pump millions into building homes for sale and rent in bid to ease UK's housing crisis

21 July, 2017

Britain's biggest building society is to pump millions into building and rental schemes in a bid to ease the nation's housing crisis

Local councils to receive £15m in extra funding

21 July, 2017

Communities secretary Sajid Javid announces grants totaling £15m to local councils to help ease the pressures on local services

New social homes are first in rural village for decades

21 July, 2017

Work has started on the first new social homes to be built in a small upper Weardale village for more than 50 years

Council Granted Sum to Protect Migrant Families from Rogue Landlords

21 July, 2017

Thanet District Council has been granted over half a million pounds to protect migrant families and other vulnerable residents from being exploited by rogue landlords

Luton Council Proposes Selective Licensing

20 July, 2017

Luton Council is consulting on plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme in parts of the borough

Selective Licensing begins in Scarborough

20 July, 2017

Scarborough Council has introduced selective licensing to the wards of Castle and North Bay

Landlords in UK don't understand what tenants want

20 July, 2017

Landlords in the UK are generally out of touch with what their tenants want with new research indicating a wide gulf between the two

Views sought on lettings agents' fees

20 July, 2017

Communities and Children Secretary Carl Sargeant has today launched a formal consultation on legislative proposals to remove the ability of lettings agencies to charge fees to tenants

The Housing Ombudsman Annual Report and Accounts 2016-7

20 July, 2017

Housing Matters: Fairness Matters

Scammers 'making millions' off desperate renters

20 July, 2017

Estimates show some 250,000 renters have fallen victim to rental fraud and scams in the past five years - almost 50,000 in the past year alone

Tenant complaints rise

20 July, 2017

Complaints by social housing tenants have increased

Landlords warn buy-to-let clampdown will hit retirement incomes

20 July, 2017

Buy-to-let tax changes could be the next pensions crisis

That's rich! New breed of 'uber' tenants splash the cash on weekly rents of £25,000

20 July, 2017

An unprecedented new breed of renter has emerged - the international mega-rich 'uber tenant'

'The city desperately needs council housing': Mill Road depot protesters want a 'less posh' Cambridge

19 July, 2017

Campaigners say the the first housing site built using devolution cash must be at least 50 per cent council housing

Rise of older renters: 'I sold up at 60 and will be a tenant for life'

19 July, 2017

The number of retirees and older people moving into rented accommodation has increased by 13pc in the last four years

Winsford housing developments make council one of leading housing developers in north west

19 July, 2017

Winsford housing developments make council one of leading housing developers in north west

Statutory protection for the future funding of supported housing

19 July, 2017

New report exploring the options around increased statutory protection

Plans to scrap right to buy policy are met with mixed reaction in Senedd

19 July, 2017

Plans which would see the Right to Buy policy scrapped in Wales have been met with a mixed reaction

Make housing associations subject to FoI says industry bosses

19 July, 2017

A proposed law making housing associations subject to the Freedom of Information Act has won the backing of the regional and national press trade body

Grenfell cladding '14 times combustibility limit'

19 July, 2017

Burning cladding on Grenfell Tower would have released 14 times more heat than a key government test allows

MP launching new bid to make rental accommodation 'fit for human habitation'

19 July, 2017

Labour MP Karen Buck is planning to reintroduce her Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill in Parliament today

Duncan Smith demands that George Osborne's war on landlords is called off

19 July, 2017

Prominent Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith has said the Government should call off the fight against private landlords

Don't blame landlords - renters move because they want to

18 July, 2017

Private renters move home because they want to, not because their landlords evict them

THE NEXT PENSIONS CRISIS: Are middle-income landlords driven out of the private rented sector?

18 July, 2017

According to HMRC, approximately 3.25 million individuals in the UK declare an income from letting residential property each year

Permanent homes for Grenfell survivors will be ready 'very shortly' amid anger over 'unsuitable' temporary accommodation

18 July, 2017

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid claims many families had turned down temporary accommodation

More than half a million social homes in England do not meet basic health and safety standards

18 July, 2017

New figures reveal hundreds of thousands of homes with serious safety hazards

Agents express frustration over plans to cap tenants' deposits

18 July, 2017

Agents have expressed their frustration over plans unveiled in the Queen's Speech to cap tenants' deposits to no more than a month's rent

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

18 July, 2017

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

Double amputee could lose specially adapted car because benefits assessment finds he can walk 20m

18 July, 2017

'I've not lived off the state and claimed other benefits and this was because my mobility payments helped me get a car and drive to work'

Making it count: proving the economic value of housing associations in their local area

18 July, 2017

Housing associations are key drivers of economic growth and have a huge impact on the local communities where they operate

Power to the renters: Turning the tide on our broken housing system

18 July, 2017

Our national obsession with home ownership is absolute

HB G7/2017

17 July, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Consultation on an amendment to the Tenant Involvement and Empowerment Standard

17 July, 2017

The deregulatory measures in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 amend the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 by removing the requirement for private registered providers to seek the regulator's consent to the disposal of social housing and to some constitutional changes

Scottish PRS Reset To Positive Growth

17 July, 2017

After 2 consecutive quarters without meaningful positive growth at National level, the Scottish PRS returned to the black

How many rural homes did housing associations deliver in 2016/17?

17 July, 2017

Housing associations started 3,769 homes in rural areas in 2016/17

Government must work with landlords, not against them

17 July, 2017

As the dust settles on the general election and politicians both in Westminster and Cardiff Bay get back to the job of government, there is a lot of uncertainty about the future direction of housing policy

Government welfare cuts blamed for 50% surge in mental health issues among unemployed

17 July, 2017

Benefit freezes and sanctions 'are having a toxic impact on mental health'

Benefit sanctions are increasing hunger and depression not driving down unemployment

17 July, 2017

Why everything you thought you knew about poverty and its causes was wrong

Social landlords could recover cladding costs

17 July, 2017

Associations and councils enquire about legal routes open to them against contractors

Overseas landlords shun the UK, as tax changes bite

17 July, 2017

The proportion of foreign landlords owning property in the UK has fallen to a new low

Hard cash is needed to make social housing residents feel safe

14 July, 2017

Even after the terrible tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, central government is still refusing to fund councils and housing associations to do their job

Victory for landlords as weakened Govt U-turns on digital taxation plans

14 July, 2017

We are pleased that the Government has finally listened to the concerns raised by the NLA on behalf of landlords

Whether it's teachers' pay or disability benefits - the freeze is chilling

14 July, 2017

We need to challenge the punitive capitalist narrative that only certain categories of people deserve to be able to afford to eat and pay the rent

Associations 'could increase development by a third'

14 July, 2017

Housing associations in Wales have been told they could increase development without harming their business model

13 housing associations trial Glasgow Housing Register

14 July, 2017

A new pilot project is set to reduce the amount of applications social housing applicants have to fill out in the Glasgow area

Rent caps could be introduced in Aberdeen

14 July, 2017

Council bosses will begin monitoring private rent levels in Aberdeen - with the possibility of capping them

The number of BTL landlords registering to buy property is down 30% y-o-y

14 July, 2017

There has been a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let property acquisitions, following the government's decision to introduce the 3% stamp duty surcharge and phase out mortgage interest relief

Private rented sector continuing its growth - but don't expect all tenants to be happy

14 July, 2017

The latest English Housing Survey shows the private rented sector continuing to grow

Agent who helped himself to tenants' deposits is jailed for three years

14 July, 2017

An agent who failed to pay tenants' deposits into a protection scheme and spent the money has been jailed for three years

Rents WILL rise after fees ban and our profitability will be hit

13 July, 2017

A majority of letting agents believe that rents will rise by 5% to 10% per month once the fees ban is introduced

End distance, tenants tell associations and councils

13 July, 2017

Tenants have called for better communication from associations and councils

Social Landlord Housing Sales, 2016-17

13 July, 2017

The overall number of housing sales by social landlords decreased during 2016-17 and remained well below the levels seen in years prior to 2008-09

Making Tax Digital U-Turn

13 July, 2017

Making Tax Digital was announced by then-Chancellor George Osborne in the 2015 Autumn Statement

Labour needs to develop an alternative to Universal Credit and the Benefit Freeze

13 July, 2017

Labour has finally spoken about Universal Credit

English Housing Survey (SRS)

13 July, 2017

Social rented sector, 2015-16

English Housing Survey (PRS)

13 July, 2017

Private rented sector, 2015-16

Theresa Maybe - PRS Regulations left up in the air?

13 July, 2017

Last month's Queen's Speech saw the promise of a draft Bill to enact the ban on letting fees to tenants

Lambeth Council starts 'more intrusive' fire risk assessments

13 July, 2017

Lambeth Council has begun carrying out "more intrusive" Fire Risk Assessments on its tower blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, one of its directors has told an all-party parliamentary group

Grenfell fire: councils to foot bill for fire safety work 'in first instance'

12 July, 2017

Announcement that councils will be 'first port of call' to pay for improvements raises fears that vital work will be delayed

How easy is it to fake a tenant reference? Very!

12 July, 2017

As has been reported, agencies are being warned about tenants faking documents to pass referencing checks. But how easy is it to fake a reference?

Grenfell Tower fire: Government 'too slow to reassure residents' living in similar blocks

12 July, 2017

'It is totally unacceptable that four weeks on ministers still don't know and can't say how many other tower blocks are unsafe'

Abused women face homelessness after eviction notice is served on St Albans refuge

12 July, 2017

Abused women and escapees from arranged marriages face being made homeless following the eviction of a St Albans refuge

Delay to Supported Housing Green Paper a 'blow'

12 July, 2017

The housing sector has responded to reports the Supported Housing Green Paper has been delayed by the government

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 8 Jun 2017

12 July, 2017

These experimental statistics cover numbers of claims made, starts and people on Universal Credit

Councils may have to cover cost of high rise fire safety measures

12 July, 2017

Response from first secretary of state, Damian Green, at PMQs taken as suggesting councils may be expected to pay for recommended work

Council called out over £2bn housing privatisation plan

12 July, 2017

Hugely ambitious Haringey plan branded "out of touch and high-handed" but council says it "couldn't be clearer" over right of return for tenants

Social housing in Europe: legacies, new trends and the crisis

12 July, 2017

What is considered social housing varies across Europe

Private landlords warn of enforcement divide

11 July, 2017

Private landlords have warned licencing schemes could create a divide between councils and housing providers

The time for social housing and tenant engagement is now

11 July, 2017

Chief Executive of Tpas, Jenny Osbourne, says now is the time for tenants to grasp the initiative and drive engagement

Understanding cladding safety tests after Grenfell Tower fire

11 July, 2017

After the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, the Government ordered an audit of high-rise social housing tower blocks across the country

JRF Response to the Housing White Paper consultation

11 July, 2017

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice

Most agents 'support impending ban on tenant fees'

11 July, 2017

Agents support the impending ban on letting fees charged to tenants and would like to see the end of Section 21

Private landlords and developers urged to check cladding after Grenfell Tower fire

11 July, 2017

Council chiefs are urging all private landlords and developers to check the cladding on any buildings they own in Plymouth following the horrendous Grenfell Tower fire in London last month

Landbay announces new Buy to Let partnership

11 July, 2017

Specialist Buy to Let mortgage lender links up with Legal & General on a new 'point of demand' insurance venture

Policy Response: Impact of the LHA freeze

11 July, 2017

Frozen Local Housing Allowance is freezing people out of the housing market

Council proposes restrictions to control HMO growth

11 July, 2017

Bath & North East Somerset Council has revealed new proposals which seek to better control the growth of HMOs in Bath

Right to Buy ban in Wales needs to be explained

10 July, 2017

People who live in social housing in Wales must be given clear information about plans to end the right to buy their homes

Despair of the families forced into temporary housing

10 July, 2017

A perfect storm of boom and bust in the housing market has forced record numbers of children into temporary accommodation in parts of Scotland

Council reveals £4m post-Grenfell costs to tower blocks

10 July, 2017

Figures from a single London borough indicate the huge costs councils face over tower block safety post Grenfell

Limited company landlords facing higher mortgage costs

10 July, 2017

Landlords rushing to incorporate in order to preserve mortgage interest relief on their buy-to-let portfolio may still end up paying more

Landlords rank reversing mortgage interest relief as key buy-to-let priority for Government

10 July, 2017

The Government is facing yet more pressure to reverse controversial changes to mortgage interest relief

Landlord who is barrister hit with bill of nearly £5,000 after HMO breach

10 July, 2017

A barrister has been ordered to pay £4,740 at Birmingham Magistrates Court for failing to obtain an HMO licence and for breaching management regulations at a three-storey property

Fife 'bedroom tax' campaigners claim to have scored arrears victory

10 July, 2017

Activists in Fife fighting the controversial 'bedroom tax' are claiming victory after Fife Council confirmed it will no longer pursue tenants with a "static balance" of arrears

Rental growth and rental affordability

10 July, 2017

Residential rental growth over the last decade has ranged from +45% to -7% across regions. The variance is largely explained by local economic factors

Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill

10 July, 2017

The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people, makes laws for Wales, agrees Welsh taxes and holds the Welsh Government to account

These are the areas with the most choice of rental properties in the UK

07 July, 2017

Increased supply of rental properties has put a dent in London asking rents

Universal Credit 'failing' Welsh families

07 July, 2017

Benefit system changes are failing families in Wales and pushing them into debt

Measuring the impact on housing associations of applying Local Housing Allowances to the social rented sector in Northern Ireland

07 July, 2017

In November 2015 the Chancellor announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement that the amount of rent housing benefit will cover in the social rented sector would be capped

Housing association stands firm amid calls to 'shame' them into fitting sprinklers at The Tannery in Canterbury

07 July, 2017

Dozens of properties were destroyed after a blaze ripped through buildings in July 2015

Labour urges benefits cap rethink as 20,000 families hit by 'unlawful' policy

07 July, 2017

Shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams said the lower cap "is pushing more children into poverty"

Citizens Advice calls for Universal Credit rollout to be paused as research reveals people left facing financial difficulty

07 July, 2017

The rollout of Universal Credit should be paused until significant problems with it are fixed

Rents are still rising but properties are taking longer to let

07 July, 2017

The number of properties available to rent has increased across the UK but there are fewer new properties coming to the market

Local councils launch voluntary scheme that benchmarks letting agents and landlords

07 July, 2017

Councils in the west of England have relaunched a scheme that sets a benchmark for letting agents and landlords

Councils'discretionary payment spend on benefit cap doubles

07 July, 2017

The amount of DHP funding spent by councils on mitigating the benefit cap has more than doubled year-on-year

Book review: For whose benefit?

06 July, 2017

For Whose Benefit? The everyday realities of welfare reform

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments - Analysis of End of Year returns from Local Authorities

06 July, 2017

DHP is a discretionary scheme that allows local authorities to make monetary awards to people experiencing financial difficulty

The estimated impact of the benefit cap on parents, by age of youngest child

06 July, 2017

The benefit cap was first introduced in April 2013 as part of the Welfare Reform Act of 2012

Just 14 Grenfell Tower families have accepted rehousing offers

06 July, 2017

Disaster response spokesperson says many of 158 affected families had turned down temporary offers in order to wait for permanent homes

Tenancy referencing firm becomes latest to offer a zero deposit scheme

06 July, 2017

Specialist tenant referencing and insurance provider Let Alliance is the latest to enter the zero deposit market

New student accommodation rental platform aims to 'disrupt' university lets

06 July, 2017

A 22-year-old student has come up with a new lettings platform in the latest attempt to "disrupt" the rental sector

Rental sector now needs '360-degree protection'

06 July, 2017

Owner of rent-hub says tenants shouldn't need to set up protest sites to have their voices heard

Councillor backs move to improve housing standards for private tenants

06 July, 2017

Aim is to distinguish between good landlords and letting agents from bad ones

Under-occupation the potential impact on housing benefit

06 July, 2017

As LHA rates are based on the number of bedrooms that a tenant and their household needs and not the size of the property occupied, work was required to establish the impact of under-occupancy on Housing Benefit

Impact of welfare changes on rented housing in Northern Ireland

05 July, 2017

The benefits system is changing

Over the next three years a number of changes will be introduced that will adversely affect housing affordability for more people living on low incomes in social and private rented accommodation, as well as social housing providers' ability to build new homes and deliver a broad range of services

NI social housebuilding threatened by new benefit cuts

05 July, 2017

Social housebuilding in Northern Ireland is being threatened by benefit cuts planned by the UK Government

DCLG urged to back new national tenant voice

05 July, 2017

All four NTOs want a 'coherent, legitimate and empowered' voice for tenants to communicate directly with government and other agencies

How to solve the UK's housing crisis: Government should let councils buy land, grant it planning permission and then sell it off

05 July, 2017

Devolving power to local councils could help yield £30bn to pay for public services

Buy-to-let crackdown: more rules to hit landlords in September

05 July, 2017

Buy-to-let investors are braced for another assault as the Bank of England prepares to impose yet more rules on private landlords

HomeLet Rental Index - June 2017

05 July, 2017

Rents in the UK fell by 0.3% in June compared to the same month a year ago, the second month in row in which rents fell; the average monthly rent now stands at £908 a month

Universal Credit labelled 'minefield of issues'

05 July, 2017

The heavily criticised policy has once again come under fire from housing professionals

Challenging the myth: Two thirds of landlords pay basic rate tax

05 July, 2017

Two thirds of individual landlords are only liable for the basic rate of income tax according to data released by the government

Putting the "social" back in "social housing"? Thoughts from Housing 2017

05 July, 2017

Political circumstances hung heavy over this year's Chartered Institute of Housing conference

YUK! Student video revealing mess at end of a tenancy goes viral

04 July, 2017

The end of tenancy cleanup can often make or break the decision to hand back a deposit so spare a thought for this student whose video of the mess he was left to clean after his housemates left has gone viral

Time to ban letting fees

04 July, 2017

With plans to end letting fees in England, it's time scrap them in Northern Ireland

Tax change hits landlord confidence in UK as they put up rents to cope

04 July, 2017

Landlords' confidence in the UK has fallen as they face the prospect of higher tax costs and weakening house prices, although rents are climbing, pushing up yields

Housing funds 'wasted' by councils

04 July, 2017

Money which is supposed to help people struggling to pay their rent is being wasted by some councils

Labour MPs urge Haringey council to rethink housing sell-off

04 July, 2017

North London MPs David Lammy and Catherine West call for pause in £2bn plan, amid fears residents could be forced out

Social Housing Provider Upgrades Smoke Alarms to Aico Multi-Sensors

04 July, 2017

Northwards Housing in Manchester is undertaking a major smoke alarm upgrade programme across its entire housing stock of 13,500 properties

Marks Out Of Tenancy - Aiding the Private Rental Sector

04 July, 2017

One in every twelve private rental tenants is an older person

Tax changes and red tape leads to fewer homes to rent

04 July, 2017

Tax changes and red tape have led to a slump in the number of buy to let and shared homes available to rent privately

HB S11/2017

04 July, 2017

Additional New Burdens payments for 2017/18

Cladding crisis deepens as 181 towers fail tests

03 July, 2017

The Government's expert fire advisory panel is now seeking further advice on whether cladding must be stripped from towers where basic fire tests confirm cladding is combustible

Landlords get £250 a day to house Grenfell victims: Estate agents told to offer deals at five times the market value because of a lack of properties

03 July, 2017

Landlords are being offered up to £250 a day to house Grenfell Tower survivors in one-bedroom flats

Rental logjam as one in seven private renters spend half their income on rent: LGA analysis

03 July, 2017

When one in seven private renters are spending half their income on rent, it's no wonder we have a rental logjam

Grenfell Tower: Private landlords offered cladding tests

03 July, 2017

Private landlords of high-rise buildings in Wales have been urged to take up an offer of cladding safety checks after the Grenfell Tower fire

Scots families made homeless by Tory benefit cuts

03 July, 2017

Scottish families facing eviction due to the Westminster Tory government's benefits cap are ramping up a series of actions in their battle for justice

HB Direct issue 177

03 July, 2017

We are finally out the other side of (double) Purdah and, although work didn't stop for any of us in the interim, certain aspects may have been paused

Tenant safety and housing regulation

03 July, 2017

Tenant safety is precious. The Cave Review highlighted tenant protection as one of its guiding principles for the Social Housing Regulator

Landlords Should be Cautious of Using Family Members as Rent Guarantors

03 July, 2017

Landlords should be cautious of using family members as rent guarantors post-Brexit, urges Housing Hand, the UK's only secured and reliably insured guarantor service for students and working professionals

Trouble in the Dales as holiday homes become the new buy-to-let

03 July, 2017

Holiday homes are attracting investors with returns of up to 12% a year, but will it make life more difficult for local people?

The Universal Credit (Claims and Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

30 June, 2017

The Scottish Ministers make the following Regulations

Scottish Government Response to the Consultation on Universal Credit (Claims and Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

30 June, 2017

On 16 January 2017, the Scottish Government launched a consultation seeking views on draft regulations on Universal Credit

Private Rented Sector Report

30 June, 2017

May 2017

More than a quarter of agents witness rent hikes for tenants

Landlords face confusion over new shorthold tenancy agreements

30 June, 2017

Landlords in the UK may be unwittingly issuing incorrect Section 21 notices, resulting in thousands of pounds being wasted on aborted possession claims and extensive delays in recovering property

Working together to meet housing need: local authority and housing association partnerships in a changing environment

30 June, 2017

The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Housing 2017, day three: How are landlords making tower blocks safer?

30 June, 2017

Grenfell Tower was often the only subject on everyone's lips at the Chartered Institute of Housing's annual event in Manchester this week

The Week the Landlords Moved In review - mould, rats and tears

30 June, 2017

The life-swap TV format gets more than a fresh lick of paint on the frontline of Britain's housing crisis

Real Time Information (RTI) awareness aid for local authorities

29 June, 2017

This RTI guide provides information on how this process works and helps local authority staff in the processing of RTI referrals

Right to Buy Sales in England: January to March 2017

29 June, 2017

In January to March 2016-17(Q4), local authorities sold an estimated 2,890 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

Housing campaigners to protest at Edinburgh City Council over benefit cap evictions

29 June, 2017

Local protest pressure builds to stop cuts at point of implementation

UK welfare cuts causing £4 billion fall for benefits in Scotland

29 June, 2017

Women, disabled people and the young in Scotland are being harmed by UK Government welfare cuts

Limited company status could see buy to let landlords worse off financially

29 June, 2017

Buy to let landlords in the UK who use a limited company for buying property could be £1,000 a year less well-off due to higher mortgage costs

Grenfell: Five Welsh social landlords test cladding

29 June, 2017

Five Welsh social landlords are testing cladding on tower blocks following the Grenfell Tower fire

Landlords warned to prepare for huge growth in Universal Credit claimants

29 June, 2017

Landlords could see the number of their tenants claiming Universal Credit multiply by up to nine times when their area moves to full digital roll-out

Legal aid cuts 'may have stopped Grenfell tenants pursuing safety concerns'

29 June, 2017

Law Society chief suggests fire in London tower could be stark example of dangers of lack of provision for less well off

Sheltered housing saves NHS and social care services £486m per year

29 June, 2017

Think tank report urges Government to exclude older people's housing from future Housing Benefit cap

Shut out: The barriers low-income households face in private renting

29 June, 2017

A total of 4.5m households now live in privately rented housing

The inability to access a new home after losing a property in the private rented sector has become one of the main drivers of homelessness

'Inadequate' welfare payments push households into profound destitution

29 June, 2017

The inability to pay rent, heat homes, buy clothes and toiletries and secure sufficient food should now be a "serious" national health concern

Research shows renters have higher risk of depression

28 June, 2017

A team of researchers at a university in England have revealed that people who rent their homes for longer have more symptoms of depression

High-Rise in England & Wales

28 June, 2017

Tower blocks that have failed combustibility tests

Grenfell Tower response: a Q&A for housing associations

28 June, 2017

What should happen if I think the cladding on our building is made of aluminium composite material (ACM)?

Majority back proposed energy efficiency rules for private landlords

28 June, 2017

An overwhelming majority of the public support stricter laws requiring private landlords to bring their properties to a minimum energy efficiency rating before letting them out

CIH: Inaugural Savills Housing Sector Survey finds focus on social rents

28 June, 2017

More than 90% of housing associations say their number one priority is providing discounted rental properties

Grenfell Tower cladding scandal could cost councils millions after Government says no guarantee of extra funding

28 June, 2017

'There is no way we can afford to reclad our tower blocks. If we have to find that money, it will come from other projects'

Government not calling for insulation samples despite Grenfell test failure

28 June, 2017

Government not calling for insulation samples despite Grenfell test failure

Social Housing High-Rise Data for England & Wales

28 June, 2017

On HousingNet.co.uk we work predominantly with Land Registry Data and we have tried calculating the number of floors in a building with it but there are too many variables for any degree of accuracy

Social housing target lowered due to Stormont impasse

27 June, 2017

More families in need of social housing will have to wait longer for a home

Week of action demands end to disability benefit cuts

27 June, 2017

Anti-austerity groups are planning a week of action to demand an end to disability benefit cuts

Council tower block cladding tests demanded by Welsh Government

27 June, 2017

All social landlords in Wales are being told to carry out fire safety tests on tower block cladding similar to the material used at Grenfell Tower

Northern Ireland Government cuts social housing target

27 June, 2017

Northern Ireland Government cuts social housing target

Landlords reveal the types of cladding on their tower blocks

27 June, 2017

Social landlords have shared details of the type of cladding they have on their tower blocks in a snap survey by Inside Housing

Cheap rent and no dodgy landlords: What it's like living in a housing co-op

27 June, 2017

With the average rent in Britain being around £900-a-month, people are looking for new options

Thousands more people should be evacuated from tower blocks while cladding is tested

27 June, 2017

Thousands more residents in high-rise blocks should be evacuated if necessary to keep them safe even before tests on cladding come back

Man cries at food bank after eating first proper meal in two weeks

26 June, 2017

'Something so simple can make them break into tears'

Labour may SCRAP the benefits cap but have not yet worked out how much it would cost

26 June, 2017

Shadow DWP secretary said Labour could scrap cap if they get into No 10

Housing Benefit: The Black Hole That Continues To Grow

26 June, 2017

Something deeply worrying has happened to our private rented market

PRS Fire and Electrical Safety - are we doing enough to protect tenants?

26 June, 2017

The fire at Grenfell Tower surely shocked us all

Dispossession: A vital new film on the social housing crisis

26 June, 2017

The housing crisis is a term we've all heard

Households put at risk of homelessness by the housing benefit freeze

26 June, 2017

The inability to find a new place to live, once a short term tenancy ends is the leading cause of homelessness in England and a major cause of homelessness in Scotland and Wales

Era of cheap mortgages is almost over: Lenders warn rates have hit rock bottom after price war and can now only go back up

26 June, 2017

Households are currently benefiting from the cheapest home loans on record

PRS confidence falls as tax costs rise and house prices weaken

26 June, 2017

Latest Kent Reliance report says just 41% of landlords are upbeat about the prospects for their portfolios

Market commentary June 2017

26 June, 2017

The housing market has stalled over the past few months, with volumes in line with our forecast

The British housing crisis, in five charts

26 June, 2017

If you've followed this debate at all, you'll probably be familiar with this one, but it never stops being shocking

Landlords' confidence knocked as government and Bank of England changes take effect

23 June, 2017

Landlords' confidence falls back as tax burden rises and house prices growth slows; 41% hold a positive outlook for their portfolios, down from just 67% three years ago

Buy to Let Britain Report

23 June, 2017

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

Landlords' confidence falls back in the first quarter, with 41% optimistic about their portfolios

Benefit cap on lone parents of under-twos is unlawful

23 June, 2017

Policy has caused 'real misery to no good purpose' as parents of children under two do not qualify for free childcare

London social housing, eco-friendly homes and the world's first 'vertical pier' in running for top prize

23 June, 2017

The RIBA national award winners are revealed today, and the shortlist for the coveted Stirling Prize for the UK's best building of the year will be drawn from the 49 winners

Catalogue of failings show housing association misled tenants

23 June, 2017

A catalogue of "fundamental failings" stemming from systemic weaknesses led to Scotland's housing regulator taking control of a troubled housing association

Homelessness surges 34% under Tory Government, with 100,000 more families losing their home compared with 2010

23 June, 2017

120,000 children are living in temporary homes as councils illegally place families in unfit accommodation

Thousands warned their blocks clad with same panelling as Grenfell Tower

23 June, 2017

Guardian inquiries suggests 25 buildings in London, Salford and Plymouth are covered in aluminium composite

HB U3/2017

23 June, 2017

Discretionary Housing Payments to former residents of Grenfell Tower for assistance associated with a housing need

Grenfell Tower: 16 council inspections failed to stop use of flammable cladding

22 June, 2017

Officials tasked with enforcing strict fire regulations didn't prevent use of material effectively banned on tall buildings

East Staffordshire Borough Council Approve Selective Licensing

22 June, 2017

Following a period of consultation, East Staffordshire Borough Council has designated the following areas subject to selective licensing

HB U2/2017

22 June, 2017

Judicial Review concerning the inclusion of lone parents with children aged under 2 in the benefit cap

Unfair tenant buy to let fees to be scrapped within 2 years

22 June, 2017

Landlords and letting agents face a ban on charging tenants fees to rent a buy to let home

Universal credit rollout in North Kensington halted after tower fire

22 June, 2017

New benefit system will not be introduced in full in July so jobcentre staff can focus on claimants affected by Grenfell blaze

Jump in number of homeless households in temporary accommodation 'staggering'

22 June, 2017

Today's figures are extremely worrying but sadly not surprising

Tory Government's benefit cap is unlawful and causes 'real misery for no good purpose'

22 June, 2017

Flagship Conservative welfare policy does 'real damage' to single parents and 'exacerbates poverty'

Report on statutory intervention at Wellhouse Housing Association

22 June, 2017

We are the independent regulator of social landlords in Scotland

This report shows the many and serious failings at Wellhouse which led to our statutory intervention

A guide to tenants' housing rights around safety and repairs

22 June, 2017

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, here's where to get help and advice if you're a social housing tenant with questions about your own home

Safety checks on private residential blocks

22 June, 2017

This letter is intended for owners, landlords and managers of private residential blocks in England

Queen's Speech 2017: Lettings fees to be banned

22 June, 2017

More than six months after first suggesting the idea, the government has announced plans to ban fees to lettings agents in England

Why my new agency will NOT be charging tenants any letting fees

21 June, 2017

Election, referendum, election; Stamp Duty reform, tax reform and the rise of the online agent - one could be forgiven for believing that the golden age of agency has been and gone

DWP suspends rules for Grenfell Tower residents

21 June, 2017

Those who miss appointments won't be sanctioned

Are new rules leading to discrimination against migrants?

21 June, 2017

Immigrants often bear the brunt of the blame for housing shortages

Statement on Key Inequalities in Housing and Communities in Northern Ireland

21 June, 2017

The provision of housing faces new as well as existing and persistent challenges

Woman 'forced to sit in her own urine for two hours' by PIP assessor

21 June, 2017

A disabled women says she was left to sit in her own urine for nearly two hours after her plight was ignored by a healthcare professional carrying out a disability benefit assessment

Hopes punitive welfare cuts will end as Scots social security system is introduced

21 June, 2017

First payments from new agency will be made in 2018

Queen's Speech 2017 - Briefing

21 June, 2017

A summary of the measures announced that will impact upon the private rented sector and landlords' businesses

After Grenfell: Glasgow tower tenants set up safety panel

21 June, 2017

Housing association to recruit tenants from 14 of its towers to address safety concerns

Fee ban will leave the market in limbo

21 June, 2017

Plans to ban fees paid by tenants to both landlords and letting agents will leave the market in limbo

"The power of Generation Rent was felt for the first time": did renters cost Theresa May her majority?

21 June, 2017

As the dust settles on last week's election results, attention has turned to trying to understand some of the demographic trends behind the results

Homes and Communities Agency Housing Statistics

20 June, 2017

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

What is it that residents really want?

20 June, 2017

The nature of resident feedback is changing as housing associations realise the benefits of minute-by-minute feedback systems

Angus Housing Association calls for overhaul of housing subsidy system

20 June, 2017

A housing association director has called on the Scottish Government to review the way in which it subsidises councils who want to build new homes

Regulator issues fire safety advice to social landlords

20 June, 2017

The Scottish Housing Regulator written to all social landlords in Scotland to issue fire safety advice following the recent tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London

Anglesey housing tenants could be made homeless over new licence

20 June, 2017

Housing tenants in Burton could be made homeless if a new licence to improve the condition of private rented accommodation is triggered

Communities Secretary statement: safety checks following the Grenfell Tower fire

20 June, 2017

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has given the following statement regarding safety checks following the Grenfell Tower fire

Grenfell Tower fire: Theresa May snubs Jeremy Corbyn's call to seize private properties to house high-rise victims

20 June, 2017

Downing Street says: 'We don't support proposals to seize private property'

Government will cover costs of fire safety work

20 June, 2017

LGA chair says minister made funding promise in private conversation about implications of Grenfell Tower fire

ESA by condition and Work Capability Assessment outcome: May 2016

20 June, 2017

Number of Employment and Support Allowance claimants by condition and Work Capability Assessment outcome for May 2016

End demonising of poorest

20 June, 2017

Shocked housing leaders and politicians have vowed to challenge 'relentless' demonising of migrants and benefits claimants

Social housing and rise of 'streets in the sky'

20 June, 2017

The deficiencies of the tower block model for lower-income housing go far beyond the problems of cladding

North of England offers best efficiency for buy to let landlords

20 June, 2017

The Northern half of England offers the best investment for buy to let landlords due to a combination of affordable prices and rental return

Migrants are wrongly being made homeless. Housing associations must act

20 June, 2017

Seven years of anti-migrant policies have resulted in people with rights to housing losing out

HB G6/2017

19 June, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Fire safety information requests may be diverting landlords

19 June, 2017

The extremely tight deadlines attached to Scottish Government requests to local authorities for information on high rise stock, following last week's tragic fire in West London, may be diverting landlords from even greater priorities over fire safety

Government orders landlords to carry out tower block cladding tests

19 June, 2017

The government has told social landlords to carry out tests of cladding on their tower blocks

Wales should resist plans to turn Landlords into Immigration Police

19 June, 2017

Wales should resist efforts to roll out plans to turn landlords into immigration police

Tenants without passports 'less likely to access homes to rent'

19 June, 2017

Nearly half of landlords are less likely to rent homes to tenants without a British passport as a result of the immigration tests they have to make

Tories did not build new social housing over fears it would 'create Labour voters'

19 June, 2017

Social housing was not built under the Conservative-led coalition because of fears it would 'create Labour voters'

FactCheck Q&A: how much do we spend on social housing?

19 June, 2017

Who pays for new social housing?

Actual use of spare room irrelevant in 'bedroom tax' assessment

19 June, 2017

A disabled woman who converted a bedroom in her rented housing association property into a second living room so she could have a living space separate from her carers was still liable for the higher rate of the so-called 'bedroom tax'

London has highest landlord costs in UK but this is offset by higher rent

19 June, 2017

London has been identified as the most expensive part of Britain to be a landlord, followed by the South East while the North East of England is the cheapest

Housing Association bosses promise 'no cuts' to sheltered housing services

16 June, 2017

Campaigners have pledged to continue their fight against the loss of services to sheltered housing despite bosses assuring there are no plans to make cuts

London blaze cladding material NOT used in Glasgow flats

16 June, 2017

Glasgow's largest housing association has confirmed none of its buildings are insulated using the same material as that in the stricken Grenfell Tower

People in poverty don't just need feeding. They should have the dignity of a good meal

16 June, 2017

Those who use street kitchens and food banks deserve more than our sympathy

Sector calls on government to delay supported housing changes

16 June, 2017

Housing figures have called on the new government to put back controversial plans to change the funding of supported housing, due to the current political hiatus

'Fit for human habitation' amendment may be reconsidered after London fire

16 June, 2017

A proposed amendment to the government's Housing and Planning Bill which suggests landlords are required to make homes 'fit for human habitation' may be reconsidered following the fire at 27-storey residential block Grenfell Tower this week

Universal Credit now fully running in Burnley

16 June, 2017

The number of people claiming out of work benefits in Burnley has increased from this time last year, but is still less than in 2010

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle review - balanced look at a dysfunctional market

16 June, 2017

Paul Sng's clear-headed documentary successfully crunches vast amounts of material on the history and reality of affordable housing in Britain

Call to cut cost of evictions

16 June, 2017

Housing group says the approach of social landlords to sanctions against tenants can play a pivotal role in preventing eviction and easing costs

London fire: Council seeks to reassure tenants about homes

16 June, 2017

Highland Council has sought to reassure its tenants on the safety of their homes following London's Grenfell Tower fire

Buy-to-Let Index Quarterly Report

15 June, 2017

Luton reclaims top spot from Romford, which falls to tenth place in our BTL Index top 10

£73m of Wales council tax written-off as debt in 10 years

15 June, 2017

More than £73m of unpaid council tax has been written off by Welsh councils as "bad debt" over the last decade

Full list of landlord Tory MPs who voted against making properties 'fit for human habitation'

15 June, 2017

List of Conservatives who voted against amendment to force landlords to make properties habitable

Levels of child hunger and deprivation in UK among highest of rich nations

15 June, 2017

Unicef report finds that one in three British children are in 'multi-dimensional poverty' and says gaps between rich and poor are widening around the world

Corporations to oust private landlords from buy to let dominance

15 June, 2017

Buying a home will still beyond the reach of many as prices outpace wage rises leaving one in four households renting home by the end of 2021, says a new survey

This is a Pip disability assessment: intrusive, humiliating and completely pointless

15 June, 2017

I have a permanent disability. Even after the election, the Conservative government is forcing people like me through this broken system

FCA denies plans to end payday loan price cap

15 June, 2017

The Financial Conduct Authority has denied claims that it will lift the price cap on short-term or "payday" loans

DWP fit-for-work tests cost more than they save

15 June, 2017

Figures show UK government is spending more than its saves on controversial tests

The Mayor of London has asked LSE London to investigate the impact of foreign investment on London's housing market

14 June, 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has asked LSE London to conduct one of the most thorough investigations into the impact of foreign investment in London

Local authorities to share £1.75bn affordable housing investment

14 June, 2017

More than £1.75 billion is being allocated to councils in a major Scottish Government commitment to stimulate investment in affordable housing

Associations move to reassure tenants after Grenfell fire

14 June, 2017

Housing associations reassure tenants over fire safety measures for tower blocks

Three-quarters of all UK social housing blocks found to be 'potentially unsafe in a fire' in 2011 report

14 June, 2017

Hundreds of managers raised concerns following 2009 Camberwell tragedy which killed six people

Families expected to be allowed to keep benefits after Manchester attack

14 June, 2017

New policy will mean those affected by bombing at Manchester Arena can receive compensation without losing benefits

HB S9/2017

14 June, 2017

Initial Payment for Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative 2017/18

HB S10/2017

14 June, 2017

Rent Rebate Subsidy Limitation information - 2017/18

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to April 2017

14 June, 2017

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 11 May 2017

14 June, 2017

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

Homelessness fund ready for applications

14 June, 2017

Charities and organisations are now able to apply for funding from the mayor of Greater Manchester's new homelessness appeal

Private rented sector set for significant growth

13 June, 2017

Number of households in the sector expected to rise by to 24% by 2021 as investment accelerates to £70bn

New £600m social housing procurement framework invites bids

13 June, 2017

Specialist contractors invited to bid for work across Scotland's social housing sector - with support promised to smaller firms

55 sheltered housing fires recorded in Aberdeenshire last year

13 June, 2017

Aberdeenshire is the worst place in the north of Scotland for sheltered housing fires

Tenant dies in fire at sheltered housing block

13 June, 2017

A man has died in a fire at a sheltered housing block managed by Housing & Care 21

Affordable Passivhaus service set for Scottish social housing sector

13 June, 2017

A new service will be launched tomorrow which aims to provide affordable, Passivhaus-standard social housing in Scotland

Payday loan complaints see sharp rise despite new rules

13 June, 2017

Complaints about payday loans have risen sharply for the second consecutive year despite strict new regulations limiting interest charges

Scottish housing output continues to flatline

13 June, 2017

Whilst the Scottish Government highlights a 29 per cent increase in funding approvals for 'affordable housing', allocating grant is very different to actually building homes

How can councils secure the delivery of more affordable homes?

13 June, 2017

New models, partnerships and innovations

Glasgow Housing Association provides lifeline for residents saving them over £360,000

13 June, 2017

"The fuel advice service makes a real difference to people's lives"

Multihousing 2017

12 June, 2017

Private rented sector research

The proportion of households living in the Private Rented Sector has doubled in the last 10 years or so

Bedroom Tax and reconciliation

12 June, 2017

It would be fair to say I often deploy sarcasm or humour in the things I write

Tenancy deposits for Manchester properties less than national average

12 June, 2017

Tenancy deposits for properties with Manchester's 'M' postcode averaged £721.92 during the first quarter of 2017, 25.41% less than the national average of £967.84

Scottish housing figures call for welfare reform re-think post election

12 June, 2017

Leading Scottish housing sector figures are calling on the potential new UK government to re-think welfare reforms

Deposit-free renting sounds good - or could tenants lose out?

12 June, 2017

New plans aim to ease the burden of having to find an average £967. But they come with a warning

DUP has previously voted against supported housing changes

12 June, 2017

Controversial plans to cap housing benefit in supported housing could come under pressure if the DUP continues to vote against the reforms

Social housing trust targets £300m listing

12 June, 2017

An investment trust focused on social housing is expected to launch plans for a £300m stock listing on Monday despite the market's volatility since the chaotic snap election

Making the private rented sector work for people in poverty

09 June, 2017

The private rented sector is where people in poverty increasingly live

Rents in Scotland rose 6% last year

09 June, 2017

Private rent levels in Scotland were up 6% in the year to May 2017

LHA cap will transform social housing in Scotland

09 June, 2017

It's fair to say that we have all been slow to understand the implications of the LHA maxima being applied to social housing

Shared ownership good for HAs but has risks

09 June, 2017

Housing associations can fill unmet capacity for shared ownership but must guard against a fall in house prices

Housing minister promises review of fees to slash red tape in property market

09 June, 2017

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell today promised a review of fees for buyers and renters in a bid to slash red tape in the UK property market

Labour Party launches 'New Deal' for private renters

09 June, 2017

Shadow housing minister John Healey announced the Labour Party's 'New Deal' for private renters

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: June 2017

09 June, 2017

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

Renters make themselves heard at the ballot box

09 June, 2017

Generation Rent finds Tories lost seats with higher than average renter populations

First landlord fined under new Rent Smart Wales laws

09 June, 2017

Magistrates have fined the first property investor for breaking new laws demanding landlords are licensed in Wales

Associations plan £750m joint bond deal

08 June, 2017

Thirteen housing associations are in talks to create a pioneering new borrowing group which would seek to issue a joint bond of up to £750m - a record for the sector

UK house prices rise for first time in five months

08 June, 2017

Shortage of properties on market inflates prices as buyers shrug off uncertainty over general election and Brexit

Axe the tenant tax?

08 June, 2017

Recent tax changes for private landlords work against improving energy efficiency in rented accommodation

Heartbreaking letter handed over by seven-year-old reveals nightmare of food poverty in Merseyside

08 June, 2017

'We used to send food parcels to Third World countries - now we are giving them to people who live here'

Decline in living standards for social housing tenants

08 June, 2017

A third of social housing tenants have seen their standard of living decline in recent years as above-inflation increases have hit food, fuel and transport

George Osborne's stamp duty hike on buy-to-let and second homes has seen property sales drop by a fifth

08 June, 2017

Land Registry data reveals the tax rises have 'shattered' the housing market

Owners in UK more happy with their home than private rented sector tenants

08 June, 2017

The majority of owners in the UK are happy with their home with those aged over 55 the happiest, but tenants are not so pleased with where they live

Labour or Tory: who should buy-to-let landlords vote for in the General Election 2017?

08 June, 2017

The accidental landlord weighs up the policies and concludes private landlords will get a bashing, whatever the election outcome

Dundee council homes to benefit from £4m external wall insulation work

08 June, 2017

A near £4 million programme of external wall insulation is to be installed into Dundee City Council homes

Housing First

08 June, 2017

Guidance for Social Landlords

Housing First is an approach that is evidenced to successfully support people with repeat histories of homelessness

Rental growth was flat across the UK in May

08 June, 2017

Rents in the UK's private rented sector grew by just 0.02% in May, the slowest pace for over half a decade

Encouraging signs for PRS schemes in Scotland

07 June, 2017

With increasing populations comes increasing demand for infrastructure, services and housing

Affordable Rent Special Edition: A cunning plan

07 June, 2017

In 2015, Conservatives promised housing association tenants the right to buy

London Living Rent

07 June, 2017

A 'London Living Rent' is being rolled out to improve rental affordability within the capital

UK polls: Little hope for people reliant on food banks

07 June, 2017

With food insecurity a hot-button issue in UK politics, the individuals who survive on food aid share their stories

Tories restate the belief that work is best way out of poverty - an expert view on the manifestos

07 June, 2017

Guardian experts give their view on the main parties' public service manifesto pledges

Newly merged association receives permission for first development

07 June, 2017

Newly merged housing association Vivid has secured planning permission for 560 homes in its first development since its merger

Hanover Scotland draws on tenant engagement

07 June, 2017

For the last year, staff, customers and representatives from the Board of Hanover Scotland have been working on a strategy to enable more innovative, meaningful and fun ways of engaging with residents

'I'm pleased we have foodbanks': Tory candidate faces backlash after comments filmed at hustings

06 June, 2017

A Conservative candidate was booed at an election hustings after telling the audience that she is "really pleased we have food banks"

Modular construction can make a real difference if social landlords embrace its potential

06 June, 2017

Modular construction methods have come a long way since the post-war heyday of prefabrication

The Politics of Poverty

06 June, 2017

Dr Simon Duffy explores the facts behind poverty and inequality in the UK

Tories would keep winter fuel payments universal, but only in Scotland

06 June, 2017

Guardian experts give their view on the main parties' public service manifesto pledges

Agents breaking letting fees ban 'should receive robust fines'

06 June, 2017

Larger agents flouting the ban on letting agent fees should receive £30,000 fines to ensure greater levels of compliance with the new laws

Labour publishes housing mini-manifesto

06 June, 2017

Labour has published a mini-manifesto setting out more detail on its housing policies ahead of Thursday's election

Tenant survey - 2017

06 June, 2017

Survey of the UK's tenants provides key insights into the UK's private rented sector urvey

Landlord Survey - 2017

06 June, 2017

Survey of the UK's landlords provides key insights into the UK's private rented sector

HomeLet Rental Index

06 June, 2017

The average rental value in the UK (£901) has reduced by 0.3% compared to the same period last year (£904)

Reality Check: How much benefit money is lost to fraud?

05 June, 2017

What percentage of benefit payments do you think is lost to fraud?

Tory peer calls for new Government to ditch ill-conceived tax hikes on PRS

05 June, 2017

A Tory peer has attacked current Conservative policy on the private rented sector and called for a new government to ditch 'ill-conceived tax hikes on private rented homes which are stifling investment

Manchester still a hotspot for buy-to-let

05 June, 2017

Average yields in the city were found to total nearly 9%

Rent controls part of Labour's New Deal on Housing

05 June, 2017

Rent caps form part of Labour's new housing plan

Don't let UK profiteering landlords set generations against one another

05 June, 2017

Today's housing market is rigged by landlords, for landlords. We need to build strong alliances to fight back, regardless of age or income

Five myths about migrants and housing

05 June, 2017

What do you know about migrants and where they live? Here are five things often said about migrants' housing rights that are untrue or only partially true

Fees Ban - Regional letting agents propose radical alternative levy

05 June, 2017

A group of letting agencies in Yorkshire have proposed to the government a radical alternative to the proposed fees ban

Right Benefit Initiative

02 June, 2017

Financial support for local authorities from the Right Benefit Initiative to reduce Housing Benefit fraud and error

Councils called out over letting fee enforcement

02 June, 2017

Research exposes extent to which councils have failed to tackle non-compliance

Does landlord accreditation really raise standards?

02 June, 2017

Councils and housing groups like to push the idea of landlord accreditation as a way to raise standards in private rented homes - but does the idea really work?

Top 50 Social Landlords: The Top 10

02 June, 2017

With entries closed, here's our top 10 - and how to vote for your winner

Scottish landlords round on 'brutal' Universal Credit

02 June, 2017

Housing associations and local authorities in Scotland have urged the UK government to reconsider on the policy

Living Rent action halts eviction of Glasgow single mum

02 June, 2017

Tenants' union Living Rent has secured a new home for single mum Amanda Gallagher who was facing imminent eviction from her and her son's family hom

Housing in manifestos: the good, the bad, and the implications

02 June, 2017

On Monday 22 May LSE London convened a round table of London policy experts

Nottingham ALMO to set up new housing association

02 June, 2017

The largest developing ALMO is planning to set up a registered housing association as it looks to step up its development of affordable homes

New report forecasts challenging times for buy to let in the UK

02 June, 2017

The buy to let market in the UK will continue to provide good investment opportunities looking ahead but there are challenges

Barwell: new homes for 'social rent' will be let at affordable rent levels

02 June, 2017

A "new generation of homes for social rent" promised by the Conservatives will be at affordable rent levels which can be up to 80% of the market rate

LIN member report June 2017 - Universal Credit Update

01 June, 2017

LIN member report by Rebecca Wilkie

Havering Announce Plans For £1180 Landlord Licence

01 June, 2017

After an informal consultation earlier this year, the London Borough of Havering has taken the decision to start a consultation on two additional licensing proposals

Aberdeen event aims to soften looming tax blow for private sector landlords

01 June, 2017

Private housing landlords are facing a huge increase in tax in the biggest shake-up of Scotland's letting industry in 30 years

Time is running out for landlords to become energy efficient

01 June, 2017

It is now less than a year until regulations surrounding the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) are set to change

My experience of being on benefits

01 June, 2017

In 2011 I became part of a research project called 'the lived experiences of welfare reform'

LHA cap could jeopardise Scotland's 50,000 homes target

01 June, 2017

Senior council staff in Scotland have warned linking LHA to social housing could jeopardise the Scottish Government's target to build 50,000 affordable homes

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary at February 2017 is published

01 June, 2017

The number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants was 31,930

May: I want to work with local authorities and housing associations

01 June, 2017

Theresa May has said she wants to work with the public sector on housing to get more homes built

Cumbrian housing association judged non-compliant over financial issues

01 June, 2017

The housing regulator has issued a heavy downgrade for a Cumbria-based housing association, warning it was failing to mitigate risks and could have placed its financial viability in danger

Letting agents found charging tenants more than £800 in fees

01 June, 2017

Despite likely fees ban, agents seek £404 on average from new tenants and £117 for tenancy renewals, finds Generation Rent

Scotland Buy-to-let index

31 May, 2017

Lack of supply drives price rises in Edinburgh

Newport landlord fined in first Rent Smart case

31 May, 2017

A property owner from Newport has become the first to be prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding private landlords in Wales must be licensed

Election 2017: what do the manifestos say about housing?

31 May, 2017

Although Brexit was the driving force behind the Prime Minister's decision to call an early election, it has provided an opportunity to draw attention to the serious housing issues we're facing

London rents keep falling on election jitters

31 May, 2017

Rents in London have dropped for a fifth successive month amid political uncertainty

Scottish Government to bring forward reclassification bill in September

31 May, 2017

The Scottish Government will bring forward legislation to reverse the reclassification of housing associations in Scotland this September

British buy to let landlords face 13% rise on average in tax profit

31 May, 2017

Buy to let landlords in the UK could see an average 13% increase in their taxable profit due to the reduction in mortgage relief and other change which will have a substantial effect on their profits

Deregulation: A limited new dawning for housing associations

31 May, 2017

A brave new world of deregulation apparently dawned for Housing Associations on 6 April this year when provisions from the Housing and Planning Act 2016 came into force

Discretionary Housing Payments topped £50m over past year

31 May, 2017

Almost 113,000 awards have been made under the Discretionary Housing Payments scheme over the past year

Sudden spike in the use of letting agents

31 May, 2017

Six in 10 landlords say they currently use a letting agent to manage their properties - a rise so far of 7% on last year

Right to Buy is costing the public purse millions of pounds

31 May, 2017

David Baybut, Head of Real Estate at the national law firm Stephensons shares insight into the government's Right to Buy scheme

Outrage as council pays out 69p for stamp to recover 29p in overpaid benefits

31 May, 2017

A man has been left outraged as the council paid 69p for a postage stamp to recover an overpayment of 29p

Report reveals scale of food bank use in the UK

30 May, 2017

Project by Independent Food Aid Network finds at least 2,000 food banks giving out parcels, with demand continuing to grow

Low-paid must cover rent by working equivalent of morning per day, says Shelter

30 May, 2017

Low-paid workers are slogging for the equivalent of a morning per day just to cover the cost of their rent

Housing For Older People

30 May, 2017

Rented sheltered housing does not meet the needs of 25% of older households

Student housing tempts wealthy investors

30 May, 2017

Demand for investment grows despite worries that Brexit might cut number of high-spending foreign students coming to UK

Average tenancy deposits stay 'just below' £1,000

30 May, 2017

The Deposit Protection Service releases figures for the first quarter of 2017

Smaller housing associations can play their part in delivering new homes

30 May, 2017

Through new approaches, smaller housing associations make a valuable contribution to new supply in this country

Private Rented Sector Report

30 May, 2017

Supply of rental properties in London drops by a third while rest of market plateaus

SNP focus on tackling welfare cuts in manifesto

30 May, 2017

The Scottish National Party has released details of its manifesto, with tackling Conservative cuts a key pillar

Cashflow problems? That's not what brings people to my food bank

30 May, 2017

If the former justice minister visited us at Coventry Foodbank, he would see the people left desperate after falling through the cracks in the system

Housing group says more than £3m of benefits went unclaimed in County Durham last year

30 May, 2017

One of the North-East's largest landlords says more than £3m of welfare benefits have gone unclaimed in County Durham in the last 12 months

DWP tests market for appointments booking system for Universal Credit

26 May, 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions is considering procuring a dedicated appointment booking system for Universal Credit claimants

The RLA's Manifesto: A fairer approach to Welfare Reform

26 May, 2017

There are a growing number of tenants in receipt of benefits now living in the PRS

UKIP slams housing associations as 'unaccountable' in manifesto

26 May, 2017

The UK Independence Party has set out its housing proposals in a manifesto - with a section on reviewing housing associations

Benefit overpayment recovery guide

26 May, 2017

A reference guide to the recovery of overpaid DWP administered Social Security benefits and penalties

Revealed: less than half of Right to Buy replacements are for social rent

26 May, 2017

Less than half of the council homes built to replace those sold under the Right to Buy are at social rents

Rental supply fell by a third in London last month

26 May, 2017

The supply of properties for rent in the UK fell by a third in London in April and only increased marginally in the rest of the country

Private rented sector REIT raises £250m in 'oversubscribed' fundraising

26 May, 2017

The UK's first real estate investment trust dedicated to the private rented sector has raised £250m in an "oversubscribed" fundraising

Major UK landlord scraps rental deposits

26 May, 2017

Get Living to abolish deposit-taking and return security deposits to its 3,000 residents

Charities call on associations to provide Housing First accommodation

26 May, 2017

A homelessness charity has called on social landlords to provide homes for Housing First programmes across the country

Landlords call for help as tenants can go almost a year without having to pay rent due to lengthy eviction process

25 May, 2017

Strict laws about evicting a tenant means it can months for a landlord to repossess a property

Universal credit 'must be halted' argues Scottish social security minister after Inverness meeting

25 May, 2017

How many people have to suffer before the UK Government freezes the roll out of problematic new benefit changes

UK Government expecting pregnancies terminated after welfare reform

25 May, 2017

A charity has claimed that the UK Government seems to "be expecting that women will terminate pregnancies" in response to the two-child cap for tax credits and the so-called rape clause

Homeless families 'told to sleep in Garda stations'

25 May, 2017

Several homeless families were advised to stay overnight in Garda (Irish police) stations earlier this week due to a lack of emergency accommodation

Pledge to migrants signed by 18 housing associations

25 May, 2017

Backed by the NHF and BMENational, the pledge is launched at the Migrants' Access to Housing Conference next month

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

25 May, 2017

A briefing on the number of homes housing associations developed last year

The snap Election at a glance - what does it mean for the housing industry?

25 May, 2017

When it comes to the Snap Election, distinguishing the political jargon from the facts can be a tricky task

May's manifesto pledge on free school breakfasts 'undercosted'

25 May, 2017

Costs would far exceed Tory estimate of £60m a year, with a 20% takeup costing more than £170m

"Associations haven't lost their social purpose"

24 May, 2017

Sasha Deepwell is one of the sector's newest chief executives

Councils defend record after Tory manifesto criticism

24 May, 2017

Councils have defended their housebuilding record, after the Conservative Party manifesto branded them among the "worst offenders" in "failing to build sustainable and integrated communities"

Rent Arrears: The human element

24 May, 2017

Rent arrears is a perennial issue for social landlords, as welfare reforms hit tenants and increases the risk they'll fall behind with their payments

Comms teams to 'step back' and let tenants speak

24 May, 2017

Communications teams should be taking a step back and letting tenants tell their own tales, a conference has agreed

Basic Income: A timely solution to the imminent welfare crisis?

24 May, 2017

Universal Basic Income, or Citizen's Income, is the idea of guaranteed a monthly payment, paid equally to all citizens, what some are calling 'money for free'

Benefit sanctions leaving pupils hungry, Michael Gove's former right-hand man warns

24 May, 2017

Sam Freedman says some teachers were reduced to feeding pupils with their own money

Landlords with lets in Wales who don't live there must still register under new law

24 May, 2017

Landlords in the UK are being reminded that new legislation means that if they own a letting property in Wales they are breaking the law if they are not registered

No one's noticed, but the Tories are quietly killing off the smart meter revolution

24 May, 2017

Last week brought a rare example of the converse: a manifesto burying a huge policy change that will save every household in Britain fifty pounds a year

Housing Benefit subsidy initial pre-audit final claims: Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

23 May, 2017

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial pre-audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2016 to 2017

We cannot be tempted by a Universal Basic Income - it would do huge damage to the economy

23 May, 2017

Even more than most elections, the 2017 campaign has been marked by one thing in particular - some genuinely terrible economic ideas

'Tenant' slept in HMO boiler cupboard

23 May, 2017

Landlord convicted and fined over 'worst case' overcrowding

Councils 'not informed' when receiving homeless Londoners

23 May, 2017

Councils in south-east England say they are often not told when homeless families are sent to their areas by London boroughs who cannot house them

Renters could swing the election in 93 seats

23 May, 2017

Private renters could cast the deciding vote in one in seven constituencies

Government review to order zero-hours contracts overhaul

23 May, 2017

The government-commissioned inquiry into controversial working practices is set to call for employees on zero-hours contracts to be given the right to request a move onto fixed hours

Councils warn of now 'severe' need for affordable homes

23 May, 2017

Survey of 166 local authorities in Britain highlights the pressure to meet demand for affordable housing - and the cumulative impact of present policy

Record 60% of Britons in poverty are in working families

23 May, 2017

In-work poverty disproportionately concentrated in households in private rented housing as rising living costs bite

Associations call for rent freedom after Tories pledge 'flexibility'

22 May, 2017

Housing association bosses have urged the next government to let them set their own rents

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

22 May, 2017

21,000 young Scots face losing over £22m in rent from planned LHA cap

Single property landlords say they will be pushed into higher income tax bracket by new taxation rules

22 May, 2017

16% of landlords with a single property believe new taxation rules for buy to let will push them into a higher income tax bracket

The parties' manifestos prove housing associations are key to ending the housing crisis

22 May, 2017

Last week saw the three major political parties publish their manifestos ahead of the general election

What are the characteristics of a good landlord?

22 May, 2017

Over two thirds of landlords surveyed said they have a good relationship with their tenants, while 33% believe they are good friends

Social housing is good. But let's make it beautiful too

22 May, 2017

The big parties speak only of practicalities. Perhaps they should try focusing on aesthetics for a change

General election 2017: Labour will 'in effect' end benefit freeze

22 May, 2017

Labour would "in effect" end the freeze on benefits through a package of reforms in its first Budget in government

Greens to unveil plans for universal basic income in manifesto launch

22 May, 2017

Party will promise to scrap Trident to help fund NHS, promise a final Brexit referendum and scrap all existing student loan debts at Monday's launch

Election 2017: What the manifestos have to say on housing policy

19 May, 2017

Home ownership in England is at its lowest since the 1980s, with soaring deposits and house prices leaving many unable to get a foot on the property ladder

All landlords need to know about the Conservative Manifesto

19 May, 2017

Unlike in 2015, this one actually references the PRS several times

Renting a home is cheaper than buying in 54% of British cities

19 May, 2017

To own a home in London costs nearly double the amount it would cost to rent, but in Glasgow it's more cost-effective to buy

ARLA Propertymark backs holding deposits to stop 'time-wasting tenants'

19 May, 2017

A holding deposit capped at two weeks' rent would help ease the burden on agents of tenants shopping around for multiple properties

Letting agent fees ban now promised in all three of the major manifestos

19 May, 2017

The Conservatives have pledged to bring in the ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants

One house landlords fear tax changes

19 May, 2017

Landlords with one house are feeling the squeeze

Not for profit sector 'should provide affordable rented homes'

19 May, 2017

Housing associations should provide non-profit rented housing to tackle soaring rents, Maria Bailey TD tells audience at Dublin Castle housing conference

Government plans to extend 'right to rent' documents checks face legal challenge

19 May, 2017

John Perry says the impact of the 'right to rent' scheme needs an urgent review ahead of its planned roll-out across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Delivering social housing on a budget: can Housing Delivery Vehicles lead to a resurgence of affordable housebuilding?

19 May, 2017

Between 2010 and 2015 local government faced upwards of £18bn in real terms cuts, losing on average 20% of its spending power

DWP pilot failure on WCA 'calls into question willingness to learn from suicides'

19 May, 2017

The DWP appears to have gone back on its promise to a tribunal to address a fatal flaw in its "fitness for work" test that has led to the deaths of multiple benefit claimants with mental health conditions

Landlord Fergus Wilson facing legal action

18 May, 2017

A buy-to-let tycoon who banned Indian and Pakistani tenants from renting his homes "because of the curry smell" is facing legal action

Department for Work and Pensions 'has outrageous target' to reject 80% of benefits appeals

18 May, 2017

Hidden 'mandatory reconsideration' performance indicator criticised by Parkinson's charity and former judge

Tory social housing 'deals' plan builds on existing work with three councils

18 May, 2017

Ongoing behind-the-scenes work with three councils will form the basis of flagship Conservative plans for 'bespoke deals' to build social rented housing

Buy-to-let valuations severely down in aftermath of mortgage tax changes

18 May, 2017

Buy-to-let valuations have fallen in the aftermath of the mortgage interest relief changes, while first-time buyer instructions continue to sustain the market

Liberal Democrats support cap on tenancy deposits

18 May, 2017

A Liberal Democrat Government would press ahead with the tenant fee ban but would go even further with a cap on upfront deposits

Nightmare Tenants programme to show agent shutting eviction specialist in his office

18 May, 2017

Thursday evening's Channel Five's Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords is due to show a letting agent shutting eviction expert Paul Shamplina in his office

Housing element of Universal Credit for 18-21 year olds

18 May, 2017

This briefing provides an overview of the UK Government's policy of removing entitlement to the housing costs element of Universal Credit for some 18-21 year olds

Sustainable Social Housing... How an eco cabin built entirely from waste shows it can be done

18 May, 2017

Scottish recycling expert, Angus Carnie has built an eco cabin in his native Carnoustie, Dundee, using only materials that were free

Conservatives must reform tax to help landlords

18 May, 2017

The Conservatives must reform tax to support landlords if they want to hit housing targets

Greens make 500,000 new social rented homes pledge

17 May, 2017

The Green Party makes a manifesto commitment to a national programme of home insulation and retrofitting

Associations in merger talks to form largest social landlord in South West

17 May, 2017

South West landlords DCH and Knightstone are in talks over a merger to form the region's largest housing association

Labour manifesto pledges lettings fee ban and rent caps

17 May, 2017

A Labour government would still implement a tenant fee ban and has vowed to give tenants more consumer rights to deal with "sub standard" homes

New tenants' passport service goes into beta mode ahead of fees ban

17 May, 2017

An innovative new tenants' passport service has launched in beta mode, a few months before it is due to go fully live

General Election fact watch: Food bank use has risen under the Conservatives

17 May, 2017

Claim: Food bank use has shot up under the Conservatives

Are private rents in England going up or down?

17 May, 2017

Some newspapers have got very excited recently about reports that private rents in England are dropping

Up to £32,500 available to private sector landlords in Scotland

17 May, 2017

Private rented sector landlords and homeowners can now apply for an interest free green home loan up to £32,500 as part of plans to increase the energy efficiency of under-performing homes

Labour admits it would not end benefits freeze, after day of confusion

17 May, 2017

'I don't think we can reverse it entirely. We shouldn't be promising things we cannot afford'

Lib Dems unveil 'rent to buy' pledge for first time homeowners

17 May, 2017

Party's manifesto contains wealth of offers aimed at enticing young voters back after tuition fees furore, including referendum on final Brexit deal

Luxury development boss calls Right to Buy a 'catastrophe'

17 May, 2017

Dean Clifford of Great Marlborough Estates says today's Tories must avoid "Margaret Thatcher's mistakes" over social housing

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