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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

Week of action demands end to disability benefit cuts

28 June, 2017

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

Northern Ireland Government cuts social housing target

28 June, 2017

Northern Ireland Government cuts social housing target

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

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

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 at 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

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

'Each year the benefit system is more heartless'

16 May, 2017

In the run-up to the general election, six Guardian reporters are writing from constituencies across the country to find out what matters to you and in your area

General election 2017: The case for living rent homes

16 May, 2017

There is consensus across all parties that England's housing market is broken

Conservatives' social rent plans: 10 unanswered questions

16 May, 2017

The big announcement about a "new generation of social rent" by the Conservatives has produced more questions than answers

Government threatened with legal action over immigration checks

16 May, 2017

Campaign group presses home secretary to order full evaluation of 'right to rent' immigration status checks by landlords

Conservatives' flagship CPO plans for social rent 'could face legal challenge'

16 May, 2017

Tory plans to overhaul compulsory purchase laws to boost social housing provision could be challenged in parliament and through the courts

Jeremy Corbyn makes benefits U-turn as he back-pedals on promise to reverse freeze

16 May, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of U-turning on the promise he made at the Labour manifesto launch to axe the benefits freeze brought in by the Conservative government

More than 2,000 people recruited to benefits experience panel

16 May, 2017

Thousands of people with direct personal experience of the current benefits system have signed up to help shape the delivery of benefits in Scotland's new social security system

Scots politicians urged to lift Westminster's benefits freeze

16 May, 2017

Benefit have been frozen until 2020

Labour Manifesto 2017 - What's in it for landlords?

16 May, 2017

Below is a summary of key pledges which would impact upon landlords and the private rented sector

East Hertfordshire chief inspector warns drug dealers in social housing will lose their homes

16 May, 2017

Anyone dealing drugs from social housing in breach of their tenancy agreements will lose their homes

Sturgeon pins blame for foodbank growth squarely on Tory cuts

15 May, 2017

Tory policies are directly to blame for the growth of foodbanks in Scotland

Vast majority of social rents could increase without breaching LHA levels

15 May, 2017

At least 88% of social rented homes in England could have their rents increased without exceeding the LHA cap

Agent scraps all tenant fees - and launches 0% management offer to woo new landlords

15 May, 2017

A letting agent has removed all admin fees for tenants and scrapped renewal charges, while simultaneously launching a 0% management fee offer for new landlords

Vendor who hoped to raise £3.75m through house sale raffle 'bought it cheaply under Right to Buy'

15 May, 2017

A home owner who hoped to raise £3.75m by raffling her property reportedly bought it for £360,000 just three years ago under the Right to Buy scheme

'I can't live off £100 a month': Furious voter confronts Theresa May over benefits cuts

15 May, 2017

Theresa May was confronted by a furious voter over cuts to disability benefits while on a walkabout in a market town

Cost cutting by UK landlords to affect the wider property industry

15 May, 2017

As their tax burden increases, over a third of landlords in the UK are looking to cut their annual spending, a move that is described as being a blow to the wider industry

"Massive opportunity" for buy-to-let brokers

15 May, 2017

Brokers have a "massive opportunity" from the many recent changes that have affected the buy-to-let market

Tenant happiness on the rise as more opt to rent long-term

15 May, 2017

A study of over 3,000 tenants has found that an increasing number of renters are 'very happy' with their living situation

Tenant Survey 2017

15 May, 2017

The UK Private Rented Sector continues to grow with estimates that by 2025 over a quarter of all households will privately rent

Welfare reform conference: 'How am I going to feed my children'

12 May, 2017

What communities need to know is how much am I going to lose... and how am I going to feed my children

To improve mental health, politicians must start with the benefits system

12 May, 2017

Depression and anxiety haunt the people who use our food bank. We need a safety net to support people in poverty, not penalise them

Regulator proposes using Sector Scorecard to assess value for money

12 May, 2017

The social housing regulator will launch a consultation on its Value for Money Standard, which will propose using the newly developed Sector Scorecard to police efficiency

Capping aspiration: The millennial housing challenge

12 May, 2017

Young people in low-paid, insecure jobs are being locked out of all housing options in the south east, including social housing

LHA cap 'would lock 84% of young renters out of market in South East'

12 May, 2017

The government's plans to cap housing benefit at LHA levels would lock 84% of young people in low-paid, insecure jobs out of all housing options in the South East

If people in work struggle with rent, what hope for people out of work?

12 May, 2017

Millions of hard-working people can't afford to move. They are trapped by a housing system that has sold off social housing

One in three 'rent-burdened Brits' borrow to cover home costs

12 May, 2017

One in three low-earning tenants in Britain has had to borrow money to cover rent

The end of tenancy deposits? New insurance app claims to have a solution

12 May, 2017

A UK startup which claims to have the solution to the contentious issue of tenancy deposits has introduced the concept of tenants' passports

Landlords 'will drop letting agents as costs rise'

12 May, 2017

Letting agent fees are the second biggest cost for buy-to-let landlords and could rise further if tenant charges are banned

Shelter's general election call: help for the growing army of hard pressed private renters

12 May, 2017

Today Shelter has launched our campaign calling on the new government to deliver 500,000 homes in the next Parliament at 'living rents'

New blow for buy-to-let landlords as mortgage rates rise

12 May, 2017

Landlords already hit by punitive stamp duty and new restrictions on mortgage interest tax relief are now facing rising borrowing costs

Landlords in England and Wales urged to check energy ratings ahead of 2018 change

11 May, 2017

Landlords in England and Wales are being reminded than in just under a year it will be illegal to rent a property in the private rented sector that does not meet a minimum energy rating

YMCA wants housing support back for 18 to 21-year-olds

11 May, 2017

New government urged to abolish regulations that remove automatic entitlement

West Midlands associations consider using choice-based lettings for Right to Buy

11 May, 2017

Housing associations in the West Midlands are considering using the region's choice-based lettings system to help those in ineligible properties for the Right to Buy identify alternative homes

Government warned that lettings fee ban may lead to time-wasting tenants

11 May, 2017

Landlords and agents are urging the Government to ensure the lettings fee ban doesn't unnecessarily increase workloads

Social landlords have duty to protect the majority from smoke

11 May, 2017

Professor John Middleton defends his controversial proposal for a smoking 'ban' in social housing developments

Labour's 100,000 homes pledge makes 'leaked' manifesto

11 May, 2017

Draft manifesto references ordering councils to build 100,000 new council homes a year under a new Department for Housing

Theresa May refuses to rule out further disability benefits cuts

11 May, 2017

'I know there are some issues that people continue to raise about assessments that are made on those payments'

Dropping UK house prices won't dent our confidence in buy-to-let

11 May, 2017

As property prices drop for the first time in years, why are we still in love with property?

General Election factwatch: Are a million people on a zero hours contract?

11 May, 2017

A million people are on a zero hours contract

Scotland's first urban right to buy

10 May, 2017

A community group in Edinburgh is set to become the first organisation in an urban area to benefit from community right to buy powers

Election 2017: what we're asking for on welfare

10 May, 2017

As the build up to next month's General Election continues our policy and practice officer Sam Lister takes a closer look at what we're asking for on welfare policy

Outspoken critic of Shelter says charity should change its name and stop hounding landlords

10 May, 2017

A landlord who has previously criticised Shelter says she appears to have been banned from its Facebook page

Tenants facing 'extortionate' fees to rent home from high street agents

10 May, 2017

High street letting agents were today accused of being behind some of the most "extortionate" fees demanded from renters

Council to build shared affordable housing due to welfare reform

10 May, 2017

The first Welsh authority to experience full roll-out of Universal Credit is planning to build more shared accommodation

Housing Associations and Mental Health support to tenants in Wales

10 May, 2017

The relationship between housing and mental health is one that has been shown, in numerous studies, to have several causal links

Thousands face energy bill hikes of more than £400 this month

10 May, 2017

If customers fail to take action when fixed deals end in May they will end up on tariffs criticised by Theresa May, says Which?

Fighting fit: the sheltered housing schemes adapting to new challenges

10 May, 2017

Cuts to supported accommodation can lead to a sense of community and tackle isolation if residents pull together and have a say in new services

Slum landlords are a target, say enforcement teams

10 May, 2017

Enforcement against slum landlords is vital to improve housing, health professionals have warned

Kick-starting the social housing programme

10 May, 2017

The social housing sector in the UK is big, valued at more than £300bn

Many of the 1,000 richest people in Britain are property moguls - paid for by the rest of us

10 May, 2017

A dysfunctional British housing market, propped up by housing benefit and public investment, is making a few people very, very rich

Help us face down lethal landlords

09 May, 2017

An East London council has urged Whitehall chiefs to strengthen powers to tackle rogue landlords

Sector bosses warn against social housing smoking ban

09 May, 2017

Housing association bosses have warned against a leading public health figure's call to impose non-smoking conditions on social housing tenants

Shelter not letting up on pressure to make sure 'fees ban goes through'

09 May, 2017

Shelter is keeping up the pressure on the Government - whichever it may be - to ban letting agent fees

Legal firm launches new service to support landlords

09 May, 2017

Statistics show an average of 43 weeks for a landlord to regain possession of a property through the courts - and court fees topping £2,000

Regulatory Reform of Registered Social Landlords

09 May, 2017

In September 2016, the Office of National Statistics reclassified Registered Social Landlords for UK national accounting purposes as public, non-financial corporations

Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) are Welsh Housing Associations registered with the Welsh Ministers under Part 1 of the Housing Act 1996

Is work 'fair and decent'? That's not how the voters see it

09 May, 2017

The head of the government's review into zero-hours contracts and the less secure world of work has said that too many businesses still allow "bad work" to flourish

People in Derry living in temporary accommodation as social housing provides cannot compete with private developers for land

09 May, 2017

People in Derry are being forced to live in temporary accommodation because social housing providers cannot compete with private developers when buying vacant land

Buy to Let index - April 2017

08 May, 2017

April 2017 - March sees booming rental market in the East of England

Sector tells government it is time to listen on LHA cap

08 May, 2017

The government has been urged to listen to the recommendation of two cross-party committees and ditch controversial plans to cap benefit for supported housing tenants at LHA rates

Private Rented Sector Report

08 May, 2017

A quarter of letting agents saw landlords increasing rents in March

Smoking should be banned in council housing

08 May, 2017

Housing association tenants would sign non-smoking agreement under proposed plans

Councils accused of leaving houses empty to get grants

08 May, 2017

Councils are deliberately leaving houses vacant for long periods of time to qualify for Department of Housing funding schemes

London rents fall for first time since 2009 amid post-Brexit vote slowdown

08 May, 2017

Year-on-year fall of 1.2% is good news for tenants looking to move or negotiate with landlords as recent new-build property comes onto rental market

Should landlords fear a Conservative landslide?

08 May, 2017

After last week's local elections, everyone is working on the assumption that the Prime Minister Theresa May and the Conservatives are on the way to a massive win

The benefits system dial is set to brutal

08 May, 2017

It's tricky venturing into the deserving/undeserving poor debate

Welsh Government considering LHA top-up alternatives

05 May, 2017

The Welsh Government is looking for alternatives to the top-up system proposed by central government to help offset the LHA cap's impact on supported housing

How many people use food banks?

05 May, 2017

The number of people using food banks since 2010 has gone from the tens of thousands to the millions

Tenants can help us change the narrative

05 May, 2017

Here at Tpas we believe a big part of our role is to create the conversations that matter, be that on a local, regional or national level

Liberal Democrats back more Build To Rent and more online

05 May, 2017

A Liberal Democrat spokesman has used a lettings sector trade body website to outline his party's support for a range of private rental initiatives

Poverty risk for 50,000 low-income households at lower benefit cap

05 May, 2017

More than half of the families hit by the cap will face a shortfall of over £50 a week

LGA: 'make councils home builders again'

05 May, 2017

Election call for political parties to commit to councils resuming their 'historic role' as the builders of affordable housing

Buy to let cools as tax and borrowing curbs slow market

05 May, 2017

The great buy to let boom may be over as measures to cool the market begin to bite

A Conservative election victory could spell the end of council housing

05 May, 2017

The Tories have declared war on social housing - yet we have an ownership system so broken that inheritance is the only answer

Tenants - second class citizens of the property world?

05 May, 2017

The rental market has been given a roasting in recent months

Exploring clusters in social housing data

04 May, 2017

There is growing interest in the social housing sector in learning more about customers and properties using 'data mining' techniques applied to combinations of data held by landlords and external agencies

Socially rented homes can help tackle north-east's housing shortage

04 May, 2017

A north-east developer has called for a rethink on how the housing crisis is tackled and says more socially rented homes can be built

Buy-to-let mortgage providers discourage landlords from renting to people on housing benefit

04 May, 2017

Buy-to-let landlords are being barred by their mortgage providers from renting property to tenants receiving housing benefit

West Midlands 'selected' as Right to Buy pilot region

04 May, 2017

The government is understood to have chosen the West Midlands as the area for its regional Right to Buy pilot prior to calling the snap election

Fair Fees Forum calls for compulsory registration of all letting agents

04 May, 2017

Concerns have been voiced that as a result of the fees ban, more landlords will decide to self-manage when they have limited experience and knowledge

Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2017

04 May, 2017

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

Council spend on temporary housing now five times more than in 2011/2012

04 May, 2017

We're seeing a real shortage in supply of affordable temporary accommodation and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find any places in Southwark

Pushing people to the brink of suicide: the reality of benefit assessments

04 May, 2017

Department for Work and Pensions assessments are damaging people's lives. And they don't even provide the predicted savings

Fife landlord given first disqualification order

04 May, 2017

A disqualification order against a Fife private landlord has been granted - the first to be agreed by a Scottish court

The fight goes on: Tenant referencing MUST be exempt from letting fees ban, plea

03 May, 2017

ARLA Propertymark is calling for referencing to be exempt from the letting agents' fees ban

Town halls buy back Right-to-Buy homes

03 May, 2017

Councils have spent millions buying back homes they sold at a discount under Right-to-Buy laws to meet housing shortages

Buy-to-let market's "stellar" performance means higher rents for Scottish tenants

03 May, 2017

Tenants will doubtless be less than jubilant, but Scotland's rental market had a "stellar" performance in March

Tenant Evictions; 9 Months, £2,000 Eviction Fees and No End in Sight

03 May, 2017

Landlords are left in the lurch as the cost of legally evicting non-paying tenants costs nearly £2000 in court eviction fees, and takes at least half a year to remove the tenant

It Is Time For Rent Controls To Help The Most Deprived Coastal Communities

03 May, 2017

Sometimes markets go wrong. They break. They are dysfunctional or erratic

SFHA welcomes Select Committees' call to scrap use of LHA rates to fund supported housing

03 May, 2017

Two House of Commons committees have called on the UK Government to scrap plans to base rent allowances for supported housing tenants on LHA rates

Eviction trends reveal human cost of Universal Credit roll-out and welfare reform

03 May, 2017

Eviction by social landlords may have increased in recent years

HB U1/2017

02 May, 2017

Decision of the Upper Tribunal concerning spare room subsidy

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

02 May, 2017

An Act of the National Assembly for Wales to make provision for the abolition of the right to buy, the right to acquire and associated rights; and for connected purposes

Innovative scheme recruits letting agents to help renters

02 May, 2017

Private renters who are struggling with money worries, health or other tenancy sustainment issues are to be given greater access to advice and support

Renters 'at risk' over TV licence fee

02 May, 2017

Risk to renters raised in Commons committee report critical of current TV licence collection and enforcement contract

London council investigates mistaken call for temporary accommodation payment

02 May, 2017

Westminster Council has launched an urgent investigation after a letter was sent to households in temporary accommodation telling them their possessions could be destroyed if they did not pay a weekly storage charge

Renters on housing benefit barred from buy-to-let homes

02 May, 2017

Banks are pushing families to the brink of homelessness by banning buy-to-let landlords from renting to people on housing benefit

Government fails to deliver £4bn savings after cutting disability benefit

02 May, 2017

The Government has failed to deliver the £4bn of savings it was expecting to make after cutting disability benefit

Landlord expansion plans at all-time low

02 May, 2017

The number of landlords looking to expand their portfolio has dropped to an all-time low as demand from tenants continues to shrink

MPs urge government to drop LHA cap plan for supported housing

02 May, 2017

MPs are calling on the government to abandon plans to base supported housing funding on Local Housing Allowance rates

Labour pledges 'tougher' standards for rented houses

02 May, 2017

Labour has promised a "consumer rights revolution" for renters in England if it wins the general election, with the introduction of new legal standards for rented homes

Could letting agents' fee ban stop tenants being able to complain to Ombudsman?

02 May, 2017

The impending ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants could severely limit the ability of renters to complain to redress schemes about agents

Welfare reform is not only cruel but chaotic. Theresa May must address this

02 May, 2017

The Conservatives' benefit cap is an abject failure at getting people into work and the universal credit system isn't working

Record numbers of PIP assessments being overruled on appeal

02 May, 2017

Thousands who receive zero points during PIP assessments have ended up winning their appeals

HomeLet Rental Index - March 2017

28 April, 2017

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

Housing: State of the Nation

28 April, 2017

Sixty-third Report of Session 2016-17

The number of homes built in England has lagged behind demand for housing for decades

Wales ponders alternative LHA model

28 April, 2017

Cabinet secretary for communities and children has said maybe now is the time for a "made in Wales" solution

Government defeated in bedroom tax case

28 April, 2017

A couple who had their housing benefit reduced because they were unable to share a bedroom due to a severe disability have defeated the government in court for the second time

London rents fall sharply as monthly bill drops across UK

28 April, 2017

Lettings agents say new tenants in capital are paying £100 per month less than a year ago, with demand from tenants falling, possibly because of Brexit vote

Landlords' Barometer - #48: So, what is the biggest threat to landlords?

28 April, 2017

Welcome to another edition of the "Landlords Barometer" - trending topics and issues for landlords

The Housing Association Right to Buy - how to get out of a manifesto pickle

28 April, 2017

It was a Conservative manifesto commitment to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants

Landlords call out council over unfair waste disposal charges

28 April, 2017

Bournemouth Council's plans to charge privately rented households for waste disposal have been criticised by the NLA for being unfair to tenants

Evictions by social landlords in Scotland 2012-2016

27 April, 2017

This research report looks at social sector evictions due to rent arrears in Scotland over the last four years

It recognises that great progress was made in reducing evictions up until 2013/14

Have the Conservatives really built twice as much council housing as Labour?

27 April, 2017

Not for the first time, today's Prime Minister's Questions featured a Jeremy Corbyn question on housing

Labour councils outbuild Tory authorities

27 April, 2017

Labour councils are building 50% more houses than their Conservative counterparts

It's not perverse of housing associations to build homes - that is their purpose

27 April, 2017

We'd all love more public money going into genuinely affordable rented homes, but that's not going to happen. We have found our own way forward

Three-quarters of social landlords implementing major change

27 April, 2017

Three-quarters of social landlords will be implementing a "major change programme" such as a merger, restructure or overhaul of IT systems over the next year

Councils sitting on 23,000 vacant residential properties

27 April, 2017

Local authorities are holding onto over 23,000 vacant residential properties

Landlord fined £57,000 over 'deathtrap' unlicensed HMO

27 April, 2017

Court told a medical condition meant landlord could not manage the property properly

The role of housing in determining living standards and life chances

27 April, 2017

Living in social housing is strongly associated with various types of disadvantage

Private firms barred from benefits assessments

27 April, 2017

Profiteers will have no place in Scotland's new welfare landscape

Is it still possible to make money as a landlord?

27 April, 2017

Since the twin onslaughts of George Osborne's Section 24 tax raid and the wholly unfounded negative hype surrounding Brexit, the talk has all been about woe is me

Victory for bedroom tax couple as DWP defeated in court again

27 April, 2017

The government's attempt to block a legal route which is used by many people to appeal against benefits decisions has been defeated at the Upper Tribunal

Some social sector evictions 'unavoidable' due to political and economic climate

27 April, 2017

Social landlords can't immunise themselves against the impact of the political and economic landscape

Britain needs urgent change to the way we regulate our social housing sector

27 April, 2017

Complaints about the country's 2,500 housing associations are growing. We need better ways to check they are still fit for purpose

The impact of tax and benefit reforms on household incomes

27 April, 2017

While cuts to benefits have been small as yet, government plans for future cuts would significantly reduce the incomes of low-income working-age households

Tenants locking in lower rents ahead of lettings fees ban

26 April, 2017

Letting agents have reported an increasing number of landlords selling their buy-to-let properties during March

Suspend or extend: Agents back request over letting fees consultation

26 April, 2017

A number of influential agents have backed an official request by ARLA Propertymark asking the Government to suspend or extend the consultation on the fees ban

Councils will soon have a legal duty to prevent homelessness. What can they do?

26 April, 2017

With very little extra cash, councils need new ideas to join up local services and tackle the growing challenge of homelessness

Government should rethink welfare changes

26 April, 2017

Former civil service chief and crossbench peer Lord Bob Kerslake has called on the government to look again at welfare changes in light of increasing homelessness and the rising cost of support

Call for new housing court for landlords and tenants

26 April, 2017

Court is one of six policy suggestions pitched in Residential Landlords Association election manifesto

Cut in housing benefit may mean rise in foodbank use

26 April, 2017

The manager of a foodbank has stressed the need to help vulnerable people following a government policy that some claim could see youngsters facing homelessness

Housing Benefit Speed of Processing Statistics

26 April, 2017

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

HB S8/2017

26 April, 2017

Payment of New Burdens relating to the Single Fraud Investigation Service Project for 2017/18

HB S7/2017

26 April, 2017

Additional New Burdens funding to meet the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2017/18

London to 'name and shame' criminal landlords

26 April, 2017

Sadiq Khan sets out partnership with the capital's councils to crackdown on rogue landlords and letting agents

Scottish Welfare Fund pays out £26m to struggling Scots in nine months

26 April, 2017

More than £26 million in grants have been issued in nine months through the Scottish Welfare Fund to help Scottish households in need

Rising number of landlords leaving Buy to Let

26 April, 2017

Rise in the number of BTL landlords selling up - but the number of tenants negotiating rent reductions rose also

LIN member report April 2017 - Housing Associations: Past, Present and Future

26 April, 2017

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Effects of taxes and benefits on UK household income: financial year ending 2016

25 April, 2017

The redistribution effects on households of direct and indirect taxation and benefits received in cash or kind analysed by household type, and the changing levels of income inequality over time

Food bank use rises 20% in Cardiff in one year

25 April, 2017

The number of emergency meals handed out by a city food bank has risen by 20% in one year

These People Say They're Going Hungry Because Of The Government's Welfare Reforms

25 April, 2017

Neal Jones hasn't eaten for 24 hours. Sitting in a makeshift cafe in a church food bank on the outskirts of Rugby

Liberal Democrats pledge to bring back housing benefit for nearly 3,000 London youngsters

25 April, 2017

Almost 3,000 young Londoners would be able to claim housing benefit again under a Liberal Democrat government

Court finds housing association not liable in water bill claim

25 April, 2017

The High Court has ruled that a housing association is not liable to compensate tenants for water bills, in the latest case in a saga over alleged overpayments

Food banks report record demand amid universal credit chaos

25 April, 2017

Charity calls for immediate reduction in six-week wait for first benefit payment after handing out 1,182,954 emergency parcels

Lawyer fined £10,000 over letting out unlicensed HMO

25 April, 2017

The owner of a property has been fined for failing to license the property and building an illegal extension at the rear

UK foodbank use continues to rise

25 April, 2017

UK foodbank use continues to rise as new report highlights growing impact of Universal Credit rollout on foodbanks

One in four renters try not to pay for buy to let damage

25 April, 2017

Buy to let tenants would rather pay a professional to repair damage to their rented home or keep quiet and hope the landlord does not ask them for any money

Rent hike threat for tenants over FoI laws

24 April, 2017

Rents could be hiked to meet housing association FoI costs

Upper Tribunal rules in Council's favour on use of planning status in property licence decisions

24 April, 2017

An Upper Tribunal hearing has ruled that Waltham Forest Council can consider the planning status of a property when determining an application for a Private Rented Property Licence

What does the election mean for the PRS?

24 April, 2017

If you have been on a desert island over the last few days you may not be aware that a UK general election has been called for 8 June

One in three low income Scots can't afford to eat

24 April, 2017

Living costs are pushing low income Scots further into poverty

This area of Birmingham will be worst hit by Tory housing benefit cut for youngsters

24 April, 2017

Charities have already warned the policy, which came into force this month, could force youngsters onto the streets

Buy-to-let slump puts first-time buyers in the driver's seat

24 April, 2017

Buy-to-let landlords are finally in retreat in the housing market

Housing associations are critically important, but have lost their way

24 April, 2017

Too many housing associations have focused on being developers. They have lost sight of their mission to provide good homes at genuinely affordable prices

Newly merged association retains credit rating

24 April, 2017

A newly merged housing association has retained its strong credit rating

Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplars, by Alexander Boxill

21 April, 2017

Alexander Boxill has designed a book and accompanying exhibition titled Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplar

Regulation of the private rented sector in England using lessons from Ireland

21 April, 2017

This study compares the effectiveness of different forms of private rented sector regulation in Ireland with existing approaches in England

Labour's framing of public services as universal benefits is a canny move

21 April, 2017

If more people become stakeholders in the welfare state it becomes so much more difficult for the Tories to lay waste to it

Clarion plots 10,000-home sale amid growing rationalisation

21 April, 2017

The UK's largest housing association is making plans to sell up to 10,000 units over the coming years, as social landlords step up stock rationalisation amid an efficiency drive

Landlord with 'connection to estate agency' ordered to pay £235,000 after raid

21 April, 2017

A landlord has been ordered to pay £235,000 after letting four flats in "filthy conditions", inside an illegal extension

Consultation on letting fees ban in disarray after election called

21 April, 2017

The consultation on the ban on letting agent fees has been thrown into disarray by the snap General Election

Housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds

21 April, 2017

This guidance explains the rules for housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds getting Universal Credit from 1 April 2017

No Stormont deal could see welfare reform with hard edge

21 April, 2017

The Government may have to step in to prevent a further postponement of the long-delayed welfare reforms in Northern Ireland

The social value of sheltered housing

21 April, 2017

The study has put a conservative estimate on the social value saving made by sheltered housing at close to half a billion pounds a year

The LHA cap raises problems for general needs housing too

21 April, 2017

If you were looking to design a policy to penalise the poorest families paying the cheapest rents, it would be very hard to come up with something better than the LHA cap.

Half of voters think welfare changes have gone too far

20 April, 2017

Half of voters think the government's benefit cuts have gone too far, an Ipsos Mori poll published today has revealed

Metro mayors: ten ways to tackle poverty through housing policy

20 April, 2017

The new metropolitan mayors who are being elected in the UK in May will wield significant power

West of England mayoral election: Liberal Democrat pledges to establish housing association

20 April, 2017

The Liberal Democrat candidate in the race to become the first West of England mayor has pledged to set up a new state-owned housing association if elected

There are 13 million disabled people in Britain. If we don't vote together, the DWP will tighten the screws on us

20 April, 2017

Ministers need to be taught that there is a price to be paid for the way they have behaved

Social housing is becoming 'increasingly commercialised'

20 April, 2017

The social housing sector has become 'increasingly commercialised' as housing associations look for new ways to make money

Landlords offered refugee deal

20 April, 2017

Renovations, new furnishings and appliances, and guaranteed rent for up to five years to secure homes for Syrian families

Housing benefit nightmare: Newcastle council tenants rack up massive rent arrears after changes

20 April, 2017

MP criticises introduction of new Universal Credit benefits system after it was tested in Newcastle - and did not go down well

Social Housing Vacancies, Lettings and Rent Arrears, 2015-16 - Revised

19 April, 2017

Social housing refers to dwellings, bedsits and bed spaces owned, or partly owned, by Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords

Women 'hardest hit' by UK welfare cuts

19 April, 2017

Women are being unfairly impacted by recent UK government cuts to benefits and welfare eligibility

Campaign to encourage landlords to ensure repairs meet required standards

19 April, 2017

Scotland's largest landlord membership organisation has urged landlords across the country to ensure all repairs or upgrades meet required standards

Civitas announces £11.5m buy of social housing portfolio

19 April, 2017

Acquisition includes 10 care homes and 79 tenancies across the Midlands

ELECTION 2017: what are the housing battlegrounds likely to be?

19 April, 2017

Theresa May has surprised everyone by calling a general election - so where are the differences in housing policies between the parties likely to lie?

Over 60 fines handed out in first eight months of Right to Rent - and just 31 people deported in almost two years

19 April, 2017

Financial penalties totalling £37,000 were handed out in the first eight months of the Right to Rent scheme's roll-out across England

Right to Buy: Should It Stay or Should It Go?

19 April, 2017

Leading Bridging Loans Provider Discusses UK Gov's Increasingly Debated Scheme for Council Tenants

'Accidental landlords' sitting on a near £1m property goldmine

19 April, 2017

And new research reveals many such landlords don't know how much potential profit they're sitting on

Statistical shift against benefit cuts

19 April, 2017

New poll puts the proportion of voters who disagree with the extent of the benefit cuts at its highest level in four years

Private Rented Sector in Northern Ireland - Proposals for Change

18 April, 2017

Response from ARLA Propertymark

Guilt by association: the housing developments that went sour

18 April, 2017

Housing associations have been run for the good of tenants and communities since the 19th century

Record 20% of homes rented this year owned by company landlords

18 April, 2017

One in five homes let this year is owned by a company landlord, marking a record high for a rental index

Dozens of landlords fined after roll-out of new Right to Rent immigration checks

18 April, 2017

Dozens of landlords have been fined under a crackdown on illegal immigration

ARLA Propertymark comes out fighting against letting fees ban

18 April, 2017

ARLA Propertymark has swung into full campaign mode on the letting fees ban, sending out a 'battle kit' to all its members

DWP's unfair twist for disabled people

18 April, 2017

In light of figures showing 900 disabled people are losing their Motability cars each week I would like to challenge the response of DWP ministers when they have been pressed on the issue of PIP

Jeremy Corbyn defends 'credible' policies amid grilling on poll ratings

18 April, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn joked he had made "too many" mistakes to mention but insisted voters would begin to understand his party's anti-austerity message

Freezes to benefits mean that 'just about managing' families are bearing the brunt of Brexit

18 April, 2017

In normal circumstances the annual uprating of benefits and tax credits each April would offset the losses from a weak pound, price rises, and the economic turbulence created by the Brexit vote

Social housing places for rent in Wales dip

18 April, 2017

Places available for social housing in Wales have dropped for the first time in five years

UK Residential Market Survey

13 April, 2017

The UK Residential Market Survey is used by the Government, the Bank of England and other key institutions, including the IMF, as an indicator of current and future conditions in UK residential sales and lettings

One in three Londoners hit by benefits cap have found work

13 April, 2017

More people have found work after having their benefits capped in London than anywhere else in the UK

The Tory housing benefit cuts will make more young people homeless

13 April, 2017

One morning, when Catherine Geddes was 16, her mother dropped her off at college, informed her that she'd changed all the locks, and told her daughter she would never be allowed to return home

Salford council is going to start buying up homes to tackle the city's housing crisis

13 April, 2017

Town hall bosses will have first dibs at any former Right to Buy properties before they're offered to private buyers

Billions of pounds more in welfare cuts are enforced in Britain

13 April, 2017

The start of the UK's new financial year saw the introduction by the Conservative government of some of the most severe and punitive welfare benefit cuts seen for decades

Buy-to-let investors targeting smaller, cheaper properties

13 April, 2017

The opening quarter of the year saw a shift in the buy-to-let market, from remortgaging to purchasing

Young people benefit cut to hit hardest in North

13 April, 2017

The cut to housing benefit for young people will have its largest impact in deprived areas of the North of England

With greater control over rent-setting, housing associations could deliver more

13 April, 2017

How far do I think the Government trusts housing associations to deliver? A year ago, I would have replied 'not at all', but the political landscape is shifting

MPs call for sweeping changes to housing association regulation

12 April, 2017

Demand comes after Guardian investigation uncovered issues including damp and rats at newbuild developments

Concerns over Right to Rent checks in Wales

12 April, 2017

Right to Rent checks are currently in place across England following a trial period in 2015

Benefit changes that cause the innocent to suffer

12 April, 2017

There's understandable anger at the "Rape Clause" that's is being applied in child tax credit applications

Reputation of good landlords being tarnished by the bad

12 April, 2017

Local councils have called on the Government to close a legal loophole permitting landlords to covert properties into multi-units that are marketed as self-contained flats

Taking steps towards electrical safety in the private rented sector

12 April, 2017

Trade association NAPIT has produced safety record documentation to help inspectors and customers improve electrical safety in the private rented sector

Three tricks to escape the buy-to-let clampdown: Tax hikes mean many investors will be thousands of pounds worse off

12 April, 2017

In the past, landlords could deduct all their mortgage interest from rental income before working out their tax bill

Over 1,000 social housing tenants evicted in London

12 April, 2017

In just one year, thousands of social housing tenants have been evicted - but our exclusive investigation has some worrying undertones, such as data collection

Busted over £100k right to buy scam

12 April, 2017

Bogus would be bedsit buyer lands himself a cell

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 9 Mar 2017

12 April, 2017

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

Housing associations face storm of complaints over new-build homes

12 April, 2017

Residents of London developments built with public funding tell of damp, lack of security, rats and poor customer service

Manchester providers offer to pilot alternative to LHA cap

12 April, 2017

Social landlords in Greater Manchester have offered to run a regional pilot of an alternative to the controversial Local Housing Allowance cap

Social tenants struggling with unaffordable lives

12 April, 2017

That one in four low-income households struggle to eat regularly or healthily because of food costs, and that inflation in food and fuel are about to soar, should flash a warning light to the social housing sector

50,000 disabled people 'have adapted vehicles removed after benefits assessment'

12 April, 2017

Muscular Dystrophy UK says 900 cars are being taken away every week, as more people are rejected for PIP

Stormont impasse threatens Northern Ireland benefits deal

12 April, 2017

The Stormont power-sharing stalemate jeopardises work to protect vulnerable people from benefit cuts

Filling the Void: Empty Homes Strategy 2016/19

11 April, 2017

Addressing long term empty homes, those empty for more than six months, is a priority for the Council and partners

The potential impact of Brexit on housing associations in Scotland

11 April, 2017

Summary report and next steps

This summary briefing provides the results of a membership survey undertaken between November and December 2016

You'll never fix the broken market without social housing

11 April, 2017

The Government's much-anticipated repair-plan for Britain's broken housing market is missing a critical part of the fix

Housing association 'let waste pile up in estate because residents fought parking charge hike'

11 April, 2017

Stockwell Gardens Residents' Association in Lambeth says the company put up the price of parking permits and increased enforcement hours to evenings and weekends

Why agents should not attempt to circumvent the fees ban

11 April, 2017

I've been touring the City the last few days and investors keep asking me, what will be the impact of a tenant fee ban?

'No one calls the housing association repairs line. There's no point'

11 April, 2017

Victoria Musguin says she has suffered flooding and loss of hot water for weeks at a time at her newly built flat

Letting agent fees consultation commits to wide ranging ban

11 April, 2017

The ban on letting fees for tenants has moved a step closer with publication of the government's consultation on how the ban will operate

Civil penalties under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

11 April, 2017

Guidance for Local Housing Authorities

How much Universal Credit can I claim? The benefits have changed this week

11 April, 2017

Millions of people who claim a benefit called Universal Credit will see a big change this week

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

11 April, 2017

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

Homeless 18-21 year olds still entitled to housing cost element of Universal Credit

11 April, 2017

A memo for the DWP decision makers outlines that homeless people, including those moving on, are still entitled to the housing cost element of Universal Credit

Campaigners call for PIP to be scrapped and DLA reintroduced

11 April, 2017

Petition wants the controversial system to be halted to be replaced with the old one

One in five LGBT+ people expect to be treated worse when applying for social housing

11 April, 2017

Social housing providers perform well in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

Birmingham braced for thousands of housing association sales

11 April, 2017

As many as 3,111 socially-rented homes in the West Midlands could be sold by 2023

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

10 April, 2017

A Bill is a draft law. Once a Bill has been considered and passed by the Assembly and given Royal Assent by the Monarch, it becomes an 'Act of the Assembly'

Energy efficiency regulation a 'Golden Opportunity'

10 April, 2017

Scottish Government launches consultation into the establishment of minimum energy efficiency standards for those living in privately rented homes

'Dirty flat' protest lands Bedford social housing tenant in the dock

10 April, 2017

A bible studies group leader could be kicked out of his social housing flat after refusing to pay rent in protest at poor living conditions

Oxford academics: 'House prices can keep rising only if the Government backs mass buy-to-let'

10 April, 2017

Every so often a social statistic is released that confirms that something extraordinary has occurred, something so strange that it cannot continue

Stamp duty rise hits rental growth

10 April, 2017

The pace of UK rental growth has more than halved since the introduction of an additional 3% stamp duty on second homes

Government could curb deposits as well as impose outright ban on tenant fees

10 April, 2017

The Government has received widespread criticism following the long-awaited release of its consultation paper on banning tenant fees

MS sufferer slams 'awful' benefits chiefs who axed her Motability car in favour of £65,000 taxis

10 April, 2017

Benefits bosses axed a disabled woman's Motability car to save cash - but then agreed to pay out £65,000 to taxi her to and from work

'Rape clause' in family welfare cap harms mothers and children

10 April, 2017

Most mothers who have children as a result of a rape manage, admirably, to have a bond equal to that with children conceived by choice

Stop PIP reassessments for patients with progressive diseases

10 April, 2017

MPs and charities say rising number of retesting claimants with incurable diseases such as Parkinson's or multiple sclerosis makes little sense

Renting in London: rents in the capital continue to fall thanks to a greater choice of homes available for London tenants

10 April, 2017

London rents have dropped 4.2 per cent in a year, but prices are on the rise in cheaper areas

Welfare reform: Government must press ahead with Universal Credit, but crucial changes needed to support struggling families

10 April, 2017

As a raft of changes to the tax and benefit system come into effect, the Government is being urged to press ahead with the rollout of Universal Credit

3 million households set to benefit from Universal Credit changes

10 April, 2017

Three million households across the country to keep more of what they earn due to a £700 million boost to Universal Credit

Social Security Minister: families with children hardest hit by UK welfare changes

07 April, 2017

Scottish Government will not apply two child cap to Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Redbridge Council pledges better temporary accommodation as mother shares her horror story

07 April, 2017

A mother of four says she feels helpless after spending five years in temporary accommodation

The Tories are failing the poorest through benefit cuts - by choice

07 April, 2017

If the government truly wants to reduce expenditure on housing benefit it should tackle the root causes, not force young people and families from their homes

Students challenged to cut cost of housebuilding

07 April, 2017

University students are being challenged by Bromford to come up with innovative ways to slash the cost of building supported living homes

Sajid Javid to make changes to Help to Buy loans

07 April, 2017

Sajid Javid has told housebuilders that he will make changes to Help to Buy loans to help boost the housing market

Government set out plans to ban letting agent fees

07 April, 2017

New measures to ban letting agent fees and encourage greater competition in the rental sector have been set out by the government

L&G: confidence in associations has dropped

07 April, 2017

Legal & General's confidence in housing association lending has dropped on the back of deregulation and rent cuts

Rental properties taking 10% longer to let due to 'Stamp Duty overhang'

07 April, 2017

Rents have grown by their slowest rate since the end of 2014 buoyed by a 12% jump in buy-to-let properties coming to market

Enforcement of letting agents a 'postcode lottery' and a 'shambles'

07 April, 2017

Enforcement of letting agents in London has been branded a shambles

Universal Credit's right - but we must take stock

07 April, 2017

Three priorities need immediate action to ensure Universal Credit achieves its goals and helps reduce poverty and increase living standards

Consultation on improving energy efficiency and condition standards in Scotland's PRS

07 April, 2017

New proposals to ensure all privately rented homes in Scotland meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency have been published today for consultation

Council ramps up action against rogue landlords

07 April, 2017

An enforcement team with an already strong record of action has the go-ahead to get tougher

Tougher measures to target rogue landlords

06 April, 2017

New rules will help crackdown on rogue landlords that flout the rules and improve safety and affordability for renters

Labour slam 'punitive cuts' to benefits

06 April, 2017

Labour have slammed cuts to benefits, including housing benefit for those under-22

The disastrous new tax on buy to let landlords is really a tax on tenants

06 April, 2017

80 per cent of landlords own only one property, perhaps relying on their property for an income in retirement

Tax rises and tougher regulation kick in for private rented sector

06 April, 2017

Critics claim new measures now active will raise rents and stifle investment in much-needed PRS accommodation

Universal Credit and families with more than 2 children: information for claimants

06 April, 2017

Information on the two child limit in Universal Credit for existing and new Universal Credit claimants

2 child limit: claiming benefits for 2 or more children

06 April, 2017

Information about the 2 child limit for claimants

Universal Credit and families with more than 2 children: information for stakeholders

06 April, 2017

This guidance will help you in your conversations with claimants who may be effected by the Universal Credit 2 child policy

HB A5/2017

06 April, 2017

The Social Security (Restrictions on Amounts for Children and Qualifying Young Persons) Amendment Regulations 2017

New legal crackdown on letting agents and landlords comes into force

06 April, 2017

While there has been much focus on the so-called 'tenant tax', agents are warned that new legislation coming into force today has been largely overlooked despite its potential significance

Landlords 'heading for the exit' as mortgage interest relief restrictions begin

06 April, 2017

Tenants are set to face anything from a lack of access to rental properties to increasing rents from today as mortgage interest relief gets rolled back from today

A new name and an exciting new era

06 April, 2017

Three of the North's leading social landlords have today launched a new regionwide landlord known as Karbon Homes

Call for evidence for housing intervention evaluations

06 April, 2017

A non-profit organisation has issued a call for evidence to housing associations, local authorities, housing charities or any other organisations for evaluations of housing interventions

The Benefits Cap: Is It Working?

06 April, 2017

How far should we go to force unemployed people back into work?

Universal Credit: a briefing

06 April, 2017

This briefing provides information and evidence on the latest developments as Universal Credit rolls out across the UK

Eight things you should know about the benefit cap

06 April, 2017

'Fairness' was the word Lord Freud used to justify the lowering of the benefit cap

Tackle poverty through housing and planning interventions

05 April, 2017

City regional institutions should play a bigger part in helping reduce the risk of poverty

Idris Elba savages housing benefit cuts at Shelter fund-raiser

05 April, 2017

Actor Idris Elba has attacked government cuts to housing benefits for 18-21-year-olds

Up to 11,000 affected by under-21 benefit cap by 2021

05 April, 2017

Around 1,000 young people will be affected by the cut to housing benefit for under-21s this year, rising to 11,000 by 2020/21

Thousands on 50p-a-week housing benefit

05 April, 2017

More than 7,500 households have lost their housing benefit and instead receive a nominal 50p a week because of the welfare cap

Key changes to council tax support in 2017/18

05 April, 2017

CTS gives low-income working-age families a discount on the amount of council tax they have to pay

Government rejects CLG committee recommendation on Right to Buy

05 April, 2017

In a response to a CLG committee report on housing associations and the Right to Buy, the government has rejected appeals to fund the policy

Increased taxes for landlords over the last 12 months

05 April, 2017

David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on the increased taxes landlords have incurred over the last 12 months

Government has broken vow on bereavement benefit cuts

05 April, 2017

Frank Field wants ministers to explain why policy will save £100m a year despite pledge not to slash funding for parents

Spending government money on broken relationships isn't going to help families torn apart by new benefit cuts

05 April, 2017

What's the point of spending £30m to help families to stay together when you're going to cut benefits at exactly the same time?

How can housing associations help to reduce reoffending?

05 April, 2017

Scottish Prison Service details how housing associations can help those leaving

Housing benefit slashed to 50p-a-week - and Birmingham is worst-hit

05 April, 2017

Almost 600 claimants picking up less than the price of a chocolate bar

Private rented sector in Northern Ireland - Proposals for change

04 April, 2017

CIH Northern Ireland supports the proposal to gauge the appetite of institutional investors and particularly the conditions required for investment

Labour and Ukip Thurrock councillors bid to scrap sheltered housing tax charges

04 April, 2017

Thurrock Council is bidding to scrap an "unfair" proposal to charge residents in sheltered housing up to £780

Government will not reconsider LHA rate freeze

04 April, 2017

The government has refused to reconsider its decision to freeze the Local Housing Allowance

Housing lawyer calls for total rethink of 'unfair' private rented sector

04 April, 2017

Housing lawyer Tessa Shepperson has called for a total rethink of the way the private rented sector operates

Tax reform will 'put many agents out of business'

04 April, 2017

The rolling back of mortgage interest relief is just days away but campaigners are still having a stab at raising the unfairness of the changes dubbed the tenant tax

Disabled students fear for their future as independence payments cut

04 April, 2017

With a clampdown on PIP and related benefits, students such as Lauren Hall are struggling to finish their degrees

Social housing boost for Galliford Try

04 April, 2017

Galliford Try Partnerships has signed a £128m contract with Notting Hill Housing to build phase two of the Great Eastern Quays development at the Royal Docks in London

Is buy-to-let becoming less attractive?

04 April, 2017

It is no doubt that the past year has been extremely challenging for buy-to-let landlords

How affordable is housing for people in lower-income occupations ?

03 April, 2017

This briefing explores housing affordability for lower-income occupations in the context of rising housing costs

Housing costs element for UC claimants aged 18 to 21

03 April, 2017

This memo provides guidance on the Universal Credit Regulations 2017

Universal credit risks destitution in Newcastle claim

03 April, 2017

People in one of the first areas where a major benefits system change has been introduced are at risk of "destitution" and "homelessness"

Mortgage tax relief cut doesn't add up for buy-to-let landlords

03 April, 2017

Tenants are being turfed out as tax changes beginning in April make it increasingly hard for owners to profit

Poorest third of households will be worse off from tax and benefit changes starting this week, despite a £1bn giveaway

03 April, 2017

Four-fifths of the gains from tax and benefit changes coming into effect later this week (6 April) will go to the richest half of households

Welfare shakeup 'will push a quarter of a million children into poverty'

03 April, 2017

Analysis for the Guardian finds changes due on 6 April will also wipe thousands off payments for bereaved families

Gifted deposits on the rise amid buy-to-let slowdown

03 April, 2017

Buy-to-let investment has halved in the first 12 months since the additional Stamp Duty surcharge was introduced, but it's not career landlords being affected

Scottish Government gains control over Discretionary Housing Payments

03 April, 2017

Control over DHPs has been transferred to the Scottish Government as of Saturday 1 April under the Scotland Act 2016

Tax changes put more pressure on buy-to-let landlords

03 April, 2017

On 6 April, buy-to-let landlords will begin to feel the direct effects of the next tightening of taxation of the sector

Northern university cities dominate student Buy to Let investment yields

03 April, 2017

Research reveals half of the top 20 best Buy to Let university towns are in the north of England

How to finance a buy-to-let project

03 April, 2017

Many people like the idea of a buying a property, letting it out and watching the cash come in but sadly it's not as simple as many would like you to believe

Right to Rent rules: if a tenant's UK visa expires, will landlords be prosecuted?

03 April, 2017

Landlords needn't worry about Right to Rent checks, so long as their tenants have the right to live in the UK at the start of the tenancy

Housing benefit changes 'put young Scots at risk of homelessness'

31 March, 2017

Changes to housing benefit will put more young people in Scotland at risk of homelessness

Record Help to Buy equity loans in last quarter of 2016

31 March, 2017

The government made more than 12,000 Help to Buy equity loans in the last three months of 2016

Significant cuts to two parts of the benefit system to be phased in from next week

31 March, 2017

Next week will see the introduction of significant cuts to the generosity of two parts of the working-age benefits system

HB A7/2017

31 March, 2017

Right Benefit Initiative 2017/18

HB S6/2017

31 March, 2017

Right Benefit Initiative 2017/18 Funding

Welfare reforms and £330 million employment package start from April 2017

31 March, 2017

Employment help for people with health conditions will roll out from April, along with wider reforms to ensure a fair welfare system

Nowhere left to go: five million low-income workers priced out of renting and buying

31 March, 2017

Carers, teaching assistants and nursery nurses are just some of the low-income workers overburdened by private rents

The Big Idea: Universal Basic Income

31 March, 2017

The concept of a Universal Basic Income is currently attracting attention

'Distrust' in PIP system

31 March, 2017

Claimants of the government's disability benefits programme have an "inherent distrust" of the system

Painting disabled people as 'workshy': that's what benefits cuts are all about

30 March, 2017

The latest government changes equate illness with a lack of motivation, as welfare becomes a tool to modify behaviour

Council to invest £1bn in social housing

30 March, 2017

Stevenage Council are set to invest £1bn in council housing, in a 30-year investment plan

Change afoot for homeless families on Universal Credit?

30 March, 2017

Paying housing costs through Universal Credit is causing problems for tenants, landlords and local councils alike

Some more renting good news!

30 March, 2017

In another step forwards in increasing rights for tenants the Government announced that it will use its powers to make Client Money Protect mandatory for all letting and managing agents

Housing Benefit Assurance Process (HBAP)

30 March, 2017

These Housing Benefit (subsidy) Assurance Process modules are for reporting accountants and local authorities to use

DWP payments over £25,000 for 2017

30 March, 2017

Payments over £25,000 that DWP has made in 2017, including invoices, grants and expenses

Personal Independence Payment evaluation: wave 1 claimant survey findings

30 March, 2017

This research seeks to understand claimants' experiences of making a claim for Personal Independence Payment

Money manager tool for Universal Credit claimants

30 March, 2017

An online budgeting tool for people who claim Universal Credit has been launched by the Department for Work and Pensions

Help to Buy used by over a million

30 March, 2017

More than 259,000 people have already bought a home using one of the government's flagship Help to Buy schemes, and over 868,000 have opened a Help to buy: ISA

Court orders agent who stole £221,000 from landlords and tenants to repay just £50

30 March, 2017

A Proceeds of Crime case has resulted in the recovery of just £50 out of £221,000 stolen from members of the public by a crooked letting agent

Brexit and Beyond

30 March, 2017

Making a success of EU exit in housing

The decision to leave the European Union has implications for every corner of British industry, including the housing sector

Healey warns housebuilders over Help to Buy figures

30 March, 2017

With Help to Buy figures out, Shadow Housing Secretary warns housebuilders: improve or risk losing cash

Gap between LHA and cheapest rents making housing unaffordable for under-35s

30 March, 2017

The gap between LHA rates and rents has widened to the point where private rented housing is "out of reach" for under-35s

Troubled housing association put tenants at risk

30 March, 2017

Serious governance failure identified at Glasgow HA

It's a housing class war as the Tories set their sights on young people

29 March, 2017

Britain today: the Treasury gives away thousands to young people saving up to buy, but most young single people find housing almost completely out of reach

Agents throwing in the towel because of financial difficulties and other worries

29 March, 2017

Agents are quitting the industry because of the state of their own finances and amid concerns over the future

Buy to Let index - March 2017

29 March, 2017

March 2017 - East and South East rents rise as demand outside London rockets

Lenders are continuing to invest in social housing

29 March, 2017

Lenders are continuing to invest in the Scottish social housing sector and registered social landlords continue to have access to sufficient finance

Disability benefits: MPs granted emergency debate in final attempt to halt controversial curbs

29 March, 2017

Ministers to be accused of a 'troubling subversion of democracy' after sneaking through the changes to Personal Independence Payments

New Rugg to cover private rented sector

29 March, 2017

Confirmation of an updated independent review of the sector follows Propertymark conference

Government will use Help to Buy to police leasehold practices

29 March, 2017

The government will only support builders which adopt "acceptable terms" to leasehold properties with its Help to Buy Equity Loan programme

Councils welcome government's Universal Credit U-turn

29 March, 2017

Councils have welcomed the government's move to make households that are made homeless exempt from Universal Credit following reports rent arrears bills have started to rack up

Government rejects calls to halt Universal Credit roll out

29 March, 2017

The government has rejected calls to halt the roll out of Universal Credit

Fee ban costs 'loyal' PRS tenants

29 March, 2017

The Government's proposed ban on letting agent fees could cost tenants who stay in properties the longest hundreds of pounds

West Ham tenants' anger over 40 per cent rent hike

29 March, 2017

A group of tenants is up in arms after their landlord announced a 40 per cent rent hike

Associations should publish half-yearly accounts

29 March, 2017

Housing associations should publish half-year accounts and report all market-sensitive disclosures on their website to comply with the needs of investors

Lettings fee ban risks 'up to 16,000 agency jobs'

29 March, 2017

The tenant fees ban will hit loyal renters the hardest, while between 4,000 and 16,000 letting agent jobs could be at risk

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