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Are pantry schemes the new food banks?

22 March, 2017

More than 4 million people in Britain regularly go a whole day without eating. For just £2.50 a week, food clubs are filling their cupboards

Mhairi Black: benefit sanctions don't work. And Westminster knows it

22 March, 2017

Mhairi Black says the Tories' system of benefit sanctions is designed to victimise the most vulnerable in society

How clean is clean? How to avoid a filthy problem at the end of a tenancy

22 March, 2017

Our figures on disputes tell us that cleaning is the most common issue that will cause a dispute to arise. Although less than 1% of tenancies end in dispute, of these, cleaning is mentioned in 57%

Renters in far worse financial health than home owners

22 March, 2017

Private renters go on fewer holidays, save less money and are more likely to make forced cutbacks than those with a mortgage

SFHA welcomes Scottish Government call to halt Universal Credit full service roll-out

22 March, 2017

Feedback from SFHA members has revealed the system is causing hardship to vulnerable households and has resulted in unprecedented levels of rent arrears

Councils warn housing shortfall and benefit cuts fuel rising homelessness

22 March, 2017

Report calls on the government to invest in schemes that support people into the private rented sector such as a national rent deposit guarantee

End of Help to Buy needs to be managed carefully to protect the market

22 March, 2017

The Government must work out a way to "sensibly exit" its Help to Buy home buying policy in order to protect housebuilders

Universal Credit arrears 'frightening'

22 March, 2017

The deliberate exclusion of social landlords from the Universal Credit system means arrears levels are even worse than was originally feared

Tory benefits boss slammed after dismissing concerns welfare system is forcing people into rent arrears

21 March, 2017

Damian Green claimed "teething problems" had cleared up despite council figures showing average rent arrears of more than £900 among some Universal Credit claimants

CMA says it cannot review letting agent fees because of 'insufficient time before ban'

21 March, 2017

The Competition and Markets Authority has rejected calls for a review of the lettings industry market, including the fees charged by agents, saying there is no time

Tax change is biggest issue for UK buy to let landlords

21 March, 2017

Tax change is the biggest issue for buy to let landlords in the UK with many having concerns about how they will manage their business with the changes to mortgage relief finance

Letting Agent Plus: helping letting agents support private tenants to sustain their tenancies

21 March, 2017

With 14% of all households in Scotland now calling the private rented sector home compared with just 5% back in 1999, more people than ever are looking to the private rented sector for long-term housing solutions

We need to talk about the private rented sector

21 March, 2017

In the last 10 years we have seen rapid growth in the private rented sector

UK rental growth slowest in four years

21 March, 2017

The pace of UK rental growth has slowed to its lowest level since 2013 as the government begins to shift its stance away from homeownership

Bid to ban private contractors from hated PIP assessments

21 March, 2017

Amendments to be tabled to social security bill banning private companies undertaking assessments on disabled people

Buy-to-Let Watch: BTL is not the only fruit

21 March, 2017

Listening to the Budget earlier this month I found myself feeling something I had never expected to feel: actual frustration that housing was not being given a mention

Four rogue landlords in Govanhill barred from renting properties

21 March, 2017

Four landlords from Govanhill in Glasgow have been barred from the Scottish Landlord Register

Rising food and fuel prices hoist UK inflation rate to 2.3%

21 March, 2017

Standard of living fears build as wage growth slows and inflation leaps from 1.8% in January to highest level since September 2013

I am a legal aid lawyer for people facing eviction - they are the real Daniel Blakes

20 March, 2017

From the care leaver paying £650 a month to live in a shed to the tenant with one light bulb, I never get used to the stories - and they are increasingly desperate

Tory cuts to housing benefit show the "nasty party" lives on

20 March, 2017

In the Tories' cuts to young people's housing benefit, the nasty legacy of Cameron and Osborne lives on

Barwell: West Midlands 'strong contender' for Right to Buy pilot

20 March, 2017

Gavin Barwell has said the West Midlands is a "strong contender" for the regional pilot scheme of the Right to Buy extensison

Agents beware - failure to show letting fees is resulting in penalties being issued all over country

20 March, 2017

The obligation to display your letting agency fees on your website and within branches has been a requirement for almost two years now, through section 83 of the Consumer Rights Act in 2015

Ban on letting fees to cost single-office business £85,000 a year

20 March, 2017

A ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants will result in a loss of income of £85,000 for a single-office business and over £850,000 for a multi-branch network

HB G3/2017

20 March, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Wales: abolition of Right to Buy heads 'home'

20 March, 2017

Major consultation targets social housing tenants, prospective tenants and those who have bought homes under the scheme

Landlords stand by agents following tenant fees ban

20 March, 2017

The majority of landlords who use a letting agent will continue to do so even if they see their premiums rise following a ban on tenant fees

The state of the UK rental market

20 March, 2017

Rents across the UK continued to grow in 2016, rising by 1.12% between January and November, but the pace of growth slowed to half the 2.34% seen over the same period in 2015

Proposals for regulations and policy supporting the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016

17 March, 2017

Analysis of responses to the public consultation exercise

Bedford MP presses government to deliver 'right to buy' for housing association tenants

17 March, 2017

Mr Fuller urged the Minister to fulfil the government's manifesto pledge to remove the unfairness in law that denies housing association tenants the right to buy their home

Government replaces just 1 in 5 affordable homes sold under Right to Buy

17 March, 2017

Lib Dems seize on newly released DCLG Right to Buy stats to go at the government again - soon after winning a crucial concession

Landlords' Barometer - #47: 'Buy-to-let is dead'?

17 March, 2017

Welcome to my first Landlords' Barometer following the Spring Budget 2017. Here is some of our latest content from what is the UK's busiest landlord community

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2016 to 2017

17 March, 2017

This guidance is for local authorities. It explains the subsidies DWP pays them for certain costs of the Housing Benefit (HB) scheme

Rogue landlord fitted with electronic tag after 'unforgivable' campaign of harassment against single mum

17 March, 2017

A landlord has been fitted with an electronic tag after a "campaign of harassment" against a tenant that including switching off her heating and electricity in the middle of winter

Woman jailed after dishonestly claiming more than £40,000 in benefits

17 March, 2017

Julie Gillard was overpaid income support, council tax support and housing benefits over a period of more than four years

Buy-to-let bonds could be hit by falling rents in London and the south east

17 March, 2017

Falling rents in London and the south east could hurt buy-to-let bonds

Government urged to tackle zero-hours work as job figures reveal 'record high'

16 March, 2017

Unions are calling for the Government to tackle the rise in zero-hours work after new figures showed a record 905,000 people are employed on the controversial contracts in their main job

Government welfare experts slam ministers for denying PIP disability benefits to 160,000 vulnerable people

16 March, 2017

Anger as Damian Green, the Work and Pensions Secretary, refuses to allow MPs to vote on the changes - insisting that is "above my pay grade"

Crooked letting agent jailed for 19 months after fleecing would-be tenants

16 March, 2017

A crooked agent who kept over £15,000 in holding deposits has been jailed for 19 months and banned from being a company director for five years

New crackdown on rogue agents and landlords set to come in - with £30,000 penalties

16 March, 2017

A new crackdown on rogue agents and landlords will come into force within weeks

A dozen associations 'have 2,000 supported housing units on hold'

16 March, 2017

A dozen housing associations have almost 2,000 partially developed supported housing units on hold due to uncertainty over funding

Welfare reforms risk undermining housing aims

16 March, 2017

The government's welfare reforms risk undermining its aim to make housing more accessible

Pay-to-Stay changes stopped

16 March, 2017

Pay-to-Stay - a proposal to increase local authority housing rents for higher earners - will not be implemented by St Albans City and District Council

Housing body shares its concerns over implementation of Universal Credit

16 March, 2017

Housing professionals in Scotland have expressed concern at the potential for a negative social impact and spiralling costs as a result of implementing Universal Credit

The Personal Independence Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2017: SSAC correspondence

16 March, 2017

A letter to the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work about the Personal Independence Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

16 March, 2017

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2015 to 2016

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to January 2017

16 March, 2017

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

Government 'head in the sand' over Universal Credit

16 March, 2017

"Flabbergasting" response from DWP to the Commons Work and Pensions Committee downplays the impact of issues around the roll out

Discretionary Housing Payments and long term awards

15 March, 2017

This was a judicial review of H&F's refusal of Discretionary Housing Payments to Ms H. Ms H has severe autism and learning and behavioural difficulties

Scottish Government launches scrutiny guide for tenants

15 March, 2017

The Scottish Government has urged tenants to use a new guide to scrutinise social landlords in order to improve services

DWP 'tells disability benefits assessors to discriminate against people with mental health conditions'

15 March, 2017

It comes after ministers suggested people with anxiety do not really need help

March for homes planned to take on Tories attack on social housing

15 March, 2017

Housing activists have called a national demonstration for 24 June to go on the offensive against Tory attacks on social housing

Housing associations and councils to give LHA evidence to UK parliamentary committees

15 March, 2017

The UK Parliament's work and pensions and communities and local government committees will hear from housing associations and local authorities

Economic sentiment among associations 'at highest point since crash'

15 March, 2017

Economic sentiment among housing associations is at its highest level since the financial crisis

MPs must now debate calls for rent payments to be used for mortgage affordability

15 March, 2017

MPs are to debate a petition calling for rental payments to be deemed as enough proof that a borrower can afford a mortgage

Civil penalties date for landlords

15 March, 2017

Landlords can be issued with civil penalty notices for housing breaches as of April 6th the government has now confirmed

The cost of landlord licensing

15 March, 2017

Almost one in five local authorities in England have at least one discretionary licensing scheme - but at what cost?

Universal Credit Statistics

15 March, 2017

Universal Credit aims to reduce poverty, by making work pay, and to help claimants and their families to become more independent

Future proofing housing supply

15 March, 2017

A report from the housing forum working group on new solutions to boost housing supply

Shifting attitudes to welfare: Insights into our 'change audience'

15 March, 2017

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

Why Right to Buy was 'the only good thing Thatcher did for Wales', according to the people it helped

14 March, 2017

More than 139,000 housing units in Wales have been bought by tenants since 1980

Northern Irish tenants could be hit with surprise bedroom tax

14 March, 2017

Up to 1,500 social housing tenants could be hit by the bedroom tax if they move home

Crime In The Private & Social Housing Sectors

14 March, 2017

Paul Shamplina from Landlord Action, Stephen Gabriel of Sandwell Borough Council & Katrina Robinson join Richard Blanco to explain the nature of crime in the private and social housing sectors

Lack of robust thinking on affordable housing

14 March, 2017

The co-leader of the Green Party says the leading opposition parties are not doing enough to make the case for genuinely affordable housing

Is this the beginning of the end for Right to Buy in the UK?

14 March, 2017

The Welsh Government has introduced legislation to end the Right to Buy scheme in the country, triggering suggestions that England could follow suit as social rental housing continues its decline

Within eight years, as many private tenants as home owners in London

14 March, 2017

Private renting in London is predicted to catch up with owner-occupation by 2025

Social housing retrofit survey shows data 'key to success'

14 March, 2017

Social housing providers put £120m into retrofitting projects over the past year

Finding the Fix: Why we must protect housing benefit for 18-21 year olds

14 March, 2017

On a quiet Friday afternoon, the DWP laid draft regulations to end automatic entitlement to housing benefit for 18-21 year olds

The end of Right to Buy in Wales

13 March, 2017

As Wales consigns the Right to Buy to history, Westminster seems hellbent on the destruction of value created in the past

Buy to Let index - February 2017

13 March, 2017

Rental market has strong start to 2017

Revealed: every benefit cut to hit families in Liverpool since Tories elected

13 March, 2017

Groundbreaking study reveals huge cost of welfare cuts for 55,000 families in the city

Landlords slam Chancellor's 'undermining' of efforts to solve Scotland's housing crisis

13 March, 2017

Scotland's largest membership organisation for landlords has strongly criticised Hammond for not reversing tax changes which will result in a reduced supply of affordable housing in Scotland

Associations will not build supported housing without LHA cap certainty

13 March, 2017

Housing associations will not spend government funding earmarked for supported housing schemes unless more certainty is given over the Local Housing Allowance cap

Call for affordable housing in London amid rent squeeze

13 March, 2017

The high cost of renting a house in London has fuelled a huge increase in the number of people in the capital who do not have enough income for a decent standard of living

Brexit to have minimal impact on buy-to-let market

13 March, 2017

As the government prepares to invoke Article 50 to leave the EU, very few experts forecast that Brexit will have an adverse affect on the buy-to-let market

Civitas Social Housing buys supported living properties for £9.1m

13 March, 2017

London-listed investment trust Civitas Social Housing has bought a portfolio of supported living properties across Britain for £9.1m

Abolition of the right to buy and associated rights (Wales) bill

13 March, 2017

The Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill will end all variations of the Right to Buy and the Right to Acquire

Lettings administrator who stole over £14,000 in deposits is spared jail

13 March, 2017

A lettings administrator who stole over £14,000 in tenants' deposits has escaped jail

The sector in stats

10 March, 2017

The UK Housing Review, published by the Chartered Institute of Housing this week, consists of more than 200 charts and tables

I'm 82 and MPs need to hear my views on this devastating housing benefit cap

10 March, 2017

If this cap goes ahead, my wife and I face a shortfall of £609 a year. I don't know how we'd cope if we have to leave our sheltered home

How housing benefit cuts for the young will hit the North East's grandparents too

10 March, 2017

No housing benefit for under 21s will put more young people on the streets - and strain grans who have to care for three generations of their family

Scrapping housing benefit for 18-year-olds? The Tories have Cone Syndrome

10 March, 2017

Hammond's budget leaves the housing crisis unsolved and this bad plan to cut housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds will cost more than it saves

Councils should be able to borrow against existing properties

10 March, 2017

Councils should be able to borrow against existing properties to increase housebuilding at a local level

Two councils publish league tables on how much agents charge tenants

10 March, 2017

New data on how much local letting agents charge in tenants' fees has been published by the councils of Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove

How private landlords' tax bills will rocket after 'unjust legislation'

10 March, 2017

There will be an enormous leap in tax bills for private landlords when tax reforms kick into place

Selective licensing in Newham: a local scheme of national significance

10 March, 2017

When Newham Council introduced the first borough-wide licensing scheme in 2013, it looked like a novel way to improve their booming private rented sector

HB S4/2017 (REVISED)

10 March, 2017

New Burdens funding: Changes to Work-related Activity Group payments in Employment and Support Allowance

Budget 2017 is a big disappointment for landlords

10 March, 2017

Chancellor Phillip Hammond's Budget 2017 was his last chance to offer a financial olive branch to landlords braced to pay more tax when they lose mortgage interest relief in April

Benefits cuts are the biggest worry after the Budget

10 March, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of families will be hit

Council commits to mitigating Bedroom Tax

10 March, 2017

The City of Cardiff Council has reaffirmed its commitment to assisting council tenants affected by the Bedroom Tax

Poplar HARCA drives down arrears with RentSense

10 March, 2017

Poplar HARCA have created efficiencies, reduced arrears and prepared themselves for Universal Credit by investing in Mobysoft's RentSense application

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

09 March, 2017

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

What does the Budget mean for buy-to-let landlords?

09 March, 2017

This Budget was mooted as the last chance for the Chancellor to reverse changes to tax relief for landlords which is set to be cut next month

The government is 'wiping out the buy-to-let economy'

09 March, 2017

Philip Hammond's failure to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne's deeply unpopular tax reforms will have far-reaching implications for the buy-to-let industry

Rules stopping MPs helping benefit claimants to be scrapped

09 March, 2017

U-turn by ministers comes after Guardian revealed DWP was preventing MPs from pursuing individual universal credit cases

The Experience of Universal Credit: A Tenant's Perspective

09 March, 2017

Housing Associations in Wales provide 158,000 affordable homes and housing related services to around 10% of the Welsh population

This report captures the voice of tenants of housing associations, who were or were going to soon be receiving universal credit payments

Rental growth expectations strengthen further

09 March, 2017

Lack of landlord instructions drives rental growth expectations higher

Testing the water

09 March, 2017

The 'full-service' Universal Credit roll-out is being road tested in pilots across the country

Damaging Welfare Reforms Not Addressed in Spring Budget

09 March, 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Budget announced an increase of £350million to the Scottish Budget

Rent a room allowance review hidden in budget small print

09 March, 2017

The government will review the way rent a room relief operates - in what appears to be a bid to tackle the rise of short term lettings

Tax reforms harming access to rented housing for 'vulnerable tenants'

09 March, 2017

Vulnerable tenants are finding it harder to access rented housing because of tax changes being introduced by the Government

Budget 2017: housing cuts in spotlight

09 March, 2017

Funding for social care and apprenticeships were the winners in a low-key Budget

Hammond is hoping nobody notices benefits freeze

09 March, 2017

The real significance of the Budget was the decision not to ease the effects of the government's benefits freeze

No DSS: Most flat shares refuse benefit claimants

09 March, 2017

Landlords are more likely to accept potential renters who own pets than people claiming benefits

Universal Credit: changes to limited capability for work payments

08 March, 2017

This guide explains changes to Universal Credit limited capability for work payments from 3 April 2017

A state of disrepair

08 March, 2017

Housing is the largest outgoing most people will have in their lifetime

Scotland's tidiest and most green-fingered renters revealed

08 March, 2017

One in four private tenants has deductions taken from their deposit when they leave the property but almost all successfully claim the cash back

Benefit changes could cost working single parents up to £2,850 a year

08 March, 2017

The Chancellor said there is no spending spree in the 2017 Budget - as figures make new claims about the devastating impact of welfare cuts

Universal Credit in crisis: Calls for roll-out to be halted

08 March, 2017

Claimants on low incomes being left destitute with the introduction of the controversial system

£70 million to build new council homes and ease Cambridge's housing crisis

08 March, 2017

The cash would pay for 500 new homes to be built in the city within five years

Government will not legislate for Right to Buy extension

08 March, 2017

The government will not legislate to force councils to extend the Right to Buy to affordable homes built through their housing companies

Government refuses to publish housing benefit cut assessment

08 March, 2017

The government has refused to publish its equalities assessment into the removal of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds

Philip Hammond urged to pause cut in benefits for widowed parents

08 March, 2017

More than 3,200 people write to MPs to say reforms to bereaved support payments will leave 75% of people worse off in cash terms

It's for their own good, says Govt, as MPs debate

08 March, 2017

Young people affected by the Government's housing benefit cut for 18-21 year olds will be expected to change their behaviour and live with their parents

NLA Budget response: No news still bad news for landlords

08 March, 2017

We're pleased the Government has listened to our calls to delay the implementation of the Making Tax Digital programme

The government's welfare cuts are hurting their efforts to stop homelessness

08 March, 2017

Renters on a low income breathed a sigh of relief last year when the government said it would not make any additional benefit cuts

Extra £47m to tackle hated bedroom tax

07 March, 2017

Ministers announce more funding to counteract bedroom tax in Scotland

Budget 2017 (background): welfare changes in April

07 March, 2017

In September 2016 Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Damian Green reaffirmed the Government's commitment to make "no new cuts" to social security and tax credits

Budget 2017: Will the Chancellor have a trick up his sleeve for buy-to-let?

07 March, 2017

On 8th March, Philip Hammond will deliver his first and last Spring Budget before the Autumn Statement becomes the calendar's main fiscal policy event

Housing benefit cuts 'put young people at risk of homelessness'

07 March, 2017

Tenants aged 18 to 21 face exclusion from private rental market if stripped of benefit entitlement

Redress scheme left us 'high and dry' after expulsion of rogue agent

07 March, 2017

Landlords and tenants who say they have been defrauded by a rogue letting agent have hit out at one of the government-authorised redress schemes

Government guidance on complying with 2018 energy regulations

07 March, 2017

Guidance for landlords and enforcement authorities on the minimum level of energy efficiency required to let non-domestic property under the Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015

Disabled people failed by labyrinthine benefits system

07 March, 2017

Many disabled benefits claimants are 'liable to face years of illness in dire poverty'

Bracing for Impact: How aware are buy-to-let landlords of changes?

07 March, 2017

Recent YouGov Reports survey data suggests that mortgaged buy-to-let landlords are fairly well informed of new tax and regulatory measures

Scrapping housing benefit for 18- to 21-year-olds won't even save us that much money - it's ideological cruelty

06 March, 2017

When just 11,000 people will be affected - small fry in financial terms - it's hard to escape the conclusion that the goal isn't really to help people at all, but to punish them

Everything you need to know about a cut to housing benefit, which leave young people on the streets

06 March, 2017

The move has been condemned by campaigners and charities who fear it will lead to more young people on the streets

Scheme to combat rogue lettings agents under attack

06 March, 2017

Landlords and tenants who have been defrauded by a rogue letting agent say a government-approved scheme set up to protect them is useless

London Councils claim extra £470m could be spent on housebuilding if boroughs were allowed to keep all RTB receipts

06 March, 2017

If the Government slashed red tape and let them keep receipts from right-to-buy sales, then London's borough councils would have an extra £470 million to spend on building new homes

Benefit freeze leaves families facing steep rent rise or eviction

06 March, 2017

Teachers and other public sector workers risk homelessness

Housing shortage forces councils to spend £2 million a day on temporary accommodation

06 March, 2017

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is forcing cash-strapped councils to spend more than £2 million a day on temporary accommodation for homeless families

Over three-quarters of landlords have no plans to expand this year

06 March, 2017

Over three-quarters of landlords have no intention of expanding their property portfolios within the next year, with 10.5% saying they will be selling off properties amid concerns over impending tax changes

Welfare mitigation 'overwhelmed' by further social security cuts

06 March, 2017

Scottish HAs say a boost to DHP offered by Holyrood cannot fully mitigate the impact of the Benefit Cap

HB Direct issue 175

06 March, 2017

Wider Use of Real Time Information Service Rollout

Impact of Universal Credit

03 March, 2017

Over four-fifths of respondents say that people on zero-hour contracts have difficulty meeting their housing costs

Almost all respondents were aware of tenants turning to food banks

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2016-17 to 2021-22

03 March, 2017

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

Landlord confidence drops as tax cuts approach

03 March, 2017

One of Britain's biggest mortgage lenders has released a snapshot of the buy to let market that reveals landlord confidence is ebbing

Letting agents face six months in prison or £50,000 fines if they don't sign up to mandatory register

03 March, 2017

Letting agents in Scotland face criminal sanctions if they do not sign up to a mandatory register, laying down a marker for what could happen in England if licensing were introduced south of the border

Home ownership in England at a 30-year low

03 March, 2017

English Housing Survey finds private rented sector doubled in size since 2004, with ownership at lowest level since 1985

House sellers 'should pay stamp duty'

03 March, 2017

Stamp duty should be a tax on property sellers, rather than buyers, to help those trying to buy their first home

Three quarters of associations want rent freedom

03 March, 2017

More than three quarters of housing associations support having rent freedom

Social landlords need to be 'more open' to complaints

03 March, 2017

Some Scottish social landlords need to be "more open and responsive" to complaints

Zero hours contracts reach record levels

03 March, 2017

The number of people on controversial zero hours contracts has reached a record high of 910,000

Philippa Stroud: Hammond should boost Universal Credit now - and cut the deficit through more welfare reform later

03 March, 2017

Budgets should be, and always have the potential to be, nation-changing, nation-shaping events

Where are UK renters most satisfied?

02 March, 2017

A new survey has revealed whereabouts in the UK renters are most and least satisfied

Single-parent families launch benefit cap legal challenge

02 March, 2017

The High Court has granted a legal challenge of the lower benefit cap brought by four single-parent families

'Affordable housing'? Not in Manchester. So we have made our own rules

02 March, 2017

Residents with an income under the national average can't afford rent at 80% of market rate

Theresa May admits Government's social security experts were not consulted about disability benefits cuts

02 March, 2017

But The Independent can reveal the Social Security Advisory Committee will consider the new Personal Independence Payments regulations next week

Government to make bedroom tax change five months after court judgment

02 March, 2017

The government will change its bedroom tax regulations five months after the Supreme Court ruled the policy was discriminatory for some households with a disabled person

Private landlord association hits 30,000 members

02 March, 2017

30,000 landlords are now members of the Residential Landlords Association - just 18 months after membership hit the 20,000 mark

HB A4/2017

02 March, 2017

The Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit (Miscellaneous Amendments and Transitional and Savings Provisions) Regulations 2017

English Housing Survey

02 March, 2017

Headline Report, 2015-16

The English Housing Survey (EHS) is a national survey of people's housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England

PRS: so much more than a roof over your head

02 March, 2017

Significant investment into the UK's Private Rented Sector is seeing new developments provide far more than just a roof over occupants' heads

Councils forced to pay £800m in RTB cash back to Treasury

02 March, 2017

Labour on the attack saying the sum could have built more than 12,500 new homes

Barwell: 1% rent cut unhelpful for development plans

01 March, 2017

The housing minister has admitted the 1% rent cut has not helped housing associations and councils increase the number of homes they can build

MP slams new scheme aimed at helping slum landlords

01 March, 2017

A new scheme designed to assist landlords with housing repairs in Peterborough has been slammed by a local MP

Right to Buy 'only justifiable' if replacements built

01 March, 2017

The housing minister has pledged to look again at Right to Buy rules after he said the policy is "only politically justifiable" if the government is delivering replacement homes

Economist warns that Government assault on buy-to-let could result in rents 30% higher

01 March, 2017

House-price linked mortgages could help lenders address the balance of solvency and helping buyers to get on the property ladder

Tenant fees ban slammed as 'populist policy' that will help no one

01 March, 2017

Only a minority of tenants want longer-term tenancies

Tenants terminating tenancies as Universal Credit rolls out

01 March, 2017

Northern Housing Consortium releases its latest findings on the impact of Universal Credit

Broken promises: What has happened to support for low-income working families under universal credit?

01 March, 2017

This briefing presents some of the analysis to be published in a forthcoming report assessing the impacts of cuts to benefits from 2010 to 2020

Universal Credit: Rollout speeds up but leaves problems in its wake

01 March, 2017

A key parliamentary committee has re-launched an inquiry into Universal Credit

Housing associations call for long-term plan for supported housing

28 February, 2017

Three of Scotland's largest housing associations have joined together to urge the Scottish Government to find a solution on how to fund supported housing

Scottish ministers demand 'urgent reassurance' over housing benefit changes

28 February, 2017

Scottish ministers have demanded "urgent reassurance" from the UK government over the scrapping of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds

Calls for government to abandon housing benefit cuts

28 February, 2017

Housing and homeless organisations are concerned the cutback will lead to further hardship for the homeless

May adviser regrets saying benefits should only go to 'really disabled' people

28 February, 2017

Tory policy chief George Freeman says he 'hugely regrets' remarks suggesting funds should not go to people with anxiety

Landlords urged to hold off from incorporating until after Budget

28 February, 2017

The NLA is urging members to hold off from incorporating in case the Government tries to clamp down on limited companies being formed to mitigate income mortgage interest relief changes

Wales already licenses all letting agents, Scotland is about to - so how about it, Mr Hammond!

28 February, 2017

ARLA has called on the Chancellor to introduce licensing of letting agents in England

South West social landlord securing rent intelligently

28 February, 2017

North Devon Homes is using data to collect rent efficiently whilst also keeping tenants in their homes

Volunteer - you won't lose your benefits

28 February, 2017

New guidance produced by Scottish charities and the UK government clarifies the rules around volunteering when on benefits

Freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates 'must be scrapped'

28 February, 2017

The freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates must be scrapped to open up the private rented sector to the homeless

The five stages of renting

28 February, 2017

For many renting is the only realistic option

Chartered Institute of Housing welcomes clarification on registration of letting agents

28 February, 2017

New Scottish Government guidance offers advice on who is and isn't required to registered

Letting agent jailed for over three years after stealing tenants' deposits

27 February, 2017

The boss of a letting agency has been jailed for stealing £140,000 of tenants' deposits

Council pleads guilty to Lakanal House fire safety failures

27 February, 2017

Southwark Council expressed its "sincere regret" today as it pleaded guilty to fire safety failures relating to a tower block fire that killed six people

Disability benefits: PIPs should be for 'really disabled'

27 February, 2017

Disability benefits should go to "really disabled people" not those "taking pills at home, who suffer from anxiety"

MSPs call for action to address 'systematic problems' with Universal Credit

27 February, 2017

Serious systematic problems exist with the new Universal Credit system which will only get worse as a result of the UK government's planned closure of job centres in Scotland

Buy to Let index - February 2017

27 February, 2017

Rental market has strong start to 2017

Alafat welcomes MPs' inquiry into impact of DWP's lower benefit cap on low-income families

27 February, 2017

An inquiry into the impact the Government's lowered benefit cap is having on Britain's households has been welcome by the CIH

Time to drop the 'hated' ban on housing benefit for 18-21s

27 February, 2017

Reports over the weekend suggest Ministers and advisers are looking again at controversial plans to bar 18-21s from claiming housing benefit

HB S2/2017

27 February, 2017

Final New Burdens payment 2016/17 for the Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative

Universal Credit and you

27 February, 2017

This document gives an introduction to Universal Credit for people who are claiming it

Oxford City Council plans to guarantee private tenants' rent

27 February, 2017

Oxford City Council is planning to guarantee the rent of people at risk of becoming homeless, as it prepares for the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Bill

Pressure mounts on DWP to replace sanctions with warnings

27 February, 2017

Influential committee of MPs urge DWP to trial warning system in place of punitive benefit sanctions

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

24 February, 2017

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

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

24 February, 2017

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

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

24 February, 2017

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

Breaking the Cycle

24 February, 2017

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

Welsh Government ends councils Right to Buy duty

24 February, 2017

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

Welsh councils hike rents to boost investment

24 February, 2017

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

Bristol Council forced to cut housing target

24 February, 2017

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

Councils seek to plug budget holes as rent cut bites

24 February, 2017

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

Changes to Personal Independence Payment regulations

23 February, 2017

DWP Information briefing

Legal aid shakeup hands lifeline to domestic violence victims

23 February, 2017

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

Ministers seek alarm improvements after tenant death

23 February, 2017

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

Smoke alarms 'fail to wake children'

23 February, 2017

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

Let's build the social rent homes we need

23 February, 2017

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

MPs to debate associations' duties to private neighbours

23 February, 2017

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

Reports show state of BTL and PRS sectors

23 February, 2017

LendInvest and ARLA release latest survey findings.

Committee launches double benefits inquiry

23 February, 2017

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

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

22 February, 2017

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

Orr hits out at government supported housing proposal

22 February, 2017

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

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

22 February, 2017

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

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

22 February, 2017

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

MPs launch official inquiry into universal credit as criticism grows

22 February, 2017

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

Crisis backs call to ensure sanctions do not lead to homelessness

22 February, 2017

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

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

22 February, 2017

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

HAs market sale building overtakes social rent

22 February, 2017

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

Let's build the social rent homes we need

22 February, 2017

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

Bedroom tax: Westminster warned against cutting benefits

21 February, 2017

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

Benefit claimants face poverty at hands of erratic sanctions system

21 February, 2017

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

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

21 February, 2017

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

Barwell hints at RTB deal for councils

21 February, 2017

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

Government must review the use and impacts of benefit sanctions

21 February, 2017

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

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

21 February, 2017

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

MPs condemn 'postcode lottery in benefit sanctions'

21 February, 2017

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

Call for MOT system for rented homes in UK

21 February, 2017

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

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

21 February, 2017

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

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

20 February, 2017

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

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

20 February, 2017

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

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

20 February, 2017

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

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

20 February, 2017

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

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

20 February, 2017

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

Labour hit out at 'counterproductive' Right to Buy extension

20 February, 2017

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

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

20 February, 2017

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

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

20 February, 2017

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

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

20 February, 2017

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

Mapping benefits changes: how GIS can help housing associations

20 February, 2017

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

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

20 February, 2017

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

'Silver lining' to rental market

20 February, 2017

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

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

17 February, 2017

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

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

17 February, 2017

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

Basic income pilot considered in Glasgow

17 February, 2017

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

New film on social housing launches

17 February, 2017

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

Tenants face Rent Bombshell

17 February, 2017

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

Government considers development commitments in return for rent increases

17 February, 2017

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

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

17 February, 2017

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

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

17 February, 2017

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

HB G2/2017

17 February, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

32% of people on housing benefit are employed

16 February, 2017

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

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

16 February, 2017

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

Labour council pushes ahead with massive attack on council housing

16 February, 2017

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

More than 240 associations sign up to Sector Scorecard pilot

16 February, 2017

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

Landlords baffled by EPC changes and Right to Rent scheme

16 February, 2017

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

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

16 February, 2017

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

Susan Park appointed as Director General, Universal Credit operations

16 February, 2017

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

Universal Basic Income: best choice for the job?

16 February, 2017

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

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

16 February, 2017

Private renting in England is exceptionally insecure

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

15 February, 2017

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

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

15 February, 2017

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

Focus on tenancies

15 February, 2017

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

Characteristics of London landlords

15 February, 2017

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

Kent social housing provider joins national financial awareness project

15 February, 2017

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

Social Tenants in Scotland, 2015

15 February, 2017

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

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

15 February, 2017

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

Calls for long-term funding for supported housing

15 February, 2017

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

Right to Buy extension to companies could reduce affordable development

15 February, 2017

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

Help to Buy scheme's impact across England revealed

15 February, 2017

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

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

14 February, 2017

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

£1m raided from tenants' deposits by letting agents

14 February, 2017

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

Birmingham seeks to remove 4,000 from housing waiting list

14 February, 2017

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

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

14 February, 2017

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

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

14 February, 2017

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

Almost half of UK tenants frustrated by landlord issues

14 February, 2017

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

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

14 February, 2017

Conveyancer trade body criticises approach to boosting private rental supply

How renting can fix the UK's broken housing market

13 February, 2017

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

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

13 February, 2017

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

'Terrorised' tenants take on drugs den

13 February, 2017

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

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

13 February, 2017

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

Right to Rent 'failing on all fronts'

13 February, 2017

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

LHA cap: £64m funding gap risks breaking service

13 February, 2017

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

Increasing number of landlords 'buying property with cash'

13 February, 2017

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

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

13 February, 2017

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

New budgeting support for Universal Credit claimants

13 February, 2017

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

Campaigning association calls for buy to let change in March Budget

13 February, 2017

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

Standards in the private rented sector 'must improve'

13 February, 2017

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

More must be done to end fuel poverty

13 February, 2017

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

LIN member report February 2017 - The Housing White Paper

13 February, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

15 renters an hour 'at risk of eviction'

10 February, 2017

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

Benefit cap hitting single parents hardest in Nottingham

10 February, 2017

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

G4S to take over welfare support for families facing deportation

10 February, 2017

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

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

10 February, 2017

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

Renewed calls to halt Universal Credit pilots

10 February, 2017

The controversial benefits reform pilot scheme should be halted

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

10 February, 2017

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

Bedford foodbank funds frozen 'because of US law'

10 February, 2017

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

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

10 February, 2017

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

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

10 February, 2017

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

Associations could save £1.6bn in repairs costs

10 February, 2017

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

Landlords expected to scale-back portfolios

09 February, 2017

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

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

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

09 February, 2017

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

Benefits shake-up causing rent arrears

09 February, 2017

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

Associations must properly consult tenants before selling properties

09 February, 2017

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

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

09 February, 2017

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

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

09 February, 2017

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

Revenge eviction law 'not working'

09 February, 2017

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

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

09 February, 2017

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

Letting agent jailed after fleecing vulnerable tenants of holding deposits

09 February, 2017

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

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

09 February, 2017

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

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

09 February, 2017

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

Families to stay in emergency accommodation for maximum of one week

08 February, 2017

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

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

08 February, 2017

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

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

08 February, 2017

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

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

08 February, 2017

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

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

08 February, 2017

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

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

08 February, 2017

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

Strengthening the case for supported housing: the cost consequences

08 February, 2017

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

Benefit overpayment recovery: staff guide

08 February, 2017

A DWP staff guide about how overpayments of benefits are recovered

Freud says Universal Credit figures 'incomprehensible'

08 February, 2017

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

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

08 February, 2017

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

Housing white paper

07 February, 2017

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

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

07 February, 2017

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

The use of temporary accommodation in Scotland - 2016

07 February, 2017

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

The way Birmingham allocates social housing is changing

07 February, 2017

Birmingham is changing the way it allocates social housing

Longer PRS tenancies in White Paper

07 February, 2017

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

Tenants lacking financial back-up for loss of income

07 February, 2017

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

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

07 February, 2017

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

Universal credit flaws pushing claimants towards debt and eviction

07 February, 2017

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

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

07 February, 2017

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

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

07 February, 2017

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

Making the cap fit

07 February, 2017

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

Details of hundreds of landlords and agents leaked in official email

06 February, 2017

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

London leads association building rates in 2015/16

06 February, 2017

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

Affordable rent measures promised in housing White Paper

06 February, 2017

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

Council to invest £5m in sheltered housing

06 February, 2017

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

91 landlords punished under right to rent rules

06 February, 2017

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

Trowbridge tenants say lives will be put at risk by move

06 February, 2017

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

Concentrix tax credit cases to be reviewed

06 February, 2017

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

Mid Ulster housing tenants 'worried' by bedroom tax letters

06 February, 2017

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

City council forced to admit plans to scrap sheltered housing completely

06 February, 2017

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

Benefit Cap

06 February, 2017

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

The influence of buy-to-let on UK housing

06 February, 2017

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

Disability employment gap

03 February, 2017

The Government is aiming to halve the disability employment gap

What letting agents do to earn their fees

03 February, 2017

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

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

03 February, 2017

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

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

03 February, 2017

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

Benefit cap restores fairness to the system

03 February, 2017

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

Benefit cap: number of households capped to November 2016

03 February, 2017

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to November 2016

Cut to disability benefits may make return to work harder

03 February, 2017

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

Landlords tighten up affordability criteria under lower benefit cap

03 February, 2017

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

HomeLet Rental Index - January 2017

03 February, 2017

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

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

03 February, 2017

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

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

02 February, 2017

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

CIH president calls for more homes for social rent

02 February, 2017

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

Housing associations quadruple land buying in 2016

02 February, 2017

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

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

02 February, 2017

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

Letting agents' fees ban: Industry bodies continue their fight

02 February, 2017

ARLA has called for an end to up-front fees

Technology in Social Housing Part 2

02 February, 2017

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

Havering's Informal Licensing Consultation Draws to a Close

02 February, 2017

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

PlaceShapers lobby to sustain supported housing

02 February, 2017

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

Commuter zone landlords: what to expect in 2017

02 February, 2017

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

Private rented sector has vital role in addressing shortage of housing

02 February, 2017

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

New welfare advice centre opens at Dundee hospital

02 February, 2017

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

How Landlords can help in the Refugee Crisis

02 February, 2017

UK unlikely to reach target to resettle 20,000 refugees

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

01 February, 2017

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

Right to rent immigration checks put vulnerable people at risk

01 February, 2017

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

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

01 February, 2017

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

Personal injury? Get in touch, urges DWP minister

01 February, 2017

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

UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years

01 February, 2017

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

Scottish welfare fund helps low income households

01 February, 2017

Total of £116m allocated since the scheme was established

Social housing and the shared society

01 February, 2017

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

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

01 February, 2017

Research briefing: supported housing

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

Stamp duty windfall must lead to rethink on tax changes

01 February, 2017

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

Letting Agent fees research

31 January, 2017

Association of Residential Letting Agents research

When will Wales finally ban letting agent fees?

31 January, 2017

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

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

31 January, 2017

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

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

31 January, 2017

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

CML supports launch of new social housing regulator

31 January, 2017

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

Scottish councils warn lower benefit cap putting pressure on DHP budgets

31 January, 2017

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

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

31 January, 2017

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

'More must be done to tackle fuel poverty'

31 January, 2017

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

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

31 January, 2017

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

ARLA wants lettings fees spread as alternative to full ban

31 January, 2017

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

Average tenancy deposit still just below £1,000

31 January, 2017

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

First Minister of Wales confirms no decision on fees ban

30 January, 2017

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

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

30 January, 2017

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

UK rental property demand falls to two-year low

30 January, 2017

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

Universal basic income 'worrying and expensive'

30 January, 2017

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

Universal Credit move 'to benefit 700,000 homes'

30 January, 2017

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

As you cut repairs spend, prepare for the worst

30 January, 2017

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

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

30 January, 2017

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

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

30 January, 2017

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

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

30 January, 2017

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

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

Landlords 'rent loss' bid to get more cash

30 January, 2017

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

Landlords demand that Chancellor waters down hammering of private rented sector

27 January, 2017

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

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

27 January, 2017

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

Tackling the under-supply of housing in England

27 January, 2017

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

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

Growth of private sector renting and poverty 'closely linked'

27 January, 2017

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

Scottish government 'interested' in universal basic income

27 January, 2017

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

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

27 January, 2017

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

Reducing homelessness: The bill and beyond

27 January, 2017

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

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

27 January, 2017

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

LIN Member Report January 2017 - Housebuilding

27 January, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

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

The return of the Bedroom Tax monster?

26 January, 2017

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

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

26 January, 2017

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

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

26 January, 2017

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

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

26 January, 2017

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

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

26 January, 2017

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

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

26 January, 2017

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

Over half of renters fear they will never own a home

26 January, 2017

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

Calls for minimum standards for private rented sector

25 January, 2017

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

Catalyst downgraded by regulator following management breaches

25 January, 2017

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

Movebubble app to help letting agents identify 'serious renters'

25 January, 2017

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

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

25 January, 2017

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

Housing Benefit Entitlement Reductions: Caseload Management Information

25 January, 2017

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

Housing Benefit Speed of Processing Statistics

25 January, 2017

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

HB S1/2017

25 January, 2017

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

Calls to increase energy efficiency in homes

25 January, 2017

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

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

25 January, 2017

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

Landlord facing prosecution for housing 18 tenants in dangerous property

25 January, 2017

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

'Rogue' landlords receive £2.3bn in housing benefit

24 January, 2017

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

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

24 January, 2017

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

Hate crime a 'major concern' for migrant tenants

24 January, 2017

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

Areas with rising waiting lists see falls in social housing

24 January, 2017

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

Campaigners aiming to stop 'racist' Right to Rent

24 January, 2017

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

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

24 January, 2017

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

Early warnings about the lower benefit cap

24 January, 2017

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

Supporting housing tenants

24 January, 2017

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

Touchbase - edition 117

24 January, 2017

January 2017

Caroline Nokes MP commits to supporting tenants

24 January, 2017

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

Making the Most of Build to Rent

23 January, 2017

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

Right to Buy: dreams and nightmares

23 January, 2017

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

Perth & Kinross Council continues home improvements despite rents freeze

23 January, 2017

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

Housing benefit claimants increasingly shut out of private rental market

23 January, 2017

Campaigners say growing instances of 'No DSS' are problematic

Councils could provide homelessness prevention support beyond 56 days

23 January, 2017

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

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

23 January, 2017

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

Private rents not rising above inflation - unlike social housing rents

23 January, 2017

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

Buy to let landlords affected by lending and tax changes

23 January, 2017

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

Slight decrease in average PRS rents

20 January, 2017

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

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

20 January, 2017

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

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

20 January, 2017

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

Associations slash spend on major repairs as rent cut bites

20 January, 2017

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

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

20 January, 2017

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

Fact check: Do lenders really oppose longer tenancies?

20 January, 2017

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

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

20 January, 2017

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

Data reveals empty council garages could create 16,000 homes

19 January, 2017

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

Social rents have increased faster than earnings

19 January, 2017

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

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

19 January, 2017

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

Combating food poverty

19 January, 2017

£350,000 to make fresh and healthy food available

Sheffield named as Britain's low pay capital

19 January, 2017

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

Taxing times for landlords as changes come into effect in 2017

19 January, 2017

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

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

19 January, 2017

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

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

19 January, 2017

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

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

19 January, 2017

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 8 Dec 2016

18 January, 2017

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

Home counties lettings index

18 January, 2017

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

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

18 January, 2017

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

Rise in children in temporary accommodation in Scotland

18 January, 2017

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

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

18 January, 2017

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

Changing how we think about repairs

18 January, 2017

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

'250,000 social homes lost by 2020'

18 January, 2017

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

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

18 January, 2017

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

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

18 January, 2017

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

All change in Northern Ireland's private rented sector

18 January, 2017

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

DWP slammed for "shambolic" Universal Credit roll-out

18 January, 2017

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

Disused council building 'ideal for social housing'

18 January, 2017

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

Stormont votes for bedroom tax mitigation payments

17 January, 2017

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

Government yet to introduce bedroom tax exemption despite court ruling

17 January, 2017

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

HMRC criticised over spiralling payments to outsourcing firm

17 January, 2017

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

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

17 January, 2017

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

Council-owned homes drop by 10% in six years

17 January, 2017

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

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

17 January, 2017

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

Concentrix claimant 'taking out payday loans to cope'

17 January, 2017

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

Disabled claimant takes DWP to court over email

17 January, 2017

Claimant believes DWP is breaching disability legislation

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2017

17 January, 2017

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

Doubts around ring-fenced funding for supported housing

17 January, 2017

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

10-year wait for a council house

17 January, 2017

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

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

16 January, 2017

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

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

16 January, 2017

Welcome to the first "Landlords' Barometer" of 2017

Welsh Social Landlords take new approach to January Debt

16 January, 2017

New data solution identifies those at risk to loan sharks

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

16 January, 2017

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

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

16 January, 2017

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

Universal Credit - Progress Update

16 January, 2017

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

Universal Credit to be paid more regularly in Scotland

16 January, 2017

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

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

16 January, 2017

Rents increased at their slowest pace in seven years in 2016

Universal Credit tenants in arrears increases to 86%

16 January, 2017

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

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

16 January, 2017

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

Government reveals councils on fixed-term tenancies working group

13 January, 2017

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

Deadlock in Stormont could spell turmoil for social housing tenants

13 January, 2017

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

Resolution in sight for NI mitigation measures

13 January, 2017

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

First use of new Scots welfare powers over Universal Credit

13 January, 2017

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

Smart meters are really changing tenants' lives

13 January, 2017

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

Rents to rise by 4% outside London this year

12 January, 2017

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

71% unsure of Right to Buy purchase price

12 January, 2017

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

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

12 January, 2017

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

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

12 January, 2017

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

Concerns that thousands of private landlords are unaware of laws

12 January, 2017

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

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

11 January, 2017

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

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

11 January, 2017

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

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

11 January, 2017

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

Citizen's Advice wants action on short-term tenancies

11 January, 2017

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

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

11 January, 2017

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

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

11 January, 2017

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

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

11 January, 2017

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

UK rental price inflation more than halved in 2016

11 January, 2017

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

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

10 January, 2017

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

Landlords call for Government to repeal mortgage interest relief changes

10 January, 2017

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

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

10 January, 2017

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

Land transaction tax 'likely to reduce supply' of rentals

10 January, 2017

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

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

10 January, 2017

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

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

09 January, 2017

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

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

09 January, 2017

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

Bid to stop people refusing social housing

09 January, 2017

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

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

09 January, 2017

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

HA launches innovative recruitment for tenants

09 January, 2017

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

Brokers record increasing limited company buy-to-let applications

06 January, 2017

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

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

06 January, 2017

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

Tenants to lose £1.9m in benefits

06 January, 2017

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

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

06 January, 2017

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

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

06 January, 2017

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

Scotland labels UK welfare changes 'damaging'

06 January, 2017

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

Housing chief's concerns amid welfare overhaul

06 January, 2017

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

Nama defends social housing efforts as campaigners demand action

06 January, 2017

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

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

05 January, 2017

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

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

05 January, 2017

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

Further Parliamentary engagement on supported housing

05 January, 2017

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

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

05 January, 2017

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

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

05 January, 2017

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

Building our homes, communities and future

05 January, 2017

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

Welfare changes 'damaging' to low income families

05 January, 2017

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

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

05 January, 2017

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

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

04 January, 2017

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

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

04 January, 2017

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

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

04 January, 2017

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

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

04 January, 2017

Rising numbers of landlords are struggling to pay their mortgage

Petrol and food prices expected to continue rising in 2017

04 January, 2017

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

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

04 January, 2017

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

What does 2017 hold for social housing?

04 January, 2017

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

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

04 January, 2017

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

Families with children hit by insecurity in the private rented sector

04 January, 2017

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

Need for rethink on Bedroom Tax II

03 January, 2017

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

Shock over private landlords' £2bn housing benefits bonus

03 January, 2017

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

Is Buy to Let Dead?

03 January, 2017

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

Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland

03 January, 2017

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

Number of private renters made homeless has trebled since 2010

03 January, 2017

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

More than 2.3m families living in fuel poverty in England

03 January, 2017

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

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

30 December, 2016

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

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

29 December, 2016

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

Council suffering from lack of homes

29 December, 2016

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

Council targets rogue Sheffield landlords after highest ever number of convictions

28 December, 2016

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

Homelessness group worker suspended for sleeping rough in council garage

28 December, 2016

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

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