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Man behind allAgents review site to keep his landlord licence after jail sentence

30 August, 2016

Vincent Friel, the letting agent behind agents review site allAgents, has been allowed to keep his licence to continue as a private landlord

New Bill set to change the moment that private tenants become homeless

30 August, 2016

A new Bill aimed at reducing homelessness has been published

Police step up hunt for bogus letting agent who robbed tenants of thousands

30 August, 2016

Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak in connection with an investigation in which a number of people fell victim to a suspected bogus letting agent

Fury as major buy-to-let tax amendments are 'slipped in' by stealth

30 August, 2016

Major amendments to the Finance Bill have been "slipped in" at committee stage

Theresa May urged to reshape welfare with 'social insurance'

30 August, 2016

Firmer link between contributions and receipts is on table as PM calls first cabinet meeting since summer break

The social housing tenants miles from home

30 August, 2016

Councils, particularly those in London, are choosing to tackle a shortage of affordable social housing by investing in accommodation in other parts of the country

LGA calls on Government to rethink pay to stay policy

30 August, 2016

LGA is urging new ministers to rethink the Pay to Stay policy which will require councils to charge some of their tenants higher rents from April 2017

Should Wales Ban Letting Agent Fees?

30 August, 2016

Between late January and early March 2016, Shelter Cymru and their supporters carried out a mass participative mystery shop of 85 letting agents across Wales looking into what tenants were charged in agency fees

Life after community death: this food bank has a lesson for Labour

30 August, 2016

Two women who restored pride to a blighted town can show Jeremy Corbyn and his colleagues what a social movement could be used for

Lower benefit cap to hit a quarter of a million poor children

30 August, 2016

Changes coming in this autumn will take an average of £60 a week from households affected

'Pay to stay' is just another way to punish social housing tenants

30 August, 2016

When the government talks about its 'pay to stay' policy, ministers usually point to all those greedy social housing tenants who earn mega bucks but continue living in a council house

New Housing Benefit Limits For Claimants Going Abroad

26 August, 2016

People living in Great Britain can now only receive Housing Benefit for 4 weeks if they are out of the country. Previously, housing benefit claimants could continue having their rent paid for up to 13 weeks

70,000 social housing tenants face £1,000 a year average rent rises under pay to stay

26 August, 2016

The LGA is urging new ministers to rethink the Pay to Stay policy which will require councils to charge some of their tenants higher rents from April 2017

MP asks letting agent to sign petition to get letting agent fees abolished

26 August, 2016

A letting agent has been invited by his MP to support a campaign to have "rip off" letting agent fees banned

Landlord handed £15,000 bill

26 August, 2016

A company has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 for failing to licence a large block of flats in Rotherham

Homelessness changes: more evidence on how it really works in Wales

26 August, 2016

Last week a cross-party committee of MPs identified the principal cause of homelessness as the cost and availability of housing

Low wages and bills 'thwart 18-35s' savings ambitions'

26 August, 2016

The under-35s are not a spendthrift generation, but are struggling to save owing to daily financial pressures and low wages

Half of Mid Suffolk's sheltered homes could be axed in council's proposals

26 August, 2016

Nearly half of Mid Suffolk Council-run sheltered housing schemes could be axed if new proposals go ahead

Housing benefit pumped into the private rented sector is dead money

26 August, 2016

If the government truly cared about value for money for taxpayers rather than the profits of private landlords, they'd build social housing

Merseyside RTB sales increased due to low demand elsewhere

26 August, 2016

The number of homes sold in Merseyside under the Right to Buy extension pilot was upped to compensate for low sales elsewhere

Private rents up by 2.4% over past year

25 August, 2016

The ONS' latest index of private housing rental prices has found that rents grew by 2.4% in the year to July 2016

Guidance issued to landlords on how they should treat refugees

25 August, 2016

The Scottish Refugee Council has launched a guide for housing professionals to ensure that all refugees and asylum seekers are treated with dignity and fairness

Of Letting Fees and Rent Controls - Landlords being pushed into a trap

25 August, 2016

A lot was made of letting agent fees in the run up to last year's general election, and the issue is back again as the fix-all cure of the ills of private renting

Universal credit delays forcing people to food banks

25 August, 2016

Delays in government's flagship welfare reform has caused debt, rent arrears and health problems

OneSavings more keen on lending to professional landlords after EU vote

25 August, 2016

OneSavings Bank said it had increased its focus on professional landlords and tightened lending criteria for financing smaller residential developments after Britain voted to leave the EU

Mortgage approvals by UK banks fall to lowest level so far this year

25 August, 2016

Approvals were down in July but credit growth was up, suggesting people delaying large not small purchases after Brexit vote

Nationality at point of NINo registration of DWP working age benefit recipients: data to Feb 2016

25 August, 2016

Nationality at point of National Insurance number (NINo) registration of DWP working age benefit recipients

Analysis of EEA migrants' access to income-related benefits measures

25 August, 2016

Analysis relating to the measures introduced to restrict access to income-related benefits for EEA migrants from December 2013

Welfare Reform and Work Act: impact assessment for the benefit cap

25 August, 2016

Impact assessment for the benefit cap to be implemented from November 2016 under the Welfare Reform and Work Act

Landlord power sees off introduction of licensing scheme

24 August, 2016

A west country council has dropped its plans for a licensing scheme after local landlords came up with "a number of other alternatives"

Agents accused of kicking out tenants in order to earn 'inflated' fees

24 August, 2016

'Inflated' fees give letting agents an incentive to churn tenants - kicking them out, and in the process distorting the whole housing market

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain, results: July 2016

24 August, 2016

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

Demand for buy-to-let mortgages and loans boosts OneSavings Bank profits but lender set to slash standard rates

24 August, 2016

Specialist lender OneSavings Bank was the biggest riser on the FTSE 250 at lunchtime as demand for mortgages and loans saw it post above-forecast profits

'Rogue landlords' exploit vulnerable families in Govanhill

24 August, 2016

Vulnerable families are being exploited by "rogue landlords" in the midst of the first minister's constituency

More needs to be done to increase housing supply for all tenures

24 August, 2016

The Resolution Foundation recently reported that home ownership figures in Northern Ireland have fallen significantly by 10% in just over 10 years

Poorer renters at risk from homelessness as benefit shortfall grows

24 August, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of households face a £100-a-month gap between private rents and housing benefit by 2020

Home Group ISA scheme 'will help with deposits'

24 August, 2016

A housing association's homeownership scheme will help tenants raise cash for deposits, despite controversy this week over the government scheme on which it is modelled

Housing associations cancel merger

24 August, 2016

Genesis and Thames Valley have cancelled their merger plans at the eleventh hour citing "differences in style and approach"

Landlords' Barometer - #39: Ten predictions and one has already come true!

23 August, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #39" ... a round-up of trending topics on PropertyTribes.com

Social Impact Report

23 August, 2016

The Real Lettings Property Fund is a property investment fund designed for a social purpose: to help people at risk of homelessness to become more independent

Government launches review into letting agent fraud

23 August, 2016

The Government is to review whether renters' and landlords' money is adequately protected from letting agent fraud or bankruptcy

Wages standstill sees over a million low-income families struggle with extreme debt

23 August, 2016

More than a million families with a household income below £30,000 are in extreme debt

Consumer regulation review 2015 to 2016

23 August, 2016

The report sets out the social housing regulator's approach to consumer regulation and includes case studies and lessons learned

Building affordable homes is the way to control the housing benefit bill

23 August, 2016

Housing benefit payments to tenants in the private rented sector have doubled in the last ten years, to £9.3 billion a year

Landlords to challenge Redbridge Council's planned licensing schemes

23 August, 2016

Landlords in Redbridge are being invited to put any questions they have over new controversial licensing schemes to council officers at a meeting being held tomorrow

More than 1.5m UK households in extreme debt

23 August, 2016

Britain in the Red study finds that people are struggling to make repayments as wages have fallen since financial crisis

Help to Buy ISA: the real scandal

22 August, 2016

Over the weekend the Telegraph reported that there is a Help to Buy ISA "scandal" because "first-time buyers will not be able to use it on an initial deposit on their new home"

Private landlords 'lining their pockets' with housing benefit

22 August, 2016

Private landlords "are lining their pockets" with housing benefit

The growing Housing Benefit spend in the private rented sector

22 August, 2016

This briefing examines the reasons and factors behind the recent growth in Housing Benefit expenditure in the private rented sector

My challenge to Lord Freud, Minister of State for Welfare Reform: Can you live on 63pence per week for nearly seven weeks?

22 August, 2016

If the answer to that question is No, then why are you imposing a policy on Universal Credit claimants that achieves just this?

How Might the Chancellor's Autumn Statement Affect Landlords?

22 August, 2016

The year 2016 has definitely been a turbulent one for Britons, especially landlords

Treasury and banks could face legal action over Help to Buy Isa scandal

22 August, 2016

The Government and banks could face legal action from thousands of savers over the Help to Buy Isa scandal

Welfare 'Dependency': Hard Right Keeps Up the Pressure to attack the less Well Off

22 August, 2016

The Centre for Policy Studies has a thing about 'welfare dependency'

New council houses are welcome but we need a lot more to solve housing crisis

22 August, 2016

Shelter Scotland reacts as North Lanarkshire Council reveals it is to build 1,000 council homes

The face of social housing in Renfrewshire is set to change with a £34million deal

22 August, 2016

It is hoped the plan will be rubber-stamped in days

NHF crowdfunds Pay to Stay data tool

22 August, 2016

NHF has called on members to help crowdfund £70,000 for a data project estimating tenants' incomes ahead of the voluntary introduction of Pay to Stay

The working renters whose homes are 'at risk'

22 August, 2016

Penny and Rich Baker, who live near Bristol, have decided they have no choice but to move to a smaller house

Less than 2% of social tenants apply for Right to Buy in trial of scheme

19 August, 2016

Only 1.6% of households in the pilot to extend the Right to Buy to housing associations have applied to purchase their social home

Concern over plans to withhold Right to Buy payments

19 August, 2016

Ministers are set to insist on withholding 30% of compensation payment for Right to Buy discounts until replacement homes are started

Rental expert calls on new Housing Minister to reverse tax changes

19 August, 2016

Reverse 'punitive tax policies' in order to increase supply and demand in the rental sector

'This is a scandal', we need to do far better than this' - more than 4,000 children are in temporary accommodation across Barnet

19 August, 2016

A report has revealed that more than 4,000 children are in temporary accommodation in Barnet - three times more than previously stated

And how much do you earn? Public pressure for government regulation of pay

19 August, 2016

Economics teaches that freely determined pay arrangements are likely to lead to optimal output and employment, with benefits to both employers and employees

Gloucester Foodbank to continue at new storage site

19 August, 2016

A food bank which was under threat of closure will continue to operate after a deal was made to use a storage site

Greater Maryhill Foodbank founder charged with fraud

19 August, 2016

The founder of a high-profile Glasgow foodbank has been charged with fraud

Even dukes support social housing - so why doesn't the government?

19 August, 2016

Both the second and sixth Dukes of Westminster understood that social housing will always be needed: now is the time to build, not sell it off

Andy Burnham calls for councils to be able to buy poor quality private rented homes

18 August, 2016

Councils should receive a fund to help them purchase private rented homes in a poor state of repair

Belvoir calls on ministers to reverse Osborne's 'disastrous' taxes on landlords

18 August, 2016

Franchise chain Belvoir is calling for the Government to reverse "punitive" tax policies that are hitting the private rented sector

HB G8/2016

18 August, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Rogue landlord fined £40k for 'squeezing' tenants into unsafe HMO

18 August, 2016

A rogue landlord faces a court bill of almost £40,000 after being caught cramming 24 people into an unsafe, cockroach infested £3,700 a month HMO intended for seven

I can't prepare a meal or walk and talk normally. But the Government has just cut my benefits

18 August, 2016

A woman from York who was diagnosed with early onset dementia in her 50s has spoken of her devastation that her disability payments have been cut

The student towns where buy-to-let returns are as high as 10pc

18 August, 2016

Yields of more than 10pc are still obtainable from buying properties to let to students

Be prepared, landlords, there's a new Government regime on energy efficiency standards coming your way

18 August, 2016

Landlords need to prepare for the introduction of the Government's new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards now if they want to avoid legal headaches and potential fines

NHF propose Pay to Stay data solution

18 August, 2016

The National Housing Federation have set out how they feel associations can best collect data for Pay to Stay

Tenant satisfaction: is it still relevant?

18 August, 2016

As housing associations transform themselves, is customer service still important - and if so, why?

New start-up offering alternative to tenancy deposit protection announces seed investment

17 August, 2016

A London-based property and financial technology start-up, Reposit, is aiming to offer an alternative to tenancy deposit protection

G15: Bedroom tax failing to free up larger homes

17 August, 2016

The bedroom tax is failing to free up larger social homes in London, according to research by the G15 group of housing associations

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

17 August, 2016

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 4 Aug 2016

17 August, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 4 August 2016

Bedroom tax fails on objectives

17 August, 2016

Research shows the government's Bedroom Tax is failing in its aim of freeing up larger homes

Bank of mum and dad dealt tax blow: New rules mean parents could be hit by higher stamp duty rates

17 August, 2016

Coventry Building Society scraps 'Step Up' mortgage deal for families

Buy to let property investors in UK still positive post Brexit

17 August, 2016

Confidence in the lending environment remains unchanged for buy to let property investors in the UK after the historic vote to leave the European Union

Our housing associations can build more homes - if the government will let us

17 August, 2016

With housebuilding plans hard hit by the Brexit vote and uncertain economic times, there's an urgent need to shift support from ownership to renting

Sheltered housing and extra care housing by LA in Wales

17 August, 2016

The Welsh Government's annual report on the number of dwellings owned by local authorities and registered social landlords

Benefits rule change forces 500 disabled people to give back vehicles every week

17 August, 2016

'Having a progressive illness is difficult enough without being treated as though you are exaggerating,'

£66k bill for illegal sub-letting

17 August, 2016

Busted for illegal sub-letting, a tenant has been landed with a £66,600 bill

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to March 2016

17 August, 2016

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to March 2016

Arrears and repossessions fall to lowest level in 20 years but rental evictions soar

16 August, 2016

While the number of people falling into arrears is at its lowest level in 20 years, rising rents and living costs have seen rental evictions soar

Are you one of the 1 in 10 legally compliant landlords in Wales?

16 August, 2016

All landlords with property in Wales are legally required to register with Rent Smart Wales and undergo training to obtain a license if you self-manage your property

Law student illegally sub-let her council flat to private tenant

16 August, 2016

A law student illegally sub-let her council flat to a private tenant when she started a university degree 120 miles away

BPF build to rent map of the UK

16 August, 2016

The BPF build to rent map plots build to rent schemes across the UK aimed at the institutional investment market

Five million private renters 'risk housing crisis without wage'

16 August, 2016

More than five million working rental sector tenants are at risk of being unable to cover their housing costs if they lost their wage

Benefit gaps put half a million working renters at risk

16 August, 2016

More than half a million working renters in Yorkshire are at risk of being unable to cover housing costs should they lose a wage

As a landlady, I can see what needs to change in our rental market

16 August, 2016

We recently received the following guest blog from a Shelter supporter, Maureen, and we thought we'd share it

Scottish landlords launch new campaign against tax changes

15 August, 2016

Tax increases being imposed by the UK and Scottish governments will make it easier for irresponsible landlords to provide sub-standard housing to tenants

Emboldened tenants refuse to move

15 August, 2016

Residents of the Butterfields estate in Walthamstow are up in arms about a neighbour's eviction

Pace of rent rises slows across country - and drop in central London for first time in six years

15 August, 2016

Rental growth has slowed across the country. And while rents still went up in most regions, last month there were drops in the south-east, Scotland, Wales and London

Council action leaves landlord with £14k bill for unlicensed flats

15 August, 2016

A London council has left a landlord with a bill of over £14,000 for letting unlicensed "overcrowded, poorly managed, fire hazard" flats

New licensing scheme for HMOs

15 August, 2016

The London borough of Bexley is developing a new local licensing scheme for Houses of Multiple Occupation

Another buy to let lender encouraging longer tenancies

15 August, 2016

Leeds Building Society has changed its mortgage criteria in a bid to encourage longer-term private rentals

Energy policy a 'tax on tenants'

15 August, 2016

Tenants may face higher rents due to the impact of energy efficiency

London rents drop for first time since November 2010

15 August, 2016

Rents in London have fallen annually for the first time in nearly six years as the pace of price increases has slowed across Britain

Government facing calls for Right to Buy to be scrapped

12 August, 2016

The Green Party has called for Right to Buy to be scrapped after only 20% of homes bought under the scheme last year have been replaced

Number of private tenants evicted by bailiffs soars 88% in five years

12 August, 2016

The number of households living in the private rented sector in England evicted by bailiffs has gone up 88% in the past five years

Sustainable buildings pay in terms of rent and occupancy

12 August, 2016

A new study draws a direct correlation between green building certification and increased financial benefits to property owners

Buy-to-let market plateaus in Q2 as tenant demand stabilises

12 August, 2016

Tenant demand for private rental property is plateauing across the UK, as 45% of landlords report no change during the second quarter of 2016

Right to buy is a stake in the heart of social housing - now more than ever

12 August, 2016

Despite the fact that flogging off national assets at below market value is brainless, the social housing fire sale continues apace

Arrears and possessions continue to fall

12 August, 2016

The number of mortgages in arrears continued to fall in the second quarter of this year, and is now at its lowest level since records began more than 20 years ago

Latest universal credit roll out schedule announced

12 August, 2016

The department of work and pensions have announced the next stages of the universal credit rollout schedule

22,592 private renting households evicted over the past 12 months

12 August, 2016

Shelter says the "terrible impact" of welfare cuts and "chronic lack" of affordable homes is reflected in the 22,592 private renting households in England evicted by bailiffs in the last twelve months

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics: April to June 2016

11 August, 2016

Quarterly National Statistics on possession claim actions in county courts by mortgage lenders and social and private landlords

Right-to-buy reform urged as council leaders fear for social housing

11 August, 2016

Figures show that replacements for homes sold under the right-to-buy scheme fell by 27% last year, worsening the housing crisis

New scheme to help tenants buy their social homes

11 August, 2016

One of the UK's largest housing associations plans to discount tenants' rents, freeze property prices and top up savings in a pioneering bid to help tenants buy their social home

Tenants hit by short supply of family housing

11 August, 2016

The majority of franchise owners in the Group's 170-strong network are reporting a shortage in family housing for the rental market

Northern Ireland beats social housing target

11 August, 2016

The number of new social homes started in Northern Ireland last year has exceeded the government's 1,500-homes target, but it is still down on the previous year

Social Housing Stock and Rents, as at 31 March 2016

11 August, 2016

Social housing stock are dwellings, bedsits and bed spaces owned or partly owned by local authorities and RSLs, otherwise known as social landlords

Right to buy rules 'restricting councils replacing homes sold under scheme'

11 August, 2016

Less than 20% of homes sold under the right to buy scheme were replaced by councils last year

Disability and Poverty

11 August, 2016

Reducing poverty among disabled people has to be at the heart of any attempts to reduce poverty overall in the United Kingdom

This is because, first, disabled people have higher poverty rates than the rest of the population

Concern that landlords who apply for direct rental payments having emails deleted

10 August, 2016

The Residential Landlords Association is to call on the Government for better guidance to stop emails applying for rent payments to go straight to landlords being deleted

Landlords may have to spend up to £5,000 to keep rental homes in the market

10 August, 2016

Government officials have estimated it could cost landlords between £1,800 and £5,000 to bring energy-inefficient properties up to an EPC rating of E

Most private landlords are part-timers with just one property

10 August, 2016

The large majority of private landlords still consider property rental to be a part-time activity, and most manage their portfolios as private individuals rather than as companies

Our welfare state shouldn't be a source of shame, but of pride - and fury

10 August, 2016

With so many working families a month's pay away from losing their homes, Labour's duty isn't to get tough on benefit claimants, it's to rid the system of its stigma

Paying rent without work 'a very scary place to be'

10 August, 2016

What is it like to lose your job and not have enough money to cover your rent and childcare?

With supported housing in limbo, vulnerable people face homelessness

10 August, 2016

The government delay on reforms to supported housing funding means a miserable summer for tenants and difficult decisions for us providers

Rogue landlord 'couldn't afford' to fix unsafe HMO

10 August, 2016

Failing to provide safety precautions... a dangerous kitchen layout... defective windows and waste pipes... rogue landlord Kowser Ahmed Chowdhury claimed he couldn't afford to fix any of them

The stigma of renting and the legacy of new towns

10 August, 2016

Jonn Elledge's article is mostly a realistic picture of the rental v ownership situation in the UK

EU tenants worried Brexit will leave them homeless

10 August, 2016

Three in ten European Union citizens living in the private rented sector say they are worried that the result of the referendum will make it harder for them to rent in the UK

'Biased' fit for work tests penalise poorer people

09 August, 2016

New study finds that disabled people living in deprived areas are more likely to lose their benefits under the government's controversial assessments system

HomeLet Rental Index - July 2016

09 August, 2016

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

Banning letting agent fees is not the answer

09 August, 2016

The National Approved Lettings Scheme has spoken out against calls by housing charity Shelter to ban letting agent fees in Wales

Redefining social rent

09 August, 2016

Morphing social into affordable rent

Housing minister says he backs longer private rental tenancies

09 August, 2016

The new housing minister, Gavin Barwell, says he is behind the concept of longer tenancies for renters in the private sector

Many families could not afford a month's rent if they lost job

09 August, 2016

One in three families in England could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job

PRS revolution is well and truly under way

09 August, 2016

Build to rent is finally blossoming, with more than 60,000 units in the pipeline

Still small but growing: How have landlord characteristics changed since 2010?

09 August, 2016

The modern rise of the private rented sector needs little introduction

Luton HMO Landlord Fined

08 August, 2016

A Luton landlord has been fined over £1,300 after failing to ensure his tenants were equipped with the correct firefighting equipment

Benefit Cap

08 August, 2016

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

This means that, in general, households on out-of-work benefits no longer receive more in welfare payments than the average weekly wage for working households

Rise in number of landlords helps calm post-Brexit lettings fears

08 August, 2016

One of Scotland's biggest letting agencies has reported a "significant rise" in interest from landlords in the weeks following the referendum

Is the increase in private renters a lifestyle choice we should come to accept?

08 August, 2016

Last week, the Resolution Foundation found that home ownership is at its lowest in 30 years

DR UK says all ESA claimants should be exempt from the benefit cap

08 August, 2016

While some disabled people are exempt from the benefit cap - including those receiving DLA or PIP or support component - those in the ESA work related activity group are not

'My 20pc per year buy-to-let returns: here's how it works'

08 August, 2016

Despite having had to pay higher stamp duty from April, buy-to-let investors still claim to be capturing ultra-high yields - including some of more than 20pc

360,000 families afflicted by council tax poverty trap

08 August, 2016

Previously exempt households in arrears crisis as benefits are cut; while Liverpool city council is owed £10m in council tax

Government cuts to supported housing could force services to close

08 August, 2016

The plans to restrict housing benefit for vulnerable people living in supported housing are one of the most pernicious proposals from this Tory government

Bristol landlord couple fined for breaching new licensing scheme for Easton's Stapleton Road

08 August, 2016

The Stapleton Road area of Easton is the first to be subject to a special landlord's licence

Jeremy Corbyn Looking At 'Universal Basic Income'; Says House Price Fall Could Help Tackle Housing Crisis

08 August, 2016

Adds house price fall could help tackle housing crisis

Affordable housing: 'affordable for who'?

05 August, 2016

Every time I hear the term 'affordable housing' being used - whether in a conversation with friends, family, Shelter clients or in a focus group - the same comment is always made: 'yes, but affordable for who...?'

Benefit Cap statistics

05 August, 2016

Data to May 2016

An empty home = an extra family in temporary accommodation or homeless

05 August, 2016

Half full or half empty? CIH knowledge management and research co-ordinator Sara Graves blogs about how vacant homes could tackle our housing crisis

Is it time to abandon the dream of owning a home?

05 August, 2016

Some have argued that we should focus on improving renting rather than obsessing over house ownership - readers share their opinions on this

Going lower

05 August, 2016

Record low interest rates have been great for people with mortgages but terrible for the housing system as a whole

£1.2m to boost ethnic minority and migrant job prospects

05 August, 2016

£1.2m will be spent on a project to improve the job prospects of migrants and ethnic minorities

Rent rises with a week's notice: we can no longer afford our 'affordable' housing

05 August, 2016

We hoped that being on an affordable rent scheme would mean we could save to buy our own place. L&Q's sudden rent increase comes as a shock and a blow

23,000 in work thanks to Iain Duncan Smith's benefits cap

05 August, 2016

Households impacted by rules are 41 per cent more likely to find a job, new figures reveal

UK interest rate cut: how it will affect you

05 August, 2016

With the Bank of England reducing the base rate to just 0.25%, we look at the likely impact on mortgage and savings rates, pensions and house prices

Mortgage lenders delay moves to pass on interest rate cut

05 August, 2016

Bailed-out banks NatWest and Lloyds are reticent about cutting SVR rates despite warning from Bank of England governor

Interest rate cut to record low

04 August, 2016

The Bank of England has cut interest rates to a record low of 0.25%

'Slumlord' fined for flat found not fit to live in

04 August, 2016

A 'slumlord' assumed cheap rent kept tenants happy in a flat a court found was not fit to live in

Funding Homelessness Services in Scotland

04 August, 2016

This study was commissioned by Shelter Scotland as a follow-up from previous 2012 research examining the sources and trends of funding Scottish LA homelessness services

Squalid property used to house asylum seekers receives second inspection

04 August, 2016

A London council revisits Home Office house after Guardian uncovered dozens of people living in overcrowded and potentially dangerous conditions

Call for evidence: radical new approach to housing policy

04 August, 2016

The Tory Reform Group (TRG) has launched a public call for evidence over innovative policy proposals to address the two-fold challenge of availability and affordability of homes to rent and buy

Southampton multi-occupancy tenants 'may face eviction'

04 August, 2016

Tenants in Southampton may face eviction because landlords are holding incorrect paperwork, Shelter claims

LGA to develop advice for councils on out-of-area placements

04 August, 2016

The Local Government Association will develop best practice guidelines for councils moving people into other local authority areas

DWP will not say whether it is going to cut disability supported housing, women's refuges, and homeless hostels

04 August, 2016

Fifteen of the UK's leading disability charities have written to the Department for Work and Pensions calling on it to end the 'shadow of uncertainty' cast on vulnerable people by its latest round of housing benefit cuts

Pre-payment meter price cap is watershed moment, says Ofgem

04 August, 2016

Regulator says new measures will help the most vulnerable customers but critics say they do not go far enough

Home ownership in England hits 30-year low

03 August, 2016

London isn't the only city suffering a housing crisis

This is a housing crisis

03 August, 2016

Locked out of home ownership for a lifetime, the state would be left to foot the bill for Generation Rent when they are retired and still living in the high-cost, high-turnover private rented sector

Legal Eagle: There is no right to housing

03 August, 2016

One of the most common misconceptions in housing law is that the council owes everyone a duty of accommodation and you would never end up sleeping on the streets. Sadly, this isn't quite right

The dream of owning your own home is over. Let's improve renting

03 August, 2016

We've been obsessed with house buying since the days of Thatcher. But now if tenancies were longer and tenants' rights stronger, we'd more happily rent

UK home ownership rates are at their lowest for 30 years

03 August, 2016

Handwringing about the housing crisis has become a national pastime. Not surprising perhaps, with home ownership becoming an increasingly unrealistic dream for many younger families

Spare Room London Rental Index

03 August, 2016

SpareRoom.com report

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Rent A Room Revealed

'Home ownership is unrealistic': five readers on England's housing crisis

03 August, 2016

England is in the middle of a housing crisis. We asked people to share where, and how, they live and what their hopes are for the future

Minister criticised for response to rent cut question

03 August, 2016

A Labour peer has blasted a minister's response to a parliamentary question about the impact of the 1% social housing rent cut as 'completely unsatisfactory'

Nine in 10 renters do not have the savings for 5% home deposit

03 August, 2016

Vast majority of people who rent are locked out of home ownership through a lack of income and savings, says Equality Trust

Can't work or won't work

02 August, 2016

Quasi-experimental evidence on work search requirements for single parents

Dozens of asylum seekers crammed into single Home Office property

02 August, 2016

Eighteen women and 15 children seeking asylum are living in filthy and dangerous conditions, Guardian investigation finds

Opinion: The Virtues of Worklessness

02 August, 2016

Rob Gershon thinks it's time to look at what buying into the worklessness myth and using free labour says about housing providers

Council calls on ministers to protect renters

02 August, 2016

A London council is delivering a petition to government ministers in a bid to protect private renters

We overspend to counter the bedroom tax in Glasgow because we have to

02 August, 2016

Discretionary payments help to mitigate the government's cruel and punitive benefits cuts. We chose not to put this burden on the backs of the poorest

Overhaul planned for Scots benefits system could also mean ban on use of private firms

02 August, 2016

Scottish ministers may stop private companies carrying out vital welfare assessments as Holyrood prepares to take charge of social security, it has emerged

Top award for groundbreaking council project tackling homelessness

02 August, 2016

A Croydon Council initiative that has helped thousands of people at risk of homelessness has been named one of three winners

Princes trust report

02 August, 2016

Young people lack optimism about their future report finds

CH 1124 2016

02 August, 2016

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Recovery of overpayments

Not a moment too soon

01 August, 2016

The end of Scotland's Right to Buy gives social landlords the opportunity to replenish the stock of social housing

Scottish house price index

01 August, 2016

May 2016

Universal Credit and rented housing

01 August, 2016

Guide for landlords

Social Landlord Support Pack

01 August, 2016

Getting social tenants ready for direct payment of housing costs

No Place Like An Accessible Home

01 August, 2016

LSE Report

Hundreds of thousands of disabled people are feeling hopeless and isolated, trapped in unsuitable housing according to report

Green tax' to hit landlords with £5,000 bill on buy-to-let homes

01 August, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of buy-to-let homeowners will have to pay a 'green tax' of up to £5,000 to make their properties more energy efficient

UK interest rates set to be cut by Bank of England on Thursday

01 August, 2016

Bank will publish latest inflation report and growth forecasts this week, as downgrade of Britain's economic prospects is expected

Impact of poverty costs the UK £78bn a year

01 August, 2016

Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimates that dealing with the effects of deprivation costs £1,200 for each person in Britain

English Housing Survey

01 August, 2016

Quality Report 2014-15

Current registered providers of social housing

01 August, 2016

1st August 2016

Rent to debt

29 July, 2016

Ed Miliband's recent investigation into rent-to-own suppliers for the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme showed how easily those in financial need can find themselves committed to unsustainable credit agreements

Home thoughts From: Inside Edge 2

29 July, 2016

A housebuilding slump? Rising homelessness? Unaffordable house prices and rents? The housing crisis faced by the new government in Ireland is every bit as serious as the one confronting the new administration on this side of the Irish Sea

'Injustice' of shorter, unhealthy lives in poorer areas

29 July, 2016

More needs to be done to tackle the inequality that leads to people living shorter and less healthy lives in poorer parts of Wales

North Yorkshire's rural broadband target to be missed, council says

29 July, 2016

Some remote communities in North Yorkshire will not get high-speed broadband despite being promised 100% access by 2017, a council has admitted

How over-65 workforce has doubled in 15 years: More than one million are still in full or part-time work

29 July, 2016

The number of people over 65 who are still working has more than doubled since the beginning of the century, official figures showed yesterday

Analysis: housing initiative in Brent

29 July, 2016

Enforcement officers were shocked to see a 'shanty town shack' in the back garden of an overcrowded HMO in Brent, London

HB A7/2016

29 July, 2016

The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Council consults on property licensing schemes

28 July, 2016

A London council has launched a consultation on property licensing schemes

'Homeless' woman hid property in Italy to get a council home

28 July, 2016

Loubna Hamidouch wanted a council home in Cambridge – when she owned a property in Italy

Hundreds of residents helped into work

28 July, 2016

The initiative, set up to support households affected by the benefit cap has been credited with turning hundreds of people's lives around

Brick by Brick

28 July, 2016

What do we know about the demand for private renting?

Get in on the Act

28 July, 2016

Housing and Planning Act 2016

Legal aid cuts 'causing advice desert and homelessness'

28 July, 2016

Cuts in legal aid have led to an advice 'desert' that means more people are becoming homeless according to the Law Society

Social Landlord Leaders: No more right to buy and 'not a moment too soon'

28 July, 2016

End of right to buy policy in Scotland

Record 31.7 million in work, as unemployment rate falls below 5%

28 July, 2016

The number of children growing up in homes in which nobody has a job has plummeted by 170,000 in a single year to the lowest total on record

Owen Smith pledges to end austerity in radical pitch to Labour's left

28 July, 2016

Policies include scrapping Department for Work and Pensions, ending public-sector pay freeze and boosting spending on NHS

Four million working people to face affordable housing crisis by 2024

28 July, 2016

Millions of working people will no longer be able to afford somewhere decent to live by 2024 and will need access to some type of affordable housing according to new research

House raid finds 'shanty shack'

27 July, 2016

Enforcement officers thought 31 people crammed into a dilapidated four-bedroomed house was bad enough - then they found the 'shanty town shack' out the back

Domestic violence victims are disappearing from homeless statistics

27 July, 2016

Just 1,390 people are counted as homeless because of domestic violence, but government figures tell only half the story

Bromsgrove District Council warns housing benefit claimants cash will stop if they are away for four weeks

27 July, 2016

RESIDENTS going abroad for more than four weeks are being warned they will no longer be able to claim housing benefit because of new national rules coming into force later this month

Council Tax: Stock of Properties

27 July, 2016

England and Wales, 2016

Councils demand reassurance on universal broadband pledge

27 July, 2016

Councils have urged the government to 'reaffirm its commitment' to a minimum broadband speed

Brexit migrant 'spike' warning from MPs

27 July, 2016

There could be a spike in UK migration ahead of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union and the possible end to free movement rights

Government urged to delay Pay to Stay

27 July, 2016

Councils and arm's length management organisations are calling on ministers to delay the introduction of Pay to Stay to avoid a 'tight' timetable

Tell National Audit Office of benefit sanction harm

26 July, 2016

The NAO is undertaking a study to examine whether the DWP is achieving value for money from its administration of benefit sanctions

Rent call

26 July, 2016

Social landlords must make the case for affordable rent to the new government

Helping hand

26 July, 2016

Social landlords have a duty to help tenants into work

Tackling poverty from the DWP

26 July, 2016

A briefing for the Secretary of State from JRF

June property transaction count down by 10% on last year

26 July, 2016

The number of residential property transactions increased by 4.9% between May and June 2016, but is down 10.2% compared with the same month last year

Housing benefit powers 'could tackle poverty in Wales'

26 July, 2016

Devolving housing benefits to Wales could help boost affordable homes and tackle poverty, an independent think-tank has said

Some supported housing could avoid 'LHA cap'

26 July, 2016

Associations could lessen the impact of the government's 'Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap' by leasing their supported housing to a non-registered subsidiary

Lone child refugees 'left in squalor' by EU nations

26 July, 2016

Thousands of lone migrant children are living in squalid conditions after being let down by European countries including the UK

Welfare Reform and Work Bill House of Lords second reading submission

26 July, 2016

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report

Rents fall as landlords remain nervous over Brexit

26 July, 2016

Letting market hit by uncertainty over the future of Britain's role in Europe, but London continues to benefit from high demand for homes

In Depth: Government urged to back Help to Buy through Brexit

25 July, 2016

A new report urges the May government to back Help to Buy and ease the housing market through the uncertainty of Brexit

Still Hungry

25 July, 2016

Research report from West Cheshire Food Bank

The Tory sheltered housing benefit tax

25 July, 2016

Blog from SPeye

Government sneaks out report revealing 57,000 Bedroom Tax victims fell behind on rent

25 July, 2016

The report was slipped out in a mountain of more than 300 documents on the day MPs leave Westminster for their six-week summer holiday

Good Housing - Better Health

25 July, 2016

Report by The Academic - Practitioner Partnership

Taxing tenants: how taxes on landlords end up hitting tenants

25 July, 2016

TaxPayers' Alliance report

London housing: Lambeth's Pockets of affordability

25 July, 2016

A new kind of compact home for middle income Londoners looks to be part of the new mayor's plans

Delay likely on key Housing Act regulations

25 July, 2016

Publication of the Higher Value and Pay to Stay Regulations is likely to be delayed

English Housing Survey

25 July, 2016

Social Rented Sector Report, 2014-15

Landlord fined over unsafe log burner

22 July, 2016

An unsafe log burner has cost a landlord over £1,000

London renters trying to move to flat shares to save money 'pay £2,000 in fees'

22 July, 2016

Hard-pressed Londoners who rent their homes have to shell out more than £2,000 in fees when moving into flatshare in order to save money

'£4.5bn a year up for grabs if Londoners rent out their homes'

22 July, 2016

A total of £4.5 billion a year could be earned if Londoners were to rent out their homes when going on holiday

Don't hold your breath for social housing

22 July, 2016

The calm, sound, unwavering economic case for funding, and promoting the funding of homes let at rents that people can meet from their incomes has not changed

Hundreds of private tenants to benefit from Charity Commission move

22 July, 2016

Hundreds of private tenants in rented homes in County Down and Belfast stand to benefit after an intervention by the Charity Commission

Private rented sector in UK seeing rapid growth

22 July, 2016

The private rented sector is continuing its rapid growth across the UK and is now well established as the second biggest form of tenure after home ownership

Extending a voluntary Right to Buy to housing association tenants (England)

22 July, 2016

The statutory Right to Buy came into effect on 3 October 1980

HCA probes landlords over market risk

22 July, 2016

The English social housing regulator is probing housing associations that are particularly exposed to a housing market downturn following the Brexit vote

Landlord allowed to pay £50 weekly instalments could take 15 years to pay fine

21 July, 2016

A landlord could take nearly 15 years to clear a £40,000 bill after a court agreed to let him pay weekly instalments

Universal credit falls five years behind schedule

21 July, 2016

Troubled welfare scheme will now not be completed until 2022, the seventh announced delay since 2013

Northern landlords raise doubts over minister's new role

21 July, 2016

Social landlords in the north of England have raised concerns about the new housing minister's extra role as minister for London

Supported housing announcement in Autumn

21 July, 2016

Vulnerable people living in social housing will know if they are to be included in benefit cuts later this year

Housing benefit cuts 'risk damaging UK's international reputation'

21 July, 2016

New PM's will "jeopardise the safety" of people fleeing domestic violence and also affect the elderly, people mental health difficulties and the homeless

Theresa May is right to highlight families' struggle with housing costs - but rent is the worry, not mortgages

21 July, 2016

Theresa May's first speech as Prime Minister included a promise to empower 'working class' families

Universal Credit scheme delayed

21 July, 2016

Ministers have announced a further delay to the government's flagship Universal Credit scheme

Housing Benefit Cap to be debated in House of Commons

21 July, 2016

An Opposition Day Debate on the proposals to cut housing benefit for vulnerable people in supported housing is to be held on the 20 July 2016

Half of tenants would leave town to achieve dream of homeownership

21 July, 2016

More than half of tenants would move or consider moving to a different town or city in order to buy a home

Reduce 'LHA cap' impact

21 July, 2016

Scottish ministers should use their new welfare powers to ease the impact of UK government cuts to housing benefit

No room

20 July, 2016

Despite extensive cuts to local authority budgets, millions of pounds are pouring from the public purse into youth homelessness services without any way of knowing what does and doesn't work

The valuation of buy to let and HMO properties guidance

20 July, 2016

Over the past 25 years there has been a major shift in the housing market in the UK that has led to an increased bias to private renting, both out of choice and out of need

'Vastly more' affordable housing needed to tackle Scotland's 'sobering' housing crisis

20 July, 2016

The only long-term solution for Scotland to help its struggling first time buyers is to build vastly more affordable, quality housing in the places where people want to live

Properties run as Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) are earning double-digit returns for London landlords - if they can navigate the rules

20 July, 2016

Running a property as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) could provide double-digit returns for London's landlords

Landlords should seek advice about the tax changes ahead

20 July, 2016

With several tax changes for residential properties announced over the past 12 months, landlords need to be aware of how these could affect their tax bill

Private rental sector is the 'new home of poverty' in the UK

20 July, 2016

Urgent action is needed to empower local authorities to drive up the standards of privately owned homes

Giving renters back control over their lives

20 July, 2016

It's worth pausing for a moment on the promise Theresa May made in her first speech as prime minister

HB A7/2016

20 July, 2016

The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 7 Jul 2016

20 July, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 7 Jul 2016

No phones, low pay, sent home for purple hair - life on a zero-hours contract

20 July, 2016

Nearly 1 million workers in the UK face the insecurity of unguaranteed shift work. Here, one agency employee reveals the trials they face, from unpaid lunch breaks to strict check-in procedures

Renting to students, particularly those from overseas, may be more rewarding than risky for landlords

20 July, 2016

Are a few bad apples spoiling it for the whole bunch?

Paying for Supported Housing

19 July, 2016

House of Commons Briefing paper

Will Theresa May try to fix the broken housing market?

19 July, 2016

Some Tory MPs worry that poorer families have been denied decent homes through the government's obsession with subsidising home ownership - at the expense of social housing

Complaints about social landlords ease off

19 July, 2016

The number of complaints and enquiries about social landlords received by the Housing Ombudsman Service has levelled off following a huge increase over the last few years

MPs face questions about post-Brexit housing

19 July, 2016

The chancellor will decide whether the government remains committed to social housing

Middle-income families in UK resemble the poor of years past, says IFS

19 July, 2016

Households on middle incomes receive 30% of income from benefits and tax credits, a rise on 20 years ago, report finds

House Price Index

19 July, 2016

June 2016

Over 87,000 London children without a permanent home

19 July, 2016

Since 2010 there has been a 44% increase in the number of London children living in temporary accommodation

Cameron 'worst ever' PM for housing

19 July, 2016

David Cameron has been branded the 'worst ever' PM for housebuilding in a survey commissioned from the independent House of Commons Library

NLA launches tenancy management software

18 July, 2016

The NLA has launched its newest service, Landlord Vision, which uses cloud-based software to help landlords manage almost every aspect of their tenancies

Falling short: the experiences of families below the Minimum Income Standard

18 July, 2016

Joseph Rowntree report

More than one in three families in the UK now have incomes below the Minimum Income Standard (MIS), a benchmark based on what the public agrees a household needs as a minimum to live on

Millennials paying more rent than Baby Boomers

18 July, 2016

Resolution Foundation report

Millennials will have paid around £53,000 in rent by the time they reach 30

Landlords urge Welsh government to introduce a new tax to boost rented housing supply

18 July, 2016

Assembly members in Wales are being asked to scrap the 3% stamp duty hike and instead introduce a new Land Transaction Tax

Bank of Mum and Dad is now paying the rent, too

18 July, 2016

Parents in Britain put hand into pocket to the tune of £1bn a year, as housing crisis grows

Freud orders 'urgent' review into Universal Credit arrears

18 July, 2016

Lord David Freud has commissioned an 'urgent' review into the high rate of rent arrears owed by Universal Credit claimants

New housing minister appointed

18 July, 2016

Gavin Barwell has been appointed as the new housing minister

EU migrants may face 'right to stay' curbs

18 July, 2016

EU migrants who come to the UK as Brexit nears may not be given the right to stay, David Davis has said

Vilifying the asylum seeker next door is just plain racist

15 July, 2016

Brexit has emboldened people who publicly campaign for people fleeing torture and war to be denied even poor, cramped housing

How much does it cost UK councils to take in refugees?

15 July, 2016

Britain pledged to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020. How close are we to that target and how does the current initiative match up to previous schemes?

Housing and Planning Act 2016: business as usual - wide-ranging measures to boost supply of new homes now one step closer

15 July, 2016

New Regulations set out additional Housing and Planning Act 2016 provisions to commence on 13 July, and others coming into force on 1 or 31 October 2016

Still time for Bacs campaign

15 July, 2016

Social housing providers still have time to take advantage of a national housing rents campaign, which aims to deliver vital time and cost savings for those in the sector

May day signals

15 July, 2016

Freshly installed prime minister Theresa May has already signalled she is a social reformer

Understanding your tenants

15 July, 2016

Different tenants different circumstances

Fire, Gas and Carbon Monoxide Safety Regulations:

15 July, 2016

What English social landlords need to know

MPs press Government for LHA cap safeguards

15 July, 2016

The Government has made positive reassurances about the future funding of supported housing, despite stopping short of extending its exemption from the looming LHA cap

Councils free to decide on Pay to Stay rents

15 July, 2016

Ministers have said it is up to councils to decide how they determine 'market rent' levels under the Pay to Stay policy

2014 - based Household Projections: England, 2014 - 2039

14 July, 2016

DCLG statistical release

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 Overview of the Act and implications for the sector

14 July, 2016

Report by Community Housing Cymru

The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 was enacted in response to increased numbers of people currently accessing the rented market in Wales and in an effort 'to make it simpler and easier to rent a home, replacing various complex pieces of legislation with one clear legal framework'

Faster internet to be rolled out to more communities

14 July, 2016

Households in several rural communities across Scotland are to be given access to high-speed fibre broadband

The business case for affordable housing

14 July, 2016

Peabody Trust and CBI report

This report reveals that Londoners living in social housing contributed at least £15bn to the capitals economy in 2015 alone

DWP benefit Blockchain trial slammed by digital experts

14 July, 2016

The DWP trial, which began in May and will run for three to six months, currently involves eight benefits claimants but may increase to up to 24

Theresa May told: "start building social housing"

14 July, 2016

New PM Theresa May is urged to honour her words on dealing with the housing deficit

Interest rates could be cut to new low

14 July, 2016

The Bank of England could make the first cut to UK interest rates in more than seven years

Council building power diminished 92% by government policies

14 July, 2016

Councils' capacity to fund building through their rent accounts has shrunk from 550,000 homes over 30 years to just 45,000 as a result of government policies

The fall and rise of the council estate

13 July, 2016

For decades, the Aylesbury estate in south London has been seen as a symbol of the failure of British social housing. But now - just as it is being demolished - many people are starting to think again

The secret life of a benefits officer: we are the human face of bad government decisions

13 July, 2016

We fall into two camps: those who want to help people keep a roof over their heads and those who seek to weed out fraudulent claimants

The future of supported housing

13 July, 2016

An adjournment debate on the future of supported housing

Universal Credit Statistical Ad Hoc: Data on Alternative Payment Arrangements

13 July, 2016

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on Managed Payment to Landlord (MPTL) Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) in Universal Credit Live Service

Citizens Advice Scotland: Welfare system 'not working'

13 July, 2016

The most vulnerable people in Scotland are falling into destitution because the benefits system is 'simply not working', according to a charity

HB A6/2016

13 July, 2016

DWP circular - Payment Deductions Project

LIN press release - DHP underspend 2015-16

13 July, 2016

LIN press release

Residents to benefit from housing associations home swap

13 July, 2016

More than 1,400 households will have a new landlord and a more local service, after two leading housing associations completed a major stock exchange

Cash strapped councils turn down 21% of DHP applications

13 July, 2016

English councils with tenants hit hardest by welfare cuts are turning down one in five applicants for a hardship fund

Landlords' pet hate when it comes to tenants - and it's not pets

12 July, 2016

A YouGov survey has found that smokers are the least popular type of tenants with landlords

Newly agreed rents continue to rise - but how much will be too much?

12 July, 2016

Rents continue to rise but landlords are getting conscious about tenant affordability amid uncertainty following the Brexit vote and ahead of further tax changes next year

Property valuations rise for first-time buyers but sharply down for buy-to-let landlords

12 July, 2016

Predictions of property price cuts since the Brexit vote have yet to ring true

Squalor still endemic in Britain as UK welfare state judged 'mediocre' to other European countries

12 July, 2016

With approximately 15 million people classified by Eurostat as at 'risk of poverty or social exclusion', the UK is ranked 15th of 23 European countries on the ILC-UK's Poverty and Social Exclusion Index

Scots rent rises among largest in UK

12 July, 2016

Tenants in Scotland have had to meet rent increases that are among the highest in the UK and accelerating at almost twice the countrywide average

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: second independent review call for evidence

12 July, 2016

We are seeking feedback on how the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment is working

Tenancy Deposit Schemes: could a landmark case lead to more prosecutions?

12 July, 2016

Last week, a landmark case in Scotland highlighted the need for deposit protection, after a letting agent in North Ayrshire became the first in the country to be prosecuted for its breach of the rules

Renting in London: £500-a-month rooms are 'on the verge of extinction' as demand continues to soar

12 July, 2016

New figures reveal that nearly half the rooms in London flatshares now cost more than £750 a month

UK welfare state 'mediocre' and in need of reform

12 July, 2016

Region ranks 15th out of 23 countries in terms tackling poverty and social exclusion

Steep rise in private tenants seeking help with illegal evictions

11 July, 2016

There has been a 50% rise in private tenants appealing for help with illegal evictions

Councillors told that response of just 58 gives 'clear mandate' for blanket licensing scheme

11 July, 2016

A council which is planning to introduce a blanket licensing scheme of all rental properties in the city received just 58 responses to a consultation on its proposals

Major banks 'charging more to borrow money than payday lenders'

11 July, 2016

The magazine found that some RBS customers could face costs of £90, while customers at Lloyds, HSBC and TSB could face £80

Universal Credit: Data on alternative payment arrangements

11 July, 2016

Statistics on Managed Payment to Landlord (MPTL) Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) in the Universal Credit live service

Universal Credit online channel usage

11 July, 2016

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on the online completion of tasks by claimants in the Universal Credit full service

Universal Credit evaluation framework: 2016

11 July, 2016

This document updates the original framework by reviewing what we have done so far and setting out future evaluation plans

Prisoners to help build social housing

11 July, 2016

A Trafford social housing consortium has employed eight inmates from HM Hindley Prison

Landlord crammed 28 tenants into house with one toilet

11 July, 2016

If the flashbacks to your squalid uni house share make you shudder, you might not want to read this

Buy-to-let: Why you'll need a 60pc deposit

11 July, 2016

The most risk-averse lenders could start to offer special 40pc mortgages as the buy-to-let market becomes more tightly regulated

'I'll build 10,000 council houses' says Labour man battling to become region's first mayor

11 July, 2016

Former Birmingham councillor Steve Bedser launches bid to become Labour candidate for West Midlands mayor with a dig at his 'career politician' rival Sion Simon

Financial specialist wins battle over -to-let mortgages

11 July, 2016

A financial specialist who won a legal fight over buy-to-let mortgages says borrowers have started to collect compensation

LIN Press Release - Evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

08 July, 2016

This report presents findings from the evaluation of the 'Universal Support - delivered locally' trials, which ran in eleven areas of Great Britain between September 2014 and August/November 2015

HB S8/2016

08 July, 2016

New Burdens payment for the implementation of the 2016 benefit cap changes

The myth of Bristol's benefit claimants exposed - the city's missing millions going unclaimed

08 July, 2016

The amount of money being stolen by benefit cheats in Bristol is 20 times smaller than the amount of benefits people are entitled to claim but haven't

Councils spend £100m helping renters hit by benefit cuts

08 July, 2016

Discretionary payments of £85.3m made to close gap left by bedroom tax while just over £14m paid to those squeezed by cap on benefits

Suffolk Housing Society takes steps to mitigate Universal Credit

08 July, 2016

Suffolk Housing Society, a social landlord in East Anglia with over 2,500 properties, has invested in Mobysoft's Rentsense solution to help them mitigate the rent cut and Universal Credit

Senior judges block tenant's eviction despite cannabis farm

08 July, 2016

A housing associations' bid to evict a tenant who had 300 cannabis plants in her spare bedroom has been dismissed by senior judges

Third of U.K. Councils Say No to Housing Refugees

08 July, 2016

London and Greater Manchester have taken in the fewest number of refugee families

DWP plans longer-term supported housing exemption

08 July, 2016

Ministers plan to extend an exemption for supported housing from the 'Local Housing Allowance cap' as they seek a long-term solution to the problem

Evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

07 July, 2016

This report presents findings from evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

Repent at leisure? Why the introduction of Pay to Stay should be slowed right down

07 July, 2016

It would be easy to imagine that all of Government is focused on the possible implications of leaving the EU

The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence)(Amendment) Regulations 2016: SSAC report and government statement

07 July, 2016

A SSAC report on regulations to change how long someone absent from Great Britain can remain entitled - and the government's response

Universal Credit forcing landlords into evictions

07 July, 2016

The Universal Credit system that replaced six means-tested benefits and tax credits is causing people to be unnecessarily evicted

Wirral landlord fined £10,000 for renting out unsafe bedsits

07 July, 2016

Mohammed Fiaz rented out the property on Borough Road, Seacombe to vulnerable adults

The end of Buy to Let - blessing or disaster?

07 July, 2016

Buy to Let has been the subject of much impassioned rage from the housing sector, claiming it only makes the housing crisis gripping the nation worse

The towns where buy-to-let landlords could be 'locked out' if new strict lending rules are applied

07 July, 2016

59 out of 85 towns and cities analysed would not be accessible to landlords if tighter lending criteria is applied

Londoners fear 'Pay to Stay' law will price poor tenants out of the capital

07 July, 2016

From the moment Jan Sweeney first got the keys to her council flat in west London 35 years ago, she hoped she had found a sanctuary from the economic unrest gripping the city

Landlords to answer VFM questions

07 July, 2016

Housing associations will have to defend higher than usual costs or demonstrate they are making savings in future 'in-depth assessments'

Credit agency 'monitoring' landlords with London sales exposure

07 July, 2016

A credit ratings agency is "monitoring" London providers with large exposures to the sales market

Third of councils top up housing benefits after cap

07 July, 2016

About a third of English councils have spent additional money topping up a government fund aimed at cushioning the impact of welfare changes

Illegal sub-letting scams 'being done with landlord's consent'

06 July, 2016

A new sub-letting scam has been identified by housing lawyer Ben Reeve Lewis

Money Box Live: Benefits - is the system too complex?

06 July, 2016

Is our welfare benefit system too complex?

Carney warns of housing crisis if landlords leave the market

06 July, 2016

A mass sell-off by landlords could amplify a property market crash and pose problems for vulnerable households

Executive confirms plans for new social housing scheme in Rathcoole

06 July, 2016

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has confirmed plans for a new social housing development in the heart of the Rathcoole estate

Unexpected rental costs leave tenants out of pocket

06 July, 2016

A disgruntled minority of private tenants say they are being left out-of-pocket after being hit by unexpected costs not covered by their landlord

Listen: how can we fix renting for families?

06 July, 2016

Welcome to this Shelter podcast, presented by myself and John Bibby, taking a look at unstable private renting in England

Landlords forced to pay more upfront to meet stricter buy-to-let lending rules

06 July, 2016

A property crowdfunding platform is claiming that stricter rules on lending to buy-to-let landlords could "choke off" access to potential investors in the market

Crisis launches £150k fund for projects helping homeless people to rent

06 July, 2016

A two year funding programme has been launched offering a total of £150k to local projects supporting homeless people or those at risk of homelessness to rent a home

We're scrapping right to buy in Wales to protect vulnerable families

06 July, 2016

People should be able to get on the property ladder without it depleting our social housing stock. We must ensure everybody has a decent place to live

Pay to Stay for housing associations

06 July, 2016

Pay to Stay is not compulsory for housing associations, but some may wish to introduce their own scheme for higher income households

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: second independent review

06 July, 2016

The second independent review of the Personal Independence Payment assessment process

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: financial year 2015/16

06 July, 2016

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

ARLA President says online letting agents expensive for what they do

05 July, 2016

As the new President of ARLA, Nik Madan can expect a busy year

Jobs to go as Coast & Country Housing deals with fall in rental income

05 July, 2016

Redcar-based Coast & Country Housing are also closing a district office as 2015 Budget change kicks in

Court Shorts: Landlords fined for harassment and unlicensed HMO

05 July, 2016

A landlord looking for a quick house sale tried to harass a tenant out of the property with loud music

Mentally ill man was 'let down by the mental health and benefits systems'

05 July, 2016

The family of a mentally ill man who was found dead in his home say he was let down by the system

Landlords warned over purchasing deposit hikes

05 July, 2016

Concerning new claims from crowdfunding platform Property Partner suggest that tighter lending criteria from the Bank of England could have a severe impact on deposits required from buy-to-let landlords

Birmingham landlord fined over £3k for harassing a tenant

05 July, 2016

A landlord was fined £3,100 at Birmingham Magistrates Court for harassing a tenant at his home in Russell Road, Moseley

Will EU exit mean higher food prices and staff shortages?

05 July, 2016

With sterling sliding and fuel costs rising, farmers, producers and retailers face up to rising input and sourcing costs

First Scots prosecution over failure to protect tenants' deposits expected to lead to more

05 July, 2016

First prosecution in Scotland over failure to protect tenants' deposits expected to lead to more

Ending of private tenancies responsible for almost a third of homelessness

04 July, 2016

The ending of an assured shorthold tenancy with a private landlord was the most common reason for homelessness in the first quarter of this year

Councils step up raids on housing budgets

04 July, 2016

Cash-strapped councils are increasingly drawing cash from their housing budgets to plug gaps in back-office costs

Divorce 'driving rise in over-50s who have to rent': Nearly a third now lease property after strong increase over the past five years

04 July, 2016

More than a third of people aged 50 and over rent, up from a quarter in 2011

Weathering the Brexit storm: What the UK voting to leave the EU means for buyers, sellers and renters

04 July, 2016

A week on from its biggest economic shock in a generation, the housing market is coming to terms with the UK leaving the EU

Falling profits on buy-to-let? Landlords converting family homes to student digs or shared properties for young professionals to boost rent

04 July, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords have been hit by a barrage of changes in the past year, facing tax reliefs cuts, stamp duty bills hikes and a consequent clampdown on mortgage availability

Tory tax and benefit plans 'widen generation divide'

04 July, 2016

Split seen in EU referendum will worsen as cash redistributed to the old, independent analysis finds

Housing associations press ahead with "pay to stay"

04 July, 2016

It is estimated that there are over 6,000 households renting in the social housing sector where the household income is over £100,000

HB Direct Issue 169

04 July, 2016

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

Conservative PM challengers pledge social housing

04 July, 2016

Conservative leadership hopeful Stephen Crabb has pledged to create a £100bn "Growing Britain Fund" for infrastructure projects including social housing

The tax avoidance schemes luring landlords hit by new 3pc stamp duty

04 July, 2016

The Government's new "landlord tax" has created an industry of tax avoiders who are luring victims into schemes which could leave them thousands of pounds out of pocket

Touchbase - Edition 112

01 July, 2016

As with every other part of Government, following the EU referendum result last week, the day to day business of the Department for Work and Pensions continues as usual

Touching the voids

01 July, 2016

The impact of energy efficiency on social landlord income and business plans

Landlords' Barometer - #37: Landlords put their plans on hold after Brexit

01 July, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #37"

Right to Buy to be abolished in Wales

01 July, 2016

Right to Buy is to be abolished in Wales

easyProperty boss calls for a £100 cap on letting agent fees

01 July, 2016

easyProperty CEO Rob Ellice is backing a call for letting agent fees to be capped

Poverty after housing costs by housing tenure

01 July, 2016

Since 2002/03 the number in poverty in all but owned with mortgage tenure types has decreased

The Scottish Government will not meet its target to end fuel poverty

01 July, 2016

The Scottish Government has recently stated that it will not meet its target to end fuel poverty in Scotland

London council launches 'right-to-invest' for low-income tenants

01 July, 2016

Barking and Dagenham's version of right-to-buy scheme aimed at retaining housing stock while letting tenants buy a share in their property at discount

Underwriting standards for buy-to-let mortgage contracts

01 July, 2016

Buy-to-let reforms should reflect wider market conditions

The housing headwind

30 June, 2016

Income gains for private renters have been absorbed by rising housing costs more than twice over in just over a decade

The impact of rising housing costs on UK living standards

MP presents petition in Commons calling for letting agent fees to be capped

30 June, 2016

An MP has presented a petition to the House of Commons calling for letting agents' fees to be capped

UK borrowing rises at fastest rate in more than a decade

30 June, 2016

Value of credit cards, personal loans and overdrafts rose by 9.9% on a year earlier in May

New figures show for the first time the alarming lack of government investment in affordable housing to rent

30 June, 2016

CIH reveal for the first time the extent to which government investment is being directed towards the private market and home ownership

Reforms to support social sector tenants

30 June, 2016

Lord Freud spoke about the benefits of working together to improve people's lives at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference

Welfare

30 June, 2016

Support for government welfare reform

Little support for reducing spending for most groups

Making welfare for Wales: Should benefits for people of working age be devolved?

30 June, 2016

Social security payments totaling approximately £10 billion are distributed in Wales every year

Kerslake urges ministers to revise view of social housing

30 June, 2016

The former head of the civil service has called on ministers to change their view of social housing

Serial fraudster who ran string of letting agencies jailed for four and a half years

29 June, 2016

A letting agent who scammed dozens of tenants and landlords out of more than £220,000 of rents and deposits has been jailed for four and a half years

Universal Credit expands to all claimants in 5 more areas

29 June, 2016

Universal Credit becomes available to all types of claimant in Harrogate, Richmond (North Yorkshire), Inverness, Hammersmith and Ryedale

Breaking: Wales ready to abolish Right to Buy

29 June, 2016

Right to Buy is running out of time in Wales

Another lender clamps down on landlords - but could Brexit rescue buy-to-let?

29 June, 2016

TSB has become the latest lender to make it harder for landlords to borrow buy-to-let mortgages, by reducing the amount it is prepared to lend relative to a landlords' rental income

Banks suspend deals for landlords: Buy-to-let lenders pulling loans in case homes slip into negative equity

29 June, 2016

Buy-to-let lenders are temporarily pulling loans for borrowers with small deposits until the dust from the Brexit vote settles

Hold out for lowest home loans ever! Best mortgage deals tipped to become even cheaper after Brexit rate cut

29 June, 2016

Interest rates forecast to be cut to 0.25% by Bank of England after Brexit

This is how the EU referendum vote could impact on UK households

29 June, 2016

Housing and banking, petrol and pensions will all feel the effects of the Brexit vote

New research links energy efficient homes to savings for landlords

29 June, 2016

Potential for £2.4 million savings per year for social landlords identified. Costs from rent arrears and voids saved by efficient stock highlighted by new study involving 25 social landlords managing 500,000 homes

CIH bid to mend 'tense' local government relationships

29 June, 2016

CIH has announced a drive to fix the "tension" between councils and housing associations following the extension of the Right to Buy

Cut in number of homeless in Scotland

28 June, 2016

The number of people in Scotland assessed as homeless or under the threat of being homeless went down by 5% in 2015/16

Comparing private rented sector policies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

28 June, 2016

There is no overarching statutory regulation of private sector letting or managing agents in England nor any legal requirement for them to belong to a trade association

Britain's biggest landlord caught in Brexit turmoil - as he attempts to sell 1,000 properties

28 June, 2016

Britain's biggest landlord has been caught in Brexit turmoil as he attempts to sell 1,000 properties just as buyers are stalling and pulling out of deals en-mass over market fears

Tenant chances boosted by co-operation deal

28 June, 2016

The employment prospects of housing association tenants' are being boosted by closer co-operation between training and social housing providers

Majority of social housing tenants 'voted to leave the EU'

28 June, 2016

A majority of social housing tenants voted to Leave the European Union, according to an analysis by polling expert Lord Ashcroft

Several large landlords planning for Pay to Stay adoption

28 June, 2016

A clutch of leading landlords have begun planning for the introduction of Pay to Stay

Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up: financial year 2014/15

28 June, 2016

Estimates of take-up of income-related benefits for Great Britain for the financial year 2014/15

Proposal for a strong and sustainable future for supported and sheltered housing

28 June, 2016

The Federation has consulted extensively with our housing association members and stakeholders to develop our recommendation for a secure, sustainable funding model for supported and sheltered housing

The Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland - Tracking Study - Sweep 4 Report

27 June, 2016

The aim of this study was to explore the impact of ongoing welfare changes on a range of working age households in Scotland

New £80m class action against Foxtons could affect almost all letting agents

27 June, 2016

A new class action is being assembled against Foxtons over its charging of fees to tenants

Austerity is the cause of our economic woes. It's nothing to do with the EU

27 June, 2016

The referendum shows how far Britain's economic failures have divided the country, but Brexit will only make them harder to address

Landlords in UK urged to stay calm in face of EU exit vote

27 June, 2016

Residential landlords in the UK are being urged not to read too much into the decision by the country to leave the European Union, having gone through a turbulent period recently

What impact will Britain's vote to leave the EU have on the PRS?

27 June, 2016

Today marks a very important day in Britain's history

Councils' cash from EU 'should be guaranteed' if withdrawn

27 June, 2016

The government should guarantee English councils will still receive the £5.3bn they had been allocated from EU funds

EIB 'stands by' funding commitments following Leave vote

27 June, 2016

The EIB has said it will honour social housing funding commitments already in place with the UK following the vote to leave the European Union

The accidental landlord:'the Chancellor's solution to the housing crisis is a "dog's dinner" - but it's tenants who will suffer'

27 June, 2016

The Chancellor's bid to hit private landlords in the pocket will only worsen the misery of rocketing rents

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain, results: May 2016

27 June, 2016

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

Could front line workers hold the key to improving care in social housing?

27 June, 2016

From gas engineers to neighbourhood officers, rent collectors to handy-people; promoting health isn't the first thing that springs to mind when you think about these roles

Future of the welfare state

27 June, 2016

As one of the key challenges facing the nation, successfully tackling the housing crisis is a critical litmus test for politicians and policy makers

15 things Brexit may mean for property

24 June, 2016

Reactions coming in thick and fast follwing today's Brexit vote

Economic uncertainty means renters need security

24 June, 2016

We haven't commented on the EU referendum as a debate about the future of the country was all a bit above us. Renters are a mixed bunch and have different reasons for voting Remain or Leave

Property market lull may follow vote to leave EU

24 June, 2016

Commentators suggest the lull in the UK property market will continue following the UK's vote to leave the EU

Landlords prosecuted for poor standards at Gloucester HMO under crackdown by council and fire and rescue service

24 June, 2016

Two more landlords have been prosecuted for poor standards at Houses in Multiple Occupation

Every week Charlotte sees desperation at first hand - outside the job centre

24 June, 2016

Her group have been helping jobseekers exposed to the vagaries of Britain's benefit system. She says people feel like criminals in a culture of fear

Buy-to-let mortgage rates take a tumble on Brexit fears as lenders scramble to tempt landlords stalling on investing

24 June, 2016

A stamp duty hike hangover and fears that Britain will vote to abandon the European Union today have pushed lenders to slash buy-to-let rates and bump up how much they'll lend to landlords who are delaying investment

Personal Independence Payment: Official Statistics

24 June, 2016

This summary contains official statistics on PIP registrations, clearances and awards, clearance and outstanding times and mandatory reconsiderations

Birmingham landlord ordered to pay nearly £4,000

24 June, 2016

A Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £4,000 after being found guilty of failing to apply for a House in Multiple Occupation licence

Whose Right to Buy Is It Anyway?

24 June, 2016

Around 2.5m council tenants across the UK have bought their homes since Right to Buy started in 1980

Councils sound warning over Pay to Stay timetable

24 June, 2016

The government is facing pressure from councils over the "horrendously short" timescale required to implement its controversial Pay to Stay policy by April next year

PIP figures fuel concerns over cuts, while activists plan day of action

24 June, 2016

DWP figures show that just 71 per cent of DLA recipients who applied for the new PIP were successful with their claim in April 2016

Scottish landlords now making paper losses of nearly £3,800 per year

23 June, 2016

Falling house prices and higher tax on purchases have seen landlord returns on buy-to-let drop in the 12 months to May

Regardless of today's referendum result, lettings market to be 'unaffected' in short term

23 June, 2016

Whatever the outcome of today's EU referendum, lettings agents do not believe supply, demand or rental costs will be shaken or stirred - in the short term, at least

Need to cut the use of foodbanks

23 June, 2016

The second meeting of Motherwell and Wishaw Poverty Action Network discussed how foodbank use in the area could be slashed

Rent increases and rent lawfully due

23 June, 2016

A few years ago now, I was instructed by Luton Law Centre in a series of possession cases brought by BPHA in Luton and Bedford County Courts

Conference examines role of how customer service can save social housing

23 June, 2016

The role of customer service in "saving" social housing was on the agenda at Omfax System's annual user conference in Warwickshire

Residents offered help to furnish their new homes

23 June, 2016

Tenants on low incomes are being helped to make their house into a home

HCA urges bids for supported housing grant

23 June, 2016

Landlords have been urged to bid for supported housing funding despite the government's benefit changes

Who gets housing benefit and what does it cost?

23 June, 2016

The government spent £24bn on housing benefit in 2014. More than half of claimants under 35 are single mothers and many live in deprived coastal towns

Scottish rents hit record high as LBTT surcharge bites

22 June, 2016

Rents jump 1.3% month-on-month in April - the fastest growth on record, after new LBTT surcharge

Mapped: the tenancy fees faced nationwide by 'generation rent'

22 June, 2016

Tenancy fees can vary by more than 1,500pc depending on the agent and by hundreds of pounds between towns

Impact of Universal Credit

22 June, 2016

Average level of rent arrears of Universal Credit claimants in participating organisations has risen by 41.1% since roll out

Tenants have their say on housing strategy

22 June, 2016

Residents of Edinburgh have influenced the city council on its housing budget strategy

Landlords call for supported housing funding changes

22 June, 2016

The government should cap supported housing management costs and stop funding them through housing benefit

Labour calls for answers over RTB fraud claims

22 June, 2016

Labour has tabled urgent questions and threatened to call for a National Audit Office investigation over Inside Housing's research into Right to Buy fraud

ARLA PRS report

22 June, 2016

Letting agents don't anticipate major shift in rental market if UK votes for Brexit says ARLA report

Rent reduction : service cost de-pooling

22 June, 2016

This note examines the potential effects of de-pooling service costs from the rent for social landlords in England

A short guide on right to rent

22 June, 2016

What is the right to rent?

Buy-to-let mortgage fraudster escapes jail after £750,000 scam

21 June, 2016

A fraudster has escaped jail after a £750,000 mortgage scam

Campaign against buy to let 'tax grab' extends fund-raising deadline

21 June, 2016

The landlords campaigning for a judicial review of the legislation curtailing mortgage interest tax relief for buy to let landlords have extended their fund-raising deadline until the end of August

Why is renting such a pain?

21 June, 2016

The United Kingdom is now the most expensive place to rent in Europe, with accommodation costing, on average, 43% of a tenant's income

Here's what £1,000 a month in rent gets you in British cities

21 June, 2016

Can you get more for your property pound in Welsh cities compared to the English equivalent?

The effect of UK welfare reforms on the distribution of income and work incentives

21 June, 2016

As well as reducing expenditure, the UK government hopes that its welfare reforms will encourage work

Tenants arrears tracker

21 June, 2016

Serious tenant arrears fall 4% as jobs boom

Families now most common household in private rented sector

21 June, 2016

Families are the most common household type in the private rented sector for the first time

Letting agents and ghost listings

21 June, 2016

We were recently contacted by a homeowner that had fallen victim to fraudulent activity by a letting agent

DWP spending on IT contractors rockets amid Universal Credit delays

21 June, 2016

Spending on external IT contractors by the Department for Work and Pensions has rocketed to £8m every month in a desperate attempt to get the heavily delayed Universal Credit scheme back on track

16% of RTB purchasers 'on housing benefit'

21 June, 2016

Around 16% of council homes sold by 10 councils under the boosted Right to Buy have been to tenants on housing benefit

'Flash flood' in lettings market as rents dip amid increasing supply

20 June, 2016

Landlords are experiencing a short-term chill as rents fall amid increasing supply of rental properties that came to the market ahead of the Stamp Duty deadline

Fury as Shadow Housing Minister claims 'landlords cause homelessness'

20 June, 2016

A furious landlord has written an open letter to a senior politician who claimed that landlords cause homelessness

Tax changes prompt a fall in rent

20 June, 2016

Rents have reversed their spring trajectory as a tide of homes to let bought before the Stamp Duty Surcharge have reached the private rented sector

£10bn worth of benefits go unclaimed each year in the UK

20 June, 2016

Has social stigma gone too far?

Rent deals, housing hot-spots and sneaky ways to save money

20 June, 2016

Rents have reversed their Spring trajectory as a tide of homes to let bought before the April Stamp Duty surcharge have reached the private rented sector

Major changes to the private rented sector

20 June, 2016

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 was recently passed by the Scottish Parliament

Charity condemns councils' £30m in 'sweeteners' to private landlords

20 June, 2016

An anti-poverty charity today attacked the millions of pounds in sweeteners paid by cash-strapped London boroughs to private landlords to persuade them to rent to council tenants

Starving and depending on foodbanks: why we need to rethink choice, deservingness, and stigma

20 June, 2016

With the growing foodbank queues came a growing interest towards their users

How do you solve a problem like LHA?

20 June, 2016

The 'LHA problem' has become wide and far-reaching - and is hitting the vulnerable and those on low incomes the most

Tenants launch union to challenge private landlords

20 June, 2016

New union aims to be antidote to landlords' industry bodies

Abolish tenancy deposits, says agent, to release £3.2bn into economy

17 June, 2016

A lettings agent has called for deposits to be abolished, saying it would release money into the economy and help stamp out rogue landlords and agents who help themselves to tenants' money

Making it Real for Supported Housing

17 June, 2016

A guide for providers and commissioners

£17 million needed to repair 1,140 rented homes with 'serious hazards'

17 June, 2016

More than 1,100 private rented homes in parts of North Staffordshire have 'serious' hazards

Disrupt Social Housing: Before Someone Disrupts It For You

17 June, 2016

All organisations face common challenges in coming years

Scottish landlords edge towards 'remain' though UK-wide vote is split

17 June, 2016

Landlords in Scotland intend to vote in favour of the UK remaining in the European Union in the upcoming referendum

Landlords welcome Supreme Court ruling that right to family life does not trump right to reclaim property

17 June, 2016

RLA has welcomed a Supreme Court ruling it says will boost investor confidence in the private rented sector by clarifying a point of law

Council saves money on costly temporary accommodation by purchasing homes

17 June, 2016

A London council claims its has saved almost £1 million in two years by purchasing homes to use as an alternative to nightly accommodation for vulnerable families

Number of retired renters soars by more than 200,000 in 4 years

17 June, 2016

The number of people living in private rented accommodation in retirement has soared by more than 200,000 in the last four years, according to a poll of private renters

DWP payments over £25,000 for 2016

17 June, 2016

Payments over £25,000 that DWP has made in 2016, including invoices, grants and expenses

HB Bulletin: G6/2016

17 June, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Landlord ordered to refund tenants of unlicensed HMOs

17 June, 2016

A legal tribunal has ruled that a landlord must refund his tenants rent totalling £2,934 because he housed them in unlicensed HMOs

More evictions, more homelessness: what's the government's response?

17 June, 2016

Every new set of homelessness figures shows that the ending of a private tenancy is the biggest reason why people are losing their homes

On a knife's edge - how landlords view next week's EU poll

16 June, 2016

The results of next week's EU poll look far too close to call

Buy-to-let market like watching a train crash in slow motion

16 June, 2016

The buy-to-let market has been described as a slow motion train crash with a landlord exodus and much higher rents

Landmark case as tenant loses after claiming Human Rights should prevent eviction

16 June, 2016

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a private tenant who claimed a possession order on her home was a breach of her human rights

European court backs UK curbs on child benefit rights

16 June, 2016

A challenge to the UK's right to deny some EU migrants child benefit and child tax credits has been rejected by European judges

Netherlands landlord offers tenants 100 Euro rent cut for helping refugees

16 June, 2016

Trudo housing corporation residents to get monthly discount if they guide new arrivals through Dutch customs and rules

'I'm at the mercy of my landlord': life as a young renter

16 June, 2016

If you're under 30, you could spend half your income on renting a one-bedroom flat. How do our readers cope?

HB S7/2016

16 June, 2016

Rent Rebate Subsidy Limitation information - 2016/17

Over four-fifths of benefit claimants with disabilities worried about benefit changes

16 June, 2016

Nearly three-quarters of people with disabilities said they would feel more stressed about their financial situation if their benefits were to be cut or reduced

Under 35, on housing benefit, and impossible to house?

16 June, 2016

The 'Local Housing Allowance cap' is already narrowing the housing options for under-35s, Inside Housing reveals, with many housing associations planning to tighten allocation rules

Landlords cite high capital gains tax as their biggest issue

15 June, 2016

Landlords have ranked the decision to maintain the old capital gains tax rate on property while cutting it elsewhere as their biggest challenge

Rental arrears fall as tenants get their finances back on track

15 June, 2016

Rental arrears fell by 4% in the first three months of the year

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to April 2016

15 June, 2016

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 2 Jun 2016

15 June, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 2 June 2016

Welfare support 'vital lifeline'

15 June, 2016

The majority of tenants claiming benefits are worried about future welfare changes

Spend half of your pay on rent? That's nothing out of the ordinary, you're just an average young single tenant in Britain

15 June, 2016

Young single tenants typically see half of their pay packet swallowed up in rent

Three-quarters of Benefit Claimants Worried about Future Welfare Changes

15 June, 2016

New research by the national charity Turn2us has found that 73% of low income households claiming means-tested benefits are worried about the welfare system

Borough bids for HMO control

15 June, 2016

A council coping with a rapid rise in HMOs is ready to "take back control"

NFA floats switch to monthly rent collection

15 June, 2016

NFA is gathering the views of its members on moving from weekly to monthly rent collection

350,000 renters put at risk of eviction in the last year - equivalent to more than the population of Leicester

15 June, 2016

Alarming new figures from housing charity Shelter have revealed more than 148,000 renting households in England were put at risk of losing their home in the past year

Restoring a Nation of Home Owners

14 June, 2016

Report by Civitas

What went wrong with home ownership in Britain, and how to start putting it right

Right-wing think tank calls for Right to Buy to be extended to private tenants

14 June, 2016

A right-wing think tank has called for Right to Buy to be extended to private tenants

'We have been treated like garbage. We are not garbage'

14 June, 2016

A man watched as his house was sold at auction

Implementing 'Right to Rent' immigration checks in Scotland: a recipe for confusion, complexity and discrimination?

14 June, 2016

There is fear that the UK government's latest round of immigration reforms could increase discrimination against some people wanting to rent privately and ride roughshod over Scottish housing law

Average Scottish tenancy deposits '£100 cheaper than England and Wales'

14 June, 2016

New renters in Scotland paid out on average almost £800 for a tenancy deposit over the last year

SNP falls short of socially-rented housing manifesto target

14 June, 2016

The SNP has missed a manifesto target to build more than 6,000 new socially-rented houses a year

Punishing landlords will not help more people onto the property ladder

14 June, 2016

It is demonstrably possible to promote home ownership whilst at the same time creating the environment needed for the rented sector to grow

Moody's: 'Brexit could be negative for associations'

14 June, 2016

A ratings agency has issued fresh warnings about the impact on housing associations if the UK votes to leave the European Union

Should private renters get the Right to Buy?

14 June, 2016

This is my second blog in response to Civitas's excellent new report Restoring a Nation of Homeownership

Landlord and letting agent both fined over illegal HMO

13 June, 2016

A landlord and his letting agent have both been fined for a number of offences relating to an illegally established house in multiple occupation

Cost of renting one-bed property soars in UK

13 June, 2016

Workers under 30 pay almost half of monthly wages in rent, while those in London pay even more

Regulator's new advisors help keep tenants at the heart of its work

13 June, 2016

The Scottish Housing Regulator has recruited a team of tenant advisors as one way of bringing a tenant perspective to the Regulator's scrutiny of landlords' services

CIH responds to HCA analysis of cost variation in the social housing sector

13 June, 2016

It is pleasing to see that the regulator's analysis shows housing associations have continued to reduce their costs over the last five years

Kent Reliance Buy To Let Britain report

13 June, 2016

Limited company lending rockets but tenants bear brunt of buy to let tax changes

From the County Courts - deposits, evictions and introductory tenancies

13 June, 2016

Some county court cases reported in the indispensable 'Housing: Recent Developments' in Legal Action for May 2016

Rent fees are a step closer to being scrapped

13 June, 2016

If you rent in England, Wales or Northern Ireland then you'll know all about those fees you have to pay when you sign a rental contract with a letting agent

Our tenants will pay the new taxes, say buy-to-let investors, as they push up rents by 6pc

13 June, 2016

Landlords will make tenants bear the brunt of increased buy-to-let taxation

HB A5/2016

13 June, 2016

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

Home free: when 'adverse possession' can mean good news for squatters

10 June, 2016

A Sydney man has used the old common law right of 'adverse possession' to take over an empty terrace house. In 12 years it could be his

UK startup offers landlords continuous, deep surveillance of tenants' social media

10 June, 2016

New Startup That Sends Dossiers On Your Private Social Media Profiles To Potential Landlords

Landlord left family at 'serious risk' in dangerous house

10 June, 2016

A landlord refused to repair a house that council enforcement officers said put a family at serious risk

Debt and food banks: the legacy of universal credit's Long Hello

10 June, 2016

There is fresh evidence that lengthy waits for a first benefit payment faced by universal credit claimants trigger hunger and rent arrears

What Does the EU Referendum Mean for Private Renters?

10 June, 2016

As a 'disabled' privately renting female in London, you may think that I have one foot in and one foot out when it comes to the upcoming EU Referendum

Men's domestic violence refuge

10 June, 2016

The first north Wales refuge for men fleeing domestic abuse has opened in Flintshire

Tread carefully

10 June, 2016

Housing associations considering a move into the care home market should tread carefully

NLA donates to judicial review of clause 24

10 June, 2016

The NLA is to donate £10k to support the Judicial Review against the Government's controversial decision to remove Finance Costs for individual landlords

Bill gains support to outlaw letting fees for renters

10 June, 2016

A Private Members Bill to ban estate agents from charging tenants letting fees and to clamp down on rogue landlords is gathering wide support

The EU referendum and Fiscal impact on low income households

10 June, 2016

Report by National Institute of Social and Economic research

Low income families could receive hundreds of pounds less in benefit payments if the UK leaves the EU, according to report

Buy-to-let Britain

10 June, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords likely to increase rents to offset higher costs - report by Kent Reliance

Council to pay a £26.8m water bill refund to tenants

09 June, 2016

Many landlords with similar arrangements could also face large bills.

A London council faces paying a £26.8m refund to tenants who were overcharged for water, in a case that could have implications for many other landlords.

Universal Credit Leads to Rent Arrears

09 June, 2016

Universal Credit is to blame for 79% of rent arrears since its roll-out in England.

One year on from the roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) in England, new research shows that 79% of council tenants in receipt of Universal Credit (UC) are in rent arrears.

Lender to go into loss this year through having to refund £27.5m to buy-to-let borrowers

09 June, 2016

The West Bromwich Mortgage Company will have to refund £27.5m to thousands of buy-to-let borrowers who had tracker mortgages

Stamp Duty surcharge starting to hit buy-to-let sector

09 June, 2016

The Stamp Duty surcharge on buy-to-let properties may be starting to bite

Delivering better value for money: understanding differences in unit costs

09 June, 2016

Analysis of unit costs in the social housing sector

Buy-to-let landlords win multimillion payout from West Bromwich

09 June, 2016

Court of appeal judges say building society was not entitled to raise tracker interest rates, ending 'David and Goliath' legal battle

Number of homes to rent decreases

09 June, 2016

The repercussions of the government's stamp duty hike on second homes may already be starting to bite

Benefit cap puts supported housing at risk

09 June, 2016

Council leaders have called for supported housing to be exempt from the housing benefit cap to prevent the most vulnerable people from losing their homes

90% of Welsh private tenants 'satisfied'

09 June, 2016

Welsh private sector tenants are more satisfied than those in the social rented sector

Landlords check Facebook and other social media to vet tenants

09 June, 2016

Landlords and letting agents are paying for "personality reports" of potential tenants based on details obtained by trawling Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other sites

ESA Work Capability Assessment mandatory reconsiderations: data to April 2016

09 June, 2016

Numbers of ESA Work Capability Assessment mandatory reconsiderations received and cleared by decision type and outcome

New rents still rising - but rate of growth slows

08 June, 2016

New rents across the UK continued to rise during May, but the rate of increase slowed

Mortgage valuations up despite large drop in buy-to-let

08 June, 2016

Demand in the UK housing market is still strong despite the impending EU referendum

Financial adviser wins appeal court ruling on buy-to-let mortgages

08 June, 2016

A financial specialist has won the latest round of a legal battle with a mortgage company which he says could affect around a million people who own buy-to-let properties

Use of Equality and Diversity In formation by Scottish Social Landlords

08 June, 2016

This report presents the findings of our thematic inquiry on the information submitted by social landlords against the Charter standard and outcome for equalities

New tenancy laws not enough

08 June, 2016

Pressure groups call for further powers to improve quality of rental property and keep rent increases sustainable

Learning from testing times

08 June, 2016

Early evidence of the impact of universal credit in Scotland's CAB network

The biggest irony of all? Cutting someone's welfare makes them even less likely to get a job

08 June, 2016

Now we have the stats to prove what we knew all along - welfare cuts are based on stereotypes not evidence

HomeLet Rental Index - May 2016

08 June, 2016

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £771pcm - this is 4.4% higher than the same period last year (£738pcm)

If housing's your problem, Universal Basic Income isn't the answer

07 June, 2016

A lot of young people support a universal basic income

Vicars, teachers and soldiers: The latest victims of buy-to-let stamp duty

07 June, 2016

A new stamp duty surcharge introduced earlier this month has affected a range of people from "accidental landlords" to parents helping their children buy a home

Move by Tower Hamlets to grab back council housing from 'failing' social landlords

07 June, 2016

Talks are under way to try bring social housing estates in London's deprived East End back under local authority control

Universal Credit leads to rent arrears

07 June, 2016

Universal Credit is to blame for 79% of rent arrears cases

The Guardian view on a universal income: the high price of free money

07 June, 2016

Schemes to pay every citizen a stipend have much to commend them in theory. But a crashing defeat in a Swiss referendum shows they will go nowhere unless and until the practical details are got right

Mortgage lenders open up buy-to-let to longer tenancies

07 June, 2016

A significant, silent shift has taken place in the buy-to-let mortgage market

New benefits change causing 'serious detriment' to vulnerable Scots

07 June, 2016

The UK government's much-heralded change to the social security system contains a number of inherent flaws which are causing serious problems for people in need

Annual house price growth unchanged at 9.2%

07 June, 2016

Prices in the three months to May were 9.2% higher than in the same three months a year earlier

Letting agency that found tenants for illegal HMO fined almost £12,000

06 June, 2016

A letting agent has been fined nearly £12,000 after finding tenants for an illegal House in Multiple Occupation, and for using the ARLA logo when it was not a member

FRC comments on issues arising in relation to accounting for social housing loans

06 June, 2016

Many entities are currently in the process of applying FRS 102 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland for the first time

New Law Proposed to Stop Councils Forcing Tenants to Wait for Bailiffs

06 June, 2016

The proportion of all repossession claims that have to be resolved by bailiffs in the last 12 months has shot up to 40%

Labour considering backing universal basic income as official party policy

06 June, 2016

'It's not official Labour Party policy. It's in the mix... we're considering it and looking at it and the feasibility of it'

Docking welfare payments is not incentive to work

06 June, 2016

Government-backed employment project found benefit cuts that push claimants further into poverty also create barriers to finding work

Welfare Reform European Social Fund project evaluation report

06 June, 2016

The aims of the project were to support unemployed and underemployed local people to find work or to increase their working hours

Buy-to-let stamp duty loophole: flats above shops

06 June, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords are investing in commercial and semi-commercial property in an effort to beat the stamp duty rise

Tories ignore the need for social housing and switch money from the poor to the rich

06 June, 2016

The term "housing crisis" is so well used in London that you cannot ignore it

Residents facing new benefits cap warned of "pressing need" for them to get a job

03 June, 2016

Residents set to be hit by a new benefits cap are being warned there is "a pressing need" for them to find a job

Personal Independence Payment assessment guide for assessment providers

03 June, 2016

Guidance for providers carrying out assessments for Personal Independence Payment

Room rents in commuter towns rising seven times faster than in London

03 June, 2016

Landlords may traditionally see London as the place where the highest rents are charged, but new data shows prices in commuter town are rising seven times faster than in the capital

Property investors look for HMOs to boost profits

03 June, 2016

Investors planning to expand their property portfolios are looking to do so with the purchase of complex property types

Councils consider applying for rent cut exemption

03 June, 2016

Two councils are considering applying for an exemption to a government-imposed 1% rent cut for social housing tenants

Brandon Lewis issues eviction warning to councils

03 June, 2016

The Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, has written to all local councils in England to underline government guidance on the advice that councils give to tenants when seeking re-housing on the grounds of "homelessness" when faced with an eviction notice

Ashamed to claim? Just how common is benefits stigma?

03 June, 2016

Ever since the first benefits systems came into being, they have been accompanied by debates about benefits stigma

UK Immigration, EU Referendum and Britain's Housing Crisis - How to Get a Council House

03 June, 2016

The reality of Britain's housing crisis can be easily lost in the statistics

Is it really all over for social housing?

03 June, 2016

Is it true though? Is it true that we are so conditioned to strive for homeownership and spurn social housing that we are willing to stand by while it disappears?

Abandonment a problem for almost half of Scottish landlords

03 June, 2016

Almost half of private landlords in Scotland have had one of their properties abandoned by tenants

Right to Rent Code of Practice

02 June, 2016

Scheme for landlords and their agents

Housing illegal immigrants in the private rented sector allows such people to establish a settled life in the UK and frustrate the necessary process of returning them to their home country

Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter

02 June, 2016

This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Social Housing Charter, which remains in force until 31 March 2017

Council is accused of disregarding the views of local people on 70,000 housing target

02 June, 2016

Community campaigners are accusing Leeds City Council of disregarding the views of residents and riding roughshod over evidence against its 70,000 housing target

Does right to buy extension add up?

02 June, 2016

The government announced last year that the "right to buy" would be extended to housing association tenants

Telford Homes reports 42% revenue rise thanks to 'built for rent' homes

02 June, 2016

Housebuilder sells 150 homes in east London to M&G Real Estate for £63m, reflecting demand for rental properties

Index of private housing rental prices in Great Britain, results: Apr 2016

02 June, 2016

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

How will Sadiq Khan help London's private renters?

02 June, 2016

The capital's new mayor is starting to flesh out some of his manifesto pledges in a key area of housing policy

Universal Basic Income: Dream or Nightmare?

02 June, 2016

We look at a radical economic plan being put forward by Swiss campaigners - free cash for everyone

Fair Food Fund to be set up as part of welfare reforms

02 June, 2016

The Scottish government is to establish a "Fair Food Fund" as part of efforts to tackle poverty and inequality

EU court to back UK limits on migrants' access to child benefits

01 June, 2016

European court of justice set to throw out challenge by European commission over right to residence requirement

Government's clampdown on buy-to-let 'backfiring'

01 June, 2016

The Government's efforts to free up housing stock for first-time buyers through a clampdown on buy-to-let may be backfiring

'Boris ignored repeated warnings over launch of failed London Rental Standard'

01 June, 2016

The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has hit out at the London Rental Standard - a flagship programme launched by his predecessor Boris Johnson

Why landlords should pass a fitting person test and criminal record checks

01 June, 2016

Being a landlord is a privilege, and it shouldn't be available to everybody: with the power they have over their tenants should come a sense of responsibility

Charity bemoans 'shocking scale' of DHP recipients

01 June, 2016

New DHP statistics from the Scottish Government reveal the "shocking scale" of people struggling to pay housing costs

HB Direct Issue 168

01 June, 2016

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

ARLA reports temporary rise in supply of rented housing

01 June, 2016

The supply of rented housing has increased from March this year but overall it is down from April 2015

Call for rent controls by Scottish nurses priced out of homes near hospitals

01 June, 2016

A union of nurses is calling for action to help NHS staff in Scotland find accommodation in the areas they provide hospital care

The people dumped in "temporary" housing for more than a decade

01 June, 2016

Councils are dumping homeless people in "temporary accommodation" for more than a decade

Housing & Planning Act offers scope to improve electrical safety in private rented sector

01 June, 2016

The trade association for electrical testing has welcomed measures in the Housing & Planning Act it says will improve safety in the private rented sector

Welfare cuts will lead to rise in suicides

01 June, 2016

Government welfare cuts will lead to an increase in suicides

Number of UK landlords rises to 1.75 million

31 May, 2016

The rapid pace of growth in buy-to-let investments has been illustrated by new figures showing the number of landlords rising by 7% in 2013-14 to reach 1.75 million

Personal budgets allow people to control their own support and their own lives

31 May, 2016

Over the past decade, personal budgets have completely changed social care in England, despite unprecedented local authority cuts

Bradford Council criticised for having more than 4,000 empty homes in Bradford

31 May, 2016

Bradford Council has been criticised over the thousands of homes standing empty in the district

DCLG reveals council rent cut exemption criteria

31 May, 2016

The government has published guidance for councils on how to apply for an exemption from the 1% rent cut

Social housing: the end of 'lifetime' tenancies in England?

31 May, 2016

Long-term security of tenure was introduced for most social housing tenants by the Housing Act 1980

When sky-high repair bills can make right to buy the wrong choice

31 May, 2016

Former local authority tenants who bought their properties for as little as £44,000 are facing demands of up to £50,000, which they can't afford to pay

Nearly £50 million awarded under Discretionary Housing Payments scheme in Scotland

31 May, 2016

Nearly £50 million was spent to support housing costs for those in financial hardship in Scotland during 2015/16

Landlords remind tenants of forthcoming benefit cap

31 May, 2016

Three County Durham landlords are advising tenants of a limit that may be placed on their benefit allowance later this year

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