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East Anglian housing association in talks to merge with non-compliant landlord

23 May, 2019

The East Anglian housing association Flagship Group has revealed it is in talks to merge with a small housing association which was declared non-compliant with the English regulator's standards last year

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: April 2019

23 May, 2019

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

Higher rental costs on their way as landlords withdraw investment in market

23 May, 2019

Monthly rental growth remained unchanged across the UK in April, ONS data shows, but rent prices were up annually and there are warnings that large increases are on their way

Agents could charge landlords nearer 18% when tenant fees ban comes in

23 May, 2019

A firm launching a service aimed at helping landlords avoid having to use agents, is predicting that lettings firms will charge close to 18% after the fees ban comes in next week

Tenant sues agent for £100,000 after injuries when trying to climb security gate

23 May, 2019

An agent is being sued for £100,000 by a tenant who was hurt as he tried to get into his flat by climbing over a spiked security gate

Mayor urged to ban ads that 'encourage' breach of short-term lets

22 May, 2019

Tom Copley AM says allowing "unscrupulous" property companies to advertise on the tube "sends the wrong message"

Universal credit hardship 'linked to prostitution'

22 May, 2019

Benefits reform forcing women to sell sex for cash, food or shelter, MPs' committee told

Housing association apologies after failing to fix stairlift for two weeks due to difficulty getting parts

22 May, 2019

Housing association Vivid Homes has apologised to a disabled woman who has been left without a working stairlift in her home for over two weeks, citing difficulties sourcing the appropriate parts needed for the repair

The 2018 Financial Statements of Welsh Housing Associations

22 May, 2019

We know that good housing makes a real difference to people's lives

Rental growth stalls as previously strong regions falter

22 May, 2019

Rental growth last month was almost flat across England and Wales despite regional variations

Nearly half of landlords and letting agents likely to bow out of market

22 May, 2019

Nearly half of landlords and letting agents are more likely to remove their investment - some or all of it - in the private rented sector as a result of the Government's plans to end so-called 'no fault' evictions by the abolition of Section 21

Provider exposed as unable to trace evicted tenants

21 May, 2019

Report reveals provider failed to consult with tenants, provide advice and assistance, and consider what would happen to them

Universal Credit loan company fraud claim: Minister intervenes

21 May, 2019

A minister is urgently investigating how a woman was duped by an online loan company that pocketed her benefits

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis warns couples they could be losing £7,000 a year to DWP benefits changes and to take action now

21 May, 2019

Financial expert Martin Lewis has issued a warning to couples and says they need to make themselves aware of big changes to their benefits

Scottish Labour party launches new bid to outlaw 'unfair' rents

21 May, 2019

Labour has introduced a Bill in Scotland which will introduce a further clampdown on rents

More tenancy deposit disputes being resolved without adjudication

21 May, 2019

Increasing numbers of tenancy disputes are being resolved through mediation rather than adjudication

I'm a perfect tenant but landlords avoid me because I'm on housing benefits

20 May, 2019

For all intents and purposes, I'm a great tenant

Housing association linked to Grenfell Tower left tenant without light for weeks

20 May, 2019

London-based Notting Hill Genesis didn't repair one tenant's rotten window for six months and still collected rent from one tenant for five years after he died

Council says its own lettings agency 'saves hundreds of thousands'

20 May, 2019

A council claims that its decision to set up its own lettings agency has prevented homelessness for almost 50 families and avoided £275,000 expenditure on emergency housing

Universal credit: 10% deducted from claimants

20 May, 2019

Our benefits system was created to anchor people from being swept into poverty - so why is the government clawing back £1 in every £10 paid to people most in need of our support?

Angry landlords set to confront Government over scrapping of Section 21

20 May, 2019

Furious landlords are due to meet in London tomorrow to draw up battle lines over the proposed scrapping of the so-called no fault evictions, Section 21

Council lettings initiative saves thousands on finding homes

17 May, 2019

In under a year, the scheme has seen 47 households faced with eviction moved into more affordable rented properties

Buy-to-let purchase loans in melt-down as landlords beat their retreat

17 May, 2019

The number of mortgage approvals for all types of house purchase has dropped sharply, with a drop of almost 10% in buy-to-let loans

Landlords turn their backs on the Conservative Party

17 May, 2019

Polling conducted by the National Landlords Association suggests that private landlords have lost faith in the Conservative Party

Home Office releases Brexit guidance on Right to Rent

17 May, 2019

The Home Office has confirmed that landlords and agents should continue to undertake Right to Rent checks for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens as they do now

Hackney Council tells pregnant mum in homeless shelter: Move 160 miles away or face eviction

17 May, 2019

Jess is seven months pregnant and receiving prenatal care at a hospital in Hackney

Regulator: prospective supported housing providers not budgeting for enough support

17 May, 2019

Prospective providers of specialised supported housing are not budgeting for the support they claim they will provide

'Last resort' Universal Credit deductions top £39m

17 May, 2019

Figure for sums taken for essential services in October last year is up from a £9m statistical start in April 2017

Repairs and maintenance tracker 2019

17 May, 2019

Housing associations' spending on repairs and maintenance has ticked up again for the first time in three years

MPs demand details of DWP's universal credit advertorials

17 May, 2019

Amber Rudd challenged on cost of campaign and accuracy of its claims about new benefit

VRTB pilot: more than half of tenants drop out after ballot

17 May, 2019

More than half the tenants successful in the ballot for the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot have failed to apply to buy their home or have had their application cancelled

Section 21 survey response breaks RLA record

16 May, 2019

Previous record smashed, with more than 6,000 responses already in and still days to go

What would scrapping 'no fault' evictions mean for landlords?

16 May, 2019

For private landlords, the key change outlined in the government's response is the proposed removal of 'no fault' evictions

A recipe for social housebuilding

16 May, 2019

With more than 270,000 people currently experiencing homelessness in England, we're undoubtedly seeing the impact of 40 years of failure in housing policy

PRS reform means many housing cases 'will not to go to law'

16 May, 2019

MHCLG minster offers the Lords "reassurance" over legal aid provision in housing cases, saying "the law will be absolutely clear"

Lone parents lose benefits cap challenge at supreme court

16 May, 2019

Justices reject appeal despite Lord Wilson saying impact of cap was 'undoubtedly harsh'

Tenants evicted for £43m Birmingham scheme will get 'option' to return

16 May, 2019

Residents in Druids Heath will be the first to benefit

New social housing in Birmingham comes with Right to Buy stipulations

16 May, 2019

City Council plans major 10-year house building programme with would-be RtB purchasers facing full property construction costs

Housing associations are more vulnerable to market downturn than ever

16 May, 2019

Housing associations are now more vulnerable to housing market fluctuations than ever before

Proportion of EU tenants renting in the UK plummets by a fifth

16 May, 2019

The number of EU nationals looking to rent in the UK has dropped by a fifth

Benefit cap: 'undoubtedly harsh' yet not unlawfully discriminatory

15 May, 2019

Today, the Supreme Court has acknowledged that the household benefit cap is not achieving its stated aims and is inflicting poverty on people

Londoners discriminated against 'because they're on benefits'

15 May, 2019

Having interviewed tenants on housing benefits before, I knew that calling round estate agents trying to find properties to rent to them was going to be difficult

Anti-poverty charities want 'urgent investment' in Local Housing Allowance

15 May, 2019

Nine out of 10 English councils now fear further rises in homelessness because of LHA freeze

Digitisation still a challenge for housing associations

15 May, 2019

A new survey of housing association senior managers has found that they're slow to catch up to customer's expectations around digital services and start benefiting from the efficiency gains of digital

Exclusion of poor tenants highlights fatal flaw in housing policy

15 May, 2019

The government's pledge to tackle rough sleeping is utterly thwarted by its welfare reforms and spending cuts

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act: how will social landlords respond?

15 May, 2019

A new piece of legislation will enshrine tenants' right to an improved standard of housing

Payday loan complaints reach five-year high

15 May, 2019

Complaints against payday lenders have soared to a five-year high

Homeless people in UK 'denied social housing as risky tenants'

15 May, 2019

Housing associations under fire for focus on commercial goals instead of social mission

DWP benefits statistics: May 2019

14 May, 2019

Statistics on DWP-administered benefits

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 11 April 2019

14 May, 2019

Official experimental statistics including the number of people and households on Universal Credit, starts and claims

Benefit sanctions statistics to January 2019

14 May, 2019

Sanctions statistics for Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit, data to January 2019

Universal Credit sparks rent arrears crisis as council's housing income falls by £28m

14 May, 2019

Council chiefs launched pilot scheme to slow down mounting debts from tenants

Housing associations must be handed bigger role to free private renters from 'poor deal'

14 May, 2019

Housing associations must be given a bigger role by government in tackling the housing crisis as private renters are getting an increasingly "poor deal"

Wheeler pledges court reforms to support landlords

14 May, 2019

Announcement comes in wake of government's decision to abolish section 21 "no explanation" repossessions

Universal Credit debt advice tool gets 9,000+ visits in three months

14 May, 2019

Money and Pension Service's money guidance contact centre was also received around 1,100 enquiries regarding Universal Credit

HomeLet Rental Index - April 2019

14 May, 2019

Rents in the UK rose by 2.0% in April compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £936 a month

Dozens of residents forced to leave their homes as flat evacuation deadline looms

14 May, 2019

It is understood residents have until end of play today to leave

Landlords find profits are on the slide when selling up

14 May, 2019

The average landlord who sold a buy-to-let property last year made nearly £80,000 pre-tax profit - less than in previous years

Ex-Countrywide agent says landlords signing onerous conditions

14 May, 2019

A former Countrywide employee trying to start up their own business has claimed that landlords who would like to become customers of the new firm are being hit by onerous 'release' fees

For-profit provider signs management agreement with housing association

13 May, 2019

Places for People has agreed a new 10-year deal to manage for-profit provider Residential Secure Income's 2,219 retirement homes

Pan-London solutions needed for temporary accommodation crisis

13 May, 2019

New report calls for a specific Mayoral-led project that could press MHCLG and DWP on collaboration to improve housing security undermined by welfare reform

Labour would trial universal basic income if elected

13 May, 2019

Shadow chancellor says pilot schemes would be held in Liverpool, Sheffield and the Midlands

Housing association spends £2m on staff restructuring and consultants then puts rents up

13 May, 2019

A cash-strapped housing association has increased rents despite spending nearly £2 million on restructuring

London's residential market stalls while private renters see rises

13 May, 2019

New stats show flats saw the sharpest fall in transactions, down almost 20% in the final quarter of 2018 compared to the previous year

Welfare shake-up 'will double number of children in poverty'

13 May, 2019

Half of low-income families will lose thousands of pounds a year

Average new rents continue to rise ahead of fees ban

13 May, 2019

The average new rental price is still rising, ahead of the imminent tenant fees ban

Housing Secretary rejects rent controls but defends abolition of 'no fault' evictions

13 May, 2019

Housing Secretary of State James Brokenshire has rejected suggestions that the Conservatives could bring in rent controls

Association calls for amendment to Universal Credit shortfall

10 May, 2019

Curo has identified many tenants struggling to cover the cost of their weekly rent

Social landlords offered 'solution' to Universal Credit arrears

10 May, 2019

Study of five registered landlords finds an £60,000-£130,000 increase in rent arrears per thousand tenants

HB A7/2019

10 May, 2019

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

HB A6/2019

10 May, 2019

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

Hackitt legislation: what does it mean for housing associations?

10 May, 2019

As Inside Housing reveals that draft legislation to implement a new post-Grenfell system of building regulation is imminent

Housing benefits should be 'at least' 30% of market rates

10 May, 2019

London boroughs have called on Whitehall to lift the Local Housing Allowance to at least 30% of local market rates for private sector accommodation to help ease the pressure on councils

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics in England and Wales, January to March 2019 (Provisional)

10 May, 2019

Since January to March 2018, all mortgage possession actions have increased, whereas landlord possession actions have generally decreased

RLA: Courts are 'failing' landlords and tenants

10 May, 2019

Average time taken for a property to be repossessed from the initial claim is over 17 weeks

Rudd announces Universal Credit sanction changes

10 May, 2019

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has ended financial sanctions for claimants that last for three years - the longest length will now be six months

Buy-to-let regulation blamed as landlord arrears increase

10 May, 2019

Buy-to-let mortgage arrears increased in the first quarter of 2019, prompting concerns that disgruntled tenants are stopping paying rent as a result of landlords giving them notice and exiting the sector

Courts 'failing landlords' as repossessions timescales increase

10 May, 2019

The Government's plans to scrap Section 21 notices have come under scrutiny after its own data shows it is taking longer for landlords to repossess properties through the courts

LIN member report May 2019 - Tenancies in the private rented sector

10 May, 2019

LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

NHF unveils Tenant Advisory Panel

09 May, 2019

Announcement comes amid bids to create a more balanced relationship between tenants and housing associations

Catalyst tenants forced to move out over fire safety issues in London block

09 May, 2019

Tenants at a Catalyst-owned block in London will be moved out of their homes after the housing association found a series of fire safety issues with the building

England and Wales Rental Tracker

09 May, 2019

Rental market shows stability in March as landlords look north

People in Derbyshire are living on '£2 a day' because of Universal Credit

09 May, 2019

The system has also caused significant problems for the Trust including a "large increase" in arrears

Low Universal Credit levels leaving people at risk of homelessness

09 May, 2019

The money residents on Universal Credit are receiving through benefit payments is falling behind renting costs in London and putting people across the capital at risk of becoming homeless

Surplus service homes could still boost social housing stock

09 May, 2019

Commons committee told such a boost depends on a balance between military personnel projections and social housing need

Benefit cuts 'have made private renting unaffordable'

09 May, 2019

Renting privately across most of England has become unaffordable for people on benefits, housing charities have warned, with people in some areas short of at least £100 a month

Landlords threaten legal action over 'unfair' licensing scheme

09 May, 2019

Oxford City Council is being threatened with legal action over its landlord licensing scheme

LIN Welfare Benefits Rates Card 2019-20

09 May, 2019

The benefit rates for 2019-2020

DWP staff 'do not grasp' UC guidance

08 May, 2019

Council says its staff had to tell Universal Credit staff how their own rules and regulations worked

Government changes to renting laws have fuelled housing discrimination

08 May, 2019

Xenophobia has been increasing in the UK over the past five years, spurred on by fear mongering about immigration whether in regards to the refugee crisis or Brexit

Shelter launches £600,000 PRS fund in Manchester

08 May, 2019

The Fair Housing Futures project seeks to address the challenges of accessing housing in Manchester's private sector

Council-led incentive aims to tackle housing waiting lists

08 May, 2019

The scheme is due to be launched at a series of events targeted at private landlords and housing

Housing benefit payments not made confirm Isle of Wight council

08 May, 2019

Households across the Isle of Wight have not received payment of housing benefit as expected

Government delays publishing lower benefit cap evaluation

08 May, 2019

Publication pushed back to autumn to test methodological approach

Providers and tenants short-changed over UC

08 May, 2019

Issue initially ignored by DWP now seen as posing a serious problem for housing providers and tenants

Basic Income As Common Dividends: Report Launch with Guy Standing

08 May, 2019

Every adult in the UK should receive a weekly basic income of £48

LA Welfare Direct bulletins: 2019

07 May, 2019

These LA Welfare Direct bulletins provide information, that affects Housing Benefit and other areas of DWP, to local authority staff

Housing bosses 'letting down' Edinburgh council tenants over repairs

07 May, 2019

Housing chiefs have been accused of "letting down tenants" after it was revealed there were more than 3,700 outstanding repairs for council homes

Thousands of buy to let homes are dangerous, claims compliance firm

07 May, 2019

A compliance company has accused "thousands" of buy to let investors of failing to address major household hazards which render properties dangerous

Slow response to universal credit errors 'bizarre'

07 May, 2019

DWP officials took months to correct payment mistakes

Property: is this an ethical alternative to buy-to-let?

07 May, 2019

If you're keen to invest your cash but want to be sure it's doing some good, Reap is worth a look

Labour-backed report urges trials of universal basic income

07 May, 2019

John McDonnell, who commissioned study, hints a form of UBI could become policy

Benefits and bulgur wheat

07 May, 2019

Inside the UK's food banks

More than a dozen supported housing tenants 'not receiving services' paid for

07 May, 2019

More than a dozen supported housing tenants in Gloucester are not being provided the services that have been paid for

Get out while you can, private landlords told - and buy shares in build to rent instead

07 May, 2019

The chief executive of Grainger, one of Britain's biggest rental firms, has said that amateur landlords should give up and buy shares in her company instead

Universal credit regulations ruled unlawful by high court

03 May, 2019

Terms would leave thousands with severe disabilities worse off by about £100 a month

What do Amazon and social housing have in common?

03 May, 2019

The very nature of social housing means that customer service can be a more complex affair than other sectors

Are we seeing the demise of the 'rogue' landlord?

03 May, 2019

There are many good landlords in the UK, but there is a small minority of 'rogue' operators that have become a major scourge for renters

UC support to those with severe disabilities 'unlawful'

03 May, 2019

The High Court declaration represents the latest blow to the DWP and Universal Credit

Tenants hit by 'unfair' practices which could breach consumer law

03 May, 2019

A letting agent with almost 200 branches required a holding deposit before tenants had even reviewed a contract

Anger as Grenfell boss is invited to speak at housing safety event

03 May, 2019

Woman in charge of TMO at time of fire quits conference after criticism from survivors

Agent Provocateur: Politicians and the strangling of the private rental sector

03 May, 2019

We live in a world of unintended consequences

Which? accuses agents of breaking law over tenancy agreements

03 May, 2019

A mystery shopping investigation of 20 letting agents by consumer watchdog Which? claims to have identified practices that could be illegal

There are no easy answers to the 'trilemma' faced by housing organisations

02 May, 2019

A recent conference on housing brought home the triple challenge faced by organisations trying to battle the housing crisis

Benefit Cap: number of households capped to February 2019

02 May, 2019

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and February 2019

Former top judge says UC 'breaches rule of law'

02 May, 2019

Further scathing criticism for the reform said to show a systemic failure to meet basic legal standards

Why people on Leicester housing register haven't been able to bid on council properties

02 May, 2019

'It's a disgrace, the system is bad enough as it is'

Why are so many housing associations turning their backs on fixed-term tenancies?

02 May, 2019

In 2011 the Localism Act gave social landlords the option to issue fixed-term tenancies for the first time

Airbnb introduces Donations to help with temporary housing

02 May, 2019

Hosts can give money to nonprofits that help displaced people find a place to stay

Quarter of landlords looking to 'sell up' over next year

02 May, 2019

Survey reveals a third reported low levels of confidence in the private rented sector

Leaseholders in London block pay nearly £3.5m for Grenfell-style cladding removal

02 May, 2019

Leaseholders living at a major development in central London have been forced to pay out millions of pounds to remove dangerous Grenfell-style cladding despite no work starting on the block

Universal credit claimants left in the dark about their entitlements

01 May, 2019

Universal credit claimants are routinely in the dark about how much they should receive

Benefit claimants at risk of 'destitution' if DWP fails to prepare for Universal Credit roll-out

01 May, 2019

The DWP risks leaving benefit claimants "destitute" if it fails to properly prepare for the roll-out of Universal Credit

Universal credit claimants being underpaid as they are 'left in the dark' about entitlements

01 May, 2019

'Inadequate' communications and administrative errors risk claimants being underpaid

Associations merge to deliver 1,300 homes

01 May, 2019

Aldwyck Housing Group is set to become a subsidiary of Catalyst

Propertymark Housing Report - March 2019

01 May, 2019

Supply of available properties hit the lowest level on record for the month of March

Nationwide house price index

01 May, 2019

UK house price growth remained weak in April

Likelihood of poorer adults struggling to buy food is rising

01 May, 2019

Food insecurity affected one in five adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2016

New four and five-bedroom council houses to be built in Milton Keynes for 'larger' homeless families

01 May, 2019

The first stream of 91 new council houses has been submitted to the planning department

Universal credit is 'Orwellian'

01 May, 2019

Sir Stephen Sedley says digital benefits system is also failing to meet legal obligations

HB S10/2019

30 April, 2019

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

Khan urged to 'ease the squeeze' on family-sized social rented homes

30 April, 2019

London mayor urged to set a target for 50% of new social rented homes to have three bedrooms or more to address overcrowding in social housing

Why we scrapped our ALMO

30 April, 2019

This month Westminster City Council scrapped the management company which had been looking after its council homes for 17 years

MPs ramp up pressure on government to fund private cladding removal

30 April, 2019

MPs have increased the pressure on government to fund the removal of Grenfell-style cladding from private residential blocks

Chester: Landlords fined for letting flat with no windows or heating

30 April, 2019

Two landlords have been fined for letting out a death-trap flat which had no heating or windows

Property demand and supply hits a six-year low but are landlords returning to the market?

30 April, 2019

The number of properties available to buy has hit the lowest level on record for March

Opinion: Tinkering politicians will only trap landlords for years to come

30 April, 2019

Margaret Thatcher is credited with the Right to Buy legislation which allowed long-term council tenants to purchase their homes at a discounted price

Associations announce merger plans

29 April, 2019

Between them, the two groups manage 38,000 units across the UK

Landlords increasingly look to the north for better investments

29 April, 2019

Rents across England and Wales have barely moved in the last year

Zoopla warns against rent controls becoming policy

29 April, 2019

Zoopla has cautioned against the use of rent controls

Opinion: Abolishing Section 21 and restoring rent controls could return us to bad old days?

29 April, 2019

The Government has announced its intention to abolish Section 21 - the so-called no fault eviction, by which landlords can claim possession of their property without having to give a reason

Landlords shocked to be told their costs will rise because of tenancy fees ban

29 April, 2019

With just over a month to go, some landlords are apparently only just waking up to the price of the tenancy fees ban

More homes for rent

29 April, 2019

Rental market to benefit from £30 million investment

Rushanara Ali MP: Gov't must move fast to replace flammable cladding on every building

29 April, 2019

Fire does not discriminate between private and public housing

'Hassle no longer worth it' for private landlords

29 April, 2019

New research shows the likely post-tax gain for the typical private landlord has declined substantially, as corporate residential equivalent sees strong returns

Charities stress need for urgent reform of welfare reform

26 April, 2019

DWP maintains denial of reform driving poverty as one food bank charity alone distributes well over one million emergency parcels

Association warns of changes to pension credit

26 April, 2019

The household incomes of those affected could leave some as much as £7,000 a year worse off

Challenges in delivering social housing

26 April, 2019

Housing providers are coming under increasing scrutiny and indeed pressure to deliver the number of affordable homes that are going to make a lasting impact in solving the nation's housing crisis

Was section 21 such a bad thing?

26 April, 2019

The repealing of the government legislation will have come as no surprise to anyone involved in housing

Three systems we can redesign to end food poverty

26 April, 2019

To unlock children and families from poverty, we must redesign our housing and labour markets and our social security system

Location of 2,780 new council homes revealed for the first time

26 April, 2019

Council housing is a prestigious tenure and we want to lead the race to the top

Report reveals UC pressures on frontline staff

26 April, 2019

Concerns are raised around the "managed migration" process of placing benefit claimants onto Universal Credit

Private Rented Sector Report - March 2019

26 April, 2019

Supply of rental properties letting agents managed rose by three percent in March,to the highest figure on record

Man with mental health problems evicted in his slippers - and he can't get back in to retrieve his belongings

25 April, 2019

Paul Bradley, 64, was evicted from his Cromwell Road flat on Tuesday by Lincolnshire Housing Partnership with just the clothes on his back and slippers

Regulatory judgements: London housing association downgraded for giving regulator inaccurate information

25 April, 2019

London housing association Origin Housing has been downgraded for providing "consistently inaccurate" information to the Regulator of Social Housing

Great Yarmouth rundown housing to be bought by council

25 April, 2019

A £2m scheme that will let a council buy rundown bedsits and guest houses and renovate them has been approved

Home Office urges social housing to 'know the signs' of gang exploitation

25 April, 2019

A series of posters set to raise awareness around urban drug activity expanding to smaller town markets

Australia's biggest bank enters sector with £250m of loans to housing associations

25 April, 2019

Australia's biggest bank has made a significant move into the UK social housing sector with loans worth over £250m to four large housing associations

MPs call on landlords to scrap 'no DSS' clauses in rental ads

25 April, 2019

Critics compare refusal of people on benefits to 'no blacks, no Irish, no dogs' signs

Children Going Hungry As Figures Show One Third Of Foodbank Packages Going To Youngsters

25 April, 2019

Record number of foodbank parcels handed out in the past year, with a huge number going to struggling families

MHCLG considers second Right to Buy pilot ballot after low take-up

25 April, 2019

The government is mulling a second ballot of the Right to Buy pilot for housing associations in the Midlands following unexpectedly low take-up

Landlords' Barometer - #69: Abolition of Section 21 is the big talking point

25 April, 2019

Welcome to the April edition of the Landlords' Barometer, where, unsurprisingly, the demise of Section 21 is a key trending topic!

Tinder-style property rental platform announces expansion plans

25 April, 2019

A new rental property platform that allows prospective tenants to 'swipe' in Tinder style for rooms and homes has had 100,000 searches

Agents defend housing benefit restrictions in rental adverts to MPs

25 April, 2019

Lettings agents have defended the use of "No DSS" phrases in property listings, claiming landlords are often following instructions from their mortgage lenders or insurer

Scrapping Section 21: a victory for every housing campaigner

24 April, 2019

Renters won an important campaign which will change the way all private tenants are treated in our country

Almost two million people will lose £1,000 a year with UC

24 April, 2019

Those claiming disability benefits will be the worst affected

London Mayor calls for short-let landlord register

24 April, 2019

The Mayor of London and local authorities in the capital are calling for the Government to introduce a registration system for short-let landlords

Mayor calls for system to enforce short-term letting law

24 April, 2019

Since 2015, the law has capped short-term lets in London at a total of 90 nights per year

London council's housing allocations policy is discriminatory

24 April, 2019

A west London council has been told by the Court of Appeal that its housing allocations policy is unlawfully discriminatory

Newcastle landlords condemn 'sledgehammer' licensing plan

24 April, 2019

Private landlords have branded a new licensing policy as "a sledgehammer to crack a nut"

Universal credit and its impact on household incomes: the long and the short of it

24 April, 2019

n this research we investigate who wins and loses from universal credit, and by how much

Seriously ill, emaciated man who was denied benefits by DWP dies

23 April, 2019

Stephen Smith's case sparked outrage after his benefits were cut and he was told to find a job

Treasury delays reclassification of NI housing associations until 2020

23 April, 2019

The UK Treasury has agreed to delay legislation that would shift the debt of Northern Irish housing associations onto the public balance sheet until March 2020

House Price Index March 2019

23 April, 2019

A split across England and Wales

FOI requests detail impact of the Homelessness Reduction Act

23 April, 2019

The Big Issue contacted 354 local authorities to get a clear picture of the new legislation's progress

Benefits claimant 'disgusted' by DWP after 'lying bitch' comment

23 April, 2019

Woman forced to appeal against incorrect PIP decisions three times in five years

Association which developed electrical safety code slammed for putting tenants at risk

23 April, 2019

A housing association involved in developing an electrical safety code of practice has been slammed for electrical safety issues by the regulator

Cost of re-homing Appleton Point tenants is revealed

23 April, 2019

Rwhousing almost one hundred people after a block of flats was evacuated cost Bradford Council £12,410

Hackitt 'concerned' Grenfell recommendations will fall away

23 April, 2019

Author of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety post-Grenfell, has warned not to let Grenfell slip off the agenda

Private investors cash in on social housing boom

23 April, 2019

Triple Point investment trust buys six developments including one in south of Scotland

REIT to set up company to advise supported housing association partners

23 April, 2019

Civitas has announced plans to set up a company to advise the housing associations it leases homes to

Believing in the future of social housing

18 April, 2019

When we set out to create a new identity for County Durham Housing Group, we kept coming back to the same thing; our view that social housing should drive positive change

Landlords urged to shape future of rental sector

18 April, 2019

The launch of a new survey to help assess landlord rights comes ahead of a government consultation over section 21

Section 21 and why landlords will still hold all the keys in housing

18 April, 2019

SP Chakravarty says the market is inherently rigged against renters

Tories refuse to support £8m housing plan

18 April, 2019

Conservative councillors at Cornwall Council have refused to support providing an extra £8million to the council's housing development programme

Corporate landlords earning twice as much from buy-to-let as private owners

18 April, 2019

A new property index that tracks the fortunes of corporate landlords claims they are breathing new life into buy-to-let

Lack of lettings supply pushes rental growth to record highs

18 April, 2019

Tenants will still need to stump up a deposit ranging from £630 to £2,415 once the fees ban comes in

New regulatory body will oversee both letting and sales agents

18 April, 2019

A new regulatory body has been set up ahead of the tenant fees ban on June 1

Government to drop plans to create a national tenant voice

17 April, 2019

Government may not be going ahead with a national tenants voice - pitched as a key element of the Social Housing Green Paper

Association secures £500k Warm Homes funding

17 April, 2019

The grant will enable 250 homes to be connected to mains gas

In full: Tenants letter to Malthouse over communication snub

17 April, 2019

Below is the full letter sent by the National Voice for Tenants Steering Group, who have voiced their disappointment over lack of progress on creating a national tenants' voice

Ending unfair evictions will help prevent homelessness

17 April, 2019

This week, the government announced plans to abolish Section 21 evictions

New building safety knowledge hub for social landlords

17 April, 2019

The Federation and the Local Government Association have launched a new building safety knowledge hub for social landlords

Planners set to refuse permission for a licensed house in multiple occupation in Milton Keynes

17 April, 2019

Planners are set to refuse permission for a house in multiple occupation, despite it already being licensed by a different department at the same council

'I can't stay here' - Social housing tenant feels forced to move out over leaky boiler

17 April, 2019

A social housing tenant has hit out at her landlords due to her boiler leaking on and off for the last two years - forcing her to find alternative living arrangements

Sky News Host Jayne Secker Hits Young Woman With Patronising Rebuke Of Renters

17 April, 2019

The Sky anchor has been forced to apologise after the exchange sparked widespread anger

Grenfell family placed on council house waiting list

17 April, 2019

A family who escaped the Grenfell Tower fire have been told by their local authority they will be moved on to a general council house waiting list

Stamp Duty hikes pushing more London landlords out of their home city

17 April, 2019

Increasing numbers of landlords who live in London are looking beyond the capital for buy-to-let returns

Our lack of social housing is failing those in desperate need

16 April, 2019

At Shelter, we see many people who've had bad experiences renting privately, but Tom's experiences are exceptionally bad

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 14 March 2019

16 April, 2019

Official experimental statistics for the number of people on Universal Credit

MS Society campaigns to scrap the PIP 20 metre rule

16 April, 2019

The PIP 20 metre rule is failing people with MS. And people are losing their independence as a result

New guidance to help identify tenants at risk of county lines exploitation

16 April, 2019

New guidance from the Home Office and CrimeStoppers aims to help housing association staff identify and support vulnerable tenants

Government criticised for sidelining plans for national tenant voice

16 April, 2019

The government has been accused of sidelining its pledge to give social housing tenants a stronger voice on the national stage following the Grenfell Tower fire

Rightmove House Price Index - April 2019

16 April, 2019

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

Government promoting outdated guidance on how to let and rent a property

16 April, 2019

The Government is promoting outdated guidance on how to let and rent a property

Agents and landlords braced for more upheaval as Section 21 is set for scrapheap

16 April, 2019

Letting agents and landlords have reacted with dismay as the Government unveiled plans to scrap Section 21 notices

Rightmove asks for 'conversation' with housing minister over 'No DSS' listings

16 April, 2019

Rightmove has asked for a "conversation" with the Ministry of Housing about 'No DSS' lettings listings

From the frontline - Universal Credit officer Trevor Davies

16 April, 2019

Trevor Davies, Universal Credit officer at County Durham Housing Group, tells us about helping tenants to manage their finances and his frustration at having to issue food vouchers

'No-fault' eviction of tenants must end. But beware unintended consequences

16 April, 2019

The government is right to curtail landlords' powers. But too much regulation could end up hurting the poorest

LIN member report April 2019 - The benefit cap

16 April, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Onus on Government to avoid chaos in the courts

15 April, 2019

The National Landlords Association is lambasting the Government's proposal to remove Section 21 'no fault' evictions, essentially creating indefinite tenancies

JRF responds to Government promise to ban no-fault evictions

15 April, 2019

Following today's news that the Government plans to ban no-fault evictions, Campbell Robb, chief executive of the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation, responds

Controlling house prices and the need to be able to evict bad tenants

15 April, 2019

Carolyn Hayman says action must be taken to bring prices back into an affordable ratio with incomes, while Tom Booth says section 21 should not be abolished

No rogue landlords issued with banning orders in 12 months

15 April, 2019

Just four entries have been recorded on database in the year since its launch

Housing groups welcome plans to abolish Section 21 evictions

15 April, 2019

Housing and tenant groups have welcomed plans by the government to consult on abolishing Section 21 evictions, also known as 'no-fault' evictions

'I have PTSD and got depressed': how no-fault evictions affect tenants

15 April, 2019

Annie Goodwin, 73, says three no-fault eviction notices in six years have taken their toll

DWP to restore disability benefits of woman it called 'lying bitch'

15 April, 2019

Department does U-turn, amid calls for it to be stripped of delivering disability benefits

LSA: Landlord-tenant firm criticised by housing charity

15 April, 2019

A firm which acts as an intermediary between landlords and tenants has been criticised for charging some customers £25 for a phone call or £15 for emails

Calls for Universal Credit housing benefit to automatically go to landlords

15 April, 2019

Calls have been made for the housing element of Universal Credit to automatically go to landlords

Government to end 'no-fault' evictions in private rental shake-up

15 April, 2019

Prime minister Theresa May has announced plans to clamp down on landlords who evict tenants unfairly at short notice by abolishing so-called "no-fault evictions"

Government announces end to unfair evictions

15 April, 2019

Biggest change to the private rental sector for a generation

The private renters trapped in Britain's new slums

12 April, 2019

Years of austerity have driven the poorest into squalid, crumbling homes

Average UK rent down again in Q1 2019

12 April, 2019

Imminent tenancy fees ban may be slowing house moves

Report provides tenant perception on 'value for money'

12 April, 2019

The online survey allows participants to provide an opinion on new legislation and regulations

Reap relaunches to tackle 'unsustainable' housing market

12 April, 2019

Ethical Buy To Let alternative returns for second round of affordable homes investment

County's housing targets are already met

12 April, 2019

Northumberland is building almost double the number of required homes

Funds agree to reduced lease payments from non-compliant housing association

12 April, 2019

Civitas and one other investment fund have agreed to reduce lease payments from a non-compliant housing association

Social tenant says he is being punished for speaking to the Guardian

12 April, 2019

Thomas Reames says Southern Housing extended probation period after he discussed segregated facilities

Local enforcement of crooked landlords set to be beefed up

12 April, 2019

Local authorities across the country are to receive new online support in what the Government has said is the latest step in its crackdown on criminal landlords

Major agent taken to task over 'no deposit' scheme that is not an insurance policy

12 April, 2019

This is Money, part of the Daily Mail, has criticised Leaders Romans Group for the 'no deposit option' scheme it introduced last year, after a single mother was left with a £1,318 bill at the end of her tenancy

April 2019: Touchbase edition 129

11 April, 2019

News and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs

DWP accused of treating UC inquiry 'like dirt'

11 April, 2019

MPs want the Department for Work and Pensions to give a fresh response to their report on childcare

Warrington approves £80m housing association loan facilities

11 April, 2019

Warrington Borough Council has approved £80m of loans to provide borrowing facilities to two housing associations for house-building in the area

Tenants baffled by ad for London room at £572-a-month that appears to have no door

11 April, 2019

Desperate renters were left baffled when a flat listing in east London appeared to show a bedroom without a door

For-profit association seeks new investors to buy more homes

11 April, 2019

A for-profit housing association owned by a private developer is seeking new private funders to help expand its business and allow it to buy more homes

England and Wales Rental Tracker

11 April, 2019

Tenants drawn to the South West in February

Regulator to meet with equity investors in supported housing

11 April, 2019

The Regulator of Social Housing is set to meet with investors that put money into the controversial model of financing SSH to outline its concerns around how it is being operated

Rent analysis sparks conflict over impact of impending tenant fees ban

11 April, 2019

Two separate reports on rents conflict over the impact of the tenant fees ban

City unveils worst rental homes as it looks to extend licensing

11 April, 2019

A council has revealed the squalid conditions its inspectors have found when visiting rental properties as it looks to extend its landlord licensing scheme

Bristol City Council approves additional licensing

10 April, 2019

Bristol City Council has confirmed that additional licensing has been approved and further details relating implementation to will be released in due course

HomeLet Rental Index - March 19

10 April, 2019

Average rents across the UK rose by 3.3% in March 2019 when compared to the same month a year previously; the average monthly rent is now £942

Government launches support for rogue landlord crackdown

10 April, 2019

The announcement forms part of a government commitment to give greater protection to tenants

Malthouse wants planning laws to stop social housing segregation

10 April, 2019

Housing minister Kit Malthouse has asked officials to "explore strengthening" planning guidance to prevent segregation of social housing residents

Associations accused of 'nice work if you get it' sales of affordable homes

10 April, 2019

Commons hears how section 106 properties could simply be sold straight to first-time buyers on low incomes at 50% market value

Brokenshire 'turns back time' over social housebuilding

10 April, 2019

Accused of presiding over the worst two years of social housing since WWII, Housing Secretary attacks last Labour government

Housing Minister unveils new guidance for local authorities to crack down on rogue landlords

10 April, 2019

New online support as part of government's commitment to give greater protection to tenants, and reform the private rented sector for the better

Landlords count the cost of tax changes

10 April, 2019

UK's largest and most experienced landlords have adapted their approach to stay resilient to tax and regulatory change by prioritising measures to bolster financial strength over portfolio expansion

BTL research reveals lower remortgage activity going forward

10 April, 2019

Report says landlords remain engaged in the sector but are prioritising bolstering financial strength over portfolio expansion

London association promises improvement after concerns in Grenfell borough

10 April, 2019

One of London's largest housing associations has promised to improve its service in the borough where the Grenfell Tower fire happened

Two-thirds of councils say they can't afford to comply with homelessness law

10 April, 2019

A year on from the Homelessness Reduction Act, councils fear lack of funds will hamper efforts to keep people housed and off the streets

Landlords: right to rent checks on long-resident non-EEA nationals and Windrush generation

09 April, 2019

This information is for landlords wishing to rent private residential property in England to long resident Commonwealth citizens and other long resident non-EEA nationals

September date set for Welsh letting fees law

09 April, 2019

Six months until a ban on unnecessary letting fees becomes law - Royal Assent permitting

Property guardians live in legal limbo - despite new law to protect tenants from exploitation

09 April, 2019

In the midst of England's housing crisis, when many young people face rising rents in major cities, alternative forms of accommodation have emerged

Greater Manchester housing association secures £100m funding deal

09 April, 2019

Bolton at Home has secured a £100m funding package that will enable it to build 785 homes and complete its acquisition of Manchester neighbour Arcon Housing Group

Lettings organisation which calls itself a 'club' hit with huge bills

09 April, 2019

A lettings organisation which calls itself a club rather than an agency has been heavily fined

House Exchange adds over 100,000 properties to swapping service for social housing residents

09 April, 2019

House Exchange - the home swapping service - has seen rapid growth over the last twelve months, with landlords owning more than 100,000 properties joining as partners

Harlow MP describes office block re-housing as 'social cleansing'

09 April, 2019

The government is reviewing its policy of allowing the conversion of offices into homes without planning permission

Average rent for UK property now £1,217

09 April, 2019

Annual growth hotspots include Edinburgh City (5.97%), Nottingham (4.28%), and Blaenau Gwent (3.76%)

'Unjustifiable' benefits freeze means another tough year ahead for low income families

08 April, 2019

Families in poverty face another year of frozen benefits from 8th April, amid the uncertainty of Brexit

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 4/2019

08 April, 2019

These LA Welfare Direct bulletins provide information, that affects Housing Benefit and other areas of DWP, to local authority staff

Benefits freeze costs families three months of food shopping

08 April, 2019

Joseph Rowntree Foundation says a fourth year of freeze puts poverty-stricken families £560 worse off on average

Brexit confusion could hit EU tenants in UK

08 April, 2019

Residential Landlords Association blames lack of clarity over settled status scheme

'The power to wreck your life': Tens of thousands of disabled people denied benefits for extra month

08 April, 2019

'I couldn't understand how I'd gone from lifetime support to a reduced award when my symptoms had gotten worse'

Councils face a losing battle as they crack down on rogue landlords

08 April, 2019

Despite dawn raids and legal action, the number of unlicensed rentals in houses of multiple occupation continues to grow

"Poorly finished" new block of flats might have to be be evacuated over fire safety fears

08 April, 2019

Developer vows to work with council to fix problems found in investigations following Grenfell Tower tragedy

Ministers 'must tell agents and landlords who they can let to after Brexit'

08 April, 2019

The Residential Landlords Association is calling on the Government to issue clear advice for agents and landlords about the implications of Brexit for Right to Rent

Major affordable housing projects announced for London

05 April, 2019

The £63m transformation in the heart of the borough's Alperton Housing Zone is expected to get underway this month

New strategy aims to increase supply of housing that's affordable

05 April, 2019

A new strategy to tackle South Cambridgeshire's housing challenges has been approved by the District Council - with an emphasis on providing homes that are affordable for local workers

Nearly one in seven Britons could live alone by 2039, study shows

05 April, 2019

ONS also says those already on own are less financially secure than couples without children

Fightback Begins: council's £1,200 licensing fee provokes backlash

05 April, 2019

One of the most pro-licensing local authorities in the country has extended its own scheme to include the entire centre of Bristol - but it's now seeing a backlash

'It's going to be our little paradise': can co-ops solve the housing crisis?

05 April, 2019

For many people, bouncing between shoddy, overpriced house-shares is a fact of life. But there is a ready-made answer: the humble housing co-op

TSB adds to its BTL mortgage range

05 April, 2019

TSB has launched new buy-to-let remortgage products within its intermediary range, with rates now starting from 1.59%

Two landlord in West Sussex lose appeal against CPNs

05 April, 2019

Two landlords who let substandard properties in Lancing and Southwick have had their appeals against Civil Penalty Notices (CPNs) rejected

31% of ALMO Right to Buy stock not replaced in 2018

05 April, 2019

The latest National Federation of ALMOs annual report has shown the sector is still struggling with replacing stock sold through the Right to Buy

Newark and Sherwood District Council's policy and finance committee to consider bringing council housing back in-house

04 April, 2019

THE company that manages 5,500 council homes across Newark and Sherwood could be axed and brought back in-house by its sole shareholder, the district council

Study found universal credit causing hardship a year and half ago

04 April, 2019

Joint DWP and HMRC report was released on Thursday but dated November 2017

UC creates 'systematic indebtedness' for new claimants

04 April, 2019

A SFHA survey reveals levels of arrears for tenants is much higher when they claim Universal Credit

Councils say homelessness act not adequately funded

04 April, 2019

Up to 67% of councils feel they lack the funding to meet new duties to tackle homelessness, analysis has found

Peers call for tax relief for rental home improvements

04 April, 2019

Landlords are welcoming calls today by a parliamentary committee for tax incentives for private landlords to improve the quality of their property

TDS is latest to produce tools to help agents through Fees Ban

04 April, 2019

Tenancy Deposit Scheme is the latest player in the private rental sector to launch online tools to help letting agents cope with the Fees Ban

Rental fraud warning after shocking scam attempts

04 April, 2019

Prospective tenants are being warned about a fraud scam that cons people into paying an advance fee to rent a property

Landlord ordered to pay £29,000 for harassing two tenants out of their homes

04 April, 2019

A private landlord in Telford has been ordered to pay £29,000 in costs and fines for harassing two tenants out of their properties

'Fleecehold' : Calls to regulate homeowner charges

04 April, 2019

The amount of money homeowners can be charged for maintenance work by housing developers should be regulated by the Welsh Government, an AM has said

Study reveals threat of unregulated short-term lets to PRS

04 April, 2019

Analysis suggests that Airbnb alone has over 77,000 lets in Greater London

HB A7/2018

03 April, 2019

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

Rogue landlords to stop exploiting students minister warns

03 April, 2019

In a speech to students, Universities Minister Chris Skidmore warns that landlords who fail to meet basic standards of living for student accommodation must face justice under new regulations

Three million homes needed to end homelessness

03 April, 2019

A year ago, the government hailed the Homelessness Reduction Act as "the most ambitious legal reform in decades" - as it rolled out new duties on councils to prevent and relieve homelessness

New landlord management platform to pay tenants to find their replacement

03 April, 2019

A new property management platform, which is launching soon, is looking for landlords to sign up and test its systems for free

Britain needs decent new council houses - not just musicals about them

03 April, 2019

A new production celebrates a famous Sheffield estate but glosses over dire levels of inequality and housing waiting lists

Northampton family will withhold rent until housing association helps with black mould in their house

03 April, 2019

After trying to treat the problem themselves the couple now really want the help of their housing association to get rid of the black mould in their house

For-profit housing association blocked from NHF membership

03 April, 2019

A for-profit housing association has been told it cannot be a member of the National Housing Federation

Private landlords face £1,200 fee to rent homes in Bristol

03 April, 2019

Private landlords will need to pay £1,200 for a licence to rent their properties as part of council efforts to improve living standards for tenants

Housing First gathers pace in Scottish cities

03 April, 2019

Scotland could be free from most visible, acute forms of homelessness "within three years"

The DWP claims it costs too much to confirm UC deaths

03 April, 2019

Commons correspondence has the department ducking behind "disproportionate cost" over death rates

Gas Safe Register responds to NLA concerns

02 April, 2019

Gas Safe Register's CEO, Jonathan Samuel, has responded to the National Landlords Association's concerns about gas safe engineers' lack of knowledge about new legislation

Call of the Week: Letting agents and court applications

02 April, 2019

This week we received a call from one of our members who is new to being a letting agent

A good time to be a landlord in London as renters seek long-term tenancies

02 April, 2019

A growing number of renters in the capital are looking for longer-term tenancies as home ownership becomes increasingly out of reach for many Londoners

Platform removes housing benefit lending restrictions

02 April, 2019

Platform has removed all letting conditions that restrict landlords letting to tenants who receive housing benefit

Council says landlords should "account for their tenants' behaviour"

02 April, 2019

A buy to let investor has been hit with a £4,000 fine plus costs of over £5,000 after failing to license a property in multiple occupation

Horsham to set up affordable housing company

02 April, 2019

Horsham District Council looks set to join the ever-expanding list of local authorities with its own housing company

Private sector hits out at 'arbitrary rent caps'

02 April, 2019

The government's "tsunami of legislation" also came under fire at the ARLA Propertymark conference

'Flippant' DWP minister apologises to Parliament

02 April, 2019

Justin Tomlinson admits "inadvertent" factual blunders made during a debate on the benefits freeze

Tenant fee ban - 10 top tips for letting agents

02 April, 2019

As part of ARLA Propertymark's Tenant Fees Tool Kit, we've put together 10 of our top tips for letting agents ahead of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 coming into force on 1 June

Housing association completes first Right to Buy pilot sale

01 April, 2019

One of the UK's largest housing associations has completed its first Voluntary Right to Buy sale

DWP does not record why claimant 'commitments' aren't accepted

01 April, 2019

Parliamentary questions also reveal contracted "health assessors" are subject to independent - not departmental - audit

DWP Alternative Payment Arrangements

01 April, 2019

Universal Credit prepares claimants for the world of work in which 75% of employees are paid monthly

New HMO Licensing Scheme in Northern Ireland from 1 April

01 April, 2019

On 1 April 2019, the Housing in Multiple Occupation Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 comes into force and landlords must have a valid licence for each HMO they own

Changes to MEES Regulations

01 April, 2019

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 have passed through Parliament and come into force on 1 April

Households below average income: 1994/95 to 2017/18

01 April, 2019

Statistics on the number and percentage of people living in low income households for financial years 1994/95 to 2017/18.

Client Money Protection now mandatory for letting agents in England

01 April, 2019

All letting agents in England must now be signed up to a Government-backed Client Money Protection scheme, or they could face a £30,000 penalty.

Almost half of tenants claim poor health due to condition of their home

01 April, 2019

Nearly half of tenants in the UK claim to have suffered health problems and injury as a direct result of conditions in their home

Green paper sector league tables 'unlikely'

29 March, 2019

League tables for social housing providers are now unlikely to be introduced

Regulating the Standards - March 2019

29 March, 2019

'Regulating the Standards' outlines the regulator's operational approach to assessing providers' compliance with the economic and consumer standards

Grenfell: tenants voice health fears in wake of contamination report

29 March, 2019

Residents close to site of 2017 fire say they are being kept in the dark about potential harms

Rents growing four times faster north of the border as landlords look to Scotland for returns

29 March, 2019

Rents in Scotland are growing four times faster than those south of the border

New energy efficiency rules on rental properties kick in on Monday - but who knew?

29 March, 2019

New energy efficiency rules for rental properties in England and Wales come into force on Monday, April 1. They spell out the costs that landlords legally face in improving properties that have an EPC rating below E

New calls emerge to scrap Section 21 notices to help families out of 'rent trap'

29 March, 2019

An insurer has called for Section 21 evictions to be abolished, warning they are contributing to a lack of security for the increasing numbers of families living in rental accommodation

Local authorities accused of failing to use existing powers to target rogue landlords

29 March, 2019

Councils in England have been accused of failing to use powers to tackle rogue landlords in the private rented sector

A consensus statement on the use of sanctions in the benefits system and entitlement to personalised support

29 March, 2019

The use of sanctions in the benefits system and entitlement to personalised support

Welsh Bill to ban lettings fees becomes law

29 March, 2019

Backed by related enforcement, the Bill also caps holding deposits paid to reserve a property

Government's own stats 'add up to the end of Right To Buy'

29 March, 2019

CIH renews attack on Right To Buy as MHCLG confirms a 32% fall in starts or acquisitions from Oct-Dec last year

London borough rules 1000+ residents can't be wrong

28 March, 2019

Westminster City Council "re-possesses" housing stock from failed ALMO

Man dies after association tower block blaze

28 March, 2019

Fatal fire this week is the latest in a series of fires at the same Glasgow block

3 breakthroughs to help renters on benefits

28 March, 2019

Prejudice against people on housing benefit is leaving renters with nowhere to turn

Fears over rogue landlords 'making a quick buck' from most vulnerable

28 March, 2019

Landlords have been urged to take more care of their tenants and not just look to "make a quick buck" by letting out substandard properties

Half of babies born to families renting

28 March, 2019

Almost half of the babies born in the UK are starting their lives in rented accommodation

DWP could face imposition of regulator and standards

28 March, 2019

Minister tells Work and Pensions Committee the idea of a DWP regulator and standards is "worth exploring" as applied to other government departments

Softening the blow: how social landlords are helping Honda workers

28 March, 2019

Earlier this year, Honda announced the closure of its factory in Swindon

Private Rented Sector Report - February 2019

28 March, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes increased in February to the highest figure seen since August

Rent hikes already hitting tenants ahead of fee ban - with more landlords quitting market

28 March, 2019

Rents are starting to rise as landlords and lettings agents prepare for the tenant fee ban

LGA: 200,000 households in temporary accommodation

27 March, 2019

Eight in 10 councils have seen an increase in homelessness presentations since the Reduction Act's introduction in 2017

The Tenant Fees Act 2019: What are the costs to the rental market?

27 March, 2019

Following the Tenant Fees Bill gaining Royal Assent earlier this year, letting agents and landlords will no longer be able to charge their tenants excessive and unfair fees

Homelessness Reduction Act increasing temporary accommodation numbers

27 March, 2019

More people are being placed in emergency and temporary accommodation as a result of the new Homelessness Reduction Act

This is when and how benefit payments will be paid over Easter

27 March, 2019

Payments will go in sooner - but people will have to make their money last longer

Social rent homes started by housing associations rise in latest NHF supply survey

27 March, 2019

The number of social rent homes delivered by housing associations in the final three months of last year is the highest since the NHF began collecting development figures in 2016

Rental growth slows as landlords look beyond London for returns

27 March, 2019

Rental growth slowed to almost zero in February

Deposit alternative seals agency proptech platform partnership to target thousands of tenants

27 March, 2019

Reposit has partnered with agency proptech platform Tenant Shop to offer its deposit replacement scheme

Deposit scheme releases inventories guidance to avoid checkout disputes after tenant fee ban

27 March, 2019

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has teamed up with Propertymark and the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks to compile guidance on the check-in and check-out process for tenants

Agent who stole £350,000 in rent and deposits ordered to pay back £1

27 March, 2019

An agent who stole over £350,000 in rent and deposits to fund his 'lavish lifestyle' has been told to pay back £1

Pitch to remove domestic abusers from socially rented homes

26 March, 2019

CIH Scotland push for a means of "legal and permanent" removal in a protection situation

My disabled daughter has had 14 different homes

26 March, 2019

I'm a single parent with three children. My 15 year old daughter Sasha is severely disabled. For the last 15 years I've been trying to secure her suitable accommodation

Evicted for complaining about a gas leak

26 March, 2019

Tom did his best to cooperate with his landlord's 'put up and shut up' policy

How we're fighting the national housing emergency

26 March, 2019

After Grenfell, we're calling for a historic renewal of social housing

Warning over EU tenant rights after Brexit

26 March, 2019

One provider already plans special session to inform EU tenants of their rights

UK to vote in favour of ditching hardline stance on EU migrants' benefits

26 March, 2019

British to back update to bloc's social security regulation for frontier worker rights

New Landlords from Hell

26 March, 2019

A year-long investigation reveals the shocking conditions that tenants of one of Britain's biggest housing associations live in, and the effect those conditions have had on vulnerable tenants' health

Strip DWP of responsibility for ill and disabled people

26 March, 2019

Scathing report says trust has been shattered by sanctions and botched benefits reforms

Fergus Wilson hopes to sell Kent property empire to Golding Homes in £90m deal

26 March, 2019

Controversial landlord Fergus Wilson is aiming to sell off the last of his property empire to a housing association in Kent in a deal thought to be worth about £90 million

Brexit and the social housing sector: the key risks

26 March, 2019

As the tortuous process of exiting the European Union approaches its denouement, the country remains in a state of uncertainty about what exactly is going to happen

Too poor to play: children in social housing blocked from communal playground

26 March, 2019

In a move reminiscent of the 'poor doors' scandal, a London developer has segregated play areas for richer and poorer residents

Petition calling on Rightmove to ban 'No DSS' listings gathers momentum

26 March, 2019

An online petition calling on Rightmove to ban property listings which specify 'No DSS' had by yesterday afternoon received over 38,000 signatures

'Ludicrous' landlord incentives costing London councils £14m a year

25 March, 2019

FoI exposes extent of sweeteners paid to secure accommodation for those either homeless or at risk of homelessness

Landlords not meeting student standards 'must face justice'

25 March, 2019

New regulations now in force give tenants the power to take landlords to court

Rogue landlords must stop exploiting students

25 March, 2019

Rogue landlords who provide poor living conditions to students will be censured by the universities minister today as part of a crackdown on 'squalid' student housing

DWP document refers to benefit claimant as 'lying bitch'

25 March, 2019

Welfare advisers say slip highlights culture of contempt towards disabled people

London councils pay landlords £14m 'incentives' to house homeless people

25 March, 2019

Almost 6,000 payments made in 2018 to secure housing for vulnerable people

More landlords than letting agents are facing the wrath of Rent Smart Wales

25 March, 2019

Just three Welsh letting agents have had their licences revoked in the first years of the Rent Smart Wales scheme

Tenants with pets facing rent hikes after fee ban as landlords look to claw back losses

25 March, 2019

An agent is warning that having a pet could hike rents for tenants by as much as 3-4% per week once the fee ban is introduced in June

Agent appears at Crown Court in tenancy deposits fraud case

25 March, 2019

An agent has appeared in court in a fraud case

Landlords With Tenants On Universal Credit Should Get A Tax Break

22 March, 2019

Property barons who let homes to social tenants should be encouraged

'Racist' Right to Rent now a 'farce'

22 March, 2019

New High Court ruling seen as another strike against the increasingly discredited policy

Councils' powers to remove Grenfell-style cladding 'useless'

22 March, 2019

Exclusive: councils complain government's backing amounts to 'completely hollow words'

The deposit diaries: The importance of covering your tracks

22 March, 2019

In this case, the landlord claimed £300 for various items of damage, specifically £50 to replace a toilet seat, £100 to repair a split bedroom doorframe, £100 to replace two missing fire extinguishers, £30 to replace a smoke detector and £20 to replace two damaged occasional tables

Student rental accommodation so poor as to be a 'national scandal'

22 March, 2019

Student rental accommodation across the UK has been slammed in a new report

Right to Rent branded a farce after second High Court decision 'places agents and landlords in invidious position'

22 March, 2019

Right to Rent has been branded a "farce" after a second court ruling which suggests that agents and landlords following Home Office protocol could be exposed to accusations that they have breached human rights

Castles and Coasts Housing Association plan to removal fire extinguishers sparks safety fears in wake of Grenfell Tower tragedy

22 March, 2019

Social housing tenants have been left shocked after a decision to remove fire extinguishers from their communal buildings

Here we go again: More councils want licensing schemes

22 March, 2019

Leicester is the latest council to begin consultations on selective licensing in six parts of the city - with the threat that other locations could be considered in future

Residents and landlords team up to better communicate building safety

21 March, 2019

Pilot takes off to push for culture change across the sector

'Flippant' DWP minister says many tenants in rent arrears before claiming UC

21 March, 2019

But Justin Tomlinson acknowledges analysis is underway with social housing providers as to the "true level" of arrears

Civitas Social Housing Boosts Rental Income By 10% After Acquisitions

21 March, 2019

Civitas Social Housing PLC on Thursday announced approximately GBP85.6 million worth of acquisitions, as well as an increase in its rental income

Welsh government eyes no-deal Brexit social housing stimulus package

21 March, 2019

The Welsh government is in discussions with the social housing sector over a potential "stimulus package" in case the UK leaves the EU without a deal next week

Regulator bars for-profit housing associations from entering Scottish sector

21 March, 2019

Several for-profit housing associations have been barred from entering the Scottish social housing sector by the regulator

Universal credit: More than half of claimants have money deducted from payments

21 March, 2019

Deductions made when claimants have outstanding debts with their utility companies or landlord

Landlords under pressure to justify rent hikes as rate of rises increases

21 March, 2019

Tenants saw rents increase for the third consecutive month in February

Tenants who pay on time to have rent payment history matched with mortgage criteria in UK first

21 March, 2019

Tenants who are prompt payers and use a rent reporting service could find themselves ahead in the mortgage stakes

Housing associations will borrow extra £17bn by 2021

20 March, 2019

Housing associations will borrow £17bn of new debt by 2021 as they accelerate development to meet demand for new housing

Council approves two new tower blocks in Barking with ZERO social housing

20 March, 2019

The council's planning chiefs have given the thumbs up to two new tower blocks neither of which include social housing

5.8m tenants reported to experience damp in the home

20 March, 2019

Renters can take legal action against landlords from today via the Homes Act

Warning as Wiltshire Council reclaims almost £2.5m in overpaid housing benefit

20 March, 2019

A charity fears some claimants could be pushed dangerously into debt

Government gives no ground over 'racist' Right To Rent

20 March, 2019

But Home Office minister hints at further evaluation of policy the High Court called "discriminatory"

Licensing 'fails' tenants and good landlords

20 March, 2019

The cost of landlord licensing schemes in Britain are a "postcode lottery"

Landlords' Barometer - #68: Panorama and a focus on Section 21

20 March, 2019

Welcome to the March edition of the Landlords’ Barometer, where we document trending topics and news for the private rented sector

Landlords facing a licensing postcode lottery

20 March, 2019

Landlords are facing a postcode lottery when it comes to licensing costs

New Fitness for Human Habitation Act in rental homes comes into force today

20 March, 2019

A quick reminder to readers: the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 comes into force on 20.03.19

Labour leader Corbyn hints that party will scrap 'no fault eviction' if it comes to power

20 March, 2019

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has heavily hinted that his party will end Section 21 - the means by which landlords can regain possession of the properties without having to give a reason - if and when it comes to power

Revenge evictions: 'We were evicted for complaining about a roof leak'

19 March, 2019

Alicia Powell, 24, was renting a flat in north London with her boyfriend when she noticed a wet patch on the ceiling

'Flippant' DWP minister confirms measures to assist ESA and PIP appeals

19 March, 2019

Singled out for flippancy by Work and Pensions Committee, Justin Tomlinson outlines initial steps to reduce the number of successful appeals

Rental growth was subdued in the UK in the 12 months to February 2019

19 March, 2019

Rental growth in the UK has been subdued in the 12 months to February 2019, up by just 1.02% year on year to an average of £1,216 per month

'Misleading' DWP letter causing ill and disabled people to lose benefits

19 March, 2019

Advice removed for GPs to provide notes for patients challenging fit-for-work tests

Gang imprisoned for stealing more than £1m of housing benefits from London councils

19 March, 2019

Seven benefit assessors have been sentenced to prison for a total of 17 years for their roles in housing benefit fraud which saw more than £1m stolen from three councils in London

'I'm 57 and my parents have to feed me': the universal credit digital obstacle course

19 March, 2019

The digital-by-default benefit is causing problems for up to half of all claimants

Social landlords must write code of conduct to protect leaseholders

19 March, 2019

The government has been urged to introduce a code of practice for local authorities and housing associations that outlines their responsibilities to leaseholders living in social housing blocks, in a bid to crack down on unfair charges

Legal challenge on when to provide gas safety certificates to be heard in Court of Appeal

19 March, 2019

A legal challenge is to be brought in the Court of Appeal after a ruling that a landlord could not regain possession of their property because they had not served a gas safety certificate until after the tenancy started

RLA campaign to protect landlord rights

18 March, 2019

The announcement follows a recent court case in which a landlord's attempt to regain their property was deemed invalid

Fergus Wilson: Hundreds face eviction as landlord sells property empire

18 March, 2019

Hundreds of people face eviction after a controversial landlord decided to sell his entire property portfolio

Universal basic income 'would cost less than value of benefit cuts since 2010'

18 March, 2019

Economists' report follows plan from New Economics Foundation in backing proposal

Welfare funding stopped by at least 20 English councils

18 March, 2019

A welfare scheme offering emergency financial support to England's poorest families is no longer available in a host of council areas

Renters in PRS denied protection from revenge evictions

18 March, 2019

Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act finds that councils in England are failing to use "powers" to protect tenants

Dispute rate looks similar to traditional schemes, says tenancy deposit replacement firm

18 March, 2019

A fifth of check-outs by one of the deposit replacement schemes, Reposit, have ended in some form of charge being submitted to the tenant

Agent jailed after taking £220,000 from landlords and tenants

18 March, 2019

A letting agent was sentenced to three and a half years in jail after she took £220,000 from tenants and landlords to fund a lavish lifestyle of expensive cars and foreign holidays, and to set up a tanning salon business

LIN member report March 2019 - 'Fitness for Habitation' Bill - Update

18 March, 2019

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 - what to expect

15 March, 2019

We set out what housing associations should expect when the Act comes into effect on 20 March

How I challenged DSS discrimination

15 March, 2019

Almost one in three renters receiving housing benefit haven't been able to apply for a place to live because of discriminatory 'no DSS' practices

HB U1/2019

15 March, 2019

Urgent information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Think tank demands PRS 'shake-up'

15 March, 2019

There are now 4.5m households renting in England, representing one in 5 of the population

Zoopla promises to end housing benefit discrimination

15 March, 2019

People receiving housing benefit can no longer be barred from renting properties advertised on one of the UK's largest listing sites

Major housing associations to scrap fixed-term tenancies

15 March, 2019

Housing associations across the country are reviewing their use of fixed-term tenancies as two more major landlords commit to scrapping the policy outright

Zoopla to ban all 'No DSS' property advertising from its sites

15 March, 2019

Zoopla is to ban the phrase 'No DSS' from its sites

Leicester City Council consults on selective licensing

14 March, 2019

Leicester City Council has begun its consultation on selective licensing of some parts of the city which will run until 5 May 2019

Grenfell: Ministers can and must regulate to protect social tenants

14 March, 2019

Today marks 21 long months since the devastating fire in Grenfell Tower - the biggest housing tragedy in our history

Re-sold Right To Buy homes make £6.4bn in profit

14 March, 2019

The average time people kept their Right To Buy home before selling it on was seven-and-a-half years

£5m social housing project completed in NI

14 March, 2019

The County Down development comprises 32 social housing units, made up of new-build houses, apartments and bungalows

TrustMark launches pilot to raise PRS energy standards

14 March, 2019

The Better Homes for Hastings initiative is set to bring together private landlords, housing associations, tenants and businesses

LGA survey: councils to use borrowing powers to accelerate homebuilding programmes

14 March, 2019

New powers to borrow and invest in new and existing housing look set to be used by the majority of councils but further reforms are needed to spark a genuine renaissance of social housing

Association that sold social homes on open market slammed for fire safety failings

14 March, 2019

A housing association previously censured for selling homes on the open market has been slammed by the English regulator again - this time for placing tenants at risk due to fire safety failings

More housing associations than ever think Brexit will be negative

14 March, 2019

More housing associations than ever think Brexit will have a negative impact on them

Right to Buy homes made £2.8m in profit 'in weeks'

14 March, 2019

A total of 139 former council tenants bought their homes under Right to Buy and resold them within one month

HB S3/2019

13 March, 2019

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

MP controversially names landlord and My Deposits in Parliament as 'partners in crime'

13 March, 2019

My Deposits and a landlord were both cited in Parliament yesterday afternoon by an MP who described them as 'partners in crime'

U-turn on plans to increase maximum age siblings living in social housing should share room until

13 March, 2019

Social housing bosses have made a U-turn on plans to increase the maximum age same sex siblings should be expected to share a room until to 21

HomeLet Rental Index - February 19

13 March, 2019

Rents in the UK rose by 3.8% in February compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £940 a month

Grenfell residents' rights were breached

13 March, 2019

Both central and local government strongly criticised by EHRC report into tragedy

Cladding removal from major London scheme 'delayed by developer errors'

13 March, 2019

Residents of a private London estate found to have Grenfell-style cladding have claimed that the block's developer has made a catalogue of mistakes that continue to delay the removal process

Independent agents flock to deposit replacement scheme months after it was opened to small firms

13 March, 2019

Several new firms have signed up to the Zero Deposit team after it was opened up to independent agents in January

Commons committee calls for overhaul of 'cruel' benefits cap

12 March, 2019

Damning report says government "doesn't have the objective or moral grounds" to keep the cap

Midlands family first to own home under Right To Buy pilot

12 March, 2019

The Hunt family, from Somercotes, Derbyshire, bought their two-bed home from Futures Housing Group

Consumer power hits the rental market?

12 March, 2019

To an extent, renting in the UK has been seen as a poor relation

800,000 claimants 'could have been' forced onto UC without transition cash

12 March, 2019

Work and Pensions Committee hears it's "hard to estimate" how many joining the system are existing claimants whose circumstances had changed

Rental investment trust warns of development delays ahead

12 March, 2019

The PRS REIT, a specialist listed company building and managing homes for rent, posted a large rise in first-half profits having boosted its rental income, although it warned of potential planning delays ahead

Rudd rules out early end to benefits freeze

12 March, 2019

Work and Pensions Select committee told "the freeze stays", as Rudd quashes speculation of a thaw in the Spring statement

Newly merged housing association issues £100m bond

12 March, 2019

Metropolitan Thames Valley has announced it has issued a £100m bond following a three-day roadshow across London and Edinburgh

Ministers warned 82% of households unable to escape benefit cap

12 March, 2019

Only 18 per cent of those currently affected by cap have been assessed as capable of looking for work

Labour's commitment to 'indefinite' tenancies shows misunderstanding of PRS

11 March, 2019

The Labour Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP, has announced that the Labour Party is committed to new 'indefinite' tenancies, based on the current system in Germany

DWP staff face 'a taste of their own medicine'

11 March, 2019

Think tank calls for claimant compensation where errors by job centre staff cause hardship

Universal Credit pilot to launch in North Yorkshire

11 March, 2019

The Work and Pensions Secretary has announced that benefit claimants in Harrogate will be the first to move from old style benefits to Universal Credit

Anger as tenants told 'pay a little extra each week' to avoid Universal Credit rent arrears

11 March, 2019

Families say they're already struggling and will find it hard to find the money to make up the shortfall

Savills housing boss: 'for-profits not eating HAs' lunch'

11 March, 2019

The housing association sector must stop looking at for-profit providers as 'eating their lunch' and become more open to allowing other sources of capital into the sector

Third large housing association offers residents lifetime tenancies

11 March, 2019

Sanctuary Housing has become the third large housing association to offer lifetime tenancies to all its residents

Pay compensation for universal credit errors

11 March, 2019

Amends for officials mistakes' should match benefit sanctions

Agent in firing line from local council over Section 21 notice

11 March, 2019

Questions have been raised about a council's approach to Section 21 notices

Injustice of the benefits system

08 March, 2019

Anne Williams does not think she will ever recover from an experience that nearly left her homeless

Labour would force UK landlords to offer indefinite tenancies

08 March, 2019

Plan will address 'power imbalance' and insecurity of rentals

Liverpool City Council consults on selective licensing

08 March, 2019

Liverpool City Council has begun consultation on selective licensing in the city. The consultation will close on 26 May 2019

Government urged to end benefit freeze in Spring Statement

08 March, 2019

The Treasury has been urged to boost the living standards of low-income working families by ending the freeze on benefits and tax credits and increase them in line with inflation

Association to build over 1,000 homes on former prison site

08 March, 2019

Peabody has today successfully acquired the former Holloway Prison site from the Ministry of Justice

Ensuring Universal Credit doesn't disadvantage women

08 March, 2019

The structural financial inequalities faced by women in work are well documented, with the UK gender pay gap still sitting at 8.6% for full time employees

No more 'no DDS?'

08 March, 2019

The government has set its sights on tackling landlords and letting agents who (in its words) "potentially discriminate" against tenants who are on benefits

Association and council partnership tackles empty homes

08 March, 2019

The Making Homes from Houses project aims to renovate properties to be used as affordable homes

End the benefits freeze this year to boost the incomes of working families

08 March, 2019

The Treasury has been urged to boost the living standards of low-income working families by ending the freeze on benefits and tax credits and increase them in line with inflation at the Spring Statement next week

Two big wins in the fight against DSS discrimination

07 March, 2019

Over the last year we've been campaigning hard to end the discrimination people on housing benefit face when they try and rent a home

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 3/2019

07 March, 2019

These LA Welfare Direct bulletins provide information, that affects Housing Benefit and other areas of DWP, to local authority staff

Government opens up new scheme to 'protect renters and landlords'

07 March, 2019

All private rented property agents will have to sign up to a government-backed scheme protecting renters' and landlords' money under new laws

A quarter of landlords look to cut letting agents to reduce property running costs

07 March, 2019

A quarter of landlords would look to cut out letting agents to reduce the ever-rising taxes and running costs of their buy-to-let portfolio

Prince William expresses concern at poor state of privately rented homes during Blackpool visit

07 March, 2019

Prince William has expressed his concern at the poor state of some privately rented homes and the landlords who take the rent but fail to maintain their properties

NHF makes 'thin argument' against putting associations under FoI

07 March, 2019

Commons debate told NHF knows in its "heart of hearts" extending FoI to associations is the right thing

May unrepentant over Right to Rent rejection by High Court

07 March, 2019

PM references prospects for appeal when challenged at PMQs over a policy "fanning the flames of racism" that the High Court ruled breached human rights

PRS landlords need a 'stable platform' to balance social housing debate

07 March, 2019

New report reveals the extent to which PRS contributes to the UK economy - with many landlords set to slash spending

Fitness for Human Habitation guidance released

06 March, 2019

The Government have released the guidance for the Fitness for Human Habitation Act, with a separate guide for tenants, landlords and local authorities

Parents on benefits with child maintenance liabilities or arrears

06 March, 2019

Management information showing the number of parents on DWP benefits with ongoing child maintenance liabilities or arrears

Housing Benefit debt recoveries: April 2018 to September 2018

06 March, 2019

Twice-yearly publication on Housing Benefit debt recoveries

Welfare reforms and financial hardship leaving people 'on brink' of losing homes in Darlington

06 March, 2019

More people are on the brink of losing their homes in Darlington due to a "perfect storm" of financial hardship, welfare reforms and a reduction in public services

Is the housing association sector still protected from the ups and downs of the property market?

06 March, 2019

The housing association sector has traditionally been seen as counter-cyclical, able to deliver even in times of economic hardship. But with more commercialisation

Rudd admits disabled people feel 'put on trial for seeking support'

06 March, 2019

Minister says she wants to leave language of 'scroungers and shirkers' in the past

Large Midlands association joins Homes England strategic partnership

06 March, 2019

One of the Midlands largest housing association has struck a deal to join one of Homes England's strategic partnerships

Void periods drop but some landlords are still waiting more than a month for new tenants

06 March, 2019

Landlords are facing void periods of just over three weeks on average between tenancies

Doubling of the housing benefit bill is sign of something deeply wrong

05 March, 2019

Headlines about house prices, rent levels, the collapse in rates of owner-occupation among the younger generation and, indeed growing homelessness abound

End to unnecessary benefit reassessments for disabled pensioners

05 March, 2019

The Work and Pensions Secretary has announced new measures to support disabled people, including stopping unnecessary reassessments for disabled pensioners

Rudd makes further concessions on welfare 'reform'

05 March, 2019

An overhaul of Personal Independence Payments assessment confirmed - but campaigners call for more

Disabled pensioners freed from 'unnecessary' benefits checks

05 March, 2019

Disabled pensioners will no longer face "unnecessary" repeat assessments to continue receiving benefits

Training on tenancy deposits now offered free for agents

05 March, 2019

A new training course on the principles of tenancy deposits is being offered to letting agents and their staff

Gap between buying and renting costs narrows but it's still cheaper to be on the property ladder

05 March, 2019

The gap between the cost of buying and renting is now at its lowest for almost a decade

Housing benefits costs taxpayers £22bn a year - more than we spend on police

05 March, 2019

High rents and rising house prices could be to blame for the country's enormous housing benefit bill

'Suicidal' mum, 37, fearing homelessness after benefits 'cruelly' cut

05 March, 2019

The mum, from the West Midlands, suffers Crohn's disease and is now petrified of losing her home

Private Rented Sector Report - January 2019

05 March, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes rose for the first time since September 2018

Property landlord is let off paying £16k fee to licence 37 houses in Stoke-on-Trent (and the council won't say why)

04 March, 2019

Stoke-on-Trent City Council says it was not in the 'public interest' to prosecute unlicensed landlord, but will not explain why

Government looks to ban 'No DSS' letting adverts

04 March, 2019

The government has called for an end to letting adverts that discriminate against tenants claiming housing benefit

Dad blasts Universal Credit over fears family 'could lose hundreds of pounds'

04 March, 2019

Gary Prince has been told if he comes off housing benefits he would forfeit the £470 per month child tax credits

Demand from landlords wanting to purchase rental homes plummets by over a third

04 March, 2019

Haart is urging the Chancellor to relax the buy-to-let taxation crackdown after its data showed the number of landlord registrations was down by more than a third during January

Crackdown on letting adverts banning 'tenants on benefits'

04 March, 2019

Rental adverts which ban tenants on benefits must end

Housing association breaches Home Standard on fire safety

04 March, 2019

An 11,000-home association has been severely criticised by the regulator for fire, gas and lift safety failings

Thousands of shared homes in Bournemouth unregistered

04 March, 2019

As many as two-thirds of shared houses in Bournemouth do not have a mandatory licence

Right to Rent's demise should spell the end for the hostile environment

01 March, 2019

One of the Home Office's flagship schemes has been found to be unlawful

£45.5 million to help house the homeless in the private rented sector

01 March, 2019

The MHCLG has announced that £19.5 million will be shared amongst local authorities in England, to help the house the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless

£19.5m to unlock private rented sector for most vulnerable

01 March, 2019

Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP has confirmed the fund will be shared among 54 projects

DWP 'preparing answers' on Universal Credit satisfaction rates

01 March, 2019

Parliamentary question probes extent of differentiation between live and full service on overall satisfaction rates

High Court rules Right To Rent breaches human rights

01 March, 2019

There is no place for racism in the UK housing market

Three-quarters of Universal Credit claimants unaware of missed rent consequences

01 March, 2019

Three-quarters of Universal Credit claimants are unaware that their housing cost payments can be cut if they miss the rent

Peabody to scrap fixed-term tenancies

01 March, 2019

A second major housing association is to phase out fixed-term tenancies in favour of lifetime agreements

Agents told to disclose referral fees to buyers and sellers including actual amounts

01 March, 2019

Estate agents should disclose referral fees upfront to both buyers and sellers, including - for the first time - the actual amounts and who the arrangements are with

'Right to rent' checks breach human rights

01 March, 2019

Rules aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from renting properties are "discriminatory" and breach human rights laws, the High Court has ruled

Universal Credit full service omnibus survey

28 February, 2019

This report presents findings from 2 waves of tracking research with recent Universal Credit full service claimants

Mixed age couples: benefit impacts of ending access to Pension Credit and pension age Housing Benefit

28 February, 2019

This publication provides analysis relating to mixed age couples estimated to be affected by the change in policy from 15 May 2019

Four board members leave housing association that almost went insolvent

28 February, 2019

Four board members have left FPHA, which nearly went insolvent in March last year, and four more have been hired to replace them

Council delays getting tough on HMOs despite overwhelming evidence

28 February, 2019

Residents feel angry and let down by delays to protect family homes in Thornton Heath being converted in to houses of multiple occupancy which are benefitting developers but detrimental to the area

Homeless families stage protest over 'four-hour school run each day' from temporary accommodation outside Southwark

28 February, 2019

The cost finding temporary accommodation has spiralled for Southwark Council, as more people find themselves unable to keep up with private rents or are evicted by private landlords

L&Q begins 6000 Fixed Term Tenancy conversion

28 February, 2019

Reports published by the association come in bids to encourage more security in social housing

DWP to fix rent change process for Universal Credit claimants

28 February, 2019

Ministers have agreed to amend the way rent changes for social tenants claiming Universal Credit are processed, easing the administrative burden for landlords

Criminal landlord enforcement cut by a quarter

28 February, 2019

RLA calls on government to commit multi-year funding in support of enforcement action

SFHA calls for pause to Universal Credit 'natural' migration

27 February, 2019

Concern that change of circumstance claimants 'naturally' migrated will not benefit from safeguards

Housing association regains top governance rating after two years

27 February, 2019

One Housing has regained the highest possible governance rating two-and-a-half years after being downgraded

More than 235,000 Universal Credit claimants have had payments cut

27 February, 2019

The payment cuts mean more people are struggling to make ends meet

Increase of foodbank referrals causes concern in South Tyneside

27 February, 2019

Councillors concerns over borough 'poverty' as South Tyneside Homes refers nearly 2,000 residents to foodbanks in just one year

Council houses in Oldham will now only be rented to those 'in need' - meaning nearly 20,000 people on a waiting list will be ditched

27 February, 2019

The town hall has agreed to change the way it allocates social housing

Clampdown on HMOs underway in another London borough

27 February, 2019

Another London local authority is proposing to insist HMOs require planning permission in future

New rent deal to aid 'quality and quantity' of social housing

27 February, 2019

Annual rent increases capped at up to Consumer Price Index inflation +1% for five years from 2020

Scottish Government launches guide for social landlords on allocations policy

26 February, 2019

The new guide comes following the announcement of changes to social housing legislation under the Housing Act

UK income inequality increasing as benefits cuts hit poorest

26 February, 2019

Average income of the poorest fifth of the population shrunk by 1.6% last year

42 social housing mergers made in 2018

26 February, 2019

The mergers are said to have come about because of reduced government spending on social housing

Council owed £400k in rent after universal credit roll out

26 February, 2019

People on universal credit are leaving Brighton and Hove City Council almost £400,000 short when it comes to paying their rent

Understanding the growth in private rented housing

26 February, 2019

The PRS has grown phenomenally in the UK over the past two decades and this trend is apparent in all of the Core Cities

Fees ban will mean tenants facing 'a rough ride' in terms of higher rents

26 February, 2019

Tenants are being warned to expect a "rough ride" as the number facing rent hikes rose

National warning on bogus landlords stealing tenants' deposits

26 February, 2019

A national alert has been issued by Action Fraud, warning prospective tenants that fraudsters are claiming to be the owners of rental properties advertised online

Number of unsold housing association homes soars to more than 7,000

25 February, 2019

The number of English housing association homes sitting unsold has risen by 18% to more than 7,000

Quarterly survey for Q3 (October to December) 2018 to 2019

25 February, 2019

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

Hedge fund giant to launch registered provider of social housing

25 February, 2019

The world's largest publicly traded hedge fund company intends to launch its own registered provider of social housing

Five children in two-bed housing association flat told 'nowhere else to go'

25 February, 2019

A family with five children living in an overcrowded two-bed flat have been told there is nowhere else for them to go

Take action to prepare for climate change, social landlords told

25 February, 2019

Social landlords must take "significant action" to prepare for the effects of climate change

Tackling homelessness together

25 February, 2019

A consultation on structures that support partnership working and accountability in homelessness

London firms helping landlords break letting laws

25 February, 2019

Property management companies are encouraging landlords to break strict short-term letting laws in London

English councils accused of hiding scale of homelessness crisis

25 February, 2019

Critics point out change of compiling method led to decrease in total count of rough sleepers

LIN member report February 2019 - Homelessness

25 February, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

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