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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

Universal Credit could be overhauled after government admits rent payments problem

22 February, 2019

The move could affect thousands of Merseysiders

Childcare providers and nursery school owners hit by Universal Credit cuts

22 February, 2019

DWP rules mean funding for providing childcare is being treated as personal income

Minority of landlords offering informal short-term lets

22 February, 2019

Only three percent of landlords are currently engaged in the informal short-term lettings market

Landlords to pay £26,300 to reach energy efficiency targets

22 February, 2019

The CCC has suggested that the average landlord will have to pay £26,300 over the next 30 years to bring their properties up to carbon neutral status

Scottish regulator underlines need for RSLs to plan for Brexit

22 February, 2019

The letter highlights Regulatory Standard 3 which requires each RSL to manage its resources to ensure financial wellbeing

Repair app for housing tenants piloted by Slough Borough Council

22 February, 2019

A new app which allows housing tenants to report and book repairs online has been launched by Slough Borough Council

Extra service charges getting ridiculous

22 February, 2019

Landlords of a block of housing association flats in Northampton are imposing "excessive charges" for basic amenities

G15 landlord censured by watchdog over shared ownership advert

22 February, 2019

A large London housing association has been censured by the advertising watchdog for "misleading" marketing for its shared ownership homes

Large association has 400 unsold homes amid 'massive market slowdown'

22 February, 2019

Housing associations have warned of a "massive slowdown" in the London sales market, as it emerged that one large organisation currently has more than 400 unsold units on its books

May urged to give benefits claimants a choice amid PMQs

21 February, 2019

PM references Shelter to find a "solution" to those on benefits often barred from renting in the private sector

Association downgraded over 'weaknesses in governance'

21 February, 2019

The regulator says Ongo Homes did not manage risks "effectively"

Council builds first homes in more than seven years

21 February, 2019

The North Manchester project completion marks 100 years since the first wave of major council housebuilding

Regulator changes accounting requirements for housing associations

21 February, 2019

The Regulator of Social Housing has changed its accounting rules for housing associations in a new direction published today

Associations sign up to NHF plan to make boards accountable to tenants

21 February, 2019

More than 40 social landlords have signed up to a government-backed NHF scheme to ensure that housing associations are accountable to tenants

New bid launches to introduce rent controls in Scotland

21 February, 2019

A new bid to introduce meaningful rent controls throughout Scotland is to be launched today by a tenants union

Franchise firm launches new TV advert to highlight guaranteed rent scheme

21 February, 2019

Franchise firm Northwood, part of the Belvoir group, has embarked on a new TV advertising campaign to highlight its guaranteed rent scheme

'I'm only eating one meal a day': How Universal Credit is 'failing' self-employed people

20 February, 2019

Mark Sorensen, 28, a self-employed furniture designer, says he feels 'dehumanised' by the system

Universal Credit can loosen the grip of poverty, but further reform is needed

20 February, 2019

Universal Credit has the potential to help families locked in poverty, but the Government must make urgent improvements in its design, funding and delivery if it is not to drive some towards destitution

Assessment shows over 100 councils falling short of targets

20 February, 2019

Stats also show 87 councils having to add more housing land to local development plans

Applications to South Tyneside Council for 'crisis loans' from struggling families have surged since the roll out of Universal Credit

20 February, 2019

The numbers appealing to South Tyneside Council's Welfare Support Team has leapt by about 200%

Leeds City Council needs £20m-a-year from government to build 200 new council houses a year

20 February, 2019

More than 200 new council homes could be built in Leeds every year

No figures for UC free prescription penalty notices

20 February, 2019

Parliamentary question raises issue of penalty notices for claimants with valid entitlement to free prescriptions

England and Wales Rental Tracker

20 February, 2019

December sees eight regions post annual price rise

DWP concedes to issue with calculating UC for social tenants

20 February, 2019

Letter to landlords confirms changes are being considered over the 53-week rent year

Scotland's housebuilding boom: can English councils emulate it?

20 February, 2019

Scotland is in the midst of the biggest council housebuilding programme since the 1970s

Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2018

19 February, 2019

Sanctions statistics for Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit, data to October 2018

Universal Credit statistics: revision to number of people on Universal Credit and restoration of data on durations

19 February, 2019

Notice about a revision to the people on Universal Credit figures, and the restoration of data on the durations of time spent by individuals on Universal Credit

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 10 January 2019

19 February, 2019

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

DWP benefits statistics: February 2019

19 February, 2019

Statistics on DWP administered benefits

'It just isn't right' - Mitcham resident furious at social housing sell off

19 February, 2019

Alan Suttie has lived in Mitcham for nearly 20 years and thinks the number of social housing buildings needs to increase

Baroness Grender: Give older people who rent greater security

19 February, 2019

If the Tories fail to prepare for this growing phenomenon, it will be a failure to care for our future, older, generation

Civitas Social Housing Acquires Seven Properties For GBP7.8 Million

19 February, 2019

Civitas Social Housing PLC said on Monday it has purchased nine social housing properties comprising 42 tenancies for GBP7.8 million

Landlords' Barometer - #67: Only 'smart landlords' will survive challenges ahead

19 February, 2019

Welcome to the February edition of the Landlords' Barometer, documenting trending topics and news for landlords

There's a way to change Universal Credit payments from one monthly installment

18 February, 2019

If you're struggling, there's a way to reorganise payments

London social housing block residents warn of 'death trap' conditions

18 February, 2019

Water-soaked electrics, severe damp and lift breakdowns in flats managed by A2Dominion

More than £34 million set to be injected into Flintshire's social housing

18 February, 2019

Flintshire Council is set to invest more than £34 million into its social housing stock in the next year

Error sees 700% council tax hike for residents at King's Lynn sheltered housing complex

18 February, 2019

An error in council tax banding at a 'Housing with Care' complex in Lynn has seen residents' payments increase by more than 700 per cent

Maintain EU electrical safety standards after Brexit

18 February, 2019

Campaign group fears UK becoming magnet for dangerous or counterfeit goods

Council supports new HMO licensing scheme

18 February, 2019

Haringey Council have approved proposed schemes in bids to "improve" housing standards

DWP inflexible over UC assessment flexibility

18 February, 2019

Minister references regulation to claim claimants face "uncertainty" without fixed start dates for assessment periods

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2018 to 2019

15 February, 2019

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

Mortgage interest relief

15 February, 2019

After years of legislative changes to the lettings sector, landlords are often playing catch-up when it comes to the parameters in which they must operate

Charity evicted by housing association allowed to stay until it finds new home

15 February, 2019

A Northampton homelessness charity evicted by a housing association will be allowed to keep using the landlord's building until it finds a suitable new home

Regulator writes to housing associations with no-deal Brexit warning

15 February, 2019

The regulator has issued a warning to English housing associations over the threat of a no-deal Brexit

What housing associations are doing to stress-test for Brexit

15 February, 2019

With the UK's departure from the EU looming, Luke Barratt looks at what housing associations have been doing to prepare

People in poverty must not pay the price for Brexit

15 February, 2019

Coalition demand Government action to protect struggling families

Two-decade social home build could have saved renters billions

15 February, 2019

In 1997, over a third of households lived in council housing, compared with just one in 10 today

Agents Giving urges firms to step up support for foodbanks

15 February, 2019

Agents are being urged to help their local foodbanks, particularly with items for struggling parents with baby essentials

Skint Britain: Friends without Benefits Episode 1 Clip

14 February, 2019

When the residents of Hartlepool became guinea pigs for the roll out of Universal Credit a series of events were triggered that even the government didn't predict

Residents group calls on housing association's shareholders to act over social housing sales

14 February, 2019

A campaign group made up of Notting Hill Genesis residents has written to the group's shareholders, calling on them to stop the sale and conversion of social rent homes

Most English local authorities 'plan to raise council tax'

14 February, 2019

Almost all councils in England plan to increase council tax and many will be cutting services

Association 'put tenants at risk' with electrical safety breach

14 February, 2019

A recently merged housing association has breached the Home Standard by putting its tenants at risk over electrical safety

May winces under PMQ 'friendly fire' over UC

14 February, 2019

PM visibly uncomfortable to hear Tory MP say welfare state was "no longer holding up the most vulnerable - but dragging them down"

Managing Money on Universal Credit

14 February, 2019

How design and delivery of Universal credit affects how people manage their money

Rents fall as proportion of income

14 February, 2019

In 2017/18, average weekly rents across England in the private rented sector increased by 22%

Rents at risk without DWP data share

13 February, 2019

Welsh providers fear tenants falling behind on payments without advance notice of Universal Credit transfers

Leading supermarket to build homes with housing association

13 February, 2019

The partners are intending to gain permission for the mixed-use development - including 1,400 new homes

Welsh housing minister writes to Rudd over 53-week Universal Credit issue

13 February, 2019

A Welsh housing minister has written to work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd expressing concern that social tenants on Universal Credit will lose out next year because of a quirk in the calendar

More than 20,000 on social housing waiting list in Wakefield

13 February, 2019

More than 20,000 people are on the waiting list for social housing in Wakefield

The effect 'bedroom tax' and Universal Credit is having on people in North Tyneside

13 February, 2019

North Tyneside Council is considering building small 'starter homes' to help cash-strapped renters

Rents to go up by £40 a month at some Northampton housing association homes

13 February, 2019

A rent increase at housing association homes in Northampton has been branded "an insult"

Man wins fit-for-work appeal seven months after his death

13 February, 2019

Jeff Hayward spent last 18 months of his life fighting decision that he was fit to work

James Brokenshire heralds new law protecting tenants from unfair letting fees

13 February, 2019

Tenants will be protected from unfair letting fees and will see their tenancy deposits capped at 5 weeks' rent

Online letting agent to start charging landlords once the tenant has signed

13 February, 2019

Online agent Upad is to start charging landlords once the tenant has signed the contract

Tenant fees ban now in the statute books after Royal Assent

13 February, 2019

The Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent yesterday, becoming an Act which will come into force on June 1

Tenant Fees Bill becomes an Act of Parliament

12 February, 2019

The Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government has confirmed that the Tenant Fees Bill is officially an Act of Parliament and will come into effect in England from 1 June 2019

HB A3/2019

12 February, 2019

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

Brokenshire 'heralds' new Tenant Fees Act

12 February, 2019

The ban on fees is expected to save tenants across England at least £240m a year

Government refuses to act on DWP 'inhumanity'

12 February, 2019

Potential overhaul of DWP sanctions is fobbed off, despite admission that Universal Credit has led to rocketing foodbank use

Windrush win as provider proves tenant 'exists'

12 February, 2019

Elderly tenant facing a near £100,000 told to prove he officially existed, despite his right to live in the UK

'Significant' pressures on Corby housing see waiting lists and arrears shoot up

12 February, 2019

An extra 367 people joined Corby Council's housing waiting list in the past year - up by 25 per cent

Social housing new build spend up 11% but repairs work drops

12 February, 2019

The amount of money spent on building new homes in the social housing sector increased by nearly 11% in December but repairs and maintenance spend fell by 6.6%

Universal credit rollout linked to rising food bank use

12 February, 2019

Work and pensions secretary says benefit payment delays could have led to increase

Landlords and agents at risk as 'millions of EPCs could be incorrect'

12 February, 2019

Millions of Energy Performance Certificates could be wrong due to poor training among assessors and incorrect measurements of properties

HB S1/2019

11 February, 2019

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

Parents could lose their homes if they don't get their anti-social kids under control

11 February, 2019

If your child is found to be causing issues or committing criminal offences, you could face being evicted

Council backs right to buy and denies City Hall claims of £3million rent costs

11 February, 2019

The council has spent more than £3million renting back council homes sold off under right to buy

Rescued tenant energy supplier to roll out smart meters to rental properties

11 February, 2019

Tenants in properties using Spark Energy are to be given access to smart meters as well as warranty services from its new owner

Landlords and housing groups lock horns amid claims that high rents are pushing tenants into poverty

11 February, 2019

High rents are being blamed for pushing families into poverty

Letting agent who failed to publish correct fees fined £4,000

11 February, 2019

A letting agent has been fined £4,000 for failing to publish the correct fees they charge tenants and landlords

Rents on the rise again after their first fall for a decade

11 February, 2019

The amount of rent tenants paid their landlords dropped for the first time in a decade last year

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council opens consultation on selective licensing scheme

08 February, 2019

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has begun their consultation on selective licensing in the borough which will close on 12 April 2019

Waltham Forest Borough Council consults on selective and additional licensing

08 February, 2019

Waltham Forest Borough Council has begun consultation on selective and additional licensing in the borough. The consultation will close on 29 April 2019

UC rollout to 'worsen' NI housing crisis

08 February, 2019

Recent NIHE report showed almost 20,950 children in families waiting for social housing and at least 13,636 in 'housing stress'

UC claimants refusing zero-hour jobs risk sanction

08 February, 2019

But DWP minister skirts around the issue of such sanctions as policy

Scottish housing associations to come under FoI

08 February, 2019

Scottish government approves putting associations under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act as public authorities

500,000 more children in PRS poverty than 10 years ago

08 February, 2019

"It is a disgrace that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world we cannot provide children with a secure and affordable home"

Second acquisition within months for agent as letting fees ban approaches

08 February, 2019

An independent has acquired its second small business in less than a year as part of its 'strength in numbers' strategy to overcome the effects of the tenants' fees ban

Student who handed £400,000 in 'advance rent' to agent is ordered to relinquish money

08 February, 2019

A 'kid' who arrived in Britain paid almost £400,000 in rent upfront through an agency

Benefit Cap: number of households capped to November 2018

07 February, 2019

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and November 2018

Wokingham Borough Council missing out on more than £700,000 in unpaid rent debts from social housing tenants

07 February, 2019

The council is owed more than £700,000 in unpaid rent debts by social housing tenants in the borough

Families missing out on 'vital funding' under benefit cap

07 February, 2019

DWP figures show that 74% of single-parent families had their housing benefit capped last year

DWP claims 53-week year will not affect tenants on Universal Credit

07 February, 2019

The government has shifted its position to claim that the 53 rent weeks next financial year will not have an impact on social tenants receiving Universal Credit

Who's who: Islington's rough sleeping chief slams short-term tenancies

07 February, 2019

Islington' Council's new permanent street sleeping chief Sarah Turley speaks to Lucas Cumiskey about austerity, Universal Credit and short term tenancies and the impact they are having

Salix Homes to feature in new TV documentary on housing crisis

07 February, 2019

Salford housing association Salix Homes is to feature in a new BBC One daytime series shining a spotlight on Britain's empty homes crisis

Fire that killed four children was in housing association home

07 February, 2019

A house wrecked by a fire that killed four young children in Stafford this week belongs to a housing association

Over 300 landlords 'Make a Stand' against domestic abuse

07 February, 2019

Landlords under the scheme collectively own more than 2.6 million homes - more than 50% of all social housing across the UK

Associations stress-test over fear rent settlement will change post-Brexit

07 February, 2019

Housing associations are stress-testing for the possibility that the government will renege on a promise to allow plus-inflation rent increases after Brexit

Act now to fix Universal Credit

06 February, 2019

Research by the National Landlords Association has found that 73 per cent of landlords who let to tenants on Universal Credit have experienced rent arrears in the last year.

Shelter from the storm?

06 February, 2019

It can't have escaped anyone's attention that we are in the midst of a housing crisis, in particular social housing

Universal Credit: 'I've nearly lost my house twice'

06 February, 2019

A mother of three says she has nearly been made homeless twice in two years due to the new Universal Credit benefits system

LA Welfare Direct bulletins: 2019

06 February, 2019

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

Transfer of homes to 'protect tenants' finalised

06 February, 2019

The Scottish Regulator directed the transfer in November after 70% of Kincardine's tenants said they were in favour of the move

High Court backs association's religious allocation policy

06 February, 2019

But case pitched as a test of "wider implications" seems certain to go to appeal

RLA urges a right to direct UC rent payments

06 February, 2019

Citizen's Advice report reveals 49% of those it helps with Universal Credit are in arrears over housing payments

February 2019: Touchbase edition 129

05 February, 2019

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

Council could spend £60,000 converting home back to original condition

05 February, 2019

We want to challenge the negative stereotypes of council tenants

Kensington MP launches attack on housing associations in report on local housing

05 February, 2019

The Labour MP for the constituency where Grenfell Tower is located has published a report which launches a strongly worded attack on the performance of housing associations in the area

Call for universal credit overhaul amid fears of looming evictions crisis

05 February, 2019

Citizens Advice reveals half of claimants seeking benefits assistance are at risk of being evicted

165,000+ social rent homes lost in six years

05 February, 2019

CIH projections suggest 199,000 homes for social rent will have been lost between 2012 and 2020

Agency fees remain one of the largest property transaction costs - at 1%

05 February, 2019

Estate agency fees continued to be one of the largest property transaction costs last year despite agents not having put their charges up

Zoopla tells online agent to stop offering free listings to sellers and landlords

05 February, 2019

Zoopla was last night reviewing whether an online agent listing with it meets its membership criteria after offering some of its services for free

The lonely and destitute who will walk miles for a free meal in Birmingham

04 February, 2019

Welfare cuts and loneliness are driving people onto the streets of Birmingham in search of food

Inside the 'death trap' social houses 'failing' Liverpool's vulnerable families

04 February, 2019

Damp, mould and mice living in the walls are common issues plaguing residents

Shortage of large council homes could slow wider Grenfell rehousing

04 February, 2019

A shortage of large council homes could slow efforts to rehouse families from the wider Grenfell community, with just two such properties becoming available in the borough in the past two years.

New smoke alarm regulations to apply in Scotland after Grenfell blaze

04 February, 2019

Every home will need to have a smoke alarm in their main living room and hallways, as well as a heat alarm in the kitchen

Renters are more likely to have poor health than those who own

04 February, 2019

There are links between housing and health, and research shows that those who rent privately have worse health than those who own properties

Housing associations should be subject to FOIA

04 February, 2019

Housing associations should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act

Landlords leaving market 'in droves' with exodus intensifying in capital

04 February, 2019

Landlords in London are leaving the market "in droves"

Tenants hoping to save money from fees ban 'could already be paying more in rent'

04 February, 2019

The letting fees ban may already be too late to save tenants money

Right to Rent - time to end this discriminatory policy

01 February, 2019

Today, the High Court delivered a damning judgment on the Government's Right to Rent scheme, finding that the desired effects of the policy have been outweighed by its potential for race discrimination

Councils urged to build on new housing solution

01 February, 2019

MetroHome offers a commercial model allowing councils to retain the freehold of their land

Tenants have so few rights, a whole street can be evicted at once - that's obscene

01 February, 2019

Other countries ensure people who rent are secure in their homes. Why can't we do the same?

Councils 'empowering and engaging' tenants

01 February, 2019

But LGA/Tpas report calls for firmer commitment to social homes from central government

Private Rented Sector Report - December 2018

01 February, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes dropped in December to the lowest level since December 2017

Social housing contractors in crisis?

01 February, 2019

Following the collapse of construction giant Carillion and other similar financial failures, should the social housing sector brace itself for more contractor woes?

Just over half of private landlords do not use an agent at all

01 February, 2019

Just over half of landlords do not use an agent to let or manage their properties

Tenant group slams 'wild west' of deposit replacement schemes

01 February, 2019

Deposit replacement schemes have been labelled as a "wild west" by campaign group Generation Rent

Family made homeless after failing Right to Rent checks - despite having right to live in UK

01 February, 2019

A British man and his family are homeless after a letting agent turned them away under Right to Rent rules

Tipping the balance of power against private landlords

31 January, 2019

Readers discuss the problems facing tenants in the private rental sector

No excuse for no DSS

31 January, 2019

Our campaign against 'no DSS' has split the lettings industry

Gender of bank account holders on Universal Credit

31 January, 2019

Ad hoc statistics on couples claiming Universal Credit (UC), specifically the gender of the person whose bank account receives the UC payment

Overcrowding in social housing hits 24-year high

31 January, 2019

English Housing Survey shows a need to ease the squeeze with 300,000 households in too few rooms

Review of tenancy deposit schemes in Scotland

31 January, 2019

The Scottish Government has released results from research with tenants, landlords and schemes as part of a review of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme in Scotland

Tenants warned to strap in for 'rocky ride' as fees ban approaches

31 January, 2019

Tenants finished 2018 in the driving seat as fewer experienced rent increases, ARLA Propertymark claims, but has warned that the impending fees ban means many will be set for a rocky ride this year

Compulsory electric tests to be introduced every five years for rental homes

31 January, 2019

Compulsory checks are to be introduced every five years on electrical installations in private rented properties

The Deposit Diaries: The importance of taking notice

31 January, 2019

In this case, the landlord claimed £1,025 for rent arrears representing one month's unpaid rent

13,000 tenants in Wales at risk of UC underpayment

30 January, 2019

Community Housing Cymru calls on UK Government to change UC formula to account for year-on-year flexibility

A two-pronged plan for better social housing

30 January, 2019

It might sound odd to say, but the Shelter commission was not a typical housing commission

Association donates over £1,000 of food and household products to foodbanks

30 January, 2019

"It was great to be able to drop off such a fantastic amount of provisions to help those in need"

Why council house rent is dropping in Portsmouth - and the millions it is costing the city council

30 January, 2019

Council house tenants are set for further rent reductions despite the 'ridiculous' discount costing the local authority more than £7m in three years

Third of councils have more than 20% PRS residents

30 January, 2019

Generation Rent says latest ONS figures expose the extent of housing market failure

Disabled people are going hungry. Tears are not enough

30 January, 2019

Not since Margaret Thatcher have we seen such an all-out assault on our social fabric, nor one that has caused such harm

East Riding Council to spend nearly £100m on revamping houses

30 January, 2019

It is upgrading some of its 11,000 properties

New measures power up PRS electrical safety standards

30 January, 2019

Relevant competency and qualifications now a legal requirement for inspections

Hundreds on Bexley housing waiting list placed out of borough

30 January, 2019

Bexley faces "serious challenges" around housing as it is revealed that only nine per cent of people on the housing waiting list were re-homed last year

Another London borough backs fight against Section 21

30 January, 2019

Six councils across the country now support the Generation Rent campaign

Government commits to introduce mandatory five yearly electrical safety checks

29 January, 2019

After a long wait, the Government has finally released the results of a consultation on Electrical Safety Standards in the private rented sector

The impact of Tenant Fee Bans

29 January, 2019

With a start date for the tenant fee ban now in place, questions have inevitably resurfaced as to how this imminent change in legislation will impact both landlords and tenants

HB A2/2019

29 January, 2019

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

Housing Minister tightens up rules on electrical safety to better protect renters

29 January, 2019

New measures designed to ensure mandatory electrical inspections are carried out by competent and qualified inspectors

Welcome to Grice Close, the cul-de-sac evicted by Fergus Wilson

29 January, 2019

Mentions of the landlord tend to be met with a grimace on the Kent streets where he is evicting 700 households

Malthouse goes gloves off over RTB to attack Labour 'detachment'

29 January, 2019

While seemingly solving Brexit, the housing minster holds his own close to home

Landlords should not call the tune on housing court

29 January, 2019

Housing claims suffer from numerous procedural delays and system failures - but a separate specialist court is not the solution to fixing them

London tenants call for Statement of Community Involvement from Sadiq Khan

29 January, 2019

Sadiq Khan should issue a 'Statement of Community Involvement' setting out his policy on engaging with residents over development

UK council tax benefit cuts resulted in surge of unpaid bills

29 January, 2019

The rate of non-collection of tax is around 10 times higher than the 2.5 per cent under the old system

Rents on the rise while one in ten of all tenancies in arrears

29 January, 2019

Rents nudged up between November and December last year, while tenant arrears also increased

Influential think tank calls on Government to abolish 'no fault' evictions in England

29 January, 2019

An influential think tank has called for 'no fault' evictions to be abolished in England

Thurrock Council approves additional licensing of shared houses and flats

28 January, 2019

Thurrock Council has approved plans for additional licensing of HMOs in specific parts of the borough, which will affect private landlords letting to three or four tenants from more than one household

Councils in England to receive over £50 million to support Brexit preparations

28 January, 2019

Local authorities across England will receive a share of £56.5 million to help support their preparations for Brexit

Ban landlords from evicting families without good reason

28 January, 2019

England should follow Scotland's lead and introduce open-ended tenancies for private renters

Regulator investigates housing association with former First Priority leases

28 January, 2019

The social housing regulator is investigating a housing association which took on some of First Priority's homes after that association nearly became insolvent

Bristol to spend £7.3m on tower block sprinklers

28 January, 2019

Bristol City Council cabinet told of no room for complacency despite confirmation that no block has Grenfell-style cladding

Boost for tenants as rents slow annually for the first time in a decade

28 January, 2019

Rents fell annually for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, making it more affordable for tenants to now rent

Renters to spend almost £154m on agency fees before ban comes in

28 January, 2019

Three Countrywide brands, two Connells Group brands and haart have been named as being among the most expensive 20 biggest firms for charging tenants' fees

A licence to rent

25 January, 2019

A joint research project between Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and Chartered Institute of Housing

DWP home visits to help with your benefit claim

25 January, 2019

The Department for Work and Pensions Visiting Team can visit you at home to help you with your benefit claim

Housing association presents code for safer housing

25 January, 2019

The new electrical code is due to be presented at parliament on 23rd January

Rural social housing waiting list tops 100 years

25 January, 2019

New government statistics show the number of households on rural council waiting lists continues to increase

Council accuses association linked to investment funds of not providing support services

25 January, 2019

A local authority has accused a supported housing association linked to several new investment funds of not providing support services to vulnerable tenants, despite billing for them in housing benefit

Universal Credit technicality threatens hundreds of thousands with underpayment

25 January, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of social housing tenants on Universal Credit are set to have their housing costs underpaid in the next financial year due to a quirk in the calendar which means 53 weekly rent payments will fall due

'I've absolutely had enough': Tory MP embarks on anti-austerity tour

25 January, 2019

Heidi Allen joins former Labour MP Frank Field on mission to highlight the poverty caused by her party's policies

LIN member report January 2019 - The Social Housing Commission

25 January, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Renting 'more affordable' in 2018

24 January, 2019

Stats show that 2018 was the first year since 2008 that rents decreased in the UK, with wages spent on rents dropping 0.5% to 31%

It's time to wake up on the Decent Homes Standard

24 January, 2019

Five months on from the publication of the Social Housing Green Paper, Fortem continues to consider what it and other housing service providers can do to support our clients and their communities

Housing association apologies after leaving couple with no hot water and central heating for two months

24 January, 2019

An Evesham couple has said it is a disgrace they have been left without hot water and central heating at their Hampton property for nearly two months by Rooftop Housing

Landlords of draughty homes to be fined thousands of pounds

24 January, 2019

The penalties are intended as a deterrent for 'negligent' landlords

Billionaire property family enters social housing market

24 January, 2019

The family behind a multibillion-pound property empire has made a dramatic move into the social housing sector by registering one of its companies as a social landlord

Selective licensing improves housing conditions

24 January, 2019

Selective licensing schemes are an effective way for local authorities to improve housing conditions

Landlords' Barometer - #66: A special year for Property Tribes as we reach our tenth birthday

24 January, 2019

Welcome to the first Landlords' Barometer of 2019!

Mayor set to introduce rent controls across whole of London - with precedent likely to be set for elsewhere

24 January, 2019

Rent controls could be brought in across the whole of London to tackle the 'affordability crisis'

Agents who break fees ban could be bankrupted by huge fines

24 January, 2019

Agents who charge tenants after the fees ban comes in could be bankrupted and put out of business

The letting fees ban is finally happening

23 January, 2019

Almost three years after the ban on letting fees was first announced, in Autumn 2016, the government has finally approved the Tenant Fees bill

New film champions social housing and its residents

23 January, 2019

Film frames people, not politics, as at heart of the debate on the housing crisis

Tenant Fees Bill passes final Commons hurdle

23 January, 2019

"The tenant fees ban is now an inevitability, and agents need to start preparing for a post-tenant fees world"

Commons committee launches inquiry into 'natural migration' to Universal Credit

23 January, 2019

The UK Parliament's work and pensions committee is today launching a new inquiry into the process by which people claiming existing benefits move onto Universal Credit if they have a change in their circumstances

MP seeks 'crucial' Universal Credit reforms over domestic abuse risk

23 January, 2019

An SNP MP has urged the UK Government to accept amendments to its Domestic Abuse Bill to tackle the increased risk of financial abuse under the current Universal Credit system

DWP landlord rent payment portal won't be live until Summer

23 January, 2019

With the heat on, the London Assembly Housing Committee hears the portal is still some way off

Councils need more tools to cut off rogue landlords' profits

23 January, 2019

Brent councillor Eleanor Southwood says the London borough is leading the way in cracking down on those who make tenants' lives a misery

'Councils in race for temporary accommodation forcing rents upwards'

23 January, 2019

Councils are in a race for temporary accommodation, and landlords know this and are pushing rents up

UK rents fall for first time in a decade

23 January, 2019

Yorkshire records biggest percentage decline but signs emerge rents are rising again

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 13 December 2018

22 January, 2019

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 13 December 2018

Brent Council urges government to end rogue landlord benefits

22 January, 2019

The council's callout to government follows the recent hand-out of more than £50,000 to a repeatedly convicted "rogue" landlord

Mentally ill people more at risk of losing benefits

22 January, 2019

Concerns that DLA system discriminates against those with psychiatric disorders

Pregnant single mum desperate to be re-homed after 13 months of hell in damp and mouldy house

22 January, 2019

23-year-old Yvonne says she "can't stop crying" about the state of disrepair in her cold and run-down social housing property

This is how many people are on the Sunderland social housing waiting lists

22 January, 2019

Thousands of people are stuck on waiting lists for social housing in Sunderland as bosses struggle to balance supply and demand

Loophole in law means rogue landlords are still raking in housing benefit

22 January, 2019

The Government is being urged to alter an anomaly in legislation that means housing benefit is being paid - legally - to landlords convicted of housing offences

Pressure mounts on ministers to scrap Right to Buy after councils spend millions renting back homes they used to own

22 January, 2019

Pressure is growing on the Government to scrap Right to Buy, after it emerged that councils in London are spending over £22m a year renting back homes that they once owned, to house homeless families

Agent warns of 'possible breach to fees ban law' if tenants use deposit replacement scheme in order to rent

22 January, 2019

Concerns have been raised that agents who let to tenants who can only proceed by using a deposit replacement product could be in breach of the fees ban

Universal Credit - latest news for housing associations

21 January, 2019

We set out the latest updates on Universal Credit, including a proposed change to the way rent is paid to landlords and the Christmas early payment schedule

53-week rent year, rent reduction and Universal Credit - briefing

21 January, 2019

We've produced a briefing focusing on the upcoming 53-week rent year and how this impacts on rent reduction and the calculation of Universal Credit

Council urges ban on housing benefit being paid to rogue landlords

21 January, 2019

Brent paid £500,000 to Bernard McGowan despite him failing the 'fit and proper' test

Council pays rogue landlord £500,000 in housing benefit

21 January, 2019

Bernard McGowan, who has £30m in property, received money from Brent despite being banned

Right to Buy is 'failing London'

21 January, 2019

Stats show capital's councils fork out "eye-watering" £22m-a-year renting back Right To Buy homes

Deposit scheme backs specialist Housing Court to settle tenant and landlord disputes

21 January, 2019

The UK Government is being urged to follow Scotland's lead as it considers introducing a specialist Housing Court to deal with tenant and landlord disputes

Three agents likely to serve 14 months each in prison after £105,000 fraud involving deposits and rents

21 January, 2019

Three agents who scammed the public out of over £100,000 in rent and deposits in a prolonged fraud have each been jailed for two years and four months

Housing is a women's rights issue

21 January, 2019

What does housing have to do with gender inequality?

Tenant Fees Bill provisions to come into effect June 2019

18 January, 2019

The provisions of the Tenant Fees Bill will come into effect on the 1st June 2019 for all tenancies signed on or after the date

More funding for councils to crack down on rogue landlords: but can this be properly enforced?

18 January, 2019

More than 50 councils will be allocated a £2.4 million fund to crack down on rogue landlords

Seven housing benefit assessors busted over £1m fraud

18 January, 2019

Convictions in "large, complex" case covering three London boroughs

Support visits if you need help to claim benefits

18 January, 2019

The Department for Work and Pensions Visiting Team can visit you at home to help you with your benefit claim

PIP appeal left disabled man 'stressed and humiliated'

18 January, 2019

An east Belfast man who has a long-term lung condition has been "humiliated" by a seven-month battle for Personal Independence Payment

Scotland's largest social landlord generates £2bn for economy

18 January, 2019

Around £150m of GDP to the Scottish economy, equivalent to around 2,575 jobs - that is a substantial contribution

Nearly 50 councils use unregistered fire risk assessors

18 January, 2019

Nearly 50 English councils have used unregistered fire risk assessors to check if their buildings are safe

Ban on referral fees paid to agents is on the cards if 'transparency' cannot be achieved

18 January, 2019

A ban on referral fees paid to agents is on the cards, an industry audience was told yesterday

Has the Brexit vote saved London tenants £1,800 pa in rent?

17 January, 2019

Rent rises 3% lower than forecast partly due to fewer EU migrants and price-out Londoners moving out

England: Tenant Fees Bill provisions to come into effect in June

17 January, 2019

New legislation to bring an end to costly fees imposed by landlords or letting agents in England is to come into force this summer

Group convicted of housing benefit fraud

17 January, 2019

Seven benefit assessors have been convicted of a housing benefit fraud worth £1,025,912 across three councils in London

Social housing aggregator gets A- credit rating

17 January, 2019

The social housing bond aggregator MORhomes has received an A- credit rating from agency Standard & Poor's

Lack of property supply pushing rents upwards as landlords decide to get out

17 January, 2019

Rightmove data has revealed the extent of the Government tax clampdowns on landlords

Welfare 'reform' puts new social housing in NI at risk

17 January, 2019

Report outlines risk posed by rent arrears to the building and maintenance of social housing

Tax rises hits rented housing tenants

17 January, 2019

"Whilst the Treasury seeks to dampen investment in rented housing, demand from tenants shows no signs of slowing down"

Applying for social housing as a veteran: an ex-servicewoman tells her story

17 January, 2019

As the government announces proposals for veterans with mental illnesses to be prioritised for social housing, Catherine Lough speaks to a former servicewoman who found herself homeless after fleeing domestic violence

The future of social housing - what's next?

16 January, 2019

Last week we launched the final report of our commission on the future of social housing

Changes to benefits for mixed age couples

16 January, 2019

The government announced today changes to benefits for mixed age couples that will be introduced from 15 May 2019

PIP has cost up to £2 billion more than keeping DLA

16 January, 2019

Government disability benefit spending has increased by 15% to 20% cent despite the aim of reducing it by a fifth

Housing association borrows £135m

16 January, 2019

Housing association Moat has borrowed £135m in revolving credit facilities from two banks

Rent must be pinned to local incomes, housing associations tell Burnham

16 January, 2019

Affordable rent levels must be pinned to local incomes in different parts of Greater Manchester

Government welfare watchdog questions Universal Credit managed migration pilot

16 January, 2019

Ministers' proposals for the 10,000-person pilot for moving existing benefit claimants onto Universal Credit could prove a missed opportunity

Changes to disability benefits cost £4bn in extra welfare payments

16 January, 2019

OBR's figures will bolster disability groups' calls for overhaul of PIP system

Benefits rule changes could cost pensioners in UK thousands a year

16 January, 2019

From 15 May, new pensioners with partners under 65 can no longer claim pension credit

The clock ticks down: Fees ban will apply to all tenancies signed after June 1

16 January, 2019

Fees charged to tenants are to be outlawed on all new tenancies signed after June 1

The Universal Credit (Managed Migration Pilot and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019: SSAC correspondence

15 January, 2019

A letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about the Universal Credit (Managed Migration Pilot and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019

HB A1/2019

15 January, 2019

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

Regulator alerts social landlords to upcoming changes to consents

15 January, 2019

Reminders go out in Scotland ahead of 8th March deadline

Report highlights social housing concerns post-Brexit

15 January, 2019

Private sector investment and labour costs remain the major concerns for Scotland's social housing sector post-Brexit

More than 17,000 sick and disabled people have died while waiting for welfare benefits

15 January, 2019

Ministers accused of 'failing people at the most vulnerable point in their lives' after it emerges nine disability claimants die each day while waiting for decisions on disability support

£70m Homes England funding to bring 8,500 new homes

15 January, 2019

The schemes have a projected lifetime value of £2.5bn

Major private landlord Fergus Wilson confirms sale of portfolio - private landlords need not apply

15 January, 2019

High profile landlord Fergus Wilson has confirmed to EYE that he is selling a number of properties

Major agency offers to refund £20m to tenants who switch to deposit replacement scheme

15 January, 2019

Thousands of current tenants could be set for a refund of their deposit in a landmark move

Fees ban could be just weeks away: ARLA boss warns agents to get ready now

15 January, 2019

Agents are being warned to prepare for April 6 as the date when the lettings fees ban could kick in

Brexit costs London landlords £1.8k in rental growth

14 January, 2019

Post-referendum rental growth in London almost 3% lower than projected

Four single mothers win high court benefits battle against DWP

14 January, 2019

Women succeed with action over 'fundamental problem' with universal credit system

England and Wales Rental Tracker

14 January, 2019

Strong appetite for investment in the North

Amber Rudd announces further Universal Credit changes - at a job centre

14 January, 2019

But latest concessions still come with a defence of 'principle' and no acknowledgement of damage done

Housing association starts climb 7% to more than 10,000 in quarter

14 January, 2019

The total number of new homes started by housing associations has risen despite a fall in the number built for open market sale

Could changes to Universal Credit now persuade landlords and agents to accept housing benefit tenants?

14 January, 2019

The Government is to start working on an online system that will let private landlords access rents directly from tenants on Universal Credit

Online letting agent introduces new - and lower - charges for landlords ahead of fees ban

14 January, 2019

An online letting agent has completely dropped tenants' fees and slashed fees to landlords

'Flawed' Tenant Fees Bill means letting agents could unknowingly break fees ban law

14 January, 2019

A possible flaw has been spotted in the Tenant Fees Bill, which could mean that letting agents throughout England could unknowingly break the law after the ban comes in

High Court deals huge blow to welfare 'reform'

11 January, 2019

Judges say relevant regulations on Universal Credit have been "wrongly interpreted" at Secretary of State level

PRS landlords welcome thaw in benefits freeze

11 January, 2019

Freeze as applied to housing benefit is seen as a key driver of homelessness from PRS

Amber Rudd sets out fresh approach to Universal Credit

11 January, 2019

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd sets out an ambitious new future for Universal Credit

Universal Credit: personal welfare

11 January, 2019

A speech delivered by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at Kennington jobcentre about the future of Universal Credit

This single mother works full-time, but still needs housing benefit - so landlords refuse to rent to her

11 January, 2019

Limarra Sealy, 25, and her daughter Nevaeh haven't had a home for six months because landlords keep turning them away

Reality check: why are housing associations not building more social rented homes?

11 January, 2019

Associations have been accused of losing sight of their social purpose as they diversify the type of homes they offer

Giant housing associations agree deal over sale of 228 homes

11 January, 2019

Sovereign Housing Association has agreed a deal with Hyde Group to buy up 228 of its properties in the South of England

Housing associations buy up discounted homes from builders amid Brexit uncertainty

11 January, 2019

Housing associations are buying up new build homes from private builders at discounted rates, as they look to offload stock amid Brexit uncertainty in the housing market

Universal credit to be paid to main carer in attempt to help women

11 January, 2019

Work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd unveils package of changes to benefits system

Social housing 100 years on

10 January, 2019

As we mark the centenary of Dr Addison's social housing legislation, at CIH Cymru, we're asking what needs to be done to progress things further?

If you're on benefits, landlords don't want to know

10 January, 2019

A lack of social housing forces tenants on benefits to turn to private landlords

'I was that ill I thought I was going to die...' - Mum-of-four slams housing association after claiming 'damp' home leaves her fearing for her life

10 January, 2019

Carer Sue Hughes says she has complained to Midland Heart THIRTEEN times in three years

Empty Wolverhampton properties will be seized for homeless families

10 January, 2019

No-nonsense housing bosses in Wolverhampton are warning private landlords that any homes in the city left empty for long periods of time will be seized and used to provide much-needed accommodation for homeless families

Council branded 'meanest in the country' after penalising housing payment claimants over smoking and Sky TV

10 January, 2019

North Lincolnshire Council receives £350,000 from the Government for discretionary housing payments but sends much of it back

No-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for food supply

10 January, 2019

MPs told of triple threat of disruption to stocks, higher prices and farmers going bust

Appoint minister for hunger to tackle UK food insecurity

10 January, 2019

Nearly 2 million Britons may be undernourished and one in five children are in food insecurity

Clarification still demanded as to when agents can serve prescribed information to tenants

10 January, 2019

Our story yesterday on the fall-out from a legal case last year, where a landlord could not serve a Section 21 notice, aroused interest - and questions

Right To Buy running down in Wales

09 January, 2019

Abolition of RTB in Wales heads for home straight

North West housing associations complete 38,000-home merger

09 January, 2019

Two housing associations in the North West of England have completed their merger to form one of the largest providers in the region

Brokenshire pledges PTSD service personnel as social housing priority

09 January, 2019

Currently, those who split from their partner in the Forces have to move out of military accommodation and can be denied social housing

Rudd 'still considering' when to give MPs vote on Universal Credit roll-out

09 January, 2019

Amber Rudd has told MPs she is "still considering" when they will be given a vote on the full and final roll-out Universal Credit

Waltham Forest Council gave one woman a difficult decision

09 January, 2019

Liverpool or the streets - this was the decision facing one mother five days before Christmas

Brokenshire: HRA cap lift put councils 'on the frontline of housebuilding'

09 January, 2019

The Secretary of State addressed delegates at this year's Local Government Association Finance Conference

Housing association sorry for delay to repair leaking roof

09 January, 2019

A man has spent months living with damp and faulty electrics due to a huge leak in his roof

'End Right To Buy' to help build three million social homes

09 January, 2019

"It's no good building new social housing only to lose precious existing council homes to Right To Buy"

Three million new social homes needed - Stoke gets started

09 January, 2019

First-time public-private partnership pitches major building programme, as Social Housing Commission says England needs three million new social homes

All private renters should have permanent tenancies as legal norm

09 January, 2019

Shelter is calling for permanent tenancies to become the legal minimum norm for all private renters

Building for our future: A vision for social housing

08 January, 2019

In January 2018, the housing and homelessness charity Shelter brought together sixteen commissioners from across the political spectrum

Miliband: Social housing a 'national asset'

08 January, 2019

Former Labour Leader says social housing needs to be given more prominence by both leading political parties

'End Right To Buy' to help build three million social homes

08 January, 2019

"It's no good building new social housing only to lose precious existing council homes to Right To Buy"

This radical plan could be the way to get social housing back on track

08 January, 2019

Stop demonising people who need help with housing. A cross-party proposal for 3m affordable properties could allay the crisis

Oldham food bank launches fundraiser after burglary

08 January, 2019

Cash donations, iPads and food stolen in raid at Trussell Trust-run premises

How social landlords can help stop women being killed in the home

08 January, 2019

As the latest figures on 'femicide' reveal the shocking number of women killed in their homes

Midlands housing association to consolidate group structure

08 January, 2019

Longhurst Group has announced plans to consolidate its structure into a single entity

England needs 3m new social homes by 2040

08 January, 2019

Commission including Sayeeda Warsi and Ed Miliband has been researching ways to tackle housing crisis

Britain's best-known landlord 'set to put portfolio of properties up for sale today'

08 January, 2019

Britain's highest-profile private landlord, Fergus Wilson, is understood to be putting all of his properties on the sales market today

Life on Universal Credit: Father, 42, who suffered heart attack and has 4% kidney function forced to live in a freezing cold caravan

07 January, 2019

Martin Weaver says he had to give up his one-bedroom flat as he couldn't afford the rent - he now sometimes stays in lay-bys without heat

Stealthy changes mean that soon one in five families with children will be losing some Child Benefit

07 January, 2019

Six years ago today, Child Benefit was first withdrawn from families containing someone whose annual income is above £50,000 a year

Thousands of fire doors that failed at Grenfell still used across the country

07 January, 2019

Data obtained by HuffPost UK reveals at least 25,000 faulty fire doors have been installed in public housing

DWP agrees to change Universal Credit direct payments schedule

07 January, 2019

Direct rent payments to social landlords for tenants claiming Universal Credit will change to be paid on a monthly cycle

Councils have plans for more than 20,000 homes with borrowing flexibility

07 January, 2019

Councils in England estimate they will be able to build at least 20,500 homes over three years with new powers to borrow for investment in housing

Social housing report calls for massive overhaul of tenants' rights

07 January, 2019

Renters need better deal to prevent another Grenfell disaster

Universal credit: Vote to extend benefit to three million delayed

07 January, 2019

The next stage of the universal credit rollout is to be scaled back amid concerns about the controversial new benefits system

Rents remain below rate of inflation despite increases in most regions

07 January, 2019

Rents continued to rise below the level of inflation in most UK regions in November

Landlords' body sells stake in tenancy deposit scheme mydeposits to insurance firm

04 January, 2019

The National Landlords Association has sold its stake in Tenancy Deposit Solutions, which trades as mydeposits, to insurance business Hamilton Fraser

Council rent arrears expected to double as impact of Universal Credit begins to bite

04 January, 2019

Rent arrears from council tenants are expected to double in Barnsley as the full impact of the Government's switch to the controversial Universal Credit system takes hold

Single mums hit hardest by benefit cap

04 January, 2019

New DWP figures show single mums make up 85% of all households whose incomes have been limited by the policy

Benefit cap: single mothers make up 85% of those affected

04 January, 2019

DWP records show 134,044 households had support capped, with single mothers accounting for 114,337

Deposit replacement schemes boost offerings to gear up for tenant fees ban

04 January, 2019

Deposit replacement schemes have begun bolstering their propositions in a bid to add more value for letting agents and landlords with the tenant fee ban due at some point this year

Agents 'turning away tenants because of no clarity of Right to Rent post-Brexit'

04 January, 2019

Cautious agents are already rejecting tenants because of a lack of any official guidance on compliance with Right to Rent, rather than risk £30,000 penalties

OAP 'with no bathroom ceiling' suffers month-long battle with housing association

03 January, 2019

An OAP has endured weeks of living in the cold after a housing association left her without a roof over her bathroom

New plans to force private landlords in Slough to be licensed

03 January, 2019

People in rented property are being asked to voice their opinions on new council plans to take on landlords who ignore their responsibilities

Those claiming the Universal Credit roll-out was well intentioned aren't affected by it. My family was

03 January, 2019

My dad's phone pings at 3:40am on a Sunday. "You need to read a message in your Universal Credit journal"

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: April 2017 to March 2018

03 January, 2019

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2017 to 2018

On ghettos - more to do on stigmatisation

03 January, 2019

A small disturbance on Twitter at the end of 2018 prompted council home tenant Rob Gershon to reflect on whether the public discourse about social housing has moved all that far

Government benefit delays 'wreaking havoc' on disabled people's lives as nearly 100,000 wait more than two weeks

03 January, 2019

Delays branded 'recruiting sergeant for food banks and money lenders' as proportion of ESA claims taking longer than 10 working days soars to one in five

Social housing investor signs £70m funding facility

03 January, 2019

Triple Point Social Housing REIT has secured a new £70 million revolving credit facility (RCF) with Lloyds Bank

Worries after social housing firms enter private market

03 January, 2019

A private firm set up by two social housing providers is carrying out a pilot scheme which involves letting out 200 properties at market rent levels

Hard-up Walsall people suffering due to Universal Credit

02 January, 2019

It is claimed that recipients are facing increased debt and rent arrears

Bron Afon residents in Torfaen are £74,000 in arrears since the introduction of Universal Credit

02 January, 2019

Social housing tenants in Torfaen have been struggling to keep up with their rent since Universal Credit was introduced in the area

Universal Credit: 250,000 parents and workers forced onto benefit WITHOUT full protection

02 January, 2019

Tories claim existing benefit claimants won't see their income drop. Yet 273,747 people were forced to leave Tax Credits and join the new system without proper protection in just one year

Universal credit: Surge in families begging for money online as benefit plunges households into destitution

02 January, 2019

Number of people crowdfunding for donations to help them afford housing, bills and other basic necessities on universal credit rises five-fold in a year

Fewer landlords looking to buy more properties, particularly in London

02 January, 2019

Fewer landlords are looking to add to their portfolios with new research suggesting the number registering to buy has fallen substantially across England and Wales

Social housing is the issue our divided country can and must unite on

02 January, 2019

We have never felt so divided as a country

Councils 'ripped off' by private landlords

02 January, 2019

New figures reveal English councils spend almost £1bn a year on temporary housing

Couple with learning difficulties promised £500 payout after housing row with council

31 December, 2018

The couple will also receive an apology after they were refused housing in South Tyneside

EU citizens in the UK: benefits and pensions in a 'no deal' scenario

27 December, 2018

This guidance explains the rights of EU citizens in the UK to benefits and pensions if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement

Housing association CEO calls for 'Brexit compromise'

27 December, 2018

Decisions politicians make in the coming weeks will impact on tenants' lives for years to come

Low-rated housing association sees credit outlook upgraded

27 December, 2018

The credit ratings agency Moody's has upgraded to positive the outlook of its lowest-rated housing association

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