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Liberal Democrats agree to Section 21 abolition

19 September, 2019

Delegates at the Liberal Democrats conference in Bournemouth voted in favour of a motion that proposed reforming the housing legislation and scrapping Section 21 notices

Liverpool housing company to kick out any tenant caught carrying or using a knife

19 September, 2019

Bold plan by social landlord in war on knife crime

Universal credit wait fuels poverty and food bank use

19 September, 2019

Government urged to reduce five-week wait claimants must endure before first payment

760,000 renting families one pay cheque away from losing home​​

19 September, 2019

Survey shows almost three million private renters could be a single pay cheque away from homelessness

Landlord becomes first in England to be banned after HMO conviction

19 September, 2019

A landlord has been banned for letting out a house for five years

Council's warning to letting agents over fees ban leads to over £34,000 refunds to tenants

19 September, 2019

A council's warning to letting agents on its patch has resulted in £34,416 worth of unlawful fees and deposits collected since the ban being refunded

Nationwide gets into bed with digital lettings agency Bunk - backing 'will help DIY landlords'

19 September, 2019

Nationwide Building Society has invested in Bunk, a new digital lettings agency

Safe as Houses 3: Have government reforms to Universal Credit reduced the rent arrears of Southwark's tenants?

18 September, 2019

Southwark was one of the first areas of the country to see Universal Credit full service roll out

Activists rally over claims of social housing discrimination

18 September, 2019

Housing activists protested outside Hackney Council town hall last night over claims they had been victimised and mistreated

England: Council housing families win battle for homes with billionaire aristocrat

18 September, 2019

Dozens of families living in council housing have won a battle with a billionaire aristocrat who wanted to replace their homes with luxury housing

End-of-tenancy cleaning service introduces body cameras for all its staff

18 September, 2019

An end-of-tenancy cleaning service available right across the UK has introduced body-worn cameras for all its teams

Landlord hit with £500,000 bill by court after illegally converting property into tiny flats

18 September, 2019

A landlord has been hit with a bill of some £500,000 after illegally dividing a property into eight tiny flats

Residents in temporary accommodation displaced by Clapton fire

18 September, 2019

A number of the flats which were evacuated following a fire in a block in east London earlier this week were used to house families in temporary accommodation

Labour considers scrapping Universal Credit

18 September, 2019

Radical proposal for the failed 'reform' could be raised as soon as the party conference next week

England: Landlords vote for merger of representative bodies

18 September, 2019

After a meeting held yesterday, members of the NLA and the RLA voted for the two organisations to merge to form the National Residential Landlords Association

North Lanarkshire Council approves enforcement access for electrical safety checks

17 September, 2019

North Lanarkshire Council has announced new procedures allowing for enforcement access in order to carry out electrical safety checks in council properties

Homeless denied social housing for being too poor

17 September, 2019

Research shows landlords 'screen out' homeless applicants deemed financial risk

Somerset council accused of 'immorality' over new-build maintenance

17 September, 2019

A council has been branded "immoral" for refusing to take on maintenance work on housing development

Disabled 28-stone man despairs because housing association won't make his door big enough so he can get out

17 September, 2019

Darren Burns is worried that he can't exit his house safely if there's a fire because the back door is inaccessible

Lib Dems motion passed to address 'widening' poverty levels

17 September, 2019

New policy outlines an increased rate of housebuilding to 300,000 a year - 100,000 of which will be for social rent

Khan: government's cladding deadline 'unrealistic and irresponsible'

17 September, 2019

Sadiq Khan has branded the government's June deadline to complete the replacement of dangerous Grenfell-style cladding on high rises "unrealistic and irresponsible"

Universal Credit: direct rent payments 'more effective than government reforms for curbing arrears'

17 September, 2019

Direct rent payments for tenants on Universal Credit have been more effective at keeping them out of arrears than government reforms introduced last year

New housing minister defends Right to Buy but says escalating house prices 'cannot be right'

17 September, 2019

New housing minister Esther McVey has said that although there have been nine housing ministers in nine years, all have been united to deliver the homes that she claims Britain needs

Large London housing associations estimate fire safety costs at nearly £6.9bn

16 September, 2019

Large London housing associations have estimated that the total cost of making their buildings fire safe will be up to £6.87bn

Tenants face paying 31% more to trade up from a room rental to a whole home

16 September, 2019

New research has revealed the high costs for young tenants moving from renting a room in a shared property to a whole house

Deposit diaries: Why a landlord's claim of mould 'caused by tenants' lifestyle' was rejected

16 September, 2019

A dispute arose between the landlord and tenants due to the condition of the walls at the end of the tenancy

Letting agency and its boss hit with bill of almost £24,000 after fly-tipping rubbish from tenants' homes

16 September, 2019

A letting agency and its director have been successfully prosecuted for five counts of fly-tipping

Auction entries rise as clobbered buy-to-let landlords look to sell their properties

16 September, 2019

Auction House, which works with a network of local agents, has a record 846 lots entered into its sales this month

Housing Association Financial Data Comparison Analysis - 2018/2019

16 September, 2019

From 76 Financial Returns currently available

The websites helping renters fight rogue landlords

16 September, 2019

It was a dispute over a missing bed cover that sparked the idea for Marks Out Of Tenancy - a website that allows renters to rate their past landlords

MHCLG seeks your views on banning orders and rogue landlords

16 September, 2019

Government wants to hear from letting agents and tenants about its latest reforms to the private rental market

Thousands of Glasgow teens on Universal Credit

13 September, 2019

Analysis of the latest government figures shows that 1167 Glasgow youngsters aged between 16 and 19 received the six-in-one benefit in August this year

Univeral Credit probe shows 100,000 teenagers on new benefit including thousands in Birmingham

13 September, 2019

Most teens on the controversial welfare scheme are unemployed and campaigners say these latest figures highlight the number of families across the country who are struggling on low incomes

Call for private landlords to have access to energy efficiency funds

13 September, 2019

Only one of the six financial support options can be used by landlords offering affordable homes in Scotland

New tech to test air quality in council homes

13 September, 2019

Partners confirmed for trials to get underway in Leeds and York

Renters want rent control - and it's not just about the money

13 September, 2019

There's no doubt that private renters are being hit hard by the housing emergency

Barking fire: residents' lawyer slams 'scandalous' return of housing association tenants

13 September, 2019

The lawyer representing tenants living at the Barking development that was hit by a devastating fire in June has slammed Southern Housing Group's decision to allow residents to return to their homes

Social housing - Quarterly survey for Q1 April to June 2019

13 September, 2019

This quarterly survey report is based on regulatory returns from 218private registered providers (PRPs) and PRP groups who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Property renting platform goes over target in crowdfunding campaign

13 September, 2019

Property renting platform Inadash has gone over target in its crowdfunding campaign

ARLA boss begs agents to speak out over proposed abolition of Section 21 - and not just complain

13 September, 2019

ARLA Propertymark boss David Cox has urged letting agents to respond to the consultation on repealing Section 21 - something he warned could "break the industry"

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to July 2019

12 September, 2019

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

Disabled people still by far the worst affected by the bedroom tax

12 September, 2019

More than two thirds of households subject to the bedroom tax under housing benefit are in receipt of DLA, PIP, Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, or Severe Disablement Allowance

CIH Scotland says new PRS energy regulations need 'proactive communication'

12 September, 2019

Scottish Government preparing to introduce a minimum energy efficiency standard for PRS homes

Property inspections key to Lib Dem PRS plan

12 September, 2019

Proposals for property inspections for rented homes form part of new housing plans announced by the Liberal Democrats

Southern sees 14% slide in surplus as fire safety checks increase

12 September, 2019

Southern Housing Group has a reported a 14% fall in annual surplus as the landlord hikes its spending on fire safety

Landlords' Barometer - #73: Labour's plans to make landlords sell to tenants causes uproar

12 September, 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of the Landlords' Barometer, where we list the main trending topics for landlords from the PropertyTribes forum:

RICS blames 'wild west' of parts of lettings industry for lack of public confidence in rental sector

12 September, 2019

The RICS has expressed hopes that regulation of the agency sector will help stem the decline in landlord instructions

Universal Credit changes in October: Why claimants could get MORE money from next month

11 September, 2019

Universal credit claimants will see changes to their payments from next month

Average Personal Independence Payment appeal wait tops 35 weeks

11 September, 2019

Commons confirms the figure includes cases cleared both with and without Tribunal ruling

Tenants complain over housing association's 'abysmal' service

11 September, 2019

Inhabitants of L&Q estate say they face leaking roofs, poor plumbing and unreliable maintenance

'I had to live in one room with my daughter for 11 years'

11 September, 2019

i speaks to homeless families who are being housed in hostels in London 'temporarily' - only to be left there for years

Council to buy back Poole flats for revamp

11 September, 2019

A council is to buy back a number of flats to allow the renovation of four tower blocks after leaseholders complained about the cost of the works

Regulator finds four East Kent councils breached Home Standard

11 September, 2019

The RSH has concluded in regulatory notices published today that four councils, through a shared ALMO, breached the Home Standard, with the potential for serious detriment to their tenants

Rents in UK up almost 5% in second quarter of 2019

11 September, 2019

Rising rents, a doubling of tenant applications and a shortage of housing stock continues to put pressure on the Private Rental Sector in the UK

Is it time to unfreeze Local Housing Allowance rates to end homelessness?

11 September, 2019

Since the Local Housing Allowance was frozen, more and more people have been unable to afford their rent

Cut bailiff use for non-payment of council tax

11 September, 2019

Councils are asked to consider vulnerable people as referrals increase in half of all English and Welsh local authorities

Independent letting firm's acquisition strategy paying off after tenancy fees ban

11 September, 2019

City rental specialist Let Leeds has completed the takeover of local rival Parklands Estate Agents, increasing the size of the business and adding further managed tenancies to its portfolio

Welfare mitigation in Northern Ireland needs 'another four years'

10 September, 2019

Commons report raises fears of a "cliff edge" fall in claimant income should mitigation end in March 2020

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 8 August 2019

10 September, 2019

These experimental statistics cover claims, monthly starts and people on Universal Credit up to 8 August 2019

Social value focus for Greater Manchester's providers

10 September, 2019

6,561 residents were helped into work by the region's housing providers last year

Prorogation times out answers over future for welfare assistance

10 September, 2019

MHCLG minister says written Commons question asked in July could not be answered ahead of the House being suspended

Online letting agent bought for undisclosed sum by rentals platform Howsy

10 September, 2019

Rental platform Howsy has acquired online lettings business Urban

Protesters including local councillor force sale of rental property to be abandoned

10 September, 2019

Demonstrators disrupted a property auction to protest against the sale of rental properties occupied by families with children

Agents warned not to pass costs of arranging repair work on to tenants

10 September, 2019

Letting agents were last night advised that if they charge commission on repairs to damage caused by tenants, then the cost of arranging the work should not be passed on to the tenant

The DWP's Universal Credit changes coming in next month - what you need to know

09 September, 2019

The Department for Work and Pensions will be introducing a change in October that should benefit those receiving UC

Parents and guardians given extra time to claim back childcare costs with Universal Credit

09 September, 2019

An extra month to claim back childcare costs could mean parents avoid missing out on up to £1,100 per month

Local authority U-turns on licensing after threat of legal action by landlords

09 September, 2019

Landlord and lettings agent groups have claimed a victory after Hounslow Council is believed to have backtracked on plans for a licensing scheme in the London borough

Rents for pets being increasingly charged by agents in wake of fees ban

09 September, 2019

"Pet rents" are being increasingly charged in the wake of the tenancy fees ban

Family of SEVEN are forced to live in single hotel room 11 miles from their old £115-a-week two-bed flat after judge deemed it 'above their means'

09 September, 2019

Jon Mitchell and his partner forced to live in one hotel room with their five kids

Amber Rudd's departure from DWP is bound to be deeply destabilising

09 September, 2019

Resignation comes at time department faces myriad problems of policies

Triple Point Social Housing REIT lifts dividend as rental income rises

09 September, 2019

Triple Point Social Housing REIT posted a slight rise in its first-half valuation performance after it grew its rental income

Special report: housing associations' impairments rise by nearly a third

09 September, 2019

Social Housing takes a close look at the accounts of the 130 largest housing associations, and finds that impairments rose by nearly a third to £78.4m in 2018

Enfield Council to consult on additional and selective licensing

06 September, 2019

Enfield council has begun their consultation on additional and selective licensing which will close on 29 November 2019

DWP ducks behind cost when quizzed over claimant deaths

06 September, 2019

Minister with form for citing cost denies answers again

Landlord education required on EPC legislation

06 September, 2019

A national awareness campaign is required to help landlords get to grip with new Energy Performance Certificate legislation

Housing chiefs hit by deluge of calls for council home repairs

06 September, 2019

Camden failing to answer the phone within two minutes for half of calls

Ark Housing takes action against 'antisocial' Fairfield tenants

06 September, 2019

A housing association has revealed it has taken action against some of its tenants in Fairfield following complaints from neighbouring residents over antisocial behaviour

Nearly 17,000 applications over first year of PRS improvement scheme

06 September, 2019

Nottingham city council takes the wraps off a birthday milestone

Tenants are seen to be bearing costs of ban as rents shoot up

06 September, 2019

Rents have surged enormously in the three months since the tenants fees ban was introduced

LIN member report September 2019 - 'Right to Rent' update

06 September, 2019

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Manchester council outlines affordable housing commitment

05 September, 2019

Ambitions present the case that all new homes should be equally split between social housing, affordable housing and shared ownership

Birmingham takes action against HMO landlord in first civil penalty case

05 September, 2019

City council secures £2,000 fine for failure to appropriately fit an unlicensed HMO with fire safety measures

Spending Round: government injects £40m into DHPs but is silent on LHA rates

05 September, 2019

An extra £40m in housing cost top-ups for private renters has been unveiled as part of today's Spending Round, but no announcement has been made on future benefit levels

Social housing: a natural home for ESG finance?

05 September, 2019

A drive into impact investment and ESG is being mooted as a big opportunity for UK housing. So what is holding the sector back?

No-deal Brexit will bring food shortages despite assurances

05 September, 2019

October worst time to stockpile as warehouses full of Christmas goods

Government testing Universal Credit bulk uploads with social landlords after delays

05 September, 2019

The government is testing a system that allows housing providers to upload information about Universal Credit tenants' rent changes in bulk with a number of social landlords

Face value Spending Review offers nothing for social housing

05 September, 2019

No reference to Right To Buy reform needed to back councils building homes

Dramatic drop in void periods reported as tenancy demand rises - and rents increase

05 September, 2019

Agents are filling properties for existing landlords in record time

Property photographs made rooms look bigger than they really were

05 September, 2019

Property photographs were 'misleading' about room sizes, a complainant to the advertising watchdog claimed

Housing Benefit debt recoveries: April 2018 to March 2019

04 September, 2019

Twice-yearly publication on Housing Benefit debt recoveries

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 9/2019

04 September, 2019

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

Five-week UC wait causes 'stress and ill health'

04 September, 2019

Briefing calls on today's spending review to reduce the amount of time people wait to receive the first payment

270 families for every West Bromwich council house

04 September, 2019

Members of Sandwell's cabinet have been told the town has the highest demand for houses, which are suitable for parents and children, than anywhere else

Landlords charge 'pet rent' to recoup losses after ban on unfair fees

04 September, 2019

Practice has emerged since new law designed to save renters in England money

West Midlands Mayor calls for housing allowance 'supercharge'

04 September, 2019

Andy Street said there was "no doubt" the government's decision to freeze Local Housing Allowance led to a rise in homelessness

Sector figures call for LHA changes and council funding boost in Spending Review

04 September, 2019

Leading housing figures have called on the government to use tomorrow's Spending Review to bring in wide-scale changes to help local authorities and housing associations to combat the housing crisis

Welsh Government's own guidance on tenancy fees ban contains 'serious errors'

04 September, 2019

The Welsh Government's own guidance on the tenancy fee ban, which came into force at the weekend, is incorrect

Opinion: Deposit replacement schemes - do the risks outweigh the benefits?

04 September, 2019

There is no doubt that the lettings industry is going through a period of change

Agent says landlords would have to sell to tenants at 20% discount under Labour

04 September, 2019

A letter written to the Sunday Times and London Evening Standard has been released by estate agent Marc von Grundherr

Surge in schools setting up food banks to help feed families

03 September, 2019

There is an increasing demand on schools to take responsibility for more areas of children's lives than simply their education

SFHA chief: Report proves social housing is 'best in country'

03 September, 2019

Regulatory findings reveal nine in 10 tenants are satisfied with their homes and services across Scotland

Angry mum says council house is not habitable and she fears it might fall down

03 September, 2019

Council has apologised and said the house needs an urgent survey

RLA says Labour's Right To Buy plans would 'kill off' private-sector renting

03 September, 2019

Landlords fear creeping compulsory purchase inherent in policy proposal outlined by Shadow Chancellor

Food banks increasing in schools for pupils' families

03 September, 2019

More schools in England are setting up food banks to help feed their pupils' families

Two large London housing associations get credit downgrades

03 September, 2019

Two large London housing associations have received credit downgrades as fears grow over the state of the housing market in the capital

Belvoir posts first results since tenancy fees ban - with a 48% rise in revenue

03 September, 2019

Belvoir this morning posted results showing remarkable success on the part of its franchisees, who helped the firm achieve a 48% rise in revenue, at £9,047,000 in the first half of this year, up from £6,123,000 in the same period last year

Labour under fire over plans to introduce Right to Buy for private tenants

03 September, 2019

Labour has been accused of trying to kill off the private rented sector after it resurrected its idea of extending Right to Buy to the private rented sector

New Welsh Government law to 'make letting fairer'

02 September, 2019

Under the legislation, tenants cannot be charged for things like signing a contract or renewing a tenancy

Two in five benefit claimants found to have less than £100 at end of month

02 September, 2019

Citizens Advice calls on government to clearly commit to ending the benefits freeze and recalculating LHA

Government has no specific 'poverty plan' for no-deal Brexit

02 September, 2019

Evasive answer from DWP minister suggests present welfare provision seen as enough in the event of economic collapse - despite rising destitution

Benefits row as DWP criticised for refusing payments to dying man

02 September, 2019

A man whose terminally ill brother was refused disability benefits has accused the Department for Work and Pensions of being "shambolic and incompetent"

Third of Corby council tenants in arrears

02 September, 2019

Almost a third of people living in a Corby council house are in arrears

Deposit cap means renters could be owed refund

02 September, 2019

Report pitches potential for one-off payments where tenancies are renewed

LSE academic develops 'social value' housing framework

02 September, 2019

Catalyst for team led by professor Anne Power was Home Group's Rayners Lane estate regeneration

Labour could give private tenants chance to buy their rented homes

02 September, 2019

The Labour Party could bring in a radical "right to buy" scheme if it gains power at the next general election which could help millions of private tenants in the UK to buy their rented homes at a reasonable price

Vast majority of private renters earning under £30,000 are unable to access Help to Buy support

02 September, 2019

Fewer than two in every 100 private renters that earn under £30,000 have been able to secure their first home under the government's Help to Buy scheme

Benefits freeze leaves a third of claimants 'with £100 to live on a month'

02 September, 2019

Chief executive says people are losing sleep and unable to afford essentials

So, what do you think of the tenancy fee ban now it's three months in?

02 September, 2019

Agents are being invited to have their say on industry matters in a new survey

Landlords show strong performance against Scottish Social Housing Charter

30 August, 2019

Regulatory report shows tenant satisfaction is high, with nine in 10 social housing tenants satisfied with overall service

No Help To Buy for England's average renters

30 August, 2019

Research reveals only 0.2% of private renters who earn £30k or less are able to use failing scheme

From the frontline Universal Credit and the broken housing safety net

30 August, 2019

The five-week wait is five weeks too long

Landlords stronger together

30 August, 2019

The country's largest landlord organisations are to come together to deliver a stronger voice for the private rented sector

Bedroom tax applies even when children must share very small rooms

30 August, 2019

A court ruling has prompted the government to remind councils that the bedroom tax applies even when children are forced to share very small rooms

UK food banks run low as demand surges in school holidays

30 August, 2019

Organisers say donations falling during the summer, just as more families seek help

Spending Review plea over future for Local Housing Allowance

30 August, 2019

Report from Shelter says "robust mechanism" needed to keep rates in line with at least the cheapest third of local rents

Tenants flock to apply as soon as fees ban started - but rents rise as landlords say 'enough'

30 August, 2019

The number of tenancy applications rose 'dramatically' as soon as the fees ban came into force in England

Landlords being called in by council for interviews under criminal caution

30 August, 2019

Landlords suspected to be in breach of licensing are attending interviews with a local council under criminal caution

'Down to the last few tins': summer crisis at Preston food bank

29 August, 2019

The Salvation Army centre is seeing more working families, while donations have fallen

Families threaten council with legal action over allocation policy

29 August, 2019

A group of families is preparing to take a London council to court as they claim the authority's housing allocation policy discriminates against homeless people

Energy efficiency comes high up in the list of 'wants' for buyers and tenants

29 August, 2019

Energy efficiency is in high demand among home buyers and renters, with over a fifth wanting reduced CO2 emissions in their next home, notably in the form of energy-efficient appliances and electric car-charging points

Tenants to be able to buy tiny 1% shares in homes each year in 'radical' new plan

29 August, 2019

Changes are to be made to the shared ownership scheme, by which people will be able to buy their home in chunks of just 1%, rather than 10% as has been the case

Repairs and maintenance levels across England hit 20-year low

29 August, 2019

Reports show construction output per property is decreasing in real terms by £192 a year

'It shows callous disdain for residents': Angry row erupts after council and Man City owners threaten to evict tenants from Ancoats apartments

29 August, 2019

Manchester Life, a joint venture by the council and the Abu Dhabi United Group, has been criticised for serving tenants in Ancoats with section 21 eviction notices

Social housing provider apologises after 'gross' conditions at Gloucester property

29 August, 2019

Young persons social worker say they saw 'discarded needles, crack wraps littering the floor, blood-soaked rags and bottles filled with urine' at Bedford Street property

Councils could be just days away from Right To Buy reform

28 August, 2019

But no hint from government if LGA campaign to boost council housebuilding has paid off through the brought-forward Spending Review

Single Grenfell family still in hotel

28 August, 2019

As of June, 194 Grenfell affected households said to have accepted a permanent home, with 185 households already moved in

Winsford set for new council houses in 139-home development

28 August, 2019

Dozens of council houses are in the pipeline as part of a new development set for Winsford

Abolishing Section 21 is a great first step - but rental reform has only just begun

28 August, 2019

Soon, private tenants in England will have the security they need to call their rented house a home

Private Rented Sector Report - July 2019

28 August, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises increased to the highest figure on record in July

Letting agents in Wales brace themselves for tenancy fees ban to kick in this weekend

28 August, 2019

Letting agents in Wales will lose an average of £181.15 in fees per tenancy as from this weekend

Record number of rent hikes after tenancy fees ban - 'We told you so' says ARLA

28 August, 2019

The number of renters experiencing rent rises hit a record high in July, the second month after the introduction of the tenant fees ban in England

Scottish social housing sector 'should be confident' about the future

27 August, 2019

Sally Thomas says SFHA is ready to help shape housing policy in upbeat AGM address

Social housing construction continues to defy downturn

27 August, 2019

Work on social housing construction is set to rise from 2019-2020

Shift to 'affordable housing' happening at the expense of social rents

27 August, 2019

New report pitches potential for "perfect storm" as austerity policies increasingly push those on the lowest incomes into private rental sector

The scandal of Thistle Housing Association in Toryglen

27 August, 2019

In my time at the Evening Times I've come across a lot of angry people who want their stories told in the paper to try to mobile the authorities into some kind of action

HMOs, housing woes and the blueprint for the future - we lift the lid on the big property issues facing South Tynside

27 August, 2019

For every local authority, housing brings its own set of challenges

Scottish regulator found 'inappropriate payments' made by landlord before deregistration

27 August, 2019

A Scottish housing association was wiped off the register after weaknesses were found in its governance and financial management, including inappropriate payments to committee members

Confusion as Welsh government brings in tenancy fee ban in 'two parts'

27 August, 2019

Confusion will reign when the fees ban comes into force at the weekend

HB Bulletin U3/2019

23 August, 2019

Urgent information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

LGA goes 'gloves off' over Right To Buy reform

23 August, 2019

The government has warned plans for thousands of new council-built homes are at risk without reform through the Spending Review

Council housing residents blocked from accessing communal play area and gardens

23 August, 2019

The only building that has access to the gardens and play area is full of privately owned flats

Landlord confidence hits seven-year low

23 August, 2019

Only 29 per cent of landlords had positive expectations for their letting business over the next three months, down from 44 per cent the same time last year and an "historic low"

'I was housed in a shipping container for two years - they aren't fit for purpose'

23 August, 2019

'It would make me feel crazy because it was a box. Four walls, not much space' one woman tells Vicky Spratt

Research reveals extent of PRS Universal Credit arrears

23 August, 2019

Majority of landlords say arrears only started after tenants were subjected to "welfare reform"

Over half of landlords letting to Universal Credit tenants experiencing arrears

23 August, 2019

Universal Credit is causing tenants to fall behind with their rent

Court hands agent £4,500 bill after HMO fire safety breaches

23 August, 2019

An agent has been fined £3,000 after admitting three offences relating to a House in Multiple Occupation. It was also ordered to pay £1,496 in costs plus a £120 victim surcharge

Tenancy deposit replacement firm launches new product allowing tenants to take their cash

23 August, 2019

Tenancy deposit replacement business Zero Deposit is launching a new product which allows tenants to unlock their cash deposit and replace it with a guarantee

Legal crowdfunding campaign to back Section 21 appeal nearly at target after just one day

23 August, 2019

A legal crowdfunding campaign to raise money for an appeal against a Section 21 ruling has almost reached target - after just one day and with 27 days still to go

We need social housing, not warehouses, for homeless kids

22 August, 2019

Parking familes in temporary 'human warehouses', as reported by the children's commissioner, is storing up problems

State of the PRS (Q1 2019) A survey of private landlords and the impact of welfare reforms

22 August, 2019

Universal Credit is forcing tenants into rent arrears

Tenant, Cyril Hall, reflects on 92 years in same Barnsley council house

22 August, 2019

Cyril Hall was just a baby when his father got the keys to a new council house in Barnsley

New analysis shows private renters 'miss out' at elections

22 August, 2019

Some London boroughs with the highest numbers of renters are revealed in having the lowest levels of voter registration

Budget uncertainty forcing councils into further cuts

22 August, 2019

Committee calls for £4bn boost to restore council funding to 2001 levels

Social housing staff show 'lack of' environmental conscience

22 August, 2019

40% of those surveyed said that they didn't worry about energy consumption in the workplace as they "don't pick up the bill"

130,000 families living in one-bed flats

22 August, 2019

More than one in ten children in England are living in overcrowded homes, with 130,000 families squeezed into one-bedroom flats

Stop meddling with private rented sector but please get on and regulate

22 August, 2019

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has called on the Government to stop meddling with the private rented sector

Two brave landlords and their long quest for justice in case of fraudulent agent

22 August, 2019

A pair of landlords were instrumental in the long battle to bring fraudster agent Andre Montaut to justice

MPs call for huge council tax hikes for southern England to reflect property values compared to the north

21 August, 2019

MPs say councils need billions more every year than they're given by Treasury

Equalities watchdog reveals 10 social landlords that filed gender pay reports 'late'

21 August, 2019

Ten social housing landlords were recorded as publishing their gender pay gap reports late to the government in the past two years

Commons report reinforces links between welfare reform and housing insecurity

21 August, 2019

The government is accused of focussing on tackling the symptoms of homelessness rather than addressing root causes

Emergency services called to housing association offices after carpet clean leaves staff 'sick and dizzy'

21 August, 2019

Housing association staff had to be treated by paramedics this week after an office carpet clean left them feeling "sick and dizzy"

House prices would flounder in six months after no-deal Brexit

21 August, 2019

Britain's drifting property market would probably take a hit from a disorderly Brexit, with average prices slipping about 3% nationally in the ensuing six months and as much as 10% in London

Students paying lower rents than 20 years ago in almost half of the UK's university towns and cities

21 August, 2019

Landlords are finding it harder to increase rents for student housing because of a competitive market

Agent is jailed for 25 months after committing 'sophisticated' tenancy deposit fraud

21 August, 2019

An estate agent has been jailed for 25 months and banned from being a director for five years after stealing deposits as he tried to prop up his failing business

One year of campaigning against DSS discrimination

20 August, 2019

August 2018 marked the launch of our DSS discrimination campaign. It's an issue we were repeatedly seeing highlighted as one of the most consistent and pernicious problems our clients were encountering

Pressure on affordability as landlords raise rents above inflation

20 August, 2019

A national tenant panel finds over a third of members have experienced difficulties in affording rent

If it is broke, it needs fixing

20 August, 2019

Today sees the publication of the Children's Commissioners' report, Bleak House

Local authority acting 'unlawfully' over housing homeless

20 August, 2019

Glasgow Council has been urged to end its denial of temporary accommodation for rough sleepers

Glasgow City Council threatened with court action over homelessness failures

20 August, 2019

Shelter Scotland has threatened to take Glasgow City Council to court unless over what the charity describes as 'gatekeeping' and systemic failures within the city's homelessness services

'He locked me out of my own home': readers' tales of nightmare letting agents

20 August, 2019

As Stath Lets Flats returns to Channel 4, Guardian readers share their own stories of inept agents and dodgy practices

Council leader criticises Clarion over 'totally unacceptable' estate condition

20 August, 2019

A council leader has criticised the UK's largest housing association over refuse collection and general upkeep at one of its estates

Inappropriate housing causing disabled 'physical and mental harm'

19 August, 2019

Study examines effectiveness of allocations and lettings practice for accessible and adapted social housing in Scotland

Tenant champion dies after illness

19 August, 2019

Tenant champion Gill Lawson has died at the age of 57 after a long illness

Reducing homelessness, one household at a time

19 August, 2019

Over 500 homeless households rehoused through national housing mobility scheme

No-deal papers reveal council fears over food supply

19 August, 2019

Legal school meal nutrition standards may need to be amended, or discarded, in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Housing crisis: Dover's 10% drop in empty homes linked to district council's renovation scheme

19 August, 2019

A 10% drop in the number of empty homes in the Dover district has been recorded

Licensing specialist warns that council's advice could land agents and landlords in trouble

19 August, 2019

A specialist on licensing schemes is warning that agents and landlords in a London borough could find themselves in breach of the law if they follow advice given by the council's own staff

Half of current landlords would not go near buy-to-let now

19 August, 2019

Half of current landlords would not enter the buy-to-let market for the first time now

Wirral council to consult on selective licensing

16 August, 2019

Wirral Council has started their consultation on selective licensing in the area which will close on 14 October 2019

Report dismisses DWP 'scaremongering' claims over Universal Credit

16 August, 2019

Work and Pensions Committee sees DWP struggling to reassure sceptical claimants that they will be well-supported in moving to UC

DWP rejected chance to take 200,000 people out of poverty

16 August, 2019

Commons report confirms DWP refused a request to ease the benefits freeze earlier this year - despite overachieving on related savings

Middlesbrough partnership plans social housing redevelopment

16 August, 2019

"This is a real socialism in action policy and the first really big social housing programme in the town centre in a long time"

'Estate is totally unacceptable for residents' - Basildon Council leader calls for action

16 August, 2019

Basildon's council leader has demanded a housing association acts now and cleans up a residential estate

Section 21: More fierce criticism for government over its scrapping

16 August, 2019

Claims that the use of Section 21 'no fault' eviction notices is the leading cause of homelessness in the UK are "factually incorrect, misleading and just plain wrong"

Are Social Housing Green Paper proposals on ice? We look at what has happened since last year

16 August, 2019

One year on from the publication of the Social Housing Green Paper

Eric Walker becomes consultant to firm getting set to launch tenants' passports

16 August, 2019

A business planning to roll out a tenants' passport has appointed ex-Belvoir and Northwood managing director Eric Walker as a consultant

Landlords face paying up to £55k to evict rogue tenants

16 August, 2019

New research has revealed the cost of evicting a rogue tenant

Tenancy deposit replacement scheme raises over £9m in financial backing

16 August, 2019

Former Savills chief executive Jeremy Helsby is among backers who have helped deposit replacement scheme flatfair raise $11m

Sutton completes first council house programme in 30 years

15 August, 2019

93 new homes were built across the borough thanks to changes in financial regulations

SFHA pushes for key changes to 'welfare reform'

15 August, 2019

DWP Minister noted for non-answers challenged to face-to-face meeting

CIH partners with Welsh Government to scale up council building

15 August, 2019

To ensure everyone has a safe place to call home, there can be no underestimating the role of local authorities

Skye housing association tenants warned over tourist sub-letting

15 August, 2019

A housing association is writing to tenants on Skye, warning them against sub-letting their homes to tourists

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: July 2019

15 August, 2019

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

Agents expecting to lose a third of their revenue from tenant fees ban

15 August, 2019

Letting agents in England are planning to increase their rental stock or hike their management charges to make up for lost revenue from the tenant fees ban

Welsh government sets out its guidance on fees ban now just over two weeks away

15 August, 2019

The Welsh government has released its fees ban guidance for agents

Agent wins after mounting challenge to council demanding £15,000 penalty over HMO

15 August, 2019

An agent hit with a demand for £14,999 for allegedly operating an illegal, unlicensed HMO has won its appeal

Chap wins Aberdeen house-building contract

15 August, 2019

Chap Group has been appointed by Aberdeen City Council to build a major development of council homes

'This is real socialism in action': Housing groups to build social homes on council land in Gresham

15 August, 2019

Middlesbrough Council-owned land in Gresham and across the town will be developed by Thirteen and North Star Housing

Landlord vs tenant: Mental health

14 August, 2019

At PA Housing, we view any eviction as a failure, because we will have always done whatever we can to avoid a tenancy ending in this way

The case for stamp duty reform

14 August, 2019

In recent weeks there has been much speculation that Boris Johnson's government will look again at the stamp duty system

Average adult will spend more than £60,000 in rent before reaching housing ladder

14 August, 2019

Being a home owner is distant dream for many

Reading tenants charged thousands for non-existent lift

14 August, 2019

Tenants living in a block of flats paid out thousands of pounds over a number of years for a non-existent lift

The battle to save social rent

14 August, 2019

Half a decade ago, social rent was on its last legs and shadow housing minister John Healey accused landlords of barely putting up a fight to save it

Barking fire: social tenants told to return despite safety fears

14 August, 2019

Residents of east London flats say they are being forced back before safety assessments

Goodlord goes against the grain with claims that rents are declining in some regions

14 August, 2019

New tenancies processed through lettings platform Goodlord may be bucking the trend as the firm's data suggests rents fell in five out of eight regions in England and Wales last month

Landlords' confidence collapses to a record low after 'abolition of Section 21' announcement

14 August, 2019

Landlord confidence has fallen to a record low

Domestic violence victim 'appalled' at state of £800 emergency housing

14 August, 2019

The woman who has just had a baby has been quickly housed in temporary accommodation

Benefit sanctions statistics to April 2019

13 August, 2019

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

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 11 July 2019

13 August, 2019

These experimental statistics cover the number of people and households on Universal Credit, starts and claims

Sovereign Housing Association reports strong performance

13 August, 2019

Despite a challenging operating environment, Sovereign Housing Association has delivered on its commitment to build more quality, affordable homes

Calls for investigation as quarter of a million people have been sanctioned under Universal Credit

13 August, 2019

CAS has called for an urgent investigation into the sanctions system as new figures released by the DWP today reveal a quarter of a million people across the UK have been sanctioned under Universal Credit

Housing 2019

13 August, 2019

CIoH report

Peabody's self-imposed rent cut hits margin

13 August, 2019

Large London housing association Peabody has seen the first impact of its self-imposed rent cut

Government says no to city's controversial selective licensing scheme

13 August, 2019

A city has been refused permission to introduce a licensing scheme that would have affected some 3,000 rental homes

Tenant in despair after she pays out over £1,200 to get landlord's possessions removed from flat

13 August, 2019

A tenant who moved into a flat she was renting through Purplebricks only to find it full of the landlord's possessions has told of her ongoing struggle

Lettings agent fined £40,000 for 'membership club' scam in landmark prosecution

13 August, 2019

The director of a lettings agency that tried to pass itself off as a membership club to dodge the law while leaving tenants in the lurch has been hit with a bill of more than £40,000 in the first prosecution of its kind in the UK

Housing association strikes £190m bond deal to receive funds immediately after Brexit

13 August, 2019

Large housing association Moat Homes has agreed an innovative bond deal worth up to £190m to provide it with funds immediately after the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union

August 2019: Touchbase edition 136

12 August, 2019

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

Housing association with ex-First Priority leases breaches regulator's Home Standard

12 August, 2019

A housing association that took on some of First Priority's homes after that association nearly went insolvent failed to check its homes were safe

New housing benefit applicants in Lancaster are waiting longer than legal response time

12 August, 2019

New housing benefit applicants in Lancaster are waiting more than two weeks for their claims to be processed - beyond the legally advised response time

How a big French bank helped London tenants get back to work

12 August, 2019

L&Q social housing association secured loan by BNP Paribas under condition it helped its unemployed residents find jobs

Ankor fined for breaching 36 housing rules at Colchester homes

12 August, 2019

A folded property firm has been fined after breaching 36 housing regulations which left tenants in two homes in Colchester living in dangerous conditions

Housing association residents 'refused' fire assessments

12 August, 2019

Some housing association residents are still not routinely being given fire risk assessments

Newly agreed rents shoot up - and time to let a property is the quickest yet

12 August, 2019

Newly agreed rents have leapt up across England in the wake of landlords exiting the market and the tenancy fees ban, while the average time it now takes to let a property has fallen to just 20 days - a record

NHF becomes latest member of Women in Social Housing

09 August, 2019

The two organisations will work together to address the issue of gender equality across the housing sector

NLA looks to improve accessibility in the PRS

09 August, 2019

The NLA has joined with key players in the aged and disability sectors to promote the need for accessible housing within the private rented sector

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 8/2019

09 August, 2019

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

Government faces third legal challenge to Universal Credit migration arrangements

09 August, 2019

Two men with severe disabilities, known as TP and AR, have twice already successfully challenged the government in relation to the migration arrangements

Capita in U-turn over contesting compensation payment ordered after PIP claimant's tragic death

09 August, 2019

Victoria Smith tragically died months after her personal independence payments were stopped following a Capita assessment

First Abu Dhabi Bank enters UK social housing

09 August, 2019

The United Arab Emirates' biggest lender First Abu Dhabi Bank has entered UK social housing

The housing association financial statements round-up

09 August, 2019

As housing associations release their accounts for the year, Luke Barratt looks at the results of nine landlords operating across the country

GMB London calls for direct provision of council housing

09 August, 2019

London receives £2.17bn in housing benefit per year, of which Brent gets the largest share

Special report: pre-tax surplus drops 11% among British associations

09 August, 2019

Social Housing's analysis of the sector's global accounts finds that housing associations' pre-tax surplus fell last year - driven by drops in England, Scotland and Wales

Birmingham's temporary accommodation tower

08 August, 2019

Birmingham City Council has turned an unloved high-rise block into temporary housing for homeless people

Discretionary Housing Payments funding for Maidstone reduced by government

08 August, 2019

A councillor has hit out at the government's decision to cut a vital budget used to prevent families from becoming homeless

Goldman and BNP Paribas sign deals with housing associations

08 August, 2019

Goldman Sachs, the global investment bank, has entered the UK social housing sector's lending landscape with a £50m loan to PfP

Council submits application to develop 2,300 homes in London

08 August, 2019

A minimum 40% of the new homes will be affordable

'Innocent people caught up' in UK welfare state surveillance system

08 August, 2019

UN investigator's warning comes as disabled rights activists claim police and DWP are sharing data on protesters

Social landlords face huge admin burden over Universal Credit issue

08 August, 2019

Social landlords have warned they face a huge administrative burden next year unless the government implements reforms to the way rent changes for tenants claiming Universal Credit are processed

Fraudulent 'agent' jailed after conning six victims into parting with over £12,000 in deposits

08 August, 2019

A fraudster who conned six victims into paying a total of £12,318 for deposits on rental properties has been jailed

How a social home changed my life

07 August, 2019

It's unbelievable how many families are forced to rent privately because they can't secure a social home and have no hope of buying

Call to plough North Yorkshire council's profits into social housing

07 August, 2019

A conservative-led council which has launched a property development firm to generate funding for key services has agreed to investigate a Liberal Democrat proposal to donate some of the profits to help build council houses

Together Housing ordered to pay £250 to sheltered housing residents

07 August, 2019

Residents in sheltered housing have been awarded compensation from their landlord after it was found to have breached the terms of a contract over the way it removed support services

Government consultation could result in generational change in law around private renting

07 August, 2019

Currently, landlords can evict tenants living under a residential AST with only two months notice, and without having to give any legal grounds for doing so

Civitas Social Housing Quarterly Assets Flat; Expects Debt Extension

07 August, 2019

Social housing real estate investment trust Civitas Social Housing PLC said Tuesday its net assets were broadly unchanged in the first quarter

Wales looks at thousands of new council homes by 2040

07 August, 2019

More urban living - and thousands of new council homes - are part of a development vision for Wales by 2040

Housing associations' merger to create 2,000 new homes and 100 jobs

07 August, 2019

Stafford and Rural Homes took on Stafford Borough Council's social housing stock in 2006

Landlords body tells city council that its plans for licensing could break the law

07 August, 2019

A major local authority has been warned that its licensing scheme could be in breach of the law

Over four in ten tenancy deposits are higher than new cap

07 August, 2019

The Deposit Protection Service has revealed that more than four out of ten of the tenancy deposits it manages are currently higher than the new tenancy deposit cap

Waltham Forest Council approves additional and selective licensing

06 August, 2019

Waltham Forest Council has confirmed that the cabinet has passed proposals to introduce borough-wide additional licensing

Welfare safety net is broken

06 August, 2019

As a nation, I believe we all want a decent safety net: if you're facing a difficult moment in life, the state should be there to help you

Four in 10 deposits higher than government cap

06 August, 2019

Most new assured shorthold tenancy deposits in England are capped at five weeks' rent

Council tenant dies in hospital after Wandsworth explosion

06 August, 2019

A council tenant taken to hospital after an explosion on an estate in Wandsworth has died

Isle Of Wight Council Promises To Tackle Issue Of Empty Housing

06 August, 2019

The local authority has launched its Empty Property Strategy 2019-2022 to focus on those homes which have stood empty for more than two years

Landlords across Islington could soon need licences due to rise of 'dodgy operators'

06 August, 2019

Landlords in Finsbury Park could be forced to get licensed because it has the highest number of complaints from renters in Islington

Capita seeks to reverse 'reputational damage' after death of claimant

06 August, 2019

Benefit-assessment company Capita is going to court to try to reverse the "reputational damage" it says it suffered after a claimant died

Right To Rent guidance 'breaks the law'

06 August, 2019

RLA criticises document that states landlords will only be required to see passports and airline tickets as proof to rent a property

How to Rent guide is 'silently' updated - and not even the Government seems to know

06 August, 2019

Letting agents should be aware that there have been two recent changes to the How to Rent guide

First the fees ban - and now tenants throw down successful challenge to renewal fee

06 August, 2019

Two tenants who refused to pay a renewal fee have been let off the payment - even though the agency was entitled to it

Rent-a-room blamed for housing crisis

05 August, 2019

But is a tax break really forcing tourists and tenants to fight it out for the same space?

Charter Housing tenant who reported mould and sunken bedroom floors in June yet to see problems fixed

05 August, 2019

A woman from Cwmbran has said her situation is "beyond a joke" after issues including black mould and a sunken floor remained unfixed more than a month after reporting them to her housing association

Surge in EU citizens unfairly refused access to universal credit

05 August, 2019

'Hostile environment' of benefits system leads EU nationals to destitution

Gorton landlord fined for making 11 tenants share customer toilet

05 August, 2019

A landlord was fined more than £47,000 after cramming 11 tenants into a house with one toilet they had to share with shop customers

Four things we learned from London housing associations' accounts

05 August, 2019

The past seven days have seen London housing associations begin to publish their annual accounts

Letting fees ban: Renters confused after change in law

05 August, 2019

I was worried about the ridiculous charges mentioned, so I tried to get a second opinion. That alerted me to the fact that they were doing something illegal

Low-income Britons 'more vulnerable to recession than in 2008'

05 August, 2019

Weak wage growth and years of austerity mean Brexit downturn will be harder for poor

Housing association wins 'cuckooing' eviction case in Court of Appeal

05 August, 2019

A housing association has won a court case over its decision to evict a disabled man who police suspected was a victim of so-called 'cuckooing'

Letting fees ban is now just four weeks away in Wales

05 August, 2019

The tenants' fee ban is now four weeks away from being enacted in Wales under the Renting Homes

Two-child benefits limit hurts the poor

02 August, 2019

The cap pushes a million children deeper below the poverty line

George Clarke's rallying cry for more social housing

02 August, 2019

George Clarke's Council Housing Scandal is a rallying cry for everyone who believes Britain desperately needs more social housing

Benefit Cap: number of households capped to May 2019

02 August, 2019

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

Benefit cap statistics: background information and methodology

02 August, 2019

Information about benefit cap statistics and methodology including the purpose, source, definitions and limitations of statistics covered

Boris Johnson and the housing crisis

02 August, 2019

The new PM acknowledges the challenge but housing appears far down the list of priorities

London's largest housing associations alter development plans amid 'tough' market

02 August, 2019

Some of London's largest housing associations are making changes to their development plans in a bid to combat the effect of a waning property market in the capital

Landlords spending £3,000 a year maintaining their properties

02 August, 2019

New research has found that landlords spend more than £3,000 each year looking after their rental properties

Agent ordered to pay over £37,000 after nine HMO failings

02 August, 2019

An agent has been hit with heavy costs for property offences

What happens when all in the garden is not quite rosy at the end of a tenancy?

02 August, 2019

A dispute arose between the landlord and tenant due to the condition of the garden at the end of the tenancy

The Thinkhouse review: are social lettings agencies the key to a fairer PRS?

01 August, 2019

In this month's Thinkhouse review, Philip Brown hails a report looking at solutions to an unfair private rented sector

Cornwall Council 'unacceptable' over tent complaint

01 August, 2019

A council has been criticised for being "un-cooperative" in how it dealt with a complaint about a decision to give a homeless teenager a tent to sleep in

Getting rents under control

01 August, 2019

How to make London rents affordable

Tenants hit by rising rents as fees ban bites

01 August, 2019

New survey stats show rent prices rose to highest on record in June

The private rented sector in the UK

01 August, 2019

The UK private rented sector has grown and evolved substantially over the last decade and a half

A quarter of A2 Dominion's new homes were affordable last year

01 August, 2019

Housing association reports 74% of 875 homes built in the past year were for private sale or rent

Council denies claims that tenants have been forced out of Milton Keynes sheltered housing scheme

01 August, 2019

Residents accused council officers of using strong arm-style tactics to persuade elderly tenants to move out of a sheltered housing scheme so they can redevelop the site

Four injured after explosion on council estate

01 August, 2019

Four people have been injured after a suspected gas explosion in a block of council flats in Wandsworth

Rental platform already backed by Google raises a further £1.5m in bid to shake up sector

01 August, 2019

A proptech firm, askporter, has raised a further £1.5m in seed funding

Tenants bear the brunt of fall-out in wake of tenancy fees ban

01 August, 2019

ARLA is reporting record rent rises in the immediate wake of the tenancy fees ban which came into force in England on June 1

Successful housing markets are built on social homes

31 July, 2019

It's obvious that there is no solution to our housing emergency that doesn't include many more social homes

Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit claimants: statistics related to the policy to provide support for a maximum of 2 children, April 2019

31 July, 2019

This information is about the policy of providing support for a maximum of 2 children in Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit, which came into effect in April 2017, and includes statistics relating to the exceptions to the policy

The welfare safety net is not fit for purpose says Work and Pensions Committee

31 July, 2019

The welfare safety net is not fit for purpose for people living on the breadline

DWP 'carefully considering' latest legal reverse

31 July, 2019

The Department had cleared thousands suffering from mental health conditions as eligible for disability benefits

PRS landlords 'dissatisfied' with the courts over evictions

31 July, 2019

RLA says survey findings show the need for a properly resourced housing court

UK: Penniless father of three commits suicide while waiting for welfare payment

31 July, 2019

Phillip Herron, a single parent from Durham, England, is another victim of the UK's punitive benefits system and the decades-long onslaught against the working class

Five housing associations get credit downgrades from S&P

31 July, 2019

Five housing associations have received credit downgrades from ratings agency Standard & Poor's in a flurry of actions over the past month

Government urged to scrap 'nasty' two-child limit on benefits

31 July, 2019

Figures show nearly 600,000 children are adversely affected by policy

24 'ghost tenants' found living in Hull in £432,000 benefit fraud

31 July, 2019

Hull council has pledged to continue to crackdown on tenancy fraud

Purplebricks says sorry after tenant moves into flat filled with owner's possessions

31 July, 2019

Purplebricks has apologised after a tenant claimed that they moved into a flat only to find it filled with the landlady's belongings

Landlords' Barometer - #72: Hot topics among the landlord community

31 July, 2019

Welcome to the July edition of the Landlords' Barometer, where the trending topics for landlords have been as hot as our summer!

Council housing is the bedrock of the future, not a relic of the past

30 July, 2019

Lloyd George never promised 'Homes for Heroes', and the 1919 Housing and Town Planning Act didn't create the first 'council' housing

Let's build a cross-party consensus on funding desperately needed homes

30 July, 2019

On the centenary of council housing, the ideals and state intervention of the 1919 Addison Act are as relevant as ever

A hundred years of social housing: how standards and quality got lost along the way

30 July, 2019

The UK general election that followed the end of the First World War was in part fought on the key issue of "homes fit for heroes"

Milton Keynes Council to form its OWN COMPANY to build 2,000 'affordable' homes

30 July, 2019

MK Council is planning to set up its own housing company to build 2,000 "truly affordable" homes for people to rent or buy

RBKC to bring back lifetime tenancies

30 July, 2019

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is set to bring back lifetime tenancies for its council tenants

Councils 'could seek criminal action' against contractor following gas safety issues

30 July, 2019

Four Kent councils could seek "criminal or legal action" against a contractor that managed gas services for their under-fire ALMO

LIN member report July 2019 - Universal Credit

30 July, 2019

LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

Number of complaints to Housing Ombudsman rises by 12%

29 July, 2019

The total number of complaints received by the Housing Ombudsman this year has risen by more than 10%

DWP again ducks behind 'disproportionate cost' over Commons question

29 July, 2019

Repeating a familiar pattern, "cost" is cited as the reason why a Parliamentary Question on Universal Credit can't be fully answered

Private sales 'transformation' drives credit rating drop for housing associations

29 July, 2019

The shift to "riskier market-based activities" has led to a fall in the average credit rating of England's social housing providers

Airbnb host fined £100,000 for letting council flat

29 July, 2019

An Airbnb host who rented out his central London council flat to tourists has been fined £100,000 and evicted

Plans to build more than 750 new council houses across Wiltshire

29 July, 2019

More than 750 new council houses could be built across Wiltshire to give households extra support to pay for housing

UK's largest social landlord starts sprinklers trial

29 July, 2019

Clarion, the UK's largest housing association, has started a trial of a new sprinkler-type system as part of a ramping-up of fire safety initiatives

London tenants demand an end to 'stay put' advice during fires

29 July, 2019

A group of London tenants are calling for an end to the 'stay put' policy as a default when there is a fire in a high-rise block

Councils need 'emergency settlement' from new government

29 July, 2019

At the moment, councils have no idea how they will be funded this time next year

Universal Credit Claimants blocked from challenging DWP decisions

26 July, 2019

Britains poorest forced to jump through hoops to obtain benefits justice

Seven people in a one bed property

26 July, 2019

Seven people in a one bed property - hefty fine for buy to let investor

House values: the UK's best and worst regions for price growth

26 July, 2019

The average property increased in value by £2,046 during the first half of 2019, led by gains in the West Midlands

Changes to possession rules

26 July, 2019

Changes to possession rules and their impact on landlords and tenants

NFA plans for engaging with the new Government

26 July, 2019

A brief summary of the NFA's plans to engage with Mr Johnson, and his administration, on the sector's behalf

Highest homelessness figures recorded in Wales under new legislation

26 July, 2019

The number of households threatened with homelessness increased by 18% in 2018-19

Government hiding behind 'meaningless' definitions of affordable housing

26 July, 2019

Commons debate on future for Local Housing Allowance sees support for sum covering at least the cheapest third of local rents

Licensing scheme to improve Bristol's rental housing standards

26 July, 2019

An initiative that aims to improve housing and management standards for multiple occupancy, privately rented properties in 12 of Bristol's central wards started this week

Esther McVey - who is the new housing minister?

26 July, 2019

ormer TV presenter Esther McVey MP has been named the new housing minister, taking over the reins from Kit Malthouse

Boris Johnson promises investment in housing

26 July, 2019

New prime minister Boris Johnson has promised investment in housing, listing it among other pieces of "vital infrastructure"

Johnson's reshuffle looks like a disaster for social housing

25 July, 2019

The sea change in the government's attitude towards social housing seems to have gone into reverse

Call to recognise housing as factor in preventing mental health distress

25 July, 2019

An all-party Parliamentary report recently criticised the limitation of medical approaches to mental health care

Johnson doesn't see housing in 'vision' for future UK

25 July, 2019

No direct reference to housing as a policy priority in first Commons statement from new PM

Redress scheme warning for estate and letting agents

25 July, 2019

Following a recent tribunal where an agency was not signed up to a redress scheme for its property management work, only its letting agency work, all estate and letting agents are being urged to check they are signed up with an approved redress scheme that covers the full remit of their work

Calls for councils to help people move home in later life

25 July, 2019

Report also outlines the need for national government to prioritise accessible housebuilding and reinstall funding for a "national advice service"

Robert Jenrick: Who is the new Housing Secretary?

25 July, 2019

Robert Jenrick MP has been named as the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) replacing James Brokenshire who has left the position

UK Build to Rent Market Update

25 July, 2019

The Build to Rent (BTR) sector has performed strongly during the second quarter of 2019

Man spent housing benefit on 'other things' - then demanded compensation from council

25 July, 2019

Watchdog said council failed over payments notification but ruled resident was responsible for his own finances

'Vilified' McVey moves into housing

25 July, 2019

Her "boss" will be a 37-year-old former corporate lawyer and Christie's director fresh from the Treasury

Landlord ordered to pay more than £5k for overcrowded property in Nottingham

25 July, 2019

A private landlord in Nottingham has appeared at Nottingham Magistrates' Court where he pleaded guilty to breaching a prohibition order

Property remains a good 'long-term investment'

25 July, 2019

Although new capital gains tax rules could cost some landlords thousands of pounds when they sell up, property is still a relatively safe long term investment

Jenrick named new Housing Secretary

25 July, 2019

Robert Jenrick has been named the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Housing sector calls on Johnson to step up development investment and fix Universal Credit

24 July, 2019

Housing bodies and sector figures have reacted to the imminent appointment of Boris Johnson as the new prime minister

Redcar and Cleveland Council to axe £150k chief exec job

24 July, 2019

A council is to scrap its £150,000 chief executive role as part of cost-cutting measures

Rudd stresses work with PRS over application of Local Housing Allowance

24 July, 2019

Work and Pensions Secretary says reassessment of LHA should be a priority with benefits freeze thawed

DWP admits it's interviewed 1,400 benefit claimants under caution over Universal Credit scam

24 July, 2019

A scam ensnared supposedly innocent benefit claimants - but now it emerges they have been given a vigorous assessment by the DWP

Company landlords now own almost 650,000 rental properties

24 July, 2019

Some 12% of properties in the private rented sector are now owned by a company as tax changes make private landlords feel the pinch

National Housing Federation response to new Conservative Party leader

24 July, 2019

We congratulate Boris Johnson MP on his election as leader of the Conservative Party

Universal Credit pilot to launch

24 July, 2019

Today, regulations will come into force to enable the delivery of a Universal Credit migration pilot based in Harrogate

Call of the Week-responsibility for maintaining gardens

24 July, 2019

Summer is here and with that there are bound to be a plethora of barbeques, swimming pools and sun-loungers filling the gardens up and down the country

Government 'squanders' once-in-a-generation chance to ease housing crisis

24 July, 2019

Key Commons committee says it is unacceptable MHCLG pays so little attention to how the release of public land could deliver social housing

ALMO under review following Home Standard breach

24 July, 2019

A council in the North East has placed its ALMO under review after the regulator identified serious fire, asbestos and electrical safety failings among its housing stock

Edinburgh calls for short-term lets licensing regime

23 July, 2019

The City of Edinburgh Council has set out its case for a licensing regime to be introduced for properties being rented out for more than 28 days in a calendar year

Inequality and 'affordable' housing

23 July, 2019

How university students have a role to play in the shortage of affordable housing

Report urges Stamp Duty abolishment to help thousands up property ladder

23 July, 2019

The move is said to save a normal family buying an average priced home of £228,000 around £2,080 on their purchase

How to solve the United Kingdom's housing crisis

23 July, 2019

IEA Current Controversies papers are designed to promote discussion of economic issues and the role of markets in solving economic and social problems

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments

23 July, 2019

Analysis of end of year returns from Local Authorities

Revealed: the safest BTL investment areas based on crime levels and rental yields

23 July, 2019

Rental yields tend to increase in areas with higher crime rates, according to new research

Poor universal credit advice costs claimants thousands, MPs say

23 July, 2019

DWP accused of failing to help those who unnecessarily signed up for the benefit

Universal credit: Disabled people to get backdated benefit payments

23 July, 2019

More than 13,000 disabled people are to receive backdated benefit payments after the government accepted a court ruling over universal credit

Boris to be PM, so what can we expect on housing?

23 July, 2019

Boris Johnson will become the UK's next Prime Minister, so what does this mean for housing - and in particular the private rented sector?

Universal Credit among worst examples of welfare reform 'in the history of humankind

23 July, 2019

Commons Work and Pensions Committee says Universal Credit application process should come with a health warning

New homeless families outnumber new social homes by 8 to 1

22 July, 2019

Analysis of the latest homelessness statistics by the National Housing Federation has found that for every one new social home built in England, eight families are accepted as homeless by their local council

Industry rages against Labour's

22 July, 2019

Calls by Labour's London Mayor Sadiq Khan to secure powers to implement private sector rent controls are facing increasing opposition

High demand for rental homes following introduction of the tenant fee ban

22 July, 2019

There has been a significant rise in tenant demand in recent weeks after the change to tenant fees came in on 1st June, new figures show

The Section 21 Consultation

22 July, 2019

Over the weekend the Government published a consultation on plans to axe Section 21-so called 'no fault' repossessions in the private rented sector

New Universal Credit report: MPs back RLA suggestions

22 July, 2019

Plans to improve the Universal Credit system by ending the benefits freeze and promoting direct payments to landlords have been put forward by a cross-party group of MPs

West Midlands Mayor goes 'blue on blue' to battle homelessness

22 July, 2019

Tory West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has gone 'blue on blue' to back an urgent rethink part of the benefits system to tackle homelessness

Food banks scramble to stop a million children going hungry over holidays

22 July, 2019

More families turn to food parcels to make up for loss of free school meals, extra childcare costs and benefit payment delays

Regulator urges providers to address accountability to tenants

22 July, 2019

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has urged social housing providers to consider how accountable they are to tenants, as it published its Consumer Regulation Review today

DWP urged to option direct Universal Credit payments to landlords

22 July, 2019

Parliamentary report also says direct payment should be by default where there is a history of rent arrears or debt

Renters may get access to rogue landlord database

22 July, 2019

A database of rogue landlords would be opened up to prospective tenants under government plans

Developing proposals for London rent control

19 July, 2019

The Mayor of London's review of rent control has concluded with a call for new powers to cut rents in the capital

Sadiq Khan's vision for a post-Section 21 world

19 July, 2019

In a hopeful day for London's renters, the Mayor has shared his vision for private renting

DWP urged to option direct Universal Credit payments to landlords

19 July, 2019

Parliamentary report also says direct payment should be by default where there is a history of rent arrears or debt

DWP ready to spend millions on marketing and advertising

19 July, 2019

Commons question confirms the sum as thousands are driven to destitution by 'welfare reform'

Money laundering - how can housing associations mitigate the risks?

19 July, 2019

Housing associations are particularly vulnerable to money laundering, yet the sector doesn't report its suspicions as much as it perhaps should

Section 21: don't scrap it just yet

19 July, 2019

Section 21 needs to remain, at least until any new system provides landlords with assurance and confidence that they can swiftly repossess properties for legitimate reasons

Westminster Council defend social housing sales amid opposition criticism

19 July, 2019

Westminster Council has defended its policy of selling off "unsuitable" council homes after opposition councillors criticised the "unacceptable" policy

Royal Mail and Amazon 'can deliver' for social housing

19 July, 2019

New report references both as examples for meeting customer expectation

Rent control: London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls for more powers

19 July, 2019

The mayor of London has called on the government to hand him extra powers so he can cap rents in the capital

New fund plans £100m of loans for supported housing providers

19 July, 2019

A £100m social investment fund backed by private equity is looking to finance UK charities and organisations providing accommodation to vulnerable people

Vulnerable tenants 'hardest hit' by scrapping of Section 21

19 July, 2019

RLA warns over findings from largest ever non-government surveys of landlords and agents

Tenancy demand shoots up as renters look to avoid fees post-ban

19 July, 2019

The uplift in tenancy demand in the month before the fees ban was implemented was seven times the norm, as tenants looked to move after June 1 and avoid paying fees

New affordable housing definition could halve rural rents

18 July, 2019

CPRE analysis suggests huge savings for rural communities if affordable rents are based on income

PRS standards get Parliamentary once-over in North

18 July, 2019

APPG inquiry aims to explore current standard of fast-rising northern PRS

Accent achieves UK social housing's lowest ever coupon for a long-dated bond

18 July, 2019

Accent Group has achieved the UK social housing sector's lowest ever price on a long-dated public bond

Large city council more than doubles building plans as result of new financial freedoms

18 July, 2019

Sheffield City Council has doubled the number of council homes it is planning to build, following the government's decision to remove the HRA borrowing cap on local authorities

Ban on new home short-term or sub-lets trialled in Manchester

18 July, 2019

A scheme to stop new home owners sub-letting or offering short-term lets is being trialled in Manchester

English Housing Survey

18 July, 2019

Social rented sector, 2017-18

Grenfell scrutiny group could be scrapped by council

18 July, 2019

The council responsible for Grenfell Tower is proposing to shut down a scrutiny committee set up to look at its response to the fatal fire in 2017

Majority of private renters say they have no savings

18 July, 2019

But RLA says updated English Housing Survey stats "dispel the myth" that the PRS means insecure tenancies and increasing costs

Housing data reveals renter confusion over deposit protection

18 July, 2019

A fifth of renters are unsure if their tenancy deposit has been protected by their landlord or lettings agent

Council backs abolition of Section 21 after hearing how one of its own members was evicted

18 July, 2019

A local authority is to lobby for Section 21 to be abolished after hearing from one its own councillors who was evicted twice

Parliamentary report finds older residents face 'private rent catastrophe'

17 July, 2019

New report stresses a need for more than one million low cost rented homes to adequately house older people by the late 2040s

Welsh social landlords evicting 'too many people into homelessness'

17 July, 2019

Shelter Cymru says study confirms what it sees in casework

Poor tenants pay for landlords to live like kings. It doesn't have to be this way

17 July, 2019

Britain has enough housing - it's just that a series of outrageous policies makes it accessible only to the rich

I've seen the future and it's Norwich: the energy-saving, social housing revolution

17 July, 2019

The 100 homes on Goldsmith Street aren't just smart and modern

UK's renting millennials face homelessness crisis when they retire

17 July, 2019

Report finds at least 630,000 will be unable to afford private rents on their pension income

Councillors who are tenants or landlords warned not to vote on licensing plans

17 July, 2019

A bid to introduce licensing of private landlords in a major city could prove problematic because so many councillors are either landlords or tenants

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 13 June 2019

16 July, 2019

These experimental statistics cover the number of people and households on Universal Credit, starts and claims

Foodbanks need stock to face 'busiest ever summer'

16 July, 2019

Many foodbanks ready to extended their offer to "holiday clubs" where parents can't cover childcare costs

Housing health and safety standards in the PRS being modernised

16 July, 2019

The Housing Health Safety Rating System used to assess health and safety in residential properties it to be reformed to make it more accessible for landlords and tenants

Tories rule out ringfencing funds for Local Welfare provision

16 July, 2019

DWP minister says there are are "no plans" to ringfence funding for local welfare provision despite evidence of rising destitution

Young key workers in London spend more than half of pay on rent

16 July, 2019

Harder for teachers, nurses and police to keep pace with England's housing costs

Council tenants on Universal Credit 16 times more likely to abandon tenancies

16 July, 2019

Council tenants on Universal Credit are 16 times more likely to abandon their tenancies and three times more likely to be evicted than those receiving housing benefit

Andrews backs fourth home in social housing project to support people leaving care

16 July, 2019

Andrews has unveiled the fourth home in its social housing project

Next PM 'needs to end benefit freeze' with destitution on the rise

15 July, 2019

Call from Amber Rudd coincides with report exposing the extent of families routinely unable to afford regular meals, wash clothes or provide children with basics

Councils struggle to sustain cash draining Universal Credit 'subsidies'

15 July, 2019

Fourth annual Universal Credit survey from NFA and ARCH warns already unsustainable situation could be even worse

'I tell a homeless 18-year-old he can't have a council house. I hate this part of the job'

15 July, 2019

My job as housing officer for a local authority in London keeps me awake with worry at night. I can see the system isn't fair

Moaning mum brands new private development a 'council estate' because of 'social housing'

15 July, 2019

A MUM has slammed a property developer after she claims it sold her a home in a new-build private housing development - which "has turned into a council estate"

LGA: HHSRS update doesn't account for 'statistical evidence'

15 July, 2019

Government review recommends an option assessing whether some hazard profiles can be removed or combined and to improve the guidance given to landlords and tenants

Two million workers could become eligible for statutory sick pay

15 July, 2019

Two million low-paid workers could receive statutory sick pay for the first time

Tenant who pretended to be landlord carved up five houses into illegal homes

15 July, 2019

A tenant pretending to be a landlord has been ordered to pay more than £21,000 after he carved up five family homes he rented into unsafe bedsits - putting the lives of at least 40 vulnerable residents at risk

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: financial year 2018 to 2019

12 July, 2019

Analysis of local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds, based on end-of-year monitoring and financial returns

July 2019: Touchbase edition 135

12 July, 2019

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

MSPs fear Universal Credit pilot 'punishes the working poor'

12 July, 2019

The roll out of Universal Credit has been littered with mistakes and it is vital that this latest pilot is put on hold

PRS holds 'less appeal for amateurs'

12 July, 2019

Though landlord yields are up, new stats show a PRS stifled by government intervention and Brexit uncertainty

Cowboy landlords and slum housing a problem on Isle of Wight - council meeting hears

12 July, 2019

Cowboy landlords and slum housing are part of a systemic housing problem on the Isle of Wight

How many rural homes did housing associations deliver in 2018/19?

12 July, 2019

Housing associations completed 5,402 in rural areas in 2018/19 which is an increase of 4% compared with 2017/18

Why social housing in Nottinghamshire could be coming back under control of the council

12 July, 2019

The service is currently run by Newark and Sherwood Homes which was set up by the council 15 years ago in order to secure national funding to improve council houses

'Halt universal credit pilot,' MSPs tell UK government

12 July, 2019

MSPs are calling for a stop to the next stage in the rollout of universal credit over fears about the impact it will have

10% rise in housing association homes built over 2018/19

12 July, 2019

NHF says result is well over its Ambition to Deliver target of increasing supply by 6% each year

Just £10m allocated in Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

12 July, 2019

Only 5% of a £200m pot for a pilot scheme to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants has been spent since its launch last summer

ARLA voices total opposition to introduction of rent controls and begs law-makers to reconsider

12 July, 2019

ARLA has said it is totally opposed to the introduction of rent controls in Scotland

DWP to review how the benefits system supports those with a terminal illness

11 July, 2019

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd announced today that the DWP will set up an "honest and in-depth evaluation" of how the benefits system supports people nearing the end of their life

Hunt and Johnson accused of not supporting social housing

11 July, 2019

Leading sector specialist says both candidates lack commitment to the cause

10% rise in housing association homes built over 2018/19

11 July, 2019

NHF says result is well over its Ambition to Deliver target of increasing supply by 6% each year

DWP climbs down on climb down over 'a bit of a muddle'

11 July, 2019

24housing story reveals the "muddle" to be the application of DWP policy towards victims of Universal Credit advance loan scams

Northern Ireland and South West see strongest rent rise

11 July, 2019

Northern Ireland and the South West saw the strongest annual rental growth of all UK regions

Welfare failures and cuts fuelling extreme poverty

11 July, 2019

Heidi Allen and Frank Field say families haunted by 'constant spectre of destitution'

Plans outlined to introduce 'property MOT' for the rental sector

11 July, 2019

Savills is to integrate a minimum standards-style checklist into its systems as part of plans to introduce a "property MOT" for the rental sector

Police warn after fraudsters take down For Sale board, steal property and con would-be tenants

11 July, 2019

In an extraordinary new case of fraud, a house that was for sale was 'stolen' and then rented out

Unpaid bill leaves Derbyshire social housing tenants battling rodents

11 July, 2019

A block of bungalows in Kirk Hallam has been overrun by mice due to a standoff between a former resident and their housing association

Benefits system for terminally ill people to be reviewed

11 July, 2019

Amber Rudd calls for 'honest evaluation' of widely criticised regime of special rules

Universal credit: Fraud victims may still have to pay money claimed

11 July, 2019

Victims of a Universal Credit scam may still have to repay money fraudulently claimed on their behalf

Landlords to speak out over 'failed' Right To Rent

10 July, 2019

Court of Appeal puts PRS landlords at the centre of latest government legal challenge to a policy the High Court says breaches human rights

DWP faces urgent questions over Universal Credit fraud

10 July, 2019

Universal Credit was supposed to reduce error. Instead it is the most error-riddled of all benefits, and it's only getting worse

Opposition MPs claim climbdown by DWP over Universal Credit fraud

10 July, 2019

Commons hears claimant victims would not have to cover losses and could even see legacy benefits restored

Bridging the digital divide

10 July, 2019

11.3 million adults in the UK are digitally excluded, 37% of whom live in social housing

Council to claw back 260 Right to Buy homes

10 July, 2019

A Midlands council is to buy back 260 homes it previously sold through the Right to Buy

Local authorities accuse government of 'sleight of hand' over post-Hackitt regulation

10 July, 2019

Local authorities have accused the government of "sleight of hand" over the involvement of the private sector in post-Hackitt regulation

Mixed picture for rent rises in first month of the tenant fees ban

10 July, 2019

Average rents climbed slightly in the first month of the tenant fees ban but are still lower than at the start of the year

Government urged to hold off on further buy-to-let interventions

10 July, 2019

The Government is being urged to hold a moratorium on further buy-to-let interventions after analysis found the market has swung in favour of large institutional landlords

Grenfell survivor: 'We fear being badly let down by Social Housing Green Paper'

10 July, 2019

Grenfell survivors fear being "badly let down" by the government's proposals to reform social housing in the wake of the tragedy

CIEH calls for cross-party commitment to landlord registration scheme

10 July, 2019

Letters go out to leading politicians saying scheme as operated in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland now "absolutely necessary" in England

Housing crisis: Could London learn from Europe's housing schemes?

10 July, 2019

Amsterdam is setting aside farmland for self-build homes

Councils without homes approach government over return to development

10 July, 2019

More than 10 local authorities that had sold all their stock are looking to start from scratch and build a new generation of council housing

DWP in a 'distressing pattern' facing fresh questions over its future

09 July, 2019

Select committee lands another blow on Universal Credit amid revelations of massive organised fraud

Widow takes on council and wins

09 July, 2019

RLA trainer and Universal Credit and Housing Benefit expert Bill Irving shares a recent case from his files, examining issues around renting to family members

DWP faces sanction over £200k Universal Credit 'propaganda' campaign

09 July, 2019

Department under investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority with campaign branded "misleading" and "highly damaging"

DWP continues to deny Universal Credit information requests

09 July, 2019

Department offers familiar response to a series of written Commons questions

'Council housing is coming back with a vengeance'

09 July, 2019

Kit Malthouse celebrates a year in his job as housing minister this week

Universal credit: Multi-million pound scam targets claimants

09 July, 2019

Tens of millions of pounds of public money is believed to have been stolen, with claimants left owing hundreds

Ditching Section 21 will hit benefits tenants most

09 July, 2019

The Government has been urged to think twice about its proposal to abolish Section 21, because the biggest casualties would be tenants on benefits

Plans to extend 'no fault' notice period to six months come under fire

09 July, 2019

Proposals to extend the notice period for so-called 'no fault' evictions have come under fire

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 7/2019

08 July, 2019

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

Southend Council to buy private properties for council housing

08 July, 2019

Southend councillors have agreed to spend £4.3m buying private properties for use as council housing

West Midlands housing association announces 220 new homes

08 July, 2019

Housing Plus Group is set to deliver more than 200 much-needed homes in South Staffordshire, after completing the purchase of residential development land in the village of Perton

Nottingham City Council to buy back more than 300 council houses to tackle growing housing need

08 July, 2019

The authority has said the purchase is a good value way to address Nottingham's housing need and help achieve its target of 1,000 new council or social homes to rent by 2023

Nearly two-thirds of housing association workers unhappy with pay

08 July, 2019

Nearly two-thirds of housing association workers believe they are not being properly rewarded for their work

DWP staff cut by 21% since universal credit rollout began

08 July, 2019

Ministers accused of making 'reckless and irresponsible' reductions to workforce amid rise in staffing errors that leave claimants 'cleaning out their savings to survive'

UK housing crisis deepens as benefit claimants priced out by high rents

08 July, 2019

Benefit freeze is making London and Manchester increasingly unaffordable

Energy supplier that let down private tenants is ordered to pay £350,000

08 July, 2019

An energy supplier has been fined and ordered to pay £350,000 for failings that affected almost 2,000 private tenants

Foxtons agent 'threatened with acid attack' after helping to investigate gang of fraud tenants

08 July, 2019

An estate agent at Foxtons who started warning landlords about a gang specialising in sub-letting scams received anonymous late-night threats on her mobile phone

Tenants on state benefits likely to be "the biggest casualties" of the government's "ill-thought-out" plan to abolish Section 21

05 July, 2019

The government should "think twice" before changing the rules on eviction in the private rented sector

Shelter's prescription to end the housing emergency

05 July, 2019

Building social housing is the only effective, long-term cure for the housing crisis

Putting affordability at the heart of how we set rents in Wales

05 July, 2019

Housing associations share a vision for Wales to be a place where good housing is a basic right for all

DWP has a 'systemic problem' dealing with the disabled

05 July, 2019

Commons hears call for an independent review into deaths linked to DWP activity and cover up claims over fitness-for-work reviews

DWP accused of 'incompetence or cover up' over claimant deaths

05 July, 2019

DWP minister already branded "flippant" denies key documents were kept hidden from independent reviews of fitness-for-work tests

Civitas: Regulator of Social Housing doesn't hate us!

05 July, 2019

Civitas has appealed to investors to see the bigger picture when considering the regulatory concerns hanging over its stock

Large housing association closes most generous pension scheme

05 July, 2019

Hampshire-based housing association Vivid has closed its most generous pension scheme due to the deficit in the social housing sector's multi-employer pension scheme

Brexit could jeopardise £5bn 'lifeline' of EU cash

05 July, 2019

Funds for regional projects dry up at the end of 2020 but Treasury yet to offer alternative

Affordable rent levels rise in six out of nine regions in England

05 July, 2019

The affordable rents paid by housing association tenants in England rose in six out of nine regions last year

Fraudulent tenant applications on the increase

05 July, 2019

London agent Benham and Reeves has warned of an increasing level of fraudulent rental applications

The fight for fair housing is finally shifting power from landlords to residents

04 July, 2019

In the UK and beyond, movements targeting housing injustice are gathering momentum

The NLA Wins Government Support Over Hull City Council's "Unfair" Treatment Of Landlords

04 July, 2019

The NLA Wins Government Support Over Hull City Council's "Unfair" Treatment Of Landlords

PIP administrative exercise: progress on cases cleared, at 14 June 2019

04 July, 2019

DWP management information about an ongoing administrative exercise looking at PIP claims following 2 Upper Tribunal judgements

New national strategy needed on supported and specialist housing

04 July, 2019

Cross-party parliamentary report pushes case for closer integration of housing, health, and care

Club loans return to social housing as banks agree £400m deals

04 July, 2019

Banks have joined up to deliver £400m of club loans, marking a return of the approach for the sector as well as the first unsecured deal of its kind

When council estates were a dream

04 July, 2019

Joanne has lived in Wythenshawe for half a century

Deposit schemes fund research into tackling low standards in private rented sector

04 July, 2019

The charity arms of the TDS and its sister brand SafeDeposits Scotland have joined forces to fund a UK-wide research programme with the aim of improving standards in the PRS

New online system for agents and landlords to receive tenant benefit payments set for launch

04 July, 2019

A new online system for landlords and lettings agents to receive direct payments from tenants on Universal Credit is set to be launched before the end of this year after a successful trial

Local authorities 'should prosecute more letting agents'

04 July, 2019

Local authorities should prosecute more letting agents

Landlords want 'fast track' tribunal if Section 21 abolished

03 July, 2019

Around four in 10 respondents to sector survey call for quicker court process - from serving notice to taking possession

One Housing to end Fixed Term Tenancies

03 July, 2019

The decision was taken after "extensive" consultation with resident panels

MPs 'short-changed' on Universal Credit questions

03 July, 2019

DWP says written Commons questions too expensive to answer

Social house building programme could stave off economic downturn

03 July, 2019

Construction sector survey outlines No Deal fears with social house building pitched as a priority for the new PM

Landlords say new council scheme to rent out flats in Portsmouth will not work

03 July, 2019

Portsmouth City Council is trying to get more affordable housing in the city on the market

UK: 'Bedroom tax' case to be heard at Supreme Court

03 July, 2019

An appeal is to be heard in the UK's highest court on Wednesday in an important constitutional case on the powers of specialist tribunals and local authorities relating to the 'bedroom tax'

Labour calls on government to fund retrofitting of tower block sprinklers

03 July, 2019

Ten years on from Lakanal and 95% of high-rise social housing blocks are still without sprinklers

Government minister intervenes in enforcement row between landlords and local authority

03 July, 2019

Housing minister Heather Wheeler has waded into a row between landlords and Hull City Council over its approach to enforcement in the private rental sector

One in three councils fear inability to fulfil statutory duties

02 July, 2019

LGA conference underway with councils now facing "real risk" to future financial viability

Would-be housing ombudsman quizzed on 'derogatory' view of tenants

02 July, 2019

Past comments come back to haunt Richard Blakeway as Commons select committee tests his suitability for the role

London temporary accommodation firm appoints former housing association director as chief executive

02 July, 2019

A temporary accommodation company jointly owned by 13 London councils has appointed Sue Coulson as its chief executive

Six-year wait on council to replace mouldy bathroom

02 July, 2019

Janet Elder's bathroom is thought to be 30 years old and mould grows back no matter how often it is cleaned

Council looking for temporary accommodation for homeless "rather than shipping them out to Slough"

02 July, 2019

Underspend on project as nothing suitable available

When builders become landlords

02 July, 2019

More and more private developers are setting up registered providers of affordable and social housing

The Deposit Diaries: Case of the tenant allowed to return to property to clean and decorate

02 July, 2019

This case concerns a landlord allowing a tenant to retain a key to the property after the check-out report had been carried out

Landlords holding back from further purchases over next 12 months

02 July, 2019

Fewer than a third of landlords would add to their buy-to-let portfolio over the next 12 months

Landlords challenge would-be PMs over rental reforms

01 July, 2019

RLA urges Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to engage with five-point PRS revival plan

Scottish Housing Association gets a digital-care first

01 July, 2019

Wristbands matter more than the "big red button"

DWP payment errors reach record levels

01 July, 2019

New stats show benefit overpayments and underpayments have topped their highest total since records began

Hearthstone confirms completion of PRS deals worth a combined £31m

01 July, 2019

Over 100 new homes added to growing portfolio

Housing association joins Matrix Housing Partnership

01 July, 2019

One of the largest housing associations in the Midlands has joined a group of affordable housing providers in the region

Met police flag up 700 welfare and abuse cases a day over five years

01 July, 2019

FoI request reveals litany of alleged crimes including child exploitation

How many homes didhousing associations deliverin 2018/19?

01 July, 2019

Housing associations completed 45,604 homes in 2018/19 which is a 10% increase compared to 2017/18

Crown estate faces tenants' anger over rent hikes, evictions and repair delays

01 July, 2019

Guardian finds Queen's £14bn property portfolio has had more than 100 complaints over management of housing

New tenants' passports to be trialled with 25 letting agents

01 July, 2019

A new 'rental CV' is to be trialled with 25 letting agents

Association secures £5m loan to alleviate homelessness and social housing shortage

28 June, 2019

The development comes after a meeting between Lewisham Council and the Lewisham Mayor earlier this week

Housing association settles with contractors after sinkhole opened up beneath homes

28 June, 2019

A housing association has reached a settlement with two contractors on a scheme after suing them over a 35ft-wide sinkhole that opened up underneath some of its homes

Orthodox housing association defeats legal challenge over catering solely to strictly observant

28 June, 2019

Appeal Court judges dismiss claim that Agudas Israel policy is discriminatory

Housing 2019: Accelerated Green Paper will 'dramatically improve' planning process

28 June, 2019

James Brokenshire's keynote address will outline a number of measures to "remove bureaucracy" from the system

Next PM will be committed to social housing

28 June, 2019

James Brokenshire has insisted that the next Conservative leader will be committed to delivering social housing

Agents divided over whether rents rose ahead of tenant fees ban

28 June, 2019

Agents are split over whether rents rose in the run-up to the tenant fees ban

Landlords' Barometer - #71: Are landlords really lucky if they get 2.5% yields?

28 June, 2019

Welcome to the June edition of the Landlords' Barometer, curating the hottest trending topics and content from propertytribes.com over the past month

Housing Secretary supports allowing tenants to transfer their deposits between rental properties

28 June, 2019

Controversial proposals to allow tenants to 'passport' their deposits are back on the political agenda

Section 21 could be outlawed within months, says outgoing prime minister Theresa May

28 June, 2019

Legislation banning reforming Section 21 could be introduced within six months

Britain's private rented sector isn't fit for purpose. It's unfair and unsafe

27 June, 2019

With landlords holding all the cards and tenants in substandard housing, regulation hasn't kept pace with market conditions

Further education for benefit claimants in England: 2017 to 2018

27 June, 2019

Experimental statistics on further education learners receiving benefits in England using government data for the 2017 to 2018 academic year

Social tenants 'burn through' rent money to maintain smoking habits

27 June, 2019

Campaign group calculates stopping smoking could clear arrears within nine weeks

Sector warned that fire safety costs could eat up HRA cap windfall

27 June, 2019

Ambitious plans to build new council homes following the abolition of the HRA cap could be curtailed if local authorities need to allocate more funds to improving fire safety

Housing association downgraded following health and safety failings

27 June, 2019

A 12,000-home housing association has been downgraded by the regulator following an investigation into health and safety issues

Social housing landlord undertakes IoT trial across city-wide fibre

27 June, 2019

Cross Key Homes in Peterborough has partnered with CityFibre to deploy a network of sensors throughout its estate to test a number of different scenarios

Twelve held in Blackburn tenant benefit scam probe

27 June, 2019

Twelve people have been arrested amid concerns that unscrupulous landlords have stolen welfare benefits from homeless people

Non-compliant supported housing association posts £4.7m loss

27 June, 2019

A supported housing association that has breached five regulatory standards has posted a £4.7m loss

Hundreds of thousands of tenants in unsafe homes

27 June, 2019

Citizens Advice research finds half of landlords don't know or understand legal obligations

Landlord hit with £66,000 bill after sending in heavies to kick tenant out

27 June, 2019

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay a £60,170 fine and £6,000 court costs after being found guilty of making tenants' lives a misery

Tenancy passport firm raises over £3m to accelerate partnerships with agents

27 June, 2019

A firm which supplies tenancy deposit replacement products and rent passports has raised £3.1m in the first few weeks of a new funding campaign

Citizens Advice calls for new national housing body to oversee private rented sector

27 June, 2019

Citizens Advice has called for a new national housing body to regulate the private rented sector in England

Tenant avenges eviction by 'heavies' for overcrowding complaint

26 June, 2019

London borough secures biggest fine yet against rogue landlord

Call for new national body to police PRS

26 June, 2019

Against the backdrop of Housing 2019, report says "hundreds of thousands" now endure health-affecting and dangerous PRS properties

Housing 2019: Sector urged to go further in being 'a force for social good'

26 June, 2019

Former housing minister Alok Sharma tells conference housing associations are vital to employment prospects in the UK

Mentally ill universal credit claimant receives less than £6 for month after £312 deducted for sanctions

26 June, 2019

This poverty has no prejudice. This is the kind of thing that drives people to homelessness, and to suicide

Council housebuilding 'at its highest level since 1990'

26 June, 2019

Key message for Housing 2019, as applied research estimates over 13,000 new homes were delivered by English councils last year

Homes England: 'We've got funding' for council housing

26 June, 2019

At Housing 2019, Homes England calls on councils to say "show us the money"

Breaking: National register of landlords proposed

26 June, 2019

Proposals for a national register of landlords have been included in a report on selective licensing out today

A million pensioners in poverty because of unclaimed benefits

26 June, 2019

Charity says government failing to act as £3.5bn a year in pension credit goes unpaid

Two-child benefit limit pushes families further into poverty

26 June, 2019

Parents report stress and strained relationships as a result of benefit cut

Manchester tower block residents to sue in fire safety row

26 June, 2019

Exclusive: residents say it is unfair there is money to fix cladding but not other issues

ARLA warns ministers that 'landlord licensing schemes do not work and never will'

26 June, 2019

Agents and landlords have slammed recommendations made in an official review of selective licensing schemes

CIEH and RLA at odds over future for selective licencing schemes

25 June, 2019

New review recommends retention of schemes with suggestions for improvements

Selective licensing review

25 June, 2019

Findings from an independent review into the use and effectiveness of selective licensing

Conservative leadership contenders urged to scrap Right to Rent

25 June, 2019

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are facing calls to scrap the controversial Right to Rent scheme if they become Prime Minister - despite the Home Office still appealing a court ruling against the policy

Government selective licensing review backs creation of national landlord register

25 June, 2019

A Government-commissioned review into selective licensing has backed the creation of a national landlord register

Malthouse accused of 'misleading' MPs over fire tests

25 June, 2019

Labour leaps on Commons response to cladding question saying minister has "serious questions to answer"

Social housing REIT Civitas posts £20m profit

25 June, 2019

Social housing REIT Civitas made a profit of nearly £20m in the last financial year before the company's share price experienced a significant drop

Survey shows landlords 'struggling' to keep up with reforms

25 June, 2019

30% didn't understand HMO regulations, 28% in the dark over the abolition of Section 21, and 27% unaware of letting fees ban

PIP: Ombudsman to start benefits investigation

25 June, 2019

The Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman is to investigate how Stormont's Department for Communities administers PIP

Government pitches higher accessibility standards for new homes

24 June, 2019

Up to 300,000 new accessible homes could be delivered each year through new policy drive

Major housing associations eye 3,000-home stock swap

24 June, 2019

The Guinness Partnership and Paradigm Housing Group have laid out plans to swap 2,898 homes in a bid to make better use of their estate portfolios

Tower block resident tests fire doors with smoke experiment

24 June, 2019

A resident left traumatised by his view of Grenfell Tower carried out a safety test in his block of flats which he claims shows fire doors are not working properly

Liverpool is building council houses for the first time in 30 years - here's how you can get one for just £76 a week

24 June, 2019

Mayor Joe Anderson launches landmark scheme after government waive £735 million debt

BME housing associations: how specialist providers changed the sector

24 June, 2019

Four decades on from their birth, BME housing associations have had a lasting impact on the sector

New PM urged to scrap 'failed' Right To Rent

24 June, 2019

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt challenged over the future for a policy the High Court calls a breach of human rights law

Wood cladding linked to Barking fire identified on multiple housing association developments

24 June, 2019

Housing associations are urgently investigating developments using the same material found covering the Barking block partly destroyed by a fire two weeks ago

Lewisham council consults on borough-wide licensing

21 June, 2019

The London Borough of Lewisham has announced proposals to consult on borough-wide licensing that would cover all private rented properties

Crisis and Newcastle City Council join forces to end homelessness across the city within 10 years

21 June, 2019

We're incredibly proud to announce that Crisis and Newcastle City Council will be forming a new partnership that will seek to make Newcastle the first city to end homelessness within the next 10 years

DSS discrimination means renters are punished for their circumstances

21 June, 2019

Kyrstyna and her husband, Geoff, had been homeowners. But when they lost their jobs due to redundancy, they were forced to go back to renting privately in their 50s

Fees ban a possible factor in only 2% of available rental properties now accepting pets

21 June, 2019

Only 2% of available rental properties in the UK are explicitly advertised as being open to pets - with the situation appearing to worsen because of the tenancy fees ban

Council documentary reveals homelessness reality

21 June, 2019

Documentary highlighted that only 45% of the 600 statutory homeless applications are prevented every month in Birmingham

The Addison Act - celebrating 100 years of council housing

21 June, 2019

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Addison Act - which paved the way for council house building on a large scale

DWP followed policy in denying dying man benefits

21 June, 2019

Stephen Smith, 64, from Liverpool, weighed 38kg and was gravely ill at time of death

Row over plan to move tenants into homes next to toxic waste site

21 June, 2019

A waste management firm has said it is "extremely concerned" at a Staffordshire council's decision to move tenants into housing association homes at a development next to one of its hazardous sites

Insurance giant and Mortgage Advice Bureau unveil new insurance products for tenants

21 June, 2019

Legal & General has announced the completion of the pilot phase of its new 'rental protection plan' for tenants

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2019

20 June, 2019

This report examines how living standards - most commonly measured by households' incomes - have changed for different groups in the UK

Universal Credit Local Housing Allowance rates

20 June, 2019

Monthly Universal Credit Local Housing Allowance rates for England, Scotland and Wales from 2014 to 2019

Corbyn says 'it shouldn't take long' to put housing associations under FoI

20 June, 2019

At PMQs, Labour leader presses the case for Freedom of Information applying to housing associations to strengthen tenant rights

Agents can keep incentive payments from councils - but only if the landlord agrees

20 June, 2019

Already well documented in the press, rising rents in the private rented sector combined with cuts to housing benefits following the introduction of Universal Credit, have made letting to councils a less attractive proposition for private landlords

Rents rise as buy-to-let clampdown begins to hit landlord pockets

20 June, 2019

Landlords are raising rents after being hit by the buy-to-let clampdown in their tax bills

Council housing: it's back, it's booming - and this time it's beautiful

20 June, 2019

A broad arched entranceway leads into a tree-lined courtyard where a playground is overlooked by balconies full of plants

Research has future social housing on a high

20 June, 2019

Two new reports pitch high-rise construction as playing a major part in future social housing provision

Disability Charities Lodge Complaint Over DWP's 'Myth-Busting' Universal Credit Ads

20 June, 2019

The group has dubbed the adverts "deliberately misleading"

Staff at social landlords under pressure to favour cost savings over quality in procurement

20 June, 2019

Cost savings are a bigger concern to procurement professionals working for UK social landlords and other public sector organisations than quality of work as pressure on budgets intensifies

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