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Regulator places association 'under review' over governance

18 November, 2019

The group's regulatory status will be confirmed following an investigation into compliance

Council obtains London's first rogue landlord banning order

18 November, 2019

Investigations found tenants at risk in several unlicensed HMOs

Cladding crisis front and centre of election campaigning

18 November, 2019

Government accused over its record on HPL cladding linked to Bolton student-housing block blaze

'Hunger doesn't have to be the reality': Childhood poverty on Teesside is among the worst in England

18 November, 2019

Almost half of Middlesbrough's neighbourhoods are hit by childhood poverty: Campaigners say benefit upheaval and cuts have got us here

Grenfell Inquiry: companies involved in Grenfell refurbishment respond to phase one findings

18 November, 2019

A number of companies that were involved in the refurbishment of the Grenfell Tower before the fire that killed 72 people have responded to the publication of the findings from the first phase of the inquiry

Bradford's Accent Housing to build 500 homes in five years

18 November, 2019

Bradford-based housing association Accent Housing has announced plans to build about 500 homes a year for the next five years

Government announces business rates and council tax relief following severe flooding

18 November, 2019

Further support now available for households and businesses affected by severe flooding

Renters quizzed in relation to landlords' tax affairs

15 November, 2019

Tenants are being quizzed on the tax status of their landlords by HMRC

Bristol housing associations begin merger talks

15 November, 2019

The boards of Solon South West and United Communities have agreed to explore bringing the businesses together

Manchester City Council unveils plans to help associations buy back Right to Buy homes

15 November, 2019

Manchester City Council will introduce a new policy which will see them offer money to housing associations to help them buy former Right to Buy homes

Revealed: 39 housing associations have credit ratings affirmed by Moody's

15 November, 2019

Moody's has affirmed the credit ratings of 39 housing associations, including some of the country's biggest, and said the sector should remain "resilient" to the risks facing the UK

HomeLet Rental Index

15 November, 2019

Rents in the UK rose by 2.7% in October compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £953 a month

Temporary accommodation costs councils over £1bn in just one year

15 November, 2019

Shelter chief exec warns of an "even higher price" without election commitments to social housing

Home owner and buy-to-let repossessions soar

15 November, 2019

Home owner and buy-to-let repossessions jumped in the third quarter of 2019

Newly agreed rents dipping across most of UK despite annual climbs

15 November, 2019

Newly agreed rents have dropped across most of the country

Purplebricks backs Stamp Duty reforms to save movers £3.2bn

15 November, 2019

Purplebricks has backed Conservative proposals to reform Stamp Duty despite no certainty that such a change will be in the party's election manifesto

Government and DWP dealt another blow over bedroom tax

14 November, 2019

Supreme Court says application of the bedroom tax can breach human rights - after European Court said the tax was discriminatory

Housing associations face 'limited risks' from weakening UK fiscal strength

14 November, 2019

Ratings agency Moody's relatively upbeat about sector's prospects

Half of disability benefits appeals won in tribunal court

14 November, 2019

One in two people who appealed in court against a decision to deny them disability benefits was successful

500 new council homes could be built over the next six years

14 November, 2019

More than 500 new council homes could be built in Norwich in the next six years in the wake of the success of the Goldsmith Street estate

Is the sector well equipped to assess tenant satisfaction?

14 November, 2019

A shift in focus since the Grenfell fire has moved tenant satisfaction further up the agenda for social landlords. But have they got the right tools to assess it?

Manchester housing plans to prioritise 'most vulnerable'

14 November, 2019

An overhaul of social housing policy to prioritise Manchester's "most vulnerable" residents for rehousing has been approved by the city council

Shared ownership Right to Buy plan forces landlords to rethink strategic partnership bids

14 November, 2019

Housing associations are being forced to reconsider their bids for the next phase of strategic partnership funding after the government unveiled plans to give their tenants the right to buy a portion of their home

UK government loses supreme court fight over bedroom tax

14 November, 2019

Judgment will restore full housing benefit to at least 155 partners of disabled people

Agent warns that rent rises are on the way as increasing numbers of landlords sell up

14 November, 2019

Government data suggests annual rental growth remained at 1.3% across the UK for the fifth consecutive month in October, but there are warnings that the rate of increase could accelerate

Brexit, general election and 'misguided' rental reforms hitting entire housing market

14 November, 2019

Brexit and the general election are hitting the housing market everywhere that it hurts

Benefit sanctions statistics to July 2019 (experimental)

13 November, 2019

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

Basildon Council announces plan to build 1,000 new homes in five years

13 November, 2019

Basildon Council has announced plans to build 1,000 new homes in five years

Council decides to scrap Mansfield Homes development firm

13 November, 2019

Mansfield District Council has decided to scrap its Mansfield Homes Ltd housing developer once its current contract expires

Trussell Trust wants hunger to be an election issue

13 November, 2019

Charity urges parties to pledge hunger protection, with more than 820,000 emergency food parcels given out over past six months

The social housing network: how Facebook is changing the relationship between social landlords and tenants

13 November, 2019

Facebook groups have given tenants a new way of ramping up pressure on landlords to improve performance. But does this mean the relationship has to be adversarial?

London Mayor labels government reforms to private rented sector as 'unambitious'

13 November, 2019

The Government has come under criticism from the Mayor of London for "cherry picking" solutions to rental market reform

Confusion hangs over tenant fees ban five months after implementation

13 November, 2019

Agents are still facing significant issues following the tenant fees ban, with some afraid to charge fees - even if they are allowed to - for fear of enforcement action

Landlords using personal savings to fund refurbishments

12 November, 2019

New report reveals one in eight landlords in the dark about finance options

Right To Buy vs Landlord

12 November, 2019

So, we may have a general election to navigate in the coming months - and one group who will be watching the opinion polls closer than most will be Britain's 2.6 million landlords

One in 10 associations believe regulator could do more to tackle breaches

12 November, 2019

One in 10 social landlords regulated by the Regulator of Social Housing believe the body could be tougher on those that breach standards

Shared ownership cheaper than renting in London

12 November, 2019

People who are renting in London could save more than £40,000 in two years by purchasing a property using shared ownership

Severe housing shortage in England's most deprived area

12 November, 2019

Jaywick has become a byword for deprivation, suffering the stigma of topping the government's list of the most deprived areas in the country three times now

Cumbrian housing association to transfer operations to Riverside

12 November, 2019

Impact Housing Association has begun to consult tenants on proposals to transfer its operations to Riverside Group

Tenancy Deposit Service says returns average £320 in excess deposit money

12 November, 2019

The Tenancy Deposit Service has overseen 2,550 repayments totalling over £800,000 in returning excess deposits

Landlords' Barometer - #75: A property investment scandal that needs exposing

12 November, 2019

Welcome to a special edition of my Landlords Barometer which I am dedicating to a very important issue and also to the memory of Danny Butcher

Government 'must ensure' social housing is a priority

11 November, 2019

A new NHF campaign calls for the sector to engage with prospective parliamentary candidates ahead of the election

RBS to launch UK's first 'social bond' to address regional inequality

11 November, 2019

Royal Bank of Scotland has announced plans to launch the UK's first "social bond" to address regional inequality and boost economic growth

Next government 'should build three million new social homes'

11 November, 2019

New Economics Foundation pitches transformative political programme into election campaign

Senior housing schemes to be given facelift

11 November, 2019

Senior housing schemes are set to get a facelift in a bid to encourage older people to downsize from council homes

Right to Buy ban could be temporary

11 November, 2019

The Welsh housing minister has opened the door for Right to Buy in Wales, saying she "hopes" its ban in Wales is a temporary measure and could be removed as the country increases its social housing stock

No plans to introduce national landlord register

11 November, 2019

The Government has confirmed that it has no plans to introduce a national register of private landlords

Austerity has pushed families into crisis and then thrown away the lifelines

08 November, 2019

Relentless cuts have put more children at risk of violence, poverty and homelessness, with no end in sight whatever politicians promise

Welsh Government responds to default fees and holding deposits consultation

08 November, 2019

The Welsh Government has responded to the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 consultation

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2019

08 November, 2019

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

Commons response 'rules out' replacing Universal Credit

08 November, 2019

DWP minister says any replacement system would require a similar level of investment

Cheshire West social housing waiting list trebles in 5 years

08 November, 2019

The number of people waiting for social housing across the borough has trebled over the past five years - with the council battling to provide enough homes

Does social housing pay, commission asks

08 November, 2019

An exploration of whether the Church can invest in social housing while securing good returns is part of the work of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Housing Commission

Landlords call for return of rent convergence in response to regulator's consultation

08 November, 2019

Social landlords have used a consultation about setting rents for social housing to call for the government to reintroduce convergence rules which would allow them to increase rents on some of their homes

Majority of asylum seekers and refugees housed in poorer areas while dozens of councils support none

08 November, 2019

More than half of asylum seekers and resettled refugees accommodated by just 6 per cent of UK councils, all which have below average household income

Landlords braced for block management overhaul after Grenfell Inquiry changes

08 November, 2019

Social landlords are readying themselves for new tower block management challenges arising from last week's Grenfell Tower Inquiry phase one report

DWP has 'misleading' Universal Credit ads banned

07 November, 2019

Advertising Standards Authority says the ads "did not accurately reflect the evidence"

Johnson 'shuts door' on social housing

07 November, 2019

No reference to housing crisis in PM's election address as issue free-falls from "number one domestic priority"

Near 3,000 social housing repossessions so far this year

07 November, 2019

Stats analysis shows London experiencing the equivalent of four repossessions a day

Next government needs to 'reset balance' between landlords and tenants

07 November, 2019

Citizen's Advice wants indefinite tenancies introduced in PRS

Labour pledges 120,000 new social homes in Scotland

07 November, 2019

Richard Leonard opened his party's campaign with a £10bn housing pledge, designed to help end homelessness "once and for all"

Electricity theft on the increase as more tenants turn properties into cannabis farms

07 November, 2019

Electricity theft by criminals using rental properties for cannabis production is soaring

Council to pay housing group £450k to leave Grade I listed block of flats

07 November, 2019

The building used to be a hotel

Council and housing association to team up to build new homes - and then sell them off

07 November, 2019

And changes are also planned to housing waiting lists

Thousands of vulnerable people could be living in 'unregulated' housing

07 November, 2019

Report exposes "accountability deficit" in use of non-commissioned exempt accommodation

General election: Corbyn pledges to eradicate food bank use and rough sleeping within five years

06 November, 2019

Labour leader's remarks come as Boris Johnson formally launches general election after meeting with Queen

Landlords hit back at national renter manifesto

06 November, 2019

Campaigners from across England have warned that political parties would be "foolish" to ignore the renter vote

Free TV licences for the over-75s is a 'welfare' issue that should not be the responsibility of the BBC

06 November, 2019

Peers say BBC should never have covered cost of free TV licences for over-75s

Council propose changes to housing allocation following 'major' consultation

06 November, 2019

The initial consultation aimed to ensure those in "greatest need" of housing receive higher priority than others on the waiting list

Watchdog bans government's Universal Credit adverts for being 'misleading'

06 November, 2019

Government newspaper adverts about Universal Credit were misleading, the advertising watchdog has ruled

Labour remains under fire for amended 'right to buy' policy for private tenants

06 November, 2019

Labour has hinted that it will bring in 'right to buy' for private tenants - but that it will restrict the policy to larger landlords

Agent who conned landlords out of thousands in repairs scam ordered to repay just £850

06 November, 2019

An agent who conned landlords out of thousands of pounds by inventing unnecessary maintenance work has been ordered to pay back just £850

Major tenancy referencing and insurance firms merge in wake of fees ban

06 November, 2019

Two major suppliers to the lettings industry are merging in the wake of the tenancy fees ban

London Tenant Unable To Heat His House After Landlord Cages Thermostat

06 November, 2019

Alex Milsom said people have been in touch to tell him it is common practice

Benefit claimants to get more cash to help with funeral costs

05 November, 2019

Funeral Expenses Payments scheme to provide up to £1,000, in addition to paying for essential costs of burial or cremation

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 11/2019

05 November, 2019

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

Over 2,800 social housing repossessions so far in 2019

05 November, 2019

Latest statistics from the government have revealed that of the 25 major cities in England and Wales, there were a grand total of 2,880 social housing repossessions

Family of six left to live in one blood-stained bedroom as councils 'refuse responsibility'

05 November, 2019

Two local authorities are allegedly arguing over whose responsibility they are

Housing associations complete merger to create 38,000-home landlord

05 November, 2019

Radian and Yarlington have completed a merger to create a new 38,000-home landlord for the South and South West of England

Shelter wants all-parties commitment to 90,000 social rent homes a year

05 November, 2019

Charity releases survey stats showing 9 in 10 renters now face years on end limbo of waiting lists

'We'll only do this as a last resort...' - Cash-strapped council to write off £5.8 million of 'irrecoverable' debt

05 November, 2019

The debt includes unpaid council tax and business rates, rent arrears and overpaid housing benefit

Fury after Jacob Rees-Mogg suggests Grenfell Tower residents who followed fire brigade's 'stay put' instructions lacked 'common sense'

05 November, 2019

He was on LBC discussing findings of Grenfell inquiry report with Nick Ferrari

UK households at food banks living on £50 a week

05 November, 2019

The State of Hunger report found that 94% of people at food banks are destitute, with one in five having no money coming in

ACM found at housing association block missed in post-Grenfell checks

05 November, 2019

Aluminium composite material cladding has been discovered on a housing association high-rise block after being missed by checks carried out after the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017

Councils handed £4m extra money for crackdown on private landlords

05 November, 2019

More funding for councils to crack down on criminal landlords has been announced by the Government

Additional funding to help crack down on criminal landlords

04 November, 2019

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced £4m in funding for councils

'Cull claimants' comments overshadow end of benefits freeze

04 November, 2019

Tories condemned for backing candidate who said benefit claimants "need putting down"

Leicester City Council to spend £22m improving council homes

04 November, 2019

Work will include new kitchens, bathrooms and boilers

Renters target Tory seats with national manifesto

04 November, 2019

Political parties warned they would be "foolish" to ignore the renter vote

Landlords reveal their positive vision for the future of the PRS

04 November, 2019

Ahead of next month's General Election, the RLA has unveiled its manifesto and, athough acknowleding there are problems that need addressing in the sector, focuses on the positive

PWLB interest change 'too market sensitive' to put to LGA

04 November, 2019

Commons question confirms LGA informed of change said to have stilled council housing plans only after market closed

EU's bank signs off multimillion-pound loan to London housing association ahead of Brexit

04 November, 2019

London-based housing association Peabody has struck a deal with the European Investment Bank for a loan facility that was approved by the lender four years ago

Mum of toddler who died in fall from ninth-floor Tottenham flat 'repeatedly asked council to fix faulty window'

04 November, 2019

The mother of a toddler who died after falling from a "faulty window" in a block of flats reportedly made repeated calls to the local council to ask them to fix the broken handle

London's social housing shortage snowballs

01 November, 2019

New stats show need for shared ownership slashed by 90%

DWP ducks behind 'disproportionate cost' over Universal Credit questions

01 November, 2019

No stats for alternative payment arrangements

£10 million fund to help vulnerable people claim Universal Credit

01 November, 2019

Funding will be available to partner organisations, including charities, from April 2020 to help vulnerable people claim Universal Credit

Council breached Home Standard over fire safety failure at 17-storey tower block

01 November, 2019

A council has been found in breach of the Regulator of Social Housing's Home Standard, partly for failing to carry out urgent fire safety work on a 17-storey tower block

New Rent Standard set for launch in April 2020

01 November, 2019

RSH says sector feedback from consultation reflects government direction

Corbyn reinforces Labour pledge to scrap 'damaging' UC

01 November, 2019

"Real change is coming," said the Labour leader in his first major speech ahead of the General Election in December

Why Zoopla won't give a home to discrimination in the housing market

01 November, 2019

Discrimination against tenants who claim housing benefit, which frequently surfaces as 'no DSS' in rental listings, has generated a significant volume of political

Three housing associations leave sector pension fund to set up own schemes

01 November, 2019

Three more major housing associations have left the sector's SHPS, as part of a move to give them greater control over their pension arrangements

Housing associations may not be able to cover fire safety costs for all leaseholders

01 November, 2019

Housing associations cannot give "blanket assurances" that they will cover the cost of fire safety and cladding remediation work for leaseholders in the blocks they own

Rent prices rising as landlords continue to exit the private rental market

01 November, 2019

Nearly six in ten (58%) letting agents are seeing a rise in rent prices

Foxtons reports fall in revenue as tenancy fees ban costs it £1m in the first few months

01 November, 2019

Revenues have fallen at London's best known agent Foxtons, with the tenancy fees ban costing it £1m in the first full quarter of trading since implementation on June 1

Jenrick stresses commitment to social housing White Paper

31 October, 2019

Housing Secretary reinforces PM's pledge to accept and implement Phase 1 Grenfell report recommendations in full

The bedroom tax is still ruining lives. Its victims need to know they matter

31 October, 2019

The cruelties of 'welfare reform' have not gone away. As the election looms, politicians must shift their focus beyond Brexit

£0.5bn of HA loan facilities incur 1% PWLB rate rise

31 October, 2019

Housing associations face a 100-basis-point hike on half a billion pounds of loan facilities provided by a council in the North West

600,000 people still trapped in 'unsafe' tower blocks

31 October, 2019

Following first phase of the Grenfell Inquiry, new analysis reveals increased levels of uncertainty over other potentially dangerous cladding materials

Homeowners who refuse to install a smart meter will face a huge hike in energy bills

31 October, 2019

Officials want 85 per cent of all homes to be fitted with a smart meter by 2024

Corby councillors hit out at developer bid to reduce social housing obligation at Priors Hall

31 October, 2019

Developers' hopes of removing all agreed social housing from the Priors Hall development in Corby have stalled after councillors rejected the move

Councillors clash over conditions in Barnet housing block

31 October, 2019

Councillors have clashed over the state of a housing block that residents say has been plagued by pest infestations, flooding and crime

Government to implement Grenfell Inquiry recommendations 'in full' and provide funding

31 October, 2019

Ministers will implement recommendations put forward in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry's first report "in full" and "without delay"

Cutbacks to housing repairs in Birmingham due to massive £93m Grenfell safety bill

31 October, 2019

Birmingham has felt the financial repercussions of the disaster more than other areas due to having more than 200 council tower blocks - say bosses who have criticised the government for a lack of support

LIN member report October 2019 - Local housing allowance rates

31 October, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Grenfell survivors offered 'active role' in shaping social-housing policy

30 October, 2019

Boris Johnson says "getting to the truth" of Grenfell is a catalyst for the future of social housing in the UK

Grenfell report reveals 'compelling evidence' tower was too dangerous to live in

30 October, 2019

Report on Phase 1 of the Grenfell Inquiry raises stakes for Phase 2

Housing Benefit statistics on speed of processing 2019 to 2020

30 October, 2019

Statistics on the average number of days to process a new Housing Benefit claim or a change in circumstance of an existing claimant

General Election 2019 - what will this mean for landlords in the PRS?

30 October, 2019

It was announced that there will be a general election held on 12 December, after MPs voted in favour of an election 438 votes to 20

This is how long you have to wait for social housing in each Kent town

30 October, 2019

There are still long waits for councils with smaller registers

Council wins battle with government over housing delivery test result

30 October, 2019

A council has forced the government to admit it got it wrong on its housing delivery test result after threatening ministers with High Court action

Baroness Gardner: Local authorities must be given the funding and authority to regain control over short lets

30 October, 2019

Local councils need powers over short lets to re-introduce a registration system, a licencing scheme and inspection rights to ensure home owners and neighbours are treated fairly and equally

'Charity shops too expensive': Soaring rent arrears and food bank referrals for Universal Credit claimants in Islington

30 October, 2019

Universal Credit claimants in Islington Council have accumulated nearly four times the rent arrears as people on Housing Benefit

Developer behind tiny and 'completely unsuitable' homes could gift house to council

30 October, 2019

All the area's housing associations rejected the homes as "too small"

Complaint about tenancy referencing provider is resolved informally

30 October, 2019

A complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority about tenancy referencing and insurance provider Let Alliance has been informally resolved

From the frontline - financial well-being team member Amos Phillips

29 October, 2019

Amos Phillips, financial well-being team member at Peabody, on the impacts of welfare reform and his passion for helping people

People in Leicester 'desperate' for council houses as city in 'massive housing crisis'

29 October, 2019

There is no doubt that Leicester is caught up in a massive housing crisis

Private Rented Sector Report - September 2019

29 October, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises decreased marginally in September, with 58% of agents witnessing an increase in rent prices

Landlords say rent controls are 'hurting' tenants

29 October, 2019

To see him into a second term as Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan sets out blueprint for rental sector overhaul

Four more acquisitions announced as franchise chain sets out to negate tenancy fees ban

29 October, 2019

Franchise organisation Northwood, part of Belvoir, has announced four acquisitions made by its business owners

Agent claims tenancy deposit service has 'flawed' process for returning excess deposit money

29 October, 2019

An agent has raised a formal complaint against the Deposit Protection Service for the way it has handled the return of money owed to tenants

An end to no-fault evictions - what's next?

28 October, 2019

Over six months ago, the government promised to make renting fairer for everyone

Meet the councils quietly building a housing revolution

28 October, 2019

A crescent of semi-detached houses stands on the edge of a playing field in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, offering views of the rolling hills beyond

Council house rents set to rise as part of £40 million housing budget

28 October, 2019

Council house rents in Dudley look set to rise if proposals are passed by councillors

'It's like living in a hotel' - inside the award wining social housing estate in Lenton

28 October, 2019

Two people who know the estate better than anyone are Pauline McCoid, 74 and Frank McCoid, 69, who were one of the first residents to move in

Council moves to safeguard future of half-built £50m Blackpool housing estate

28 October, 2019

Blackpool Council says it is in talks to safeguard the future of a £50m flagship housing project in the town

Letting agent who found tenant sub-letting through Airbnb by chance 'did everything right'

28 October, 2019

A letting agent that by chance discovered a tenant sub-letting through Airbnb is to be featured on a prime time TV programme tonight

Discrimination against benefits tenants still exists but now more subtle

28 October, 2019

Blatant discrimination against tenants on housing benefit is being replaced by more subtle bias in rental adverts

Leeds City Council urges selective licensing applications

25 October, 2019

Leeds City Council is urging landlords with properties within the selective licensing areas of Beeston and Harehills, which received the formal designation on 18 July 2019, to submit their applications

Birth rates new weapon in fight for London's council estates

25 October, 2019

With over 100 estates facing demolition, survey shows the higher the housing costs the greater the decline in birth numbers

European Court lands blow on the 'Bedroom Tax'

25 October, 2019

Ruling has a big bearing on how Housing Benefit will be administered

Revealed: Carillion collapse contributes to increase in number of repairs left outstanding at the NIHE

25 October, 2019

The number of repairs left outstanding by Northern Ireland's housing authority have more than doubled over the past three years

RLA warns of rented housing supply 'crisis'

25 October, 2019

The landlord association is calling on the government to scrap the stamp duty levy on the purchase of additional properties

Property Ombudsman looking into 24 possible complaints about one property company

25 October, 2019

The Property Ombudsman has confirmed that it is looking into 24 possible complaints about a property company

Two-year wait ends as Leyland test track approved

25 October, 2019

South Ribble Council has finally given the green light to the redevelopment of Leyland test track with 950 homes and more than 300,000 sq ft of employment space now set to be built on the brownfield site

Universal credit: MPs call for action on women driven to 'survival sex'

25 October, 2019

Evidence that women are being driven to sex work because of problems with universal credit must lead to government action

Scottish regulator urges landlords to keep rents affordable

24 October, 2019

Last year the average rent increase for all social landlords in Scotland was 3.7% - the highest level since 2013

Government expects social sector cladding deadline to be met

24 October, 2019

Ministers expect the cladding remediation deadline for the social housing sector to be met, despite nearly 100 blocks still not having work completed with only three months to go

DWP faces audit investigation over claimant suicides

24 October, 2019

National Audit Office wants to know what DWP claims it can't afford to say, after 24housing reported brush off to Commons question

Welfare reforms are 'forcing Londoners onto the streets'

24 October, 2019

Sadiq Khan calls for powers to put the capital under rent control

The gold standard: how a council housing scheme won architecture's biggest prize

24 October, 2019

Two weeks ago, a social housing scheme won the Stirling Prize for the first time

Universal Credit is forcing private tenants out of their homes and to live on streets

24 October, 2019

London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for the roll-out of Universal Credit to be halted, saying it is forcing private tenants into homelessness and living on the streets

Agent expelled by Ombudsman failed to pass over money after offering rent guarantee

24 October, 2019

An agent that offered guaranteed rent to a landlord went into administration owing him over £12,000

S11/2019: Rents for Social Housing from 2020 to 2021 for local authorities in England

23 October, 2019

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

DR UK welcomes NAO investigation of suicide monitoring of welfare benefit claimants

23 October, 2019

The NAO is to investigate the Government's monitoring of suicides among benefit claimants amid concerns about links between welfare reforms and declining mental health

Scottish regulator stresses importance of ensuring tenant safety

23 October, 2019

All social landlords in Scotland have been sent letters highlighting responsibilities

Council failed homeless applicant at risk of self-harming and suicide

23 October, 2019

Court of Appeal ruling has implications for councils outsourcing decision-making and medical opinions relating to homelessness

The school of social housing

23 October, 2019

When a south London community landlord wanted to get more tenants involved at board level, it launched its very own housing academy

Somerset West and Taunton Council says Universal Credit has increased rent arrears

23 October, 2019

Around one third of all council tenants in the area are struggling to pay their rent

Moody's reaffirms ratings on two associations ahead of merger

23 October, 2019

Two housing associations due to merge and create one of the biggest landlords in the South of England have had their credit ratings reaffirmed by Moody's

Woman, 87, told she would have to go without hot water or heating as she didn't fit the criteria for emergency boiler repair

23 October, 2019

Northwards Housing has since apologised for the 'misunderstanding'

'People need more housing benefit for rent'

23 October, 2019

Labour councillors are demanding an increase in housing benefit levels to reflect the lack of social housing

Housing association offering support to tenants of liquidated charity

22 October, 2019

A Lancashire housing association has stepped in to provide support to more than 160 vulnerable tenants of a charity that went into liquidation this summer

VIVID to abolish all fixed-term tenancies for residents

22 October, 2019

The decision was made to provide customers a "safe and secure" place they can call home

Government Legal Department was consulted over 'misleading' DWP ads

22 October, 2019

Commons question confirms efforts of DWP to see controversial, unattributed Universal Credit campaign signed off

Two-thirds of young single parents to lose out under universal credit, think tank warns

22 October, 2019

'Reduction in generosity' for under 25-year-olds with children prompts fears already soaring child poverty rates will only increase further

Hamptons reports record results in lettings despite tenant fees ban

22 October, 2019

Countrywide brand Hamptons International has announced record results in its lettings division - despite the tenant fees ban and its decision not to pass costs to landlords

Rent passport founder attacks property portals for failing to do right thing by renters

22 October, 2019

The founder of a rental passport system has announced plans to abolish all tenancy referencing costs, which are currently charged to landlords and agents

Housing associations and councils working together to end homelessness

22 October, 2019

In November and December 2018, the LGA and the NHF hosted five roadshow events across England, under the theme: 'Working Together to tackle Homelessness'

October 2019: Touchbase edition 138

21 October, 2019

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

Security, freedom - and an inside loo: 100 years of council housing

21 October, 2019

To mark the centenary of the first large-scale social housing estate in Britain, four authors remember their experiences

Dundee man claims he's been forced out of home after housing association told him his neighbour 'has a right to party'

21 October, 2019

A man claims he has been driven out of his flat after a housing association told him his neighbour had a "right to party"

Social housing tender prices remain largely unchanged for last three quarters

21 October, 2019

Tender prices for social housing in Scotland fell by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter of 2019 but rose by 4.3% compared with the same period a year earlier, according to new figures

Housing association and council team up to deliver more than 300 homes

21 October, 2019

£43m job in south Wales expected to start in the autumn of next year

Calls for council to challenge government housing targets

21 October, 2019

Dorset Council's Tory majority will continue to accept the Government's housing need figures for the county

Primary schools give free food to hungry families

21 October, 2019

The biggest primary school academy trust in England is to give food to parents to prevent "family hunger"

Stats show fall in sector operating margins but scope for savings

21 October, 2019

Latest financial analysis report from Vantage and the Performance Improvement Club is upbeat about the sector achieving greater efficiencies

London council to overhaul £370m housing upkeep

21 October, 2019

London's Lambeth council is planning to overhaul its housing repair, cleaning and major works contracts

Ex-professional footballer scores own goal as landlord of unlicensed properties

21 October, 2019

A landlord has been fined over £25,000 after admitting 12 licensing offences

Jenrick confirms roll out of Shared Ownership Right to Buy

18 October, 2019

The government is reviewing a new national model for shared ownership to "make it easier for people to buy more of their own home", including allowing them to buy in 1% increments

New Scottish Government fund to improve benefit take-up

18 October, 2019

It will support charities and third sector organisations to address barriers which prevent people from applying for benefits

New DWP Secretary of State won't confirm an end to the benefit freeze

18 October, 2019

Therese Coffey says only that the DWP is in talks with the Treasury over benefit rates

Bristol council 'on track' to build 2000 homes a year

18 October, 2019

In his final address before the mayoral elections, Marvin Rees outlined his achievements of his first term in office

Homeowners £350k better off than renters over next 30 years

18 October, 2019

New research from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association has revealed the wealth gap between those who are lucky enough to get on the property ladder and those who rent

Stevenage housing plans 'trashed' by interest rate hike for council loans

18 October, 2019

Plans for a £300 million investment in social housing in Stevenage have been 'trashed' due to a shock increase in interest rates for council lending, but the town centre regeneration is said to remain on track

Westminster rough sleepers evicted after complaint by Commons chaplain

18 October, 2019

Group 'driven from closest thing we had to a home' after Rose Hudson-Wilkin's objection

Residents and campaigners protest outside Housing Ministry over delay in removing flammable cladding

18 October, 2019

Seventy-three organisations, unions and MPs put their names to a letter delivered to the government yesterday calling for the removal of flammable cladding

'Inhumane': Ceiling collapses in 'toxic' Goodmayes family home despite weeks of warnings to housing association

17 October, 2019

The tenant's ceiling collapsed on the morning of his daughter's seventh birthday - six weeks after first raising the issue and warning this would happen

Rental Market Report 2019 Q3

17 October, 2019

The annual rate of UK rental growth is +2.0%, up from 1.3% a year ago as rental growth increases on tightening supply as levels of new investment decline

Women forced to choose between abuse and homelessness

17 October, 2019

Report reveals that the main barrier to leaving an abuser is fear of losing a tenancy

Over £5m still owed to Rochdale Council for wrongly-paid housing benefits

17 October, 2019

The council has already written off £330k it won't get back

Poverty report urges DWP to share Universal Credit data with councils

17 October, 2019

London Councils outlines a new model of local welfare the capital's councils could lead on

Minister refuses to rule out extending UK benefits freeze

17 October, 2019

Freeze imposed in 2015 was planned to last until end of 2019-20 financial year

Asking rents at an all-time high as landlords torn between shall I go or shall I stay

17 October, 2019

With asking prices for rents at a new record, more landlords are planning to raise their investment in the sector than quit

Housing needs a 'policy overhaul' to preserve health of future generations

16 October, 2019

New report sees scope for significant PRS reform with future generations in mind

Huge increase in Brighton & Hove residents relying on the city's food banks

16 October, 2019

A record number of 21 food banks and emergency food providers in the city are distributing more than 20,000 parcels a year

One in three councils using algorithms to make welfare decisions

16 October, 2019

Exclusive: machine-learning tools being deployed despite evidence they are unreliable

Calls for benefit sanctions as rogue tenants 'costing millions'

16 October, 2019

A new report finds that problem tenants have cost the London taxpayer at least £3.4m

The UK cities where rent is rising the fastest

16 October, 2019

The cost of renting a home rose fastest in Nottingham, Leeds and Bristol in the past year, research indicates, while Aberdeen recorded the biggest fall

S&P warns 20 associations risk downgrades in no-deal Brexit

16 October, 2019

Standards & Poor's has warned that 20 housing associations remain at risk of being downgraded in the event of a no-deal Brexit, with landlords exposed to market sales the most "vulnerable"

Rents rising at fastest rate for three years - but still affordable

16 October, 2019

Rents are rising at their fastest rate for three years

Rental business offers 'lifetime freeze' on rates to agents that back its funding round

16 October, 2019

A new rental business currently raising money via crowdfunding is offering agents that back it a lifetime 'freeze' on subscriptions

Former Knight Frank partner joins firm which plans to be world's biggest landlord

16 October, 2019

Rentify, a lettings and management platform which plans to be the world's biggest landlord without actually owning any property, has appointed Lucy Jones as director of agency

Manchester partnership plans delivery of social housing

15 October, 2019

Subject to approval, work could begin on the new family homes by next spring

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 12 September 2019

15 October, 2019

Experimental statistics covering the number of people and households on Universal Credit, starts and claims

Stockport council owed £5.5m in housing benefit that it overpaid to residents

15 October, 2019

The council has warned it will 'exhaust all reasonable avenues' in order to recover the money

Families driven from homes by flooding still no clearer when they can return

15 October, 2019

Families driven from their homes by heavy flooding are still no clearer over when they will be able to return

Boris Johnson accused of betraying private renters after shelving pledge to end no-fault evictions

15 October, 2019

Theresa May attacked landlords' power as 'wrong' and vowed to act - but issue has been left out of Queen's Speech

Corbyn urges Johnson to set 'hard deadline' for private sector cladding removal

15 October, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn has called on the government to set a "hard deadline" for private building owners to fix blocks with Grenfell-style cladding

Benefits system automation could plunge claimants deeper into poverty

15 October, 2019

DWP spending millions on 'intelligent automation garage' to develop welfare robots to replace humans

Landlords' Barometer - #74: Does buy-to-let really have rigor mortis?

15 October, 2019

Welcome to this edition of the Landlords' Barometer, bringing you trending topics for the private rented sector

Revealed: the private landlords profiting from England's housing crisis

14 October, 2019

Big companies accused of overcharging as families are forced into low-quality emergency accommodation

Only one social block had its ACM cladding fully removed last month despite end of year deadline

14 October, 2019

There are 114 high-rise residential and publicly owned buildings in England that have completed remediation works to removeand replace ACM cladding systems

Connexus remains compliant for governance despite Home Standard breach

14 October, 2019

A housing association, which failed to meet the Home Standard because of safety issues earlier this year, kept its governance rating but has been warned it must still make improvements

Private profit, public squalor: Britain's housing scandal

14 October, 2019

Benefit cuts, high rents and a lack of social housing have left thousands stuck in temporary homes

Rises for newly agreed rent prices outpace inflation over the year

14 October, 2019

Rents on new tenancies rose across all 12 UK regions last month

Drop in accidental landlords as home owners rush to beat the taxman by selling now

14 October, 2019

Only 7% of homes that came on to the rental market this year were listed for sale in the previous six months

Huge number of HMOs have no licence and are illegal

14 October, 2019

There is a non-compliance rate of 75% in unlicensed HMOs in London

Firm offers landlords guaranteed rent for up to ten years 'with Home Office as tenant'

14 October, 2019

A firm that has written to landlords offering long-term rental contracts where the Home Office is the tenant has caused concern among HMO owners

How renters could decide the next government

11 October, 2019

In April, the government made private renters the promise of a generation: to end Section 21 'no fault' evictions

Tenants face rent increase 'acceleration' as PRS demand outstrips supply

11 October, 2019

Figures from the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors see rental growth of approximately 2% over the coming twelve months alone

Private registered provider social housing stock in England - sector characteristics and stock movement

11 October, 2019

Private registered provider social housing stock in England - rents profile outlines the stock owned and managed by private registered providers

The Bedroom Tax in Northern Ireland: playing a dangerous game with peace?

11 October, 2019

Northern Ireland is about to experience many of the austerity policies that have been rolled out in England, including the Bedroom Tax

Over 1,200 homeless people in Welwyn Hatfield ask the council for help every year

11 October, 2019

Over 1,200 Welwyn Hatfield residents who face homelessness, or have already lost their homes, ask the council for help every year

RLA ready to fight for Section 21

11 October, 2019

Government warned repossession threatens rental supply

Rents rise but fail to keep pace with inflation

11 October, 2019

New stats show some 32% of wages now being spent on rent

Government accused of wrecking plans to build more social housing

11 October, 2019

Councils voice frustration after shock interest rate rise imposed on cheap Treasury loans

Council housebuilding: back with a vengeance

11 October, 2019

If the government's housing ambitions are to be met, councils will have to step up to the plate

Landlords 'in limbo' as still no sign of when mandatory electrical safety checks will be introduced

11 October, 2019

The Government is yet to set a start date for mandatory electrical safety checks in the rental sector despite committing to doing so in July 2018

Hunters chooses tenancy deposit replacement service to offer across its 200 branches

11 October, 2019

Hunters has teamed up with flatfair to bring deposit-free renting to tenants across its national network of over 200 offices

Welsh associations to pilot 'best practice' approach to empty properties

10 October, 2019

Report gives Welsh Government/Llywodraeth Cymru a year to work on a national action plan for empty homes

Government has made no assessment of case for increasing housing benefit

10 October, 2019

Answer to Lords question commits only to "discussions" due later this year

McVey brush off over council powers to manage housing association homes

10 October, 2019

Written Commons question gets a "we'll talk about it later" response from housing minister

Evictions cost private renters in England £70m a year

10 October, 2019

Generation Rent says majority believe landlords should foot bill for making tenants move

World Homeless Day: 3 in 4 say housing benefit should rise in line with rents

10 October, 2019

Charities call on government to invest in housing benefit to prevent homelessness

Regulator appoints sector heavyweights to non-compliant association's board

10 October, 2019

Three senior sector figures have been drafted in to join the board of lease-based provider Westmoreland Supported Housing by the RSH, in a bid to improve the performance of the non-compliant association

North West community housing associations join forces to put tenants first

10 October, 2019

Community housing associations from across the North West met to discuss how together they are putting tenants first

Unpicking Jenrick's shared ownership Right to Buy plan

10 October, 2019

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick's shared ownership Right to Buy plan has caused a stir across the sector

Government forced into U-turn over disability benefits for chronically ill

10 October, 2019

Sick claimants were wrongly denied benefits because they were not taking powerful painkillers

Centrepoint wants benefits review as gig economy drives rent arrears

10 October, 2019

Survey shows just over two in five respondents had difficulties with their benefit claim when in gig work

East Kent Housing likely to be ditched and properties brought back under Thanet council control

10 October, 2019

Thanet council is proposing to ditch arrangements with East Kent Housing and bring its social housing service back under authority control

Average private rents are on the rise - but lag behind inflation

10 October, 2019

Average UK rents rose between July and September but the average increase was below inflation

Agent is fined £80,000 over HMO failures discovered after blaze in attic

10 October, 2019

A letting agent has been fined £80,000 for HMO failures after a fire at one of the properties

Goldsmith Street winning the Stirling Prize shows that councils can lead the way in building more social housing

09 October, 2019

Last night a significant moment in the history of social housing occurred

Scottish Labour proposal to increase social housing supply 'welcomed'

09 October, 2019

But welcome comes with warning of continued uncertainty over housing investment

Government urged to commit to section 21 abolishment

09 October, 2019

The launch of a new Age UK campaign seeks to give all older renters the security of tenure necessary to feel safe in their own homes

'Evictions and hardship': Universal Credit still failing private renters

09 October, 2019

SNP MP Marion Fellows calls on UK Government to increase Local Housing Allowance to pre-2010 levels

How the campaign for national tenant representation is gathering pace

09 October, 2019

Amid concerns that government is kicking the idea into the long grass, members of a campaign group calling for a National Tenant Voice asked Inside Housing to host a crisis meeting to build consensus across the sector and draw up an action plan

Campaigners serve 'Section 21' on MHCLG

09 October, 2019

Government warned of tenant backlash if rental reform thrown out

Manchester rent caps: would they curb house prices or choke the market?

09 October, 2019

A report released last week called for rent caps to be imposed on private lettings in Greater Manchester to control house prices, but the RLA has warned they could have the opposite effect

Mikhail Riches' Goldsmith Street social housing wins Stirling Prize 2019

09 October, 2019

The Passivhaus and high-density Goldsmith Street social housing scheme designed by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley has been awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize 2019

Asbestos, live electric wires, fire hazards and a hole in the floor - safety review reveals serious risks to Hamilton House protesters

08 October, 2019

Squatters who have taken over an empty Chester office block have been warned there is likely to be deadly asbestos in the building

Social housing tenants to be given free bike hire membership

08 October, 2019

Social housing tenants at an estate in west London are set to be given free membership to a bike hire scheme after a deal was struck with the local council

Move to suspend rent arrears tenants from Darlington council housing

08 October, 2019

Leading members of a local authority which has refused to allow its stock of council housing go into private hands look set to approve changes to the criteria for getting social houses

A new chapter for council housing?

08 October, 2019

From the top council for affordable homes delivery in England, to the largest local authority landlord in Scotland

Housing association to provide all residents with lifetime tenancies

08 October, 2019

A housing association in the South West has announced it will scrap fixed-term tenancies in favour of lifetime contracts

For-profit housing association with only one board member deemed non-compliant by regulator

08 October, 2019

A for-profit housing association has been deemed non-compliant by the Regulator of Social Housing after it discovered "significant failures"

Rent Smart Wales training scheme given highest seal of approval

08 October, 2019

Safeagent's training for the Rent Smart Wales has been given the highest rating possible

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 10/2019

07 October, 2019

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

Curo to end all fixed-term tenancies for residents

07 October, 2019

We've heard how important having a long-term tenancy is to feel safe, secure, and be able to put down roots in the local community

Right to rent checks updated guidance factsheet

07 October, 2019

Guidance on conducting right to rent checks onnationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA who have entered the UK through eGatesas visitors

Market digest: housing association bond yields - October 2019

07 October, 2019

How have financial market movements and political swings impacted housing association bonds in the secondary market?

3,100 new council homes to be built to meet housing needs

07 October, 2019

Plans for the largest council house building programme for decades are taking shape in Sheffield

Sector predicts low tenant take-up of government's new shared ownership Right to Buy plan

07 October, 2019

Housing sector figures have predicted a "low take-up" of the new shared ownership Right to Buy if it was offered to housing association tenants

London council halts 'out of borough' homeless placements

07 October, 2019

Enfield Council has set out plans to stop moving homeless people outside the borough, as part of a wider effort to end its "extensive use" of temporary accommodation

Housing benefit freeze means nine in 10 homes unaffordable for families

07 October, 2019

NHF research exposes inadequacy of Local Housing Allowance for the 1.3m families relying on it cover rent

'Community' letting agents and rent caps proposed to cut housing costs

07 October, 2019

A new report has called for the creation of community letting agencies and local rent controls to help younger people cope with housing costs

Manchester rent controls would 'damage supply of housing'

04 October, 2019

A recent report called for a new devolution deal for Greater Manchester, with measures including "rent pressure zones"

Housing associations hit out at government as nitrate pollution leaves thousands of new homes in limbo

04 October, 2019

Housing associations in the South of England have expressed frustration with the government for the "lack of progress" in overcoming issues that have seen the construction of thousands of new homes put on hold due to concerns over nitrate pollution

Locked Out: How Britain keeps people homeless

04 October, 2019

94% of rented homes are too expensive for families on housing benefit

Special report: sector sees large rise in income from non-social housing

04 October, 2019

This month, Social Housing looks at how housing associations are diversifying their income, and finds that they made 10.3 per cent more revenue from shared ownership and non-social housing activity

Buy-to-let expert says he will not allow his tenants to use deposit replacement services

04 October, 2019

Landlord and best-selling buy-to-let author David Lawrenson says he will not be giving any of his tenants a deposit replacement option

An end to 'No DSS' after competition watchdog says agents and portals must have no blanket bans

04 October, 2019

New guidance to letting agents has suggested the end of 'no DSS' tenants exclusions

Northern Ireland Social housing sector ready to build on £1bn impact

03 October, 2019

NIFHA launches Benefits to Society NI report highlighting impact of social housing sector

How we can help local councils tackle short term housing demand

03 October, 2019

Three million new social homes are needed by 2040, but only 6,000 a year are being built

NHF supply survey: housing association development starts rise by nearly a quarter

03 October, 2019

The number of homes started by housing associations in the three months to the end of June this year jumped by nearly a quarter compared with last year

Southwark Council to build new homes on top of existing blocks to tackle chronic housing shortage

03 October, 2019

Council says short supply of land and its expense leaves them with limited options

Bank of China launches into UK social housing

03 October, 2019

Bank of China has entered the UK social housing sector as a lender, agreeing a revolving credit facility with a major housing association

Midlands council had 622 gas certificates outstanding

03 October, 2019

A council in the Midlands had 622 gas safety certificates out of date for a short period this summer

A quarter of all fire service prosecutions under safety order are to do with HMOs

03 October, 2019

A new study has reviewed 200 cases brought by fire services under the Fire Safety Order since it came into force 13 years ago

Landlord of dangerous HMO where foreign tenants spoke little English hit with huge fine

03 October, 2019

A landlord has been found guilty and fined £40,000 for letting out a dangerous and unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation

Why post-Grenfell recommendations cannot be ignored

02 October, 2019

Landlords need to take back control of fire safety compliance to ensure transparency, oversight and accountability

Three Rivers District Council says it can 'prove' it can't meet government housing targets

02 October, 2019

A council leader says she is ready to tell the government they cannot meet the housing targets they have been set

Millions for 'ludicrous Right to Buy lottery' should fund homelessness schemes

02 October, 2019

Commons hears Minister challenged to admit housing association right-to-buy was "daft" as homeless death rates rise

Government holds no official record of UK food banks

02 October, 2019

House of Lords has confirmation in answer to question on food banks being set up in schools

Rise in council spending on land and buildings slows

02 October, 2019

The recent boom in council spending on land and buildings slowed last year, indicating that the craze for borrowing to invest in commercial property may be reaching its peak

Large housing association scraps 'pointless' affordability checks for new tenants

02 October, 2019

One of the UK's largest housing associations has scrapped 'affordability testing' for prospective tenants, deeming the process "pointless bureaucracy"

Blackpool Council accused of trying to 'dump another 330 houses on our doorstep for financial gain'

02 October, 2019

A war of words has broken out over Blackpool Council's plans to build 330 homes over the border in Wyre - on fields that are not earmarked for such development

Agents will have to do AML checks on landlords earning around £8,900 a month

02 October, 2019

The new directive on Anti-Money Laundering means that agents will have to carry out checks on landlords who earn over 10,000 euros a month - regardless as to whether this is from one property or a portfolio

PlaceShapers broadens membership beyond housing associations

01 October, 2019

An organisation that represents community-based housing associations has broadened its membership to include other non-profit social housing providers

Norwich City Council in favour of Section 21 Abolition

01 October, 2019

During a council meeting on 24 September councillors resolved to back to the abolition of Section 21 as proposed by the Government and will seek the support of local MPs

Conservative Party Conference: Where is the government's offer for struggling renters?

01 October, 2019

In its mission to use the Conservative Party Conference to promote homeownership

Leigh Day Solicitors seeks clients to join a group action compensation claim for loss of disability premiums after moving to Universal Credit

01 October, 2019

Leigh Day Solicitors are bringing compensation claims claims for people who have migrated to Universal Credit before 16 January 2019 and have lost their disability premiums

Asbestos in two thirds of council homes as residents urged to call Town Hall before renovating

01 October, 2019

Council officers are warning that asbestos is present in two thirds of council properties, with residents being urged to get in touch with the Town Hall before they do work on their own homes

Housing association tenants to get 'shared ownership' Right to Buy

01 October, 2019

Housing association tenants will be given a right to buy 10% of their homes under new proposals announced by the housing secretary today

Rental stock would drop by almost 1m dwellings if abolition of Section 21 goes ahead

01 October, 2019

Letting agents would have the challenge of greatly reduced stock if Section 21 - the so-called no-fault eviction process - is abolished as the Government proposes

London Assembly warned of rent control 'consequences'

01 October, 2019

To see him into a second term as Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan set out a blueprint for the overhaul of the rental sector

Shared ownership Right to Buy 'will worsen housing crisis'

01 October, 2019

Sector bodies have said that proposals to offer housing association tenants the right to buy upwards of 10% of their homes could "worsen the housing crisis"

Social housing snubbed at Tory conference

01 October, 2019

With nothing offered in the Spending Review, conference housing "headline" repeats announcement of expanded shared ownership options

Give tenants greater say in running their own housing

30 September, 2019

In the two years since the Grenfell Tower fire killed 72 people, there have been many discussions about how to ensure social housing tenants are heard

Esther McVey says she is 'tenure blind' in response to 'social housing revolution' question

30 September, 2019

Housing minister Esther McVey said she is "tenure blind" when asked whether the current government is planning to lead a "social housing revolution"

Rent remains at record high for fourth consecutive month

30 September, 2019

ARLA Propertymark's PRS report shows that the number of tenants experiencing rent rises increased to the highest figure on record in August

Grainger ramps up PRS pipeline to 25 projects

30 September, 2019

Private rental homes developer Grainger has built up a development pipeline of 25 schemes as it strives to double the size of its portfolio of buildings

Somerset West and Taunton Council to remove asbestos from council homes

30 September, 2019

The council is to spend £350,000 removing asbestos from its council houses over the course of the year

Great Harwood pensioner's anger at 'uninhabitable' housing association home

30 September, 2019

A pensioner has expressed her horror at the state of her home which she claims is 'uninhabitable' following work which has been done to it

Universal credit: Labour pledges to scrap welfare scheme

30 September, 2019

A future Labour government would scrap universal credit - which merges six benefits into one payment

Housing Association Data Comparison Analysis - 2018/2019

30 September, 2019

The most accurate and comprehensive UK Public Sector Procurement Portal

JRF comments on Labour policy on Universal Credit

27 September, 2019

Responding to Labour's announcements on Universal Credit, Helen Barnard, Deputy Director for Policy and Partnerships at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said:

Increase in new affordable homes fails to offset private sector decline

27 September, 2019

Nonetheless, it is encouraging to see growth coming through in the affordable and rental sector

Can tech help agencies combat the lettings fee ban?

27 September, 2019

Earlier this year the UK government introduced the Tenant Fees Act, banning landlords from charging renters hundreds of pounds in administration fees for tenancies signed after June 1st, 2019

Survey shows social housing could unify post Brexit UK

27 September, 2019

Findings could shift Tories onto Labour turf over a new national plan to 3m social homes in the next 20 years

Blackpool high school to be redeveloped for housing

27 September, 2019

The council is set to sign off plans to build up to 176 homes on the former Bispham High School at a meeting next week

Council looks to landlord licensing scheme to tackle rogues

27 September, 2019

Landlords could face increased costs and scrutiny as councils turn to a little-used licensing scheme to crack down on rogue operators

NHF 2019: Regulator to raise fees for associations

27 September, 2019

The announcement comes amid a lack on sector consensus of the fees model

Government's housing policies 'risk undermining Northern powerhouse efforts'

27 September, 2019

Covert housing targets will go against the north

Regulator warns of changing behaviours by associations trying to attract 'wall of money'

27 September, 2019

The regulator has warned housing associations against changing their behaviors in a bid to secure funding from large investors offering a "wall of money"

The gulf between housing benefit payments across Essex is revealed

27 September, 2019

The GMB says the move to providing direct access to council homes is long overdue

RSH stats show average rent reductions for English social housing

27 September, 2019

But latest SDR release recognises "significant difference" in rent levels across regions

Labour conference backs building 155,000 social rent homes a year

26 September, 2019

Unanimous show of support for putting the motion to National Policy Forum

Social housing crisis builds as government passes the buck

26 September, 2019

Growing political and financial turmoil leaves social housing providers facing huge challenges

Thousands of pounds in homes grant returned unclaimed

26 September, 2019

Thousands of pounds of grants meant to help low-income Barrow residents with their housing costs has been sent back to the Government

Labour conference votes unanimously for 155,000 social rent homes a year pledge

26 September, 2019

Labour conference delegates have voted unanimously in favour of a bumper housing motion calling for the party to pledge new 155,000 social rented homes a year

Commons papers play out 'numbers game' over social housing investment

26 September, 2019

HCLG committee tested Kate Henderson and Terri Alafat over what investment adds up to

NHF and LGA bosses clash over social rent focus

26 September, 2019

England's top councillor has warned against being too focused on building social rent homes as a means of solving the housing crisis

Tenancy deposit replacement providers report progress as they grow

26 September, 2019

Proptech firm Canopy has teamed up with mydeposits to make it easier for tenants to pay their deposit into its custodial scheme

City council unanimously backs government plans to ditch Section 21

26 September, 2019

A city council is calling on the Government to abolish Section 21 - so-called 'no fault evictions'

London borough tenants pay three times more in service charges than neighbours

25 September, 2019

London Tenants Federation uncovers wide borough-by-borough variations in service charges

Unlocking value: The role of refurbishment in buy to let

25 September, 2019

With yields for property still below their pre-financial crisis levels, house price growth stalling, and tax reforms biting, there's greater incentive than ever for landlords to make the most of their assets

How one housing association changed its approach to frontline services

25 September, 2019

When PA Housing decided to improve its relationship with its tenants, it started by reinventing its frontline services

Fury at 'Hunger Games-style' application process for Grenfell funds sees council chief abandon Twitter

25 September, 2019

'It's vile and disrespectful. To exploit people's grief and turn it into an episode of Dragon's Den is unconscionable'

Planning rules to be changed to stop developers building student flats that can't be used for anything else

25 September, 2019

The proposed rule change would student flats would have to be built to a high enough standard to be used to meet demand for social housing places

'People deserve better': tenants, activists and academics on the state of social housing

25 September, 2019

Ten people share their views on the state of social housing and what the future holds

Motion commits Labour to building 155,000 social rented homes a year

25 September, 2019

Conference could also back councils having the powers to over housing associations

Survey shows PRS housing quality has improved over past decade

24 September, 2019

Responses suggest proportion of non-decent homes fell as sector professionalises and landlords undertake refurbishment

Briefing: How many people need a social rented home?

24 September, 2019

8.4m people in England are in some form of housing need

Council gives advance rent to landlords backing homelessness scheme

24 September, 2019

Private landlords are to be given a month's rent upfront and 12 months' membership of a trade body if they sign up to a local council's new scheme to combat homelessness

Council to buy back Right to Buy properties to meet affordable homes target

24 September, 2019

More than 10% of a Welsh council's new homes target will be met by buying properties from the open market, the majority of which were originally sold through the Right to Buy

Calls mount for crackdown on adverts which specify 'No DSS' tenants

24 September, 2019

Calls are growing for a legal crackdown on adverts which specify 'No DSS' tenants

ARLA slams Labour's pledge to bring in rent controls if it comes to power

24 September, 2019

ARLA has slammed Labour's intention to introduce rent controls if it gets into power at the next general election

Survey shows private tenants not interested in buying a home

23 September, 2019

Government urged to end "penalisation" of landlords and prioritise PRS investment

Rethinking the private rental sector for the future health of young people

23 September, 2019

Home ownership cannot be the only housing solution on offer to the next generation

Funding still available to improve social housing safety standards

23 September, 2019

The Scottish Government has hailed the impact of a new loan scheme to help social landlords meet improved housing safety standards

DWP: The shocking number of North East teenagers on Universal Credit

23 September, 2019

More than 6,000 teenagers across the North East are receiving Universal Credit

People moving into temporary homes should be provided with basic kitchen equipment and bedding

23 September, 2019

People moving into temporary homes should be provided with basic kitchen equipment and bedding

Whose Right to Buy? New research raises fears of fraud

23 September, 2019

The Right to Buy was launched to give tenants living in council housing the chance to buy their home. However, the reality is often somewhat different

Agents who emphasise that they don't charge fees 'helping to raise awareness of ban'

23 September, 2019

ARLA has defended a new practice by which a large number of agents are turning the tenancy fees ban to commercial advantage

Letting agent and landlord both fined after guilty pleas to unlicensed HMO

23 September, 2019

Both a letting agent and a landlord have been fined after prosecutions over an unlicensed HMO

Concerns over 'safeguarding of tenancy deposits' as high street agent enters liquidation

23 September, 2019

An estate agent has gone into liquidation with concerns about possible missing client money

The longer Universal Credit exists in an area, the higher the need for food banks

20 September, 2019

In areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out for at least a year, food banks in the Trussell Trust's network have seen a 30% increase in demand

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 10/2019

20 September, 2019

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

Small sites must deliver social housing

20 September, 2019

Here at Shelter, we want to see the introduction of reforms that will help deliver more social housing

144 social houses could be given contemporary modern "facelift"

20 September, 2019

Dated social housing considered to be a "failing community" could be given a contemporary face-lift if planning permission is secured

Private registered provider social housing stock in England - stock profile

20 September, 2019

Private registered provider social housing stock in England - stock profile outlines the stock owned and managed by private registered providers

Kettering Council brings back lifetime tenancies after fixed term rentals were causing anxiety for tenants

20 September, 2019

Kettering Council is reintroducing a lifetime tenancy for renters after its fixed-term scheme was causing anxiety and had become too 'bureauratic'

LGA has another go at Right To Buy reform

20 September, 2019

Receipt retention part of a seven-point plan pitched for the Queen's Speech

Right to Buy sales slide to lowest level in six years

20 September, 2019

The number of Right to Buy sales have fallen to its lowest level in six years

One in seven council homes sold to tenants on housing benefit under Right to Buy

20 September, 2019

One in seven council homes sold through the Right to Buy since David Cameron hiked discounts in 2012 has been bought by a tenant on housing benefit

What are the implications when tenants swap in and out of a tenancy?

20 September, 2019

A dispute arose between the landlord and tenants due to the cleanliness of the property at the end of the tenancy, deterioration to the décor, damage caused to various items and tenant belongings left behind at the end of the tenancy

Government warned that scrapping Section 21 could spark rise in homelessness

20 September, 2019

Letting agents and landlords are warning that scrapping Section 21 eviction notices could drive up homelessness

September 2019: Touchbase edition 137

19 September, 2019

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

The repeal of section 21 and its impact on the sector

19 September, 2019

I took a sharp intake of breath when Theresa May announced the abolishment of section 21 notices by October 2019

Sheffield Council finds 164 serious hazard homes

19 September, 2019

Sheffield Council found serious hazards in 164 privately rented homes in just 10 months

Stats show increase in social housing stock in England

19 September, 2019

Private registered providers of social housing reported owning 2,995,569 units to the Regulator - a 2% increase since 2018

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

The technology helping social landlords stay 'gas safe'

18 September, 2019

As part of Gas Safety week, a new online system is pitched as the key to ensuring landlord compliance

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

Put people before process when allocating social housing

17 September, 2019

New report warns of a system now failing those in greatest need

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

Scottish government slams Tories over massive welfare cuts

16 September, 2019

The Scottish Government will not stand by and let people already struggling face a reliance on food banks and the stress of debt and rent arrears

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

Tenants in flat-shares lose their living rooms as landlords make the most of space

01 September, 2019

Tenants in shared houses are facing the end of the sitting room for Generation Rent, as landlords increasingly convert every possible space into bedrooms

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

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