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Shock research reveals 'little action' by social landlords on fire safety

25 September, 2017

According to a survey, just 10% of social landlords have been in touch with tenants in person to talk through safety measures such as escape routes and fire doors

The university towns and cities that have been named as Britain's best places for buy-to-let

25 September, 2017

As students turn up at universities across the country in the next few weeks, their landlords will be hoping for another bumper year

Concerns about how Universal Credit deals with changes of circumstances

25 September, 2017

Elements of Universal Credit will pose significant challenges for claimants, advisers and landlords

Council slammed over social housing ambiguity

25 September, 2017

Liberal Democrat councillors have been accused of "not telling the whole truth" about the replacement of 96 socially rented homes in South Oxhey

Ministers told to cut wait for new benefit amid evidence it is causing debt

25 September, 2017

Report raised 'very serious concerns' with government over delay before first payment

Letting agent fined record amount after appalling conditions at HMO

25 September, 2017

A letting agent has been fined a record amount after 15 people were found crammed into an overcrowded building infested with cockroaches

Foodbanks can't cope with universal credit fallout

25 September, 2017

Charity warns that new benefit is leading more people to seek emergency food parcels

Social landlords staying silent on fire safety

25 September, 2017

Three months on from Grenfell, new research reveals that tenants still feel left in the dark when it comes to fire safety

Universal credit 'making financial abuse easier'

25 September, 2017

Changes to benefit payments have made it easier for abusive partners to withhold money

HB G9/2017

22 September, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

DWP to roll out landlord portal to help associations deal with Universal Credit

22 September, 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions has written to the National Housing Federation to notify them they will be rolling the portal out

Helping social tenants improve or furnish their homes

22 September, 2017

Offering discounted surplus paint to tenants is just one example of how organisations can help tenants with decorating costs

Social housing is back on the agenda

22 September, 2017

Ministers are increasingly becoming interested in social housing and landlords must make the most of the opportunity

Upper end of prime central London market sees sales rise, buy to let declines

22 September, 2017

Sales of homes towards the upper end of the prime property market in central London increased by 23% in the second quarter of 2017 and have tripled compared to last year

Why we need the welfare state more than ever

22 September, 2017

Shocked by the 'poverty cycle', British reformers created a safety net for casual workers

Tackling homelessness together

22 September, 2017

The importance of local authorities and housing associations working in partnership

Ledbury Estate residents protest over lack of heating in tower blocks

22 September, 2017

Residents of the Ledbury Estate have protested after being left without heating, after safety fears resulted in the gas supply being switched off in the tower blocks

Parliament to receive £118m fire safety upgrade as funding for tower blocks refused

22 September, 2017

The government will spend more than £100m on fire safety upgrades to parliament, including sprinklers, despite turning down requests from councils for cash to fund fire safety works on tower blocks

Rise and rise of private rental sector: 'More renting than mortgaged households within eight years'

22 September, 2017

A major cultural shift in home ownership is on the horizon, with more private renters than mortgaged home owners within just a few years

Social housing: haunted by Grenfell, hemmed in by cuts, left in limbo

21 September, 2017

Warm words for social housing providers from communities secretary Sajid Javid can't make up for a lack of a coherent housing policy

We will give tenants clarity over RTB

21 September, 2017

Alok Sharma has said he will seek to give clarity to housing association tenants over Right to Buy

London council finds 35 men living in one three-bedroom house

21 September, 2017

Brent council says it is cracking down on exploitative landlords after shocking case in which every room was filled with mattresses

Keepmoat looks to private rented sector

21 September, 2017

After a year of growth, restructured Keepmoat homes is looking to expand into the private rented housing sector and modular housing

'Housing crisis? We've got four empty council homes on our street'

21 September, 2017

"I feel all this is an utter scandal. The council have lost years of rent and council tax"

Social housing providers say welfare policy 'undermines efforts to tackle homelessness'

21 September, 2017

Of 106 councils responding to survey, 84% said welfare policy has hit homelessness work - 70% of housing associations agreed

Labour MP confirms DUP talks over LHA future

21 September, 2017

Homelessness forum event in Manchester hears housing doesn't need more legislation - it needs a complete change of policy

Young people worst affected by debt crisis

21 September, 2017

Rent arrears, benefit changes and insecure work contributing to rise in number of young people seeking advice

Sector demands inflation-linked rent deal

21 September, 2017

Sector leaders have called for the power to set inflation-linked rent increases after Sajid Javid promised "certainty" at the NHF conference

Tougher buy to let borrowing on the way for portfolio landlords

20 September, 2017

Portfolio buy to let landlords will find mortgages harder to find and more expensive as strict new borrowing rules bite from the end of the month

Majority of tenants in UK not asked to provide proof of income and only half ID

20 September, 2017

Landlords and letting agents in the UK are failing to carry out sufficient financial checks on new tenants with 75% not asked to provide proof of income

Belfast mum 'goes without food for days so she can afford rent'

20 September, 2017

A Belfast mum-of-two who has been on the Housing Executive's waiting list for nine years has revealed she regularly goes without food for up to three days to keep a roof over her children's heads

Proposed changes to benefit payments will impact private rented sector landlords - not just social landlords

20 September, 2017

Proposed changes to housing benefit will not only have significant and severe implications for the tenant in receipt of benefit

Supported housing: getting people back onto their own feet

20 September, 2017

Their work is crucial, but supported housing providers are feeling anxious about the future

Housing leaders call for input into social housing green paper

20 September, 2017

Housing leaders have welcomed the government's green paper on social housing, but said providers must be given a chance to have their say

Why are housing association flats lying empty when Grenfell survivors need them?

20 September, 2017

Properties owned by Kensington and Chelsea housing associations are being earmarked for redevelopment rather than providing much-needed homes

Lettings fees ban will be our biggest challenge

20 September, 2017

Letting agents consider the impending fees ban to be their most significant challenge in the coming months

Licensing scheme which has brought 1,200 landlords and 25 lettings to book could be cancelled

20 September, 2017

England's first compulsory borough-wide licensing scheme is under threat

Common households - landlords celebrate tribunal win

19 September, 2017

Landlords in Doncaster are celebrating after tenants successfully challenged the council in a row over the level of benefit paid to landlords providing homes to common households

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2017 to Mar 2018

19 September, 2017

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2017 to 2018

The Tories have failed, says Healey, as social housing spending hits a record low

19 September, 2017

The Tories have "washed their hands" of responsibility by failing to build the houses needed by ordinary families

Welsh housing association development soars

19 September, 2017

Housebuilding by housing associations surged 56% in the last quarter

Council could buy homes from rogue landlords as full extent of disrepair and mismanagement revealed

19 September, 2017

Glasgow City Council has set aside almost £50 million to bring up to 500 properties under public ownership

Sajid Javid should give councils free rein to tackle rogue landlords

19 September, 2017

In Newham,the council's licensing scheme for private landlords has uncovered abuses and exploitation. So why isn't the government interested?

Ten more councils join request to spend RTB receipts on shared ownership

19 September, 2017

A further 10 councils have joined a consultation with the government to be allowed to spend Right to Buy receipts on shared ownership

Government attempts to tackle growing rent arrears under Universal Credit

19 September, 2017

The government will attempt to tackle a sharp increase in rent arrears under Universal Credit by rolling out initiatives that give landlords more control over their tenants' rental payments

How public money is spent on housing

19 September, 2017

As a nation, we just aren't building enough homes

How much will the lettings fee ban cost your business? Here's where you can find out

19 September, 2017

How much will the impending fees ban cost you?

Ending stigma could produce immeasurable benefits

19 September, 2017

The Benefit to Society campaign is one with the greatest potential to change the tide for social housing

Tenants' approval rating of Thenue value for money drive soars

18 September, 2017

Tenants have given Thenue Housing a huge endorsement of its drive to deliver value for money with soaring approval ratings

How having access to social housing helped my mental health and got me back on my feet

18 September, 2017

Growing up, I was told that all council estates were dirty and that social housing tenants were lazy scroungers who were likely to steal anything that wasn't nailed down

Universal credit a train wreck that must be stopped

18 September, 2017

Liberal Democrat work and pensions spokesman to call for next month's rollout to be cancelled until overhaul takes place

Universal credit sends rent arrears soaring

18 September, 2017

Housing chiefs' warning on effect of flagship Tory welfare reform

HomeLet Rental Index - August 2017

18 September, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 2.4% in August compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £939 a month

Local authority in search of private landlords further afield who can house its tenants

18 September, 2017

In recent years the Government has hit landlords with extra Stamp Duty and the removal of several tax reliefs

Tenants paying more as annual rate of rental inflation rises

18 September, 2017

New rents rose 2.4% across the UK in August on an annual basis

Buy-to-let lending squeeze: 'some banks won't lend at all'

18 September, 2017

Stringent new rules for mortgage lending to buy-to-let investors with multiple properties could mean that some can no longer borrow to fund their business

The future of social housing design and build in Scotland is all about virtual reality

18 September, 2017

You've just been informed that there's a new development planned in your neighbourhood, but rather than leaf through the image of a brochure, you reach for a pair of VR goggles

Government debate on rent repayments and mortgages

15 September, 2017

Parliament will debate a call for rent payments to be taken into account when applying for a mortgage.

Universal Credit payment advances: May 2016 to June 2017

15 September, 2017

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on payment advances for claims to Universal Credit for May 2016 to June 2017.

We need to change how we talk about homelessness

15 September, 2017

People often have a limited view of homelessness and are fed 'typical' media

Poor people pushed into debt by harsh benefit deductions

15 September, 2017

Poor people on benefits are being pushed into destitution by having direct deductions taken from their benefit payments. 

2017 UK HOUSING REVIEW

15 September, 2017

New housing supply continues to fall behind new household growth across Great Britain.

Stereotypes of social housing tenants are isolating and damaging

15 September, 2017

Housing association tenant explains why the Fair Press for Tenants guide for media is needed

Councils warn of cuts to housing budgets due to fire safety works

15 September, 2017

Social landlords could be forced to cut back spend on repairs and new build as they scramble to fund fire safety works on tower blocks.

'Direct link' between welfare changes and rough sleeping rise

15 September, 2017

Labour responds to the mayor of London's comments that there is a 'direct link' between welfare changes and the rise in rough sleeping.

Homelessness rise 'likely to have been driven by welfare reforms'

14 September, 2017

The number of homeless families in the UK has risen by more than 60% and is "likely to have been driven" by the government's welfare reforms, the public spending watchdog has said

It's getting harder for those on low incomes to make ends meet

14 September, 2017

Responding to today's Monetary Policy Committee's interest rates decision

Commons confirms date for rental payment debate

14 September, 2017

The issue of adding rental payments to tenant credit histories is back in the Commons next month - the response to a major public petition

Build-to-rent - the solution to Britain's housing crisis?

14 September, 2017

Purpose-built block of rental homes, including affordable units and extensive facilities, are fast becoming a hot investment

Universal Credit forcing PRS tenants into rent arrears

14 September, 2017

More than a third of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit say they are owed rent, up by over 10% since last year

RLA secures £1.5million energy funding pot for members

14 September, 2017

The RLA has secured a £1.5m funding pot from energy company E.ON to install energy efficiency improvements in members’ properties

RICS UK Residential Market Survey August 2017

14 September, 2017

August 2017: UK Residential Market Survey

Study finds 'shocking' lack of support for young people leaving care

14 September, 2017

Children's charity Barnardo's finds 65% of young care leavers with mental health issues get no support from government

80% of government housing funding is on private housing

14 September, 2017

The government is due to spend almost 80% of its housing budget in England through to 2020/21 on private housing through programmes such as the Help to Buy

APPG: 'We must get housing options right for older people in the countryside'

13 September, 2017

Parliamentary group urges action on LGA analysis outlining the need for more specialist homes.

UK House Price Index (HPI) for July 2017

13 September, 2017

The UK House Price Index shows house price changes for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Local housing allowance cuts are too deep for renters to work their way out

13 September, 2017

Housing benefit freezes are putting renters at risk of homelessness.

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: August 2017

13 September, 2017

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

English councils' local welfare schemes in 'meltdown'

13 September, 2017

New report reveals that two-thirds of English councils have closed or cut emergency funds, causing greater hardship to low-income families

RLA presents Universal Credit evidence to Select Committee

13 September, 2017

The RLA has given evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on the troubled roll out of Universal Credit.

Landlords urged to get ahead of new laws

13 September, 2017

Research by top sector insurer shows the impact of new legislation on the UK's 1.75 million landlords.

English councils' local welfare schemes in 'meltdown'

13 September, 2017

New report reveals that two-thirds of English councils have closed or cut emergency funds, causing greater hardship to low-income families

Homelessness rise 'likely to have been driven by welfare reforms'

13 September, 2017

The number of homeless families in the UK has risen by more than 60% and is 'likely to have been driven' by the government's welfare reform

DWP to procure 'off the shelf' appointment booking system for Universal Credit

12 September, 2017

Solution for a five year contract expected to be a 'seven figure sum' for cloud-based system providing 99.9% availability supporting UC.

A new urban eyesore: Britain's shamefully shoddy student housing

12 September, 2017

Free to ignore building standards for dwellings, student housing isn't just ruining British cities - it's damaging student life.

Anglesey council's financial outlook 'remains bleak'

12 September, 2017

Councillor Llinos Medi said the authority has had to save £19m over the last five years and have to save another £8m over the next three.

New clean energy projects set to power 3.6 million homes

12 September, 2017

Record amount of renewable capacity secured to power our homes following second contracts for difference auction.

Severe weather warning - are your tenants safe?

12 September, 2017

Rain and high winds have been battering the country over the last few days - with gales of up to 75mph set to hit the UK this week.

Civitas set to raise more capital for supported housing buys

12 September, 2017

REIT hopes to tap into a 'significant pipeline' of further opportunities which exceed remaining investible equity and proposed debt finance.

Joint effort to weed out tenant cannabis use

12 September, 2017

Housing providers warn of eviction risk if tenants smoke the drug in their homes.

Are rented micro-homes the future for young singles?

12 September, 2017

Are you young-ish, single and thoroughly fed up with paying a high level of rent for a room in a house, miles away from where you work?

Councils have 'urgent' concerns over Homelessness Reduction Act delays

12 September, 2017

London council leaders have 'urgent concerns' over delayed government guidance on the Homelessness Reduction Act.

Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State

11 September, 2017

A new account shows how Attlee's reforms built on foundations laid down decades earlier - and that was the key to their success

Universal Credit expansion is 'a disaster waiting to happen' says Citizens Advice

11 September, 2017

Citizens Advice is warning that the expansion of Universal Credit is 'a disaster waiting to happen'.

I see housing officers do all they can to refuse homeless applications

11 September, 2017

Faced with growing demand and dwindling supply, councils have become experienced in using the law to keep homeless people off their waiting lists

Government buying into affordable homes

11 September, 2017

Evidence of Downing Street testing fresh housing initiatives to win over younger voters.

Universal basic income: Half of Britons back plan to pay all UK citizens regardless of employment

11 September, 2017

Nearly half of Britons would support giving all citizens a cash allowance, regardless of whether they were employed, according to a new survey.

'Bank of Mum and Dad' shoulders burden of high cost of renting

11 September, 2017

Parents will pay £2.3bn this year helping children with rent, as the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' stretches beyond helping with house deposits.

'Is my smart meter charging me for the energy generated by my solar panels?'

11 September, 2017

Smart meters and solar panels are incompatible and can even cause householders to pay for electricity generated by solar panels rather than receiving money for it

Squeeze on living standards is down to welfare cuts, not the fall in the pound

11 September, 2017

Love it or loathe it, the long shadow of Brexit dominates our political weather. With good reason, of course.

Two million UK families face £50-a-week cut in income

11 September, 2017

Households with children make up more than 80% of those set to lose out as pressure grows for end to austerity

Glimmer of hope as MPs say they must 'look at' deposit cap plan

08 September, 2017

MPs have debated the proposed lettings fee ban - with a glimmer of hope for landlords as even those backing the move raised questions about capping deposits.

Landlords fined over Right to Rent triples in a year

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of landlords have been fined in a crackdown on illegal immigration.

DWP launches new helpline for landlords

08 September, 2017

The DWP has issued a new guide that includes a helpline for landlords who have had their Universal Credit Alternative Payment Arrangement approved and whose tenants will still not communicate with them.

Quarter of private-renting families slipping into 'bad debt' as they are frequently forced to move

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of private renting families paying average of £1,619 in added costs when they move, findings show

Quarter of private-renting families slipping into 'bad debt' as they are frequently forced to move

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of private renting families paying average of £1,619 in added costs when they move, findings show

Loophole that offers couples a chance to dodge second-home stamp duty

08 September, 2017

A clash between official Government 'guidance' and the law could provide a loophole for couples looking to purchase a second home without paying stamp duty.

Where should housing and social care overlap?

08 September, 2017

Do housing providers need to play a more active role in assessing the housing needs of vulnerable individuals

Supported housing: bottom of the pile?

08 September, 2017

An overstuffed political agenda has meant supported housing funding has been pushed aside.

Campaign calls for increasing number of accessible homes

07 September, 2017

Champion of accessible and inclusive housing, Habinteg is campaigning for the government, councils and developers to recognise the importance of increasing the supply of accessible homes to meet national demand.

Government tells landlords to fix fire safety breaches in large panel system blocks

07 September, 2017

The government has told social landlords to take action to seal up any cracks found in large panel system tower blocks.

Property entrepreneur turned MP backs ban on letting agent fees

07 September, 2017

Tory Kevin Hollinrake tells Commons the compromise of a cap would start 'a race to the top'.

Landlords admit turning away EU citizens to avoid Government regulations

07 September, 2017

Almost one in five landlords say they would be reluctant to let property to an EU national, due to checks they must now complete

Keep exploring different options to improve services

07 September, 2017

Mergers may grab the headlines, but there are lots of other opportunities for associations to deliver real benefits

SFHA: UC roll-out will have 'catastrophic consequences'

07 September, 2017

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations warns the continued roll-out of the benefit will hurt some of the most vulnerable in society

Liverpool Mutual Homes mitigates Universal Credit through predictive analytics

07 September, 2017

Liverpool Mutual Homes have created efficiencies, driven down arrears and helped reduce the impact of Universal Credit

We're addicted to debt and headed for a crash. It could be worse than 2007

07 September, 2017

When Provident Financial lost £1.7bn in share value a week ago, a handful of people asked whether this was a Northern Rock moment.

Grenfell: social housing policy issues 'dealt with in due course'

06 September, 2017

In the Commons, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid acknowledges that such issues need to be addressed

Flexibility 'needed for the future of payments'

06 September, 2017

'Flexibility, greater automation and mobile payments' crucial to future payments strategy according to payments collection specialists.

How Tenant Management Organisations have wrongly been associated with Grenfell

06 September, 2017

Tenant Management Organisations are small, tenant-led organisations that take on a number of landlord functions from local councils.

Council tax reduction for around half a million Scots

06 September, 2017

Scotland's Council Tax Reduction scheme supported 491,180 households and the total weekly income foregone by local authorities was £6.5m.

How will councils survive the funding abyss?

06 September, 2017

From struggling northern councils to seemingly prosperous counties, talk of a financial meltdown is getting louder.

Why getting a loan will be harder for landlords

06 September, 2017

Landlords who have four or more properties could find it impossible to get a mortgage under tough new checks by banks.

Tenants let down by lack of letting fee enforcement

06 September, 2017

RLA calls for better enforcement of existing regulation of letting agent fees rather than outright ban being debated today

The future of supported housing must be top priority

05 September, 2017

With MPs back at the House of Commons today after the summer recess, the government must take an urgent look at the future funding of supported housing

Buy-to-let alterations could result in stock surge

05 September, 2017

Alterations to buy-to-let lending criteria being introduced at the end of September are set to entice a surge of rental stock

Can buy-to-let investors get more by Airbnbing their properties?

05 September, 2017

An increasing number of landlords are turning away from long-term rentals in favour of using Airbnb

How will Universal Credit claimants experiencing homelessness be paid?

05 September, 2017

With the roll out of Universal Credit Full Service set to accelerate in October, what options will ensure people can receive their UC?

New benefits system planned for Dundee is 'broken and should be halted'

05 September, 2017

That's the view of the director of Dundee CAB after several national bodies expressed concerns about the introduction of Universal Credit

London developer to allow rental tenants to pay deposits in bitcoin

05 September, 2017

The Collective says there is international demand to accept cryptocurrency, and will take it for rent payments from autumn

Benefit sanctions shoot up 50% in six months

05 September, 2017

The number of sanctions imposed rose from 18,994 last July to 33,860 in December, before falling back to the 30,000 mark by March this year.

Majority of charity's supported housing under threat from LHA cap

05 September, 2017

More than 90% of shelters run by a major homelessness charity face a risk from the government's proposed supported housing funding changes.

No interest rate rise for at least a year, economists say

04 September, 2017

Many economists do not expect UK interest rates to rise until 2019 despite inflation remaining above target

Solar power deal will lower social tenants' energy bills

04 September, 2017

Solar panels are to be installed in 800,000 low-income homes across England and Wales over the next five years, as part of a new government scheme.

Housebuilding boom front and centre for resumed parliament

04 September, 2017

The need for new homes and where they can be built now seen as crucial to government strategy beyond Brexit.

Increase in evictions are result of renters facing 'impossible choices'

04 September, 2017

Rising evictions are being driven by a toxic mix of low wages and reductions in benefits

DWP publishes Universal Credit guidance

04 September, 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a guidebook for landlords to help them prepare for the roll-out of Universal Credit.

Situation critical for supported housing

01 September, 2017

Emma Maier calls for government to rethink the LHA cap

Homeowners 'happier than renters' with their standard of living

01 September, 2017

Homeowners are happier about their standard of living than renters

Letting agents who fail to display fees 'should be fined not £5,000 but £30,000'

01 September, 2017

The Government should make better use of current legislation on letting agents rather than banning tenant fees

Landlords call on Government to revolutionise tenancy deposit system

01 September, 2017

The Residential Landlords Association is calling for the creation of a new insurance-based scheme that would allow tenants to transfer deposits between properties

Cigarettes cause majority of deadly council housing fires

01 September, 2017

Cigarettes were the most common cause of deadly fires in council housing in the seven years preceding the Grenfell Tower fire

REITs target small housing associations

01 September, 2017

All identified housing associations that are involved with a new index-linked funding method have fewer than 1,000 units

Hundreds of landlords who let illegal immigrants stay in their properties are fined total of £163,000 in crackdown

01 September, 2017

Owners of 236 properties fined under the government's Right to Rent scheme

Scottish charities call for halt to roll-out of 'flawed' Universal Credit

01 September, 2017

A group of 24 Scottish charities have come together to urge the UK government to stop the roll-out of the Universal Credit system in Scotland

Scottish Greens say more than 11,200 children will be affected by new benefit cap

01 September, 2017

More than 11,000 children in Scotland are being hit by the UK Government's new lower benefit cap

Valerie Grant took her own life after son lost benefits

31 August, 2017

A mother killed herself after her disabled son lost a string of benefits and support

First signs of rising rents as buy-to-let investors pass on higher tax

31 August, 2017

The first widespread evidence of landlords raising rents in response to a range of tax increases has led to commentators insisting that buy-to-let remains a viable investment for many

Universal credit has caused untold hardship. But the worst is yet to come

31 August, 2017

The Conservatives' flagship welfare reform programme is a deeply flawed and damaging scheme

Scottish charities say 'stop' to UC roll-out

31 August, 2017

Twenty-four charities and individuals sign an open letter urging UK government to 'fix flaws' seen in the system

Buy to Let index - August 2017

31 August, 2017

Bottleneck of housing supply sees rents rise in July

Shrinking lettings supply pushes up rents

31 August, 2017

Your Move says a shrinking supply of properties, in part created by government measures against the lettings sector, has led to rent rises

Mind the pay gap

31 August, 2017

What will be revealed when social landlords publish new data on their gender pay gaps?

Streets Apart: A History of Social Housing

31 August, 2017

In the wake of the fire at Grenfell Tower, Lynsey Hanley tells the story of social housing in Britain

PRS Statistics Bulletin - August 2017

31 August, 2017

Welcome to the August PRS Statistics Bulletin from the RLA Private renting Evidence

Quarter of a million working age people on benefits in NI

30 August, 2017

Tax credits and housing benefit not included in the latest figures

Fining rogue landlords up to £30,000

30 August, 2017

It could keep thousands in Pendle safe from rogue landlords

Landlords signing up to council scheme helping find new homes for Milton Keynes families in need

30 August, 2017

More than 50 private landlords in MK have signed up to a council scheme to let their properties for a guaranteed rent each month - helping more families in need of homes

Further education for benefit claimants: 2015 to 2016

30 August, 2017

Analyses training for learners on benefits in England using government data for the 2015 to 2016 academic year

Housing association given governance upgrade

30 August, 2017

A housing association that was previously downgraded for seeking to restrict an internal review has had its governance rating upgraded by the social housing regulator

Scottish housing leaders raise DHP concerns

30 August, 2017

Housing leaders have spoken out against the Scottish Government's plan to make Discretionary Housing Payment schemes voluntary for councils

Alison Inman: 'Some who experience domestic abuse will live in social housing'

30 August, 2017

Tenant champion and incoming Chartered Institute of Housing president says domestic violence needs to be centre of housing policy

Tenants to be charged for damage

30 August, 2017

Council tenants are to be charged for damage caused to their homes and gardens "beyond fair wear and tear" under new cost-cutting plans unveiled by Waverley Borough Council

Credit card lenders 'targeting people struggling with debt'

30 August, 2017

Citizens Advice finds almost one in five people struggling with debts have had their card limit raised without request

A cut in stamp duty this autumn is highly unlikely

29 August, 2017

Speculation that the Chancellor will take a fresh look at stamp duty charges in November's Autumn Budget is again circulating the housing market

Private Rented Sector Report - July 2017

29 August, 2017

Almost one third of letting agents saw rents rise for tenants in July

Council to fit sprinkler systems themselves to get them into high-rises 'as quickly as possible'

29 August, 2017

The move comes in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy

David Gauke signals he will press on with universal credit

29 August, 2017

Work and pensions secretary says benefit changes are 'transforming lives' after MPs called for a pause in their introduction

Bank of Mum and Dad now playing vital role in private rented sector

29 August, 2017

The Bank of Mum and Dad has long been an active lender in helping offspring buy their homes - but a new report says it is also playing a pivotal role in the rental market

Council gets more powers to tackle private sector

29 August, 2017

Powers include right of entry, enhanced criminal record checks and document demands

DWP spends £39m defending decisions to strip benefits from sick and disabled people

29 August, 2017

Government appeal process condemned as 'traumatic' and a 'waste of time and money'

No 'pause' in universal credit

29 August, 2017

The government are pressing ahead with the welfare changes, saying it is 'making work pay and transforming lives'

Council gets more rogue landlord powers in Govanhill

29 August, 2017

Glasgow City Council has been given more powers to tackle rogue landlords in an area plagued by squalid living conditions

Kevin Hollinrake says it is important that MPs understand implications of fees ban

25 August, 2017

MP Kevin Hollinrake has confirmed that agents will be able to attend the forthcoming Parliamentary debate on the proposed ban letting agent fees

Airbnb tenants who decide against staying can now leave bad reviews

25 August, 2017

Airbnb customers who take one look at their accommodation and decide against it, or who leave early after finding it unacceptable, will now be able to leave bad reviews

Associations pull 85% of planned supported housing developments

25 August, 2017

Housing associations have slashed the number of supported housing homes they plan to build by 85%, as uncertainty around government reforms to the sector stymie development

National Audit Office to re-assess Universal Credit roll-out

25 August, 2017

New report will examine progress after two previous assessments identified key areas of poor performance hindering an 'overly ambitious' programme

How many homes did housing associations deliver in quarter one 2017/18?

25 August, 2017

Housing associations started 9,063 homes in 2017/18 Q1

Increasing benefit uptake

25 August, 2017

Roun-table meeting to agree next steps

Nationality at point of NINo registration of DWP working age benefit recipients: data to Feb 2017

24 August, 2017

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

Analysis of migrants' access to income-related benefits

24 August, 2017

Analysis relating to the access to income-related benefits for European Economic Area and non-EEA migrants

Properties vanishing from mainstream rental market as more landlords switch to Airbnb

24 August, 2017

An increasing number of rental properties in London are being used for short-term holiday lets using websites such as Airbnb and are no longer available for long-term renting

Half of new association homes funded privately

24 August, 2017

Housing associations are funding almost half their affordable housing from their own balance sheets

New stamp duty charge on landlords and investors raises significantly more than expected

24 August, 2017

Rising revenues suggest policy is failing in aim of stopping people buying multiple homes

From Long-Term Lets to Short-Term Lets: Is Airbnb becoming the new buy-to-let?

24 August, 2017

Homes are no longer being used for long term accommodation

Regulator writes to tenant groups over Grenfell

24 August, 2017

The social housing regulator has written to tenants' groups to explain its role in the sector, following the Grenfell Tower disaster

Cash offer fails to entice council tenants to move

24 August, 2017

Increased incentives, designed to persuade council house tenants in Moray to downsize, have failed to boost housing stock

National Panel of Tenants and Service Users

23 August, 2017

This theme considered views on what value for money means for users of social landlord services

Two housing associations under review by regulator

23 August, 2017

Two housing associations are being investigated by the social housing regulator for governance issues

Grenfell residents' call for fire safety checks refused five weeks before blaze

23 August, 2017

A request by Grenfell Tower residents for an independent review of fire risk to the building was refused just five weeks before the deadly blaze

A quarter of all UK households will be private tenants within eight years

23 August, 2017

The average tenancy length in the UK is getting longer - and by 2025, 25% of all households will be living in the private rented sector

Court hears housing benefit assessors ran £1m false claims racket

23 August, 2017

Seven assessors working for London borough councils committed to Crown Court on fraud charges

Landlords: concerned about letting to international students?

22 August, 2017

There are so many benefits to renting your property out to students

Brexit 'cuts off' cash for social housing

22 August, 2017

European Investment Bank has frozen its UK operations

Letting fees: MP Kevin Hollinrake initiates Parliamentary debate on ban

22 August, 2017

MP Kevin Hollinrake - who co-founded Hunters of which he is now chairman - is sponsoring a Parliamentary debate on the proposed ban on letting agency fees in England

Why replacing Right to Buy homes is so difficult

22 August, 2017

In 2012, the government announced it was revitalising the Tory party's most famous council housing policy

Calls to widen Help to Buy in Wales

22 August, 2017

Critics say scheme as it stands does not stimulate the housing market

Protest called amid homes loss fears after housing associations merger plan announced

22 August, 2017

Tenants and resident from Notting Hill Housing and Genesis Housing oppose the plan, which would create one of the country's largest housing associations

Landlords Being Urged to Remortgage Ahead of Tougher Lending Criteria

22 August, 2017

Landlords are being urged to remortgage ahead of tougher buy-to-let lending criteria due to be introduced in September, which will make it more difficult to obtain finance

Bringing private and social housing together can be the key to successful regeneration

22 August, 2017

John Gallacher champions the use of mixed tenure developments to create thriving and sustainable communities as he looks back on four decades spent in the housing industry

Universal credit: ID issues with Irish passport

22 August, 2017

Irish passports and the Northern Ireland driving licence have been posing problems for the computer system processing a new benefits system

Welfare reforms allowing government to "massage down" true figures of those sanctioned

21 August, 2017

A freedom of Information request shows that new welfare reforms are allowing the government to distort the true figures of those sanctioned on welfare, disability and in receipt of pensions

Scoping research on supply and demand for short term lets in Scotland

21 August, 2017

Scottish Government April 2017

Scottish Ministers have recently established an independent expert panel to advise them on the opportunities that the collaborative economy brings, as well as the challenges that it presents

Tower Hamlets Council to roll out free wi-fi in town centres and social housing

21 August, 2017

Mayor John Biggs says the plan will tackle inequality and poverty with businesses and homes around Brick Lane, Watney Market and Chrisp Street the first to get online

Parents on low incomes 'can't afford basics'

21 August, 2017

Higher inflation and a freeze on state benefits mean low-income parents cannot meet the basic costs of raising a child

DCLG considering allowing shared ownership for RTB replacements

21 August, 2017

The government is considering proposals from a group of 50 councils to allow them to spend Right to Buy receipts on purchasing properties for shared ownership

Letting agent handed £20,000 court bill after giving tenants 'sham licences'

21 August, 2017

A letting agent which gave tenants licences rather than tenancy agreements has been landed with a bill of over £20,000

Sharp rent arrears rise in Ross-shire blamed on new Universal Credit benefit system

21 August, 2017

Rent arrears for council house tenants have doubled in some areas of Ross-shire in just two years - and the controversial universal credit scheme has been blamed for the sharp rise

Vulnerable people 'being forced to use foodbanks because of benefits system problems'

21 August, 2017

Vulnerable people are being driven into destitution and reliance on foodbanks because of major flaws in the benefits system

What housing associations want from contractors

21 August, 2017

Social housing does not stay still for long

Welsh Government: Landlords should pay letting agent fees, not tenants

18 August, 2017

A new report into letting agent fees by Welsh Government has found there is "no compelling evidence" for tenants to pay letting agent fees

Licensing scheme uncovers 13,000 landlord tax cheats in one borough

18 August, 2017

Thousands of landlords have had to hand over millions in unpaid tax and penalties for failing to tell HM Revenue & Customs about their rental profits

The way residents and tenants are treated is a stain on modern Britain

18 August, 2017

The Ledbury and Grenfell residents were repeatedly dismissed when they raised safety concerns. Frontline housing staff must do more to listen and act

HB G8/2017

18 August, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Fees ban 'will help online student lettings agent launch into mainstream market'

18 August, 2017

An online agency aimed at the student lettings market is to expand into the mainstream market

Agency board provider sees signs of slowdown in rental market

18 August, 2017

The number of rental properties coming to market has hit a four-year low

Shrinking buy-to-let market triggers mortgage rate war

18 August, 2017

The rapidly shrinking buy-to-let market is driving lenders to a mortgage price war as they compete for dwindling demand from borrowers

Bristol council tax relief cuts could be 'illegal' say opponents

18 August, 2017

Controversial plans to cut council tax relief in Bristol are "potentially illegal" local politicians have said

Why a new Waitrose means more evictions, and what should be done

18 August, 2017

Landlords shouldn't be able to kick people out when a new shop pops up in the area. We need a change in the law

'My picture is proof that healthcare professionals lie in benefit assessments'

17 August, 2017

A furious disability benefit claimant has produced what she says is the clearest evidence yet that healthcare professionals working for the DWP are writing dishonest assessment reports

Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up: statistical notice

17 August, 2017

Statistical notice about changes in the Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up publication

Developers 'underestimating profits' to avoid building social housing

17 August, 2017

Petition mobilised across England and Wales urging councils to make development assessment documents public

Almost 90% of Universal Credit tenants are in rent arrears

17 August, 2017

South Lanarkshire Council says tenants in receipt of universal credit have accrued rent arrears totalling more than half a million pounds

'Austerity causes a lot of suffering': record number of food banks report stock shortage

17 August, 2017

Trussell Trust, Britain's biggest food bank network, says supplies dwindling this summer as welfare sanctions bite

Welsh Government to review social rents ahead of LHA cap

17 August, 2017

The Welsh Government has brought forward a review of its social housing rent policy as it looks for ways to offset the impact of the LHA cap

Sadiq Khan fails to build any social housing in year as Mayor

17 August, 2017

Sadiq Khan has failed to build any social housing in London in the past 12 months despite promising to construct thousands of houses every year during his election campaign

Landlords want rent payments in credit scores

17 August, 2017

RLA calls for rent payments to be included when calculating credit scores to support tenants wanting to buy a home of their own

Crunch time for Universal Credit

17 August, 2017

The pace of the roll-out of 'full' Universal Credit is set to ramp up in a few months' time

Quarterly Benefits Summary

16 August, 2017

This release aims to give users a structured overview of National Statistics on DWP administered benefits and sanction

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 13 Jul 2017

16 August, 2017

These experimental statistics cover numbers of claims made, starts and people on Universal Credit to 13 July 2017

Listen to the tenants in social housing

16 August, 2017

If you live in a tower block, your home is visible but you are not

Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions: decisions made to March 2017

16 August, 2017

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions decisions made to March 2017

Housing Benefit caseload statistics: data to May 2017

16 August, 2017

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

National conversation needed about the value of social housing

16 August, 2017

It is unacceptable that in such a wealthy society such as ours, we have so many people who are forced to live on the streets or live in unsuitable accommodation

Study shows social benefit of housing investment

16 August, 2017

Research values social return on investment for social housing

Buy-to-let property platform hits £50m milestone

16 August, 2017

A platform allowing investors to join together to fund the purchases of residential rental properties has hit the £50m fundraising milestone

Rents 'not spiralling out of control' - Belvoir boss condemns 'sensationalist' press stories

16 August, 2017

Rental price inflation was flat across Great Britain for the fourth consecutive month in July

Buy-to-let slump:the cost of renting in London rises for the first time this year as the number of rental homes drops by 18 per cent

15 August, 2017

One in 10 homes sold in July was bought by a landlord, which is the lowest proportion of buy-to-let sales recorded in seven years

One in five buy-to-let investors plan to sell up

15 August, 2017

One in five buy-to-let investors plan to sell their properties

Some Right to Buy owners now 'property millionaires'

15 August, 2017

Over 1.5 million council homes in the UK have been sold to council tenants, making millions for some

Social media and social housing - four tips for housing professionals

15 August, 2017

While social media can be very successfully used to build a more direct and personal connection with tenants, housing associations and social landlords need to be prepared to respond meaningfully when things aren't going to plan

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: July 2017

15 August, 2017

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

The Grenfell Inquiry must address the powerlessness social tenants feel

15 August, 2017

All too often social housing residents tell us that they feel like second-class citizens

20% of NI housing now private rented

15 August, 2017

Almost 49,000 landlords have now registered just over 97,000 properties across Northern Ireland

Urgent decisions on welfare and housing required: UUP MLA

15 August, 2017

Crunch decisions on welfare reform and housing are in limbo as a result of the ongoing Stormont stalemate

Social housing firm Mears hit by Grenfell Tower fall out

15 August, 2017

Safety checks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy will hit profits this year as building works are delayed

HCA urges caution over REIT deals

14 August, 2017

Housing associations should be aware of the risks involved in taking money from real estate investment trusts

Nationwide mortgage lending hit by fall in buy-to-let loans

14 August, 2017

Nationwide has reported a sharp fall in mortgage lending, mainly due to making fewer buy-to-let loans

Private rental sector gets a 'perfect storm' warning

14 August, 2017

RLA survey of almost 3,000 landlords shows 22% plan to sell as demand for rental homes rises

PRS will not solve the housing crisis

14 August, 2017

Government claims that renting is key to fixing the country's broken housing market are misplaced

The other Waitrose effect: rapidly increasing evictions

14 August, 2017

Study shows the arrival of a new store associated with an 25%-50% increase in the number of evictions

Welfare Reform and Universal Credit: The impact on the private rented sector

14 August, 2017

Over the past 2 years there has been significant political attention provided to the private rented sector

Rent Arrears and the Sweet Science

14 August, 2017

As Digital Transformation Manager for Housing Services at Hackney Council, I get to run some really fun and interesting projects

Barriers to setting up council-owned housing companies

14 August, 2017

Difficulties spending Right to Buy receipts and confusion over the Housing Revenue Account, planning and rent-setting

Universal credit and the risk of digital failure

14 August, 2017

With UC being rolled out across the country, a strong digital inclusion strategy can be the difference between successful adoption and a potentially devastating impact on housing associations' income

Rise of the retired renter

11 August, 2017

Stats suggest that almost half of UK over 65s would consider downsizing - a level of demand that far outstrips retirement housing available

HB G7/2017

11 August, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

'Home-owning hopelessness' as private renters fear they'll never get on property ladder

11 August, 2017

Nearly two thirds (59 per cent) of private renters on the lowest incomes in England never expect to buy their own property

The Shocking Increase In Rents On London's Two-Bedroom Homes

11 August, 2017

The London housing market is obviously out of control

London will fall further behind on new council homes without more action from Mayor

11 August, 2017

Sian Berry told the Mayor he has 'a lot of catching up to do' after revealing that no new council homes funded by the Mayor have started on site since he took office 16 months ago

Third of private rented homes fail basic health and safety standards

11 August, 2017

Millions of UK people living in rented properties with dangerous hazards, despite private rents soaring

People shouldn't have to feel grateful for social housing - it's a basic human right

11 August, 2017

We should stop seeing social housing as scarce or precious. It's as much a necessity as good healthcare and education

DWP 'is using lost benefit assessment letters to cut spending'

11 August, 2017

The DWP is using lost appointment letters for face-to-face assessments as an excuse for turning down disabled people's benefit claims, to help it cut spending on social security

Rogue landlords warned to expect stiffer penalties in wake of landmark ruling

11 August, 2017

A landmark court ruling against a Fife private landlord could have major implications for scores of other cases across the country

Salford Council Approves Fourth Selective Licensing Scheme

10 August, 2017

Following a consultation earlier this year Salford Council's City Mayor and Cabinet have now formally approved a fourth selective licensing scheme

Are cuts to Council Tax Support in England a false economy for councils?

10 August, 2017

Total uncollected council tax is £400m higher than in 2013-14 when Council Tax Benefit was abolished

Truth at last: What really happened in Scotland after letting agent fees were banned

10 August, 2017

What follow is an opinion piece but I believe it to be the factual truth

Concerned tenants offered chance to move out of tower blocks

10 August, 2017

Southwark Council has offered tenants on one of its estates the chance to move out after compartmentation breaches were found in two of its tower blocks

Lettings agency 'took tenants' holding deposits and never returned them'

10 August, 2017

An anonymous article on young consumer website the Debrief claims that tenants' holding deposits disappeared into the coffers at a mystery Fitzrovia office of a London lettings agent

UK tenants don't have much faith in private rented sector

10 August, 2017

People renting a home in the UK feel that not enough is being done to help them onto the housing ladder with those in London forced to rent because of the high price of property

Landlords' Barometer - #51: Hammered! Why landlords are feeling so negative

10 August, 2017

Welcome to another edition of the "Landlords Barometer" with all the trending topics that have been engaging landlords on the propertytribes.com forum over the past few weeks

If social housing is precious, tenancies should be time-limited

09 August, 2017

Without means testing and fixed tenancies, someone on a high income could end up in secure housing while those on lower incomes struggle

August 2017: Touchbase edition 120

09 August, 2017

This edition of Touchbase focusses on initiatives that support disabled people and those with health conditions back into work

Joint response - Terms of Reference to the Public Inquiry on the Grenfell Tower fire - ARCH, CIH, Inside Housing and NFA

09 August, 2017

This is a joint submission into the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry to ensure we provide a consistent message accross the trade and professional bodies across the housing sector

Helping journalists portray social housing tenants fairly

09 August, 2017

A group of housing associations is working to produce a guide for journalists on how to avoid stereotyping

Proptech firm comes up with real-time facial recognition to help agents with Right to Rent

09 August, 2017

A new firm is using real-time facial recognition technology with the aim of helping letting agents meet their Right to Rent obligations

Tenancy deposit replacement products will be 'as popular as Christmas trees in January'

09 August, 2017

The boss of the Property Franchise Group says he does not think there will be a market for tenancy deposit replacement products once the tenancy fees ban comes in

Impact of applying Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social tenants

08 August, 2017

Our analysis shows the potential numbers of people affected and the amount of shortfall between benefit levels and rents charged

Landlords losing confidence in rental profits

08 August, 2017

Landlords are losing confidence in their ability to rely on steady rental yields

Local Housing Allowance Direct Payments - changing the "payee"

08 August, 2017

Landlords have been left horrified - and out of pocket - after local authorities re-directed direct payments from landlords to tenants

Government recommit to Help to Buy

08 August, 2017

Statement shrugs off reports of the scheme being shelved and stresses support until 2021

Enough Empty Council Flats In One Chelsea Block To House All Grenfell Families

08 August, 2017

Council flats in the same borough as Grenfell Tower which could house all the survivors are lying empty because the owners want to demolish them

Abolition of Right to Buy Scheme 'Progressing'

08 August, 2017

Proposals which would see the Right to Buy policy scrapped in Wrexham and across Wales have moved a step closer

Tenants 'struggling to put a roof over their head'

07 August, 2017

Thousands are unable to hold down a tenancy due to rising costs, lack of affordable housing and welfare reforms

Redbridge Council launches private property licensing scheme to crack down on rogue landlords

07 August, 2017

Absentee landlords who fail to deal with poor conditions may be a thing of the past thanks to a new borough-wide Redbridge Council scheme

Opposition MPs call for Universal Credit pause

07 August, 2017

A group of opposition MPs have called for the planned rollout of UC in their constituencies to be delayed because of delays in claimants receiving payments

Annual rental inflation returns to growth as average new rents hit new high

07 August, 2017

Annual rental inflation on new tenancies returned to growth for the first time in two months during July

HCA could de-register 'sham transactions' housing association

07 August, 2017

An association sued by Southwark Council for alleged "sham transactions" that helped it avoid building affordable housing could lose its status as a registered provider

HomeLet Rental Index - July 2017

07 August, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 1.1% in July compared to the same month a year ago

MPs urge government to delay universal credit rollout

07 August, 2017

MPs' letter calls for extension of universal credit to be postponed until next year to avoid people suffering Christmas hardship

Grenfell must be a turning point in housing - for staff and residents

07 August, 2017

Making social housing more commercial has eroded workers' skills and knowhow

An ode to social housing

04 August, 2017

Sometimes words alone aren't enough to explain the issues

Shared housing: the solution?

04 August, 2017

Shared housing for social tenants could be the next big thing due to government plans to cap housing benefit for single under-35s

Universal Support-Universal Credit

04 August, 2017

Universal Support is part of Health & Work Programme contained in the government's Green Paper and Universal Credit

Landlords 'avoid paying millions in tax' with short-term Edinburgh festival lets

04 August, 2017

Over £10 million of taxes are being avoided this year due to the boom in private homes being let out as holiday accommodation during the Edinburgh festival

Lower annual welfare cap affects 68,000 families

04 August, 2017

The first six months of the new lower benefit cap has seen 68,000 families having their welfare cut for the first time, losing each around £50 a week

Support of last resort: alternatives to local welfare schemes to prevent and relieve homelessness

04 August, 2017

The safety net that local welfare schemes provide is stretched to breaking point

Give us a paintbrush! Ten ways to make the housing market work for tenants

04 August, 2017

It may seem trivial, but giving renters more control over where they live and what they pay is essential to tackling bad landlords

Britain's 11 million renters are crying out for an end to the housing crisis

04 August, 2017

A recent book on the scandal that is our private rented sector raises some big questions after the Grenfell disaster

Right to Buy: Whose interest does it serve?

04 August, 2017

Right to Buy, the policy no one wants to talk about, is decimating local councils' housing stock and costing us all dearly in state subsidy

Make Social Housing Our Nation's Badge Of Honour

03 August, 2017

In the wake of the appalling fire at Grenfell Tower there has been a torrent of public comment

Three-year tenancy plan to stabilise rental market

03 August, 2017

Ministers are to change the national planning rules to put pressure on landlords to offer tenancies of three years rather than one

Housing calls for a review after latest benefit cap statistics

03 August, 2017

The housing sector has said the latest figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions show there is a need for government to re-look at welfare policies

Bursting the buy-to-let bubble

03 August, 2017

The buy-to-let mortgage sector has been bombarded with reforms resulting in a slowdown of lending to landlords

Renting becomes cheaper than buying, particularly in the South East

03 August, 2017

For many years, rent has been called "dead money" and young people have been urged to "get on the housing ladder"

Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2017

03 August, 2017

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and May 2017

The state of private renting

03 August, 2017

In the second in a series of pieces examining findings from the English Housing Survey, Jules Birch looks at the private rented sector

Letting agents accused of 'fraudulent listings' and 'treating renters like students'

03 August, 2017

Almost 30,000 London tenants claim they have been a victim of lettings fraud

'Damaging' Right to Buy policy is suspended in city for five years

03 August, 2017

Right to Buy is to be suspended for a period of five years in Cardiff

Council which set up first borough-wide licensing scheme to publish star ratings of all letting agents

03 August, 2017

The local authority which set up the first borough-wide mandatory licensing scheme of every rental property is to launch the UK's first letting agents' rating scheme

Clock is ticking in Scotland for all letting agents to be registered and hold CMP

02 August, 2017

Scottish housing minister Kevin Stewart is writing to all letting agents to warn them that the clock is ticking towards the implementation of a mandatory new regime

Bringing repairs in-house

02 August, 2017

An increasing number of housing associations are improving services and efficiencies by setting up their own repairs and maintenance companies

Councils 'can't hide' fire safety reports

02 August, 2017

The information commissioner is urging councils to proactively publish fire information 'in full' for residents to see

Green space v social housing: the fight for the future of London's oldest allotments

02 August, 2017

A charity's plans to build social housing threaten allotments established in 1832 for the working poor of Ealing

How have attitudes changed towards social housing?

02 August, 2017

Does the Welfare State still have an obligation to house everyone who can't afford to buy or rent their own home?

Welsh associations urged to further empower tenants

02 August, 2017

Associations in Wales welcome a report from the Welsh Public Accounts Committee praising the increasing transparency in the sector but setting out robust recommendations

Inquiry into Regulatory oversight of Housing Associations

02 August, 2017

The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales

The Committee welcomes steps to make housing association regulation more open

Young people are shut out of private renting

02 August, 2017

Shelter has said it, local government has said it, former ministers have said it

David Webster: 'Benefit sanctions should be a thing of the past'

02 August, 2017

The economist and Glasgow research fellow on why stopping benefit payments is counterproductive and must not be rolled out more widely

Renters can't wait for the government to scrap letting fees - so Hackney council is stepping in

01 August, 2017

Four homes, four landlords and four completely different experiences: in my 15 years as a renter in London, I've experienced first-hand the good, the bad and the ugly of the private rented sector

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics in England and Wales, January to March 2017 (Provisional)

01 August, 2017

The number of mortgage possession claims made to county courts has increased

Housing Benefit Entitlement Reductions: Caseload Management Information (CMI)

01 August, 2017

Housing Benefit is an income related benefit that is intended to help meet housing costs for rented accommodation

Landlord portfolio management - past and future

01 August, 2017

This research, funded by Shelter, explores how landlords manage their portfolios and make decisions over buying and selling stock

Council secures long-term housing strategy

01 August, 2017

Transaction will reduce the council's rent obligations by approximately 30% over the next 10 years

Landlords cut back on renting to young people

01 August, 2017

Younger people will have more difficulty finding rented accommodation in coming months as a substantial proportion of landlords actively cut back on renting to under-35s

Anger as Scottish Government leaves 130,000 disabled Scots at the mercy of PIP assessments

01 August, 2017

New figures reveal 130,000 are still to be subjected to humiliating PIP assessments - but SNP won't halt them

Access to homes for under-35's: The impact of Welfare Reform on Private Renting

01 August, 2017

As the dust settles after the general election there is a clear need for policy and practical solutions that have cross-party support

Council to let associations bid for RTB receipts

01 August, 2017

Housing associations are invited to bid for the £16m pot - as long as it is spent on easing Hackney council's 12,000-plus waiting list

From the archive - benefit fraud plan criticised

31 July, 2017

Inside Housing looks back at what was happening in the sector this week 10, 20 and 30 years ago

Right to Buy suspended in Cardiff

31 July, 2017

The Right to Buy will be suspended in Cardiff to ensure social housing is available for those who need it

Swansea food bank runs out 'due to school holiday'

31 July, 2017

A Swansea food bank has run out of supplies, with volunteers making an urgent appeal to help restock it

Extra Stamp Duty 'has not deterred landlords so far' as HMRC receipts rise again

31 July, 2017

Landlords may be complaining about the extra Stamp Duty charges but that doesn't seem to be stopping people buying additional properties

Government urged to end letting fees

31 July, 2017

Hackney council is calling for immediate action over the failure to introduce clear timescales on the measure

Technology adoption in social housing: what's your scorecard?

31 July, 2017

We're entering an age of unprecedented technological, social and political disruption that will create a great deal of unpredictability and risk

Poverty group calls for an end to the benefits freeze

31 July, 2017

The Poverty Alliance has written to every MP in Scotland

New council homes planned in Walthamstow as clock ticks in council's race to spend £16.5m Right to Buy cash

31 July, 2017

The council made more than £41 million selling social housing between April 2014 and April this year

Older people worst culprits when it comes to benefit fraud

31 July, 2017

Londoners more likely to cheat too

DWP to look at RLA proposals on Universal Credit

28 July, 2017

The DWP has said it will address problems faced by landlords who house Universal Credit tenants following a meeting with the RLA

Rightmove launches trial of Face Messenger bot to help renters find their next home

28 July, 2017

Rightmove is testing out new ways for home hunters to interact when searching for a home to rent

Tenants pay the price as rental rises become more widespread

28 July, 2017

Rent hikes became more common last month

Grenfell Tower: Sixty blocks 'fail new fire test'

28 July, 2017

Cladding and insulation used in at least 60 tower blocks will be deemed to have failed a new fire safety test

'It's social cleansing': the 93-year-old fighting east London demolitions

28 July, 2017

In Whitechapel, residents say their campaign against the possible bulldozing of their council homes is a battle over the future of housing

Six months left for letting agents to meet statutory code requirements

28 July, 2017

Housing minister Kevin Stewart is writing to all commercial letting agents to highlight a new statutory Code of Practice and the need to comply by January 31 2018

HB A7/2017 (revised)

28 July, 2017

Right Benefit Initiative 2017/18

Buy to let crackdown has not finished yet

28 July, 2017

Buy to let mortgages are about to get more expensive for landlords as new lending rules take effect from September 2017

I know what it's like to spend school holidays hungry. So do today's kids

28 July, 2017

Visiting a food bank may be as far some families get this summer. This needless hunger, and its effect on childhood, should cause a national outcry

Landlords fear buy-to-let regulation and taxation, but no worries over Brexit

27 July, 2017

Landlords have identified regulation and economic uncertainty as their key concerns when running their buy-to-let portfolio

Facebook backs campaign to tackle social housing stigma

27 July, 2017

'Benefit to Society' will benefit from backing from one of the largest organisations in the world, social media giant Facebook

Temporary short-term let 'not comparable to renovation'

27 July, 2017

Using a residential flat as a short-term Airbnb-style let for a temporary period is not comparable to removing it from the housing supply for other reasons

Reassuring tower block tenants post-Grenfell

27 July, 2017

The Grenfell fire has caused anxiety among tower block tenants

Private Rental Market Summary Statistics - April 2016 to March 2017

27 July, 2017

The median monthly rent recorded between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 in England was £675

Private Rented Sector Report - June 2017

27 July, 2017

A third of letting agents saw rents rise for tenants in June

Union warns more social housing is needed in WIltshire

27 July, 2017

Just over a third of new homes built in Wiltshire last year were for social housing, but a union is calling for more

Social housing residents have changed: landlords must now adapt

27 July, 2017

The sector must get away from the legacy notions of a 'typical' social housing tenant and to understand the breadth and scope of people who now live in affordable housing

Private landlords in Glasgow 'profiting from homelessness crisis and housing shortage'

27 July, 2017

Private landlords are profiting from a homelessness crisis and housing shortage in Glasgow

Five ways to help your tenants with the roll-out of universal credit

26 July, 2017

The 'full service' version of universal credit is on its way - so what do social landlords need to be doing differently?

Is buy to let dead?

26 July, 2017

Property expert Kate Faulkner looks at the facts behind the headlines - and what the future holds for the private rented sector

How to ensure your rental deposit is properly protected

26 July, 2017

It may surprise you to know that anyone can set up a lettings agency - you don't need a licence or a qualification

Landlords' action on fire safety

26 July, 2017

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, over half of the UK's landlords have taken steps to check the fire safety of their Buy to Let properties

Landlords hit out at evictions report

26 July, 2017

The Residential Landlords Association has said a recent piece of research into evictions is 'misleading and distorted'

Housing Benefit Entitlement Reductions: Caseload Management Information

26 July, 2017

Housing Benefit is an income related benefit that is intended to help meet housing costs for rented accommodation

Housing Benefit Speed of Processing Statistics

26 July, 2017

Data for Quarter 4 (January 2017 to March 2017)and the full financial year 2016/17

Consultation on recognising residents' associations, and their power to request information about tenants

26 July, 2017

This consultation seeks views on proposed secondary legislation under section 29A Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 - Tenants' Associations: power to request information about tenants

Victims of ground rent scandal demand action on existing abuses

26 July, 2017

As government plans to ban leaseholds on new-build houses, there are claims up to 100,000 people own 'unsellable' properties

Pause for Thought

25 July, 2017

Measuring the impact of Welfare Reform on tenants and landlords - 2017 Survey Results

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics: Annual update: 2016/17

25 July, 2017

Following feedback from users, we have decided to continue publishing Scottish Welfare Fund statistics on a quarterly basis until summer 2017

A blueprint for Scotland's future

25 July, 2017

The Scottish Government should strengthen and clarify the links between housing and the various outcomes of the National Performance Framework

Half of children needing summer food bank support are in primary school

25 July, 2017

Under-fours made up 27% of the children receiving emergency food supplies last July and August

Rise in personal loans dangerous

25 July, 2017

A sharp rise in personal loans could pose a danger to the UK economy

Buy-to-let: how many properties do I need to own to set up as a company?

25 July, 2017

Several key tax changes have hit buy-to-let investors' profits

Landlords are turfing people out of their homes without reason - and it's completely legal

25 July, 2017

No fault evictions allow private landlords to turf tenants out without any reason. It's legal but its use is on the rise and it needs to stop

Tenants satisfied with Clydebank Housing Association services

25 July, 2017

The result of an independent poll commissioned by CHA has revealed that 94% of its tenants are satisfied with the overall service they receive

Hardship payments to be available immediately to JSA claimants who are homeless

25 July, 2017

From October 2017, JSA claimants who are homeless will have immediate access to hardship payments if their benefit is reduced because of a sanction

Cardiff bus station developer moots scrapping PRS homes

24 July, 2017

The developer behind Cardiff's new bus interchange is looking to scrap 195 rental homes from the scheme and replace them with offices or student housing

Nottingham's landlord licensing plan gets green light

24 July, 2017

Controversial plans to introduce landlord licensing across swathes of Nottingham have been given the go-ahead

Energy efficiency in privately rented homes: you talked, we listened

24 July, 2017

In June 2017 we gathered the views of over 200 private tenants on the Scottish Government's proposal to introduce a minimum energy efficiency standard for private rented homes

Council 'remains committed to delivery of homes' partly through 'arms-length' £60m housing company

24 July, 2017

Warrington Borough Council 'remains committed' to setting up a £60 million housing company

The social housing system is being demolished without a whimper

24 July, 2017

Housing associations are beset by cuts, but will survive - the real victims of the crisis are the most vulnerable people in society

Almost one in five MPs are landlords

24 July, 2017

Parliament has published its register of MPs' financial interests for the first time since the election

Councils house extra secondary school's worth of homeless children each month

24 July, 2017

The numbers of homeless children councils are having to house in temporary accommodation has increased by more than a third in the last three years

100 tenants a day lose homes as rising rents and benefit freeze hit

24 July, 2017

Charities demand action to tackle toll of soaring housing costs, welfare cuts and 'no fault' evictions

Poverty, evictions and forced moves

24 July, 2017

This report explores the rapid increase in evictions over the last 12 years, and the impact these have had on the lives of tenants who lose their homes

Landlords in UK say long term growth is more important than tax efficiency

21 July, 2017

Buy to let landlords have dismissed concerns about the impact of changes to mortgage tax relief and consider long term growth as more important

BBC landlord show serving as eye-opener to industry

21 July, 2017

A BBC One landlord programme should serve as an eye-opener for the entire lettings industry

Tenants move into brand new affordable homes in Glasgow

21 July, 2017

Housing association says the rented flats are state-of-art

Nottingham City Council Reduces Size of Proposed Selective Licensing Scheme

21 July, 2017

Nottingham City Council has revised its proposal for selective licensing of PRS property in the City

Scottish Housing Regulator updates regulation plans for three RSLs

21 July, 2017

The Scottish Housing Regulator has published updated regulation plans for three RSLs as each undergo various changes within their organisations

Building society Nationwide to pump millions into building homes for sale and rent in bid to ease UK's housing crisis

21 July, 2017

Britain's biggest building society is to pump millions into building and rental schemes in a bid to ease the nation's housing crisis

Local councils to receive £15m in extra funding

21 July, 2017

Communities secretary Sajid Javid announces grants totaling £15m to local councils to help ease the pressures on local services

New social homes are first in rural village for decades

21 July, 2017

Work has started on the first new social homes to be built in a small upper Weardale village for more than 50 years

Council Granted Sum to Protect Migrant Families from Rogue Landlords

21 July, 2017

Thanet District Council has been granted over half a million pounds to protect migrant families and other vulnerable residents from being exploited by rogue landlords

Luton Council Proposes Selective Licensing

20 July, 2017

Luton Council is consulting on plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme in parts of the borough

Selective Licensing begins in Scarborough

20 July, 2017

Scarborough Council has introduced selective licensing to the wards of Castle and North Bay

Landlords in UK don't understand what tenants want

20 July, 2017

Landlords in the UK are generally out of touch with what their tenants want with new research indicating a wide gulf between the two

Views sought on lettings agents' fees

20 July, 2017

Communities and Children Secretary Carl Sargeant has today launched a formal consultation on legislative proposals to remove the ability of lettings agencies to charge fees to tenants

The Housing Ombudsman Annual Report and Accounts 2016-7

20 July, 2017

Housing Matters: Fairness Matters

Scammers 'making millions' off desperate renters

20 July, 2017

Estimates show some 250,000 renters have fallen victim to rental fraud and scams in the past five years - almost 50,000 in the past year alone

Tenant complaints rise

20 July, 2017

Complaints by social housing tenants have increased

Landlords warn buy-to-let clampdown will hit retirement incomes

20 July, 2017

Buy-to-let tax changes could be the next pensions crisis

That's rich! New breed of 'uber' tenants splash the cash on weekly rents of £25,000

20 July, 2017

An unprecedented new breed of renter has emerged - the international mega-rich 'uber tenant'

'The city desperately needs council housing': Mill Road depot protesters want a 'less posh' Cambridge

19 July, 2017

Campaigners say the the first housing site built using devolution cash must be at least 50 per cent council housing

Rise of older renters: 'I sold up at 60 and will be a tenant for life'

19 July, 2017

The number of retirees and older people moving into rented accommodation has increased by 13pc in the last four years

Winsford housing developments make council one of leading housing developers in north west

19 July, 2017

Winsford housing developments make council one of leading housing developers in north west

Statutory protection for the future funding of supported housing

19 July, 2017

New report exploring the options around increased statutory protection

Plans to scrap right to buy policy are met with mixed reaction in Senedd

19 July, 2017

Plans which would see the Right to Buy policy scrapped in Wales have been met with a mixed reaction

Make housing associations subject to FoI says industry bosses

19 July, 2017

A proposed law making housing associations subject to the Freedom of Information Act has won the backing of the regional and national press trade body

Grenfell cladding '14 times combustibility limit'

19 July, 2017

Burning cladding on Grenfell Tower would have released 14 times more heat than a key government test allows

MP launching new bid to make rental accommodation 'fit for human habitation'

19 July, 2017

Labour MP Karen Buck is planning to reintroduce her Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill in Parliament today

Duncan Smith demands that George Osborne's war on landlords is called off

19 July, 2017

Prominent Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith has said the Government should call off the fight against private landlords

Don't blame landlords - renters move because they want to

18 July, 2017

Private renters move home because they want to, not because their landlords evict them

THE NEXT PENSIONS CRISIS: Are middle-income landlords driven out of the private rented sector?

18 July, 2017

According to HMRC, approximately 3.25 million individuals in the UK declare an income from letting residential property each year

Permanent homes for Grenfell survivors will be ready 'very shortly' amid anger over 'unsuitable' temporary accommodation

18 July, 2017

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid claims many families had turned down temporary accommodation

More than half a million social homes in England do not meet basic health and safety standards

18 July, 2017

New figures reveal hundreds of thousands of homes with serious safety hazards

Agents express frustration over plans to cap tenants' deposits

18 July, 2017

Agents have expressed their frustration over plans unveiled in the Queen's Speech to cap tenants' deposits to no more than a month's rent

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: June 2017

18 July, 2017

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

Double amputee could lose specially adapted car because benefits assessment finds he can walk 20m

18 July, 2017

'I've not lived off the state and claimed other benefits and this was because my mobility payments helped me get a car and drive to work'

Making it count: proving the economic value of housing associations in their local area

18 July, 2017

Housing associations are key drivers of economic growth and have a huge impact on the local communities where they operate

Power to the renters: Turning the tide on our broken housing system

18 July, 2017

Our national obsession with home ownership is absolute

HB G7/2017

17 July, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Consultation on an amendment to the Tenant Involvement and Empowerment Standard

17 July, 2017

The deregulatory measures in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 amend the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 by removing the requirement for private registered providers to seek the regulator's consent to the disposal of social housing and to some constitutional changes

Scottish PRS Reset To Positive Growth

17 July, 2017

After 2 consecutive quarters without meaningful positive growth at National level, the Scottish PRS returned to the black

How many rural homes did housing associations deliver in 2016/17?

17 July, 2017

Housing associations started 3,769 homes in rural areas in 2016/17

Government must work with landlords, not against them

17 July, 2017

As the dust settles on the general election and politicians both in Westminster and Cardiff Bay get back to the job of government, there is a lot of uncertainty about the future direction of housing policy

Government welfare cuts blamed for 50% surge in mental health issues among unemployed

17 July, 2017

Benefit freezes and sanctions 'are having a toxic impact on mental health'

Benefit sanctions are increasing hunger and depression not driving down unemployment

17 July, 2017

Why everything you thought you knew about poverty and its causes was wrong

Social landlords could recover cladding costs

17 July, 2017

Associations and councils enquire about legal routes open to them against contractors

Overseas landlords shun the UK, as tax changes bite

17 July, 2017

The proportion of foreign landlords owning property in the UK has fallen to a new low

Hard cash is needed to make social housing residents feel safe

14 July, 2017

Even after the terrible tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, central government is still refusing to fund councils and housing associations to do their job

Victory for landlords as weakened Govt U-turns on digital taxation plans

14 July, 2017

We are pleased that the Government has finally listened to the concerns raised by the NLA on behalf of landlords

Whether it's teachers' pay or disability benefits - the freeze is chilling

14 July, 2017

We need to challenge the punitive capitalist narrative that only certain categories of people deserve to be able to afford to eat and pay the rent

Associations 'could increase development by a third'

14 July, 2017

Housing associations in Wales have been told they could increase development without harming their business model

13 housing associations trial Glasgow Housing Register

14 July, 2017

A new pilot project is set to reduce the amount of applications social housing applicants have to fill out in the Glasgow area

Rent caps could be introduced in Aberdeen

14 July, 2017

Council bosses will begin monitoring private rent levels in Aberdeen - with the possibility of capping them

The number of BTL landlords registering to buy property is down 30% y-o-y

14 July, 2017

There has been a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let property acquisitions, following the government's decision to introduce the 3% stamp duty surcharge and phase out mortgage interest relief

Private rented sector continuing its growth - but don't expect all tenants to be happy

14 July, 2017

The latest English Housing Survey shows the private rented sector continuing to grow

Agent who helped himself to tenants' deposits is jailed for three years

14 July, 2017

An agent who failed to pay tenants' deposits into a protection scheme and spent the money has been jailed for three years

Rents WILL rise after fees ban and our profitability will be hit

13 July, 2017

A majority of letting agents believe that rents will rise by 5% to 10% per month once the fees ban is introduced

End distance, tenants tell associations and councils

13 July, 2017

Tenants have called for better communication from associations and councils

Social Landlord Housing Sales, 2016-17

13 July, 2017

The overall number of housing sales by social landlords decreased during 2016-17 and remained well below the levels seen in years prior to 2008-09

Making Tax Digital U-Turn

13 July, 2017

Making Tax Digital was announced by then-Chancellor George Osborne in the 2015 Autumn Statement

Labour needs to develop an alternative to Universal Credit and the Benefit Freeze

13 July, 2017

Labour has finally spoken about Universal Credit

English Housing Survey (SRS)

13 July, 2017

Social rented sector, 2015-16

English Housing Survey (PRS)

13 July, 2017

Private rented sector, 2015-16

Theresa Maybe - PRS Regulations left up in the air?

13 July, 2017

Last month's Queen's Speech saw the promise of a draft Bill to enact the ban on letting fees to tenants

Lambeth Council starts 'more intrusive' fire risk assessments

13 July, 2017

Lambeth Council has begun carrying out "more intrusive" Fire Risk Assessments on its tower blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, one of its directors has told an all-party parliamentary group

Grenfell fire: councils to foot bill for fire safety work 'in first instance'

12 July, 2017

Announcement that councils will be 'first port of call' to pay for improvements raises fears that vital work will be delayed

How easy is it to fake a tenant reference? Very!

12 July, 2017

As has been reported, agencies are being warned about tenants faking documents to pass referencing checks. But how easy is it to fake a reference?

Grenfell Tower fire: Government 'too slow to reassure residents' living in similar blocks

12 July, 2017

'It is totally unacceptable that four weeks on ministers still don't know and can't say how many other tower blocks are unsafe'

Abused women face homelessness after eviction notice is served on St Albans refuge

12 July, 2017

Abused women and escapees from arranged marriages face being made homeless following the eviction of a St Albans refuge

Delay to Supported Housing Green Paper a 'blow'

12 July, 2017

The housing sector has responded to reports the Supported Housing Green Paper has been delayed by the government

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 8 Jun 2017

12 July, 2017

These experimental statistics cover numbers of claims made, starts and people on Universal Credit

Councils may have to cover cost of high rise fire safety measures

12 July, 2017

Response from first secretary of state, Damian Green, at PMQs taken as suggesting councils may be expected to pay for recommended work

Council called out over £2bn housing privatisation plan

12 July, 2017

Hugely ambitious Haringey plan branded "out of touch and high-handed" but council says it "couldn't be clearer" over right of return for tenants

Social housing in Europe: legacies, new trends and the crisis

12 July, 2017

What is considered social housing varies across Europe

Private landlords warn of enforcement divide

11 July, 2017

Private landlords have warned licencing schemes could create a divide between councils and housing providers

The time for social housing and tenant engagement is now

11 July, 2017

Chief Executive of Tpas, Jenny Osbourne, says now is the time for tenants to grasp the initiative and drive engagement

Understanding cladding safety tests after Grenfell Tower fire

11 July, 2017

After the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, the Government ordered an audit of high-rise social housing tower blocks across the country

JRF Response to the Housing White Paper consultation

11 July, 2017

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice

Most agents 'support impending ban on tenant fees'

11 July, 2017

Agents support the impending ban on letting fees charged to tenants and would like to see the end of Section 21

Private landlords and developers urged to check cladding after Grenfell Tower fire

11 July, 2017

Council chiefs are urging all private landlords and developers to check the cladding on any buildings they own in Plymouth following the horrendous Grenfell Tower fire in London last month

Landbay announces new Buy to Let partnership

11 July, 2017

Specialist Buy to Let mortgage lender links up with Legal & General on a new 'point of demand' insurance venture

Policy Response: Impact of the LHA freeze

11 July, 2017

Frozen Local Housing Allowance is freezing people out of the housing market

Council proposes restrictions to control HMO growth

11 July, 2017

Bath & North East Somerset Council has revealed new proposals which seek to better control the growth of HMOs in Bath

Right to Buy ban in Wales needs to be explained

10 July, 2017

People who live in social housing in Wales must be given clear information about plans to end the right to buy their homes

Despair of the families forced into temporary housing

10 July, 2017

A perfect storm of boom and bust in the housing market has forced record numbers of children into temporary accommodation in parts of Scotland

Council reveals £4m post-Grenfell costs to tower blocks

10 July, 2017

Figures from a single London borough indicate the huge costs councils face over tower block safety post Grenfell

Limited company landlords facing higher mortgage costs

10 July, 2017

Landlords rushing to incorporate in order to preserve mortgage interest relief on their buy-to-let portfolio may still end up paying more

Landlords rank reversing mortgage interest relief as key buy-to-let priority for Government

10 July, 2017

The Government is facing yet more pressure to reverse controversial changes to mortgage interest relief

Landlord who is barrister hit with bill of nearly £5,000 after HMO breach

10 July, 2017

A barrister has been ordered to pay £4,740 at Birmingham Magistrates Court for failing to obtain an HMO licence and for breaching management regulations at a three-storey property

Fife 'bedroom tax' campaigners claim to have scored arrears victory

10 July, 2017

Activists in Fife fighting the controversial 'bedroom tax' are claiming victory after Fife Council confirmed it will no longer pursue tenants with a "static balance" of arrears

Rental growth and rental affordability

10 July, 2017

Residential rental growth over the last decade has ranged from +45% to -7% across regions. The variance is largely explained by local economic factors

Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill

10 July, 2017

The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people, makes laws for Wales, agrees Welsh taxes and holds the Welsh Government to account

These are the areas with the most choice of rental properties in the UK

07 July, 2017

Increased supply of rental properties has put a dent in London asking rents

Universal Credit 'failing' Welsh families

07 July, 2017

Benefit system changes are failing families in Wales and pushing them into debt

Measuring the impact on housing associations of applying Local Housing Allowances to the social rented sector in Northern Ireland

07 July, 2017

In November 2015 the Chancellor announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement that the amount of rent housing benefit will cover in the social rented sector would be capped

Housing association stands firm amid calls to 'shame' them into fitting sprinklers at The Tannery in Canterbury

07 July, 2017

Dozens of properties were destroyed after a blaze ripped through buildings in July 2015

Labour urges benefits cap rethink as 20,000 families hit by 'unlawful' policy

07 July, 2017

Shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams said the lower cap "is pushing more children into poverty"

Citizens Advice calls for Universal Credit rollout to be paused as research reveals people left facing financial difficulty

07 July, 2017

The rollout of Universal Credit should be paused until significant problems with it are fixed

Rents are still rising but properties are taking longer to let

07 July, 2017

The number of properties available to rent has increased across the UK but there are fewer new properties coming to the market

Local councils launch voluntary scheme that benchmarks letting agents and landlords

07 July, 2017

Councils in the west of England have relaunched a scheme that sets a benchmark for letting agents and landlords

Councils'discretionary payment spend on benefit cap doubles

07 July, 2017

The amount of DHP funding spent by councils on mitigating the benefit cap has more than doubled year-on-year

Book review: For whose benefit?

06 July, 2017

For Whose Benefit? The everyday realities of welfare reform

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments - Analysis of End of Year returns from Local Authorities

06 July, 2017

DHP is a discretionary scheme that allows local authorities to make monetary awards to people experiencing financial difficulty

The estimated impact of the benefit cap on parents, by age of youngest child

06 July, 2017

The benefit cap was first introduced in April 2013 as part of the Welfare Reform Act of 2012

Just 14 Grenfell Tower families have accepted rehousing offers

06 July, 2017

Disaster response spokesperson says many of 158 affected families had turned down temporary offers in order to wait for permanent homes

Tenancy referencing firm becomes latest to offer a zero deposit scheme

06 July, 2017

Specialist tenant referencing and insurance provider Let Alliance is the latest to enter the zero deposit market

New student accommodation rental platform aims to 'disrupt' university lets

06 July, 2017

A 22-year-old student has come up with a new lettings platform in the latest attempt to "disrupt" the rental sector

Rental sector now needs '360-degree protection'

06 July, 2017

Owner of rent-hub says tenants shouldn't need to set up protest sites to have their voices heard

Councillor backs move to improve housing standards for private tenants

06 July, 2017

Aim is to distinguish between good landlords and letting agents from bad ones

Under-occupation the potential impact on housing benefit

06 July, 2017

As LHA rates are based on the number of bedrooms that a tenant and their household needs and not the size of the property occupied, work was required to establish the impact of under-occupancy on Housing Benefit

Impact of welfare changes on rented housing in Northern Ireland

05 July, 2017

The benefits system is changing

Over the next three years a number of changes will be introduced that will adversely affect housing affordability for more people living on low incomes in social and private rented accommodation, as well as social housing providers' ability to build new homes and deliver a broad range of services

NI social housebuilding threatened by new benefit cuts

05 July, 2017

Social housebuilding in Northern Ireland is being threatened by benefit cuts planned by the UK Government

DCLG urged to back new national tenant voice

05 July, 2017

All four NTOs want a 'coherent, legitimate and empowered' voice for tenants to communicate directly with government and other agencies

How to solve the UK's housing crisis: Government should let councils buy land, grant it planning permission and then sell it off

05 July, 2017

Devolving power to local councils could help yield £30bn to pay for public services

Buy-to-let crackdown: more rules to hit landlords in September

05 July, 2017

Buy-to-let investors are braced for another assault as the Bank of England prepares to impose yet more rules on private landlords

HomeLet Rental Index - June 2017

05 July, 2017

Rents in the UK fell by 0.3% in June compared to the same month a year ago, the second month in row in which rents fell; the average monthly rent now stands at £908 a month

Universal Credit labelled 'minefield of issues'

05 July, 2017

The heavily criticised policy has once again come under fire from housing professionals

Challenging the myth: Two thirds of landlords pay basic rate tax

05 July, 2017

Two thirds of individual landlords are only liable for the basic rate of income tax according to data released by the government

Putting the "social" back in "social housing"? Thoughts from Housing 2017

05 July, 2017

Political circumstances hung heavy over this year's Chartered Institute of Housing conference

YUK! Student video revealing mess at end of a tenancy goes viral

04 July, 2017

The end of tenancy cleanup can often make or break the decision to hand back a deposit so spare a thought for this student whose video of the mess he was left to clean after his housemates left has gone viral

Time to ban letting fees

04 July, 2017

With plans to end letting fees in England, it's time scrap them in Northern Ireland

Tax change hits landlord confidence in UK as they put up rents to cope

04 July, 2017

Landlords' confidence in the UK has fallen as they face the prospect of higher tax costs and weakening house prices, although rents are climbing, pushing up yields

Housing funds 'wasted' by councils

04 July, 2017

Money which is supposed to help people struggling to pay their rent is being wasted by some councils

Labour MPs urge Haringey council to rethink housing sell-off

04 July, 2017

North London MPs David Lammy and Catherine West call for pause in £2bn plan, amid fears residents could be forced out

Social Housing Provider Upgrades Smoke Alarms to Aico Multi-Sensors

04 July, 2017

Northwards Housing in Manchester is undertaking a major smoke alarm upgrade programme across its entire housing stock of 13,500 properties

Marks Out Of Tenancy - Aiding the Private Rental Sector

04 July, 2017

One in every twelve private rental tenants is an older person

Tax changes and red tape leads to fewer homes to rent

04 July, 2017

Tax changes and red tape have led to a slump in the number of buy to let and shared homes available to rent privately

HB S11/2017

04 July, 2017

Additional New Burdens payments for 2017/18

Cladding crisis deepens as 181 towers fail tests

03 July, 2017

The Government's expert fire advisory panel is now seeking further advice on whether cladding must be stripped from towers where basic fire tests confirm cladding is combustible

Landlords get £250 a day to house Grenfell victims: Estate agents told to offer deals at five times the market value because of a lack of properties

03 July, 2017

Landlords are being offered up to £250 a day to house Grenfell Tower survivors in one-bedroom flats

Rental logjam as one in seven private renters spend half their income on rent: LGA analysis

03 July, 2017

When one in seven private renters are spending half their income on rent, it's no wonder we have a rental logjam

Grenfell Tower: Private landlords offered cladding tests

03 July, 2017

Private landlords of high-rise buildings in Wales have been urged to take up an offer of cladding safety checks after the Grenfell Tower fire

Scots families made homeless by Tory benefit cuts

03 July, 2017

Scottish families facing eviction due to the Westminster Tory government's benefits cap are ramping up a series of actions in their battle for justice

HB Direct issue 177

03 July, 2017

We are finally out the other side of (double) Purdah and, although work didn't stop for any of us in the interim, certain aspects may have been paused

Tenant safety and housing regulation

03 July, 2017

Tenant safety is precious. The Cave Review highlighted tenant protection as one of its guiding principles for the Social Housing Regulator

Landlords Should be Cautious of Using Family Members as Rent Guarantors

03 July, 2017

Landlords should be cautious of using family members as rent guarantors post-Brexit, urges Housing Hand, the UK's only secured and reliably insured guarantor service for students and working professionals

Trouble in the Dales as holiday homes become the new buy-to-let

03 July, 2017

Holiday homes are attracting investors with returns of up to 12% a year, but will it make life more difficult for local people?

The Universal Credit (Claims and Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

30 June, 2017

The Scottish Ministers make the following Regulations

Scottish Government Response to the Consultation on Universal Credit (Claims and Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

30 June, 2017

On 16 January 2017, the Scottish Government launched a consultation seeking views on draft regulations on Universal Credit

Private Rented Sector Report

30 June, 2017

May 2017

More than a quarter of agents witness rent hikes for tenants

Landlords face confusion over new shorthold tenancy agreements

30 June, 2017

Landlords in the UK may be unwittingly issuing incorrect Section 21 notices, resulting in thousands of pounds being wasted on aborted possession claims and extensive delays in recovering property

Working together to meet housing need: local authority and housing association partnerships in a changing environment

30 June, 2017

The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Housing 2017, day three: How are landlords making tower blocks safer?

30 June, 2017

Grenfell Tower was often the only subject on everyone's lips at the Chartered Institute of Housing's annual event in Manchester this week

The Week the Landlords Moved In review - mould, rats and tears

30 June, 2017

The life-swap TV format gets more than a fresh lick of paint on the frontline of Britain's housing crisis

Real Time Information (RTI) awareness aid for local authorities

29 June, 2017

This RTI guide provides information on how this process works and helps local authority staff in the processing of RTI referrals

Right to Buy Sales in England: January to March 2017

29 June, 2017

In January to March 2016-17(Q4), local authorities sold an estimated 2,890 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

Housing campaigners to protest at Edinburgh City Council over benefit cap evictions

29 June, 2017

Local protest pressure builds to stop cuts at point of implementation

UK welfare cuts causing £4 billion fall for benefits in Scotland

29 June, 2017

Women, disabled people and the young in Scotland are being harmed by UK Government welfare cuts

Limited company status could see buy to let landlords worse off financially

29 June, 2017

Buy to let landlords in the UK who use a limited company for buying property could be £1,000 a year less well-off due to higher mortgage costs

Grenfell: Five Welsh social landlords test cladding

29 June, 2017

Five Welsh social landlords are testing cladding on tower blocks following the Grenfell Tower fire

Landlords warned to prepare for huge growth in Universal Credit claimants

29 June, 2017

Landlords could see the number of their tenants claiming Universal Credit multiply by up to nine times when their area moves to full digital roll-out

Legal aid cuts 'may have stopped Grenfell tenants pursuing safety concerns'

29 June, 2017

Law Society chief suggests fire in London tower could be stark example of dangers of lack of provision for less well off

Sheltered housing saves NHS and social care services £486m per year

29 June, 2017

Think tank report urges Government to exclude older people's housing from future Housing Benefit cap

Shut out: The barriers low-income households face in private renting

29 June, 2017

A total of 4.5m households now live in privately rented housing

The inability to access a new home after losing a property in the private rented sector has become one of the main drivers of homelessness

'Inadequate' welfare payments push households into profound destitution

29 June, 2017

The inability to pay rent, heat homes, buy clothes and toiletries and secure sufficient food should now be a "serious" national health concern

Research shows renters have higher risk of depression

28 June, 2017

A team of researchers at a university in England have revealed that people who rent their homes for longer have more symptoms of depression

High-Rise in England & Wales

28 June, 2017

Tower blocks that have failed combustibility tests

Grenfell Tower response: a Q&A for housing associations

28 June, 2017

What should happen if I think the cladding on our building is made of aluminium composite material (ACM)?

Majority back proposed energy efficiency rules for private landlords

28 June, 2017

An overwhelming majority of the public support stricter laws requiring private landlords to bring their properties to a minimum energy efficiency rating before letting them out

CIH: Inaugural Savills Housing Sector Survey finds focus on social rents

28 June, 2017

More than 90% of housing associations say their number one priority is providing discounted rental properties

Grenfell Tower cladding scandal could cost councils millions after Government says no guarantee of extra funding

28 June, 2017

'There is no way we can afford to reclad our tower blocks. If we have to find that money, it will come from other projects'

Government not calling for insulation samples despite Grenfell test failure

28 June, 2017

Government not calling for insulation samples despite Grenfell test failure

Social Housing High-Rise Data for England & Wales

28 June, 2017

On HousingNet.co.uk we work predominantly with Land Registry Data and we have tried calculating the number of floors in a building with it but there are too many variables for any degree of accuracy

Social housing target lowered due to Stormont impasse

27 June, 2017

More families in need of social housing will have to wait longer for a home

Week of action demands end to disability benefit cuts

27 June, 2017

Anti-austerity groups are planning a week of action to demand an end to disability benefit cuts

Council tower block cladding tests demanded by Welsh Government

27 June, 2017

All social landlords in Wales are being told to carry out fire safety tests on tower block cladding similar to the material used at Grenfell Tower

Northern Ireland Government cuts social housing target

27 June, 2017

Northern Ireland Government cuts social housing target

Landlords reveal the types of cladding on their tower blocks

27 June, 2017

Social landlords have shared details of the type of cladding they have on their tower blocks in a snap survey by Inside Housing

Cheap rent and no dodgy landlords: What it's like living in a housing co-op

27 June, 2017

With the average rent in Britain being around £900-a-month, people are looking for new options

Thousands more people should be evacuated from tower blocks while cladding is tested

27 June, 2017

Thousands more residents in high-rise blocks should be evacuated if necessary to keep them safe even before tests on cladding come back

Man cries at food bank after eating first proper meal in two weeks

26 June, 2017

'Something so simple can make them break into tears'

Labour may SCRAP the benefits cap but have not yet worked out how much it would cost

26 June, 2017

Shadow DWP secretary said Labour could scrap cap if they get into No 10

Housing Benefit: The Black Hole That Continues To Grow

26 June, 2017

Something deeply worrying has happened to our private rented market

PRS Fire and Electrical Safety - are we doing enough to protect tenants?

26 June, 2017

The fire at Grenfell Tower surely shocked us all

Dispossession: A vital new film on the social housing crisis

26 June, 2017

The housing crisis is a term we've all heard

Households put at risk of homelessness by the housing benefit freeze

26 June, 2017

The inability to find a new place to live, once a short term tenancy ends is the leading cause of homelessness in England and a major cause of homelessness in Scotland and Wales

Era of cheap mortgages is almost over: Lenders warn rates have hit rock bottom after price war and can now only go back up

26 June, 2017

Households are currently benefiting from the cheapest home loans on record

PRS confidence falls as tax costs rise and house prices weaken

26 June, 2017

Latest Kent Reliance report says just 41% of landlords are upbeat about the prospects for their portfolios

Market commentary June 2017

26 June, 2017

The housing market has stalled over the past few months, with volumes in line with our forecast

The British housing crisis, in five charts

26 June, 2017

If you've followed this debate at all, you'll probably be familiar with this one, but it never stops being shocking

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