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Council tenants in Southend to be hit with rent increase

24 January, 2020

There are fears that a plan to increase council tenant rents in Southend will push the borough's most vulnerable residents into debt and force some onto the streets

Bolton at Home to increase charges for sheltered housing services

24 January, 2020

People living in Bolton at Home properties will have to pay more in service charges to access support

Law Society calls for an end to Section 21

24 January, 2020

Housing law experts agree on scope to extend Section 8 powers as an alternative

Pitch for full picture food bank stats

24 January, 2020

Government puts faith in new monitoring to clarify rising numbers regarded as an underestimate

UK Government refuses majority of disability benefit claims

24 January, 2020

Tens of thousands of people have completely lost their disability benefits since 2013 as the UK Government continues to refuse the majority of disability benefit claims

Locked Out: Why the housing benefit rise won't make much difference

24 January, 2020

A planned rise in housing benefit rates will make only a fraction more homes affordable

Tenants given rude awakening as council raids unlicensed properties at 5am

24 January, 2020

Tenants were given a rude awakening this week when council officials visited a selection of terrace homes in Slough amid concerns that landlords were renting them out without the required licence

Agent hit with bill for over £24,000 after deposits go unprotected

24 January, 2020

An agent has been prosecuted for 11 consumer protection and housing offences and ordered to pay over £24,000

Affordable housing and thousands in community benefit payments dropped as council prepares to accept £10k instead to allow 28 homes to be built in March

23 January, 2020

New social housing promised as part of a controversial agreement for 28 houses in March has been dropped

Almost 7,000 families on Greenwich council's housing waiting list for more than five years

23 January, 2020

Almost 7,000 families have been on Greenwich council's housing waiting list for more than five years

MHCLG backs London borough's large-scale PRS licensing scheme

23 January, 2020

More than a third of Waltham Forest residents rent privately and evidence suggests over 8,000 rented homes have significant hazards

'Short-term letting industry is regulated' - Airbnb hits back at criticism from Bristol councillors

23 January, 2020

Bristol has the highest density of Airbnb properties in the UK outside London - about 2,000 - while 12,000 people are on the council's housing waiting list

Universal credit 'sending people into arms of loan sharks'

23 January, 2020

Debt charity says Tories' flagship welfare project forcing claimants into destitution

Stats show income spent on rent fell between 2016-2019

23 January, 2020

Deposit Protection Service says decrease was despite increases in rental levels

Last risk assessment on Grenfell Tower warned fire doors were non-compliant

23 January, 2020

The last fire risk assessment on Grenfell Tower before the deadly blaze raised a series of concerns about safety - including a specific warning that the tower's fire doors were not smoke sealed

The end of the insured deposit? Agents and landlords turning to custodial schemes

23 January, 2020

Tenancy data from mydeposits suggests landlords and agents are increasingly turning away from insured deposit protection in favour of custodial schemes

No sign of rents having gone up as result of tenancy fee ban

23 January, 2020

There is no sign of rents having increased as a result of the tenancy fees ban

Rental Market Report 2019 Q4

22 January, 2020

The annual rate of UK rental growth for new listings is +2.6%, up from 1.4% a year ago and the highest growth for 3 years on tightening supply and rising demand

Hemel mum and young son left in 'freezing' home without heating for almost a MONTH

22 January, 2020

A young mother and her five-year-old son were left without heating or hot water in "freezing" temperatures for almost a MONTH

Number of Hackney families in temporary housing outside London up five-fold since 2017

22 January, 2020

The number of Hackney families with school-age children in temporary accommodation outside London is five times higher than it was just two years ago

Southwark council to pay landlords to rent out properties to those most in need of a home

22 January, 2020

A new scheme will encourage landlords to rent out their flats, even if they have been left empty, sometimes for years

Government warns landlords to check cladding or face enforcement action

22 January, 2020

The government has urged owners of buildings of all heights to inspect cladding systems before new fire safety rules take effect, or face enforcement action after their introduction

Over two million households living without essential appliances

22 January, 2020

New research exposes the extent of 'appliance poverty' with welfare changes a key cause

'Out of control': one in 50 homes in London a short-term let

22 January, 2020

Councillors criticise trend 'at a time when almost one in 50 Londoners is homeless'

Anti-social behaviour forces Sheffield man to leave flat he lived in for 28 years

21 January, 2020

A pensioner says he was forced to leave the flat he had lived in for 28 years after a housing association refused to act over persistent anti-social behaviour

Regulator says 'mismatch' between income and debt reason for non-compliant association's rating in landmark court case

21 January, 2020

A housing association attempting to quash a regulatory judgement which deemed it non-compliant was given the rating by the regulator because of the "mismatch" between its income certainty and long-term liabilities

What is the TMO?

21 January, 2020

Johnson defines Tory social housing policy in four words

US banking giant makes UK social housing debut with £50m loan

21 January, 2020

Wells Fargo has entered UK social housing with a £50m loan to a major housing association based in London and the South East

Large housing association and asset management giant launch £500m housing fund to deliver new build to rent homes

21 January, 2020

Home Group has today launched in partnership with property giant BMOREP a new £500m housing fund designed to accelerate the delivery of a new build-to-rent product

Landlords facing tax bill hike from double whammy of changes to lettings rules

21 January, 2020

Landlords selling a property they previously lived in could face an increased tax bill almost overnight from April amid a double whammy of changes

Council becomes latest to hike levy for empty homes

20 January, 2020

A council in the North East will become the latest local authority to hike council tax charges for long-term empty homes

MHCLG funds research into housing-related loneliness solutions

20 January, 2020

New report recognises the research pilot MHCLG has underway to evaluate housing interventions on loneliness

Welfare reform millions set aside by Stormont not spent

20 January, 2020

More than 60% of money set aside by Stormont to soften the impact of welfare changes for claimants has not been spent.

New measures to improve building safety standards

20 January, 2020

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced new measures which go faster and further to improve building safety

Lettings boss hit with ban after failing to protect deposits

20 January, 2020

A lettings management director from Exeter has been disqualified for six years after failing to safeguard more than £68,000 worth of tenants' deposits

New housing court needed 'for the benefit of landlords and tenants alike'

20 January, 2020

It now takes private landlords across the UK more than five months on average from making a claim to the courts for a property to be repossessed to it actually happening, with the problem most acute in London, new figures show.

Here is how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

20 January, 2020

Following last week's announcement by the Welsh government that it plans to introduce new regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning, here are a few tips to help landlords ensure that their dwelling is fit for human habitation.

Most in demand areas in the UK to rent a property

20 January, 2020

Fresh figures from Howsy has revealed the most in-demand cities to rent property in the United Kingdom, with some surprising findings

RLA opposes plans to renew additional HMO licensing scheme in Cardiff

20 January, 2020

The RLA has opposed plans put forward by Cardiff Council to renew an additional HMO licensing scheme in the city

NHF backs charity's call for more supported housing

20 January, 2020

The Salvation Army are calling for more government investment to help end the "revolving door" of homelessness

UK benevolent funds hand out £216m as hardship grows

20 January, 2020

Return of pre-welfare state charities created to help struggling 'gentlefolk' as people fall through safety net

People on housing benefit are sick with worry - £10 a month is not going to change that

17 January, 2020

The freeze on housing benefit has been an unmitigated disaster

LA Welfare Direct lite 1/2020

17 January, 2020

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

Have landlords become complacent because they know tenants can't go elsewhere?

17 January, 2020

If there is one thing that housing providers have in common, it is that their tenants want to receive a good service

Lords told of need for 'tangible and immediate' increase in benefits

17 January, 2020

House hears that an above-inflation rise is required to offset lower-income freeze losses

Council to spend almost £1m improving social housing

17 January, 2020

A Norfolk council has agreed to spend almost £1m on improving facilities and safety features in its social housing

Repairs and maintenance tracker 2020 - how much is your housing association spending?

17 January, 2020

Inside Housing's annual analysis of 218 associations reveals that safety concerns are driving up spending on repairs and maintenance

Escalating safety costs sees housing association spend on repairs and maintenance jump by 7.7%

17 January, 2020

Housing associations' spend on repairs and maintenance grew by 7.7% last year with spending on safety measures eating into organisations' budgets

Landlords' Barometer - #77: How will landlords survive and thrive this year?

17 January, 2020

Welcome to my first "Landlords Barometer" for 2020!

Council home drop under Tory government slammed as 'disgraceful'

16 January, 2020

Official figures reveal a loss of almost 200,000 council homes since the Conservatives came to power in 2010

Network Homes to offer lifetime tenancies

16 January, 2020

The changes will be brought in immediately and will include the conversion of all existing fixed-term tenancies

London association to switch 2,000 residents to lifetime tenancies

16 January, 2020

A large London housing association is to switch 2,000 existing fixed-term tenants onto lifetime tenancies as "soon as possible", as it follows the trend of several other organisations to scrap fixed tenancies

5,000 people died before being repaid over benefits error

16 January, 2020

UK campaigners condemn 'national scandal' affecting ill and disabled claimants

Tory social housing gap is so big it could house every homeless person in the country

16 January, 2020

If housebuilding had continued at the rate it was under Labour, there would be 124,000 more social rented flats - enough to house every family stuck in temporary accommodation in the UK

Angry tenant brutally stabbed Greenock housing association worker in murder bid claiming he'd been 'messed about'

16 January, 2020

A former tenant brutally stabbed a housing association worker in a horrifying murder bid captured on office security cameras

Council rent hike for first time in four years in Southwark

16 January, 2020

Council tenant rent is set to go up by 2.7 per cent in Southwark if proposals are approved next week

Councillor told temporary accommodation resident of squalid London block to 'move someplace cheaper'

16 January, 2020

A Conservative councillor accused a woman living in temporary accommodation at a squalid north London block of "living for free" and told her to "move someplace cheaper"

Local authority licensing announced for Airbnb lettings - will rest of UK follow Scots example?

16 January, 2020

Regulation of short-term lets, including the likes of Airbnb, is to be introduced in Scotland. Taxing Airbnb hosts is also to be put under urgent consideration

Deposit dispute: What happens when a tenant's cat leaves its mark on furniture?

16 January, 2020

This month's case looks at a dispute over damage caused by a cat living in the property. The landlord claimed for damage caused to two living room sofas and to internal wooden door frames

Landlords demand court reform as waiting times for repossession hit 30 weeks

16 January, 2020

The RLA is warning that courts across London are failing to cope with the volume of landlord repossession cases even before Section 21 notices are scrapped

Brexit: an update for housing associations

15 January, 2020

This article provides an update on Brexit taking into account the changed political environment

Two million renters in England made ill by housing worries

15 January, 2020

45% of private renters are said to have experienced stress and anxiety as a direct result of their housing concerns

Council tenant given 20-month prison sentence for Right to Buy fraud

15 January, 2020

A council tenant who fraudulently attempted to buy her home with a £80,900 discount has been handed a 20-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months

'Life without basic appliances is very hard - for 8 weeks I had to use a bucket of cold water to keep my milk fresh'

15 January, 2020

Sheena Stephenson got a home through social housing, but there was no carpet, fridge, cooker or washing machine when she moved in

NHF development survey: housing association market sale starts halve in 12-month period

15 January, 2020

The number of market sale properties started by housing associations in the second quarter of 2019/20 is down 46% on the same period in 2018/19

Private renting making millions sick in England

15 January, 2020

Survey reveals sky-high prices and poor living conditions causing stress and anxiety

Compulsory electrical safety inspections set to be required in all private rental homes

15 January, 2020

Electrical safety checks will have to be carried out in all private rental properties in England

Agent who spent £68,000 of tenancy deposit money on her business banned as a director

15 January, 2020

A former agent has been disqualified from being a director after spending over £68,000 of tenancy deposit money

Government's plan to raise LHA in line with inflation is nowhere near good enough

14 January, 2020

The government announced how much housing benefits for private renters will be increased once the current benefits freeze finally ends

New NI housing minister raises welfare reform concerns

14 January, 2020

Deidre Hargey told the prime minister that austerity measures are "punishing the most disadvantaged in society"

The welfare state is being unwound as services are wrenched from communities

14 January, 2020

Why are families and vulnerable children having to travel miles for services that should be on their doorstep?

Social housing REIT makes £6m investment in new supported housing properties

14 January, 2020

A REIT that invests in a range of lease-based supported housing specialist associations has bought four new properties comprising 41 units

McVey warns councils against 'frustrating' Right To Buy

14 January, 2020

Commons hears Housing Minister accused of peddling 'fantasy figures' on council-house numbers

Sheffield sets out £500m housing works plan

14 January, 2020

Sheffield City Council is planning to spend £500m on building and improving council housing over the next five years

Government will consider more £200m cladding fund bids despite deadline passing

14 January, 2020

The government will continue to consider applications to the £200m private sector cladding remediation fund despite the deadline closing on New Year's Eve

Government confirms end to Local Housing Allowance rate freeze

14 January, 2020

Around 900,000 people across the UK could see their benefit payments rise from April

Shock as country's largest landlord licensing scheme is axed by Government

14 January, 2020

The largest rental property licensing scheme in the country has been shut down by the Government

JRF responds to Local Housing Allowance increase

13 January, 2020

Responding to the Local Housing Allowance increase, Helen Barnard, Deputy Director of Policy and Partnerships, said

Around 900,000 could receive increased Housing Benefit from April

13 January, 2020

Around 900,000 people across the UK could see their Housing Benefit payments rise from April

MHCLG rejects extending successful PRS standards scheme in Liverpool

13 January, 2020

Mayor says he's stunned by 'life risking' decision

Scottish councils 'need extra £1bn' to prevent further cuts

13 January, 2020

Councils are calling for an extra billion pounds from the Scottish government to stop cuts to local services

New rents rise above inflation as more landlords quit and tenancy fees ban strikes home

13 January, 2020

New rents rose by an average of 3.5% over the course of last year - and by almost 4% if London is taken out of the equation

Large landlord becomes latest to scrap fixed-term tenancies

13 January, 2020

Platform Housing Group has joined the list of housing associations that are scrapping fixed-term tenancies in favour of lifetime agreements

Shock as government suddenly scraps scheme that's making Liverpool's rented houses safer

13 January, 2020

Mayor says 'lives will be put at risk' as successful housing project is shut down

Ministers urged to speed up review of benefits for terminally ill

13 January, 2020

Thousands of people have died before being able to access welfare payments

Housing minister accused of being soft on rogue landlords is married to a landlord himself

13 January, 2020

Is he going to support tenants' rights against his wife's interests?

Draft deal 'doubles down' on future for Northern Ireland's social housing

10 January, 2020

Sector expert sees significant references to tackling housing stress in a draft deal to restore Stormont government

Jenrick threatens unprecedented intervention over council's home plans

10 January, 2020

A district council stalling on the government's 100,000-home deal for its county - with the clock ticking

Over 13,500 affordable homes 'lost through office conversions'

10 January, 2020

LGA wants permitted development rules scrapped so local communities get a say on new developments

Cheap housing in Blackpool being bought by landlords for ex-offenders and former addicts

10 January, 2020

Cheap property prices in Blackpool could fuel a fresh influx of vulnerable people to the resort including convicts and drug addicts

Special report: trend of increasing stock consolidation continues

10 January, 2020

Analysis by Social Housing has found that housing association stock per local authority area has become more concentrated

Ombudsman warns councils over 'mistakes' with housing benefit appeals

10 January, 2020

Councils must learn from the "mistakes" made over the handling of housing benefit appeals that left some families homeless

How does UK social housing compare with European markets from a credit perspective?

10 January, 2020

Robyn Wilson finds out how UK social housing's credit and investment profile compares with different markets in Europe

Luxury hotel and property developer registers for-profit housing association

10 January, 2020

A London-based developer of luxury housing and hotels has become the latest private firm to set up a for-profit housing association arm

Manchester lettings agent 'drops rogue landlord' after protest outside office

10 January, 2020

A lettings agent has reportedly agreed to stop working with a landlord following demonstrations outside its office by members of renters' union Acorn

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2018 to Mar 2019

09 January, 2020

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2018 to 2019

Scottish councils to get stronger short-term let powers

09 January, 2020

Regulation can be defined by that which is in "the interest of local communities"

Association to scrap fixed-term tenancies

09 January, 2020

Platform Group confirms a move from fixed-term to lifetime tenancies

McVey backs Voluntary Right To Buy for housing association tenants

09 January, 2020

Commons question confirms government will detail new pilot areas "in due course"

Costs of housing homeless in temporary accommodation soar in East Devon

09 January, 2020

In 2014-15, East Devon District Council spent only £17,699 on providing homeless people with temporary accommodation, but that figures has risen to £285,531 for 2018-19

Social housing 'can learn' from PRS over furnished tenancies

09 January, 2020

Anti-poverty campaigners are researching the potential for furnished tenancies in social housing

PM 'must work' with housing associations to ease Brexit turbulence

09 January, 2020

They promised us better, brighter futures, and the time for them to start delivering for all is now

Local authority new build programmes and lifting the HRA borrowing caps

09 January, 2020

What is the potential and what are the constraints?

HomeLet Rental Index

09 January, 2020

Average rents across the UK rose by 3.5% in December 2019 when compared to the same month a year previously; the average monthly rent is now £953

The social rent dilemma

09 January, 2020

Housing associations have long been accused of abandoning social rent to build more commercial tenures. But is this really the case?

Homes England supports new UK housing fund to be launched by national housing association and global asset management giant

09 January, 2020

A new UK housing fund is set to be launched by a global asset management giant and one of the country's largest housing associations, potentially with direct government investment

UK house prices up 1.7% in December, lifting annual rise to 4%

09 January, 2020

Surprise figures from Halifax yet to be reflected in official house price index from ONS

When Universal Credit and benefits will change - see how it affects you

08 January, 2020

Universal Credit, disability benefits and pensions among the welfare schemes to be affected by DWP

Homes England appoints three housing associations to become national Help to Buy agents

08 January, 2020

Three housing associations have been chosen by Homes England to manage its new Help to Buy agent network across the country

Toxic contamination at social housing site 'worse than previously thought'

08 January, 2020

Toxic contamination at the polluted former Ravenscraig Hospital site earmarked for large-scale social housing is worse than previously thought

Scandal of Rotherham's 1,100 empty homes

08 January, 2020

Homes worth almost £36 million have been standing empty for more than two years

Quarter of landlords plan to exit market this year

08 January, 2020

Survey results mean more than half a million homes could be put up for sale

Local authorities to receive nearly £50Bn for housing and social care

08 January, 2020

The government has recently announced that local authorities across the country will benefit from the allocation of shares from almost £50Bn worth of funding

Rental market ends 2019 with shorter voids and lower rents

08 January, 2020

Agents and landlords saw both void periods and rents drop at the end of 2019

House prices up by 33% across the UK in last decade

08 January, 2020

Average house prices rose by 33% over the past decade - more than the average 20% rise in incomes

HB U1/2020

07 January, 2020

Urgent information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Associations in merger talks select designate leaders

07 January, 2020

Merger would enable a five-year £500m investment in new affordable homes

Pregnant homeless woman left to sleep on floor by council

07 January, 2020

After approaching Tower Hamlets council for help, the woman spent three months in unsuitable temporary accommodation

Young family left homeless after housing benefit 'miscalculation'

07 January, 2020

Haringey council incorrectly told the families landlord that they owed more than £8,000 in backdated benefits

New public regulator 'the future' for social housing fire safety

07 January, 2020

Government warned council leaders are increasingly frustrated at the failure to renew cladding regulations

Families sacrifice a 'huge proportion' of grocery shopping for rent

07 January, 2020

Crisis urges government to increase investment in housing benefit over the coming year

London housing association warns leaseholders may each face £100,000 bill for fire safety works

07 January, 2020

Network Homes has warned that its leaseholders are "on notice" for bills of up to £100,000 each to pay for the removal of ACM cladding unless the government steps in to help

Borrowing rate interest could add almost £3,000 to the cost of a tenant's deposit

07 January, 2020

Tenants who have to borrow money in order to put down a rental deposit could add up to £2,794 in interest to the cost

Emergency fund for families struggling on Universal Credit slashed by £11million in three years

06 January, 2020

Hard-up families on Universal Credit have had an emergency fund slashed by £11million in three years

Universal Credit and benefit changes coming in 2020 - and what it means for you

06 January, 2020

The changes, which will affect state pensions, disability benefits and the self-employed, could mean more money for some claimants - here's a list of what's changing and when

103 Stoke-on-Trent council tenants evicted for not paying their rent in past 12 months

06 January, 2020

Stoke-on-Trent City Council says eviction is its last resort

North Somerset Council could pull out of 100,000 homes plan

06 January, 2020

A plan for more than 100,000 houses in the west of England could be rejected by one of the councils that drew it up

Green Party politician tells Black Country planners to prioritise affordable housing

06 January, 2020

A Green Party politician has told council planners to prioritise building more social and affordable housing

Property market shrugs off general election and Christmas lull as average UK house price bounces in December

06 January, 2020

House price inflation remained tepid amid political uncertainty in 2019

Landlords to allow pets in rented homes unless they are badly behaved

06 January, 2020

The government has called on landlords to make it easier for people to have pets in rented homes

Tenancy agreements to be overhauled to remove restrictions on pets

06 January, 2020

Model tenancy agreements are to be overhauled in order to encourage more landlords to accept tenants with pets

Mixed reception for £4m funding to crack down on criminal agents and landlords

06 January, 2020

Over £4m of funding has been made available for councils to crack down on criminal landlords and agents across England

Jenrick overhauls tenancy agreement to help end pet bans

03 January, 2020

Housing Secretary calls on landlords to make it easier for responsible tenants to have well behaved pets in their homes

Councils to set to benefit from grant funding to tackle rogue landlords

03 January, 2020

The MHCLG has confirmed that over £4 million will be shared by more than 100 councils following a bidding process to help tackle rogue landlords

Northern Ireland housing association draws down EIB loan at 1.7%

03 January, 2020

A housing association in Northern Ireland has drawn down a loan from the EIB at an interest rate of less than 1.7%

How East Lancs social housing review could cut waiting list

03 January, 2020

The body which allocates social housing across five East Lancashire boroughs is set to tighten its rules to reduce its waiting list for homes

Labour derides 'puny' £4m fund to tackle rogue landlords

03 January, 2020

Council leaders welcome extra cash but both party and private landlords say it is insufficient

Wandsworth Council loses bid to force leaseholders to pay for sprinklers

03 January, 2020

Wandsworth Council has had a legal application to force all its leaseholders in high-rise blocks to pay to fit sprinklers struck out by a tribunal

Further £4m for fight against 'criminal' landlords and letting agents

03 January, 2020

Sum will support councils in making innovative use of existing powers toward targeted enforcement and sharing best practice

Association helps disabled tenants to benefits windfall

02 January, 2020

Tenancy Sustainment team exposes "serious errors" in the DWP's handling of two benefits cases

East Cambs Council agrees 12 month extension to its own scheme for 500 homes at Kennett to give time for crucial legal documents to be signed off

02 January, 2020

East Cambs Council has admitted it is having problems signing off a multi million pound section 106 agreement over its controversial scheme for 500 homes on a 100 acre site at Kennett

New Thanet council plan aimed at tackling housing crisis

02 January, 2020

Deputy council leader Helen Whitehead says the housing plan aims for a new approach through the work of all the political parties

Rising developer clinches 10-year deal with major Flintshire social housing provider

02 January, 2020

A North Wales developer is celebrating after clinching a share of a £500 million 10-year construction contract with a top social housing provider

Dozens of Brighton council housing blocks have no sprinklers

02 January, 2020

Dozens of council apartment blocks do not have lifesaving sprinklers installed - against the advice of fire chiefs

2020 and beyond set to be strong for buy to let market

02 January, 2020

There's been an upbeat prediction on the lettings market given by leading market commentator Lucian Cook

Johnson promises to 'expand' homelessness programmes

02 January, 2020

Boris Johnson has promised to "expand" homelessness programmes as the government strives to hit its ambitious target of ending rough sleeping by 2024

Universal Credit payment due tomorrow? DWP explains how your payment date will change

31 December, 2019

Universal credit is paid monthly, however the payment date may change for those expecting their payment tomorrow

Discounts and freebies you can get if you're on Universal Credit or benefits

31 December, 2019

Those struggling to make their Universal Credit payments stretch to pay the bills may be able to get extra discounts to help them make their money last longer

National living wage to rise by 6.2% in April

31 December, 2019

The national living wage is to rise by 6.2% in what the government says is "the biggest cash increase ever"

Universal Credit: Landlord Portal and Trusted Partner Scheme for social landlords

30 December, 2019

Information on the Trusted Partner Scheme and enrolment on the Universal Credit Landlord Portal

Universal Credit: Alternative Payment Arrangements

30 December, 2019

Guidance to providing Alternative Payment Arrangements for Universal Credit claimants who cannot manage their single monthly payment

Universal Credit: service charges - guidance for landlords

30 December, 2019

Information about Universal Credit service charge regulations for landlords

Government under pressure to create a 'Minister for Renting' post

30 December, 2019

Senior figures from the property sector have written to the prime minister urging him to appoint a Minister for Renting

Number of empty homes a 'national emergency'

30 December, 2019

Latest research into empty homes has shown the number of long-term empties has reached a record high

Hastings Borough Council consults on new selective licensing scheme

27 December, 2019

Hastings Borough Council is seeking views on proposals setting out a new selective licensing scheme to replace the existing scheme due to come to an end on 14 October 2020

Queen's Speech 2.0: Section 21 set to be abolished

27 December, 2019

In the second Queen's speech in as many months, the Government's priorities for the next parliamentary session were outlined and all in all no less than 30 bills are expected to be pursued

Starmer: Housing should be 'fundamental human right'

27 December, 2019

Shadow Brexit Secretary says UK homelessness is a "moral emergency"

Osborne fears for future of Universal Credit

27 December, 2019

Ex-chancellor says he didn't believe the 'reform' would work when first introduced - and still doesn't

Landlord facing prosecution after 30 occupants discovered in three-bedroom house

24 December, 2019

'I find it terribly depressing. It is exploitation. Misery is inflicted on people in the name of bad landlords trying to make a profit'

'Housing emergency' declared as Northumberland families left with no permanent home

24 December, 2019

More than 170 families in the North East don't have a permanent home to live in

Housing crisis could see council set up its own housing company

24 December, 2019

West Berkshire Council is considering setting up its own housing company to help address the shortage of affordable accommodation in the district

Boris Johnson accused of 'paying lip service' to ending homelessness with Christmas cash announcement

24 December, 2019

Despite the cash injection, Manchester town hall believes it could actually end up worse off due to uncertainty over other Whitehall cash

Two in three voters want Boris Johnson's government to ban zero-hours contracts

24 December, 2019

Survey shows public wants workers' rights guaranteed after Brexit and backs tax rises to pay for public services

10 things about 2019 - part one

24 December, 2019

Part one of Jules Birch's look back at 2019 in housing policy

HomeLet Rental Index

24 December, 2019

Average rents across the UK rose by 3.2% in November 2019 when compared to the same month a year previously; the average monthly rent is now £947

Revealed: The brutal realities of 'sofa surfing'

23 December, 2019

A Crisis Report exposes the effects of sofa-surfing on an individual's mental and physical health

Stability tops New Year's wish lists as agents warn of rent increases and supply issues in 2020

23 December, 2019

Agents are anticipating more landlord exits and rent rises in 2020

Fake tenant of almost 450 'criminal' rental properties fooled agents for years

23 December, 2019

A man who repeatedly conned letting agencies about his ID has been jailed for operating almost 450 rental properties across the UK

Some letting agents 'pulling a fast one' and still charging fees to tenants despite the ban

23 December, 2019

Some agents are still charging fees to tenants despite the ban which came into force on June 1. Shelter has accused them of 'pulling a fast one'

East Kent Housing boss Deborah Upton quits after gas and fire safety scandal

23 December, 2019

The chief executive of an under-fire housing management firm has stepped down

Prime Minister pledges new action to eliminate homelessness and rough sleeping

23 December, 2019

Over £260 million has been committed for local authorities to support people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes

Over a third of PRS landlords plan to cut properties or exit market

20 December, 2019

Survey showing intentions for the coming year released launches in the face of PRS reform proposals

'Resentful renters' ready to drive housing market home

20 December, 2019

Report says long-term, fixed-rate mortgages could help nearly two million households into home ownership

DWP pilot making managed payments to social landlords at same time as tenant receives their UC payment

20 December, 2019

Neil Couling has indicated to social landlords that changes to the Universal Credit rental payment system will be rolled out next year

Two-year wait possible before Section 21 is banned by new legislation

20 December, 2019

The abolition of Section 21 eviction notices could be two years away

Landlord becomes first to be banned in north of England after string of prosecutions

20 December, 2019

A man has been banned from letting any home in England and from any English letting agency or property management work for three years

Queen's Speech: government commits to implementing Grenfell Inquiry recommendations as housing pledges unveiled

20 December, 2019

The government has committed to implementing all the recommendations put forward in the first phase report looking into the Grenfell Tower fire

S&P revises 10 housing associations to 'stable' in line with UK outlook

20 December, 2019

S&P has revised the outlook on 10 housing associations to stable from negative, two days after making the same adjustment to its outlook on the UK's rating

Blackpool Council is owed millions in outstanding debt

20 December, 2019

Blackpool Council is owed millions of pounds in debt, both short and long term, according to a FOIA request

Queen's Speech confirms government's rental reform intentions

20 December, 2019

Also outlined is the strengthening of building safety and the introduction of discounts for local first-time buyers

Life after homelessness: 'I had to choose between eating and clean clothes'

20 December, 2019

When Shonagh Johnson, 33, lost her job and the flat that came with it, she ended up in a damp B&B with little money for food

New five-year rent policy confirmed for Wales

19 December, 2019

Landlords retain responsibility for setting rents within the policy's boundaries

Delivering local affordable rents

19 December, 2019

Today, the Welsh government has published its Rent Policy for Social Housing Rents

Government commits to abolition of Section 21

19 December, 2019

But a "strengthening of rights" will be offered to landlords needing to gain possession of property when they have a valid reason

London sees big rise in temporary accommodation households

19 December, 2019

Stats show numbers now close to 60,000 in London alone

Private Rented Sector Report -November 2019

19 December, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases fell by 18 per centage points in November

Regulatory judgements: six associations get upgrades in last assessments before year end

19 December, 2019

The Regulator of Social Housing has published 43 regulatory judgements, the last round of assessments before the end of the year

10 million people living in 'non-decent' homes across England

19 December, 2019

A new report calls for better leadership from government to stem the poor-housing crisis

Government urged to 'be careful' with Section 21 reform ahead of anticipated Queen's Speech announcement

19 December, 2019

ARLA Propertymark has urged the Government to think carefully about reforming Section 21

Fire-risk washing machines a worry for households in private rented sector

19 December, 2019

Letting agents and landlords are among those having to take quick and decisive action after Whirlpool announced recalling fire-risk washing machines

LIN member report December 2019 - Benefits and Disability

19 December, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: April to September 2019

18 December, 2019

Analysis of local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payments (England and Wales) from April to September 2019, based on local authority mid-year returns

New restrictions on converting homes into HMOs to launch in the summer in Birmingham

18 December, 2019

Developers looking to turn houses into houses in multiple occupation for up to six people will require formal planning permission from the council

To achieve its housing pledges the government must empower local authorities

18 December, 2019

From our new sponsored supplement: Councils are well-positioned to kick-start a housing revolution

UK wage growth slows again but employment hits record high

18 December, 2019

Unemployment remains at 3.8%, the lowest level since the mid-1970s

Sick and disabled people deemed fit after being assessed by doctors who have never spoken to them

18 December, 2019

Medical firm paid millions of pounds in public money by councils and the Home Office to carry out assessments on homeless individuals and asylum seekers

Social landlords to get direct payments of benefits under UC changes

18 December, 2019

The Department of Work and Pensions has written to housing associations to confirm the changes to the way Universal Credit is paid to social landlords

New rents drop across most of UK despite above-inflation annual rises

18 December, 2019

Newly agreed rents have continued to fall across most of the UK on a monthly basis despite above-inflation annual rises

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 14 November 2019

17 December, 2019

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

Rightmove House Price Index

17 December, 2019

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

My working week: 'I see the appalling houses my clients live in and feel sick'

17 December, 2019

I work to support tenants who are being exploited by criminal landlords and are sometimes living in dangerous conditions

Regulator de-registers housing association previously ruled non-compliant over conflicts of interest

17 December, 2019

A housing association sued by a London council for allegedly selling affordable properties on the open market has been de-registered by the RSH due to its lack of social housing properties

What sort of prime minister will Boris Johnson be for the housing sector?

17 December, 2019

Following Boris Johnson's victory in the general election, Peter Apps analyses the next prime minister's track record on housing

Stop bashing landlords, fewer properties to rent means poorer housing outcomes

17 December, 2019

The decline in house purchase activity by landlords has slowed in the second and third quarters

Newly elected Tory MP accused of 'cashin in' on food banks

17 December, 2019

Miriam Cates has come under fire for running a service that charges food banks to list the items they need

Waste of space: UK councils admit that over 400,000 residential properties are lying empty

17 December, 2019

New research has revealed the number of unoccupied residential properties in the UK

Former rough sleepers being hit by maximum universal credit deductions

16 December, 2019

In the last few months, universal credit has been failing some of its most vulnerable claimants

Firm and directors face sentencing over four-bed HMO which had up to 27 people living in it

16 December, 2019

A letting agent and two directors have been found guilty of running an unlicensed house in multiple occupation

Housing associations told to make a joined-up case to HM Treasury

16 December, 2019

Social housing providers need to take a joined-up and "cross-cutting" approach if they want to have influence with HM Treasury

General election 2019: housing sector reacts to Conservative majority

16 December, 2019

The housing sector has reacted to the Conservative Party winning last night's general election, calling on the government to bring housing to the top of its agenda

Social housing needs 'massive programme of retrofitting'

16 December, 2019

A "massive programme of retrofitting" is needed across the country's housing stock to stand a chance of meeting net zero carbon emission targets

Housing charities and food banks report spike in donations after Tory win

16 December, 2019

Organisations protecting the vulnerable such as Shelter, Refuge, the Trussell Trust and the Biscuit Fund welcomed contributions

Rough sleeping falls in Ipswich - but 'shocking' homelessness will only get worse

16 December, 2019

"Shocking" homelessness in Ipswich is only likely to get worse - despite a multi-pronged attack resulting in the lower levels of rough sleeping

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2019

13 December, 2019

Quarterly statistics including numbers of claims with entitlement, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made

RLA warns rental reform needs 'legitimate repossession options'

13 December, 2019

Association also says election result is a rejection of rent controls

Tories 'should pick up opposition manifesto pledges on housing'

13 December, 2019

Generation Rent warns the impact of ownership policies will be minimal without lower rents

SFHA urges new UK government to tackle poverty

13 December, 2019

Universal Credit and energy pricing pitched as key issues

Over 2,000 Leeds council houses lost since 2009 as thousands languish on housing register

13 December, 2019

New figures obtained by the Yorkshire Evening Post reveal a net loss of 2,404 council houses in Leeds over the past 10 years

Victorious Johnson Urged to Strengthen Landlords' Rights of Repossession To Avert A Looming Crisis in the Rented Sector

13 December, 2019

The new Conservative government must take action to deliver on its promise to strengthen landlords' rights of possession by reforming the law

Council tax on empty houses in Swindon set to rocket to three times usual fee

13 December, 2019

The owners of empty houses and flats and properties in Swindon could be facing a big bill come April

So the Conservatives have won a comfortable majority - but what have they promised on housing?

13 December, 2019

As Boris Johnson's party wins a majority, here is a reminder of the Conservatives' key housing pledges

Election results 2019: Boris Johnson returns to power with big majority

13 December, 2019

Boris Johnson will return to Downing Street with a big majority after the Conservatives swept aside Labour in its traditional heartlands

Agents react to watershed election with Tories on course to win with large majority

13 December, 2019

Agents are reacting favourably to news that the Conservatives appear to have won yesterday's General Election with a majority of just under 80 seats

The real faultline in this election: landlords v tenants

12 December, 2019

Millions live in squalid conditions, while home ownership is just a pipe dream for young people

Homeless woman murdered for her benefits

12 December, 2019

Lisa Bennett's body will never be found - but detectives have brought her "home"

NI associations in need of 'urgent' reclassification

12 December, 2019

More than 26,000 people already live in unsafe or unsuitable accommodation. The time to act is now

Tory win pushes policy emphasis toward home ownership

12 December, 2019

New Tory government offers little more than ownership initiatives as housing policy priorities

Disabled woman called 'lying bitch' by welfare official awarded £5,000

12 December, 2019

Phrase was discovered in court papers after woman challenged decision to cut benefits

Landlords warn of 'sharp drop' in private rental supply

12 December, 2019

The figures are said to be the result of increased taxation over the last three years

Fire service threatens to shut down 13 blocks over dangerous cladding

12 December, 2019

A fire service in the North of England has threatened to shut down 13 blocks of flats unless steps are taken to remove their dangerous cladding

Landlords' Barometer - #76: These are the topics that engaged our readers over the past year

12 December, 2019

Welcome to the final edition of my "Landlords Barometer" for 2019

Beyond Brexit: In Bristol's housing crisis everyone's a loser apart from the landlords

12 December, 2019

We look at what the parties are promising to renters in the run up to the election

Illegal HMO needed immediate fire service safety response

12 December, 2019

Landlord fined near £20,000 when judge wanted a prison sentence he didn't have the powers to pass

Council changes Section 106 and stock transfer rules at former sheltered housing block

12 December, 2019

A London council has agreed to remove Section 106 and stock transfer rules on a housing association-owned block that ensured it remained as over-50s accommodation only

Spiralling rents consume increasing portion of student loans

11 December, 2019

Purpose-built rooms in London average £1,000 per year more than the maximum loan

Locks changed as tenant forced out of Rugeley home

11 December, 2019

A tenant had her bedroom door removed and her electricity and heating cut off as attempts were made to illegally evict her

Scrooges ban tenants from putting Christmas wreaths on their doors

11 December, 2019

Tenants at a housing association have been told to remove Christmas wreaths from their doors because they are a fire hazard

Huge drop in the number of people in Doncaster being housed in emergency accommodation

11 December, 2019

The number of people being housed in emergency bed and breakfast accommodation in Doncaster has fallen dramatically

Labour's rent control pledge 'most popular' on run-up to election

11 December, 2019

However, 74% support this policy when it is not "explicitly connected" to Labour's Jeremy Corbyn

Opposition parties jostle for pole position on affordable housing

11 December, 2019

The Lib Dems and the Greens promise 100,000 new social homes, while Labour pledges 50,000 on top of 100,000 council houses

Small provider 'unable to meet obligations of lease'

11 December, 2019

A small lease-based provider of supported housing found to be behind on its payments to landlords was deemed non-compliant for governance and viability in a regulatory notice

Housing association applies to build 'genuinely affordable' homes to rent or buy in Milton Keynes

10 December, 2019

Local affordable housing provider, Grand Union Housing Group, is hoping to build 377 new homes on the outskirts of Newport Pagnell in a bid to help tackle the local housing crisis

Calls for billions of pounds to be invested in Kent's social housing

10 December, 2019

There are calls to invest billions of pounds into building new social housing in Kent

Housing benefit cut 'could have' swung Brexit vote

10 December, 2019

New research shows the cut eroding electoral registration rates while "hardly saving a penny"

Universal credit claimants 'struggling to cope'

10 December, 2019

Universal credit is setting up some claimants "to fail"

How many tenants does it take to change a lightbulb? Not nearly as many as you might think

10 December, 2019

Over a third of younger tenants think that it should be their landlords or agents who change their lightbulbs

New rents hit seven-month low as lettings enters 'slower period'

10 December, 2019

New rents have hit their lowest average level for seven months as the sector enters its traditionally quiet season

Southern cities dominate as buy-to-let hotspots for landlords are revealed

10 December, 2019

Northern cities may dominate the tables for house price growth but a different picture is emerging for the rental market

Poll tells Tories to up social housing offer

09 December, 2019

Responses show housing is a bigger concern than crime among voters Tories need to target

Tory candidate defends low pay for people with learning disabilities

09 December, 2019

Sally-Ann Hart sparks row after claiming some disabled people 'don't understand money'

Tory candidate suggests people using food banks can't 'manage their budget' properly

09 December, 2019

Audible gasps in room as Conservative makes comments

Housing market slows as rent costs hit record high

09 December, 2019

Buying demand has slightly risen this year, with an average of 320 house buyers registered per branch, compared to 318 on average throughout 2018

Right to Buy sales fall to lowest level in six years

09 December, 2019

Right to Buy sales of council housing stock have fallen to their lowest level since 2012/13

General election 2019: Labour vows Budget 'to end austerity' in first 100 days

09 December, 2019

John McDonnell has promised to "end austerity" in a speech setting out Labour's priorities for its first 100 days in government

Key swing voters back £12.8bn investment in new social housing

09 December, 2019

Most key swing voters back the idea of investing billions of pounds in new social homes to tackle the housing crisis

Estate agent owner of HMO has fine for non-compliance cut by over £28,000

09 December, 2019

A landlord who was originally threatened with a £31,499 fine over breaches at a House in Multiple Occupation has had the penalty cut to just £3,300

Tenancy deposits set to decline for first time since 2015 as cap makes its mark

09 December, 2019

The average value of new deposits has been driven down for the first time since 2015

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 12/2019

06 December, 2019

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

'I'd rather sleep rough' than in 'slum' emergency housing

06 December, 2019

Residents of a B&B that provides emergency accommodation have said they would rather sleep on the streets as it would be "cleaner and safer"

Boris Johnson must up his social housing offer to win over traditional Labour Leave voters

06 December, 2019

The Prime Minister must up his social housing offer if he is to win over traditional Labour Leave voters

Tory Housing Minister Robert Jenrick on council housing, rent control and long-term fixed mortgages

06 December, 2019

Secretary of State for Housing says he does not underestimate the challenges posed by the housing crisis

Nearly 900,000 deaths in England could have been avoided over the past 16 years if society was more equal

06 December, 2019

University College London studied 2.5million deaths before 75 years of age

Housing associations looking to offload shared ownership portfolios to institutional investors

06 December, 2019

Housing associations are expressing interest in selling off shared ownership portfolios to free up cash to invest in existing homes and new supply

Tenancy deposit schemes unveil new moves to help agents avoid problems

06 December, 2019

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme in conjunction with ARLA has published a matrix to help agents and landlords get to grips with the effects of the tenant fees ban in both England and Wales

Three children in every primary class face Christmas without warmth and fresh food

06 December, 2019

With election days away, Charity warns austerity is far from over as a million under-10s are deprived of basics

Lib Dem leader apologies for backing Bedroom Tax during coalition

05 December, 2019

It was not the right policy and we should have stopped it. And our manifesto makes clear that that should be scrapped

'Significant improvement' seen in Scottish council's housing service

05 December, 2019

Service is moving on from "significant weaknesses" identified by the regulator in 2016

Council estate residents vote for regeneration in 'no demolition' ballot

05 December, 2019

Residents of a council estate in Milton Keynes, which was one of five to be saved from demolition this summer, have voted narrowly in favour of the local authority's regeneration plans

Orbit joins list of housing associations ditching fixed-term tenancies for lifetime agreements

05 December, 2019

Orbit is set to become the latest housing association to scrap fixed-term tenancies in favour of a return to lifetime tenancies

Places for People sent out eviction notices by mistake

05 December, 2019

Places for People has admitted it mistakenly issued tenants with eviction notices in a block it intends to decant for refurbishment before they knew about the plans

Housing associations make case to government for grant rethink over safety and capacity

05 December, 2019

The largest HAs in London are calling on the next government to help fund safety and remedial costs, in a move that would also support their capacity to deliver new homes

Special report: how do housing associations' finances compare to others?

05 December, 2019

Our accounts digest finds that housing associations' pre-tax surpluses have fallen for the second year running, driven by a drop in sales profits and surpluses from social rent

'Told you so!' Rents hit record high as trade bodies look back on 2019

05 December, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes hit record highs this year, but the sales market is in line with previous periods

Will a tenancy deposit replacement scheme compensate landlord where the tenant leaves early?

05 December, 2019

What happens if an agent has a tenancy deposit replacement product in a situation where the tenant leaves early and owing rent?

Universal Credit changes for 2020 branded 'joke' by furious Brummies who demand system be 'scrapped'

04 December, 2019

The DWP has confirmed the five-year benefits freeze is currently in place, but this will end in April 2020

Buy To Let lender offers 'huge boost' to homelessness charity

04 December, 2019

Lender pledges £10 from every mortgage completion to support those facing homelessness

Is there an energy revolution taking place for housing associations in Wales?

04 December, 2019

With housing and the environment among top public concerns, the Welsh Government has been running its IHP to encourage housing providers to test and apply new approaches and technologies to building projects in Wales

A 'strong tenant voice matters'

04 December, 2019

"Without it, social landlords cannot truly thrive and provide customer-focused services"

Homelessness services see 9,000 places cut since 2010

04 December, 2019

Support services for nearly 9,000 homeless people have disappeared following a decade of cuts

A year in the life of a food bank: 'People who come here have been abandoned'

04 December, 2019

Natalie Bloomer visited the Weston Favell scheme in Northampton every month for a year

Property firm offering 'guaranteed rental income' told to amend its claim

04 December, 2019

A property firm has agreed to amend a claim offering "guaranteed rental income"

Deposit replacement service claims about offering 'double protection of traditional deposit' cleared by watchdog

04 December, 2019

Claims by a tenancy deposit replacement supplier have been cleared by the advertising watchdog after being challenged by a rival

All change Universal Credit changes in 2020 - how they will affect your payments

03 December, 2019

Millions of Brits are set to get a benefits boost next year as a four year freeze is due to come to an end

Advice on universal credit in Scotland more than doubles

03 December, 2019

Advice issued on universal credit more than doubled in Scotland in the last year

Grenfell survivors tell party leaders safety delays will cost lives

03 December, 2019

Campaigners say more will die unless flammable cladding is urgently taken off high rises

Private landlord vote 'pivotal' in deciding election outcome

03 December, 2019

We call on all political parties to do more to support good landlords to provide the homes to rent we need

DWP faces independent inquiry into claimant deaths

03 December, 2019

Labour said to be committed to such an inquiry - with a case being made for criminal investigations should the evidence suggest so

Civitas Social Housing reports strong first half

03 December, 2019

The real estate investment trust operating in the social care sector, Civitas Social Housing, reported a strong half year

Landlords offered share of tenants' earnings when they sub-let properties

03 December, 2019

A new business is offering landlords a share of tenants' earnings when they sub-let their rented homes

Raising awareness of tenancy fraud

02 December, 2019

This November we're launching a campaign to raise awareness of tenancy fraud

Social landlords could face huge bills following High Court water charges ruling

02 December, 2019

Social landlords face potentially huge compensation bills after a High Court ruling against a London council over water charges, a law firm involved in the case has said

Social landlords show commitment to efficiency, transparency and accountability

02 December, 2019

The housing association sector in Scotland is committed to efficiency, transparency and accountability

Tyneside council 'to save £100m' bringing work in house

02 December, 2019

A council has forecast it will save £100m after bringing housing repairs back in house

Claim Universal Credit 'not working' in Barnet

02 December, 2019

A rise in the number of missed rent payments following a welfare shake-up has led to a claim the new system is not working

Benefit-rent gap for poorest tenants widens to £113 a month

02 December, 2019

Many low-income households have to sacrifice spending on food and clothes to pay rent

Tenants who gave fake names to agents sentenced after running cannabis farms in rental homes

02 December, 2019

Four men whose false information provided to letting agents allowed them to rent private homes have been found guilty of running large cannabis farms

UK property rental firm boosted by major new investment gets set for expansion

02 December, 2019

A UK proptech firm which lists rental properties throughout London and Manchester has announced investment which it says will propel it towards global expansion

Key DWP Universal Credit date for Liverpool benefits claimants released

29 November, 2019

The controversial benefit is eventually set to be expanded even further

Universal Credit mum humiliated after she's denied £474 of Asda shopping

29 November, 2019

If I was going to be a shoplifter I'd go to Harvey Nichols or somewhere like that, not Asda

Raid finds 17 men crammed into unsafe three-bedroom terrace

29 November, 2019

The "tenants" were paying £50 a week to endure illegal conditions

Private Rented Sector Report - October 2019

29 November, 2019

Rent costs fall but offer tenants little reassurance

Strategy to combat homelessness unveiled by council

29 November, 2019

UDC is aiming to eliminate all use of bed and breakfast accommodation for temporary housing over the next five years, as one of four main priorities in its newly-launched 'homelessness and rough sleeping strategy'

Social housing unites to launch sector ESG initiative

29 November, 2019

A sector partnership has been formed to build consensus on an approach to reporting ESG metrics within social housing, as demand from investors mounts

Advice Note 14: associations call for clarity on combustibles guidance as residents struggle to sell homes

29 November, 2019

Social housing landlords have called on the government to provide clarity on its advice around combustible materials on high-rise buildings, as residents have been left unable to sell or remortgage their homes due to cladding issues

'Temporary relief' for tenants as fewer landlords hike rents

29 November, 2019

The number of landlords increasing rents declined last month but is still "worryingly high"

Renters vent ahead of voter registration deadline

28 November, 2019

Generation Rent hashtag initiative topped 2,000 tweets on day one

Placeshapers conference: Housing associations are 'community anchors'

28 November, 2019

An increased focus on social value and delivering economic impact is an early talking point at conference

Election plea for BME housing associations

28 November, 2019

BMENational identifies four areas where government action is "urgently needed"

Rules to improve council housing quality could be tightened in Barnsley

28 November, 2019

A set of suggestions to improve the quality of Barnsley's council housing when new tenants move in could be adopted if they win approval from the authority

Housing associations react to Conservatives' Right to Buy promise with scepticism

28 November, 2019

Housing associations have reacted with scepticism to the Conservative Party's manifesto pledge to push ahead with a policy extending the VRTB to their tenants if it wins next month's election

More respectful language neeed in PRS to avoid stigmatising tenants and landlords

28 November, 2019

More respectful language should be used in the private rented sector

A haunting problem - tenant asks for medium to visit property after 'something' grabbed her

28 November, 2019

Are you haunted by a problem in one of your properties?

Britain's largest private landlord grows rental income 45% as it increases stake in sector

28 November, 2019

Britain's largest private landlord has posted results showing a 45% growth in rental income to £63.5m and a 30% rise in pre-tax profits to £131.3m, while ramping up a pipeline of 9,000 new rental homes to add to its portfolio in the next few years

Language used over PRS is 'outdated'

27 November, 2019

Roundtable told terms such as 'home provider' and 'resident' should be adopted

Planners 'vital' for success of council housebuilding

27 November, 2019

RTPI says planners can balance supporting and promoting council-led development with impartial scrutiny of all developments

Regulator investigates 24,000-home landlord over possible governance issues

27 November, 2019

Two North West housing groups, including one that operates 24,000 homes, are being investigated by the Regulator of Social Housing over possible governance issues

Housing associations set for two-year turnover increase

27 November, 2019

New analysis sees sector boosted by return to inflation-linked rent rises and higher market sales

Shelter chief executive calls for mass construction of social housing

27 November, 2019

It's a national emergency with a clear solution

Years-long waiting lists for social housing in Lambeth

27 November, 2019

A severe housing shortage in Lambeth means people are waiting for a council home for years, with one resident joining the list in 1975

'Shocking' state of York rented homes sparks council crackdown

27 November, 2019

The council is cracking down on rented properties in a poor state - after officers discovered people living in homes without proper windows, with missing ceilings and lacking fire safety measures

Large housing association reveals £30,000-a-week waking watch bill for single development

27 November, 2019

A major London housing association has been forced to fork out around £30,000 a week to pay for 24/7 fire safety patrols in one of its London developments

Agents warned after property firm faces £12m fine in tenancy data breach case

27 November, 2019

UK estate and letting agents should be on their guard after a property company in Berlin was served a notice to fine it over £12.4m, or €14.5m, because of a breach of data regulations

Why housing associations should invest in video

26 November, 2019

Video advertising used to be a numbers game

Could the return of council homes help solve affordable housing crisis?

26 November, 2019

Councils are returning to house-building for the first time in decades to address the affordable accommodation shortage that big developers have failed to resolve

Thirteen associations face downgrade if UK sovereign rating lowered

26 November, 2019

Ratings agency Standard & Poor's has warned that it may downgrade 13 housing associations if the UK's sovereign rating is lowered amid political uncertainty

Savills seminar shines spotlight on need for social housing

26 November, 2019

Regeneration, the green agenda, and retrofitting among other key topics discussed

Less than 10 social rent homes created in Cambridgeshire last year

26 November, 2019

Social rent is what used to be known as council housing

Bromford pulls out of two council areas as it narrows focus

26 November, 2019

West Midlands landlord Bromford has offloaded its housing stock in two council areas and is aiming to sell more properties as part of an ongoing rationalisation strategy

Private renters spending £11bn more than they can afford on rent

26 November, 2019

Shelter stats show an average of £425 a month per household among those who are overspending

Online agency acquires tenancy referencing and insurance businesses

26 November, 2019

Online estate agency 99home has acquired a tenancy referencing provider plus a supplier of insurances for landlords

Generation Rent launches new 'Vent Your Rent' campaign to give tenants a voice

26 November, 2019

Lobbying body Generation Rent has launched a new campaign called Vent Your Rent, for tenants to express their feelings and find out about the "renting crisis" in their own area

Landlords hit out at Tory and Labour manifestos, saying both threaten private rented sector

26 November, 2019

The National Landlords Association has hit out at both the Labour and Conservative manifestos

Stats show 2.4 million private renters could lose their vote

25 November, 2019

Generation Rent releases research to boost PRS voter registration

Landlord to demolish third of tower blocks as demand weakens

25 November, 2019

A North of England housing association is to demolish around a third of its tower blocks partly due to a drop in demand for high-rise living

True extent of the Cornwall council housing crisis exposed by new figures

25 November, 2019

Less than 25 new council houses were built in Cornwall last year

G15: 650 housing association families unable to sell or remortgage flats due to government combustible guidance

25 November, 2019

A total of 650 families living in high-rise blocks owned by housing associations in London are unable to sell or remortgage their homes because of issues to do with the cladding systems on their buildings

Conservatives pledge extension of housing association Right to Buy pilot in manifesto

25 November, 2019

The Conservative Party has promised to extend the Right to Buy for housing association tenants to further regions of the country in its election manifesto

General election 2019: Labour vows to cap rent rises for private tenants

25 November, 2019

Labour has vowed to "put bad landlords out of business" and bring in rent controls in England, if it wins power

Tories pledge to 're-balance' housing market towards home ownership - and Labour to fine bad landlords £100,000

25 November, 2019

The Tories will help people buy and rent with the market 're-balanced' towards home ownership, the Conservative manifesto declared yesterday

Conservatives pledge to abolish 'no fault' evictions

22 November, 2019

The Conservative party has now pledged that it will follow through with plans to change the law and abolish 'no fault' evictions

Labour manifesto: end to Section 21, rent controls, nationwide licensing and new minimum standards

22 November, 2019

The Labour Party has today launched their manifesto, which calls for the introduction of open-ended tenancies, the abolition of Section 21 and new rent controls

General election 2019: A key moment to invest in local housing allowance

22 November, 2019

For a long time, we've made a very clear argument that housing benefit for private renters, or LHA, needs to be lifted up so that it covers the cost of renting

The distributional impact of personal tax and benefit reforms, 2010 to 2019

22 November, 2019

The tax and benefit system has undergone significant reform since 2010

Reducing in-work poverty: the role of minimum wages and benefits

22 November, 2019

Relative in-work poverty has been steadily rising since 1994-95

Can Universal Credit claimants get the Christmas Bonus? Who qualifies for the extra cash?

22 November, 2019

Universal credit is a payment which may help eligible recipients with their livings costs

Million universal credit households 'do not get full entitlement'

22 November, 2019

Deductions to cover loans are forcing many to turn to food banks

"Community not listened to" as housing association purchases old Fort Hill Community School site

22 November, 2019

The communities wishes have been disregarded once again

Government refuses to run fire test on polystyrene insulation despite councils' request

22 November, 2019

The government has no further plans to carry out testing of cladding products despite a specific request from London boroughs to test systems comprising polystyrene

Tories pledge lifetime deposits for renters and easier mortgages for buyers

22 November, 2019

The Conservatives have promised a lifetime deposit scheme for renters and more relaxed mortgage lending if they win the election

Labour promises rent controls and 'biggest council house building programme for a generation'

22 November, 2019

Labour has unveiled its plans for the property market with a strong focus on social housing

LIN member report November 2019 - Allocating housing to people in need

22 November, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Shelter sees no investment for social housing in future Tory policy

21 November, 2019

Tory housing plan already branded a big disappointment - before its even been announced

Political parties need 'welfare policies that make sense'

21 November, 2019

Outgoing Chartered Institute of Housing CEO, Terrie Alafat, calls for main political parties to create coherent welfare policies

Labour's PRS plans 'offer nothing' to good landlords

21 November, 2019

RLA says manifesto makes no provision for balancing rental reform with landlord needs

Welsh government reiterates commitment to social housing

21 November, 2019

But Deputy Director of Housing Policy calls for more collaboration and sharing "so we can maximise the supply of homes"

'Symbol of fear' DWP faces an ethos overhaul under Labour

21 November, 2019

When people feel the DWP is more about harassment than a helping hand, something has gone seriously wrong

Housing association evicts dozens of tenants in Milton Keynes flats 'for no apparent reason'

21 November, 2019

One of the UK's largest housing associations has given tenants in an entire block of Milton Keynes flats their marching orders without giving them a reason

General election 2019: Labour and Tories push housing policies

21 November, 2019

Labour and the Conservatives have set out rival plans to tackle England's housing shortage

Buy-to-let landlords beat a retreat from purchasing properties

21 November, 2019

There were 29,100 new first-time buyer mortgages completed in September, up 1.6% annually but down from 33,300 in August

Agency group on course to beat financial fall-out of fees ban six months early

21 November, 2019

Shares in The Property Franchise Group soared yesterday after it reported that it expects the full effects of the tenant fees ban to be mitigated six months early

Lib Dem manifesto: compulsory licensing for private landlords, three-year tenancies, and limits on rent increases

20 November, 2019

The Liberal Democrats are today launching their manifesto for the upcoming General Election, with little positive offered for private landlords

Landlord confidence in market drops

20 November, 2019

34% of landlords are planning to sell property over the next year compared with 22% two years ago

Families on Universal Credit to get special Christmas 'bonus'

20 November, 2019

DWP chiefs are offering up a 'one-off' payment of £10 that will be paid out in the first week of December

Labour pledges £75bn programme to build 150,000 affordable homes a year

20 November, 2019

Labour has pledged to pump £75bn into housing over five years if it wins December's election, promising "the biggest council and social housing programme in decades"

Is Labour's pledge to build 100,000 council houses achievable?

20 November, 2019

Party has promised a 'housing revolution' with additional new homes built for social rent

Lib Dems propose new Help to Rent scheme ahead of election

20 November, 2019

The party has also said that it will build at least 100,000 homes for social rent each year

Overwhelming tenant vote in favour of partnership plans

20 November, 2019

The plans would see the merge of Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership and Wheatley Group

Johnson's seat among worst in the country for 'unfair' evictions

20 November, 2019

But seat of neighbour John McDonnell is no example either

Council housing fraud falls 23%

20 November, 2019

Housing fraud cases concerning council homes fell 23% last year

Nine in 10 homes unaffordable to families on housing benefit

20 November, 2019

Government statistics show the number of children in temporary accommodation has risen by 81% since 2011

Agent's 'manifesto' calls for a bedroom tax to be paid by private home owners

20 November, 2019

Property search agent Stacks has called for a 'bedroom tax' for the private sector

'Nuisance' council tenants 'should live in tents' says Ashfield Tory candidate

19 November, 2019

"Nuisance" council tenants should be forced to live in tents and pick vegetables

Emergency housing in Brighton and Hove to be made more welcoming for poorest tenants

19 November, 2019

Homeless people given emergency housing in Brighton and Hove look likely to be offered better properties and facilities

Former tenants of demolition targeted sheltered housing set to receive £6,400 payments EACH

19 November, 2019

Twenty-two former residents of a sheltered housing scheme are set to be given "home loss" payments of £6,400 each after they moved out of the property because of subsidence

Major victory after Earls Court housing estates under threat of demolition handed back to council

19 November, 2019

Two west London housing estates that have been under threat of demolition by developers for 12 years are to be handed back to the council in a major victory for campaigners

Election 2019: Reports Labour will 'drop right-to-buy plan'

19 November, 2019

A report published over the weekend suggests Labour has dropped its controversial plan to offer tenants the right to buy their privately rented homes

Landlord removes giant iPhone advert blocking daylight into poverty-hit families' homes

19 November, 2019

Residents wake up to daylight from windows for first time in three years after campaign

ALMO chief reveals challenges dealing with devastating floods

19 November, 2019

An ALMO chief executive has spoken of the "extremely challenging" situation in tackling last week's severe floods after residents at 81 of its homes were affected

UK social security payments 'at lowest level since launch of welfare state'

19 November, 2019

Millions now excluded from mainstream society

Four in ten letting agents thought of giving up as fees ban threatened income and profits

19 November, 2019

Four in ten letting agents have considered ceasing trading over the past year amid falling profitability

UK private-rental prices rise across the board

18 November, 2019

Office of National Statistics says prices rose by 1.4% in England alone over a 12-month period

Benefit changes set to take effect during the next parliament

18 November, 2019

While the benefit system has undergone substantial reform over the past 10 years, there remain significant changes due to take place over the next parliament

Regulator places association 'under review' over governance

18 November, 2019

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

Council obtains London's first rogue landlord banning order

18 November, 2019

Investigations found tenants at risk in several unlicensed HMOs

Cladding crisis front and centre of election campaigning

18 November, 2019

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

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

18 November, 2019

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

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

18 November, 2019

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

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

18 November, 2019

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

Government announces business rates and council tax relief following severe flooding

18 November, 2019

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

Renters quizzed in relation to landlords' tax affairs

15 November, 2019

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

Bristol housing associations begin merger talks

15 November, 2019

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

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

15 November, 2019

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

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

15 November, 2019

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

HomeLet Rental Index

15 November, 2019

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

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

15 November, 2019

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

Home owner and buy-to-let repossessions soar

15 November, 2019

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

Newly agreed rents dipping across most of UK despite annual climbs

15 November, 2019

Newly agreed rents have dropped across most of the country

Purplebricks backs Stamp Duty reforms to save movers £3.2bn

15 November, 2019

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

Government and DWP dealt another blow over bedroom tax

14 November, 2019

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

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

14 November, 2019

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

Half of disability benefits appeals won in tribunal court

14 November, 2019

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

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

14 November, 2019

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

Is the sector well equipped to assess tenant satisfaction?

14 November, 2019

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

Manchester housing plans to prioritise 'most vulnerable'

14 November, 2019

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

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

14 November, 2019

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

UK government loses supreme court fight over bedroom tax

14 November, 2019

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

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

14 November, 2019

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

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

14 November, 2019

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

Benefit sanctions statistics to July 2019 (experimental)

13 November, 2019

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

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

13 November, 2019

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

Council decides to scrap Mansfield Homes development firm

13 November, 2019

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

Trussell Trust wants hunger to be an election issue

13 November, 2019

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

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

13 November, 2019

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

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

13 November, 2019

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

Confusion hangs over tenant fees ban five months after implementation

13 November, 2019

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

Landlords using personal savings to fund refurbishments

12 November, 2019

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

Right To Buy vs Landlord

12 November, 2019

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

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

12 November, 2019

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

Shared ownership cheaper than renting in London

12 November, 2019

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

Severe housing shortage in England's most deprived area

12 November, 2019

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

Cumbrian housing association to transfer operations to Riverside

12 November, 2019

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

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

12 November, 2019

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

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

12 November, 2019

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

Government 'must ensure' social housing is a priority

11 November, 2019

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

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

11 November, 2019

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

Next government 'should build three million new social homes'

11 November, 2019

New Economics Foundation pitches transformative political programme into election campaign

Senior housing schemes to be given facelift

11 November, 2019

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

Right to Buy ban could be temporary

11 November, 2019

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

No plans to introduce national landlord register

11 November, 2019

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

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

08 November, 2019

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

Welsh Government responds to default fees and holding deposits consultation

08 November, 2019

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

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2019

08 November, 2019

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

Commons response 'rules out' replacing Universal Credit

08 November, 2019

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

Cheshire West social housing waiting list trebles in 5 years

08 November, 2019

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

Does social housing pay, commission asks

08 November, 2019

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

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

08 November, 2019

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

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

08 November, 2019

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

Landlords braced for block management overhaul after Grenfell Inquiry changes

08 November, 2019

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

DWP has 'misleading' Universal Credit ads banned

07 November, 2019

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

Johnson 'shuts door' on social housing

07 November, 2019

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

Near 3,000 social housing repossessions so far this year

07 November, 2019

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

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

07 November, 2019

Citizen's Advice wants indefinite tenancies introduced in PRS

Labour pledges 120,000 new social homes in Scotland

07 November, 2019

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

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

07 November, 2019

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

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

07 November, 2019

The building used to be a hotel

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

07 November, 2019

And changes are also planned to housing waiting lists

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

07 November, 2019

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

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

06 November, 2019

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

Landlords hit back at national renter manifesto

06 November, 2019

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

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

06 November, 2019

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

Council propose changes to housing allocation following 'major' consultation

06 November, 2019

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

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

06 November, 2019

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

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

06 November, 2019

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

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

06 November, 2019

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

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

06 November, 2019

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

London Tenant Unable To Heat His House After Landlord Cages Thermostat

06 November, 2019

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

Benefit claimants to get more cash to help with funeral costs

05 November, 2019

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

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 11/2019

05 November, 2019

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

Over 2,800 social housing repossessions so far in 2019

05 November, 2019

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

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

05 November, 2019

Two local authorities are allegedly arguing over whose responsibility they are

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

05 November, 2019

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

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

05 November, 2019

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

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

05 November, 2019

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

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

05 November, 2019

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

UK households at food banks living on £50 a week

05 November, 2019

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

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

05 November, 2019

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

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

05 November, 2019

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

Additional funding to help crack down on criminal landlords

04 November, 2019

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

'Cull claimants' comments overshadow end of benefits freeze

04 November, 2019

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

Leicester City Council to spend £22m improving council homes

04 November, 2019

Work will include new kitchens, bathrooms and boilers

Renters target Tory seats with national manifesto

04 November, 2019

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

Landlords reveal their positive vision for the future of the PRS

04 November, 2019

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

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

04 November, 2019

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

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

04 November, 2019

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

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

04 November, 2019

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

London's social housing shortage snowballs

01 November, 2019

New stats show need for shared ownership slashed by 90%

DWP ducks behind 'disproportionate cost' over Universal Credit questions

01 November, 2019

No stats for alternative payment arrangements

£10 million fund to help vulnerable people claim Universal Credit

01 November, 2019

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

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

01 November, 2019

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

New Rent Standard set for launch in April 2020

01 November, 2019

RSH says sector feedback from consultation reflects government direction

Corbyn reinforces Labour pledge to scrap 'damaging' UC

01 November, 2019

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

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

01 November, 2019

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

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

01 November, 2019

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

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

01 November, 2019

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

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

01 November, 2019

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

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

01 November, 2019

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

Jenrick stresses commitment to social housing White Paper

31 October, 2019

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

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

31 October, 2019

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

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

31 October, 2019

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

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

31 October, 2019

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

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

31 October, 2019

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

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

31 October, 2019

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

Councillors clash over conditions in Barnet housing block

31 October, 2019

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

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

31 October, 2019

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

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

31 October, 2019

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

LIN member report October 2019 - Local housing allowance rates

31 October, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

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

30 October, 2019

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

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

30 October, 2019

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

Housing Benefit statistics on speed of processing 2019 to 2020

30 October, 2019

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

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

30 October, 2019

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

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

30 October, 2019

There are still long waits for councils with smaller registers

Council wins battle with government over housing delivery test result

30 October, 2019

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

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

30 October, 2019

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

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

30 October, 2019

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

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

30 October, 2019

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

Complaint about tenancy referencing provider is resolved informally

30 October, 2019

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

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

29 October, 2019

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

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

29 October, 2019

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

Private Rented Sector Report - September 2019

29 October, 2019

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

Landlords say rent controls are 'hurting' tenants

29 October, 2019

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

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

29 October, 2019

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

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

29 October, 2019

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

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

28 October, 2019

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

Meet the councils quietly building a housing revolution

28 October, 2019

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

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

28 October, 2019

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

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

28 October, 2019

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

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

28 October, 2019

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

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

28 October, 2019

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

Discrimination against benefits tenants still exists but now more subtle

28 October, 2019

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

Leeds City Council urges selective licensing applications

25 October, 2019

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

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

25 October, 2019

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

European Court lands blow on the 'Bedroom Tax'

25 October, 2019

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

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

25 October, 2019

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

RLA warns of rented housing supply 'crisis'

25 October, 2019

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

Property Ombudsman looking into 24 possible complaints about one property company

25 October, 2019

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

Two-year wait ends as Leyland test track approved

25 October, 2019

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

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

25 October, 2019

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

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