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Abolition of tenancy fees charged by agents gets another step closer: But can ban get more draconian?

22 May, 2018

The second reading of the Tenant Fees Bill took place in the House of Commons yesterday evening

Buy-to-let property no longer a good punt, say more than half of investors

22 May, 2018

Over half of UK investors no longer see property as a good investment

Benefit sanctions found to be ineffective and damaging

22 May, 2018

Study concludes that punishing claimants triggers profoundly negative outcomes

Government drops scheme to stop people being wrongly stripped of their benefits because it is a 'burden'

22 May, 2018

'Yellow card' reform was intended to prevent benefits being removed for trivial reasons - inflicting hunger and homelessness on vulnerable people

Households in Temporary Accommodation Rise by 60%

22 May, 2018

78,930 households were placed in temporary accommodation at the end of 2017

Yorkshire and Humber now identified as the BTL hotspot

22 May, 2018

It is discovered that landlords owning property in the Yorkshire and Humberside region are set to purchase more buy-to-let property in the next five years than any other region

Landlords selling up due to tax changes could benefit first time buyers

21 May, 2018

A significant number of homes suitable for first time buyers could flood the UK market in the coming year as new research suggests hundreds of thousands of landlords are looking to sell up

James Carthew: I hope Horizon revives faith in social housing

21 May, 2018

HZN real estate investment trust is the latest launch in the burgeoning social housing sub-sector

Raab commits to ban of combustible cladding

21 May, 2018

Housing minister Dominic Raab committed to a ban of combustible cladding products last night, ahead of a government consultation on the issue which will run until July

2018 Annual Review of Social Housing

21 May, 2018

Welcome to the latest Beever and Struthers' review of social housing

Fury at claim a quarter of Bristol landlords considering quitting and selling up because of 'problem tenants'

21 May, 2018

They cite 'damage' and tenants not paying the rent - but their claims are 'offensive' according to tenants

DWP Housing Partnership backs scheme to keep tenants in homes

21 May, 2018

Dorset's biggest private landlord is backing a government-funded scheme that aims to prevent tenants losing their homes

The lost homes of Hull's council estates and streets - and how losing them changed everything

21 May, 2018

From tower blocks to maisonettes, we take a look at the housing areas that have disappeared

Plymouth Community Homes helps new tenants find health and wellbeing

21 May, 2018

The organisation's New Home, New You project is brightening the futures of new residents

Housing Matters podcast: Housing associations' work to tackle domestic abuse

21 May, 2018

In this episode, we talk about domestic abuse and the positive difference housing associations can make

Council rent arrears soars for Dundee tenants on Universal Credit

21 May, 2018

Social rent arrears run up by Dundee council tenants on Universal Credit have doubled since the start of the year

The DPS Rent Index

18 May, 2018

Average rent across the UK during the first quarter of 2018 was £772

Scottish Housing Market

18 May, 2018

Building on strong social housing delivery figures GCC have signed an agreement with GHA & Keepmoat Homes for the delivery +900 homes at the Sighthill TRA

Getting worse: complaints to TPO about letting agents soar 11%

18 May, 2018

The actual number of complaints received by the Ombudsman, Katrine Sporle, increased by three per cent to 3,658

8,000 win appeals over benefit cuts across Wales in 2017

18 May, 2018

Three-quarters of disabled people who challenged a decision to stop or reduce their main benefit were successful in Wales last year

Councils' use of arm's-length organisations

18 May, 2018

The use of ALEOs by Scottish local authorities has reduced costs and improved standards of care issues of governance and accountability can still exist

The Unaffordable Private Rented Sector: Why it's time to thaw the LHA freeze

18 May, 2018

Last week, the Scottish Government published its third report into the impact of welfare reform

Calls for stronger rent controls to help tenants struggling under universal credit regime

18 May, 2018

Campaigners say rent controls would help renters struggling under universal credit regime

West Midlands associations seek Right to Buy solutions ahead of pilot

18 May, 2018

West Midlands housing associations are working to devise a workable method of transferring Right to Buy discounts between homes

DWP sanctions claimants 'by any means necessary'

18 May, 2018

A disabled campaigner has told MPs how she was thrown out of a shelter and forced to sleep in her college library after she was unfairly sanctioned by the DWP

Grenfell-style cladding could be banned on tower blocks

18 May, 2018

Housing secretary announces consultation on ban on combustible material

Repairs and maintenance spend tracker: what did your association do in 2016/17?

18 May, 2018

How have associations in England reacted to the 1% annual rent cut?

Fees ban Bill to be heard on Monday

18 May, 2018

The second reading of the Tenant Fees Bill is due to be heard on Monday

New boss of Martin & Co hits out at deposit replacement schemes, saying they will cost tenants more

18 May, 2018

The new managing director of Martin & Co has hit out at 'zero' tenancy deposit schemes

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2017 to 2018 preliminary estimates

17 May, 2018

Preliminary estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain in the financial year 2017 to 2018

Shelter Parliamentary Briefing: Second Reading of Tenant Fees Bill

17 May, 2018

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness - and we campaign to prevent it in the first place

Universal Credit process too complex for applicants

17 May, 2018

Rejected applications are blamed on an overly complicated process

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics in England and Wales, January to March 2018 (Provisional)

17 May, 2018

All mortgage possession actions remain within a range consistent with volumes across the previous two years

Housing association secures £50m funding line for almost 1,500 homes

17 May, 2018

A West Midlands social housing provider is set to build 1,400 homes across the region in the next two years after securing a £50m funding package

Falls in mortgage lending across entire market including first-time buyers, home movers and buy-to-let

17 May, 2018

The value of mortgages lent to first-time buyers increased slightly amid a fall in approvals across the whole of the market

Concern over plan to drop social rent from official definition of affordable housing

17 May, 2018

Trade bodies for housing associations and councils have voiced concerns over a proposal to change the definition of 'affordable housing' in a new draft version of government planning policy

'We are getting better', says Teesside's biggest landlord after criticism

17 May, 2018

Thirteen Group came under fire for failing to link with councillors and not meeting previous standards

Understanding what tenant engagement means

17 May, 2018

The Welsh social housing regulator is looking closely at social landlords' tenant involvement

The true extent of Bristol's housing crisis: Council home wait list numbers and times revealed

17 May, 2018

There are more than 11,000 families waiting for just a handful of empty properties

HB A6/2018

16 May, 2018

Housing Benefit operational information, performance support and engagement 2018-19

Aberdeen City Council spends £23,000 per day on temporary accommodation

16 May, 2018

Aberdeen City Council is paying out more than £23,000 per day to put up residents in temporary accommodation

'Pension mountain' needed by older tenants

16 May, 2018

Tenants who will still be paying rent when they retire will need a pension pot of up to £445,000 to avoid falling living standards

Making The Connection Between Social Housing And Economic Growth

16 May, 2018

Social housing is often viewed as a burden on the public purse

Universal Credit: Benefit 'flaw' penalises Derry mother

16 May, 2018

A mother from Londonderry has received no benefits for seven weeks due to the roll out of a new Universal Credit process in Northern Ireland

Ronan Point 50 years on: are tenants being listened to on safety?

16 May, 2018

On the 50th anniversary of the collapse of Ronan Point, tower block safety campaigner Frances Clarke questions whether Dame Judith Hackitt is really listening to tenants

Grenfell Tower: lives remembered, but fire safety lessons still not learned

16 May, 2018

David P Sugden says the construction industry cannot be trusted to improve standards

Partnership to help landlords find trusted builders

16 May, 2018

New partnership between the Residential Landlords Association and the National Federation of Builders, set up to give landlords confidence they are hiring reputable firms

Benefit sanctions statistics to January 2018

15 May, 2018

Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions, data to January 2018

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

15 May, 2018

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 12 April 2018

15 May, 2018

These experimental statistics cover numbers of claims made, starts and people on Universal Credit to 12 April 2018

Club charging monthly fees to members says it is not an agent letting to tenants

15 May, 2018

A membership club that rents rooms out is charging its members fees. However, it has hit back at claims in a national newspaper story and says it has found a new concept

New rent-to-rent business reveals plans to shake up online lettings sector

15 May, 2018

A new business which says it will shake up the online lettings sector has announced long-term plans to become the sector's largest international brand

Petition launches urging Government to reverse tax clampdowns on buy-to-let sector

15 May, 2018

A petition has been launched on the Government website demanding the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief for private landlords, and the dropping of the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge when additional properties are bought

Grenfell rally demands urgent removal of flammable cladding

15 May, 2018

Protesters express continued distrust of the authorities as MPs debate terms of public inquiry

Funding for social housing is 'nuts' top developer says

15 May, 2018

Roger Madelin believes government should directly fund the building of affordable homes - backed by higher corporation tax

Housing association raises hoarding issues

15 May, 2018

One association wants to help lose the stigma around the condition

London's lack of housing supply is pushing rents up by five per cent annually

15 May, 2018

London's property prices are dropping, but a lack of housing is pushing rents up five per cent a year

Broadband and Sky TV supplier to letting sector signs deal with tenancy referencing firm

15 May, 2018

Home Telecom, a specialist broadband supplier to the letting sector, acquired by Spark Energy, has signed a major partnership agreement with property services company Let Alliance

Now Wales looks set to introduce fees ban legislation 'imminently'

14 May, 2018

A draft Bill to introduce a fees ban in Wales looks set to be published imminently

Private renting in some areas 'completely unaffordable'

14 May, 2018

Private renting has become "completely unaffordable" in some areas of Scotland

There's no such thing as a 'for-profit' housing association (and anyone who says different is wrong)

14 May, 2018

A number of organisations have appeared, calling themselves 'housing associations' but with business models completely contrary to the core values of housing associations - this is extremely dangerous

Complex rules for universal credit see one in five claims fail

14 May, 2018

Thousands feared to be out of pocket after applications turned down for 'non-compliance with the process'

Top government housing official links welfare reform as 'relevant' to rising homelessness

14 May, 2018

Further blow to the credibility of homelessness minister Heather Wheeler, who rules out welfare reform and cuts as a cause

RLA calls for 'comprehensive review' of PRS capacity

14 May, 2018

Sector now housing tenants in categories it was "never intended or structured to do"

The Housing Podcast: are we too hard on private landlords?

14 May, 2018

We talk to David Smith from the Residential Landlords Association about the private rented sector

Scottish Government could be hit with £1m charge to improve welfare payments

14 May, 2018

The Scottish Government could be hit with a £1 million bill for making it easier for claimants to budget with Universal Credit welfare payments

Scottish HA uses wearable technology to detect tenants at risk of falls

14 May, 2018

A Scottish housing association has become the first to offer tenants wearable technology that can predict the risk of them suffering falls by monitoring vital signs

Housing benefit bill set to double as renters get older

14 May, 2018

Taxpayers are facing a multibillion-pound bill to support renters in retirement because the proportion of middle-aged workers who do not own a home has doubled in a decade

The rise of middle-aged renters exposes empty Tory promises

14 May, 2018

Policies like right to buy have boosted housing insecurity, not reduced it

I live in a five-bedroom council house which I don't need, yet I'm not allowed to swap with an overcrowded family

14 May, 2018

No one should be forced to move just because their circumstances have changed, but many tenants would like to downsize to escape the effects of the bedroom tax yet are unable to do so, because of draconian regulations on 'under-occupation'

Charedi housing group facing discrimination legal challenge

11 May, 2018

A leading Jewish housing association is being taken to court over its policy of providing homes only for Orthodox Jews

Disabled people in housing crisis

11 May, 2018

Disabled people have been left frustrated and trapped by a chronic shortage of suitable housing

Number of middle-aged renters doubles in a decade

11 May, 2018

Forty-somethings are now almost twice as likely to be renting from a private landlord than they were 10 years ago

Mortgage arrears at record low in Q1 2018

11 May, 2018

There were 78,800 homeowner mortgages in arrears of 2.5 per cent or more of the outstanding balance in the first quarter of 2018

The 37% - food banks, the housing crisis and London's child poverty epidemic

11 May, 2018

I don't tell her. I don't tell her but she's starting to feel that we're poor

Energy efficiency in social housing

11 May, 2018

£3.5m fund to help social landlords

Criminals banned from renting out homes in Glasgow

11 May, 2018

Glasgow City Council has banned six people with convictions for serious crimes from operating as landlords in the city

Reality Check: How much do we spend on rent?

11 May, 2018

In the UK, people are renting for longer periods of time, as buying a property has become more expensive and wages have struggled to keep up

Universal credit rules risk 'crushing' self-employed and startups

11 May, 2018

Committee of MPs says benefit 'designed with little regard' for sixth of UK workforce

Secure Tenancies Bill passes third reading amid concerns over Universal Credit

11 May, 2018

Opposition amendments aiming to ease financial pressure on women fleeing violent partners are voted down

Tenant who left behind jar of peanut butter charged £3 'default fee' for its removal

10 May, 2018

So-called 'default' fees are allowing landlords and agents to charge outgoing tenants for petty acts such as leaving a jar of peanut butter in a cupboard

Government urged to hold parliamentary debate on minimum room sizes

10 May, 2018

Letting agent groups are warning that the private rental sector is set to lose vital stock as the Government presses ahead with plans for minimum room sizes for Houses in Multiple Occupation

Planning deregulation reduces the ability of councils to secure affordable homes

10 May, 2018

New report finds 63% of UK councils now describe their need for affordable homes as 'severe'

Associations respond to rent cut with 'impressive' margins

10 May, 2018

Housing associations have boosted their core margins since the rent cut was introduced

'I have sleepless nights': the looming mental health crisis facing generation rent

10 May, 2018

One in three millennials will never own their own home, and renters can be evicted with just two months' notice

Welsh housing associations back in the private sector

10 May, 2018

The Welsh Assembly has unanimously passed its Regulation of Social Landlords Bill

HomeLet Rental Index - April 2018

09 May, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 1.5% in April

The rise and fall of council housing

09 May, 2018

In an extract from his new book, historian John Boughton explains how council housing became 'welfarised'

More action needed to protect renters against unfair evictions

09 May, 2018

Many renters in the private rented sector put up with unacceptable conditions in their homes because they are too afraid of being evicted to speak out

TV poll shows frontline DWP staff want Universal Credit roll-out paused

09 May, 2018

"Universal Credit, it's just taken my life, ripped it apart and flushed it down the toilet"

Leasing council homes to charities

09 May, 2018

Bristol council homes earmarked to be sold off have instead been handed over to charities, to house refugees and other vulnerable groups

Government official reveals HRA £1bn can be used with Right to Buy receipts

09 May, 2018

Councils will be able to blend funding from the government's £1bn HRA borrowing programme with grant and Right to Buy receipts

MP warns domestic abuse victims face huge rent arrears on Universal Credit

09 May, 2018

Victims of domestic violence who claim Universal Credit can find themselves in thousands of pounds of rent arrears if their abuser leaves their home and the payment is split

Conservative stock transfer councils keen to set up HRAs

09 May, 2018

Labour launched a social housing policy document which pledged to "help councils that have transferred all their housing stock to a housing association establish a Housing Revenue Account and get building"

Landlords' Barometer - #58: Is buy-to-let dead?

08 May, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Landlords Barometer

New rents edge up - with London prices now 108% higher than rest of the UK

08 May, 2018

Average newly agreed rents climbed to £918 a month in April, up 1.5% from the £904 a month recorded in April last year

Council sitting on £3.7m of unspent affordable housing cash

08 May, 2018

More than £3million of cash given to the council from developers that do not build enough affordable housing has not been spent

Thirty years on from the 1988 Housing Act, the private rented sector is out of control

08 May, 2018

In 1988, Margaret Thatcher's government introduced the Housing Act in a bid to expand the private rented sector in the United Kingdom

Challenging tenants forcing landlords in Manchester to sell

08 May, 2018

One in three landlords in Manchester are considering selling their rental properties due to problem tenants

London tenants spending £300 million a year on repairs landlords fail to carry out

08 May, 2018

London renters are spending almost £300 million a year on repairs their landlords failed to carry out

Faifley rat problem costing housing association thousands

08 May, 2018

Thousands of pounds have been spent tackling a "rat problem" in Faifley caused by residents dumping rubbish in the wrong bins - or in no bin at all

The Housing Podcast: Peabody's new approach to rents

08 May, 2018

Listen to find out more about the key issues in housing today

LIN member report May 2018 - Welfare Reform A Round-Up Post 2015

08 May, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

HB U1/2018

04 May, 2018

Urgent information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Universal Credit and prison leavers

04 May, 2018

Information for prison leavers, work coaches and probation officers about Universal Credit

Fears of landlord 'loophole' in Tenant Fees Bill

04 May, 2018

Generation Rent sees scope for landlords to include unfair clauses in tenancy agreements

Tenant fee ban could cost my firm £10m a year in lost revenue - so has the Government got its figures wrong?

04 May, 2018

The impact over a full year would see a loss of revenue of £10m

Client Money Protection to be compulsory for all letting agents in England from next April

04 May, 2018

Compulsory Client Money Protection will be the law from next April 1

Social housing provider responds to concerns over apartments plan - which has no affordable housing

04 May, 2018

A social housing provider has responded to concerns over its involvement in plans for 144 town centre apartments - which do not contain any affordable housing units

HBF reports big rise in social housing units approved

04 May, 2018

"There is still a long way to go, but this feels like a breakthrough moment in the years following the housing white paper"

RLA sounds its own warning over Tenant Fees Bill

04 May, 2018

Ministers told there is greater and earlier impact in using existing powers to improve the transparency of fees charged by agents

Tenants 'fundamental to the running of ALMOs'

04 May, 2018

As the NFA holds its annual conference, member bodies showcase their commitment to tenants being at the heart of the business models

Will one third of millennials rent for their entire lives?

04 May, 2018

Up to a third of millennials 'face renting their entire life'

Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2018

03 May, 2018

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

Benefit cap leading to "working role-models in families": Esther McVey

03 May, 2018

New figures released today show that 48,000 households have moved into work after being subject to the benefit cap

Housing associations Right to Buy pilot 'will not charge local authorities'

03 May, 2018

MHCLG confirms the pilot will be fully funded from government

Housing associations will mitigate rent cuts with a range of cost savings

03 May, 2018

New report says savings on the likes of repairs and maintenance and jobs should be "significant" to soak some 70% of revenue lost

Tenant fees ban to cost agents up to £4bn plus job losses and closures

03 May, 2018

The tenant fees ban will cost agents anywhere between £1bn and £4bn over the first ten years

Furious landlord makes his tax protest clear by placing billboard on busy main road

03 May, 2018

An infuriated landlord has put up a large billboard in a prominent street location to protest about Section 24

Rip-off debts soar as rent-to-own, catalogue credit and doorstep lending surge after payday loan crackdown

03 May, 2018

Debts from catalogue credit, doorstep lending and rent-to-own have all more than doubled in recent years even as regulators cracked down on payday loans

ARLA Propertymark attacks introduction of Tenant Fees Bill

03 May, 2018

"We do not believe the Bill will achieve its aims - tenants will end up worse off"

Restricting the use of B&Bs and unsupported hostels in Scotland could save £29m in public funds this year

02 May, 2018

Moving all homeless people out of unsuitable temporary accommodation, such as bed and breakfasts or unsupported hostels, after seven days could save £29m in public money this year alone

HB S10/2018

02 May, 2018

Payment for the Verify Earnings and Pension Alerts service 2018

New law lets tenants claim back their rent

02 May, 2018

A change in housing law that lets tenants claim back up to a year's rent if a landlord has committed a housing offence is gaining popularity after a year on the statute book

'Non-committal committal' over release of social housing Green Paper

02 May, 2018

Commons told the Green Paper will be published "in the next few months"

Major association's 'bold' move to cut rents praised by sector

02 May, 2018

A major association's "bold" move to cut its rents has been praised by sector leaders, with some landlords revealing they are looking at their own rent policies

Increasing rent arrears and rising homelessness causing concerns across the north of Scotland

02 May, 2018

Increasing rent arrears and homelessness across Ross & Cromarty gave local councillors cause for concern at yesterday's Highland Council area meeting in Dingwall

Peabody plans to stop charging affordable rent

02 May, 2018

Peabody will freeze or cut rents on "thousands" of its affordable rented homes while converting market rent tenancies to social rents

Gobsmacked tenants in Salford high-rises just got a cleaning bill for their 'self-cleaning' windows

02 May, 2018

Housing association City West installed 'the world's first self-cleaning windows' on a string of blocks across Eccles - but now they've got grubby

Why we are freezing or cutting rents on thousands of homes

02 May, 2018

Peabody has embarked on a process to make its rents fairer

Sheffield housing association fined over 'dangerous, substandard' properties

02 May, 2018

A Sheffield housing association has been fined after four of its properties were found to be dangerous and substandard

One-week limit on temporary accommodation could save £29m

02 May, 2018

Scottish councils could save £29m this year if they moved all single people out of unsuitable temporary accommodation after a week

Let's create the future of social housing together

02 May, 2018

Many people across Scotland face struggles just to get through each day, which means that they can't think about or plan for their futures

Rent freedom day finally draws near after 86 working days

01 May, 2018

A year's rent takes up all the net pay earned by full-time workers until now - the first week of May

Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing

01 May, 2018

John Boughton traces the vexed history of social housing in this timely, persuasive study

Social Housing IPOs: Horizon tries after Fundamentum fails

01 May, 2018

Fundamentum Property has pulled the flotation of its Supported Housing fund after failing to convince investors to back the high yielding REIT

Rent pause pays off for provider

01 May, 2018

Debt relief scheme praised for innovative approach to housing costs and mental health

Young or old, we private renters are being locked out of our dream homes

01 May, 2018

Millennials are not the only ones in overpriced housing. Baby boomers are among the landlords' victims too

New Guidance Published for Landlords on Right to Rent Checks on Undocumented Commonwealth Citizens

01 May, 2018

In a change to government policy, the Home Office have released a statement acknowledging that "some people who have lived in the UK for most of their lives are having difficulty providing the necessary evidence of their status"

Rising rent arrears a major risk to building new affordable homes

01 May, 2018

Fife families are struggling to pay their rent due to universal credit, posing a threat to construction of affordable housing in the region

The rentquake will punish the Tories at the ballot box

01 May, 2018

The effects of our broken housing system are felt most strongly in London

Rent costs full-time workers every penny earned until May

30 April, 2018

A year's rent takes up every penny earned by full-time workers until the first week of May

'Baby boomer' tenants forced to take 'drastic' measures to pay rent

30 April, 2018

Almost half of private renters aged 50 and over have taken 'drastic' measures to combat rising rent costs

What it's really like living in a council house in Bransholme

30 April, 2018

From rats in their homes to dodgy doors and living weeks without a bathroom, residents have had their say

Private landlords rake in £1.6m for temporary homeless flats

30 April, 2018

Private landlords have earned more than £1.6m for providing temporary homeless accommodation in Glasgow over the last five years

Social housing is not just a safety net for the few

30 April, 2018

With more and more people made homeless or forced to pay excessive rents, the charity Shelter is investigating how to help them

The Observer view on the government's punitive and repugnant benefits policy

30 April, 2018

From immigration to disability, the Conservatives have sought to draw a line between the deserving and undeserving

Windrush shows it's easy to fall foul of Right to Rent

27 April, 2018

As the stories from people affected by the Windrush scandal continue to emerge, the government's 'hostile environment' strategy faces growing scrutiny

Scottish Monthly Rent Analysis Q1 2017-Q1 2018

27 April, 2018

Scottish average rises 1.6% to £780 per month

Scotland - Rental Tracker

27 April, 2018

Stability in Scottish rental market in March

Rogue landlord sentenced to six months in prison for unlawful evictions

27 April, 2018

An Oxford landlord with a history of criminal and non-compliant behaviour was given a six-month custodial sentence for a series of housing offences at Oxford Magistrate's Court on 25 April 2018

Hertsmere Borough Council can now fine landlords up to £30,000

27 April, 2018

Landlords could be be fined thousands of pounds after the council introduced tough new measures

Councils spend millions using Right to Buy flats as temporary accommodation

27 April, 2018

Town halls are spending millions of pounds a year renting ex-council flats from private landlords to provide accommodation for homeless households

Government rushes out new advice on Right to Rent - but is it any help at all?

27 April, 2018

The Government has issued updated guidance about letting property to 'Windrush' people - long-term residents of the UK but who do not have documents to demonstrate their status

Tenants making more use of rent repayment orders than local councils in first year of new powers

27 April, 2018

Tenants have made more applications for rent repayment orders against their landlord than local authorities in the first year of new powers that allow renters to initiate RROs

Make buy-to-let fairer and more professional

26 April, 2018

Landlords can expect more protection against rogue letting and management agents who run off with their money or charge rip-off fees

Personal Independence Payment customer journey films

26 April, 2018

DWP has published 5 short videos to help give people an overview of the process of claiming Personal Independence Payment

Funding supported housing for all

26 April, 2018

Specialised Supported Housing for people with a learning disability

Public attitudes to social housing in Wales: Report for the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru

26 April, 2018

This work has been commissioned by the Tyfu Tai Cymru project which is a 5-year policy project seeking to provide insightful analysis and address gaps in evidence to inform current and future housing policy

A tinted view: negative media portrayals of social housing

26 April, 2018

Since Grenfell, serious questions have been asked about the way social housing is portrayed by the media and politicians

Labour local branch pledges limit on Right to Buy rents

26 April, 2018

Southwark's Labour Party has promised to force future leaseholders of Right to Buy flats to charge affordable rents when letting their property

Housing association warns cladding costs will impact capital projects

26 April, 2018

A South West housing association has warned it cannot meet the cost of removing dangerous cladding from its tower blocks without serious knock-on effects to its new build and refurbishment programmes

Tenants to leave Rugby tower blocks over fire safety fears

26 April, 2018

All tenants from two Warwickshire tower blocks are to be moved from their homes over serious fire safety concerns

Landlords trying to make up for their tax losses with rent hikes

26 April, 2018

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes has hit a six month high

Average rents fall across the UK for first time in six years, suggesting this is more than a correction

26 April, 2018

Average rents in the UK decreased for the first time since 2012 during the first quarter of 2018

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2017 to 2018

25 April, 2018

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

England and Wales Rental Tracker

25 April, 2018

East Midlands leads rental market in England and Wales

Government-backed REIT on track to own more than 6,000 homes

25 April, 2018

The private rented sector REIT, backed by the government, is on track to own more than 6,000 homes across the country

'We will work with you': Andy Burnham urges private landlords to get on board with GM's housing plans

25 April, 2018

Andy Burnham told a disgruntled crowd of private landlords and property professionals that he wants to work with them to develop the region's housing strategy at a conference in Manchester today

Even social housing is unaffordable now in some parts of England

25 April, 2018

Councils are under pressure as homelessness grows and housing options dwindle

Enough squabbling over supply versus demand. Let's build the social housing that Britain needs

25 April, 2018

In the long fight to fix the housing market, it's Supply versus Demand

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics: Update to 31 December 2017

25 April, 2018

More than 285,000 households in financial difficulty have received welfare assistance from the Scottish Government over the past five years

Glasgow landlords facing restrictions on power to increase rent

25 April, 2018

Restrictions on how much a landlord can increase rent by are on the cards for Glasgow

Going green could make your buy-to-let more appealing to tenants

25 April, 2018

When choosing a rental property 42% of tenants consider whether a building is eco-friendly

End of year foodbank stats

24 April, 2018

Between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018, The Trussell Trust's foodbank network distributed 1,332,952 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis

"Benefit levels must keep pace with rising cost of essentials" as record increase in foodbank figures is revealed

24 April, 2018

For the first time, new national data highlights the growing proportion of foodbank referrals due to benefit levels not covering the costs of essentials

More than half of PIP decisions overturned

24 April, 2018

Over 8,000 Scots were successful in appeals against disability benefit decisions

Why food banks must never become the norm

24 April, 2018

The new Trussell Trust chief executive on the food bank charity's alarming 'success', and partnering with Asda

Councils Urged To Reveal Full Figures Of Unspent Affordable Homes Cash

24 April, 2018

HuffPost UK revealed at least £375million is yet to be spent

Number of zero-hours contracts in UK rose by 100,000 in 2017

24 April, 2018

Employment contracts without a minimum number of guaranteed hours increased to 1.8m

This is the impact of universal credit

23 April, 2018

The number of people on universal credit is set to double this year

Letting agents in Scotland where fees are banned are 'continuing to charge tenants'

23 April, 2018

A group of tenants in Scotland is alleging that agents in Glasgow are breaking the law by continuing to charge fees to tenants, six years after the ban

Housing associations' 'diminished role' limiting social housing development

23 April, 2018

Cuts to grant for housing associations has "diminished their role" and limited their ability to develop social housing at scale

Councils Have Failed To Spend £375m Earmarked To Ease The Housing Crisis

23 April, 2018

The council responsible for Grenfell is sitting on £21million

A third of landlords with just one buy-to-let are considering selling up - but bigger landlords want to invest more

23 April, 2018

Tax hit on buy-to-let is taking its toll on both new purchases and existing owners

Ministers urged to go further in disability benefits reform after major review

23 April, 2018

The Government has committed to making recordings of Personal Independence Payment assessments a standard part of the process

High demand sees Northern Ireland rents rise faster than UK average

23 April, 2018

The average monthly rent in Northern Ireland has risen by more than the UK average to £629

HB G4/2018

20 April, 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Why Right to Rent should be suspended at once after Windrush fiasco

20 April, 2018

Agents have been among the enforcers of the Government's 'hostile environment' policy which has led to the Windrush scandal

Landlords becoming more professional as 'amateurs' turn away from buy-to-let

20 April, 2018

Almost a third of amateur landlords are looking to sell up while those with bigger portfolios are still feeling positive

Housing associations are at the heart of Labour's social housing plans - as they should be

20 April, 2018

The Labour Party's social housing green paper is a clear indicator of the party's determination to tackle the housing crisis

Calls for improved electrical safety standards in PRS

20 April, 2018

Charity reports that homes in the private rented sector are most at risk from electrical fires

Landlords struggling with regulation changes

20 April, 2018

Survey sheds light on the scale of the challenge that landlords say they face in coping with compliance

Rogue landlord ordered to pay ground-breaking fine

20 April, 2018

Thirty-five offences related to lack of HMO licences and breaches of the HMO management regulations

Bedroom tax delay leads to concerns over Scottish benefits devolution

20 April, 2018

Scottish ministers have raised concerns over delays to the handover of welfare powers to Holyrood

Municipal Dreams by John Boughton review - the rise and fall of council housing

20 April, 2018

An important and timely book, in the wake of Grenfell Tower, which emphasises how public investment enriches lives

More landlords in the UK voted to stay in the EU than leave

20 April, 2018

More than half of landlords in the UK voted to remain in the European Union and are more likely to see Brexit as a threat than an opportunity

Rogue landlords

19 April, 2018

The government could do more to protect tenants from rogue landlords

Split universal credit payments between partners to curb abuse

19 April, 2018

Experts tell MPs single household payments make it easier for domestic abusers to seize and regulate family income

PEARL Rental Index - April 2018

19 April, 2018

We have rounded up all of the latest housing statistics, rental index updates and data on renting from across the sector and compiled them into one easy to digest bulletin

Labour proposes scrapping affordable rent in social housing review

19 April, 2018

Labour has proposed scrapping the affordable rent tenure in its social housing review

Criminal landlords should have their properties confiscated

19 April, 2018

Criminal landlords should have their properties confiscated

House to home: giving social housing tenants a place to call home

19 April, 2018

A case for the provision of basic decoration and floor covering in social housing, along with access to furniture packages

Social sharing: expansion of shared housing in the social sector

19 April, 2018

A case for social landlords to expand their provision of shared accommodation using conversion of existing homes

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: March 2018

19 April, 2018

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

Michael McDonnell, Choice, on Rethinking Social Housing

18 April, 2018

Northern Ireland's housing associations must reconsider their purpose in a changing world

The Property Ombudsman warns that agents will still have duty of care for tenants' complaints after fee ban

18 April, 2018

The Property Ombudsman has warned that letting agents must not forget about their duty to tenants once the fee ban comes in

Government slates tenant fee ban for early next year but not before April 2019

18 April, 2018

The Government is aiming to introduce the tenant fee ban early next year but it is unlikely to be before April 2019

Think tank calls for rent caps as it warns of 'cradle to grave' renters

18 April, 2018

A think tank has called for rent controls, saying that rises should be limited to the Consumer Prices Index of inflation

Government urged to focus on improving conditions in the PRS

18 April, 2018

The government must focus on urgently improve dangerous housing across the country after new figures revealed that thousands of private tenants are at risk of death in their properties

London council to set up housing association for Right to Buy funds

18 April, 2018

Enfield Council is set to establish a housing association to spend funds it receives from council tenants exercising their Right to Buy

Consultation launched in Scotland on making landlord registration more robust

18 April, 2018

A consultation is underway in Scotland about making private sector landlord registration more robust by expanding the information provided by applicants

Universal Support

17 April, 2018

Universal Credit claimants can get help to make a claim and manage their payments of Universal Credit. This help is called Universal Support

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 8 March 2018

17 April, 2018

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

Westminster investigating ALMO for ex-council buy-back practices

17 April, 2018

Westminster Council's trading standards team is investigating its own ALMO for the second time in six months

Dartford councillors claim KCC cuts putting strain on sheltered housing for 550 over 55s

17 April, 2018

Borough councillors have claimed cuts made by their counterparts at Kent County Council are putting sheltered housing services for 550 people at risk

2,000 social housing units for Belfast this year, but supply can't meet demand

17 April, 2018

NIHE'S Head of Place Shaping for Belfast, stressed that while they are potentially delivering around 2,000 homes this year, the demand is "significantly higher" than the reality of what they can supply

Child poverty: Fears welfare changes could hit 50,000

17 April, 2018

Efforts to tackle child poverty and low incomes in Wales are being "damaged" by UK government welfare and tax reforms

Countrywide plc Monthly Lettings Index - April 2018

17 April, 2018

In the last 12 months 9,523 landlords who re-mortgaged their buy-to-let withdrew money for home improvements

Landlords 'doing up' rather than 'trading up'

16 April, 2018

Landlords are choosing to invest in their existing properties rather than take on the extra transaction costs of adding to their portfolios

Hundreds Of Thousands Put Up With Unsafe Homes For Fear Of Eviction

16 April, 2018

About 250,000 renters are living in sub-standard properties

Family had to live in hotels for three years after landlord accidentally let out their home

16 April, 2018

A mum and her two children had to live in hotels and temporary housing for three years after their landlord accidentally let their home to other people

Seven Boroughs Account For Nearly Half Of London's Social Housing Waitlist

16 April, 2018

Seven of London's boroughs make up for nearly half (49.5% to be exact) of London's social housing waiting list

Welfare reforms 'exacerbating' youth homelessness

16 April, 2018

Changes to benefits and lack of affordable housing accounts for half of young homeless people

Social housing fraudster caught illegally sub-letting Islington flat

16 April, 2018

A social housing fraudster has been found guilty of illegally sub-letting a home in Islington

Disabled people lose legal aid in 99% of benefits disputes

16 April, 2018

Official figures show that cuts have caused a massive drop in claimants granted help for welfare battles

McVey faces further SFHA calls for Universal Credit pause

16 April, 2018

Delaying system changes to allow bedroom tax to be abolished at source until at least May 2020 will be "fraught with difficulty"

Private let costs in Scotland have risen faster than workers' wages

16 April, 2018

The cost of private rented accommodation in Scotland is rising faster than workers' wages

Fixing the broken Right to Buy replacements machine

16 April, 2018

Last month, the government finally fell behind on its pledge to replace additional Right to Buy homes sold on a 'one-for-one' basis

MPs launch yet another benefit sanctions inquiry

13 April, 2018

The Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry into benefit sanctions

'Modest' rise in UK rental prices over first quarter of 2018

13 April, 2018

Rents up by 0.9% in the last twelve months - an average monthly increase of £3 per property

English landlords increasingly seeking buy-to-lets in Scotland

13 April, 2018

Landlords living in England are increasingly looking north of the border for buy-to-lets

HomeLet Rental Index - March 2018

13 April, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 0.9% in March compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £912 a month

Scotland sees 430% increase in English landlords

13 April, 2018

And the trend continues - registrations already 226% up on last year

Huge 'reverse' gender pay gap at Scotland's largest housing association

13 April, 2018

Scotland's largest housing association has a huge "reverse" gender pay gap which sees its female staff earn 46% more than their male colleagues

Thousands of Newcastle households are still losing money every week due to bedroom tax

13 April, 2018

Latest figures show the average yearly loss of income per household in Newcastle is £751.19 due to bedroom tax

More than £30k in rent paid for 'unsafe' illegal HMO

13 April, 2018

Hunt now on for owner of the rundown three-bedroom property raided this morning

HB A5/2018

12 April, 2018

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

The Homelessness Monitor: England 2018

12 April, 2018

This annual report funded by Crisis and JRF analyses the impact of economic and policy developments on homelessness

Universal credit 'flaws' mean thousands will be worse off

12 April, 2018

Analysis shows that self-employed workers could receive less over a year than employees in "traditional" jobs who earn the same amount

Cardiff's first council houses in a generation set to be ready this winter

12 April, 2018

Some 600 council houses for rent or assisted purchase are being built

Woman forced to sleep on camp bed for three years waiting for council house

12 April, 2018

Christine Goode and her elderly mother have been sharing a one-bedroom bungalow for three years

Sorry! Housing association apologises to mum over flooded flat

12 April, 2018

A housing association has apologised to a mum-of-two after it failed to promptly deal with urgent repairs after her boiler blew up and flat flooded, leaving her without a cooker or heating

Thousands will have to travel to Halifax as Huddersfield sickness benefit centre shuts

12 April, 2018

Crown House earmarked for closure as part of Department for Work and Pensions shake-up

Housing association tenant wrongly charged nearly £3,000 after 'admin error'

12 April, 2018

Social housing company Torus admitted errors were made with tenant direct debits

UK buy-to-let mortgages riskier than before crisis

12 April, 2018

Buy-to-let mortgages in Britain, especially those issued recently, are more risky than loan deals signed before the 2008 financial crisis

LIN member report April 2018 - Landlords and the Courts

12 April, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Rent boost for millions of claimants moving onto Universal Credit

11 April, 2018

People in receipt of Housing Benefit will receive an extra 2 weeks' support with their rent when they move onto Universal Credit from 11 April 2018

Extra rent support for new Universal Credit claimants

11 April, 2018

Esther McVey said the additional support was being made available to allow people to "adjust" from fortnightly to monthly payments

Housing associations overcome challenges to exceed building targets

11 April, 2018

Northern Ireland's housing associations have once again surpassed building targets despite challenging economic conditions and political uncertainty

New Ballymena social housing homes released

11 April, 2018

Social housing provider Choice Housing has completed the first phase of an £8.5m scheme in Ballymena

Housing association tenant's appeal for 'right to buy' property dismissed

11 April, 2018

A housing association tenant whose application to purchase her home under "right to buy" legislation was refused has had her appeal against the decision dismissed

Fight fair when challenging housing associations

11 April, 2018

David Bookbinder reacts to "personal" criticism of housing associations

Landlords in the North of England hit by voids more than in rest of the country

11 April, 2018

More landlords with property in the North of England experienced a void period in the past three months than in any other UK region

Hackney Council Approves Additional & Selective Licensing Schemes

10 April, 2018

Landlords with property in Hackney should now be aware that Hackney Council have approved a five year selective licensing pilot scheme of all non-HMOs

Six leading landlords exceed average gender pay gap

10 April, 2018

More than a quarter of the top 20 housing associations by stock owned have reported gender pay gaps larger than the national average

2,000 take part in CIH social housing research project

10 April, 2018

More than 2,000 people have taken part in the CIH project to gather research for the upcoming Social Housing Green Paper

Landlords remain confident about BTL

10 April, 2018

Almost two-fifths of landlords are feeling positive about the future of the rental market, and are thinking about buying more properties to rent in the future

The government is taking action to protect private renters (part 2)

10 April, 2018

This is the second post in a two-part blog exploring how the government is taking action to improve protections for private renters

Performance of the Attendance Allowance Unit and Disability Living Allowance 65+: Apr 2017 to Mar 2018

10 April, 2018

Performance of the Attendance Allowance Unit and Disability Living Allowance 65+ against customer service targets for complaints and compliments

More support for disabled people plus other welfare and pension reforms start in April

10 April, 2018

A number of welfare reforms have come into effect from April 2018

How one Norfolk council has cut its housing waiting list by 95%

10 April, 2018

Allowing staff to think creatively about people's needs is a risk, but it's paid off in Great Yarmouth

Number of buy-to-let landlords soared to new high in 2016

09 April, 2018

The number of buy-to-let investors in the UK hit a record high of 2.5m in the latest tax year for which the information is available

Ministers told to expect backlash as millions lose out from universal credit

09 April, 2018

Senior government adviser warns of effect of cuts to welfare budget

Home Office accused of turning 'blind eye to discrimination' in housing immigration crackdown

09 April, 2018

Fury after ministers quietly throw out an inspector's call to act on fears that 'Right to Rent' scheme is triggering 'racial discrimination, exploitation and homelessness'

Westminster delays Holyrood action against bedroom tax

09 April, 2018

Tory backsliding will stop the Scottish Government from scrapping the controversial bedroom tax until at least May 2020

Fundamentum launch tests appetite for social housing

09 April, 2018

Investor appetite for high-yielding social housing funds faces a new test today as plans are unveiled to launch the sector's fourth Reit in 18 months

Housing market: Number of buy-to-let landlords reaches record high despite tax hike

09 April, 2018

Government has introduced 3% Stamp Duty levy, new stress tests for home loans, and ended mortgage interest tax relief

Remove two-child benefit cap

09 April, 2018

Sixty Church of England bishops along with leaders of other religious groups, are urging ministers to rethink the two-child benefits cap

Will Labour win the next election thanks to the private rental sector?

09 April, 2018

A new analysis by campaigning housing organisation Shelter claims the changes within the private rental sector could indirectly lose the next election for the Conservatives and win it for Labour

Criminal landlord database 'could fail' if not open to tenants

09 April, 2018

Generation Rent calls for "proper naming and shaming" as database goes live

Channel 5's new social housing programming

09 April, 2018

Channel 5 have started a new series of films about social housing, and from the outset it feels like this might be a bit of a challenge

Fife Council steps up homelessness and temporary accommodation measures

09 April, 2018

Councillors in Fife have discussed moves to protect some of the council's most vulnerable tenants

The Government is taking action to protect private renters (part 1)

06 April, 2018

The Government's drive to improve private renting has got a spring in its step

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2017 to 2018

06 April, 2018

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

Database of rogue landlords and property agents under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

06 April, 2018

Guidance for local housing authorities on the database of rogue landlords and property agents

Councils encouraged to make public when agents and landlords are banned

06 April, 2018

Letting agents who are banned should be named and shamed

Councils call for Right to Buy flexibility after Raab criticism

06 April, 2018

The councils with the largest deficits between Right to Buy sales and replacements have blamed the government's lack of flexibility for the gap

Housing associations promise action following gender pay reports

06 April, 2018

Major housing associations are revealed to have gender pay gaps of more than 25%

New banning orders part of fresh crackdown on rogue landlords

06 April, 2018

Landlords guilty of a range of housing and immigration offences will be added to a new national database

Green party pledge to 'protect' social housing

06 April, 2018

Promise comes as part of its local election launch

Renters Surge Among Under 45s Could Throw Tories Out Of Office

06 April, 2018

The number of renters and mortgage payers could be equal by the next election

Leicester council planning to buy back 'Right to Buy' homes

06 April, 2018

It has earmarked £440k for re-acquiring homes it used to own

Council launches crackdown on town's rogue landlords, but housing union thinks it will fail

05 April, 2018

North Somerset Council has vowed to crack down on rogue landlords in Weston-super-Mare after a report revealed the town has the 'worst housing conditions' in North Somerset

'My fight to change attitudes towards social housing tenants'

05 April, 2018

Claire Hughes tackles some of the misconceptions faced by social housing tenants

Benefits mistakes affect more than 8,000 in NI

05 April, 2018

Mistakes in paying sickness benefits are likely to have affected more than 8,000 claimants in Northern Ireland

Tenants outside of London spend over half of disposable income on rent

05 April, 2018

And in London almost 89% of disposable income is spent on rent - now standing at an average of £1,879 per month

Social housing company plans £150m float

05 April, 2018

A property company that invests in social housing is planning to launch a £150m float on the London Stock Exchange next month

Gender Pay Gap in the Social Housing Sector

05 April, 2018

The Gender Pay Gap reporting deadline was 4th April, so we've compiled tables for Housing Associations and Local Authorities

Rogue lettings agent database to launch tomorrow, but ARLA is questioning the point of it

05 April, 2018

A database of rogue lettings agents and landlords goes live tomorrow but there is concern at how effective it will be, given that it won't be made public

Bad tenants and rogue landlords - plus an agent expelled by the Ombudsman

05 April, 2018

A new property series launches tonight on Channel 5, Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords. Judging from its title, you might think that agents wouldn't be featured - but you'd be wrong

Sweeping rent controls set to be introduced via Private Member's Bill in Scotland

04 April, 2018

The Scottish Labour party is planning to introduce a 'Mary Barbour' law which, if passed, will bring in strict rent controls

Landlords' Barometer - #57: Taxing times for the private rented sector

04 April, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Landlords Barometer

Government admits falling behind on Right to Buy replacement pledges

04 April, 2018

The Government has admitted falling short on its commitment to replace council housing units sold under the Right to Buy scheme

Social housing REIT shares fall amid market uncertainty

04 April, 2018

Shares in social housing investment funds have fallen and investor interest waned, as markets react to trouble at a housing association which has deals with several trusts

Should council-owned land be used to solve Gloucestershire's social housing crisis?

04 April, 2018

There are 14,000 families on the waiting list

Housing associations are skewing satisfaction rates

04 April, 2018

Tommy Lusk, housing campaigner, says tenant satisfaction surveys published by housing associations hide more than they reveal

Cheltenham bus attacks: 'we'll evict people behaving anti-socially' say housing bosses

04 April, 2018

New crack-down planned in response to incidents on town's troubled Springbank estate

Buy-to-Let Index Quarterly Report

04 April, 2018

With special feature 'House price growth slowdown'

Top 10 regular Colchester claims number one spot

Funding for Supported Housing

04 April, 2018

Response to Two Consultations

Supported housing helps some of our country's most vulnerable people to lead independent lives in the community

New crackdown - including possible criminal sanctions - on letting and managing agents announced

03 April, 2018

With bizarre timing the Government released an Easter parade of three important new updates relating to the private rented sector

Discretionary housing payments: Councils criticised for unspent money

03 April, 2018

Three councils have been criticised for handing back money intended for people who are struggling to pay their rent

Government U-turns on 18-21s housing benefit cut

03 April, 2018

The government has U-turned on a controversial policy to scrap housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds under Universal Credit

Returns on buy-to-let rose in all regions of the UK except London last year - and this map shows where the biggest gains were

03 April, 2018

Landlords have seen returns rise across the UK outside of London in spite of warnings that profits have been hit by recent tax changes

Government will consult on Right to Buy flexibility after breaking pledge

03 April, 2018

The government will consult on "greater flexibility" for councils to use Right to Buy receipts, but remains committed to the policy despite breaking its pledge on replacing homes

Welfare payments that are 'lifelines' for people being 'hacked away'

03 April, 2018

New figures show more than £300m axed from funds that serve as 'safety net' for poor claimants

New crackdown on rogue agents to protect renters and leasehold homeowners

03 April, 2018

Private rented and leasehold sectors will receive stronger protection from unfair rogue letting and managing agents thanks to new government proposals

Social Housing Update:Written statement - HCWS614

03 April, 2018

Nearly 2 million households have been helped to realise aspirations to own their homes through the Right to Buy since 1980

Call for tax deductible PRS energy efficiency improvements

03 April, 2018

Such a policy seen as supporting landlords to go beyond what is required to bring properties up to the Government's target

Plans for new law to tackle rising rent prices and overcrowding in Scotland

03 April, 2018

Calls are being made for new legislation to tackle rising private rent prices, as figures show the number of overcrowded properties more than doubled in four years

Benefit rates 2018-19

03 April, 2018

The benefit rates for 2018-2019

New benefits system 'demeaning and degrading'

02 April, 2018

A new system of assessing benefits is degrading and demeaning

Support for 18 to 21 year olds claiming Universal Credit

29 March, 2018

Find out about the help available for Universal Credit claimants aged 18 to 21 to find employment, work-related training or an apprenticeship

MPs urge Government to reduce deposit cap to five weeks to ease financial burden for tenants

29 March, 2018

MPs have called for the security deposit cap proposed in the Draft Tenant Fees Bill to be reduced from six to five weeks as part of a range of changes to the legislation

Landlords taking rentals off the market as thousands are set to miss Sunday's deadline on minimum EPC ratings

29 March, 2018

Thousands of landlords are unprepared for new energy efficiency measures being introduced in just days, and many are taking properties off the market to gain more time to implement changes

Row over deposit demands on tenants

29 March, 2018

MPs and landlords are at loggerheads over the acceptable level of deposits demanded of tenants in England

Right to Rent 'doesn't demonstrate its worth'

29 March, 2018

Flagship policy torpedoed by damning finding from independent inspector as RLA calls for suspension

PEARL Rental Index: March 2018

29 March, 2018

We have rounded up all of the latest housing statistics, rental index updates and data on renting from across the sector and compiled them into one easy to digest bulletin

MPs call on government to give councils funding for letting fees ban

29 March, 2018

Councils should be given extra funding by government to enforce a letting agent fees ban

'Significant' PRS transformation tips balance towards tenants

29 March, 2018

Major project in Manchester recognizes tenant voices as "conspicuously absent" from related debate

100 households around Grenfell still in temporary accommodation

29 March, 2018

Victims evacuated from surrounding blocks await permanent rehousing nine months on

169 evictions in Britain a day: "I knocked every door, and no one helped me"

29 March, 2018

From 2010 to 2017, the official number of evictions rose by 53 percent

New research aims to improve Universal Credit claims for thousands of homeless people

29 March, 2018

New research could challenge current government thinking that housing costs for supported housing cannot remain within the welfare system

Ten myths about council housing - and one ask

29 March, 2018

Everyone seems to agree that we have a housing crisis in London and that we need to increase the supply of genuinely affordable homes

England and Wales Rental Tracker

29 March, 2018

Beast from the East didn't halt rental market growth

Private Rented Sector Report - February 2018

29 March, 2018

The supply of rental properties fell by five per cent from January to February

Unsuitable, insecure and substandard homes: The barriers faced by older private renters

28 March, 2018

Growing numbers of older people are living in private rented accommodation

Regulator to intervene in Welsh housing association

28 March, 2018

The Welsh social housing regulator is to intervene in a Cardiff housing association due to governance concerns

Sheffield housing officer abused by landlord over her physical appearance

28 March, 2018

A Sheffield housing manager subjected to vile online abuse from a rogue landlord says she feels she was targeted over her physical appearance because she is a woman

The disappearing HMOs

28 March, 2018

Houses in multiple occupation are often far from ideal lodgings - but a trend to convert them to more profitable houses is leaving residents with few options

Property fund strikes second housing association deal

28 March, 2018

A Bristol-based housing association has formed a partnership with Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund, the second deal the fund has done with a housing association

Government to allow councils to charge double council tax on empty homes

28 March, 2018

New legislation lets councils levy additional charges on homes empty for two years or more

Growth in asking rents slows since last quarter but has soared in past ten years

28 March, 2018

Rightmove has shed light on just how much asking rents have changed in the past decade

HB A4/2018

27 March, 2018

Short-term specified accommodation - New LA IT functionality requirement

HB A3/2018

27 March, 2018

The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No.4) Regulations 2017

Food and beyond: exploring the food bank experience

27 March, 2018

Foodbank usage has been growing in Scotland since 2012

London firms 'should offer deposit guarantees' for employees who rent

27 March, 2018

New report calls on Sadiq Khan to set up such a scheme borough-wide as a boost for low-income renters

Credit card debt growth at 12-year high

27 March, 2018

Debt on UK credit cards is growing at the fastest rate since before the financial crisis

LGA responds to Independent Age report on older private renters

27 March, 2018

With housing for elderly people currently accounting for just 6 per cent of our existing stock, and more older people and families renting privately than ever before

The Homelessness Reduction Act is a key step towards homelessness prevention

27 March, 2018

The legislation comes into force on April 3, but only if local authorities can afford it

More than 40 housing associations back planned £1bn bond issue

27 March, 2018

There are 45 housing associations backing aggregator Morhomes' plan to launch a £1bn bond issue.

Affordable housing: why current plans to invest don't go far enough

27 March, 2018

Building more low-cost rented homes that people can afford will loosen the grip of poverty.

Bishop of Durham 'deeply concerned' over universal credit plan

26 March, 2018

The Bishop of Durham has criticised the government over its implementation of universal credit and called for it to 'revisit' aspects of the payment.

LGA: Focus on 'invisible' older renters

26 March, 2018

Housing for the elderly accounts for just 6% of existing stock - with more older people and families renting privately than ever before.

Poll pushes impact of PRS energy performance

26 March, 2018

Survey released ahead of new standards for EPC ratings coming into effect on April 1.

Debate on the construction of council housing - House of Commons - 27 March 2018

26 March, 2018

The national housing shortage is one of the most pressing issues we face.

DWP accused of 'clumsy' attempt to defend Universal Credit using IFS research

26 March, 2018

MPs criticise 'airy and irrelevant' responses from the department after committee raises questions over the projected employment boost from benefit reform

Welfare policies having 'huge impact' on domestic abuse victims

26 March, 2018

Conference on Housing and Domestic Abuse hears that government policy is making it harder for domestic abuse victims to get support.

Landlord's lack of action over pigeons comes home to roost

23 March, 2018

Court rules on complaints about cooing pigeons after improvement notices ignored

Incentivise associations to provide supported housing properties

23 March, 2018

It is time for specialist and developing associations to join forces and provide the NHS with much-needed accommodation-based support

Home Office subcontractors force asylum seekers to share bedrooms

23 March, 2018

Home Office subcontractors force asylum seekers to share bedrooms in breach of council policy

Pressure on social landlords set to rise as Universal Credit rolls out

23 March, 2018

Report reveals rent being collected directly from tenants by housing officers will increase by 63.1% on average

A Poor tax: Council tax in London

23 March, 2018

Report proposing council tax reform

Deposit cap a 'charter for rent cheats'

23 March, 2018

'Ministers need to address the problem of tenants failing to pay rent every bit as strongly as rogue landlords.'

Statutory homelessness and prevention and relief

23 March, 2018

October to December (Q4)2017: England

Universal Credit: a chance to boost living standards for those on low incomes

22 March, 2018

One way to right the wrong of in-work poverty is by using Universal Credit (UC) to loosen the grip of poverty on struggling families

Conservative MP introduces fire risk transparency bill to parliament

22 March, 2018

A Conservative MP has introduced a bill to parliament which would require building owners to tell residents about fire safety risks.

Jeremy Hunt confirms individual costs for social care to be capped

22 March, 2018

Health secretary tells social workers conference the current charging system is 'far from fair'

Housing sector realises more than ever the importance of listening to residents.

22 March, 2018

As Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland continues to get underway, steering group member Colm McDaid encourages tenants and residents to make their voices heard.

Spending on new homes plummets while housing benefit soars

22 March, 2018

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE says new statistics show social housing has reached a critical point

DWP wins legal case to block future benefit appeals

22 March, 2018

The government has won a legal case which could have major implications for future benefit appeals.

Who will foot the bill to prevent people becoming homeless?

22 March, 2018

New law will compel councils to prevent evictions and rough sleeping. But this comes at a price local authorities will struggle to afford

Universal Credit transition to full service

22 March, 2018

When local authorities and jobcentre areas will transition to the Universal Credit full service.

Local Authority Insight Survey Wave 33

22 March, 2018

This research presents findings on preparations for Universal Credit managed migration and the effects of reducing the Housing Benefit backdating period.

Rents still on the rise across UK - but hikes are subdued

21 March, 2018

Rental increases remained subdued in February, mainly dragged down by London

Largest housing associations to spend £13bn on 52,000 new homes over next three years

21 March, 2018

The largest housing associations are forecasting a jump in their market sale activity over the next three years as they spend £13bn on the construction of 52,000 new homes

UK House Price Index: January 2018

21 March, 2018

Monthly house price inflation in the UK, calculated using data from HM Land Registry, Registers of Scotland and Land and Property Services Northern Ireland

DWP wins legal case to block future benefit appeals

21 March, 2018

The government has won a legal case which could have major implications for future benefit appeals

Conservative MP introduces fire risk transparency bill to parliament

21 March, 2018

A Conservative MP has introduced a bill to parliament which would require building owners to tell residents about fire safety risks

Spending on new homes plummets while housing benefit soars

21 March, 2018

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE says new statistics show social housing has reached a critical point with ministers facing "big decisions"

The Big Interview: 'Our work to try and alleviate injustice and hardship by social housing is very rewarding'

21 March, 2018

It's been one year since Northern Ireland's two biggest social housing names joined forces to create Radius

'Housing sector realises more than ever the importance of listening to residents'

21 March, 2018

As Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland continues to get underway, steering group member Colm McDaid encourages tenants and residents to make their voices heard

More than half of tenants in London feel less able to buy than a year ago

21 March, 2018

Some 64% of tenants in London's private rented sector want to own their own home but more than half feel less able to buy than a year ago

Food bank use 'could rise after universal credit roll-out'

20 March, 2018

The full roll out of universal credit could see a significant rise in people needing emergency food supplies in Wales

Rents for Swansea council tenants are rising by twice the rate of inflation

20 March, 2018

There are fears it could help push more kids into poverty but Swansea Council says many will have the rise covered in their benefits

Holyrood committee to question work and pensions secretary over Universal Credit and welfare

20 March, 2018

Esther McVey MP is to appear before the Scottish Parliament's social security committee to discuss the ongoing problems with the roll out of Universal Credit and the devolution of welfare powers to Scotland

From the frontline - Lucy Hancox

20 March, 2018

Lucy Hancox, housing officer at Falcon Housing Association, talks about creating positive outcomes for tenants

Universal Credit claimants in Plymouth are struggling to pay rent

20 March, 2018

Official for Plymouth Community Homes admits it's a 'serious position'

Pitch for deposit free renting as competition for housing associations

20 March, 2018

New survey said to send a signal to housing providers

Grenfell Tower: more than £20m spent on survivors' hotel accommodation

20 March, 2018

Sum spent by council would be enough to build the original block three times over

Huge scale of new private rented sector survey is revealed

20 March, 2018

The enormous scale of the new English Private Landlord Survey has been revealed - together with confirmation that only invited letting agents and landlords can take part

Labour announces plan to protect social housing as figures reveal 100,000 low-cost homes have had rents hiked since 2012

19 March, 2018

Party pledges to reverse controversial policy implemented by the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government

Call for stricter rules on doorstep loans

19 March, 2018

People who borrow money from doorstep lenders should get the same protection as those with payday loans

Government still 'holding on' to £2bn housing fund

19 March, 2018

Five months after announcing a £2bn fund to build a new generation of council homes, the government has yet to release the money

'Urgent regulation needed' to stop abusive practices by letting agents

19 March, 2018

One London worker's room rented from Citiside turned out to be a health hazard, but he faces a battle to get out of his contract

Calls to end 'widespread' evictions

19 March, 2018

A new Homeless Reduction Strategy for Peterborough calls on the Government to end the "widespread use" of an eviction process which saw a city estate cleared of almost all of its residents

New HMO room size regulations to come in this autumn

19 March, 2018

From October councils will be able to set minimum bedroom size standards for HMOs - and also introduce limits on how many people can live in each bedroom

Sadiq Khan opens emergency homeless shelters to cope with freezing temperatures as 'mini beast from the East' bites

19 March, 2018

24/7 services providing shelter for rough sleepers open up across capital as temperatures stoop below zero

Fighting discriminatory letting agents with the Equality Act

19 March, 2018

Discrimination by landlords and letting agents is nothing new

Improving the Private Rented Sector in Wales

19 March, 2018

Making it happen for landlords and tenants

How a gas safety checks ruling will make it more difficult to evict tenants

19 March, 2018

A gas safety certificate could now be a deciding factor in whether landlords can evict problem tenants

Universal Credit - update on notifying rent changes

16 March, 2018

Social Rented Sector - Reporting April 2018 rent changes: advice for landlords

HMO minimum room sizes to come into force 1 October 2018

16 March, 2018

Regulations confirming that from 1 October 2018 HMOs licensed in England under part 2 of the Housing Act 2004 will be required to have a floor area no-smaller than 6.51 square metres have been published

ARLA boss hits out at 'truly ridiculous' database of rogue agents and landlords

16 March, 2018

It was yesterday confirmed that the new database of bad letting agents and landlords and the introduction of banning orders for the worst offenders will come into force next month

Crackdown on private landlords renting overcrowded and dangerous homes

16 March, 2018

Measures to improve overcrowded and dangerous living conditions of private tenants in shared homes laid before Parliament

Government 'should drop last year of rent cut' to fund fire safety work

16 March, 2018

Housing leaders have told government it could help fund essential fire safety work in tower blocks by dropping the 1% rent cut or choosing not to charge VAT

England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions

16 March, 2018

By the Welfare Reform Act 2012, the Government introduced a cap on the amount of benefits which, inter alia, all non-working households could receive

Homes in Bath area now cost nearly 12 times average earnings amid 'ginormous' rise in private rentals

16 March, 2018

The council is having to put in 'more time and effort' to get families out of temporary and into permanent accommodation

Can modular housing deliver for the Private Rented Sector?

16 March, 2018

James Morris questions whether the modular delivery model could support the supply of homes to the private rented sector to the scale that policymakers hope for

Secure tenancies planned for domestic abuse survivors

16 March, 2018

New laws planned to ensure those who flee an abusive relationship will not lose their security of tenure if provided with a new home

Wales' housing crisis leaves councils with £8.6m bill for temporary accommodation

16 March, 2018

Shelter described the figures as 'a sad reflection of our worsening housing crisis'

HB A2/2018

15 March, 2018

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

Government wants to 'work with the sector' on Universal Credit

15 March, 2018

Neil Couling, Universal Credit Programme lead, tells NHF Finance they want to "co-produce" the welfare reform

Councils given further powers to tackle rogue landlords

15 March, 2018

Councils are being given tough new powers to tackle the small minority of rogue landlords who rent out overcrowded properties and impose fines of up to £30,000 for those landlords who do not comply

ARLA attacks Government for handing out 'billions' to social landlords while ignoring private rented sector

15 March, 2018

ARLA has furiously slated Government lack of support of the private rented sector while "billions of pounds" have been given in grant aid to social landlords

Landlords still unaware of minimum energy efficiency standards with time running out

15 March, 2018

Just 4% of landlords and tenants are fully aware of looming legislation on energy efficiency on buy-to-let properties with just days until the changes are introduced

A new energy efficiency standard for social housing in England

15 March, 2018

The government's Clean Growth Strategy announced a new target to get all housing up to Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2030

Court of Appeal to rule on Government challenge against benefit cap decision

15 March, 2018

The ruling follows a High Court judge's conclusion last year that 'real misery is being caused to no good purpose'

'So important we explore the unique context of social housing in Northern Ireland'

15 March, 2018

Following the launch of our Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland project, director Nicola McCrudden takes a look at the unique context in Northern Ireland

Demand for homes prompts Cardiff council to invest millions in social housing

15 March, 2018

Cardiff Council is aiming to build at least 1,000 new homes by 2022 to meet the increasing demand for social housing

How Universal Credit can help your business

14 March, 2018

How Universal Credit can help your business

Tackling the hidden economy through PRS licensing

14 March, 2018

The government has been consulting on a compliance known as 'conditionality', which would mean landlords will have to show that they are registered for tax with HMRC before being granted a licence to trade

Council ordered to give 'urgent attention' to temporary accommodation in its area

14 March, 2018

Ombudsman calls out a district council for failing a vulnerable 68-year-old women evicted from her rented home

English regulator's new VfM standard praised by housing leaders

14 March, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing's use of comparative metrics in its new value for money standard has been welcomed by housing leaders

HomeLet Rental Index - February 2018

14 March, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 1.2% in February compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £906 a month

Councils can't 'abdicate responsibility' over affordable homes

14 March, 2018

But Housing minister offers councils little on lifting the debt cap - telling Commons committee only that submissions to government will be considered

One million children could go hungry under new plans for free school meals

14 March, 2018

Government proposals to limit access to free school meals will hurt struggling families, including working households

The Future of Social Housing in Scotland: the discussion so far

14 March, 2018

We launched our discussion paper on the future of social housing regulation in January

More than bricks

14 March, 2018

Social housing providers offer more than bricks and mortar

London's biggest social housing regeneration project announced

13 March, 2018

London Borough of Havering to regenerate 12 council estates over the next 12 years

Tax rises are slowing housing investment

13 March, 2018

Residential Landlords Association says OBR assessment demonstrates the "folly" of taxing the supply of new homes to rent

Student tenants pushed into financial hardship as loans barely cover rents

13 March, 2018

Many student tenants are struggling to get by, with their monthly loans barely covering rents

Housing association acquires 500 homes in £45m deal

13 March, 2018

Two London housing associations have exchanged contracts on a major sale of social housing stock worth £45m

Reverse universal credit cuts

13 March, 2018

Thinktank says 340,000 people could be taken out of poverty if Philip Hammond takes action

Lloyds Bank launches new £500m fund for social housing sector

13 March, 2018

Fund underpins a major commitment to the social housing sector and includes an additional pledge to raise £750m in 2018

Two housing associations 'named and shamed' for underpaying workers

13 March, 2018

Two housing associations have been named by the government on a list of organisations which have failed to pay their staff the minimum wage

£51.7m lost to fraudulent benefits claims in Northern Ireland

13 March, 2018

Benefit fraud is now costing £1m every week in Northern Ireland

Countrywide plc Monthly Lettings Index - February 2018

13 March, 2018

Average landlord who sold in 2017 gained £86,651

Universal Credit: Universal Support 2018/19 guidance

12 March, 2018

Guidance for Local Authorities and partners providing Universal Support (Assisted Digital and/or Personal Budgeting Support)

UK social housing market worth an estimated £11.4bn in 2017

12 March, 2018

Housing Associations account for around 60% of social housing stock in 2017-18 and also form the largest not-for-profit group in the UK, working closely with both private and public organisations

Millions of families on brink face deepest benefit cuts in years

12 March, 2018

New study confirms that the poorest are being hit hardest by continuing austerity

Average landlord sells up at a profit of nearly £90,000 - but that's before tax

12 March, 2018

The average landlord in England and Wales who sold their rental property last year did so after owning it for an average of 8.7 years and sold it for nearly £90,000 than they paid

Our landlord is demolishing 70 homes - but we won't go quietly

12 March, 2018

Mass private evictions don't make news, but families in our close-knit community in Leeds should be entitled to stay

Green paper 'can't fold' on social housing and tenant needs

12 March, 2018

Tpas tells Government fragile tenant trust is at risk if findings from the Sharma roadshows don't drive options for future housing policy

'Social housing tenants are NOT benefits scroungers'

12 March, 2018

A campaign has been launched to change the public perception of people living in social housing

Scottish Labour leader to bring forward new rent control law

12 March, 2018

Richard Leonard will promise a 'Mary Barbour law' to control private sector rents, as well as pledge to build more new council homes

Universal Credit project warned over Gov.uk Verify performance in 2015

09 March, 2018

Government project management experts warned as long ago as 2015 that a problem with GDS's Verify online identity system could undermine the Universal Credit business plan

DWP to publish key documents on Universal Credit

09 March, 2018

The government will finally publish internal assessment reviews of the controversial Universal Credit programme under Freedom of Information laws, after years of refusing to do so

Newly agreed rents continue to rise but lag inflation

09 March, 2018

Newly agreed rents continued to rise across the UK, with a stronger increase in the east midlands than in most other areas

U.K social housing providers to borrow £12 billion of new debt by 2020, total debt to reach £89 billion

09 March, 2018

The U.K. government has renewed its focus on the provision of more housing

Forming a 'coalition of the willing'

09 March, 2018

Homes England's directors talk to Social Housing about strategic partnerships and leveraging commercial finance

Universal credit: Government to publish internal reviews of controversial benefit in new U-turn

09 March, 2018

Assessments failed to produce evidence that more people would be helped into work

Rents across Britain mostly static in final quarter of 2017

09 March, 2018

Rents remained fairly static in the fourth quarter of 2017 as tenants do not have much spare cash at a time when inflation and is rising and wages depressed

Increased 'high on the agenda' for social housing sector

08 March, 2018

By contrast, just 48% of providers and landlords will focus on cost-saving initiatives over the next 12 months

Women helped back into work thanks to social housing group donation

08 March, 2018

Often, it is not a lack of qualifications or ability that is preventing women from securing employment, rather a lack of confidence

Report warns 10% of councils close to bankruptcy over funding shortfalls

08 March, 2018

National Audit Office says 15 councils could run out of cash to cover service costs within the next three years alone

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: March 2018

08 March, 2018

Outcomes of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals information

East Anglian housing associations in merger talks

08 March, 2018

Two East Anglia-based housing associations are in merger talks to form a 28,000-home landlord

How councils are using their pension funds to build homes

08 March, 2018

A handful of councils have struck deals to use their pension funds to build homes

Financial sustainability of local authorities 2018

08 March, 2018

Since 2010, successive governments have reduced funding for local government in England as part of their efforts to reduce the fiscal deficit

Benefits system overhaul as Universal Credit is introduced

07 March, 2018

The way that benefits are paid in the UK is currently undergoing a complete overhaul

HB S4/2018

07 March, 2018

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

Housing Benefit debt recoveries: April 2017 to September 2017

07 March, 2018

Twice-yearly publication on Housing Benefit debt recoveries

Celebrities back campaign to axe VAT on gas safety certificates and other landlord safety products

07 March, 2018

When Ultravox singer Midge Ure sang "It means nothing to me, oh Vienna," he probably wasn't talking about how much VAT he thought should be charged on home safety products

Sanctuary Housing blasted after elderly tenants left without central heating and hot water

07 March, 2018

Residents in sheltered accommodation still don't have proper heating after several days

Social landlords and tackling child poverty

07 March, 2018

As you read this there are four million children waking up in poverty across the country from Manchester to Margate

Landlords say tax increases locking the young out of housing

06 March, 2018

Tax increases on the development of new homes to rent are leaving young people unable to access the homes they need

So, Theresa May, renters are human beings too? It doesn't feel like it

06 March, 2018

The private rented sector is a harrowing, insecure place. If only the prime minister had asked us tenants how to fix it

Government response: SSAC report on in-work progression and Universal Credit

06 March, 2018

The government response to the report 'In-work progression and Universal Credit' which examined how to support working claimants into more or better paid work

Government 'risks second Grenfell with inaction on cladding in private sector'

06 March, 2018

The Government has previously said private landlords have a 'moral duty' to pay for the cost of removing and replacing the cladding

Yet more evidence shows how squeeze on landlords is damaging private rented sector

06 March, 2018

There are more warning signs that the assault on landlords is adversely affecting the private rented sector

Housing Crisis: Renters Are Driving British Voters to Labour

06 March, 2018

The central issue in British politics is not, as you might have thought, Brexit. It's housing

The Impact of Taxation Reform on Private Landlords

06 March, 2018

The past two decades has seen the rapid development and growth of the private rented sector in the UK

One in three housing applications rejected in Basildon

06 March, 2018

Basildon Council has admitted that they are struggling to meet council house demands after new figures reveal that roughly one in three applications are rejected

Government's housing plans fall far short for low income families

05 March, 2018

Responding to the Prime Minister's speech on planning and housing

HB Direct issue 182

05 March, 2018

These HB Direct newsletters for local authority staff provide information that affects Housing Benefit

Universal Credit: detailed information for claimants

05 March, 2018

More detailed information for people on Universal Credit

Warnings of likely rent hikes and mass exodus of small private landlords as tax changes bite

05 March, 2018

There are new warnings, including from Savills, that the buy-to-let market is looking increasingly bleak with landlords deterred from entering the sector or considering quitting it altogether

Court case results in warning to agents that gas safety certificates MUST be issued by time tenancy starts

05 March, 2018

A county court ruling on Section 21 notices could have drastic implications for landlords and lettings agents who haven't obtained gas safety certificates ahead of a tenancy starting, lawyers have warned

Landlords' Barometer - #56: Why the market is becoming more unforgiving

05 March, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the "Landlords' Barometer"

Sector capacity down 9% since rent cut

05 March, 2018

Housing associations' financial capacity is down 9% since the four-year rent cut began

Ministers have shelved a plan to cut benefit sanctions, sending poorest to food banks

05 March, 2018

A 'yellow card' warning system was announced in late 2015 - but there is still no date for introducing it

Using incentives to improve the private rented sector: three costed proposals

05 March, 2018

This report sets out three possible policy options for using incentives to improve the private rented sector in England for people in poverty

Angry Redditch residents hit out over rent rises at 'affordable homes'

05 March, 2018

A group of disgruntled Batchley residents say they could be left homeless after a series of rent rises on their 'affordable' homes

The shocking amount it is costing to temporarily house struggling Merseyside families

05 March, 2018

It is claimed taxpayers are paying for the Tory Government's 'failure on homelessness'

Tenants facing higher costs as landlords prepare for rent controls - while supply in London dips

02 March, 2018

Almost half of landlords have increased rents in Scotland since the introduction of open-ended tenancies

Councils and housing associations urged to collaborate over new homes

02 March, 2018

Seminar hears sector should "grow up" over the potential for turf conflict between associations and council housing companies

UK mortgage approvals see biggest surge in nearly three years

02 March, 2018

Britain's housing market perked up at the start of 2018 with the sharpest increase in the number of mortgages approved for house purchase in nearly three years

British governments used to cough up for social housing. Not this one

02 March, 2018

If politicians treated houses like they do roads and railways, regeneration wouldn't be such a dirty word

Private Rented Sector Report - January 2018

02 March, 2018

The supply of rental properties fell by eight per cent from December to January, while demand for these properties grew

Overcoming the stigma of social housing

02 March, 2018

This report was commissioned by the Benefit to Society campaign to explore the causes and impact of an increasing stigma around social housing

Who benefits from benefits?

02 March, 2018

Debates about welfare policy often discuss benefit recipients as though they are a fixed, relatively small group of people

Hundreds evicted from Dundee council homes after failing to keep up with payments

02 March, 2018

Hundreds of tenants have been evicted from council homes in Dundee after struggling to keep up with rent payments

Scottish private rent costs soar in January 'in anticipation of rent controls'

02 March, 2018

Almost half of Scottish private tenants saw their rent costs rise in January

Grenfell Tower fire survivors to get final say over site

01 March, 2018

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire will have the final say about what happens to the west London site

What a difference a day makes: inequality and the tax and benefit system from a long-run perspective

01 March, 2018

Most analyses of inequality and tax and benefit reforms are based on measures of individuals' circumstances at a point in time

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary at November 2017 is published

01 March, 2018

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary, providing an overview of the main DfC administered benefits as at November 2017

The big interview: Rethinking social housing NI chair, Will Haire

01 March, 2018

Rethinking social housing will explore some fundamental questions about social housing, why is it important we ask these questions now?

Merger gets official launch date

01 March, 2018

Shoreline Housing Partnership and Boston Mayflower will unite to form new 12,700 home landlord - Lincolnshire Housing Partnership - known as LHP

Association downgraded after 'abortive' development schemes

01 March, 2018

A 20,000-home housing association has had its governance rating downgraded after "a series of abortive schemes" hampered attempts to scale up its housebuilding

Universal Credit leaves thousands of Londoners in rent arrears

01 March, 2018

More than 70% of council tenants in London on Universal Credit are in rent arrears

Universal Credit starts in Cardiff today - this is what it means for you

01 March, 2018

The aim of Universal Credit is to simplify the benefits system

Nine in 10 social housing tenants say they are portrayed negatively by media

28 February, 2018

New report reveals a huge gap between perception and reality with regard to social housing tenants

Quarterly Survey for Q3

28 February, 2018

This quarterly survey report is based on regulatory returns from 230 PRPs and PRP groups who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Scotland - Rental Tracker

28 February, 2018

New year growth in Scottish rental market

Fair press for tenants

28 February, 2018

This guide has been produced by people living in social housing to help journalists and other media workers to report fairly

Support for banning tenant fees

28 February, 2018

Welsh government's consultation shows the majority of respondents want to drop fee charges for PRS tenants

'We look after communities, it's not just a case of renting a property': Housing association boss retires after 21 years

28 February, 2018

People can only achieve safety and stability through having a proper place to live

Emergency shelters opened for homeless people in cold snap

28 February, 2018

Manchester leads rush to make beds available as overnight temperatures drop below zero

'Unlock cash for social housing' Tower Hamlets mayor urges prime minister Theresa May

28 February, 2018

A new social house-building era has been ignited by Tower Hamlets Council to fill a chronic shortage and cut the desperate waiting list

Buy to Let index - February 2018

28 February, 2018

Strong start to the year for the England and Wales rental market

Big day for social housing in London

27 February, 2018

Mayor steps in to secure major affordable homes scheme; Grenfell council commits £220m to its homes; London Assembly debates strategic future for housing need

Minister Questioned on Private Rented Standards & Tenant Fees Ban

27 February, 2018

On 26th Feb the Housing, Communities & Local Government Select Committee questioned Heather Wheeler as part of their ongoing inquiries into standards in the private rented sector and the Draft Tenant Fees Bill

Agent rejecting potential tenant on benefits pays out after admitting discrimination

27 February, 2018

A tenant turned away by a letting agent after she said that that part of her rent would be paid out by benefits looks to have won the first round in an important legal battle

More 'fake' landlords pilfer agents' marketing photos

27 February, 2018

A would-be fraudster posing as a landlord has been using a letting agent's photos to advertise a property they do not own

'Record profits' for housing associations

27 February, 2018

Moody's 'UK Housing Associations 2017 Results' shows a 6% turnover increase

A sales warning for housing associations?

27 February, 2018

Parts of the South East of England's housing market are slowing

Government lifts LHA cap for PRS but benefit rates remain frozen

27 February, 2018

Ministers will raise the LHA cap for private sector renters for the first time since 2015 - although benefit rates will remain frozen

'Evicted for no reason': the truth behind Section 21 notices

27 February, 2018

BBC One has aired a documentary examining unfair treatment of tenants by landlords, with interviews with renters who had been evicted through "no-fault" evictions

'No better time for housing organisations to commit to tackle domestic abuse.'

27 February, 2018

Elinor Crouch-Puzey details the work the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance is doing to help housing organisations tackle the problem

Scottish child poverty report backs new and top-up benefits

27 February, 2018

Increasing key benefits could help to reduce child poverty in Scotland

Ombudsman plan to stop landlords ignoring repairs

26 February, 2018

Private landlords may have to sign up to a new ombudsman service and will be ordered to pay tenants compensation for failing to repair their rented homes

'Renters in for a rough ride' in 2018

26 February, 2018

Rising rents and an increasing number of households renting meant that 2017 was a record year for rent, with the total rent bill rising to £1.8 billion

Nearly 70 councils share funding to unlock stalled housing

26 February, 2018

The Government has named the first wave of councils to be given cash to help speed up planning decisions.

We need to review the legal definition of homelessness

26 February, 2018

The death of a rough sleeper close to parliament shows the urgency of action needed to tackle homelessness

Government urged to give those with debt problems a year's grace

26 February, 2018

Ministers are considering a 'breathing space' of six weeks - but campaigners want to go much further

Housing officer jailed for illegal subletting

26 February, 2018

Court hears how sublet scam went on for 10 years while the defendant lived in a house she had inherited.

Thatcher's crusade to wipe out council housing faces serious challenge

26 February, 2018

The right-to-buy scheme slowed construction of new homes but local authorities are exploring new funding options

Councils 'help transform' the future for Private Rented Sector

26 February, 2018

New report shows how councils can foster investment by corporate landlords in new private rental housing.

Council tax hikes will not stop cuts to local services, authorities warn

26 February, 2018

LGA says government budget cuts and the cost of higher wages will outweigh additional income

Westminster Council to take full ownership of housing association

26 February, 2018

Westminster Council is set to turn a housing association it established into a wholly owned subsidiary in response to government deregulation.

Landlords who say 'no DSS' breaking equality laws

26 February, 2018

The thousands of lettings agents and landlords around the country who reject housing benefit claimants could be flouting equality laws, due a recent legal case.

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