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South Liverpool Housing Group


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Tenants locking in lower rents ahead of lettings fees ban

26 April, 2017

Letting agents have reported an increasing number of landlords selling their buy-to-let properties during March

Suspend or extend: Agents back request over letting fees consultation

26 April, 2017

A number of influential agents have backed an official request by ARLA Propertymark asking the Government to suspend or extend the consultation on the fees ban

Councils will soon have a legal duty to prevent homelessness. What can they do?

26 April, 2017

With very little extra cash, councils need new ideas to join up local services and tackle the growing challenge of homelessness

Government should rethink welfare changes

26 April, 2017

Former civil service chief and crossbench peer Lord Bob Kerslake has called on the government to look again at welfare changes in light of increasing homelessness and the rising cost of support

Call for new new housing court for landlords and tenants

26 April, 2017

Court is one of six policy suggestions pitched in Residential Landlords Association election manifesto

Cut in housing benefit may mean rise in foodbank use

26 April, 2017

The manager of a foodbank has stressed the need to help vulnerable people following a government policy that some claim could see youngsters facing homelessness

Housing Benefit Speed of Processing Statistics

26 April, 2017

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

HB S8/2017

26 April, 2017

Payment of New Burdens relating to the Single Fraud Investigation Service Project for 2017/18

HB S7/2017

26 April, 2017

Additional New Burdens funding to meet the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2017/18

London to 'name and shame' criminal landlords

26 April, 2017

Sadiq Khan sets out partnership with the capital's councils to crackdown on rogue landlords and letting agents

Scottish Welfare Fund pays out £26m to struggling Scots in nine months

26 April, 2017

More than £26 million in grants have been issued in nine months through the Scottish Welfare Fund to help Scottish households in need

Rising number of landlords leaving Buy to Let

26 April, 2017

Rise in the number of BTL landlords selling up - but the number of tenants negotiating rent reductions rose also

LIN member report April 2017 - Housing Associations: Past, Present and Future

26 April, 2017

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Effects of taxes and benefits on UK household income: financial year ending 2016

25 April, 2017

The redistribution effects on households of direct and indirect taxation and benefits received in cash or kind analysed by household type, and the changing levels of income inequality over time

Food bank use rises 20% in Cardiff in one year

25 April, 2017

The number of emergency meals handed out by a city food bank has risen by 20% in one year

These People Say They're Going Hungry Because Of The Government's Welfare Reforms

25 April, 2017

Neal Jones hasn't eaten for 24 hours. Sitting in a makeshift cafe in a church food bank on the outskirts of Rugby

Liberal Democrats pledge to bring back housing benefit for nearly 3,000 London youngsters

25 April, 2017

Almost 3,000 young Londoners would be able to claim housing benefit again under a Liberal Democrat government

Court finds housing association not liable in water bill claim

25 April, 2017

The High Court has ruled that a housing association is not liable to compensate tenants for water bills, in the latest case in a saga over alleged overpayments

Food banks report record demand amid universal credit chaos

25 April, 2017

Charity calls for immediate reduction in six-week wait for first benefit payment after handing out 1,182,954 emergency parcels

Lawyer fined £10,000 over letting out unlicensed HMO

25 April, 2017

The owner of a property has been fined for failing to license the property and building an illegal extension at the rear

UK foodbank use continues to rise

25 April, 2017

UK foodbank use continues to rise as new report highlights growing impact of Universal Credit rollout on foodbanks

One in four renters try not to pay for buy to let damage

25 April, 2017

Buy to let tenants would rather pay a professional to repair damage to their rented home or keep quiet and hope the landlord does not ask them for any money

Rent hike threat for tenants over FoI laws

24 April, 2017

Rents could be hiked to meet housing association FoI costs

Upper Tribunal rules in Council's favour on use of planning status in property licence decisions

24 April, 2017

An Upper Tribunal hearing has ruled that Waltham Forest Council can consider the planning status of a property when determining an application for a Private Rented Property Licence

What does the election mean for the PRS?

24 April, 2017

If you have been on a desert island over the last few days you may not be aware that a UK general election has been called for 8 June

One in three low income Scots can't afford to eat

24 April, 2017

Living costs are pushing low income Scots further into poverty

This area of Birmingham will be worst hit by Tory housing benefit cut for youngsters

24 April, 2017

Charities have already warned the policy, which came into force this month, could force youngsters onto the streets

Buy-to-let slump puts first-time buyers in the driver's seat

24 April, 2017

Buy-to-let landlords are finally in retreat in the housing market

Housing associations are critically important, but have lost their way

24 April, 2017

Too many housing associations have focused on being developers. They have lost sight of their mission to provide good homes at genuinely affordable prices

Newly merged association retains credit rating

24 April, 2017

A newly merged housing association has retained its strong credit rating

Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplars, by Alexander Boxill

21 April, 2017

Alexander Boxill has designed a book and accompanying exhibition titled Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplar

Regulation of the private rented sector in England using lessons from Ireland

21 April, 2017

This study compares the effectiveness of different forms of private rented sector regulation in Ireland with existing approaches in England

Labour's framing of public services as universal benefits is a canny move

21 April, 2017

If more people become stakeholders in the welfare state it becomes so much more difficult for the Tories to lay waste to it

Clarion plots 10,000-home sale amid growing rationalisation

21 April, 2017

The UK's largest housing association is making plans to sell up to 10,000 units over the coming years, as social landlords step up stock rationalisation amid an efficiency drive

Landlord with 'connection to estate agency' ordered to pay £235,000 after raid

21 April, 2017

A landlord has been ordered to pay £235,000 after letting four flats in "filthy conditions", inside an illegal extension

Consultation on letting fees ban in disarray after election called

21 April, 2017

The consultation on the ban on letting agent fees has been thrown into disarray by the snap General Election

Housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds

21 April, 2017

This guidance explains the rules for housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds getting Universal Credit from 1 April 2017

No Stormont deal could see welfare reform with hard edge

21 April, 2017

The Government may have to step in to prevent a further postponement of the long-delayed welfare reforms in Northern Ireland

The social value of sheltered housing

21 April, 2017

The study has put a conservative estimate on the social value saving made by sheltered housing at close to half a billion pounds a year

The LHA cap raises problems for general needs housing too

21 April, 2017

If you were looking to design a policy to penalise the poorest families paying the cheapest rents, it would be very hard to come up with something better than the LHA cap.

Half of voters think welfare changes have gone too far

20 April, 2017

Half of voters think the government's benefit cuts have gone too far, an Ipsos Mori poll published today has revealed

Metro mayors: ten ways to tackle poverty through housing policy

20 April, 2017

The new metropolitan mayors who are being elected in the UK in May will wield significant power

West of England mayoral election: Liberal Democrat pledges to establish housing association

20 April, 2017

The Liberal Democrat candidate in the race to become the first West of England mayor has pledged to set up a new state-owned housing association if elected

There are 13 million disabled people in Britain. If we don't vote together, the DWP will tighten the screws on us

20 April, 2017

Ministers need to be taught that there is a price to be paid for the way they have behaved

Social housing is becoming 'increasingly commercialised'

20 April, 2017

The social housing sector has become 'increasingly commercialised' as housing associations look for new ways to make money

Landlords offered refugee deal

20 April, 2017

Renovations, new furnishings and appliances, and guaranteed rent for up to five years to secure homes for Syrian families

Housing benefit nightmare: Newcastle council tenants rack up massive rent arrears after changes

20 April, 2017

MP criticises introduction of new Universal Credit benefits system after it was tested in Newcastle - and did not go down well

Social Housing Vacancies, Lettings and Rent Arrears, 2015-16 - Revised

19 April, 2017

Social housing refers to dwellings, bedsits and bed spaces owned, or partly owned, by Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords

Women 'hardest hit' by UK welfare cuts

19 April, 2017

Women are being unfairly impacted by recent UK government cuts to benefits and welfare eligibility

Campaign to encourage landlords to ensure repairs meet required standards

19 April, 2017

Scotland's largest landlord membership organisation has urged landlords across the country to ensure all repairs or upgrades meet required standards

Civitas announces £11.5m buy of social housing portfolio

19 April, 2017

Acquisition includes 10 care homes and 79 tenancies across the Midlands

ELECTION 2017: what are the housing battlegrounds likely to be?

19 April, 2017

Theresa May has surprised everyone by calling a general election - so where are the differences in housing policies between the parties likely to lie?

Over 60 fines handed out in first eight months of Right to Rent - and just 31 people deported in almost two years

19 April, 2017

Financial penalties totalling £37,000 were handed out in the first eight months of the Right to Rent scheme's roll-out across England

Right to Buy: Should It Stay or Should It Go?

19 April, 2017

Leading Bridging Loans Provider Discusses UK Gov's Increasingly Debated Scheme for Council Tenants

'Accidental landlords' sitting on a near £1m property goldmine

19 April, 2017

And new research reveals many such landlords don't know how much potential profit they're sitting on

Statistical shift against benefit cuts

19 April, 2017

New poll puts the proportion of voters who disagree with the extent of the benefit cuts at its highest level in four years

Private Rented Sector in Northern Ireland - Proposals for Change

18 April, 2017

Response from ARLA Propertymark

Guilt by association: the housing developments that went sour

18 April, 2017

Housing associations have been run for the good of tenants and communities since the 19th century

Record 20% of homes rented this year owned by company landlords

18 April, 2017

One in five homes let this year is owned by a company landlord, marking a record high for a rental index

Dozens of landlords fined after roll-out of new Right to Rent immigration checks

18 April, 2017

Dozens of landlords have been fined under a crackdown on illegal immigration

ARLA Propertymark comes out fighting against letting fees ban

18 April, 2017

ARLA Propertymark has swung into full campaign mode on the letting fees ban, sending out a 'battle kit' to all its members

DWP's unfair twist for disabled people

18 April, 2017

In light of figures showing 900 disabled people are losing their Motability cars each week I would like to challenge the response of DWP ministers when they have been pressed on the issue of PIP

Jeremy Corbyn defends 'credible' policies amid grilling on poll ratings

18 April, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn joked he had made "too many" mistakes to mention but insisted voters would begin to understand his party's anti-austerity message

Freezes to benefits mean that 'just about managing' families are bearing the brunt of Brexit

18 April, 2017

In normal circumstances the annual uprating of benefits and tax credits each April would offset the losses from a weak pound, price rises, and the economic turbulence created by the Brexit vote

Social housing places for rent in Wales dip

18 April, 2017

Places available for social housing in Wales have dropped for the first time in five years

UK Residential Market Survey

13 April, 2017

The UK Residential Market Survey is used by the Government, the Bank of England and other key institutions, including the IMF, as an indicator of current and future conditions in UK residential sales and lettings

One in three Londoners hit by benefits cap have found work

13 April, 2017

More people have found work after having their benefits capped in London than anywhere else in the UK

The Tory housing benefit cuts will make more young people homeless

13 April, 2017

One morning, when Catherine Geddes was 16, her mother dropped her off at college, informed her that she'd changed all the locks, and told her daughter she would never be allowed to return home

Salford council is going to start buying up homes to tackle the city's housing crisis

13 April, 2017

Town hall bosses will have first dibs at any former Right to Buy properties before they're offered to private buyers

Billions of pounds more in welfare cuts are enforced in Britain

13 April, 2017

The start of the UK's new financial year saw the introduction by the Conservative government of some of the most severe and punitive welfare benefit cuts seen for decades

Buy-to-let investors targeting smaller, cheaper properties

13 April, 2017

The opening quarter of the year saw a shift in the buy-to-let market, from remortgaging to purchasing

Young people benefit cut to hit hardest in North

13 April, 2017

The cut to housing benefit for young people will have its largest impact in deprived areas of the North of England

With greater control over rent-setting, housing associations could deliver more

13 April, 2017

How far do I think the Government trusts housing associations to deliver? A year ago, I would have replied 'not at all', but the political landscape is shifting

MPs call for sweeping changes to housing association regulation

12 April, 2017

Demand comes after Guardian investigation uncovered issues including damp and rats at newbuild developments

Concerns over Right to Rent checks in Wales

12 April, 2017

Right to Rent checks are currently in place across England following a trial period in 2015

Benefit changes that cause the innocent to suffer

12 April, 2017

There's understandable anger at the "Rape Clause" that's is being applied in child tax credit applications

Reputation of good landlords being tarnished by the bad

12 April, 2017

Local councils have called on the Government to close a legal loophole permitting landlords to covert properties into multi-units that are marketed as self-contained flats

Taking steps towards electrical safety in the private rented sector

12 April, 2017

Trade association NAPIT has produced safety record documentation to help inspectors and customers improve electrical safety in the private rented sector

Three tricks to escape the buy-to-let clampdown: Tax hikes mean many investors will be thousands of pounds worse off

12 April, 2017

In the past, landlords could deduct all their mortgage interest from rental income before working out their tax bill

Over 1,000 social housing tenants evicted in London

12 April, 2017

In just one year, thousands of social housing tenants have been evicted - but our exclusive investigation has some worrying undertones, such as data collection

Busted over £100k right to buy scam

12 April, 2017

Bogus would be bedsit buyer lands himself a cell

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 9 Mar 2017

12 April, 2017

These experimental statistics cover the total live caseload, starts and claims for Universal Credit

Housing associations face storm of complaints over new-build homes

12 April, 2017

Residents of London developments built with public funding tell of damp, lack of security, rats and poor customer service

Manchester providers offer to pilot alternative to LHA cap

12 April, 2017

Social landlords in Greater Manchester have offered to run a regional pilot of an alternative to the controversial Local Housing Allowance cap

Social tenants struggling with unaffordable lives

12 April, 2017

That one in four low-income households struggle to eat regularly or healthily because of food costs, and that inflation in food and fuel are about to soar, should flash a warning light to the social housing sector

50,000 disabled people 'have adapted vehicles removed after benefits assessment'

12 April, 2017

Muscular Dystrophy UK says 900 cars are being taken away every week, as more people are rejected for PIP

Stormont impasse threatens Northern Ireland benefits deal

12 April, 2017

The Stormont power-sharing stalemate jeopardises work to protect vulnerable people from benefit cuts

Filling the Void: Empty Homes Strategy 2016/19

11 April, 2017

Addressing long term empty homes, those empty for more than six months, is a priority for the Council and partners

The potential impact of Brexit on housing associations in Scotland

11 April, 2017

Summary report and next steps

This summary briefing provides the results of a membership survey undertaken between November and December 2016

You'll never fix the broken market without social housing

11 April, 2017

The Government's much-anticipated repair-plan for Britain's broken housing market is missing a critical part of the fix

Housing association 'let waste pile up in estate because residents fought parking charge hike'

11 April, 2017

Stockwell Gardens Residents' Association in Lambeth says the company put up the price of parking permits and increased enforcement hours to evenings and weekends

Why agents should not attempt to circumvent the fees ban

11 April, 2017

I've been touring the City the last few days and investors keep asking me, what will be the impact of a tenant fee ban?

'No one calls the housing association repairs line. There's no point'

11 April, 2017

Victoria Musguin says she has suffered flooding and loss of hot water for weeks at a time at her newly built flat

Letting agent fees consultation commits to wide ranging ban

11 April, 2017

The ban on letting fees for tenants has moved a step closer with publication of the government's consultation on how the ban will operate

Civil penalties under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

11 April, 2017

Guidance for Local Housing Authorities

How much Universal Credit can I claim? The benefits have changed this week

11 April, 2017

Millions of people who claim a benefit called Universal Credit will see a big change this week

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

11 April, 2017

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

Homeless 18-21 year olds still entitled to housing cost element of Universal Credit

11 April, 2017

A memo for the DWP decision makers outlines that homeless people, including those moving on, are still entitled to the housing cost element of Universal Credit

Campaigners call for PIP to be scrapped and DLA reintroduced

11 April, 2017

Petition wants the controversial system to be halted to be replaced with the old one

One in five LGBT+ people expect to be treated worse when applying for social housing

11 April, 2017

Social housing providers perform well in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

Birmingham braced for thousands of housing association sales

11 April, 2017

As many as 3,111 socially-rented homes in the West Midlands could be sold by 2023

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

10 April, 2017

A Bill is a draft law. Once a Bill has been considered and passed by the Assembly and given Royal Assent by the Monarch, it becomes an 'Act of the Assembly'

Energy efficiency regulation a 'Golden Opportunity'

10 April, 2017

Scottish Government launches consultation into the establishment of minimum energy efficiency standards for those living in privately rented homes

'Dirty flat' protest lands Bedford social housing tenant in the dock

10 April, 2017

A bible studies group leader could be kicked out of his social housing flat after refusing to pay rent in protest at poor living conditions

Oxford academics: 'House prices can keep rising only if the Government backs mass buy-to-let'

10 April, 2017

Every so often a social statistic is released that confirms that something extraordinary has occurred, something so strange that it cannot continue

Stamp duty rise hits rental growth

10 April, 2017

The pace of UK rental growth has more than halved since the introduction of an additional 3% stamp duty on second homes

Government could curb deposits as well as impose outright ban on tenant fees

10 April, 2017

The Government has received widespread criticism following the long-awaited release of its consultation paper on banning tenant fees

MS sufferer slams 'awful' benefits chiefs who axed her Motability car in favour of £65,000 taxis

10 April, 2017

Benefits bosses axed a disabled woman's Motability car to save cash - but then agreed to pay out £65,000 to taxi her to and from work

'Rape clause' in family welfare cap harms mothers and children

10 April, 2017

Most mothers who have children as a result of a rape manage, admirably, to have a bond equal to that with children conceived by choice

Stop PIP reassessments for patients with progressive diseases

10 April, 2017

MPs and charities say rising number of retesting claimants with incurable diseases such as Parkinson's or multiple sclerosis makes little sense

Renting in London: rents in the capital continue to fall thanks to a greater choice of homes available for London tenants

10 April, 2017

London rents have dropped 4.2 per cent in a year, but prices are on the rise in cheaper areas

Welfare reform: Government must press ahead with Universal Credit, but crucial changes needed to support struggling families

10 April, 2017

As a raft of changes to the tax and benefit system come into effect, the Government is being urged to press ahead with the rollout of Universal Credit

3 million households set to benefit from Universal Credit changes

10 April, 2017

Three million households across the country to keep more of what they earn due to a £700 million boost to Universal Credit

Social Security Minister: families with children hardest hit by UK welfare changes

07 April, 2017

Scottish Government will not apply two child cap to Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Redbridge Council pledges better temporary accommodation as mother shares her horror story

07 April, 2017

A mother of four says she feels helpless after spending five years in temporary accommodation

The Tories are failing the poorest through benefit cuts - by choice

07 April, 2017

If the government truly wants to reduce expenditure on housing benefit it should tackle the root causes, not force young people and families from their homes

Students challenged to cut cost of housebuilding

07 April, 2017

University students are being challenged by Bromford to come up with innovative ways to slash the cost of building supported living homes

Sajid Javid to make changes to Help to Buy loans

07 April, 2017

Sajid Javid has told housebuilders that he will make changes to Help to Buy loans to help boost the housing market

Government set out plans to ban letting agent fees

07 April, 2017

New measures to ban letting agent fees and encourage greater competition in the rental sector have been set out by the government

L&G: confidence in associations has dropped

07 April, 2017

Legal & General's confidence in housing association lending has dropped on the back of deregulation and rent cuts

Rental properties taking 10% longer to let due to 'Stamp Duty overhang'

07 April, 2017

Rents have grown by their slowest rate since the end of 2014 buoyed by a 12% jump in buy-to-let properties coming to market

Enforcement of letting agents a 'postcode lottery' and a 'shambles'

07 April, 2017

Enforcement of letting agents in London has been branded a shambles

Universal Credit's right - but we must take stock

07 April, 2017

Three priorities need immediate action to ensure Universal Credit achieves its goals and helps reduce poverty and increase living standards

Consultation on improving energy efficiency and condition standards in Scotland's PRS

07 April, 2017

New proposals to ensure all privately rented homes in Scotland meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency have been published today for consultation

Council ramps up action against rogue landlords

07 April, 2017

An enforcement team with an already strong record of action has the go-ahead to get tougher

Tougher measures to target rogue landlords

06 April, 2017

New rules will help crackdown on rogue landlords that flout the rules and improve safety and affordability for renters

Labour slam 'punitive cuts' to benefits

06 April, 2017

Labour have slammed cuts to benefits, including housing benefit for those under-22

The disastrous new tax on buy to let landlords is really a tax on tenants

06 April, 2017

80 per cent of landlords own only one property, perhaps relying on their property for an income in retirement

Tax rises and tougher regulation kick in for private rented sector

06 April, 2017

Critics claim new measures now active will raise rents and stifle investment in much-needed PRS accommodation

Universal Credit and families with more than 2 children: information for claimants

06 April, 2017

Information on the two child limit in Universal Credit for existing and new Universal Credit claimants

2 child limit: claiming benefits for 2 or more children

06 April, 2017

Information about the 2 child limit for claimants

Universal Credit and families with more than 2 children: information for stakeholders

06 April, 2017

This guidance will help you in your conversations with claimants who may be effected by the Universal Credit 2 child policy

HB A5/2017

06 April, 2017

The Social Security (Restrictions on Amounts for Children and Qualifying Young Persons) Amendment Regulations 2017

New legal crackdown on letting agents and landlords comes into force

06 April, 2017

While there has been much focus on the so-called 'tenant tax', agents are warned that new legislation coming into force today has been largely overlooked despite its potential significance

Landlords 'heading for the exit' as mortgage interest relief restrictions begin

06 April, 2017

Tenants are set to face anything from a lack of access to rental properties to increasing rents from today as mortgage interest relief gets rolled back from today

A new name and an exciting new era

06 April, 2017

Three of the North's leading social landlords have today launched a new regionwide landlord known as Karbon Homes

Call for evidence for housing intervention evaluations

06 April, 2017

A non-profit organisation has issued a call for evidence to housing associations, local authorities, housing charities or any other organisations for evaluations of housing interventions

The Benefits Cap: Is It Working?

06 April, 2017

How far should we go to force unemployed people back into work?

Universal Credit: a briefing

06 April, 2017

This briefing provides information and evidence on the latest developments as Universal Credit rolls out across the UK

Eight things you should know about the benefit cap

06 April, 2017

'Fairness' was the word Lord Freud used to justify the lowering of the benefit cap

Tackle poverty through housing and planning interventions

05 April, 2017

City regional institutions should play a bigger part in helping reduce the risk of poverty

Idris Elba savages housing benefit cuts at Shelter fund-raiser

05 April, 2017

Actor Idris Elba has attacked government cuts to housing benefits for 18-21-year-olds

Up to 11,000 affected by under-21 benefit cap by 2021

05 April, 2017

Around 1,000 young people will be affected by the cut to housing benefit for under-21s this year, rising to 11,000 by 2020/21

Thousands on 50p-a-week housing benefit

05 April, 2017

More than 7,500 households have lost their housing benefit and instead receive a nominal 50p a week because of the welfare cap

Key changes to council tax support in 2017/18

05 April, 2017

CTS gives low-income working-age families a discount on the amount of council tax they have to pay

Government rejects CLG committee recommendation on Right to Buy

05 April, 2017

In a response to a CLG committee report on housing associations and the Right to Buy, the government has rejected appeals to fund the policy

Increased taxes for landlords over the last 12 months

05 April, 2017

David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on the increased taxes landlords have incurred over the last 12 months

Government has broken vow on bereavement benefit cuts

05 April, 2017

Frank Field wants ministers to explain why policy will save £100m a year despite pledge not to slash funding for parents

Spending government money on broken relationships isn't going to help families torn apart by new benefit cuts

05 April, 2017

What's the point of spending £30m to help families to stay together when you're going to cut benefits at exactly the same time?

How can housing associations help to reduce reoffending?

05 April, 2017

Scottish Prison Service details how housing associations can help those leaving

Housing benefit slashed to 50p-a-week - and Birmingham is worst-hit

05 April, 2017

Almost 600 claimants picking up less than the price of a chocolate bar

Private rented sector in Northern Ireland - Proposals for change

04 April, 2017

CIH Northern Ireland supports the proposal to gauge the appetite of institutional investors and particularly the conditions required for investment

Labour and Ukip Thurrock councillors bid to scrap sheltered housing tax charges

04 April, 2017

Thurrock Council is bidding to scrap an "unfair" proposal to charge residents in sheltered housing up to £780

Government will not reconsider LHA rate freeze

04 April, 2017

The government has refused to reconsider its decision to freeze the Local Housing Allowance

Housing lawyer calls for total rethink of 'unfair' private rented sector

04 April, 2017

Housing lawyer Tessa Shepperson has called for a total rethink of the way the private rented sector operates

Tax reform will 'put many agents out of business'

04 April, 2017

The rolling back of mortgage interest relief is just days away but campaigners are still having a stab at raising the unfairness of the changes dubbed the tenant tax

Disabled students fear for their future as independence payments cut

04 April, 2017

With a clampdown on PIP and related benefits, students such as Lauren Hall are struggling to finish their degrees

Social housing boost for Galliford Try

04 April, 2017

Galliford Try Partnerships has signed a £128m contract with Notting Hill Housing to build phase two of the Great Eastern Quays development at the Royal Docks in London

Is buy-to-let becoming less attractive?

04 April, 2017

It is no doubt that the past year has been extremely challenging for buy-to-let landlords

How affordable is housing for people in lower-income occupations ?

03 April, 2017

This briefing explores housing affordability for lower-income occupations in the context of rising housing costs

Housing costs element for UC claimants aged 18 to 21

03 April, 2017

This memo provides guidance on the Universal Credit Regulations 2017

Universal credit risks destitution in Newcastle claim

03 April, 2017

People in one of the first areas where a major benefits system change has been introduced are at risk of "destitution" and "homelessness"

Mortgage tax relief cut doesn't add up for buy-to-let landlords

03 April, 2017

Tenants are being turfed out as tax changes beginning in April make it increasingly hard for owners to profit

Poorest third of households will be worse off from tax and benefit changes starting this week, despite a £1bn giveaway

03 April, 2017

Four-fifths of the gains from tax and benefit changes coming into effect later this week (6 April) will go to the richest half of households

Welfare shakeup 'will push a quarter of a million children into poverty'

03 April, 2017

Analysis for the Guardian finds changes due on 6 April will also wipe thousands off payments for bereaved families

Gifted deposits on the rise amid buy-to-let slowdown

03 April, 2017

Buy-to-let investment has halved in the first 12 months since the additional Stamp Duty surcharge was introduced, but it's not career landlords being affected

Scottish Government gains control over Discretionary Housing Payments

03 April, 2017

Control over DHPs has been transferred to the Scottish Government as of Saturday 1 April under the Scotland Act 2016

Tax changes put more pressure on buy-to-let landlords

03 April, 2017

On 6 April, buy-to-let landlords will begin to feel the direct effects of the next tightening of taxation of the sector

Northern university cities dominate student Buy to Let investment yields

03 April, 2017

Research reveals half of the top 20 best Buy to Let university towns are in the north of England

How to finance a buy-to-let project

03 April, 2017

Many people like the idea of a buying a property, letting it out and watching the cash come in but sadly it's not as simple as many would like you to believe

Right to Rent rules: if a tenant's UK visa expires, will landlords be prosecuted?

03 April, 2017

Landlords needn't worry about Right to Rent checks, so long as their tenants have the right to live in the UK at the start of the tenancy

Housing benefit changes 'put young Scots at risk of homelessness'

31 March, 2017

Changes to housing benefit will put more young people in Scotland at risk of homelessness

Record Help to Buy equity loans in last quarter of 2016

31 March, 2017

The government made more than 12,000 Help to Buy equity loans in the last three months of 2016

Significant cuts to two parts of the benefit system to be phased in from next week

31 March, 2017

Next week will see the introduction of significant cuts to the generosity of two parts of the working-age benefits system

HB A7/2017

31 March, 2017

Right Benefit Initiative 2017/18

HB S6/2017

31 March, 2017

Right Benefit Initiative 2017/18 Funding

Welfare reforms and £330 million employment package start from April 2017

31 March, 2017

Employment help for people with health conditions will roll out from April, along with wider reforms to ensure a fair welfare system

Nowhere left to go: five million low-income workers priced out of renting and buying

31 March, 2017

Carers, teaching assistants and nursery nurses are just some of the low-income workers overburdened by private rents

The Big Idea: Universal Basic Income

31 March, 2017

The concept of a Universal Basic Income is currently attracting attention

'Distrust' in PIP system

31 March, 2017

Claimants of the government's disability benefits programme have an "inherent distrust" of the system

Painting disabled people as 'workshy': that's what benefits cuts are all about

30 March, 2017

The latest government changes equate illness with a lack of motivation, as welfare becomes a tool to modify behaviour

Council to invest £1bn in social housing

30 March, 2017

Stevenage Council are set to invest £1bn in council housing, in a 30-year investment plan

Change afoot for homeless families on Universal Credit?

30 March, 2017

Paying housing costs through Universal Credit is causing problems for tenants, landlords and local councils alike

Some more renting good news!

30 March, 2017

In another step forwards in increasing rights for tenants the Government announced that it will use its powers to make Client Money Protect mandatory for all letting and managing agents

Housing Benefit Assurance Process (HBAP)

30 March, 2017

These Housing Benefit (subsidy) Assurance Process modules are for reporting accountants and local authorities to use

DWP payments over £25,000 for 2017

30 March, 2017

Payments over £25,000 that DWP has made in 2017, including invoices, grants and expenses

Personal Independence Payment evaluation: wave 1 claimant survey findings

30 March, 2017

This research seeks to understand claimants' experiences of making a claim for Personal Independence Payment

Money manager tool for Universal Credit claimants

30 March, 2017

An online budgeting tool for people who claim Universal Credit has been launched by the Department for Work and Pensions

Help to Buy used by over a million

30 March, 2017

More than 259,000 people have already bought a home using one of the government's flagship Help to Buy schemes, and over 868,000 have opened a Help to buy: ISA

Court orders agent who stole £221,000 from landlords and tenants to repay just £50

30 March, 2017

A Proceeds of Crime case has resulted in the recovery of just £50 out of £221,000 stolen from members of the public by a crooked letting agent

Brexit and Beyond

30 March, 2017

Making a success of EU exit in housing

The decision to leave the European Union has implications for every corner of British industry, including the housing sector

Healey warns housebuilders over Help to Buy figures

30 March, 2017

With Help to Buy figures out, Shadow Housing Secretary warns housebuilders: improve or risk losing cash

Gap between LHA and cheapest rents making housing unaffordable for under-35s

30 March, 2017

The gap between LHA rates and rents has widened to the point where private rented housing is "out of reach" for under-35s

Troubled housing association put tenants at risk

30 March, 2017

Serious governance failure identified at Glasgow HA

It's a housing class war as the Tories set their sights on young people

29 March, 2017

Britain today: the Treasury gives away thousands to young people saving up to buy, but most young single people find housing almost completely out of reach

Agents throwing in the towel because of financial difficulties and other worries

29 March, 2017

Agents are quitting the industry because of the state of their own finances and amid concerns over the future

Buy to Let index - March 2017

29 March, 2017

March 2017 - East and South East rents rise as demand outside London rockets

Lenders are continuing to invest in social housing

29 March, 2017

Lenders are continuing to invest in the Scottish social housing sector and registered social landlords continue to have access to sufficient finance

Disability benefits: MPs granted emergency debate in final attempt to halt controversial curbs

29 March, 2017

Ministers to be accused of a 'troubling subversion of democracy' after sneaking through the changes to Personal Independence Payments

New Rugg to cover private rented sector

29 March, 2017

Confirmation of an updated independent review of the sector follows Propertymark conference

Government will use Help to Buy to police leasehold practices

29 March, 2017

The government will only support builders which adopt "acceptable terms" to leasehold properties with its Help to Buy Equity Loan programme

Councils welcome government's Universal Credit U-turn

29 March, 2017

Councils have welcomed the government's move to make households that are made homeless exempt from Universal Credit following reports rent arrears bills have started to rack up

Government rejects calls to halt Universal Credit roll out

29 March, 2017

The government has rejected calls to halt the roll out of Universal Credit

Fee ban costs 'loyal' PRS tenants

29 March, 2017

The Government's proposed ban on letting agent fees could cost tenants who stay in properties the longest hundreds of pounds

West Ham tenants' anger over 40 per cent rent hike

29 March, 2017

A group of tenants is up in arms after their landlord announced a 40 per cent rent hike

Associations should publish half-yearly accounts

29 March, 2017

Housing associations should publish half-year accounts and report all market-sensitive disclosures on their website to comply with the needs of investors

Lettings fee ban risks 'up to 16,000 agency jobs'

29 March, 2017

The tenant fees ban will hit loyal renters the hardest, while between 4,000 and 16,000 letting agent jobs could be at risk

Why private renters in England worry about losing their home

28 March, 2017

In England, a shocking three in ten private renters worried about losing their home in the last year

Housing Benefit quality assurance process: good practice guide

28 March, 2017

Good practice to help local authorities ensure the processing of Housing Benefit claims is accurate and secure

Homes for social house sharing

28 March, 2017

Development pilot in Kent sees homes built for social tenants to share

Letting the market down?

28 March, 2017

Assessing the economic impacts of the proposed ban on letting agents fees

Total turnover in the residential lettings sector in England and Wales is around £4 billion and it employs around 58,000 workers

Hard Brexit could hit rented sector: Chartered Institute of Housing

28 March, 2017

A 'hard' Brexit would disproportionately hit the UK private rented sector if immigration volumes from the rest of the European Union fell

Blackburn man stripped housing association flat after eviction notice

28 March, 2017

A man who was told he was being kicked out of his housing association flat responded by stripping the property

Nearly £2billion worth of housing benefit owed to the Government due to 'overpayment' errors to tenants

28 March, 2017

The Department of Work and Pensions sparked fresh uproar over wasting taxpayers' cash

Client Money Protection set to become compulsory

28 March, 2017

Compulsory Client Money Protection schemes are set to be introduced for agents under recommendations from a government working group

DCLG opens talks with associations over rent setting post-2020

28 March, 2017

Civil servants have opened talks with the sector over rent setting post-2020, with a return to an inflation-linked deal among the options discussed

Letting agents urged to help stop tenant fees ban confusion

28 March, 2017

The private rental sector will suffer if the industry doesn't work together to end confusion around the tenant fees ban, Endsleigh has warned

Show your fees! Campaign to get letting agents to obey law steps into second phase

28 March, 2017

Almost 180 letting agents in parts of Berkshire and Hampshire are now being targeted in a campaign to find out if they are displaying fees correctly

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

27 March, 2017

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

What Would Help Older Private Tenants?

27 March, 2017

We're just over halfway through Age UK London's project to raise awareness and find solutions for older private tenants in London

How one council is beating Britain's housing crisis

27 March, 2017

Fancy a three-bed semi with a garden for £152,000? Or rent at less than £500 per month? Sheffield is showing other local authorities how to build again

Council tax bills to rise in nine out of 10 English local authorities

27 March, 2017

Figures are in stark contrast to five years ago when 90% of local authorities froze or cut council tax

Nine homes by the age of nine - housing instability marks lives of children in poverty

27 March, 2017

The stress and uncertainty of repeatedly packing up their lives and moving home is becoming a worryingly normal part of life for some children growing up in poverty

Welfare reform update - March 2017

27 March, 2017

Future funding of Supported Housing Inquiry update

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2017 to Mar 2018

27 March, 2017

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

Scotland extends welfare fund to help 18-21 year olds with housing costs

27 March, 2017

Interim assistance for Scottish 18 to 21-year-olds at risk through Westminster imposed changes to housing benefit

UC policy to be reversed for homeless families

27 March, 2017

Homeless families set to receive housing benefit rather than universal credit due to design flaws in the new benefits system

Private landlords need a better deal from Universal Credit

27 March, 2017

Tenants and landlords rightly want to ensure that rents are paid in full and on time

Tenants would pay an extra £200 a month on rent for perfect flatmate

24 March, 2017

What is the price of the perfect tenant? According to other renters it can be up to an extra £200 on top of the current rent

Total mortgage lending in UK still affected by weakness in buy to let

24 March, 2017

Gross mortgage lending in the UK reached £18.2 billion in February, down 8% on January's lending total of £19.8 billion but not far from the £18.1 billion lent in February last year

Civil servant quizzed over supported housing funding rationale

24 March, 2017

The government plans to use LHA rates as a measure for capping benefit in supported housing because they are "already there" a senior civil servant has admitted

Right to Buy extension pilot could damage supply in West Midlands

24 March, 2017

A West Midlands pilot of the Right to Buy for housing associations could add to stock pressures in the region

The future is private

24 March, 2017

The current level of grant funding in Scotland is a fantastic opportunity for housing associations to drive up the delivery of new affordable homes

Proportion of private rented homes to fall as landlord property sales are set to outstrip purchases

24 March, 2017

The private rented sector could be set to contract in size as property sales by existing landlords are predicted to outstrip purchases by the end of the year

Disability benefit spending and the recent change to regulations

24 March, 2017

PIP is the main working age benefit paid to disabled people who may face additional costs of living

HB A6/2017

24 March, 2017

The Pensions Act 2014 (Consequential, Supplementary and Incidental Amendments) Order 2017

HB S5/2017

24 March, 2017

Removal of temporary accommodation management fee in Housing Benefit subsidy from 1 April 2017

High Court leaves council's affordable housing policy in limbo

24 March, 2017

Ruling has implications for authorities across the country over the interpretation of development policies

The homelessness monitor: England 2017

23 March, 2017

The Homelessness Monitor: England 2017 is the sixth annual report of an independent study

It considers both the consequences of the post-2007 economic and housing market recession, and the subsequent recovery, and also the impact of policy changes

Pressure mounts on UK government to halt universal credit

23 March, 2017

New system is leaving people destitute, renewing calls for its roll-out to be halted

In Liverpool, Tory cuts have brought a city and its people to breaking point

23 March, 2017

Adding up the impact of slashed benefits and a 58% reduction in central funding, the council says it's England's poorest wards that are being hit again and again

LibDem's Farron condemns right-to-buy figures as selling a city to build a village

23 March, 2017

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has hit out at the lack of replacement council homes built or acquired to replace those sold off under the Government's reinvigorated right-to-buy policy

Charities criticise 'woefully insufficient' government fund to address LHA rate freeze

23 March, 2017

Charities have slammed a government fund intended to mitigate the worst effects of the Local Housing Allowance freeze

Agents and landlords set to be given new responsibilities for policing immigration post-Brexit

23 March, 2017

The private rented sector will take on much of the 'heavy lifting' in terms of immigration control after Brexit

Want to reduce homelessness? We need longer tenancies

23 March, 2017

With the passing of Bob Blackman's Homelessness Reduction Bill, there is a renewed emphasis on preventing homelessness

Rogue landlords round-up

23 March, 2017

Cases from Glasgow and Worcester lead to banning orders and fines

Are pantry schemes the new food banks?

22 March, 2017

More than 4 million people in Britain regularly go a whole day without eating. For just £2.50 a week, food clubs are filling their cupboards

Mhairi Black: benefit sanctions don't work. And Westminster knows it

22 March, 2017

Mhairi Black says the Tories' system of benefit sanctions is designed to victimise the most vulnerable in society

How clean is clean? How to avoid a filthy problem at the end of a tenancy

22 March, 2017

Our figures on disputes tell us that cleaning is the most common issue that will cause a dispute to arise. Although less than 1% of tenancies end in dispute, of these, cleaning is mentioned in 57%

Renters in far worse financial health than home owners

22 March, 2017

Private renters go on fewer holidays, save less money and are more likely to make forced cutbacks than those with a mortgage

SFHA welcomes Scottish Government call to halt Universal Credit full service roll-out

22 March, 2017

Feedback from SFHA members has revealed the system is causing hardship to vulnerable households and has resulted in unprecedented levels of rent arrears

Councils warn housing shortfall and benefit cuts fuel rising homelessness

22 March, 2017

Report calls on the government to invest in schemes that support people into the private rented sector such as a national rent deposit guarantee

End of Help to Buy needs to be managed carefully to protect the market

22 March, 2017

The Government must work out a way to "sensibly exit" its Help to Buy home buying policy in order to protect housebuilders

Universal Credit arrears 'frightening'

22 March, 2017

The deliberate exclusion of social landlords from the Universal Credit system means arrears levels are even worse than was originally feared

Tory benefits boss slammed after dismissing concerns welfare system is forcing people into rent arrears

21 March, 2017

Damian Green claimed "teething problems" had cleared up despite council figures showing average rent arrears of more than £900 among some Universal Credit claimants

CMA says it cannot review letting agent fees because of 'insufficient time before ban'

21 March, 2017

The Competition and Markets Authority has rejected calls for a review of the lettings industry market, including the fees charged by agents, saying there is no time

Tax change is biggest issue for UK buy to let landlords

21 March, 2017

Tax change is the biggest issue for buy to let landlords in the UK with many having concerns about how they will manage their business with the changes to mortgage relief finance

Letting Agent Plus: helping letting agents support private tenants to sustain their tenancies

21 March, 2017

With 14% of all households in Scotland now calling the private rented sector home compared with just 5% back in 1999, more people than ever are looking to the private rented sector for long-term housing solutions

We need to talk about the private rented sector

21 March, 2017

In the last 10 years we have seen rapid growth in the private rented sector

UK rental growth slowest in four years

21 March, 2017

The pace of UK rental growth has slowed to its lowest level since 2013 as the government begins to shift its stance away from homeownership

Bid to ban private contractors from hated PIP assessments

21 March, 2017

Amendments to be tabled to social security bill banning private companies undertaking assessments on disabled people

Buy-to-Let Watch: BTL is not the only fruit

21 March, 2017

Listening to the Budget earlier this month I found myself feeling something I had never expected to feel: actual frustration that housing was not being given a mention

Four rogue landlords in Govanhill barred from renting properties

21 March, 2017

Four landlords from Govanhill in Glasgow have been barred from the Scottish Landlord Register

Rising food and fuel prices hoist UK inflation rate to 2.3%

21 March, 2017

Standard of living fears build as wage growth slows and inflation leaps from 1.8% in January to highest level since September 2013

I am a legal aid lawyer for people facing eviction - they are the real Daniel Blakes

20 March, 2017

From the care leaver paying £650 a month to live in a shed to the tenant with one light bulb, I never get used to the stories - and they are increasingly desperate

Tory cuts to housing benefit show the "nasty party" lives on

20 March, 2017

In the Tories' cuts to young people's housing benefit, the nasty legacy of Cameron and Osborne lives on

Barwell: West Midlands 'strong contender' for Right to Buy pilot

20 March, 2017

Gavin Barwell has said the West Midlands is a "strong contender" for the regional pilot scheme of the Right to Buy extension

Agents beware - failure to show letting fees is resulting in penalties being issued all over country

20 March, 2017

The obligation to display your letting agency fees on your website and within branches has been a requirement for almost two years now, through section 83 of the Consumer Rights Act in 2015

Ban on letting fees to cost single-office business £85,000 a year

20 March, 2017

A ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants will result in a loss of income of £85,000 for a single-office business and over £850,000 for a multi-branch network

HB G3/2017

20 March, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Wales: abolition of Right to Buy heads 'home'

20 March, 2017

Major consultation targets social housing tenants, prospective tenants and those who have bought homes under the scheme

Landlords stand by agents following tenant fees ban

20 March, 2017

The majority of landlords who use a letting agent will continue to do so even if they see their premiums rise following a ban on tenant fees

The state of the UK rental market

20 March, 2017

Rents across the UK continued to grow in 2016, rising by 1.12% between January and November, but the pace of growth slowed to half the 2.34% seen over the same period in 2015

Proposals for regulations and policy supporting the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016

17 March, 2017

Analysis of responses to the public consultation exercise

Bedford MP presses government to deliver 'right to buy' for housing association tenants

17 March, 2017

Mr Fuller urged the Minister to fulfil the government's manifesto pledge to remove the unfairness in law that denies housing association tenants the right to buy their home

Government replaces just 1 in 5 affordable homes sold under Right to Buy

17 March, 2017

Lib Dems seize on newly released DCLG Right to Buy stats to go at the government again - soon after winning a crucial concession

Landlords' Barometer - #47: 'Buy-to-let is dead'?

17 March, 2017

Welcome to my first Landlords' Barometer following the Spring Budget 2017. Here is some of our latest content from what is the UK's busiest landlord community

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2016 to 2017

17 March, 2017

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

Rogue landlord fitted with electronic tag after 'unforgivable' campaign of harassment against single mum

17 March, 2017

A landlord has been fitted with an electronic tag after a "campaign of harassment" against a tenant that including switching off her heating and electricity in the middle of winter

Woman jailed after dishonestly claiming more than £40,000 in benefits

17 March, 2017

Julie Gillard was overpaid income support, council tax support and housing benefits over a period of more than four years

Buy-to-let bonds could be hit by falling rents in London and the south east

17 March, 2017

Falling rents in London and the south east could hurt buy-to-let bonds

Government urged to tackle zero-hours work as job figures reveal 'record high'

16 March, 2017

Unions are calling for the Government to tackle the rise in zero-hours work after new figures showed a record 905,000 people are employed on the controversial contracts in their main job

Government welfare experts slam ministers for denying PIP disability benefits to 160,000 vulnerable people

16 March, 2017

Anger as Damian Green, the Work and Pensions Secretary, refuses to allow MPs to vote on the changes - insisting that is "above my pay grade"

Crooked letting agent jailed for 19 months after fleecing would-be tenants

16 March, 2017

A crooked agent who kept over £15,000 in holding deposits has been jailed for 19 months and banned from being a company director for five years

New crackdown on rogue agents and landlords set to come in - with £30,000 penalties

16 March, 2017

A new crackdown on rogue agents and landlords will come into force within weeks

A dozen associations 'have 2,000 supported housing units on hold'

16 March, 2017

A dozen housing associations have almost 2,000 partially developed supported housing units on hold due to uncertainty over funding

Welfare reforms risk undermining housing aims

16 March, 2017

The government's welfare reforms risk undermining its aim to make housing more accessible

Pay-to-Stay changes stopped

16 March, 2017

Pay-to-Stay - a proposal to increase local authority housing rents for higher earners - will not be implemented by St Albans City and District Council

Housing body shares its concerns over implementation of Universal Credit

16 March, 2017

Housing professionals in Scotland have expressed concern at the potential for a negative social impact and spiralling costs as a result of implementing Universal Credit

The Personal Independence Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2017: SSAC correspondence

16 March, 2017

A letter to the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work about the Personal Independence Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

16 March, 2017

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2015 to 2016

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to January 2017

16 March, 2017

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

Government 'head in the sand' over Universal Credit

16 March, 2017

"Flabbergasting" response from DWP to the Commons Work and Pensions Committee downplays the impact of issues around the roll out

Discretionary Housing Payments and long term awards

15 March, 2017

This was a judicial review of H&F's refusal of Discretionary Housing Payments to Ms H. Ms H has severe autism and learning and behavioural difficulties

Scottish Government launches scrutiny guide for tenants

15 March, 2017

The Scottish Government has urged tenants to use a new guide to scrutinise social landlords in order to improve services

DWP 'tells disability benefits assessors to discriminate against people with mental health conditions'

15 March, 2017

It comes after ministers suggested people with anxiety do not really need help

March for homes planned to take on Tories attack on social housing

15 March, 2017

Housing activists have called a national demonstration for 24 June to go on the offensive against Tory attacks on social housing

Housing associations and councils to give LHA evidence to UK parliamentary committees

15 March, 2017

The UK Parliament's work and pensions and communities and local government committees will hear from housing associations and local authorities

Economic sentiment among associations 'at highest point since crash'

15 March, 2017

Economic sentiment among housing associations is at its highest level since the financial crisis

MPs must now debate calls for rent payments to be used for mortgage affordability

15 March, 2017

MPs are to debate a petition calling for rental payments to be deemed as enough proof that a borrower can afford a mortgage

Civil penalties date for landlords

15 March, 2017

Landlords can be issued with civil penalty notices for housing breaches as of April 6th the government has now confirmed

The cost of landlord licensing

15 March, 2017

Almost one in five local authorities in England have at least one discretionary licensing scheme - but at what cost?

Universal Credit Statistics

15 March, 2017

Universal Credit aims to reduce poverty, by making work pay, and to help claimants and their families to become more independent

Future proofing housing supply

15 March, 2017

A report from the housing forum working group on new solutions to boost housing supply

Shifting attitudes to welfare: Insights into our 'change audience'

15 March, 2017

This is the third in a series of blogs talking about Shelter's campaign to change public attitudes towards welfare

Why Right to Buy was 'the only good thing Thatcher did for Wales', according to the people it helped

14 March, 2017

More than 139,000 housing units in Wales have been bought by tenants since 1980

Northern Irish tenants could be hit with surprise bedroom tax

14 March, 2017

Up to 1,500 social housing tenants could be hit by the bedroom tax if they move home

Crime In The Private & Social Housing Sectors

14 March, 2017

Paul Shamplina from Landlord Action, Stephen Gabriel of Sandwell Borough Council & Katrina Robinson join Richard Blanco to explain the nature of crime in the private and social housing sectors

Lack of robust thinking on affordable housing

14 March, 2017

The co-leader of the Green Party says the leading opposition parties are not doing enough to make the case for genuinely affordable housing

Is this the beginning of the end for Right to Buy in the UK?

14 March, 2017

The Welsh Government has introduced legislation to end the Right to Buy scheme in the country, triggering suggestions that England could follow suit as social rental housing continues its decline

Within eight years, as many private tenants as home owners in London

14 March, 2017

Private renting in London is predicted to catch up with owner-occupation by 2025

Social housing retrofit survey shows data 'key to success'

14 March, 2017

Social housing providers put £120m into retrofitting projects over the past year

Finding the Fix: Why we must protect housing benefit for 18-21 year olds

14 March, 2017

On a quiet Friday afternoon, the DWP laid draft regulations to end automatic entitlement to housing benefit for 18-21 year olds

The end of Right to Buy in Wales

13 March, 2017

As Wales consigns the Right to Buy to history, Westminster seems hellbent on the destruction of value created in the past

Buy to Let index - February 2017

13 March, 2017

Rental market has strong start to 2017

Revealed: every benefit cut to hit families in Liverpool since Tories elected

13 March, 2017

Groundbreaking study reveals huge cost of welfare cuts for 55,000 families in the city

Landlords slam Chancellor's 'undermining' of efforts to solve Scotland's housing crisis

13 March, 2017

Scotland's largest membership organisation for landlords has strongly criticised Hammond for not reversing tax changes which will result in a reduced supply of affordable housing in Scotland

Associations will not build supported housing without LHA cap certainty

13 March, 2017

Housing associations will not spend government funding earmarked for supported housing schemes unless more certainty is given over the Local Housing Allowance cap

Call for affordable housing in London amid rent squeeze

13 March, 2017

The high cost of renting a house in London has fuelled a huge increase in the number of people in the capital who do not have enough income for a decent standard of living

Brexit to have minimal impact on buy-to-let market

13 March, 2017

As the government prepares to invoke Article 50 to leave the EU, very few experts forecast that Brexit will have an adverse affect on the buy-to-let market

Civitas Social Housing buys supported living properties for £9.1m

13 March, 2017

London-listed investment trust Civitas Social Housing has bought a portfolio of supported living properties across Britain for £9.1m

Abolition of the right to buy and associated rights (Wales) bill

13 March, 2017

The Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill will end all variations of the Right to Buy and the Right to Acquire

Lettings administrator who stole over £14,000 in deposits is spared jail

13 March, 2017

A lettings administrator who stole over £14,000 in tenants' deposits has escaped jail

The sector in stats

10 March, 2017

The UK Housing Review, published by the Chartered Institute of Housing this week, consists of more than 200 charts and tables

I'm 82 and MPs need to hear my views on this devastating housing benefit cap

10 March, 2017

If this cap goes ahead, my wife and I face a shortfall of £609 a year. I don't know how we'd cope if we have to leave our sheltered home

How housing benefit cuts for the young will hit the North East's grandparents too

10 March, 2017

No housing benefit for under 21s will put more young people on the streets - and strain grans who have to care for three generations of their family

Scrapping housing benefit for 18-year-olds? The Tories have Cone Syndrome

10 March, 2017

Hammond's budget leaves the housing crisis unsolved and this bad plan to cut housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds will cost more than it saves

Councils should be able to borrow against existing properties

10 March, 2017

Councils should be able to borrow against existing properties to increase housebuilding at a local level

Two councils publish league tables on how much agents charge tenants

10 March, 2017

New data on how much local letting agents charge in tenants' fees has been published by the councils of Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove

How private landlords' tax bills will rocket after 'unjust legislation'

10 March, 2017

There will be an enormous leap in tax bills for private landlords when tax reforms kick into place

Selective licensing in Newham: a local scheme of national significance

10 March, 2017

When Newham Council introduced the first borough-wide licensing scheme in 2013, it looked like a novel way to improve their booming private rented sector

HB S4/2017 (REVISED)

10 March, 2017

New Burdens funding: Changes to Work-related Activity Group payments in Employment and Support Allowance

Budget 2017 is a big disappointment for landlords

10 March, 2017

Chancellor Phillip Hammond's Budget 2017 was his last chance to offer a financial olive branch to landlords braced to pay more tax when they lose mortgage interest relief in April

Benefits cuts are the biggest worry after the Budget

10 March, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of families will be hit

Council commits to mitigating Bedroom Tax

10 March, 2017

The City of Cardiff Council has reaffirmed its commitment to assisting council tenants affected by the Bedroom Tax

Poplar HARCA drives down arrears with RentSense

10 March, 2017

Poplar HARCA have created efficiencies, reduced arrears and prepared themselves for Universal Credit by investing in Mobysoft's RentSense application

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: March 2017

09 March, 2017

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

What does the Budget mean for buy-to-let landlords?

09 March, 2017

This Budget was mooted as the last chance for the Chancellor to reverse changes to tax relief for landlords which is set to be cut next month

The government is 'wiping out the buy-to-let economy'

09 March, 2017

Philip Hammond's failure to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne's deeply unpopular tax reforms will have far-reaching implications for the buy-to-let industry

Rules stopping MPs helping benefit claimants to be scrapped

09 March, 2017

U-turn by ministers comes after Guardian revealed DWP was preventing MPs from pursuing individual universal credit cases

The Experience of Universal Credit: A Tenant's Perspective

09 March, 2017

Housing Associations in Wales provide 158,000 affordable homes and housing related services to around 10% of the Welsh population

This report captures the voice of tenants of housing associations, who were or were going to soon be receiving universal credit payments

Rental growth expectations strengthen further

09 March, 2017

Lack of landlord instructions drives rental growth expectations higher

Testing the water

09 March, 2017

The 'full-service' Universal Credit roll-out is being road tested in pilots across the country

Damaging Welfare Reforms Not Addressed in Spring Budget

09 March, 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Budget announced an increase of £350million to the Scottish Budget

Rent a room allowance review hidden in budget small print

09 March, 2017

The government will review the way rent a room relief operates - in what appears to be a bid to tackle the rise of short term lettings

Tax reforms harming access to rented housing for 'vulnerable tenants'

09 March, 2017

Vulnerable tenants are finding it harder to access rented housing because of tax changes being introduced by the Government

Budget 2017: housing cuts in spotlight

09 March, 2017

Funding for social care and apprenticeships were the winners in a low-key Budget

Hammond is hoping nobody notices benefits freeze

09 March, 2017

The real significance of the Budget was the decision not to ease the effects of the government's benefits freeze

No DSS: Most flat shares refuse benefit claimants

09 March, 2017

Landlords are more likely to accept potential renters who own pets than people claiming benefits

Universal Credit: changes to limited capability for work payments

08 March, 2017

This guide explains changes to Universal Credit limited capability for work payments from 3 April 2017

A state of disrepair

08 March, 2017

Housing is the largest outgoing most people will have in their lifetime

Scotland's tidiest and most green-fingered renters revealed

08 March, 2017

One in four private tenants has deductions taken from their deposit when they leave the property but almost all successfully claim the cash back

Benefit changes could cost working single parents up to £2,850 a year

08 March, 2017

The Chancellor said there is no spending spree in the 2017 Budget - as figures make new claims about the devastating impact of welfare cuts

Universal Credit in crisis: Calls for roll-out to be halted

08 March, 2017

Claimants on low incomes being left destitute with the introduction of the controversial system

£70 million to build new council homes and ease Cambridge's housing crisis

08 March, 2017

The cash would pay for 500 new homes to be built in the city within five years

Government will not legislate for Right to Buy extension

08 March, 2017

The government will not legislate to force councils to extend the Right to Buy to affordable homes built through their housing companies

Government refuses to publish housing benefit cut assessment

08 March, 2017

The government has refused to publish its equalities assessment into the removal of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds

Philip Hammond urged to pause cut in benefits for widowed parents

08 March, 2017

More than 3,200 people write to MPs to say reforms to bereaved support payments will leave 75% of people worse off in cash terms

It's for their own good, says Govt, as MPs debate

08 March, 2017

Young people affected by the Government's housing benefit cut for 18-21 year olds will be expected to change their behaviour and live with their parents

NLA Budget response: No news still bad news for landlords

08 March, 2017

We're pleased the Government has listened to our calls to delay the implementation of the Making Tax Digital programme

The government's welfare cuts are hurting their efforts to stop homelessness

08 March, 2017

Renters on a low income breathed a sigh of relief last year when the government said it would not make any additional benefit cuts

Extra £47m to tackle hated bedroom tax

07 March, 2017

Ministers announce more funding to counteract bedroom tax in Scotland

Budget 2017 (background): welfare changes in April

07 March, 2017

In September 2016 Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Damian Green reaffirmed the Government's commitment to make "no new cuts" to social security and tax credits

Budget 2017: Will the Chancellor have a trick up his sleeve for buy-to-let?

07 March, 2017

On 8th March, Philip Hammond will deliver his first and last Spring Budget before the Autumn Statement becomes the calendar's main fiscal policy event

Housing benefit cuts 'put young people at risk of homelessness'

07 March, 2017

Tenants aged 18 to 21 face exclusion from private rental market if stripped of benefit entitlement

Redress scheme left us 'high and dry' after expulsion of rogue agent

07 March, 2017

Landlords and tenants who say they have been defrauded by a rogue letting agent have hit out at one of the government-authorised redress schemes

Government guidance on complying with 2018 energy regulations

07 March, 2017

Guidance for landlords and enforcement authorities on the minimum level of energy efficiency required to let non-domestic property under the Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015

Disabled people failed by labyrinthine benefits system

07 March, 2017

Many disabled benefits claimants are 'liable to face years of illness in dire poverty'

Bracing for Impact: How aware are buy-to-let landlords of changes?

07 March, 2017

Recent YouGov Reports survey data suggests that mortgaged buy-to-let landlords are fairly well informed of new tax and regulatory measures

Scrapping housing benefit for 18- to 21-year-olds won't even save us that much money - it's ideological cruelty

06 March, 2017

When just 11,000 people will be affected - small fry in financial terms - it's hard to escape the conclusion that the goal isn't really to help people at all, but to punish them

Everything you need to know about a cut to housing benefit, which leave young people on the streets

06 March, 2017

The move has been condemned by campaigners and charities who fear it will lead to more young people on the streets

Scheme to combat rogue lettings agents under attack

06 March, 2017

Landlords and tenants who have been defrauded by a rogue letting agent say a government-approved scheme set up to protect them is useless

London Councils claim extra £470m could be spent on housebuilding if boroughs were allowed to keep all RTB receipts

06 March, 2017

If the Government slashed red tape and let them keep receipts from right-to-buy sales, then London's borough councils would have an extra £470 million to spend on building new homes

Benefit freeze leaves families facing steep rent rise or eviction

06 March, 2017

Teachers and other public sector workers risk homelessness

Housing shortage forces councils to spend £2 million a day on temporary accommodation

06 March, 2017

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is forcing cash-strapped councils to spend more than £2 million a day on temporary accommodation for homeless families

Over three-quarters of landlords have no plans to expand this year

06 March, 2017

Over three-quarters of landlords have no intention of expanding their property portfolios within the next year, with 10.5% saying they will be selling off properties amid concerns over impending tax changes

Welfare mitigation 'overwhelmed' by further social security cuts

06 March, 2017

Scottish HAs say a boost to DHP offered by Holyrood cannot fully mitigate the impact of the Benefit Cap

HB Direct issue 175

06 March, 2017

Wider Use of Real Time Information Service Rollout

Impact of Universal Credit

03 March, 2017

Over four-fifths of respondents say that people on zero-hour contracts have difficulty meeting their housing costs

Almost all respondents were aware of tenants turning to food banks

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2016-17 to 2021-22

03 March, 2017

Debates over living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK are often hampered by the fact that official data on household incomes are available only with a significant lag

Landlord confidence drops as tax cuts approach

03 March, 2017

One of Britain's biggest mortgage lenders has released a snapshot of the buy to let market that reveals landlord confidence is ebbing

Letting agents face six months in prison or £50,000 fines if they don't sign up to mandatory register

03 March, 2017

Letting agents in Scotland face criminal sanctions if they do not sign up to a mandatory register, laying down a marker for what could happen in England if licensing were introduced south of the border

Home ownership in England at a 30-year low

03 March, 2017

English Housing Survey finds private rented sector doubled in size since 2004, with ownership at lowest level since 1985

House sellers 'should pay stamp duty'

03 March, 2017

Stamp duty should be a tax on property sellers, rather than buyers, to help those trying to buy their first home

Three quarters of associations want rent freedom

03 March, 2017

More than three quarters of housing associations support having rent freedom

Social landlords need to be 'more open' to complaints

03 March, 2017

Some Scottish social landlords need to be "more open and responsive" to complaints

Zero hours contracts reach record levels

03 March, 2017

The number of people on controversial zero hours contracts has reached a record high of 910,000

Philippa Stroud: Hammond should boost Universal Credit now - and cut the deficit through more welfare reform later

03 March, 2017

Budgets should be, and always have the potential to be, nation-changing, nation-shaping events

Where are UK renters most satisfied?

02 March, 2017

A new survey has revealed whereabouts in the UK renters are most and least satisfied

Single-parent families launch benefit cap legal challenge

02 March, 2017

The High Court has granted a legal challenge of the lower benefit cap brought by four single-parent families

'Affordable housing'? Not in Manchester. So we have made our own rules

02 March, 2017

Residents with an income under the national average can't afford rent at 80% of market rate

Theresa May admits Government's social security experts were not consulted about disability benefits cuts

02 March, 2017

But The Independent can reveal the Social Security Advisory Committee will consider the new Personal Independence Payments regulations next week

Government to make bedroom tax change five months after court judgment

02 March, 2017

The government will change its bedroom tax regulations five months after the Supreme Court ruled the policy was discriminatory for some households with a disabled person

Private landlord association hits 30,000 members

02 March, 2017

30,000 landlords are now members of the Residential Landlords Association - just 18 months after membership hit the 20,000 mark

HB A4/2017

02 March, 2017

The Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit (Miscellaneous Amendments and Transitional and Savings Provisions) Regulations 2017

English Housing Survey

02 March, 2017

Headline Report, 2015-16

The English Housing Survey (EHS) is a national survey of people's housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England

PRS: so much more than a roof over your head

02 March, 2017

Significant investment into the UK's Private Rented Sector is seeing new developments provide far more than just a roof over occupants' heads

Councils forced to pay £800m in RTB cash back to Treasury

02 March, 2017

Labour on the attack saying the sum could have built more than 12,500 new homes

Barwell: 1% rent cut unhelpful for development plans

01 March, 2017

The housing minister has admitted the 1% rent cut has not helped housing associations and councils increase the number of homes they can build

MP slams new scheme aimed at helping slum landlords

01 March, 2017

A new scheme designed to assist landlords with housing repairs in Peterborough has been slammed by a local MP

Right to Buy 'only justifiable' if replacements built

01 March, 2017

The housing minister has pledged to look again at Right to Buy rules after he said the policy is "only politically justifiable" if the government is delivering replacement homes

Economist warns that Government assault on buy-to-let could result in rents 30% higher

01 March, 2017

House-price linked mortgages could help lenders address the balance of solvency and helping buyers to get on the property ladder

Tenant fees ban slammed as 'populist policy' that will help no one

01 March, 2017

Only a minority of tenants want longer-term tenancies

Tenants terminating tenancies as Universal Credit rolls out

01 March, 2017

Northern Housing Consortium releases its latest findings on the impact of Universal Credit

Broken promises: What has happened to support for low-income working families under universal credit?

01 March, 2017

This briefing presents some of the analysis to be published in a forthcoming report assessing the impacts of cuts to benefits from 2010 to 2020

Universal Credit: Rollout speeds up but leaves problems in its wake

01 March, 2017

A key parliamentary committee has re-launched an inquiry into Universal Credit

Housing associations call for long-term plan for supported housing

28 February, 2017

Three of Scotland's largest housing associations have joined together to urge the Scottish Government to find a solution on how to fund supported housing

Scottish ministers demand 'urgent reassurance' over housing benefit changes

28 February, 2017

Scottish ministers have demanded "urgent reassurance" from the UK government over the scrapping of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds

Calls for government to abandon housing benefit cuts

28 February, 2017

Housing and homeless organisations are concerned the cutback will lead to further hardship for the homeless

May adviser regrets saying benefits should only go to 'really disabled' people

28 February, 2017

Tory policy chief George Freeman says he 'hugely regrets' remarks suggesting funds should not go to people with anxiety

Landlords urged to hold off from incorporating until after Budget

28 February, 2017

The NLA is urging members to hold off from incorporating in case the Government tries to clamp down on limited companies being formed to mitigate income mortgage interest relief changes

Wales already licenses all letting agents, Scotland is about to - so how about it, Mr Hammond!

28 February, 2017

ARLA has called on the Chancellor to introduce licensing of letting agents in England

South West social landlord securing rent intelligently

28 February, 2017

North Devon Homes is using data to collect rent efficiently whilst also keeping tenants in their homes

Volunteer - you won't lose your benefits

28 February, 2017

New guidance produced by Scottish charities and the UK government clarifies the rules around volunteering when on benefits

Freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates 'must be scrapped'

28 February, 2017

The freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates must be scrapped to open up the private rented sector to the homeless

The five stages of renting

28 February, 2017

For many renting is the only realistic option

Chartered Institute of Housing welcomes clarification on registration of letting agents

28 February, 2017

New Scottish Government guidance offers advice on who is and isn't required to registered

Letting agent jailed for over three years after stealing tenants' deposits

27 February, 2017

The boss of a letting agency has been jailed for stealing £140,000 of tenants' deposits

Council pleads guilty to Lakanal House fire safety failures

27 February, 2017

Southwark Council expressed its "sincere regret" today as it pleaded guilty to fire safety failures relating to a tower block fire that killed six people

Disability benefits: PIPs should be for 'really disabled'

27 February, 2017

Disability benefits should go to "really disabled people" not those "taking pills at home, who suffer from anxiety"

MSPs call for action to address 'systematic problems' with Universal Credit

27 February, 2017

Serious systematic problems exist with the new Universal Credit system which will only get worse as a result of the UK government's planned closure of job centres in Scotland

Buy to Let index - February 2017

27 February, 2017

Rental market has strong start to 2017

Alafat welcomes MPs' inquiry into impact of DWP's lower benefit cap on low-income families

27 February, 2017

An inquiry into the impact the Government's lowered benefit cap is having on Britain's households has been welcome by the CIH

Time to drop the 'hated' ban on housing benefit for 18-21s

27 February, 2017

Reports over the weekend suggest Ministers and advisers are looking again at controversial plans to bar 18-21s from claiming housing benefit

HB S2/2017

27 February, 2017

Final New Burdens payment 2016/17 for the Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative

Universal Credit and you

27 February, 2017

This document gives an introduction to Universal Credit for people who are claiming it

Oxford City Council plans to guarantee private tenants' rent

27 February, 2017

Oxford City Council is planning to guarantee the rent of people at risk of becoming homeless, as it prepares for the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Bill

Pressure mounts on DWP to replace sanctions with warnings

27 February, 2017

Influential committee of MPs urge DWP to trial warning system in place of punitive benefit sanctions

Landlords look to commercial loans to sidestep buy-to-let changes

24 February, 2017

The proportion of landlords intending to take out commercial loans to fund their property purchases has doubled over the last 18 months as they look for ways to avoid the impact of forthcoming changes to landlord taxation

Melissa and millions like her are just one unpaid bill away from the abyss

24 February, 2017

As the cocktail of long-term austerity, rising living costs and a slumping post-Brexit economy hits, what's really frightening is the crisis that is brewing but is barely being noticed

Ministers must be prepared to listen to the evidence of rent cut impact

24 February, 2017

Inside Housing's annual look at councils' Housing Revenue Accounts reflects the growing divergence in policy across the UK - and the different impacts that policy decisions are having on the ground

Breaking the Cycle

24 February, 2017

Gang violence is a growing problem in our inner cities but councils' youth services budgets have been cut. Can housing associations fill the void?

Welsh Government ends councils Right to Buy duty

24 February, 2017

Right to Buy is to be suspended in Flintshire for five years to ensure social housing is available for those who need it

Welsh councils hike rents to boost investment

24 February, 2017

Welsh councils are raising rents by up to 5.2% next year to fund investment of almost £200m in existing and new homes

Bristol Council forced to cut housing target

24 February, 2017

Bristol City Council has been forced to cut its target to build 1,000 homes as it seeks to make savings in its Housing Revenue Account

Councils seek to plug budget holes as rent cut bites

24 February, 2017

Councils are boosting their income through service charge rises and other fee increases as pressure from the 1% rent cut on Housing Revenue Accounts ramps up

Changes to Personal Independence Payment regulations

23 February, 2017

DWP Information briefing

Legal aid shakeup hands lifeline to domestic violence victims

23 February, 2017

Exclusive: Removal of five-year limit for applications follows vow by prime minister to increase domestic abuse prosecutions

Ministers seek alarm improvements after tenant death

23 February, 2017

Ministers have promised to take steps to improve alarm services in social housing, after a man died waiting for an ambulance after contacting a housing association's emergency call line

Smoke alarms 'fail to wake children'

23 February, 2017

Forensic scientists and fire investigators have warned that smoke alarms may not wake children

Let's build the social rent homes we need

23 February, 2017

First Wessex and Sentinel have announced they plan to merge to form VIVID

MPs to debate associations' duties to private neighbours

23 February, 2017

Ministers will be asked to require housing associations to offer compensation to neighbours affected by their tenants at a House of Commons debate

Reports show state of BTL and PRS sectors

23 February, 2017

LendInvest and ARLA release latest survey findings.

Committee launches double benefits inquiry

23 February, 2017

The Work and Pensions Committee has launched two new inquiries into the benefit cap and Universal Credit, as concern mounts from the sector

Short-term lettings industry 'to enforce 90 day limit'

22 February, 2017

Short-term letting sites suggest they will help to enforce 90-day limits, after Tom Copley forces the issue at City Hall

Orr hits out at government supported housing proposal

22 February, 2017

David Orr was giving evidence at a joint Work and Pensions Committee and Communities and Local Government Committee into supported housing

Landlord of illegal flats ordered to repay £100,000 in rent - or go to jail

22 February, 2017

A landlord who converted a house into two flats without planning permission has been ordered to pay £108,000 following legal action by a local authority

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter three 2016/17?

22 February, 2017

We have recently completed our third survey of developing housing associations to capture the full scale and breadth of their homebuilding activity

MPs launch official inquiry into universal credit as criticism grows

22 February, 2017

Investigation into benefits system comes amid mounting evidence that payment delays have left thousands facing eviction

Crisis backs call to ensure sanctions do not lead to homelessness

22 February, 2017

Crisis has welcomed a report by the Committee of Public Accounts which says that 'suspending benefit payments can lead to rent arrears and homelessness'

Landlords in UK more optimistic and planning to cope with tax change

22 February, 2017

Landlords in the UK are taking action ahead of mortgage relief tax changes due to come into force in April and more are optimistic about the outlook for the private rented sector

HAs market sale building overtakes social rent

22 February, 2017

New figures show market sale starts made by housing associations were higher every quarter than social rent starts

Let's build the social rent homes we need

22 February, 2017

First Wessex and Sentinel have announced they plan to merge to form VIVID

Bedroom tax: Westminster warned against cutting benefits

21 February, 2017

Scottish Government seeks "cast iron" commitments from Westminster benefits won't be clawed back

Benefit claimants face poverty at hands of erratic sanctions system

21 February, 2017

MPs call for review as PAC report finds sanctions are being unevenly applied and are forcing some people into homelessness

Letting agent launches new Airbnb service which passes on financial benefit to landlords

21 February, 2017

A new home-sharing service has launched, allowing tenants to sub-let their homes in Airbnb-style - but passing on some of the financial benefit to the landlord

Barwell hints at RTB deal for councils

21 February, 2017

The housing minister has offered a small olive branch to councils over the Right to Buy policy

Government must review the use and impacts of benefit sanctions

21 February, 2017

The Public Accounts Committee report say that unexplained variations in the use of benefit sanctions are unacceptable and must be addressed

MPs say housing benefit is being wrongly stripped from jobseekers, threatening them with eviction and homelessness

21 February, 2017

The Public Accounts Committee cites evidence that one-third of people who were claiming housing benefit lost their money when they were given a sanction

MPs condemn 'postcode lottery in benefit sanctions'

21 February, 2017

An "unacceptable" postcode lottery in benefits sanctions must be tackled to stop claimants being treated differently depending on where they live

Call for MOT system for rented homes in UK

21 February, 2017

New minimum standards should be introduced for the private rented sector in the UK and landlords should receive tax incentives for signing up to accreditation schemes

Leeds council tax bills to go up by £70... but social housing rents to fall

21 February, 2017

Leeds's annual local services budget is set to be rubber-stamped tomorrow, with a five per cent council tax rise forming part of a £492.67m overall financial plan for the city

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics in England and Wales, October to December 2016

20 February, 2017

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

Abrupt end to Help to Buy Wales would be 'disastrous'

20 February, 2017

A senior housebuilding figure has warned that the government's Help to Buy scheme remains "critical" to the market in Wales

Rent campaigners claim victory over Santander buy-to-let 'rent rise clause'

20 February, 2017

Santander has confirmed that it will remove a clause in its buy-to-let mortgages which housing campaigners claimed previously forced landlords to get "the maximum increase in the rent"

First-time buyers '£860 a year better off' than renters

20 February, 2017

First-time buyers in Scotland are on average about £860 a year better off than those who rent

Family of seriously ill man told housing benefit will be slashed under new bedroom tax rules

20 February, 2017

A Belfast family have spoken of their outrage after receiving a letter notifying them that their housing benefit is to be cut because their family home has been designated as under-occupied under new rules

Labour hit out at 'counterproductive' Right to Buy extension

20 February, 2017

Thousands of new homes are to be brought under the Government's Right to Buy scheme, despite fears that it could hamper the creation of more affordable housing

NHF warns of 'significant risks' in deal-based rents approach

20 February, 2017

The National Housing Federation has warned of "significant risks" to a deal-based approach for future rent settlements

Landlords' Barometer - #46: Is there still a place for the small private landlord?

20 February, 2017

Welcome to my first Landlords' Barometer following the release of the Housing White Paper

Third of agents in town fined for failing to show fees - and this was after Trading Standards warning

20 February, 2017

Thirty letting agents across one of Britain's major towns have been fined by the council's Trading Standards department after failing to stick to new transparency guidelines

Mapping benefits changes: how GIS can help housing associations

20 February, 2017

Local housing allowance caps make a huge difference to the rent our tenants pay. Electronic mapping can help us support them

Westminster warned against benefits 'claw back' once 'bedroom tax' abolished in Scotland

20 February, 2017

Scottish ministers are to seek assurances from the UK government that it will not reduce the benefits of claimants in Scotland when the Scottish Government abolishes the 'bedroom tax'

'Silver lining' to rental market

20 February, 2017

Silver renters on the rise as more recognise the benefits of downsizing

Social housing can be beautiful and sustainable, like the Kings Road Affordable Flats

17 February, 2017

Correspondent Donna asks "Is there any one out there willing to work with those who are not of the 1%?"

Law to scrap right to buy to be proposed by Welsh Government

17 February, 2017

Tenants' rights to buy their own council homes would be scrapped under a proposed new law by the Welsh Government

Basic income pilot considered in Glasgow

17 February, 2017

Glasgow could be the first city in the UK to pilot a basic universal income for every citizen

New film on social housing launches

17 February, 2017

Tenants TV have launched a new film 'Born into social housing' to look at how young people will be affected by social housing

Tenants face Rent Bombshell

17 February, 2017

Tenants face potential rent increases of twenty to thirty per cent as a result of tax rises hitting the private rented sector says a former independent member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee

Government considers development commitments in return for rent increases

17 February, 2017

The government is considering deals with housing associations to link rent increases to commitments to increase housebuilding in its post=2020 rent settlement

Landlord ordered to use letting agent after being handed Criminal Behaviour Order

17 February, 2017

A notorious landlord has been banned from managing her own rental properties, and must instead use an agent

Majority of UK landlords not planning to buy or sell property in next five years

17 February, 2017

The majority of residential landlords in London and elsewhere in the UK do not intend to buy or sell more properties to let in the next five years

HB G2/2017

17 February, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

32% of people on housing benefit are employed

16 February, 2017

It's not good enough that a third of people on housing benefit also have to work in Aylesbury Vale

Benefit freeze tenants 'shouldn't be taken to court for rent arrears'

16 February, 2017

Council tenants should not be taken to court if they cannot pay their rent due to benefit freezes

Labour council pushes ahead with massive attack on council housing

16 February, 2017

A Labour council in north London took a step closer to launching a massive attack on council housing tenants on Tuesday

More than 240 associations sign up to Sector Scorecard pilot

16 February, 2017

Housing associations covering more than half of all housing association stock have signed up to a pilot of pioneering efficiency metrics being developed by the sector

Landlords baffled by EPC changes and Right to Rent scheme

16 February, 2017

Landlords are unaware of several current and incoming regulations that could affect their portfolio

Shelter calls for fees ban to be outright, demanding no loopholes 'for agents to exploit'

16 February, 2017

Lobbying organisation Shelter is calling on the Government make sure that the forthcoming ban on letting agent fees is outright, comprehensive and unequivocal

Susan Park appointed as Director General, Universal Credit operations

16 February, 2017

Susan Park has been appointed Director General Universal Credit Operations, accountable for its operation in jobcentres and service centres

Universal Basic Income: best choice for the job?

16 February, 2017

What could possibly be wrong with a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement?

Insecure private renting leaves families worried and unsettled. Let's fix it

16 February, 2017

Private renting in England is exceptionally insecure

Landlords refuse to take on new Universal Credit claimants in Great Yarmouth

15 February, 2017

Landlords are refusing to take on tenants who are in the process of claiming for benefits

Could a Supported Housing Allowance offer a solution to the threat imposed by the LHA Cap?

15 February, 2017

It is very unclear exactly what problem the Government is trying to fix with its proposal to introduce a LHA cap for supported housing

Focus on tenancies

15 February, 2017

The Housing White Paper has been received positively by the Private Rental Market, and it's reassuring to see standards in the rental sector being given the attention it deserves

Characteristics of London landlords

15 February, 2017

Historically, the private rented sector has always played a significant role in London's varied housing landscape

Kent social housing provider joins national financial awareness project

15 February, 2017

One of Kent's leading social housing providers is playing a vital role in a nationwide search to find the best way to help people make the best use of their money

Social Tenants in Scotland, 2015

15 February, 2017

This is a new statistical publication that presents an overview of social tenants and social rented housing in Scotland for the year 2015

Just about managing: Four million more people living on inadequate incomes in modern Britain

15 February, 2017

Four million more people are living below an adequate standard of living and are just about managing at best

Calls for long-term funding for supported housing

15 February, 2017

Supported housing for older people should be excluded from new funding proposals until at least 2022

Right to Buy extension to companies could reduce affordable development

15 February, 2017

Councils could reassess plans to build affordable rented homes through housing companies after the government said the Right to Buy should apply to these homes

Help to Buy scheme's impact across England revealed

15 February, 2017

One in three new build properties outside London were bought through a flagship scheme for first-time buyers, but just one in 10 in the capital

New rents in UK up 2.6% in January, but falling in London

14 February, 2017

New rents in the UK increased by 2.6% in January overall year on year, the fastest rise for the month in two years but continued to fall in London

£1m raided from tenants' deposits by letting agents

14 February, 2017

Letting agents raided more than £1m from tenants' deposit schemes last year

Birmingham seeks to remove 4,000 from housing waiting list

14 February, 2017

Birmingham City Council is set to remove an estimated 4,000 households from its housing waiting list by changing its allocation policy

'Unfit' council home payouts and legal fees hit £35m in five years

14 February, 2017

Councils in England have paid out more than £35m in compensation and legal fees in the past five years to tenants living in "unfit" council homes

DWP admits it hasn't assessed impact of closing 78 local jobcentres despite announcing policy last month

14 February, 2017

Ministers have denied Google MPs was used to draw up a list of potential closures

Almost half of UK tenants frustrated by landlord issues

14 February, 2017

Poor communication and taking too long to resolve property issues are among the major frustrations reported by private sector tenants in the UK

Government's private rental sector reforms 'self-defeating'

14 February, 2017

Conveyancer trade body criticises approach to boosting private rental supply

How renting can fix the UK's broken housing market

13 February, 2017

How to fix the UK's housing crisis has been the subject of national debate for decades

Cardiff council likely to put a stop to right-to-buy

13 February, 2017

Tenants are likely to lose the right to buy their council houses in Cardiff in a bid to tackle the city's growing housing need

'Terrorised' tenants take on drugs den

13 February, 2017

Residents praised for evidence that saw a property shut down over allegations of drug-related anti-social behaviour

Out of the box: councils try innovative projects to provide social housing

13 February, 2017

Constrained by government and with a lack of funding, local authorities are becoming developers to tackle the homes crisis

Right to Rent 'failing on all fronts'

13 February, 2017

A crackdown on 'illegal' immigrants is leading to discrimination against Britons - especially ethnic minorities - in the housing market

LHA cap: £64m funding gap risks breaking service

13 February, 2017

The Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing risks "breaking" sheltered housing, three major specialist housing providers have warned

Increasing number of landlords 'buying property with cash'

13 February, 2017

The proportion of landlords paying in cash for a property reached a ten-year high in January

Passport Please: The impact of the Right to Rent checks on migrants and ethnic minorities in England

13 February, 2017

The Right to Rent scheme is part of a package of legislative measures adopted in recent years to create a 'hostile environment' for irregular migrants

New budgeting support for Universal Credit claimants

13 February, 2017

Free online support to help Universal Credit claimants with their personal finances has been launched.

Campaigning association calls for buy to let change in March Budget

13 February, 2017

A campaigning landlord organisation is calling for UK Chancellor Philip Hammond to scrap planned changes to taxation for the buy to let sector

Standards in the private rented sector 'must improve'

13 February, 2017

Government must do more to protect the millions of people renting in the private sector

More must be done to end fuel poverty

13 February, 2017

Currently 2.38 million families - that is 10.6% of UK households cannot afford to keep their home warm; this is defined as being in 'fuel poverty'

LIN member report February 2017 - The Housing White Paper

13 February, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

15 renters an hour 'at risk of eviction'

10 February, 2017

In 2016, 53,201 private renting households in England were put at risk of eviction - equivalent to 131,938 renters, which is 15 renters per hour

Benefit cap hitting single parents hardest in Nottingham

10 February, 2017

More than half of the 404 Nottingham households hit by the Government's spending cap are run by single parents

G4S to take over welfare support for families facing deportation

10 February, 2017

Home Office expected to announce controversial contractor will provide services rather than Barnardo's charity

Agent claims that Airbnb can be a nice little earner for landlords

10 February, 2017

Landlords could make just over £100 a day using Airbnb at times when they are facing tenant voids

Renewed calls to halt Universal Credit pilots

10 February, 2017

The controversial benefits reform pilot scheme should be halted

Mother of 'fit for work' victim calls for ministers to face criminal charges

10 February, 2017

The mother of a disabled man who starved to death after he was found "fit for work" and lost his out-of-work disability benefits has called for ministers to face criminal charges

Bedford foodbank funds frozen 'because of US law'

10 February, 2017

A fundraiser had £400 in donations for a UK foodbank charity frozen after his "very common name" appeared on a restriction list for the US Treasury

The government's assault on buy-to-let landlords is hurting tenants

10 February, 2017

The bill for the government's misguided war on buy-to-let is coming due

Does a low rental yield put you in the buy-to-let danger zone?

10 February, 2017

Many buy-to-let investors who bought their properties under old affordability rules may now find that they can't remortgage

Associations could save £1.6bn in repairs costs

10 February, 2017

A new survey has shown housing associations could save a huge amount of money if they sharpen up their repairs and maintenance contracts

Landlords expected to scale-back portfolios

09 February, 2017

The results of the January 2017 RICS UK Residential Market Survey again point to a sales market that is lacking momentum

Prices and rents continue to rise with shortage of stock a key factor

'I borrowed money from my mum to buy food': life on universal credit

09 February, 2017

Recipients are falling into rent arrears because of payment delays, forcing some to rely on food banks

Benefits shake-up causing rent arrears

09 February, 2017

The pressure on councils to find the cash for more homes could not come at a worse time for many

Associations must properly consult tenants before selling properties

09 February, 2017

The social housing regulator is calling on housing associations to properly consult tenants before disposing of properties or making a change in management

Barwell: no tenancy length increases for buy-to-let landlords

09 February, 2017

Gavin Barwell made longer private sector tenancies the headline announcement of an offer to renters in the White Paper

High street banks 'charging more than payday lenders' on overdrafts

09 February, 2017

Borrowers who need as little as £100 could be charged up to £156 more by their bank than a payday lender would demand

Revenge eviction law 'not working'

09 February, 2017

A new law designed to help protect people renting homes from rogue landlords isn't working

Councils' Local Plan targets cast doubt on key White Paper measure

09 February, 2017

More than half of councils currently set Local Plan targets below assessed need, casting doubt on the government's plan to tackle town halls "ducking" housing responsibility

Letting agent jailed after fleecing vulnerable tenants of holding deposits

09 February, 2017

A letting agent who cheated over 100 tenants and worked other scams has been jailed for 45 months

The demise of the welfare state is now the defining issue of our time

09 February, 2017

There are four ways to spend money, as the great economist Milton Friedman once explained

Welfare reform 'will cost Dundee economy £100m a year'

09 February, 2017

The UK government's welfare reform measures are set to cost Dundee's economy almost £100 million every year by 2021

Families to stay in emergency accommodation for maximum of one week

08 February, 2017

Families with children and pregnant women will spend no more than a week in emergency accommodation when a cap is introduced by the Scottish Government

These pictures show vulnerable people are living in shocking conditions because of slum landlords

08 February, 2017

Pictures showing some of Manchester's worst rented homes are revealed as part of a major crackdown on landlords

Council housing company homes could be subject to the Right to Buy

08 February, 2017

A growing number of councils have set up housing companies to directly build homes for affordable rent, private rent and market sale

Barwell: we will balance 'fiscal consequences' with calls for rent flexibility

08 February, 2017

The government will balance the "fiscal consequences" of higher rents against housing associations' calls for full flexibility

Government to set new post-2020 rent standard for housing associations

08 February, 2017

The government announced it would continue with the 1% rent cut through the life of this parliament but would introduce a new standard to help them borrow against future income thereafter

Policy changes welcomed by UK lettings industry but landlords still feel battered

08 February, 2017

New housing policies affecting the private rented sector in the UK have been widely welcomed regarding longer tenancies and clamping down on rogue landlords

Strengthening the case for supported housing: the cost consequences

08 February, 2017

This report looks at the shortfall in supported housing place for working age people in England and considers the cost to the taxpayer of not taking action to meet this need

Benefit overpayment recovery: staff guide

08 February, 2017

A DWP staff guide about how overpayments of benefits are recovered

Freud says Universal Credit figures 'incomprehensible'

08 February, 2017

Lord Freud has defended the scheme in an evidence session, saying there is an "obsession" to find things wrong with policy

Are you a landlord, first-time buyer, renter or would-be downsizer? How the Government's Housing White Paper plans will affect you

08 February, 2017

The Government has finally unveiled its plans to fix the 'broken housing market' in a white paper spanning 104 pages

Housing white paper

07 February, 2017

Housing white paper and supporting documents setting out the government's plans to reform the housing market and boost the supply of new homes in England

Energy (in) efficiency: what tenants expect and endure in private rented housing

07 February, 2017

This research sought to afford tenants a voice in the urgent debate about energy (in) efficiency in the private rented sector

The use of temporary accommodation in Scotland - 2016

07 February, 2017

This data report is intended to improve our understanding of the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland

The way Birmingham allocates social housing is changing

07 February, 2017

Birmingham is changing the way it allocates social housing

Longer PRS tenancies in White Paper

07 February, 2017

The government will look to increase the availability of longer rental tenancies as it seeks to boost institutional investment in Build to Rent in tomorrow's Housing White Paper

Tenants lacking financial back-up for loss of income

07 February, 2017

Almost a third renters would have no financial back-up plan if their household lost its main source of income

Housing White Paper: "The private rented sector is finally coming of age"

07 February, 2017

With 4.3 million people relying on the private rented sector, it increasingly caters for all, not just generation rent

Universal credit flaws pushing claimants towards debt and eviction

07 February, 2017

Recipients falling into rent arrears because of payment delays, forcing them to turn to food banks

Government promises more security for renters. Should we believe the hype?

07 February, 2017

We have long been campaigning for private renters to get more security from eviction, so they can make their house or flat a proper home

White Paper: Right to Buy could apply to council housing companies

07 February, 2017

White Paper 'welcomes' council housing companies and related initiatives, but says tenants placed in such homes should be offered equivalent terms to those in council housing

Making the cap fit

07 February, 2017

The new benefit cap, the latest welfare reform, is providing a stern test to our sector and we are starting to see its impact on many of our residents

Details of hundreds of landlords and agents leaked in official email

06 February, 2017

In what looks like a massive breach of data protection, contact details of hundreds of landlords and agents were revealed in an email sent by the compulsory registration programme

London leads association building rates in 2015/16

06 February, 2017

London housing associations set the pace for development in the sector in 2015/16

Affordable rent measures promised in housing White Paper

06 February, 2017

The government is promising a new emphasis on people who rent their homes when it unveils its housing strategy for England this week

Council to invest £5m in sheltered housing

06 February, 2017

A London Council is to invest nearly £5m in new sheltered housing schemes

91 landlords punished under right to rent rules

06 February, 2017

A total of 91 landlords have been issued with civil penalties since the Government's controversial right to rent scheme was rolled out a year ago today

Trowbridge tenants say lives will be put at risk by move

06 February, 2017

Residents have accused Selwood Housing of putting people's lives at risk after it revealed plans to remove fire safety sprinklers from over 200 homes

Concentrix tax credit cases to be reviewed

06 February, 2017

Thousands more families who were wrongly stripped of their tax credits by the US contractor Concentrix are to have their cases reviewed

Mid Ulster housing tenants 'worried' by bedroom tax letters

06 February, 2017

Patsy McGlone has said that there is understandable confusion about the introduction of the bedroom tax on housing benefit payments in Northern Ireland

City council forced to admit plans to scrap sheltered housing completely

06 February, 2017

The budget for sheltered housing in Glasgow is to be scrapped completely

Benefit Cap

06 February, 2017

There is a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called the benefit cap

The influence of buy-to-let on UK housing

06 February, 2017

The rise of buy-to-let in the UK has been a phenomenon of the last 20 years

Disability employment gap

03 February, 2017

The Government is aiming to halve the disability employment gap

What letting agents do to earn their fees

03 February, 2017

Agent Calculating FeesLetting agents want to offer tenants easy repayment plans rather than see a fee ban

The Right to Buy public housing in Britain: a welfare analysis

03 February, 2017

We investigate the impact on social welfare of the policy introduced in 1980 by which public housing tenants had the right to purchase their houses at heavily discounted prices

Shifting attitudes to welfare: why knowing your audience is key to any campaign strategy

03 February, 2017

This is the second in a series of blogs talking about Shelter's campaign to change public attitudes towards welfare

Benefit cap restores fairness to the system

03 February, 2017

Figures published on 2 February 2017 show that 26,000 households who had their benefits capped have moved into work

Benefit cap: number of households capped to November 2016

03 February, 2017

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to November 2016

Cut to disability benefits may make return to work harder

03 February, 2017

Government warned cutting benefits by almost £30 a week may push many disabled people into poverty, instead of incentivising them back into work

Landlords tighten up affordability criteria under lower benefit cap

03 February, 2017

An increasing number of housing associations are making more stringent checks into the ability of new tenants to pay their rent, as the new lower benefit cap takes effect

HomeLet Rental Index - January 2017

03 February, 2017

Average rents in the UK continue to see a slower rate of rental growth compared to last year

Santander to review clause suggesting landlords hike rents to 'maximum' achievable

03 February, 2017

The Government may be focusing on letting agent fees to make renting fairer for tenants, but an interesting story has emerged regarding landlord contracts with their lenders

Renting in London: room prices may be falling, but a quarter of house sharers in London still spend more than half their wages on rent

02 February, 2017

The capital's growing number of renters may find small relief to hear that rents across London fell by a modest one per cent - from an average of £755 a month to £748

CIH president calls for more homes for social rent

02 February, 2017

The president of the Chartered Institute of Housing has called for the government to build homes for social rent, slamming its limited focus on homeownership

Housing associations quadruple land buying in 2016

02 February, 2017

Housing associations bought four times as much land last year as they did in 2015, as the sector geared up for large development ambitions

L&Q's Gallagher purchase could unlock 5,000 homes per year

02 February, 2017

L&Q's landmark £505m acquisition of one of the country's largest strategic land companies could result in the delivery of 5,000 new homes every year

Letting agents' fees ban: Industry bodies continue their fight

02 February, 2017

ARLA has called for an end to up-front fees

Technology in Social Housing Part 2

02 February, 2017

In the second event in the Technology for Social Housing series we invited UK housing providers to meet the technologies that have the potential to transform housing

Havering's Informal Licensing Consultation Draws to a Close

02 February, 2017

The London Borough of Havering has joined the recent spate of local authorities attempting to introduce new licensing schemes

PlaceShapers lobby to sustain supported housing

02 February, 2017

PlaceShapers response to the DCLG and DWP consultation sets proposals to help sustain and develop supported housing for elderly and vulnerable people

Commuter zone landlords: what to expect in 2017

02 February, 2017

Prime commuter rental markets proved more resilient than those in neighbouring London last year, with only a small decrease in values of 0.9 per cent, compared with a 5.1 per cent fall in London

Private rented sector has vital role in addressing shortage of housing

02 February, 2017

With so many tumultuous political events on the news agenda, we can lose sight of the more mundane issues that can have a huge impact on our day-to-day lives

New welfare advice centre opens at Dundee hospital

02 February, 2017

A new Advice Centre in Dundee means that visitors, staff and patients can access information on issues including welfare and financial topics without having to leave the hospital

How Landlords can help in the Refugee Crisis

02 February, 2017

UK unlikely to reach target to resettle 20,000 refugees

Glasgow calls for rent rises as it cuts sheltered housing budget by third

01 February, 2017

Glasgow City Council has asked the city's associations to implement rent rises to help cover the cost of a forthcoming £1m cut to sheltered housing services

Right to rent immigration checks put vulnerable people at risk

01 February, 2017

Daily, 11,300 checks are made on potential tenants in England. But the proven benefits are limited - and the damage is very real

Landlord-led domestic abuse initiative gets £30,000 of government funding

01 February, 2017

A landlord-led initiative to tackle domestic abuse in the social housing sector has been awarded £30,000 of funding from the government

Personal injury? Get in touch, urges DWP minister

01 February, 2017

Think you're entitled to money back for supported housing? Get in touch

UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years

01 February, 2017

Resolution Foundation says inflation, welfare cuts and squeeze on pay will punish least well-off hardest

Scottish welfare fund helps low income households

01 February, 2017

Total of £116m allocated since the scheme was established

Social housing and the shared society

01 February, 2017

In her second major foray into public policy outside of Brexit - the first being an intention to found new grammar schools - Prime Minister Theresa May announced on 8th January that her Government would be committed to enabling a 'shared society'

How much top-up funding will be required under the Government's proposed model, and what might a different cap look like?

01 February, 2017

Research briefing: supported housing

The significant variation in the Local Housing Allowance (LHA)cap across the country means that the new system for funding supported and sheltered housing will operate very differently in different parts of the country

Stamp duty windfall must lead to rethink on tax changes

01 February, 2017

Landlords are calling on the Government to rethink tax changes to the private rented sector after citing figures that show the taxman has received an unexpected windfall from the stamp duty surcharge

Letting Agent fees research

31 January, 2017

Association of Residential Letting Agents research

When will Wales finally ban letting agent fees?

31 January, 2017

There have been some curious developments in the Assembly recently on whether Wales should ban letting agency fees

Britain's housing crisis could be solved - if only the government wanted to

31 January, 2017

Private builders will never meet the demand for homes. We need more social housing, denser cities and new suburbs - and those require real political will

Conservative MPs attack Government for plans to close dozens of local jobcentres

31 January, 2017

MPs accused the DWP of using Google Maps to close the jobcentres

CML supports launch of new social housing regulator

31 January, 2017

The Council of Mortgage Lenders says it supports moves to set up a new regulator for the social housing sector

Scottish councils warn lower benefit cap putting pressure on DHP budgets

31 January, 2017

A number of Scottish councils have warned they may not be able to afford the full cost of DHPs to cover tenants' rent in the future because of the new lower benefit cap

Police search for bogus landlord who used Airbnb and Gumtree to operate rental scam

31 January, 2017

Police have launched an investigation after a man who appears to have rented an Airbnb property in Dulwich, south-east London, then posed as the landlord to set up a rental scam

'More must be done to tackle fuel poverty'

31 January, 2017

According to National Energy Action, fuel poverty now affects over four million households, up from one million in 2004

Britain's buy-to-let tax regime will be one of the toughest around, landlord chairman warns, as he calls for crackdown to be reversed

31 January, 2017

Mortgage interest change in April will see landlords taxed on revenue not profit

ARLA wants lettings fees spread as alternative to full ban

31 January, 2017

Association of Residential Letting Agents releases its research on of the impact a full ban will have on tenants, letting agents and the wider housing market

Average tenancy deposit still just below £1,000

31 January, 2017

New figures from the Deposit Protection Service put London properties at an all time peak of nearly £2,000

First Minister of Wales confirms no decision on fees ban

30 January, 2017

In a letter from Carwyn Jones, it has been confirmed that no decision has yet been taken on introducing a ban on letting agent fees

Letting agent hit with bill of over £20,000 after HMO breaches

30 January, 2017

A landlord and letting agency have together been fined more than £26,000 after being found guilty of housing offences following a multi-agency operation carried out at two properties in Luton last year

UK rental property demand falls to two-year low

30 January, 2017

Rise in supply sees rent flattening or falling in many parts of the country including London

Universal basic income 'worrying and expensive'

30 January, 2017

Paying everyone in Wales a universal basic income would be a "worrying and extremely expensive socialist experiment"

Universal Credit move 'to benefit 700,000 homes'

30 January, 2017

The Scottish government has said up to 700,000 homes will benefit from its plans to make Universal Credit payments more flexible

As you cut repairs spend, prepare for the worst

30 January, 2017

Many social landlords are planning to cut their maintenance spend over the next three to four years - one of a number of steps being taken by the sector to cope with the 1% annual rent reductions

Conman hired AirBnB property then showed would-be tenant round pretending it was his before fleecing him of £1,600 rent deposit

30 January, 2017

Swindler hired an AirBnB property in Haringey, north London in simple scam

Tower Hamlets social housing boss slams call centres for taking control away from tenants

30 January, 2017

A former social housing boss in London's deprived East End has hit out at the trend for estates being swallowed up in "mega housing groups" that lose touch with tenants and families in their care

Transparency and Trust: A guide to data protection and privacy for landlords and tenants

30 January, 2017

We are living in a new digital age and it is continually evolving

In the social housing sector, many organisations are seeking to realise the value of the data they hold, particularly that relating to their customers, and are therefore investing more in analysing it

Landlords 'rent loss' bid to get more cash

30 January, 2017

Peterborough taxpayers were asked to give compensation through "the public purse" to the housing firm which is evicting dozens of residents from a single estate

Landlords demand that Chancellor waters down hammering of private rented sector

27 January, 2017

The Residential Landlords Association is first off the blocks in issuing what have become statutory Budget wish lists

Welsh government 'yet to make a decision on banning letting agent fees' but will review evidence

27 January, 2017

The Welsh Assembly has yet to make any decision as to whether a ban on letting agent fees should be introduced in Wales

Tackling the under-supply of housing in England

27 January, 2017

Estimating the need for housing depends on making a judgement about the amount of housing space people should live in

There is no strict definition of housing need, but it can be understood as the amount of housing required for all households to live in accommodation that meets a certain normative standard

Growth of private sector renting and poverty 'closely linked'

27 January, 2017

Is the story about poverty and housing in the UK now dominated by the problems of one housing tenure - the private rented sector - and poverty?

Scottish government 'interested' in universal basic income

27 January, 2017

The concept of a universal basic income is of "interest" to the Scottish government as one potential option to reducing poverty and inequality

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

27 January, 2017

This revised briefing sets out the practical implications of implementing the -1% rent cut in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Reducing homelessness: The bill and beyond

27 January, 2017

In 2015, Wales changed the way it provides support to people threatened with homelessness

Work starts on new housing scheme in Sacriston aimed at helping people stuck in rental trap to buy their own homes

27 January, 2017

Work is underway on a housing development aimed at helping people stuck in the rental trap to buy their own home

LIN Member Report January 2017 - Housebuilding

27 January, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

This briefing, which includes details of housebuilding schemes elsewhere in the UK, looks at the picture in early 2017 and considers whether the government is on target to build one million new homes by the end of the decade.

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