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LIN member report September 2020 - Universal credit: where next after Covid?

28 September, 2020

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Why did Chancellor ignore private rental sector?

25 September, 2020

A leading figure in the private rental sector says the lettings industry has been largely ignored once again by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his Covid rescue plan

Chancellor fails to take action to protect those hardest hit by Covid

25 September, 2020

The new job support scheme to top up wages on a part time basis will help some sectors which have seen a downturn in activity

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2020

25 September, 2020

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data usually consistent with the annual spring and autumn Budgets or Statements

The new shared ownership model: why it is a headache for housing associations

25 September, 2020

The government has published a new model for shared ownership. However, not all social landlords are behind the move

Aggregator taps £1bn bond at 2% for three housing associations

25 September, 2020

A major social housing aggregator has tapped one of its £1bn-plus bonds to raise nearly £20m for three community-based housing associations at a rate of just over 2%

Right to Buy Sales in England: January to June 2020

25 September, 2020

In the 2019-20 financial year, local authorities sold an estimated 10,574 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

Milton Keynes private renters paying more for electricity and heating than social tenants

25 September, 2020

Private renters in Milton Keynes are paying more for electricity and heating than those in social housing, new figures suggest, as their homes are less energy efficient

Landlords forced to review development plans in preparation for new shared ownership model

25 September, 2020

Housing associations have been forced to review the make-up of their future development plans in preparation of the government's new model of shared ownership, set to be introduced next year

More than 9,000 people waiting for council homes with 187 pc more in urgent need

24 September, 2020

523 people waiting are in urgent need of accommodation

Government refuse to promise nobody in Newcastle will be evicted due to Covid

24 September, 2020

Newcastle Chi Onwurah asked for an assurance that nobody will be evicted due to Covid-19 but ministers refused

Newent housing association seals £130m investment package

24 September, 2020

Two Rivers Housing has secured a £130million investment package to support the delivery of affordable homes and stock investment across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire

'Take responsibility and resign': Councillor sends message to landlord's top brass after fire safety issues discovered at Rochdale's Seven Sisters flats

24 September, 2020

Rochdale Boroughwide Housing say the problem relates to panels installed in 1998 - 14 years before it took control of the council's social housing stock

Hull council tenants 'refusing to pay debts' as rent arrears soar to £3.2m

24 September, 2020

Rent arrears have reached an all-time high during the pandemic

Scottish regulator update: eviction notices continue to rise as arrears increase

24 September, 2020

Scottish social landlords sent out hundreds more eviction notices to tenants in August, as the total percentage of rent arrears experienced by the sector continued to rise

Seven out of ten regions of England and Wales see rents decline

24 September, 2020

Howsy says that since lockdown (March), average rent levels have dropped in seven out of ten areas of England and Wales

Opposition parties unite in call for new evictions ban

24 September, 2020

Opposition parties in both the House of Commons and House of Lords called on the Government yesterday to abandon the restart of eviction proceedings

Reimagining Rent: Report unveils innovation in the future of the private rented sector

23 September, 2020

The Young Foundation has unveiled the findings from its Reimagining Rent accelerator, a programme that seeks to drive improvements in the PRS through supporting innovation

Landlords 'exploiting loophole' to recover rent arrears from retailers

23 September, 2020

Landlords are taking debt enforcement action against retailers by exploiting a loophole in temporary government protections

Glasgow housing board warns members over rent arrears

23 September, 2020

One of Glasgow's biggest housing associations has warned board members not to 'use their position to their advantage' after it emerged some have acrued rent arrears

Westminster launches new strategy to raise standards for tenants in private rental sector

23 September, 2020

A new strategy has been launched today by Westminster City Council to help protect tenants who rent privately and ensure they live in good quality and well managed properties

Housing minister confirms dates for Christmas truce on evictions

23 September, 2020

Bailiffs will be told not to enforce possession orders in England between 11 December and 11 January 2021

Affordable Housing Commission calls for £1.3bn fund to convert private homes to social housing

23 September, 2020

Housing leaders are calling on the government to establish a £1.3bn 'national housing conversion fund' to enable social landlords to buy up private housing amid warnings of a housing market downturn

Reimagining Rent: Report on the future of the private rental sector

23 September, 2020

The Young Foundation has unveiled the findings from its Reimagining Rent accelerator; a programme that seeks to drive improvements in the PRS through supporting innovation

Regulator finds record number of registered providers breached consumer standards last year

23 September, 2020

A record number of registered providers breached consumer standards during the last year according to the English regulator

UK distancing measures could leave homeless people out in cold

23 September, 2020

Shelter spaces could drop by two-thirds this winter due to coronavirus regulations

Renters at risk: Getting through the coronavirus crisis

22 September, 2020

With the end of the evictions ban this week, cases can now be heard again in the courts

'Why I signed up to join Shelter's Landlords for Good project'

22 September, 2020

Our Landlords for Good project is about working together with landlords who want to help us address the problems in the housing system

Large 35,000-home landlord appoints new chair

22 September, 2020

Radian has appointed experienced housing figure Wayne Morris as its new chair

'Seek urgent help' over coronavirus rent arrears, tenants at risk of eviction told

22 September, 2020

Nearly 400 people have been given help by Citizens Advice in Ipswich to deal with housing or rent arrears since the Covid-19 lockdown

Universal Credit claims almost double since December

22 September, 2020

Local Universal Credit claims have almost doubled since December

Demand rises for first-time buyer BTL mortgages

22 September, 2020

New data from Legal & General Mortgage Club has revealed growing demand among first-time buyers who want to enter the buy-to-let market

Affordable Housing Commission calls on government to provide £1.3bn fund to enable social landlords to buy rented homes

22 September, 2020

A commission of housing professionals led by Lord Best has called on the government to commit to a new £1.3bn national housing conversion fund for England to enable social landlords to buy unused, unfinished or badly managed homes

Government should set target of 75,000 modular homes per year by 2030

22 September, 2020

A target of 75,000 homes per year should be set for the modular housing sector

Westminster launches new strategy to raise standards for tenants in the PRS

22 September, 2020

A new strategy has been launched by Westminster City Council to help protect tenants who rent privately and ensure they live in good quality and well managed properties

A quarter of tenants admit concerns about paying rent during the pandemic

22 September, 2020

One in four tenants have admitted they are concerned about their ability to pay rent

The Guardian view on restarting evictions: the law needs changing

21 September, 2020

Forcing tenants out of their homes as Covid-19 cases rise is risky. Instead, ministers should rebalance the scales

LA Welfare Direct lite 9/20

21 September, 2020

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

Illegal evictions up 50 per cent since pandemic began as housing experts warn of 'massive increase' in coming months

21 September, 2020

As hundreds of thousands of tenants fall into arrears and new rules mean landlords must give six months notice to evict, campaigners warn some property owners are taking law into their own hands

London landlord obtains FCA licence to offer leaseholders loans for cladding costs

21 September, 2020

Network Homes has obtained a consumer credit licence from the FCA to provide loans to leaseholders saddled with the cost of paying for cladding remediation work

Landlords slash rents by up to 20% as tenants quit city centres in pandemic

21 September, 2020

'Race to suburbia' and a lack of foreign students see rental demand plummet in wake of Covid-19

More than 60% of councils delay fire door safety works

21 September, 2020

Six in 10 councils delayed fire door maintenance or inspection programmes in the first half of the year, raising concerns about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on housing safety

Anger of the North: housing bosses fear Affordable Homes Programme rules will see money diverted to the South

21 September, 2020

Funding rules for the new AHP undermine the government's ambition to 'level up' the North and could see cash diverted to the South of England

Momentum to focus on resisting evictions during Covid-19 crisis

21 September, 2020

Group shifts away from internal Labour politics towards community campaigns

Social landlords set to take advantage as more lenders return to the market

21 September, 2020

Social landlords' favourable balance sheets, predictable assets and social purpose means they are well placed to benefit from investors returning to the market

Calls grow to protect renters as ban on lockdown evictions expires

18 September, 2020

Up to 55,000 tenants may be at high risk of losing their homes as cases restart after Covid-19 moratorium

Short survey on the provision of social welfare benefits during the Coronavirus pandemic

18 September, 2020

The Administrative Justice Council ( AJC) has commissioned a survey

'Right to shared ownership' threatens rental valuations

18 September, 2020

The so-called 'right to shared ownership' constitutes a threat to the value of social rented homes as the country emerges from the worst of the pandemic and the housing market begins to stabilise

Homelessness crisis looming unless evictions ban extended further

18 September, 2020

The UK risks spiralling into a homelessness crisis this winter unless a ban on evictions in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak is extended

Councils call for extra funding to help prevent evictions when ban lifts this weekend

18 September, 2020

Councils are calling on the government to increase the funding available to support struggling renters ahead of the evictions ban ending this Sunday

David Cameron Volunteering At A Food Bank In Chipping Norton Has Not Gone Down Well

18 September, 2020

Critics say the former prime minister, who championed austerity, is to blame for the huge rise in food bank use

Council accuses G15 association of backtracking on social rent promises for prison site

18 September, 2020

A large London housing association has been accused by a council of watering down its promises over social rent delivery at a high-profile former prison site

UK government has failed to deliver on cladding promises

17 September, 2020

Cross-party committee says it is 'unacceptable' cladding remains on residential buildings

Residents angry at 'neglect' of Keighley estate

17 September, 2020

One of the UK's largest social housing providers has been accused of neglecting a Keighley estate

Social landlords stockpiling PPE over second wave fears

17 September, 2020

Social housing providers are preparing for a potential second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic by stockpiling PPE and carrying out safety checks ahead of schedule

Fears of 'rising tide' of people needing temporary housing due to covid-19

17 September, 2020

The outbreak could have long term implications due to people losing their jobs

Rent freezes and council tax support - how Hartlepool council chiefs plan to help vulnerable households

17 September, 2020

Council chiefs are to make a decision on plans to retain their existing local council tax support scheme and implement a rent freeze for properties which are part of their housing stock

Social landlords' role could be forever changed by pandemic

17 September, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic may forever change the way housing associations interact with communities and build new homes

General needs rents will exceed the benefit cap in 110 local authorities within a decade

17 September, 2020

General needs rents will exceed the benefit cap for those out of work in 110 local authorities by 2030 if rents continue to rise at the CPI plus one per cent, impacting providers' financial strategy

Housing Ombudsman to 'name and shame' landlords from next year

17 September, 2020

The Housing Ombudsman will 'name and shame' landlords in reports from next year, as it seeks to improve transparency in the sector

London Mayor requests new powers to freeze rents in the capital for two years

17 September, 2020

The Mayor of London has demanded new powers to freeze private rents in the capital for two years

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to July 2020

16 September, 2020

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

Council to inspect supported housing after national report raises concerns

16 September, 2020

More than one in ten supported housing units in Havering are run by companies which have failed nationally to comply with basic standards

Poor maintenance and antisocial behaviour behind concerns raised by hundreds of council tenants in north Manchester

16 September, 2020

Northwards has overseen council housing on behalf of the town hall since 2005

People in housing need

16 September, 2020

A comprehensive analysis of the scale and shape of housing need in England today

Bid to give councils more powers to regulate houses of multiple occupancy

16 September, 2020

North East MP Ian Levy brought legislation to the Commons giving councils more powers over the development and governance of houses in multiple occupancy

Care specialist becomes latest housing association to access Bank of England COVID-19 scheme

16 September, 2020

England's largest provider of specialist housing and care to older people, Anchor Hanover, has increased its liquidity by £140m via the BoE coronavirus liquidity scheme

Freeze rents in London to avert mass evictions

16 September, 2020

The UK capital's mayor seeks powers to prevent up to half a million evictions

Housing associations need to take a second lockdown into account

16 September, 2020

Housing associations should be writing a second lockdown into their business plans with a view to holding up to two years of liquidity in order to secure finance

'Stop arguing and put this right': MPs condemn government 'failure' over dangerous cladding

16 September, 2020

The government has no convincing plan for how to meet its target for remediating buildings with deadly cladding and must "put a stop to arguing over who's responsible and put this right"

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 13 August 2020

15 September, 2020

Official experimental statistics for the number of people on Universal Credit

Social housing waiting lists fall 500,000 short of true total

15 September, 2020

The number of households in England in need of social housing is 1.6 million - 500,000 more than the 1.16 million households recorded on official waiting lists

One in three landlords expects to need at least two years to comply with Building Safety Bill

15 September, 2020

A third of housing bosses expect their organisations will need more than two years to get up to speed with the Building Safety Bill's requirements, while costs remain a major concern

Lettings agents remain confident about survival despite rise in arrears

15 September, 2020

Tenant arrears have grown by more than 30% in some cases during the pandemic

Social housing decarbonisation held back by lack of funding

15 September, 2020

A lack of funding and clarity from the government is preventing housing associations from mounting major retrofitting programmes to improve the energy efficiency of social housing stock

Desperate people, overcrowded rooms - Manchester's modern-day slums exposed

15 September, 2020

Rogue landlords fined a fortune in city-wide crackdown

Slough could face housing shortfall of thousands

15 September, 2020

A shortfall of 5,000 in housing is a 'very, very serious problem in Slough'

Henry Boot puts social housing arm into liquidation

15 September, 2020

Henry Boot has put the social housing contractor it acquired last year into voluntary liquidation

Renters fleeing inner London in 'race for space'

15 September, 2020

Places such as Chessington becoming more popular with rise of home working

Family left in mouse-infested housing by Enfield council

14 September, 2020

A disabled man and his family were left in mouldy, mouse-infested housing due to failings by Enfield Counci

Affordable Homes Programme branded a 'disappointment' for social rent homes in the North

14 September, 2020

The way in which social rent homes in the North will be funded under the government's new AHP does not align with its 'levelling-up' agenda

Unemployment: Planned redundancies twice the rate of last recession

14 September, 2020

Employers in Britain are planning more than twice as many redundancies than they did at the height of the last recession

Extreme poverty 'will double by Christmas' in UK because of Covid-19

14 September, 2020

End of coronavirus job and income support expected to spark 61% rise in food bank use

Tenants entering space race as renters seek bigger homes

14 September, 2020

Tenant demand is now being driven by a race for more space

Agents removed video 'celebrating' rising rents after social media backlash

14 September, 2020

We know only too well that the popular press equates rising house prices with a 'healthy', 'improving', or 'strong' property market - and vice versa

Four in 10 pensioners missing out on key benefit

14 September, 2020

Failure to deliver pension credit to poorest 'is costing NHS and social care £5bn a year'

Huge loss of income: Buy To Let counts cost of Coronavirus crisis

11 September, 2020

The first attempt to assess the loss of rental income as a result of Coronavirus calculates 22 per cent of private landlords have suffered reduced rent

Covid economic fallout sees 172 Denbighshire households made homeless, rent arrears, and housing waiting lists up a third

11 September, 2020

More than 170 households are homeless, housing waiting lists are up a third and rent arrears are more than double the norm because of the economic effects of Covid-19

Housing Benefit circulars affecting guidance manuals

11 September, 2020

A list of Housing Benefit circulars and the guidance manual chapters they relate to

The housing association annual financial statements round-up: 2019/20

11 September, 2020

The pandemic caught the tail end of the financial year and has not yet affected landlords' balance sheets

Tenants take advantage of lower rents and move in record numbers

11 September, 2020

Chestertons has released its latest monthly market data, which shows that increasing numbers of tenants took advantage of the lower rents across London to move in August, but the number of new tenants registering to move started to drop very slightly

YouGov poll suggests almost a quarter of landlords have lost rent due to Covid

11 September, 2020

Twenty-two per cent of private landlords with properties in England have lost rental income as a result of COVID-19

Government introduces 'winter truce' as it confirms introduction of six-month eviction notice period

11 September, 2020

The Government has been accused of making it impossible for agents to navigate the uncertainty caused by the pandemic after unveiling yet another series of changes for the rental sector

Caledonia Housing Association commits £75m to build 500 new homes

11 September, 2020

Caledonia Housing Association has confirmed a £40 million spend on seven current housing projects in Scotland with a further £35m earmarked for nine future developments

Together, we can do more: A roadmap for the future of social value in social housing

11 September, 2020

Social value is an intrinsic part of our sector's DNA. It is central to our collective social purpose

Reprieve for renters facing eviction in England and Wales

10 September, 2020

Housing secretary offers lifeline in lockdown areas and announces Christmas 'truce'

Second Shelter court trial confirms disabled dad-of-four was discriminated against for receiving housing benefit

10 September, 2020

Two months ago, we shared the news of a landmark court ruling declaring housing benefit discrimination unlawful, marking a huge breakthrough for our End DSS Discrimination campaign.

Government sets out comprehensive support for renters this winter

10 September, 2020

Renters affected by coronavirus will continue to be supported over autumn and winter through comprehensive measures

Social Housing White Paper work 'paused during pandemic'

10 September, 2020

Work on the Social Housing White Paper was paused during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure it received the "prominence" it deserved

A new roadmap can measure the social value of social housing

10 September, 2020

HACT is launching a roadmap for social value

Social landlords mull listing assets on new property exchange

10 September, 2020

Registered providers are considering listing social housing assets on a new commercial property exchange that is due to be launched this year

No DSS: Second court case confirms estate agencies must not discriminate against housing benefit tenants

10 September, 2020

Reperesented by a Shelter solicitor, a disabled man has won his case against housing benefit discrimination at Birmingham County Court

Keep the Universal Credit £20 week uplift and expand it to ESA

09 September, 2020

The £20 a week uplift in Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit has been a lifeline for many claimants as they've struggled to get through the Coronavirus pandemic

The government's new shared ownership model: how will it affect landlords?

09 September, 2020

Details of the government's new model for shared ownership have been revealed after a year-long consultation

Disabled homeless man wins 'no DSS' case against estate agency

09 September, 2020

Stephen Tyler was unlawfully discriminated against when refused chance to rent

London social landlords say Affordable Homes Programme grant allocation is not enough

09 September, 2020

Housing associations and councils in London have warned that the amount of grant available to deliver affordable homes in the capital over the next five years will not be enough

Universal Credit switch leaves councils battling to claw back £2bn housing debts

09 September, 2020

Nearly £66m in overpaid housing benefit is yet to be recovered in Birmingham alone as local authorities across the UK try to get back the money they're owed from those who were switched to Universal Credit

Triple Point Social Housing has proved itself resilient during lockdown and has ambitious plans for the future

09 September, 2020

Property companies have been hit hard by the lockdown and its aftermath. Shops and restaurants are struggling. Offices are largely empty

Civitas Social Housing has seen its share price rise 11% in three years - can it continue?

09 September, 2020

Civitas Social Housing specialises in supported homes

Housing associations report a spike in shared ownership demand since lockdown

09 September, 2020

Housing associations in England have seen major surges in shared ownership enquiries and sales since the coronavirus lockdown, with some reporting a three-fold increase in enquiries

Landlords refused to rent to me and my autistic son because we claim benefits

08 September, 2020

The voice at the end of the phone was blunt and unapologetic. 'Those are the rules Ms Collier,' the letting agent told me

Consent in Universal Credit

08 September, 2020

A statement by the SSAC on the outcome of a joint action point from DWP's response to SSAC's managed migration report

New Freebridge chief executive: 'Tenants can help us improve their lives'

08 September, 2020

The new head of West Norfolk's largest social housing provider wants to help improve tenants' lives and is urging them to be part of shaping that drive

Are we in the middle of a social rent renaissance?

08 September, 2020

This year's Inside Housing Biggest Builders survey reveals the sector just isn't ready to let go of social rent as a tenure

Sector prioritising building safety over decarbonisation

08 September, 2020

Only one in five social landlords say planning for carbon zero is their top long-term priority, with the majority prioritising building safety first

Sector prioritises social rents and homelessness, while financial capacity down 25%

08 September, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the priority that housing providers place on delivering both social rented homes and temporary accommodation

Trending topics on the Property Tribes forum - Landlords' Barometer #85

08 September, 2020

Welcome to the September edition of the "Landlords Barometer" where I bring you the trending topics and news from the Property Tribes forum

PA Housing's surplus falls 26% as it books £1.5m provision for safety works at London block

08 September, 2020

PA Housing has reported a 26 per cent drop in annual surplus and booked a £1.5m provision to replace cladding at a London tower block

LA Welfare Direct 9/20

07 September, 2020

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

UK private rented sector data

07 September, 2020

The UK private rented sector has evolved substantially over the past 15 years and has been the focus of significant policy change

CIH chief executive: housing and welfare policy must align to deal with COVID-19 impact

07 September, 2020

The government must work to align housing and welfare policy to deal with the socioeconomic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought

Repairing the COVID-19 backlog: how repairs services are beginning again post-lockdown

07 September, 2020

Repairs jobs were the aspect of housing businesses most severely affected by the coronavirus lockdown

Majority of York landlords say 'benefits not welcome'

07 September, 2020

An overwhelming majority of York landlords say prospective renters on housing benefits are not welcome

Brighton landlords refusing to rent to people on benefits

07 September, 2020

People claiming housing benefit in Brighton are being told that they are not welcome in the vast majority of properties listed on a popular housing website

The Impact of Home Workingin Social Housing

07 September, 2020

Exploring impacts on the Organisation, People and the Environment

Landlords pay out more than £400,000 in compensation over tenants' complaints

07 September, 2020

Social housing landlords paid out close to £0.5m in compensation to tenants last year as a result of complaints made to the Housing Ombudsman

Shire Housing Association receives £10.5m funding package from RBS

07 September, 2020

Shire Housing Association has obtained a £10.5 million funding package from Royal Bank of Scotland to refinance existing debt, enable future expansion plans and enhance existing office and tenant facilities

Scottish Tenant Loan Scheme should be offered in the rest of the UK

07 September, 2020

A new scheme which will provide interest free loans to tenants who are facing difficulties paying their rent due to the coronavirus pandemic should be offered in the rest of the UK according to a leading property management firm

Deposit Diaries: Rent Deferral and Deposit Cap

07 September, 2020

While lockdown, due to Covid-19 has been eased and steps are slowly being taken to return to a 'new normal', for many, worries and concerns will remain

New week, new rules: six-month notice periods

04 September, 2020

In recent months, Friday afternoons have no longer signalled the end of a long week and the upcoming respite of a weekend break

Why investment in social housing needn't wait for planning reform

04 September, 2020

Since 2011, 380,000 homes have received planning permission but have not yet been built out

Non-emergency repairs increase by 59% as performance of Scottish landlords continues to improve

04 September, 2020

Reports of non-emergency repairs by Scottish landlords increased by 59% in July but performance will not return to 'normal' levels for some time

Almost 150 new affordable homes to be built under council's social housing scheme

04 September, 2020

'We want to increase the availability of choice for people wishing to live here'

Thousands of people are on housing lists for council properties in Kent and some have been waiting for years

04 September, 2020

Thousands of people are waiting to be rehomed by local authorities in Kent and, for some, the wait has been considerably longer than others

Housing associations take stock of development pipelines

04 September, 2020

A slew of recent financial updates have given a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on development pipelines, as housing associations take stock of the longer-term challenges they face

Rent arrears highest in five years with London worst hit

04 September, 2020

Rent arrears at England's registered providers have reached their highest level in more than five years as unemployment has risen amid the coronavirus crisis

Special report: housing associations' impairments rise almost 40% in a year

04 September, 2020

Fire safety costs, contractor insolvencies and reduced land values result in impairments

Almost 80% of housing association workers are satisfied with working from home

04 September, 2020

A survey of almost 800 housing association staff members has found nearly eight in 10 are satisfied with working from home

Rents up by 2% in August - Goodlord Rental Index

04 September, 2020

According to the latest Goodlord Rental Index, August proved to be another successful month for the lettings market as demand from students and young professionals continued to fuel the sector

Applicants and tenants are becoming more abusive towards agents - what is your view?

04 September, 2020

Over at Property Tribes, Bill Rockett of Newcastle-based Rockett Home Rentals has been asking a pertinent question about applicants' attittude to agents and their staff since the introduction of the tenant fee ban

We opened our doors to the media to shine a light on social housing

03 September, 2020

Over the past two years, Southwark Council has been working with Channel 4 on a six-part documentary, Council House Britain

Social landlords must remediate buildings or they will 'be held responsible for loss of life'

03 September, 2020

Social landlords yet to remediate buildings with dangerous cladding must ask themselves if "they want to be the next landlord... held responsible for loss of life"

Council with UK's worst housing crisis to consult on new allocations policy with overcrowding focus

03 September, 2020

An east London borough with the UK's most severe housing crisis is set to overhaul its allocations policy with an increased focus on alleviating severe overcrowding

Khan writes to 51 private and social landlords over 'unacceptable' pace of Grenfell-style cladding removal

03 September, 2020

The mayor of London has written to more than 50 social and private landlords in the capital, demanding they "accelerate" their plans to remove and replace ACM cladding

Major housing association looks to be 'held to account' on ESG

03 September, 2020

Optivo, which became the first HA to publish a report following a new sector standard for ESG metrics, has said it hopes to be "held to account" on its performance next year

Southwark housing boss: 'We hope Council House Britain highlights importance of social housing'

03 September, 2020

Southwark's housing boss says he hopes the new Ch 4 documentary highlights the importance of social housing

Development after the pandemic

03 September, 2020

From COVID-19-related delays, to planning changes and energy efficiency - what do the current challenges mean for housing associations' development pipelines?

Social housing arrears drop for first time since start of COVID-19 outbreak

03 September, 2020

Rent arrears among social landlords have fallen for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK

And for more guidance on possession claims

03 September, 2020

David Smith, Partner at JMW Solicitors and a recognised legal expert in property regulation, will present a masterclass this Friday morning in partnership with Fixflo

Housing Benefit debt recoveries statistics: April 2019 to March 2020

02 September, 2020

Twice-yearly publication on Housing Benefit debt recoveries

Edinburgh pledges 'swift' action to return short-term lets to full-time residential use

02 September, 2020

The City of Edinburgh Council has pledged to "use all the powers available" to crack down on Airbnb-style short-term lets after a new report found that only about one in 500 properties had proper planning permission

'From one hazard to another' - Single mother accuses Redbridge Council of moving her into dangerous flat that's falling apart

02 September, 2020

A single mother with three children said Redbridge Council moved her into an unsafe home which was falling apart and only intervened after the Recorder got involved

Revenue climbs in year of investment at housing association

02 September, 2020

A housing association with operations across the South West has increased revenue in a financial year when it invested £260m in building new homes and maintaining and improving its existing portfolio

Four social housing investment trusts in the spotlight

02 September, 2020

Affordable homes are a hot political topic. That bodes well for the sector's investment trusts

Large London association sees unsold homes hit 610 amid 'market challenges'

02 September, 2020

Notting Hill Genesis has reported that it had 610 unsold homes at the end of 2019/20 as a difficult London sales market continues to affect the G15 landlord

Scotland moves to help struggling tenants - will England follow suit?

02 September, 2020

The Scottish Government has said that the ban on evictions will be extended for a further six months to March 2021 and that it will provide greater support to tenants and landlords by introducing a £10 million package of interest-free loans to help those struggling to pay their rent due to financial difficulty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic

How housing associations are supporting tenancy sustainmentand income collection throughthe coronavirus crisis

01 September, 2020

The coronavirus crisis has been a catalyst for change in the way many housing associations have approached resident rent arrears, income collection and working with residents around their tenancy conditions

Supported housing for people with long-term care and support needs

01 September, 2020

This Housing LIN report sets out what is required to ensure there is sustainable development of supported housing for adults with long term care and support needs

Mum claims kitchen infested by rats after housing association left it 'unsafe'

01 September, 2020

The tenant says she has been left having to store food in her living room

New Forest housing report promises 'affordable' rents

01 September, 2020

Tenants have been promised "affordable housing" following a review of how Crown properties in the New Forest are rented

Government spends £120m in taxpayer money fighting disability benefit claims in two years

01 September, 2020

New data reveals cost of administering appeals soared by 39 per cent between 2017 and 2019

Government urged to provide £270m for renters to prevent thousands of evictions

01 September, 2020

An emergency grant and loan package worth up to £270m should be made available to support private renters who have fallen into arrears during the COVID-19 pandemic

Repossession looms for buy to let investors because of eviction ban

01 September, 2020

Reduce buy to let regulation or face a worsening housing crisis - that's the message from a leading property lawyer

Coronavirus: 80% of low-income families financially worse off since pandemic

01 September, 2020

More than three-quarters of surveyed families say Covid-19 crisis has affected ability to pay for food

Renters with six months' arrears to get just four weeks' notice before eviction

01 September, 2020

Tenants who have failed to pay their rent for six months can be evicted with just four weeks' notice under new government legislation tabled today

A wave of buy-to-let repossessions could overtake landlords

01 September, 2020

The UK is heading for a deeper housing crisis driven by a wave of buy-to-let repossessions unless the Government urgently takes the shackles off renting legislation

Landlords welcome clarity on possession cases

01 September, 2020

The NRLA says that Ministers have made important concessions about how repossession cases in the rental market will be handled from 20th September

The coronavirus debt crisis: Why government should offer financial support to private renters

28 August, 2020

The national lockdown has been a shared experience, one that has affected us all, and not something we ever imagined would or could happen to us

New payment for people on low incomes self-isolating in highest risk areas

28 August, 2020

People on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high incidence of COVID-19 are to benefit from a new payment scheme

Boris Johnson told: You've kicked the rental sector in the teeth

28 August, 2020

A leading trade body has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that some landlords face receiving no rent for two years

In rush to build, the government's White Paper risks putting off private investment in social housing

28 August, 2020

Blackstone, Legal & General and others have been investing heavily in funding and building homes for the needy

Private Rented Sector Report - July 2020

28 August, 2020

The number of new prospective tenants reached an all time high in July, with 97 registered per branch

Scrapping 213 local councils could save £3bn says report

28 August, 2020

Abolishing 213 smaller councils in England and replacing them with 25 new local authorities could save almost £3bn over five years

Benefit claimants face landlord discrimination despite ruling

28 August, 2020

Thousands of landlords are trying to avoid renting their properties to benefit claimants

Eviction ban could leave some landlords without rent for two years

28 August, 2020

Some landlords could find themselves without rental income for two years if a 'perfect storm' of circumstances affects their lettings and they find themselves unable to evict unsatisfactory tenants

Coronavirus: Universal Credit claims rise by 90% in NI

27 August, 2020

The number of households in Northern Ireland claiming Universal Credit rose by almost 90% between February and May

Renters find mushrooms growing under carpet but are evicted after they complain

27 August, 2020

They feel they are being punished for making a number of complaints about the St Pauls property

North East housing association plans coronavirus recovery with £45m affordable housing boost

27 August, 2020

Gentoo Group will put £45m into building 268 new affordable homes in the city, which it says will "kick-start" social and economic recovery in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

Mayor of Newham criticises four week extension of evictions ban

27 August, 2020

The mayor of Newham has criticised the government's evictions ban extension for not being long enough

UK House Price Index

27 August, 2020

Time to sell falls more than a quarter as homeowners shrug off recession fears

Medway Council u-turns on rogue landlords crackdown

27 August, 2020

A crackdown on rogue landlords across Medway has been shelved as the council makes a u-turn on a decision made three months ago

Evictions ban explainer: have social landlords been 'seeking possessions' during lockdown and will this increase when the ban is lifted?

27 August, 2020

The eviction ban may have been extended by another month but housing associations have been planning for weeks what approaches to take when the eviction moratorium is eventually lifted

UK will pay low-income residents to self-isolate because of COVID-19

27 August, 2020

Britain will pay low-income residents to self-isolate if they have confirmed or suspected coronavirus as the government steps up measures to keep the virus under control

UK housing demand soars since end of Covid lockdown

27 August, 2020

Roomier rural houses are selling quickest, says Zoopla, with buyers prioritising space

Guide for tenants on raising safety issues in tower blocks published

26 August, 2020

A new website has been created by tower block safety campaigners to give residents advice on how to get safety issues fixed

Housing associations join forces for digital building safety project

26 August, 2020

A group of housing associations are working on a joint project to encourage social landlords to introduce digital systems for ensuring building safety

Colchester Council to press ahead with £22m plans to buy 100 homes

26 August, 2020

Council is set to press ahead with £22 million plans to purchase 100 council homes for residents on the borough's housing list

Large housing association cuts back on recruitment due to COVID-19 fears

26 August, 2020

Metropolitan Thames Valley has cut back discretionary spending and recruitment in a bid to protect its finances from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic

Labour urges government to scrap benefits cap to avoid wave of evictions

26 August, 2020

Month-long extension to ban on removal of tenants will provide only temporary relief as thousands go into rent arrears

Government must provide funding quickly to prevent 'slip back' to pre-coronavirus homelessness levels

26 August, 2020

The Conservative mayor of the West Midlands has called on the government to provide local authorities with homelessness funding quickly in order to support the "on-the-ground" work to prevent rough sleepers from returning to the streets

Agents not giving landlords 'clear opportunity to positively consent' to energy switching should amend Terms of Business

26 August, 2020

Following a recent story run by Property Industry Eye, we were asked to comment on the practice of letting agents obtaining consent to switch energy suppliers on behalf of landlords

Should the government bring in rent arrears loans for private tenants?

25 August, 2020

Earlier this month, the Welsh government announced a loan scheme to tackle rent arrears caused by Covid-19

Fear of mass coronavirus evictions of vulnerable housing tenants

25 August, 2020

Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre urges housing associations to stand by their communities

Councils scrapping use of algorithms in benefit and welfare decisions

25 August, 2020

Call for more transparency on how such tools are used in public services as 20 councils stop using computer algorithms

Rental housing boost from council pension funds

25 August, 2020

Local government pension funds have invested £150 million in one of Britain's biggest private rental housing operators

Research reveals escape of water problem in social housing

25 August, 2020

Insurance company Zurich is calling on the government to increase investment in maintenance of the UK's social housing stock

Households in temporary accommodation rose nearly 10% as pandemic hit

25 August, 2020

The number of homeless households in temporary accommodation across England climbed nearly 10% last year to reach a 14-year high as the coronavirus pandemic hit

Westminster launches HMO checker to help combat rogue landlords

25 August, 2020

Westminster City Council has launched a new online checker that allows residents in Westminster to see if the property they live in is licensed correctly

Agents and landlords get to grips with the extension of the eviction ban

25 August, 2020

Agents will need to manage tenants to mitigate Eviction U-turn impact

Relief as rent arrears eviction ban is extended

24 August, 2020

People facing potential eviction for rent arrears have been thrown a lifeline

What we need now is less of the vitriol which pervades any discussion around arrears and evictions

24 August, 2020

With the announcement that the eviction ban will be extended in England, not-for-profit, accreditation body, safeagent, set out its plan to support tenants and landlords to ensure a sustainable post-COVID PRS

Liverpool housing associations offer evictions promise

24 August, 2020

As the Government's ban on evictions comes ends a coalition of Liverpool city region housing associations has made a promise to people in rent arrears due to the COVID-19 crisis

Campaign groups and politicians call for eviction ban extension to go further

24 August, 2020

Charities, politicians and campaign groups have responded to the government's one-month extension to the eviction ban by calling for a longer-term solution to protect the country's renters

No place like home: illegal evictions in 'shadow' sector soar in lockdown

24 August, 2020

The government has extended the ban on removing tenants by a month, but they still face harassment and violence from landlords in unregulated market

Major London landlord delays annual results announcement for second time

24 August, 2020

A major G15 landlord has postponed the release of its annual results for a second time in the space of a month over what it said are "delays in the audit process"

Landlords Illegally Evicting Renters Despite Ban

24 August, 2020

The government has extended the eviction ban, but the London Renters Union says it hasn't stopped people being thrown out of their homes

Updated: government confirms eviction ban extension and introduces six-month notice period

24 August, 2020

The government has confirmed that the ban on possession proceedings in England and Wales will be extended until 20 September

A stay on evictions keeps renters safe for now, but it's just a sticking plaster

21 August, 2020

It's time the government delivered on its pledge to end 'no fault' notices that allow landlords to throw people out on the street

Number of applications for help with homelessness in Trafford doubles during lockdown

21 August, 2020

The number of families living in B&B accommodation has also gone up more than five times

Pressure mounts on government over evictions ban as campaigners warn of 'catastrophic wave of homelessness'

21 August, 2020

Pressure is growing on ministers to extend the evictions ban after housing campaign groups and public health bodies have warned of a potential "catastrophic wave of evictions and homelessness"

Brent Council housing boss: 'We have been badly hit by the pandemic'

21 August, 2020

Brent has England's highest COVID-19 death rate and a new report has found that sky-high rents are pushing many in the London borough into poverty

Council urges government to extend eviction ban

21 August, 2020

Oxford City Council is calling on the government to extend the temporary eviction ban to protect private tenants and prevent a surge of homelessness in Oxford

Coronavirus: Eviction ban to be extended by four weeks

21 August, 2020

Ministers have extended the ban on landlords evicting tenants in England and Wales until 20 September

UK families bereaved by Covid-19 lose eligibility for welfare benefits

21 August, 2020

Government's Covid-19 £60,000 compensation payment breaches capital limits rules

Housing associations set out possession plans as eviction ban ends

21 August, 2020

Housing associations have promised to limit evictions when the ban on possession hearings is lifted on Sunday, however data shows they continued to serve notices through lockdown

Two sides of the renting coin - strong views about landlords and tenants

21 August, 2020

With the stay on possession claims about to lift there have been some wildly varying opinions written about what may result

The evictions ban has been extended - for now. But what does this mean for the future?

20 August, 2020

Renters are today breathing a sigh of relief at the news that Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has extended the evictions ban for a second time

330 landlords face notices to improve housing standards

20 August, 2020

Three hundred and 30 landlords in East Lindsey are to be served notices to improve energy efficiency in the district's rental properties

Woman slams Edinburgh landlord who won't rent to her 'because of everyday racism'

20 August, 2020

Oumie Kuyateh says when she told the landlord she was from Gambia, suddenly the flat was no longer available to view

It's depressing living in damp

20 August, 2020

Residents on an estate have been waiting for more than a year for landlords to fix their mouldy and damp living conditions after a town hall ordered an investigation into the properties

G15 landlord reveals spending clampdown and recruitment freeze amid pandemic

20 August, 2020

A G15 housing association has revealed details of how it has dealt with COVID-19's impact - including a spending clampdown, a partial recruitment freeze and increased monitoring of staff absence

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: July 2020

20 August, 2020

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

'Head in the sand': Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of ignoring 'looming crisis' for renters as eviction ban set to expire

20 August, 2020

Labour leader says thousands are at risk of losing homes unless PM extends eviction moratorium

Manchester 'faces 1930s-style homelessness' as eviction ban ends

20 August, 2020

Mayor Andy Burnham calls for the government to consider extending ban to help tenants

Housing association leaseholders face huge cladding costs if Building Safety Fund applications fail

20 August, 2020

Housing association leaseholders face being hit with enormous bills for cladding removal if social landlords are unsuccessful in bidding for funds under the government's £1bn Building Safety Fund

Agency network backs calls for hardship loans to help tenants struggling to pay rent

20 August, 2020

Belvoir is backing calls for hardship loans to be made available to tenants in England who are in rental arrears because of the pandemic

Oxford City Council wins fight over short-term let house

19 August, 2020

The owners of an Oxford house advertised on letting websites Airbnb and Booking.com have been banned from using it as short-term accommodation

Welsh government announces £9.5m social housing retrofit programme

19 August, 2020

Almost £10m is being made available to retrofit up to 1,000 homes owned by housing associations and councils in Wales

Man fraudulently held two council homes for nine years

19 August, 2020

A four-year battle to reclaim the house has ended

What has become of the Social Housing White Paper?

19 August, 2020

It is nearly three years since government promised an all-encompassing shake-up of social housing, putting tenants at the centre

Social Housing White Paper expected in autumn with regulation focus

19 August, 2020

The long-awaited Social Housing White Paper is due to be published in the autumn with a focus on strengthening the powers of the regulator to intervene on consumer affairs

230,000 could lose homes as eviction ban ends in England and Wales

19 August, 2020

Man who lost partner to coronavirus among those affected as government is urged to extend freeze

English councils facing £2bn 'perfect storm' may be forced to slash services

19 August, 2020

Soaring spending on Covid-19 compounds damage from depleted revenue in council tax and business rates

Completed rentals in July up by 30% year on year

19 August, 2020

D. J. Alexander recorded 235 new rentals during July which was 30% higher than the firms' 2019 level and says that extremely high demand is helping to maintain rents as the market remains under supplied

A2Dominion sees completions halved as surplus slides

18 August, 2020

Large London landlord A2Dominion has reported a fall in its supply of new homes of more than half while its surplus and turnover also fell

Poor housing linked to high Covid-19 death rate in London borough

18 August, 2020

Inquiry says poverty and overcrowding in Brent create ideal conditions for the virus

Rental yields in university towns across the country

18 August, 2020

With many uni students hoping to kick off a new school year over the next couple of months after receiving their A-Level results, lettings management platform, Howsy, has revealed which of the UK's top universities make for the best buy-to-let investment

New benefit to help young people into work

18 August, 2020

A new benefit to support 16 to 24-year-olds into work if they have been unemployed for six months will open for applications today

Most of Preston's homeless offered help during pandemic are still receiving it - but some have headed back to the streets

18 August, 2020

The vast majority of rough sleepers in Preston who were given emergency shelter earlier this year have remained within the system and are awaiting

'Very worrying time' - unemployment in Ipswich nearly DOUBLES amid swathe of job cuts

18 August, 2020

Unemployment benefit claims in Ipswich nearly doubled in the space of a few months, as hundreds of people lost their jobs during the Covid-19 crisis

Derbyshire Dales council considers new fines of up to £30,000 in crackdown on rogue landlords

18 August, 2020

Derbyshire Dales District Council is planning a tough crackdown on landlords who fail to comply with housing laws and regulations

Tenants suffer in dangerous heat inside Redbridge housing

18 August, 2020

Temperatures inside a controversial temporary housing scheme reached a sweltering 36 degrees last week, with no way of opening the windows

Cancel rent arrears and extend evictions ban by a year

17 August, 2020

John McDonnell has told the government to extend the evictions ban by at least another year and called for rent arrears to be cancelled to prevent a "torrent of people" becoming homeless

Tenants should be assisted but still responsible for rental debt

17 August, 2020

The Welsh Government last week announced their Tenancy Saver Loans scheme

Agents urged to call council before serving eviction notices

17 August, 2020

A local authority is urging letting agents within its boundary to get in touch before serving eviction notices on private tenants

John McDonnell calls for year's extension to ban on evictions

17 August, 2020

Moratorium in England and Wales during coronavirus crisis is due to end next week

Stonewater sees surplus nearly double despite COVID-19 challenges

17 August, 2020

Large social landlord Stonewater saw its surplus nearly double despite the coronavirus pandemic hitting the sector in the closing months of the year

Staff at North West housing association threaten to strike over changes to work hours

17 August, 2020

Customer service staff at Riverside have raised the prospect of carrying out industrial action after bosses announced a new shift pattern and changes to working hours

Coronavirus: MPs warn of 'wave of homelessness' when eviction ban ends

17 August, 2020

England could see "a new wave of homelessness" when a ban on evictions ends later this month

Landlords settling for lower rents as more shift from short to long-term lets

17 August, 2020

Increasing numbers of landlords have had to shift from short to long-term lets due to lockdown

Council 'sorry' as it keeps on taking after rent arrears paid off

14 August, 2020

Blundering council officials have been slammed for demanding a Redditch tenant clear hundreds of pounds of rent arrears when in fact they owed him money

'It hasn't sunk in': Residents win 60% rent reduction in London council flats

14 August, 2020

Tenants to pay lower social rents after campaign against corporate landlords at Custom House and Canning Town in Newham

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: financial year 2019 to 2020

14 August, 2020

Analysis of local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds, based on end-of-year monitoring and financial returns

Welsh landlord has credit rating affirmed despite debt level concerns

14 August, 2020

Welsh housing association ClwydAlyn has had its credit rating affirmed by S&P but the agency has flagged its high levels of leverage and the "weak economic fundamentals" in the areas it operates

Extend loan repayment freezes until 2021, UK consumer group Which? says

14 August, 2020

Consumer group Which? has called on Britain's Financial Conduct Authority to extend loan repayment holidays and interest-free overdrafts until Jan 31

Coronavirus: Charities welcome extended eviction ban in Scotland

14 August, 2020

Housing charities have welcomed a proposal for a six-month extension to Scotland's ban on evicting renters amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Government's 'contempt' for disabled people, as planning white paper ignores accessible housing

14 August, 2020

The government has been accused of "showing contempt" for disabled people after publishing an "utterly shameful" 84-page white paper on the future of the planning system without including a single mention of disabled people, disability or accessible housing

Free school meals 'should be extended' for pupils from low-income migrant families

14 August, 2020

Free school meals should be permanently extended to the children of migrants in England who are currently ineligible for public support

Contracts to support Hull's homeless extended by six months due to coronavirus

13 August, 2020

The decision has been made because of the impact of the pandemic on the council's plans to develop new long-term policies aimed at housing homeless people in smaller hostel settings

'Bold action' needed to stop increase in homelessness as recession hits

13 August, 2020

The Government must commit to properly funding homelessness support services or risk soaring numbers of rough sleepers

Covid-19 lockdown sees spike in temporary accommodation requests to Romford YMCA

13 August, 2020

A charity has revealed its Romford branch has seen a surge in the number of people needing temporary accommodation since the start of lockdown

UK's poorest 'skip meals and go hungry' during coronavirus crisis

13 August, 2020

FSA report finds food insecurity has shot up, bringing risk of malnutrition and obesity

UK housing boom gathers pace, but fears of a bust grow too

13 August, 2020

The rebound in Britain's housing market gathered more pace in July with a measure of property prices turning positive for the first time since the coronavirus crisis engulfed the country

Minister fails to provide details on future of £3.8bn Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund

13 August, 2020

The future of the government's manifesto commitment to carry out a 10-year, £3.8bn programme to decarbonise social housing stock remains unclear after the energy minister would not be drawn on whether it would be replaced by the new Green Homes Grant

Supply 'exceeding normal levels' since Stamp Duty cut but how long can it last?

13 August, 2020

New listings are on the rise and stock is quickly shifting since the first month of the Stamp Duty holiday but there are already fears about how long it will last

Universal Credit statistics: revision to postcode areas in claims made and starts

12 August, 2020

Statistical notice about a revision to postcode areas in claims made and starts to Universal Credit

Benefit sanctions statistics to April 2020 (experimental)

12 August, 2020

Statistics on the number of sanctions imposed on people who receive JSA, ESA (WRAG), IS or Universal Credit

It's nonsense: Figures show eviction surge fear is unfounded

12 August, 2020

The largest survey yet conducted about rent payments during the pandemic shows the claims of pressure groups about widespread evictions are unfounded

Eviction surge 'not likely' as less than 5% of tenants in arrears

12 August, 2020

Less than 5% of private tenants have fallen into rent arrears during the pandemic, dispelling fears there will be an eviction surge in the coming months

Number of people seen sleeping rough in London increased by 33% during pandemic

12 August, 2020

The number of people recorded by outreach workers as sleeping rough in London increased by 33% between April and June this year, while the number of new rough sleepers rose by 77%

Coronavirus: Rent arrears loans to tackle lockdown homelessness

12 August, 2020

A new loan scheme for tenants with rent arrears due to coronavirus has been launched by the Welsh Government

Government-commissioned research highlights slowdown in delivery of Section 106 agreements

12 August, 2020

Developer contributions agreed through Section 106 agreements are taking longer to be delivered

Coronavirus: London renters 'struggling to keep up with rent'

12 August, 2020

One in four private renters in London are struggling to keep up with their rent, with evictions due to resume in a fortnight

Glasgow facilities management firm wins 15-year social housing deal in England

12 August, 2020

Saltire Facilities Management has commenced work on a 15-year servicing, maintenance, and installations contract for Stonewater

New DWP guidance on regulations excluding disabled students from Universal Credit

11 August, 2020

The DWP has issued new guidance on recent regulations issued to "restore the policy intent" that "the limited capability for work determination, must be met by a disabled student on or before the date of claim for Universal Credit"

High Court rules mandatory reconsideration requirement for ESA claimants unlawful

11 August, 2020

The High Court has ruled that the requirement for an ESA claimant to go through the mandatory reconsideration process before appealing against a decision is unlawful

Covid-19 pandemic shows our benefits system unfit for purpose

11 August, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed our benefits system to be unfit for purpose and needs a radical transformation

Next Steps Accommodation Programme: Guidance

11 August, 2020

The MHCLG invites local authorities,registered providers, and their local partners to engage with the next stage of our COVID-19 Rough Sleeping response

'Our generation's NHS': support grows for universal basic income

11 August, 2020

Insecurity caused by coronavirus has prompted more people to join UK groups calling for change

Empty multi-million pound retirement complex near Bristol 'could be used for social housing'

11 August, 2020

The Marina Gardens apartment block in Portishead could be purchased by a housing association to provide scores of new homes

Sunak's stamp duty holiday behind surge in homebuyer interest

11 August, 2020

Demand for all UK property is up, but price range reflects chancellor's £500,000 limit

Build, build, build social housing:to stimulate our economy and unlockpeople frompovertyand homelessness

11 August, 2020

The third briefing in the economic discussion series - Shaping a recovery that reduces poverty

Why the 'no DSS' ban is timely but will not solve housing insecurity

11 August, 2020

Damon Culbert for InventoryBase considers the issues surrounding the controversial ban on 'No DSS'

Universal Credit statistics: 29 April 2013 to 9 July 2020

10 August, 2020

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

Coronavirus: London's commuter towns see sharp rise in benefit claims

10 August, 2020

London's commuter towns have seen the highest rate of people moving onto Universal Credit since the coronavirus lockdown began

Evictions crisis is looming in Oxford

10 August, 2020

Urgent action is needed to stop cash-strapped renters in Oxford being kicked out of their homes once a ban on evictions ends next week

Tenants may have a change of landlord if a proposed merger between GreenSquare and Accord goes ahead

10 August, 2020

Hundreds of GreenSquare housing association tenants in Wiltshire could be affected by a proposed merger

Large London housing association issues £400m bond

10 August, 2020

Hyde Housing has secured £400m through a bond secured at a coupon of 1.75%

Sharp increase in July pushes house prices to highest ever levels

10 August, 2020

Mini-boom drives house prices up in July to 1.6% higher than in June, on a monthly basis

Northern social landlord consortium exploring new development framework model

10 August, 2020

A consortium of social housing providers in the North West is holding discussions about moving to a new development framework model

Landlords are working with tenants to avoid evictions

10 August, 2020

The not-for-profit, accreditation body, safeagent, has published new research showing that with the support of letting agents to help maintain tenancies, firms do not believe there will be widespread evictions as a result of the pandemic

HB A9/2020

07 August, 2020

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

LA Welfare Direct 8/2020

07 August, 2020

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

Building safety sanctions: what social landlords need to know

07 August, 2020

Draft building safety legislation includes tough new criminal sanctions such as unlimited fines and considerable jail terms

'Left to die' - residents call for help at Wallington Housing block

07 August, 2020

A group of volunteers are pleading for help after Clarion housing contractors "left baby pigeons to die" after trapping them inside solar panels

Service delivery stable as social landlords work through backlogs

07 August, 2020

The delivery of services by social landlords is stable and most have started addressing backlogs of non-essential repairs

Almost 100% increase in households being hit with benefit cap during pandemic

07 August, 2020

Over 150,000 households had their benefits reduced due to the benefit cap in May, almost double the amount compared to before the pandemic

Special report: pre-tax surplus drops for second year running

07 August, 2020

Analysis by Social Housing shows that housing associations' surplus for the year before tax decreased by five per cent to £3.76bn, driven by a 6.6 per cent drop in England

Trending topics on the Property Tribes forum - Landlords' Barometer #84

07 August, 2020

Welcome to the August edition of the "Landlords Barometer" where I bring you the trending topics and news from the Property Tribes forum

'Universal Credit is alright': The stories of the people who visited Horfield job centre one morning

06 August, 2020

We spoke to the people who need help from the DWP to get by

Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2020

06 August, 2020

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and May 2020

RSH writes to 18% of RPs over rent issues in 2020

06 August, 2020

The RSH approached 18 per cent of large RPs about rent-setting issues in the latest financial year

Rent and regulation: when registered providers get it wrong

06 August, 2020

Last year, the regulator contacted 18 per cent of registered providers about their rents

G15 landlord publishes 'ESG Report for Investors'

06 August, 2020

Optivo has published an 'ESG Report for Investors', which brings together data on its environmental impact, social impact and governance for potential funders

Goodlord rental index July 2020

06 August, 2020

The UK's rental market continues to go from strength to strength, with the 'summer boom' continuing throughout July

UK Rental Market Report

06 August, 2020

Latest insight on the UK Rental Market based on Zoopla's Rental Index

Concerns for social rent as government unveils plans to scrap Section 106

06 August, 2020

Planning reforms announced this week will scrap the system that delivers almost 50% of England's affordable housing

New regulations issued excluding disabled students from Universal Credit entitlement

05 August, 2020

New regulations have been issued to "restore the policy intent" that the a limited capability for work determination, must be met by a disabled student on or before the date of claim for universal credit

Rate of rental growth falls - especially in London, says Zoopla

05 August, 2020

The latest findings of the quarterly Rental Market Report by Zoopla show average rents across the UK dipped by -0.3% in June, and by -0.8% in Q2, taking the annual growth in UK rents to +1.1%, down from +1.7% a year ago

WWHC tenant satisfaction levels reach new record high levels

05 August, 2020

Tenant satisfaction levels at West WWHC have soared to record highs, conclusive results from a recently conducted survey have revealed

Councils to allocate £500m of Green Homes Grant with social landlords eligible

05 August, 2020

Councils and their partners will be responsible for allocating £500m of the government's £2bn Green Homes Grant scheme to improve the energy-efficiency of low-income households, including those living in social housing

Green Homes Grant:Local Authority Delivery

05 August, 2020

Guidance for Local Authorities

English councils with highest Covid rates launch own test-and-trace systems

05 August, 2020

Local authorities plug holes in government's system, with some reaching 98-100% of people

Double Dutch: how a housing association went completely digital

05 August, 2020

A Dutch housing association was struggling with the slow process of 'digitising' itself

A fifth of parents in rented homes fear homelessness

04 August, 2020

Nearly a fifth of parents in privately rented homes are worried that their family will be made homeless as a result of the Covid crisis

Landlords should prepare for spike in rent arrears as furlough scheme winds down

04 August, 2020

With changes to the furlough scheme now in place, PayProp warns that letting agencies and landlords should prepare for a spike in rent arrears

Portsmouth City Council council slammed for selling 8 social homes this year

04 August, 2020

A Councillor has criticised the sale of social homes in Portsmouth, claiming the local authority has 'failed in its responsibility'

Housing association leases student block to council to house homeless people

04 August, 2020

A2Dominion will lease a 76-bed student accommodation block to Oxford Council to provide interim accommodation for rough sleepers who have been living in hotels during the coronavirus lockdown

G15 landlord discussing 'partnership' with small housing association

04 August, 2020

Large London-based landlord Catalyst has revealed it is in "early partnership discussions" with a small housing association

Housing repairs staff at council suspend strike

04 August, 2020

Housing repairs and maintenance at Brighton and Hove City Council have suspended three days of strike action in the coming week

Coronavirus in Wales: Tenants to get six months' notice for evictions

04 August, 2020

Many private landlords in Wales will now need to give six months' notice before evicting tenants, under a change to the law due to the pandemic

NRLA partners with Scottish Association of Landlords

04 August, 2020

Landlords who let properties in England, Wales and Scotland can now have joint membership of associations north and south of the border under a new partnership

Boris Johnson targets shake-up of English planning system

03 August, 2020

Proposals aim to stimulate building and tackle acute housing shortage

Warning to agents - three reasons why arrears may rise from next month

03 August, 2020

A leading PropTech entrepreneur is warning agents to prepare for increased rent arrears from as soon as next month

Plans for 200 social homes in Elgin

03 August, 2020

Moray Council and Grampian Housing Association have published plans to build a sustainable residential development for social rent at Bilbohall in Elgin

NHF and CIH call on ministers to end rules blocking migrants from accessing benefits

03 August, 2020

Two major housing bodies have called on the government to end permanently rules preventing some migrants from accessing state support in order to help former rough sleepers into long-term homes

Councils and Labour add to calls to scrap Section 21 eviction powers

03 August, 2020

The Local Government Association, which represents almost all councils in England, is calling on the government to scrap section 21

Furloughed workers three times as likely to default on a payment

03 August, 2020

Consumer group finds 6% have missed loan or credit card payment in sign of impact of coronavirus

Housing Association secures £62M to build affordable homes in Cardiff

03 August, 2020

Cadwyn Housing Association has successfully secured a £41M, 35 year, private placement and £21M revolving credit facility to support its ambitious growth plans to develop more social housing to help prevent homelessness

House prices bounced back in July

03 August, 2020

House prices bounced back in July, climbing 1.7% during the month compared to a 1.5% fall in June

Universal Credit isn't working: proposals for reform

31 July, 2020

Universal Credit Failing Millions says House of Lords Committee

Landlords in England ignoring 'no DSS' ban, claim private renters

31 July, 2020

People on benefits report still being discriminated against, despite landmark court ruling

New planning loophole could see huge blocks of flats with no social homes

31 July, 2020

The government has recently changed the law so that soon, you will be able to demolish and rebuild big blocks of flats and offices denser and taller without going through the full planning process

Young pregnant mum-of-four demands move from 'damp and mouldy' flat with just one usable bedroom in Milton Keynes

31 July, 2020

A mum expecting her fifth child says she has nowhere for the new baby to sleep because her flat is infested with mould and dangerous asbestos

450,000 private renting parents fear 'COVID homelessness'

31 July, 2020

More than 450,000 parents living in England's private rented sector are worried that their family will become homeless as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

Private Rented Sector Report - June 2020

31 July, 2020

Demand from tenants and rental supply highest on record for June

Worst arrears are from 'won't pay' tenants, not 'can't pay'

31 July, 2020

Evidence is emerging that Scottish Government action to lengthen notice periods in arrears cases leads to a significant number of tenants believing they do not need to pay rent during the coronavirus crisis

Universal Credit failing millions of people

31 July, 2020

Universal Credit is "failing millions of people", especially the vulnerable

Leaseholders could be trapped in homes for years as housing associations struggle to cope with scale of EWS crisis

31 July, 2020

Leaseholders could be left unable to sell or remortgage their homes for years as housing associations struggle to cope with the scale of the EWS crisis currently afflicting the housing market

Deposit diaries: Early intervention can lead to dispute resolutions

31 July, 2020

When it comes to tenancy deposit disputes, it is preferable to resolve the dispute as early as possible to avoid time and costs involved in court action - especially with low value and/or one issue claims

LIN member report July 2020 - Coronavirus and housing update

31 July, 2020

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

It's time for a better future - it's time to build social housing

30 July, 2020

In June 2020, the prime minister promised that the government would 'build back better' to tackle the biggest economic recession in living memory, 'for the benefit of every corner of the country'

Somerford Grove renters face eviction as Hackney Mayor calls out billionaire landlord

30 July, 2020

A group of Stoke Newington tenants and London Renters Union members who hit the headlines after they asked for rent reductions during lockdown have been served with an eviction notice by their landlord

Sanctuary Housing Cuts Rent Of Black Tenant Who Found She Was Charged More Than White Neighbour

30 July, 2020

The housing association has reduced Selma Nicholls' rent while it investigates the disparity and tests for bias

Social landlords plan to reform services following pandemic

30 July, 2020

Three-quarters of social landlords plan to deliver their services differently once the coronavirus pandemic has abated

How rent rises compare to other major costs-of-living

30 July, 2020

Deposit replacement scheme, Ome, has highlighted how the cost of internet, cars and our grocery shop have all outstripped the cost of renting over the last three years

Coronavirus: A ban on evictions and help for rough sleepers

30 July, 2020

The Covid-19 outbreak brought significant implications for households' ability to retain their homes and, for those that are street homeless, to be able to secure a safe place in which to follow Public Health England's advice

PM's child poverty claims 'inaccurate'

30 July, 2020

Boris Johnson has made a number of inaccurate claims about child poverty levels since coming to power

The reality of renting: an extract from Generation Rent

30 July, 2020

A new book on the housing crisis and private renting, Generation Rent: Why You Can't Buy A Home (Or Even Rent A Good One), was published last month

Two easy ways to avoid being taken to court

29 July, 2020

So, your letting agent told you renting your property to people on DSS is a bad idea?

Housing association secures £550,000 to reduce crime

29 July, 2020

Ongo Homes has secured more than £500,000 from the government to reduce crime and make residents safer on estate that featured in TV show

After the ban: what will happen after the government has lifted the eviction moratorium?

29 July, 2020

The government promised that no renter will be evicted during the coronavirus pandemic and made relevant policy amendments to protect them

Fears of £1.35M funding shortfall for Melton council services

29 July, 2020

Council services in the Melton borough could be facing a funding black hole of up to £1.35million due to the Covid-19 crisis

Government promises to prioritise scrapping no-fault evictions after pandemic

29 July, 2020

The government has promised to prioritise a new Renters' Reform Bill, which will scrap no-fault evictions

Huge growth in free school meals urged to tackle food poverty crisis

29 July, 2020

Report warns of the looming impact of the climate emergency and hits out at faux-healthy sweets

Watford Community Housing tenants can claim £15k after information leak

29 July, 2020

Thousands of tenants could claim up to £15,000 following the leak of personal details

Derby eviction flat tenants 'not going anywhere'

28 July, 2020

Tenants of a block of flats who have been served an eviction notice have said they will refuse to move

Optivo's surplus slides 79% amid valuation changes and rising costs

28 July, 2020

London housing association Optivo's surplus fell by 79% in 2019/20 amid rising fire safety costs and valuation changes

Rydon 'informally advised' it was in first place for Grenfell contract before procurement process ended

28 July, 2020

The lead contractor for the Grenfell Tower refurbishment project was tipped off that the job was "ours to lose" before the formal procurement process ended, following an "informal" chat at a conference

Rydon boss admits to approving Grenfell insulation swap

28 July, 2020

A Grenfell site manager approved the decision to change the type of insulation used on the building without telling Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation

Housing developer Darlington council says nature is key priority

28 July, 2020

A council accused of planning to offset an "ecological disaster" at a site where it plans to build 450 homes by improving the environment on the other side of town has pledged to work with environmental campaigners to overcome concerns

Building more social housing

28 July, 2020

Third Report of Session 2019-21

Bank of England support for sector tops £1bn as three more housing associations join COVID-19 scheme

28 July, 2020

The Bank of England's support for the sector during the pandemic has now topped £1bn, after three more housing associations accessed its coronavirus liquidity scheme

Eight people claiming employment support for every vacancy

28 July, 2020

Analysis comes as some new vacancies in UK are receiving hundreds of applicants each

Robert Jenrick has run down the clock and failed to protect renters

27 July, 2020

Back in March, Housing Minister Robert Jenrick said that no renter should lose their home because of coronavirus

Council questioned over its ability to bring housing in Milton Keynes up to modern standards

27 July, 2020

Council leaders faced questioning this week over the authority's ability to bring all homes in the city up to modern living standards

Concern raised over new Greenwich council housing rent charge

27 July, 2020

Concerns that neighbours living next door to one another in council housing could be charged different rents have been raised at a meeting of Greenwich Council

Council issues housing association with improvement notice to remove dangerous cladding system

27 July, 2020

A large housing association has been hit with a council improvement notice requiring it to remove dangerous cladding from one of its tower blocks

Two large London landlords sign up tech service to speed up property repair work

27 July, 2020

Two major London housing associations have signed up with a fast-growing tech service, aiming to make it easier to procure local contractors for repairs and maintenance work

Social housing should be 'top of government's agenda' for post-coronavirus recovery

27 July, 2020

Social housing should be "top of the government's agenda" as it seeks to rebuild the country from the impact of COVID-19

New platform aims to help 5-star landlords attract the best tenants

27 July, 2020

A new web platform aims to help responsible landlords to achieve 5-star status and promote their properties free of charge

Our slum future: the planning shakeup set to blight English housing

24 July, 2020

The government has extended rules allowing former offices, shops and warehouses to be converted into housing

Will Rishi Sunak's funding announcements help social landlords decarbonise their homes?

24 July, 2020

As the government plans a "green recovery" from the coronavirus crisis, Lucie Heath explores whether the latest energy efficiency policy for housing will help social landlords meet decarbonisation targets

Council tax bills and benefits overpayments to Wolverhampton people written off

24 July, 2020

Debts from unpaid council tax, business rates as well as overpaid housing benefits will be written off by City of Wolverhampton Council

UK's largest social landlord records surplus increase of 9% amid rising operating costs

24 July, 2020

Clarion Housing Group has reported an increase in its post-tax surplus for 2019/20 despite an uncertain economic backdrop, while its operating costs rose slightly

Nearly 325,000 homes purchased through 'Help to Buy' scheme

24 July, 2020

Almost 325,000 homes across the UK have been bought through the government's Help to Buy affordable housing scheme since its launch in December 2015

Housing benefit fails to cover rent in nearly all of England's council areas

24 July, 2020

Local Housing Allowance is also too little to rent a room in a shared house in all but one of London's local authorities

'Shockingly poor workmanship' went 'unchecked' in Grenfell cladding system

24 July, 2020

Rydon's project manager for the Grenfell Tower refurbishment was unable to explain the presence of "shockingly poor workmanship" of cavity barriers in the cladding system installed on the building at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry today

Replace SDLT with capital gains tax on main property to pay coronavirus bills

24 July, 2020

A thinktank has proposed scrapping Stamp Duty on a main residence and replacing it with a tax on sellers based on the growth in their property price

Tenants flood Citizens Advice website for rent arrears help

23 July, 2020

Thousands of tenants are searching for help to deal with rent arrears on the Citizen's advice website

New Universal Credit changes are now in effect with thousands of claimants to receive one-off payment

23 July, 2020

The DWP says over a million households are set to gain from the lump sum cash boost

The Government's New Housing Rules Could Result In 'Modern Slums' Being Built

23 July, 2020

New "permitted development rights" also mean developers don't need to build any affordable homes when they replace old buildings with housing

Bank pledges £3bn worth of funding to housing associations over next three years

23 July, 2020

A major UK bank has announced plans to provide the housing association sector with £3bn in loans over the next three years

One million UK workers at risk of unemployment when furlough scheme ends in October

23 July, 2020

An estimated one million furloughed UK workers are at risk of unemployment when the UK Government's furlough scheme ends in October

Massive surge in private renters seeking help with arrears

23 July, 2020

A national charity has said it has experienced a huge surge in the number of private renters seeking advice on rent arrears, one month before the temporary ban on evictions is set to end

Why the Liberal Democrats are calling for a massive housing shake-up in Gateshead

23 July, 2020

Gateshead's opposition want to see tenants and employees working together to manage housing

Government lays out plans for regaining possession from 23rd August

23 July, 2020

Chris Pincher MP said yesterday that an end to the pause on possession proceedings on 23rd August is an important step towards the resumption of normal life and allowing landlords and tenants access to justice

Five-week Universal Credit wait creates spike in rent arrears

22 July, 2020

The long Universal Credit first payment wait means applicants build up an average £240 of rental arrears after making a claim with vulnerable people at greater risk of homelessness

Council acts to help tenants at risk of spiralling into rent arrears

22 July, 2020

The green light has been given to buy new software to help council tenants at risk of spiralling into debt

Jenrick promises more protection for renters before eviction ban is lifted

22 July, 2020

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has vowed to introduce more protections for renters to ensure they do not lose their homes when the eviction ban is lifted next month

Tenant charity to fold amid strain on reserves

22 July, 2020

Tenant charity TAROE Trust will close down at the end of the month following long-running financial woes

Large housing association to repay government furlough money

22 July, 2020

A large housing association has announced it will repay over £250,000 it received from the government via its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Full roll-out of Universal Credit could cost London boroughs £23m in arrears

22 July, 2020

Stock-owning London councils would lose £23m in rent arrears if everyone claiming housing benefit in the capital was moved to Universal Credit

Tenants are paying above-average rental deposits in five regions of England

22 July, 2020

Research by deposit replacement scheme, Ome, has revealed which parts of the rental market tenants are paying above the odds in when it comes to their initial rental deposit

48% drop in student numbers causes London rents to fall

22 July, 2020

Lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed by the UK and other international governments are stopping many international students from coming to the UK

Generation Rent urges government to protect renters from eviction

21 July, 2020

Private renter sector evictions will restart on 23 August with new civil procedure rules

Consumer Rights in the Private Rented Sector

21 July, 2020

Private tenants need greater protection and more power

South East social landlord records rise in surplus as turnover from social housing lettings falls

21 July, 2020

South East-based landlord Moat Homes has seen a small increase to its surplus but recorded a lower proportion of turnover from social housing lettings

Government accused of 'sneaking out' rules for evictions after ban is lifted

21 July, 2020

The government has been accused of "sneaking out" new legislation outlining how landlords can evict tenants after the current ban is lifted, with campaign groups warning that most renters will not be protected from losing their homes

Half of councils 'unprepared' for housing needs of ageing population

21 July, 2020

Half of councils across England lack clear policies for the provision of suitable housing to meet the needs of an ageing population

Braintree Council to investigate reduced housing target

21 July, 2020

The Braintree district's housing target could be slashed by 50 per cent

London councils warn over poor-quality homes as government embarks on permitted development drive

21 July, 2020

A group of 22 London councils have written to the housing secretary to express concerns that expanding permitted development rights will lead to poor-quality housing and reduce local authority incomes

All hands to the pump: A home improvement plan for England

20 July, 2020

Decarbonising social housing: "a pilot won't fly" in the North West

DWP Universal Credit claimants to receive two weeks of additional payments

20 July, 2020

It is a one-off sum which doesn't have to be paid back

Length of universal credit interviews halved as UK benefit need soars

20 July, 2020

Government reintroduces sanctions suspended in lockdown, in move Labour says 'beggars belief'

Former SHPS pension schemes have highest funding levels in the social housing sector

20 July, 2020

Employers that have exited the SHPS have recorded higher funding levels than those that remained in the scheme

Coronavirus: Young people on benefits double in lockdown

20 July, 2020

More than one in every six young people is now claiming out-of-work benefits in some parts of the UK

3.31% increase in 'Social' Homes on 2019

20 July, 2020

Overall Social Housing stock increased by 169,218 units

Regional variations highlight rental demand and supply imbalances

20 July, 2020

The Hamptons International Monthly Lettings Index for June has been published

BTL landlords should prepare to take advantage of Green Homes grants

20 July, 2020

Buy to Let landlords in England should be assessing the energy efficiency works that their properties require in advance of the opening of online applications for the Green Homes Grant in September

Online Benefits Training Courses

17 July, 2020

Don't know your UC from your PIP? Confused by the range of health and disability benefits?

Hull tenants 'scam' council almost £366,000 over right to buy sales

17 July, 2020

A total of 16 sales were stopped in 2019-20 after officials started investigating what turned out to be false information submitted by tenants

England: Social landlords join call to scale up Housing First

17 July, 2020

A group of 12 organisations in England representing social landlords, local authorities and the wider homelessness sector are calling on the UK Government and social housing providers to help make Housing First available to those who need it

Government confirms allocations of £500 million additional funding for councils

17 July, 2020

Allocations confirmed for individual councils in England to help deliver essential services for residents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Biggest Builders survey: associations to complete 40,000 homes but pandemic overshadows pipeline

17 July, 2020

The country's top 50 developing housing associations built more than 40,000 homes in 2019/20, up roughly 7% on the previous year

Homes England starts at highest in a decade as social rent doubles

17 July, 2020

Homes England funded more housing starts in 2019/20 than it has since records began in 2009/10, with the number of social rent starts almost doubling

Launch of 2020 Home Moving Trends, and Landlord & Tenant Surveys

17 July, 2020

Now in their 14th year, Property Academy's Home Moving Trends and Landlord and Tenant Survey constitutes the biggest piece of research of its kind

The end of discriminatory 'No DSS' clauses in rental contracts?

17 July, 2020

We have seen the topic of 'No DSS' discrimination gain significant traction over the last couple of years, with the largest portals removing 'No DSS' advertisements from their sites

More than 300 claimants who lost their severe disability premium on migrating to Universal Credit issue High Court claim

16 July, 2020

A High Court claim has been issued by more than 300 claimants who lost their severe disability premium on migrating to universal credit

Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit claimants: statistics related to the policy to provide support for a maximum of 2 children, April 2020

16 July, 2020

It includes statistics relating to the exceptions to the policy, which came into effect in April 2017

Universal Credit statistics 29 April 2013 to 11 June 2020

16 July, 2020

Official experimental statistics for the number of people on Universal Credit

29% of UK businesses to cut jobs in next three months

16 July, 2020

British Chambers of Commerce reports big firms more likely to cut jobs than smaller businesses

Majority of associations not encouraging return to office

16 July, 2020

The latest update from a WhatsApp group chat of more than 200 housing leaders has revealed that the majority of organisations are not currently encouraging staff to return to the office

Barnet Homes criticised over response to asbestos fears

16 July, 2020

Parents have been left feeling "ignored and powerless" after their repeated calls to investigate what they fear could be a health hazard in their housing block went unanswered

Family's nightmare as they are left with no toilet for five days

16 July, 2020

A family say they have been left without a working toilet for more than four days despite repeatedly asking their housing association to fix it

Landlord and tenants guidance updated by Wirral Council

16 July, 2020

Newly updated guidance to help protect tenants and private landlords during the Covid-19 emergency has been released by Wirral Council.

Council to restart recovery of housing benefit over payments

16 July, 2020

The recovery of overpaid housing benefit payments has restarted

Disabled single mother wins 'no DSS rule' legal case

15 July, 2020

A disabled single mother has won a court case against the 'No DSS' rule implemented by thousands of private landlords across the UK

Shelter "doubling up" its checks on letting agents for compliance

15 July, 2020

Campaigning charity Shelter says it is "doubling up" its efforts to make sure letting agents comply with anti-discrimination legislation when it comes to tenants

Dozens of modular temporary homes to be sited on Milton Keynes estate to house homeless families

15 July, 2020

MK Council is set to purchase 70 modular homes to be built on an MK estate to house homeless families

G15 launches new programme to increase BAME leadership in social housing sector

15 July, 2020

A group of London's 12 largest housing associations has launched a new professional development programme to increase BAME representation in leadership roles

Midlands housing association plots bond market move with £200m debut

15 July, 2020

Platform Housing Group plans to issue its maiden own-name bond this year to support its housebuilding targets

Wales introduces its own Stamp Duty holiday but excludes additional properties

15 July, 2020

Wales has followed the lead of England and Northern Ireland by introducing its own Stamp Duty holiday but it won't start for a couple of weeks and doesn't apply to landlords

Average council home repair will be completed within nine days

15 July, 2020

Average council home repair will be completed within nine days

No DSS: Landmark court ruling declares housing benefit discrimination is unlawful

14 July, 2020

Right now, hundreds of thousands of renters are facing discrimination when looking for a home

New scheme to encourage private landlords to rent to Kettering's homeless families

14 July, 2020

Kettering Council has signed off the new package of measures

5 things we learned from The English Housing Survey

14 July, 2020

On Thursday the government released its annual English Housing Survey

Housing associations exchange contracts on 2,800-home swap deal

14 July, 2020

The Guinness Partnership and Paradigm have exchanged contracts in a giant stock swap deal in which nearly 2,800 homes will change hands

Council overspent £700k due to 'unprecedented' need for housing service

14 July, 2020

A Norfolk council has overspent by almost £700,000 on housing and is facing "significant" and "unsustainable" cash pressures

'No DSS' discrimination ruled unlawful in landmark case

14 July, 2020

The practice of refusing to rent homes to those in receipt of housing benefit has been ruled unlawful in the first 'No DSS' discrimination case to be heard by a UK court

TDS launches mediation service to agree rent repayment plans

14 July, 2020

TDS has launched a mediation scheme to help landlords and tenants agree rent repayment plans and avoid costly court hearings

English Housing Survey

13 July, 2020

Information and publications on the English Housing Survey

Council approves plan to tackle homelessness and ensure Thanet residents access to quality housing

13 July, 2020

A plan to tackle the issue of accessibility to quality, affordable housing and to reduce homelessness has been approved by Thanet council

Council could go 'bust' without cuts

13 July, 2020

Ipswich Borough Council, like every other council, is facing an unprecedented financial crisis due to the coronavirus

Sadiq Khan calls for eviction ban extension to prevent 'tsunami' of homelessness

13 July, 2020

London mayor Sadiq Khan has written to the housing secretary warning that local authority housing services could be overwhelmed if the government does not act to protect renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

Admin-saving Universal Credit change for social landlords to be introduced next month

13 July, 2020

Universal Credit systems will be changed so that social landlords receive direct rent payments on the same day that tenants are paid the rest of their benefits from next month

Northern Ireland government to review social housing grant budget based on coronavirus costs

13 July, 2020

Northern Ireland's government will review the amount of funding allocated to its SHDP midway through the year to take account of extra costs caused by the coronavirus pandemic

Report reveals more 25-34 year olds are now home owners rather than renters

13 July, 2020

The proportion of 25-34 year olds buying a home has risen above those renting for the first time since 2012

UK renters: tell us about the impact coronavirus has had on you

10 July, 2020

We'd like to hear from renters in the UK about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted your housing situation

Stamp duty is not enough to pay the postage of this recession

10 July, 2020

We are facing the worst economic crisis in living memory

Over half of homes for vulnerable Hull residents 'seriously' fail to meet living standards

10 July, 2020

Council documents stated many of the failed homes contained serious hazards that threatened residents

Social landlords' service delivery improving but staffing pressures to come

10 July, 2020

Registered providers are maintaining adequate levels of service delivery, with repairs work increasing, but staffing pressures will increase in the coming months

Rishi Sunak urged to reverse £1.3bn 'bung' to second homeowners and landlords

10 July, 2020

Little-noticed detail of emergency financial statement could save buy-to-let and holiday-home purchasers thousands of pounds

Cost of rolling out universal credit rises by £1.4bn

10 July, 2020

NAO says benefit may not be able to meet aim of getting more people into work

Special report: level of affordable lettings drops for third year in a row

10 July, 2020

Affordable rent lettings reduce by 1.49 per cent, but decrease is less than in previous two years

Covid has massively amplified the velocity of change - Landlords' Barometer #83

10 July, 2020

Welcome to the July edition of the "Landlords Barometer" where there's lots going on in the private rented sector as the true impact of the Covid19 lock-down starts to be felt

DWP resumes benefit overpayment recovery

09 July, 2020

The DWP has resumed the recovery of benefit overpayments, having suspended clawbacks in response to the coronavirus pandemic

Shelter demands more protection for renters as English Housing Survey exposes widespread financial difficulties

09 July, 2020

New government data showing the number of private renters struggling to pay rent and lacking savings is further evidence that the government must act to prevent a wave of evictions

Housing minister pens open letter to social housing tenants

09 July, 2020

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has moved to reassure social housing tenants of the safety measures in place as landlords plan the resumption of routine repairs and planned maintenance work

Regulator of Social Housing questions RPs acting as 'conduits'

09 July, 2020

The RSH has questioned the way some RPs are being set up "simply as a conduit" for passing rents to a third party

Mini Budget: stamp duty cut and £50m social housing decarbonisation pilot

09 July, 2020

The chancellor has confirmed £50m of funding for a social housing decarbonisation pilot and announced the immediate removal of SDLT on transactions up to £500,000 until next year

How social housing is leading ESG into a post-COVID-19 world

09 July, 2020

Social housing could become the UK's leader in its approach to ESG

Chancellor promises vouchers for landlords and home owners to fund energy efficiency improvements

09 July, 2020

Landlords and home owners will be able to fund energy efficiency improvements on their properties after a Green Homes Grant was unveiled by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday

Widespread relief that SDLT change has not been delayed until the autumn

09 July, 2020

News of the temporary suspension of SDLT for property transactions up to £500,000 caused a tsunami of comment; most of it positive but some with words of caution

LA Welfare Direct 7/2020

08 July, 2020

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

DWP restarts recovery of benefit related overpayments and social fund loans

08 July, 2020

The DWP has announced that it has restarted recovery of benefit related overpayments and social fund loans from 6 July

House Price Index

08 July, 2020

House prices fall for fourth straight month - but new mortgage enquiries surge

A Minimum Income Standard for the United Kingdom in 2020

08 July, 2020

This update of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's MIS presents new research in which parents identified what families with children need now to meet material needs and participate in society

UK jobless rate 'could near 15% in second coronavirus wave'

08 July, 2020

OECD says unemployment is likely to triple even if a second wave is avoided

Watford Council agrees on plan to tackle homelessness

08 July, 2020

A housing scheme is among the initiatives in a new five-year plan to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping

Romford homes bought by Havering Council to be available by autumn

08 July, 2020

Havering Council has jointly purchased 82 homes in Romford, to help tackle the housing shortage for family-sized homes

Chancellor expected to announce £50m social housing retrofit pilot

08 July, 2020

Rishi Sunak is expected to unveil a new £50m funding package for the social housing sector to pilot new approaches to low-carbon retrofitting of social homes as part of his COVID-19 economic recovery statement tomorrow

COVID-19 could reduce housing association market sale income by more than half

08 July, 2020

Market sales exposure will be the most significant area of economic risk for UK housing associations in fiscal 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic

The state of the sector: five key takeaways from Moody's analysis of landlords' post-coronavirus finances

07 July, 2020

Credit ratings agency Moody's has published an in-depth analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the UK social housing sector

Government must help young renters hit by furlough end

07 July, 2020

A lettings sector trade body, acting with homelessness charities, is urging the government to do more as young people in rented housing become more vulnerable as the furlough scheme winds down

Housing association debt held by BoE hits £630m as fifth landlord uses COVID-19 scheme

07 July, 2020

PA Housing has become the latest housing association to access the BoE CCFF and sold £30m in short-term debt to the bank

Swansea-based association completes £50m refinancing

07 July, 2020

A 2,900-home housing provider based in Swansea has completed a major refinancing exercise to remove legacy covenant constraints and free up capacity to develop new homes

Ipswich Building Society withdraws all BTL products including expat and holiday let

07 July, 2020

Ipswich Building Society has withdawn all of its buy-to-let products, including expat BTL and holiday let mortgages

Younger tenants 'in serious danger' of falling behind in rental payments

07 July, 2020

The NRLA has joined with homeless charities to call on the Government to implement a range of changes for young renters which it is claimed will be hardest hit by the phasing out of the coronavirus job retention scheme

Fear of Covid second wave is influencing London rentals

07 July, 2020

London's rental market is continuing to bounce back from the lockdown, stoked by fears of a potential 'second wave' of Covid-19

Newly-launched letting platform lets private landlords list on portals

07 July, 2020

PlanetRent, an automated letting platform, will allow private landlords to list their property directly on Zoopla and Rightmove on a pay-as-you-go basis

Housing association reveals multi million pound Bedford tower blocks revamp and cladding plan

06 July, 2020

A housing association with thousands of tenants in Bedford borough revealed a multi-million pound tower block refurbishment plan to councillors this week

"Alarming" cost of retrofitting Bristol's 28,500 council homes revealed as £600m

06 July, 2020

It is five times the city council's housing revenue budget for an entire year

Arrears management and coronavirus

06 July, 2020

Working together to sustain tenancies

Sanctuary's surplus drops 8% following bumper year of one-off sales

06 July, 2020

Sanctuary Housing Association saw its surplus drop by 8% in 2019/20 after a series of large one-off asset sales in 2018/19

Coronavirus: Number of renters in arrears doubles

06 July, 2020

The number of private tenants in England who have fallen behind on rent has doubled during the coronavirus pandemic

Landlord body refutes evictions claims by Shelter

06 July, 2020

Landlords have responded to claims made today by Shelter about rent arrears due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Rent Repayment Order claim could result in considerably higher penalties for landlords

06 July, 2020

The recent Upper Tribunal decision in the case of Vadamalay v Stewart has overturned the basis of awards in Rent Repayment Orders and made this a far more 'hostile environment' for landlords

Upfront cost of renting rises despite deposit cap

06 July, 2020

The upfront cost of renting has still increased in most regions of England despite the five-week deposit cap

Guidance launched to tackle COVID-19 rent arrears

03 July, 2020

ARLA Propertymark has joined forces with other leading organisations from across the housing sector to support tenants and landlords facing rent arrears as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak

Universal Credit UK: Benefit system has passed lockdown pressures 'with flying colours'

03 July, 2020

Universal Credit has coped outstandingly with the sharp increase in demand for the benefit during the lockdown crisis

Housing announcements in Prime Minister's recovery speech

03 July, 2020

Boris Johnson launched his 'build, build, build' approach to social and economic recovery in a speech on 30 June, and included a significant focus on housing

Blackburn's Together Housing: 'Investment in social homes will help country recover from coronavirus crisis'

03 July, 2020

Together Housing Group says housing organisations are integral in promoting social mobility in communities, but need local and national government support to make real changes

Local lettings policies are not reflecting BAME housing need

03 July, 2020

The number of BAME individuals becoming homeless in the past decade has not been reflected in an increase in BAME households being allocated social housing

Nearly 1,000 housing association 'mortgage prisoners' as cladding issues hit property sales

03 July, 2020

Nearly 1,000 leaseholders in London are unable to sell or remortgage their homes due to banks being unwilling to lend on them because of potential cladding issues

English councils warn £500m Covid-19 cash injection will not stop cuts

03 July, 2020

Government breaking promise to 'do whatever it takes' to meet coronavirus cost

Government confirms evictions will resume next month

03 July, 2020

The government has confirmed the eviction ban will end next month, with possession proceedings set to restart on 24 August

Pent-up demand for property in Scotland evident as restrictions relaxed

03 July, 2020

ESPC data from June 2020 indicates growing demand to buy and sell property in Scotland in the run up to restrictions being relaxed on the 29th of the month

Rural housing associations are the glue connecting local communities - and can play a key role in the country's recovery

02 July, 2020

Next week, the country will start to emerge out of lockdown, as shops, hairdressers and pubs will begin opening their doors in a very different world

Evictions could treble due to coronavirus rent debts

02 July, 2020

Campaigners urge government to protect tenants in arrears and widen eligibility for housing benefits

People losing work are being pitched into destitution: the government must lift the benefit cap

02 July, 2020

Last week, the work and pensions select committee published a review into the department's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Council drive has improved private rented housing in Telford

02 July, 2020

Standards of privately rented homes in Telford and Wrekin have improved in two years as a result of the council's work with landlords and letting agents

Liverpool housing associations make more than 200 homes available for rough sleepers in hotels

02 July, 2020

More than 200 housing association properties in Liverpool have been made available for homeless people who have been living in hotels during the coronavirus pandemic, as landlords commit to offering all vacant properties to rough sleepers

Are we on the brink of a new homelessness crisis?

02 July, 2020

The government's Everyone In campaign to get rough sleepers off the streets has been hailed as a success

Barometer shows 'slight softening' of rental yields

02 July, 2020

Fleet Mortgages, the buy-to-let specialist lender, has published its Buy-to-Let Rental Barometer ,covering Q2 rental yields across England

Rents up and voids down - Rental Index

02 July, 2020

Lettings market activity throughout June was significantly higher than recorded at the same time last year

Courts will hear Possession cases from 24th August says Minister

02 July, 2020

Providing some much-needed certainty for the rentals market, a Government Minister has confirmed that the courts will begin to hear possession cases from 24th August

Claiming Universal Credit and other benefits if you are a refugee

01 July, 2020

Urgent actions refugees need to do to claim Universal Credit and other benefits, once they have been granted leave to remain in the UK

People who are currently shielding can no longer get SSP on that basis from 1 August 2020

01 July, 2020

Justin Tomlinson has announced that people who are currently 'shielding' due to being clinically extremely vulnerable as a result of the coronavirus outbreak will not be eligible for SSP on that basis from 1 August 2020

Two blocks of upcoming Northampton social housing could be used as 'temporary accommodation for homeless'

01 July, 2020

The combined plans could provide up to 120 social housing flats for Northampton

Two more housing associations secure £150m through Bank of England's COVID-19 financing scheme

01 July, 2020

Platform Housing Group and Flagship Group have sold a combined £150m of short-term debt to the BoE via its CCFF to help navigate the economic impact caused by coronavirus

Nearly half of BAME UK households are living in poverty

01 July, 2020

Campaigners found that 100,000 more people were living in poverty in 2018-19 compared with the previous year

Homelessness could treble without 'coronavirus home retention scheme'

01 July, 2020

The government is being urged to introduce a 'coronavirus home retention scheme' after a new analysis predicted that more than 45,000 households could be made homeless as a result of rent arrears this year

Almost half of England's rental stock managed by ARLA Propertymark agents

01 July, 2020

ARLA Propertymark has laid claim to almost half of England's rented properties

Letter to Lord Chancellor highlights concerns over housing possession cases

01 July, 2020

ARLA Propertymark has written to the Secretary of State for Justice expressing concerns for the management of housing possession cases in England and Wales when the current stay on possessions is lifted on 23 August 2020

New 12,000 home housing association created

30 June, 2020

A trailblazing new housing association for the East of England has been formed following the merger of two Essex-based affordable homes providers

Civitas Social Housing profit jumps on rise in net rental income

30 June, 2020

Care-based housing and healthcare REIT Civitas Social Housing reported a sharp rise in profit as net rental income increased by more than a quarter

Up to 174,000 tenants at risk of eviction if ban ends

30 June, 2020

Around 174,000 tenants could be forced to leave their homes in the coming months unless the ban on evictions is extended

Petition calls on Government to fill £45million Redbridge pandemic cost shortfall

30 June, 2020

Thousands of Redbridge residents have signed a petition demanding the Government fill the "black hole" in the council's finances caused by the coronavirus

Private Rented Sector Report - May 2020

30 June, 2020

The number of agents witnessing rent increases hit an all-time low

Benefit sanctions to return in England as jobcentres reopen

30 June, 2020

Labour condemns move to restore claimant conditionality rules as 'incomprehensible'

More than 80,000 fewer homes to be delivered this year due to coronavirus

30 June, 2020

Shelter is calling on the government to accelerate funding for affordable homes after a new analysis carried out by Savills predicted that housing delivery is set to fall by a third this year

Number of tenants experiencing rent increases hits record low

30 June, 2020

Landlords are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic, agents claim, after ARLA Propertymark members reported the lowest ever number of tenants experiencing rent increases last month

Disabled student launches legal action for the right to be able claim Universal Credit

29 June, 2020

Sidra Kauser, aged 22, from Halifax, suffers severe sight impairment and mental health difficulties. As a student in full time higher education at the University of York she is not entitled to universal credit

Housing imbalances in Keighley and Bradford must be addressed

29 June, 2020

An organisation which manages homes in Keighley is calling on the Prime Minister to tackle housing imbalances

Social housing to be prioritised for veterans

29 June, 2020

New measures announced to provide improved access for members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families to social housing

Housing will be 'central' to post-coronavirus recovery

29 June, 2020

Housing will be "central" to Britain's economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic

UK could be breaking international law over cladding

29 June, 2020

Body warns government over failure to remove flammable panels from high-rise buildings in wake of Grenfell disaster

Countrywide trading update highlight the impacts of lockdown and tenant fee ban

29 June, 2020

Countrywide PLC gave a trading update at the end of last week, highlighting the impacts of lockdown and the tenant fee ban

Landlords urged to lobby MPs on impact of repossession ban

29 June, 2020

Landlord are being rallied to lobby their Members of Parliament to highlight the consequence of the five month ban on repossessions, due to end on 23 August

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