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Extraordinary increases driven by buy-to-let boom

20 May, 2016

The latest data revealed by the Agency Express Property Activity Index has shown a spike in activity for the UK lettings market

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

20 May, 2016

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

UK landlords looking for cheaper properties due to stamp duty surcharge

20 May, 2016

Landlords in the UK are looking for cheaper properties in response to the new 3% stamp duty charge on additional homes

The Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Rent In London: Mapped

20 May, 2016

If you want to rent a cheap room in London, you're best off looking in Havering or Croydon according to new government statistics

Benefit fraud and error at record low level

20 May, 2016

New figures show that fraud and error in the benefits system remains at the lowest level ever recorded

HB G5/2016

20 May, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2015/16 preliminary estimates

20 May, 2016

Preliminary estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain in the financial year 2015/16

Liverpool Licensing Woes Continue

20 May, 2016

Landlords with property in Liverpool should take note that a local NLA member has apparently uncovered a number of flaws in the Council's licensing application form

Housing benefit savings will disappear under their own complexity

20 May, 2016

Commentators may have been left scraping around to fill the space where substantive parts of the Queen's Speech should have been

Landlord must accept pets (tenant has a walrus and flamingo)

19 May, 2016

If you are a letting agent in the Cardiff area, you may have had a letter from a keeper at Bristol Zoo inquiring about accommodation

Landlord reveals findings of direct payment 'pilot'

19 May, 2016

A housing association is calling for changes to Universal Credit, after its unofficial 'pilot' showed tenants receiving housing benefit payments direct are more likely to fall into arrears

Implementing Direct Payment of Housing Benefit: An Evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Pilot Project

19 May, 2016

This report provides findings from the evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Housing Benefit Direct Payment Pilot project

The HB2U project was created to provide learning for Circle Housing in preparation for the full introduction of Universal Credit

Rents and property values would drop after Brexit

19 May, 2016

Associations for estate and letting agents say average UK house would be worth £2,300 less in 2018 if Britain leaves the EU

Housing associations own 40,000 PRS units

19 May, 2016

Housing associations own 40,000 private rented sector units - but it remains a fringe activity confined to a handful of providers

Number claiming unemployment benefits drops by 600

19 May, 2016

The number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits in Northern Ireland has fallen by 600

Buy-to-let to become 'rich person's game' as another lender introduces harsher criteria for landlords

19 May, 2016

Barclays has become the latest lender to impose tougher checks on landlords looking for mortgages

Angela Constance given welfare and housing brief as new cabinet unveiled

19 May, 2016

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has tasked Angela Constance with overseeing the Scottish Government's pledge to deliver 50,000 new affordable homes

Fire safety in social housing - what can we learn?

19 May, 2016

For landlords and housing providers, ensuring the safety of client groups and tenants may not be as straightforward as it would first seem

Bill of Rights could have 'implications' for social landlords

19 May, 2016

A British Bill of Rights could have implications for social housing landlords

Council's rogue landlords scheme 'has teeth'

19 May, 2016

Three 'rogue' landlords have to pay over £4,000 in fines and costs for not signing up to a selective licensing scheme

Chancellor George Osborne has 'insulted' private landlords

18 May, 2016

National Landlords Association chief executive Richard Lambert has accused the Government of "directly insulting" the body's members through its buy-to-let crackdown

Taking stock

18 May, 2016

Understanding the effects of recent policy measures on the private rented sector and Buy-to-Let

This report clarifies the role of the private rented sector in the UK and the contribution made to it by the Buy-to-Let subsector

Fitch warns of EU exit impact on social landlords

18 May, 2016

A vote to leave the European Union could lead to a pause in social landlords taking out new finance as the housing market slows down

Circle Housing urges Government to commit to extra support for residents moving to Universal Credit

18 May, 2016

A leading housing association is calling on the Government to commit to additional face to face support for residents before they are moved on to Universal Credit

Social housing tenants who feel 'demonised as second-class citizens' - in pictures

18 May, 2016

People in temporary accommodation and council housing explain how the Housing and Planning Act will affect their lives, communities and homes

Benefit and pension rates: April 2016

18 May, 2016

A list of benefit and pension rates from April 2016. Most rates change in April every year

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2015

18 May, 2016

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to December 2015

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 5 May 2016

18 May, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 5 May 2016

Queen's Speech: the key housing and social reforms

18 May, 2016

A pledge to "increase the life chances for the most disadvantaged" was the main message

A home for just 18 months

17 May, 2016

On average, tenants get the moving itch after 18 months

Landlord's inhumane properties 'had no place in modern Britain'

17 May, 2016

A criminal landlord who had tenants living and sleeping in "inhumane" conditions and who ignored numerous warnings to improve his property has been fined £35,000 and ordered to pay over £4,000 in costs

Facing up to defeat: why was social housing an easy target?

17 May, 2016

Housing campaigners need to acknowledge the uncomfortable quandary about the passing of the Housing and Planning Act

Iain Duncan Smith's plan to draft in job advisers to food banks quietly shelved by DWP

17 May, 2016

Owen Smith, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: 'It has now been revealed that the DWP has quietly given up on the national trial'

Labour minister calls for independent probe into benefit claimant deaths after DWP publishes reviews

17 May, 2016

'The Government are too worried about the facts it would uncover'

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 - what it means for ALMOs and their councils

17 May, 2016

Now it's been passed, what does the Housing and Planning Act 2016 mean for ALMOs and their councils?

Torbay benefits claimants among UK's most reliant on private lettings

17 May, 2016

Torbay has the UK's second highest density of housing benefit claimants reliant on the private rental market

The government is skewing benefits appeals against disabled people

17 May, 2016

A new army of 'presenting officers' is to help the Department of Work and Pensions at benefit tribunals, while the disabled person making the appeal is left to struggle alone

Hackney rents set to 'skyrocket' after housing bill is passed

17 May, 2016

Council tenants could see their rent "skyrocket" after the government's controversial housing bill was given Royal Assent

Newcastle MP raises concerns over 'impossible' struggle of getting a council house

17 May, 2016

Labour MP Chi Onwurah says private rents have shot up in the city and that many people are struggling to get a council home

Hastings leader wants double council tax on holiday homes

16 May, 2016

The owners of holiday homes in Hastings should pay double the amount of council tax

Landlords should be 'squealing' under George Osborne's crackdown

16 May, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords are being hit by a significant crackdown

DWP to change Universal Credit procedures

16 May, 2016

The government has pledged to improve Universal Credit procedures this summer, following concerns from social landlords that they are frequently not informed that their tenants are claiming the benefit

Average asking price for first-time buyer home jumps 6.2% in a month

16 May, 2016

Prices pushed up by 'property drought' caused by buy-to-let investors diving in before rise in stamp duty

Peer reviews of handling of benefit claims

16 May, 2016

DWP Freedom of Information (FOI) releases published in May 2016

'Worse than the bedroom tax': Cambridge MP blasts plan that may force city to sell hundreds of homes

16 May, 2016

New laws that sound "the death knell of social housing" in Cambridge have been branded worse than the bedroom tax by the city's MP

Average renter stays just 18 months in a property

16 May, 2016

Renters spend an average of 18 months in a rented property before moving on

Just asking for trouble

16 May, 2016

On a recent programme about getting a council house one of the people in trouble with her rent said something that came as no surprise

Hinckley and Bosworth gets cash to combat bedroom tax

16 May, 2016

The Government has set aside £160 million over the next five years for discretionary housing payments

"Reckless" landlord put lives at risk

13 May, 2016

Magistrates have fined the leaseholders and landlords of a ten-flat property £120,000 after finding they had put the lives of up to 20 vulnerable tenants at risk

Partially paralysed man missing half his head 'declared fit for work by DWP'

13 May, 2016

A partially paralysed man who is missing part of his head has been told he is 'fit to work'

Crawley landlord rented out unsafe former garage as home for £600 a month

13 May, 2016

A Crawley landlord has been fined after renting out a home - which used to be a garage - for £600 a month that was not safe to live in

Help with housing costs isn't aligning with rent for private tenants

13 May, 2016

Tenants face an increasingly widening gap between the LHA they receive to help with their housing costs and the actual rent they pay

Government urged to hand housing control back to councils

13 May, 2016

With the housing bill set for Royal Assent, government is now being pressed to put related investment plans, rents and assets back in the hands of local authorities

Mind the gap: the growing shortfall between private rents and help with housing costs

13 May, 2016

People on low incomes living in the PRS may be able to get help towards paying their rents

Single people under 35 only receive an amount equivalent to the cost of a room in a shared house

Why you should research your potential landlord's credentials

13 May, 2016

Alex Johnson's round-up of the week's property news, including why sales fall through, closing garden gates, and the costs of running a home

New London Mayor finds property industry support for rent controls

12 May, 2016

Sadiq Khan, the newly elected Mayor of London, has found senior industry figures who back his campaign for rents tied to inflation

Tax experts warn of unexpected effects of buy-to-let tax changes on affordable housing

12 May, 2016

The government's stamp duty land tax surcharge could lead to unexpected consequences for the affordable housing sector

Plans to force workers on universal credit to take second job 'risky'

12 May, 2016

MPs warn that sanctions against low-paid workers claiming benefits could be counterproductive or leave them worse off

Why council waiting lists are shrinking, despite more people in need of homes

12 May, 2016

The number of families on lists for council housing has fallen because of stricter rules on who can apply

New DWP secretary Stephen Crabb signals further disability benefit changes to cut spending

12 May, 2016

Mr Crabb said the Government would adopt 'smart strategies' for reducing expenditure

Universal credit is working, insists work and pensions secretary

12 May, 2016

Stephen Crabb rejects claim UC no longer serves original purpose of making people better off in work than on benefits

The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

12 May, 2016

Private renting in Scotland has changed

Private renter eviction rates soar

12 May, 2016

Private renters are being evicted at a record rate, housing campaigners have warned

Half of low income households at risk of missing out on vital support

12 May, 2016

Low income households are not claiming the welfare benefits and tax credits they could be entitled to

Buy-to-let valuation instructions plummet 40% as 'dodgy' deals put in an appearance

11 May, 2016

Buy-to-let valuation instructions have dropped like a stone since the Stamp Duty surcharge kicked in on second properties - and there are signs of a sharp rise in potentially 'dodgy' deals

Tenant evictions up in England and Wales

11 May, 2016

But homeowner repossessions fell to record low in first quarter of 2016

Another agent reported to advertising watchdog over display of letting fees

11 May, 2016

Another complaint about the way an agent shows its letting fees has been made to the Advertising Standards Authority

Heartbreak for tenants made homeless after being ripped off by fake letting agent

11 May, 2016

A bogus letting agent has conned members of the public out of thousands of pounds, making some of them homeless in the process

Forced council sales - hampering local authorities' fight against homelessness

11 May, 2016

Last week, we published research showing the Housing and Planning Bill could force the sale of 23,500 vacant council houses each year

Landlords raise awareness of forthcoming benefit cap

11 May, 2016

Three County Durham landlords are advising tenants of a limit that may be placed on their benefit allowance later this year

£13bn in unclaimed welfare? It's just fuel for the Tories' Big Benefits Myth

11 May, 2016

Almost half of families on low incomes are going hungry by not taking up benefits, we learn today

The government's "welfare revolution" has forgotten something important: where we live

11 May, 2016

the "welfare revolution" started by Iain Duncan Smith has failed to change the fundamental condition of many poorer people's live

For whom the bells toll: Housing Bill sounds "death knell" for social housing

11 May, 2016

The Housing & Planning Bill sounds the "death knell" for social housing in England

Yes, London Has A Housing Problem: Let's Not Make It Worse With Idiocy Like Rent Controls

11 May, 2016

It's seriously astonishing how terrible, lousy, no good and idiotic economic policy keeps turning up in response to the same old questions

Campaigners admit defeat as Tories push through mass council homes sell-off with hours to spare

11 May, 2016

The Housing Bill cleared its final hurdle tonight as former housing chief Sir Bob Kerslake gave up his long battle

Peers 'to back down over housing reforms'

11 May, 2016

Peers are set to back down in their battle with the Government over its flagship housing reforms and they are now expected to become law

Universal Credit will increase child poverty

11 May, 2016

Research has warned that cuts to the new benefit system undermine its stated purpose

House price rises see buy-to-let returns outstrip FTSE 100

11 May, 2016

House price rises see buy-to-let returns outstrip FTSE 100

Forced council sales: looking at the homes that may actually be sold off

10 May, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill is now nearing the end of its passage through parliament

HB S5/2016

10 May, 2016

Payment of New Burdens relating to the Single Fraud Investigation Service Project for 2016/17

Adding £2.3bn of debt to the accounts - social housing deregulation as an early test for the minority Welsh Government

10 May, 2016

Before the elections to the Welsh Assembly last week, Steffan Evans outlined how housing might be a key policy area around which bridges could be built in the Senedd

Landlords must take safety obligations seriously

10 May, 2016

After a spate of fines for landlords who have broken gas safety rules, the AIIC is urging those renting out properties to ensure they are complying with Government legislation

Council campaign aims to ensure that tenants put Rent 1st

10 May, 2016

Perth and Kinross Council's housing service has launched a new drive to ensure that all its tenants are clear about their responsibilities to pay rent

Bexley Council accused of 'burying head in the sand' over lack of social and affordable housing

10 May, 2016

A Crayford resident has accused Bexley Council of burying its head in the sand, over a lack of affordable and social housing

Cheaper to buy than rent in over half of UK cities

10 May, 2016

It is now cheaper to buy than rent in more than half of UK cities, according to property developer Strata Homes

Housing and Planning Bill

10 May, 2016

Before I call the Minister, I wish to repeat what Mr Speaker said on 25 April

Our rent strike at UCL has caught fire in the capital - and here's why

10 May, 2016

The threat to education access posed by university rent-setting policies isn't just a local issue. No wonder students everywhere are clamouring to join us

Middle-class 'buy-to-let dream' is over - as mortgage lenders to demand 40pc deposits

09 May, 2016

Investing in buy-to-let property is on the verge of becoming unaffordable for middle-class savers

Too Poor to Eat: 8.4 million struggling to afford to eat in the UK

09 May, 2016

8.4 million struggling to afford to eat in the United Kingdom

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle

09 May, 2016

A documentary exploring the failures and deception behind the social housing crisis in Britain

Scottish rents rising faster than rest of UK

09 May, 2016

Average private rents in Scotland are rising faster than anywhere else in the UK

Leader of Sutton Council apologises for sending mock eviction notices to thousands of people

09 May, 2016

The leader of Sutton Council has apologised for sending "crass and irresponsible" mock eviction notices to thousands of people to promote a Liberal Democrat petition

Whose homes are they anyway?

09 May, 2016

While publicity on the Housing and Planning Bill has been rightly focussed on the forced sale of council homes and Right to Buy, there has been little mention of a late Government amendment

'Heads up' on benefit cap

09 May, 2016

Three County Durham landlords are advising tenants of a limit that may be placed on their benefit allowance later this year

House prices fall as stamp duty changes cool buy-to-let market

09 May, 2016

Halifax says April saw prices drop by 0.8% after highly volatile pricing and a big rise in transaction numbers in February and March

Housing association gets European investment for social housing

09 May, 2016

A housing association has secured £80 million to support construction of social housing and shared ownership

Harlow groups defy report to support Universal Credit

06 May, 2016

Clients of support charity Home-Start Harlow have welcomed Universal Credit after a think tank criticised the benefit reform

Empty Housing (England)

06 May, 2016

High levels of empty properties are recognised as having a serious impact on the viability of communities

Agent who conned 'vulnerable' tenants out of deposits is jailed

06 May, 2016

A former agent with Reeds Rains has been jailed after conning overseas student into paying deposits for accommodation that he knew he could not let to them

You can rent a house in London for £700 a month

06 May, 2016

The 'one bedroom house' is in south-east London's Abbey Wood

DCLG: Tenancies change will not hit protected groups

06 May, 2016

The phasing out of lifetime tenancies will not negatively impact protected demographic groups overall

The benefits capital of Britain is revealed: New map shows which parts of the country guzzle the biggest chunks of UK's £161 billion welfare bill

06 May, 2016

This map reveals the areas which receive the biggest chunks of Britain's £161billion welfare bill, with some guzzling six times more in handouts than other parts of the nation

Report argues buy-to-let crackdown will damage UK's rental market

06 May, 2016

A new report from a political consultancy has warned that the Government's efforts to crack down on buy-to-let investment will have "major consequences" for the UK rental market

In which British cities is renting the norm?

06 May, 2016

We write about rents a lot around here

Birmingham forced to sell more than 1,000 council houses - every year

06 May, 2016

Housing charity Shelter's warning about the impact of housing policy on Birmingham

Rents continue to rise across the UK and in London

05 May, 2016

Latest figures show average rent outside London rose to £764 a month, while within the capital it hit £1,543

Leading government figures see social housing as toxic

05 May, 2016

The Lords debate on the unfair housing and planning bill is soon coming to end, but the debate in the country should not

Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2016

05 May, 2016

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and February 2016

Benefit cap statistics: background information and methodology

05 May, 2016

Information about benefit cap statistics and methodology including the purpose, source, definitions and limitations of statistics covered

Ban for Glasgow landlord who kept almost £7,000 of deposits

05 May, 2016

An "appalling" landlord who kept tenants' deposits worth almost £7,000 has been barred from renting out his property by Glasgow City Council

Call for rent caps when properties let to tenants on benefit

05 May, 2016

A local politician claims to be in talks with the Government about introducing rent caps when landlords let to tenants on benefit

New call for estate agents to be licensed as MPs probe money laundering

05 May, 2016

MPs have been told that estate agents should be licensed as billions of pounds 'slosh' through London, with some of the world's vilest dictators buying up property

Rising rents ease landlord fears over tax increases

05 May, 2016

Fears that higher Stamp Duty charges on buy-to-let rental property purchases might destabilise the market have so far proved unfounded

You won't believe this totally mind-blowing method of reducing your letting agent fees!

04 May, 2016

Letting agent fees are one of the most painful aspects of renting

'High' to 'higher' forced sales mean 23,500 council homes lost per year and an average annual £26m bill

04 May, 2016

We previously sounded the alarm that a subtle amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill allows the Secretary of State to force the sale of a much broader range of council homes than before

Tory MP calls for end to 'exploitative fees' charged by letting agents

04 May, 2016

The Government have rejected a bid to have letting agent fees capped or banned in a debate called by a Tory MP who hit out out at letting agents charging "arbitrary and exploitative fees"

Debt charities see record Council Tax arrears problems

04 May, 2016

Council Tax arrears problems among clients have hit a new high

Buy-to-let clampdown could hurt challenger banks

04 May, 2016

Challenger banks could be hit hard by a tax hike targeting Britain's landlords

Renter help

04 May, 2016

The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

Baroness Thomas: I'm not holding my breath for DWP changes to PIP

04 May, 2016

Lib Dem peer Baroness Thomas of Winchester writes on the topic of her Lords debate

Concern over use of bailiffs to chase council tax debts

04 May, 2016

Charities have raised concerns over councils' "aggressive" use of bailiffs to chase people in council tax arrears

The Aspiration Tax

03 May, 2016

Equality Trust report

Plight of family where landlords refuse point blank to consider tenants on benefits

03 May, 2016

What happens to tenants who have to leave their home because the landlord is selling up?

HCA-backed £1bn housing fund launches

03 May, 2016

A new £1bn fund to help cash-strapped councils build 10,000 mixed-tenure homes has been launched with the support of the HCA

Rollout of flagship welfare reform Universal Credit reaches historic milestone

03 May, 2016

Universal Credit is now in every jobcentre across the country for single jobseekers

Extending the Right to Buy to housing association tenants

03 May, 2016

Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report

Call for new tax and welfare department at Holyrood

03 May, 2016

The next Scottish government should set up a new department for tax and welfare powers coming to Holyrood

A Warm Deal for London's Renters

03 May, 2016

The need for a London-wide minimum energy efficiency standard

Nationwide tightens lending criteria for buy-to-let landlords

03 May, 2016

Building society's changes come as the Bank of England attempts to rein in buy-to-let lending

New Work and Pensions Secretary must reclaim Universal Credit from the Treasury

03 May, 2016

Resolution Foundation calls for major reforms as full roll-out of Universal Credit begins this month

HB S4/2016

03 May, 2016

Additional New Burdens funding to meet the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2016/17

Changes to DWP Family and Household Income Statistics 2014/15: statistical notice

03 May, 2016

Statistical notice giving details of proposed changes to future DWP Family and Household income statistics data and publications

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

03 May, 2016

Biggest monthly drop in Scottish rents on record

Stamping out buy-to-let is a dangerous move

03 May, 2016

The buy-to-let boom has grown at a rapid pace in recent years, doubling the size of the private rented sector since 2004

More Trap Than Trampoline: Universal Credit Is Failing To Help People Progress

03 May, 2016

Although the new Work and Pensions Secretary has stopped cuts to disability benefits he seems to be in lock-step with his predecessor in worrying that the benefit system "locks people into workless-ness"

DWP payments over £25,000 for 2016

29 April, 2016

Payments over £25,000 that DWP has made in 2016, including invoices, grants and expenses

Rent rise fears after letting agents reveal fall in available supply

29 April, 2016

The supply of rental housing on letting agents' books has "nosedived"

Buy-to-let landlords blamed for decline in DIY among under-30s

29 April, 2016

Figures suggesting spending on DIY among 'generation rent' has fallen by third since 1996 coincide with report showing age of first-time buyers still rising

Lloyds Banking Group reveals surge in buy-to-let lending

29 April, 2016

Mortgage lender pins rise on rush to beat new stamp duty charges as bank group reveals profits nearly halved in first quarter

Gap widens between LHA and rent costs

29 April, 2016

Private tenants face a growing gap between help with housing costs and rent

Peers vote for inflation-linked Pay to Stay threshold

29 April, 2016

Peers have voted for Pay to Stay 'high-income' thresholds to be increased in line with inflation every three years

How many council homes are left in England after 20 year sell-off

29 April, 2016

Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government have revealed the number of local authority owned social houses

Benefit sanctions handed out to thousands of people 'unlawful'

29 April, 2016

The Court of Appeal dismissed a legal challenge by the Government

Many landlords 'will stop renting to tenants on Universal Credit'

28 April, 2016

The Government's new Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on the private rented sector, with more and more landlords refusing to let to tenants on benefits

Petition against letting agent fees gathers over 250,000 signatures

28 April, 2016

A petition against letting agent fees has now gathered some 250,000 signatures

Housing Bill defeat on council house replacements

28 April, 2016

The House of Lords has delivered a 12th defeat for the government on the Housing and Planning Bill over the type of homes that will replace the sale of higher-value council stock

Foxtons braced for revenue slump after stamp duty surcharge

28 April, 2016

Estate agent reported 28.5% rise in property sales in first quarter amid rush to complete deals before deadline but Brexit fears weigh down expectations

Rogue landlord's failed eviction plans cement his place in court

28 April, 2016

A rogue managing agent who tried to force out his tenants by filling the stopcock chamber with cement so that they would have no running water has been sentenced in court

Council tenant discount card launches in Edinburgh

28 April, 2016

A new City of Edinburgh Council tenant discount scheme has been launched which will save tenants money

Food bank warehouse opens doors to tackle food poverty across Wythenshawe

28 April, 2016

The Unit-E food storage warehouse, based in the town centre, will distribute food to seven food banks in the area

Monthly ARLA Private Rented Sector Report March 2016

28 April, 2016

The supply of rental housing stock on letting agents' books fell in March, to the lowest level since the start of last year

Race to the bottom for low income tenants as gap between rents and local housing allowance widens

28 April, 2016

Low income tenants in the private rented sector face a widening gap between the actual rent they must pay and the help they receive to meet their housing costs

Are we facing an evictions crisis?

28 April, 2016

Imagine knowing that you are going to lose your home but not knowing when the bailiffs will come knocking

Destitution in the UK

27 April, 2016

JRF report

This report defines destitution in the UK, looking at how many people are affected, who they are, and the main pathways in and out of destitution. It looks at the impact and experience of those people directly affected

Tenants complain as more licensing pushes up rents

27 April, 2016

It is unlikely that the policy makers at Whitehall read the Fenland Citizen - but it would be no bad thing if they did

Tumbleweed as property investors desert the market

27 April, 2016

Property investors are deserting the market, with estate agents haart reporting a 55% monthly drop in buy-to-let sales during the first two weeks of April

Struggling families will soon be able to get free fuel vouchers from Cardiff foodbank

27 April, 2016

Npower is to give credits worth two weeks' worth of energy

Scottish Welfare Fund: £24.5 million spent during April to December 2015

27 April, 2016

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

More than a million people in UK living in destitution

27 April, 2016

Research by Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds 668,000 households unable to afford essentials such as food, heating and clothes

Landlords welcome Govt's "pragmatic" shift on landlord protections in Immigration Bill

27 April, 2016

Landlords have welcomed MPs' approval of measures intended to provide greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants

Londoners urged to share the horrors of renting with #ventyourrent campaign

27 April, 2016

A campaign group is encouraging London's renters to take to social media and share their horror stories on the realities of renting using the hashtag #ventyourrent

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 years

27 April, 2016

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 year

Holyrood election 2016: Where the parties stand on welfare

26 April, 2016

Voters in Scotland go to the polls on Thursday 5 May to choose their next MSPs. But where do the parties stand on key issues?

New scheme launched to help people who rely on foodbanks

26 April, 2016

Employees at a Dundee organisation are set to donate some of their salaries in a bid to help out people who rely on foodbanks in Dundee

Responsible landlords to get protection from Immigration Bill

26 April, 2016

Members of parliament have approved measures that will give greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants

Is universal basic income too simplistic to meet housing need?

26 April, 2016

For supporters of basic income, Beveridge's 'problem of rent' is an even bigger headache today than it was in the 40s

Landlords on the ladder feel financial boost of buy-to-let tax dash

26 April, 2016

Flurry of buy-to-let property interest in March pushes total annual returns to 12.2% for existing landlords

All Scottish jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

26 April, 2016

Last 5 offices in Scotland switch over to offer the new service

More homes, more social housing - how Welsh Labour will lead the way

26 April, 2016

I have never understood why, but in election after election, housing is the dog that never quite barks

Situation for first-time buyers little better despite waning buy-to-let competition

26 April, 2016

With the passing of the buy-to-let rush to avoid stamp duty, the pressure on first time buyers may seem to ease at first

Housing Bill should also include rogue tenants list

26 April, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill, which includes measures to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents, should also address the issue of problem tenants

Rent to buy: Council tenants could be given chance to pay off mortgages

26 April, 2016

Council tenants could be given the chance to get on the housing ladder by paying a mortgage instead of cut-price rent

More rent than pay a mortgage: the Tory dream for London has crashed and burned

26 April, 2016

The capital is now a city of tenants, proof that the Thatcherite property hegemony has had its day

LIN member report April 2016 - The Welfare Reform and Work Act

25 April, 2016

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

This report will ensure you discover everything you need to know about this important piece of legislation

GBP 1 billion EIB backing for UK social housing

25 April, 2016

The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide GBP 1 billion for new social housing investment across the UK

The social landlords stepping in to help computer-illiterate residents

25 April, 2016

Universal credit will hugely increase demand for digital access - so housing associations have started doing more for tenants without the internet

Call to ban letting agency fees for those renting homes

25 April, 2016

Fears about the impact of a booming property market in parts of the UK are often in the headlines, as are the various initiatives to give people a foot up onto the housing ladder

Making welfare work for Wales

25 April, 2016

The Bevan Foundation has just completed an investigation of the future of the welfare system in Wales. Victoria Winckler looks at some of the issues on housing benefit

Letting agents jailed for total of seven years after £400,000 thefts

25 April, 2016

A couple who ran a lettings agency have been jailed for a total of seven years after stealing over £400,000

Five cabinet ministers' constituencies 'least hit by council budget cuts'

25 April, 2016

Theresa May, Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt among ministers whose areas escape brunt of austerity measures

Housing Bill: 16 Defeats And U-Turns Inflicted On Government's Flagship Reforms

25 April, 2016

A bumpy ride for "pay-to-stay" charges and ending lifelong council homes

Allocations policy favouring workers ruled unlawful

25 April, 2016

A council's policy to ringfence 20% of its lettings for people in work has been found discriminatory and unlawful by the High Court

Cheaper mortgages could sweeten pill for landlords

25 April, 2016

Lenders are cutting the cost of buy-to-let mortgages in a move that will bring some relief to Scotland's army of amateur landlords

UK: Millions of low income families will be poorer under welfare reforms

25 April, 2016

This month, cuts to Universal Credit - the Tory government's cover scheme for slashing welfare - were implemented for some 80,000 households

More than 225,000 households claiming Universal Credit

25 April, 2016

More than 225,000 people are now claiming the government's Universal Credit benefit

The Welfare stigma which is leaving the poorest homeless

22 April, 2016

It's hard to think of a worse time in the last 50 years to be on benefits and living in London

Landlords count their happy returns as property prices rise

22 April, 2016

Landlords starting or building their buy-to-let portfolios may have been clamouring to beat the Stamp Duty deadline in March, but this has helped boost existing property investors

York council consults on strategy to improve private housing

22 April, 2016

York Council has opened a public consultation on its a draft strategy intended to tackle poverty and disadvantage among people living in private sector housing

Housing, energy efficiency and welfare feature high on SNP manifesto

22 April, 2016

The SNP has unveiled plans for 50,000 new affordable homes, a Warm Homes Bill to help tackle fuel poverty and a social security system based on dignity and respect

Aberdeen slipping but Scotland's rents remains on the up to an all-time high

22 April, 2016

Average private sector rents in Scotland have hit an all time high according to the latest quarterly report from rental property portal Citylets

DWP drew up plans to charge disabled people for fit-to-work appeals

22 April, 2016

Charities warned the plans reflected badly on DWP officials

What could a Citizen's Income do for the housing crisis?

22 April, 2016

There's been an upsurge of interest in Universal Basic Income (UBI), or Citizen's Income

UK housing: Spring rent rises are the 'calm before the storm' in the private rental market

22 April, 2016

Renters should prepare for a "calm before the storm" as recent tax increases on landlords take effect

HB G4/2016

22 April, 2016

Information for all housing benefit staff

Welfare reform newsletter

21 April, 2016

National housing federation newsletter on welfare reform

Impact of capping Housing Benefit at Local Housing Allowance rates

21 April, 2016

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in his Autumn Statement that housing benefit and housing costs within Universal Credit for social housing tenants will be capped

Oil crisis brings rents in Aberdeen crashing down 20% in a year

21 April, 2016

Shortly after the passing of the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill in the Scottish Parliament, average rents in the country have hit an all time high

Six in ten London tenants enduring daily living hazards

21 April, 2016

Six in ten private tenants in London are forced to endure hazards such as mould, leaks or pest infestations

British surveyors report weakest private housing growth in nearly three years

21 April, 2016

Construction of private homes slowed sharply in the first three months of 2016, reflecting planning delays and possibly uncertainty linked to Britain's upcoming referendum on European Union membership

Government defends Pay to Stay after Lords defeats

21 April, 2016

The government has pledged to ensure the social housing sector only supports those 'who genuinely need it', in response to a hat-trick of heavy defeats in the Lords on Pay to Stay

Can you rent out a home bought with a Help to Buy ISA/Lifetime ISA?

21 April, 2016

The Help to Buy ISA is a huge boon for first-time buyers. It means when you save in it for a mortgage deposit, you'll get up to £3,000 added on top

Generation Rent - Living to Let

21 April, 2016

Richard Hill is one of three million young adults in the UK still living with their parents. He meets others who've gone to extreme lengths to find somewhere affordable to live

Angry protests as council houses go under the hammer

21 April, 2016

There was a heavy police presence as protesters tried to disrupt an auction of council homes in Bristol tonight

Generation Rent most at risk from criminal landlords

21 April, 2016

Nearly 3,000 landlords have faced prosecution under the Housing Act over the past five years - with resulting fines running into the millions, writes Bill Tanner

Wales - The PRS in 2016 and Beyond

21 April, 2016

A lot of change is happening in Wales this year, and it is important that landlords stay up to date. Below are the main issues of which members with property in Wales should be aware

Buy-to-let: Massive scale of investor 'frenzy' to beat stamp duty hike revealed

21 April, 2016

New mortgage lending and property transaction figures reveal the scale of a "frenzy" in March of buy-to-let investors trying to close deals and beat a stamp duty hike in April

If the DWP is forced to publish its secret records on benefits claimants' suicides, everything could change

21 April, 2016

In cases like suicide, stories are important. If we let a government keep our stories secret, we give it permission to rewrite history

DWP may have to publish details of benefit claimant deaths

20 April, 2016

Disability rights campaigners win appeal against government's refusal to publicise investigations into alleged suicides

Measuring the Impact

20 April, 2016

2015 NFA & ARCH Welfare Reform Survey Findings

These are the 9 areas of the UK where letting fees are highest - and seven are in London

20 April, 2016

The areas with the highest letting fees in the UK have been uncovered by the National Private Tenants Organisation, also known as "Generation Rent"

Lifeline for London families facing eviction after charity sold their flats

20 April, 2016

Residents of Walthamstow estate unaware their homes had been sold until eviction notices were handed out

2 out of 3 ain't bad!

20 April, 2016

Too often, renting is unsafe. Our Fix Renting campaign , launched in January, focuses on three ways to make renting safer

Universal Credit statistics: background information and methodology

20 April, 2016

Information about Universal Credit statistics methodology including the purpose, source, definitions and limitations of statistics covered

Landlords claim Universal Credit is 'shambolic'

20 April, 2016

Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on the private rented sector

'We are losing the case on social housing'

20 April, 2016

Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes has claimed the housing sector is "losing the case of social housing"

The startup that wants to replace letting agents

20 April, 2016

Digital disruptor RentSquare uses open data to identify the rent 'sweet spot' for landlords and tenants

Council will not appeal water charge ruling

19 April, 2016

A council will not appeal a landmark court ruling, meaning social landlords could have to repay millions of pounds to tenants in water charges

Housing Bill: Government Faces U-Turn Over 'Pay To Stay' After Hat-Trick Of House of Lords Defeats

19 April, 2016

Housing and Planning Bill has now lost six times after peers voted to alter 'vindictive' charge

Selling off affordable homes 'would add £4bn to housing benefit bill'

19 April, 2016

Labour says sale of council and housing association property will force poorer people into expensive private rented accommodation

Call to ban letting agents' fees

19 April, 2016

Generation Rent is calling on the government to ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants

Rising Bristol rents are forcing people to live on the streets

19 April, 2016

The city's housing crisis is forcing more and more people onto the streets with 235 families currently living in B&Bs to prevent them from becoming homeless

Top 10 cheapest areas to rent:Londoners are heading to Bexley borough where rents are half the average price

19 April, 2016

Londoners in search of cheaper rents should head to Bexley in the south-east corner of the capital where costs are half the average price

Discretionary Housing Payment underspend explained by councillors

19 April, 2016

Funds given to Oxford City Council to help individuals pay their rent have jumped back up this year despite the fact that it was not all spent in 2015/16

Tories' Pay to Stay rent hikes smashed to bits in humiliating triple defeat

19 April, 2016

Pay to Stay in the Housing Bill would have forced 215,000 households earning £30,000 to pay the full market rent - but it's been bludgeoned

Political short-termism: the buy-to-let housing market

19 April, 2016

Over the past year you may have heard about a 'war' being waged against the buy-to-let market

Benefit sanction statistics: publication strategy

19 April, 2016

Details of planned changes to official statistics on benefit sanctions

Duration on working-age benefits: April 2010 to March 2015

19 April, 2016

Annual statistics on the total time claimants spent on one or more the main DWP working-age benefits

Talking point: Is the Government killing off buy-to-let?

18 April, 2016

From the end of mortgage interest relief to extra Stamp Duty surcharges, there is plenty to suggest the Government is trying to kill off the buy-to-let sector

Landlords launch new crowdfunding campaign in legal challenge to Osborne

18 April, 2016

A second round of crowdfunding has been launched in a bid to raise money for a legal battle against the Government

Buy-to-let landlord surge ignites chain reaction in housing market

18 April, 2016

Rightmove claims landlord rush to beat stamp duty surcharge fuelled rise in homeowners selling up and trading up

Victory for vulnerable tenants

18 April, 2016

The Government has agreed a Liberal Democrat amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, which protects vulnerable tenants from being wrongly evicted

'Political warfare' over food bank group's million users claim hurting hungry people - MPs

18 April, 2016

The "political warfare" over discredited suggestions that more than one million people in Britain rely on food banks may have harmed the chances of genuinely hungry people getting help

Housing organisations say ministers should think again about unfair rent hikes for hard-working council tenants

18 April, 2016

As the Government's Housing Bill approaches the next stage in its bumpy ride through the House of Lords, tenant and housing campaigners have called on Ministers to drop proposals announced in George Osborne's 2015 Budge

Rush to beat buy-to-let tax rise pushes cost of a house to a record high: Average property price jumps to more than £307,000

18 April, 2016

Average asking price across all homes increased by 7.3 per cent this year

Lib Dems pledge more homes for rent and 'fair' Scottish welfare system

18 April, 2016

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have set out plans to increase in housing supply by expanding the Housing Fund for Scotland model and tackle youth homelessness through mediation

Why the housing bill could give the Lords another victory

18 April, 2016

This badly-drafted and timed bill won't address sky-high rents or house prices - expect peers to win concessions

How to help residents trapped by financial exclusion

18 April, 2016

Join us on Tuesday 26 April 11:30 - 13:00 BST, to discuss how professionals in councils, charities and housing can promote financial inclusion

Every jobcentre in Yorkshire now offers Universal Credit

18 April, 2016

Last 4 offices in Yorkshire switch over to new service

Most landlords considering hiking rent after tax 'assaults' on sector

15 April, 2016

Almost all landlords are considering increasing rents to pay for the higher taxes they now face

New trade body launches today in rental sector

15 April, 2016

A new trade body launches on the 15th April, aimed at the professional 'build to rent' sector

1% of tenants take up the Right to Buy

15 April, 2016

Less than 1% of the housing association tenants offered the chance to purchase their home under a pilot of the Right to Buy have so far made a formal application to buy

Foodbank use remains at record high

15 April, 2016

Trussell Trust says that one million three day food supplies a year must not become the new normal

Interest in buy-to-let drops by over a quarter as tax changes begin

15 April, 2016

Interest in new purchases from buy-to-let investors dropped 27% in March compared to the same month last year as April 1st tax change starts to bite

This is how 'poor landlords' will be tackled to help solve housing issues in studentville Treforest

15 April, 2016

Landlords would have to show their properties meet an acceptable standard

Buy-to-let loses ground as first-time buyers 'find their feet'

15 April, 2016

First time buyers are the new 'frontline' for a housing market buoyed by its best opening quarter lending figures in nine years

DWP 'punishing' low-paid full-time workers under new benefits rule

15 April, 2016

Critics say scheme under which working people claiming universal credit can be fined for failing to do enough to find more work is 'political dynamite'

No vote, no voice: Renters need to register!

15 April, 2016

Over a third of renters in London have moved 3 or more times in the last five years

Government to review Right to Rent guidelines

14 April, 2016

The Government is reviewing its guidance on Right to Rent and the immigration status checks that landlords and agents must by law make on all prospective tenants

Mortgage lending dips as buy-to-let purchasers take foot off pedal

14 April, 2016

Mortgage lending dipped during March as buy-to-let activity eased

EU migrants coming to UK for higher wages but no evidence of 'benefits tourism'

14 April, 2016

Higher wages and a lack of a jobs in the eurozone are listed as 'pull factors'

Housing market 'to cool' as buy-to-let rush dies and Brexit worries mount

14 April, 2016

The UK's housing market is set for a slowdown as the buy-to-let rush of the first three months of the year dies away

Reduced PCSO cover in parts of Cheshire 'caused by rent cuts'

14 April, 2016

Two housing associations in Cheshire have stopped funding Police Community Support Officers, blaming rent reductions imposed by the government

Benefit fraud or tax evasion: row over the Tories' targets

14 April, 2016

Figures show thousands more government inspectors are employed tackling benefits fraud than dealing with abuse of tax system

DHP (Dysfunctional Housing Payments)

14 April, 2016

When you're on the brink of eviction, what do you think it takes to get your council's attention? A lot, it transpires.

Landlords warn of rent increases

14 April, 2016

Almost all landlords are considering increasing rents to pay for the higher taxes they now face

Home-owner house purchase lending up 21% year-on-year in February

13 April, 2016

Home-owners borrowed £8.7bn for house purchase, up 4% month-on-month and 21% year-on-year. They took out 48,000 loans, up 4% on January and 12% on February 2015

Fresh fears of housing price crash as buy-to-let purchases plunge

13 April, 2016

Prospective buy-to-let owners have fallen by more than a quarter amid a punishing new tax on landlord buyers, fuelling fears of a price crash in parts of the country

Government should ditch social housing benefit cap 'as a matter of basic humanity'

13 April, 2016

A Wirral MP has warned some of the most vulnerable people in the borough could be plunged into crisis under Government plans to cap housing benefit payments

Testing times ahead for Universal Credit

13 April, 2016

The government's scheme to overhaul the welfare system has been the subject of much scrutiny in Westminster, but now the same is happening outside a north London job centre

£100 Council Tax cut for greener homes

13 April, 2016

Welsh households could receive £100 towards their council tax by going green

HMO landlord fined

13 April, 2016

An unlicensed East Barnet landlord has been fined over £3,000

Housing minister denies Government is trying to kill off buy-to-let

13 April, 2016

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has rejected claims that the Government is "choking off the buy-to-let sector"

Ministers seek to reduce councils' influence over HAs

13 April, 2016

The government has taken further steps to deregulate the sector by limiting the influence of councils over housing associations

HomeLet Rental Index - March 2016

13 April, 2016

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £755pcm - this is 4.9% higher than the same period last year

Weeks later... and council letting agency still has just one home listed

13 April, 2016

It's several weeks on from our story about a local authority setting up its own private letting agency and having only one property - and it STILL has only one property

Generation rent is losing the battle to buy its own homes

13 April, 2016

Couples and individuals struggling to get on the local housing ladder are being forced to pay the highest rental costs in the county

'As a landlady, I can see what needs to change in our rental market'

13 April, 2016

Maureen is a London landlady; here she tells us why she feels renting needs fixing

Getting tenants off to a flying start

12 April, 2016

Finding somewhere to live is difficult enough at the best of times, but without the right information and advice it can be an even more daunting prospect

HB U1/2016

12 April, 2016

Judgment of the Court of Appeal judicial review decision concerning the maximum rent (social sector)

Claim tax credits before Universal Credit arrives

12 April, 2016

Low-income workers are being urged to claim any tax credits sooner rather than later

Stephen Crabb 'committed' to Universal Credit

12 April, 2016

Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb has said he is "absolutely committed" to the government's flagship Universal Credit reform

Buy-to-let providers slash mortgage rates

12 April, 2016

The buy-to-let market has been under extra pressure in the last few months thanks to the stamp duty hike

Gracehill Housing Scheme gets the green light from planners despite 70 letters of objection

12 April, 2016

A proposal for a social housing development in Gracehill, which attracted 70 letters of objection, has been approved by Council's Planning Committee

Why it's time for Generation Rent to fight back against letting agents' fees

12 April, 2016

Journalist and nomadic Londoner Vicky Spratt on why the capital's twenty-somethings are living in constant fear of rent hikes

Buy-to-let landlords keep benefiting from cheaper mortgages

12 April, 2016

Finance website Moneyfacts says buy-to-let mortgage rates continue to fall despite Bank of England moves to dampen market

Revealed: which Dorset councils have built the most affordable homes (and you might be surprised)

12 April, 2016

Christchurch and Purbeck built fewer homes than their neighbouring authorities

Universal credit cuts to lose low-income families up to £200 a month

11 April, 2016

Changes to be introduced on Monday will push more low-paid working families into poverty

Is Universal Credit doomed to fail?

11 April, 2016

Later this month Universal Credit will finally roll across the country, but the Department of Work and Pensions is being challenged in court to release files about its management in the early days

End of long-term tenancies will 'damage family life'

11 April, 2016

Calls to scrap Tory plans to reform social housing as fears grow over damage to communities and children's education

Bill change 'could increase council home sales further'

11 April, 2016

Sector figures fear councils may have to sell more of their stock to fund the Right to Buy extension than previously expected

Tory local government leader asks Lords to block housing reforms

11 April, 2016

Peers are being urged to reject amendments to bill forcing councils to sell their most expensive properties

Three practical amendments Shelter is fighting for on the Housing Bill

11 April, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill returns to the House of Lords for Report stage today

Watch: how we can make renting better by stabilising rents

11 April, 2016

Last week, in the run-up to the London elections, Shelter published new research showing that over half of renters in the capital are struggling to pay the rent

The Housing and Planning Bill risks missing out half of England's young private-renting households

11 April, 2016

This afternoon, the House of Lords will kick-off the first round of voting on key amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill

£300 million childcare boost for hard-working families under Universal Credit

11 April, 2016

Parents on Universal Credit will now be able to claim back 85% of their childcare costs when they move into work - up from 70%

Record number of families with nine or more children are claiming housing benefit handouts costing taxpayers £6million a year

11 April, 2016

447 nine-child families received £4m last year; £2m for those with ten plus

What do you think of private rental market statistics?

11 April, 2016

Statistics on the Private Rented Sector (PRS) can be an invaluable resource

RICS calls for mandatory licence for all estate agents

08 April, 2016

The RICS has called for the introduction of a mandatory, recognised licence for all estate agents in the UK

Human rights watchdog to review welfare reforms

08 April, 2016

A human rights watchdog is to launch an inquiry into the effects of the government's welfare reforms on minority groups

Over half London's private renters are struggling. Renting needs fixing now

08 April, 2016

When does a city's housing problem get so bad that it's legitimate to describe it as a 'crisis'?

Buy-to-let's "last hurrah" blamed for 10.1% annual house price rise

08 April, 2016

Double digit growth in house prices over the last year has been blamed on the "last hurrah" of buy-to-let investors as they seek to head off the rise in stamp duty

'Pay £78 a week for heating and hot water', disabled tenants in Holloway sheltered accommodation told

08 April, 2016

Disabled pensioners in Holloway were sent letters by their housing association threatening a 450 per cent increase in bills

Families renting privately twice as likely to have moved in the last year

08 April, 2016

Almost one in five of London's privately renting families have moved in the last 12 months

The effects of taxes and benefits on income inequality: 1977 to financial year ending 2015

08 April, 2016

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

A guide to Rent Repayment Orders: Part 1

07 April, 2016

This is part one of a three-part guide on Rent Repayment Orders outlining what you need to know

New rental properties surge on to market as Stamp Duty bites

07 April, 2016

A large number of new rental properties came on stream at the end of March, with the influx due to a significant number of buy-to-let purchases completed by investors before the Stamp Duty hike

Counting the cost of becoming a nation of renters

07 April, 2016

Proof, if proof was needed, earlier this week that property prices in the capital are out of control

The Tories are promising to freeze council tax for five years if they win the Assembly election

07 April, 2016

The Tories say they would provide funding for councils to make up for the shortfall when council tax is frozen

Home benefits: the SFHA's Mary Taylor explains why welfare reform is a concern for housing associations

07 April, 2016

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations chief executive tells Holyrood of her concerns about the LHA cap, changes to benefits and the potential reclassification of social housing

Thousands of disabled claimants wrongly barred from Personal Independence Payments

07 April, 2016

Three in five Brits who contest a decision to reject their Personal Independence Payment win on appeal

Tax credit change 'may cause hardship'

07 April, 2016

Families who have been overpaid tax credits will have to repay the money at a much faster rate from now on

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2016

07 April, 2016

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data usually consistent with the annual Budget and Autumn Statement

Landlords' Barometer - #35: Why are landlords being singled out by Osborne?

06 April, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #35", with all the latest news and trending topics from the world of landlords!

Whew! Over 1,200 deals completed by conveyancer on eve of Stamp Duty change

06 April, 2016

In the 24 hours before the Stamp Duty surcharge kicked in, Britain's largest conveyancer completed a record number of transactions

Buying cheaper than renting in nearly half of Britain's major cities

06 April, 2016

Glasgow, Coventry and Birmingham topped the list of places where buying beats renting

Balance becomes 'relative' as Southwark tackles empty homes

06 April, 2016

A London council that has placed over 1,000 households beyond its borough boundaries over the past year has an estimated 2,000 empty private sector homes

Tenants who complain being 'bullied' by landlords

06 April, 2016

Tenants are being threatened and bullied by landlords if they make a complaint

The great service debate

06 April, 2016

From this month, social landlords will see revenues from rents fall by 1% each year for four years

Know your rights when dealing with lousy landlords

06 April, 2016

If you're like me and have bounced around rented accommodation in your student days and beyond, you've probably encountered your fair share of worn down flats and colourful landlords

Labour claims scrapping council tax would save people money

06 April, 2016

Scots will save more than £100 a year on average under Labour's plans to scrap the council tax

Bedroom tax and benefit sanctions: social workers must get to grips with welfare law

06 April, 2016

People who use services are feeling the impact of cuts and welfare reform. To make a difference to their lives, professionals need to understand these issues

Green Party pledge to push for rent controls

05 April, 2016

Sian Berry, the Green mayoral candidate for London, has issued her manifesto

Lib Dems call for immediate ban on letting agent fees

05 April, 2016

The Lib Dems have called for an immediate ban on letting fees charged by agents

Rapid rise in single parent debt problems

05 April, 2016

The number of single parents approaching StepChange Debt Charity for help has doubled over the last four years and they are now the fastest growing group among its clients

Housing and Inequality in London

05 April, 2016

Over the past 20 years the price of housing in London has quadrupled, and the number of people renting privately has grown dramatically

Free heat meter surveys for social landlords

05 April, 2016

At Sustainable Homes we know that the recent heat metering regulations have concentrated effort on installing meters in heat networks

Key Changes to Council Tax Support in 2016/17

05 April, 2016

April 2016 marks the beginning of the fourth year since Council Tax Benefit

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2015 to 2016

05 April, 2016

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

The Positive Impact of Social Housing Provision

05 April, 2016

It is evident that social housing supports individuals and households with pressing housing needs

Reduction in social housing rents

05 April, 2016

This note provides an outline of The Social Housing Rents (Exceptions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2016

UK buy-to-let is broken - and change will be good for investors

04 April, 2016

New stamp duty hikes on second homes, seen by many as a clamp down on buy-to-let, could pave the way for a revolution in Britain's rental market

Survey reveals tenants' rent cut concerns

04 April, 2016

More than half of social tenants to answer a survey said they are concerned about a reduction in services from their landlord as a result of the rent cut

Minimum energy efficiency standards become law for private rentals

04 April, 2016

The Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 will bring into force minimum energy efficiency standards for the residential private rented sector

Half of private rented properties checked 'below standards'

04 April, 2016

Almost half of private rented properties visited during a crackdown against problem landlords were found to be falling below acceptable standards by the council

Lender concerns prompt Housing Bill change

04 April, 2016

Ministers are set to change the Housing and Planning Bill following concerns that a new system of managing sector insolvencies would lead to lenders asking social landlords for more security

Top UK earners to receive as much in handouts as poorest by 2020

04 April, 2016

The wealthiest 20% of Britain's earners will receive almost as much support from the state through the "shadow welfare"

How Cambridge development with just 6% social housing is making £17m in extra sales

04 April, 2016

One of the most controversial developments in Cambridge is set to make millions of pounds more in profit than forecast when the original builder avoided hitting the city council's affordable housing target

Cutting housing benefit reduces property prices

04 April, 2016

House prices fall when Housing Benefit is cut

UK Government's housing policy targeting homeless families is 'tantamount to social cleansing'

04 April, 2016

Charities and politicians demand urgent safeguards after Independent investigation uncovers cases of homeless children dying from neglect and abuse

Struggling generation rent is being driven into debt

04 April, 2016

Figures from charities reveal how people unable to get on the housing ladder are under pressure from overdrafts, loans and arrears in rent

Fears council house evictions could rise due to benefits changes

01 April, 2016

Aberdeenshire's local authority has raised concerns that the number of council house evictions in the area may rise under the government's new universal credit scheme

Questor share tip: bet on Grainger as buy-to-let crackdown begins

01 April, 2016

Buy-to-let investing has been dealt a blow with higher rates of stamp duty kicking in

EEA migrants: access to social housing (England)

01 April, 2016

Part 1 of this briefing gives a broad overview of the law governing the rights of EEA migrants to access social housing in England

MPs launch inquiry into 'disability employment gap' and impact of ESA cuts

01 April, 2016

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) will be cut from £103 to £73 a week in April 2017

Why stamp duty isn't the end for your second home dreams

01 April, 2016

For second-home buyers, whether they are looking for holiday homes or buy-to-let, April 1 2016 is a crucial date

Rental prices in UK up by 2.6% in year to February 2016

01 April, 2016

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 2.6% in the 12 months to February 2016

Buy-to-let stamp duty hike begins as landlords warn rents will soar 'through the roof'

01 April, 2016

Chancellor George Osborne's controversial hike of stamp duty for buy-to-let investors is now in force, as the new tax year begins

Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit back to work schemes

01 April, 2016

Guidance about the different back to work schemes available to JSA and Universal Credit claimants

Index of private housing rental prices: February 2016

31 March, 2016

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

2016 Annual Review of Social Housing

31 March, 2016

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

We discuss the accounts and annual reports of the largest 100 Registered Providers

Without supported housing, a lot of people will be left outside to die

31 March, 2016

A proposed change to housing benefit rules will spell disaster for many of societys most vulnerable people

Possession Court Fees Increase

31 March, 2016

Unfortunately, there are occasions when landlords must resort to using the courts in order to regain possession of their property

Standard of ESA and PIP assessments unacceptable says Public Accounts Committee

31 March, 2016

Standard of ESA and PIP assessments unacceptable says Public Accounts Committee

Charity workers fear benefit claimants will struggle as Universal Credit is rolled out in SE1

31 March, 2016

It is revealed that new applicants will have to wait six weeks for first payment, and will need a bank account

Bedroom Tax Year 3 (How IDS stole my home)

31 March, 2016

As the third anniversary of the introduction of the bedroom tax passes, events over the preceding weekends took a poignant turn for Rob Gershon

From bad to worse

31 March, 2016

It is naive to think that the rental and homeownership markets are not intimately linked

Largest council tax rises this decade loom for English householders

31 March, 2016

Households across England will face the biggest council tax rises this decade from Friday

Latest clampdown on landlords to cut buy-to-let lending by up to 20%

30 March, 2016

Lending to buy-to-let borrowers is to be tightened up, with 'stress' levels raised

Landlords at risk of missing asset register deadline

30 March, 2016

A large number of housing associations are in danger of failing to meet Thursday's deadline for completing a register of assets and liabilities

Can the new work and pensions secretary win back trust on welfare?

30 March, 2016

After the furore over disability benefits and the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, Stephen Crabb's challenge is to rebuild the Conservatives' credibility on social justice

En-suite education: the unstoppable rise of luxury student housing

30 March, 2016

The UK's student boom has seen a spate of new, expensive, high-spec studio flats for them to live in

LendInvest research reveals tenants and landlords alike face stamp duty squeeze

30 March, 2016

The 3% stamp duty rise coming into effect on 1 April is set to put the squeeze is likely to see landlords passing on the extra cost to tenants

Gaps in welfare safety net still pose risk Committee says

30 March, 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee has published the Government's response to its report on the Local welfare safety net

Homelessness statistics make uncomfortable reading for politicians worried about welfare cuts

30 March, 2016

Last weekend's news was dominated by the political fallout from Iain Duncan Smith's resignation and by signs of growing political unease around the latest proposed cuts to welfare

Buy to Let 'big risk' to UK economy

30 March, 2016

The Bank of England has warned Britain must burst its Buy to Let bubble to ward off future financial risk

Explainer: what are rent controls - and who benefits from them?

30 March, 2016

New York, San Francisco and Stockholm have them. And now some Londoners are calling for them to curb rising rents

Mother claims she is forced to live with no electricity, crumbling walls and rats because her housing association landlord will not carry out proper repairs to her home

30 March, 2016

A mother says she is being forced to live with rats, crumbling walls and no electricity in the downstairs of her home because her housing association will not carry out proper repairs

Osborne's war on buy-to-let: Further clampdowns to come

29 March, 2016

The Chancellor is set for a new crackdown on buy-to-let mortgages

Tenants' lives put at risk by lack of smoke alarms

29 March, 2016

Fifth of privately rented homes not fitted with device despite law requiring landlords install them on every floor

Has there been a rush of buy-to-let investment in PRS?

29 March, 2016

An earlier post at the beginning of March 1st touched on the 'B2L investment rush' we are apparently experiencing

Consternation as Lewisham Council approved new landlord licensing fee of £500 per bedroom

29 March, 2016

Following approval of a new additional landlord licensing scheme on 2 March, Lewisham Council's Licensing Supplementary Committee met on 22 March and approved proposals for a dramatic increase in HMO licence application fees

Government spends £100,000 on lawyers to defend the bedroom tax

29 March, 2016

The DWP is fighting a rape victim and the family of a severely disabled child

Stephen Crabb urged to overhaul 'salami-sliced' universal credit system

29 March, 2016

Shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith says the welfare policy will hit millions of low-paid workers in the pocket

Bank Of England Set For New Buy-To-Let Powers

29 March, 2016

George Osborne says it is "highly likely" the Bank will be given powers over the buy-to-let mortgage market "later this year"

Landlords in one borough to be hit with licensing fee rising by nearly 300%

24 March, 2016

Landlords of bedsits above shops in a London borough could be clobbered with a licensing fee that is set to rise by 278%

Buy-to-let market will 'drop like a stone' after Stamp Duty surcharge

24 March, 2016

The Stamp Duty surcharge on buy-to-let purchases which comes into effect next week will increase rent costs for tenants and trigger a decline in the supply of available properties

BBC banned from broadcasting disability benefit cuts protest in Parliament

24 March, 2016

The broadcaster was forced to terminate a broadcast from a protest outside the House of Commons chamber

Government 'writes off' £40 million of overpaid housing benefit

24 March, 2016

Around £40 million in housing benefit overpayments has been written off, new figures have shown

HB S3/2016

24 March, 2016

Final New Burdens payment 2015/16 for the Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative, reduction in Housing Benefit backdating and removal of Family Premium

Campaign launched to help housing benefit tenants get a fairer deal

24 March, 2016

Is blame for DSS discrimination being pointed at the wrong people? Is it landlords or letting agents who make the process difficult?

Landlords face £5k fines for not fitting smoke alarms

24 March, 2016

Hackney has become one of the first London boroughs to impose a maximum penalty fine in a bid to protect tenants

Rent Smart Wales slashes license-fee rates following concerns

24 March, 2016

UKALA has persuaded Rent Smart Wales to revise the cost of its licence for letting and managements agents after expressing concerns the proposed fee would have a detrimental impact on standards

Universal Credit Support in Bradford

24 March, 2016

Social Housing provider Incommunities and Bradford District Credit Union talk to BCB Radio about their partnership with Bradford Council to support those receiving Universal Credit

Sales go up as landlords scrabble ahead of Stamp Duty surcharge

23 March, 2016

HMRC has reported that there were 94,590 residential property transactions in the UK in February

MPs approve Chancellor George Osborne's Budget

23 March, 2016

MPs have approved the Budget after Chancellor George Osborne was forced to shelve planned cuts to disability benefits

Billions of pounds of welfare cuts on way despite PIP U-turn

23 March, 2016

Ministers say no more social security cuts - but have approved a huge package of savings for this parliament already

The fight to claim back council housing from this poisonous Tory attack

23 March, 2016

At the Unite union we've taken the fight for social housing to Great Yarmouth, the very doorstep of housing minister Brandon Lewis

Failures and u-turns: the Conservative Party's record on welfare

23 March, 2016

Welfare reform and its implementation has been a crucial test for the Conservative Party's rebrand

The My Home Finance loan scheme is in trouble, but tenants still need affordable finance

23 March, 2016

Whatever the causes of the My Home Finance scheme's crisis, it highlights the difficulty of providing genuinely affordable loans for those who need them

Damage done by cuts and sanctions brings Oxfam to Wales

23 March, 2016

The international aid charity hopes to tackle Welsh poverty head on and help victims of austerity in the country

Association of residential letting agents private rented sector report

23 March, 2016

The number of prospective tenants registered per branch increased by a fifth (19%) in February to 37

A crucial step towards a secure future for Scotland's private renters

23 March, 2016

Last week, the Scottish Parliament passed landmark legislation to boost the legal rights that private tenants have to stay in their homes

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: April 2015 to September 2015

23 March, 2016

Twice-yearly National Statistics publication on Housing Benefit overpayments and fraud

Buy-to-Let Index - February 2016

22 March, 2016

Spring heat from rental market - as tenants feel first rent rises since September

Rent Smart Wales licensing fees revised

22 March, 2016

New licence fees for Letting and Management Agents will range from £1,890 to £6,600 for five years depending on number of properties

Local authorities 'no confidence' in dealing with rogue landlords

22 March, 2016

Rogue landlords often escape punishment from local councils as the authority has "no confidence in their legal support"

High-income tenants exempt from rent cut

22 March, 2016

The 1% annual rent cut will not apply to households with household income of £60,000 or more

Disability benefits U-turn leaves Cameron with £4.4bn to find

22 March, 2016

Prime minister forced to concede that black hole will not be filled by further cuts

The effect of forthcoming housing policy changes on social-tenant employment and the London economy

22 March, 2016

London is facing an unprecedented housing crisis

The expected reduction in the amount of social housing in inner London due to the Housing and Planning Bill will affect local infrastructure and employers

Households underestimate monthly bills by £700 - while many consider themselves 'in debt' only if they owe £45k

22 March, 2016

Monthly outgoings typically £1,505 - £693 less than estimated

How Osborne's budgets have changed the welfare bill - interactive

22 March, 2016

Chancellor's decision to ringfence pensions has seen welfare spending grow since his first budget in 2010

Latest council offers cash for downsizing

22 March, 2016

Hackney are the latest local authority to offer residents a cash incentive if they downsize

New benefits boss Stephen Crabb is fighting his OWN constituents in the Supreme Court

22 March, 2016

Paul and Sue Rutherford are being dragged through the Supreme Court over the Bedroom Tax by their own MP

New minister faces call to re-think 'LHA cap'

22 March, 2016

New work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb is facing immediate calls to re-examine plans to apply a new housing benefit cap to supported housing

What IDS really thinks about disability cuts (according to one of his own colleagues)

22 March, 2016

Stephen MacPartland says the sanctification of IDS has been "absolutely disgraceful"

LIN member report March 2016 - The Budget

21 March, 2016

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

It was the PM himself who wanted Right to Rent checks

21 March, 2016

It was David Cameron himself who wanted Right to Rent checks on tenants' immigration status - despite overwhelming lack of support from his ministers

'Generation rent' have given up hope of buying own home

21 March, 2016

Three-quarters of people in Britain fear it will be impossible for future generations to have a home to settle down in

Robin Hood Gardens and the demise of Britsh social housing

21 March, 2016

The rise and fall of Robin Hood Gardens echoes the fate of British social housing, as developers take from the poor to house the rich

IDS loses legal challenge to keep Universal Credit problems secret

21 March, 2016

Iain Duncan Smith has lost his latest attempt to keep potentially damning Universal Credit documents secret

Nadine Dorries slams Iain Duncan Smith for begging her to vote for disability cuts before resigning

21 March, 2016

The outspoken backbencher claims Iain Duncan Smith 'begged and bribed' her not to vote against his cuts to Employment Support Allowance

New rental income guarantee to drive 'significant expansion' of Scottish private rental market

21 March, 2016

Although the UK's PRS market is presently immature, it is expected to expand significantly in the near future

40,000 to be hit by cuts to disability benefits

21 March, 2016

Opposition voiced at UK Government plans

All Welsh jobcentres switch over to Universal Credit

21 March, 2016

Wales becomes the first nation in the UK to complete the rollout of Universal Credit

Succession rights and social housing (England)

21 March, 2016

Within the current statutory framework there can only be one statutory succession to a council or housing association tenancy in England

Iain Duncan Smith was 'isolated' in government over welfare

21 March, 2016

Conservative Party infighting dramatically escalated last night in the wake of Iain Duncan Smith's resignation as he delivered a stinging attack on the direction of the party leadership's austerity drive

Iain Duncan Smith quits over planned disability benefit changes

18 March, 2016

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has resigned citing pressure to make cuts to disability benefits

HB G3/2016

18 March, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

A crucial step towards a secure future for Scotland's private renters

18 March, 2016

Yesterday, the Scottish Parliament passed landmark legislation to boost the legal rights that private tenants have to stay in their homes

UK housing: Landlords making best returns in 17 months as rents and house prices rise

18 March, 2016

Rents are picking up in England and Wales as landlords begin to pass on higher taxes from the Treasury to tenants

Government not backing down on disability cuts despite minister's words

18 March, 2016

Suggestions by a Cabinet minister that the government may back down over cuts to disability benefit have been played down amid a growing Conservative row

Work alongside private landlords, politicians in Wales are urged ahead of Assembly election

18 March, 2016

An election hustings on housing was held in Cardiff Bay on Tuesday evening

MSPs approve new regulations for tenants and landlords

18 March, 2016

MSPs have approved new rules for landlords and tenants to regulate the private rental sector

Tackling fuel poverty

18 March, 2016

Bromford is working towards developing a service offer around affordable warmth and fuel poverty

Who will disability 'cuts' impact?

18 March, 2016

Behind the frantic number-crunching and political fallout from Wednesday's Budget lies a large group of disabled people who will be affected by the latest benefit reform

Not what the Government wanted - but 'more landlords will go corporate'

17 March, 2016

New Capital Gains Tax rules will encourage property investors to operate as companies

Despair as ARLA slams Osborne's 'outright assault' on PRS in 'catastrophic' Budget

17 March, 2016

Yesterday's Budget was attacked as a clobbering of the private rented sector

Ministers to 'explore ways of getting social tenants into homeownership'

17 March, 2016

The government has announced it will look at ways of further increasing homeownership levels among social tenants

The property market battle lines are drawn: Buy-to-let landlords denied tax break by the Chancellor as homebuyers get a savings boost

17 March, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords have been denied a tax break on their property profits as the Chancellor excluded them from a big capital gains tax cut

Budget 2016: The Disabled Are 'Paying The Price For George Osborne's Tax Breaks For The Rich'

17 March, 2016

Labour and charities say it's a 'bleak day' as £4.4bn slashed

Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016

17 March, 2016

An Act to make provision about reports on progress towards full employment and the apprenticeships target

The women who escape domestic abuse but lose their social housing

17 March, 2016

Women and their children often have to forfeit their homes to escape violent partners. One housing association is offering an answer

Disability Benefits

17 March, 2016

The day after a Budget is usually a difficult one for any Chancellor, but this year, George Osborne has been subject to sustained and withering scrutiny

8 things you didn't know about private landlords

17 March, 2016

The number of private landlords has exploded in recent years with the growth of the private rented sector

A sharing economy as rents rise and tenants pile in together

16 March, 2016

The average rent for new tenancies in the UK, excluding London, is now £744 per month - up 4.8% on a year ago

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 3 Mar 2016

16 March, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 3 March 2016

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to January 2016

16 March, 2016

Statistics on claims in payment, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made and other aspects of Personal Independence Payment

Call for mandatory electrical checks for all social housing and owner-occupied flats

16 March, 2016

A charity which led the successful call for mandatory electrical checks in Scotland's PRS has called for these to be extended to all social housing and owner occupied flats

The future of social housing in the North West

16 March, 2016

The legal implications and financing of building new homes in the North West to meet George Osborne's plans for a "Northern powerhouse" are being discussed at a major conference in Liverpool this week

Government 'damaging supply' of rented housing

16 March, 2016

A former Conservative shadow cabinet member has criticised the government's approach to the private rented sector

Budget 2016: George Osborne extends buy-to-let stamp duty hike to large-scale purchases

16 March, 2016

George Osborne will extend a planned stamp duty hike on purchases of additional property to include those who buy more than 15 properties

SFHA comments on LHA cap delay for supported tenants

16 March, 2016

Commenting on today's UK Budget announcement and the reiteration by the UK Government that it will delay the LHA cap for tenants in supported accommodation by a year

It's not just Blair raking in rental profits. Nearly a third of MPs are landlords

16 March, 2016

For the many people who can't afford to buy, it's galling that so many MPs are profiting from renters - and have an interest in keeping house prices high

What next for disabled claimants who face welfare reform?

16 March, 2016

The changes to the way Personal Independence Payment or PIP is assessed are unpopular measures where I am

Benefit cuts threaten independent living for thousands of disabled people

16 March, 2016

Budget announcements by George Osborne set to be 'last straw' for many who fear heavy impact from tighter assessments and benefit cuts

Cambridge needs social housing to correct an 'imperfect' market

16 March, 2016

Cambridge needs to build more social housing to correct an "imperfect" property market here in the city

Letting agents accused on TV of milking benefits system

15 March, 2016

Over 200 millionaires have been created among landlords and agents in the last three years by the housing benefits system

Young families priced out of rental markets in two-thirds of the UK

15 March, 2016

Figures suggest soaring rents make having children financially prohibitive for young couples in southern England and beyond

The 200 landlords making £1MILLION a year from housing benefits

15 March, 2016

One letting agent made £2million from the taxpayer in the last three years

There are now 157 foodbanks operating in Wales compared to 16 between 1998 and 2010

15 March, 2016

Austerity has been blamed for the rise and it's warned that their use was now becoming 'institutionalised'

As the Mayoral election nears, London renters are demanding change

15 March, 2016

In just eight weeks, London will have a new Mayor. Will they have a plan to fix London's renting crisis?

Housing Minister writes to councils over evictions advice following NLA pressure

15 March, 2016

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has written to all local councils in England in order to clarify homelessness guidance

Council takes on 'rip off' private rental sector

15 March, 2016

A London council is ready to fight a "rip off" private rental sector - on its own terms

A tale of two cities: winners and losers in London's social housing divide

15 March, 2016

In one part of London, residents are being bulldozed out of council-built homes to make way for a privately led development most cannot afford

Councils told to stop telling tenants in process of eviction to stay put

14 March, 2016

Local authorities must stop routinely advising tenants to stay put until the bailiff arrives before they can be accepted as homeless

Battling the bedroom tax: the wider implications of the Supreme Court hearing

14 March, 2016

Following the recent 'bedroom tax' hearing in the UK Supreme Court, Jed Meers from the University of York considers the potential implications of the upcoming judgment for policies relying on elements of conditionality

Housing Bill: From pay to stay to right to rent - the controversial legislation explained

14 March, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill is approaching its final stage in parliament before - if all goes to the government's plan - passing into law

Social housing benefit cap will put thousands on streets

14 March, 2016

Limit for local housing allowance would lead to widespread bed closures in hostels and supported housing

How landlords are using companies to dodge the stamp duty crackdown on property purchases

14 March, 2016

Surge in landlord purchases through companies as tax hike looms

Universal Credit cuts will leave millions of families worse off

14 March, 2016

A single mum working full time on the minimum wage and who has two kids will be stripped of £554 a year

Disability benefit change to affect half a million

14 March, 2016

More than half a million disabled people could lose out as a result of further changes over the next four years to welfare payments

'Prices are rising at a terrifying rate': the rent worries that keep you up at night

14 March, 2016

The stress of keeping up rent or mortgage payments has sent more than a million people in the UK to the doctor

Every jobcentre in London and home counties switched to Universal Credit

14 March, 2016

Over 95% of jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

Tories must reverse Universal Credit cuts to show they're serious about helping savers

14 March, 2016

The Tories have been criticised for inconsistency following the announcement of their 'Help to Save' scheme

Property tax reform could encourage landlords to sell to private tenants

14 March, 2016

Our new report has indicated that the Chancellor should help generation rent to own their current properties through the reform of Capital Gains Tax

Number of rough sleepers in Barrow revealed as lack of social housing is labelled 'monstrous'

14 March, 2016

People are being forced to sleep on the streets of Barrow as waiting lists for the area's council houses reach crisis point

Landlords rein in pay ahead of rent cut

11 March, 2016

Housing associations are reining in pay and cutting back on previously protected tenants' services in a bid to cope with the impact of government policy

Families face biggest council-tax increase in eight years

11 March, 2016

Authorities able to raise council-tax charges by up to 3.99 per cent in 2016-17 without having to call a local referendum

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

11 March, 2016

This briefing provides a summary of the parliamentary scrutiny of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill prior to the Stage 3 proceedings which are scheduled to take place on Thursday 17 March 2016

Average length of time in PRS rises to 14 years

11 March, 2016

A survey of more than 800 Private Rented Sector tenants has found high levels of satisfaction with rented accommodation

Personal Independence Payment consultation response announced

11 March, 2016

The government is changing the assessment criteria for the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment

'Broken' disability benefits need total overhaul

11 March, 2016

Fit-for-work tests and sanctions for those with chronic illness or disability should be scrapped

Buy-to-let tax changes: A perfect storm for landlords and tenants

11 March, 2016

Upcoming tax changes have ignited debate about the role private landlords should play in meeting the UK's housing needs

Leeds campaigners rally against new law which will 'effectively end social housing'

11 March, 2016

A group of campaigners in Leeds will be holding a Housing Summit this weekend to oppose the government's planned cuts in social housing

Agents who turn down tenants on benefits 'are not breaking law'

10 March, 2016

It is not unlawful discrimination for an agent or landlord to refuse to let to a prospective tenant who is on benefit

Bye bye! One in five tenants expects to lose deposits

10 March, 2016

One in five tenants expects never to see their deposit money again after handing it over

Conveyancers report 'turbo-charged' increase in Buy-to-Let activity as SDLT change looms

10 March, 2016

Buy-to-Let and second-home activity increased by 46% since the additional Stamp Duty Land Tax announcement was made in November 2015

UK workers on zero-hours contracts rise above 800,000

10 March, 2016

Workers on zero-hours contracts more likely to be young, part-time, women, or in full-time education

UK housing: Millions more face higher rents in 'perfect storm for a major renting crisis'

10 March, 2016

The number of renters in England and Wales soar will over the coming decade as millions more people are caught in a trap of high rents and house prices

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments: claims made to Jun 2015 and appeals to Dec 2015

10 March, 2016

Outcomes of Work Capability Assessments for Employment and Support Allowance claims made to June 2015 and appeal outcomes to December 2015

Social housing: 'pay to stay' at market rents

10 March, 2016

Following a consultation exercise in 2012 the Coalition Government gave social landlords in England the discretion to charge market or near market rents to tenants with an income of £60,000 or more a year

DWP not snubbing Scottish Government over welfare reforms

10 March, 2016

There is no reluctance for DWP ministers to appear before the Scottish Parliament, despite 11 requests to go to Holyrood being refused

London council launches letting agency for private renters

10 March, 2016

A London council has launched a letting agency for private renters, in a move it said would protect tenants from "the scourge of rip-off fees and charges"

London mayoral election: Sadiq Khan pledges to name 'bad' landlords

10 March, 2016

Labour's mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan announced a number of measures aimed at protecting private renters as he launched his election manifesto

Scottish property industry expresses concern about Sturgeon's council tax reforms

09 March, 2016

Scotland's property industry has warned that tax proposals underlying the Scottish Government's reform of council tax could harm developers and landowners

The phantom benefit cheat is the perfect patsy for austerity

09 March, 2016

It's in the government's interests to keep promoting the very myths that keep the benefit fraud hotline ringing - and distract us from real social problems

Coalition of 60 national disability charities condemn Tory cuts to ESA

09 March, 2016

'The cuts to employment and support allowance and universal credit mark a step backwards for disabled people'

Welfare reforms 'will worsen regional inequalities'

09 March, 2016

Government welfare reforms will "further entrench deep-seated regional inequalities across Britain"

Pay to Stay: Fairer Rents in Social Housing

09 March, 2016

Consultation response

The uneven impact of welfare reform

09 March, 2016

The financial losses to places and people

Credit cards are pushing people into damaging long-term debt

09 March, 2016

They were introduced as a convenient way to borrow over the short term, but have become dangerous debt builders

Fixed term tenancies failing on everyone's terms

09 March, 2016

The government's plan to remove security from social tenants and restrict tenancies to 2-5 years will hopefully get the scrutiny it deserves this week

Adam Perkins: 'Welfare dependency can be bred out'

09 March, 2016

The author and academic argues that workless people breed children with job-resistant traits

Universal Credit work allowances

08 March, 2016

Information about changes to the Universal Credit work allowances from April 2016

Homelessness advocates call for evictions ban to protect older women

08 March, 2016

Anna Bligh calls for rental subsidies to help the growing number of women over the age of 55 at risk of becoming homeless

Buy-to-let landlords 'can make £100 more a week renting property on Airbnb'

08 March, 2016

London now has the third highest number of Airbnb listings in the world

New Powers new Scotland

08 March, 2016

How the Scottish parliament could use its new tax and benefit responsibilities

Pay to Stay tapers - a policy not for u-turning

08 March, 2016

The front page of this weekend's Observer newspaper declared that "ministers are planning to modify hugely contentious elements of the housing reforms the chancellor announced last summer"

The women leading the charge in Britain's 150 year fight for social housing

08 March, 2016

From Octavia Hill in 1866 to the women of New Era estate in 2014, female campaigners have often been the driving force for better housing rights

Tenant arrears tracker

08 March, 2016

Tenants reverse trend to serious rent arrears

Tenants Must Be Protected From Wrongful Evictions

08 March, 2016

The Lib Dems have a good track record on fighting for tenants against wrongful evictions

37,000 tenants 'overcharged for water by south London council'

08 March, 2016

Thousands of council tenants have been overcharged for water and sewage services

Criticism as £30-a-week disability benefit cuts go ahead

08 March, 2016

Peers have backed down in their battle with MPs over cuts to disabled people's benefits after ministers invoked special powers to push them through

Participation pays

07 March, 2016

Tenant involvement praised by minister

A deeply dehumanising experience

07 March, 2016

M.E./CFS journeys through the PIP claim process in Scotland

This in-depth report, based on interviews with people with M.E./CFS in Scotland, demonstrates that one of the measures designed to mitigate this impact is failing

Lords ESA cuts debate: latest ping pong

07 March, 2016

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill returns to the House of Lords today for consideration of Commons amendments in 'ping pong'

Think tank calls for single Scottish department for tax and welfare

07 March, 2016

The Scottish Government should have a single department responsible for both new tax and welfare powers due to be devolved

Landlords must prepare for longer tenancies

07 March, 2016

Landlords and property managers must prepare for long-term tenancies

Landlords unhappy with London Housing Commission's licensing proposals

07 March, 2016

A landlords' body said the LHC is just plain wrong with its proposals that councils be given greater leeway to create landlord licensing schemes

Food for fought: Politicians to face public grilling on food banks and poverty at conference set up by Trussell Trust

07 March, 2016

Food bank users are being given a voice today when they get to quiz leading politicians

"Buy-to-let-to-retire" is the new downsizing

07 March, 2016

One in five over 55s are considering buying their ideal retirement home now and letting it out until they retire

Tory climbdown over pay-to-stay plan to raise social housing rents

07 March, 2016

Partial U-turn part of bid to clear decks ahead of Europe referendum poll day

New landlord licensing scheme in Peterborough

04 March, 2016

A new landlord licensing scheme approved today, will mean that private landlords operating in designated areas of Peterborough will have to apply for a licence or face potential fines of up to £20,000 and prosecution

Opinion: Buy to Let needs level playing field

04 March, 2016

Since the government's election in May 2015 the Chancellor has had the buy-to-let market in his sights

Gloucester Foodbank appeals for depot for 25 tonnes of food

04 March, 2016

Food bank volunteers in Gloucestershire are "desperately" trying to find somewhere to store 25 tonnes of food

Buy to Let and household debts are risks

04 March, 2016

The rapidly growing Buy to Let market is increasing risks to the housing market

House price inflation fails to take off despite claims buy-to-let investors are racing to snap up homes ahead of stamp duty hike

04 March, 2016

House prices remained steady in February, despite a steep increase in mortgage approvals since the turn of the year ahead of the looming stamp duty hike for buy to let investors this April

One in six tenants has sub-let with more likely to do so

04 March, 2016

Research by landlord insurance provider Direct Line for Business reveals that one in six tenants in the UK admits to having rented out part or all of their property to someone not on the lease agreement

UCL rent strike: Student support in fight against 'social cleansing' and soaring accommodation costs increases

04 March, 2016

Strike organisers say amount of rent now being withheld is at over £1 million, something which could rise as more students decide whether to join the cause or not

Numbers claiming housing benefit tumbles in Cambridge - social cleansing or economic success?

04 March, 2016

The number of people claiming housing benefit has plummeted in Cambridge and around the county - prompting different explanations from across the political divide

Assembly calls for rent regulation devolution

04 March, 2016

London Assembly members have called for the next mayor of London to seek devolved powers to introduce three-year default tenancies for private renters

Tories block plan to look at the impact of their disability benefit cuts

04 March, 2016

The Government says the cuts to Employment and Support Allowance will help disabled people

Plans for wide-ranging cap on energy bills expected to be scrapped

04 March, 2016

Competition watchdog likely to ditch price curbs for customers on standard tariffs amid pressure from UK's biggest suppliers

The tax credit cut that Osborne sneaked through

03 March, 2016

It would have been impossible to miss the furore last year regarding George Osborne's proposed changes to tax credits arising from the Budget 2015

Right to rent checks in the social housing sector now in force

03 March, 2016

The introduction of right to rent checks on 1 February 2016 will have important implications for social housing providers

Landlords warn on one year 'LHA cap' exemption

03 March, 2016

Supported housing developments stalled due to uncertainty will stay frozen

Iain Duncan Smith: the latest MP to pretend council cuts are not his fault

03 March, 2016

It's bad enough that the secretary of state used his position to hammer Enfield council on efficiency, but let's not forget the damage caused by welfare reform

IDS urges Tory MPs to vote through cuts to disability benefits - despite his own watchdog warning they are unfair

03 March, 2016

The plans have been accused of causing 'unnecessary hardship'

Financial stability in the social housing sector continues

03 March, 2016

Latest quarterly survey published

'Rent trap' catches aspiring first-time buyers who paid over £40,000 to landlords in five years

03 March, 2016

Renters in England forked out to landlords since 2010 the equivalent of almost a fifth of the average price of a first-time buyer's property

Changes to Immigration Bill will 'protect' landlords

03 March, 2016

Landlords taking 'reasonable steps' are now protected from failing to pick up illegal tenants

The Bank of England: Assessing Risks on a B2L Near You

02 March, 2016

Those with a genuine interest in the functioning of the housing and private rental markets may well be aware of the important research being carried out by the Bank of England into financial stability risks and the buy-to-let market

Incomes of the poor being boosted by strong employment growth, but will be hit by benefit cuts

02 March, 2016

Strong employment growth has reduced the number of people living in households with incomes below a fixed poverty line over the last two years

Landlord satisfaction across UK highest in Wales

02 March, 2016

More renters in Wales are satisfied with their landlord than in any other part of the UK

Highest council tax bands 'to pay more' says Nicola Sturgeon

02 March, 2016

People in Scotland's four highest council tax bands are to pay more under new Scottish government proposals

Scottish government to set up benefits agency to streamline welfare

02 March, 2016

Nicola Sturgeon hopes strategy, which will see new agency running benefits devolved to Holyrood, will boost SNP lead in polls

Greater Manchester sees record number of evictions

02 March, 2016

A record number of people were forced out of their homes after falling behind with rent, according to government stats

Equalities watchdog criticises planned cuts to work support allowance

02 March, 2016

Equalities and Human Rights Commission says cutting £30 a week from ESA benefits will disproportionately hit disabled people

HB A4/2016

02 March, 2016

Housing Benefit operational information, performance support and engagement 2016/17

U.K. Mortgage Approvals Jump in Rush to Beat Tax Increase

01 March, 2016

U.K. mortgage approvals reached a two-year high in January as buy-to-let landlords rushed to beat a tax increase

Supported and sheltered housing exempt from LHA cap for one year

01 March, 2016

Government announces delay to introduction of the Local Housing Allowance cap to allow for a proper strategic review

Rents in social housing: the trade-offs

01 March, 2016

The cost of housing has risen rapidly, largely due to constrained housing supply

There are no easy answers for welfare policy: either the state spends increasingly large amounts subsidising housing costs, or it lets housing costs push increasing numbers of people into hardship

Rental prices force residents away

01 March, 2016

Renters are being driven out of Brighton and Hove by spiralling housing costs

Lords rebuff Tory plan to cut ESA for second time

01 March, 2016

Peers defeat government again over proposed £30-a-week cut to benefits for ill and disabled found 'unfit to work'

Shelter Scotland launches advice hub for private renters

01 March, 2016

A new online hub has been launched to help renters in Scotland's private rented sector navigate their rights and responsibilities

Compromised and under pressure: social housing in the wake of universal credit

01 March, 2016

Welfare reform has spurred record levels of debt among tenants, with 25% of council tenants on universal credit facing legal action in some areas

HB Direct Issue 165

01 March, 2016

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

JSA sanction decisions relating to Universal Jobmatch: Jun 2013 to Jun 2015

01 March, 2016

Number of Jobseeker's Allowance sanction decisions relating to Universal Jobmatch

Bedroom tax cases heard in Supreme Court

01 March, 2016

Two bedroom tax decisions are being appealed to the Supreme Court

Scottish government to set up new welfare delivery agency

01 March, 2016

The Scottish government is to set up a new agency to deliver social security payments when new powers are devolved

Current buy to let changes won't help first time buyers

01 March, 2016

Not one of the raft of buy to let rule changes being introduced by Chancellor George Osborne will actually directly help first timers

Disability campaigners gather at supreme court for bedroom tax cases

29 February, 2016

Women's rights groups also among activists outside court where judges will consider appeals claiming tax is discriminatory

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index - January 2016

29 February, 2016

Scotland's tenants move back into the black

Universal Credit in all jobcentres in the Humber and north-east Yorkshire

29 February, 2016

New milestone reached as over 660 jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

Landlords 'forced into debt' if interest rates rise by 2.5%

29 February, 2016

Buy to let in seven out of 10 UK towns and cities could become unprofitable if interest rates rise by just 2.5%

Joshua Rozenberg: Supreme Court to sort out bedroom tax mess - but it won't be easy

29 February, 2016

The background to this week's human rights showdown explained by Britain's best-known commentator on the law

In London, Renters Now Outnumber Homeowners

29 February, 2016

Over the next decade the ratio will tip even further, with wide-ranging consequences

Plan to build 700 new homes shelved - after tenants get rents slashed

29 February, 2016

Plans to build 700 new properties across North Lincolnshire have been shelved

Tories blocked social housing as it produced Labour votes

29 February, 2016

David Cameron opposed increased funding for social housing in the last parliament because it would "produce more Labour voters"

BT accused of 'shameless profiteering' over universal credit helpline

29 February, 2016

Tim Farron estimates the telecoms company has made a minimum of £1.49m from calls made by people struggling with the new benefits system

Housing benefit changes causing 'heartache' Supreme Court told

29 February, 2016

The husband of a disabled woman has told the Supreme Court of the "heartache" they have suffered following changes to housing benefits

Lambeth council's campaign to hammer home the reality of cuts

26 February, 2016

The London borough's chief executive has tough choices to make and wants to get residents on side

ARLA finds supply of rented homes at its lowest ebb

26 February, 2016

The supply of rental properties has dropped to its lowest level in a year, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents

Claims abuses need curtailed

26 February, 2016

One in nine people in Northern Ireland are drawing Disability Living Allowance

Asda backs down over food bank ban

26 February, 2016

Supermarket chain to allow collection points back into its UK supermarkets after backlash

Four million children in fuel poverty which costs the NHS £27,000 a day

26 February, 2016

Cold homes caused by unaffordable heating are having serious consequences

Digs campaign slams 'discrimination' against renters on housing benefit

26 February, 2016

'No DSS' policy affects disabled and low income workers

Councils axe build programmes after rent cut

26 February, 2016

Councils have axed thousands of homes planned under fledgling development programmes, as they battle to accommodate the 1% rent reduction imposed by the government

Crisis warns of 'homelessness trap'

26 February, 2016

The vast majority of landlords are reluctant to rent to the homeless and people on benefits, according to Crisis

Home - No less will do campaign

25 February, 2016

Shelter campaign

More families are renting and fewer people expect to ever own a home

25 February, 2016

Seven things we've learned from the 2016 English housing survey about how tenures have changed in the past 10 years

What's pushing Charlotte and Jayson over the edge? £12 a week bedroom tax

25 February, 2016

It wouldn't be much money to a politician. But to the Carmichaels, struggling with Charlotte's severe spinal condition, it's a supreme court case against the government

Are letting agents helping to lock renters out?

25 February, 2016

Low income renters are in a precarious position. The help they get to pay the rent is shrivelling, whilst rents are blossoming. Its little surprise that half of private renters say they are already struggling or falling behind with their rent

LHA maxima cuts - worse than stated

25 February, 2016

Joe Halewood Blog

Could supported housing survive a 68% loss of income?

25 February, 2016

If the LHA caps come in, how will supported housing services survive such severe reductions to their rental income

IMF urges G20 to take 'bold action' on global economy

25 February, 2016

Fund's report says risks of more severe downturn are mounting as UK government battles sluggish productivity growth

New rules: PIP and terminal illness

25 February, 2016

New amending regulations have been issued that modify the requirement for a terminally ill claimant transferring from DLA to PIP to wait a minimum of 28 days after the first pay day for PIP to be paid

Garages and laundry rooms converted to flats by council

25 February, 2016

Kingston Council and the Greater London Authority have converted garages and disused laundry rooms into flats under a joint funding initiative

HB A3/2016

25 February, 2016

HB Circular - Abolition of the Family premium and limiting backdating from 6 months to 3 months with effect from 1 April 2016

Value for Money pilot shows the value of small social landlords

24 February, 2016

Smaller housing associations are providing more efficient management and maintenance services than larger or medium sized organisations

Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland: as at 31 December 2015

24 February, 2016

Statistics released today by Scotland's Chief Statistician show that during the period 1 April to 31 December 2015

Britain's "disqualified adults": No passport equals no home

24 February, 2016

The new 'Right to Rent Scheme' creates a hostile environment for those without immigration status

How can social landlords help people at risk of becoming homeless?

24 February, 2016

Homelessness is on the increase again and the number of families in temporary accommodation is also rising

Charities slam Tories for forcing through disability benefit cuts despite House of Lords defeat

24 February, 2016

MPs voted 306-279 to cut Employment and Support Allowance by £30 a week - ignoring peers and a Tory backbencher

Unions threaten HA strike over restructure

24 February, 2016

Unions are threatening one of the largest industrial actions in the housing association sector's history over Circle's plans to restructure ahead of the rent cut

January 2016 figures for the high street banks

24 February, 2016

The start of the year has seen a significant rise in mortgage borrowing

Buy-to-Let Index - January 2016

24 February, 2016

Best buy-to-let - let returns since 2014

Are letting agents helping to lock renters out?

24 February, 2016

Low income renters are in a precarious position

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