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London's turning

26 September, 2016

Towards a sustainable private rented sector under the new Mayor

Social housing in hot water?

26 September, 2016

The water is slowly getting hotter for social housing

In-depth briefing on the Local Housing Allowance cap for Supported Housing

26 September, 2016

Supported Housing will be exempt from the LHA cap until March 2019

Labour would scrap Right to Buy in England

26 September, 2016

Labour has dropped its support of the Right to Buy, calling for the controversial policy to be indefinitely suspended in England

The future funding of supported housing - what do we need to know?

26 September, 2016

CIH's senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis talks us through what we need to know about the future funding of supported housing

Disabled family forced to sleep on sofas for years as authorities can't get them house they need

26 September, 2016

A Belfast man is being forced to sleep on a living room sofa with his disabled wife and son every night because of a severe lack of suitable housing

AXA survey finds financial optimism among tenants

26 September, 2016

AXA have released a report claiming that despite the average tenant expecting to rent for a further decade, there is financial optimism

Social housing is alive and kicking but providers must fight harder

26 September, 2016

There is a clear need for social housing now and into the future, but if it is to remain "alive and kicking", then the providers must get off the ropes and come out fighting

Long-term value of social housing falls post rent cut

26 September, 2016

The long-term value of social housing properties has slipped significantly across most of the country as a result of the rent cut

Footballers' £400m social housing dream unveiled

26 September, 2016

Brighton's Bobby Zamora, West Ham's Mark Noble and Rio Ferdinand, now retired, present project to build 1,300 homes near Luton

Housing minister signals change in government social housing policy

23 September, 2016

Gavin Barwell pledges government will 'maximise number of affordable homes', but concerns and divisions remain within social housing sector

NLA responds to Shelter's report on law-breaking landlords

23 September, 2016

We believe that no one should have to put up with a criminal landlord

Universal Credit: different earning patterns and your payments

23 September, 2016

This guide provides information about different earnings patterns and how these may affect your Universal Credit payment

PM needs to 'get a grip of Universal Credit roll-out'

23 September, 2016

Labour hit back on new Universal Credit guidance from the Department of Work and Pensions, which shows people's award drop if they get paid twice in one month

Borough estimates £100k Pay to Stay bill

23 September, 2016

Kingston Council cites £100k as the 'at least' spend on temporary staffing costs alone to assess tenant income ahead of Pay to Stay implementation day

A local problem?

23 September, 2016

Many social landlords are not happy with the government's plans for the future funding of supported housing

New home starts under Right to Buy scheme 'not enough to meet Government pledge'

23 September, 2016

The number of new homes begun under the Government's flagship Right to Buy scheme is lagging behind the amount needed to deliver its "one-for-one" promise

HCA warns stock sales risk damaging sector's reputation

23 September, 2016

The social housing regulator has warned that housing associations risk damaging the reputation of the sector if they sell stock inhabited by social tenants

Million private renters suffer under rogue landlords

23 September, 2016

More than a million private renters across England have suffered at the hands of law-breaking landlords over the last year

Right to Buy Sales in England: April to June 2016

23 September, 2016

In April to June 2016-17 (Q1), local authorities sold an estimated 3,362 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

Moment neighbours form a human chain around a mother's house to stop her being kicked out of the home where she has lived for 12 years

23 September, 2016

Nimo Abdullahi was told she would be kicked out of her home of 12 years

Landlords' Barometer - #40: Is the private rented sector bleeding to death?

22 September, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #40" - bringing you trending landlord and property topics

Industry is 'sleep-walking' into outright ban on letting agent fees, warning

22 September, 2016

The National Approved Letting Scheme has warned that the industry could be sleep-walking into a ban on letting agent fees

Government Money to Tackle Rogue Landlords Is Being Used to Arrest Tenants

22 September, 2016

It's worth remembering what the housing crisis actually means in practice for some people

National living wage 'failing to provide basic needs for lowest paid'

22 September, 2016

Living Wage Commission says £7.20 an hour for over-25s needs to take into account rising rents and slow wages growth

'LHA cap' will apply to existing supported housing tenants

22 September, 2016

A new housing benefit cap will apply to existing as well as future supported housing tenants

The tenants paying the price so landlords don't have to

22 September, 2016

A charity has spoken out against the high fees being charged to tenants who can't take their business elsewhere

HB G9/2016

22 September, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Affordability a concern for RTB pilots

22 September, 2016

For the past few months, five housing associations have been piloting the Right to Buy scheme

Ambition to Deliver

22 September, 2016

Back in 2013, the housing association sector came together to shape its vision for the future

The vision laid out what housing associations can do to make the future better than the present - and how we could take control in the face of the challenges we saw ahead

Evening Standard comment: Dealing with food poverty: here's how

22 September, 2016

The scandal that people in struggle to feed themselves and their families while enormous amounts of food goes for animal feedis the basis of the Food for London campaign

Tenant launches 'TripAdvisor for renters' amid fury at letting agents

22 September, 2016

A tenant angry at receiving "misleading" service from letting agents has decided to start an online review site for rental properties

Our response to the PIP second independent review call for evidence

21 September, 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions appointed Paul Gray CB to undertake the second independent review of the PIP assessment

How to get the deposit back from your student house

21 September, 2016

Students and those renting for the first time are easy targets for landlords and estate agents eager to hold on to large deposits

Mother forced to use food banks after tax agency ruled she was living with famous 19th century quaker Joseph Rowntree

21 September, 2016

The blunder has affected other benefits the woman depends on

Council tax reductions will continue to protect the most vulnerable

21 September, 2016

Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has confirmed that vulnerable and low income households will continue to be supported by Council Tax Reduction schemes until at least the end of 2017-18

The Spread of the Bedroom Boom

21 September, 2016

The use of Airbnb in the UK has exploded over the last 12 months

Private sector tenants getting older, with middle aged spread hinting at rise of the 'silver renter' says Your Move

21 September, 2016

The UK's private renters are showing signs of middle aged spread, with nearly half of them now aged over 46, according to a survey from lettings agent Your Move

New tenancy scheme to launch in London to help renters save home deposit

21 September, 2016

The first details of plans for a London Living Rent, a new type of tenancy for newly built affordable homes have been confirmed by Mayor Sadiq Khan

Private Rental Sector Moving Towards Hotel-Style Rentals

21 September, 2016

The private rental sector is moving towards hotel-style rentals, as the proptech industry develops and caters to the needs of private tenants

Debate around buy-to-let tax changes points to general need for extra safeguards for tenants

21 September, 2016

The new government looks set to press ahead with controversial changes to the tax regime for small landlords that were set in motion last year

One in ten agents unaware of change in law on tenant repair requests

20 September, 2016

Over 10% of agents remain unaware of what is required to provide a statutorily defined 'adequate response' to a tenant repair request

Concerns raised at government level over landlords' illegal use of Airbnb

20 September, 2016

Concerns have been raised at government level over the illegal use of Airbnb by private landlords

Rise of the 'silver renter' as tenants under 35 are in the minority

20 September, 2016

Almost half of tenants living in private rental accommodation across the UK are aged over 46, signalling the rise of the 'silver renter'

TDS Rents Briefing August 2016

20 September, 2016

Latest data issued by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme shows new rents registered across England and Wales in August 2016, with new average monthly rents in London just over £1,765

Success, Satisfaction and Scrutiny: The Business Benefits of involving residents

20 September, 2016

The benefits of engagement far outweigh the costs

Khan confirms end to affordable rent conversions

20 September, 2016

Conversions of homes from social to affordable rent will end under Sadiq Khan's new housing programme

Renters need a stable home too

20 September, 2016

Not convinced short-term contracts are unfair on renters? We think much can be done to improve rental contracts

HB A8/2016

20 September, 2016

The Secondary Annuities Market and Housing Benefit

I remember the welfare state being built. A divided Labour cannot save it

20 September, 2016

The threat to the NHS and the social safety net is real, and our best chance of fighting back is a Labour party that fights the Tories, not itself

Tenants spend two thirds of their take-home pay on rent as average monthly cost of a one-bed passes £1,000

20 September, 2016

Tenants paid £1,010 on average for a one bedroom home in August

Scottish Government promises to reform hated disability benefit

20 September, 2016

A Scottish Government minister has committed to reforming Personal Independence Payment assessment procedures when powers are devolved in the spring

Value For Money - Five tips to identify hidden value for money savings

20 September, 2016

Are boards confident in their skills and training? Inside Housing and Capsticks carried out a survey of housing association board members to find out

An endless summer is no good for social housing tenants worried about a rent rise

19 September, 2016

The introduction of Pay to Stay from April 2017 will see some higher income social tenants required to pay more rent

The future of social housing - take aways from our recent roundtable

19 September, 2016

A former Head of Policy at No 10, Taylor looked at the issue of 'why policy fails and how it might succeed'

New benefit to helped disabled people is 'deeply flawed'

19 September, 2016

A new benefit to help disabled people needs "radical" reform across the UK as nearly two-thirds of claimants who challenge awards are successful

Supported accommodation LHA funding to transfer to Holyrood

19 September, 2016

The UK government has announced that its policy to cap LHA for supported accommodation will be put on ice until 2019 when the funding for Scotland will then be transferred to Holyrood

Homeless charity hands out eviction notices to its own tenants

19 September, 2016

A leading homeless charity has come under fire after handing out eviction notices to tenants living in properties it owns in the capital

The social housing sector has become dangerously divided

19 September, 2016

The only hope of reuniting the sector is if the government ditches its obsession with home ownership and invests in genuinely affordable homes

Land trusts and refuges among rent cut exemptions

19 September, 2016

Community land trusts, co-operatives, fully mutuals, refuges and alms house will be exempt from the government's four-year rent cut

No more welfare cuts to come under Theresa May

19 September, 2016

Damian Green, the work and pensions secretary, hints at end to austerity agenda, promising no further raids on benefits

Charity calls for end to letting fees for tenants

19 September, 2016

All UK letting agency fees should be paid by landlords who can shop around, rather than tenants - as is the case in Scotland

Policy Exchange: large landlords should raise rents to build

19 September, 2016

The largest housing associations should be allowed to raise rents in exchange for agreeing to build more homes

HAs 'better than job centres' for jobs

19 September, 2016

Social housing tenants find their housing associations more help than job centres at putting them on the first step of the career ladder

Scam 'landlords' using fake Rightmove email to get tenants to hand over money

16 September, 2016

Scammers have been using the Rightmove brand to dupe tenants out of rental deposits

Olive branch or figleaf? Sector far from reassured by Govt's new funding proposal for supported housing

16 September, 2016

Questions remain over the future viability of a host of supported housing services, despite a Government statement today that appears to offer concessions on funding

A second SFHA report on the capping of social rents to the rate of local allowance

16 September, 2016

This is SFHA's second report on the impact of the policy to cap the amount of rent that HB will cover in the SRS at the relevant LHA rate

Many UK landlords live within 10 miles of their buy to let property

16 September, 2016

Two thirds of landlords live within ten miles of their rented property

Welsh Women's Aid 'delighted' refuges are exempt from housing benefit cap

16 September, 2016

Last year 2,973 survivors of abuse were accommodated in refuges in Wales

Scottish private renters are 'happier' than those in England and Wales

16 September, 2016

Scotland's rental culture is happier, friendlier and more settled than that south of the Border

Department of Communities creating 170 jobs for benefits contract

16 September, 2016

The Department of Communities is to recruit 170 staff to work on a contract it has been awarded by the UK's Department for Work and Pensions

Housing Benefit:Written statement - HCWS154

16 September, 2016

Supported accommodation plays a vital role in the lives of many vulnerable people

Ministers back down with a (partial) fix for Help to Buy Isa rules

16 September, 2016

The Government appears to have backed down over its flawed Help to Buy rules, fixing the problem in the design of a second savings scheme

No LHA cap on supported housing ahead of 'new funding formula'

16 September, 2016

The government has confirmed it will not impose the LHA cap on supporting housing ahead of a new funding formula for the sector

Court date set for Cherie Blair's challenge to buy-to-let tax

16 September, 2016

A court date has been set for a legal challenge to tax changes set to hit landlords from April next year

Thousands due back-dated tax credit payments after HMRC contractor blunders

16 September, 2016

HMRC has allocated 150 staff to help those who may have been affected and said it will assess cases as quickly as possible

Fewer 'dinner party' landlords as private rented sector becomes more professional

15 September, 2016

There will be fewer 'dinner party' landlords following changes to the sector, which include a hike in Stamp Duty and the impending changes to mortgage interest tax relief

Agent and landlord both convicted of failing to license property

15 September, 2016

A landlord and his letting agent have both been fined and given criminal records for failing to license his rental property and ignoring their tenants' pleas for essential repairs

Start of the end for Right to Buy in Wales

15 September, 2016

The Right to Buy will be suspended in Anglesey to ensure social housing is available for those who need it

End to council tax discount for second homes

15 September, 2016

Council tax reform legislation to tackle empty second homes

Jeremy Corbyn to investigate idea of universal basic income

15 September, 2016

Labour leader to 'research and test' policy that would give every citizen a taxpayer-funded income

G15 calls for benefit system overhaul

15 September, 2016

London's largest housing associations have urged the government to overhaul the benefits system to ensure that "work pays"

'Ambitious' plans for social housing

15 September, 2016

Dundee has one of the lowest rates of social houses being completed in Scotland

More tenants in UK believe they can own their own home

15 September, 2016

British tenants are feeling more optimistic about their finances and regard buying their own home as a more realistic prospect due to being able to save for a deposit

Bromsgrove social housing provider bdht defends its chief's £124,693 salary

15 September, 2016

Bromsgrove District Housing Trust has defended its chief executive's salary after new figures revealed he earned almost £130,000 in the financial year 2015-2016

Imposing rent controls 'do nothing' to resolve 'housing crisis'

15 September, 2016

The "housing crisis" would be worsened if rent controls were imposed

Two and three-bed buy-to-lets 'will become unviable'

15 September, 2016

Two and three-bed buy-to-let properties will become more difficult to buy under lenders' plans to apply far tougher checks on landlords

Website has to amend 'rent to rent' advice after lawyer condemns it as 'completely wrong'

14 September, 2016

A website has had to amend its advice to landlords about 'rent to rent' after a lawyer condemned it as being completely wrong

Meeting housing demand, raising standards: social landlords and the private rented sector

14 September, 2016

Firstly, any social landlord looking to make the move into the private rented sector needs to study their local market very carefully

Nearly half of working families are cutting back on food or clothing to pay rent or mortgage

14 September, 2016

Almost 50 per cent of working families have had to cut back on essential items

'Failing' welfare contractor Concentrix will still be paid tens of millions before its contract runs out

14 September, 2016

The firm is being dropped by HMRC but not until May 2017

Revealed: the cost of bad eviction advice

14 September, 2016

The average cost to a landlord of their tenant being advised to ignore an eviction notice stands at nearly £7,000, according to a recent survey of landlords

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to July 2016

14 September, 2016

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

PIP postcode map (UK)

14 September, 2016

Map showing postcode areas for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment providers

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 1 Sept 2016

14 September, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 1 September 2016

HAs successes threatened by LHA cap

14 September, 2016

The good work of two housing associations has been highlighted in Parliamentary motions by MSPs

Big percentage drop in new rental properties listed across UK

14 September, 2016

Almost nine out of ten major towns and cities in the UK saw falls in the number of new buy-to-let properties being advertised

Healey: "Council tenants to face tax rates of over 80% under Tory plans"

14 September, 2016

New analysis for Labour MP and former Treasury Minister John Healey has revealed that thousands of working families living in council homes will pay effective tax rates of over 80%

Social Housing Evictions Higher than in Private Housing

14 September, 2016

You may have noticed that privately rented accommodation is not always held in the highest regard

Questions about social housing as council housing companies to be set up

14 September, 2016

Questions have been raised about the amount of social housing to be provided as part of a new development as two new housing companies are set to be established

I lead a mutual-owned housing association - and it's working for tenants

14 September, 2016

Merthyr Valleys Homes proves there is an alternative to bully landlords

'Deeply unfair' fees of up to £900 for the poorest energy customers should be scrapped

14 September, 2016

Ofgem calls for £150 cap and blanket ban on fees for vulnerable

Britain's rental property market is counter-intuitively warped

13 September, 2016

Rents in Britain are counter-intuitively cratering despite a severe housing shortage

Social cleansing: The mums at the sharp end of the housing crisis

13 September, 2016

Boundary House in Welwyn Garden City is the not sort of the place you would want to raise your children

Midlands landlord hits back over cost analysis

13 September, 2016

A major Midlands landlord has hit back at the regulator over its cost analysis of the sector, claiming it does not account for large care and support businesses

Minister reveals 'Trusted Partner' landlords

13 September, 2016

The government has revealed the social landlords piloting a scheme to stop vulnerable Universal Credit claimants falling into debt

Touchbase - Edition 114

13 September, 2016

News and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs

Charity aims to help create better standards for Scotland's 700,000 private renters

13 September, 2016

Shelter Scotland conference brings together third sector organisations with landlords, letting agents and tenants to discuss the implications of new legislation

Housing Statistics for Scotland 2016: Key Trends Summary

13 September, 2016

This annual publication presents statistics on housing supply and public sector housing in Scotland up to 31st March 2016

The housing minister just suggested the government's 200,000 starter homes pledge might include rental properties

13 September, 2016

The remit of the government's promise to deliver 200,000 so-called starter homes by 2020 could be expanded so it includes purpose-built rental homes in the figure

Government housing benefit cuts directly linked to rise in depression in low income households

13 September, 2016

Cuts to housing benefit by the UK coalition government have led to a 10 per cent increase in people from low income households reporting poor mental health and helped propel an additional 26,000 people into depression

Reductions in the United Kingdom's Government Housing Benefit and Symptoms of Depression in Low-Income Households

13 September, 2016

Housing security is an important determinant of mental ill health

Scottish Housing Regulator highlights importance of landlord openness

13 September, 2016

The Scottish Housing Regulator has highlighted the importance of social landlords being open and accessible about their services and decision-making

Almost 80% of tenants paying the asking price

12 September, 2016

Most rental homes are being let at asking price, Countrywide has reported. The proportion nationally is 78%, up 13% compared with a year ago

New Government working group looking at letting agent fees

12 September, 2016

The existence of a new body investigating costs for private tenants - including letting agent fees - has been revealed in the Commons by housing minister Gavin Harwell

Welsh Government mulls removing rental stamp duty hike

12 September, 2016

The Welsh Government could lift the 3% tax hike imposed on private landlords, as it designs its own stamp duty system for the first time

Policy change soon? Minister meets buy to let tax campaigners

12 September, 2016

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has met campaigners to scrap anti-buy to let measures introduced by the Cameron government in the past two years

First right-to-buy sales go through after pilots

12 September, 2016

The first sales have taken place under the government's controversial right-to-buy policy for housing association tenants

New data shows rise in tenant complaints

12 September, 2016

The number of tenant complaints received by social landlords surveyed by benchmarking experts Housemark has steadily increased during the past three financial years

Councils should provide alternative to payday lenders

12 September, 2016

Local authorities should provide alternatives to payday lenders through credit unions

Housing Benefit Recoveries and Fraud Statistics

12 September, 2016

£1.88 billion Housing Benefit overpayments outstanding at January 2016

Magenta Living's investment in Rentsense helps to mitigate Universal Credit

12 September, 2016

Magenta Living invested in Mobysoft's predictive analytical tool Rentsense to help create efficiencies within their income function

Universal credit is undeliverable: but who'll tell ministers the truth?

09 September, 2016

The Tories' flagship welfare reform has been bedevilled by their determination to make the poor suffer

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: September 2016

09 September, 2016

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

Quarterly Rental Index

09 September, 2016

The average rent recorded for Q2 2016 in England forall Belvoir offices, including new ones, is £827 per month

Contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours: September 2016

09 September, 2016

Estimates of the number of employment contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours are derived from our twice-yearly survey of businesses

London HA's challenge Secretary of State over "unfit" benefit system

09 September, 2016

A group of London's largest housing providers is calling on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to undertake a fundamental review of an "unfit for purpose" welfare benefit system

London Rental Index

09 September, 2016

Cha-Ching! These Are The Cheapest Areas To Rent In London Right Now

One in five landlords too embarrassed to admit it

09 September, 2016

One in five landlords are too embarrassed to admit it, according to a recent poll of almost 800 residential property investors

Buy-to-let rents rise to all-time high as demand for homes outstrips supply

09 September, 2016

Average landlord rents increased 5.2% in a year reaching average of £846 in England and Wales

Couple who sub-let unlicensed property rented through agent successfully prosecuted

09 September, 2016

A couple have been ordered to pay over £10,000 after sub-letting a property

No sign of post-Brexit slowdown in rental market

09 September, 2016

Average rent in England and Wales reached an all-time high of £846 in July 2016

Terror for agents as fake viewer pulls sawn-off shotgun during viewings

08 September, 2016

A man has been jailed after using a sawn-off double barrelled shotgun during two terrifying robberies involving agents on viewings. He had posed as someone interested in viewing the properties

How are property prices and rents influencing buy to let returns in 2016?

08 September, 2016

As we head out of the summer season into autumn, the latest market data gives us a good indication of how well property has been performing as an investment so far this year

Trade body restates how buy to let sector could solve housing crisis

08 September, 2016

The chairman of the Residential Landlords' Association has restated how he sees the private rental sector could help solve the country's housing crisis

Prime Minister confirms women's refuges to be exempt from benefits cap

08 September, 2016

Safe houses for women and children escaping domestic violence are to be exempted from the Government's planned welfare cuts

Social landlords urged to adopt new voluntary carbon monoxide safety standard

08 September, 2016

Scotland's social landlords could do more to prevent fire, gas and carbon monoxide fatalities and injuries

Work won't pay without social housing, says London's g15, in call for review of welfare benefit system

08 September, 2016

Some of London's largest housing associations have urged Government to invest in social housing and review welfare benefit system in an effort to "ensure work really does pay"

DWP Secretary of State called upon to fundamentally review welfare benefit system

08 September, 2016

A group of London's largest housing providers is calling on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to undertake a fundamental review of the welfare benefit system

HomeLet Rental Index - August 2016

08 September, 2016

2016 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth, compared to the same period last year

Tenants crammed into illegal sublet

08 September, 2016

More than 20 tenants could have been crammed into a illegally sublet four-bedroomed property in Hounslow, London

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: April 2015 to March 2016

08 September, 2016

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

Local council decides not to go ahead with licensing scheme

07 September, 2016

A local authority has decided against bringing in a new landlord licensing scheme

Pay to Stay - A bureaucratic nightmare?

07 September, 2016

Since the idea of pay to stay was introduced by the Housing and Planning Act 2016 there has discussion as to how it would work

Certainty for private landlords on Article 8 defences

07 September, 2016

The recent Supreme Court judgement of McDonald v McDonald has brought about certainty for private landlords with respect to whether Article 8 defences may be raised by tenants as a defence

Reality check: are right-to-buy homes being replaced as promised?

07 September, 2016

Theresa May says government is meeting pledge to replace properties sold through the scheme - but data suggests otherwise

Market 'reacting to buy-to-let reforms'

07 September, 2016

Houses used for student lets are going on the market in growing numbers as a crackdown on buy-to-let takes effect

Letting agents pioneer product designed to help tenants boost credit rating

07 September, 2016

A small number of letting agents are pioneering a product designed to help private tenants boost their credit histories

Universal basic income 'not a credible' idea, says Labour leadership contender Owen Smith

07 September, 2016

'I don't think talking about universal basic income, however attractive an idea it is, is the answer'

Housing associations should be more than just landlords

06 September, 2016

Community programmes transform lives and improve communities, so housing associations should keep investing in them as part of the work they do

Learning the lessons from Universal Credit

06 September, 2016

This report looks at the failure and potential recovery of Universal Credit, the ambitious government project to simplify the welfare system

Wandsworth Council rejects landlord licensing plan

06 September, 2016

The RLA has welcomed news that Wandsworth Council has abandoned plans to introduce landlord licensing

Scotland to abolish 'bedroom tax'

06 September, 2016

The Scottish government are to aim to abolish the bedroom tax

How the PRS can solve the Housing Crisis

06 September, 2016

Research by The Resolution Foundation has shown the biggest falls in home ownership of over the last 10 years. The alternative is renting

Projects get £900,000 to tackle food poverty

06 September, 2016

Twenty-one projects to tackle food poverty will benefit from over £900,000 through a new fund established by the Scottish Government

I run a social housing swap shop - but couldn't make it work for my own mum

06 September, 2016

Work, illness, love: when tenants want to move, my job is to help them match up homes to exchange

Council's plan to buy houses in Cheltenham to provide social rented housing

06 September, 2016

Houses on the open market could be bought by Cheltenham Borough Council to be rented as council housing

One letting agent a month signing up to 'ethical' charter devised by tenants' rights campaign

06 September, 2016

One letting agent a month has been signing up to an ethical lettings charter in Bristol and more than 10,000 renters have pledged to take part

Victory for tenants in sub-letting case

05 September, 2016

A landlord has failed to gain immediate possession of his property after it was sub-let by his tenant

Clegg: Osborne casually cut welfare for poorest to boost Tory popularity

05 September, 2016

Former deputy PM says 'cynical' ex-chancellor was not bothered about human consequences

Fewer homes for rent, as landlords move flats onto Airbnb

05 September, 2016

Landlords are taking their flats off the open market, and advertising them instead on holiday websites like Airbnb

Welfare cap would decimate women's refuges

05 September, 2016

More than two-thirds of refuges for victims of domestic abuse in England and Wales will close unless these lifeline services are made exempt from a new government welfare spending cap

Scottish Parliament gets power to introduce higher benefits

05 September, 2016

The Scottish Parliament has today assumed new powers to increase state benefits so they are higher than in the rest of the UK

Landlords freeze pay following rent cut

05 September, 2016

A greater proportion of social landlords surveyed have frozen pay for staff since the 1% annual rent cut came into effect

Borough puts £1m admin cost estimate on first year of pay to stay

05 September, 2016

A London borough estimates that Pay to Stay could cost it £1 million in first year administration costs alone to make IT and other system and process changes happen

Scunthorpe tenants owe £835,000 but evictions are down

05 September, 2016

Rent arrears owed by tenants of the Scunthorpe-based housing association Ongo Homes increased last year to £835,000 - but fewer debtors are being evicted

The impact of accidental landlords on the private rented sector

05 September, 2016

With the growth in the PRS, there has been a rise in the number of 'accidental landlords', people who are letting out their property more through circumstance and need than purely profit

HB Direct Issue 170

05 September, 2016

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

Funding to tackle food poverty

05 September, 2016

21 projects get share of £900,000

Scottish landlords support move to measure impact of tax changes on supply of affordable housing

05 September, 2016

The impact of tax changes for landlords in the PRS on the availability of affordable housing will be debated in the House of Commons

Tenants forget to claim back £500,000 of their own deposit money

02 September, 2016

Staff at a tenancy deposit scheme in Scotland are searching for thousands of tenants who appear to have forgotten to claim back their deposits

Rents and Value for Money

02 September, 2016

Many tenants pay rent for their homes and rarely question whether it equates to value for money for the services they receive

'Pay to stay' is Robin Hood in reverse for thousands of hard-working people

02 September, 2016

These rent hikes are a direct attack on working people in social housing by a government as numerically illiterate as it is disingenuous

Supported housing and the impact of capping Housing Benefit

02 September, 2016

This evidence paper looks at the distribution of supported housing by region across England nationally

Landlord fined over 'dangerous, defective' HMO

02 September, 2016

The HMO in Cardiff that landed its landlord to court didn't have much going it

Increase in Londoners facing bailiffs for council tax arrears

02 September, 2016

The number of low-income Londoners referred to bailiffs for council tax debt rose to nearly 20,000 last year, with people facing millions in court costs

Council Tax Reduction for around half a million Scots

02 September, 2016

The Scottish Government's Council Tax Reduction scheme is giving support to almost 500,000 low income households across the country

'This will cause massive hardship': social housing tenants on 'pay to stay'

02 September, 2016

We heard from readers affected by the government's 'pay to stay' policy, set to be introduced from April next year

May is urged to consider policy of 'living rents' linked to wage levels

02 September, 2016

As PM's social reform committee meets for first time, report says rental sector needs to be looked at urgently

Associations submit 'cautious' bids for grant

02 September, 2016

Housing associations have submitted "cautious" bids under the government's main affordable housing grant programme

Driving Installation of Energy Efficiency Measures: Customer Research Findings

01 September, 2016

This research sought to establish what would work best and what would not work well in the design of incentives to encourage consumers to install energy efficiency measures

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary at May 2016 published

01 September, 2016

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary, providing an overview of the main DfC administered benefits, was published by the Department for Communities today

RLA claims holiday letting websites are making London's housing crisis worse

01 September, 2016

The growth of listings on holiday letting websites is making London's housing shortage worse

Tenancy deposits 'threatening to break £1,000 threshold'

01 September, 2016

Deposits on new rental properties are creeping closer to £1,000 and may soon be more

National Report on the Scottish Social Housing Charter: Headline Findings 2015/16

01 September, 2016

The general picture is one of strong performance and continued improvement over the first three years of the Charter

Scottish tenants due half a million pounds in rental deposits

01 September, 2016

Staff at tenancy deposit scheme SafeDeposits Scotland are on the hunt for Scottish tenants who have forgotten to claim back their deposits

The lower overall benefit cap: what do we need to know?

01 September, 2016

Last week the government confirmed that the new, lower overall benefit cap will be introduced from the 7 November

Too poor to pay

01 September, 2016

The impact of the second year of localised council tax support in London

Supported housing helped build a better life for Amy and her son

01 September, 2016

Amy, a young woman living with her mother, had suffered from anxiety and depression following her experiences of domestic violence and abuse

Merger fever: the tenants' view

31 August, 2016

Tenants are helping to devise an alternative merger code

Calls for fuel poverty plan after key target missed

31 August, 2016

Efforts to tackle fuel poverty must be redoubled after it emerged a key Scottish Government target would be missed

Poorest in Scotland 'pay more for services'

31 August, 2016

Poorer people in Scotland are paying more than others for essential services

Social housing sector reports continued strong financial performance

31 August, 2016

The social housing sector remains in a strong financial position with access to sufficient finance

Social security system fast becoming unfit for purpose

31 August, 2016

Most low-income working households to be worse off by 2020, and families on out-of-work benefits face losing fifth of income

For us all

31 August, 2016

Redesigning social security, for the 2020s

This report is about reforming social security for children and working-age adults, in the 2020s

Future of Welfare Reform Group update

31 August, 2016

The third meeting of the Federation's Future of Welfare Reform group was held on 15 July and had a well-informed agenda on the key issues the housing sector is facing

What is pay to stay and who will be affected?

31 August, 2016

The government's policy of rent hikes for working people in social housing will hit thousands of low earners across the country

Council launches Pay to Stay attack on government

31 August, 2016

Southwark Council has written to ask the Government to use its own tax office to pick up the bureaucracy that Pay to Stay will generate

Landlords fined £3,800 in council's first rented homes licensing prosecution

31 August, 2016

A council's first prosecution over HMO licenses cost two landlords nearly £4,000

The left has lost its nerve on welfare. It needs a new agenda

31 August, 2016

Labour needs a long-term plan to raise living standards for low- and middle-income families

Man behind allAgents review site to keep his landlord licence after jail sentence

30 August, 2016

Vincent Friel, the letting agent behind agents review site allAgents, has been allowed to keep his licence to continue as a private landlord

New Bill set to change the moment that private tenants become homeless

30 August, 2016

A new Bill aimed at reducing homelessness has been published

Police step up hunt for bogus letting agent who robbed tenants of thousands

30 August, 2016

Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak in connection with an investigation in which a number of people fell victim to a suspected bogus letting agent

Fury as major buy-to-let tax amendments are 'slipped in' by stealth

30 August, 2016

Major amendments to the Finance Bill have been "slipped in" at committee stage

Theresa May urged to reshape welfare with 'social insurance'

30 August, 2016

Firmer link between contributions and receipts is on table as PM calls first cabinet meeting since summer break

The social housing tenants miles from home

30 August, 2016

Councils, particularly those in London, are choosing to tackle a shortage of affordable social housing by investing in accommodation in other parts of the country

LGA calls on Government to rethink pay to stay policy

30 August, 2016

LGA is urging new ministers to rethink the Pay to Stay policy which will require councils to charge some of their tenants higher rents from April 2017

Should Wales Ban Letting Agent Fees?

30 August, 2016

Between late January and early March 2016, Shelter Cymru and their supporters carried out a mass participative mystery shop of 85 letting agents across Wales looking into what tenants were charged in agency fees

Life after community death: this food bank has a lesson for Labour

30 August, 2016

Two women who restored pride to a blighted town can show Jeremy Corbyn and his colleagues what a social movement could be used for

Lower benefit cap to hit a quarter of a million poor children

30 August, 2016

Changes coming in this autumn will take an average of £60 a week from households affected

'Pay to stay' is just another way to punish social housing tenants

30 August, 2016

When the government talks about its 'pay to stay' policy, ministers usually point to all those greedy social housing tenants who earn mega bucks but continue living in a council house

New Housing Benefit Limits For Claimants Going Abroad

26 August, 2016

People living in Great Britain can now only receive Housing Benefit for 4 weeks if they are out of the country. Previously, housing benefit claimants could continue having their rent paid for up to 13 weeks

70,000 social housing tenants face £1,000 a year average rent rises under pay to stay

26 August, 2016

The LGA is urging new ministers to rethink the Pay to Stay policy which will require councils to charge some of their tenants higher rents from April 2017

MP asks letting agent to sign petition to get letting agent fees abolished

26 August, 2016

A letting agent has been invited by his MP to support a campaign to have "rip off" letting agent fees banned

Landlord handed £15,000 bill

26 August, 2016

A company has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 for failing to licence a large block of flats in Rotherham

Homelessness changes: more evidence on how it really works in Wales

26 August, 2016

Last week a cross-party committee of MPs identified the principal cause of homelessness as the cost and availability of housing

Low wages and bills 'thwart 18-35s' savings ambitions'

26 August, 2016

The under-35s are not a spendthrift generation, but are struggling to save owing to daily financial pressures and low wages

Half of Mid Suffolk's sheltered homes could be axed in council's proposals

26 August, 2016

Nearly half of Mid Suffolk Council-run sheltered housing schemes could be axed if new proposals go ahead

Housing benefit pumped into the private rented sector is dead money

26 August, 2016

If the government truly cared about value for money for taxpayers rather than the profits of private landlords, they'd build social housing

Merseyside RTB sales increased due to low demand elsewhere

26 August, 2016

The number of homes sold in Merseyside under the Right to Buy extension pilot was upped to compensate for low sales elsewhere

Private rents up by 2.4% over past year

25 August, 2016

The ONS' latest index of private housing rental prices has found that rents grew by 2.4% in the year to July 2016

Guidance issued to landlords on how they should treat refugees

25 August, 2016

The Scottish Refugee Council has launched a guide for housing professionals to ensure that all refugees and asylum seekers are treated with dignity and fairness

Of Letting Fees and Rent Controls - Landlords being pushed into a trap

25 August, 2016

A lot was made of letting agent fees in the run up to last year's general election, and the issue is back again as the fix-all cure of the ills of private renting

Universal credit delays forcing people to food banks

25 August, 2016

Delays in government's flagship welfare reform has caused debt, rent arrears and health problems

OneSavings more keen on lending to professional landlords after EU vote

25 August, 2016

OneSavings Bank said it had increased its focus on professional landlords and tightened lending criteria for financing smaller residential developments after Britain voted to leave the EU

Mortgage approvals by UK banks fall to lowest level so far this year

25 August, 2016

Approvals were down in July but credit growth was up, suggesting people delaying large not small purchases after Brexit vote

Nationality at point of NINo registration of DWP working age benefit recipients: data to Feb 2016

25 August, 2016

Nationality at point of National Insurance number (NINo) registration of DWP working age benefit recipients

Analysis of EEA migrants' access to income-related benefits measures

25 August, 2016

Analysis relating to the measures introduced to restrict access to income-related benefits for EEA migrants from December 2013

Welfare Reform and Work Act: impact assessment for the benefit cap

25 August, 2016

Impact assessment for the benefit cap to be implemented from November 2016 under the Welfare Reform and Work Act

Landlord power sees off introduction of licensing scheme

24 August, 2016

A west country council has dropped its plans for a licensing scheme after local landlords came up with "a number of other alternatives"

Agents accused of kicking out tenants in order to earn 'inflated' fees

24 August, 2016

'Inflated' fees give letting agents an incentive to churn tenants - kicking them out, and in the process distorting the whole housing market

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain, results: July 2016

24 August, 2016

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

Demand for buy-to-let mortgages and loans boosts OneSavings Bank profits but lender set to slash standard rates

24 August, 2016

Specialist lender OneSavings Bank was the biggest riser on the FTSE 250 at lunchtime as demand for mortgages and loans saw it post above-forecast profits

'Rogue landlords' exploit vulnerable families in Govanhill

24 August, 2016

Vulnerable families are being exploited by "rogue landlords" in the midst of the first minister's constituency

More needs to be done to increase housing supply for all tenures

24 August, 2016

The Resolution Foundation recently reported that home ownership figures in Northern Ireland have fallen significantly by 10% in just over 10 years

Poorer renters at risk from homelessness as benefit shortfall grows

24 August, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of households face a £100-a-month gap between private rents and housing benefit by 2020

Home Group ISA scheme 'will help with deposits'

24 August, 2016

A housing association's homeownership scheme will help tenants raise cash for deposits, despite controversy this week over the government scheme on which it is modelled

Housing associations cancel merger

24 August, 2016

Genesis and Thames Valley have cancelled their merger plans at the eleventh hour citing "differences in style and approach"

Landlords' Barometer - #39: Ten predictions and one has already come true!

23 August, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #39" ... a round-up of trending topics on PropertyTribes.com

Social Impact Report

23 August, 2016

The Real Lettings Property Fund is a property investment fund designed for a social purpose: to help people at risk of homelessness to become more independent

Government launches review into letting agent fraud

23 August, 2016

The Government is to review whether renters' and landlords' money is adequately protected from letting agent fraud or bankruptcy

Wages standstill sees over a million low-income families struggle with extreme debt

23 August, 2016

More than a million families with a household income below £30,000 are in extreme debt

Consumer regulation review 2015 to 2016

23 August, 2016

The report sets out the social housing regulator's approach to consumer regulation and includes case studies and lessons learned

Building affordable homes is the way to control the housing benefit bill

23 August, 2016

Housing benefit payments to tenants in the private rented sector have doubled in the last ten years, to £9.3 billion a year

Landlords to challenge Redbridge Council's planned licensing schemes

23 August, 2016

Landlords in Redbridge are being invited to put any questions they have over new controversial licensing schemes to council officers at a meeting being held tomorrow

More than 1.5m UK households in extreme debt

23 August, 2016

Britain in the Red study finds that people are struggling to make repayments as wages have fallen since financial crisis

Help to Buy ISA: the real scandal

22 August, 2016

Over the weekend the Telegraph reported that there is a Help to Buy ISA "scandal" because "first-time buyers will not be able to use it on an initial deposit on their new home"

Private landlords 'lining their pockets' with housing benefit

22 August, 2016

Private landlords "are lining their pockets" with housing benefit

The growing Housing Benefit spend in the private rented sector

22 August, 2016

This briefing examines the reasons and factors behind the recent growth in Housing Benefit expenditure in the private rented sector

My challenge to Lord Freud, Minister of State for Welfare Reform: Can you live on 63pence per week for nearly seven weeks?

22 August, 2016

If the answer to that question is No, then why are you imposing a policy on Universal Credit claimants that achieves just this?

How Might the Chancellor's Autumn Statement Affect Landlords?

22 August, 2016

The year 2016 has definitely been a turbulent one for Britons, especially landlords

Treasury and banks could face legal action over Help to Buy Isa scandal

22 August, 2016

The Government and banks could face legal action from thousands of savers over the Help to Buy Isa scandal

Welfare 'Dependency': Hard Right Keeps Up the Pressure to attack the less Well Off

22 August, 2016

The Centre for Policy Studies has a thing about 'welfare dependency'

New council houses are welcome but we need a lot more to solve housing crisis

22 August, 2016

Shelter Scotland reacts as North Lanarkshire Council reveals it is to build 1,000 council homes

The face of social housing in Renfrewshire is set to change with a £34million deal

22 August, 2016

It is hoped the plan will be rubber-stamped in days

NHF crowdfunds Pay to Stay data tool

22 August, 2016

NHF has called on members to help crowdfund £70,000 for a data project estimating tenants' incomes ahead of the voluntary introduction of Pay to Stay

The working renters whose homes are 'at risk'

22 August, 2016

Penny and Rich Baker, who live near Bristol, have decided they have no choice but to move to a smaller house

Less than 2% of social tenants apply for Right to Buy in trial of scheme

19 August, 2016

Only 1.6% of households in the pilot to extend the Right to Buy to housing associations have applied to purchase their social home

Concern over plans to withhold Right to Buy payments

19 August, 2016

Ministers are set to insist on withholding 30% of compensation payment for Right to Buy discounts until replacement homes are started

Rental expert calls on new Housing Minister to reverse tax changes

19 August, 2016

Reverse 'punitive tax policies' in order to increase supply and demand in the rental sector

'This is a scandal', we need to do far better than this' - more than 4,000 children are in temporary accommodation across Barnet

19 August, 2016

A report has revealed that more than 4,000 children are in temporary accommodation in Barnet - three times more than previously stated

And how much do you earn? Public pressure for government regulation of pay

19 August, 2016

Economics teaches that freely determined pay arrangements are likely to lead to optimal output and employment, with benefits to both employers and employees

Gloucester Foodbank to continue at new storage site

19 August, 2016

A food bank which was under threat of closure will continue to operate after a deal was made to use a storage site

Greater Maryhill Foodbank founder charged with fraud

19 August, 2016

The founder of a high-profile Glasgow foodbank has been charged with fraud

Even dukes support social housing - so why doesn't the government?

19 August, 2016

Both the second and sixth Dukes of Westminster understood that social housing will always be needed: now is the time to build, not sell it off

Andy Burnham calls for councils to be able to buy poor quality private rented homes

18 August, 2016

Councils should receive a fund to help them purchase private rented homes in a poor state of repair

Belvoir calls on ministers to reverse Osborne's 'disastrous' taxes on landlords

18 August, 2016

Franchise chain Belvoir is calling for the Government to reverse "punitive" tax policies that are hitting the private rented sector

HB G8/2016

18 August, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Rogue landlord fined £40k for 'squeezing' tenants into unsafe HMO

18 August, 2016

A rogue landlord faces a court bill of almost £40,000 after being caught cramming 24 people into an unsafe, cockroach infested £3,700 a month HMO intended for seven

I can't prepare a meal or walk and talk normally. But the Government has just cut my benefits

18 August, 2016

A woman from York who was diagnosed with early onset dementia in her 50s has spoken of her devastation that her disability payments have been cut

The student towns where buy-to-let returns are as high as 10pc

18 August, 2016

Yields of more than 10pc are still obtainable from buying properties to let to students

Be prepared, landlords, there's a new Government regime on energy efficiency standards coming your way

18 August, 2016

Landlords need to prepare for the introduction of the Government's new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards now if they want to avoid legal headaches and potential fines

NHF propose Pay to Stay data solution

18 August, 2016

The National Housing Federation have set out how they feel associations can best collect data for Pay to Stay

Tenant satisfaction: is it still relevant?

18 August, 2016

As housing associations transform themselves, is customer service still important - and if so, why?

New start-up offering alternative to tenancy deposit protection announces seed investment

17 August, 2016

A London-based property and financial technology start-up, Reposit, is aiming to offer an alternative to tenancy deposit protection

G15: Bedroom tax failing to free up larger homes

17 August, 2016

The bedroom tax is failing to free up larger social homes in London, according to research by the G15 group of housing associations

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

17 August, 2016

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 4 Aug 2016

17 August, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 4 August 2016

Bedroom tax fails on objectives

17 August, 2016

Research shows the government's Bedroom Tax is failing in its aim of freeing up larger homes

Bank of mum and dad dealt tax blow: New rules mean parents could be hit by higher stamp duty rates

17 August, 2016

Coventry Building Society scraps 'Step Up' mortgage deal for families

Buy to let property investors in UK still positive post Brexit

17 August, 2016

Confidence in the lending environment remains unchanged for buy to let property investors in the UK after the historic vote to leave the European Union

Our housing associations can build more homes - if the government will let us

17 August, 2016

With housebuilding plans hard hit by the Brexit vote and uncertain economic times, there's an urgent need to shift support from ownership to renting

Sheltered housing and extra care housing by LA in Wales

17 August, 2016

The Welsh Government's annual report on the number of dwellings owned by local authorities and registered social landlords

Benefits rule change forces 500 disabled people to give back vehicles every week

17 August, 2016

'Having a progressive illness is difficult enough without being treated as though you are exaggerating,'

£66k bill for illegal sub-letting

17 August, 2016

Busted for illegal sub-letting, a tenant has been landed with a £66,600 bill

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to March 2016

17 August, 2016

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to March 2016

Arrears and repossessions fall to lowest level in 20 years but rental evictions soar

16 August, 2016

While the number of people falling into arrears is at its lowest level in 20 years, rising rents and living costs have seen rental evictions soar

Are you one of the 1 in 10 legally compliant landlords in Wales?

16 August, 2016

All landlords with property in Wales are legally required to register with Rent Smart Wales and undergo training to obtain a license if you self-manage your property

Law student illegally sub-let her council flat to private tenant

16 August, 2016

A law student illegally sub-let her council flat to a private tenant when she started a university degree 120 miles away

BPF build to rent map of the UK

16 August, 2016

The BPF build to rent map plots build to rent schemes across the UK aimed at the institutional investment market

Five million private renters 'risk housing crisis without wage'

16 August, 2016

More than five million working rental sector tenants are at risk of being unable to cover their housing costs if they lost their wage

Benefit gaps put half a million working renters at risk

16 August, 2016

More than half a million working renters in Yorkshire are at risk of being unable to cover housing costs should they lose a wage

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

16 August, 2016

We recently received the following guest blog from a Shelter supporter, Maureen, and we thought we'd share it

Scottish landlords launch new campaign against tax changes

15 August, 2016

Tax increases being imposed by the UK and Scottish governments will make it easier for irresponsible landlords to provide sub-standard housing to tenants

Emboldened tenants refuse to move

15 August, 2016

Residents of the Butterfields estate in Walthamstow are up in arms about a neighbour's eviction

Pace of rent rises slows across country - and drop in central London for first time in six years

15 August, 2016

Rental growth has slowed across the country. And while rents still went up in most regions, last month there were drops in the south-east, Scotland, Wales and London

Council action leaves landlord with £14k bill for unlicensed flats

15 August, 2016

A London council has left a landlord with a bill of over £14,000 for letting unlicensed "overcrowded, poorly managed, fire hazard" flats

New licensing scheme for HMOs

15 August, 2016

The London borough of Bexley is developing a new local licensing scheme for Houses of Multiple Occupation

Another buy to let lender encouraging longer tenancies

15 August, 2016

Leeds Building Society has changed its mortgage criteria in a bid to encourage longer-term private rentals

Energy policy a 'tax on tenants'

15 August, 2016

Tenants may face higher rents due to the impact of energy efficiency

London rents drop for first time since November 2010

15 August, 2016

Rents in London have fallen annually for the first time in nearly six years as the pace of price increases has slowed across Britain

Government facing calls for Right to Buy to be scrapped

12 August, 2016

The Green Party has called for Right to Buy to be scrapped after only 20% of homes bought under the scheme last year have been replaced

Number of private tenants evicted by bailiffs soars 88% in five years

12 August, 2016

The number of households living in the private rented sector in England evicted by bailiffs has gone up 88% in the past five years

Sustainable buildings pay in terms of rent and occupancy

12 August, 2016

A new study draws a direct correlation between green building certification and increased financial benefits to property owners

Buy-to-let market plateaus in Q2 as tenant demand stabilises

12 August, 2016

Tenant demand for private rental property is plateauing across the UK, as 45% of landlords report no change during the second quarter of 2016

Right to buy is a stake in the heart of social housing - now more than ever

12 August, 2016

Despite the fact that flogging off national assets at below market value is brainless, the social housing fire sale continues apace

Arrears and possessions continue to fall

12 August, 2016

The number of mortgages in arrears continued to fall in the second quarter of this year, and is now at its lowest level since records began more than 20 years ago

Latest universal credit roll out schedule announced

12 August, 2016

The department of work and pensions have announced the next stages of the universal credit rollout schedule

22,592 private renting households evicted over the past 12 months

12 August, 2016

Shelter says the "terrible impact" of welfare cuts and "chronic lack" of affordable homes is reflected in the 22,592 private renting households in England evicted by bailiffs in the last twelve months

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics: April to June 2016

11 August, 2016

Quarterly National Statistics on possession claim actions in county courts by mortgage lenders and social and private landlords

Right-to-buy reform urged as council leaders fear for social housing

11 August, 2016

Figures show that replacements for homes sold under the right-to-buy scheme fell by 27% last year, worsening the housing crisis

New scheme to help tenants buy their social homes

11 August, 2016

One of the UK's largest housing associations plans to discount tenants' rents, freeze property prices and top up savings in a pioneering bid to help tenants buy their social home

Tenants hit by short supply of family housing

11 August, 2016

The majority of franchise owners in the Group's 170-strong network are reporting a shortage in family housing for the rental market

Northern Ireland beats social housing target

11 August, 2016

The number of new social homes started in Northern Ireland last year has exceeded the government's 1,500-homes target, but it is still down on the previous year

Social Housing Stock and Rents, as at 31 March 2016

11 August, 2016

Social housing stock are dwellings, bedsits and bed spaces owned or partly owned by local authorities and RSLs, otherwise known as social landlords

Right to buy rules 'restricting councils replacing homes sold under scheme'

11 August, 2016

Less than 20% of homes sold under the right to buy scheme were replaced by councils last year

Disability and Poverty

11 August, 2016

Reducing poverty among disabled people has to be at the heart of any attempts to reduce poverty overall in the United Kingdom

This is because, first, disabled people have higher poverty rates than the rest of the population

Concern that landlords who apply for direct rental payments having emails deleted

10 August, 2016

The Residential Landlords Association is to call on the Government for better guidance to stop emails applying for rent payments to go straight to landlords being deleted

Landlords may have to spend up to £5,000 to keep rental homes in the market

10 August, 2016

Government officials have estimated it could cost landlords between £1,800 and £5,000 to bring energy-inefficient properties up to an EPC rating of E

Most private landlords are part-timers with just one property

10 August, 2016

The large majority of private landlords still consider property rental to be a part-time activity, and most manage their portfolios as private individuals rather than as companies

Our welfare state shouldn't be a source of shame, but of pride - and fury

10 August, 2016

With so many working families a month's pay away from losing their homes, Labour's duty isn't to get tough on benefit claimants, it's to rid the system of its stigma

Paying rent without work 'a very scary place to be'

10 August, 2016

What is it like to lose your job and not have enough money to cover your rent and childcare?

With supported housing in limbo, vulnerable people face homelessness

10 August, 2016

The government delay on reforms to supported housing funding means a miserable summer for tenants and difficult decisions for us providers

Rogue landlord 'couldn't afford' to fix unsafe HMO

10 August, 2016

Failing to provide safety precautions... a dangerous kitchen layout... defective windows and waste pipes... rogue landlord Kowser Ahmed Chowdhury claimed he couldn't afford to fix any of them

The stigma of renting and the legacy of new towns

10 August, 2016

Jonn Elledge's article is mostly a realistic picture of the rental v ownership situation in the UK

EU tenants worried Brexit will leave them homeless

10 August, 2016

Three in ten European Union citizens living in the private rented sector say they are worried that the result of the referendum will make it harder for them to rent in the UK

'Biased' fit for work tests penalise poorer people

09 August, 2016

New study finds that disabled people living in deprived areas are more likely to lose their benefits under the government's controversial assessments system

HomeLet Rental Index - July 2016

09 August, 2016

16 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth, compared to the same period last year

Banning letting agent fees is not the answer

09 August, 2016

The National Approved Lettings Scheme has spoken out against calls by housing charity Shelter to ban letting agent fees in Wales

Redefining social rent

09 August, 2016

Morphing social into affordable rent

Housing minister says he backs longer private rental tenancies

09 August, 2016

The new housing minister, Gavin Barwell, says he is behind the concept of longer tenancies for renters in the private sector

Many families could not afford a month's rent if they lost job

09 August, 2016

One in three families in England could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job

PRS revolution is well and truly under way

09 August, 2016

Build to rent is finally blossoming, with more than 60,000 units in the pipeline

Still small but growing: How have landlord characteristics changed since 2010?

09 August, 2016

The modern rise of the private rented sector needs little introduction

Luton HMO Landlord Fined

08 August, 2016

A Luton landlord has been fined over £1,300 after failing to ensure his tenants were equipped with the correct firefighting equipment

Benefit Cap

08 August, 2016

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

This means that, in general, households on out-of-work benefits no longer receive more in welfare payments than the average weekly wage for working households

Rise in number of landlords helps calm post-Brexit lettings fears

08 August, 2016

One of Scotland's biggest letting agencies has reported a "significant rise" in interest from landlords in the weeks following the referendum

Is the increase in private renters a lifestyle choice we should come to accept?

08 August, 2016

Last week, the Resolution Foundation found that home ownership is at its lowest in 30 years

DR UK says all ESA claimants should be exempt from the benefit cap

08 August, 2016

While some disabled people are exempt from the benefit cap - including those receiving DLA or PIP or support component - those in the ESA work related activity group are not

'My 20pc per year buy-to-let returns: here's how it works'

08 August, 2016

Despite having had to pay higher stamp duty from April, buy-to-let investors still claim to be capturing ultra-high yields - including some of more than 20pc

360,000 families afflicted by council tax poverty trap

08 August, 2016

Previously exempt households in arrears crisis as benefits are cut; while Liverpool city council is owed £10m in council tax

Government cuts to supported housing could force services to close

08 August, 2016

The plans to restrict housing benefit for vulnerable people living in supported housing are one of the most pernicious proposals from this Tory government

Bristol landlord couple fined for breaching new licensing scheme for Easton's Stapleton Road

08 August, 2016

The Stapleton Road area of Easton is the first to be subject to a special landlord's licence

Jeremy Corbyn Looking At 'Universal Basic Income'; Says House Price Fall Could Help Tackle Housing Crisis

08 August, 2016

Adds house price fall could help tackle housing crisis

Affordable housing: 'affordable for who'?

05 August, 2016

Every time I hear the term 'affordable housing' being used - whether in a conversation with friends, family, Shelter clients or in a focus group - the same comment is always made: 'yes, but affordable for who...?'

Benefit Cap statistics

05 August, 2016

Data to May 2016

An empty home = an extra family in temporary accommodation or homeless

05 August, 2016

Half full or half empty? CIH knowledge management and research co-ordinator Sara Graves blogs about how vacant homes could tackle our housing crisis

Is it time to abandon the dream of owning a home?

05 August, 2016

Some have argued that we should focus on improving renting rather than obsessing over house ownership - readers share their opinions on this

Going lower

05 August, 2016

Record low interest rates have been great for people with mortgages but terrible for the housing system as a whole

£1.2m to boost ethnic minority and migrant job prospects

05 August, 2016

£1.2m will be spent on a project to improve the job prospects of migrants and ethnic minorities

Rent rises with a week's notice: we can no longer afford our 'affordable' housing

05 August, 2016

We hoped that being on an affordable rent scheme would mean we could save to buy our own place. L&Q's sudden rent increase comes as a shock and a blow

23,000 in work thanks to Iain Duncan Smith's benefits cap

05 August, 2016

Households impacted by rules are 41 per cent more likely to find a job, new figures reveal

UK interest rate cut: how it will affect you

05 August, 2016

With the Bank of England reducing the base rate to just 0.25%, we look at the likely impact on mortgage and savings rates, pensions and house prices

Mortgage lenders delay moves to pass on interest rate cut

05 August, 2016

Bailed-out banks NatWest and Lloyds are reticent about cutting SVR rates despite warning from Bank of England governor

Interest rate cut to record low

04 August, 2016

The Bank of England has cut interest rates to a record low of 0.25%

'Slumlord' fined for flat found not fit to live in

04 August, 2016

A 'slumlord' assumed cheap rent kept tenants happy in a flat a court found was not fit to live in

Funding Homelessness Services in Scotland

04 August, 2016

This study was commissioned by Shelter Scotland as a follow-up from previous 2012 research examining the sources and trends of funding Scottish LA homelessness services

Squalid property used to house asylum seekers receives second inspection

04 August, 2016

A London council revisits Home Office house after Guardian uncovered dozens of people living in overcrowded and potentially dangerous conditions

Call for evidence: radical new approach to housing policy

04 August, 2016

The Tory Reform Group (TRG) has launched a public call for evidence over innovative policy proposals to address the two-fold challenge of availability and affordability of homes to rent and buy

Southampton multi-occupancy tenants 'may face eviction'

04 August, 2016

Tenants in Southampton may face eviction because landlords are holding incorrect paperwork, Shelter claims

LGA to develop advice for councils on out-of-area placements

04 August, 2016

The Local Government Association will develop best practice guidelines for councils moving people into other local authority areas

DWP will not say whether it is going to cut disability supported housing, women's refuges, and homeless hostels

04 August, 2016

Fifteen of the UK's leading disability charities have written to the Department for Work and Pensions calling on it to end the 'shadow of uncertainty' cast on vulnerable people by its latest round of housing benefit cuts

Pre-payment meter price cap is watershed moment, says Ofgem

04 August, 2016

Regulator says new measures will help the most vulnerable customers but critics say they do not go far enough

Home ownership in England hits 30-year low

03 August, 2016

London isn't the only city suffering a housing crisis

This is a housing crisis

03 August, 2016

Locked out of home ownership for a lifetime, the state would be left to foot the bill for Generation Rent when they are retired and still living in the high-cost, high-turnover private rented sector

Legal Eagle: There is no right to housing

03 August, 2016

One of the most common misconceptions in housing law is that the council owes everyone a duty of accommodation and you would never end up sleeping on the streets. Sadly, this isn't quite right

The dream of owning your own home is over. Let's improve renting

03 August, 2016

We've been obsessed with house buying since the days of Thatcher. But now if tenancies were longer and tenants' rights stronger, we'd more happily rent

UK home ownership rates are at their lowest for 30 years

03 August, 2016

Handwringing about the housing crisis has become a national pastime. Not surprising perhaps, with home ownership becoming an increasingly unrealistic dream for many younger families

Spare Room London Rental Index

03 August, 2016

SpareRoom.com report

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Rent A Room Revealed

'Home ownership is unrealistic': five readers on England's housing crisis

03 August, 2016

England is in the middle of a housing crisis. We asked people to share where, and how, they live and what their hopes are for the future

Minister criticised for response to rent cut question

03 August, 2016

A Labour peer has blasted a minister's response to a parliamentary question about the impact of the 1% social housing rent cut as 'completely unsatisfactory'

Nine in 10 renters do not have the savings for 5% home deposit

03 August, 2016

Vast majority of people who rent are locked out of home ownership through a lack of income and savings, says Equality Trust

Can't work or won't work

02 August, 2016

Quasi-experimental evidence on work search requirements for single parents

Dozens of asylum seekers crammed into single Home Office property

02 August, 2016

Eighteen women and 15 children seeking asylum are living in filthy and dangerous conditions, Guardian investigation finds

Opinion: The Virtues of Worklessness

02 August, 2016

Rob Gershon thinks it's time to look at what buying into the worklessness myth and using free labour says about housing providers

Council calls on ministers to protect renters

02 August, 2016

A London council is delivering a petition to government ministers in a bid to protect private renters

We overspend to counter the bedroom tax in Glasgow because we have to

02 August, 2016

Discretionary payments help to mitigate the government's cruel and punitive benefits cuts. We chose not to put this burden on the backs of the poorest

Overhaul planned for Scots benefits system could also mean ban on use of private firms

02 August, 2016

Scottish ministers may stop private companies carrying out vital welfare assessments as Holyrood prepares to take charge of social security, it has emerged

Top award for groundbreaking council project tackling homelessness

02 August, 2016

A Croydon Council initiative that has helped thousands of people at risk of homelessness has been named one of three winners

Princes trust report

02 August, 2016

Young people lack optimism about their future report finds

CH 1124 2016

02 August, 2016

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Recovery of overpayments

Not a moment too soon

01 August, 2016

The end of Scotland's Right to Buy gives social landlords the opportunity to replenish the stock of social housing

Scottish house price index

01 August, 2016

May 2016

Universal Credit and rented housing

01 August, 2016

Guide for landlords

Social Landlord Support Pack

01 August, 2016

Getting social tenants ready for direct payment of housing costs

No Place Like An Accessible Home

01 August, 2016

LSE Report

Hundreds of thousands of disabled people are feeling hopeless and isolated, trapped in unsuitable housing according to report

Green tax' to hit landlords with £5,000 bill on buy-to-let homes

01 August, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of buy-to-let homeowners will have to pay a 'green tax' of up to £5,000 to make their properties more energy efficient

UK interest rates set to be cut by Bank of England on Thursday

01 August, 2016

Bank will publish latest inflation report and growth forecasts this week, as downgrade of Britain's economic prospects is expected

Impact of poverty costs the UK £78bn a year

01 August, 2016

Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimates that dealing with the effects of deprivation costs £1,200 for each person in Britain

English Housing Survey

01 August, 2016

Quality Report 2014-15

Current registered providers of social housing

01 August, 2016

1st August 2016

Rent to debt

29 July, 2016

Ed Miliband's recent investigation into rent-to-own suppliers for the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme showed how easily those in financial need can find themselves committed to unsustainable credit agreements

Home thoughts From: Inside Edge 2

29 July, 2016

A housebuilding slump? Rising homelessness? Unaffordable house prices and rents? The housing crisis faced by the new government in Ireland is every bit as serious as the one confronting the new administration on this side of the Irish Sea

'Injustice' of shorter, unhealthy lives in poorer areas

29 July, 2016

More needs to be done to tackle the inequality that leads to people living shorter and less healthy lives in poorer parts of Wales

North Yorkshire's rural broadband target to be missed, council says

29 July, 2016

Some remote communities in North Yorkshire will not get high-speed broadband despite being promised 100% access by 2017, a council has admitted

How over-65 workforce has doubled in 15 years: More than one million are still in full or part-time work

29 July, 2016

The number of people over 65 who are still working has more than doubled since the beginning of the century, official figures showed yesterday

Analysis: housing initiative in Brent

29 July, 2016

Enforcement officers were shocked to see a 'shanty town shack' in the back garden of an overcrowded HMO in Brent, London

HB A7/2016

29 July, 2016

The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Council consults on property licensing schemes

28 July, 2016

A London council has launched a consultation on property licensing schemes

'Homeless' woman hid property in Italy to get a council home

28 July, 2016

Loubna Hamidouch wanted a council home in Cambridge – when she owned a property in Italy

Hundreds of residents helped into work

28 July, 2016

The initiative, set up to support households affected by the benefit cap has been credited with turning hundreds of people's lives around

Brick by Brick

28 July, 2016

What do we know about the demand for private renting?

Get in on the Act

28 July, 2016

Housing and Planning Act 2016

Legal aid cuts 'causing advice desert and homelessness'

28 July, 2016

Cuts in legal aid have led to an advice 'desert' that means more people are becoming homeless according to the Law Society

Social Landlord Leaders: No more right to buy and 'not a moment too soon'

28 July, 2016

End of right to buy policy in Scotland

Record 31.7 million in work, as unemployment rate falls below 5%

28 July, 2016

The number of children growing up in homes in which nobody has a job has plummeted by 170,000 in a single year to the lowest total on record

Owen Smith pledges to end austerity in radical pitch to Labour's left

28 July, 2016

Policies include scrapping Department for Work and Pensions, ending public-sector pay freeze and boosting spending on NHS

Four million working people to face affordable housing crisis by 2024

28 July, 2016

Millions of working people will no longer be able to afford somewhere decent to live by 2024 and will need access to some type of affordable housing according to new research

House raid finds 'shanty shack'

27 July, 2016

Enforcement officers thought 31 people crammed into a dilapidated four-bedroomed house was bad enough - then they found the 'shanty town shack' out the back

Domestic violence victims are disappearing from homeless statistics

27 July, 2016

Just 1,390 people are counted as homeless because of domestic violence, but government figures tell only half the story

Bromsgrove District Council warns housing benefit claimants cash will stop if they are away for four weeks

27 July, 2016

RESIDENTS going abroad for more than four weeks are being warned they will no longer be able to claim housing benefit because of new national rules coming into force later this month

Council Tax: Stock of Properties

27 July, 2016

England and Wales, 2016

Councils demand reassurance on universal broadband pledge

27 July, 2016

Councils have urged the government to 'reaffirm its commitment' to a minimum broadband speed

Brexit migrant 'spike' warning from MPs

27 July, 2016

There could be a spike in UK migration ahead of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union and the possible end to free movement rights

Government urged to delay Pay to Stay

27 July, 2016

Councils and arm's length management organisations are calling on ministers to delay the introduction of Pay to Stay to avoid a 'tight' timetable

Tell National Audit Office of benefit sanction harm

26 July, 2016

The NAO is undertaking a study to examine whether the DWP is achieving value for money from its administration of benefit sanctions

Rent call

26 July, 2016

Social landlords must make the case for affordable rent to the new government

Helping hand

26 July, 2016

Social landlords have a duty to help tenants into work

Tackling poverty from the DWP

26 July, 2016

A briefing for the Secretary of State from JRF

June property transaction count down by 10% on last year

26 July, 2016

The number of residential property transactions increased by 4.9% between May and June 2016, but is down 10.2% compared with the same month last year

Housing benefit powers 'could tackle poverty in Wales'

26 July, 2016

Devolving housing benefits to Wales could help boost affordable homes and tackle poverty, an independent think-tank has said

Some supported housing could avoid 'LHA cap'

26 July, 2016

Associations could lessen the impact of the government's 'Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap' by leasing their supported housing to a non-registered subsidiary

Lone child refugees 'left in squalor' by EU nations

26 July, 2016

Thousands of lone migrant children are living in squalid conditions after being let down by European countries including the UK

Welfare Reform and Work Bill House of Lords second reading submission

26 July, 2016

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report

Rents fall as landlords remain nervous over Brexit

26 July, 2016

Letting market hit by uncertainty over the future of Britain's role in Europe, but London continues to benefit from high demand for homes

In Depth: Government urged to back Help to Buy through Brexit

25 July, 2016

A new report urges the May government to back Help to Buy and ease the housing market through the uncertainty of Brexit

Still Hungry

25 July, 2016

Research report from West Cheshire Food Bank

The Tory sheltered housing benefit tax

25 July, 2016

Blog from SPeye

Government sneaks out report revealing 57,000 Bedroom Tax victims fell behind on rent

25 July, 2016

The report was slipped out in a mountain of more than 300 documents on the day MPs leave Westminster for their six-week summer holiday

Good Housing - Better Health

25 July, 2016

Report by The Academic - Practitioner Partnership

Taxing tenants: how taxes on landlords end up hitting tenants

25 July, 2016

TaxPayers' Alliance report

London housing: Lambeth's Pockets of affordability

25 July, 2016

A new kind of compact home for middle income Londoners looks to be part of the new mayor's plans

Delay likely on key Housing Act regulations

25 July, 2016

Publication of the Higher Value and Pay to Stay Regulations is likely to be delayed

English Housing Survey

25 July, 2016

Social Rented Sector Report, 2014-15

Landlord fined over unsafe log burner

22 July, 2016

An unsafe log burner has cost a landlord over £1,000

London renters trying to move to flat shares to save money 'pay £2,000 in fees'

22 July, 2016

Hard-pressed Londoners who rent their homes have to shell out more than £2,000 in fees when moving into flatshare in order to save money

'£4.5bn a year up for grabs if Londoners rent out their homes'

22 July, 2016

A total of £4.5 billion a year could be earned if Londoners were to rent out their homes when going on holiday

Don't hold your breath for social housing

22 July, 2016

The calm, sound, unwavering economic case for funding, and promoting the funding of homes let at rents that people can meet from their incomes has not changed

Hundreds of private tenants to benefit from Charity Commission move

22 July, 2016

Hundreds of private tenants in rented homes in County Down and Belfast stand to benefit after an intervention by the Charity Commission

Private rented sector in UK seeing rapid growth

22 July, 2016

The private rented sector is continuing its rapid growth across the UK and is now well established as the second biggest form of tenure after home ownership

Extending a voluntary Right to Buy to housing association tenants (England)

22 July, 2016

The statutory Right to Buy came into effect on 3 October 1980

HCA probes landlords over market risk

22 July, 2016

The English social housing regulator is probing housing associations that are particularly exposed to a housing market downturn following the Brexit vote

Landlord allowed to pay £50 weekly instalments could take 15 years to pay fine

21 July, 2016

A landlord could take nearly 15 years to clear a £40,000 bill after a court agreed to let him pay weekly instalments

Universal credit falls five years behind schedule

21 July, 2016

Troubled welfare scheme will now not be completed until 2022, the seventh announced delay since 2013

Northern landlords raise doubts over minister's new role

21 July, 2016

Social landlords in the north of England have raised concerns about the new housing minister's extra role as minister for London

Supported housing announcement in Autumn

21 July, 2016

Vulnerable people living in social housing will know if they are to be included in benefit cuts later this year

Housing benefit cuts 'risk damaging UK's international reputation'

21 July, 2016

New PM's will "jeopardise the safety" of people fleeing domestic violence and also affect the elderly, people mental health difficulties and the homeless

Theresa May is right to highlight families' struggle with housing costs - but rent is the worry, not mortgages

21 July, 2016

Theresa May's first speech as Prime Minister included a promise to empower 'working class' families

Universal Credit scheme delayed

21 July, 2016

Ministers have announced a further delay to the government's flagship Universal Credit scheme

Housing Benefit Cap to be debated in House of Commons

21 July, 2016

An Opposition Day Debate on the proposals to cut housing benefit for vulnerable people in supported housing is to be held on the 20 July 2016

Half of tenants would leave town to achieve dream of homeownership

21 July, 2016

More than half of tenants would move or consider moving to a different town or city in order to buy a home

Reduce 'LHA cap' impact

21 July, 2016

Scottish ministers should use their new welfare powers to ease the impact of UK government cuts to housing benefit

No room

20 July, 2016

Despite extensive cuts to local authority budgets, millions of pounds are pouring from the public purse into youth homelessness services without any way of knowing what does and doesn't work

The valuation of buy to let and HMO properties guidance

20 July, 2016

Over the past 25 years there has been a major shift in the housing market in the UK that has led to an increased bias to private renting, both out of choice and out of need

'Vastly more' affordable housing needed to tackle Scotland's 'sobering' housing crisis

20 July, 2016

The only long-term solution for Scotland to help its struggling first time buyers is to build vastly more affordable, quality housing in the places where people want to live

Properties run as Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) are earning double-digit returns for London landlords - if they can navigate the rules

20 July, 2016

Running a property as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) could provide double-digit returns for London's landlords

Landlords should seek advice about the tax changes ahead

20 July, 2016

With several tax changes for residential properties announced over the past 12 months, landlords need to be aware of how these could affect their tax bill

Private rental sector is the 'new home of poverty' in the UK

20 July, 2016

Urgent action is needed to empower local authorities to drive up the standards of privately owned homes

Giving renters back control over their lives

20 July, 2016

It's worth pausing for a moment on the promise Theresa May made in her first speech as prime minister

HB A7/2016

20 July, 2016

The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 7 Jul 2016

20 July, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 7 Jul 2016

No phones, low pay, sent home for purple hair - life on a zero-hours contract

20 July, 2016

Nearly 1 million workers in the UK face the insecurity of unguaranteed shift work. Here, one agency employee reveals the trials they face, from unpaid lunch breaks to strict check-in procedures

Renting to students, particularly those from overseas, may be more rewarding than risky for landlords

20 July, 2016

Are a few bad apples spoiling it for the whole bunch?

Paying for Supported Housing

19 July, 2016

House of Commons Briefing paper

Will Theresa May try to fix the broken housing market?

19 July, 2016

Some Tory MPs worry that poorer families have been denied decent homes through the government's obsession with subsidising home ownership - at the expense of social housing

Complaints about social landlords ease off

19 July, 2016

The number of complaints and enquiries about social landlords received by the Housing Ombudsman Service has levelled off following a huge increase over the last few years

MPs face questions about post-Brexit housing

19 July, 2016

The chancellor will decide whether the government remains committed to social housing

Middle-income families in UK resemble the poor of years past, says IFS

19 July, 2016

Households on middle incomes receive 30% of income from benefits and tax credits, a rise on 20 years ago, report finds

House Price Index

19 July, 2016

June 2016

Over 87,000 London children without a permanent home

19 July, 2016

Since 2010 there has been a 44% increase in the number of London children living in temporary accommodation

Cameron 'worst ever' PM for housing

19 July, 2016

David Cameron has been branded the 'worst ever' PM for housebuilding in a survey commissioned from the independent House of Commons Library

NLA launches tenancy management software

18 July, 2016

The NLA has launched its newest service, Landlord Vision, which uses cloud-based software to help landlords manage almost every aspect of their tenancies

Falling short: the experiences of families below the Minimum Income Standard

18 July, 2016

Joseph Rowntree report

More than one in three families in the UK now have incomes below the Minimum Income Standard (MIS), a benchmark based on what the public agrees a household needs as a minimum to live on

Millennials paying more rent than Baby Boomers

18 July, 2016

Resolution Foundation report

Millennials will have paid around £53,000 in rent by the time they reach 30

Landlords urge Welsh government to introduce a new tax to boost rented housing supply

18 July, 2016

Assembly members in Wales are being asked to scrap the 3% stamp duty hike and instead introduce a new Land Transaction Tax

Bank of Mum and Dad is now paying the rent, too

18 July, 2016

Parents in Britain put hand into pocket to the tune of £1bn a year, as housing crisis grows

Freud orders 'urgent' review into Universal Credit arrears

18 July, 2016

Lord David Freud has commissioned an 'urgent' review into the high rate of rent arrears owed by Universal Credit claimants

New housing minister appointed

18 July, 2016

Gavin Barwell has been appointed as the new housing minister

EU migrants may face 'right to stay' curbs

18 July, 2016

EU migrants who come to the UK as Brexit nears may not be given the right to stay, David Davis has said

Vilifying the asylum seeker next door is just plain racist

15 July, 2016

Brexit has emboldened people who publicly campaign for people fleeing torture and war to be denied even poor, cramped housing

How much does it cost UK councils to take in refugees?

15 July, 2016

Britain pledged to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020. How close are we to that target and how does the current initiative match up to previous schemes?

Housing and Planning Act 2016: business as usual - wide-ranging measures to boost supply of new homes now one step closer

15 July, 2016

New Regulations set out additional Housing and Planning Act 2016 provisions to commence on 13 July, and others coming into force on 1 or 31 October 2016

Still time for Bacs campaign

15 July, 2016

Social housing providers still have time to take advantage of a national housing rents campaign, which aims to deliver vital time and cost savings for those in the sector

May day signals

15 July, 2016

Freshly installed prime minister Theresa May has already signalled she is a social reformer

Understanding your tenants

15 July, 2016

Different tenants different circumstances

Fire, Gas and Carbon Monoxide Safety Regulations:

15 July, 2016

What English social landlords need to know

MPs press Government for LHA cap safeguards

15 July, 2016

The Government has made positive reassurances about the future funding of supported housing, despite stopping short of extending its exemption from the looming LHA cap

Councils free to decide on Pay to Stay rents

15 July, 2016

Ministers have said it is up to councils to decide how they determine 'market rent' levels under the Pay to Stay policy

2014 - based Household Projections: England, 2014 - 2039

14 July, 2016

DCLG statistical release

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 Overview of the Act and implications for the sector

14 July, 2016

Report by Community Housing Cymru

The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 was enacted in response to increased numbers of people currently accessing the rented market in Wales and in an effort 'to make it simpler and easier to rent a home, replacing various complex pieces of legislation with one clear legal framework'

Faster internet to be rolled out to more communities

14 July, 2016

Households in several rural communities across Scotland are to be given access to high-speed fibre broadband

The business case for affordable housing

14 July, 2016

Peabody Trust and CBI report

This report reveals that Londoners living in social housing contributed at least £15bn to the capitals economy in 2015 alone

DWP benefit Blockchain trial slammed by digital experts

14 July, 2016

The DWP trial, which began in May and will run for three to six months, currently involves eight benefits claimants but may increase to up to 24

Theresa May told: "start building social housing"

14 July, 2016

New PM Theresa May is urged to honour her words on dealing with the housing deficit

Interest rates could be cut to new low

14 July, 2016

The Bank of England could make the first cut to UK interest rates in more than seven years

Council building power diminished 92% by government policies

14 July, 2016

Councils' capacity to fund building through their rent accounts has shrunk from 550,000 homes over 30 years to just 45,000 as a result of government policies

The fall and rise of the council estate

13 July, 2016

For decades, the Aylesbury estate in south London has been seen as a symbol of the failure of British social housing. But now - just as it is being demolished - many people are starting to think again

The secret life of a benefits officer: we are the human face of bad government decisions

13 July, 2016

We fall into two camps: those who want to help people keep a roof over their heads and those who seek to weed out fraudulent claimants

The future of supported housing

13 July, 2016

An adjournment debate on the future of supported housing

Universal Credit Statistical Ad Hoc: Data on Alternative Payment Arrangements

13 July, 2016

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on Managed Payment to Landlord (MPTL) Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) in Universal Credit Live Service

Citizens Advice Scotland: Welfare system 'not working'

13 July, 2016

The most vulnerable people in Scotland are falling into destitution because the benefits system is 'simply not working', according to a charity

HB A6/2016

13 July, 2016

DWP circular - Payment Deductions Project

LIN press release - DHP underspend 2015-16

13 July, 2016

LIN press release

Residents to benefit from housing associations home swap

13 July, 2016

More than 1,400 households will have a new landlord and a more local service, after two leading housing associations completed a major stock exchange

Cash strapped councils turn down 21% of DHP applications

13 July, 2016

English councils with tenants hit hardest by welfare cuts are turning down one in five applicants for a hardship fund

Landlords' pet hate when it comes to tenants - and it's not pets

12 July, 2016

A YouGov survey has found that smokers are the least popular type of tenants with landlords

Newly agreed rents continue to rise - but how much will be too much?

12 July, 2016

Rents continue to rise but landlords are getting conscious about tenant affordability amid uncertainty following the Brexit vote and ahead of further tax changes next year

Property valuations rise for first-time buyers but sharply down for buy-to-let landlords

12 July, 2016

Predictions of property price cuts since the Brexit vote have yet to ring true

Squalor still endemic in Britain as UK welfare state judged 'mediocre' to other European countries

12 July, 2016

With approximately 15 million people classified by Eurostat as at 'risk of poverty or social exclusion', the UK is ranked 15th of 23 European countries on the ILC-UK's Poverty and Social Exclusion Index

Scots rent rises among largest in UK

12 July, 2016

Tenants in Scotland have had to meet rent increases that are among the highest in the UK and accelerating at almost twice the countrywide average

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: second independent review call for evidence

12 July, 2016

We are seeking feedback on how the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment is working

Tenancy Deposit Schemes: could a landmark case lead to more prosecutions?

12 July, 2016

Last week, a landmark case in Scotland highlighted the need for deposit protection, after a letting agent in North Ayrshire became the first in the country to be prosecuted for its breach of the rules

Renting in London: £500-a-month rooms are 'on the verge of extinction' as demand continues to soar

12 July, 2016

New figures reveal that nearly half the rooms in London flatshares now cost more than £750 a month

UK welfare state 'mediocre' and in need of reform

12 July, 2016

Region ranks 15th out of 23 countries in terms tackling poverty and social exclusion

Steep rise in private tenants seeking help with illegal evictions

11 July, 2016

There has been a 50% rise in private tenants appealing for help with illegal evictions

Councillors told that response of just 58 gives 'clear mandate' for blanket licensing scheme

11 July, 2016

A council which is planning to introduce a blanket licensing scheme of all rental properties in the city received just 58 responses to a consultation on its proposals

Major banks 'charging more to borrow money than payday lenders'

11 July, 2016

The magazine found that some RBS customers could face costs of £90, while customers at Lloyds, HSBC and TSB could face £80

Universal Credit: Data on alternative payment arrangements

11 July, 2016

Statistics on Managed Payment to Landlord (MPTL) Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) in the Universal Credit live service

Universal Credit online channel usage

11 July, 2016

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on the online completion of tasks by claimants in the Universal Credit full service

Universal Credit evaluation framework: 2016

11 July, 2016

This document updates the original framework by reviewing what we have done so far and setting out future evaluation plans

Prisoners to help build social housing

11 July, 2016

A Trafford social housing consortium has employed eight inmates from HM Hindley Prison

Landlord crammed 28 tenants into house with one toilet

11 July, 2016

If the flashbacks to your squalid uni house share make you shudder, you might not want to read this

Buy-to-let: Why you'll need a 60pc deposit

11 July, 2016

The most risk-averse lenders could start to offer special 40pc mortgages as the buy-to-let market becomes more tightly regulated

'I'll build 10,000 council houses' says Labour man battling to become region's first mayor

11 July, 2016

Former Birmingham councillor Steve Bedser launches bid to become Labour candidate for West Midlands mayor with a dig at his 'career politician' rival Sion Simon

Financial specialist wins battle over -to-let mortgages

11 July, 2016

A financial specialist who won a legal fight over buy-to-let mortgages says borrowers have started to collect compensation

LIN Press Release - Evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

08 July, 2016

This report presents findings from the evaluation of the 'Universal Support - delivered locally' trials, which ran in eleven areas of Great Britain between September 2014 and August/November 2015

HB S8/2016

08 July, 2016

New Burdens payment for the implementation of the 2016 benefit cap changes

The myth of Bristol's benefit claimants exposed - the city's missing millions going unclaimed

08 July, 2016

The amount of money being stolen by benefit cheats in Bristol is 20 times smaller than the amount of benefits people are entitled to claim but haven't

Councils spend £100m helping renters hit by benefit cuts

08 July, 2016

Discretionary payments of £85.3m made to close gap left by bedroom tax while just over £14m paid to those squeezed by cap on benefits

Suffolk Housing Society takes steps to mitigate Universal Credit

08 July, 2016

Suffolk Housing Society, a social landlord in East Anglia with over 2,500 properties, has invested in Mobysoft's Rentsense solution to help them mitigate the rent cut and Universal Credit

Senior judges block tenant's eviction despite cannabis farm

08 July, 2016

A housing associations' bid to evict a tenant who had 300 cannabis plants in her spare bedroom has been dismissed by senior judges

Third of U.K. Councils Say No to Housing Refugees

08 July, 2016

London and Greater Manchester have taken in the fewest number of refugee families

DWP plans longer-term supported housing exemption

08 July, 2016

Ministers plan to extend an exemption for supported housing from the 'Local Housing Allowance cap' as they seek a long-term solution to the problem

Evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

07 July, 2016

This report presents findings from evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

Repent at leisure? Why the introduction of Pay to Stay should be slowed right down

07 July, 2016

It would be easy to imagine that all of Government is focused on the possible implications of leaving the EU

The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence)(Amendment) Regulations 2016: SSAC report and government statement

07 July, 2016

A SSAC report on regulations to change how long someone absent from Great Britain can remain entitled - and the government's response

Universal Credit forcing landlords into evictions

07 July, 2016

The Universal Credit system that replaced six means-tested benefits and tax credits is causing people to be unnecessarily evicted

Wirral landlord fined £10,000 for renting out unsafe bedsits

07 July, 2016

Mohammed Fiaz rented out the property on Borough Road, Seacombe to vulnerable adults

The end of Buy to Let - blessing or disaster?

07 July, 2016

Buy to Let has been the subject of much impassioned rage from the housing sector, claiming it only makes the housing crisis gripping the nation worse

The towns where buy-to-let landlords could be 'locked out' if new strict lending rules are applied

07 July, 2016

59 out of 85 towns and cities analysed would not be accessible to landlords if tighter lending criteria is applied

Londoners fear 'Pay to Stay' law will price poor tenants out of the capital

07 July, 2016

From the moment Jan Sweeney first got the keys to her council flat in west London 35 years ago, she hoped she had found a sanctuary from the economic unrest gripping the city

Landlords to answer VFM questions

07 July, 2016

Housing associations will have to defend higher than usual costs or demonstrate they are making savings in future 'in-depth assessments'

Credit agency 'monitoring' landlords with London sales exposure

07 July, 2016

A credit ratings agency is "monitoring" London providers with large exposures to the sales market

Third of councils top up housing benefits after cap

07 July, 2016

About a third of English councils have spent additional money topping up a government fund aimed at cushioning the impact of welfare changes

Illegal sub-letting scams 'being done with landlord's consent'

06 July, 2016

A new sub-letting scam has been identified by housing lawyer Ben Reeve Lewis

Money Box Live: Benefits - is the system too complex?

06 July, 2016

Is our welfare benefit system too complex?

Carney warns of housing crisis if landlords leave the market

06 July, 2016

A mass sell-off by landlords could amplify a property market crash and pose problems for vulnerable households

Executive confirms plans for new social housing scheme in Rathcoole

06 July, 2016

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has confirmed plans for a new social housing development in the heart of the Rathcoole estate

Unexpected rental costs leave tenants out of pocket

06 July, 2016

A disgruntled minority of private tenants say they are being left out-of-pocket after being hit by unexpected costs not covered by their landlord

Listen: how can we fix renting for families?

06 July, 2016

Welcome to this Shelter podcast, presented by myself and John Bibby, taking a look at unstable private renting in England

Landlords forced to pay more upfront to meet stricter buy-to-let lending rules

06 July, 2016

A property crowdfunding platform is claiming that stricter rules on lending to buy-to-let landlords could "choke off" access to potential investors in the market

Crisis launches £150k fund for projects helping homeless people to rent

06 July, 2016

A two year funding programme has been launched offering a total of £150k to local projects supporting homeless people or those at risk of homelessness to rent a home

We're scrapping right to buy in Wales to protect vulnerable families

06 July, 2016

People should be able to get on the property ladder without it depleting our social housing stock. We must ensure everybody has a decent place to live

Pay to Stay for housing associations

06 July, 2016

Pay to Stay is not compulsory for housing associations, but some may wish to introduce their own scheme for higher income households

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: second independent review

06 July, 2016

The second independent review of the Personal Independence Payment assessment process

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: financial year 2015/16

06 July, 2016

Analysis of the use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds by local authorities

ARLA President says online letting agents expensive for what they do

05 July, 2016

As the new President of ARLA, Nik Madan can expect a busy year

Jobs to go as Coast & Country Housing deals with fall in rental income

05 July, 2016

Redcar-based Coast & Country Housing are also closing a district office as 2015 Budget change kicks in

Court Shorts: Landlords fined for harassment and unlicensed HMO

05 July, 2016

A landlord looking for a quick house sale tried to harass a tenant out of the property with loud music

Mentally ill man was 'let down by the mental health and benefits systems'

05 July, 2016

The family of a mentally ill man who was found dead in his home say he was let down by the system

Landlords warned over purchasing deposit hikes

05 July, 2016

Concerning new claims from crowdfunding platform Property Partner suggest that tighter lending criteria from the Bank of England could have a severe impact on deposits required from buy-to-let landlords

Birmingham landlord fined over £3k for harassing a tenant

05 July, 2016

A landlord was fined £3,100 at Birmingham Magistrates Court for harassing a tenant at his home in Russell Road, Moseley

Will EU exit mean higher food prices and staff shortages?

05 July, 2016

With sterling sliding and fuel costs rising, farmers, producers and retailers face up to rising input and sourcing costs

First Scots prosecution over failure to protect tenants' deposits expected to lead to more

05 July, 2016

First prosecution in Scotland over failure to protect tenants' deposits expected to lead to more

Ending of private tenancies responsible for almost a third of homelessness

04 July, 2016

The ending of an assured shorthold tenancy with a private landlord was the most common reason for homelessness in the first quarter of this year

Councils step up raids on housing budgets

04 July, 2016

Cash-strapped councils are increasingly drawing cash from their housing budgets to plug gaps in back-office costs

Divorce 'driving rise in over-50s who have to rent': Nearly a third now lease property after strong increase over the past five years

04 July, 2016

More than a third of people aged 50 and over rent, up from a quarter in 2011

Weathering the Brexit storm: What the UK voting to leave the EU means for buyers, sellers and renters

04 July, 2016

A week on from its biggest economic shock in a generation, the housing market is coming to terms with the UK leaving the EU

Falling profits on buy-to-let? Landlords converting family homes to student digs or shared properties for young professionals to boost rent

04 July, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords have been hit by a barrage of changes in the past year, facing tax reliefs cuts, stamp duty bills hikes and a consequent clampdown on mortgage availability

Tory tax and benefit plans 'widen generation divide'

04 July, 2016

Split seen in EU referendum will worsen as cash redistributed to the old, independent analysis finds

Housing associations press ahead with "pay to stay"

04 July, 2016

It is estimated that there are over 6,000 households renting in the social housing sector where the household income is over £100,000

HB Direct Issue 169

04 July, 2016

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

Conservative PM challengers pledge social housing

04 July, 2016

Conservative leadership hopeful Stephen Crabb has pledged to create a £100bn "Growing Britain Fund" for infrastructure projects including social housing

The tax avoidance schemes luring landlords hit by new 3pc stamp duty

04 July, 2016

The Government's new "landlord tax" has created an industry of tax avoiders who are luring victims into schemes which could leave them thousands of pounds out of pocket

Touchbase - Edition 112

01 July, 2016

As with every other part of Government, following the EU referendum result last week, the day to day business of the Department for Work and Pensions continues as usual

Touching the voids

01 July, 2016

The impact of energy efficiency on social landlord income and business plans

Landlords' Barometer - #37: Landlords put their plans on hold after Brexit

01 July, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #37"

Right to Buy to be abolished in Wales

01 July, 2016

Right to Buy is to be abolished in Wales

easyProperty boss calls for a £100 cap on letting agent fees

01 July, 2016

easyProperty CEO Rob Ellice is backing a call for letting agent fees to be capped

Poverty after housing costs by housing tenure

01 July, 2016

Since 2002/03 the number in poverty in all but owned with mortgage tenure types has decreased

The Scottish Government will not meet its target to end fuel poverty

01 July, 2016

The Scottish Government has recently stated that it will not meet its target to end fuel poverty in Scotland

London council launches 'right-to-invest' for low-income tenants

01 July, 2016

Barking and Dagenham's version of right-to-buy scheme aimed at retaining housing stock while letting tenants buy a share in their property at discount

Underwriting standards for buy-to-let mortgage contracts

01 July, 2016

Buy-to-let reforms should reflect wider market conditions

The housing headwind

30 June, 2016

Income gains for private renters have been absorbed by rising housing costs more than twice over in just over a decade

The impact of rising housing costs on UK living standards

MP presents petition in Commons calling for letting agent fees to be capped

30 June, 2016

An MP has presented a petition to the House of Commons calling for letting agents' fees to be capped

UK borrowing rises at fastest rate in more than a decade

30 June, 2016

Value of credit cards, personal loans and overdrafts rose by 9.9% on a year earlier in May

New figures show for the first time the alarming lack of government investment in affordable housing to rent

30 June, 2016

CIH reveal for the first time the extent to which government investment is being directed towards the private market and home ownership

Reforms to support social sector tenants

30 June, 2016

Lord Freud spoke about the benefits of working together to improve people's lives at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference

Welfare

30 June, 2016

Support for government welfare reform

Little support for reducing spending for most groups

Making welfare for Wales: Should benefits for people of working age be devolved?

30 June, 2016

Social security payments totaling approximately £10 billion are distributed in Wales every year

Kerslake urges ministers to revise view of social housing

30 June, 2016

The former head of the civil service has called on ministers to change their view of social housing

Serial fraudster who ran string of letting agencies jailed for four and a half years

29 June, 2016

A letting agent who scammed dozens of tenants and landlords out of more than £220,000 of rents and deposits has been jailed for four and a half years

Universal Credit expands to all claimants in 5 more areas

29 June, 2016

Universal Credit becomes available to all types of claimant in Harrogate, Richmond (North Yorkshire), Inverness, Hammersmith and Ryedale

Breaking: Wales ready to abolish Right to Buy

29 June, 2016

Right to Buy is running out of time in Wales

Another lender clamps down on landlords - but could Brexit rescue buy-to-let?

29 June, 2016

TSB has become the latest lender to make it harder for landlords to borrow buy-to-let mortgages, by reducing the amount it is prepared to lend relative to a landlords' rental income

Banks suspend deals for landlords: Buy-to-let lenders pulling loans in case homes slip into negative equity

29 June, 2016

Buy-to-let lenders are temporarily pulling loans for borrowers with small deposits until the dust from the Brexit vote settles

Hold out for lowest home loans ever! Best mortgage deals tipped to become even cheaper after Brexit rate cut

29 June, 2016

Interest rates forecast to be cut to 0.25% by Bank of England after Brexit

This is how the EU referendum vote could impact on UK households

29 June, 2016

Housing and banking, petrol and pensions will all feel the effects of the Brexit vote

New research links energy efficient homes to savings for landlords

29 June, 2016

Potential for £2.4 million savings per year for social landlords identified. Costs from rent arrears and voids saved by efficient stock highlighted by new study involving 25 social landlords managing 500,000 homes

CIH bid to mend 'tense' local government relationships

29 June, 2016

CIH has announced a drive to fix the "tension" between councils and housing associations following the extension of the Right to Buy

Cut in number of homeless in Scotland

28 June, 2016

The number of people in Scotland assessed as homeless or under the threat of being homeless went down by 5% in 2015/16

Comparing private rented sector policies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

28 June, 2016

There is no overarching statutory regulation of private sector letting or managing agents in England nor any legal requirement for them to belong to a trade association

Britain's biggest landlord caught in Brexit turmoil - as he attempts to sell 1,000 properties

28 June, 2016

Britain's biggest landlord has been caught in Brexit turmoil as he attempts to sell 1,000 properties just as buyers are stalling and pulling out of deals en-mass over market fears

Tenant chances boosted by co-operation deal

28 June, 2016

The employment prospects of housing association tenants' are being boosted by closer co-operation between training and social housing providers

Majority of social housing tenants 'voted to leave the EU'

28 June, 2016

A majority of social housing tenants voted to Leave the European Union, according to an analysis by polling expert Lord Ashcroft

Several large landlords planning for Pay to Stay adoption

28 June, 2016

A clutch of leading landlords have begun planning for the introduction of Pay to Stay

Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up: financial year 2014/15

28 June, 2016

Estimates of take-up of income-related benefits for Great Britain for the financial year 2014/15

Proposal for a strong and sustainable future for supported and sheltered housing

28 June, 2016

The Federation has consulted extensively with our housing association members and stakeholders to develop our recommendation for a secure, sustainable funding model for supported and sheltered housing

The Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland - Tracking Study - Sweep 4 Report

27 June, 2016

The aim of this study was to explore the impact of ongoing welfare changes on a range of working age households in Scotland

New £80m class action against Foxtons could affect almost all letting agents

27 June, 2016

A new class action is being assembled against Foxtons over its charging of fees to tenants

Austerity is the cause of our economic woes. It's nothing to do with the EU

27 June, 2016

The referendum shows how far Britain's economic failures have divided the country, but Brexit will only make them harder to address

Landlords in UK urged to stay calm in face of EU exit vote

27 June, 2016

Residential landlords in the UK are being urged not to read too much into the decision by the country to leave the European Union, having gone through a turbulent period recently

What impact will Britain's vote to leave the EU have on the PRS?

27 June, 2016

Today marks a very important day in Britain's history

Councils' cash from EU 'should be guaranteed' if withdrawn

27 June, 2016

The government should guarantee English councils will still receive the £5.3bn they had been allocated from EU funds

EIB 'stands by' funding commitments following Leave vote

27 June, 2016

The EIB has said it will honour social housing funding commitments already in place with the UK following the vote to leave the European Union

The accidental landlord:'the Chancellor's solution to the housing crisis is a "dog's dinner" - but it's tenants who will suffer'

27 June, 2016

The Chancellor's bid to hit private landlords in the pocket will only worsen the misery of rocketing rents

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain, results: May 2016

27 June, 2016

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

Could front line workers hold the key to improving care in social housing?

27 June, 2016

From gas engineers to neighbourhood officers, rent collectors to handy-people; promoting health isn't the first thing that springs to mind when you think about these roles

Future of the welfare state

27 June, 2016

As one of the key challenges facing the nation, successfully tackling the housing crisis is a critical litmus test for politicians and policy makers

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