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UK Housing Review records 'remorseless rise' in use of temporary accommodation

31 March, 2020

Total again rose by 5% year-on-year to top more than 86,000 last June - 79% above its low point eight years ago

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Landlords and Tenants

31 March, 2020

Non-statutory guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rented sectors

Coronavirus: Free school meals children to get food vouchers

31 March, 2020

Families with children eligible for free school meals in England will be able to claim weekly shopping vouchers while schools are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak

Benefit changes leave disabled people facing poverty

31 March, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of disabled and ill claimants left out of UK coronavirus measures

UK Housing Review calls for increased grant levels for social housing

31 March, 2020

UK Housing Review 2020 shows grant levels for new social housing in England have fallen dangerously low and will need to rise to boost investment in response to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus outbreak

Government urged to extend gas safety certificates as associations fear for workers' safety

31 March, 2020

Housing associations are pushing the government to extend gas safety certificates from 12 to 18 months in order to protect their workers from the spread of coronavirus

Call for 80% rental income guarantee for small landlords

31 March, 2020

Asset management specialist Spicerhaart Corporate Sales has called for the Government's 80% salary guarantee to be extended to rental income for small private landlords

Cundy Street Quarter: Grosvenor offers social housing tenants 'one move' option for new homes

30 March, 2020

The developer says it has found a way to phase its planned new development so that tenants do not have to move to a temporary dwelling while their replacement home is being built

Housing associations ‘have contingencies in place' to deal with housing market freeze

30 March, 2020

Housing associations will be impacted by the housing market freeze implemented in response to coronavirus but have contingencies in place to deal with the effects on their businesses

Probation officer faces eviction over landlord's coronavirus fears

30 March, 2020

Shannon Harford given until end of April to leave flat despite ban on evictions

Hackney Council announces measures to support residents through the coronavirus pandemic

30 March, 2020

Hackney Council has announced measures to support the vulnerable and affected families throughout the coronavirus epidemic

Courts suspend all possession hearings - putting a pause on evictions

30 March, 2020

Courts in England and Wales have suspended all possession hearings today for at least 90 days, effectively putting a pause on all eviction proceedings moving through the system

Landlord returns robust in all UK regions

30 March, 2020

Landlords across the UK are experiencing substantial rental yields as scarcity of properties on the market continues to push up rents

COVID-19: latest impact on food

30 March, 2020

Families in the UK are borrowing money to buy food just a week into lockdown

Social housing in Gateshead could be brought back under the council's control

30 March, 2020

Council says proposed changes mean residents can access good quality housing both now and in the future

Coronavirus: Domestic abuse victims 'still allowed to leave home'

30 March, 2020

Domestic abuse victims are allowed to leave home to seek help at refuges despite rules to stop coronavirus spreading

Landlords urged to budget for the next six months as repossession proceedings are scrapped

30 March, 2020

The Government confirmed a suspension of housing possession court proceedings at the end of last week and landlords are being warned they could now face waiting until the end of the year to get their properties back

HB S4/2020

27 March, 2020

New Burdens funding to meet the costs for the administration of the Severe Disability Premium changes in 2019-20

Khan calls for stronger financial support for UK's renters

27 March, 2020

The Mayor of London calls for immediate changes to the benefit system - including raising LHA rates to reflect median market rents

How can digital tech support the social housing sector?

27 March, 2020

More so than every before, tenants expect speedier service, easier rent management, always-on assistance, and improved communication channels

Tenant served with injunction over 'lockdown parties'

27 March, 2020

Association secures what is thought to be a first-of-its-kind COVID-19 banning order

No rent holiday during coronavirus lockdown but help available for social housing tenants

27 March, 2020

People in social housing have been advised to contact their housing association if they are struggling to pay the bills during the lockdown

Regulator to survey landlords and push back reporting deadlines amid COVID-19 pandemic

27 March, 2020

England's social housing regulator will postpone reporting deadlines and survey landlords to identify key issues for the sector as part of a new approach during the coronavirus crisis

Disability benefit reviews suspended for three months

27 March, 2020

Disability benefit reviews and reassessments have been suspended for three months amid the coronavirus crisis

The social housing sector and coronavirus: a briefing

27 March, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold of the country Inside Housing looks at the main issues facing the sector, and how it is mobilising to respond

Repairs workers get government green light to enter properties during coronavirus outbreak

27 March, 2020

Tradespeople and repairs workers can continue their work provided they are showing no symptoms of the virus, official guidance from the MHCLG has confirmed

Universal credit: 'almost impossible' to complete claim as more than 500,000 apply

27 March, 2020

Only a fraction of applicants have been able to start claim online or get through to DWP on phone

Government warned coronavirus protection for renters is still falling short

27 March, 2020

The RSA has waded into the coronavirus response debate, urging the Government to go further, particularly for renters

Quarter of private renters fear COVID-19 eviction

26 March, 2020

Survey sees think-tank calls for increasing the local housing allowance element of Universal Credit

Almost 20,000 new NI Universal Credit claims amid Coronavirus crisis

26 March, 2020

The Department for Communities says staff were "working around the clock" to help process new claims

Chancellor unveils income support scheme for self-employed and access 'in full' to Universal Credit

26 March, 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a new income support scheme that will cover up to 80 per cent of monthly profits for self-employed workers adversely impacted by coronavirus, and promised they will get full access to Universal Credit

Maintenance and repairs work can still be carried out on rental homes

26 March, 2020

Maintenance on rental homes can still be carried out, the Government has confirmed

CIH issues guidance on engaging with tenants during Coronavirus

26 March, 2020

The Chartered Institute of Housing has given an update on what to consider about tenant engagement in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak

Fire chiefs publish coronavirus waking watch guidance for landlords

26 March, 2020

The NFCC has updated its advice to building owners and landlords on how to operate the waking watch fire safety measure during the coronavirus outbreak

Housing association ruled non-compliant after safety issues and loan covenant breach

26 March, 2020

A 5,000-home housing association has been deemed non-compliant with regulatory standards after multiple safety issues were uncovered across its stock and it breached one of its loan covenants

Gas safety check clarity needed as associations struggle with social distancing measures

26 March, 2020

Housing sector figures have called for clarity over statutory gas safety checks as access to properties is reduced during the coronavirus outbreak

Government processes half a million Universal Credit claims in past nine days

26 March, 2020

The UK government has processed almost half a million claims for UC in the past nine days, a Commons select committee heard this morning

Coronavirus: Rishi Sunak to unveil financial aid for self-employed

26 March, 2020

Self-employed workers facing financial difficulties as a result of coronavirus are set to be offered a package of support from the government

Tenancy Deposit Scheme sets up FAQ service to deal with issues highlighted by coronavirus

26 March, 2020

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has launched a FAQ page for landlords, letting agents and tenants to provide guidance on tenancy deposit protection in the light of Covid-19

Universal Credit chaos as Coronavirus starts to hit the system

25 March, 2020

Reports are coming in from across social media that the queues for those applying for Universal Credit are in the tens of thousands

Coronavirus highlights advantages of having a 'strong social housing sector'

25 March, 2020

Affordable Housing Commission urges government to make affordable housing a national priority at the centre of a national housing strategy

Scottish Government confirms a ban on evictions for six months

25 March, 2020

There will be a ban on all evictions in Scotland over the next six months

Sector debates rent increases and best practice amid Coronavirus lockdown

25 March, 2020

In the first CIH chat hour of its kind, the sector discussed how to interact with tenants, carrying out vital gas safety works and if it should implement the rent increases or not

Five-week wait for Universal Credit must be scrapped during coronavirus crisis

25 March, 2020

Sector figures have called on the government to scrap the five-week wait for Universal Credit payments as part of its raft of new welfare measures brought in to assist those who face financial hardship due to coronavirus

English regulator: 'very liquid' social housing sector can withstand coronavirus arrears

25 March, 2020

The RSH has said that housing associations have the liquidity and financial tools they need to weather the impact of higher arrears amid the coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus: The newly jobless struggle to claim benefits

25 March, 2020

Significant problems are being reported after an "incredible" number of benefit claims in recent days due to the economic fall-out of the coronavirus

Watford Community Housing leaked tenants' personal information

25 March, 2020

Personal details - including addresses, contact details, gender and sexual orientation - of thousands of tenants was leaked in an email

UK calls for 250,000 volunteers as virus deaths surge

25 March, 2020

The number of coronavirus deaths in Britain jumped on Tuesday

Rental deposits tumble by over 10% in six months following fees ban legislation

25 March, 2020

The average rental deposit fell over 10% in the six months following last June's legislation capping deposits at five weeks' rent

Student tenants quit rental homes in droves as universities close down teaching

25 March, 2020

Student tenants are leaving their rental accommodation in droves after universities and colleges close face-to-face teaching

Letting agent offers hero workers in emergency services free accommodation for three months

25 March, 2020

A lettings firm is offering emergency services key workers free accommodation for three months

Universal Credit claimants asked to apply online as jobcentres limit access

24 March, 2020

The DWP has reported a rise in claims for UC as the virus affects employers and those seeking work

Report highlights role of randomised control trials in social housing sector

24 March, 2020

The study looked to help housing providers use the research method to measure the effectiveness and impact of their services

Coronavirus benefits, sick pay and lost hours: your rights in the UK

24 March, 2020

Most UK support has focused on employees and those who are ill with Covid-19

Majority of councils fail to consider veterans in housing and homelessness policy

24 March, 2020

Research shows local authorities are not taking account of ex-service personnel in housing and homelessness strategies

Coronavirus: Councils ready to enforce HMO self-isolation rules

24 March, 2020

Proposed emergency COVID-19 powers also mean councils can relax adult social care duties under the Care Act

NI social landlords move to emergency-only repairs in bid to slow virus spread

24 March, 2020

Social landlords in Northern Ireland are curbing routine repairs amid the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus: UK brings in strict curbs on life to fight virus

24 March, 2020

Boris Johnson has outlined strict new measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus, including a ban on public gatherings of more than two people

Council labelled irresponsible for pressing ahead with licensing schemes during pandemic

24 March, 2020

A city council was yesterday still going ahead with major new licensing schemes - despite the coronavirus crisis

Legal services firm calls for 'virtual court hearings' to stop rogue tenants exploiting ban on evictions

24 March, 2020

A housing specialist has called for steps to be put in place to deal with rogue tenants during the three-month eviction moratorium

Claimants are asked to apply online as jobcentres limit access

23 March, 2020

People are being urged to use online services before turning to the telephone for help with their benefit claim

HB S3/2020

23 March, 2020

Rent Rebate Subsidy Limitation information 2020-21

HB S2/2020

23 March, 2020

2020-21 Discretionary Housing Payments government contribution for English and Welsh local authorities

Poor data quality and incorrect calculations: regulator sets out key rent compliance issues

23 March, 2020

Incorrect calculations, poor data quality and mistakenly treating properties as exempt are some of the issues set out in a new report by the regulator that highlights the key risks to rent compliance

Draft legislation on evictions 'ban' simply extends notice period to three months

23 March, 2020

Draft legislation will simply extend the notice period for evictions from two months to three with landlords still able to serve notices on their tenants

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK

23 March, 2020

This guidance is for everyone, including children

Hostels like living in 'petri dishes' as temporary housing hit by coronavirus

23 March, 2020

People living in temporary accommodation are facing an 'unprecedented crisis'

Food banks ask UK supermarkets to set aside coronavirus supplies

23 March, 2020

Food aid charities finding it impossible to replenish stocks ask retailer to bypass restrictions

London housing association let £25,000 debt pile up on empty flat after death of shared owner

23 March, 2020

A large London housing association has allowed more than £25,000 of debt to build up on a flat that has been empty for more than two years since its shared ownership resident passed away

What are the legal considerations for social landlords contemplating offering rent holidays?

23 March, 2020

Social landlords will want to do the right thing at this difficult time, but there are legal considerations they must take into account when designing new rent policies

Rising numbers of UK mothers falling into long-term debt

23 March, 2020

Precarious employment and pension age increase among causes

NHS paramedic evicted from home for fear he would spread Covid-19

23 March, 2020

Joseph Hoar asked to leave within 24 hours because owner 'super nervous' about his presence

Johnson tells UK: Stay apart or face tougher coronavirus measures

23 March, 2020

Britain may need to impose curfews and travel restrictions to halt the spread of the coronavirus if people do not heed the government's advice on social distancing

Allow housing associations to buy empty homes to help families self-isolate during pandemic

20 March, 2020

Housing associations should be given support to buy up empty new build homes to house families attempting to self-isolate in overcrowded accommodation

Regulator of Social Housing provides correspondence update

20 March, 2020

It advises against sending any contact to the Regulator by post due to the Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Council urges private landlords to offer 'rental holidays'

20 March, 2020

60% of Croydon's residents own their property - with the remaining 40% renting

DWP has identified nearly 100,000 fake Universal Credit advance claimants

20 March, 2020

Report says advances worth an estimated £100m-£150m will take years to recover - with some written off

Coronavirus: Charity urges government to increase Universal Credit payments

20 March, 2020

Joseph Rowntree Foundation warns that fewer than one in 10 of those in the bottom half of earners say they can't work from home

'Restoration man' wants specific targets for building social and affordable housing

20 March, 2020

George Clarke tells HCLG Committee delivery of social and affordable-rented housing is not just about the numbers but funding

COVID-19: Greater protection for tenants and landlords in Wales

20 March, 2020

Emergency legislation to protect renters and landlords will apply to Wales

London boroughs fear temporary eviction ban 'stores up pressures'

20 March, 2020

Capital in "lockdown limbo" faces both the highest number of Coronavirus cases and the worst homelessness in the country

Radian boss interview: Size matters in social housing

20 March, 2020

Radian has joined forces with Yarlington to create one of the South's biggest social landlords

'Architect' of Universal Credit has designs on a benefit rise over Coronavirus

20 March, 2020

Tories go blue-on-blue as Commons hears more demanded of Government to save jobs and business

Universal Credit 'should be increased' to help renters affected by Coronavirus

20 March, 2020

Top charity also calls for tenants to be shielded from having to return advance-benefit payments

More must to be done to protect families in temporary accommodation from coronavirus

20 March, 2020

Shelter is calling on the government to do more to protect families in hostels and B&Bs from the threat of coronavirus

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to January 2020

19 March, 2020

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

HB A6/2020

19 March, 2020

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

Government confirms suspension of evictions for social and private housing

19 March, 2020

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced emergency legislation as the country continues to battle the effects of Coronavirus

MHCLG confirms 'pet'private-rental project

19 March, 2020

New survey shows the UK's most pet-friendly cities for renters

Why we're limiting our rent rise at Havebury Housing

19 March, 2020

When the government announced a raised rent limit for social housing landlords in 2020, we were faced with a dilemma

Emergency legislation to be brought forward to ban evictions of tenants

19 March, 2020

The Government is to bring forward emergency legislation to ban evictions of private tenants

How low-scoring councils are responding to the Housing Delivery Test

19 March, 2020

One Hampshire council is building half as many homes as it needs, while another is building more than double

Henderson 'confident' no housing association will evict over Coronavirus

19 March, 2020

NHF chief executive urges government to go further with welfare provisions as the outbreak endures

Renters call for rent and eviction relief during Coronavirus pandemic

19 March, 2020

Government is being urged to protect private renters at risk of becoming homeless due to Coronavirus

Jenrick announces coronavirus law to ban eviction of tenants

19 March, 2020

Emergency legislation will protect renters for three months

Coronavirus: Call to lift benefits to help renters

19 March, 2020

A top benefit advice charity has called for action to protect people who rent their homes

Face to face benefits appointments cancelled

18 March, 2020

Face-to-face assessments for all sickness and disability benefits have been suspended, effective 17 March 2020

Report reveals 'deeply worrying' situation for older renters

18 March, 2020

Figures show a quarter of homeowners in England over 60 as having little to no savings or investments

Scottish landlords pledge to support tenants through Coronavirus

18 March, 2020

Landlords have been urged to be flexible with tenants so they do not fall into rent arrears

Landlord threatens NHS tenants with eviction over Coronavirus fears

18 March, 2020

Shelter says eviction protection can't come quick enough, warning over 50,000 households face being forced out over the next six months

Government announces 'complete ban' on evictions for social and private renters

18 March, 2020

The government has announced a "complete ban" on evictions in both social and private rented housing during the coronavirus crisis

Housing associations to avoid evictions caused by coronavirus rent arrears

18 March, 2020

Social landlords are preparing to absorb the impact that coronavirus may have on rent arrears as more and more tenants are forced out of work

Coronavirus: Housing minister urged to ban non-payment of rent as basis for eviction

18 March, 2020

The Hackney councillor with responsibility for private renting and housing affordability is calling for a ban on non-payment of rent due to the coronavirus as a basis for eviction

Brighton council only answer 57 per cent of council housing calls

18 March, 2020

Tenants needing home repairs have been left hanging on the phone because of a shortage of staff to answer calls

Regulator of Social Housing to pause In-Depth Assessments programme

18 March, 2020

The Regulator of Social Housing has paused its programme due to the Coronavirus

What the Budget means for housing

18 March, 2020

The rapid escalation of the coronavirus crisis poses an enormous challenge to the country and the housing sector

Government finds £3.2m to help rough sleepers through Coronavirus outbreak

18 March, 2020

Emergency funding announced to help rough sleepers self isolate

UK banks set out details of Covid-19 mortgage holidays

18 March, 2020

Households hit by coronavirus will not lose credit ratings if they delay payments

Coronavirus: Renters to be protected from eviction

18 March, 2020

The government will bring forward emergency legislation to protect private renters from eviction

Housing associations under pressure to offer Covid-19 rent holidays

18 March, 2020

Millions of tenants may be unable to pay as coronavirus leads to lost work

Mortgage borrowers affected by virus to get payment holiday of up three months

18 March, 2020

Mortgage borrowers are to be given a payment holiday of up to three months if they hit financial difficulty because of coronavirus

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 13 February 2020

17 March, 2020

These experimental statistics cover the number of people and households on Universal Credit, starts and claims

Foodbanks forced to close amid Coronavirus panic

17 March, 2020

Campaigners have said that people on low incomes could be pushed further into the grip of poverty

Green parties urge Government to prioritise Coronavirus protection for the vulnerable

17 March, 2020

Governments says to "take the DWP on trust"

RLA and NLA issue stark warning for UK buy-to-let market

17 March, 2020

The Budget didn't provide any relief for the buy-to-let market, and industry bodies warn the government's strategy will backfire

Housing associations bolster financial positions to combat coronavirus threat

17 March, 2020

Mitigating a potential rise in arrears, providing additional services, upping cash reserves and taking a 'wait and see' approach on funding are all in the mix as social landlords brace for the impacts of coronavirus

Benefits assessment suspension does not go far enough

17 March, 2020

Efforts to fight coronavirus not sufficient to protect vulnerable

More than 1,250 housing association mortgages in London on hold as EWS falters

17 March, 2020

London's biggest housing associations have seen more than 1,250 sales, staircasing attempts and remortgage applications put on hold as a result of the mortgage crisis

Coronavirus: Food banks forced to close amid Covid-19 outbreak

17 March, 2020

Campaigners warn closures will push low-income families further into grip of poverty and social exclusion

HB A5/2020

16 March, 2020

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

HB A4/2020

16 March, 2020

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

Labour calls for ban on evictions of tenants affected by Covid-19

16 March, 2020

Party presses for more action to help lowest-paid weather coronavirus outbreak

European Court of Human Rights rules against UK Government in 'bedroom tax' case

16 March, 2020

The Grand Chamber of the ECHR has ruled that the UK Government was discriminating against vulnerable victims of domestic violence by reducing their housing benefits

London's largest network of night shelters forced to turn away rough sleepers due to coronavirus fears

16 March, 2020

The largest network of emergency winter night shelters in London is calling on the government for guidance after it was forced to turn away a rough sleeper from its service due to coronavirus fears

Housing secretary pledges to increase social rent numbers under new £12bn programme

16 March, 2020

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has told MPs that there will be "significant" increase in the number of homes for social rent under the new £12bn Affordable Homes Programme

Tory MPs set out 'fresh blueprint' for future of housing

16 March, 2020

Proposals include a "preservation of life" Act to tackle rough sleeping and enhanced support for victims of domestic abuse

Housing associations agree 600-home stock transfer deal

16 March, 2020

Two housing associations in the South of England have agreed a 613-home stock transfer deal

UK coronavirus crisis 'to last until spring 2021 and could see 7.9m hospitalised'

16 March, 2020

Public Health England document seen by Guardian says four in five 'expected' to contract virus

Landlords' Barometer - #79: Just how tough is it going to get for the private rented sector?

16 March, 2020

Welcome to the March edition of the Landlords Barometer where I review trending topics for the private rented sector

LIN member report March 2020 - The Spring Budget

16 March, 2020

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Universal Credit UK: How do you get Universal Credit if you self-isolate?

13 March, 2020

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, some people may wonder how they can claim and receive the benefit

RBKC's council house programme gets underway

13 March, 2020

Plans are first phase of new proposal to build 600 new homes - at least 300 of which will be at social rent

Budget 2020: What are the Chancellor's plans to end homelessness?

13 March, 2020

A week might be a long time in politics, but 18 months is a lot longer

Coronavirus support for employees, benefit claimants and businesses

13 March, 2020

A range of extra support and measures will be in place to help workers, benefit claimants and businesses affected by coronavirus

Putting the rents up: why are 94% of social landlords planning for a maximum rent rise?

13 March, 2020

For four years, social housing rents have been cut. But they will start to rise again in April

Availability of grant 'most significant factor' for housing association development

13 March, 2020

Housing associations believe that the availability of government grants will be the "most significant factor" in the size of their future development programmes

94% of social landlords will raise rents by maximum amount in April

13 March, 2020

A total of 94% of social landlords will implement the maximum rent increase next month when the power to raise rents returns

120 of Greenwich council's housing repair workers to strike later this month

13 March, 2020

More than 120 of Greenwich Council's housing repair workers will strike for two days later this month after a dispute over a new pay structure

Repairs and vital safety checks could be put on hold due to coronavirus

13 March, 2020

Landlords and social housing figures have raised concerns over the effect coronavirus could have on repair works and vital gas and fire safety checks

Government slips in commitment to abolish Section 21 in statement on planning reforms

13 March, 2020

The abolition of no-fault evictions looks to have moved up the political agenda

Budget a 'big missed opportunity for housing'

12 March, 2020

John Healey says a quarter of the announced cash for affordable housing isn't even new

Scottish Landlords 'engaged positively' with Regulators Assurance process

12 March, 2020

All social landlords are required to submit an assurance statement to each year to confirm they meet regulatory requirements

Budget Fails Tenants Say Landlords

12 March, 2020

Tenants will continue to face a rental supply crisis as the Chancellor's Budget has today failed to boost the supply of privately rented homes

Nine ACM-clad social housing blocks yet to start remediation work despite promise of government cash

12 March, 2020

The owners of nine social housing blocks with ACM cladding have yet to start remediation work despite being promised government money to cover costs

English regulator hands housing associations coronavirus compliance flexibility

12 March, 2020

The RSH will account for the impact of coronavirus on housing associations when making compliance judgements

REIT dividend payments pass £12m for quarter

12 March, 2020

REIT Triple Point Social Housing has announced a dividend payment of 1.285 pence per ordinary share, equating to £4.5m for shareholders

Eighty-five social sector blocks with at risk ACM still to be remediated

12 March, 2020

New stats show extent of cladding issues as budget pitches £1bn building safety fund

DWP under further pressure over independent inquiry into claimant deaths

12 March, 2020

Leading mental health charities and the Royal College of Psychiatrists say only an independent inquiry could credibly recommend changes

Government to spend £12m a year on tackling housing benefit fraud

12 March, 2020

The government has announced extra cash to help local authorities crack down on housing benefit fraud and error

PWLB rates for social housing cut to pre-hike levels

12 March, 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has cut interest rates by one percentage point for councils seeking to take out public loans for social housing

Shared ownership Right to Buy likely to be applied to all rented homes funded under £12bn programme

12 March, 2020

Housing association homes built for rent under the government's new Affordable Homes Programme look set to be automatically made available to tenants as shared ownership properties

Warning that letting agents could face prosecution in coronavirus crisis

12 March, 2020

Agents trying to stick to the coronavirus protocols are in danger of breaking the law if they continue to go about their jobs as normal

Countrywide reports £17m fall in revenue as tenant fees ban costs it £12m

12 March, 2020

Countrywide yesterday reported a £17m drop in revenues last year, and said that the tenant fees ban had cost it £12m

David Davis calls on the chancellor to build more social housing

11 March, 2020

David Davis has brought together politicians from across the Conservative Party to call on the chancellor to invest in social housing at the upcoming budget

140 disabled people 'incarcerated' in hospitals due to lack of accessible housing

11 March, 2020

140 people with a learning disability or autism, who are capable of independent living, are being forced to stay in hospital due to a lack of appropriate accommodation

Conservative MPs urge chancellor to use Budget to build more social housing

11 March, 2020

A group of 27 Conservative MPs and the mayor of the West Midlands have written to chancellor Rishi Sunak ahead of Wednesday's Budget statement to urge him to allocate more money to building social housing

DWP publishes coronavirus advice for claimants facing sanctions

11 March, 2020

They have insisted "discretion" will be used to stop people on benefits being penalised

Rural social housing crisis 'left behind'

11 March, 2020

Waiting lists for over half of rural local authorities have grown between 2018 and 2019 and will take 154 years to clear

MP calls on council to house disabled boy stuck in hospital

11 March, 2020

Ahmed, 10, unable to leave for 11 months as Manchester council fails to find property

Wandle Housing Association slammed over vermin and fire safety

11 March, 2020

A housing association boss was accused of treating residents with "utter contempt" after saying she would live in a block plagued with vermin and fire safety issues

Charities call for inquiry into deaths linked to benefits cuts

11 March, 2020

Statement highlights concern that shortcomings in DWP policies are linked to avoidable deaths

Newly agreed rents rising across almost all of the UK

11 March, 2020

Average new rents are up 1.6% year on year to stand at £955 per month

Tory MPs urge Chancellor to allocate more money for social housing

10 March, 2020

Ensure the people of this country are only restricted by their hard work and vision, not their postcode

National inquiry launched into social housing earnings gaps

10 March, 2020

It will involve both sector experts and social housing residents through evidence sessions in parliament

Hackney Council wants to spend £10m a year buying back old social homes lost to Right to Buy

10 March, 2020

Town hall chiefs want to start buying back homes lost to Right to Buy for use as 'genuinely affordable' housing

Karen Buck MP: Homes are being turned into hotels. We need a national registration scheme for short-term lets

10 March, 2020

Landlords who flout the law on Airbnb-style holiday lets are costing councils and impacting housing supply

Japanese bank agrees £60m funding deal with major landlord

10 March, 2020

Midland Heart has secured a £60m finance deal with SMBC, the second deal the Japanese bank has done in the sector in the past four months

MPs oppose 'bedroom tax' being applied to domestic abuse survivors

10 March, 2020

The government must stop applying the so-called "bedroom tax" to domestic abuse survivors fleeing their partners

Lack of affordable housing forcing councils to leave people homeless

10 March, 2020

Crisis says its stats show more must be done to ensure the HRA can reach its full potential

London borough wants to buy back homes lost to Right To Buy

09 March, 2020

In 2018, Hackney spent £54m placing homeless families in temporary accommodation

March 2020: Touchbase edition 140

09 March, 2020

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

Mum and son endure two-month saga after ceiling collapses in housing association home

09 March, 2020

A mother has endured a two-month-long battle with her housing association after living in and out of hotels, since her ceiling collapsed on Christmas Day last year

Shropshire father with terminal cancer claims housing association mistake led to him being denied social housing near his family

09 March, 2020

A Shropshire father-of-two with terminal cancer who is facing 'crippling' private rent bills claims a mistake by a housing association led to him being denied social housing near to his family

Tenant engagement 'top priority' for London's building owners and managers post Grenfell

09 March, 2020

Sadiq Khan says housing sector must not wait for legislation to start making properties safe

Social housing sector moves on deals as UK gilt yields hit 'all-time lows'

09 March, 2020

The Longhurst Group joined a flurry of corporate borrowers re-entering the debt capital markets on 4 March 2020, as UK gilt yields continued to fall to record lows this week on the back of coronavirus worries

DWP says it is 'shocked' by its own disability tribunal record

09 March, 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions has lost more employment tribunals for disability discrimination than any other employer in Britain since 2016

Housing associations draw up coronavirus action plans as UK cases mount

09 March, 2020

Housing associations across the country are developing plans to tackle further escalation in the coronavirus outbreak as the number of confirmed cases in the UK continues to rise

Tenants taking to social media to pressure agents into paying out in 'No DSS cases'

09 March, 2020

Insurers are reporting a huge rise in prospective tenants trying to win 'compensation' from letting agents

LA Welfare Direct 3/2020

06 March, 2020

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

Clarion apologises after accidentally overcharging hundreds of residents

06 March, 2020

The UK's largest housing association has apologised after mistakenly taking extra money from hundreds of residents through direct debit

Regulator warns social landlords over rent requirements ahead of April increase

06 March, 2020

The RSH has issued a warning to housing associations and councils over its requirements on rents ahead of the April increase

Council taking 'too long' to re-fill social housing

06 March, 2020

Some council house tenants are being placed in properties that are 'half finished'

'Universal Credit should be abolished': Housing chief condemns welfare reform as rent arrears continue to rise

06 March, 2020

Rent arrears for Universal Credit claimants living in Islington continue to rise

Special report: housing associations' forward spend plans reach £34.8bn

06 March, 2020

The total capital commitments of 200 housing associations rose by 15 per cent in the past year

Housing association leaseholders told it could take years for apartments to be saleable

06 March, 2020

Leaseholders living in housing association blocks with potentially dangerous cladding have been told they may have to wait years for their homes to become saleable

Equifax to record tenant rent payments on credit reports

06 March, 2020

Tenants can now have their rental payments recorded on their credit reports with Equifax after proptech firm CreditLadder had its rent reporting service integrated with the credit reference agency

HB S1/2020

05 March, 2020

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

New strategy to improve PRS housing in Manchester

05 March, 2020

The private rented sector currently accounts for 38% of housing in the region

Regulator of Social Housing: concerns remain over lease-based model

05 March, 2020

The English social housing regulator says lease-based specialised supported housing providers are not responding sufficiently

Single mother missed out on £10,000 in child benefits due to DWP failings

05 March, 2020

Government missed 'vital opportunities' to ensure arrears were paid to woman left out of pocket for years

Number of single mothers forced into temporary accommodation rises by 75 per cent

05 March, 2020

We talk to mothers who are worried there is no space in their cramped, dirty room for their baby to learn to crawl

'Quieter month' for agents as void periods and rents decline

05 March, 2020

Lettings platform Goodlord claims void periods have dropped and rents have declined, which it attributes to February being 'a traditionally quiet month'

Property Ombudsman renews warnings to agents about 'No DSS' adverts after tenants' victories

05 March, 2020

The Property Ombudsman has renewed its warnings to agents after two tenants won out-of-court settlements against 'No DSS' letting agents

Housing Benefit debt recoveries: April to September 2019

04 March, 2020

Data on the amount of Housing Benefit that is overpaid to claimants, the overpayments recovered and amounts written off

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: January 2020

04 March, 2020

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

Are social landlords building homes despite the flood risk?

04 March, 2020

Alarm over building on flood plains may be concerning to social landlords as they embark on developments

RBKC to reintroduce lifetime tenancies

04 March, 2020

We have spoken at length about the need to change as a Council in order to rebuild trust with our communities

London housing association breached Home Standard over electrical and asbestos safety failings

04 March, 2020

A London housing association has become the latest landlord to breach the RSH consumer standards following electrical and asbestos safety failures

DWP has 'no official assessment' of Universal Credit and mental health

04 March, 2020

But department is to trial a new disability service by which benefit assessments would be conducted by its own staff not outsourced providers

Waltham Forest and Redbridge council housing rents to increase for first time in four years

04 March, 2020

Council house rent will increase in both Waltham Forest and Redbridge from April this year

Residents forced to shower outside 'humiliated'

04 March, 2020

Residents living in a block of 90 flats have described being forced to use outdoor showers as "humiliating"

Father wins appeal to assign tenancy of housing association property to daughter

04 March, 2020

A housing association tenant whose application to assign the tenancy of the property to his daughter was rejected has successfully challenged the landlord's decision

Government rejects local authority attempt to extend landlord licensing scheme

04 March, 2020

The Government has rejected an attempt by Brent Council to extend its selective licensing scheme for landlords

Fleas take a bite out of a tenant's deposit when infestation found after departure

04 March, 2020

In this case, the landlord was claiming that the tenant should pay for the cost of treating a flea infestation at the property

London mayor puts rent controls at heart of election campaign as other cities watch

04 March, 2020

London mayor Sadiq Khan is putting rent controls at the centre of his campaign for re-election

Tenant caught sub-letting flat to tourists

03 March, 2020

Court orders tenant to pay back £6,000 in profits

Renters can sue landlords if homes are cold or mouldy under new law

03 March, 2020

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act comes into force later in March

DWP accused of offering disabled people 'take it or leave it' benefits

03 March, 2020

Lower value 'deals' allegedly offered to vulnerable people appealing against decisions

Single year sees nearly two million claimants take Universal Credit advance

03 March, 2020

DWP minister expects the volume and value of advances to rise

Housing association investment to rise by a third to hit £17bn in 2020

03 March, 2020

Housing associations are expected to invest up to £16.9bn in new housing over the next 12 months, an increase of more than a third from 2019

Sadiq Khan says London election will be vote on rent controls

03 March, 2020

Mayor would establish private rent commission to 'stand up for renters' if he is re-elected

'Too many new homes' claim as two-thirds of councils across England over-deliver

03 March, 2020

There are too many new homes in England, says a report which says that two-thirds of local planning authorities are over-delivering

Eighteen agents could be flouting tenant fees ban and facing penalties

03 March, 2020

Agencies could be breaching the tenant fees ban with charges and excessive deposits

Government goes coy over Renters Reform Bill

02 March, 2020

Written Commons question receives less than definitive response as to Bill's passage through Parliament

Housing association buys 1,175 homes from Clarion in the North East

02 March, 2020

The country's largest housing association, Clarion Housing Group, is continuing its programme of offloading stock to drive efficiencies, selling 1,175 homes in South Shields and Newcastle to Riverside

A desperate need for affordable rental housing

02 March, 2020

When I grew up most lived in rented homes and the wish for many was to have a secure tenancy in a modern council house

DWP criticised for 'incredible secrecy' over deaths of benefit claimants

02 March, 2020

Commons work and pensions committee to question ministers following case of Errol Graham and others

Storm damage leaves councils facing big cuts to pay for repairs

02 March, 2020

Public services to suffer after tens of millions of pounds of damage to roads and bridges

Regulator confirms plans for £14.7m in RP fees amid 15% rate hike

02 March, 2020

The RSH is expecting to receive £14.7m of income through fees paid by registered providers in 2020/21 following a 15 per cent year-on-year hike

Fears letting agencies are breaching the tenant fees ban with charges and excessive deposits

02 March, 2020

Exclusive figures obtained by i show 18 cases being investigated which could total £45,000 worth of financial penalties to agents

Social landlords 'face £10bn bill to fix fire safety problems'

02 March, 2020

Government urged to fund bailout as costs forecast to soar in wake of Grenfell disaster

Conwoman who used rental platform to advertise properties she did not own hands herself in

02 March, 2020

A conwoman who operated an online property fraud, advertising rental homes she did not own, has returned to the UK after two years on the run

And still it rains

28 February, 2020

DWP boss fears claimants fear Universal Credit, Attorney General bottles Grenfell, MP likening rough sleeping to military exercises advises on rough sleeper policy

The Grenfell fallout

28 February, 2020

We are proud to sign up to the new campaign urging the government to act over flammable cladding on buildings

JRF response to The Lancet study on Universal Credit and mental health

28 February, 2020

Responding to a new study by The Lancet Public Health estimating the mental health impact of welfare reform

HB A3/2020

28 February, 2020

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

TfL partners with housing association to deliver 400 new homes

28 February, 2020

Transport for London has announced it is working with A2Dominion to bring forward plans to deliver new affordable homes

Council commits to 600 more homes a year in Bromley

28 February, 2020

Bromley Council has promised to ensure more than 600 new homes are built a year in the borough to deal with the housing shortage

Council with strong record tackling rogue landlords has licensing extension rejected

28 February, 2020

MHCLG says London's Brent council needs to show more evidence as to the application of its scheme

East Anglian housing association to limit rent increase

28 February, 2020

An East Anglia-based housing association will limit rent rises in April to less than the amount permitted by government

Thousands of depression cases 'linked to universal credit'

28 February, 2020

A study has linked a spike in mental-health problems among the unemployed with the rollout of universal credit and other government welfare changes

Renters win out of court settlements from letting agents in 'No DSS' cases backed by Shelter

28 February, 2020

Two prospective renters have won individual out of court settlements from letting agents in 'No DSS' cases

RSH quarterly survey suggests sector is financially strong

27 February, 2020

But cash balances worth £5.1bn forecast are expected to fall over the next 12 months as sums are pumped into planned capital expenditure

Disabled adults face some of the highest risks of poverty and Universal Credit must be redesigned

27 February, 2020

Universal Credit pushes many families who may already be in crisis into debt, rent arrears and serious hardship

Secretary of State rejects Brent Council's selective licensing scheme

27 February, 2020

The Secretary of State for Housing, Robert Jenrick MP, has rejected Brent's Council application to extend its selective licensing scheme for another five years

Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up

27 February, 2020

Estimates of the take-up of the main income-related benefits by caseload and expenditure in Great Britain

'Judge me fairly': man who starved to death's plea to welfare officials

27 February, 2020

Handwritten letter found in Errol Graham's flat, where he died after his benefits were cut

Jenrick falls back on 'scaremongering' over council-funding accusations

27 February, 2020

Commons hears government will be "asking a lot" of councils to deliver new housing

DWP non-committal over claimant commitment questions

27 February, 2020

Response to written Commons questions is all too familiar

'Cover-up': DWP destroyed reports into people who killed themselves after benefits were stopped

27 February, 2020

Up to 50 reviews into deaths following harsh social security cuts and sanctions have been shredded

No solution to Universal Credit rent update issue in time for April increases

27 February, 2020

The majority of social landlords face the huge administrative burden of processing changes to individual tenants' rent costs in April, with the DWP saying a sector-wide solution will not be found in time

Latest on future of referral fees including possible ban - announcement expected shortly

27 February, 2020

Industry regulator the NTSELAT has been monitoring agents' compliance with their guidance on disclosure of referral fees over the last 12 months

Campaign launched to 'break the cycle' of youth evictions

26 February, 2020

Last year, more than 3,000 young people in Wales became homeless and had to use council homelessness services

Marmot Review 10 Years On

26 February, 2020

Ten years since the publication of The Marmot Review, for the first time in more than 100 years life expectancy has failed to increase across the country

Landlord with 25,000 homes handed governance downgrade over 'underinvestment' concerns

26 February, 2020

A 25,000-home housing association has been given a governance downgrade for failures related to underinvestment in its existing homes, as part of a series of judgements released by the regulator today

Legal victories over 'No DSS' letting agents

26 February, 2020

The battle against the discriminatory practice of landlords not renting to benefit claimants has intensified after legal victories by two single mothers

Council becomes first in London to build shelter for homeless people with no access to benefits

26 February, 2020

Redbridge Council has become the first local authority in London to build a homeless shelter for people with 'no recourse to public funds'

Private Rented Sector Report - January 2020

26 February, 2020

Demand reached a record high in January with an average of 88 prospective tenants registered per branch

Temporary accommodation tenant wins High Court challenge against London council

26 February, 2020

A tenant has won a High Court case against a London council that failed to rehouse him and his family two years after it admitted that the accommodation they had been placed in was unsuitable

Tenants dealt 'huge blow' as rents rise amid falling supply and record demand

26 February, 2020

Demand from tenants soared last month - but supply of properties fell, and rents rose

More landlords drop letting agents after price hikes following tenant fees ban

26 February, 2020

More landlords are dispensing with agents, to let and manage their own properties

Abolishing Section 21 'will create sitting tenancies and rent controls'

26 February, 2020

One of the country's leading newspaper columnists has laid into government plans to abolish Section 21 - the means landlords have of claiming back properties without having to give a reason

Universal Credit policies conflict with 'the realities of work'

25 February, 2020

Rigid expectations for claimants to increase their hours or pay are at odds with the realities of working life

Welsh government invests £45m in modular housing to create 'next generation of social housing'

25 February, 2020

The Welsh government has announced that it is making a £45m investment in modular housing, in an attempt to increase the delivery of social and affordable homes

'Think again' call as Thirteen housing announce helpdesk closure plan

25 February, 2020

The social housing giant has been accused of 'deserting' Teessiders by the move

Sadiq Khan 'deeply disappointed' by government's lack of response to fire safety letter

25 February, 2020

Sadiq Khan has told housing secretary Robert Jenrick that he is "deeply disappointed" by the government's failure to respond to a letter sent before Christmas urging action on building safety

Five landlords 'named and shamed' for not fixing cladding

25 February, 2020

Government delivers on threat to expose building owners over failure to rectify problem

Labour leadership hopeful pledges 'council house building boom'

24 February, 2020

Rebecca Long-Bailey calls on her rivals to commit to building 100,000 homes for social rent a year

The acute social housing crisis and what Scotland can teach us

24 February, 2020

The sale of public land to private developers must be stopped, says Rev Paul Nicolson, while Kate Macintosh says the problem is not a lack of housing but affordability

Poorest women's life expectancy declines

24 February, 2020

Life expectancy among women living in the poorest communities in England has declined since 2011

Single London borough sees half of short term lets exceed 90-night limit

24 February, 2020

Figure for 2019 represents half of the homes needed to help 6,000 families on the borough's waiting list

Call for English councils to be given powers to regulate Airbnb

24 February, 2020

Caroline Lucas urges move to help ease 'intolerable' pressure on availability of local housing

Building surge hints at comeback of the council house

24 February, 2020

English councils are building homes again, on a scale not seen in decades, constructing an estimated 13,000 dwellings over a 12 month period

Councils to close troubled ALMO after residents back proposals

24 February, 2020

Four Kent councils have confirmed plans to close their jointly owned ALMO, which has been rocked by safety concerns, after residents backed the proposals

NIHE rents to rise for first time in five years

21 February, 2020

The Housing Executive currently manages around 84,000 homes across Northern Ireland

DWP under pressure from housing bodies over rent-data failure

21 February, 2020

Organisation including NHF and SFHA want "urgent talks" to resolve DWP's inability to bulk transfer rent data through the Landlord Portal

Survey shows 2020 to be a 'revealing' year for PRS

21 February, 2020

Further evidence of PRS landlords readying to leave the sector

Summer rentals to pay off the mortgage: the village changed by Airbnb

21 February, 2020

Rental site has boosted tourism in Woolacombe - but some say housing is unaffordable

Council to take control of half finished Blackpool housing estate

21 February, 2020

Building work on a flagshop £50m housing estate in Blackpool looks set to resume in the next few months after the collapse of the developer last year brought construction to a halt

Procuring a sustainable future: how the climate crisis should drive procurement strategies

21 February, 2020

Social landlords should be balancing cost and environmental impact when procuring for services, but how is this working in practice?

Hundreds of vulnerable people refused temporary housing

21 February, 2020

More than one domestic abuse survivor a day was denied access to temporary accommodation by English councils last year, along with hundreds of other vulnerable people

Tenants' deposits worth £5.2bn taken out of the economy last year

21 February, 2020

The huge sums involved in tenancy deposits has been revealed by new research which shows that last year, just over £5.2bn was held via authorised schemes

Tackling climate change in the housing sector

20 February, 2020

For the first time, a Learning Zone at the conference will give delegates a chance to hear more about the latest thinking and research

Council slammed by Ombudsman over housing complaint

20 February, 2020

Investigations were made after a family was left waiting for support when it approached Folkstone council as homeless

Council and housing association partner to tackle empty homes

20 February, 2020

The joint-venture will transform the empty properties for affordable home ownership for first time buyers

Social housing must be at the heart of the Budget

20 February, 2020

Many of the newspapers have been speculating as to whether the recent change of Chancellor will see a bigger commitment in the March Budget to embracing the Prime Minister's enthusiasm for upgrading our country's infrastructure

the areas in the UK with one Airbnb for every four homes

20 February, 2020

'Out-of-control' dominance of rentals in some communities depriving locals of homes

Big shakeup of social housing in Coventry: when it starts and who is affected

20 February, 2020

Coventry Homefinder is having a huge overhaul

Housing benefit tenants 'will not be declined' from renting one of 139 luxury new flats at Central Milton Keynes - but will they be able to afford it?

20 February, 2020

A new development of 139 furnished flats called Solstice Apartments in the heart of Central Milton Keynes will cater exclusively for the rental market

No-fault evictions: 'Our lives are falling apart'

20 February, 2020

It's a lovely place to live. We have so many friends on our road, but all of this is being wrenched away from us

Association failed to complete more than 100 high-risk fire risk assessment actions

20 February, 2020

A Kent-based housing association has been hit with a regulatory notice by the RSH after leaving more than 100 high-risk fire safety actions outstanding for months

DWP has spent over £215k on Severe Disability Premium legal costs

20 February, 2020

Sum relates to actions over claimants transferring to Universal Credit

Value of social security benefits 'worth 88% of pre-Universal Credit days'

20 February, 2020

Benefit claimants are getting less money in real terms than they were when Universal Credit was introduced in 2013

House prices rise in every region of UK for first time in two years

20 February, 2020

Land Registry figures show annualised increase of 2.2% in December

Pace of rental inflation inches up

20 February, 2020

The pace of rental inflation inched up across England, Scotland and Wales as the year began

NEF: Just 2.6% of homes built on public land will be for social rent

19 February, 2020

A new report by the think tank sets to show the public "just how little" public land is being used to solve the housing crisis

Landlords' income drops 20 per cent since 2011

19 February, 2020

Private landlords report a reduction in average yields from 6.7 per cent in 2011 to only 5.4 per cent at the end of 2019

Landlords report a 20% drop in income as costs carry on rising

19 February, 2020

Private landlords have reported drops in yield, as their costs rise

Mum forced to wash in bucket for six months ends up in hospital

19 February, 2020

The woman's ceiling also collapsed after landlord refused to make basic repairs

Housing association signs JV with newly launched Vistry Homes to build more than 1,000 new homes

19 February, 2020

Aster Group has signed a JV deal with newly launched Vistry Homes to build 1,359 new properties

More than 580 bids for council property in Beeston as Right to Buy decimates housing supply in Leeds

19 February, 2020

In the last 30 years the council housing stock across the city has reduced by around 35,000 homes

Large housing associations agree 380-home swap deal

19 February, 2020

Southern Housing Group has agreed a deal with Hyde to buy 379 of its residential properties across Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex

What does the declaration of a climate emergency by councils mean for housing?

19 February, 2020

Councils across the UK are declaring a climate emergency. So what does this mean for their policies and procurement processes?

Universal Credit is pushing young people in Bristol out of renting

19 February, 2020

The claimants of the DWP benefit have to find an extra £131 a month to be able to afford somewhere to live

Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2019 (experimental)

18 February, 2020

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

Budget 'must review' UC to offer more support for workers

18 February, 2020

Citizens Advice Scotland has called for the introduction of a new Work Allowance for all claimants

The government's response to Universal Credit court fine deductions

18 February, 2020

Many of the people we see on a daily basis have come on an unthinkably difficult journey just to finally secure a settled home

Aggregator raises £13.2m for association at low rate in 'positive' post-election market

18 February, 2020

Social housing aggregator THFC has raised £13.2m for Greater Manchester-based housing association Irwell Valley Homes through a sale of retained bonds

Labour wants to increase rent for people living in Bristol council houses

18 February, 2020

The £3.25M raised would go towards building more council houses

Budget 2020: A private rented sector that works for all

18 February, 2020

Our submission proposes a cohesive approach between fiscal levers and the realisation of policy objectives related to the private rented sector

Every council tenant in Hull and East Riding facing rent hike

18 February, 2020

Almost 35,000 households will pay more from April

Why Wigan Council is bringing in new rules for shared housing

18 February, 2020

Providing high-quality, affordable homes is a key priority for us as a counci

Chancellor must use budget to 'halt decline' in rental supply

18 February, 2020

Recent reports warned almost half a million properties could be left unavailable for tenants in need of long-term homes to rent

New chancellor must use first budget to make Universal Credit work for workers

18 February, 2020

CAS is urging the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to use his first budget next month to make key changes to Universal Credit

Increased rights for tenants are coming at a cost - and guess who is paying?

18 February, 2020

Increased tenants' rights are coming at a cost - to tenants - as landlords are being driven out of the sector

PRS landlords predict 2020 growth in tenant demand

17 February, 2020

Nearly four in 10 landlords believe tenant demand for residential property will rise over the next 12 months

Shelter boss fears First Homes could see social housing 'extinct'

17 February, 2020

Polly Neate slams the scheme as little more than a re-vamp of Starter Homes

Durham County Council consults on new selective licensing scheme

17 February, 2020

Durham County Council is seeking views on proposals setting out selective licensing scheme and the consultation will close on 27 April 2020

Winchester City Council to limit tenants' housing exchanges

17 February, 2020

Families will no longer automatically be able to upsize if living in council housing under a new policy

Number of private landlords 'shrinks to seven-year low'

17 February, 2020

The estimated number of landlords in the private rental sector has shrunk to a seven-year low

Welsh Government unveils plans to give tenants 12 months' protection from eviction

17 February, 2020

Tenants renting in Wales could be given a minimum of 12 months' protection from eviction under a new Bill introduced yesterday

New rents on the up as number of private landlords falls to seven-year low in major exodus

17 February, 2020

The number of landlords has fallen to a seven-year low

Disabled and ill benefit claimants overcharged due to DWP error

17 February, 2020

Botched transfer had knock-on effect on councils' financial assessments

Why are millions of children in the UK not getting enough to eat?

17 February, 2020

Levels of food insecurity in Britain are among the highest in Europe

Waltham Forest proposes changes to Housing Allocation Rules due to severe over-demand

17 February, 2020

Only people who have lived in Waltham Forest for more than five years could join the housing register under new policy proposals that also mean more teenagers would have to share rooms

LIN member report February 2020 - Problems with housing benefit administration

15 February, 2020

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

Sandwell rent arrears rise as Universal Credit bills increase

14 February, 2020

The introduction of Universal Credit has seen rent arrears in Sandwell rocket to almost £6 million with 14,000 homes now owing money to the council

Universal Credit: What is a 'claimant commitment' and how can it affect payments?

14 February, 2020

UC is a very tailored system for those who use it

Universal Credit payments could be stopped if you don't do this one thing straight away

14 February, 2020

UC is a payment which a person may be able to claim in order to help with their living costs

East Staffordshire Borough Council consults on extending selective licensing

14 February, 2020

East Staffordshire Borough Council is seeking views on proposals to extend selective licensing scheme to five streets in Anglesey & Burton, Eton Park, Shobnall and Anglesey & Burton wards

Johnson calls on new cabinet to 'cut homelessness'

14 February, 2020

Absent from the PM's discussion was newly appointed housing minister Chris Pincher

Landlord who's made £4.5 million from renting out former council properties admits local authorities shouldn't allow investors like him to clean up while a million people are waiting for homes

14 February, 2020

A millionaire who's made his fortune buying and selling former council properties has insisted that he doesn't feel guilty living the high life on his earnings, while the UK struggles with a housing crisis

Low number of tenants moved to Universal Credit in Harrogate pilot

14 February, 2020

Only a small number of people have had their benefits switched to Universal Credit through a pilot in Harrogate

Only 4% of homes funded through Affordable Homes Programme were for social rent

14 February, 2020

Only 4% of the almost 100,000 homes funded by the government's SOAHP since 2016 were for social rent

Rental platform unveils overhaul today as it gears up for national expansion

14 February, 2020

A rental platform offering agents a lettings listings portal says it is entering the next stage of its growth today

Welsh eviction bill gets a once over

13 February, 2020

Senedd committee launches consultation into plans for Section 21

Poor families deeper in poverty than seven years ago

13 February, 2020

After housing costs are considered, poor families are now on average £73 a week below the poverty line

Landlords' Barometer - #78: Landlords and the final impact of tax changes

13 February, 2020

Here are the trending topics of the first month of this new decade

More council houses to be built in Hartlepool - but rents will increase

13 February, 2020

Council chiefs have outlined plans to develop and expand its housing stock by more than 50% over the next five years

Landlords hand over evidence late in nine out of 10 cases

13 February, 2020

Landlords are late to hand over evidence to the Housing Ombudsman in nine out of 10 cases

Thanet councillors due to approve axing of East Kent Housing contract

13 February, 2020

Cabinet members at Thanet council are expected to approve the axing of East Kent Housing and the return of housing management services under direct control of the council when they meet next week

Shared ownership Right to Buy still planned by government despite manifesto omission

13 February, 2020

Controversial plans to introduce a shared ownership Right to Buy for housing association tenants are still on the table, despite the scheme being omitted from the Conservative Party's manifesto before the general election

Coronavirus: What do landlords need to know

12 February, 2020

The Government has confirmed that there are currently eight patients in England who have tested positive for coronavirus

Welfare reform mitigation to be extended in NI legislation

12 February, 2020

Ministers have released a statement regarding the legislation they intend to introduce to the Assembly

Council to deliver more than 500 homes through newly established registered provider

12 February, 2020

Sunderland Council has set out plans to deliver more than 500 homes over the next five years, following its decision to return to housebuilding after almost 20 years since it last developed

East Anglian landlord's latest merger to generate £800k savings per year

12 February, 2020

Flagship Group's second merger in two years is expected to generate £800,000 of savings per year, mostly through the increased use of its in-house repairs and gas servicing businesses

Rents agreed on new tenancies rise above the rate of inflation

12 February, 2020

Rents on new tenancies have started the year rising above the rate of inflation

Agents fined £106,000 after two-bed rental home becomes four-bed HMO

12 February, 2020

Two agents and their directors have been hit with fines totalling £106,000 for letting out an unlicensed property

Online letting agent offers new 'digital assistant' to help save landlords money

12 February, 2020

A new online lettings agency is offering a 'digital assistant' to landlords and tenants

Property agents fined over £100k for letting unsafe, unlicensed HMO

11 February, 2020

Council says prosecution was a last resort after officers exposed numerous safety issues

New social housing aggregator funds 2,200 homes in first year

11 February, 2020

Social housing bond aggregator MORhomes has helped to fund the delivery of 2,233 housing association homes in the 12 months since the launch of its much-anticipated debut bond

Universal credit could 'steamroll vulnerable into poverty'

11 February, 2020

Salvation Army calls on government to make it easier for people to access the benefit

Cheshire West council to give thousands of people on social housing waiting list 'uncomfortable truth'

11 February, 2020

Thousands of people with little or no chance of getting social housing are to be given an 'uncomfortable truth' and moved on to a different waiting list

Housing associations 'need to get better at working together'

11 February, 2020

Speaking exclusively to 24housing, David Cowans says the sector shouldn't wait to improve energy efficiency and to "start learning from each other"

Companies behind HMO involved in fatal fire fined £120,000

11 February, 2020

The landlord, management agency and agents of an unlicensed house HMO in Southall that was the scene of a fatal fire have been handed a £120,000 fine

Johnson dismissed by watchdog over UC claim

11 February, 2020

During a PMQ's session, the PM claimed that 200,000 people had already found jobs because of the benefit

Number of people with disabilities and medical conditions on housing waiting list rises by almost 11,000 in two years

11 February, 2020

The number of people with disabilities and medical conditions on the housing waiting list in England has risen by almost 11,000 in two years

Helpline heroes are fighting the housing emergency

10 February, 2020

Every minute matters when a family is facing a housing emergency

Change confirmed to minimum notice period for renting in Wales

10 February, 2020

Landlords will be unable to serve notice during the first six months of a new let under the Renting Homes Bill

Once.. twice... three times an answer

10 February, 2020

Will Quince hits 'repeat' when responding to written Commons questions on Universal Credit

Scheme supporting private landlords to offer quality, affordable housing rolled out

10 February, 2020

A new scheme supporting private landlords to offer quality, affordable housing and help raise standards in the rental sector is underway across the borough

Blackpool Council is to buy back its former council houses to meet demand

10 February, 2020

Blackpool Council is set to buy back council homes it sold as part of the Right To Buy scheme in order to meet demand for social rented housing

No-fault evictions: 'A note through the door evicted me'

10 February, 2020

Late last year, Mark Evans got a note through the door telling him he had to leave the home he had lived in since 2016

Regulator urges better tenant engagement and 'more initiative'

10 February, 2020

Fiona MacGregor tells Board Excellence in Housing conference: "Just crack on and do it"

Commons told temporary accommodation is where 'levelling up' falls down

10 February, 2020

Labour MP compares numbers of temporary accommodation children in her constituency to those in that of Housing Secretary

'Deposit-free renting left me more than £500 out of pocket'

10 February, 2020

Concerns have been raised over "deposit-free" renting being mis-sold to tenants who do not understand the costs involved

Former agent who failed to protect tenants' deposits signs legal undertaking

10 February, 2020

A former letting agent has been censured over the handling of tenancy deposits following an investigation

LA Welfare Direct 2/2020

07 February, 2020

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

NAO questions DWP numbers over claimant suicides

07 February, 2020

Reports says 69 cases investigated over six years could be a fraction of the total number

Why landlords should expect more from their suppliers

07 February, 2020

What housing associations should come to expect from their contractors and partners is changing - and rightfully so

Number of workers living in poverty rises for third straight year

07 February, 2020

About 14m struggling to make ends meet - a record high

Special report: England's largest associations see sales-related drop in surplus

07 February, 2020

Social Housing finds that the total sales surplus of 150 English registered providers has dropped by nearly 10 per cent

Keir Starmer demands overhaul of 'deeply flawed' universal credit to protect domestic abuse survivors

07 February, 2020

Current system gives controlling partners 'easy mechanism' to commit financial abuse, warns Labour leadership contender

Focus on footprint drives bigger housing association stock deals

07 February, 2020

HAs' strategic focus on footprint and stock performance is driving stock sales and bigger swaps

Behind the numbers: what impacts have legal aid cuts had on housing?

07 February, 2020

An investigation by Inside Housing has revealed the massive impact cuts to legal aid have had on the housing sector

'I was chasing my tail': one woman's battle with in-work poverty

07 February, 2020

Poverty rates are higher in every part of the UK for single parents and their families

Government announces further delays to the Universal Credit roll-out

06 February, 2020

Earlier this week, the DWP announced further delays to the roll-out of UC because people are not moving onto the new system fast enough

Benefit cap: number of households capped to November 2019

06 February, 2020

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and November 2019

A1/2020 Housing Benefit: Uprating 2020/21 (2nd revision)

06 February, 2020

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

Sustainability-linked loans build momentum with £0.5bn social housing foothold

06 February, 2020

Sustainability-linked loans are set to exceed the £0.5bn mark in social housing this year as more lenders adopt the model

Rents to rise for Doncaster council house tenants for first time in five years

06 February, 2020

Council house tenants in Doncaster are set to be charged more in rent following the first rise in five years

Cheshire West social housing evictions peak in last 2 years

06 February, 2020

The number of evictions from social housing in Cheshire West has spiked in the last two years

Home renters from the EU fall by a third in capital after turmoil over Brexit

06 February, 2020

The proportion of London renters who come from European Union countries has slumped by almost a third since 2017

A friend in a storm: helping tenants who are struggling with their mental health

06 February, 2020

An association is helping tenants with mental health issues by referring them to mental health navigators

Over eight in ten letting agents report falls in revenue since tenant fees ban

06 February, 2020

The large majority of letting agents in England have seen a fall in revenue since the tenant fees ban last June 1

Council wants to be allowed to introduce rent controls

06 February, 2020

A Labour-led London council is asking to be allowed to introduce rent controls

Commons hears there's nothing to fear over Universal Credit

05 February, 2020

Perhaps if members of the Labour party desisted from their scaremongering and spent more time in our jobcentres speaking to work coaches, they would have a better understanding of universal credit

Housing association gets green light for 717-home scheme in east London

05 February, 2020

Clarion Housing Group has secured planning permission for a £200m mixed-tenure development for 717 homes on a vacant industrial brownfield site in east London

Brighton MP to open debate on housing benefit for young homeless people

05 February, 2020

Caroline Lucas is to open a parliamentary debate on housing benefit for young homeless people

Claimants 'scared' of universal credit as full rollout delayed again

05 February, 2020

Minister accuses Labour of scaremongering as rollout put back by nine more months

Report urges government to ensure LHA rates cover cost of renting

05 February, 2020

Research reveals the LHA rate now available for nine in 10 private renters across 279 local areas across the country is lower than their rent

West Midlands to overhaul affordable housing definition by linking rent to average salaries

05 February, 2020

The WMCA has announced plans to overhaul its definition of affordable housing by linking rents and mortgages to salaries rather than to local house prices and rent rates

Aylesbury Estate: Southwark Council is 'looking again at all the options open to us' after Southwark News probe into heating and hot water failures

05 February, 2020

Although residents have been told they can shower for free in leisure centres nearby, many elderly or immobile people are left in the lurch

UK councils' benefits pages push credit card adverts

05 February, 2020

High-interest credit card ads are being targeted at people seeking benefits advice on UK local council websites

Councils in crisis with more tax rises and service cuts due

05 February, 2020

Report reveals English local authorities' financial despair after decade of austerity

Shelter boss says landlords and letting agencies are exploiting crisis to become 'homeless tycoons'

05 February, 2020

Shelter has attacked businesses including landlords and letting agencies for turning homelessness into big business

Universal Credit roll-out has another delay with transfers too slow

04 February, 2020

But DWP minister says the "reform" is reducing rent arrears

Report reinforces link between social renting and in-work poverty

04 February, 2020

Research reveals social-housing tenants in work are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than homeowners and those in the private-rented sector

Colchester Council to buy 100 homes for those on housing list

04 February, 2020

Colchester Council will purchase 100 former council homes to let to those on its housing register as part of a £22 million project

Lancashire supported housing review to deal with empty places

04 February, 2020

Lancashire County Council is to review its provision of supported housing for those with disabilities and special needs

Call for secure tenancies for problem-hit Barnet flats

04 February, 2020

Calls for secure tenancies for all residents of a housing block blighted by cockroaches, damp and security problems have been rejected

Labour leadership hopeful calls for landlords to be stripped of empty homes

04 February, 2020

Landlords with empty homes should have their properties taken off them in a bid to solve the housing crisis

MHCLG won't budge over HMO licencing rules for charitable providers

04 February, 2020

Department says extending the exemption to charitable housing providers would "remove important protections for tenants"

Almost 90% of £1.1bn spent on temporary accommodation went to private companies

04 February, 2020

A total of 86p of every £1 spent on temporary accommodation by councils in 2018/19 went to private landlords and letting agents

Landlords help the wheels go round in local economies across UK

04 February, 2020

There are 2.5m private landlords currently operating in the UK, collectively spending almost £880m on letting agent fees last year

January 2020: Touchbase edition 139

03 February, 2020

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

Bleak house: rental homes are hot, overcrowded and "non-decent"

03 February, 2020

High-rise homes are overheating, overcrowding is on the rise, and a quarter of private rented homes fail to meet the Decent Homes Standard

Universal credit rollout delayed again - to 2024

03 February, 2020

Full rollout of universal credit, the government's flagship welfare reform, is being delayed again, adding £500m to its overall cost

Associations join forces to improve home solutions for ageing population

03 February, 2020

Johnnie Johnson Housing, Karbon Homes and Anchor Hanover have collaborated with Invisible Creations to help people live independently for longer

McVey commits government to 250,000 new affordable homes by 2022

03 February, 2020

Housing Minister's response to written Commons questions says 12,500 of those homes will be for social rent

Golding Homes secures £100m credit facility

03 February, 2020

Funding allows "ambitious plans" for 8,000 homes by 2021

FBU slams Grenfell immunity application as an 'affront to justice'

03 February, 2020

Union stresses no firefighter sought immunity over their evidence to the inquiry

Thousands trapped in limbo by post-Grenfell fire safety standards

03 February, 2020

Mounting confusion about cladding has forced many to rent - or live in unsaleable homes

Alternative Housing stripped of charity status after multiple rule breaches

03 February, 2020

A Bristol housing provider has been stripped of its charitable status after a three-year inquiry

Half of the council homes with hazards are in one London borough

03 February, 2020

More than half of the council homes in England identified as having serious hazards are owned by a single London borough

Man 'in a rage' after losing deposit lands in court after threatening agent

03 February, 2020

A furious man who shouted at an estate agent after forfeiting his rental deposit has appeared in court

Peers to probe Universal Credit

31 January, 2020

Lords' committee launches inquiry on how to reform the system

Scottish Housing Regulator highlights RSL role in addressing homelessness

31 January, 2020

Providers urged to maximise the number of lets they provide to the homeless

Social housing expected to grow after Brexit

31 January, 2020

According to recent construction market analysis by Glenigan, the amount of social housing planning applications increased considerably in 2019

Here is what the government's latest advice note on building safety means for social landlords

31 January, 2020

The latest advice note from the government on building safety has major implications and will require the sector to act

Seven in 10 councils overspending homelessness budgets

31 January, 2020

Seven in 10 English councils are overspending their homelessness budgets as more families are placed in B&Bs

Impact of short-term lets on private sector revealed

31 January, 2020

Report shows how "inconsistent" the government's approach to the rental market now is

Rents shoot up in London at almost twice the rate of everywhere else

31 January, 2020

Rents in London have risen at double the rate of the rest of Great Britain over the last ten years

Half a million rental properties may disappear from rental market as landlords shift to short-term lets - warning

31 January, 2020

A shift among landlords to short-term lets could see almost half a million properties become unavailable for tenants

Government's 'reckless' onslaught against private landlords causing a looming rental crisis

31 January, 2020

Landlords have warned that there is a looming rental crisis caused by the Government's "reckless" plan to hit landlords with tax changes

Regulator of Social Housing launches consultation on equality objectives

30 January, 2020

CEO Fiona MacGregor says the overall aim is to create a "good foundation for us to build on"

The 'downsizing' trend is an insult to young and poor renters

30 January, 2020

Moving somewhere smaller and more design-efficient is sold as a lifestyle choice

People who worked on Grenfell Tower 'could face life sentences'

30 January, 2020

Lawyers say police interviews indicate workers could face manslaughter charges

How to end evictions from social housing

30 January, 2020

One landlord in Wales aims to avoid evicting anyone - or as close as it can get

London borough to transfer 950 homes from HRA to ALMO-owned housing association

30 January, 2020

A north London council will ask housing secretary Robert Jenrick for permission to transfer up to 950 HRA homes to a housing association owned by its ALMO

Residents of 'neglected block' in north London denied secure tenancies

30 January, 2020

Councillors in a north London borough have opted against guaranteeing secure tenancies for residents of a block that hit the headlines over its poor conditions

DWP loses court fight over treatment of severely disabled

30 January, 2020

UK government discriminated against people left worse off by universal credit

Deposit dispute: Agent's 'vague' check-in report lacked enough evidence to help landlord

30 January, 2020

This case study highlights the need for properly completed check-in and check-out reports recording an accurate and complete record of the condition of the property for the start and end of the tenancy

Fraudsters target tenants' deposits as they use agent' bogus email account

30 January, 2020

Letting agents are being warned that fraudsters could be finding a new target - tenants' deposit payments

Cheshire West council set to change social housing policy

29 January, 2020

Thousands of people with little or no chance of getting social housing are to be given an 'uncomfortable truth' and moved onto a different waiting list

Mayors call on PRS to help in fight against homelessness

29 January, 2020

GM Mayor Andy Burnham and Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett joined forces at a special event to call on landlords and letting agents to help in the fight against homelessness and rough sleeping

Regulator downgrades HA hit by criminal fraud worth nearly £1m

29 January, 2020

A housing association that fell victim to criminal fraud has been downgraded for governance by the RHS after suffering a "significant financial loss"

Private Rented Sector Report - December 2019

29 January, 2020

The number of tenants negotiating rent reductions fell to 1.1 per cent

Housing association reaches agreement with charity over homeless centre

29 January, 2020

Housing association Midland Heart has signed an agreement with a homelessness charity over the future use of one of its buildings after previously intending to evict the organisation

Social tenants in Portsmouth to be hit with rent hike this year as Portsmouth City Council faces £12m housing deficit

29 January, 2020

Council house tenants will have to pay more in rent and car parking in Portsmouth from April this year as the city faces a £12m housing deficit

Government 'must get chequebook out' to halt social housing decline

29 January, 2020

New figures show that social housing waiting lists have risen four per cent to 1.15 million households as Government unveils £112m funding to help councils tackle rough sleeping

'Red' alert as councils struggle with temporary accommodation cost

29 January, 2020

Survey shows more than two-thirds of all council homelessness services in England are in the red

Fees ban aftermath - tenants continue to pay the price

29 January, 2020

The number of tenants who successfully managed to negotiate a rent reduction - either on the cost of a tenancy renewal or that of a new rental property - almost disappeared in December

Judge orders landlords to pay almost £15,000 for letting out home where teenager died in fire

29 January, 2020

A judge has ordered two private landlords to pay a total of £14,858 for illegally renting out an unlicensed house

Agent says huge rise in landlords banning pets has led to animals being put down

29 January, 2020

An agent has claimed that tenants are putting down their pets because so many landlords are refusing to accept them in their properties

Industry regulator says that scrapping referral fees would have more impact than tenant fees ban

29 January, 2020

The industry regulator will report next month its findings on how agents are voluntarily complying with guidance to be open about referral fees

New data makes the case for a new generation of social homes

28 January, 2020

Last week saw the release of the English Housing Survey - the most comprehensive source we have for understanding the housing emergenc

Some 1.15 million households 'stuck' on social housing waiting lists

28 January, 2020

This, with a net loss of over 17,000 social homes last year

Places for People handed credit rating upgrade over shift from market sale to social housing

28 January, 2020

Places for People has secured a ratings upgrade off the back of plans to cut its exposure to market sales and up its focus on social housing

Rent cuts leave £20 million hole in Swindon council's housing maintenance budget

28 January, 2020

Reduction in housing rent demanded by the government over the past four years have 'cost' Swindon Borough Council a staggering £20m

Grenfell cladding maker 'knew it fell below safety standard'

28 January, 2020

Arconic was aware panels were being used on tower and were unsuitable

Former council tenant who hid ownership of three other homes ordered to pay over £80,000

28 January, 2020

A council tenant who failed to disclose that he owned three houses in a neighbouring borough has been given a suspended sentence and ordered to pay over £80,000

Council tenant admits fraud over trying to buy own flat

28 January, 2020

Tenant exposed as actually owning three houses

Somerset West and Taunton Council's pledge to build 1,000 new social houses

28 January, 2020

A somerset council has vowed to build 1,000 new council houses across the district within the next three decades

'It's incredible what they see': housing associations take on county lines crime

28 January, 2020

Housing officers are using their local knowledge to spot abuse and exploitation, particularly 'cuckooing' of vulnerable residents by drug gangs

Council prosecutes landlord over unlicensed home fire

27 January, 2020

The illegally let house did not have a Croydon council landlord licence, which includes fire-safety checks

Grenfell Tower inquiry: what we learned as second phase begins

27 January, 2020

Key revelations from the public hearing as the focus moves on to the combustible cladding

DPS Rental Index

27 January, 2020

As we usher in a new decade, it's clear that apart from a dip in 2018, average rent has continued to rise

'Surely this is morally wrong' - Council accused of 'blackmailing' tenants into having solar panels on Stoke-on-Trent council houses

27 January, 2020

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been criticised for allowing under-fire energy firm Solarplicity to install panels on empty homes

Council signs agreement with 10 housing associations to tackle housing issues

27 January, 2020

London's biggest housing associations are among those to have signed a joint agreement with a council to find more "cost-effective" ways of managing the homes in the borough

Value for money: social housing cost per unit rises 12%, while smaller RPs lead new supply

27 January, 2020

Average headline social housing cost has increased 12 per cent over the past three years

Debt repayment orders hit record 1.15m in 2019

27 January, 2020

Data on county court judgments reveal households under 'severe financial strain'

Calls for Grenfell Tower inquiry to change way it deals with families

27 January, 2020

Chairman urged to put them at centre of process after panellist quits in conflict-of-interest row

Council becomes last in London to demand delivery of social housing

24 January, 2020

Southwark Council has committed to aiming for 50% of any new housing to be social or intermediate rent as part of new plans

The doubt of the benefit

24 January, 2020

Welsh Secretary doesn't get it over Universal Credit

Association announces A+ stable credit rating

24 January, 2020

It comes as a result of a "professional analytical assessment" of Plymouth Community Homes' financial position

Council tenants in Southend to be hit with rent increase

24 January, 2020

There are fears that a plan to increase council tenant rents in Southend will push the borough's most vulnerable residents into debt and force some onto the streets

Bolton at Home to increase charges for sheltered housing services

24 January, 2020

People living in Bolton at Home properties will have to pay more in service charges to access support

Law Society calls for an end to Section 21

24 January, 2020

Housing law experts agree on scope to extend Section 8 powers as an alternative

Pitch for full picture food bank stats

24 January, 2020

Government puts faith in new monitoring to clarify rising numbers regarded as an underestimate

UK Government refuses majority of disability benefit claims

24 January, 2020

Tens of thousands of people have completely lost their disability benefits since 2013 as the UK Government continues to refuse the majority of disability benefit claims

Locked Out: Why the housing benefit rise won't make much difference

24 January, 2020

A planned rise in housing benefit rates will make only a fraction more homes affordable

Tenants given rude awakening as council raids unlicensed properties at 5am

24 January, 2020

Tenants were given a rude awakening this week when council officials visited a selection of terrace homes in Slough amid concerns that landlords were renting them out without the required licence

Agent hit with bill for over £24,000 after deposits go unprotected

24 January, 2020

An agent has been prosecuted for 11 consumer protection and housing offences and ordered to pay over £24,000

English Housing Survey 2018 to 2019: headline report

23 January, 2020

Initial findings from the English Housing Survey 2018 to 2019

Universal Credit: top tips for landlords

23 January, 2020

A summary of good practices and advice for landlords who have tenants on Universal Credit

Universal Credit: Housing Queries Routeway

23 January, 2020

Guidance on how to resolve landlord queries about Universal Credit. It includes links to online information, and telephone numbers for specialist support

Affordable housing and thousands in community benefit payments dropped as council prepares to accept £10k instead to allow 28 homes to be built in March

23 January, 2020

New social housing promised as part of a controversial agreement for 28 houses in March has been dropped

Almost 7,000 families on Greenwich council's housing waiting list for more than five years

23 January, 2020

Almost 7,000 families have been on Greenwich council's housing waiting list for more than five years

MHCLG backs London borough's large-scale PRS licensing scheme

23 January, 2020

More than a third of Waltham Forest residents rent privately and evidence suggests over 8,000 rented homes have significant hazards

'Short-term letting industry is regulated' - Airbnb hits back at criticism from Bristol councillors

23 January, 2020

Bristol has the highest density of Airbnb properties in the UK outside London - about 2,000 - while 12,000 people are on the council's housing waiting list

Universal credit 'sending people into arms of loan sharks'

23 January, 2020

Debt charity says Tories' flagship welfare project forcing claimants into destitution

Stats show income spent on rent fell between 2016-2019

23 January, 2020

Deposit Protection Service says decrease was despite increases in rental levels

Last risk assessment on Grenfell Tower warned fire doors were non-compliant

23 January, 2020

The last fire risk assessment on Grenfell Tower before the deadly blaze raised a series of concerns about safety - including a specific warning that the tower's fire doors were not smoke sealed

The end of the insured deposit? Agents and landlords turning to custodial schemes

23 January, 2020

Tenancy data from mydeposits suggests landlords and agents are increasingly turning away from insured deposit protection in favour of custodial schemes

No sign of rents having gone up as result of tenancy fee ban

23 January, 2020

There is no sign of rents having increased as a result of the tenancy fees ban

Affordable delivery stats on the up for housing associations

22 January, 2020

Numbers top the highest annual total since NHF started its Supply Data survey

Rental Market Report 2019 Q4

22 January, 2020

The annual rate of UK rental growth for new listings is +2.6%, up from 1.4% a year ago and the highest growth for 3 years on tightening supply and rising demand

Hemel mum and young son left in 'freezing' home without heating for almost a MONTH

22 January, 2020

A young mother and her five-year-old son were left without heating or hot water in "freezing" temperatures for almost a MONTH

Number of Hackney families in temporary housing outside London up five-fold since 2017

22 January, 2020

The number of Hackney families with school-age children in temporary accommodation outside London is five times higher than it was just two years ago

Southwark council to pay landlords to rent out properties to those most in need of a home

22 January, 2020

A new scheme will encourage landlords to rent out their flats, even if they have been left empty, sometimes for years

Government warns landlords to check cladding or face enforcement action

22 January, 2020

The government has urged owners of buildings of all heights to inspect cladding systems before new fire safety rules take effect, or face enforcement action after their introduction

Over two million households living without essential appliances

22 January, 2020

New research exposes the extent of 'appliance poverty' with welfare changes a key cause

'Out of control': one in 50 homes in London a short-term let

22 January, 2020

Councillors criticise trend 'at a time when almost one in 50 Londoners is homeless'

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 12 December 2019

21 January, 2020

These experimental statistics cover the number of people and households on Universal Credit, starts and claims

Report says varying Universal Credit impact UK-wide is being ignored

21 January, 2020

Plea for Government to heed frontline warnings as reforms hide "a complex mix of winners and losers"

Anti-social behaviour forces Sheffield man to leave flat he lived in for 28 years

21 January, 2020

A pensioner says he was forced to leave the flat he had lived in for 28 years after a housing association refused to act over persistent anti-social behaviour

Regulator says 'mismatch' between income and debt reason for non-compliant association's rating in landmark court case

21 January, 2020

A housing association attempting to quash a regulatory judgement which deemed it non-compliant was given the rating by the regulator because of the "mismatch" between its income certainty and long-term liabilities

What is the TMO?

21 January, 2020

Johnson defines Tory social housing policy in four words

US banking giant makes UK social housing debut with £50m loan

21 January, 2020

Wells Fargo has entered UK social housing with a £50m loan to a major housing association based in London and the South East

Large housing association and asset management giant launch £500m housing fund to deliver new build to rent homes

21 January, 2020

Home Group has today launched in partnership with property giant BMOREP a new £500m housing fund designed to accelerate the delivery of a new build-to-rent product

Landlords facing tax bill hike from double whammy of changes to lettings rules

21 January, 2020

Landlords selling a property they previously lived in could face an increased tax bill almost overnight from April amid a double whammy of changes

Tell us if private renting is affecting your health

20 January, 2020

Campaigners say high rents in England are affecting people's health, so we want to hear about your experiences

Council becomes latest to hike levy for empty homes

20 January, 2020

A council in the North East will become the latest local authority to hike council tax charges for long-term empty homes

MHCLG funds research into housing-related loneliness solutions

20 January, 2020

New report recognises the research pilot MHCLG has underway to evaluate housing interventions on loneliness

Welfare reform millions set aside by Stormont not spent

20 January, 2020

More than 60% of money set aside by Stormont to soften the impact of welfare changes for claimants has not been spent.

New measures to improve building safety standards

20 January, 2020

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced new measures which go faster and further to improve building safety

Lettings boss hit with ban after failing to protect deposits

20 January, 2020

A lettings management director from Exeter has been disqualified for six years after failing to safeguard more than £68,000 worth of tenants' deposits

New housing court needed 'for the benefit of landlords and tenants alike'

20 January, 2020

It now takes private landlords across the UK more than five months on average from making a claim to the courts for a property to be repossessed to it actually happening, with the problem most acute in London, new figures show.

Here is how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

20 January, 2020

Following last week's announcement by the Welsh government that it plans to introduce new regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning, here are a few tips to help landlords ensure that their dwelling is fit for human habitation.

Most in demand areas in the UK to rent a property

20 January, 2020

Fresh figures from Howsy has revealed the most in-demand cities to rent property in the United Kingdom, with some surprising findings

RLA opposes plans to renew additional HMO licensing scheme in Cardiff

20 January, 2020

The RLA has opposed plans put forward by Cardiff Council to renew an additional HMO licensing scheme in the city

NHF backs charity's call for more supported housing

20 January, 2020

The Salvation Army are calling for more government investment to help end the "revolving door" of homelessness

UK benevolent funds hand out £216m as hardship grows

20 January, 2020

Return of pre-welfare state charities created to help struggling 'gentlefolk' as people fall through safety net

People on housing benefit are sick with worry - £10 a month is not going to change that

17 January, 2020

The freeze on housing benefit has been an unmitigated disaster

LA Welfare Direct lite 1/2020

17 January, 2020

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

Have landlords become complacent because they know tenants can't go elsewhere?

17 January, 2020

If there is one thing that housing providers have in common, it is that their tenants want to receive a good service

Lords told of need for 'tangible and immediate' increase in benefits

17 January, 2020

House hears that an above-inflation rise is required to offset lower-income freeze losses

Council to spend almost £1m improving social housing

17 January, 2020

A Norfolk council has agreed to spend almost £1m on improving facilities and safety features in its social housing

Repairs and maintenance tracker 2020 - how much is your housing association spending?

17 January, 2020

Inside Housing's annual analysis of 218 associations reveals that safety concerns are driving up spending on repairs and maintenance

Escalating safety costs sees housing association spend on repairs and maintenance jump by 7.7%

17 January, 2020

Housing associations' spend on repairs and maintenance grew by 7.7% last year with spending on safety measures eating into organisations' budgets

Landlords' Barometer - #77: How will landlords survive and thrive this year?

17 January, 2020

Welcome to my first "Landlords Barometer" for 2020!

Council home drop under Tory government slammed as 'disgraceful'

16 January, 2020

Official figures reveal a loss of almost 200,000 council homes since the Conservatives came to power in 2010

Network Homes to offer lifetime tenancies

16 January, 2020

The changes will be brought in immediately and will include the conversion of all existing fixed-term tenancies

London association to switch 2,000 residents to lifetime tenancies

16 January, 2020

A large London housing association is to switch 2,000 existing fixed-term tenants onto lifetime tenancies as "soon as possible", as it follows the trend of several other organisations to scrap fixed tenancies

5,000 people died before being repaid over benefits error

16 January, 2020

UK campaigners condemn 'national scandal' affecting ill and disabled claimants

Tory social housing gap is so big it could house every homeless person in the country

16 January, 2020

If housebuilding had continued at the rate it was under Labour, there would be 124,000 more social rented flats - enough to house every family stuck in temporary accommodation in the UK

Angry tenant brutally stabbed Greenock housing association worker in murder bid claiming he'd been 'messed about'

16 January, 2020

A former tenant brutally stabbed a housing association worker in a horrifying murder bid captured on office security cameras

Council rent hike for first time in four years in Southwark

16 January, 2020

Council tenant rent is set to go up by 2.7 per cent in Southwark if proposals are approved next week

Councillor told temporary accommodation resident of squalid London block to 'move someplace cheaper'

16 January, 2020

A Conservative councillor accused a woman living in temporary accommodation at a squalid north London block of "living for free" and told her to "move someplace cheaper"

Local authority licensing announced for Airbnb lettings - will rest of UK follow Scots example?

16 January, 2020

Regulation of short-term lets, including the likes of Airbnb, is to be introduced in Scotland. Taxing Airbnb hosts is also to be put under urgent consideration

Deposit dispute: What happens when a tenant's cat leaves its mark on furniture?

16 January, 2020

This month's case looks at a dispute over damage caused by a cat living in the property. The landlord claimed for damage caused to two living room sofas and to internal wooden door frames

Landlords demand court reform as waiting times for repossession hit 30 weeks

16 January, 2020

The RLA is warning that courts across London are failing to cope with the volume of landlord repossession cases even before Section 21 notices are scrapped

Brexit: an update for housing associations

15 January, 2020

This article provides an update on Brexit taking into account the changed political environment

Two million renters in England made ill by housing worries

15 January, 2020

45% of private renters are said to have experienced stress and anxiety as a direct result of their housing concerns

Council tenant given 20-month prison sentence for Right to Buy fraud

15 January, 2020

A council tenant who fraudulently attempted to buy her home with a £80,900 discount has been handed a 20-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months

'Life without basic appliances is very hard - for 8 weeks I had to use a bucket of cold water to keep my milk fresh'

15 January, 2020

Sheena Stephenson got a home through social housing, but there was no carpet, fridge, cooker or washing machine when she moved in

NHF development survey: housing association market sale starts halve in 12-month period

15 January, 2020

The number of market sale properties started by housing associations in the second quarter of 2019/20 is down 46% on the same period in 2018/19

Private renting making millions sick in England

15 January, 2020

Survey reveals sky-high prices and poor living conditions causing stress and anxiety

Compulsory electrical safety inspections set to be required in all private rental homes

15 January, 2020

Electrical safety checks will have to be carried out in all private rental properties in England

Agent who spent £68,000 of tenancy deposit money on her business banned as a director

15 January, 2020

A former agent has been disqualified from being a director after spending over £68,000 of tenancy deposit money

Government's plan to raise LHA in line with inflation is nowhere near good enough

14 January, 2020

The government announced how much housing benefits for private renters will be increased once the current benefits freeze finally ends

New NI housing minister raises welfare reform concerns

14 January, 2020

Deidre Hargey told the prime minister that austerity measures are "punishing the most disadvantaged in society"

The welfare state is being unwound as services are wrenched from communities

14 January, 2020

Why are families and vulnerable children having to travel miles for services that should be on their doorstep?

Social housing REIT makes £6m investment in new supported housing properties

14 January, 2020

A REIT that invests in a range of lease-based supported housing specialist associations has bought four new properties comprising 41 units

McVey warns councils against 'frustrating' Right To Buy

14 January, 2020

Commons hears Housing Minister accused of peddling 'fantasy figures' on council-house numbers

Sheffield sets out £500m housing works plan

14 January, 2020

Sheffield City Council is planning to spend £500m on building and improving council housing over the next five years

Government will consider more £200m cladding fund bids despite deadline passing

14 January, 2020

The government will continue to consider applications to the £200m private sector cladding remediation fund despite the deadline closing on New Year's Eve

Government confirms end to Local Housing Allowance rate freeze

14 January, 2020

Around 900,000 people across the UK could see their benefit payments rise from April

Shock as country's largest landlord licensing scheme is axed by Government

14 January, 2020

The largest rental property licensing scheme in the country has been shut down by the Government

JRF responds to Local Housing Allowance increase

13 January, 2020

Responding to the Local Housing Allowance increase, Helen Barnard, Deputy Director of Policy and Partnerships, said

Around 900,000 could receive increased Housing Benefit from April

13 January, 2020

Around 900,000 people across the UK could see their Housing Benefit payments rise from April

MHCLG rejects extending successful PRS standards scheme in Liverpool

13 January, 2020

Mayor says he's stunned by 'life risking' decision

Scottish councils 'need extra £1bn' to prevent further cuts

13 January, 2020

Councils are calling for an extra billion pounds from the Scottish government to stop cuts to local services

New rents rise above inflation as more landlords quit and tenancy fees ban strikes home

13 January, 2020

New rents rose by an average of 3.5% over the course of last year - and by almost 4% if London is taken out of the equation

Large landlord becomes latest to scrap fixed-term tenancies

13 January, 2020

Platform Housing Group has joined the list of housing associations that are scrapping fixed-term tenancies in favour of lifetime agreements

Shock as government suddenly scraps scheme that's making Liverpool's rented houses safer

13 January, 2020

Mayor says 'lives will be put at risk' as successful housing project is shut down

Ministers urged to speed up review of benefits for terminally ill

13 January, 2020

Thousands of people have died before being able to access welfare payments

Housing minister accused of being soft on rogue landlords is married to a landlord himself

13 January, 2020

Is he going to support tenants' rights against his wife's interests?

Draft deal 'doubles down' on future for Northern Ireland's social housing

10 January, 2020

Sector expert sees significant references to tackling housing stress in a draft deal to restore Stormont government

Jenrick threatens unprecedented intervention over council's home plans

10 January, 2020

A district council stalling on the government's 100,000-home deal for its county - with the clock ticking

Over 13,500 affordable homes 'lost through office conversions'

10 January, 2020

LGA wants permitted development rules scrapped so local communities get a say on new developments

Cheap housing in Blackpool being bought by landlords for ex-offenders and former addicts

10 January, 2020

Cheap property prices in Blackpool could fuel a fresh influx of vulnerable people to the resort including convicts and drug addicts

Special report: trend of increasing stock consolidation continues

10 January, 2020

Analysis by Social Housing has found that housing association stock per local authority area has become more concentrated

Ombudsman warns councils over 'mistakes' with housing benefit appeals

10 January, 2020

Councils must learn from the "mistakes" made over the handling of housing benefit appeals that left some families homeless

How does UK social housing compare with European markets from a credit perspective?

10 January, 2020

Robyn Wilson finds out how UK social housing's credit and investment profile compares with different markets in Europe

Luxury hotel and property developer registers for-profit housing association

10 January, 2020

A London-based developer of luxury housing and hotels has become the latest private firm to set up a for-profit housing association arm

Manchester lettings agent 'drops rogue landlord' after protest outside office

10 January, 2020

A lettings agent has reportedly agreed to stop working with a landlord following demonstrations outside its office by members of renters' union Acorn

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2018 to Mar 2019

09 January, 2020

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2018 to 2019

Scottish councils to get stronger short-term let powers

09 January, 2020

Regulation can be defined by that which is in "the interest of local communities"

Association to scrap fixed-term tenancies

09 January, 2020

Platform Group confirms a move from fixed-term to lifetime tenancies

McVey backs Voluntary Right To Buy for housing association tenants

09 January, 2020

Commons question confirms government will detail new pilot areas "in due course"

Costs of housing homeless in temporary accommodation soar in East Devon

09 January, 2020

In 2014-15, East Devon District Council spent only £17,699 on providing homeless people with temporary accommodation, but that figures has risen to £285,531 for 2018-19

Social housing 'can learn' from PRS over furnished tenancies

09 January, 2020

Anti-poverty campaigners are researching the potential for furnished tenancies in social housing

PM 'must work' with housing associations to ease Brexit turbulence

09 January, 2020

They promised us better, brighter futures, and the time for them to start delivering for all is now

Local authority new build programmes and lifting the HRA borrowing caps

09 January, 2020

What is the potential and what are the constraints?

HomeLet Rental Index

09 January, 2020

Average rents across the UK rose by 3.5% in December 2019 when compared to the same month a year previously; the average monthly rent is now £953

The social rent dilemma

09 January, 2020

Housing associations have long been accused of abandoning social rent to build more commercial tenures. But is this really the case?

Homes England supports new UK housing fund to be launched by national housing association and global asset management giant

09 January, 2020

A new UK housing fund is set to be launched by a global asset management giant and one of the country's largest housing associations, potentially with direct government investment

UK house prices up 1.7% in December, lifting annual rise to 4%

09 January, 2020

Surprise figures from Halifax yet to be reflected in official house price index from ONS

When Universal Credit and benefits will change - see how it affects you

08 January, 2020

Universal Credit, disability benefits and pensions among the welfare schemes to be affected by DWP

Homes England appoints three housing associations to become national Help to Buy agents

08 January, 2020

Three housing associations have been chosen by Homes England to manage its new Help to Buy agent network across the country

Toxic contamination at social housing site 'worse than previously thought'

08 January, 2020

Toxic contamination at the polluted former Ravenscraig Hospital site earmarked for large-scale social housing is worse than previously thought

Scandal of Rotherham's 1,100 empty homes

08 January, 2020

Homes worth almost £36 million have been standing empty for more than two years

Quarter of landlords plan to exit market this year

08 January, 2020

Survey results mean more than half a million homes could be put up for sale

Local authorities to receive nearly £50Bn for housing and social care

08 January, 2020

The government has recently announced that local authorities across the country will benefit from the allocation of shares from almost £50Bn worth of funding

Rental market ends 2019 with shorter voids and lower rents

08 January, 2020

Agents and landlords saw both void periods and rents drop at the end of 2019

House prices up by 33% across the UK in last decade

08 January, 2020

Average house prices rose by 33% over the past decade - more than the average 20% rise in incomes

HB U1/2020

07 January, 2020

Urgent information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Associations in merger talks select designate leaders

07 January, 2020

Merger would enable a five-year £500m investment in new affordable homes

Pregnant homeless woman left to sleep on floor by council

07 January, 2020

After approaching Tower Hamlets council for help, the woman spent three months in unsuitable temporary accommodation

Young family left homeless after housing benefit 'miscalculation'

07 January, 2020

Haringey council incorrectly told the families landlord that they owed more than £8,000 in backdated benefits

New public regulator 'the future' for social housing fire safety

07 January, 2020

Government warned council leaders are increasingly frustrated at the failure to renew cladding regulations

Families sacrifice a 'huge proportion' of grocery shopping for rent

07 January, 2020

Crisis urges government to increase investment in housing benefit over the coming year

London housing association warns leaseholders may each face £100,000 bill for fire safety works

07 January, 2020

Network Homes has warned that its leaseholders are "on notice" for bills of up to £100,000 each to pay for the removal of ACM cladding unless the government steps in to help

Borrowing rate interest could add almost £3,000 to the cost of a tenant's deposit

07 January, 2020

Tenants who have to borrow money in order to put down a rental deposit could add up to £2,794 in interest to the cost

Emergency fund for families struggling on Universal Credit slashed by £11million in three years

06 January, 2020

Hard-up families on Universal Credit have had an emergency fund slashed by £11million in three years

Universal Credit and benefit changes coming in 2020 - and what it means for you

06 January, 2020

The changes, which will affect state pensions, disability benefits and the self-employed, could mean more money for some claimants - here's a list of what's changing and when

103 Stoke-on-Trent council tenants evicted for not paying their rent in past 12 months

06 January, 2020

Stoke-on-Trent City Council says eviction is its last resort

North Somerset Council could pull out of 100,000 homes plan

06 January, 2020

A plan for more than 100,000 houses in the west of England could be rejected by one of the councils that drew it up

Green Party politician tells Black Country planners to prioritise affordable housing

06 January, 2020

A Green Party politician has told council planners to prioritise building more social and affordable housing

Property market shrugs off general election and Christmas lull as average UK house price bounces in December

06 January, 2020

House price inflation remained tepid amid political uncertainty in 2019

Landlords to allow pets in rented homes unless they are badly behaved

06 January, 2020

The government has called on landlords to make it easier for people to have pets in rented homes

Tenancy agreements to be overhauled to remove restrictions on pets

06 January, 2020

Model tenancy agreements are to be overhauled in order to encourage more landlords to accept tenants with pets

Mixed reception for £4m funding to crack down on criminal agents and landlords

06 January, 2020

Over £4m of funding has been made available for councils to crack down on criminal landlords and agents across England

Jenrick overhauls tenancy agreement to help end pet bans

03 January, 2020

Housing Secretary calls on landlords to make it easier for responsible tenants to have well behaved pets in their homes

Councils to set to benefit from grant funding to tackle rogue landlords

03 January, 2020

The MHCLG has confirmed that over £4 million will be shared by more than 100 councils following a bidding process to help tackle rogue landlords

Northern Ireland housing association draws down EIB loan at 1.7%

03 January, 2020

A housing association in Northern Ireland has drawn down a loan from the EIB at an interest rate of less than 1.7%

How East Lancs social housing review could cut waiting list

03 January, 2020

The body which allocates social housing across five East Lancashire boroughs is set to tighten its rules to reduce its waiting list for homes

Labour derides 'puny' £4m fund to tackle rogue landlords

03 January, 2020

Council leaders welcome extra cash but both party and private landlords say it is insufficient

Wandsworth Council loses bid to force leaseholders to pay for sprinklers

03 January, 2020

Wandsworth Council has had a legal application to force all its leaseholders in high-rise blocks to pay to fit sprinklers struck out by a tribunal

Further £4m for fight against 'criminal' landlords and letting agents

03 January, 2020

Sum will support councils in making innovative use of existing powers toward targeted enforcement and sharing best practice

Association helps disabled tenants to benefits windfall

02 January, 2020

Tenancy Sustainment team exposes "serious errors" in the DWP's handling of two benefits cases

East Cambs Council agrees 12 month extension to its own scheme for 500 homes at Kennett to give time for crucial legal documents to be signed off

02 January, 2020

East Cambs Council has admitted it is having problems signing off a multi million pound section 106 agreement over its controversial scheme for 500 homes on a 100 acre site at Kennett

New Thanet council plan aimed at tackling housing crisis

02 January, 2020

Deputy council leader Helen Whitehead says the housing plan aims for a new approach through the work of all the political parties

Rising developer clinches 10-year deal with major Flintshire social housing provider

02 January, 2020

A North Wales developer is celebrating after clinching a share of a £500 million 10-year construction contract with a top social housing provider

Dozens of Brighton council housing blocks have no sprinklers

02 January, 2020

Dozens of council apartment blocks do not have lifesaving sprinklers installed - against the advice of fire chiefs

2020 and beyond set to be strong for buy to let market

02 January, 2020

There's been an upbeat prediction on the lettings market given by leading market commentator Lucian Cook

Johnson promises to 'expand' homelessness programmes

02 January, 2020

Boris Johnson has promised to "expand" homelessness programmes as the government strives to hit its ambitious target of ending rough sleeping by 2024

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