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More than 17,000 sick and disabled people have died while waiting for welfare benefits

15 January, 2019

Ministers accused of 'failing people at the most vulnerable point in their lives' after it emerges nine disability claimants die each day while waiting for decisions on disability support

£70m Homes England funding to bring 8,500 new homes

15 January, 2019

The schemes have a projected lifetime value of £2.5bn

Major private landlord Fergus Wilson confirms sale of portfolio - private landlords need not apply

15 January, 2019

High profile landlord Fergus Wilson has confirmed to EYE that he is selling a number of properties

Major agency offers to refund £20m to tenants who switch to deposit replacement scheme

15 January, 2019

Thousands of current tenants could be set for a refund of their deposit in a landmark move

Fees ban could be just weeks away: ARLA boss warns agents to get ready now

15 January, 2019

Agents are being warned to prepare for April 6 as the date when the lettings fees ban could kick in

Four single mothers win high court benefits battle against DWP

14 January, 2019

Women succeed with action over 'fundamental problem' with universal credit system

England and Wales Rental Tracker

14 January, 2019

Strong appetite for investment in the North

Amber Rudd announces further Universal Credit changes - at a job centre

14 January, 2019

But latest concessions still come with a defence of 'principle' and no acknowledgement of damage done

Housing association starts climb 7% to more than 10,000 in quarter

14 January, 2019

The total number of new homes started by housing associations has risen despite a fall in the number built for open market sale

Could changes to Universal Credit now persuade landlords and agents to accept housing benefit tenants?

14 January, 2019

The Government is to start working on an online system that will let private landlords access rents directly from tenants on Universal Credit

Online letting agent introduces new - and lower - charges for landlords ahead of fees ban

14 January, 2019

An online letting agent has completely dropped tenants' fees and slashed fees to landlords

'Flawed' Tenant Fees Bill means letting agents could unknowingly break fees ban law

14 January, 2019

A possible flaw has been spotted in the Tenant Fees Bill, which could mean that letting agents throughout England could unknowingly break the law after the ban comes in

High Court deals huge blow to welfare 'reform'

11 January, 2019

Judges say relevant regulations on Universal Credit have been "wrongly interpreted" at Secretary of State level

PRS landlords welcome thaw in benefits freeze

11 January, 2019

Freeze as applied to housing benefit is seen as a key driver of homelessness from PRS

Amber Rudd sets out fresh approach to Universal Credit

11 January, 2019

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd sets out an ambitious new future for Universal Credit

Universal Credit: personal welfare

11 January, 2019

A speech delivered by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at Kennington jobcentre about the future of Universal Credit

This single mother works full-time, but still needs housing benefit - so landlords refuse to rent to her

11 January, 2019

Limarra Sealy, 25, and her daughter Nevaeh haven't had a home for six months because landlords keep turning them away

Reality check: why are housing associations not building more social rented homes?

11 January, 2019

Associations have been accused of losing sight of their social purpose as they diversify the type of homes they offer

Giant housing associations agree deal over sale of 228 homes

11 January, 2019

Sovereign Housing Association has agreed a deal with Hyde Group to buy up 228 of its properties in the South of England

Housing associations buy up discounted homes from builders amid Brexit uncertainty

11 January, 2019

Housing associations are buying up new build homes from private builders at discounted rates, as they look to offload stock amid Brexit uncertainty in the housing market

Universal credit to be paid to main carer in attempt to help women

11 January, 2019

Work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd unveils package of changes to benefits system

Social housing 100 years on

10 January, 2019

As we mark the centenary of Dr Addison's social housing legislation, at CIH Cymru, we're asking what needs to be done to progress things further?

If you're on benefits, landlords don't want to know

10 January, 2019

A lack of social housing forces tenants on benefits to turn to private landlords

'I was that ill I thought I was going to die...' - Mum-of-four slams housing association after claiming 'damp' home leaves her fearing for her life

10 January, 2019

Carer Sue Hughes says she has complained to Midland Heart THIRTEEN times in three years

Empty Wolverhampton properties will be seized for homeless families

10 January, 2019

No-nonsense housing bosses in Wolverhampton are warning private landlords that any homes in the city left empty for long periods of time will be seized and used to provide much-needed accommodation for homeless families

Council branded 'meanest in the country' after penalising housing payment claimants over smoking and Sky TV

10 January, 2019

North Lincolnshire Council receives £350,000 from the Government for discretionary housing payments but sends much of it back

No-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for food supply

10 January, 2019

MPs told of triple threat of disruption to stocks, higher prices and farmers going bust

Appoint minister for hunger to tackle UK food insecurity

10 January, 2019

Nearly 2 million Britons may be undernourished and one in five children are in food insecurity

Clarification still demanded as to when agents can serve prescribed information to tenants

10 January, 2019

Our story yesterday on the fall-out from a legal case last year, where a landlord could not serve a Section 21 notice, aroused interest - and questions

Right To Buy running down in Wales

09 January, 2019

Abolition of RTB in Wales heads for home straight

North West housing associations complete 38,000-home merger

09 January, 2019

Two housing associations in the North West of England have completed their merger to form one of the largest providers in the region

Brokenshire pledges PTSD service personnel as social housing priority

09 January, 2019

Currently, those who split from their partner in the Forces have to move out of military accommodation and can be denied social housing

Rudd 'still considering' when to give MPs vote on Universal Credit roll-out

09 January, 2019

Amber Rudd has told MPs she is "still considering" when they will be given a vote on the full and final roll-out Universal Credit

Waltham Forest Council gave one woman a difficult decision

09 January, 2019

Liverpool or the streets - this was the decision facing one mother five days before Christmas

Brokenshire: HRA cap lift put councils 'on the frontline of housebuilding'

09 January, 2019

The Secretary of State addressed delegates at this year's Local Government Association Finance Conference

Housing association sorry for delay to repair leaking roof

09 January, 2019

A man has spent months living with damp and faulty electrics due to a huge leak in his roof

'End Right To Buy' to help build three million social homes

09 January, 2019

"It's no good building new social housing only to lose precious existing council homes to Right To Buy"

Three million new social homes needed - Stoke gets started

09 January, 2019

First-time public-private partnership pitches major building programme, as Social Housing Commission says England needs three million new social homes

All private renters should have permanent tenancies as legal norm

09 January, 2019

Shelter is calling for permanent tenancies to become the legal minimum norm for all private renters

Building for our future: A vision for social housing

08 January, 2019

In January 2018, the housing and homelessness charity Shelter brought together sixteen commissioners from across the political spectrum

Miliband: Social housing a 'national asset'

08 January, 2019

Former Labour Leader says social housing needs to be given more prominence by both leading political parties

'End Right To Buy' to help build three million social homes

08 January, 2019

"It's no good building new social housing only to lose precious existing council homes to Right To Buy"

This radical plan could be the way to get social housing back on track

08 January, 2019

Stop demonising people who need help with housing. A cross-party proposal for 3m affordable properties could allay the crisis

Oldham food bank launches fundraiser after burglary

08 January, 2019

Cash donations, iPads and food stolen in raid at Trussell Trust-run premises

How social landlords can help stop women being killed in the home

08 January, 2019

As the latest figures on 'femicide' reveal the shocking number of women killed in their homes

Midlands housing association to consolidate group structure

08 January, 2019

Longhurst Group has announced plans to consolidate its structure into a single entity

England needs 3m new social homes by 2040

08 January, 2019

Commission including Sayeeda Warsi and Ed Miliband has been researching ways to tackle housing crisis

Britain's best-known landlord 'set to put portfolio of properties up for sale today'

08 January, 2019

Britain's highest-profile private landlord, Fergus Wilson, is understood to be putting all of his properties on the sales market today

Life on Universal Credit: Father, 42, who suffered heart attack and has 4% kidney function forced to live in a freezing cold caravan

07 January, 2019

Martin Weaver says he had to give up his one-bedroom flat as he couldn't afford the rent - he now sometimes stays in lay-bys without heat

Stealthy changes mean that soon one in five families with children will be losing some Child Benefit

07 January, 2019

Six years ago today, Child Benefit was first withdrawn from families containing someone whose annual income is above £50,000 a year

Thousands of fire doors that failed at Grenfell still used across the country

07 January, 2019

Data obtained by HuffPost UK reveals at least 25,000 faulty fire doors have been installed in public housing

DWP agrees to change Universal Credit direct payments schedule

07 January, 2019

Direct rent payments to social landlords for tenants claiming Universal Credit will change to be paid on a monthly cycle

Councils have plans for more than 20,000 homes with borrowing flexibility

07 January, 2019

Councils in England estimate they will be able to build at least 20,500 homes over three years with new powers to borrow for investment in housing

Social housing report calls for massive overhaul of tenants' rights

07 January, 2019

Renters need better deal to prevent another Grenfell disaster

Universal credit: Vote to extend benefit to three million delayed

07 January, 2019

The next stage of the universal credit rollout is to be scaled back amid concerns about the controversial new benefits system

Rents remain below rate of inflation despite increases in most regions

07 January, 2019

Rents continued to rise below the level of inflation in most UK regions in November

Council rent arrears expected to double as impact of Universal Credit begins to bite

04 January, 2019

Rent arrears from council tenants are expected to double in Barnsley as the full impact of the Government's switch to the controversial Universal Credit system takes hold

Single mums hit hardest by benefit cap

04 January, 2019

New DWP figures show single mums make up 85% of all households whose incomes have been limited by the policy

Benefit cap: single mothers make up 85% of those affected

04 January, 2019

DWP records show 134,044 households had support capped, with single mothers accounting for 114,337

Deposit replacement schemes boost offerings to gear up for tenant fees ban

04 January, 2019

Deposit replacement schemes have begun bolstering their propositions in a bid to add more value for letting agents and landlords with the tenant fee ban due at some point this year

Agents 'turning away tenants because of no clarity of Right to Rent post-Brexit'

04 January, 2019

Cautious agents are already rejecting tenants because of a lack of any official guidance on compliance with Right to Rent, rather than risk £30,000 penalties

New plans to force private landlords in Slough to be licensed

03 January, 2019

People in rented property are being asked to voice their opinions on new council plans to take on landlords who ignore their responsibilities

Those claiming the Universal Credit roll-out was well intentioned aren't affected by it. My family was

03 January, 2019

My dad's phone pings at 3:40am on a Sunday. "You need to read a message in your Universal Credit journal"

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: April 2017 to March 2018

03 January, 2019

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2017 to 2018

On ghettos - more to do on stigmatisation

03 January, 2019

A small disturbance on Twitter at the end of 2018 prompted council home tenant Rob Gershon to reflect on whether the public discourse about social housing has moved all that far

Government benefit delays 'wreaking havoc' on disabled people's lives as nearly 100,000 wait more than two weeks

03 January, 2019

Delays branded 'recruiting sergeant for food banks and money lenders' as proportion of ESA claims taking longer than 10 working days soars to one in five

Social housing investor signs £70m funding facility

03 January, 2019

Triple Point Social Housing REIT has secured a new £70 million revolving credit facility (RCF) with Lloyds Bank

Worries after social housing firms enter private market

03 January, 2019

A private firm set up by two social housing providers is carrying out a pilot scheme which involves letting out 200 properties at market rent levels

Hard-up Walsall people suffering due to Universal Credit

02 January, 2019

It is claimed that recipients are facing increased debt and rent arrears

Bron Afon residents in Torfaen are £74,000 in arrears since the introduction of Universal Credit

02 January, 2019

Social housing tenants in Torfaen have been struggling to keep up with their rent since Universal Credit was introduced in the area

Universal Credit: 250,000 parents and workers forced onto benefit WITHOUT full protection

02 January, 2019

Tories claim existing benefit claimants won't see their income drop. Yet 273,747 people were forced to leave Tax Credits and join the new system without proper protection in just one year

Universal credit: Surge in families begging for money online as benefit plunges households into destitution

02 January, 2019

Number of people crowdfunding for donations to help them afford housing, bills and other basic necessities on universal credit rises five-fold in a year

Fewer landlords looking to buy more properties, particularly in London

02 January, 2019

Fewer landlords are looking to add to their portfolios with new research suggesting the number registering to buy has fallen substantially across England and Wales

Social housing is the issue our divided country can and must unite on

02 January, 2019

We have never felt so divided as a country

Councils 'ripped off' by private landlords

02 January, 2019

New figures reveal English councils spend almost £1bn a year on temporary housing

Couple with learning difficulties promised £500 payout after housing row with council

31 December, 2018

The couple will also receive an apology after they were refused housing in South Tyneside

EU citizens in the UK: benefits and pensions in a 'no deal' scenario

27 December, 2018

This guidance explains the rights of EU citizens in the UK to benefits and pensions if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement

Housing association CEO calls for 'Brexit compromise'

27 December, 2018

Decisions politicians make in the coming weeks will impact on tenants' lives for years to come

Low-rated housing association sees credit outlook upgraded

27 December, 2018

The credit ratings agency Moody's has upgraded to positive the outlook of its lowest-rated housing association

Universal Credit's 'stark choice' for claimants with children

24 December, 2018

The Work and Pensions Select Committee says the way parents pay for childcare up front, then claim it back afterwards is a "barrier to work"

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 becomes law

24 December, 2018

The new act amends the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to require that any property let by a landlord is fit for human habitation when a tenancy is granted and remains so for its duration

Get in debt or turn down job? Universal Credit's 'stark choice'

24 December, 2018

The Universal Credit system leaves too many UK claimants with children facing a stark choice between turning down jobs or getting into debt

Amazon holds talks with UK housing association

24 December, 2018

Amazon has met an East Anglian housing association to discuss how homes can be delivered more cheaply

Universal Credit - latest news for housing associations

21 December, 2018

We set out the latest updates on Universal Credit, including a proposed change to the way rent is paid to landlords and the Christmas early payment schedule

Right to rent update: Government's post-Brexit immigration white paper gives little clarification for landlords

21 December, 2018

Today, the Government has released a white paper outlining its future plans for immigration in post-Brexit Britain

Fitness for Human Habitation: An early Christmas present for renters

21 December, 2018

Renters received a welcome Christmas present, as the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill finally completed its journey through parliament

Legal aid: the missing cornerstone of renters' rights

21 December, 2018

Access to justice is a fundamental human right - but one that is increasingly difficult to exercise

DWP showed 'shocking disregard' for disabled claimants

21 December, 2018

Accusation a response to Commons statement confirming 4,600 disabled claimants denied rightful payments

Landlords welcome room size guidance

21 December, 2018

Guidance to councils addresses RLA concerns over inadvertent law breaches

Landlords' Barometer - #65: What will next year hold for the private rented sector?

21 December, 2018

Welcome to the final Landlords Barometer of 2018. What a year it has been for the private rented sector!

Agent who stole tenants' deposits to pay for gambling habit is spared jail

21 December, 2018

A letting agent who pocketed tenants' deposits to pay for his gambling addiction and lavish lifestyle has been convicted of fraud

Bill allowing tenants to sue over poor housing becomes law in just one day

21 December, 2018

Tenants have been given a new right to sue landlords over poor housing after The Homes

Moving from DLA to PIP: changes to PIP law from 23 November 2017

20 December, 2018

A summary of changes to PIP which affect how the Department for Work and Pensions decides PIP claims

The 'no fault' line

20 December, 2018

It's time to serve notice on Section 21

Challenge to 'two-child' benefit cap reaches Court of Appeal

20 December, 2018

Two mothers are challenging the government's controversial 'two-child' benefit cap in the Court of Appeal

New figures 'reinforce need to suspend Right to Buy'

20 December, 2018

The Chartered Institute of Housing has repeated its call for the UK Government to suspend its Right to Buy policy

Disabled woman evicted before Christmas... for highlighting the damp

20 December, 2018

Plight of Surrey resident who never missed a rent payment in 12 years puts focus on lack of tenant security

4,600 disabled people 'wrongly' lost benefit

20 December, 2018

About 4,600 disabled people wrongly lost access to a benefit payment more than a year ago after missing an assessment

Struggling with universal credit in Hartlepool

20 December, 2018

Universal credit was designed to simplify the benefits system, but its introduction has seen some people worse off, and some have had difficulty claiming their money

Deposit disputes: No smoke without fire - the case of an unswept chimney

20 December, 2018

In this case, the landlords claimed £75 to sweep the chimney at the end of the tenancy

Letting agents warn tenants that period of slow rental growth is ending as supply falters

20 December, 2018

Letting agents and broker groups are warning tenants not to be fooled by current slow rental growth

DWP made 'serious error' removing disability premiums from UC

19 December, 2018

Key Commons committee slams present transition plans as dividing disabled claimants

Right to Buy Sales in England: July to September 2018

19 December, 2018

In Q2 2018=19 (July to September 2018), local authorities sold an estimated 2417 dwellings

Housing association decide if grieving sisters can keep home

19 December, 2018

Sharni and her sister faced leaving the home they shared with their late mum

Regulator issues six governance upgrades to housing associations

19 December, 2018

Six housing associations have seen their ratings for governance upgraded by the Regulator of Social Housing

Council reviews temporary accommodation process after local government ombudsman upholds complaint

19 December, 2018

However it did not find any fault in how the council assessed her housing priority or needs

Rudd will consider Universal Credit rollout delay to boost 'public confidence'

19 December, 2018

Work and Pensions Secretary strikes conciliatory tone before Commons committee

The truth behind the shocking state of rented homes in Bristol

19 December, 2018

In just a few streets in one small area of Bristol, inspectors found almost three-quarters of homes were sub-standard

Landlords aren't renting to immigrants because of the hostile environment Sajid Javid created

19 December, 2018

Today we are in the High Court challenging Sajid Javid to justify his and Theresa May's reckless policy that increases racial discrimination in private rental housing

What's happening to rented social housing in England?

19 December, 2018

Social housing is low cost rented housing and low cost home ownership for people who may not be able to access the private market

Housing Benefit and structures and services: Local Authority Insight Survey Wave 34

18 December, 2018

This report presents findings on Housing Benefit fraud and error and limiting absences outside Great Britain, and changes to local authority structures and services

Over 200 associations commit to tackling 'unimaginable' homelessness

18 December, 2018

Commitment comes as stats show some 500 homeless have died on street or in temporary shelter since last winter

Universal Credit migration could be 'disastrous' for disabled people

18 December, 2018

Universal Credit could have "disastrous" consequences for disabled people if the managed migration goes ahead as currently planned

Attitudes harden on Right to Rent

18 December, 2018

Judicial review into Rent to Rent gets underway on 18th Dec, with the RLA pushing for the policy to be scrapped altogether

Croydon council joins temporary housing scheme

18 December, 2018

Croydon Council is the latest to join a London-wide initiative in a bid to find better deals for temporary housing

Richard Leese claims there is no demand for social housing in Manchester

18 December, 2018

Manchester's Council Leader, Richard Leese has claimed there is a lack of demand for social housing

Almost half of landlords shunning those without British passports as challenge to Right to Rent begins

18 December, 2018

A judicial review is set to begin today into the legality of the Government's controversial Right to Rent scheme as new figures claim landlords have become less likely to rent to those without British passports

Landlords continuing to bale out of the property market - as Government intended

18 December, 2018

Landlords are continuing to exit the property market

'We've seen whole families forced to share a bed': the housing emergency on your doorstep

17 December, 2018

High rents and dwindling benefits leave many families unable to heat their homes or eat

Tenancy deposit disputes in Northern Ireland under 1% for second year

17 December, 2018

Figures from TDS Northern Ireland's annual Statistical Briefing show just 0.86% ending in dispute

Social security watchdog warns on planned Universal Credit switchover

17 December, 2018

The government should not force all claimants to make a fresh application for benefits to avoid payments being cut off, when Universal Credit is rolled out to existing claimants next year

To heat or eat: Why NI food banks are busier than ever

17 December, 2018

A house with straw on the floor for warmth and a man whose only cooking appliance is a kettle - this is Christmas in two of Northern Ireland's most affluent areas

Black Country leads the way to provide free housing for rough sleepers

17 December, 2018

The Black Country has become the UK's first region to provide free housing for rough sleepers as part of a Government crackdown on homelessness

London's millennial departure fuels UK rent growth

17 December, 2018

Rent in UK's regional hubs is growing faster than both London and UK average amid rising rental costs

Workers get new rights in overhaul but zero-hours contracts remain

17 December, 2018

Measures include protections for agency workers and heavier fines for malicious employers

Gordon Brown: I didn't think I'd see child poverty again in my lifetime

14 December, 2018

Ex-chancellor's tax credits started to erase problem - but universal credit reverses trend

December 2018: Touchbase edition 129

14 December, 2018

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

HB A8/2018

14 December, 2018

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

Grant of millions given to Watford Community housing for new social housing

14 December, 2018

Funding given to a housing association is meant to pave the way for new social homes

Starting to bite: how Universal Credit is making people homeless

14 December, 2018

New figures unearthed by Inside Housing suggest Universal Credit could be pushing more people into homelessness

Slum landlord family must pay £250k under crime proceeds act

14 December, 2018

Harsha, Chandni and Sanjay Shah crammed 31 tenants into four-bedroom Wembley house

Research finds most landlords won't let to previously homeless youths

14 December, 2018

Only 19% of private landlords would let to a young person claiming Universal Credit

Three-quarters of Scots think there is a shortage of homes for social rent

14 December, 2018

Three-quarters of Scottish adults believe there is a shortage of homes for social rent

Figures suggest Universal Credit is driving homelessness and evictions

14 December, 2018

Households relying on Universal Credit may be more than twice as likely to become homeless or evicted from social housing as those on the old benefit system

Scottish Budget raises its version of Stamp Duty surcharge from 3% to 4%

14 December, 2018

The Scottish Government has proposed raising the levy on its version of the Stamp Duty surcharge, the Additional Dwelling Supplement, for purchases of additional properties, from 3% to 4%

Cross-party working closes the Tenant Fees Bill loophole

13 December, 2018

In her first party conference speech as Prime Minister, Theresa May vowed to use the 'power of government' to step in and repair markets that weren't working

Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018: SSAC correspondence

13 December, 2018

Correspondence between SSAC and DWP about The Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: April to September 2018

13 December, 2018

Analysis of local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payments (England and Wales) from April to September 2018, based on local authority mid-year returns

Housing providers "nervous" about taking tenants with learning

13 December, 2018

Finding suitable homes for people with learning disabilities or autism is one of the biggest challenges in making sure that they are not left to live their lives in hospital

Elizabeth, 75, has had no heating in her Northampton housing association flat since October

13 December, 2018

An elderly woman's boiler has been out of action for seven weeks at her Northampton flat after broken promises from her housing association landlords

Social housing in Plymouth is ending up on Gumtree because people are too fussy

13 December, 2018

Plymouth properties are ending up on Gumtree because people are 'waiting for their dream home'

Housing association acquires 600-home retirement portfolio from Bupa

13 December, 2018

A large network of private retirement and assisted living developments has been purchased by a national not-for-profit housing provider

Housing giant Thirteen pulls out of social housing system citing 'confusing' processes

13 December, 2018

Teesside's largest social landlord has attracted a mixed reception for pulling out of the scheme

Universal Credit: how we got here

13 December, 2018

The first stage of Universal Credit was fully rolled out this week

Three agents found guilty of £105,000 scams which defrauded tenants and landlords

13 December, 2018

Three men who ran a letting agency that failed to return tenants' deposits or pass on rent to landlords have been convicted of fraud

High profile landlord threatens to evict 300 tenants after successful council prosecution

13 December, 2018

Buy-to-let landlord Judith Wilson has this week been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay legal costs of £14,890 after failing to comply with a notice ordering her to supply hot water to a disabled tenant

A united front to ending the LHA rate freeze

12 December, 2018

Homelessness is continuing to rise

Only making longer tenancies the law will help low income renters

12 December, 2018

In the coming months, the government is due to report the results of its consultation on longer private tenancies

Universal Credit rolled out to whole of UK

12 December, 2018

Universal Credit has today reached every Jobcentre in the UK - meaning new benefit claimants will no longer be able to use the old welfare system

Property tycoon wife Judith Wilson fined for heating repair failure

12 December, 2018

A buy-to-let landlady has been fined £10,000 for failing to repair the heating system of a disabled tenant

Thousands to be left without a home as Southend Council set to come up 7,700 houses short

12 December, 2018

Thousands of people could be left without a home if Southend Council does not close its housing gap

Committee warns of 'insufficient information' on key Universal Credit regulations

12 December, 2018

A committee has warned the House of Lords has "insufficient information" to approve crucial regulations paving the way for the next stage of Universal Credit

A rock and a hard place: the Universal Credit frontline

12 December, 2018

Universal Credit was meant to simplify the welfare system and give people control over their finances

HomeLet Rental Index - November 18

12 December, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 1.5% in November compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £918 a month

Two letting agents hit with huge costs over unlicensed HMO properties

12 December, 2018

Two letting agents have been hit with huge costs over six properties that were unlicensed Houses in Multiple Occupation

Judge lambasts Citizens Advice over its 'emotive rant' help for tenant facing eviction

12 December, 2018

Well known landlord Fergus Wilson did not harass a tenant into leaving her property

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2018

11 December, 2018

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

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 8 November 2018

11 December, 2018

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 8 November 2018

MP claims Grenfell survivor seen 'begging on the street'

11 December, 2018

Commons hears 107 households from the Tower and surrounds still in hotels and temporary accommodation and not receiving survival funds

Campaigners in 'frontline fight' against Universal Credit evictions

11 December, 2018

National Housing Summit hears of a need to fight UC arrears evictions on the same terms as the fight against Section 21

Kettering council has 86 vacant homes in its housing stock

11 December, 2018

86 properties in Kettering are currently void, meaning they need work before they can be let to people

Insurance giant registers as a provider of social housing

11 December, 2018

L&G has registered its affordable housing subsidiary as a provider of social housing

Universal Credit desperation: Cash is soaked up at alarming rate

11 December, 2018

Stafford people need the financial help to survive

Vulnerable groups 'frozen out of initiatives' to keep people warm

11 December, 2018

Many disabled people and families with children on low incomes are frozen out of schemes to support fuel poor households

Annual growth slows as just two regions have rents rising above the rate of inflation

11 December, 2018

Just three regions now have average rents that are either level with or rising above the rate of inflation

Almost four in ten agents anticipate revenue drop as tenant fee ban approaches

11 December, 2018

Almost four in ten agents are expecting a drop in lettings revenue next year

Rats and anti-social neighbours: Supported living residents claim they are suffering 'unbearable' conditions

10 December, 2018

Why move me into supported living for mental health if you aren't even making it liveable for me?

Grenfell Tower MP calls for Universal Credit launch delay

10 December, 2018

The MP whose seat is home to Grenfell Tower has urged the government to delay next week's launch of Universal Credit in the area, saying it could leave survivors without income at Christmas

Universal Credit was underpaid by £30m last year

10 December, 2018

The Department for Work and Pensions underpaid Universal Credit by £30m last year, two-thirds of which was down to 'official error'

How luxury city centre flats could soon help pay for social housing and a crackdown on slum landlords

10 December, 2018

Interest on loans paid out by Greater Manchester's housing investment fund - including to upscale city centre developments - would be used to build genuinely affordable homes, as well as to tackle rogue landlords

Pensioner poverty rises as benefits freeze bites

10 December, 2018

Declining home-ownership and rising rents mean that one in six may have to choose between food and heat

Mayor Sadiq Khan to look at imposing rent controls in London

10 December, 2018

Arguments in favour of capping rent inflation 'overwhelming'

Tenant who moved out after ten days sues letting agent 'for mis-selling him noisy flat'

10 December, 2018

A tenant who says he moved into a noisy flat is suing both his landlord and letting agent

The benefit cap is harming struggling families

07 December, 2018

At Shelter, our solicitors and many other legal aid housing lawyers frequently represent families who are struggling in unimaginable ways under the household benefit cap

Children in out-of-work benefit households: 31 May 2017

07 December, 2018

The number of children who lived in households where a parent or guardian claimed an out-of-work benefit at 31 May 2017

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2017 to 2018 estimates

07 December, 2018

Final estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain in the financial year 2017 to 2018

What Personal Independence Payment (PIP) means for the health sector

07 December, 2018

PIP guidance and communication resources for people working in the health sector

Cleaning tops the list of the most common end of tenancy gripes

07 December, 2018

The Dispute Service has revealed the biggest cause of complaints across all its schemes, with cleaning come out on top

Landlords urged to spread properties across different agents as Government caps CMP payouts

07 December, 2018

Landlords with larger portfolios are being urged to spread the risk by using several different agents after it emerged yesterday that when mandatory Client Money Protection comes in next April, insurers will not have to cover all the money in an agent's client account

How would the sector cope with a 'no deal' Brexit?

07 December, 2018

As uncertainty around Brexit mounts and a no-deal looms, Inside Housing asks what it could mean for the housing sector

Mum of three shares a single, cramped room with her kids after being in temporary housing for two years

06 December, 2018

Carly Stutter, 30, shares a single room in Croydon with her three children - with just two beds between them

Why council housing could be built in Manchester city centre for the first time in decades

06 December, 2018

Manchester town hall's leadership has had a dramatic change of heart after months of pressure from backbenchers

Reading Borough Council increases social housing rates by 14 per cent for new builds

06 December, 2018

Social housing rent rates for new build properties will rise by 14 per cent, increasing the amount paid in housing benefit in Reading

Stroud council's temporary housing budget for homeless goes through the roof

06 December, 2018

Council may buy house for homeless after temporary accommodation budget rises by 240 per cent

Karen Buck MP: Government must scrap Section 21 'no fault' evictions

06 December, 2018

Scrapping Section 21 'no fault' evictions would help improve security, reduce homelessness and reduce the threat of 'retaliatory eviction'

Local authorities still unsure how many HMOs should be licensed under new rules

06 December, 2018

New analysis claims to highlight how unprepared local councils are for the extra regulations on HMO licensing

'Boxroom' landlord ordered to pay record penalty of £1.5m or go to prison for nine years

06 December, 2018

A landlord has been ordered by a judge to pay a record-breaking penalty of almost £1.5m - or spend nine years behind bars

7,000 rough sleeping households moved straight into social housing

05 December, 2018

Stats for England April 2017-March 2018 show around 7,000 households were rough sleeping immediately prior to a new social letting

RLA responds to government U-turn on tenant deposit cap

05 December, 2018

"Landlords will feel badly let down" by government

Midlands association acquires stock from London association

05 December, 2018

Futures Housing Group has added 470 homes to its housing stock following a deal with Notting Hill Genesis

Housing associations must prepare for 'disorderly Brexit'

05 December, 2018

Housing associations must be prepared for a "disorderly Brexit"

People in supported housing can't afford rent after finding jobs

05 December, 2018

Supported housing discourages people from looking for jobs as residents are unable to afford rent after securing employment

Food prices could rise 10%

05 December, 2018

Food prices could rise between 5% and 10% if there is a disorderly Brexit

Agent calls for landlord incentives amid signs that Brexit uncertainty is limiting rental supply

05 December, 2018

Haart has seen the number of landlords registering to buy with its branches drop by more than a third despite a boost in tenant demand

Tenant Fees Bill is tightened as cap on amount of deposit is reduced

05 December, 2018

As expected, the Government has introduced an amendment which will mean that most tenants will pay no more than the equivalent of five weeks worth of rent as a deposit

RTB properties re-let privately pose 'major challenges'

04 December, 2018

Report recommends government "should do more" to support the increasing provision of private rented accommodation by housing associations and councils

Disabled woman forced to live in social housing infested with giant rats for six months after agency ignores her pleas

04 December, 2018

Asia White, 37, who is mentally and physically disabled, says she is getting more sick by the day due to her living conditions

Security deposit cap reduced to save renters hundreds of pounds

04 December, 2018

Private renters are set to benefit from new measures reducing the amount tenants have to pay up front to secure a home

Private renting sector unfair to tenants

04 December, 2018

Housing sector figures says the research further proves that there needs to be an end to Section 21s or 'no fault evictions'

Labour vows to restore legal aid for benefits appeal cases if elected

04 December, 2018

Move would encourage DWP to get decisions right first time, reducing MoJ costs

Four large housing associations create new £3m social enterprise fund

04 December, 2018

Four of the UK's biggest housing associations have teamed up to create a new £3m fund aimed at providing loans to social enterprise initiatives that boost the communities in which they operate

Social Housing Lettings: April 2017 to March 2018, England

04 December, 2018

There were a total 313,000 new social housing lettings in 2017/18, a 6% decrease on the previous year

Agent denying BBC claims about charging tenants viewing fees is under renewed spotlight

04 December, 2018

An agent is under renewed spotlight after it denied charging prospective tenants viewing fees. The agent has also totally denied other suggestions

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 12/2018

03 December, 2018

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

BME social tenants less satisfied with their landlords than whites

03 December, 2018

BME social tenants express lower levels of satisfaction with all aspects of social landlord services

Government statistics show 37% drop in social rent conversions

03 December, 2018

The number of homes converted from social rent to affordable rent dropped sharply last year

Disabled man 'being threatened with eviction' after benefits were stopped

03 December, 2018

A disabled man from Tewkesbury says he is being 'threatened with eviction' after falling behind with his rent after his 'benefits were stopped'

Birmingham to build crime prevention into social housing developments

03 December, 2018

Birmingham City Council has become the first council to join a national police-run scheme which will see crime prevention techniques built into all its new social housing developments

Leicester council's £8m plan to cut housing waiting list

03 December, 2018

Some 6,000 people in the city are on the waiting list for a council home

Housing association explains why it has been breaking into tenants' homes and changing locks

03 December, 2018

By law they should apply for a court order before drilling through your locks

Nottingham City Council to spend £5million on social housing

03 December, 2018

The houses the city council buy will be former council houses

Housing minister: social housing grant rates would be kept 'under review' in downturn

03 December, 2018

The government would consider lifting grant rates for social housing to help the sector build through a recession

LIN member report December 2018 - "Rogue Landlords" - Recent Legislation

03 December, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Universal credit is 'broken'

30 November, 2018

Average levels of rent arrears among council tenants on universal credit are more than three times the level of those on legacy benefits

UC3/2018

30 November, 2018

Information for all local authority staff about Universal Credit

Putting the social into social housing

30 November, 2018

The 'big society' has been and gone as local authority funding continues its downward trajectory. It's a good job housing associations are getting better at supporting the projects that matter in their communities

HCLG committee to debate private rented sector

30 November, 2018

Debate due at Westminster Hall follows the committee's inquiry into the sector and subsequent report

Homes lost because of the benefits cap and 'bedroom tax'

30 November, 2018

Those who are deemed to have spare rooms get their housing benefit cut

East Midlands housing association in 470-home deal with G15 landlord

30 November, 2018

An East Midlands housing association has purchased 470 homes from major London landlord Notting Hill Genesis

'Futureproof PRS policy to keep pace with technological innovation'

30 November, 2018

HCLG committee debate told of emerging web-driven "grey market" in serviced lettings by which regulation could be by-passed

Power shifts to tenants as rent reductions hit record high

30 November, 2018

The number of tenants negotiating rent reductions hit a record high last month

Universal credit problems and rise of food bank use

29 November, 2018

Universal credit is a new system which rolls six benefits into one payment

RSH chief executive reflects on Social Housing Green Paper

29 November, 2018

The paper is "welcome", though league tables are "blunt instruments" that could lead to "perverse practices"

Universal Credit tenants slip back into rent arrears after long period

29 November, 2018

Tenants claiming Universal Credit for long periods persistently struggle to pay their rent and even build up more arrears despite government attempts to improve the situation

Cross-party calls for rogue landlords to lose properties

29 November, 2018

During debate, MPs from all sides urge housing minister to introduce new seizure powers

How social landlords are responding to 'county lines' drugs gangs

29 November, 2018

Gangs of drug dealers are leaving inner cities to set up shop in the countryside in ever-greater numbers, with vulnerable social tenants among their victims

More than 20,000 social housing units sold last year

29 November, 2018

More than 20,000 social homes were sold in England by housing associations and councils in the past financial year

Rogue landlords: 90% of local authorities fail to issue fines

29 November, 2018

FoI responses from 293 English councils reveal string of weaknesses in private rented market law

Large London housing association sues contractors over cladding

29 November, 2018

Housing association Notting Hill Genesis is suing four contractors over "an unacceptably poor level of design and workmanship" on cladding on six tower blocks in Brentford

Tenants happy with accommodation but why sector must not be complacent

29 November, 2018

Two thirds of councils in England and Wales responding to a Freedom of Information request by the Residential Landlords Association brought no prosecutions against private landlords in 2017/18

Nine in ten councils failing to use new powers against landlords

29 November, 2018

Two thirds of councils in England and Wales brought no prosecutions against private landlords in the year 2017/18

Stop DSS Discrimination: Live blog

28 November, 2018

This blog rounds-up everything we're doing in the fight to end DSS discrimination

UC roll-out means 100,000 children facing family hardship over Christmas

28 November, 2018

Housing provider says majority of the 110,000 UK households now moving to UC will have to borrow money to see them though the festive season

Strike called off at small London housing association

28 November, 2018

A planned strike at a small housing association in Hackney has been called off after management and workers agreed a deal over pay

Newly merged housing association censured by regulator for fire safety failings

28 November, 2018

A housing association risked 'serious detriment' to its tenants through failing to carry out or review fire risk assessments, exposing "hundreds" of residents to danger from fire

Second association ruled non-compliant for selling social housing on open market

28 November, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has ruled another housing association non-compliant over selling homes meant for social housing on the open market

London boroughs 'sharply divided' over Mayoral rent policy

28 November, 2018

Campaigners say FoI figures show that, for new council homes, the Mayor has agreed higher rents than the capital's council tenants have ever paid before

Workers at small London housing association to strike

28 November, 2018

Staff at a small housing association in Hackney are set to strike next week in an ongoing dispute over pay

England and Wales Rental Tracker

28 November, 2018

Autumn positives for rental market

The Deposit Diaries: When is tenant or landlord responsible for burst pipes and damage?

28 November, 2018

As many do, this particular tenant left the property for a short break over the Christmas period. On his return a ceiling had collapsed causing water damage to the property below and to its contents

Universal Credit and homeless people

27 November, 2018

Information about Universal Credit for homeless people, those at risk of homelessness and the organisations supporting them

Think tank launched to help renters with pets

27 November, 2018

Research reveals 78% of tenants have struggled to find rented accommodation that will allow pets

Poorest tenants in Leeds 'facing rent rises and evictions'

27 November, 2018

Private landlords in two of the poorest parts of Leeds have claimed tenants face rent rises or eviction if a new licensing scheme is introduced

Universal Credit: Single mums take government to court

27 November, 2018

A single mum who relies on universal credit is challenging the government's benefits scheme for being "irrational"

London Mayor blasts Creekside development plans for social housing

27 November, 2018

Sadiq Khan has told Lewisham Council an application for 393 flats in Deptford with only 10 per cent affordable housing goes against London-wide planning regulations

MHCLG tenant fire safety group accused of 'excluding tenants'

27 November, 2018

Ministry urged to reconsider criteria that specify membership applications from landlords only

DWP launches awareness campaign for Universal Credit landlord portal

27 November, 2018

The government has launched a campaign to improve the understanding of Universal Credit among landlords

Percentage of social rented housing being built is not enough

27 November, 2018

The current level of homes being built for the social rent market is not enough

Landlords wrongly refusing tenant requests to switch energy

27 November, 2018

More than three-quarters of a million tenants may be wrongly denied the right to switch their energy provider by their landlord

Is Universal Credit the Tories' number one priority?

26 November, 2018

During a Politics Live discussion on universal credit, the Times columnist Rachel Sylvester said she was shocked at the benefit system#s continued roll out

Universal credit: More than half of people denied benefit have cases overturned on appeal

26 November, 2018

Hundreds of vulnerable people left out of pocket for months due to incorrect refusals, with true number of wrong decisions likely to be far higher

Big re-boot for the Universal Credit Landlord Portal

26 November, 2018

DWP launches six-week campaign promoting the portal a month after RLA warned of rent arrears reinforcing need for urgent change

Universal Credit leaves ex-builder with just '£14 a fortnight' to live on

26 November, 2018

Mark Harris has been forced to use a Foodbank as he struggles to survive on Universal Credit

Food banks fear winter crisis as universal credit is rolled out

26 November, 2018

Charities are stockpiling emergency supplies and appealing for donations and volunteers

NatWest close branches after housing-benefit protests

26 November, 2018

Protests sparked by clause in bank's buy-to-let mortgage agreement forbidding landlords renting to 'DSS' tenants

Police Scotland link robbery rise with UK benefits changes

26 November, 2018

Police Scotland has claimed UK government benefit changes may be linked to a rise in robberies

Landlords now waiting more than five months to regain possession of their property

26 November, 2018

Private landlords are waiting more than five months on average to regain possession of a property rather than the 16-week figure the Government has previously quoted

Amber Rudd recognises 'real problems' with Universal Credit

23 November, 2018

New work and pensions secretary pledges to help out single parents who are signed up to the scheme

Social housing: more than just a roof over people's heads

23 November, 2018

Jobs advice, apprenticeships, nurseries and laundry facilities all add value to residents' lives

Benefit and pension rates 2019 to 2020

23 November, 2018

A list of the benefit rates and pension rates for 2019 to 2020

Price cap pitched to rein in rent-to-own

23 November, 2018

Financial Conduct Authority expected to announced the cap today boosting thousands of vulnerable households

'I live in disused buildings for cheaper rent'

23 November, 2018

Between them Bella and Rex have both lived in former retirement homes, empty schools and even an old pub

Housing associations have 'huge potential' to power local change

23 November, 2018

Great Places Commission publishes interim report pushing the sector's emerging collaboration theme

Landlords are boycotting companies that support homelessness charity Shelter

23 November, 2018

A group of UK landlords have launched a boycott of the likes of B&Q and Marks & Spencer over donating some of their Christmas profits to the housing charity

Councils and associations expressed 'lack of interest' in asylum seeker housing contracts

23 November, 2018

Local authorities and housing associations told the government they weren't interested in directly providing asylum seeker accommodation

From the bedroom tax to 'taking in a lodger'

22 November, 2018

Is there any 'minister' at the DWP capable of at least faking empathy?

No more social housing get-out clauses

22 November, 2018

As the Autumn budget announcements were only beginning to be digested a few weeks ago, the government released a consultation that contained substantial proposals for the future supply of social housing

CIH slams slow rate of social rent delivery

22 November, 2018

Latest MHCLG stats cited as showing a need for government to support councils and housing associations to build more homes for social rent

Construction of homes for social rent drops 80% in a decade

22 November, 2018

Figures for England show 6,463 homes built in 2017-18 despite 1.25m families on waiting lists

Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland: A Scoping Report

22 November, 2018

A number of changes to the benefits system have been applied in Northern Ireland since 2008

MPs call for government to delay parliament vote on Universal Credit roll-out

22 November, 2018

A cross-party group of MPs has urged ministers to delay the next parliamentary vote on the migration of Universal Credit until after the government's benefit policy watchdog has assessed its plans

Housing association paid £1,000 for 'sham transactions' signatures

22 November, 2018

A housing association accused of using 'sham transactions' to sell properties meant for affordable housing on the open market paid an individual £1,000 for signatures

Deposit disputes remain low despite rising number of rentals

22 November, 2018

Fewer than 1% of tenancies in England and Wales ended in a dispute in the 12 months to March 2018

How much longer can lenders get away with DSS discrimination?

21 November, 2018

When challenged over why they discriminate against renters on benefits, landlords and letting agents often point the finger at the banks

PIP: Department 'cannot' scrap terminal illness form

21 November, 2018

A department has said it cannot scrap a requirement that terminally ill people sign a form stating they have less than six months to live to secure benefits

Fraudster who claimed £100,000 meant for Grenfell victims handed six-year term

21 November, 2018

Sharife Elouahabi falsely said he was staying with relatives at a flat on the 21st floor of the block

Poor families could take in lodger to beat benefit cap

21 November, 2018

Tory attacked as out of touch for saying families living in poverty could renegotiate rent

Co-op pension scheme to invest up to £50m into social housing

21 November, 2018

The Co-operative Group's pension scheme, Pace, will invest up to £50m into the social and affordable housing market over the next 12 months

Research reinforces benefit changes driving increase in PRS homelessness

21 November, 2018

As a UN report damns government's "callous" approach to benefits, report says LHA rates are behind a rise in evictions

Home-owners receive 'more government subsidy than social housing tenants'

21 November, 2018

The Chartered Institute of Housing states home-owners get a much bigger slice of government help than renters - whether they are social or private tenants

Letting agents offering 'guaranteed rent' told by watchdog to reveal sub-letting arrangements

21 November, 2018

Complaints against two letting firms offering guaranteed rent through the agent becoming the tenant and then sub-letting the property, have both been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority

Rudd offers 'same old, same old' over Universal Credit

20 November, 2018

New Work & Pensions Secretary goes into denial over UN report that accused ministers of going into denial

Govan Law Centre launches Universal Credit campaign

20 November, 2018

Govan Law Centre has called for a new resilience strategy to challenge the adverse impact of Universal Credit in Scotland

Universal Credit is coming to Burton, Stafford and Cannock

20 November, 2018

It has proved controversial so far

MPs blast banks for discriminating against tenants on benefits

20 November, 2018

Government told to address 'housing blacklist' operated by mortgage lenders

Short-term housing offers extra help for Manchester rough sleepers

20 November, 2018

Rough sleepers in Manchester are being offered support to come off the streets and move into short-term housing under a new service launched by Sanctuary Supported Living

Market forces: the social landlords building homes for market rent

20 November, 2018

For most social landlords, market rent represents uncharted water

Landlords who have had enough of being 'bashed' to organise boycott of businesses that support Shelter

20 November, 2018

Disaffected landlords are to try and launch a mass boycott of the businesses that support Shelter, starting with B&Q and moving on to Marks & Spencer, with others to come

Kincardine Housing Co-operative to transfer to Grampian Housing Association following Regulator's decision

19 November, 2018

The Scottish Housing Regulator has taken the decision to transfer Kincardine Housing Co-operative's homes to Grampian Housing Association

Universal credit: Amber Rudd to listen to 'expert guidance'

19 November, 2018

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has agreed to listen "very carefully" to concerns over universal credit, conceding the system "can be better"

'A lost generation': How austerity has created vacuum being filled by drug gangs exploiting children

19 November, 2018

'Where public services have shrunk there's a vacuum, and what's stepped into it is gangs'

Affordable rent housing schemes in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire could be withdrawn

19 November, 2018

Five housing schemes in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with affordable rent could be withdrawn

Amber Rudd to inherit Universal Credit roll-out

19 November, 2018

New Secretary of State for Work and Pensions named on the day a damning UN report says rising UK poverty is a "political choice"

'I was forced into prostitution by Universal Credit'

19 November, 2018

The Universal Credit benefits system is forcing some women to turn to sex work

Shelter keeps up the pressure on letting agents over 'discriminating against benefits tenants'

19 November, 2018

Shelter is continuing to keep up the pressure on letting agents over the issue of tenants on benefits

Britain's worst landlord to take nine years to pay off string of fines

16 November, 2018

Property owner, with a multimillion pound portfolio, has at least 60 convictions for housing offences

Phoenix returns Right to Buy homes to social housing

16 November, 2018

The initiative aims to address the lack of social housing in the area

Renters start 'tweet fight' for change

16 November, 2018

New social media campaign follows #VentYourRent that went viral in August to take on Section 21

'Grim reading': Net loss of hundreds of social rent homes expected under Woodberry Down plans

16 November, 2018

Award-winning regeneration plans for a Hackney estate could result in the loss of hundreds of socially rented homes

League tables must consider human rights law

16 November, 2018

League tables for social housing providers proposed by the government must expand to take human rights law into account

Universal credit linked to suicide risk

16 November, 2018

Research for Gateshead council finds system increases depression and anxiety

The impact of the roll out of Universal Credit in two North East England localities: a qualitative study

16 November, 2018

"It's hitting people that can least afford it the hardest"

Strategic partners can add extra housing associations to deals

16 November, 2018

Housing associations which have secured spots on Homes England's strategic partnership programme will be allowed to add associations to their partnerships

DSS Discrimination: letting agent excuses

15 November, 2018

Our DSS discrimination campaign has lifted the lid on practices and policies many would like to believe simply didn't exist in 2018

Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up: financial year 2016 to 2017

15 November, 2018

Estimates of take-up of income-related benefits for Great Britain for the financial year 2016 to 2017

Councils face objections to accessible homes

15 November, 2018

Home Builders Federation says councils have a responsibility to ensure housing plans are viable and not subject to a 'blanket' approach

Large housing association gets downgrade after selling homes to for-profit

15 November, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has downgraded Moat Homes after it sold older people's homes to a for-profit provider

Wealthy landlord found guilty of failing to fix wheelchair-bound tenant's hot water for five months

15 November, 2018

Judith Wilson claimed the tenant damaged the water system

Fire door problems endemic in Grenfell Tower

15 November, 2018

Broken or deficient fire doors were endemic in Grenfell Tower

Both Rightmove and Zoopla tell agents to avoid blanket bans of tenants on benefits

15 November, 2018

Both Rightmove and Zoopla are issuing guidance that the phrase 'no benefits tenants' should not be used in blanket advertisements by agents

Draft Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018: SSAC report and government statement

14 November, 2018

A Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) report on the draft Universal Credit Regulations 2018, and the government's response

Healey challenges sector to deliver 'bold plans' for social housing

14 November, 2018

John Healey used his keynote address at the PlaceShapers conference to encourage housing associations to take a lead on the future

Council recovers housing benefit paid to 'house of horrors'

14 November, 2018

First Tier Tribunal Property Chamber backs use of a rent repayment order for over £60,000

Social Housing Green Paper: JRF and JRHT response

14 November, 2018

This response to the Social Housing Green Paper draws on extensive research and policy work to focus on two areas: increasing tenant voice and power, and improving affordability

Paws for thought: why landlords' differing pet policies matter for tenants' well-being

14 November, 2018

Social landlords' pet policies are anything but consistent, and this can have a big impact on tenant's well-being

Westminster council to shift affordable focus away from social housing

14 November, 2018

A flagship Conservative council in London is to insist that six in every 10 new affordable homes built in the borough are reserved for middle-income families

Landlords' Barometer - #64: Is now a good time to invest in London property?

14 November, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, where I curate all the trending topics from the private rented sector

Benefit sanctions statistics to July 2018

13 November, 2018

Sanctions statistics for Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and Universal Credit, data to July 2018

Bereavement Support Payment statistics, April 2017 to June 2018

13 November, 2018

Statistics on DWP administered benefits

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 11 October 2018

13 November, 2018

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 11 October 2018

Rental growth hits an eight-month high but are tenants actually better off than ten years ago?

13 November, 2018

Rental growth last month hit its highest level since February

Less than half of private rented homes allow cats - so tenants miss out on joys of living with feline friends

13 November, 2018

Letting agents have been blamed for the lack of cat-friendly rental homes

Over 90% of wheelchair users struggle to find accessible PRS homes

13 November, 2018

Research reveals four in five currently living in a home that fails to fully meet their needs as a wheelchair user

Cool heads are needed as associations restructure debt to prepare for Brexit

13 November, 2018

Some housing associations are looking to refinance ahead of Brexit, but now is the time to remain calm

After Grenfell, London needs a tenants czar

13 November, 2018

A social housing commissioner should be appointed to fight for the rights of tenants in the capital

London women tell UN poverty envoy about impact of welfare cuts

13 November, 2018

Residents of deprived Newham describe domestic abuse and hunger to Philip Alston

PRS 'not fit for housing vulnerable tenants'

13 November, 2018

Debt charity says government should undertake a full review of the PRS housing vulnerable tenants

Rule changes 'risk new social housing black hole' in England

12 November, 2018

Shelter says plans create 'get-out clause' for developers to avoid providing affordable homes

Bournemouth and Poole council officials haven't yet added any names to the government's rogue landlord database

12 November, 2018

Council officials say they are continuing to tackle rogue landlords - despite failing to contribute any names to a national government database

Civitas Social Housing To Be Added To FTSE 250 Index

12 November, 2018

Civitas Social Housing PLC on Friday said it will be added to the FTSE 250 Index with effect from Tuesday next week

State of the Property Nation

12 November, 2018

Over 6,000 consumers and 660 agents have been surveyed on their views on the property market

The cost of renting in the UK in seven charts

12 November, 2018

As the number of people renting in the UK continues to rise, the BBC has taken a closer look at the state of private renting

Back in Credit? Universal Credit after Budget 2018

12 November, 2018

The Budget 2018 work allowance increase means that the number of working families that gain from the switch to UC increases by 200,000

Universal credit: Rent arrears double for benefit claimants

12 November, 2018

Council tenants on universal credit have on average more than double the rent arrears of those still on housing benefit

Universal credit will cost more than system it replaces

12 November, 2018

600,000 families could be worse off

Social rent levels in London rising 10 times faster than median incomes

09 November, 2018

We need far greater transparency as to what social landlords are actually charging their tenants, and how that money is being spent

Housing associations must change the way they fill in accounts

09 November, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing is making minor changes to the way it requires housing associations to fill in their accounts

Landlords pushing up rents to exploit housing benefit shortfall

09 November, 2018

Benefit cuts and unscrupulous landlords have combined to create an explosion in temporary housing that is costing taxpayers more than a billion pounds a year

Regulator slams private equity-linked association which 'put tenants at risk'

09 November, 2018

A housing association linked to a new model of private equity investment has been downgraded to a non-compliant rating today for "potentially putting its tenants at risk"

Government launches £2m funding to help local councils tackle rogue landlords

09 November, 2018

The Government has made £2m of funding available for local authorities to tackle rogue landlords

UK rents outpacing house price growth but are below the cost of living

09 November, 2018

UK rents are now rising above the rate of house price growth but are just below the UK inflation rate

One in ten rental properties listed on Zoopla specify 'no benefits tenants'

09 November, 2018

One in ten rental properties being advertised on Zoopla explicitly exclude anyone who is claiming benefits

One in 10 rental properties in England 'likely to be advertised unlawfully'

08 November, 2018

New research exposes iceberg tip extent of discrimination against benefit claimants

Grenfell Tower: Unsafe cladding 'still affects thousands'

08 November, 2018

Thousands of people in England are still living in tower blocks with unsafe cladding more than a year after the Grenfell disaster

One in 10 rental homes advertised as excluding benefits claimants

08 November, 2018

Shelter says landlords insisting 'no DSS' causes misery and is likely to be unlawful

Social landlords 'should have key performance indicator' for domestic abuse

08 November, 2018

The National Housing and Domestic Abuse Group has called for more to be done by the regulator to ensure housing providers better tackle domestic abuse

Regulator should be widened 'to cover all landlords of social housing'

08 November, 2018

The National Federation of ALMOs has told government it needs to strengthen the regulator and widen its remit

League tables proposal panned in green paper consultation responses

08 November, 2018

Sector bodies have condemned the government's plan for social landlord league tables in their official responses to the Social Housing Green Paper - warning they could increase tenant stigma

Date set for 18-21s housing benefit ban reversal

08 November, 2018

The ban on housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds will be scrapped at the end of the year

£2m fund announced for councils to tackle rogue landlords

08 November, 2018

The news builds on the government's promise to improve standards in the private rented sector

Sprinklers suppress 12 social housing fires

08 November, 2018

Sprinklers have suppressed 12 social housing fires since 2010, meaning more than one in every 10 installed system has put out a blaze

League tables could 'further stigmatise social housing residents'

07 November, 2018

The Housing Ombudsman has called for a different approach to publishing Key Performance Indicators

Government open to 'data share' between housing associations and DWP

07 November, 2018

SSAC report on Universal Credit commits to "further discussions" on data sharing to help manage claimant migration

North East-based housing association gets A+ credit rating

07 November, 2018

One of the largest housing associations in the North East has received an A+ credit rating from ratings agency Standard & Poor's

Banks offering housing associations 'one-sided and unacceptable' terms post-LIBOR

07 November, 2018

Some banks have offered "one-sided and unacceptable" terms on new loans to housing associations set to mature after the end of the London Interbank Borrowing Rate

Buy-to-let mortgage lending for house purchase falls way short of forecasts

07 November, 2018

The trade body for the mortgage sector has warned that buy-to-let purchase lending is set to come in at below its forecasts for 2018

Number of homeless to die in temporary housing revealed

07 November, 2018

Thirty-one homeless people have died while being temporarily housed by Brighton and Hove City Council in the past two years

Report says London should have its own social housing commissioner

07 November, 2018

"It's imperative we avoid a breakdown between social housing landlords and their tenants"

Social Housing Green Paper - National Housing Federation response

07 November, 2018

In this response we have set out our thoughts on how the relationship between residents and landlords can be rebalanced, and how we can ensure every housing association resident has a voice that is heard

Crisis calls for review of 'pointlessly cruel' DWP benefit sanctions

07 November, 2018

Commons committee says human cost of sanctions is too high - Crisis sees a hard hit to the homeless

Housing association model of delivering social housing 'not working'

06 November, 2018

The policy of relying on housing associations rather than councils to deliver social housing is 'not working'

Sharma rejects scrutiny of new Universal Credit rules

06 November, 2018

Work & Pensions Committee won't get new rules ahead of Commons because that would "diverge from the standard process"

MPs call for review of 'pointlessly cruel' benefit sanctions

06 November, 2018

Work and pensions committee concludes that current scheme carries too high a human cost

MPs: protect housing allowance from benefit sanctions

06 November, 2018

The government must stop deducting money from Universal Credit claimants' allowances if they have already been 'sanctioned'

More landlords to be forced to improve energy efficiency

06 November, 2018

Partial climbdown means help for more tenants in coldest homes in England and Wales

Universal credit: Claimants 'to get more time to switch'

06 November, 2018

Universal credit claimants will be given more time to switch to the new benefit

Universal credit leading to rise in food bank use

06 November, 2018

Trussell Trust says benefits system is failing to protect claimants from hunger

Landlords face footing bill for EPC improvements as Government abolishes free option

06 November, 2018

Landlords will have to fund some of the changes needed to make their rental properties compliant with minimum energy efficiency requirements

Tenant fees ban: Call for incentives to encourage agents to introduce ban ahead of implementation

06 November, 2018

The Government has suggested that it could incentivise agents to ban fees ahead of implementation

LIN member report November 2018 - The Autumn Budget

06 November, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

HB S12/2018

05 November, 2018

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

McVey concedes to 'more careful planning' over UC roll out

05 November, 2018

Commons hears of new measures to ease migration following Budget announcement of an extra £2.7bn to boost the 'reform'

Benefit cap leaves poor families with mounting debt

05 November, 2018

Key welfare reform disproportionately affects ill or disabled people

Government sets out new rules for energy efficiency in PRS

05 November, 2018

Landlords to be required to install energy efficient measures in order to save tenants money and reduce carbon emissions

More than 250 social landlords sign pledge to tackle domestic abuse

05 November, 2018

More than 250 housing organisations have signed up to a campaign to tackle domestic abuse

MPs urged to consider voting down new rules on universal credit

05 November, 2018

Frank Field fears new regulations on switching to the benefit could leave many people worse off and struggling to cope

Social housing pensions must be equal for men and women

05 November, 2018

The SHPS will have to increase certain benefits so that they are equal between men and women

Budget tax on landlords could cost them £13,000

05 November, 2018

Changes could mean shock for owners who have rented out homes when they come to sell

London councils house vulnerable residents on industrial estates

05 November, 2018

London boroughs are sending people to live on industrial estates in Harlow, Essex

Government's new council house building drive will come at expense of housing associations

05 November, 2018

The independent Office for Budget Responsibility thinks housing associations' available government grants will be squeezed to accommodate new construction by councils

9,000 housing association tenants enter ballot for Midlands Right to Buy pilot

05 November, 2018

More than 9,000 housing association tenants entered the ballot to purchase their home through the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

First-time buyer sales down as landlords exit the market

04 November, 2018

The housing sector takes a hit as buyers hold off on purchases following Brexit uncertainty

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 11/2018

02 November, 2018

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

The Value of a social tenancy

02 November, 2018

A socio-economic evaluation based on Hyde's housing portfolio

Social housing investment could heal Brexit divisions

02 November, 2018

Long-term investment in social housing will help to fix divisions in the UK caused by the country's exit from the European Union

MPs ask for clarity on plans to crack down on rogue landlords

02 November, 2018

Concerns raised after Guardian and ITV exposed unfit landlords still collecting rent

Victory for landlords as Government withdraws permission for local authority's licensing scheme

02 November, 2018

Brighton and Hove City Council has lost permission to introduce a selective landlord licensing scheme that was due to go live in February

Developing income linked rents for CHS Group

02 November, 2018

This report was commissioned to explore how the CHS Group can set rents that are genuinely affordable for its clients and to inform CHS's policy on rent setting beyond 2020

'Incompetent' council kicked out of government housing scheme

02 November, 2018

A city council has been branded "incompetent" and kicked out of a Government scheme designed to protect tenants against rogue landlords

Bromsgrove District Council set to launch its own housing firm

02 November, 2018

Bromsgrove District Council is forging ahead with plans to set up its own housing company, starting with the development of its old headquarters in Burcot Lane

Excluded tenants gain access to gym and pool in London complex

02 November, 2018

Luxury block Royal Wharf reverses decision that kept subsidised tenants from its facilities

Welfare reform success with 54,000 benefit cap households taking on more work

01 November, 2018

New figures show that around 54,000 households are no longer subject to the benefit cap, indicating more people are entering work or taking on more hours

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2018

01 November, 2018

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and August 2018

Clydebank council tenant 'furious' his roof has not been fixed six weeks after it blew off

01 November, 2018

A Clydebank council tenant whose roof blew off during Storm Ali six weeks ago is furious that the damage has still not been fixed

Universal Credit predicted to cost more than existing benefits system

01 November, 2018

Universal Credit will cost billions more than the existing benefits system over the next five years

Associations target social rent and 'difficult sites' with strategic partnership funding

01 November, 2018

Housing associations will increase their development of social rented homes and build out "difficult" sites they wouldn't previously have tackled

Half of Scots opt for alternative Universal Credit payments

01 November, 2018

Almost half of those in receipt of Universal Credit chose the Scottish Government's alternative payment options when offered

Letting agents already hiking landlord charges despite no firm date for tenant fees ban

01 November, 2018

Letting agents are already telling landlords that their charges will increase in the coming months despite no firm date being set for the tenant fees ban

Housing Benefit statistics on speed of processing 2018 to 2019

31 October, 2018

Statistics on the average number of days to process a new Housing Benefit claim or a change in circumstance of an existing claimant

PMQs: May and Corbyn clash over benefits freeze

31 October, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn used Prime Minister's Questions to question the Prime Minister over the benefits freeze

Universal credit rollout 'loads unreasonable risk' on to claimants

31 October, 2018

Government adviser Sir Ian Diamond says thousands could be pushed into hardship

Grenfell council announces plans to build hundreds of social homes

31 October, 2018

The plans have been announced in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy

Salford mayor Paul Dennett: 'We've lost around 13,000 council homes'

31 October, 2018

Salford's mayor on the fight for truly affordable, quality housing - and an end to outsourcing

New project to examine allocation of social housing in England

31 October, 2018

The project will be the next stage in the CIH's Rethinking social housing campaign

Budget 2018: 'Squeeze continues' for lower-income families

31 October, 2018

The era of austerity is not over for working families on benefits or government departments like transport

L&G to pick panels of housing associations to manage stock

31 October, 2018

Institutional investor Legal & General plans to pick panels of housing associations to manage the affordable housing it acquires through its for-profit company

Grenfell Survivors Facing Universal Credit Roll-Out Just Days Before Christmas

31 October, 2018

DWP accused of 'sneaking out' plan on Budget day

The Deposit Diaries: Was landlord's claim over wasp nest a sting at end of tenancy?

31 October, 2018

In this case, a landlord claimed £150, explaining that a pest control contractor was required to attend at the end of the tenancy in order to remove a wasp nest

From single parents to landlords: how will the budget affect people?

30 October, 2018

We talk to people with a wide range of incomes about how their finances will change

Why did the council 'house' me in a tent?

30 October, 2018

Theo had just turned 17 when he became homeless. He turned to the council for help - but was given only a one-man tent

Chancellor announces strategic partnerships with nine housing associations

30 October, 2018

Nine housing associations have signed new strategic partnerships with the government to deliver more than 13,000 homes

Budget 2018 Housing

30 October, 2018

The Budget sets out the steps being taken to keep the government on track for housing supply to reach 300,000 a year

Hammond v McDonnell on Budget 'end of austerity' claim

30 October, 2018

Philip Hammond has said there will be no "real terms" increase in public spending apart from on the NHS

Housing benefit bill 'to hit £71bn by 2050'

30 October, 2018

The housing benefit bill will rise to £71bn a year by 2050 unless levels of social housebuilding increase

Hammond announces extra funding for Universal Credit

30 October, 2018

Philip Hammond has announced plans to pump more money into Universal Credit in the Autumn Budget today

Lawyer blasts local councils for threatening well-meaning landlords over licence failures

30 October, 2018

Heavy-handed councils are driving private landlords out of areas where selective licensing schemes are in place

Shelter salutes supposed 'victory' in holding agent to account over 'DSS discrimination'

30 October, 2018

Shelter is claiming victory in its campaign against agent ludlowthompson, which it accused of banning renters on housing benefit

OBR: scrapping borrowing cap will deliver only 9,000 additional homes

29 October, 2018

Scrapping the borrowing cap will deliver only 9,000 new homes over the next five years

Homeless charity head 'gagged' over universal credit remarks

29 October, 2018

A charity head said she was told her organisation may miss out on National Lottery funding if she continued to criticise universal credit

A social justice housing strategy

29 October, 2018

Since its inception in 2004 the Centre for Social Justice has worked to identify and reverse the root causes of poverty

Housing associations sign new standard for armed forces tenants

29 October, 2018

A collective of housing associations based in Greater Manchester have signed up to a new standard for providing services to tenants from the armed forces

How universal credit is fuelling Britain's homelessness crisis

29 October, 2018

Observer investigation finds system in chaos, putting chancellor under pressure to change tack

Natwest apologises and launches review after 'No DSS' controversy

29 October, 2018

A major UK bank has said it will conduct a review after admitting it "regrets" its handling of a case where it declined a mortgage to the landlord of a tenant on housing benefit

Labour: vote down budget if it fails to halt universal credit rollout

29 October, 2018

John McDonnell urges MPs to unite to stop the chancellor 'forcing people into poverty'

Housing: MPs back legal action against rogue landlords

29 October, 2018

New rights for tenants to sue landlords if they do not properly maintain their properties have been approved by MPs

Government announces review to update minimum health and safety standards for tenants

29 October, 2018

The Government has launched yet another review into the property sector, this time on overhauling health and safety standards for rental accommodation

Exit of landlords from market pushing up asking rents as stock drops

29 October, 2018

A drop in available properties is pushing asking price rents to record highs

MPs vote to give tenants more power to fight rogue landlords

26 October, 2018

Private member's bill is sent to Lords following investigation by the Guardian and ITV News

League table ranks London boroughs' delivery of social housing

26 October, 2018

Tables show best and worst boroughs for delivery of social-rented homes as a percentage of total homes delivered between 2014-17

DWP 'adrift from the real world' over Universal Credit

26 October, 2018

As if to reinforce the damning accusation from a key Commons committee, DWP minister Alok Sharma denies that rise in food bank use is solely down to UC roll-out

NatWest to review lending after benefits criticism

26 October, 2018

The bank has been under pressure to change its practices after stories came out showing it refused to lend if the private landlord rented to a benefits claimant

MHCLG to tighten health and safety standards for rental sector

26 October, 2018

Ministry moves to update a system hasn't been updated in over 12 years

Bloxham blasts 'fundamentally flawed' social housing policy

26 October, 2018

Tom Bloxham has branded the way the UK provides social housing as 'fundamentally flawed' because it drives up home price inflation

Research shows scope for rental payment history in credit applications

26 October, 2018

Letting lenders see rental and other payment data can "greatly improve" access to affordable credit across the social housing sector

Universal credit: Ministers 'in denial'

26 October, 2018

The government has been accused of presiding over a "culture of indifference" about the hardship caused by universal credit

Councils primed for return to building after swamping £1bn programme with bids

26 October, 2018

Councils are primed to return to the housebuilding world when the cap on their borrowing is scrapped next week - with just 12 bids exhausting the entire £1bn of headroom they were previously offered

New legislation could make it requirement for lenders to take rent payments into account

26 October, 2018

Tenant rent payment recognition is likely to become standard after the matter was raised in Parliament this week

National blacklist of rogue agents and landlords to be opened up to tenants

26 October, 2018

The national 'blacklist' of rogue letting agents and landlords launched last April is to be opened up for inspection by tenants

Bleak state of Britain's private rented sector

25 October, 2018

Guardian readers respond to our investigation into rogue landlords and private rented housing conditions

Rules for landlords not fit for purpose

25 October, 2018

Shadow chancellor speaks out after Guardian and ITV News investigation revealed exploitation of loopholes

Social housing governance

25 October, 2018

An overview of the issues and evidence

Liverpool landlord with 18 houses on one street investigated by council

25 October, 2018

Local authority trying to determine if owner broke law by not having correct licences

Charity 'appalled and saddened' by housing association eviction notice

25 October, 2018

A homelessness charity handed an eviction notice by a major Midlands housing association has said it is "appalled and saddened" by the landlord's decision

The social housing being sold off on Rightmove while homelessness soars

25 October, 2018

One of the city's biggest housing associations is selling off terrace houses to private landlords because it is 'not economical' to do them up, we can reveal

Housing coalition reaches out to DWP over Universal Credit support

25 October, 2018

Plea for DWP to treat supported housing providers as 'partners' to ease the impact of the roll-out on vulnerable claimants

October 2018: Touchbase edition 129

24 October, 2018

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

Stephen Lloyd MP: Work should always pay - so why aren't we investing in Universal Credit?

24 October, 2018

The Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Work & Pensions repeats his party's stance on Universal Credit following a speech by Sir Vince Cable today

Tenants will get access to rogue landlord database

24 October, 2018

Official U-turn after revelation that database is empty and would be secret anyway

Universal credit stops parents returning to work

24 October, 2018

Group of mothers tell Commons committee that system is unwieldy

53 councils have not prosecuted a single landlord in three years

24 October, 2018

Large parts of England and Wales with many 'non-decent' homes have had no convictions

England and Wales Rental Tracker

24 October, 2018

New academic year keeps rental market ticking over

DPS stats show UK rental market 'remains in recession'

24 October, 2018

Figures released by the Deposit Protection Service have average UK rent down £14, or 1.83%, since Q3 2017 and lower than the national average for 2016

UK rents 'are heading for a full year of declines'

24 October, 2018

UK rents have fallen for the third consecutive quarter

Landlord remortgaging reaches record high

23 October, 2018

Remortgaging climbs to 57% of all buy-to-let business, with mortgages for first-time landlords representing just 10% of buy-to-let applications

Government's rogue landlord list empty after six months

23 October, 2018

Database billed as key to protecting renters is empty, and is closed to public

Banned but still in business: law fails to stop rogue landlords

23 October, 2018

Barred operators with housing convictions still renting out properties

Brent Council to join Capital Letters housing scheme

23 October, 2018

Several London councils have banded together to form a joint lettings initiative, which hopes to help tackle the city's housing crisis

Civitas Social Housing To Buy Four Properties For 8.8 Million

23 October, 2018

Property investor Civitas Social Housing PLC said Monday it purchased three social housing properties for a combined 4.6 million

'Give tenants designs on new social housing' says LGA chair

22 October, 2018

Lord Porter sees 'self-build' as the future for social housing - with tenants getting a say

NatWest, is it right to evict a woman on housing benefit?

22 October, 2018

The tenant is a vulnerable older woman who has always paid her rent on time

Flexible Right to Buy

22 October, 2018

Many in council subsidised accommodation are trapped paying rent to the state due to current prices in the UK's cities

Worries among tenants over deposit return

22 October, 2018

Nearly a fifth of tenants renting from private landlords say they have waited more than three months to get a deposit back

Universal credit is backward step in tackling domestic abuse

22 October, 2018

Home affairs committee report urges government to scrap single household payments

Thousands more homes pledged by councils under May's new rules

22 October, 2018

Sixty local authorities say they will use new powers to borrow more money to increase housing stock

Most buy-to-let lenders refuse loans when tenants are on benefits

22 October, 2018

Landlords association tells government to persuade banks to end practice by lenders representing 90% of market

Government urged to intervene over banks refusing mortgages for landlords renting to benefit claimants

22 October, 2018

RLA is urging the Government to intervene to stop mortgage lenders discriminating against Universal Credit claimants

Tenants face two-month wait for deposit refunds but some may be wrongly charged for wear and tear

22 October, 2018

Almost two in five tenants may be erroneously losing their deposit funds for claims on general wear and tear, research suggests

DSS discrimination: campaign update

19 October, 2018

Shelter supporters are a powerful bunch

Temporary accommodation no guarantee of UC transitional protection

19 October, 2018

Commons scrutiny session hears director general of the Universal Credit programme ask housing associations for help in moving tenants through the roll out

Triple Point Social Housing Raises 108.2 Million Via Share Issue

19 October, 2018

Triple Point Social Housing REIT PLC said Thursday it raised 108.2 million via a share placing, beating the target issue size of the fundraising

Borrowing cap to be removed at end of the month

19 October, 2018

Councils' Housing Revenue Account borrowing caps will be scrapped in less than two weeks' time

ESA underpayment: Who is entitled to backdated benefits?

19 October, 2018

Questions have been raised from benefits claimants after the government revealed that 180,000 people are entitled to back-payments following years of errors

Watford Borough Council approves scheme which will provide social housing boost

19 October, 2018

More social housing is on the horizon after councillors pushed through plans to provide extra cash for a new project

'We want more social homes by 2030 than 1970s Heyday': Ward politicians lobby Labour high command over Aylesbury social housing

19 October, 2018

It is testament to how far we have come as a party that improving the Aylesbury deal is such a real possibility

Reading Borough Council was spending more than £1.6m on B&Bs for homeless families just three years ago

19 October, 2018

The number of homeless households staying in temporary B&B accommodation in Reading has fallen dramatically

Speculation mounts as to how bad 'secret' government UC assessments are

19 October, 2018

Tories dogged Commons resistance to releasing briefing papers and analyses on UC impact taken as hiding damning findings

Renting in England: Paying more for less

18 October, 2018

Do you ever get the feeling that you're being ripped off?

Regulator raises governance concerns over leases at housing association

18 October, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has told a specialist supported housing association to improve its governance arrangements after revealing it did not fully understand some of its lease conditions

Disabled benefit claimants to get extra £1.7bn after underpayments

18 October, 2018

Government to pay £970m arrears and £700m more in next seven years after correction

Universal credit: Should the benefit be paid weekly instead of monthly?

18 October, 2018

Universal credit is paid monthly based on the idea that the majority of people in work are paid monthly

Over £1bn of tenancy deposits "at risk"

18 October, 2018

New research has revealed that a possible 1,500,000 renters could be at risk of losing their deposits believing their bond has never been placed in a deposit protection scheme

Citizens Advice Scotland report demand for rent arrears advice up 40%

18 October, 2018

Demand for advice on rent arrears has increased by 40% over the last five years

Grenfell council accuses housing associations of 'immorality' in new policy document

18 October, 2018

Some housing associations behave "immorally" by selling off social housing in inner London and replacing it in lower-value areas

Labour fails to force government to release universal credit impact assessments

18 October, 2018

Commons votes down opposition attempt to use arcane parliamentary procedure to publish documents

Landlords' Barometer - #63: Will the Budget help landlords?

18 October, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, documenting all the trending topics for landlords and the private rented sector

Half of all lettings agents thinking of quitting industry because of fees ban

18 October, 2018

The impending tenant fees ban could entirely wipe out some agents' profits, turning them into loss-makers - and half of letting agents are considering giving up

Social Housing Pension Scheme valuation results published

17 October, 2018

This update from KPMG summarises the main results from the valuation, and provides a useful tool for organisations to consider their next steps

Commons bid to force release of Universal Credit impact papers

17 October, 2018

Labour try Brexit tactics to expose the extent of the government's own UC assessments in special debate session

Government defeats Labour attempts to release UC impact papers

17 October, 2018

The government has narrowly triumphed in a Commons vote on Universal Credit

Swindon Tenants fear five years of above-inflation rent rises

17 October, 2018

A possible rent increase for council tenants in Swindon of one percent above inflation has not found favour with those who might have to find the extra money

New APPG to tackle employment needs of social housing tenants

17 October, 2018

Bid to better policy environment for housing providers tackling tenant unemployment or under employment

Labour seeks to force publication of universal credit impact analysis

17 October, 2018

Party to use opposition day debate to demand briefings on impact of changes

Landlords report surge in arrears among Universal Credit tenants

17 October, 2018

Almost two-thirds of landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have experienced a big surge in rental arrears

Landlord and agent both fined over unlicensed HMO

17 October, 2018

A private landlord and an agent guilty of managing an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation have both been hit with large fines

Online agent defends claims that landlords back the tenant fee ban

17 October, 2018

OpenRent has defended the data in a poll it commissioned, and which was used by a peer in a House of Lords debate last week to suggest that most landlords are in favour of the tenant fee ban

UK's largest private landlord to stop letting homes as workmen go back to Europe ahead of Brexit

17 October, 2018

Well-known landlord Fergus Wilson is to stop letting properties, and end tenancies, because he cannot guarantee that his homes will be maintained and repaired to safe and legally compliant standards

Housing association will not revoke homeless charity eviction notices

16 October, 2018

A Midlands housing association which handed a homelessness charity based in one of its buildings an eviction notice has said it will not review the decision

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 13 September 2018

16 October, 2018

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 13 September 2018

Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance awards first council accreditation

16 October, 2018

MHCLG backed the accreditation, which is cited as national best practice in the national Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy

Hundreds of tenants in Gloucestershire could be hit by a massive increase in their service charge

16 October, 2018

Angry tenant hits out at Severn Vale Housing Society for doubling her charge

Rental deposit pilot scheme launched by Southwark Council

16 October, 2018

Southwark Council has announced a new pilot scheme to support homeless residents in the borough with securing accommodation in the private rental sector

Unlocking housing potential: councils must rise to the HRA cap abolition challenge

16 October, 2018

Councils could face new guidance to accompany the government's proposed lifting of the Housing Revenue Account debt cap

Landlord purchases fall by £5.2 billion in 3 years

16 October, 2018

In H1 2018 landlords spent £12.1 billion on new buy-to-let purchases, £5.2 billion or 30% less than in H1 2015 (£17.3 billion)

Payday lenders told to offer compensation for mis-sold loans

16 October, 2018

FCA says firms must pay out to settle complaints even if it threatens bankruptcy

Landlord tax changes have 'made no difference' to rents

16 October, 2018

Research suggests home ownership rises and rents fall following landlord tax changes

Right to Buy proposals don't go far enough

16 October, 2018

Government proposals to provide councils with extra freedom over Right to Buy receipts do not go far enough

Universal credit rollout delayed yet again

16 October, 2018

Ministers have bowed to pressure and are planning to further delay the rollout of the flagship welfare reform, universal credit

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