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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Landlord tax changes have 'made no difference' to rents

16 October, 2018

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

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 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)

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

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

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

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

LIN member report October 2018 - Regulating social landlords

15 October, 2018

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Millions to lose £52 a week with universal credit

15 October, 2018

Pressure on chancellor to announce increase in benefit funds in budget

Nearly two-thirds of PRS tenants claiming Universal Credit in arrears

15 October, 2018

Increasing numbers of private renters in receipt of Universal Credit are finding themselves in rent arrears

Poorest families to lose out on £210 a year owing to benefits cap

15 October, 2018

Resolution Foundation analysis shows freeze imposed in 2015 is hitting low-income households with children

Calls for councils to pursue joint ventures after borrowing cap scrap

15 October, 2018

Lord Porter of the LGA has called on councils to talk to local housing associations to get new homes built

Weaker buy-to-let market gives hope to first-time buyers

15 October, 2018

Price of small properties has fallen and landlord purchases are down

'Local welfare' schemes in England on brink of collapse

15 October, 2018

Activists say cuts have ravaged network providing emergency help to poorest families

Rents in the UK continue to rise but landlords are concerned about impact of Brexit

15 October, 2018

Average rents in the UK have grown steadily over the last month, but the potential impact of Brexit is causing concern among landlords

Universal credit? If Iain Duncan Smith is an architect of anything, it's misery

15 October, 2018

Only a dangerous politician favours simple fixes to complex problems - they have a way of causing hardship to millions

Affordable Housing Supply Programme: process and procedures MHDGN 2018/02

15 October, 2018

Guidance note and Housing Tender Return and SSHTPI Scottish Social Housing Tender Price Index documents

Brexit wobbles could shake landlords' faith in rental sector

12 October, 2018

HomeLet is warning that the "steady rental growth" being enjoyed by landlords could soon change as Brexit gets under way

More than a million UK residents live in 'food deserts'

12 October, 2018

Experts say areas with limited access to cheap fresh food are fuelling health problems

Leasehold abuse rules exempt houses from Right to Buy pilot

12 October, 2018

Rules to stop developers charging extortionate ground rents mean tenants living in leasehold housing association properties will not be able to purchase their homes in the Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

Nearly half of all landlords in the UK Buy to Let sector are 'Pension Pot' landlords

12 October, 2018

Nearly a quarter of 'Pension Pot' landlords have been a landlord for over 15 years

Charities working with Universal Credit claimants required to 'sign contracts to protect Esther McVey's reputation'

12 October, 2018

Department for Work and Pensions denies they are 'gagging clauses'

Reputational risk for housing associations 'greater than ever'

12 October, 2018

The social housing sector faces a greater level of scrutiny than ever before bringing increased reputational risk

Association downgraded for fire safety was given four more tower block enforcement notices

12 October, 2018

A Merseyside housing association deemed non-compliant by the regulator for fire safety failings has been handed a further four tower block enforcement notices

Tenant on coping with rising rent and housing benefit cap

12 October, 2018

A mother with an ill daughter described how her rent kept going up, but the housing benefit she relied on did not meet the costs

Further cap scrap detail a 'maybe' for the Budget - but don't bank on it

12 October, 2018

Word out of Westminster still no more specific than the borrowing cap being lifted "sooner rather than later"

Former housing minister faces grilling over Universal Credit roll out

12 October, 2018

Alok Sharma to questioned by Commons committee on government preparation for mass UC migration

Investigating the effect of Welfare Reform on Private Renting

12 October, 2018

The PRS over the past twenty years has changed significantly, doubling between 2001/02 and 2011/12

Trading Standards is sent list of almost 20 letting agents not displaying fees

11 October, 2018

An agent has sent a list of lettings firms which he claims are not displaying their fees to a number of organisations

Local authorities could cover tenant rent and deposits as Government unveils £20m fund to prevent homelessness

11 October, 2018

Local councils are to be allowed to pay a tenant's deposit or rent and contact agents to procure rental properties as part of a new Government fund aimed at reducing homelessness

Regulator: sector league tables within two years and will include councils

11 October, 2018

League tables for social landlords could come into effect within two years

Arrears for Welsh housing association tenants on Universal Credit up 150%

11 October, 2018

Housing associations in Wales have seen rent arrears among tenants claiming Universal Credit rise 150% since December

Universal credit could repeat poll tax problems

11 October, 2018

Benefit changes coming into force next year have been compared to the poll tax - the policy that helped end Margaret Thatcher's time as prime minister

UK renters politicise fast amidst 'financial anxiety epidemic'

11 October, 2018

Research shows turnout among private renters would rise to 69% if a snap election were called

Minister suggests housing associations will be required to share fire safety information

11 October, 2018

The housing minister has suggested the government may support proposals to require social landlords to give more fire safety information to tenants

St Michael's Gate: Peterborough council 'ignored' complaints

11 October, 2018

A mother has said she has to share a bed with her four children to keep them warm after a council "ignored" her complaints about temporary housing

Tenants forced to play 'rental roulette': Charity reveals how renters in England have to pay up before being shown housing contracts

11 October, 2018

Over half of renters put money down before being shown tenancy agreement

Esther McVey: Some to be poorer under universal credit

11 October, 2018

Some people will be worse off under universal credit - but they can take on more work to increase their income

MPs look to grill minister over Universal Credit as criticism mounts

11 October, 2018

The minister responsible for the roll-out of Universal Credit could face a grilling from MPs amid mounting criticism of the controversial changes to the benefits system

Universal Credit plunging Welsh housing association tenants into £2m of debt

11 October, 2018

Stats shows an overall debt increase of 150% since December last year

Shelter services - our view on benefit discrimination

11 October, 2018

At Shelter, we know how hard it can be for people to find somewhere safe and suitable to live

The Deposit Diaries: An open and shut case?

10 October, 2018

In this case, a landlord claimed £160 for the cost of replacing a utility cupboard door under the stairs in the property

Tenants 'unsure what fee bans and deposit protection' means for them

10 October, 2018

Tenants have a lack of understanding when it comes to regulations that have been introduced to protect them

Halt universal credit or face summer of discontent

10 October, 2018

Ex-Labour leader says Tory welfare scheme could push millions more into poverty

Shelter targets 500,000 supporters to defend 'the right to a home'

10 October, 2018

Shelter launches new three-year strategy on World Homelessness Day

Government to launch £20m PRS access fund

10 October, 2018

Ministers will tomorrow launch a new £20m 'Private Rented Sector Access Fund' aimed at helping those faced with homelessness to secure a tenancy

First council commits to abolition of Section 21

10 October, 2018

With support secured from Croydon, the End Unfair Evictions campaign expects other authorities to follow suit

Only 16 English councils know how many properties are covered by new HMO regulations

10 October, 2018

Only a handful of English councils have said they know now many properties in their area are covered by new regulations governing safety and overcrowding

RLA welcomes funding to support homeless people into rented housing

10 October, 2018

The Government has launched its £20m "PRS Access Fund" which is aimed at helping those who are faced with homelessness, to secure a tenancy

Haringey Council to pay out to evacuated residents

09 October, 2018

Tottenham residents set to be evacuated from their homes will receive thousands of pounds in home loss payments if council proposals go through

Almost Half Of Disabled People Fear Being Stripped Of Benefits For Being 'Too Active'

09 October, 2018

'You feel that whatever you say may be taken out of context'

Housing associations complete 57,000-home merger

09 October, 2018

Housing associations Thames Valley and Metropolitan have completed their merger

Agents and landlords 'could be in trouble' as most councils fail to understand new HMO rules

09 October, 2018

A series of Freedom of Information requests has found that only a minority of local authorities have established the number of properties that need to be licensed under new HMO rules

Think tank unveils detail on proposal to scrap Capital Gains Tax for landlords selling to tenants

09 October, 2018

Conservative-leaning think tank Onward has unveiled detail of the proposals rumoured to be behind Government plans to appeal to Generation Rent in this month's Budget

NLA slams newly launched Private Rented Sector Access Fund

09 October, 2018

"Just another example of the Government making a quick fix to appear as if they're doing something"

Guidance for Green Paper tenant engagement events

09 October, 2018

We've produced new guidance to support our members with upcoming tenant engagement events on the Social Housing Green Paper

London housing association to borrow £300m on bond market

08 October, 2018

Southern Housing Group is preparing to borrow £300m on the bond market

Tory pick for London mayor under fire for remarks on benefits

08 October, 2018

Shaun Bailey told a Conservative event in 2008 that having babies to get council flats was a 'cottage industry'

The Universal Credit CON: Millions of British families could lose up to £200-a-month under new benefits changes

08 October, 2018

Millions of families could lose as much as £200 each month under new Universal Credit changes

The Housing Podcast: Theresa May scraps the cap - what does it mean?

08 October, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine, the UK's leading publication for the social and affordable housing sector

Generation Rent could take centre stage in this month's Budget

08 October, 2018

Generation Rent could be made central to the Budget later this month

Treasury weighs up tax break for landlords who sell to generation rent

08 October, 2018

Thinktank draws up plan at time when 40% of young adults are unable to buy a home

John McDonnell urges scrapping 'iniquitous' universal credit

08 October, 2018

Shadow chancellor's demands follow warnings families could lose £200 a month in benefits

Policy pitch for private renters to purchase properties from landlords

08 October, 2018

BtL landlords would not pay capital gains tax when selling to tenants who have lived in a property for three years or more

Labour wants abolition of 'shambolic' Universal Credit

08 October, 2018

And campaigners want DWP to stop hounding carers... and a report to the UN says one in five of Britain's disabled have rights violated

The 'Chance to Buy' would provide little chance of a longer tenancy

08 October, 2018

The 'Chance to Buy', harks back to the Right to Buy in name as well as design

EU citizens could face repeat of Windrush scandal

08 October, 2018

Residential Landlords Association calls for hard copy documents for EU citizens

Theresa May pledges end to austerity in Tory conference speech

05 October, 2018

PM makes several policy pledges in effort to show Brexit has not blown her off course

Reality Check: What are the plans to boost council homes?

05 October, 2018

Theresa May, in her party conference speech, pledged to boost council house building

Agents warned they could face legal action over 'no benefits tenants' lettings adverts

05 October, 2018

Agents and landlords who state in their adverts that they will turn away housing benefits tenants could face legal action from one of the major lobbying groups

Chancellor urged to use Budget to introduce tax incentives for longer tenancies

05 October, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association has stepped up its campaign for the Government to help encourage longer tenancies

Large housing association to offer lifetime tenancies to private and social renters

05 October, 2018

A large housing association is aiming to offer lifetime tenancies to private and social renters

Food bank use will soar after universal credit rollout

05 October, 2018

Trussell Trust calls for urgent changes to policy of moving 3m people on to new system

Homeless before Christmas - 69 Oxford women evicted as social housing block put up for sale

05 October, 2018

Women living in Oxford's only all-female accommodation will be left homeless just days before Christmas after being served an eviction notice

Chancellor urged to back longer rental tenancies in budget

05 October, 2018

RLA wants tax relief on rental income, which could increase each year a tenancy continues - up to a maximum of five years if the tenancy is renewed

The cap is scrapped! Where next for council housebuilding?

05 October, 2018

Last year, Theresa May used her speech at Conservative Party Conference to announce £2bn of new grant funding - the first money made available for building social homes since 2010

Government introduces licences for all HMOs

05 October, 2018

Government unveil new rules to "protect" those living in poor living conditions and overcrowding

Poverty charity presses for 'urgent changes' to UC roll-out

05 October, 2018

Leading food bank provider fears soaring demand without safeguards for claimants

Bradford Council team ensures that rented homes come up to standard

04 October, 2018

Anyone who has ever rented a house will know will know how vital it is for it to be safe and in good condition

Prime Minister paves way for whole new wave of council house building

04 October, 2018

A whole new wave of council house building is in sight after Theresa May said that the Government will scrap the cap on how much local authorities can borrow to get building again

Councils say scrapping debt cap will boost housebuilding capabilities

04 October, 2018

Council leaders have said that plans to scrap the borrowing cap would enable them to increase their building rate and replace more of the homes lost through the Right to Buy

More regular work wanted by almost half those on zero-hours

04 October, 2018

'Flexible hours' was draw for only 28% taking gig economy contracts

Charity defends its Universal Credit link

04 October, 2018

A charity has defended its involvement with the controversial roll-out of UC after a flood of criticism from poverty campaigners

Five thoughts about Theresa May's promise to get councils building houses again

04 October, 2018

Housing is a policy area infested with numbers that sound big but actually aren't

Families could lose council houses if children are caught with knives

04 October, 2018

The police have said tackling knife crime can't just be about making arrests

Grenfell fire survivor says tenants were bullied over renovation

04 October, 2018

Residents were unhappy about boilers being put in corridors

Government 'heaping pressure' on councils over housing targets

04 October, 2018

CPRE and MHCLG at odds over interpretation of Green Belt building stats

Is austerity really over? Theresa May's promise lacks key details

04 October, 2018

PM's announcement doesn't reflect current Treasury policy as departments still face cuts

Housing reform can't stop at 'scrapping the cap'

04 October, 2018

London deputy mayor calls for a comprehensive approach to support "true step change" in the number of council homes that can be built

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2018 to Mar 2019

04 October, 2018

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2018 to 2019

Over 90% of social housing in Wales compliant with quality standards

04 October, 2018

Homes managed by councils and housing associations up five percentage points on compliance standards as of March this year

2018 UK HOUSING REVIEW

03 October, 2018

Autumn Briefing Paper

Boris calls for local councils to take back control of house building targets

03 October, 2018

Tory maverick Boris Johnson has attacked the big housebuilders for abusing their market positions, and said that there should be a crackdown on so-called land banking

Johnson reinforces tenant stereotypes PM tried to tear down

03 October, 2018

Would-be PM says social rented sector "more likely" to vote for a Labour Party that didn't understand home ownership

Housing benefit assessors 'invented fake claimants to steal £1m from taxpayers in decade-long scam'

03 October, 2018

Menelik Cowan, 37, and six other council workers allegedly used fake passports

Landlords urged to manage legionella risk after two cases reported since May

03 October, 2018

Landlords have been urged to update their plans to manage the risk of legionella after two cases were reported in social housing schemes in a four-month period

No to demolition without the tenants' permission

03 October, 2018

Housing campaigners and residents in London are to protest against plans from mayor Sadiq Khan to deny them a vote on regeneration plans that affect their estates

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 10/2018

03 October, 2018

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

Housing benefit assessors ran £1m fake identity scam

03 October, 2018

Prosecution case outlines fraud on a "grand scale" targeting three London borough councils

High Court judgment paves the way for shorter eviction notice periods

02 October, 2018

Housing associations could be able to give tenants just two months' notice during probation periods regardless of the total length of their tenancy agreements after a recent High Court judgement

Ninety per cent of people on Bournemouth register will never get a council house

02 October, 2018

Only 10 per cent of people on Bournemouth's housing register can expect to receive council housing

Landlord clobbered with near-record costs after failing to license four properties

02 October, 2018

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £56,000 after failing to license four properties

Housing associations and co-operatives reclassified to private sector

02 October, 2018

Registered social landlords in Scotland have been reclassified as private organisations following the enactment of the Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2018

Esther McVey's Universal Credit Funding Vow Under Fire From Poverty Charities

02 October, 2018

Esther McVey pledged £39 million for 'universal support'

Councils losing £300m a year due to Right to Buy

02 October, 2018

The UK Housing Review Autumn briefing paper has shone a bleak light on the policy

The landlord media briefing - September 2018

02 October, 2018

The Evolving Private Rented Sector, Section 21, HMOs and problem tenants were the main topics covered by the media this month

Scottish government wants autumn statement to thaw benefits freeze

02 October, 2018

"Scotland's social security system is being built upon principles of dignity and respect - the current UK system upon the complete opposite"

Government to confirm ban on combustible materials

01 October, 2018

Combustible materials will be banned on high-rise buildings

Shared home tenants 'may face rent rises or eviction'

01 October, 2018

Tenants living in shared houses in England could face eviction or increases in rent because of changes to government rules

Councils face further £1.3bn government funding cut in 2019/20

01 October, 2018

LGA warns of already struggling authorities being tipped over the edge

Newly-merged housing association Connexus sees fall in surplus

01 October, 2018

Newly-merged housing association Connexus has seen its surplus fall 15% from £12.1m to £10.3m

Rented properties face clampdown - but tiny flats escape ban

01 October, 2018

New rules launch next week, just as thousands of students move in to shared homes

Concern over planned eviction of tenants from supported living scheme

01 October, 2018

A group of tenants in supported living accommodation in Gloucester have expressed concern over eviction notices served by their landlord, which they say will make them homeless

Brothers and sisters may be forced to share bedrooms in social housing shake-up

01 October, 2018

Young brothers and sisters could be forced to share bedrooms as part of a social housing shake-up in Burton and Burton and Uttoxeter

The Housing Podcast: is this the end for fixed-term tenancies?

01 October, 2018

Listen to find out more about the key issues in housing today

Citizens Advice to provide support to Universal Credit claimants

01 October, 2018

The Department for Work and Pensions will fund Citizens Advice to provide Universal Support from April 2019

Agent calls on Chancellor to reverse tax changes designed to hurt landlords

28 September, 2018

Letting and estate agent haart is calling on the Chancellor to give landlords a break in the Budget, as figures show a reduction in the number of investors entering the rental market

Hunt on for rogue agent or landlord who let three-bed semi to 26 men

28 September, 2018

The hunt is on for a rogue landlord and/or letting agent who rented out a three-bed semi to 26 men

Record numbers of tenants experiencing rent hikes

28 September, 2018

Record numbers of lettings agents are reporting rent hikes for tenants

Two days to go and half of all letting agents in 'have not applied' for Register

28 September, 2018

Letting agents in Scotland must immediately sign up to a new register in order to trade legally. It is estimated that about half have not yet signed up or even applied

New ARLA stats show rents hitting record high

28 September, 2018

Percentage of tenants experiencing rent hikes was at the highest level ever recorded for August

Work underway to ensure smooth roll-out of Universal Credit benefits in north-east

28 September, 2018

Preparations are under way for the roll-out of a benefit which has previously led to a rise in the number of people applying for crisis loans

The majority of people in North Tyneside who claim Universal Credit are in debt

28 September, 2018

North Tyneside Council says it predicted how the situation would unfold six months after the benefits system was introduced

Harrogate Jobcentre staff seek to bust Universal Credit 'myths'

28 September, 2018

"We don't call it that any more" whispers Harrogate Jobcentre Plus employer and partnership leader Helen Greensit, wincing slightly after hearing the words "signing on"

Grenfell residents warn against plan to change tenant management body

27 September, 2018

Proposals for Kensington and Chelsea TMO 'could prevent proper scrutiny' by inquiry

More housing associations consider ditching fixed-term tenancies

27 September, 2018

Several large housing associations are considering following London giants L&Q in giving their residents lifetime tenancies

UK asylum seekers refused housing over 'social cohesion issues'

27 September, 2018

Lawyers say north-east of England ban involving far-right activity 'discriminatory'

Bid for 596 new council houses to be built in Milton Keynes

27 September, 2018

A request to build almost 600 brand new council houses in Milton Keynes has this week been made to the government

Final reminder - important changes to Section 21 notices kick in on Monday

27 September, 2018

On Monday, changes to the Section 21 notice come into force for letting agents and landlords

Changes from 1 October 2018 to Section 21 Notices for Letting Agents and Landlord in England

27 September, 2018

On 1 October 2018, changes to the Section 21 Notice come into force for letting agents and landlords in England

Final Countdown: Mandatory HMO licensing changes happening on 1st October

27 September, 2018

As a reminder to landlords, the long-awaited changes to mandatory HMO licensing will come into force on the 1st October

Housing tenure and costs becoming key determinants in poverty rates

27 September, 2018

Research released by Cardiff University reveals rate at which families in PRS and social housing are experiencing working poverty

Average monthly rent rises to £861 in August

26 September, 2018

Private rents increased by 2.6% annually across England and Wales in August

Families forced out of their homes after arson attack still told to pay rent

26 September, 2018

It's another blow for the residents - but the housing company says it's been covering other costs

Fleeced on their lease: Families are hit with soaring ground rent on their homes but face paying up to £50k to buy the freehold

26 September, 2018

Housebuilders routinely flog freeholds to third parties which hike the cost

Grenfell Tower should not have been lived in

26 September, 2018

Andrew O'Loughlin says firefighters never expected the blaze to spread as it did

Buy-to-let's not dead yet: Property fund manager reveals where he's investing - and why 'a good home finds a good tenant'

26 September, 2018

'A good home finds a good tenant.' That is the advice of Alan Collett who runs one of the few residential property funds in the UK

September 2018: Touchbase edition 129

26 September, 2018

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

Healey warns housing associations against 'over-reliance on government'

26 September, 2018

Calls for perspective over the PM's £2bn pledge to NHF 2018

The DWP is now facing its fifth investigation by the UN

25 September, 2018

The DWP is once again facing the prospect of a UN investigation. Because the UN has just received a swathe of complaints about the DWP

Labour to consider scrapping universal credit in major overhaul of 'toxic' welfare system

25 September, 2018

Margaret Greenwood, the shadow work and pensions secretary, announces a major review of the 'toxic' welfare system

Furious Portsmouth residents hit out at 'greedy' housing association

25 September, 2018

ANGRY residents have launched a battle against a 'greedy' housing association for 'ignoring' safety fears while hiking up fees

Calls for London to be rent controlled city

25 September, 2018

Campaigners say London should be turned into a rent-controlled city, similar to New York

'Unsung hero' of social housing Richard Farnell dies

25 September, 2018

Professor Richard Farnell, the former chair of Birmingham-based housing association Midland Heart and a leading academic on regeneration, has died aged 71

Labour promise Renters' Unions and dedicated housing department

25 September, 2018

In his speech at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool yesterday, Labour's Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP offered support to the 11.5 million people who rent from private landlords

Why Government proposals on longer tenancies are unworkable

25 September, 2018

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the Government's consultation on 'Overcoming the barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector'

The premium renters pay for furnished properties

25 September, 2018

Research from property website OnTheMarket.com has found that renting a two-bedroom furnished flat can cost up to 21% more per month than renting an unfurnished property of the same size in the same area

Proud, not ashamed, to be in social housing

25 September, 2018

Most people in housing need view social housing as the great prize, not a stigma

Renters ready to 'stand up and fight back'

25 September, 2018

London Renters' Union hears a rallying cry in Labour's commitment to end Section 21

Council housing: how Hackney has raised the game

24 September, 2018

Not everyone will be fans, but by cross-subsidising, talking to residents and valuing good design, the east London borough is investing in some of the best council housing ever built

Housing association apologises over empty house on Lincoln Court

24 September, 2018

The housing association that owns a vandalised house in Newark has apologised for its impact on the community

Government 'red tape' ties up tower block safety works

24 September, 2018

"The minister who signed off on this should be ashamed... Government is seemingly more concerned about setting precedent than it is about the safety of residents"

Housing crisis drives more than 1m private tenants deeper into poverty

24 September, 2018

Lack of social housing and rise in universal credit sanctions hit low-income families hardest

Plummeting lettings supply means higher rents for London tenants

24 September, 2018

The number of available properties to rent is falling at an alarming rate, particularly in Greater London

'Yorkshire landlords now less likely to rent to Universal Credit claimants - and bad providers fill gap'

24 September, 2018

A policy director for the National Landlords Association has said that members are far less likely to rent to Universal Credit claimants than people entitled to benefits just six years ago

Labour plans to give tenants more power

24 September, 2018

Labour says it would scrap laws allowing private landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason

Keynsham housing association flats 'deprived'

24 September, 2018

A housing association has been criticised by residents and councillors of an estate who say they feel forgotten about

Welfare spending for UK's poorest shrinks by £37bn

24 September, 2018

Figures compiled after decade of austerity and obtained by Frank Field show most striking cuts are in disability benefits

Standards improve in British rental properties - but safety still falls short

24 September, 2018

Since 2014, a whole raft of new legislation has been introduced by the UK and devolved governments to improve tenants' lives

Tenancy fees ban inevitable and changes to Bill very unlikely

21 September, 2018

The tenant fee ban will trigger "a seismic shift" in the way the lettings industry operates - and will put businesses under huge strain

Giant housing association to offer lifetime tenancy to all residents

21 September, 2018

London's largest housing association is set to scrap fixed-term tenancies for all its tenants

New kids on the block: why for-profit providers are making housing associations nervous

21 September, 2018

As the argument about what place for-profit housing associations have in the wider industry rumbles on, traditional providers are beginning to wonder what the new kids on the block will do next

Landlords are losing out by evicting tenants when they want to sell up

21 September, 2018

Over half a billion of rental income is lost annually because private landlords are evicting good tenants mistakenly believing that they need to sell their properties tenant free

L&Q to end Fixed Term Tenancies in favour of open-assured tenancies

21 September, 2018

Research revealed FTTs to be a "crude tool that have not fixed the problems they were created to address"

Landlords face £95m bill as new HMO laws introduced

21 September, 2018

Collective fine of up to £4.8bn if license deadline is missed

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2018

21 September, 2018

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data usually consistent with the annual Spring and Autumn Budgets or Statements

Less than a fortnight for letting agents in Scotland to apply for mandatory register

20 September, 2018

Letting agents with properties in Scotland have under two weeks to submit their applications to join the mandatory Scottish Letting Agent Register

'False comparison' to say housing associations are capable of more than councils

20 September, 2018

It is a "false comparison" to suggest housing associations are capable of more than councils, shadow housing secretary John Healey has said in response to comments made by the prime minister yesterday

'it's not a choice between supporting rented housing and backing homeownership'

20 September, 2018

The government doesn't have to choose between supporting rented housing and backing homeownership

Gas Tag turns the heat on rogue landlords

20 September, 2018

First-of-its-kind initiative in Liverpool pitched as a start to making UK the "best in the world" on gas safety

PM pledges £2bn to housing associations over next 10 years

20 September, 2018

NHF housing summit has its first ever Prime Ministerial address - with the sector told to take more initiative over housebuilding

Housing associations praise May's £2bn plan as 'total step change'

20 September, 2018

PM announces funding for next decade and calls for end to social housing 'stigma'

Grenfell Tower area residents told: return home or lose council tenancies

20 September, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea council issues ultimatum to people who lived in housing near tower

Landlords' Barometer - #62: Eye-watering tax effectively charged to landlords will be 66%

19 September, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you all the action from the Property Tribes forum

Lib Dems call for Housing Act to be changed so that tenants are always given at least six months' notice

19 September, 2018

The Liberal Democrats have called for private landlords to have to give at least six months' notice after the initial fixed term

Conference update: Lib Dems call for mandatory licensing

19 September, 2018

A system of mandatory licensing, with a publicly available database of rogue landlords has been called for at the Liberal Democrat conference

Bath landlord battles to avoid £5,000 bill after leak from flat above his property causes roof collapse

19 September, 2018

James Hassam says it is the fourth time this has happened since 2011

Theresa May throws support behind housing associations in landmark speech

19 September, 2018

Theresa May threw her backing behind the housing association sector

LGA warns May's focus on associations 'misses the point' about council-led building

19 September, 2018

The Conservative head of the LGA has hit back after Theresa May suggested councils are not able to build at the same scale as housing associations

Polly Neate, Shelter: 'May's words and tone on social housing mark significant change'

19 September, 2018

Natalie Elphicke, chief executive of the Housing and Finance Institute, and Polly Neate, the CEO of Shelter, discuss Theresa May's £2bn social housing pledge

Grenfell neighbours face higher rents or tenancy terminations

19 September, 2018

Kensington & Chelsea Council criticised for creating "inhumane climate of fear" for those feeling unable to return

Nearly 8m now living in council areas with no access to local welfare assistance schemes

19 September, 2018

FoI responses expose the extent to which local welfare assistance schemes have collapsed

Free workshops launched to help agents navigate the tenant fee ban

18 September, 2018

Lettings industry support providers and training firms have teamed up to offer agents a free one-off workshop on restructuring their business ahead of the fees ban

Jail for man who illegally sublet Hyde housing association home

18 September, 2018

A housing association tenant has been sentenced to 14 months in jail after being caught subletting

What are councils spending on discretionary housing payments?

18 September, 2018

Local authorities are spending record sums on emergency payments to households that otherwise face eviction by private or social landlords

Decision to be made over fate of council house which nobody wants to live in

18 September, 2018

Some 25 families on the council's housing waiting list viewed it but said they didn't want to live there

Social housing Scotland's 'best kept secret'

18 September, 2018

Poll for Scottish Housing Day shows soaring tenant satisfaction levels

'Tough sanctions' in the pipeline over gas safety

18 September, 2018

Leading law firm says with Gas Safety Week underway landlords need to switch on

Housing associations to get £2bn investment over next ten years

18 September, 2018

Theresa May to tell housing federation it needs to take more initiative in return

Local authorities continue to miss Right to Buy replacement targets

17 September, 2018

Local authorities have failed to replace properties sold under Right to Buy with new affordable homes over the past five years

Rents on tenancy renewals now growing at more than double the rate of new contracts

17 September, 2018

Existing Countrywide tenants are seeing their rents increase at more than double the rate of new renters

Triple Point to tap investors as demand for supported housing grows

17 September, 2018

Triple Point Social Housing REIT is to tap its shareholders for new equity to continue investing in homes aimed at tenants with care needs

Calls for 'Right to Buy' policy to be suspended in Greater Manchester - after 5,000 council houses were sold off and no replacements built

17 September, 2018

Despite the government promising 'one for one' replacements for any home sold off over the last five years, nothing has in fact been built

Shelter warns that lack of engagement from accidental landlords has 'serious consequences' for tenants

17 September, 2018

Shelter has warned that 'accidental landlords' need to be more engaged in the rental sector

Barking and Dagenham Council wins award for innovative affordable housing models

17 September, 2018

Barking and Dagenham Council has won a housing award

Tenants' passport firm acquired 'for millions' by giant referencing firm

14 September, 2018

Movem was yesterday acquired by Barbon Insurance Group, owners of Homelet and Rentshield Direct

Agent who let out 'fire hazard' room in HMO is told to pay over £32,000

14 September, 2018

An agent who let a tiny room behind a kitchen to a tenant has been ordered to pay more than £32,000

Half of those placed in temporary housing by council placed outside borough

14 September, 2018

Half of Waltham Forest Council's temporary housing placements are outside of the borough and many families placed there have small children

Social landlords must consider the pros and cons of rooftop development

14 September, 2018

There is considerable interest in the provision of rooftop housing development from social landlords which could make a significant contribution to the housing supply

Tenant 'cooped up' in room measuring less than 6.5 square metres

14 September, 2018

Court hears how letting agent ignored council warnings that the space behind a kitchen was a fire hazard

HB A7/2018

14 September, 2018

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

Selective Licensing Update: Great Yarmouth Council publishes recommendation report

14 September, 2018

A recommendation report on Selective Licensing by Great Yarmouth Council has just been published, announcing the scheme will come into effect on January 7, 2019 and run for five years

Estate agency group warns investors that fees ban will cost it hundreds of thousands

13 September, 2018

The Property Franchise Group has warned the City that the tenant fee ban will lose its franchisees 17% of their income, and will hit group revenue and profits

Lenders now approving six times more mortgages to first-time buyers than to landlords

13 September, 2018

There are now almost six times more mortgages approved for first-time buyers than for landlords

For-profit provider refuses to change its name from 'housing association'

13 September, 2018

A for-profit registered provider of social housing has refused to change its name, amid a row over whether or not these organisations can use the name 'housing association'

CIH supports suspension of Right to Buy

13 September, 2018

"Not only are we failing to build enough homes for social rent, we are losing them when we need them more than ever"

Market for 'private social rent' should be explored

13 September, 2018

The housing minister has suggested there is a need to explore the market for "private social rent" in response to a question about boosting social housing supply

'Right to buy' for people living in some Fortis Living affordable homes gets go-ahead

13 September, 2018

Tenants in the city can now apply to buy their homes at a discount after councillors agreed to enter into a £200 million Midlands-wide Right to Buy pilot

Council ready to buy homes housing associations don't want

13 September, 2018

Pilot project to buy back former council homes could be extended to new affordable homes

Strong results for Belvoir despite fall in sales and looming shadow of lettings fees ban

12 September, 2018

Belvoir is on course for a 22nd year of unbroken profit growth after reporting strong results for the first six months

Housing fund Multifamily eyeing private rental market to kick off £175m IPO

12 September, 2018

An investment trust aiming to compete against buy-to-let landlords in the booming private rental market will fire the starting gun on its £175m London IPO on Wednesday

Universal Credit roll-out in Darlington proves 'a real success'

12 September, 2018

The roll-out of Universal Credit would spell disaster for a borough featuring areas with high levels of deprivation have proved unfounded

Fears for vulnerable as Universal Credit is rolled out in Boston today

12 September, 2018

The controversial new Universal Credit system of paying benefits is due to be rolled out in Boston from today

Universal credit: one in six not paid on time

12 September, 2018

Figures emerge as archbishop of Canterbury calls for benefit system rollout to be stopped

PM accused of 'pouring petrol on Britain's burning injustices'

12 September, 2018

Heated PMQs clash sees Jeremy Corbyn launch a sustained attack on "flawed, failing" Universal Credit and the thousands it was driving to destitution

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2018

12 September, 2018

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data usually consistent with the annual Spring and Autumn Budgets

Universal Credit: in-work progression randomised controlled trial

12 September, 2018

These documents present the findings from the evaluation of the Department for Work and Pensions in-work progression trial

First-time renter? Here's what you need to know

12 September, 2018

Renting your own place can be really exciting, but sometimes things can go wrong

Leeds City Council trials free internet for social housing tenants

11 September, 2018

Social housing tenants at two Leeds tower blocks have been connected to free broadband as part of efforts to combat digital exclusion

Agents and landlords 'left in dark' over new HMO requirements despite huge penalties

11 September, 2018

Letting agents are reminded that the clock is ticking towards the October 1 deadline, when the rules on mandatory HMO licensing change across England

Concerns as agent appears to have quit owing money to landlords and tenants

11 September, 2018

A local agent has disappeared, apparently owing money

Single association's social tenancies contribute £607m a year to UK economy

11 September, 2018

Ground-breaking study of just one group said to show what the overall value of social housing can be

Vulnerable Islington tenants stranded as charity landlord evicts them so it can build homes

11 September, 2018

An education charity has left tenants in its housing stock stranded after handing them eviction notices so it can build more homes

There's a fundamental problem with the government's social housing green paper

11 September, 2018

Three months after the Grenfell Tower fire, Savid Javid, then Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, announced a Housing Green Paper

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to July 2018

11 September, 2018

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

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 9 August 2018

11 September, 2018

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 9 August 2018

Avoiding discrimination - a guide for letting agents and landlords

11 September, 2018

The launch of our campaign to end DSS discrimination against renters on housing benefit has suggested that some landlords and letting agents may not be fully up to speed on how their policies could be putting them at risk of breaching the Equality Act 2010

The Evolving Private Rented Sector: Its Contribution and Potential

10 September, 2018

The objective of the Review is to present neutral commentary on the PRS and to draw on robust evidence

Vulnerability amongst Low-Income Households in the Private Rented Sector in England

10 September, 2018

The study focuses on households in the bottom one third of incomes

New tenancy deposit replacement product launches - with tenants charged nothing

10 September, 2018

Another tenancy deposit replacement product has been launched - this time as part of a landlord's insurance package

Landlords told to remove Grenfell-style cladding or face action

10 September, 2018

Communities secretary says there is a 'moral imperative' for private-sector landlords to remove unsafe cladding

Slum landlords can be prosecuted from next month - but thousands of ordinary buy-to-lets could fall foul of new rules

10 September, 2018

Government rules to protect tenants from overcrowding and slum conditions come into force from 1 October

Housing association pledges to make improvements after positive council meeting

10 September, 2018

Council leaders and housing association bosses have heralded the success of an open meeting to air any issues

'Property MOT' proposed to test poor conditions in over 1.3m PRS homes

10 September, 2018

Landmark review slams successive governments for 'unquestioning' and 'uncoordinated' policy on private renting

HMO licensing fees in Lincoln: New fee structure announced

10 September, 2018

A new HMO Licensing fee structure in Lincoln has been announced. The new structure will be in effect for all new and renewal HMO Licence applications received from 10 September 2018

The Guardian view on tenants and landlords: private renters need more rights

10 September, 2018

A growing number of people are renting damp, unsuitable homes, and action to protect them is overdue

Poole Housing Partnership says refurbished tower blocks will 'improve conditions for residents'

07 September, 2018

Four tower blocks in Poole are set to be modernised with new cladding

Housing association apologises to Chichester mum-of-two left without hot water for weeks

07 September, 2018

Housing association Home Group has apologised to a Chichester mum who was left without hot water for more than two weeks

Government weighs in to prevent 'for-profit' providers calling themselves 'housing associations'

07 September, 2018

The government has intervened to prevent a new wave of for-profit registered providers using the name 'housing association', following an appeal from the NHF

Personal Independence Payment: claimant experiences of the claim process

07 September, 2018

This mixed method research explores claimants' experiences of the whole Personal Independence Payment claim process, including disputes

Tenant Fees Bill third reading: The Government listens to the NLA on enforcement, deposits and default fees

07 September, 2018

Landlords could be set to lose out financially as the controversial Tenant Fees bill passed its third reading at the House of Commons yesterday afternoon, meaning charging tenants fees could soon be banned alongside other regulatory changes

Universal Credit could be crushed if impending roll out fails

07 September, 2018

Report from the Resolution Foundation makes major recommendations as to how the 'reform' might salvage some public and political credibility

The benefits of moving: Managing the transition of existing claimants to Universal Credit

07 September, 2018

The long implementation of UC has been far from smooth and we've become all too used to negative stories about roll-out delays and, more seriously, payment problems and financial hardship for those accessing the new system

Hunters founder MP Kevin Hollinrake backs fees ban 'although it keeps our finance director awake at night'

06 September, 2018

Hunters founder-turned-Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake was among MPs who helped the Tenant Fees Bill sail through its report stage and third reading yesterday, despite admitting it would lose him money

Government rumoured to be considering scrapping three-year tenancy plans

06 September, 2018

The Government is rumoured to be planning to scrap plans to introduce mandatory minimum three-year tenancies

Tenant energy supplier switches focus to lettings agents

06 September, 2018

Lettings sector energy provider Spark, which has always specialised in supplying utilities to tenants via agents, is now making a play for agents themselves

Universal credit could be sunk by next stage of rollout

06 September, 2018

Calls for further delays to fix flaws before million working families move on to benefit

Labour seeks unlimited fines against rogue landlords ahead of Commons votes

06 September, 2018

Party tables amendments to stop unscrupulous landlords ripping off tenants

How a housing association is bucking the trend on apprenticeships

06 September, 2018

The number of apprenticeships has fallen nationally, but Home Group has doubled its numbers

£2bn housing association bond aggregator prepares to launch

06 September, 2018

A new £2bn bond aggregator is preparing to launch as a subsidiary of existing aggregator The Housing Finance Corporation

CIH 'disappointed' over rumours government will ditch three-year tenancy plans

06 September, 2018

The CIH has warned it would be "very disappointing" if the government changed its plans for mandatory three-year fixed tenancies amid rumours it is preparing to water down the policy

Work Programme (Universal Credit) provider guidance: 2018 contract variation

06 September, 2018

Referrals to this programme ended on 31 March 2017. This guidance is for existing Work Programme participants only

Fight or flight? Landlords split over prospects for the buy-to-let sector

05 September, 2018

Landlords are almost evenly split between those pressing on despite tax changes and others heading for the exit

Tenants with mental health problems being let down

05 September, 2018

Mind has claimed the social housing system "just isn't working" for people with mental health problems after new research highlighted significant dissatisfaction among tenants

London housing association outlook moved 'negative' by Moody's

05 September, 2018

Southern Housing Group has been given a 'negative' outlook by ratings agency Moody's, due to its plan to take on more debt to expand its housebuilding

Peabody seeking investors for £350m bond issue

05 September, 2018

London housing association Peabody is gearing up for a £350m bond issue, which has received an A3 rating from credit ratings agency Moody's

Councils back away from asylum seeker housing amid contract uncertainty

05 September, 2018

Local authorities have put on hold their plans to join the government's asylum seeker housing scheme after problems with the government contract

Government rejects mandatory fixed term tenancies

05 September, 2018

Sector leader brands the decision a "baffling turnaround" that betrays "forward thinking" landlords

Help calls for rent arrears treble over 10 years

05 September, 2018

Money Advice Trust has set out specific recommendations for the sector as housing related debts rise

Bond aggregator completes £10m issue for Welsh housing association

05 September, 2018

Bond aggregator The Housing Finance Corporation has priced a £10m issue from its retained bond

MHCLG pitches further protections against unfair letting fees

05 September, 2018

PRS tenants will no longer face excessive fees for damages deemed minor as Tenant Fees Bill passes latest Parliamentary stage

Londonderry homes: 'Not enough' to meet social housing demand

05 September, 2018

A senior Housing Executive official has said not enough social homes are being built to meet demand in the north-west

Housing Benefit debt recoveries: April 2017 to March 2018

05 September, 2018

Twice-yearly publication on Housing Benefit debt recoveries

One in three social housing tenants with mental health problems 'unhappy' with home

05 September, 2018

New research emphasises a need to put mental health strategies at the heart of social housing policy

Longer-Term Tenancies in England: observations about the recent government consultation

04 September, 2018

England currently has some of the shortest leases in the advanced world: the typical assured short-hold tenancy lasts either 6 months or a year

'Callous disregard' costs long-term landlord over £37k

04 September, 2018

Court hears council inspectors ranked the HMO regulation breaches amongst the worst they had seen

Agent hopes for strength in numbers as it scales up ahead of tenant fees ban

04 September, 2018

A lettings business which has acquired the rental business of a local rival says it will now look to limit costs to landlords and tenants when the fees ban comes in

London renters ready to 'stand together' against exploitative landlords

04 September, 2018

Labour housing leads from 19 London Boroughs fight for strengthening the Tenant Fees Bill with a Parliament debate due Sept 5

Longer tenancies - what next?

04 September, 2018

On 26 August the government closed its consultation on three-year tenancies

Yorkshire: The following areas will move from Universal Credit live service to full service

04 September, 2018

Jobcentres located in Beverley, Bridlington, Hessle and Goole will shortly be asking their universal credit live customers to move over to universal credit full service

Don't blame Airbnb for rise in rents

04 September, 2018

Placing restrictions on the sharing economy will not help locals and will be bad for consumers

Post-It Notes Reveal Anguish Of Disabled Man Who Killed Himself After £20 Benefit Cut

04 September, 2018

Austerity Bites: 'I don't know how anyone could be expected to live on that amount of money'

Tenant Fees Bill returns to Parliament amid calls for further crackdown on agents

03 September, 2018

The Tenant Fees Bill returns to the Parliamentary agenda this week with Shelter among those turning up the pressure for it to go further

Regional differences drag down Scottish rental growth

03 September, 2018

Rental growth in Scotland was relatively flat during July despite double digit annual increases in some parts of the country

Even after Grenfell, tower block residents are being ignored

03 September, 2018

The tragedy motivated me to become a councillor, yet my Tory counterparts are still failing to listen to those they serve

Landlords struggling to find replacements for faulty fire doors

03 September, 2018

Social landlords are facing "huge problems" finding replacements for faulty fire doors

Universal Credit claimants needing food parcels to get by as online struggles revealed

03 September, 2018

Nearly 800 people in one North Yorkshire borough have been moved onto the new benefit and are struggling

Nearly a third of Bath HMOs are dangerous

03 September, 2018

'Significant' health and safety risks were found in more than 900 shared homes

LA Welfare Direct bulletins: 2018

03 September, 2018

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

Landlords launch legal action as local authority scraps informal notices for landlords

31 August, 2018

A local authority is facing legal action after scrapping informal notices for all landlords except those who join its own accreditation scheme

Councils' temporary accommodation spend nears £1bn

31 August, 2018

Councils across England spent nearly £1bn on temporary accommodation last year alone

Sadiq Khan calls for rollout of universal credit to be paused

31 August, 2018

London mayor says expansion poses 'significant threat of harm' to vulnerable claimants

One of the first: landlord repays housing benefit following new legislation

31 August, 2018

An Essex council claims it is one of the first to be granted a rent repayment order - part of legislation introduced under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

Sadiq Khan hits out at Universal Credit

31 August, 2018

Mayor of London has issued a warning to government over its flagship welfare reform, saying it will be "the vulnerable who suffer the most"

40% of Welsh PRS will not take on those on benefits

31 August, 2018

An investigation has found less than half of letting agents and landlords will rent to those on housing benefit

Social Security Advisory Committee consultation on Universal Credit and next steps for managed migration

31 August, 2018

The RLA has submitted its response to the Social Security Advisory Committee consultation, on Universal Credit and next steps for managed migration

Freeze on housing aid is pushing private renting out of reach of benefits tenants

30 August, 2018

The benefits freeze has put private renting out of reach for low-income tenants, and put them at increasing risk of homelessness

Rents in England and Wales remain flat despite above-inflation rises beyond London

30 August, 2018

Average rents remained flat across England and Wales in July despite inflation-beating rises in some areas

Government expects 3,000 Right to Buy sales in Midlands pilot

30 August, 2018

Ministers expect around 3,000 housing association homes to be sold through the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

England and Wales Rental Tracker

30 August, 2018

Prices rise fastest in South West

Private Rented Sector Report - July 2018

30 August, 2018

Demand from prospective tenants increased in July, to the highest level this year so far

Young tenants tackle stereotypes on their own terms

30 August, 2018

'Inspirational' youngsters share what makes their London borough home

August 2018: Touchbase edition 128

30 August, 2018

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

Low-income tenants face 'heat, eat or pay rent' choices

29 August, 2018

Housing benefit freeze leaving poorest private renters with shortfall of up to £140 a week

One of the best-kept secrets of the UK welfare system is at risk

29 August, 2018

Campaigners are worried vital funding that keeps people out of hospital could disappear

Rental supply fails to keep up with demand as landlords 'are pushed out of the market'

29 August, 2018

Demand for rental property has hit its highest level so far this year, but supply has failed to keep up

Regulator downgrades two associations

29 August, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has downgraded its governance rating for two housing associations, covering almost 20,000 homes

Colne Together Housing tenant's anger at too late texting

29 August, 2018

A disabled tenant of as housing association has criticised it arranging staff visits to properties without adequate warning

£1,000 of rent recovered from rogue landlord in landmark case

29 August, 2018

Successful prosecution also sees council coming after costs for work on "appalling" property as a local land charge

Government urged to thaw benefit freeze as 'thousands' face homelessness

29 August, 2018

Report reveals the extent to which the freeze now puts private renting out of reach for low income tenants

UC2/2018

29 August, 2018

Information for all local authority staff about Universal Credit

Universal Credit Amendment Regulations: Our response to SSAC consultation

28 August, 2018

JRF's response to a SSAC consultation on proposals in the draft Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) (Managed Migration) Amendment Regulations 2018

Social housing bosses move to build nearly 200 new homes in Greenock on land contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals

28 August, 2018

Social housing bosses want to build nearly 200 new homes in Greenock on land that is contaminated with toxic and cancer-causing chemicals

Decent Homes Standard review 'threatens council business plans'

28 August, 2018

Local authority housing business plans could be rendered unsustainable if the government revises the Decent Homes Standard

Disgruntled tenants who complain of conditions are twice as likely to face 'revenge evictions'

28 August, 2018

Almost half of tenants who have complained about their landlord have faced "revenge evictions"

Green paper leaves question marks over council housing companies

28 August, 2018

Councils are seeking clarification over the government's stance on town hall housing companies after the Social Housing Green Paper hinted at plans to curb the use of subsidiary landlords to dodge Right to Buy sales

One in three Universal Credit claimants in Brighton and Hove are in employment

28 August, 2018

Thousands of workers in Brighton and Hove are claiming Universal Credit as their low wages are not enough to live on

Branch where 17 rental households have been given notice because landlords are selling up

24 August, 2018

Belvoir is calling for the Chancellor to introduce incentives in November's Budget to encourage landlords to remain in the sector

Most landlords offering furnished properties despite strong tenant demand for unfurnished

24 August, 2018

A majority of tenants are seeking unfurnished properties despite a minority of landlords offering this on their listings

High-rise tenants being ignored like we were

24 August, 2018

Campaigners claim safety concerns of Salford residents are not being handled properly

Nearly half of tenants who make complaint face 'revenge eviction'

24 August, 2018

Estimate by Citizens Advice puts figure at 141,000 tenants since 2015

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2014 to Mar 2015

24 August, 2018

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2014 to 2015

Survey shows 'widespread public support' for unfair eviction protection

24 August, 2018

End Unfair Evictions coalition strengthened by survey findings ahead of petition presentation to James Brokenshire

Calls for urgent reviews of legislation over revenge evictions

24 August, 2018

A new report by Citizens Advice has shone a light on the "murky world" of revenge evictions

haart says it DOES arrange tenancies for those claiming housing benefit

23 August, 2018

The agency chain named as having the most branches banning benefits tenants has said that this is not company policy

Council slammed for 'reckless imagery used to justify selective landlord licensing'

23 August, 2018

Nottingham City Council has come under criticism for releasing images of shocking examples of living conditions in rental properties as justification for introducing selective licensing

More landlords attack housing benefit claims

23 August, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association has added their voice to the attacks against the campaign looking to get PRS landlords to rent to those on housing benefit

Did the green paper address concerns raised by tenants on Alok Sharma's roadshow?

23 August, 2018

Did the government listen to tenants' concerns?

Major report calls for tenants in Stoke-on-Trent's 18,400 council houses to pay rent every month

23 August, 2018

And tenants are still being hit in the pocket by the bedroom tax

Buy-to-let lender OneSavings warns on Brexit impact after strong first-half

23 August, 2018

Reuters warned of the potential impact of a hard Brexit on the UK housing market over the next year

Rogue landlords under the cosh in London

23 August, 2018

Raid finds 15 men crammed inside a unsafe squalid two-bedroom bungalow - each paying £3,250 a month in rent

Benefits boost due to council's Working 4U service

23 August, 2018

Almost £10 million in benefits have gone to West Dunbartonshire residents thanks to council support

Why the government needs to change the law on longer tenancies

23 August, 2018

Shelter has recently been talking about why the government should change the law to give all renters longer tenancies

Generation Rent launches End Unfair Evictions campaign aimed at scrapping Section 21

22 August, 2018

Activitist group Generation Rent has launched a new campaign - to End Unfair Evictions by scrapping Section 21

Undercover check finds discrimination against tenants on benefits

22 August, 2018

Shelter plans legal action after investigation with the National Housing Federation

Inland Homes approved as social housing provider

22 August, 2018

Inland Homes has become one of the first publicly listed house builders to successfully register as a social housing provider

String of top agents warned they could be breaking discrimination law as branches 'ban benefits tenants'

22 August, 2018

A string of major agents have been named this morning as actively discriminating against tenants on housing benefit after a mystery shopping exercise found outright bans in place

Civitas Social Housing buys English property portfolio for £37.6m

22 August, 2018

Civitas Social Housing said it had completed the purchase of regulated social housing portfolio in England for £37.6m, comprising a freehold and long leasehold interest in 67 properties with 362 tenancies

South East council breaches regulatory standard over fire safety

22 August, 2018

A council landlord in the South East has been censured by the Regulator of Social Housing for failing to carry out risk assessments or carry out the necessary work arising for them

PRS hits back at Shelter and NHF campaign on housing benefit

22 August, 2018

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the launch of the campaign by National Housing Federation and Shelter against private landlords not letting to those on housing benefit

Universal Credit local authority bulletins 2018

22 August, 2018

Information for all local authority staff about Universal Credit

Half of homeless from private rented sector - even though only 15% of households are private tenants

21 August, 2018

Almost half of those made homeless last year because of rental arrears came from the private sector

New accreditation scheme to target agents and landlords offering short-term lets

21 August, 2018

Letting agents are to be invited to join a new accreditation scheme for short-term lets in an attempt to tackle rogue operators

Revealed! The images that prompted one council to introduce landlord licensing

21 August, 2018

A Nottingham health inspector has lifted the lid on some of the worst examples of hazards he has seen in rental properties as selective licensing is introduced in the city

Social Housing Green Paper one week on: the debate rages

21 August, 2018

The government's Social Housing Green Paper has prompted a huge amount of debate among Inside Housing's contributors

BTL market will stabilise by 2021: Shawbook

21 August, 2018

A report predicts that activity in the BTL market will continue to fall until 2021

Nigel Adams: How we will make social housing the path to a better life

21 August, 2018

Homes aren't just a roof over our heads but a place where we can raise our families, put down roots and build better lives

The current Buy-to-let market

21 August, 2018

General assessment and impact of recent policy changes

Universal Credit - Inclusion London's response to the SSAC Committee's consultation on the 2018 regulations

21 August, 2018

Inclusion London believes the Universal Credit system is not fit for purpose and should be stopped and scrapped

Your Housing ready for three-year tenancies

21 August, 2018

Tenancies to be offered to tenants of provider's private rental brand

Tax breaks for longer tenancies - spending big for a two-tier system

21 August, 2018

The government is consulting on introducing longer tenancies for private renters

Independent making three acquisitions as he says there is safety in numbers ahead of fees ban

20 August, 2018

An independent letting agent is making a series of acquisitions ahead of the tenant fee ban due to come into force next year

Government finally unveils Right to Buy pilot scheme for housing association tenants

20 August, 2018

The Government has unveiled its long-awaited trial scheme to extend Right to Buy to housing association tenants, starting in the midlands

No-fault evictions making hundreds of families homeless each week

20 August, 2018

A law allowing landlords to throw out private tenants without giving a reason is exacerbating the crisis

World first Airbnb sanction scheme aims to expose rogue landlords

20 August, 2018

Airbnb and short-let hosts will be able to apply for national accreditation as the industry attempts to stamp out unscrupulous landlords

Council has millions to spend on affordable housing

20 August, 2018

Trafford Council has millions of unspent cash earmarked for housing, highways, parks and green spaces

Letter: Social housing ticking time bomb

20 August, 2018

As the Liberal Democrats have almost exclusively been the governing party of Three Rivers for the past 40 years they cannot credibly blame others for the housing crisis in this area

Extending the housing crisis to associations is not the answer

20 August, 2018

Readers respond to the latest news on the housing crisis, including right to buy for housing association tenants and the bedroom tax's impact on single people

Ending DSS Discrimination

20 August, 2018

'On benefits'. We live in a society which has given those two words an unwelcome significance they don't deserve

Right to buy exposes the cynicism of a Tory party whose base is dying out

20 August, 2018

High rents are a gift for Corbyn, but selling off social housing in a naked attempt to buy votes can only backfire

Security of tenure moves must end 'no fault' evictions

20 August, 2018

Generation Rent challenges government to make security of tenure mean something more than 'consultation'

Families in private rental face expanding 'income adequacy' gap

20 August, 2018

New report exposes the likely impact of government 'poverty policies' on those least able to absorb the impact

HB G8/2018

17 August, 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Landlords warn Government not to jump the gun on longer tenancies

17 August, 2018

Landlords are warning that the Government must not announce any decision on longer term tenancies until the consultation process has closed and it has considered all responses

Housing associations plan more supported housing following LHA cap U-turn

17 August, 2018

Several large housing associations have indicated that they will increase their development of supported housing

Housing association tenants in Midlands to be given right to buy

17 August, 2018

Pilot scheme will cost £200m with commitment to build new homes to replace lost stock

Councils paid £660m for temporary homeless accommodation

17 August, 2018

Local authorities across Scotland have paid out more than half a billion pounds putting homeless people in temporary accommodation such hotels, hostels and B&Bs in the last five years

Government confirms NO announcement due on long term tenancies

17 August, 2018

It has been confirmed that there is NO announcement due on long term tenancies and reassured landlords all responses will be taken into account before a decision is made

What do rising house prices in northern England mean for social landlords?

17 August, 2018

Will surging house prices in the North pose a problem or be a route to growth for social landlords?

Tech firms win prize to help UK's renters onto the housing ladder

16 August, 2018

Renters unable to get a mortgage because of their lack of a credit rating will be able to boost their chances through one of three new start-ups backed by the government

Government 'must decide how proactive regulator should be' on consumer standards

16 August, 2018

The government must decide how "proactive" it wants the Regulator of Social Housing to be in policing consumer standards

A lesson in tenant engagement

16 August, 2018

Byker Community Trust has formed a partnership with Newcastle University to study tenant engagement

As a social landlord, I want a proper plan to tackle homelessness

16 August, 2018

After a decade of cuts and plummeting staff levels, providers of housing and support want more than promises

Ready and able to build more council homes

16 August, 2018

Let me be honest, in this country we are facing the worst housing crisis since the Second World War

Rough sleeping strategy 'must address welfare and supply'

16 August, 2018

The government's Rough Sleeping Strategy must address issues of welfare reform and housing supply if it is to succeed

Greenwich Council criticises social housing reform

16 August, 2018

The leader of Greenwich Council has blasted new government proposals for social housing reform

'Time to get big or go home' say couple planning to own 5,000 rental properties across UK

15 August, 2018

A new business has set out plans to expand across the UK by buying out smaller landlords and property management companies

Government proposes league table for social tenants to rank landlords

15 August, 2018

Private sector landlords renting homes to social tenants could find themselves ranked in a new league tables

Government proposes dropping one-for-one Right to Buy replacement commitment

15 August, 2018

The government has proposed scrapping its commitment to replace homes sold through the Right to Buy on a like-for-like basis

Social Housing Green Paper: Sector calls for more investment

15 August, 2018

Leading figures in the sector have responded to the government's "new deal" for tenants, calling for more investment in new social housing

May: Social landlords 'appear remote, unaccountable and uninterested'

15 August, 2018

In her foreword to the Social Housing Green Paper, Prime Minister Theresa May has criticised social landlords for not always treating tenants with respect

The Tories have always feared social housing - and now their actions speak louder than words

15 August, 2018

Kit Malthouse's pathetic projected levels of new supply are essentially a prescription for the sector to wither

Longer strategic partnerships and guaranteed debt to boost social housebuilding

15 August, 2018

Strategic partnerships with housing associations and loan guarantees have been mooted as key ways to accelerate building new affordable homes in the Social Housing Green Paper

Government floats 'street party' award to battle tenant stigma

15 August, 2018

The Social Housing Green Paper's proposal to combat the 'stigmatisation' of social housing tenants involves launching a neighbourhood competition to win funding for a street party

Court case could mean that landlords apply for licensing costs to be refunded

14 August, 2018

A case in the High Court could have major implications for landlords, letting agents and for every single local authority licensing scheme

Tenancy deposit protection IS working, says head of TDS after Which?

14 August, 2018

The chief executive of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme has hit back at Which? over its suggestions that alternatives would work better

Government must change course on landlord bashing and Stamp Duty

14 August, 2018

Spicerhaart boss Paul Smith is backing Boris Johnson's calls for Stamp Duty to be cut right across the housing market - and has said that the Government has got its landlord-bashing policies "badly wrong"

League tables and 'sharper teeth' for regulator in Social Housing Green Paper

14 August, 2018

League tables for housing associations and "sharper teeth" for the sector watchdog are among the new measures outlined in the government's much-delayed Social Housing Green Paper

Proportion of overseas based landlords halves since 2010

14 August, 2018

But London bucks the trend with a pickup this year

Nigel Adams MP defensive over Universal Credit in Leeds visit for rough sleeping strategy launch

14 August, 2018

The Minister for homelessness and rough sleeping has sought to play down the impact that benefits changes may have had on the issue during the launch of a new strategy

Creating an intermediate housing list - but who gets priority?

14 August, 2018

Southwark Council is consulting on who should be eligible and prioritised for its new intermediate rent waiting list

Councils hopeful of Right to Buy reform as consultation launches

14 August, 2018

Councils have welcomed a consultation on Right to Buy in the hope that the reforms will allow them to build more homes under the policy

Social housing green paper pitched as 'new deal' for tenants

14 August, 2018

But the sector says the proposals merely represent a "small step" toward change

Crackdown On Bad Landlords Promised In 'New Deal' For Social Housing Tenants

14 August, 2018

Shelter says post-Grenfell plan 'doesn't commit a single extra penny' for new-builds while Labour branded it 'pitiful'

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 12 July 2018

14 August, 2018

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 12 July 2018

Benefit sanctions statistics to April 2018

14 August, 2018

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

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

14 August, 2018

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

A new deal for social housing

14 August, 2018

This green paper seeks views on government's vision for social housing providing safe, secure homes that help people get on with their lives

Damning new report says that tenancy deposit protection system is broken

13 August, 2018

Renters are struggling to move home because they face weeks of waiting for their deposits to be returned

Renters warned of scam which asks for viewing deposits by fake landlords

13 August, 2018

An extraordinary property scam is apparently gaining ground, whereby prospective tenants are being asked for "viewing deposits" by people who do not own the property in question

Landlord Fergus Wilson says untrue that he evicted four single mothers

13 August, 2018

High-profile landlord Fergus Wilson has told EYE that it is completely untrue that he has evicted four single mothers with young babies

The Housing Podcast: the supported housing saga

13 August, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine

Third of UK's universal credit claimants hit by deductions from payments

13 August, 2018

Cuts to pay rent and utility bill arrears drive people into poverty, warn campaigners

'Crippling bedroom tax has left me penniless, starving and buying charity shop clothes' says Hull grandmother

13 August, 2018

Sue Wheeldon feels like she is being punished but says she cannot downsize for the sake of her granddaughter

Housing Crisis: The Grim Reality For Families On Short-Term Tenancies

13 August, 2018

From a mum forced to move when nine months' pregnant to a chemotherapy patient kicked out at Christmas

Repair and maintenance is a priority for social landlords, but costs are taking a toll

13 August, 2018

Driving ongoing improvement in the quality of Scotland's social housing stock has been a consistent long term ambition of the Scottish Government

Should Scotland worry about the right to rent?

13 August, 2018

The announcement from Serco that it will pause plans to evict asylum seeks from their homes in Glasgow has brought the UK government's asylum and immigration policies back into the headlines

Arrears and repossessions fall to an all-time low

10 August, 2018

Arrears and repossessions are at an all-time low since the data began to be collected 24 years ago

Date is set for High Court challenge to Right to Rent

10 August, 2018

Right To Rent is to be challenged in the High Court just before Christmas

Landlords' Barometer - #61: Buy-to-let becomes cry-to-let

10 August, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you the landlord buzz!

Landlords raise concerns of EU nationals losing their homes

10 August, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association, representing private landlords, say Brexit could see a wave of EU nationals losing their homes

The supported housing funding saga: a timeline

10 August, 2018

The government's decision to drop a shake-up of supported housing funding brings an end to uncertainty that's lasted for nearly three years

Housing associations and sector bodies welcome 'certainty' of supported housing announcement

10 August, 2018

The housing sector has warmly welcomed the government's decision to abandon controversial plans to reform the funding of sheltered housing

The Plymouth families forced out of their homes because of the bedroom tax

10 August, 2018

More than 50 families have had to leave their homes because of the bedroom tax and a tougher new benefits cap

UK rents don't have to rocket - just look at Berlin

10 August, 2018

It's time to join the fightback in the UK as renters' unions take the battle to the landlords

Supply shortage could push rents up 15%

09 August, 2018

Rents could rise 15% by 2023 as the supply of new rental properties dries up

Housing benefit retained for all in supported housing as grant funding plan ditched

09 August, 2018

All supported housing funding will be covered by the welfare system, ending a plan to fund short-term accommodation through council grants

HomeLet Rental Index - July 2018

09 August, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 1.3% in July compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £937 a month

'Disappointed' councils miss out on social housing funding

09 August, 2018

'Disappointed' councils across Greater Lincolnshire are set to miss out on a share of £1 billion worth of social housing support after just one authority in the county was deemed eligible to bid for the extra cash

Private landlords still quitting sector all over country - RICS urgently calls on Government to review Osborne's reforms

09 August, 2018

Private landlords are continuing to quit the sector all over the country, while tenancy demand continues to rise

Rents in UK will rise for next five years

09 August, 2018

Rics says falling supply of rental properties and increased demand will lead to 15% rise

Funding for supported housing - two consultations

09 August, 2018

This is the full government response to the two joint consultations on the design of the new funding models for the housing costs for supported accommodation

All supported housing funding to be retained in welfare system

09 August, 2018

Housing benefit will be kept in place for all those living in supported housing

New rents shoot up to all-time record high in London - and rise across much of UK

08 August, 2018

Average new rents in London have jumped to over £1,600 a month for the first time, and new rents across the whole UK are up by 1.3% on this time a year ago

Landlords call for energy improvements to be made tax-deductible

08 August, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association is calling on the Chancellor to make all energy upgrades to rental property a tax-deductible expense

Jobcentre Staff Told By DWP Not To Record Number Of People They Send To Foodbanks

08 August, 2018

DWP directive masks extent of welfare system's reliance on charities

On universal credit, ministers were wrong to ignore us

08 August, 2018

Former top civil servant says his committee raised genuine concerns about the controversial new benefit that weren't listened to

Landlords call for more energy efficiency measures in PRS

08 August, 2018

Landlords are urging the Government to be more ambitions when it comes to the energy efficiency of rented housing

Another agent reveals they are refusing to pay easyProperty for licence after five leads went nowhere

08 August, 2018

A second agent has spoken out to say that he is refusing to pay for an easyProperty licence

The impact of welfare reforms on housing associations

08 August, 2018

Welfare reforms introduced since 2010 in the United Kingdom represent a major challenge for housing associations

New HMO rules come into effect in England on 1 October 2018

08 August, 2018

New regulations to bring mandatory licensing to all multi-occupied properties where there are five or more people, forming two or more separate households

Bank of England Interest Rate Hike Could Lead to Rent Rises

07 August, 2018

The Bank of England interest rate hike could leave landlords passing on the costs to tenants

Government urged to change 'unfair' PRS deposit system

07 August, 2018

A new report by Centre for Policy Studies has called on the government to change the system

South West association and house builder agree £28m Section 106 package deal

07 August, 2018

A housing association in the South West has agreed a £28m affordable housing 'package deal' with a house builder

Urgent council home repairs leaves £666,000 hole in finances

07 August, 2018

A new team formed last year to carry out repairs and maintenance on council homes has cost £666,000 more than expected

Serco halts evictions as housing associations offer support

07 August, 2018

Legal bid halts evictions as third sector housing providers join to offer tenancy agreements

easyProperty licensee being chased by debt collection agency says he will not pay up after 'so few leads'

07 August, 2018

An agent who is trying to have his contract with easyProperty rescinded says his small family business will be forced into insolvency if the debt is pursued

How have welfare reforms impacted the private rented sector? A review of our research & policy work

07 August, 2018

The PRS has grown significantly in size over the last twenty years and now plays a vital role in providing a home for those on low-incomes and the homeless

Private renting is broken. Now's our chance to fix it

07 August, 2018

The government has proposed giving private renters more protections by changing the minimum length of tenancies to three years, and they're running a consultation until 26 August

'Slugs came through the floorboards': what it's like to be a millennial renting in Britain

06 August, 2018

Surveillance cameras, kitchen-cupboard toilets and unscrupulous landlords: for millennials looking for affordable rents in the UK's cities, farcical living conditions are becoming the norM

The Housing Podcast: a brief history of council housing

06 August, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine

Council considers selling off excess homes bought for Grenfell survivors

06 August, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea Council is considering selling off some of the homes it bought for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire

Universal credit flaws leaving families in debt

06 August, 2018

Low-income households being wrongly benefit-capped

Vulnerable children facing 'catastrophe' over crisis-hit councils

06 August, 2018

Vulnerable children cannot get help from some cash-strapped councils

Civitas Social Housing net asset rise in Q2

06 August, 2018

Civitas Social Housing reported Friday a higher net asset value in the second quarter of the year

Mayor brands Tenant Fees Bill 'a missed opportunity'

06 August, 2018

Bill must go further to end 'rip-off fees' and extortionate deposits for renters

Hammond urged not to launch "tax attack" on second home owners with new buy-to-let levy

06 August, 2018

Philip Hammond has been warned against hiking levies on buy-to-let properties over fears the move would result in lower revenues for the Treasury

Mayor calls for 'watered down' Tenant Fees Bill to go much further

06 August, 2018

London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for the fees ban to go much further than is currently proposed

Rate rise likely to have minimal impact on housing market

03 August, 2018

Yesterday's rate rise should have little effect on the property market or buyers' intentions

Alarm bells for tenants as landlords are either hiking rents or selling up

03 August, 2018

Half of renters are facing a rent increases due to landlords both hiking prices and exiting the market due to tax and legislative changes

Tory MPs In Leafy Middle England Warned They Could Fall Victim To A 'Rentquake'

03 August, 2018

Research reveals housing crisis has spread far beyond London

Food banks appeal for help to feed children during school holidays

03 August, 2018

Trussell Trust raises alarm about shortage of donations

'They hadn't eaten all day': food banks tackle holiday hunger

03 August, 2018

Gap in school meals provision means demand spikes during summer just as donations dry up

Report calls for new approach to customer satisfaction in social housing

03 August, 2018

A new report from HACT has called on social housing providers to adopt a different approach to customer satisfaction

Soaring rents rose 60% faster than pay since 2011

03 August, 2018

Many English towns out of reach for workers, whose pay rose only 10% in seven years

Southern councils selling off homes through Right to Buy

02 August, 2018

Social housing in the south of England is being sold off four times as fast as it is being replaced

'Keyworkers' could pay discount rent in Southwark housing shake-up

02 August, 2018

Council wants to hear your views

Landlords in London are embracing Airbnb

02 August, 2018

A new piece of research reveals that landlords are embracing the culture of Airbnb in London rather than letting out properties on more traditional longer term tenancies

Why we set up our own council housing company

02 August, 2018

Across London there is a desperate need for affordable homes, and this is especially true in Haringey

London temporary housing costs up by half in four years

02 August, 2018

Temporary housing costs in London have risen by half in the past four years

CIH hits out at 'unfair' benefit cap

02 August, 2018

Latest figures from the Department of Work and Pensions shows the impact of the benefit cap on families across the country

Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2018

02 August, 2018

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

Government updates fire door guidance after doors fail tests

02 August, 2018

A number of fire doors have been found to fall short of expected standards in testing carried out following the Grenfell Tower fire

Thousands of teens 'face homelessness' after Tory benefit changes delayed by six months

01 August, 2018

Many young people in Merseyside could suffer because the government has dragged its heels

Breaking the silence: a council insider shines a light on the homelessness crisis

01 August, 2018

Councils have a number of homelessness duties - but their decisions can be difficult to scrutinise

Housing association judged non-compliant following fire safety failures

01 August, 2018

Knowsley Housing Trust has been downgraded to non-compliant status by the RSH following major fire safety failures "potentially affecting hundreds" of tenants

Ministers' plan to research effect of policies on food bank use

01 August, 2018

Ministers want to identify policies or practices that may have contributed to rise in demand for food banks

Government must act on Universal Credit domestic abuse risk

01 August, 2018

Single payments of Universal Credit to households put people living with domestic abuse at risk of harm

Fire Doors Made By Five Companies Fail Post-Grenfell Safety Tests

01 August, 2018

Products removed from sale as building owners urge to consider removal

Labour set to include pilot of radical basic income policy in next manifesto

01 August, 2018

The shadow chancellor said: 'I think it's one of those things I think we can get into the next manifesto and see, it's worth a try'

North East housing associations announce merger details

01 August, 2018

Coast & Country Housing and Yorkshire Coast Homes have confirmed the two organisations will merge to form a new company, Beyond Housing, in early October 2018

Charity expresses concern over delay in reversing 'deeply flawed policy'

01 August, 2018

Centrepoint has issued a strongly worded statement as parliament has done nothing to reverse the removal of automatic eligibility of 18-21 year olds housing benefit

Government to pay thousands to disabled men who had benefits cut

31 July, 2018

DWP was found to have unlawfully discriminated against men who were forced on to universal credit

Borough slammed for dumping vulnerable families in poor accommodation miles from home

31 July, 2018

Vulnerable families have been uprooted and dumped in poor accommodation on the Essex coast

Shadow Housing Secretary Wrong on Scarborough Social Housing

31 July, 2018

Claims by the Shadow Housing Secretary that no social housing has been built in the Scarborough Borough are wrong according to a local Councillor

Agency networks tie up with tenancy deposit replacement scheme

31 July, 2018

Nick Dunning Associates has partnered with Zoopla-backed Zero Deposit to offer tenants and landlords an alternative to the traditional security deposit

Provider wins court case and sets precedent for social housing

31 July, 2018

Case centred on an eviction that ended eight years of anti-social behaviour by a single tenant

'When these kids say they are starving, they mean it. Having no food in the house is normal for them'

31 July, 2018

Many youngsters who rely on breakfast clubs and school meals during term time don't eat properly during the summer holidays, prompting one youth worker to set up a food bank for struggling kids

Our concerns over timetable for moving existing disabled claimants to UC

31 July, 2018

Disability Organisations raise concerns regarding the Government's timetable for moving existing disabled claimants onto Universal Credit

Call for extra action over council housing arrears

30 July, 2018

Council house tenants should pay their rents or face being kicked out of their homes

This mum's tears show the terrible cost of living in 'nightmare' housing

30 July, 2018

We have mice running around - I think they are coming in through a hole in the wall. At least they are not rats

Grenfell Tower site to be handed to council despite local anger

30 July, 2018

Borough of Kensington and Chelsea owns site of tower, which is expected to be demolished

Former manager at agent escapes jail after stealing over £34,000 of tenants' deposits

30 July, 2018

A trusted ex-manager at an estate agent has escaped jail after stealing over £34,000 of tenants' deposits

S&P downgrades five large associations' credit ratings

30 July, 2018

S&P has downgraded five large associations' credit ratings over increased sales risk

Housing association borrows £75m from large US investor

30 July, 2018

A giant US investor has signed a £75m loan to a housing association, marking its third deal with the sector

Rental supply hits highest level so far this year

27 July, 2018

Supply of rental properties has hit the highest level so far this year

Housing associations 'require 138,000 more plots of land'

27 July, 2018

Savills calculates amount of extra land associations need to achieve their development ambition

Private Rented Sector Report - June 2018

27 July, 2018

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes increased

Universal Credit 'Wrecking Lives' As Thousands Take Out Emergency Loans

27 July, 2018

70,000 taking out DWP's 'Budgeting Advance'

The benefits of using peer support models in shared housing

27 July, 2018

A new report says landlords should seriously consider peer support models in shared housing

Campaigners see off Grenfell 'tenancy stripping'

27 July, 2018

Tenants in the shadow of Grenfell Tower faced a council-imposed deadline to either return or relinquish tenancies and pay for their own temporary accommodation

Nottingham starts Selective Licensing

27 July, 2018

A new licensing scheme, which aims to improve homes and raise standards across Nottingham's private rented sector, comes into force in many areas of the city on 1 August 2018

New site for self-managing landlords has its membership reviewed by Rightmove

26 July, 2018

A site has been launched for self-managing landlords who specifically want to cut the cost of having a letting agent, while listing on both Rightmove and Zoopla

Fire doors which failed tests not third-party accredited

26 July, 2018

Fire doors which have been withdrawn from sale after test failures were not part of a third-party accreditation scheme

PEARL Rental Index: July 2018

26 July, 2018

We have rounded up all of the latest housing statistics, rental index updates, and data on renting from across the sector and compiled them into one easy to digest monthly bulletin

Universal Credit will 'inflict pain on Nottingham families'

26 July, 2018

The government says the aim is to simplify the benefits system

Regulator downgrades housing associations over risk management and safety

26 July, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has downgraded three housing associations this morning, including two for struggles with managing risk and one for 'electrical safety' issues

Sheltered housing residents at Newmarket's Barlings Court 'abandoned' by landlords

26 July, 2018

Residents living in sheltered housing in Newmarket claim they have been abandoned by their landlords since their wardens were made redundant four months ago

Belvoir franchisees engage with project to help them replace lost income after fees ban

25 July, 2018

A partnership between Belvoir and Let Alliance has resulted in 10,000 rent guarantees - and a trip to New York for those who topped the leader board

Most Grenfell Tower survivors show signs of PTSD

25 July, 2018

Two-thirds of adults involved in the fire believed to need stress disorder treatment

Government restores 'social rent' to definition of affordable housing

25 July, 2018

The government has restored the term 'social rent' to the definition of affordable housing in its national planning rulebook after housing and council bodies voiced concerns

Fixed Term Tenancies: Revealing Divergent Views on the Purpose of Social Housing

25 July, 2018

Since 2012, social landlords in England have been permitted to offer fixed term rather than 'lifetime' tenancies to new tenants

Funding application to build more social housing turned down

25 July, 2018

Sheffield City Council has been told that it won't be eligible to borrow more money to provide much needed social housing in Sheffield

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2017 to 2018

25 July, 2018

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

Social housing used to be a national asset. Let's rebuild that attitude

25 July, 2018

Our commission has revealed the scale of working people who cannot get a home

Further evidence of government failure on Grenfell re-housing

24 July, 2018

MHCLG admits just two households moved out of blocks beside Grenfell Tower have been found permanent accommodation

Homeless and Working

24 July, 2018

Dispatches goes behind the scenes in two homeless shelters to reveal the growing number of people who are in work but homeless, because they can't afford expensive private rents in a low-wage economy

Could tenancy agreements be next in government's agency clampdown? Which? calls for review of tenant contracts

24 July, 2018

Which? is calling for a review of tenancy agreements used by lettings agents as part of its latest investigation into the sector

The Peabody Index: Tracking the experiences of London's social housing tenants

24 July, 2018

At Peabody we want to more than help our tenants directly through affordable homes and support services

New housing minister criticises councils over unused borrowing capacity

24 July, 2018

The new housing minister has said he is "at a loss" to understand why councils are not using Housing Revenue Account borrowing headroom

Tenancy deposit replacement scheme Reposit explains why it went quiet

24 July, 2018

Reposit, first of the tenancy deposit replacement schemes, has returned to the market - declaring that it never really went away

Social housing green paper goes back to September - unless released over recess

24 July, 2018

Fears off a summer 'slip out' after days of speculation over publication come to nothing

Political foes unite over a future for social housing

24 July, 2018

A former Labour leader and former Tory treasury minister together set an example as to how the housing crisis can be tackled

A buy-to-let register by the back door? Councils are introducing landlord licence schemes costing up to £1,000

23 July, 2018

More and more landlords may have to sign up to council licensing

NHF calls for housing associations to play larger role in Universal Credit rollout

23 July, 2018

The NHF has called for housing associations to have a larger role in the migration of benefit claimants to Universal Credit

'Shameful': More than 100 council homes in Grenfell Tower borough lying empty

23 July, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea council must 'get a grip' on housing stock, says law centre

More than half of temporary accommodation residents in work

23 July, 2018

More than half of families living in temporary accommodation are in work and there has been a 73% increase in the number of working homeless families since 2013

Universal credit IT system 'broken'

23 July, 2018

Service centre staff say glitches having harmful effect on huge number of claimants

May's housing cash pledge is not enough

23 July, 2018

PM's promise undermined by borrowing controls as social home building hits a new low

Which? urges private rented sector reform

23 July, 2018

Our report reveals tenants under financial and emotional stress, and a sector facing a critical need for reform

Britain's most controversial landlord due to be prosecuted again after 'evicting' single mums with babies

23 July, 2018

Controversial landlord Fergus Wilson is set to be taken to court by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for a second time

In work - but out of a home

23 July, 2018

60,852 families are currently homeless in England. But, we don't know much about their lives, and what could be causing them to be unable to find a safe, stable, affordable home

Government to introduce mandatory five-year electrical safety checks for rental homes

20 July, 2018

The Government has backed introducing a mandatory requirement on landlords with properties in England to ensure that electrical installations in their property are inspected every five years

Tenant who sub-let rooms in 'death trap' bungalow hit with bill of over £26,000

20 July, 2018

The head tenant of a 'death trap' bungalow into which he crammed other tenants has been ordered to pay over £26,000

Esther McVey admits ongoing problems with universal credit

20 July, 2018

Changes in pipeline as DWP is accused of failing to respond promptly or take expert advice

Government moves to review building regulations fire safety guidance

20 July, 2018

James Brokenshire says he will "go further" with a full-scale review of the guidelines starting in the autumn

London needs 40,000 new social rented homes a year

20 July, 2018

"London has consistently failed to build enough homes but social housing has taken the biggest hit"

PRS electrical safety checks welcomed

20 July, 2018

"We are delighted the government has finally recognised the importance of regular electrical checks in the PRS, which protects both tenants and landlords"

Agent jailed for a year after children's fire deaths in rental home with no smoke alarms

20 July, 2018

A letting agent has been jailed for 12 months after two young children died in a fire in a rental home his firm managed and where he failed to fit smoke alarms

Landlords' Barometer - #60: Forget the heatwave - it's scorching for landlords

19 July, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you the latest trending topics and news that have engaged landlords over the past month and which is just as scorching as the weather!

Government 'must do more' after revelation housing associations pay tens of millions to help unemployed

19 July, 2018

Nationally commissioned employment and skills services have failed to work with them, and have failed to support people who face the greatest barriers to work

Ministers consider sector 'league tables' for Social Housing Green Paper

19 July, 2018

Ministers have been exploring the idea of 'league tables' of housing associations as a key policy recommendation in the imminent Social Housing Green Paper

Southall housing association told to tackle antisocial behaviour or face prosecution

19 July, 2018

PA Housing could be prosecuted if steps aren't taken to deter the behaviour at Victory Mews

The staggering amount Bristol council taxpayers are paying to bail out people hit by Government's benefit cap

19 July, 2018

The cap was meant to be a way to save the Government money - but the city council is picking up the bill

Grenfell Tower: Minister admits 'mistakes were made' in rehousing scheme for victims as dozens remain in temporary accommodation

19 July, 2018

Administrators 'being asked to perform roles that they are not used to under very difficult circumstances'

Tenants angry after housing association takes away trampoline - but leaves scaffolding up for over a year

19 July, 2018

Housing association tenants in St John's Wood are furious after landlords banned a communal trampoline on health and safety grounds but left scaffolding up for over a year

Grenfell fire: Ban on combustible material 'not enough'

18 July, 2018

The government's proposed ban on using combustible materials for new high-rise buildings does not go far enough

Government urged to 'baffling' housing complaints system

18 July, 2018

More calls for a single housing ombudsman

Disability claimants owed £340m after DWP blunder

18 July, 2018

'Indifferent' department tried to shift the blame and took six years to correct error

90 per cent rise in Swindon families in temporary accommodation

18 July, 2018

Homeless households living in temporary accommodation in Swindon have almost doubled in the last five years

Landlords nervous about adding to portfolios even in areas where rents are rising

18 July, 2018

Landlords are operating a "buy and hold" strategy with even areas with strong rental growth suffering from a dip in transactions

Dispatches episode was not a balanced documentary

18 July, 2018

Self-funding has helped housing associations to create homes and communities in the face of declining government subsidy

Government will pay arrears to thousands of benefit claimants

18 July, 2018

U-turn means repayments owed as a result of errors will be backdated to 2011

Judge rules that letting agent which only handled deposits and took first month's rent was 'managing' illegal property

17 July, 2018

Two agencies have been hit with a total bill of over £42,000 after being found guilty of managing three unsafe flats that required a HMO licence but were not licensed

Landlords waiting 118 days to evict problem tenants but are losing up to six months' rent

17 July, 2018

Private landlords are potentially facing six months without rent due to the length of time it is taking to initiate and complete eviction proceedings against tenants

Social Housing Green Paper expected by recess

17 July, 2018

The Social Housing Green Paper is still expected to be published before parliament breaks up for summer recess either next Tuesday or on Thursday this week

Stock transfer landlord secures £95m bank loan

17 July, 2018

A stock transfer housing association has secured bank finance of £95m - including a restructuring of its previous debt and £40m of new borrowing

Taxpayers to foot £8,000 bill for benefit claimant no-one can find

17 July, 2018

Officials first noticed the overpayments on October 8 2012

Canterbury social housing deal stopped London 'gazumpers'

17 July, 2018

Canterbury City Council claims it outwitted big-spending London boroughs to land a secret deal to convert properties into affordable local homes

Social housing allocations policy 'discriminates against Travellers'

17 July, 2018

A High Court judge has branded a London council's housing allocation policy "unlawful" as it discriminates against Irish Travellers

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 14 June 2018

17 July, 2018

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 14 June 2018

HB G7/2018

17 July, 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Almost a fifth of Countrywide rental properties are now let through landlord companies

16 July, 2018

The proportion of homes let by a company landlord through the Countrywide group has reached new highs

Scottish landlord seals £50m private placement

16 July, 2018

Scottish landlord Cairn Housing Association has raised £50m through a private placement deal with an unnamed US insurance company to support

56,000 in region on waiting lists for social housing

16 July, 2018

More than 56,000 people or families are on waiting lists for social housing in the North East and North Yorkshire

Scrap eviction powers and restrict landlords' right to sell, government told

16 July, 2018

The pressure group Generation Rent has joined forces with other critics of the private rental sector to demand an end to Section 21 evictions and further limitations on the new three year tenancies favoured by the government

Why rental fraud is on the rise

16 July, 2018

Demand outstripping supply helps fraudsters play a particularly cruel game

Rented property licensing: crackdown on rogue landlords or money grab?

16 July, 2018

Owners are angry with councils for demanding hundreds of pounds for licences and claim it's just to boost coffers

Rents continue to climb amid fears of reducing rental supply as landlords quit sector

16 July, 2018

Wales was the only region to see rents decline annually in June as rental growth remained below the rate of inflation

Figures show first-time buyers on the up

13 July, 2018

But Buy to Let is on a down with the RLA fearing a net loss of 133,000 PRS homes over the next year

Is Universal Credit ready for an expansion?

13 July, 2018

Universal Credit recently made the headlines for the wrong reasons

First-time buyers on the rise as buy-to-let mortgage market falls

13 July, 2018

Number of new homeowners rose 8% in May as mortgages for landlords dropped 10%

Here's why government plans for longer tenancies don't go far enough

13 July, 2018

When the modern private rental market was devised as part of the 1988 Housing Act, flexibility was the theme

One in five English households live in private rented homes - but home ownership still biggest tenure

13 July, 2018

Home ownership remains the most common form of tenure in England at 63% of households

It's official: DWP cuts are so bad councils just spent record amounts mopping them up

13 July, 2018

The DWP has cut some welfare so near to the bone that local authorities had to spend record amounts last year to make up the shortfall

The fall and rise of social rent

13 July, 2018

Will the comeback of state-funded socially rented housing deliver the homes Britain needs?

The latest English Housing Survey lays bare the perils of private renting

13 July, 2018

It lays bare the insecure and expensive reality for households forced to rent privately

Housing associations face being stuck with dangerous cladding on leased blocks

13 July, 2018

Housing associations may be stuck with dangerous cladding on blocks of flats leased from private owners

RLA challenges government to 'recognise the good' in PRS provision

12 July, 2018

Debate opens up over interpretation of private rental stats from the latest English Housing Survey

Benefit cap calculator

12 July, 2018

There's a limit on the total amount of benefits that most people aged 16 to 64 can get

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: financial year 2017 to 2018

12 July, 2018

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

English Housing Survey shows huge increase in families renting privately

12 July, 2018

The English Housing Survey is a national survey commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

English Housing Survey 2016: energy efficiency

12 July, 2018

Report on the energy efficiency of the English housing stock using present-day statistics, time-series analysis and profiling of hard-to-treat dwellings

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: fire and fire safety

12 July, 2018

Report on fire incidents, fire safety equipment and fire hazards in different types of households and dwellings in England

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: private rented sector

12 July, 2018

Report on the characteristics and circumstances of private renters in England, and how this has changed over the last 20 years

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: social rented sector

12 July, 2018

Report on the characteristics and circumstances of social renters in England, and how this has changed over the last 20 years

English Housing Survey 2016: stock condition

12 July, 2018

Report on the condition of housing stock in England, how this has changed over time, and how poor housing is distributed by tenure and household type

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: variations in housing circumstances

12 July, 2018

This report explores the link between housing circumstances and household characteristics

How to become a trans-inclusive landlord

11 July, 2018

Trans people can face discrimination when it comes to housing

Anti-poverty coalition calls for overhaul of universal credit

11 July, 2018

End Hunger UK says payment delays and errors are pushing vulnerable people into destitution, hunger and debt

Calls to 'sanction' Esther McVey over Universal Credit rejected

11 July, 2018

Labour's attempts to "sanction" Esther McVey for her handling of the rollout of Universal Credit have failed

Labour wants McVey 'sanctioned' over Universal Credit

11 July, 2018

Opposition to call for arbitrary, vindictive DWP approach to be turned on secretary of state embarrassed by her own attack on damning NAO report

NFA and ARCH now want Universal Credit slow down

11 July, 2018

New report stresses a belief that it will not be possible for landlords to sustain present levels of support

Cross border raid on Universal Credit

11 July, 2018

Welsh housing and regeneration minister Rebecca Evans gunning for Esther McVey over the impact on vulnerable claimants in Wales

Full migration of UC by March 2023 a viable plan

11 July, 2018

The Director General of Universal Credit gives a cagey response on universal credit rollout to members of the Public Accounts Committee

How to contact HMRC - updated information for housing associations

11 July, 2018

HMRC has issued new guidance for housing associations wishing to contact HMRC. There are now two distinct routes, depending on your query

Universal Credit claimants make up 25% of council rent arrears

11 July, 2018

Universal Credit households now account for 25% of unpaid council rent despite representing just 4% of tenants

Private landlords face £30,000 fine under new powers granted to councils and police

11 July, 2018

Cornwall Council says it wants to raise standards of privately rented accommodation

Social Housing Pension Scheme - significant changes on the horizon

10 July, 2018

KPMG summarises two recent updates on the Social Housing Pension Scheme

Scottish Government blames Tory welfare cuts for 38% rise in Council Tax warrants over past 5 years

10 July, 2018

Shelter Scotland says "more should be done" to help people meet their payments as opposition parties renew calls for council tax abolition

DWP Universal Credit newsletter for landlords

10 July, 2018

The Department of Work and Pensions has published the first quarterly newsletter on Universal Credit

How to Rent guide updated - make sure you issue THIS version

10 July, 2018

The Government's How to Rent guide has been updated, just two weeks after the previous update

APPG launched to tackle unemployment in social housing

10 July, 2018

A response to Centre for Social Justice finding social housing households four times more likely to be workless than those in private housing

Housing Federations unite to fight 'flawed' Universal Credit

10 July, 2018

SFHA, NHF, CHC and NIFHA demand change for tenants in England alone facing more than £21m of debt

Update: How to Guides corrected and reissued

10 July, 2018

The Government has corrected errors in the recently updated How to Guides in England, and has reissued them on their website

Urgent Question - Universal Credit

09 July, 2018

Live coverage of work and pensions secretary Esther McVey answering an urgent question on Universal Credit

Universal Credit: Labour says Esther McVey should resign

09 July, 2018

Esther McVey has faced calls to quit over "inadvertently misleading" the Commons about the official NAO spending watchdog's view of Universal Credit

Housing 'shake-up' could save £3bn on the welfare budget

09 July, 2018

Government already giving serious consideration to a CSJ proposal that rewards housing associations for turning tenant lives around

Length of payment delays for new claims to Universal Credit

09 July, 2018

Statistics on the length of payment delays for new claims to Universal Credit that are paid late

Revealed: the DWP drove through a controversial welfare reform off the back of some very scant evidence

09 July, 2018

The DWP just quietly revealed that it had scant evidence to support a controversial change to the benefits system

Universal credit row: DWP official has 'full confidence' in NAO

09 July, 2018

Permanent secretary says DWP has good relationship with National Audit Office despite watchdog's critical report

Universal Credit roll-out forces some Ashford claimants to travel to Folkestone to sign on

09 July, 2018

A bungled Universal Credit roll-out is forcing some Ashford claimants to travel more than two hours on public transport to sign on - in Folkestone

London rents rise for the first time in almost two years

09 July, 2018

But new stats show overall rental growth has been fairly subdued in H1 of 2018

Administrators appointed to social housing specialist

09 July, 2018

Deveron Construction Limited offered design and build contracts to associations across the North of Scotland

Will three-year tenancies become the norm?

09 July, 2018

On 2 July 2018 the UK Government launched a consultation inviting views and comments on the benefits and barriers of landlords offering longer tenancies in England

Safety products for the elderly need to be updated

06 July, 2018

People are put off making home adaptations due to the stigma of unattractive products available

Disabled people could slip through net in universal credit move, says charity

06 July, 2018

Mind raises concerns that safeguards for vulnerable claimants will not be in place

Universal Credit: Complaints - and sticking to your guns

06 July, 2018

RLA trainer and Universal Credit expert Bill Irvine shares one of his latest cases

London Assembly agrees motion to scrap Section 21 notices

06 July, 2018

The London Assembly Members yesterday agreed a unanimous motion calling on the Mayor of London to back a campaign to abolish section 21 and to lobby the government for a change in the law

Hinckley & Rugby extends BTL deals to portfolio landlords

06 July, 2018

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society is now offering its full range of buy-to-let mortgage products to portfolio landlords

Rent collection service aims to offer landlords 'financial security'

06 July, 2018

Unpaid rent and rent arrears are the main reason for tenant evictions, according to Belvoir's Q1 rental index

Scrap the surcharge! Strong support for petition to repeal buy to let taxes

06 July, 2018

There has been strong support for an e-petition calling for the scrapping of the stamp duty surcharge on buy to let properties and the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief for landlords

Awaiting Right to Buy replacements

06 July, 2018

Homes sold under the Right to Buy are simply not being replaced. Could the government's plans to partially lift the council debt cap bring relief?

June 2018:Universal Credit landlord engagement newsletter

06 July, 2018

We regularly update our information for landlords, read the up-to-date version of the Universal Credit & Rented Sector Housing Guide and use the latest UC47 form to request payment of rent from tenant's Universal credit

Two Letting Agents Banned by Property Ombudsman

06 July, 2018

The Property Ombudsman has booted two letting agents out of the redress scheme

Calls to end no-fault evictions

05 July, 2018

London Assembly looks to Sadiq Khan to back the campaign.

CIH Northern Ireland: Right to Buy a 'double edged sword'

05 July, 2018

Early findings from a project looking to shape the future of housing in Northern Ireland have been released

Wales fee ban will lead to increased costs

05 July, 2018

Banning fees in Wales will drive up costs and change the way landlords interact with letting agents, RLA Director for Wales Douglas Haig told the Senedd today

Social care system 'seizing up' under strain

05 July, 2018

Northern Ireland's social care system could seize up unless it receives more funding, the chief social worker has warned

Universal Credit: Labour says Esther McVey should resign

05 July, 2018

Esther McVey has faced calls to quit over "inadvertently misleading" the Commons about the official NAO spending watchdog's view of Universal Credit

Government slammed for failing to act on report that suggests improvements to PRS

05 July, 2018

The government has been criticised for continuing to drag its heels over taking on key recommendations made in a recent report designed to improve standards in the private rented sector

Strong support for petition calling for BTL tax relief changes to be reversed

05 July, 2018

An online petition calling for buy-to-let tax relief changes to be reversed has received almost 16,500 signatures

Less than four weeks until introduction of selective licensing in Nottingham

05 July, 2018

BTL landlords in Nottingham will soon face tougher rules with new rental licensing conditions set to be introduced in the city

British government imposes collective punishment by evicting families from public housing

05 July, 2018

The British government intends to roll out nationally a scheme piloted in north London, whereby the families of gang members and violent criminals are evicted from their public housing residences

Special administration regime for English housing associations comes into force

05 July, 2018

A new special administration regime which allows the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) to deal with insolvent housing associations will come into force today

HB Direct newsletters: 2018

04 July, 2018

These HB Direct newsletters for local authority staff provide information that affects Housing Benefit.

Minister apologises over 'inadvertently misleading' parliament

04 July, 2018

Esther McVey apologises for her comments over Universal Credit

Government urged to update HHSRS system

04 July, 2018

Government 'refusing' to take on key recommendations for safety in the private rented sector

Right to Rent: Windrush guidance for landlords

04 July, 2018

Landlords renting to Windrush immigrants, who have a right to live in the UK, but may not have the documents to prove it, can apply for a Positive Right to Rent Notice (PRRN).

RLA gives evidence to HCLG committee on Hackitt report

04 July, 2018

The Hackitt report into building regulations should include more information about the lifetime management of buildings once occupied, RLA Policy Manager John Stewart told a committee of MPs this week

Landlord couple want to see letting agent banned over unpaid rent

04 July, 2018

A couple who claim they are owed thousands of pounds in unpaid rent have called for a ban on the letting agency accused of withholding the money

Smoke alarm 'would have saved Huddersfield fire-death boys

04 July, 2018

A house fire which killed two boys was "eminently avoidable", had the letting agent provided smoke alarms, a court has heard

Risks to children 'the biggest social justice challenge of our time

04 July, 2018

Children's commissioner seeks more help for young people in vulnerable family situations

Northern Ireland student wins landmark case against Belfast letting agent

04 July, 2018

A landmark court ruling has closed a loophole for letting agents to levy extra charges on tenants, it was claimed today

Long tenancies won't stop landlords wanting a CV, 12 months' rent - or a date

04 July, 2018

Proposed three-year agreements do little to change oppressive demands from landlords charging extortionate rents

More than one in ten privately-rented homes are unfit to live in

03 July, 2018

Shocking figures reveal homes with problems such as mould, damp, a faulty boiler or freezing cold in winter

How Labour Will Act On Unhealthy Homes

03 July, 2018

In this NHS anniversary year, we are committing Labour to new action to rekindle Bevan's vision and end the scourge of substandard homes

Regulator highlights importance of providing good quality, accessible information on homelessness services

03 July, 2018

A report highlighting the importance of easy access to homelessness services information for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness has been published by the Scottish Housing Regulator.

New research exposes factors that lead to people returning to sleeping rough

03 July, 2018

Today, St Mungo's publishes peer led research outlining reasons why some people can find themselves sleeping rough after time away the streets.

Japanese Knotweed: a warning

03 July, 2018

Landlords are being warned to keep a close eye on the gardens of their rental homes after it was revealed homeowners will be able to sue their neighbours for damages if Japanese Knotweed grows onto their land.

National Housing Federation response to Homes England deals with housing associations

03 July, 2018

Homes England has agreed first wave of strategic partnerships to ramp up building of affordable homes. These include deals with eight housing associations.

Families hit by crippling cost of living need a third more income to make ends meet

03 July, 2018

Our latest research reveals how low-income families need a third more disposable income than a decade ago to make ends meet

Shock results as 30 lettings agencies probed by undercover teams

03 July, 2018

A consumer group which conducted 30 undercover viewings in five different UK cities claims letting agents are showing potential tenants around mouldy properties and not informing them about important safety details.

London first-time buyers put down £19k extra per bedroom

03 July, 2018

New report makes case for shared ownership in the capital as an FTB option.

'Stock up on tins' - Universal Credit is on its way to Carlisle and Barrow

03 July, 2018

The switch to the controversial government benefit is on the way for thousands of residents

Longer-term tenancy plans proposed

02 July, 2018

Compulsory three-year contracts would give more protection to renters.

Labour says government plans to provide renters with greater stability are 'meaningless'

02 July, 2018

'Any fresh help for renters is welcome but this latest promise is meaningless if landlords can still force tenants out by hiking up the rent'

More than 600 'affordable homes' built in Merseyside were NOT affordable

02 July, 2018

New data shows many houses do not meet the guidelines to be classed as affordable

Report criticises new PIP benefits payment system

02 July, 2018

A Stormont department has been urged to start recording assessments of those applying for the Personal Independence Payment after a report criticised the current process.

New report highlights benefits of short-term rentals in Scotland

02 July, 2018

Scotland's short-term rental sector generates £723 million of economic activity every year, a new report has claimed.

Homes for social rent 'have to be' part of new national planning policy

02 July, 2018

Call from LGA comes as the number of such homes tips towards historic low.

Top tips for landlords for clearing out at end of tenancy

02 July, 2018

It's time for many students up and down the country to clear-out their properties, so now is a good time to make sure they know how to correctly clear out their properties.

More tenants faced rent rises in May

02 July, 2018

There was an increase in the number of tenants in the private rented sector experiencing a rent increase in May compared with a month earlier at a time when supply of rented homes on offer is rising.

Landlords welcome tax incentives for longer tenancies

02 July, 2018

Landlords are today welcoming proposals being considered by the Government to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies.

Abuser could 'take control of family finances' under Universal Credit

01 July, 2018

A group of MPs have warned government that Universal Credit could see an increase in abusers controlling the finances of their partners

Deprived areas 'have five times more fast food outlets'

29 June, 2018

Deprived areas such as Blackpool and parts of Manchester and Liverpool have five times more fast food outlets than affluent areas, a survey suggests.

Research finds tax changes leading to private renting sell-off

29 June, 2018

Ministers need to scrap the tax on new homes which is punishing those in need of a home to rent, the UK's leading landlord body argues.

CIH Housing 2018

29 June, 2018

Keynote speech by the Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP

'Two-child policy' cuts benefits of more than 70,000 families

29 June, 2018

Campaigners warn poverty will rise as low-income families lose financial support

Heatwave leaves homeless 'fighting' over water

29 June, 2018

How do the homeless cope with a heatwave? While many of us are basking in the summer sun, many people on the streets face dehydration, heat exhaustion and severe sunburn, say charities.

Landmark legislation gives communities right to buy abandoned land

29 June, 2018

New legislation has been introduced which in some instances will give communities the right to buy land that is abandoned, neglected or detrimental

Report salutes housing support provided by Armed Forces charities

29 June, 2018

Reasearch reveals the extent of a home front providing £40m of housing support to over 11,000 people a year

Scrap the new homes tax argue landlords

29 June, 2018

Ministers need to scrap the tax on new homes which is punishing those in need of a home to rent, the UK's leading landlord body argues

London council launches Housing First pilot as part of £500,000 homelessness package

29 June, 2018

Newham Council has unveiled a wave of new projects to tackle homelessness, including a Housing First pilot aimed at tackling rough sleeping.

Government policy forced 190 women to prove they were raped in order to get child benefits, figures show

29 June, 2018

Tens of thousands of low income families miss out on child benefits under 'poverty-producing' measure, while mothers forced to disclose rape in order to put food on the table

'Silver splitters' fuel rising homelessness

28 June, 2018

Number of over-60s presenting as homeless at a 10-year high

English councils warn 'worst is yet to come' on cuts

28 June, 2018

Authorities risk going bust unless steps are taken to shore up budgets, ministers told

Random rental property spot checks could improve standards in the PRS

28 June, 2018

Most private landlords would oppose the idea of arbitrary checks of their rental properties by local authorities, but that has not stopped PayProp supporting the contentious proposal.

Call of the week: Section 21 documents

28 June, 2018

This week, a landlord called us with a question about serving a Section 21 notice and when he needed to serve the documents on his renewal tenancy.

Understanding your citizens to beat the Universal Credit challenge

28 June, 2018

Understanding your citizens to beat the Universal Credit challenge

Housing 2018: Green paper 'to give regulator teeth'

28 June, 2018

Housing minister Dominic Raab says regulator will gain powers in the Social Housing Green Paper and stresses government commitment to Right to Buy

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

28 June, 2018

Tenant, landlords and buy to let investors are the targets for new online rental guides

Tougher electrical safety standards needed to protect private tenants

28 June, 2018

Tougher electrical safety standards for rented properties north of the border are needed to protect private tenants

Social care in Wales 'could be funded by age-related tax'

28 June, 2018

An income tax increase of between 1% and 3% could be used to fund elderly social care in Wales, according to an independent report.

Tories forced to rewrite obscure benefits law after court finds it breaches human rights

28 June, 2018

The DWP admitted a "small group" of jobseekers had been denied a fair hearing when they tried to appeal against a benefit sanction

Housing body with 12,000 London tenants has been placed under review

27 June, 2018

London social housing management body CityWest Homes has been placed under review, and its chief executive has stepped aside

Regulator warns social landlords that bail-outs are not guaranteed

27 June, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) would allow a housing association to fail if there was 'limited or no value' in its business, its executive director has said

Most associations do not treat domestic violence as a tenancy breach, research reveals

27 June, 2018

Almost one in 10 social landlords do not consider perpetrating domestic abuse as a breach of tenancy, delegates at Housing 2018 in Manchester heard

Online guides will help renters and leaseholders to know their rights

27 June, 2018

New 'how to' guides include checklists for new and existing tenants, landlords and letting agents

Latest stats show temporary accommodation numbers are up

27 June, 2018

Overall the numbers have increased by 56% from 2010 – rising to 190% for those in B&B over the same period

Child homelessness in England at highest level since 2007

27 June, 2018

123,130 children were in temporary accommodation in first quarter of 2018 - an increase of nearly 80% since 2011

Benefit or burden? The cities trying out universal basic income

27 June, 2018

Cities around the world are experimenting with basic income schemes. The benefits for residents seem obvious - but what's in it for the cities?

Domestic abuse survivors and children sleeping rough' survey finds

27 June, 2018

Women unable to get refuge place also having to sofa-surf or stay with abuser

Universal Credit: In Work Progression Randomised Control Trial

27 June, 2018

Information about Universal Credit trials and pilots

Government publishes new and updated 'how to' guides

27 June, 2018

The Government has today (Tuesday 26th June) published new and updated information to help landlords and tenants who live and work in private rented housing.

Manchester named as best buy to let option for landlords in England

26 June, 2018

Manchester currently has the best yields for landlords in England and Wales and the highest rental growth, making it the best location for buy to let, according to new research

High Court overturns housing legal aid changes

26 June, 2018

The High Court has overturned controversial planned changes to legal aid for housing support

What is social housing for?

26 June, 2018

In the aftermath of Grenfell, and with many people priced out of homeownership, Nathaniel Barker finds out how social housing fits into the current climate

Flying the standard

26 June, 2018

HACT is excited to announce that Housemark, L&Q and Metropolitan, as well as a number of other housing associations, have signed up to support the development of the full version of the UK housing data standard

Angus Council welcomes move to install sprinkler systems in all social housing

26 June, 2018

As the first Scottish local authority to install sprinkler systems as standard in its new build housing, Angus Council welcomes the move by Scottish Government to make sprinkler systems compulsory in new social housing

Experiences of Living with Visual Impairment: Matching Income with Needs

26 June, 2018

Six existing benefits have been consolidated into Universal Credit - which the Government says will make the transition between welfare and work, more simple. But a new report from Thomas Pocklington Trust is highlighting changes which it feels will leave future blind and visually impaired claimants worse off

LIN member report June 2018 - Benefit Sanctions

26 June, 2018

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Arhag needs landlords for Syrian refugees

26 June, 2018

Specialist association offering incentives including carrying out and funding repairs and guaranteed monthly rental income for 3-5 years

Families feast in the Forest

26 June, 2018

An innovative project between Two Rivers Housing and the Salvation Army is teaching basic cooking skills to families and building community relationships

PRA changes will affect landlords' ability to provide 'quality affordable housing'

25 June, 2018

Mortgage brokers and lenders have been slammed by the National Landlords Association (NLA) for failing to do enough to communicate changes by the Prudential Regulation Authority to landlords.

Over 10 years to save for a deposit as first-time buyers forced to rent for longer

25 June, 2018

Many would-be first-time buyers are being forced to rent longer despite a slowdown in house prices as new figures reveal that it takes an average of more than 10 years to save for a 15% deposit.

Tax breaks for landlords price younger buyers out of housing market

25 June, 2018

Think tank says it's time to get community-led development on track.

Social housing is a vanishing option for families who cannot afford to buy

25 June, 2018

Depleted stock forces young adults to pay private rents or live with their parents

Call for more council homes in Stockton to tackle homeless problem

25 June, 2018

Middlesbrough Council has already said it will consider building houses to tackle a shortage of affordable homes

New shocking report reveals more families on breadline, benefits shambles, Homelessness rising and foodbank crisis

25 June, 2018

Rising levels of working and unemployed poverty, the housing crisis, cuts to public services, insecure work and hunger

A dozen councils to receive social care innovation funding

25 June, 2018

A dozen councils to receive social care innovation funding Twelve councils have been awarded funding to explore how technology can improve social care services.

Onward report riddled with errors

25 June, 2018

A new think tank is fundamentally wrong in its analysis of private rented housing - and the number of buy-to-let mortgages is falling, not rising.

Brent Council aims to 'foster good relationships with private landlords'

25 June, 2018

Brent Council insists that it wants to build better relationships with private landlords after successfully winning close to 150 prosecution cases against rogue landlords' helping to raise more than £1m in fines.

Here's ARLA's guide through the red tape for accidental landlords

25 June, 2018

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has provided a check-list for so-called accidental landlords.

Online Universal Credit bid 'awful'

22 June, 2018

A woman unable to apply for Universal Credit online said she was left having to ask for food parcels.

Tenant jailed for illegally subletting house

22 June, 2018

A private tenant occupying a three-bedroom house in north-west London has been jailed after he was caught illegally subletting the property to 35 men.

Lenders and brokers 'too quiet' over buy to let changes

22 June, 2018

NLA says just 8% of landlords said their lender had been in touch about the changes, with 16% contacted by their broker

Universal Credit rollout to roll on

22 June, 2018

The Government has no plans for any U-turn, delay or halt in the rollout of universal credit, placing its faith in a flexible business plan and the 'evangelical' zeal of its jobcentre staff

SSAC consultation on moving existing claimants onto universal credit

22 June, 2018

The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) is consulting on proposals to move existing claimants in receipt of a working age income-related benefit to Universal Credit

Government must 'wake up to universal credit flaws'

22 June, 2018

MPs criticise government for dismissing audit that revealed failings in welfare scheme

Universal Credit and recent welfare changes

22 June, 2018

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has delivered an oral statement setting out the benefits of welfare reform (check against delivery)

Government to consult on RLA housing court plan

22 June, 2018

Plans to establish a new housing court are moving forward, with a Government consultation into plans to be held later this year

Sheffield's 'danger flats' risk to tenants' lives

22 June, 2018

Tenants in a part of Sheffield are living in such bad conditions their lives are being put at risk, a council report has warned

"Bedroom tax" is still hitting Stoke-on-Trent families hard

22 June, 2018

The so-called "bedroom tax" is continuing to hit Stoke-on-Trent hard - with demand for smaller council homes far outstripping supply and families forced into hardship, councillors have said

New research reveals rental comparison between benefit recipients and families

21 June, 2018

Welfare 'reform' making rental payments from recipients more difficult for landlords to manage.

Rise in homelessness applications in Scotland reverses nine-year trend

21 June, 2018

The number of applications for homelessness status in Scotland has gone up for the first time nine years, according to official figures.

The cost of housing for low-income renters

21 June, 2018

The 'affordability' of housing is one of the most prominent domestic public policy issues of the day, and for good reason.

Social care faces a 'dangerous shortfall' of staff, government warned

21 June, 2018

More than 75% of people say they would not like to begin a career in social care, survey finds

Why tenants think their feedback is being ignored

21 June, 2018

The Social Housing Green Paper is set to redress the balance of power between residents and social landlords. Martin Hilditch investigates what tenants would like to happen next

JRF responds to IFS report on living standards

21 June, 2018

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) today responded to a new report on living standards conducted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and funded by the JRF.

Universal Credit: Online ID demands delaying benefits

21 June, 2018

Demands for passports or driving licences to get new benefits have left some Welsh claimants making "degrading" requests for food to survive, it is being claimed.

Landlord fined for renting out bed in shed

21 June, 2018

A landlord has been fined ordered to pay £5,000 for allowing tenants to sleep in an outbuilding in Enfield, north London.

Government publishes new licensing changes in bid to protect tenants and announces review of selective licensing

21 June, 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published new guidelines which aim to protect tenants from poor living conditions.

Families make 'good, reliable, and long-term tenants'

21 June, 2018

Properties rented to families take up the least amount of property management time when compared to other types of tenants, fresh research by the National Landlords Association (NLA) shows.

'Laudable' licensing changes stifling councils, landlords and tenants alike

20 June, 2018

ARLA Propertymark chief executive ramps up policy criticism as government announces latest PRS regulation.

Buck Bill passes Commons committee stage

20 June, 2018

Bill empowering tenants over unsafe homes inches closer towards statute.The Fitness for Human Bill has come through the committee stage of the Commons this morning

Scam Awareness Month: Top tips for landlords

20 June, 2018

This month is Scams Awareness Month, and the RLA is helping members to protect themselves against being the victim of a scam.

Government announces selective licensing review

20 June, 2018

The Government has announced a review into the use and effectiveness of selective licensing.

Universal Credit - landlords agree reform is needed

20 June, 2018

The RLA continues to call for the roll out of Universal Credit to be paused in the wake of a report by the National Audit Office.

Momentum improves as there is a rise in both 'to let' and 'let' properties

20 June, 2018

Following a slowdown in rental market activity in April, new letting data from the Agency Express Property Activity Index has revealed nationwide increases in both 'to let' and 'let' properties.

Number of people winning PIP benefit appeals hits all-time high - and Tories are told to get a grip

20 June, 2018

Some 14,805 people (71%) had their assessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) overturned by a tribunal in the first three months of this year

HB Direct newsletters: 2018

20 June, 2018

These HB Direct newsletters for local authority staff provide information that affects Housing Benefit.

Tories make disability benefits climbdown as they change reassessment rules - but campaigners warn it's not enough

20 June, 2018

More PIP claimants will be able to wait 10 years for reassessment - but Parkinson's UK branded it "a piecemeal solution for a broken system"

Universal credit flaws inflict childcare costs on new workers

20 June, 2018

Parents forced to borrow money while waiting for funds, says Save the Children

Wales gets closer to full implementation of Housing First

19 June, 2018

New youth homelessness task group has the future for Housing First in Wales in its remit.

New research reveals rental comparison between benefit recipients and families

19 June, 2018

Welfare 'reform' making rental payments from recipients more difficult for landlords to manage.

Tory MPs challenge Theresa May to adopt radical housing agenda in bid for younger voters support

19 June, 2018

MPs will tell PM that housing is the 'defining' issue holding back Conservative support from under-40s

Universal Credit: information for stakeholders and partners

19 June, 2018

This collection brings together information for stakeholders and partners relating to Universal Credit.

Why won't ministers come clean about the impact of cuts on disabled people?

19 June, 2018

Being hit by the bedroom tax is bad enough, but losing your sickness benefits too is even harder

Children in temporary accommodation in Scotland

19 June, 2018

Children in temporary accommodation in Scotland hits 10 year peak

Urgent action is required to prevent more people dying on the streets

19 June, 2018

New research released today from St Mungo's reveals a dramatic increase in the proportion of people sleeping rough who have died with mental health support needs from 2010 to 2017.

Consultation on 'exciting' housing merger plan launched

19 June, 2018

TORUS' tenants and leaseholders are being asked for their views over proposals to 'amalgamate' the group with Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH).

Broken care: Hunt puts social care reform on hold again meaning pensioners face catastrophic bills and spending their savings

19 June, 2018

Another delay to social care reform means pensioners will continue to face crippling bills.

Social care needs a cash injection now

19 June, 2018

Squeezing council funding in this area is ultimately a false economy

Glasgow block blaze shows 'no scope for complacency' over fire safety

18 June, 2018

The SFHA says the fire that ripped through a top floor of a Glasgow tower block on the anniversary of Grenfell was a 'sharp reminder' against any scope for complacency over fire safety in social housing.

Universal credit: fix this cruel, expensive fiasco

18 June, 2018

Ministers promised it would save money and cut fraud. But welfare reform has failed to deliver - and brought misery to many

'Grenfell' cladding: couple could sue after £600,000 flat now worth £90,000

18 June, 2018

Nerisa Ahmed and husband threaten to sue government agency that helped them buy home

Deaths of mentally ill rough sleepers in London rise sharply

18 June, 2018

Research finds 80% of rough sleepers who died in capital in 2017 had mental health needs compared with 29% in 2010

Council 'inaction' leaves renters at risk of revenge evictions

18 June, 2018

Just one in six private tenants living in an unsafe home is getting council protection from a revenge eviction, new figures show.

Raft of safety flaws listed at Grenfell Tower Inquiry

18 June, 2018

A list of failed safety regulations has been presented to a public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Rightmove House Price Index

18 June, 2018

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

Universal Credit risks furthering domestic abuse

18 June, 2018

Campaigners call for new payment arrangements where present payment system 'empowers abusers'.

Legislation alone will not eliminate homelessness

18 June, 2018

Local authorities need government funding to help them make a success of the act recently brought in to prevent and reduce homelessness

The great leasehold rip off

18 June, 2018

How firms are cashing in on housebuyers with charges that DOUBLE every decade

Living standards continue to stagnate as cuts to benefits outweigh gains from the National Living Wage

15 June, 2018

New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows the introduction of the National Living Wage has resulted in fast wage growth for low-paid workers

London boroughs considering establishing temporary accommodation joint company

15 June, 2018

Councils in London are working on plans to establish a joint company to source temporary accommodation for homeless households

Disabled men on universal credit discriminated against

15 June, 2018

Both men lost £178 a month on new benefit, leaving them unable to meet basic needs

Social housing regulator 'constrained' by government before Grenfell

15 June, 2018

The social housing regulator was "constrained" in its ability to investigate residents' fire safety concerns by the direction of travel imposed by government

Civitas Social Housing Acquires Seven Properties For GBP5.4 Million

15 June, 2018

Civitas Social Housing PLC said on Thursday it has acquired six specialist supported living properties and one residential care property for GBP5.4 million

How Grenfell put the past, present, and future of social housing into focus

15 June, 2018

From Ronan Point to the Ledbury estate, Kieran Yates speaks to tower block residents about living in fear and being neglected by the state

Universal Credit has not delivered value for money

15 June, 2018

Universal Credit has not delivered value for money and it is uncertain if it ever will

Warnings emerge of a 'rental drought' as lettings listings drop amid landlord exodus

15 June, 2018

An exodus of landlords from the buy-to-let market has caused a 12% drop in rental property listings over the past 12 months

Where do we stand a year after the Grenfell Tower fire?

14 June, 2018

From rehousing and trauma to inquiries and cladding, how much has changed?

Universal Credit introduced in first Belfast areas

14 June, 2018

Universal Credit will begin in the first areas of Belfast from Wednesday 13 June

My Universal Credit diary

14 June, 2018

I spent today in bed. I need to save my food parcel for the kids as I only get the size designed for a single person.

Grenfell housing: Finding a new home

14 June, 2018

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire a year ago, a series of promises were made to the survivors, especially concerning rehousing. Have they been delivered?

Social landlords have shown leadership following Grenfell and the government must back them

14 June, 2018

A year on from the Grenfell Tower fire, Sadiq Khan gives his message to the social housing sector

The biggest ever survey of fire risk assessments has revealed widespread safety problems

14 June, 2018

Inside Housing has obtained and analysed risk assessments for 1,584 tower blocks

Consultation response: Selective licensing proposal

14 June, 2018

Consultation response: Selective licensing proposal

Tenancy fees ban in Wales takes step closer with new Bill

13 June, 2018

Letting agents and landlords in Wales are set to be banned from charging tenants fees

Fury as housing associations redevelop and sell affordable homes

13 June, 2018

With many Grenfell Tower survivors still displaced a year after the fire that killed 72 people, figures reveal millions being made from selloffs

It's war - council on the attack over To Let boards

13 June, 2018

Letting agents and landlords will have to win planning consent to erect To Let signs in student areas of Leicester from next month

Social Housing Green Paper expected in next six weeks

13 June, 2018

The government's Social Housing Green Paper will be published within the next six weeks

Landlords again urged to make sure residential tower blocks are safe a year on from Grenfell fire

13 June, 2018

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has again urged private sector landlords to step up and make sure homes are safe in tower blocks one year on from the Grenfell fire

A year of reporting on the Grenfell Tower fire and its far-reaching consequences for social housing

13 June, 2018

The fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017 led to the deaths of 72 people and was a profound shock to the whole country

Rise in rental costs drive up guarantor numbers

13 June, 2018

The latest figures from Countrywide have shown that there has been a surge in the number of students and young professionals applying for a UK guarantor to secure accommodation

Listening to tenants could help prevent a second Grenfell disaster and we must start now

13 June, 2018

The Hackitt Review called for a "national culture of engagement" with tenants

Rehousing Grenfell Survivors

12 June, 2018

Since the Grenfell Tower fire of 14/15th June 2017, North Kensington Law Centre has provided free legal advice to around 250 households from Grenfell Tower

Letting agent fees for tenants in Wales face ban under new law

12 June, 2018

Landlords and letting agents could be banned from charging fees to private rental tenants in Wales under plans for a new law

Just look at housing to see the true cost of privatisation

12 June, 2018

Right to buy has been a success for landlords but a disaster for those most in need of a home

Grenfell one year on

12 June, 2018

Statement by the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Tenants hit out at cost of rent and fees - and poor communication from agents and landlords

12 June, 2018

Rental costs remain the key concern for tenants in the PRS but increasing numbers have worries about fees and communication with their lettings agent

Two million tenants likely to be clobbered by rent hikes as landlords face further costs

12 June, 2018

Two million tenants across the UK could be hit with rent rises totalling £46m a month, as 40% of landlords say they will increase rents in 2018

The DWP just quietly revealed the staggering scale of misery caused by Universal Credit

11 June, 2018

The DWP has quietly revealed the extent to which Universal Credit is throwing claimants into arrears, debt, and poverty

Regulator talks tenant voice and landlord self-assurance at national tenant conference

11 June, 2018

Tenant voice and landlord self-assurance were the focus of the Regulator's opening session at the Tenant Information Service national conference

In a wheelchair and want your benefits? You'll need to take the stairs

11 June, 2018

Sending disabled people to inaccessible centres causes pain and distress. Worse, it leads to them being denied benefits

Landlords should not panic after Metropolitan was taken to court over harassment claims

11 June, 2018

Metropolitan Housing Trust recently lost an appeal against a damages claim brought by two tenants

Police 'fail to act' as tenants are illegally thrown out

11 June, 2018

Officers wrongly treat threats and violence by landlords as a civil matter

Southwark Council questions Wandle housing association over purchase of faulty buildings

11 June, 2018

Southwark Council's planning committee questioned affordable housing association Wandle over the purchse of faulty buildings

More than a million on social housing waiting lists

11 June, 2018

Grandfather and commercial engineer Freddy Emmanuel has been on the waiting list for social housing for 18 years

RTB replacements 'all but eliminated' in five years

11 June, 2018

Homes built to replace those sold through the Right to Buy could be "almost eliminated" in five years time unless the policy is reformed

Landlords' Barometer - #59: There are Leavers and Remainers in the private landlord sector

11 June, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you a round-up of trending topics for landlords from the Property Tribes forum

Huge rise in agents' insurance claims as ambulance chasers help tenants win deposit money

11 June, 2018

There has been a huge increase in the number of claims agents are making on their professional indemnity insurance about tenancy deposits

A very brief history of council housing

08 June, 2018

The story of Britain's council estates begins in Shoreditch

Monitoring the private rented sector in Northern Ireland is essential if we are to prevent rising homelessness

08 June, 2018

The social sector in Northern Ireland does not have the resources to meet the needs of all those who are homeless or in housing stress

Housing association under investigation over fire safety concerns

08 June, 2018

The housing regulator has launched an investigation into a Merseyside landlord after fire safety concerns were raised

DWP silence over new PIP backdating call

08 June, 2018

Work and pensions secretary Esther McVey has refused to say how many disabled claimants are likely to receive backdated benefit payments

Push back to full roll out of Universal Credit

08 June, 2018

Government needs time to implement changes to the 'reform'

Private sector rents in UK up 2% in year to May 2018

08 June, 2018

Rents in the UK's private rented sector increased by 2% in the 12 months to May 2018 to an average of £919 per month

Councils spend near £500m on temporary accommodation

08 June, 2018

FoI responses expose eye-watering sums spent by sample councils alone on temporary accommodation over the past year

Universal Credit full service claimant survey

08 June, 2018

This report presents findings from a telephone survey of Universal Credit full service claimants

Grenfell: One year on

08 June, 2018

It's been a year since 72 people tragically lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower Fire

Temporary accommodation in Scotland: where are we now, and where do we go from here?

07 June, 2018

What is the state of play for temporary accommodation in Scotland?

'Absurd' £1,100 monthly rent for tiny flat leads to calls for reform

07 June, 2018

Renters despair at "converted utility cupboard" in Hampstead

Labour seeks law change to reduce maximum deposit landlords can charge renters

07 June, 2018

New parliamentary motion seeks to reduce cap from six weeks' rent to three weeks' rent

Nearly 4 million UK adults forced to use food banks

07 June, 2018

One in 14 Britons has used a food bank amid 'shocking' levels of deprivation

Government faces high court challenge over 'right to rent' scheme

07 June, 2018

Campaigners win permission to fight landlords' immigration checks on prospective tenants

Universal Credit programme full Business Case summary

07 June, 2018

Provides a summary of the Universal Credit full Business Case

Universal Credit: understanding its impact on the labour market

07 June, 2018

This document sets out how the Department for Work and Pensions will examine evidence for how Universal Credit is working in the labour market

Tenant Fees Bill Committee: Increased costs to landlords will hit vulnerable tenants

07 June, 2018

Earlier this week, Richard Lambert gave evidence in Parliament to the MPs' Tenant Fees Bill Committee on the impact of the proposed bill on landlords

Universal credit tips poor into hardship

07 June, 2018

Joseph Rowntree Foundation says cuts, debts and housing costs push poor over the edge

The changing benefits system in the UK and Scotland

06 June, 2018

The ways in which people receive welfare benefits are changing across the UK as the Westminster government continues to roll out its new benefits system and Scotland gains control of some social security powers

Universal Credit hits single parents

06 June, 2018

One Parent Families Scotland has called for a re-think after seeing a surge in calls about benefits

Drugs gangs 'exploited bedroom tax' to use homes of vulnerable tenants for crimes

06 June, 2018

Legitimate housing provision in the form of good quality housing association accommodation is a "critical resource" for supporting vulnerable tenants at risk of being exploited from serious organised crime

Benefit sanctions failing to treat claimants with dignity

06 June, 2018

The current system of benefit sanctions is failing to treat claimants with dignity and respect and causing severe hardship for some of the most vulnerable people in society

MPs urge home secretary to review 'right to rent' policy

06 June, 2018

Cross-party group says there has been no assessment of impact of immigration scheme

Crowdfunding platform enters social housing sector

06 June, 2018

A crowdfunding investment platform has entered the social housing sector with plans to finance a scheme in Liverpool

The 'poverty' of Grenfell lay in how tenants and residents were treated

06 June, 2018

Inquiry hears of lack of concern shown by local and central government, contractors predisposed against regulations and red-tape and society as a whole

Prime London Letting Index

05 June, 2018

This report analyses the performance of single-unit rental properties in the second-hand prime central and prime outer London markets between £250 and £5,000+ week

MP backs 'fantastic' tenant training scheme

05 June, 2018

House2Home offers training in a range of tenancy matters from sourcing affordable furnishing to accessing rent statements online

Grandmother and girl, 4, face homelessness after being denied Universal Credit - because she was born in America

05 June, 2018

Gwendolyn Banks was born in America but moved to England with her parents at the age of five

Khan calls for tenant to be national commissioner for social housing

05 June, 2018

Mayor of London says social housing residents' voices must be heard in corridors of power

Private Rented Sector Report - April 2018

05 June, 2018

A record number of landlords were selling their BTLs in April

Union warns that businesses will face staff shortages if pay doesn't keep up with rising rents

05 June, 2018

Employers need to pay higher wages to help staff as rents are growing at almost double the rate of pay

HB Direct issue 184

05 June, 2018

These HB Direct newsletters for local authority staff provide information that affects Housing Benefit

Single parents suffering from Universal misery

04 June, 2018

The Universal Credit scheme has hit lone carers disproportionately

Councils warn Homelessness Reduction Act hampered by welfare restrictions

04 June, 2018

New survey shows nearly all 119 councils responding think the level of housing benefit for young people isn't enough for PRS

Do you live in shoddy housing that costs a fortune? Time to join the renters' union

04 June, 2018

Faced with soaring rents and mouldy rooms, Bristol's angry tenants have formed the Acorn renters' union

Universal credit changes will bar 2.6 million children from free school meals

04 June, 2018

Eligibility changes mean 1.1 million children receive free school meals but 2.6 million would be entitled by 2022 if they had been kept the same

Legal challenge says 'right to rent' rules discriminate against non-UK nationals

04 June, 2018

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants argues that status checks make landlords favour those with British passports

99% of councils feel LHA cap restricts young people's access to housing

04 June, 2018

Councils feel their efforts to help young homeless people are being hampered by welfare reforms

Places for People targets UK private rented sector with £300m joint venture

04 June, 2018

Places for People has entered into a £330m joint venture with USS to acquire a range of private rented residential assets

Grenfell survivor blames landlord's 'cancerous' decisions for disaster

04 June, 2018

In his first newspaper interview, Edward Daffarn explains how his repeated safety warnings were ignored

Legal challenge to Right to Rent due in High Court this week

04 June, 2018

A legal challenge to Right to Rent is due to be heard in the High Court this week

Homelessness expected to rise once universal credit arrives in Guildford

01 June, 2018

A borough council report says the welfare reform presents "major risks" ahead of its introduction in Guildford in October

UK: Rights Of Access For Housing Associations

01 June, 2018

Sometimes, housing associations have rights of access over land owned by others

Piloting the Right to Buy extension

01 June, 2018

With the Right to Buy extension pilot due to land this summer, Nathaniel Barker unpicks two sticking points

Revealed: the London boroughs topping the tables for getting rid of council homes

01 June, 2018

Figures have revealed the extent of the loss of council housing across London between 2016 and 2017

New homes for displaced Ledbury tenants 'unaffordable'

01 June, 2018

Ledbury campaigners have also said new homes offered to tenants who wanted to leave the Peckham estate were 'unaffordable'

Buy-to-let lending tumbles by almost half since introduction of Stamp Duty surcharge

01 June, 2018

Buy-to-let lending is down 47% on levels before the introduction of the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge levied on the purchase of additional properties

Pilot scheme launches to enable letting agents to contact emergency contractors 24/7

01 June, 2018

Repairs reporting software company Fixflo has announced a joint pilot scheme with AXA Partners, a home emergency specialist with an in-house managed network of contractors

Letting agents report record numbers of landlords heading for the exit

01 June, 2018

A record number of landlords are now exiting the market

The housing association helping fathers play a positive role

31 May, 2018

Why did a Welsh housing association set out to help local dads?

Social housing boards at growing risk over independence and conflicts of interest

31 May, 2018

The shape of the sector is changing rapidly as new operating and funding models emerge and existing structures mature

Council welfare assistance schemes failing those in crisis

31 May, 2018

As Universal Credit rolls out, new report says need for coordinated, consistent support is "increasingly urgent"

Less than half of £4.8bn Right to Buy receipts used for replacement housing

31 May, 2018

Less than half the £4.8bn raised through selling off council housing at giant discounts since 2012 has gone to replacement housing

Landlord says it has saved tenants £3m after scrapping (and returning) deposits a year ago

31 May, 2018

A large landlord which decided to scrap deposits a year ago says the move has saved its tenants close to £3m

Large Scottish housing associations offer to 'flip' tenancies to tackle temporary accommodation delays

31 May, 2018

Large housing associations around Glasgow have offered to work with the local council to immediately switch temporary accommodation tenancies to permanent ones in an effort to tackle the problem of families stuck in insecure housing

Bromley universal credit: Concerns raised over looming roll out

31 May, 2018

There are "concerns" about how the roll-out of a new benefits system will hit the most vulnerable in Bromley

Meeting the 2020 Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing is going to require a major push over the next two years

30 May, 2018

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on a future strategy to further improve the energy efficiency of Scotland's social housing stock beyond 2020

Call to let councils compete with private sector over housebuilding

30 May, 2018

Survey shows just 2% of councils in England say new development in their area meets policy requirements for affordable housing

The hostile environment: what social landlords need to know

30 May, 2018

Some people have been wrongly told they're not eligible for social housing - it's essential that staff are aware of the rules

London losing 'thousands' of social rented homes

30 May, 2018

Latest housing stock stats said to show the capital going backwards for the first time in three years

Brokenshire dodges Right to Buy question

30 May, 2018

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has refused to disclose how much councils have been required to pay back to the Treasury in RTB receipts

Landlord of housing 'hell-hole' made more than £2m profit in one year

30 May, 2018

The owner of a controversial housing development 'hell-hole' in Mitcham made almost £2.5 million profit in just one year

Treasury defends tax changes for landlords as petition sails past 14,000 signatures

30 May, 2018

A petition calling on the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief for landlords and the abolition of the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge has attracted over 14,000 signatures

Social landlord and support service merge

29 May, 2018

A Ceredigion social landlord and a support service have announced that they have merged voluntarily

Huge rise in number of desperate Dundee households seeking help after benefit reforms

29 May, 2018

The number of hard-pressed Dundonians who have had to seek emergency help from the council has increased more than tenfold since controversial benefit changes were introduced

Housing association loses appeal in tenant harassment case

29 May, 2018

A large housing association has lost a Court of Appeal challenge to a finding that it unlawfully harassed two tenants

Government on housing: 'Our priorities have not changed'

29 May, 2018

Government has hit back at claims that it has dropped key pledges from its housing policy

The devastating impact the bedroom tax is still having in Teesside - five years on

29 May, 2018

The policy was a flagship of the coalition government, but new figures show how many on Teesside have lost out

1.75m private renters believe they will never buy a house

29 May, 2018

Number of households not expecting to buy has grown by 50% under Tories

MPs are warned that use of unregulated tenancy deposit replacements could spark new mis-selling scandal

29 May, 2018

MPs who are considering alternatives to tenancy deposits have been warned of the dangers of a major mis-selling scandal that could emerge months or even years down the line

Transforming temporary accommodation

29 May, 2018

Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group recommendations

Changes in the Private Rented Sector

25 May, 2018

Since 1 December 2017, all new tenancies in the Private Rented Sector have been private residential tenancies

Private rented sector loses 46,000 homes as landlord-bashing tax clampdowns kick in

25 May, 2018

There were 23.9m dwellings in England at March 31, 2017, the latest official figures show, with a fall in the number of private rented sector homes

Number of agents will 'undoubtedly' fall as legislative changes and fees ban bite

25 May, 2018

The number of agencies will 'undoubtedly' fall because of legislative changes and the tenant fees ban

Government reveals how landlords can avoid minimum energy efficiency measures

25 May, 2018

The Government has unveiled guidance on how landlords can get exemptions to new rules on minimum energy efficiency on rental properties

1,000-home threshold for Right to Buy extension pilot

25 May, 2018

Housing associations with fewer than 1,000 homes will not be asked to take part in the Midlands pilot of the Right to Buy extension

Regulator investigates 'sham transactions' association following pressure from councils

25 May, 2018

The regulator has launched an investigation into a housing association previously accused of "sham transactions" by a London council

Government turned down an offer to test the RTB in a rural area

25 May, 2018

A housing association offered to run a test of how the Right to Buy extension would work in rural areas as part of the regional pilot but was rebuffed by government

Strategies to sustain tenancies

25 May, 2018

Support to sustain tenancies is increasingly important for tenants and landlords

The disability system is blocking people like Jaki from their benefits

25 May, 2018

Those most in need are being refused benefits because their disability means they can't physically get to their assessment

Scottish Housing Market

25 May, 2018

Figures from UK Finance shows that BTL lending for purchases has fallen 8.8% in February compared to the previous year

Letting agents in Scotland reminded they will be criminals if they do not register within six months

24 May, 2018

Letting agents in Scotland have been sent a crucial reminder by the Government - that in less than six months' time, it will be a criminal offence to do letting agency work without having applied to join the SLAR

Average rents up by just £1 but growth still outpaces inflation

24 May, 2018

The south west was the fastest growing rental market in England and Wales last month as rent rises stumbled but remain above the rate of inflation

Government moves closer to flammable cladding ban

24 May, 2018

PMQs hears Theresa May defend consultation over a ban as a legal obligation

The need for better data in social housing

24 May, 2018

Data sharing and new technologies are offering great benefits for the social housing sector

Cladding ban plan in Wales after Grenfell Tower fire

24 May, 2018

Plans to ban inflammable cladding on high-rise buildings in Wales will go out to public consultation

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: April 2018

24 May, 2018

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

England and Wales Rental Tracker

24 May, 2018

South West sees fastest rising rents

PEARL Rental Index - May 2018

24 May, 2018

Rental price growth weakening for Great Britain, with the latest rental index showing rents had increased by 1.0% in the 12 months to April 2018, down from 1.1% in March 2018

Housing Benefit subsidy initial pre-audit final claims: Apr 2017 to Mar 2018

24 May, 2018

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

Student entrepreneur refocuses review site to concentrate on 'future of tenancy referencing'

23 May, 2018

A business started by a university student aimed at providing a review site of landlords and agents has changed its business model to concentrate on tenant referencing

Homes built with government Growth Deal funding will be subject to the Right to Buy

23 May, 2018

Councils with Growth Deal funding from the government will be expected to make any affordable housing they build subject to the Right to Buy, including homes constructed through their privately owned companies

The battle to sustain tenancies

23 May, 2018

Welfare reforms have made affording the rent much trickier for some tenants

All London boroughs signed up to rogue landlord checker

23 May, 2018

Some 2.4 million renters across the capital can now check their prospective landlord and agent and report rogue practices online

Scottish councils spend £59.2m on housing payments

23 May, 2018

Councils in Scotland made 122,660 emergency housing benefit payments to tenants in 2017/18

Final findings: Homelessness

23 May, 2018

Homeless people have been affected by the increased use of enforcement measures and associated penalties that aim to combat rough sleeping and problematic 'street culture' activities

Final findings: Social Housing (fixed-term tenancies)

23 May, 2018

Social housing has been argued to be a key arena for various forms of conditionality aimed at regulating the conduct of low-income populations

Flood of homes for sale as landlords quit buy to let

23 May, 2018

Up to 380,000 landlords are thinking about selling rental property in the next 12 months

HB G5/2018

23 May, 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

May 2018: Touchbase edition 127

23 May, 2018

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

Yorkshire and Humber now identified as the BTL hotspot

22 May, 2018

It is discovered that landlords owning property in the Yorkshire and Humberside region are set to purchase more buy-to-let property in the next five years than any other region

Households in Temporary Accommodation Rise by 60%

22 May, 2018

78,930 households were placed in temporary accommodation at the end of 2017

Government drops scheme to stop people being wrongly stripped of their benefits because it is a 'burden'

22 May, 2018

'Yellow card' reform was intended to prevent benefits being removed for trivial reasons - inflicting hunger and homelessness on vulnerable people

Benefit sanctions found to be ineffective and damaging

22 May, 2018

Study concludes that punishing claimants triggers profoundly negative outcomes

Buy-to-let property no longer a good punt, say more than half of investors

22 May, 2018

Over half of UK investors no longer see property as a good investment

Abolition of tenancy fees charged by agents gets another step closer: But can ban get more draconian?

22 May, 2018

The second reading of the Tenant Fees Bill took place in the House of Commons yesterday evening

Universal Credit and students

22 May, 2018

Guidance on claiming Universal Credit if you're a student

Final Findings: Welfare Conditionality project (2013-2018)

22 May, 2018

Report which summarises the final findings of the Welfare Conditionality project (2013-2018).

Council rent arrears soars for Dundee tenants on Universal Credit

21 May, 2018

Social rent arrears run up by Dundee council tenants on Universal Credit have doubled since the start of the year

Housing Matters podcast: Housing associations' work to tackle domestic abuse

21 May, 2018

In this episode, we talk about domestic abuse and the positive difference housing associations can make

Plymouth Community Homes helps new tenants find health and wellbeing

21 May, 2018

The organisation's New Home, New You project is brightening the futures of new residents

The lost homes of Hull's council estates and streets - and how losing them changed everything

21 May, 2018

From tower blocks to maisonettes, we take a look at the housing areas that have disappeared

DWP Housing Partnership backs scheme to keep tenants in homes

21 May, 2018

Dorset's biggest private landlord is backing a government-funded scheme that aims to prevent tenants losing their homes

Fury at claim a quarter of Bristol landlords considering quitting and selling up because of 'problem tenants'

21 May, 2018

They cite 'damage' and tenants not paying the rent - but their claims are 'offensive' according to tenants

2018 Annual Review of Social Housing

21 May, 2018

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

Raab commits to ban of combustible cladding

21 May, 2018

Housing minister Dominic Raab committed to a ban of combustible cladding products last night, ahead of a government consultation on the issue which will run until July

James Carthew: I hope Horizon revives faith in social housing

21 May, 2018

HZN real estate investment trust is the latest launch in the burgeoning social housing sub-sector

Landlords selling up due to tax changes could benefit first time buyers

21 May, 2018

A significant number of homes suitable for first time buyers could flood the UK market in the coming year as new research suggests hundreds of thousands of landlords are looking to sell up

Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions early warning trial evaluation: qualitative report

21 May, 2018

This report presents qualitative findings from the Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions early warning trial

New boss of Martin & Co hits out at deposit replacement schemes, saying they will cost tenants more

18 May, 2018

The new managing director of Martin & Co has hit out at 'zero' tenancy deposit schemes

Fees ban Bill to be heard on Monday

18 May, 2018

The second reading of the Tenant Fees Bill is due to be heard on Monday

Repairs and maintenance spend tracker: what did your association do in 2016/17?

18 May, 2018

How have associations in England reacted to the 1% annual rent cut?

Grenfell-style cladding could be banned on tower blocks

18 May, 2018

Housing secretary announces consultation on ban on combustible material

DWP sanctions claimants 'by any means necessary'

18 May, 2018

A disabled campaigner has told MPs how she was thrown out of a shelter and forced to sleep in her college library after she was unfairly sanctioned by the DWP

West Midlands associations seek Right to Buy solutions ahead of pilot

18 May, 2018

West Midlands housing associations are working to devise a workable method of transferring Right to Buy discounts between homes

Calls for stronger rent controls to help tenants struggling under universal credit regime

18 May, 2018

Campaigners say rent controls would help renters struggling under universal credit regime

The Unaffordable Private Rented Sector: Why it's time to thaw the LHA freeze

18 May, 2018

Last week, the Scottish Government published its third report into the impact of welfare reform

Councils' use of arm's-length organisations

18 May, 2018

The use of ALEOs by Scottish local authorities has reduced costs and improved standards of care issues of governance and accountability can still exist

8,000 win appeals over benefit cuts across Wales in 2017

18 May, 2018

Three-quarters of disabled people who challenged a decision to stop or reduce their main benefit were successful in Wales last year

Getting worse: complaints to TPO about letting agents soar 11%

18 May, 2018

The actual number of complaints received by the Ombudsman, Katrine Sporle, increased by three per cent to 3,658

Scottish Housing Market

18 May, 2018

Building on strong social housing delivery figures GCC have signed an agreement with GHA & Keepmoat Homes for the delivery +900 homes at the Sighthill TRA

The DPS Rent Index

18 May, 2018

Average rent across the UK during the first quarter of 2018 was £772

The true extent of Bristol's housing crisis: Council home wait list numbers and times revealed

17 May, 2018

There are more than 11,000 families waiting for just a handful of empty properties

Understanding what tenant engagement means

17 May, 2018

The Welsh social housing regulator is looking closely at social landlords' tenant involvement

'We are getting better', says Teesside's biggest landlord after criticism

17 May, 2018

Thirteen Group came under fire for failing to link with councillors and not meeting previous standards

Concern over plan to drop social rent from official definition of affordable housing

17 May, 2018

Trade bodies for housing associations and councils have voiced concerns over a proposal to change the definition of 'affordable housing' in a new draft version of government planning policy

Falls in mortgage lending across entire market including first-time buyers, home movers and buy-to-let

17 May, 2018

The value of mortgages lent to first-time buyers increased slightly amid a fall in approvals across the whole of the market

Housing association secures £50m funding line for almost 1,500 homes

17 May, 2018

A West Midlands social housing provider is set to build 1,400 homes across the region in the next two years after securing a £50m funding package

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics in England and Wales, January to March 2018 (Provisional)

17 May, 2018

All mortgage possession actions remain within a range consistent with volumes across the previous two years

Universal Credit process too complex for applicants

17 May, 2018

Rejected applications are blamed on an overly complicated process

Shelter Parliamentary Briefing: Second Reading of Tenant Fees Bill

17 May, 2018

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness - and we campaign to prevent it in the first place

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

17 May, 2018

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

Partnership to help landlords find trusted builders

16 May, 2018

New partnership between the Residential Landlords Association and the National Federation of Builders, set up to give landlords confidence they are hiring reputable firms

Grenfell Tower: lives remembered, but fire safety lessons still not learned

16 May, 2018

David P Sugden says the construction industry cannot be trusted to improve standards

Ronan Point 50 years on: are tenants being listened to on safety?

16 May, 2018

On the 50th anniversary of the collapse of Ronan Point, tower block safety campaigner Frances Clarke questions whether Dame Judith Hackitt is really listening to tenants

Universal Credit: Benefit 'flaw' penalises Derry mother

16 May, 2018

A mother from Londonderry has received no benefits for seven weeks due to the roll out of a new Universal Credit process in Northern Ireland

Making The Connection Between Social Housing And Economic Growth

16 May, 2018

Social housing is often viewed as a burden on the public purse

'Pension mountain' needed by older tenants

16 May, 2018

Tenants who will still be paying rent when they retire will need a pension pot of up to £445,000 to avoid falling living standards

Aberdeen City Council spends £23,000 per day on temporary accommodation

16 May, 2018

Aberdeen City Council is paying out more than £23,000 per day to put up residents in temporary accommodation

HB A6/2018

16 May, 2018

Housing Benefit operational information, performance support and engagement 2018-19

Broadband and Sky TV supplier to letting sector signs deal with tenancy referencing firm

15 May, 2018

Home Telecom, a specialist broadband supplier to the letting sector, acquired by Spark Energy, has signed a major partnership agreement with property services company Let Alliance

London's lack of housing supply is pushing rents up by five per cent annually

15 May, 2018

London's property prices are dropping, but a lack of housing is pushing rents up five per cent a year

Housing association raises hoarding issues

15 May, 2018

One association wants to help lose the stigma around the condition

Funding for social housing is 'nuts' top developer says

15 May, 2018

Roger Madelin believes government should directly fund the building of affordable homes - backed by higher corporation tax

Grenfell rally demands urgent removal of flammable cladding

15 May, 2018

Protesters express continued distrust of the authorities as MPs debate terms of public inquiry

Petition launches urging Government to reverse tax clampdowns on buy-to-let sector

15 May, 2018

A petition has been launched on the Government website demanding the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief for private landlords, and the dropping of the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge when additional properties are bought

New rent-to-rent business reveals plans to shake up online lettings sector

15 May, 2018

A new business which says it will shake up the online lettings sector has announced long-term plans to become the sector's largest international brand

Club charging monthly fees to members says it is not an agent letting to tenants

15 May, 2018

A membership club that rents rooms out is charging its members fees. However, it has hit back at claims in a national newspaper story and says it has found a new concept

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 12 April 2018

15 May, 2018

These experimental statistics cover numbers of claims made, starts and people on Universal Credit to 12 April 2018

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

15 May, 2018

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Benefit sanctions statistics to January 2018

15 May, 2018

Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions, data to January 2018

I live in a five-bedroom council house which I don't need, yet I'm not allowed to swap with an overcrowded family

14 May, 2018

No one should be forced to move just because their circumstances have changed, but many tenants would like to downsize to escape the effects of the bedroom tax yet are unable to do so, because of draconian regulations on 'under-occupation'

The rise of middle-aged renters exposes empty Tory promises

14 May, 2018

Policies like right to buy have boosted housing insecurity, not reduced it

Housing benefit bill set to double as renters get older

14 May, 2018

Taxpayers are facing a multibillion-pound bill to support renters in retirement because the proportion of middle-aged workers who do not own a home has doubled in a decade

Scottish HA uses wearable technology to detect tenants at risk of falls

14 May, 2018

A Scottish housing association has become the first to offer tenants wearable technology that can predict the risk of them suffering falls by monitoring vital signs

Scottish Government could be hit with £1m charge to improve welfare payments

14 May, 2018

The Scottish Government could be hit with a £1 million bill for making it easier for claimants to budget with Universal Credit welfare payments

The Housing Podcast: are we too hard on private landlords?

14 May, 2018

We talk to David Smith from the Residential Landlords Association about the private rented sector

RLA calls for 'comprehensive review' of PRS capacity

14 May, 2018

Sector now housing tenants in categories it was "never intended or structured to do"

Top government housing official links welfare reform as 'relevant' to rising homelessness

14 May, 2018

Further blow to the credibility of homelessness minister Heather Wheeler, who rules out welfare reform and cuts as a cause

Complex rules for universal credit see one in five claims fail

14 May, 2018

Thousands feared to be out of pocket after applications turned down for 'non-compliance with the process'

There's no such thing as a 'for-profit' housing association (and anyone who says different is wrong)

14 May, 2018

A number of organisations have appeared, calling themselves 'housing associations' but with business models completely contrary to the core values of housing associations - this is extremely dangerous

Private renting in some areas 'completely unaffordable'

14 May, 2018

Private renting has become "completely unaffordable" in some areas of Scotland

Now Wales looks set to introduce fees ban legislation 'imminently'

14 May, 2018

A draft Bill to introduce a fees ban in Wales looks set to be published imminently

Secure Tenancies Bill passes third reading amid concerns over Universal Credit

11 May, 2018

Opposition amendments aiming to ease financial pressure on women fleeing violent partners are voted down

Universal credit rules risk 'crushing' self-employed and startups

11 May, 2018

Committee of MPs says benefit 'designed with little regard' for sixth of UK workforce

Reality Check: How much do we spend on rent?

11 May, 2018

In the UK, people are renting for longer periods of time, as buying a property has become more expensive and wages have struggled to keep up

Criminals banned from renting out homes in Glasgow

11 May, 2018

Glasgow City Council has banned six people with convictions for serious crimes from operating as landlords in the city

Energy efficiency in social housing

11 May, 2018

£3.5m fund to help social landlords

The 37% - food banks, the housing crisis and London's child poverty epidemic

11 May, 2018

I don't tell her. I don't tell her but she's starting to feel that we're poor

Mortgage arrears at record low in Q1 2018

11 May, 2018

There were 78,800 homeowner mortgages in arrears of 2.5 per cent or more of the outstanding balance in the first quarter of 2018

Number of middle-aged renters doubles in a decade

11 May, 2018

Forty-somethings are now almost twice as likely to be renting from a private landlord than they were 10 years ago

Disabled people in housing crisis

11 May, 2018

Disabled people have been left frustrated and trapped by a chronic shortage of suitable housing

Charedi housing group facing discrimination legal challenge

11 May, 2018

A leading Jewish housing association is being taken to court over its policy of providing homes only for Orthodox Jews

Welsh housing associations back in the private sector

10 May, 2018

The Welsh Assembly has unanimously passed its Regulation of Social Landlords Bill

'I have sleepless nights': the looming mental health crisis facing generation rent

10 May, 2018

One in three millennials will never own their own home, and renters can be evicted with just two months' notice

Associations respond to rent cut with 'impressive' margins

10 May, 2018

Housing associations have boosted their core margins since the rent cut was introduced

Planning deregulation reduces the ability of councils to secure affordable homes

10 May, 2018

New report finds 63% of UK councils now describe their need for affordable homes as 'severe'

Government urged to hold parliamentary debate on minimum room sizes

10 May, 2018

Letting agent groups are warning that the private rental sector is set to lose vital stock as the Government presses ahead with plans for minimum room sizes for Houses in Multiple Occupation

Tenant who left behind jar of peanut butter charged £3 'default fee' for its removal

10 May, 2018

So-called 'default' fees are allowing landlords and agents to charge outgoing tenants for petty acts such as leaving a jar of peanut butter in a cupboard

Conservative stock transfer councils keen to set up HRAs

09 May, 2018

Labour launched a social housing policy document which pledged to "help councils that have transferred all their housing stock to a housing association establish a Housing Revenue Account and get building"

MP warns domestic abuse victims face huge rent arrears on Universal Credit

09 May, 2018

Victims of domestic violence who claim Universal Credit can find themselves in thousands of pounds of rent arrears if their abuser leaves their home and the payment is split

Government official reveals HRA £1bn can be used with Right to Buy receipts

09 May, 2018

Councils will be able to blend funding from the government's £1bn HRA borrowing programme with grant and Right to Buy receipts

Leasing council homes to charities

09 May, 2018

Bristol council homes earmarked to be sold off have instead been handed over to charities, to house refugees and other vulnerable groups

TV poll shows frontline DWP staff want Universal Credit roll-out paused

09 May, 2018

"Universal Credit, it's just taken my life, ripped it apart and flushed it down the toilet"

More action needed to protect renters against unfair evictions

09 May, 2018

Many renters in the private rented sector put up with unacceptable conditions in their homes because they are too afraid of being evicted to speak out

The rise and fall of council housing

09 May, 2018

In an extract from his new book, historian John Boughton explains how council housing became 'welfarised'

HomeLet Rental Index - April 2018

09 May, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 1.5% in April

LIN member report May 2018 - Welfare Reform A Round-Up Post 2015

08 May, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

The Housing Podcast: Peabody's new approach to rents

08 May, 2018

Listen to find out more about the key issues in housing today

Faifley rat problem costing housing association thousands

08 May, 2018

Thousands of pounds have been spent tackling a "rat problem" in Faifley caused by residents dumping rubbish in the wrong bins - or in no bin at all

London tenants spending £300 million a year on repairs landlords fail to carry out

08 May, 2018

London renters are spending almost £300 million a year on repairs their landlords failed to carry out

Challenging tenants forcing landlords in Manchester to sell

08 May, 2018

One in three landlords in Manchester are considering selling their rental properties due to problem tenants

Thirty years on from the 1988 Housing Act, the private rented sector is out of control

08 May, 2018

In 1988, Margaret Thatcher's government introduced the Housing Act in a bid to expand the private rented sector in the United Kingdom

Council sitting on £3.7m of unspent affordable housing cash

08 May, 2018

More than £3million of cash given to the council from developers that do not build enough affordable housing has not been spent

New rents edge up - with London prices now 108% higher than rest of the UK

08 May, 2018

Average newly agreed rents climbed to £918 a month in April, up 1.5% from the £904 a month recorded in April last year

Landlords' Barometer - #58: Is buy-to-let dead?

08 May, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Landlords Barometer

Will one third of millennials rent for their entire lives?

04 May, 2018

Up to a third of millennials 'face renting their entire life'

Tenants 'fundamental to the running of ALMOs'

04 May, 2018

As the NFA holds its annual conference, member bodies showcase their commitment to tenants being at the heart of the business models

RLA sounds its own warning over Tenant Fees Bill

04 May, 2018

Ministers told there is greater and earlier impact in using existing powers to improve the transparency of fees charged by agents

HBF reports big rise in social housing units approved

04 May, 2018

"There is still a long way to go, but this feels like a breakthrough moment in the years following the housing white paper"

Social housing provider responds to concerns over apartments plan - which has no affordable housing

04 May, 2018

A social housing provider has responded to concerns over its involvement in plans for 144 town centre apartments - which do not contain any affordable housing units

Client Money Protection to be compulsory for all letting agents in England from next April

04 May, 2018

Compulsory Client Money Protection will be the law from next April 1

Tenant fee ban could cost my firm £10m a year in lost revenue - so has the Government got its figures wrong?

04 May, 2018

The impact over a full year would see a loss of revenue of £10m

Fears of landlord 'loophole' in Tenant Fees Bill

04 May, 2018

Generation Rent sees scope for landlords to include unfair clauses in tenancy agreements

Universal Credit and prison leavers

04 May, 2018

Information for prison leavers, work coaches and probation officers about Universal Credit

HB U1/2018

04 May, 2018

Urgent information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

ARLA Propertymark attacks introduction of Tenant Fees Bill

03 May, 2018

"We do not believe the Bill will achieve its aims - tenants will end up worse off"

Rip-off debts soar as rent-to-own, catalogue credit and doorstep lending surge after payday loan crackdown

03 May, 2018

Debts from catalogue credit, doorstep lending and rent-to-own have all more than doubled in recent years even as regulators cracked down on payday loans

Furious landlord makes his tax protest clear by placing billboard on busy main road

03 May, 2018

An infuriated landlord has put up a large billboard in a prominent street location to protest about Section 24

Tenant fees ban to cost agents up to £4bn plus job losses and closures

03 May, 2018

The tenant fees ban will cost agents anywhere between £1bn and £4bn over the first ten years

Housing associations will mitigate rent cuts with a range of cost savings

03 May, 2018

New report says savings on the likes of repairs and maintenance and jobs should be "significant" to soak some 70% of revenue lost

Housing associations Right to Buy pilot 'will not charge local authorities'

03 May, 2018

MHCLG confirms the pilot will be fully funded from government

Benefit cap leading to "working role-models in families": Esther McVey

03 May, 2018

New figures released today show that 48,000 households have moved into work after being subject to the benefit cap

Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2018

03 May, 2018

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

Let's create the future of social housing together

02 May, 2018

Many people across Scotland face struggles just to get through each day, which means that they can't think about or plan for their futures

One-week limit on temporary accommodation could save £29m

02 May, 2018

Scottish councils could save £29m this year if they moved all single people out of unsuitable temporary accommodation after a week

Sheffield housing association fined over 'dangerous, substandard' properties

02 May, 2018

A Sheffield housing association has been fined after four of its properties were found to be dangerous and substandard

Why we are freezing or cutting rents on thousands of homes

02 May, 2018

Peabody has embarked on a process to make its rents fairer

Gobsmacked tenants in Salford high-rises just got a cleaning bill for their 'self-cleaning' windows

02 May, 2018

Housing association City West installed 'the world's first self-cleaning windows' on a string of blocks across Eccles - but now they've got grubby

Peabody plans to stop charging affordable rent

02 May, 2018

Peabody will freeze or cut rents on "thousands" of its affordable rented homes while converting market rent tenancies to social rents

Increasing rent arrears and rising homelessness causing concerns across the north of Scotland

02 May, 2018

Increasing rent arrears and homelessness across Ross & Cromarty gave local councillors cause for concern at yesterday's Highland Council area meeting in Dingwall

Major association's 'bold' move to cut rents praised by sector

02 May, 2018

A major association's "bold" move to cut its rents has been praised by sector leaders, with some landlords revealing they are looking at their own rent policies

'Non-committal committal' over release of social housing Green Paper

02 May, 2018

Commons told the Green Paper will be published "in the next few months"

New law lets tenants claim back their rent

02 May, 2018

A change in housing law that lets tenants claim back up to a year's rent if a landlord has committed a housing offence is gaining popularity after a year on the statute book

HB S10/2018

02 May, 2018

Payment for the Verify Earnings and Pension Alerts service 2018

Restricting the use of B&Bs and unsupported hostels in Scotland could save £29m in public funds this year

02 May, 2018

Moving all homeless people out of unsuitable temporary accommodation, such as bed and breakfasts or unsupported hostels, after seven days could save £29m in public money this year alone

The rentquake will punish the Tories at the ballot box

01 May, 2018

The effects of our broken housing system are felt most strongly in London

Rising rent arrears a major risk to building new affordable homes

01 May, 2018

Fife families are struggling to pay their rent due to universal credit, posing a threat to construction of affordable housing in the region

New Guidance Published for Landlords on Right to Rent Checks on Undocumented Commonwealth Citizens

01 May, 2018

In a change to government policy, the Home Office have released a statement acknowledging that "some people who have lived in the UK for most of their lives are having difficulty providing the necessary evidence of their status"

Young or old, we private renters are being locked out of our dream homes

01 May, 2018

Millennials are not the only ones in overpriced housing. Baby boomers are among the landlords' victims too

Rent pause pays off for provider

01 May, 2018

Debt relief scheme praised for innovative approach to housing costs and mental health

Social Housing IPOs: Horizon tries after Fundamentum fails

01 May, 2018

Fundamentum Property has pulled the flotation of its Supported Housing fund after failing to convince investors to back the high yielding REIT

Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing

01 May, 2018

John Boughton traces the vexed history of social housing in this timely, persuasive study

Rent freedom day finally draws near after 86 working days

01 May, 2018

A year's rent takes up all the net pay earned by full-time workers until now - the first week of May

The Observer view on the government's punitive and repugnant benefits policy

30 April, 2018

From immigration to disability, the Conservatives have sought to draw a line between the deserving and undeserving

Social housing is not just a safety net for the few

30 April, 2018

With more and more people made homeless or forced to pay excessive rents, the charity Shelter is investigating how to help them

Private landlords rake in £1.6m for temporary homeless flats

30 April, 2018

Private landlords have earned more than £1.6m for providing temporary homeless accommodation in Glasgow over the last five years

What it's really like living in a council house in Bransholme

30 April, 2018

From rats in their homes to dodgy doors and living weeks without a bathroom, residents have had their say

'Baby boomer' tenants forced to take 'drastic' measures to pay rent

30 April, 2018

Almost half of private renters aged 50 and over have taken 'drastic' measures to combat rising rent costs

Rent costs full-time workers every penny earned until May

30 April, 2018

A year's rent takes up every penny earned by full-time workers until the first week of May

Windrush shows it's easy to fall foul of Right to Rent

27 April, 2018

As the stories from people affected by the Windrush scandal continue to emerge, the government's 'hostile environment' strategy faces growing scrutiny

Tenants making more use of rent repayment orders than local councils in first year of new powers

27 April, 2018

Tenants have made more applications for rent repayment orders against their landlord than local authorities in the first year of new powers that allow renters to initiate RROs

Government rushes out new advice on Right to Rent - but is it any help at all?

27 April, 2018

The Government has issued updated guidance about letting property to 'Windrush' people - long-term residents of the UK but who do not have documents to demonstrate their status

Councils spend millions using Right to Buy flats as temporary accommodation

27 April, 2018

Town halls are spending millions of pounds a year renting ex-council flats from private landlords to provide accommodation for homeless households

Hertsmere Borough Council can now fine landlords up to £30,000

27 April, 2018

Landlords could be be fined thousands of pounds after the council introduced tough new measures

Rogue landlord sentenced to six months in prison for unlawful evictions

27 April, 2018

An Oxford landlord with a history of criminal and non-compliant behaviour was given a six-month custodial sentence for a series of housing offences at Oxford Magistrate's Court on 25 April 2018

Scotland - Rental Tracker

27 April, 2018

Stability in Scottish rental market in March

Scottish Monthly Rent Analysis Q1 2017-Q1 2018

27 April, 2018

Scottish average rises 1.6% to £780 per month

Average rents fall across the UK for first time in six years, suggesting this is more than a correction

26 April, 2018

Average rents in the UK decreased for the first time since 2012 during the first quarter of 2018

Landlords trying to make up for their tax losses with rent hikes

26 April, 2018

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes has hit a six month high

Tenants to leave Rugby tower blocks over fire safety fears

26 April, 2018

All tenants from two Warwickshire tower blocks are to be moved from their homes over serious fire safety concerns

Housing association warns cladding costs will impact capital projects

26 April, 2018

A South West housing association has warned it cannot meet the cost of removing dangerous cladding from its tower blocks without serious knock-on effects to its new build and refurbishment programmes

Labour local branch pledges limit on Right to Buy rents

26 April, 2018

Southwark's Labour Party has promised to force future leaseholders of Right to Buy flats to charge affordable rents when letting their property

A tinted view: negative media portrayals of social housing

26 April, 2018

Since Grenfell, serious questions have been asked about the way social housing is portrayed by the media and politicians

Public attitudes to social housing in Wales: Report for the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru

26 April, 2018

This work has been commissioned by the Tyfu Tai Cymru project which is a 5-year policy project seeking to provide insightful analysis and address gaps in evidence to inform current and future housing policy

Funding supported housing for all

26 April, 2018

Specialised Supported Housing for people with a learning disability

Personal Independence Payment customer journey films

26 April, 2018

DWP has published 5 short videos to help give people an overview of the process of claiming Personal Independence Payment

Make buy-to-let fairer and more professional

26 April, 2018

Landlords can expect more protection against rogue letting and management agents who run off with their money or charge rip-off fees

Going green could make your buy-to-let more appealing to tenants

25 April, 2018

When choosing a rental property 42% of tenants consider whether a building is eco-friendly

Glasgow landlords facing restrictions on power to increase rent

25 April, 2018

Restrictions on how much a landlord can increase rent by are on the cards for Glasgow

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics: Update to 31 December 2017

25 April, 2018

More than 285,000 households in financial difficulty have received welfare assistance from the Scottish Government over the past five years

Enough squabbling over supply versus demand. Let's build the social housing that Britain needs

25 April, 2018

In the long fight to fix the housing market, it's Supply versus Demand

Even social housing is unaffordable now in some parts of England

25 April, 2018

Councils are under pressure as homelessness grows and housing options dwindle

'We will work with you': Andy Burnham urges private landlords to get on board with GM's housing plans

25 April, 2018

Andy Burnham told a disgruntled crowd of private landlords and property professionals that he wants to work with them to develop the region's housing strategy at a conference in Manchester today

Government-backed REIT on track to own more than 6,000 homes

25 April, 2018

The private rented sector REIT, backed by the government, is on track to own more than 6,000 homes across the country

England and Wales Rental Tracker

25 April, 2018

East Midlands leads rental market in England and Wales

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2017 to 2018

25 April, 2018

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

Number of zero-hours contracts in UK rose by 100,000 in 2017

24 April, 2018

Employment contracts without a minimum number of guaranteed hours increased to 1.8m

Councils Urged To Reveal Full Figures Of Unspent Affordable Homes Cash

24 April, 2018

HuffPost UK revealed at least £375million is yet to be spent

Why food banks must never become the norm

24 April, 2018

The new Trussell Trust chief executive on the food bank charity's alarming 'success', and partnering with Asda

More than half of PIP decisions overturned

24 April, 2018

Over 8,000 Scots were successful in appeals against disability benefit decisions

"Benefit levels must keep pace with rising cost of essentials" as record increase in foodbank figures is revealed

24 April, 2018

For the first time, new national data highlights the growing proportion of foodbank referrals due to benefit levels not covering the costs of essentials

End of year foodbank stats

24 April, 2018

Between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018, The Trussell Trust's foodbank network distributed 1,332,952 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis

High demand sees Northern Ireland rents rise faster than UK average

23 April, 2018

The average monthly rent in Northern Ireland has risen by more than the UK average to £629

Ministers urged to go further in disability benefits reform after major review

23 April, 2018

The Government has committed to making recordings of Personal Independence Payment assessments a standard part of the process

A third of landlords with just one buy-to-let are considering selling up - but bigger landlords want to invest more

23 April, 2018

Tax hit on buy-to-let is taking its toll on both new purchases and existing owners

Councils Have Failed To Spend £375m Earmarked To Ease The Housing Crisis

23 April, 2018

The council responsible for Grenfell is sitting on £21million

Housing associations' 'diminished role' limiting social housing development

23 April, 2018

Cuts to grant for housing associations has "diminished their role" and limited their ability to develop social housing at scale

Letting agents in Scotland where fees are banned are 'continuing to charge tenants'

23 April, 2018

A group of tenants in Scotland is alleging that agents in Glasgow are breaking the law by continuing to charge fees to tenants, six years after the ban

This is the impact of universal credit

23 April, 2018

The number of people on universal credit is set to double this year

More landlords in the UK voted to stay in the EU than leave

20 April, 2018

More than half of landlords in the UK voted to remain in the European Union and are more likely to see Brexit as a threat than an opportunity

Municipal Dreams by John Boughton review - the rise and fall of council housing

20 April, 2018

An important and timely book, in the wake of Grenfell Tower, which emphasises how public investment enriches lives

Bedroom tax delay leads to concerns over Scottish benefits devolution

20 April, 2018

Scottish ministers have raised concerns over delays to the handover of welfare powers to Holyrood

Rogue landlord ordered to pay ground-breaking fine

20 April, 2018

Thirty-five offences related to lack of HMO licences and breaches of the HMO management regulations

Landlords struggling with regulation changes

20 April, 2018

Survey sheds light on the scale of the challenge that landlords say they face in coping with compliance

Calls for improved electrical safety standards in PRS

20 April, 2018

Charity reports that homes in the private rented sector are most at risk from electrical fires

Housing associations are at the heart of Labour's social housing plans - as they should be

20 April, 2018

The Labour Party's social housing green paper is a clear indicator of the party's determination to tackle the housing crisis

Landlords becoming more professional as 'amateurs' turn away from buy-to-let

20 April, 2018

Almost a third of amateur landlords are looking to sell up while those with bigger portfolios are still feeling positive

Why Right to Rent should be suspended at once after Windrush fiasco

20 April, 2018

Agents have been among the enforcers of the Government's 'hostile environment' policy which has led to the Windrush scandal

HB G4/2018

20 April, 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: March 2018

19 April, 2018

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

Social sharing: expansion of shared housing in the social sector

19 April, 2018

A case for social landlords to expand their provision of shared accommodation using conversion of existing homes

House to home: giving social housing tenants a place to call home

19 April, 2018

A case for the provision of basic decoration and floor covering in social housing, along with access to furniture packages

Criminal landlords should have their properties confiscated

19 April, 2018

Criminal landlords should have their properties confiscated

Labour proposes scrapping affordable rent in social housing review

19 April, 2018

Labour has proposed scrapping the affordable rent tenure in its social housing review

PEARL Rental Index - April 2018

19 April, 2018

We have rounded up all of the latest housing statistics, rental index updates and data on renting from across the sector and compiled them into one easy to digest bulletin

Split universal credit payments between partners to curb abuse

19 April, 2018

Experts tell MPs single household payments make it easier for domestic abusers to seize and regulate family income

Rogue landlords

19 April, 2018

The government could do more to protect tenants from rogue landlords

Consultation launched in Scotland on making landlord registration more robust

18 April, 2018

A consultation is underway in Scotland about making private sector landlord registration more robust by expanding the information provided by applicants

London council to set up housing association for Right to Buy funds

18 April, 2018

Enfield Council is set to establish a housing association to spend funds it receives from council tenants exercising their Right to Buy

Government urged to focus on improving conditions in the PRS

18 April, 2018

The government must focus on urgently improve dangerous housing across the country after new figures revealed that thousands of private tenants are at risk of death in their properties

Think tank calls for rent caps as it warns of 'cradle to grave' renters

18 April, 2018

A think tank has called for rent controls, saying that rises should be limited to the Consumer Prices Index of inflation

Government slates tenant fee ban for early next year but not before April 2019

18 April, 2018

The Government is aiming to introduce the tenant fee ban early next year but it is unlikely to be before April 2019

The Property Ombudsman warns that agents will still have duty of care for tenants' complaints after fee ban

18 April, 2018

The Property Ombudsman has warned that letting agents must not forget about their duty to tenants once the fee ban comes in

Michael McDonnell, Choice, on Rethinking Social Housing

18 April, 2018

Northern Ireland's housing associations must reconsider their purpose in a changing world

Countrywide plc Monthly Lettings Index - April 2018

17 April, 2018

In the last 12 months 9,523 landlords who re-mortgaged their buy-to-let withdrew money for home improvements

Child poverty: Fears welfare changes could hit 50,000

17 April, 2018

Efforts to tackle child poverty and low incomes in Wales are being "damaged" by UK government welfare and tax reforms

2,000 social housing units for Belfast this year, but supply can't meet demand

17 April, 2018

NIHE'S Head of Place Shaping for Belfast, stressed that while they are potentially delivering around 2,000 homes this year, the demand is "significantly higher" than the reality of what they can supply

Dartford councillors claim KCC cuts putting strain on sheltered housing for 550 over 55s

17 April, 2018

Borough councillors have claimed cuts made by their counterparts at Kent County Council are putting sheltered housing services for 550 people at risk

Westminster investigating ALMO for ex-council buy-back practices

17 April, 2018

Westminster Council's trading standards team is investigating its own ALMO for the second time in six months

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 8 March 2018

17 April, 2018

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

Universal Support

17 April, 2018

Universal Credit claimants can get help to make a claim and manage their payments of Universal Credit. This help is called Universal Support

Fixing the broken Right to Buy replacements machine

16 April, 2018

Last month, the government finally fell behind on its pledge to replace additional Right to Buy homes sold on a 'one-for-one' basis

Private let costs in Scotland have risen faster than workers' wages

16 April, 2018

The cost of private rented accommodation in Scotland is rising faster than workers' wages

McVey faces further SFHA calls for Universal Credit pause

16 April, 2018

Delaying system changes to allow bedroom tax to be abolished at source until at least May 2020 will be "fraught with difficulty"

Disabled people lose legal aid in 99% of benefits disputes

16 April, 2018

Official figures show that cuts have caused a massive drop in claimants granted help for welfare battles

Social housing fraudster caught illegally sub-letting Islington flat

16 April, 2018

A social housing fraudster has been found guilty of illegally sub-letting a home in Islington

Welfare reforms 'exacerbating' youth homelessness

16 April, 2018

Changes to benefits and lack of affordable housing accounts for half of young homeless people

Seven Boroughs Account For Nearly Half Of London's Social Housing Waitlist

16 April, 2018

Seven of London's boroughs make up for nearly half (49.5% to be exact) of London's social housing waiting list

Family had to live in hotels for three years after landlord accidentally let out their home

16 April, 2018

A mum and her two children had to live in hotels and temporary housing for three years after their landlord accidentally let their home to other people

Hundreds Of Thousands Put Up With Unsafe Homes For Fear Of Eviction

16 April, 2018

About 250,000 renters are living in sub-standard properties

Landlords 'doing up' rather than 'trading up'

16 April, 2018

Landlords are choosing to invest in their existing properties rather than take on the extra transaction costs of adding to their portfolios

More than £30k in rent paid for 'unsafe' illegal HMO

13 April, 2018

Hunt now on for owner of the rundown three-bedroom property raided this morning

Thousands of Newcastle households are still losing money every week due to bedroom tax

13 April, 2018

Latest figures show the average yearly loss of income per household in Newcastle is £751.19 due to bedroom tax

Huge 'reverse' gender pay gap at Scotland's largest housing association

13 April, 2018

Scotland's largest housing association has a huge "reverse" gender pay gap which sees its female staff earn 46% more than their male colleagues

Scotland sees 430% increase in English landlords

13 April, 2018

And the trend continues - registrations already 226% up on last year

HomeLet Rental Index - March 2018

13 April, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 0.9% in March compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £912 a month

English landlords increasingly seeking buy-to-lets in Scotland

13 April, 2018

Landlords living in England are increasingly looking north of the border for buy-to-lets

'Modest' rise in UK rental prices over first quarter of 2018

13 April, 2018

Rents up by 0.9% in the last twelve months - an average monthly increase of £3 per property

MPs launch yet another benefit sanctions inquiry

13 April, 2018

The Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry into benefit sanctions

LIN member report April 2018 - Landlords and the Courts

12 April, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

UK buy-to-let mortgages riskier than before crisis

12 April, 2018

Buy-to-let mortgages in Britain, especially those issued recently, are more risky than loan deals signed before the 2008 financial crisis

Housing association tenant wrongly charged nearly £3,000 after 'admin error'

12 April, 2018

Social housing company Torus admitted errors were made with tenant direct debits

Thousands will have to travel to Halifax as Huddersfield sickness benefit centre shuts

12 April, 2018

Crown House earmarked for closure as part of Department for Work and Pensions shake-up

Sorry! Housing association apologises to mum over flooded flat

12 April, 2018

A housing association has apologised to a mum-of-two after it failed to promptly deal with urgent repairs after her boiler blew up and flat flooded, leaving her without a cooker or heating

Woman forced to sleep on camp bed for three years waiting for council house

12 April, 2018

Christine Goode and her elderly mother have been sharing a one-bedroom bungalow for three years

Cardiff's first council houses in a generation set to be ready this winter

12 April, 2018

Some 600 council houses for rent or assisted purchase are being built

Universal credit 'flaws' mean thousands will be worse off

12 April, 2018

Analysis shows that self-employed workers could receive less over a year than employees in "traditional" jobs who earn the same amount

The Homelessness Monitor: England 2018

12 April, 2018

This annual report funded by Crisis and JRF analyses the impact of economic and policy developments on homelessness

HB A5/2018

12 April, 2018

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

Landlords in the North of England hit by voids more than in rest of the country

11 April, 2018

More landlords with property in the North of England experienced a void period in the past three months than in any other UK region

Fight fair when challenging housing associations

11 April, 2018

David Bookbinder reacts to "personal" criticism of housing associations

Housing association tenant's appeal for 'right to buy' property dismissed

11 April, 2018

A housing association tenant whose application to purchase her home under "right to buy" legislation was refused has had her appeal against the decision dismissed

New Ballymena social housing homes released

11 April, 2018

Social housing provider Choice Housing has completed the first phase of an £8.5m scheme in Ballymena

Housing associations overcome challenges to exceed building targets

11 April, 2018

Northern Ireland's housing associations have once again surpassed building targets despite challenging economic conditions and political uncertainty

Extra rent support for new Universal Credit claimants

11 April, 2018

Esther McVey said the additional support was being made available to allow people to "adjust" from fortnightly to monthly payments

Rent boost for millions of claimants moving onto Universal Credit

11 April, 2018

People in receipt of Housing Benefit will receive an extra 2 weeks' support with their rent when they move onto Universal Credit from 11 April 2018

How one Norfolk council has cut its housing waiting list by 95%

10 April, 2018

Allowing staff to think creatively about people's needs is a risk, but it's paid off in Great Yarmouth

More support for disabled people plus other welfare and pension reforms start in April

10 April, 2018

A number of welfare reforms have come into effect from April 2018

Performance of the Attendance Allowance Unit and Disability Living Allowance 65+: Apr 2017 to Mar 2018

10 April, 2018

Performance of the Attendance Allowance Unit and Disability Living Allowance 65+ against customer service targets for complaints and compliments

The government is taking action to protect private renters (part 2)

10 April, 2018

This is the second post in a two-part blog exploring how the government is taking action to improve protections for private renters

Landlords remain confident about BTL

10 April, 2018

Almost two-fifths of landlords are feeling positive about the future of the rental market, and are thinking about buying more properties to rent in the future

2,000 take part in CIH social housing research project

10 April, 2018

More than 2,000 people have taken part in the CIH project to gather research for the upcoming Social Housing Green Paper

Six leading landlords exceed average gender pay gap

10 April, 2018

More than a quarter of the top 20 housing associations by stock owned have reported gender pay gaps larger than the national average

Hackney Council Approves Additional & Selective Licensing Schemes

10 April, 2018

Landlords with property in Hackney should now be aware that Hackney Council have approved a five year selective licensing pilot scheme of all non-HMOs

Fife Council steps up homelessness and temporary accommodation measures

09 April, 2018

Councillors in Fife have discussed moves to protect some of the council's most vulnerable tenants

Channel 5's new social housing programming

09 April, 2018

Channel 5 have started a new series of films about social housing, and from the outset it feels like this might be a bit of a challenge

Criminal landlord database 'could fail' if not open to tenants

09 April, 2018

Generation Rent calls for "proper naming and shaming" as database goes live

Will Labour win the next election thanks to the private rental sector?

09 April, 2018

A new analysis by campaigning housing organisation Shelter claims the changes within the private rental sector could indirectly lose the next election for the Conservatives and win it for Labour

Remove two-child benefit cap

09 April, 2018

Sixty Church of England bishops along with leaders of other religious groups, are urging ministers to rethink the two-child benefits cap

Housing market: Number of buy-to-let landlords reaches record high despite tax hike

09 April, 2018

Government has introduced 3% Stamp Duty levy, new stress tests for home loans, and ended mortgage interest tax relief

Fundamentum launch tests appetite for social housing

09 April, 2018

Investor appetite for high-yielding social housing funds faces a new test today as plans are unveiled to launch the sector's fourth Reit in 18 months

Westminster delays Holyrood action against bedroom tax

09 April, 2018

Tory backsliding will stop the Scottish Government from scrapping the controversial bedroom tax until at least May 2020

Home Office accused of turning 'blind eye to discrimination' in housing immigration crackdown

09 April, 2018

Fury after ministers quietly throw out an inspector's call to act on fears that 'Right to Rent' scheme is triggering 'racial discrimination, exploitation and homelessness'

Ministers told to expect backlash as millions lose out from universal credit

09 April, 2018

Senior government adviser warns of effect of cuts to welfare budget

Number of buy-to-let landlords soared to new high in 2016

09 April, 2018

The number of buy-to-let investors in the UK hit a record high of 2.5m in the latest tax year for which the information is available

Leicester council planning to buy back 'Right to Buy' homes

06 April, 2018

It has earmarked £440k for re-acquiring homes it used to own

Renters Surge Among Under 45s Could Throw Tories Out Of Office

06 April, 2018

The number of renters and mortgage payers could be equal by the next election

Green party pledge to 'protect' social housing

06 April, 2018

Promise comes as part of its local election launch

New banning orders part of fresh crackdown on rogue landlords

06 April, 2018

Landlords guilty of a range of housing and immigration offences will be added to a new national database

Housing associations promise action following gender pay reports

06 April, 2018

Major housing associations are revealed to have gender pay gaps of more than 25%

Councils call for Right to Buy flexibility after Raab criticism

06 April, 2018

The councils with the largest deficits between Right to Buy sales and replacements have blamed the government's lack of flexibility for the gap

Councils encouraged to make public when agents and landlords are banned

06 April, 2018

Letting agents who are banned should be named and shamed

Database of rogue landlords and property agents under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

06 April, 2018

Guidance for local housing authorities on the database of rogue landlords and property agents

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2017 to 2018

06 April, 2018

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

The Government is taking action to protect private renters (part 1)

06 April, 2018

The Government's drive to improve private renting has got a spring in its step

Bad tenants and rogue landlords - plus an agent expelled by the Ombudsman

05 April, 2018

A new property series launches tonight on Channel 5, Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords. Judging from its title, you might think that agents wouldn't be featured - but you'd be wrong

Rogue lettings agent database to launch tomorrow, but ARLA is questioning the point of it

05 April, 2018

A database of rogue lettings agents and landlords goes live tomorrow but there is concern at how effective it will be, given that it won't be made public

Gender Pay Gap in the Social Housing Sector

05 April, 2018

The Gender Pay Gap reporting deadline was 4th April, so we've compiled tables for Housing Associations and Local Authorities

Social housing company plans £150m float

05 April, 2018

A property company that invests in social housing is planning to launch a £150m float on the London Stock Exchange next month

Tenants outside of London spend over half of disposable income on rent

05 April, 2018

And in London almost 89% of disposable income is spent on rent - now standing at an average of £1,879 per month

Benefits mistakes affect more than 8,000 in NI

05 April, 2018

Mistakes in paying sickness benefits are likely to have affected more than 8,000 claimants in Northern Ireland

'My fight to change attitudes towards social housing tenants'

05 April, 2018

Claire Hughes tackles some of the misconceptions faced by social housing tenants

Council launches crackdown on town's rogue landlords, but housing union thinks it will fail

05 April, 2018

North Somerset Council has vowed to crack down on rogue landlords in Weston-super-Mare after a report revealed the town has the 'worst housing conditions' in North Somerset

Funding for Supported Housing

04 April, 2018

Response to Two Consultations

Supported housing helps some of our country's most vulnerable people to lead independent lives in the community

Buy-to-Let Index Quarterly Report

04 April, 2018

With special feature 'House price growth slowdown'

Top 10 regular Colchester claims number one spot

Cheltenham bus attacks: 'we'll evict people behaving anti-socially' say housing bosses

04 April, 2018

New crack-down planned in response to incidents on town's troubled Springbank estate

Housing associations are skewing satisfaction rates

04 April, 2018

Tommy Lusk, housing campaigner, says tenant satisfaction surveys published by housing associations hide more than they reveal

Should council-owned land be used to solve Gloucestershire's social housing crisis?

04 April, 2018

There are 14,000 families on the waiting list

Social housing REIT shares fall amid market uncertainty

04 April, 2018

Shares in social housing investment funds have fallen and investor interest waned, as markets react to trouble at a housing association which has deals with several trusts

Government admits falling behind on Right to Buy replacement pledges

04 April, 2018

The Government has admitted falling short on its commitment to replace council housing units sold under the Right to Buy scheme

Landlords' Barometer - #57: Taxing times for the private rented sector

04 April, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Landlords Barometer

Sweeping rent controls set to be introduced via Private Member's Bill in Scotland

04 April, 2018

The Scottish Labour party is planning to introduce a 'Mary Barbour' law which, if passed, will bring in strict rent controls

Plans for new law to tackle rising rent prices and overcrowding in Scotland

03 April, 2018

Calls are being made for new legislation to tackle rising private rent prices, as figures show the number of overcrowded properties more than doubled in four years

Benefit rates 2018-19

03 April, 2018

The benefit rates for 2018-2019

Call for tax deductible PRS energy efficiency improvements

03 April, 2018

Such a policy seen as supporting landlords to go beyond what is required to bring properties up to the Government's target

Social Housing Update:Written statement - HCWS614

03 April, 2018

Nearly 2 million households have been helped to realise aspirations to own their homes through the Right to Buy since 1980

New crackdown on rogue agents to protect renters and leasehold homeowners

03 April, 2018

Private rented and leasehold sectors will receive stronger protection from unfair rogue letting and managing agents thanks to new government proposals

Welfare payments that are 'lifelines' for people being 'hacked away'

03 April, 2018

New figures show more than £300m axed from funds that serve as 'safety net' for poor claimants

Government will consult on Right to Buy flexibility after breaking pledge

03 April, 2018

The government will consult on "greater flexibility" for councils to use Right to Buy receipts, but remains committed to the policy despite breaking its pledge on replacing homes

Returns on buy-to-let rose in all regions of the UK except London last year - and this map shows where the biggest gains were

03 April, 2018

Landlords have seen returns rise across the UK outside of London in spite of warnings that profits have been hit by recent tax changes

Government U-turns on 18-21s housing benefit cut

03 April, 2018

The government has U-turned on a controversial policy to scrap housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds under Universal Credit

Discretionary housing payments: Councils criticised for unspent money

03 April, 2018

Three councils have been criticised for handing back money intended for people who are struggling to pay their rent

New crackdown - including possible criminal sanctions - on letting and managing agents announced

03 April, 2018

With bizarre timing the Government released an Easter parade of three important new updates relating to the private rented sector

New benefits system 'demeaning and degrading'

02 April, 2018

A new system of assessing benefits is degrading and demeaning

New research aims to improve Universal Credit claims for thousands of homeless people

29 March, 2018

New research could challenge current government thinking that housing costs for supported housing cannot remain within the welfare system

169 evictions in Britain a day: "I knocked every door, and no one helped me"

29 March, 2018

From 2010 to 2017, the official number of evictions rose by 53 percent

England and Wales Rental Tracker

29 March, 2018

Beast from the East didn't halt rental market growth

Ten myths about council housing - and one ask

29 March, 2018

Everyone seems to agree that we have a housing crisis in London and that we need to increase the supply of genuinely affordable homes

Private Rented Sector Report - February 2018

29 March, 2018

The supply of rental properties fell by five per cent from January to February

100 households around Grenfell still in temporary accommodation

29 March, 2018

Victims evacuated from surrounding blocks await permanent rehousing nine months on

'Significant' PRS transformation tips balance towards tenants

29 March, 2018

Major project in Manchester recognizes tenant voices as "conspicuously absent" from related debate

MPs call on government to give councils funding for letting fees ban

29 March, 2018

Councils should be given extra funding by government to enforce a letting agent fees ban

PEARL Rental Index: March 2018

29 March, 2018

We have rounded up all of the latest housing statistics, rental index updates and data on renting from across the sector and compiled them into one easy to digest bulletin

Right to Rent 'doesn't demonstrate its worth'

29 March, 2018

Flagship policy torpedoed by damning finding from independent inspector as RLA calls for suspension

Row over deposit demands on tenants

29 March, 2018

MPs and landlords are at loggerheads over the acceptable level of deposits demanded of tenants in England

Landlords taking rentals off the market as thousands are set to miss Sunday's deadline on minimum EPC ratings

29 March, 2018

Thousands of landlords are unprepared for new energy efficiency measures being introduced in just days, and many are taking properties off the market to gain more time to implement changes

MPs urge Government to reduce deposit cap to five weeks to ease financial burden for tenants

29 March, 2018

MPs have called for the security deposit cap proposed in the Draft Tenant Fees Bill to be reduced from six to five weeks as part of a range of changes to the legislation

Support for 18 to 21 year olds claiming Universal Credit

29 March, 2018

Find out about the help available for Universal Credit claimants aged 18 to 21 to find employment, work-related training or an apprenticeship

Growth in asking rents slows since last quarter but has soared in past ten years

28 March, 2018

Rightmove has shed light on just how much asking rents have changed in the past decade

Government to allow councils to charge double council tax on empty homes

28 March, 2018

New legislation lets councils levy additional charges on homes empty for two years or more

Property fund strikes second housing association deal

28 March, 2018

A Bristol-based housing association has formed a partnership with Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund, the second deal the fund has done with a housing association

The disappearing HMOs

28 March, 2018

Houses in multiple occupation are often far from ideal lodgings - but a trend to convert them to more profitable houses is leaving residents with few options

Sheffield housing officer abused by landlord over her physical appearance

28 March, 2018

A Sheffield housing manager subjected to vile online abuse from a rogue landlord says she feels she was targeted over her physical appearance because she is a woman

Regulator to intervene in Welsh housing association

28 March, 2018

The Welsh social housing regulator is to intervene in a Cardiff housing association due to governance concerns

Unsuitable, insecure and substandard homes: The barriers faced by older private renters

28 March, 2018

Growing numbers of older people are living in private rented accommodation

Affordable housing: why current plans to invest don't go far enough

27 March, 2018

Building more low-cost rented homes that people can afford will loosen the grip of poverty.

More than 40 housing associations back planned £1bn bond issue

27 March, 2018

There are 45 housing associations backing aggregator Morhomes' plan to launch a £1bn bond issue.

The Homelessness Reduction Act is a key step towards homelessness prevention

27 March, 2018

The legislation comes into force on April 3, but only if local authorities can afford it

LGA responds to Independent Age report on older private renters

27 March, 2018

With housing for elderly people currently accounting for just 6 per cent of our existing stock, and more older people and families renting privately than ever before

Credit card debt growth at 12-year high

27 March, 2018

Debt on UK credit cards is growing at the fastest rate since before the financial crisis

London firms 'should offer deposit guarantees' for employees who rent

27 March, 2018

New report calls on Sadiq Khan to set up such a scheme borough-wide as a boost for low-income renters

Food and beyond: exploring the food bank experience

27 March, 2018

Foodbank usage has been growing in Scotland since 2012

HB A3/2018

27 March, 2018

The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No.4) Regulations 2017

HB A4/2018

27 March, 2018

Short-term specified accommodation - New LA IT functionality requirement

Welfare policies having 'huge impact' on domestic abuse victims

26 March, 2018

Conference on Housing and Domestic Abuse hears that government policy is making it harder for domestic abuse victims to get support.

DWP accused of 'clumsy' attempt to defend Universal Credit using IFS research

26 March, 2018

MPs criticise 'airy and irrelevant' responses from the department after committee raises questions over the projected employment boost from benefit reform

Debate on the construction of council housing - House of Commons - 27 March 2018

26 March, 2018

The national housing shortage is one of the most pressing issues we face.

Poll pushes impact of PRS energy performance

26 March, 2018

Survey released ahead of new standards for EPC ratings coming into effect on April 1.

LGA: Focus on 'invisible' older renters

26 March, 2018

Housing for the elderly accounts for just 6% of existing stock - with more older people and families renting privately than ever before.

Bishop of Durham 'deeply concerned' over universal credit plan

26 March, 2018

The Bishop of Durham has criticised the government over its implementation of universal credit and called for it to 'revisit' aspects of the payment.

Landlord's lack of action over pigeons comes home to roost

23 March, 2018

Court rules on complaints about cooing pigeons after improvement notices ignored

Statutory homelessness and prevention and relief

23 March, 2018

October to December (Q4)2017: England

Deposit cap a 'charter for rent cheats'

23 March, 2018

'Ministers need to address the problem of tenants failing to pay rent every bit as strongly as rogue landlords.'

A Poor tax: Council tax in London

23 March, 2018

Report proposing council tax reform

Pressure on social landlords set to rise as Universal Credit rolls out

23 March, 2018

Report reveals rent being collected directly from tenants by housing officers will increase by 63.1% on average

Home Office subcontractors force asylum seekers to share bedrooms

23 March, 2018

Home Office subcontractors force asylum seekers to share bedrooms in breach of council policy

Incentivise associations to provide supported housing properties

23 March, 2018

It is time for specialist and developing associations to join forces and provide the NHS with much-needed accommodation-based support

Local Authority Insight Survey Wave 33

22 March, 2018

This research presents findings on preparations for Universal Credit managed migration and the effects of reducing the Housing Benefit backdating period.

Universal Credit transition to full service

22 March, 2018

When local authorities and jobcentre areas will transition to the Universal Credit full service.

Who will foot the bill to prevent people becoming homeless?

22 March, 2018

New law will compel councils to prevent evictions and rough sleeping. But this comes at a price local authorities will struggle to afford

DWP wins legal case to block future benefit appeals

22 March, 2018

The government has won a legal case which could have major implications for future benefit appeals.

Spending on new homes plummets while housing benefit soars

22 March, 2018

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE says new statistics show social housing has reached a critical point

Housing sector realises more than ever the importance of listening to residents.

22 March, 2018

As Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland continues to get underway, steering group member Colm McDaid encourages tenants and residents to make their voices heard.

Jeremy Hunt confirms individual costs for social care to be capped

22 March, 2018

Health secretary tells social workers conference the current charging system is 'far from fair'

Universal Credit: a chance to boost living standards for those on low incomes

22 March, 2018

One way to right the wrong of in-work poverty is by using Universal Credit (UC) to loosen the grip of poverty on struggling families

Conservative MP introduces fire risk transparency bill to parliament

22 March, 2018

A Conservative MP has introduced a bill to parliament which would require building owners to tell residents about fire safety risks.

More than half of tenants in London feel less able to buy than a year ago

21 March, 2018

Some 64% of tenants in London's private rented sector want to own their own home but more than half feel less able to buy than a year ago

'Housing sector realises more than ever the importance of listening to residents'

21 March, 2018

As Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland continues to get underway, steering group member Colm McDaid encourages tenants and residents to make their voices heard

The Big Interview: 'Our work to try and alleviate injustice and hardship by social housing is very rewarding'

21 March, 2018

It's been one year since Northern Ireland's two biggest social housing names joined forces to create Radius

Spending on new homes plummets while housing benefit soars

21 March, 2018

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE says new statistics show social housing has reached a critical point with ministers facing "big decisions"

Conservative MP introduces fire risk transparency bill to parliament

21 March, 2018

A Conservative MP has introduced a bill to parliament which would require building owners to tell residents about fire safety risks

DWP wins legal case to block future benefit appeals

21 March, 2018

The government has won a legal case which could have major implications for future benefit appeals

UK House Price Index: January 2018

21 March, 2018

Monthly house price inflation in the UK, calculated using data from HM Land Registry, Registers of Scotland and Land and Property Services Northern Ireland

Largest housing associations to spend £13bn on 52,000 new homes over next three years

21 March, 2018

The largest housing associations are forecasting a jump in their market sale activity over the next three years as they spend £13bn on the construction of 52,000 new homes

Rents still on the rise across UK - but hikes are subdued

21 March, 2018

Rental increases remained subdued in February, mainly dragged down by London

Huge scale of new private rented sector survey is revealed

20 March, 2018

The enormous scale of the new English Private Landlord Survey has been revealed - together with confirmation that only invited letting agents and landlords can take part

Grenfell Tower: more than £20m spent on survivors' hotel accommodation

20 March, 2018

Sum spent by council would be enough to build the original block three times over

Pitch for deposit free renting as competition for housing associations

20 March, 2018

New survey said to send a signal to housing providers

Universal Credit claimants in Plymouth are struggling to pay rent

20 March, 2018

Official for Plymouth Community Homes admits it's a 'serious position'

From the frontline - Lucy Hancox

20 March, 2018

Lucy Hancox, housing officer at Falcon Housing Association, talks about creating positive outcomes for tenants

Holyrood committee to question work and pensions secretary over Universal Credit and welfare

20 March, 2018

Esther McVey MP is to appear before the Scottish Parliament's social security committee to discuss the ongoing problems with the roll out of Universal Credit and the devolution of welfare powers to Scotland

Rents for Swansea council tenants are rising by twice the rate of inflation

20 March, 2018

There are fears it could help push more kids into poverty but Swansea Council says many will have the rise covered in their benefits

Food bank use 'could rise after universal credit roll-out'

20 March, 2018

The full roll out of universal credit could see a significant rise in people needing emergency food supplies in Wales

How a gas safety checks ruling will make it more difficult to evict tenants

19 March, 2018

A gas safety certificate could now be a deciding factor in whether landlords can evict problem tenants

Improving the Private Rented Sector in Wales

19 March, 2018

Making it happen for landlords and tenants

Fighting discriminatory letting agents with the Equality Act

19 March, 2018

Discrimination by landlords and letting agents is nothing new

Sadiq Khan opens emergency homeless shelters to cope with freezing temperatures as 'mini beast from the East' bites

19 March, 2018

24/7 services providing shelter for rough sleepers open up across capital as temperatures stoop below zero

New HMO room size regulations to come in this autumn

19 March, 2018

From October councils will be able to set minimum bedroom size standards for HMOs - and also introduce limits on how many people can live in each bedroom

Calls to end 'widespread' evictions

19 March, 2018

A new Homeless Reduction Strategy for Peterborough calls on the Government to end the "widespread use" of an eviction process which saw a city estate cleared of almost all of its residents

'Urgent regulation needed' to stop abusive practices by letting agents

19 March, 2018

One London worker's room rented from Citiside turned out to be a health hazard, but he faces a battle to get out of his contract

Government still 'holding on' to £2bn housing fund

19 March, 2018

Five months after announcing a £2bn fund to build a new generation of council homes, the government has yet to release the money

Call for stricter rules on doorstep loans

19 March, 2018

People who borrow money from doorstep lenders should get the same protection as those with payday loans

Labour announces plan to protect social housing as figures reveal 100,000 low-cost homes have had rents hiked since 2012

19 March, 2018

Party pledges to reverse controversial policy implemented by the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government

Wales' housing crisis leaves councils with £8.6m bill for temporary accommodation

16 March, 2018

Shelter described the figures as 'a sad reflection of our worsening housing crisis'

Secure tenancies planned for domestic abuse survivors

16 March, 2018

New laws planned to ensure those who flee an abusive relationship will not lose their security of tenure if provided with a new home

Can modular housing deliver for the Private Rented Sector?

16 March, 2018

James Morris questions whether the modular delivery model could support the supply of homes to the private rented sector to the scale that policymakers hope for

Homes in Bath area now cost nearly 12 times average earnings amid 'ginormous' rise in private rentals

16 March, 2018

The council is having to put in 'more time and effort' to get families out of temporary and into permanent accommodation

England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions

16 March, 2018

By the Welfare Reform Act 2012, the Government introduced a cap on the amount of benefits which, inter alia, all non-working households could receive

Government 'should drop last year of rent cut' to fund fire safety work

16 March, 2018

Housing leaders have told government it could help fund essential fire safety work in tower blocks by dropping the 1% rent cut or choosing not to charge VAT

Crackdown on private landlords renting overcrowded and dangerous homes

16 March, 2018

Measures to improve overcrowded and dangerous living conditions of private tenants in shared homes laid before Parliament

ARLA boss hits out at 'truly ridiculous' database of rogue agents and landlords

16 March, 2018

It was yesterday confirmed that the new database of bad letting agents and landlords and the introduction of banning orders for the worst offenders will come into force next month

HMO minimum room sizes to come into force 1 October 2018

16 March, 2018

Regulations confirming that from 1 October 2018 HMOs licensed in England under part 2 of the Housing Act 2004 will be required to have a floor area no-smaller than 6.51 square metres have been published

Universal Credit - update on notifying rent changes

16 March, 2018

Social Rented Sector - Reporting April 2018 rent changes: advice for landlords

Demand for homes prompts Cardiff council to invest millions in social housing

15 March, 2018

Cardiff Council is aiming to build at least 1,000 new homes by 2022 to meet the increasing demand for social housing

'So important we explore the unique context of social housing in Northern Ireland'

15 March, 2018

Following the launch of our Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland project, director Nicola McCrudden takes a look at the unique context in Northern Ireland

Court of Appeal to rule on Government challenge against benefit cap decision

15 March, 2018

The ruling follows a High Court judge's conclusion last year that 'real misery is being caused to no good purpose'

A new energy efficiency standard for social housing in England

15 March, 2018

The government's Clean Growth Strategy announced a new target to get all housing up to Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2030

Landlords still unaware of minimum energy efficiency standards with time running out

15 March, 2018

Just 4% of landlords and tenants are fully aware of looming legislation on energy efficiency on buy-to-let properties with just days until the changes are introduced

ARLA attacks Government for handing out 'billions' to social landlords while ignoring private rented sector

15 March, 2018

ARLA has furiously slated Government lack of support of the private rented sector while "billions of pounds" have been given in grant aid to social landlords

Councils given further powers to tackle rogue landlords

15 March, 2018

Councils are being given tough new powers to tackle the small minority of rogue landlords who rent out overcrowded properties and impose fines of up to £30,000 for those landlords who do not comply

Government wants to 'work with the sector' on Universal Credit

15 March, 2018

Neil Couling, Universal Credit Programme lead, tells NHF Finance they want to "co-produce" the welfare reform

HB A2/2018

15 March, 2018

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

More than bricks

14 March, 2018

Social housing providers offer more than bricks and mortar

The Future of Social Housing in Scotland: the discussion so far

14 March, 2018

We launched our discussion paper on the future of social housing regulation in January

One million children could go hungry under new plans for free school meals

14 March, 2018

Government proposals to limit access to free school meals will hurt struggling families, including working households

Councils can't 'abdicate responsibility' over affordable homes

14 March, 2018

But Housing minister offers councils little on lifting the debt cap - telling Commons committee only that submissions to government will be considered

HomeLet Rental Index - February 2018

14 March, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 1.2% in February compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £906 a month

English regulator's new VfM standard praised by housing leaders

14 March, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing's use of comparative metrics in its new value for money standard has been welcomed by housing leaders

Council ordered to give 'urgent attention' to temporary accommodation in its area

14 March, 2018

Ombudsman calls out a district council for failing a vulnerable 68-year-old women evicted from her rented home

Tackling the hidden economy through PRS licensing

14 March, 2018

The government has been consulting on a compliance known as 'conditionality', which would mean landlords will have to show that they are registered for tax with HMRC before being granted a licence to trade

How Universal Credit can help your business

14 March, 2018

How Universal Credit can help your business

Countrywide plc Monthly Lettings Index - February 2018

13 March, 2018

Average landlord who sold in 2017 gained £86,651

£51.7m lost to fraudulent benefits claims in Northern Ireland

13 March, 2018

Benefit fraud is now costing £1m every week in Northern Ireland

Two housing associations 'named and shamed' for underpaying workers

13 March, 2018

Two housing associations have been named by the government on a list of organisations which have failed to pay their staff the minimum wage

Lloyds Bank launches new £500m fund for social housing sector

13 March, 2018

Fund underpins a major commitment to the social housing sector and includes an additional pledge to raise £750m in 2018

Reverse universal credit cuts

13 March, 2018

Thinktank says 340,000 people could be taken out of poverty if Philip Hammond takes action

Housing association acquires 500 homes in £45m deal

13 March, 2018

Two London housing associations have exchanged contracts on a major sale of social housing stock worth £45m

Student tenants pushed into financial hardship as loans barely cover rents

13 March, 2018

Many student tenants are struggling to get by, with their monthly loans barely covering rents

Tax rises are slowing housing investment

13 March, 2018

Residential Landlords Association says OBR assessment demonstrates the "folly" of taxing the supply of new homes to rent

London's biggest social housing regeneration project announced

13 March, 2018

London Borough of Havering to regenerate 12 council estates over the next 12 years

Scottish Labour leader to bring forward new rent control law

12 March, 2018

Richard Leonard will promise a 'Mary Barbour law' to control private sector rents, as well as pledge to build more new council homes

'Social housing tenants are NOT benefits scroungers'

12 March, 2018

A campaign has been launched to change the public perception of people living in social housing

Green paper 'can't fold' on social housing and tenant needs

12 March, 2018

Tpas tells Government fragile tenant trust is at risk if findings from the Sharma roadshows don't drive options for future housing policy

Our landlord is demolishing 70 homes - but we won't go quietly

12 March, 2018

Mass private evictions don't make news, but families in our close-knit community in Leeds should be entitled to stay

Average landlord sells up at a profit of nearly £90,000 - but that's before tax

12 March, 2018

The average landlord in England and Wales who sold their rental property last year did so after owning it for an average of 8.7 years and sold it for nearly £90,000 than they paid

Millions of families on brink face deepest benefit cuts in years

12 March, 2018

New study confirms that the poorest are being hit hardest by continuing austerity

UK social housing market worth an estimated £11.4bn in 2017

12 March, 2018

Housing Associations account for around 60% of social housing stock in 2017-18 and also form the largest not-for-profit group in the UK, working closely with both private and public organisations

Universal Credit: Universal Support 2018/19 guidance

12 March, 2018

Guidance for Local Authorities and partners providing Universal Support (Assisted Digital and/or Personal Budgeting Support)

Rents across Britain mostly static in final quarter of 2017

09 March, 2018

Rents remained fairly static in the fourth quarter of 2017 as tenants do not have much spare cash at a time when inflation and is rising and wages depressed

Universal credit: Government to publish internal reviews of controversial benefit in new U-turn

09 March, 2018

Assessments failed to produce evidence that more people would be helped into work

Forming a 'coalition of the willing'

09 March, 2018

Homes England's directors talk to Social Housing about strategic partnerships and leveraging commercial finance

U.K social housing providers to borrow £12 billion of new debt by 2020, total debt to reach £89 billion

09 March, 2018

The U.K. government has renewed its focus on the provision of more housing

Newly agreed rents continue to rise but lag inflation

09 March, 2018

Newly agreed rents continued to rise across the UK, with a stronger increase in the east midlands than in most other areas

DWP to publish key documents on Universal Credit

09 March, 2018

The government will finally publish internal assessment reviews of the controversial Universal Credit programme under Freedom of Information laws, after years of refusing to do so

Universal Credit project warned over Gov.uk Verify performance in 2015

09 March, 2018

Government project management experts warned as long ago as 2015 that a problem with GDS's Verify online identity system could undermine the Universal Credit business plan

Financial sustainability of local authorities 2018

08 March, 2018

Since 2010, successive governments have reduced funding for local government in England as part of their efforts to reduce the fiscal deficit

How councils are using their pension funds to build homes

08 March, 2018

A handful of councils have struck deals to use their pension funds to build homes

East Anglian housing associations in merger talks

08 March, 2018

Two East Anglia-based housing associations are in merger talks to form a 28,000-home landlord

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: March 2018

08 March, 2018

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

Report warns 10% of councils close to bankruptcy over funding shortfalls

08 March, 2018

National Audit Office says 15 councils could run out of cash to cover service costs within the next three years alone

Women helped back into work thanks to social housing group donation

08 March, 2018

Often, it is not a lack of qualifications or ability that is preventing women from securing employment, rather a lack of confidence

Increased 'high on the agenda' for social housing sector

08 March, 2018

By contrast, just 48% of providers and landlords will focus on cost-saving initiatives over the next 12 months

Social landlords and tackling child poverty

07 March, 2018

As you read this there are four million children waking up in poverty across the country from Manchester to Margate

Sanctuary Housing blasted after elderly tenants left without central heating and hot water

07 March, 2018

Residents in sheltered accommodation still don't have proper heating after several days

Celebrities back campaign to axe VAT on gas safety certificates and other landlord safety products

07 March, 2018

When Ultravox singer Midge Ure sang "It means nothing to me, oh Vienna," he probably wasn't talking about how much VAT he thought should be charged on home safety products

Housing Benefit debt recoveries: April 2017 to September 2017

07 March, 2018

Twice-yearly publication on Housing Benefit debt recoveries

HB S4/2018

07 March, 2018

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

Benefits system overhaul as Universal Credit is introduced

07 March, 2018

The way that benefits are paid in the UK is currently undergoing a complete overhaul

One in three housing applications rejected in Basildon

06 March, 2018

Basildon Council has admitted that they are struggling to meet council house demands after new figures reveal that roughly one in three applications are rejected

The Impact of Taxation Reform on Private Landlords

06 March, 2018

The past two decades has seen the rapid development and growth of the private rented sector in the UK

Housing Crisis: Renters Are Driving British Voters to Labour

06 March, 2018

The central issue in British politics is not, as you might have thought, Brexit. It's housing

Yet more evidence shows how squeeze on landlords is damaging private rented sector

06 March, 2018

There are more warning signs that the assault on landlords is adversely affecting the private rented sector

Government 'risks second Grenfell with inaction on cladding in private sector'

06 March, 2018

The Government has previously said private landlords have a 'moral duty' to pay for the cost of removing and replacing the cladding

Government response: SSAC report on in-work progression and Universal Credit

06 March, 2018

The government response to the report 'In-work progression and Universal Credit' which examined how to support working claimants into more or better paid work

So, Theresa May, renters are human beings too? It doesn't feel like it

06 March, 2018

The private rented sector is a harrowing, insecure place. If only the prime minister had asked us tenants how to fix it

Landlords say tax increases locking the young out of housing

06 March, 2018

Tax increases on the development of new homes to rent are leaving young people unable to access the homes they need

The shocking amount it is costing to temporarily house struggling Merseyside families

05 March, 2018

It is claimed taxpayers are paying for the Tory Government's 'failure on homelessness'

Angry Redditch residents hit out over rent rises at 'affordable homes'

05 March, 2018

A group of disgruntled Batchley residents say they could be left homeless after a series of rent rises on their 'affordable' homes

Using incentives to improve the private rented sector: three costed proposals

05 March, 2018

This report sets out three possible policy options for using incentives to improve the private rented sector in England for people in poverty

Ministers have shelved a plan to cut benefit sanctions, sending poorest to food banks

05 March, 2018

A 'yellow card' warning system was announced in late 2015 - but there is still no date for introducing it

Sector capacity down 9% since rent cut

05 March, 2018

Housing associations' financial capacity is down 9% since the four-year rent cut began

Landlords' Barometer - #56: Why the market is becoming more unforgiving

05 March, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the "Landlords' Barometer"

Court case results in warning to agents that gas safety certificates MUST be issued by time tenancy starts

05 March, 2018

A county court ruling on Section 21 notices could have drastic implications for landlords and lettings agents who haven't obtained gas safety certificates ahead of a tenancy starting, lawyers have warned

Warnings of likely rent hikes and mass exodus of small private landlords as tax changes bite

05 March, 2018

There are new warnings, including from Savills, that the buy-to-let market is looking increasingly bleak with landlords deterred from entering the sector or considering quitting it altogether

Universal Credit: detailed information for claimants

05 March, 2018

More detailed information for people on Universal Credit

HB Direct issue 182

05 March, 2018

These HB Direct newsletters for local authority staff provide information that affects Housing Benefit

Government's housing plans fall far short for low income families

05 March, 2018

Responding to the Prime Minister's speech on planning and housing

Scottish private rent costs soar in January 'in anticipation of rent controls'

02 March, 2018

Almost half of Scottish private tenants saw their rent costs rise in January

Hundreds evicted from Dundee council homes after failing to keep up with payments

02 March, 2018

Hundreds of tenants have been evicted from council homes in Dundee after struggling to keep up with rent payments

Who benefits from benefits?

02 March, 2018

Debates about welfare policy often discuss benefit recipients as though they are a fixed, relatively small group of people

Overcoming the stigma of social housing

02 March, 2018

This report was commissioned by the Benefit to Society campaign to explore the causes and impact of an increasing stigma around social housing

Private Rented Sector Report - January 2018

02 March, 2018

The supply of rental properties fell by eight per cent from December to January, while demand for these properties grew

British governments used to cough up for social housing. Not this one

02 March, 2018

If politicians treated houses like they do roads and railways, regeneration wouldn't be such a dirty word

UK mortgage approvals see biggest surge in nearly three years

02 March, 2018

Britain's housing market perked up at the start of 2018 with the sharpest increase in the number of mortgages approved for house purchase in nearly three years

Councils and housing associations urged to collaborate over new homes

02 March, 2018

Seminar hears sector should "grow up" over the potential for turf conflict between associations and council housing companies

Tenants facing higher costs as landlords prepare for rent controls - while supply in London dips

02 March, 2018

Almost half of landlords have increased rents in Scotland since the introduction of open-ended tenancies

Universal Credit starts in Cardiff today - this is what it means for you

01 March, 2018

The aim of Universal Credit is to simplify the benefits system

Universal Credit leaves thousands of Londoners in rent arrears

01 March, 2018

More than 70% of council tenants in London on Universal Credit are in rent arrears

Association downgraded after 'abortive' development schemes

01 March, 2018

A 20,000-home housing association has had its governance rating downgraded after "a series of abortive schemes" hampered attempts to scale up its housebuilding

Merger gets official launch date

01 March, 2018

Shoreline Housing Partnership and Boston Mayflower will unite to form new 12,700 home landlord - Lincolnshire Housing Partnership - known as LHP

The big interview: Rethinking social housing NI chair, Will Haire

01 March, 2018

Rethinking social housing will explore some fundamental questions about social housing, why is it important we ask these questions now?

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary at November 2017 is published

01 March, 2018

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary, providing an overview of the main DfC administered benefits as at November 2017

What a difference a day makes: inequality and the tax and benefit system from a long-run perspective

01 March, 2018

Most analyses of inequality and tax and benefit reforms are based on measures of individuals' circumstances at a point in time

Grenfell Tower fire survivors to get final say over site

01 March, 2018

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire will have the final say about what happens to the west London site

Buy to Let index - February 2018

28 February, 2018

Strong start to the year for the England and Wales rental market

'Unlock cash for social housing' Tower Hamlets mayor urges prime minister Theresa May

28 February, 2018

A new social house-building era has been ignited by Tower Hamlets Council to fill a chronic shortage and cut the desperate waiting list

Emergency shelters opened for homeless people in cold snap

28 February, 2018

Manchester leads rush to make beds available as overnight temperatures drop below zero

'We look after communities, it's not just a case of renting a property': Housing association boss retires after 21 years

28 February, 2018

People can only achieve safety and stability through having a proper place to live

Support for banning tenant fees

28 February, 2018

Welsh government's consultation shows the majority of respondents want to drop fee charges for PRS tenants

Fair press for tenants

28 February, 2018

This guide has been produced by people living in social housing to help journalists and other media workers to report fairly

Scotland - Rental Tracker

28 February, 2018

New year growth in Scottish rental market

Quarterly Survey for Q3

28 February, 2018

This quarterly survey report is based on regulatory returns from 230 PRPs and PRP groups who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Nine in 10 social housing tenants say they are portrayed negatively by media

28 February, 2018

New report reveals a huge gap between perception and reality with regard to social housing tenants

Scottish child poverty report backs new and top-up benefits

27 February, 2018

Increasing key benefits could help to reduce child poverty in Scotland

'No better time for housing organisations to commit to tackle domestic abuse.'

27 February, 2018

Elinor Crouch-Puzey details the work the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance is doing to help housing organisations tackle the problem

'Evicted for no reason': the truth behind Section 21 notices

27 February, 2018

BBC One has aired a documentary examining unfair treatment of tenants by landlords, with interviews with renters who had been evicted through "no-fault" evictions

Government lifts LHA cap for PRS but benefit rates remain frozen

27 February, 2018

Ministers will raise the LHA cap for private sector renters for the first time since 2015 - although benefit rates will remain frozen

A sales warning for housing associations?

27 February, 2018

Parts of the South East of England's housing market are slowing

'Record profits' for housing associations

27 February, 2018

Moody's 'UK Housing Associations 2017 Results' shows a 6% turnover increase

More 'fake' landlords pilfer agents' marketing photos

27 February, 2018

A would-be fraudster posing as a landlord has been using a letting agent's photos to advertise a property they do not own

Agent rejecting potential tenant on benefits pays out after admitting discrimination

27 February, 2018

A tenant turned away by a letting agent after she said that that part of her rent would be paid out by benefits looks to have won the first round in an important legal battle

Minister Questioned on Private Rented Standards & Tenant Fees Ban

27 February, 2018

On 26th Feb the Housing, Communities & Local Government Select Committee questioned Heather Wheeler as part of their ongoing inquiries into standards in the private rented sector and the Draft Tenant Fees Bill

Big day for social housing in London

27 February, 2018

Mayor steps in to secure major affordable homes scheme; Grenfell council commits £220m to its homes; London Assembly debates strategic future for housing need

Landlords who say 'no DSS' breaking equality laws

26 February, 2018

The thousands of lettings agents and landlords around the country who reject housing benefit claimants could be flouting equality laws, due a recent legal case.

Westminster Council to take full ownership of housing association

26 February, 2018

Westminster Council is set to turn a housing association it established into a wholly owned subsidiary in response to government deregulation.

Council tax hikes will not stop cuts to local services, authorities warn

26 February, 2018

LGA says government budget cuts and the cost of higher wages will outweigh additional income

Councils 'help transform' the future for Private Rented Sector

26 February, 2018

New report shows how councils can foster investment by corporate landlords in new private rental housing.

Thatcher's crusade to wipe out council housing faces serious challenge

26 February, 2018

The right-to-buy scheme slowed construction of new homes but local authorities are exploring new funding options

Housing officer jailed for illegal subletting

26 February, 2018

Court hears how sublet scam went on for 10 years while the defendant lived in a house she had inherited.

Government urged to give those with debt problems a year's grace

26 February, 2018

Ministers are considering a 'breathing space' of six weeks - but campaigners want to go much further

We need to review the legal definition of homelessness

26 February, 2018

The death of a rough sleeper close to parliament shows the urgency of action needed to tackle homelessness

Nearly 70 councils share funding to unlock stalled housing

26 February, 2018

The Government has named the first wave of councils to be given cash to help speed up planning decisions.

'Renters in for a rough ride' in 2018

26 February, 2018

Rising rents and an increasing number of households renting meant that 2017 was a record year for rent, with the total rent bill rising to £1.8 billion

Ombudsman plan to stop landlords ignoring repairs

26 February, 2018

Private landlords may have to sign up to a new ombudsman service and will be ordered to pay tenants compensation for failing to repair their rented homes

Rogue landlords taken to court should face minimum £30,000 fines

23 February, 2018

Rogue landlords who commit housing offences should be fined a minimum of £30,000 by magistrates as part of common sentencing guidelines to improve standards in the private rental sector

Homelessness code of guidance for local authorities

23 February, 2018

Guidance on how local authorities should exercise their homelessness functions in accordance with the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 from 3 April 2018.

Council housed young homeless family in 'Dickensian' conditions

23 February, 2018

Ombudsman's report finds council at fault over "patently unsuitable" placement and subsequent response to complaints.

Greenwich Council apologises for false illegal letting accusations

23 February, 2018

Greenwich Council has had to apologise after sending out thousands of letters accusing people of illegally renting out their homes.

Residents count cost of Grenfell-style cladding

23 February, 2018

Residents of a private apartment complex could face a bill of up to £10m to remove Grenfell-style cladding from their building.

Brit star hits home over Grenfell

23 February, 2018

"You should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this."

National Landlords Association launches new brand

23 February, 2018

The National Landlords Association (NLA) today launches its new brand following extensive consultation with members and stakeholders.

As a campaigner, I believe the Tories can fix homelessness

23 February, 2018

The 2008 financial crash that triggered austerity happened on Labour's watch. We've been dealing with the fallout ever since

LIN member report February 2018 - "Fitness for Habitation" Bill

22 February, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

New controls on rented homes through licensing schemes are 'illegal'

22 February, 2018

Councils urged to urgently update guidance on the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) following Court of Appeal ruling

Time to rethink rent-setting

22 February, 2018

We need to think about how we can ensure rents are really affordable in local markets, while giving us the capacity to build much-needed new homes, says Ann Santry

Private landlords in Sandwell to face star rating scheme under council plans

22 February, 2018

Under the Assured Landlords Scheme, all privately rented accommodation, landlords and agents operating in the borough would be inspected and rated

Hospitals, jails and Jobcentres will have to refer those at risk of homelessness

22 February, 2018

The Government said prisons, Jobcentres and NHS Trusts will be legally obliged to intervene early in potential cases of homelessness

Buck Bill needs to get into 'the real world'

22 February, 2018

CLG told many PRS tenants still ran the risk of retaliatory eviction if they raised complaints under the proposed bill

Peabody pays out over gas disconnection

22 February, 2018

Housing association Peabody has paid out more than £30,000 to 57 residents who were left without gas for months.

A mother given 50p a week for housing: the benefit cap one year on

22 February, 2018

A year on from the introduction of the lower benefit cap, its abiding legacy is to push people closer to homelessness.

The seven reasons why landlords won't let to tenants on benefits

22 February, 2018

Private sector landlords are accused of unfairly turning away households claiming housing benefit. So why do they refuse

Concern raised over lack of affordable homes in Dundee as social housing tenancies drop

21 February, 2018

Concern has been raised over a steady decrease in the amount of social and affordable housing available in Dundee

MSP calls on 'big six' to back energy credit foodbank scheme

21 February, 2018

Christina McKelvie MSP is calling on energy firms to follow ScottishPower's example and to set up a scheme that allows customers who are referred to foodbanks to gain fuel assistance

Government has hobbled councils' efforts to tackle criminal landlords

21 February, 2018

Mayors and leaders of five east London boroughs say the government is hindering the introduction of licensing schemes that can stop exploitation of tenants

Welsh Government to transfer HRA borrowing capacity between councils

21 February, 2018

The Welsh Government is in talks with councils to move unused borrowing capacity around the sector in a bid to boost local authority housebuilding

Tenant fees ban: Chartered Trading Standards Institute to give MPs its views today

21 February, 2018

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute will be among a number of bodies expected to share their views on the Draft Tenants' Fees Bill later this morning

BBC Panorama to investigate Section 21 'no-fault evictions' on 21st

21 February, 2018

The BBC current affairs show Panorama is set to examine Section 21 notices - so-called 'no-fault evictions' - tonight, and debate whether tenants deserve more protection

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 11 January 2018

21 February, 2018

These experimental statistics cover numbers of claims made, starts and people on Universal Credit to 11 January 2018

Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2017

21 February, 2018

Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions: data to October 2017

HB G2/2018

21 February, 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Government moves towards a shake-up of broken housing complaints system

20 February, 2018

Government considers options to ensure that no-one is left battling with their landlord or builder to resolve issues with their home

Government plans fall short of 600 extra low-cost rented homes a week needed

20 February, 2018

Nearly 600 additional low-cost rented homes need to be built every week in order to fix the broken housing market and help low incomes families escape poverty

Online agent defends failure to display EPC ratings on Rightmove listings

20 February, 2018

An online letting agent has defended its failure to display EPC ratings on some of its Rightmove listings

Choking off PRS investment is 'folly' as home ownership plummets for 25-34 year olds

20 February, 2018

RLA calls for a complete re-think from government on policies needed to support investment in homes to rent

£13.8 million acquisition of two regulated social housing portfolios by Civitas

20 February, 2018

The Board of Civitas Social Housing PLC is has announced the Company has completed the purchase of two regulated social housing portfolios for a total consideration of £13,771,333

Buy-to-let mortgage rates slashed in new price war as Nationwide offers the first ever five-year fix below 2% for landlords

20 February, 2018

Nationwide's buy-to-let arm, The Mortgage Works, has slashed mortgage rates and launched the first ever five-year fixed rate for landlords below 2 per cent

Landlords could need licences for shared houses in 12 new areas of Bristol

20 February, 2018

It will cover any home with three or more people living in it who aren't related

Small deposit borrowers kickstart new year

20 February, 2018

Strong growth in number of small deposit mortgages

Rightmove House Price Index

20 February, 2018

February 2018

Using the Social Housing Green Paper to boost the supply of low-cost rented homes

19 February, 2018

In his speech announcing the Social Housing Green Paper, the Secretary of State promised a 'wide-ranging, top-to-bottom review of the issues facing the sector'

National Housing Trust scheme criticised for 'reviving Right to Buy'

19 February, 2018

The Scottish Government has been accused of "reviving the Right to Buy"

Tougher benefit cap has left thousands of poorer families out of pocket

19 February, 2018

Punitive move could grow homelessness problem

More than a million benefits sanctions imposed on disabled people since 2010

19 February, 2018

Groundbreaking Demos study reveals 'culture of disbelief' about disability among jobcentre staff leads to money being docked

New tougher electrical safety standards to protect private tenants

19 February, 2018

Landlords face tougher legislation over electrical safety

Registered Social Landlords and the GDPR

19 February, 2018

The GDPR comes into force on 25th May 2018 and will change the way organisations within the EU process personal data

Rental repossession numbers set to jump

19 February, 2018

London now the hotspot for failure to pay action

Councils set up 58 housing companies since 2012

19 February, 2018

Almost a quarter of councils in England have invested £130m in setting up 58 new housebuilding companies since 2012

The scandal of sub-standard rental property

19 February, 2018

Theresa May during a visit to a London housing estate when she promised to put the issue at the top of the political agenda

Housing costs and poverty: private rents compared to local earnings

19 February, 2018

This analysis shows how affordable private sector rents are, across different English districts, by comparing them to the earnings of people who live in those areas

Housing association's fuel poverty work in North Wales wins trio of commendations

16 February, 2018

Work by energy wardens to help combat fuel poverty in North Wales has received a trio of commendations

Former UUP minister challenges approval for social housing apartments beside his home

16 February, 2018

Planning approval was given for social housing apartments beside a former Stormont minister's home without properly considering their form

Two associations breach regulatory standard after failing to do safety checks

16 February, 2018

Two housing associations have been found to have breached a regulatory standard after they failed to carry out safety checks on a number of their properties

£10,000 proposed for everyone under 55

16 February, 2018

The government should give £10,000 to every citizen under 55

Government backs one of UK's largest selective licensing schemes outside London

16 February, 2018

The government has given the go ahead to what will be one of the UK's largest selective licensing scheme outside of London

Multiple fire safety risks found at flats with Grenfell-style cladding

16 February, 2018

Residents at 11-block New Capital Quay in London tell of fears as officials raise concerns

Housing association partners with unique refuge project

16 February, 2018

The independently managed 'safe space' supports those unable to access a traditional refuge

The rent control you've never heard of (part 2)

16 February, 2018

Yesterday, we explored the fact that rent control already exists for assured and assured shorthold tenants

NLA responds to Labour proposals to make accepting pets the default

16 February, 2018

In response to Labour's animal welfare plan, which proposes to give tenants the default right to keep pets unless there is evidence the animal is causing a nuisance

Rent increase to fund more Midlothian affordable housing

15 February, 2018

Midlothian Council has outlined plans to deliver more affordable homes to meet increased demand as councillors agreed to raise housing rents by 3% to help fund the investment

Ten councils to hike rates - most by inflationary 3%

15 February, 2018

Ten of Northern Ireland's 11 district councils are hiking rates from April - most by around the 3% rate of inflation

PIP assessments: 'Lack of trust' in benefits systems

15 February, 2018

Failings in disability benefits assessments - including claimants being asked when they had "caught" Down's syndrome - have led to a "pervasive lack of trust" in the system

'Incompetence and active deceit' in the way welfare tests are conducted

15 February, 2018

New Commons report scathing over quality standards for PIP and ESA assessments

Housing association offers crucial evidence over 'distrusted' welfare tests

15 February, 2018

Commons committee heard a housing provider's experience of a testing regime said to be be riddled errors and incompetence

Research reveals safety fears of trans and LGBT*Q tenants

15 February, 2018

Major new study outlines the trans and LGBT*Q social housing experience - with worrying findings over safety and harassment

Landlords and tenants want to ditch agents ahead of fee ban

15 February, 2018

Both landlords and tenants want to move away from lettings agents in the rental market ahead of the fee ban

Online fraudsters target tenants with fake reductions

15 February, 2018

An estate and letting agency has warned that online fraudsters are targeting would-be tenants by posing as private landlords offering properties already on the market at reduced rates

The rent control you've never heard of (part 1)

15 February, 2018

Renting in the private rented sector? Think your rent is too high? You might be one of the 60% of Britain in favour of introducing rent controls

New Universal Credit rules to bring in significant changes

15 February, 2018

The DWP has published new regulations following the Universal Credit changes announced in the Autumn Budget last year

The Disability Dossier: 39 pages that could end the Tories' crushing welfare agenda

14 February, 2018

A report of disability benefit claimants' experiences exposes government cruelty and incompetence in unprecedented numbers

What causes London's eviction 'hotspots'?

14 February, 2018

Evictions have been rising quickly in London, up by 79% in the last five years - an eviction rate among renters more than twice as high as the rest of England

Rent controls would leave tenants 'worse off'

14 February, 2018

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows linking rents to inflation would leave many tenants out of pocket

Jeremy Corbyn Would Help Poorer Families Pay Vet Bills And Give Tenants The Right To Keep A Pet

14 February, 2018

Labour slams Gove's 'disposable' green credentials

Vulnerable people 'trapped in homelessness' due to law

14 February, 2018

Vulnerable people are unable to access social housing, potentially trapping them "in a cycle of homelessness"

Number of first-time buyers reaches a decade-long high but buy-to-lets stumble

14 February, 2018

The number of first-time buyers in the market has hit a decade-long high

First Universal Credit payment paid quicker

14 February, 2018

Universal Credit will be paid sooner to new claimants from 14 February 2018

Update on the future funding of supported housing

14 February, 2018

We're working to ensure that the final policy on funding for supported housing will provide security for existing schemes and future developments

Housing associations' role in tackling homelessness

14 February, 2018

We are working with the Government and our members to explore how housing associations can support the Homelessness Reduction Act

Declining number of home owners pushes total rent bill to record level

13 February, 2018

The struggle younger generations are facing to buy their own home has helped to push the total amount of rent paid by tenants in Great Britain to record levels

Regulator finds 'fundamental failure of governance' at housing association

13 February, 2018

A housing association that provides homes mainly for adults with learning disabilities or mental health problems has a "fundamental failure of governance"

RLA press for Housing Court in meeting with new Minister for the PRS

13 February, 2018

The RLA pressed for a dedicated Housing Court when it met with the new Minister for the Private Rented Sector

Greens publish legislation options to help councils tackle problem of short term lets

13 February, 2018

The introduction of a licensing scheme for homeowners who want to rent out their properties through websites like AirBnB is one of a number of legislative proposals available to help councils regulate the rapid growth of the short-term letting sector

Buy to Let index - January 2018

13 February, 2018

East of England sees fastest growth in rents

England and Wales Rental Tracker

13 February, 2018

2017 - the year of growth for the East of England

Social Tenants in Scotland, 2016

13 February, 2018

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Telford & Wrekin Council Look Set to Abandon Selective Licensing Plans

13 February, 2018

Telford & Wrekin Council's Cabinet is set to agree to abandon its selective licensing proposals in light of alternative measures at its meeting this week

Landlord wins long-running case against agent after tenancy went wrong

12 February, 2018

A customer has won a payout from Sequence after the Connells brand was refused leave to appeal

Transactions outside London rise despite faltering buy-to-let market

12 February, 2018

Transactions on residential property outside London have started the year at increased levels

UK rental values on new tenancies start the year with an increase

12 February, 2018

Rental values on new tenancies began 2018 with a year-on-year increase, rising in nearly every region of the UK

UK tenants paid record £50bn in rents in 2017

12 February, 2018

Rents double in a decade and could eclipse entire sum paid for mortgages by homeowners

Energy firms could get claimants' names

12 February, 2018

People on state benefits could have their names passed to energy firms so they can give them special rates

Council ignores government guidelines in bid to help affordable housing crisis

12 February, 2018

Worthing Borough Council has pledged to ignore government guidelines in a bid to secure more desperately-needed affordable housing

'It's a life or death situation': why GPs are referring patients to food banks

12 February, 2018

Salford Foodbank has partnered with local medical practices to help provide care for vulnerable patients

HomeLet Rental Index - January 2018

12 February, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 2.4% in January compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £909 a month

Cut-hit councils are going broke. Let them charge however much they like

09 February, 2018

The government should shed its Brexit paralysis and stem the escalating crisis. Reform of council funding must come quickly

Home owner mortgage arrears at record lows but more landlords struggling

09 February, 2018

Landlord mortgage arrears have begun to increase

Increasing number of landlords selling up due to buy-to-let tax changes

09 February, 2018

An increasing number of landlords are planning to offload part of their buy-to-let portfolios within months as a result of changes to the way in which they are taxed

Homeless illegally turned away by councils

09 February, 2018

People who have nowhere to sleep or are about to lose their homes are being turned away illegally by councils

Assembly calls for £5,000 cost cap on landlord funding contribution

09 February, 2018

Around 9,000 people in the UK died last winter, as a result of living in a cold home

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews

09 February, 2018

Fifth Report of Session 2017-19

Mortgage arrears and possessions

09 February, 2018

Q4 2017 Statistics show continuing decline in mortgage arrears and possessions

We want to build a culture of assurance among Scottish social landlords

08 February, 2018

The Scottish Housing Regulator is considering how best to set the direction of regulation for the next five years

Social housing is being driven by profit. Tenants must fight back

08 February, 2018

As residents of Peabody and Family Mosaic, we fear losing our rights if the two housing associations become one

Child benefit, housing benefit frozen - but pensions to rise by 3%

08 February, 2018

The Government decision will affect thousands of benefit claimants on Teesside

Universal credit all-party report raises fears over workability of system

08 February, 2018

Findings flag up 'considerable uncertainty about its costs and benefits' seven years on

UK buy-to-let investment slumps 80%

08 February, 2018

Buy-to-let investments in the UK have fallen 80% since 2015

Housing associations need 'better engagement' over future for Universal Credit

08 February, 2018

Latest Work and Pensions Committee assessment stresses the case for landlord councils and housing associations as key delivery partners for UC

Calls for changes to funding plans for supported housing

08 February, 2018

The CLG and Work and Pensions Committee have written to the Ministry of Housing over concerns about government's funding plans

Good news for avocado toast lovers: London landlords are cutting rents

07 February, 2018

One in five landlords in outer London has reduced rents over the last year

Associations must show they 'deserve' government funding

07 February, 2018

Housing associations and local authorities in Scotland have been told they must build the homes to match funding

Mayor makes plea for more government action on PRS conditions

07 February, 2018

City boss says tenants "forced" into lower end rental need better understanding from policy makers after research shows some 10% of PRS stock in his city as below a decent standard

Residents in surrounding estate told to pay rent despite one-fifth living in hotels due to no gas or hot water

07 February, 2018

'RBKC are yet again demonstrating how out of touch they are' says one tenant who says he has been unable to move back home since the tragedy

Cross-party groups of MPs call for change to supported housing plans

07 February, 2018

Two cross-party select committees have "strongly recommended" the government rethinks its plans to introduce a top-up fund for short-term supported housing controlled by councils

Dramatic slump in buy-to-let lending blamed on Government intervention

07 February, 2018

Regulatory intervention has led to a huge 80% slump in buy-to-let investment

MPs back legislation to make all homes comply with minimum EPC band C

07 February, 2018

MPs have backed a proposed Bill that could see all domestic properties bought up to a minimum energy performance certificate rating of C by 2035

Elephant and Castle developers concede to campaigners' demands for more social housing

06 February, 2018

Developer Delancey submitted a revised offer to Southwark Council today including 116 homes at social rent

The 'devastated' social housing tenants who could be kicked out of their homes due to revamp plans

06 February, 2018

Housing association bosses want to almost double the number of houses in the Cambridge cul-de-sac

Government's Universal Credit payments will be seamless

06 February, 2018

The roll-out of the Government's flagship welfare policy Universal Credit will now happen "seamlessly" after months of difficulties, a minister claimed today

Agents claimed to be sub-letting home as HMO without landlord's knowledge fined nearly £40,000

06 February, 2018

A letting agency and several of its personnel who were involved in renting a property in order to then sub-let it as a HMO without the landlords' knowledge have been slapped with fines totalling tens of thousands of pounds

Tenant in rental home for three years objects to 'Let By' board in her garden

06 February, 2018

A tenant living in her home for three years has allegedly been told that a 'Let & Managed By' board could be erected in her garden

HB S3/2018

06 February, 2018

2018-19 Housing Benefit administration subsidy arrangements for English, Scottish and Welsh local authorities

Londoners weigh in over improving 'broken' rental market

05 February, 2018

Survey shows what the capital's renters think of the market they're in

A welfare generation: lifetime welfare transfers between generations

05 February, 2018

This research paper looks at what people put in and take out from the welfare state over their lifetime

Universal Credit Update January 2018

05 February, 2018

This update includes information received from DWP at the CHC and DWP Roundtable meeting, the Social Rented Sector Strategic Landlord DWP meeting, and the DWP Wales Stakeholder Board meeting

Alison Inman on social housing and domestic abuse

05 February, 2018

Alison Inman joined the team to chat about social housing, how the lack of it affects women (particularly those in abusive relationships), and what can be done to help

Stoke-on-Trent has the highest number of council homes with 'serious hazards' in the whole country

05 February, 2018

Nine per cent of Stoke-on-Trent City Council's properties were classed as 'non-decent' last year

Government rolls-out Universal Credit changes to address arrears spike

05 February, 2018

Changes to Universal Credit will come into force this month, including changes to the controversial 42 day waiting period for claimants to receive their first payment

Scrap right to buy housing scheme

05 February, 2018

The leader of the Liberal Democrats has called for a halt to the government's right-to-buy policy, describing it as the key reason for the "catastrophic shortage of homes" in England

Universal credit system faces landmark legal challenge

05 February, 2018

Lawyers for terminally ill man who say new system costs him almost £200 a month win right to judicial review

S&P: rent settlement won't change credit ratings

05 February, 2018

The new rent settlement will not boost the credit standings of UK housing associations

UK rent growth halves during 2017

05 February, 2018

Latest DPS rent index shows London rate growing slowest

Landlords back bid to overturn Right to Rent

02 February, 2018

"Landlords should not be used as scapegoats for the failures of the border agencies."

Reforms and resistance: how tenants can influence housing policy

02 February, 2018

With successive governments having failed to alleviate England's housing crisis, can tenants ever hope to influence housing policy?

Conservative council seeks to replace Right to Buy with home deposit scheme

02 February, 2018

A Conservative council hopes to scrap the Right to Buy policy and replace it with a scheme to allow tenants to "earn" a deposit to buy a house

Thousands of Universal Credit claimants unable to use Gov.uk Verify to apply for benefits

02 February, 2018

Government research shows that barely one-third of benefits claimants can successfully apply for new Universal Credit digital service using flagship online identity system

£3.5 billion Right-to-Buy discounts threatens scheme

02 February, 2018

New analysis by the LGA reveals almost £3.5 billion in RTB discounts have been handed out to council tenants over the past six years

Home Office braced for legal challenges against Right to Rent scheme

02 February, 2018

Two legal bids have been mounted against the Government's controversial Right to Rent scheme, whereby agents have to check a prospective tenant's immigration status

Landmark ruling against landlord in 'back garden shanty town' case

01 February, 2018

A council has claimed a legal first after it used the Proceeds of Crime Act against landlords for breaches of licensing conditions

Scottish rents start 2018 on a high despite December drop

01 February, 2018

Scotland's rental market started 2018 on a high, with rents up 1.7% in 2017, despite a monthly decline in December

East Anglian association downgraded to G3

01 February, 2018

A 2,900-home East Anglian housing association has been downgraded to non-compliant by the regulator because of "significant weaknesses" in its governance

Tower Hamlets Council to ask Javid for borough-wide landlord licensing

01 February, 2018

Tower Hamlets Council has decided to ask Sajid Javid if it can expand its private landlord licensing scheme to cover the whole borough

Thousands of people could receive millions in payouts after being ripped off by local councils

01 February, 2018

A landmark legal ruling could open the floodgates and force local councils to compensate thousands of people

Performance Matters

01 February, 2018

Data Accuracy Report 2016/17

Universal Credit Scottish Choices eligibility extended

01 February, 2018

More flexibility to help people manage their money

Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill

01 February, 2018

Stage 1 Committee Report

Former letting agency boss charged with fraud, false accounting and theft

31 January, 2018

The former director of a letting agency has been charged with fraud, false accounting and theft totalling around £450,000

150,000 Social Rent Homes Gone Since Tories Came To Power

31 January, 2018

"It is simply unacceptable that we are losing so many of our most affordable homes"

New HMO Licensing Rules Expected in October

31 January, 2018

The Government is planning to introduce new rules on licensing Houses in Multiple Occupation this October

London council tenants in line for water payouts

31 January, 2018

Councils in London have set aside millions of pounds and thousands of tenants may be in line for payouts after a landmark legal ruling over water charges

One in ten families who get social housing are from abroad despite efforts to give long-term local residents a better chance of getting a property

31 January, 2018

Share of social housing going to foreign families has been rising since mid-2000

Tower Hamlets has reduced child poverty - by shipping it elsewhere

31 January, 2018

Statistics show a drop of 6% since 2010. But that's thanks to rising rents and benefit caps forcing families out of the borough

Powys council house rents to rise by at least 4.5%

31 January, 2018

Council house rents will rise by at least 4.5% in Powys from April

How listing of social housing costs landlords

31 January, 2018

Listing social housing preserves the architectural and historical significance of buildings - but can have costly implications for landlords

Social Housing Lettings: April 2016 to March 2017, England

31 January, 2018

Social housing lettings by private registered providers decreased by 11% to 231,000 in 2016/17, continuing the fall from the previous year

'Make rules on tenancy default fees clear or agents could face costly PPI-style claims'

31 January, 2018

The Government must provide more clarity on the planned tenant fees ban if it wants to avoid the prospect of PPI-style compensation claims against letting agents

LIN member report January 2018 - Universal Credit

30 January, 2018

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

What does the new European Energy Poverty Observatory mean for social housing?

30 January, 2018

A combination of rising energy costs, poor-quality housing or low incomes means that many households across Europe are struggling with the cost associated with heating (or cooling) their homes

Homelessness rise 'due to welfare reform'

30 January, 2018

The surge can be seen alongside an increase in homeless families housed by local authorities in temporary accommodation

Squalid homes: Corbyn says government 'in pockets of landlords'

30 January, 2018

Labour leader says Tories can't fix housing crisis after revelations that thousands live in hazardous conditions

Personal Independence payments: All 1.6 million claims to be reviewed

30 January, 2018

Every person receiving Personal Independence Payments will have their claim reviewed

The baffling change to Universal Credit for people in work that has got experts worried

30 January, 2018

The change to Universal Credit has unpredictable effects - here's what you should do about it

Report recommends 'long-term, slow, patient investments'in PRS

30 January, 2018

Researchers say social landlords can do much more to house lower income households in receipt of Housing Benefit but able to pay rent reliably

Food insecurity: a third of poorest households skip meals

30 January, 2018

Large families and jobless worst hit by rising costs and austerity, with 32% and 36% missing meals

Fire Safety in Housing Executive Tower Blocks

30 January, 2018

The Rationale for the establishment of the Independent Reference Group on Fire Safety in Housing Executive tower blocks was in response to the tragedy of the horrific Grenfell fire on 14 June 2017

Private Renting: Can social landlords help?

30 January, 2018

Report by LSE Housing and Communities

Wales is leading the way on improving tenant rights

29 January, 2018

Westminster's drive to improve standards for tenants is following the Welsh Government's lead

Why Universal Credit is prime example of UK Government getting it wrong

29 January, 2018

Universal Credit demonstrates exactly why we want to do things differently in Scotland

Our proposals to the supported housing consultation

29 January, 2018

PlaceShapers members have been campaigning hard for the past two years to secure the future of supported and sheltered housing

Bottom of the housing ladder: 'I feel like a squatter in my home'

29 January, 2018

Over 2 million people in the UK live in rented homes that actively damage their health

Renting by the room: buy-to-let investors get highest yields with HMOs

29 January, 2018

The best buy-to-let property yields in 2017 came from houses in multiple occupation with an average return on investment of 8.9%

Hundreds of thousands living in squalid rented homes in England

29 January, 2018

Estimated 338,000 properties rented by under-35s hazardous and likely to cause harm

Agents fees charged to tenants are mostly fair - says tenants group

29 January, 2018

Support for agents to be allowed to charge tenants at least some fees has come from an unlikely quarter - a tenants' group

Middle-aged and millennials move to private rented sector in droves, as baby boomers pay off mortgages

26 January, 2018

There has been a significant increase in the proportion of people below the age of 44 in the private rented sector, as they find owner occupation harder to achieve

Universal Credit presents 'significant risk' to public spending

26 January, 2018

Report from the Office of Budget Responsibility shows UC offering only marginal taxpayer savings despite the extent of related cuts

Council to expand repairs company into overall housing management

26 January, 2018

'Urgent' post-Carillion decision clears the way for a full takeover of housing services by a company originally set up to cover repairs

PEARL Rental Index - January 2017

26 January, 2018

We have rounded up all of the latest housing statistics, rental index updates and data on renting from across the sector and compiled them into one easy to digest bulletin

English Housing Survey

26 January, 2018

Headline Report, 2016-17

Private Rented Sector Report

26 January, 2018

December 2017

Universal credit: what is it and what exactly is wrong with it?

26 January, 2018

Is the unpopular benefits scheme championed by Iain Duncan Smith too big to fail?

Universal credit to save taxpayers only 2% in spite of benefit cuts

26 January, 2018

Welfare scheme a 'significant risk' to public spending, warns Office for Budget Responsibility

Wales' Right to Buy formally abolished

25 January, 2018

The abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill became an Act of the Assembly in Cardiff

'Hundreds' of social homes don't have proper fire risk assessments

25 January, 2018

NHMF Conference hears how Grenfell has forced the sector "back to basics" over stock management and safety

James Johnsen: Should you invest in social housing?

25 January, 2018

Investing with a conscience can helping alleviate the housing crisis

Tax changes to render many landlords unviable: S&P

25 January, 2018

Recent tax changes could tip many profitable buy-to-lets into loss-making businesses

London councils skirt six-week rule for homeless families

25 January, 2018

London families are being forced to share bathrooms and kitchens with strangers for long periods, as councils make use of an exemption in the law on temporary accommodation

Council plans crackdown on home owners who use short lets to rent out properties for longer than 90 days

25 January, 2018

A London council is to prepare a new licensing system after receiving 91 complaints in the last two years about home owners renting out their properties on short lets for more than the maximum of 90 days a year

Landlords delay adding to buy-to-let portfolio amid tougher mortgage rules

25 January, 2018

Almost three quarters of portfolio landlords have found it more difficult to secure a mortgage since regulatory changes imposing tougher applications were introduced last September

Ask Alexa! Hybrid agent installs digital home assistant to feed tenants' queries directly to landlords

25 January, 2018

A hybrid agent that focuses on technology rather than a branch network to provide services has developed a way for tenants and landlords to communicate through Amazon's digital home assistant Alexa

Rental stock reaches record high

25 January, 2018

Record coincides with confirmation of financing for major new PRS development

Ed Miliband Part Of Team To Investigate Social Housing In The Wake Of Grenfell Tragedy

24 January, 2018

A survivor of the tragedy is also joining the investigation

Government 'should pay to replace Grenfell-type cladding'

24 January, 2018

The government should pay to replace Grenfell Tower-type cladding so lives are not put at risk, the head of a group representing property managers said

Hackney Council sets up lettings company

24 January, 2018

Hackney Council has set up a wholly owned lettings company to get around rules that say it can't directly manage homes for London Living Rent

How social landlords can help people leave gangs

24 January, 2018

Former gang member Sephton Henry tells Danielle Aumord how social landlords can be a crucial help

Our regulation of social housing

24 January, 2018

Our role is to monitor, assess and report on social landlords' performance of housing activities and RSLs' financial well-being and standards of governance

Shelter launches new social housing commission

24 January, 2018

It will draft in a panel of high-profile figures to examine "the state of social housing in modern Britain and its future role in ending the housing crisis"

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 14 December 2017

24 January, 2018

These experimental statistics cover numbers of claims made, starts and people on Universal Credit to 14 December 2017

Tenant fees ban campaigners Generation Rent and Citizens Advice to appear before MPs today

23 January, 2018

A group that has campaigned fervently in favour of a tenant fees ban in England will appear today to give evidence to MPs who are inquiring into the private rented sector

Why are record numbers of renters leaving London now?

23 January, 2018

Last year, Countrywide recorded a 10-year high of 65,000 renters quitting the capital. But they're no longer leaving to become first-time buyers

New guidelines for Scottish landlords

23 January, 2018

New guidance is under development to help Scotland's social landlords meet their obligations on allocations and suspensions

Neglect and abuse claims on rise in sheltered housing

23 January, 2018

"I've been left with a feeling that my mum's last months were in a place that nobody really cared about her"

London council to change housing company to management company

23 January, 2018

Barking and Dagenham Council is set to transform its wholly owned housing company into an arms-length management company

Only three out of 160 social housing towers reclad after Grenfell fire

23 January, 2018

Pace of response condemned as dispute escalates over who pays for cost of making blocks safe

'Landlords who self-manage after fees ban could do a better job than agents'

23 January, 2018

Landlords who self-manage their properties could do a better job than letting agents

AM's concern over Universal Credit impact in Torfaen

22 January, 2018

The number of people on Universal Credit in Torfaen being pushed into rent arrears is "deeply worrying"

Thousands on benefits in private rented sector face eviction

22 January, 2018

Private landlords will not be so lenient with debtors as the social housing sector

People on controversial Universal Credit scheme are 'worse off than before'

22 January, 2018

People claiming Universal Credit are worse off than before, it has been said

Universal Credit: Four people reveal their experiences as it's rolled out across Birmingham

22 January, 2018

Universal Credit is being rolled out across Birmingham

More than 17,000 UK students face university rent arrears

22 January, 2018

Figures show 16% rise in those facing housing debt and a doubling of evictions

Milton Keynes: UK capital of 'right-to-buy-to-let'

22 January, 2018

More council houses have been sold to private landlords in the town than anywhere else - then rented at up to triple the price

Councils fail to take action on 99 per cent of most dangerous rented homes, letting criminal landlords walk free

22 January, 2018

Millions of renters left in unsafe properties as local authorities struggle to cope with housing crisis

Esther McVey makes disability benefits U-turn over payments

22 January, 2018

High court ruling says policy was discriminatory against people with mental health issues

Sharma letter reveals he was told affordable rents 'unaffordable' at tenant roadshows

22 January, 2018

At his tenant roadshows, Alok Sharma was told affordable rents are "not really affordable" and a lack of government investment has seen safety standards fall

Lift councils' housebuilding cap

22 January, 2018

Government urged to allow more borrowing to help hit target of 300,000 new homes a year

Council housing rent soars to £2m in Highlands

19 January, 2018

The roll-out of Universal Credit is being blamed for Highland Council rent arrears soaring by a third, topping almost £2million

Residents living in shadow of Grenfell Tower hit back at council over plans to resume rent

19 January, 2018

Residents in blocks surrounding the Grenfell Tower have hit out at plans for them to resume paying rent and service charges from the end of January

Ministers should consider implementing universal basic income

19 January, 2018

Ministers should consider implementing the radical policy of a universal basic income

Taxpayers face £4m bill as landlord refuses to make tower block safe

19 January, 2018

Slough council poised to take over freehold of property and pay for safety work as current owner refuses to foot bill

More than half of Brits experiencing problems with 'rogue' estate or letting agents

19 January, 2018

Estate or letting agents caused problems for more than half of those consumers who bought, sold or rented a home within the last five years

DR UK welcomes Govt decision not to appeal PIP psychological distress judgement

19 January, 2018

In December 2017, a High Court decision found that PIP mobility component regulation changes, which affected those with psychological distress, were unlawful

Free HMRC help for landlords filing DIY tax returns

19 January, 2018

HMRC is urging landlords preparing their own tax returns to take advantage of free online help

Fitness for Human Habitation Bill passes second Commons reading

19 January, 2018

Leading campaigner calls for supplementary action to prevent unfair evictions and improve access to legal support

What will take longer, banning letting agent fees or Brexit?

19 January, 2018

The ban on letting agent fees is now unlikely to come into force until Spring 2019 at the earliest

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill 2017-19

19 January, 2018

To amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to require that residential rented accommodation is provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation

Council worries over future for homelessness funding

18 January, 2018

Southwark Council tells 24housing that despite positive signs over homeless prevention, the future is unclear

I've fought hard to make homes fit for habitation. Here's why

18 January, 2018

A pensioner suffering hypothermia because of a cold home, is just one example of why we need support for the bill on 19 January

Labour calls on government to include shared owners in stamp duty cut

18 January, 2018

Labour has echoed calls from the housing sector to end the exclusion of shared ownership buyers from the government's recent stamp duty relief

Hunters to advertise 'super-short term' lets on Airbnb and Booking.com

18 January, 2018

Estate agent Hunters will start advertising properties available for "super-short term" lets through the likes of Airbnb, Booking.com and Expedia, after striking up a partnership with an online platform

London is most expensive city in Europe to rent a middle market family home

18 January, 2018

London is the most expensive city in Europe for renting a middle market, three bedroom home and almost three time more costly than other British cities

Government commits to publish Social Housing Green Paper by spring

18 January, 2018

The government remains committed to its promise to tenants to publish its Social Housing Green Paper by the spring, despite the minister overseeing it leaving his role

Over half of buyers, sellers and renters have issues with 'rogue' agents

18 January, 2018

However, most majority didn't check if their agent was regulated or part of a professional body before signing a contract

Progress on council housing but 'more to be done'

18 January, 2018

Local Authority Housing Statistics for England 2016/17 are out and open to interpretation

MP behind Bill that will let tenants sue landlords invites horror stories from renters on Facebook

17 January, 2018

The MP behind a Private Members Bill now being supported by the Government that could pave the way for legislation that lets tenants sue their landlords is to hold a live Facebook discussion this week

New reporting tool launches to help letting agents and landlords link tenant rental payments with their credit score

17 January, 2018

Tenants are being given the chance to build up their credit score by signing up to a new service that links their rental payments with the Experian referencing service

Buy-to-let mortgages slip as legislative changes push more landlords away

17 January, 2018

Mortgages for new buy-to-let house purchases slid 1.5% year on year in November 2017, while buy-to-let remortgages dropped by 3.6%, amid further signs that legislative changes are causing landlords to flee the market

Councillor renting out 10 ex-authority homes in 'Right to Buy to let' capital

17 January, 2018

A Conservative councillor in England's 'Right to Buy to let' capital has a private rented portfolio of 10 ex-local authority homes

Council to set up two housing companies to 'offset drastic cuts' and deliver 500 homes

17 January, 2018

Council chiefs have taken a 'major step' by agreeing to set up two housing companies to 'offset the austerity measures inflicted' on the authority

'Unacceptably' slow pace of Grenfell rehousing continues

17 January, 2018

The slow progress of rehousing families made homeless by the Grenfell Tower disaster has continued, with only six more having moved into permanent or interim homes in the past month

DfC briefing on reclassification of housing associations as private sector bodies

17 January, 2018

NIFHA will host an important Member Briefing on the reclassification of housing associations as private sector bodies on Friday, 26th January

West of Scotland Housing Association moves to assure tenants amid Carillion collapse

17 January, 2018

Tenants of WSHA will not be adversely affected by the demise of the contractor which was responsible for carrying out its day-to-day repairs

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: December 2017

17 January, 2018

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

Petition opposing lettings fee ban nears milestone of 10,000 signatures

16 January, 2018

The petition on the Government website opposing the impending fees ban has now reached almost 8,000 signatures

More than 700 Scottish lettings firms complete training ahead of mandatory licensing

16 January, 2018

More than 700 Scottish firms have now undergone the training required as part of a new register of letting agents

Bad landlords and their properties are a stain on the market

16 January, 2018

While the vast majority of landlords provide properties which are safe, legal and secure, there is a minority that brings the sector into disrepute

Benefit fraud 'witch-hunt': 280,000 public tip-offs led to no action taken due to lack of evidence

16 January, 2018

New figures obtained by The Independent have led to critics suggesting members of the public should not have a role in identifying and investigating fraud within the welfare state

MSP pushes for sprinklers in new-build housing blocks

16 January, 2018

An MSP is to bring forward legislation to have sprinklers installed in all new-build social housing in Scotland

Mortgage lenders urged to be 'more flexible' on interest only

16 January, 2018

Three out of four advisers say lenders should relax rules for older borrowers - with equity release a recommended solution

Council hits back at 'unacceptable' housing target

16 January, 2018

A London Council has tabled a motion against Sadiq Khan's housing target for the borough

HB A1/2018

16 January, 2018

War Pensions: Uprating 2018-19

'We're so grateful for it, but it's only temporary'

16 January, 2018

According to the government's English Housing Survey, one in six private renters say that they have had a pest or vermin infestation in the last year

Council may move homeless families out of borough following report

15 January, 2018

Moving homeless people to cheaper parts of the country is being considered SBC, in the face of soaring rental costs and tight purse strings

One in 10 renters have fire risk concerns

15 January, 2018

One in 10 renters in England have fire safety concerns about their home

Savings from housing budget could lead to 500 extra council houses in Sheffield

15 January, 2018

Around 500 council properties could be built and acquired in Sheffield if savings are found in housing budgets

Government supports new measures to improve the safety of tenants

15 January, 2018

The Housing Secretary confirms government support for new legislation to help ensure rented homes are safe

More legislation on the way: Tenants to be allowed to take landlords to court over poor housing

15 January, 2018

The Government has thrown its weight behind a Labour MP's proposals to allow tenants to take landlords to court if they don't ensure their property is fit for human habitation throughout their tenancy

Triple Point Social Housing REIT Buys 10 Properties For GBP11 Million

15 January, 2018

Triple Point Social Housing REIT PLC said Monday that it has acquired 10 supported housing properties located in the UK for GBP10.7 million in total

18 to 21-year-old Universal Credit policy will not deliver expected savings

15 January, 2018

A controversial government policy to deny housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds has only affected 4% of claimants

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 - Regulations relating to Safeguarding Property in Abandoned Dwellings

15 January, 2018

This consultation is to gather views on the draft Regulations on Safeguarding Property in Abandoned Dwellings and draft Guidance on the Possession of Abandoned Dwellings and the Safeguarding of Property

Universal Credit roll out in Northern Ireland by postcode

15 January, 2018

This page lists the postcodes in Northern Ireland where Universal Credit is being introduced and the dates

Tory council criticised for 'demonising' rough sleepers in posters

15 January, 2018

Campaign by Gloucester city council suggesting people who beg on street may not be homeless is termed 'shameful'

Rogue landlords making millions out of housing benefits

15 January, 2018

'Lockdown' is a model that can make £56,000 a year from public funds. But the scandal goes on

The cost of renting a property will fall - but not until 2019

12 January, 2018

Everyone knows that saving for a deposit to get onto the property ladder is an insurmountable challenge for many, but private renters are also stung by having to fork out huge amounts of cash at the outset

Rightmove says pace of annual rent rises now lowest since 2014

12 January, 2018

The average asking rent across the UK - excluding London - rose by just 0.7 per cent in 2017

Rent to go up by three per cent in Flintshire council properties

12 January, 2018

Council property rents are to increase by three per cent in the new financial year

Sector watchdog changes name to 'Regulator of Social Housing'

12 January, 2018

The regulation arm of the Homes and Communities Agency has today relaunched as the Regulator of Social Housing

Landlords planning to sell property hits 10-year high because of tax changes

12 January, 2018

The Government has unveiled a series of policies to curb buy-to-let activity in the private rented sector

Housing association merger will lead to social cleansing

12 January, 2018

Plan by London's Notting Hill Housing and Genesis to create mega landlord fuels fears that more social housing will be sold off

More landlords 'to quit sector as mortgage relief changes start to bite and profit becomes elusive'

12 January, 2018

The number of landlords planning to sell some of their buy-to-let properties has hit its highest level for a decade

NLA sell-up stats: 'Perfect storm for landlords, disaster for tenants'

12 January, 2018

Future said to favour a continual consolidation of portfolios around "professionalised, large scale" landlords

Benefit figures 'greatly reassure' landlords over renting to 18-21 year olds

12 January, 2018

But Centrepoint says restrictions to housing support could still have a chilling effect on young people's ability to secure tenancies

MPs tell tenants to ignore eviction notices

12 January, 2018

Could what's happening in Ireland happen here if tenants have nowhere else to go?

Fees ban implementation date of 'after' spring 2019 is confirmed for a second time

11 January, 2018

The ban on lettings agents' fees charged to tenants will not come into force until "after" spring next year, it has been confirmed for the second time within a month

New rules on holding deposits set to be part of fees ban legislation

11 January, 2018

New rules over holding deposits are set to come into force in conjunction with the ban on fees

Rats, mould and broken furniture: the scandal of the UK's refugee housing

11 January, 2018

The Home Office says that asylum seekers deserve 'safe, habitable' homes. What too many of them get is filth and squalor

One million calls to Universal Credit helpline 'abandoned' in one year

11 January, 2018

More than one million calls to the Universal Credit helpline have been abandoned without claimants getting an answer within a 12-month period

Esther McVey: New DWP minister's statements about people on benefits and the policies she has voted for

11 January, 2018

Former TV presenter has said use of food banks is 'right' and benefit sanctions 'teach' job seekers to look for work seriously

Household disposable income and inequality in the UK: financial year ending 2017

11 January, 2018

Initial insight into main estimates of household incomes and inequality in the UK, along with analysis of how these measures have changed over time accounting for inflation and household composition

NLA videos put landlords in the picture over tax changes

11 January, 2018

National Landlords Association say 20% of it members plan to reduce property portfolios this year because of tax changes

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2014 to Mar 2015

11 January, 2018

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2014 to 2015

Removal of automatic entitlement to housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds in Universal Credit

11 January, 2018

Statistics on the number of 18 to 21 year olds awarded and refused support for housing costs, April to June 2017

'Don't ban referral fees - but make agents declare their existence and value early on'

10 January, 2018

Referral fees paid by conveyancers to estate agents should not be banned - but their existence and their value should be disclosed

New housing minister previously voted against lettings fee ban

10 January, 2018

The Conservatives have appointed their seventh housing minister since 2010. He has in the past voted against the ban on letting agent fees

'Unhelpful scaremongering' over Universal Credit is putting private landlords off

10 January, 2018

A junior government minister has criticised opposition MPs for "unhelpful scaremongering" over the issue of UC, which they say is causing landlords to flee the market

Council houses are to be built in Salford for the first time in three decades

10 January, 2018

In a thrown back to old Labour policy, the council is now set to build a small estate - and manage the properties itself

Social housing tenants talk about negative media stereotyping

10 January, 2018

Three social tenants share their stories of how negative media portrayals are affecting them, as the Benefit to Society campaign to set the record straight gathers pace

The devastating impact Universal Credit is already having in Hull

10 January, 2018

Council report says debts are already 'unsustainable'

Tenants in Scotland and London most concerned about rent rises in 2018

10 January, 2018

Tenants in parts of the UK are concerned about their rents rising in 2018 with those living in London and Scotland most worried about

160,000 more rented homes will need a licence

10 January, 2018

Housing minister Alok Sharma is set to continue his war against bad landlords who disregard tenant safety in shared homes

Universal Credit: MPs to debate problems caused in private rented sector

09 January, 2018

Landlords are now able to apply directly for alternative payment arrangements for tenants on Universal Credit

Fees ban punishment regime could breach Human Rights Act

09 January, 2018

A legal expert has highlighted a "serious omission" in the Draft Tenant Fees Bill, which could leave local authorities able to impose fines of up to £30,000 on letting agents and landlords without a conviction

Research reveals 'true impact' of Universal Credit on the rental market

09 January, 2018

Some 73% of landlords still lack confidence in renting to UC tenants citing fears over arrears

Universal Credit goes back to its future

09 January, 2018

Extensive campaigning by the RLA sees landlords able to claim direct payments again - as they could under Housing Benefit

Manchester council to buy new Taylor Wimpey houses to sell on to social tenants as part of plans to provide affordable housing

09 January, 2018

Manchester town hall is to borrow £10m in total, boosted by £5m in funds from the government's Homes and Communities Agency - in a programme that will mainly provide new social housing to replace homes sold under Right to Buy

Restore lifetime tenancies to vulnerable tenants

09 January, 2018

Ministers are being urged to give councils and housing associations back the right to offer lifetime tenancies to those they consider vulnerable

How eviction leads to homelessness: 'My youngest child doesn't know what a home is'

09 January, 2018

Loss of tenancy - sometimes with just two months' notice - is a major cause of homelessness, forcing families into temporary accommodation

'All housing associations should get Living Wage accreditation'

09 January, 2018

All housing associations and their subsidiary companies should commit to achieving living wage accreditation or risk losing public subsidy

Dominic Raab: The doubt of the benefit

09 January, 2018

Track record of new housing minister signals limited horizons

Millions owed by Dundee council tenants in rent arrears

08 January, 2018

Millions of pounds is owed to Dundee City Council in rent arrears

More than a quarter of tenants would pay more to live with pet

08 January, 2018

More than a quarter of tenants would be prepared to pay more rent to live with a pet

More than 3,000 families on East Devon council housing list

08 January, 2018

More than 3,000 families are on the waiting list for a council house in East Devon

'Shockingly disgusting'

08 January, 2018

A union is targeting landlords across the UK, who it says are exploiting vulnerable people with poor housing

Shelter to tell MPs its view of the Draft Tenants' Fees Bill

08 January, 2018

One early task is to hear oral evidence on the draft Tenants' Fees Bill

British Government funds development of an app to help 11 million tenants

08 January, 2018

The British Government is to launch a £2 million competition in the coming weeks for an app to help the 11 million people who rent a home to improve credit scores and mortgage applications

Help on renting costs is on its way... but not until 2019

08 January, 2018

Raising enough money for a deposit plus letting fees can be a real challenge, especially for young people

Number of people requesting charitable grants to pay for basic items grows by 244% after government cuts

08 January, 2018

Demand for financial help from leading charity soars by 244 per cent since axe of community care grants under coalition government in 2013

New tenancy deposit replacement product 'will do more than replace lost income' when fees are banned

08 January, 2018

A new tenancy deposit replacement product will put money in the pockets of letting agents each time a tenant takes up the option

The government has launched a national survey to gain tenants views on social housing

05 January, 2018

The Social Tenant Engagement Questionnaire aims to highlight any issues or concerns following the Grenfell tragedy, and the results used to share good practice and inform the government's future nation

Ambitious North Devon Council plan to buy housing for homeless families

05 January, 2018

An ever-increasing demand for temporary accommodation has prompted North Devon Council to consider spending half a million on its own housing stock

Merger to bring a bright future to rural areas

05 January, 2018

2017 saw Herefordshire Housing and Shropshire Housing Group connect, as equal partners, to form Connexus, a new social housing umbrella group

Pooling set to unlock more PRS investment

05 January, 2018

Five local authority pension funds in the Midlands clubbed together at the end of last year to invest £100m in Hearthstone's new private rented sector fund

UK social housing deal with private equity giant sparks fears for tenants

05 January, 2018

Private equity giant Blackstone has struck a deal with UK social housing association Sage, sparking fears from campaigners that it will price out low-earning, elderly and sick tenants

Tenants widely expect rents to go up this year - and say they will struggle

05 January, 2018

More than half of tenants in London and Scotland are anticipating rent increases this year

Row over council's plan to build homes as SNP are branded 'unprofessional'

04 January, 2018

Council chiefs are to explore the possibility of building houses on authority-owned sites rather than selling to private developers

Letting agent furious after social landlord escapes prosecution despite gas safety breaches in 1,000 homes

04 January, 2018

A decision not to prosecute a social landlord over breaches of gas safety in over 1,000 properties has infuriated a letting agent

Rate your tenant: New app lets agents and landlords score their renters

04 January, 2018

A deposit replacement scheme has added a new service to its app that will let landlords and agents score tenants. It is currently being trialled by Countrywide brand Hamptons

Associations lobby over exclusion of shared ownership buyers from stamp duty cut

04 January, 2018

Housing associations have approached government to seek changes to the stamp duty cut after warnings that it currently excludes many shared ownership buyers

House Price Index

04 January, 2018

House prices rise by a modest 2.6% in 2017

The Deposit Diaries: Importance to agents of providing unambiguous tenancy agreements

03 January, 2018

In this case, the agent proposed a deduction from the tenant's deposit to cover the payment of the check-out fee, referencing a clause in the tenancy agreement which outlined the tenant's responsibility for this payment

Labour Warns Stamp Duty Cuts Will Fuel Surge In House Prices As Theresa May Says 16,000 Have Already Benefitted

03 January, 2018

PM to hail 'immediate impact' of attempt to woo younger voters

Let's give up the home-owning dream. Social renters are just as happy

03 January, 2018

Social housing provides many emotional and social benefits, our research has shown, but we still need to eliminate the stigma

Housing costs in Universal Credit

03 January, 2018

This Commons Library briefing paper explains the key differences between assistance with housing costs under the Housing Benefit regime and under Universal Credit

KCTMO to hand over control of housing to council

03 January, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation will temporarily hand over control of the housing stock it manages to the local council following the Grenfell Tower fire

Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson on social housing post-Grenfell

03 January, 2018

Beyond of course, the enormous personal tragedies of the Grenfell fire, one of its wider legacies has been to shine an unforgiving light on Britain's social housing

The National Rent Review

03 January, 2018

A detailed annual report evaluating the highs and lows of the UK private rental market

The reasons why Dundee council evicted folk from homes in 2017

02 January, 2018

Dozens of people have been evicted from their council houses in 2017

Tens of thousands of 18 to 24-year-olds tell councils of homelessness

02 January, 2018

FoI figures said to be a 'serious underestimate', with over 100 councils not responding to requests

Council apologises as Grenfell Tower households miss out on extra cash

02 January, 2018

As 100 Grenfell households spend Christmas in hotels, payout to help with festive costs fails to arrive for 18 families

Council plans to become landlords and invest £10m in buying up homes across the New Forest

02 January, 2018

Plans have been revealed for major investment in residential property to protect key services across the New Forest

Housing association launches unique estate agency franchise

02 January, 2018

TwoCan estate agency franchise will save housing associations money and generate new income

HMO licensing regime to be expanded to include low-rise homes and flats

02 January, 2018

Houses in Multiple Occupation that have to be mandatorily licensed are to include properties - regardless of height - that are occupied by five or more people from two or more households

Universal Credit: full service and live service

01 January, 2018

This guidance explains the Universal Credit full service and live service

A fitting memorial for the Grenfell Tower fire

01 January, 2018

There's been much discussion of a memorial for the dead, the survivors and the collaterally damaged of Grenfell

Top Tories 'saw social housing as toxic'

01 January, 2018

Former civil service head Bob Kerslake says Theresa May has "not grasped" the scale of what is required to tackle the housing crisis

Councils set aside millions of pounds to support struggling UC claimants

01 January, 2018

Figures released over Christmas further expose the hardship and distress caused by welfare 'reform'

The forgotten unemployed: 300,000 jobless Britons not claiming benefits

01 January, 2018

Study finds many people are not claiming support they are entitled to and warns some are put off by the benefits system

Food bank looks ahead 'with sadness' as it prepares for another busy year

01 January, 2018

'People will still continue to find themselves relying on us as they fall into crisis for a number of reasons'

Set Brexit aside - here are the political issues you mustn't lose sight of in 2018

01 January, 2018

With unprecedented government cuts, hard times lie ahead for millions affected by poverty, homelessness, disability, universal credit and the social care crisis

HB S11/2018

01 January, 2018

As detailed in a letter to LA Chief Finance Officers on 24 August 2018, the purpose of this circular is to confirm the additional funding of £4.5million that will be allocated to LAs

Council rents set to hike for next three years to help upgrade homes

29 December, 2017

The move, rubber-stamped by officials, will see £2.3 million spent on upgrades to 500 homes

'I just want a job - it's all I want': Foodbank users speak of their desperation

29 December, 2017

People explain why they must rely on handouts to survive

Tory MP condemns universal basic income 'on moral grounds'

29 December, 2017

Stumping up for workers made redundant by robots is 'dangerous nonsense', says former minister Nick Boles in new book

7 expert forecasts for the 2018 housing market

29 December, 2017

With interest rates rising, property sales slowing, and Brexit around the corner, 2018 looks set to be an interesting year for the housing market

Attempted suicides by disability benefit claimants more than double after introduction of fit-to-work assessment

29 December, 2017

Proportion of those attempting to take their own lives soars from 21 per cent to 43 per cent in seven years

Councils forced to fund emergency help for universal credit claimants

29 December, 2017

Labour says its findings offer more evidence that the government should pause rollout of new benefit system

Councils shifting more than 2,000 families a year out of London

29 December, 2017

Three months alone accounted for 524 placements - set against an overall trend towards leaving London by choice

Poole's social housing tenants urged to share their housing concerns after Grenfell tragedy

28 December, 2017

Social housing tenants in Poole are being urged to voice any safety concerns they have about their accommodation following the Grenfell Tower tragedy

Universal Credit rollout sees food bank use increase across Yorkshire

28 December, 2017

Parts of Yorkshire which have introduced Universal Credit ahead of its national rollout are reporting increased food bank use from desperate clients

Jeremy Corbyn pledges to scrap 'no fault' evictions to tip housing rules back in favour of renters

28 December, 2017

The Labour leader told The Independent rising homelessness is a 'moral litmus test' for the country

Rogue landlords targeted by government

28 December, 2017

Rogue landlords are the target of new measures being considered by both the government and Labour

Corbyn calls for the end of Section 21 evictions

28 December, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has called for the end of Section 21 'no fault' eviction notices and has wrongly claimed that the sector is unregulated

Tough new powers for rogue landlords

28 December, 2017

Government announces a raft of new measures to improve standards for private sector renters

Government to tell rogue landlords: 'shape up or ship out'

28 December, 2017

Councils to be given powers to clamp down on unscrupulous landlords, including tougher rules on bedroom sizes

Partick Housing Association refutes tenants' union's rent reduction claims

27 December, 2017

Partick Housing Association has denied claims by Living Rent that the tenants' union won a promise of "massive rent reductions" in one of the Association's block of flats

Scotland united in curiosity as councils trial universal basic income

27 December, 2017

Four local authorities tasked with turning utopian fantasy into reality with backing of first minister and multi-party support

Letting fee ban 'will not cut the cost of renting'

27 December, 2017

"Tenants are being offered false hope that banning the fees they pay will make renting cheaper"

Those responsible for the horror of the Grenfell Tower fire must face trial

27 December, 2017

If the people who let this fire happen are not brought before a court, there will be no justice for victims and families

UK government taking two months to refund stamp duty

27 December, 2017

People who buy new main home before selling existing one hit by stamp duty change meant to curb buy-to-let landlords

Landlords 'unwilling' to rent to universal credit recipients

27 December, 2017

Landlords' association reports huge rise in non-payment of rent in areas where universal credit has been introduced

Tories drop two flagship housing policies from key strategy document

27 December, 2017

Plans to build 200,000 homes for first-time buyers and help more people access Right to Buy are excluded from latest plan amid 'complete rethink'

Grenfell firm to pass responsibility for homes to council

27 December, 2017

The firm that managed Grenfell Tower says it will hand over responsibility for thousands of properties to the local council by the end of January

I'm being chased for rent arrears, but the student block was unfit for purpose

27 December, 2017

Mezzino, the management company for Jubilee Court in Preston, has offered paltry compensation despite major issues with the accommodation

Investment for South Ayrshire Council houses outlined with rent rise capped at 2%

22 December, 2017

South Ayrshire Council has unveiled a three year plan to improve existing housing properties and land, with a below inflation annual rent increase continued to help manage costs

Technical Guidance on EESSH - December 2017

22 December, 2017

Regulator publishes updated technical guidance for landlords

For The 128,000 Children In Temporary Accommodation, Christmas Will Be Far From Magical

22 December, 2017

Children's health suffers, behaviour problems emerge almost immediately, and untold stress and anxiety is inevitable

For disabled people like Alex, the fight for dignity is endless

22 December, 2017

After years trapped in a top-floor 'prison', Alex has finally got an accessible flat. But if this seems like a good-news story, think again

Lords get 'read between the lines' answer on future for social housing

22 December, 2017

Peers hear of a need to balance additional Autumn budget funding between affordable homes and social housing

Government attempts to reassure short-term supported housing providers over funding plans

22 December, 2017

The government has attempted to reassure short-term supported housing providers over future funding, in a House of Commons statement this afternoon

"It's like an ordinary day, to be honest": How the cuts stole Christmas

22 December, 2017

As foodbanks stockpile and benefits are withheld, Britain faces crisis this festive season

Universal credit 'will cause evictions'

22 December, 2017

Universal credit will cause a rise in evictions from privately rented homes

PRS Statistics Bulletin - December 2017

21 December, 2017

Welcome to the December PRS Statistics Bulletin from the RLA Private renting Evidence

Universal credit: Minister apologises for payment delays

21 December, 2017

Benefit claimants who have suffered problems because of a welfare overhaul have been given an apology by a UK government minister

Universal credit: The first six months in Torfaen

21 December, 2017

The plan was that universal credit would help smooth the journey from being out of work to employment

Northern Ireland affordability fears as benefit changes and spiralling rents produce 'perfect storm'

21 December, 2017

Average rents in Northern Ireland have increased at nearly five times the UK rate over the past 12 months

Housing association binned my dead uncle's belongings after refusing to let us collect them

21 December, 2017

"My nan, my mum, my uncle have no keepsakes, no photos, nothing to remember him by"

NAO wants evidence for latest examination of Universal Credit

21 December, 2017

Two previous reports found poor performance on delivery of an "over ambitious" programme

May accused of 'callousness' over plight of homeless families

21 December, 2017

Labour MP says prime minister's defence of using temporary accommodation to house thousands of children is appalling

HB A10/2017

21 December, 2017

Housing Benefit: Uprating 2018-19

Property scam: Tenant changed name by deed poll to landlord's and sold house through agent

20 December, 2017

A taxation and accountancy firm has warned of a fraud of over £400,000.

Its online blog says: 'The individual in question owned a property which he rented out to tenants over a long period of time. One of the tenants changed his name by deed poll to that of the landlord and applied for new identification under the new name'

A Fundamental Review of Social Housing Allocations

20 December, 2017

Response to Consultation on Proposals

Revealed: 'Horrendous' amount of housing benefit overpaid by Leicester City Council

20 December, 2017

Many millions has been paid to households who were not entitled to it

Labour launches social housing review call for evidence

20 December, 2017

Labour is seeking submissions from social housing professionals, as it launches a call for evidence as part of its social housing review

Yorkshire Dales council tax rise targets second homes

20 December, 2017

Owners of second homes in the Yorkshire Dales could see council tax on their properties rise by five times the current level

Mayor of London Launches Database to 'Name and Shame' Rogue Landlords

20 December, 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched his Rogue Landlord & Agent Checker

No hiding place for crooked letting agents and landlords

20 December, 2017

Letting agents and landlords in London will have "nowhere to hide" if they try to exploit tenants

Grenfell Inquiry to appoint social housing complaints expert

20 December, 2017

The Grenfell Inquiry chair has announced he will appoint an expert in dealing with social housing resident complaints

HB S13/2017

20 December, 2017

Indicative 2018/19 Housing Benefit administration subsidy arrangements for English, Scottish and Welsh local authorities

December 2017: Touchbase edition 123

20 December, 2017

This month the DWP announced changes to Universal Credit in the Autumn Budget, details of which can be found in this edition

Tenants packed into house 'fit only for cockroaches'

20 December, 2017

Court hears 27 tenants - including six children - occupied seven converted rooms

One million children living in poverty will miss out on free school meals under universal credit plans

19 December, 2017

The Children's Society says plans to means test free school meals under universal credit will create a 'cliff-edge' where many families are better off taking a pay cut

Sadiq Khan refuses regeneration plans due to social housing loss

19 December, 2017

Sadiq Khan has refused planning permission for estate regeneration plans in Barnet due to a "completely unacceptable" net loss of 257 social homes

Council prioritises building more homes to provide people with a secure place to call home

19 December, 2017

Providing more homes for people in desperate need remains a top priority for Cambridge City Council

England's councils may be doing well, or terribly. We have no way of knowing

19 December, 2017

How did a government committed to massive cuts in public spending casually get rid of the one body that could have appraised their impact?

Northamptonshire council tax to increase by nearly 5%

19 December, 2017

Residents face a council tax rise of 4.98% as Northamptonshire County Council looks to make cuts of £34.3m

Grenfell Tower Fire: 'Unfit' Laws Leading To Safety 'Shortcuts'

19 December, 2017

'The mindset of doing things as cheaply as possible must stop'

Scottish government welfare plans flawed

19 December, 2017

Organisations 'disappointed' by lack of clarity and no pledge to uprate payments in bill to enact newly devolved powers

Tenants lose out after landlord pressure halves UK home insulation cap

19 December, 2017

Plan to make landlords improve draughtiest homes and boost energy efficiency for hundreds of thousands of tenants lay in tatters

Government accused of 'absence of empathy' over Universal Credit

19 December, 2017

In questions in the Commons, DWP ministers have been under pressure over the welfare policy in the run-up to Christmas

The draft bill banning letting fees is under scrutiny

19 December, 2017

The government's draft bill banning letting fees is currently being scrutinised by the Communities and Local Government Committee

More than 1m 'forgotten homes' in UK do not get fast enough broadband

18 December, 2017

More than 1m "forgotten homes" across the UK are unable to get sufficiently fast broadband to meet a typical family's needs

Why social housing in-house repairs teams now have to procure in line with EU regulations

18 December, 2017

A court ruling in October will prevent direct labour organisations from directly buying goods from suppliers without complying with EU rules

Some benefits sanctions cases 'where we got it wrong'

18 December, 2017

David Gauke stressed that people with mental health problems could be helped by the structure of being in work

Another Welsh agent prosecuted for failure to obtain licence under regime

18 December, 2017

Another Welsh estate agent has fallen foul of the legal requirement to be licensed under the Rent Smart Wales regime

Conveyancers call on Government to license estate agents and make offers legally binding

18 December, 2017

Conveyancers are calling for the licensing of estate agents, together with a requirement to pass a fit and proper test before they can trade

HomeLet Rental Index - November 2017

18 December, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 0.7% in November compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £904 a month

Mayor steps in against loss of social homes

18 December, 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today refused permission for an estate regeneration project in Barnet which would result in the net loss of 257 affordable homes

Personal Independence Payment evaluation: wave 2 claimant research interim findings

18 December, 2017

This research seeks to understand claimants' experience of the assessment and decision stages when making a claim for Personal Independence Payment

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment second independent review: government response

18 December, 2017

The government's response to Paul Gray's second independent review of Personal Independence Payment assessments

Nearly half of Landlords less likely to rent to those without British Passports

15 December, 2017

Over 40 per cent of landlords are less likely to consider renting to someone without a British passport as a result of the Government's Right to Rent scheme

How many children are homeless in England, Scotland and Wales?

15 December, 2017

1 in 100 children in this country are homeless

Grenfell fire: Worrying number of PTSD cases among survivors and locals

15 December, 2017

A large proportion of the people living in buildings close to Grenfell Tower show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder

Charities urge ministers to let councils oversee asylum seeker housing

15 December, 2017

Thirty-three groups ask government to let councils provide 'independent oversight' of housing for those seeking sanctuary

Creative loan offer redefines what 'council housing' can be

15 December, 2017

A low rate finance facility backed by a district council bids to get affordable homes built

Rightmove to review listings for no-frills letting agent where tenants can contact landlords direct

15 December, 2017

Rightmove is to review listings for a no-frills online letting agent

London needs 'holistic strategy' to improve its private rented sector

15 December, 2017

Report calls on boroughs, the GLA and the DCLG to help London's dominant individual landlords improve services

LIN member report December 2017 - General Data Protection Regulation An Overview

15 December, 2017

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Scots forced to foodbanks for soap and toothpaste

14 December, 2017

Humiliation grows for for low-income families in Scotland hit by welfare cuts

Right to Buy Sales in England: July to September 2017-18

14 December, 2017

In July to September 2017-18 (Q2), local authorities sold an estimated 2,558 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

Government's own figures add up to councils keeping RTB receipts

14 December, 2017

CIH says stats show mounting evidence that RTB replacements are simply not keeping pace with the level of sales

Stamp duty changes fail to boost negative housing outlook

14 December, 2017

Consumers have welcomed the decision to abolish stamp duty, but this has done little to improve the negative perceptions about the housing market

Social housing sector delivers 'another strong year of investment'

14 December, 2017

2017 global accounts show the sector, as a whole, is well-placed to respond to its changing operating environment

Rental Index Report

14 December, 2017

Growth in East Midlands, as Interest Rates Rise

Police chief: Grenfell Tower criminal inquiry may take years

14 December, 2017

Commissioner Cressida Dick says initial interviews and examination of evidence likely to take officers more than 12 months

Tenants' passport firm sails £100,000 over crowdfunding target

14 December, 2017

A start-up offering "tenants' passports" has completed its crowdfunding at £100,000 over target

HB U4/2017

14 December, 2017

Universal Credit live service will stop taking new claims from 1 January 2018 but existing live service claimants will not be affected

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: April to September 2017

14 December, 2017

Analysis of local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payments (England and Wales) from April to September 2017, based on local authority mid-year returns

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: December 2017

14 December, 2017

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

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: November 2017

13 December, 2017

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

Impact of Universal Credit - The Frontline Perspective

13 December, 2017

This report is the culmination of a year-long study and draws on the results of four surveys into the impacts of Universal Credit on housing organisations and their tenants

Emergency food and fuel vouchers handed out as the latest Universal Credit rollout takes place

13 December, 2017

Swansea is the latest place in Wales where Universal Credit is being rolled out

Universal credit 'could affect building of new homes'

13 December, 2017

Rent arrears caused by delays in tenants receiving universal credit could hamper housing associations' building plans

Fuel poverty - It helps to have a sensible target to aim at

13 December, 2017

The Scottish Government recently announced a new consultation on a Fuel Poverty Strategy for Scotland

Food banks expected to help 'record number of children'

13 December, 2017

Record numbers of children are expected to be fed by food banks this Christmas

20pc of private rented housing in Tower Hamlets falls below basic standards

13 December, 2017

Twenty per cent of private rentals in Tower Hamlets do not meet basic standards

Working together for more homes

13 December, 2017

This report looks at how housing associations and local authorities can work together to tackle the housing crisis

Engaging London's Private Rented Sector - Report launch

13 December, 2017

In the last 10 years, the private rented sector has rarely been out of the public eye

Grenfell Tower fire: Soaring cost of high-rise fire safety

13 December, 2017

The cost of fire safety measures which councils and housing associations plan to introduce to high-rise buildings after the Grenfell tragedy has now reached at least £600m

Strong year of investment by social housing sector - HCA publishes Global accounts

13 December, 2017

The 2017 Global accounts of private registered providers has been published alongside unit cost data

Global accounts of private registered providers of social housing

13 December, 2017

An annual summary of the financial status of housing providers who own or manage at least 1,000 homes

Universal Credit statistics: number of claims made 13 Jan to 14 Sept 2017

13 December, 2017

This statistical notice is about a revision to the number of claims made to Universal Credit between 13 January and 14 September 2017

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 9 November 2017

13 December, 2017

These experimental statistics cover numbers of claims made, starts and people on Universal Credit to 9 November 2017

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2017

13 December, 2017

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

Two new social rent houses in a year - Christchurch Council blames lack of big developments

12 December, 2017

Christchurch council says a lack of larger developments in the area in recent years is the main reason for a lack of affordable rented housing in the town

Agents told to read small print in local licensing schemes as more fall foul of new rules

12 December, 2017

Landlords and agents are being increasingly caught out by having to license small shared properties as Houses in Multiple Occupation

Private rented sector could become 'wild west' after fees ban

12 December, 2017

An agent has warned that the 'wild west' is looming in the private rented sector if the Government does not require private landlords to be licensed once the fees ban comes in

Landlords turning to Airbnb to avoid buy-to-let tax clampdown

12 December, 2017

An increasing number of landlords have turned to offering short-term lets through Airbnb rather than dealing with the buy-to-let tax clampdown

Corbyn: failure to rehouse Grenfell Tower survivors a disgrace

12 December, 2017

Labour leader joins David Lammy in condemning response to disaster, as public inquiry begins two days of hearings

Renting a home: How much space will £100 buy you?

12 December, 2017

Spending £100 a month on rent in London secures floor space equivalent to a small garden shed, compared with nearly five times that in parts of northern England

Return of the accidental landlord: Homeowners unable to sell flood the market with 80,000 homes to rent

12 December, 2017

In London, 12.5% of homes to let had been up for sale in the previous six months

Budget failed to take the brakes off councils building homes

12 December, 2017

Government needs to invest significantly more in genuinely affordable homes and be far bolder in its support for councils if it is to meet the ambition to deliver 300,000 new homes a year

The rightmove house price index

12 December, 2017

2018: A tale of different markets leads to Rightmove forecast of +1%

Rising prices and the benefit freeze make families £500 worse off

12 December, 2017

Falling wages and frozen benefits mean that many families will struggle to find the money to keep up with rising inflation

UK Poverty 2017: the story behind the statistics

11 December, 2017

Following the launch of UK Poverty 2017 last week, Helen Barnard explains how this influential piece of work came about

Landlords turning to Airbnb in Cardiff as Tax Hikes Start to Hurt

11 December, 2017

More landlords in Cardiff are letting out their properties as short-term holiday lets, making them no longer available for long term renting following UK Government tax changes

Renting: why are we seeing the death of the living room?

11 December, 2017

Forget lounging around on the sofa: many landlords have turned shared space into more bedrooms - and it has helped drive up prices

Lewisham residents fighting to save homes from demolition accuse council of 'social cleansing'

11 December, 2017

Residents and campaigners from two sites in Lewisham have accused the council of "social cleansing" over development plans which they say are threatening their homes, a public garden and their sense of community

Grenfell Tower fire: Inquiry 'could bring measure of closure'

11 December, 2017

It is hoped the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire will give "some measure of closure" to survivors and the bereaved

Low-income households at risk as mortgage support benefit is axed

11 December, 2017

Crucial welfare payment will be turned into a loan from 2018, affecting 124,000 individuals who rely on it

Fees ban will cost 4,000 jobs and £200m loss of turnover

11 December, 2017

The Government is being urged to consider the financial burden to letting agents once the fees ban comes in, as it draws up plans to regulate the industry

97% call for an update to Housing Health and Safety Rating System

11 December, 2017

The CIEH are calling for an update to the system which is used to take action on poor housing

Council to 'buy back' Dundee homes in bid to meet social housing demands

08 December, 2017

Dundee City Council is set to buy back some of its old properties to try and meet social housing needs

10,000 new homes as council launches major new house building company

08 December, 2017

The company will build homes for the homeless, foster carers, large families, the elderly and people with a disability across Liverpool

Value of 'two speed' PRS now nears £1.4tn

08 December, 2017

But statistical evidence shows growth is slowing as tax reform and tighter regulation ease the rate of rise

Associations confirm £1.5bn partnership talks

08 December, 2017

Bromford and Merlin Housing are looking to build 14,000 new homes over the next 10 years

Exclusive: 7% rise in former Right to Buy homes now rented privately

08 December, 2017

The number of former council homes being let privately has soared to more than 40%

The end of the amateur landlord? Growth in private rental sector slows despite reaching record values

08 December, 2017

The 'cocktail' of tax reform and regulations for landlords has slowed the private rental sector this year

Landlords' Barometer - #54: A year of unprecedented challenges and threats to sector

08 December, 2017

Welcome to the final "Landlords' Barometer" of the year, and what a year it has been!

Government told to get timings right over fees ban and compulsory CMP to stop agents dipping into client money

08 December, 2017

The Government has been warned that steps must be taken to stop agents who lose income as a result of the fees ban from dipping into client funds to try and keep their businesses afloat

Universal Credit local authority bulletins 2017

08 December, 2017

Information for all local authority staff about Universal Credit

HMRC Consult on Adding Tax Compliance Checks to Landlord Licensing

08 December, 2017

HMRC have launched a consultation on proposals to tackle the "hidden economy" by making access to public licences conditional upon tax compliance

The Guardian view on social housing: time to fight for affordable rents

08 December, 2017

Margaret Thatcher promised a property-owning democracy. She created a nation of private landlords

Four in 10 right-to-buy homes are now owned by private landlords

08 December, 2017

Tenants living in homes sold under Margaret Thatcher's scheme now pay twice the rents charged by local authorities

More than £11m being invested in new social housing

07 December, 2017

More than £11 million will be spent developing new social housing schemes in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area during 2017/18

How selling homes for £1 empowers local councils to revive deprived communities

07 December, 2017

Only the national government can solve the housing crisis - but local authorities can make a big difference

44% of councils have housing company

07 December, 2017

Nearly half of councils have set up a housing company in a bid to help deliver new homes

Grudging Gauke releases Universal Credit papers

07 December, 2017

Labour uses Brexit tactics to secure UC implementation reports that Work and Pensions Secretary warns must be kept confidential

Agent launches new petition calling for cap on letting fees to replace ban

07 December, 2017

A new petition has been launched, calling for a reverse of the proposed ban on letting agency fees charged to tenants

'Large' families, poverty & welfare reform

06 December, 2017

Collecting insights from a one-day conference in Bradford on 13th November 2017

Fees ban confirmed by Welsh government with more details in 2018

06 December, 2017

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the country will ban letting agents' fees levied on tenants - the same ban still formally under consideration in England

Bill ending Right to Buy in Wales is passed by AMs

06 December, 2017

Legislation to end tenants' right to buy council homes in Wales has been approved by the assembly

Sneinton 'social supermarket' to help food bank users

06 December, 2017

A "social supermarket" has been set up in Nottingham to help people who use food banks

Council ordered to pay £300 to homeless mother who complained of 'revenge eviction'

06 December, 2017

Brighton and Hove City Council has been ordered to pay £300 to a mother who claimed she was evicted from notorious temporary accommodation in revenge

ALMO under threat as South West council reviews housing options

06 December, 2017

A council is considering bringing its ALMO back in-house ahead of merging with two other authorities

Government to provide Universal Credit reports to committee

06 December, 2017

The government will make Universal Credit reports that were kept confidential for years available to the Work and Pensions Committee in a concession to Labour

Conservative MP in tears after Commons speech on effects of welfare reforms

06 December, 2017

Heidi Allen was moved to tears while replying to Frank Field's emotional speech

Fuel poverty levels in Scotland decrease as energy prices fall

06 December, 2017

Fuel poverty has fallen by nearly 100,000 households in a year

Investors told private rented sector is one of 'hottest UK property niches'

06 December, 2017

A new report by City analysts Peel Hunt says that the private rented sector has become one of the "hottest UK property niches"

Charges on tenancy agreements signed before fee ban could still be allowed

06 December, 2017

Letting agents might still be able to charge for tenancy renewals one last time even after the fees ban starts

Lenders warn switching a buy to let to holiday home is a fraud risk

06 December, 2017

Mortgage lenders are threatening a crackdown on property investors renting out homes with buy to let loans as holiday lets

Abolishing of Right to Buy to become law in Wales

06 December, 2017

The Bill containing the end of Right to Buy in Wales has been given final approval by the National Assembly for Wales, meaning it can now be given Royal Assent

Social housing demand at record high in Northern Ireland

06 December, 2017

Statistics show a rise of 20% in ten years and 82% since 2002-03

Javid: private landlords should not charge leaseholders for cladding work

05 December, 2017

Sajid Javid has said private landlords should not pass the cost of removing cladding on tower blocks onto leaseholders

Supported housing is vital. We can't make its funding discretionary

05 December, 2017

If funding decisions over supported housing are left to hard-pressed local authorities, vulnerable people will lose out

London needs a tenant's union for 'out of control' private rented sector

05 December, 2017

Sadiq Khan's vision for housing in the capital has to focus on limiting rises and increasing affordability

Government approves council's PRS licensing scheme renewal

05 December, 2017

A London borough has been allowed to renew its groundbreaking private rented sector licensing scheme

Labour bid to force publication of Universal Credit reviews

05 December, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's party is to ask the Queen to require ministers to release the documents

Foxtons fined £35,000 for failing to prove house was safe for letting

05 December, 2017

Foxtons has been fined £35,000 for failing to prove to a local council that a house it was letting was safe for tenants

GB Social Housing hits £250m borrowing benchmark

05 December, 2017

Bond aggregator GB Social Housing has cleared £250m worth of borrowing with a £34.5m bond tap, hitting its benchmark

Letting agencies 'are consolidating ahead of fee ban'

05 December, 2017

Lettings agencies are starting to consolidate ahead of the fee ban

Newham finally wins right to carry on with licensing scheme - after a fight

05 December, 2017

Newham Council - the first local authority in the country to introduce blanket licensing of all rental properties on its patch - has had the scheme renewed

HB Direct issue 180

05 December, 2017

These HB Direct newsletters for local authority staff provide information that affects Housing Benefit

Labour brings 'Brexit tactics' to Universal Credit fight

05 December, 2017

Party plans "humble address" to force Government into releasing project assessment reviews conducted into the welfare reform

UC changes - 'good start, but more needed'

05 December, 2017

Changes to Universal Credit have made landlords more willing to rent homes to claimants, but the government needs to do more to address their concerns

How much of your salary is spent on rent?

04 December, 2017

Tenants typically spend more than a quarter of their monthly salary before tax on rent, official figures show, but there are wide regional variations

Private Rental Sector - Market Briefing

04 December, 2017

Winter 2017

The way people live has been changing significantly over the past 10 years as rising owner occupation

Welfare reform causing 'hardship' for disabled in NI

04 December, 2017

Changes to the benefits system are imposing "real hardship" on many disabled people across Northern Ireland

Rogues' database and banning orders to come into effect in April

04 December, 2017

A database of rogue letting agents and landlords and new banning orders are to come into effect from early April 2018

Renting in retirement: How feasible is it?

04 December, 2017

Home ownership can be a thing of beauty. Just as you don a pair of fur-lined slippers and spend more time on the golf course, you find you have paid off your mortgage

York Housing Association joins Karbon Homes

04 December, 2017

New partnership backed by residents and stakeholders

Social Housing Financial State of the Sector

04 December, 2017

Presenting the definitive headline financial results from the Vantage Global Accounts Plus analysis

Listings website aiming to 'cut out letting agents' launches £35,000 crowdfunding campaign

04 December, 2017

A lettings listings website aiming to 'cut out the middle man' by matching tenants directly with landlords is looking to raise £35,000 through crowdfunding website Kickstarter

Government unlocks £25m to deliver more homes

04 December, 2017

A new £25m fund has been launched to help local authorities to deliver much-needed homes

Newham's selective licensing scheme renewed - except for the Olympic Park

04 December, 2017

Late last week, we learnt that the Government has decided that Newham can renew its selective licensing scheme across almost all of the borough

Work and Pensions Select Committee PIP and ESA assessments inquiry: supporting statistics

04 December, 2017

The committee has invited evidence about how DWP determines eligibility for Personal Independence Payment and Employment and Support Allowance

Budget 2017: Confidence is the Key to Longer Tenancies

01 December, 2017

At the Tory Party Conference back in October, Sajid Javid announced that the Autumn Budget would "bring forward new incentives for landlords" to offer tenancies longer than 12 months

Minister tells Welsh landlords - we need your help

01 December, 2017

The Welsh Minister for Housing and Regeneration said the government needs the country's landlords to help meet the 'considerable challenges' ahead

Welsh Assembly rejects amendment to delay Right to Buy ban

01 December, 2017

Welsh Assembly members have voted down Conservative attempts to delay banning the Right to Buy in Wales

Day of rage against Universal Credit

01 December, 2017

Anti-poverty campaigners say Christmas will be cancelled for thousands of families in Scotland as a result of Universal Credit

Universal Credit hitting vulnerable people hard in Solihull

01 December, 2017

The roll-out of the new Universal Credit welfare benefit is hitting people hard in Solihull

Genesis granted planning permission for major north London estate regeneration

01 December, 2017

A housing association has been granted planning permission for a major regeneration of an estate in north London, two months after London mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the loss of social housing in the plans

Housing tenure and wellbeing

01 December, 2017

Evidence shows social housing can provide the same practical and emotional benefits as other forms of housing

'New dawn' for Scottish private renters

01 December, 2017

Major changes to the law have come into effect for Scotland's 760,000 private renters

Councils in Universal Credit areas dig deeper into DHP funds

01 December, 2017

Councils are having to dig deeper into their Discretionary Housing Payment funds to help residents affected by welfare reforms and homelessness

Review of factoring services in Scotland

30 November, 2017

Our summary findings

We recently surveyed all 145 social landlords in Scotland that provide factoring services to find out more about the action taken since we published our report

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary at August 2017 is published

30 November, 2017

As at August, the number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants was 29,900. This represents a decrease of 4,720 on a year earlier

Council claims Airbnb takes "hundreds" of homes off long-term market

30 November, 2017

A senior housing official at Bristol city council says the increasing popularity of Airbnb has had the effect of taking "hundreds" of properties and rooms off the long-term rental market

It's now free to call universal credit lines

30 November, 2017

All calls to universal credit helplines are now free, the government has confirmed

Universal credit helpline closure could hit poorest over Xmas

30 November, 2017

Labour's Frank Field says 'chaos' could leave some without money for food, lighting and heating

Further three landlords downgraded over viability concerns

30 November, 2017

Three landlords have had their viability assessments downgraded by the Homes and Communities Agency after concerns about their development plans

How many homes did housing associations deliver in quarter two 2017/18?

30 November, 2017

Housing associations started 46,183 homes in the 12 months up to and including September 2017

One-third of landlords could drop letting agent once fees ban comes in

30 November, 2017

Nearly one-third of landlords who currently use a letting agent may stop doing so once the fees ban comes in

Scottish rental growth stalls but continues to outpace rest of the UK

29 November, 2017

Rent increases in Scotland continued to outpace those south of the border in October, increasing 2.5% in October to £575 a month

Lowest number of grant-funded social rented homes built on record

29 November, 2017

Fewer homes for social rent were completed between April and September this year with grant funding than in any comparable period on record

First big association does REIT deal

29 November, 2017

Places for People has become the first named large housing association to do a deal with one of the recently formed social housing real estate investment trusts

LGA: Let all councils borrow to build

29 November, 2017

The Local Government Association has urged government to allow all councils to borrow to build

Housing associations must build cross-tenure

29 November, 2017

New homes built by housing associations "have to be cross-tenure"

Conservative attempt to delay Right to Buy ban rejected

29 November, 2017

Conservative attempts to delay the scrapping of tenants' right to buy council homes in Wales have failed

State of the Nation 2017: Social Mobility in Great Britain

29 November, 2017

A stark social mobility postcode lottery exists in Britain today

Satisfaction low with association private property management

29 November, 2017

Satisfaction with private property management services provided by Scotland's housing associations runs far behind their tenant satisfaction levels

Benefit freeze to stay for working people costing typical family £300 a year

28 November, 2017

Tories accused of using royal engagement to bury bad news as welfare freeze remains for another 12 months from April

Grenfell leaseholders concerned council valuations for their flats are not enough

28 November, 2017

Leaseholders who survived the Grenfell Tower disaster have warned they will be unable to afford to buy a new home in Kensington and Chelsea after the council started valuations of their homes at just £350,000

£7bn in grant funding needed to meet social rented demand

28 November, 2017

Grant funding of £7bn a year is needed to house all those in need of "sub-market" housing in social rented homes

Sharma: Tenant roadshow 'best thing I've ever done'

28 November, 2017

Housing minister tells annual Savills seminar of his "unenviable and unique" start in the role

Kindliness - developing peer support within sheltered housing in Dorset

28 November, 2017

This case study focuses on a toolkit developed by Bournemouth University working in partnership with Dorset County Council and a number of housing associations

Private Rented Sector Report - October 2017

28 November, 2017

Supply of rental stock and demand from prospective tenants was down in October

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2018 to 2019

27 November, 2017

A list of the proposed benefit rates and pension rates for 2018 to 2019

SNP call on Tory Government to fix problems of "utterly callous" Universal Credit

27 November, 2017

Theresa May will be urged today to tackle the "utterly callous" roll-out of Universal Credit

Councils are sitting on a wealth of assets. Why not use them for public housing?

27 November, 2017

Local authorities need radical policies to resolve the acute shortage of affordable rental housing. One answer could be right up their own street

Local authorities still waiting for rogue landlord database

27 November, 2017

Whitehall list has yet to be set up, two years after its announcement

BBC is forced to apologise for report saying 100,000 Universal Credit claimants will lose their benefits over Christmas

27 November, 2017

The BBC claimed 'up to' 100,000 claimants would go without over Christmas

Universal credit in new crisis as some claimants are denied mortgages

27 November, 2017

A standoff between banks and the government means that loan applicants could be rejected if they receive the new payment

Property unaffordable for 100,000 households a year in England

27 November, 2017

Report finds number of households priced out is up by 30,000 a year owing to shortage of affordable homes to rent or buy

Buy-to-let index - September 2017

27 November, 2017

The North West is home to fastest rising rents in the UK

Essential guidance: Ten ways for agents to prepare for new data protection rules

27 November, 2017

Estate and letting agents in the UK are six months away from the introduction of the EU-wide General Data Protection Regulation

New money laundering regulations clause is either wrong - or means big impact for agents

27 November, 2017

Everyone in estate agency is now conducting ID checks on buyers, given the requirements of the new Money Laundering Regulations that came into force in June

More detail on £1.5 billion package of support for Universal Credit

24 November, 2017

More details of the £1.5 billion package of support for Universal Credit were set out today by David Gauke, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

LFB issues 51 enforcement notices against high rises post-Grenfell

24 November, 2017

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has issued 51 enforcement notices against high-rise buildings in the capital in the five months since the Grenfell tragedy.

Value of asylum housing contracts doubles after criticism of conditions

24 November, 2017

Home Office invites companies to bid for £3bn to £4bn worth of contracts, after Serco and G4s made losses on 2012 deal

HCA: lower viability ratings reflect increased development risk

24 November, 2017

The English social housing regulator has begun to increasingly issue second-grade ratings for viability as the sector steps up its development plans

Empty homes spike in London commuter belt

24 November, 2017

London's commuter belt has seen a spike in the number of homes left long-term empty despite a downward trend across the UK since 2010.

UK faces two decades of no earnings growth and more austerity, says IFS

24 November, 2017

Thinktank's budget analysis says forecasts for lower productivity, earnings and growth until 2022 were 'pretty grim reading'

Autumn Budget 2017 Universal Credit changes: what next for welfare?

24 November, 2017

What Philip Hammond's Universal Credit changes mean, and more

Labour criticises delays to universal credit changes

24 November, 2017

Measures announced in budget will not be introduced until as late as April, leaving some families facing a tough Christmas

Rent Smart Wales: 4,000 landlords 'letting illegally'

24 November, 2017

Almost 4,000 landlords are still illegally letting properties after failing to sign up to a Welsh Government scheme which began two years ago

The Budget gives the housing sector a window of opportunity: take it

24 November, 2017

For the first time in decades, housing received top billing in the Autumn Budget, it is too good an opportunity to miss, argues Benjamin Clayton

The hole in the Autumn Budget

24 November, 2017

Housing took centre stage in the Autumn Budget, but it failed to address the issue of affordability

New careers being cooked up by Shiregreen jobseekers

24 November, 2017

A group of aspiring chefs from in and around Shiregreen are stirring up success for future careers after establishing a new catering service

Autumn Budget 2017 25 things you need to know

23 November, 2017

The Chancellor has presented his Budget to Parliament - here's a summary of what was announced.

AUTUMN BUDGET 2017

23 November, 2017

The United Kingdom has a bright future.

The fundamental strengths of the UK economy will support growth in the long term as the UK forges a new relationship with the European Union

£8bn guarantees fund could be used for affordable housing

23 November, 2017

The government's £8bn loan guarantees scheme could be used by housing associations to deliver affordable housing.

Announcing the measure in his Autumn Budget, Philip Hammond said there would be '£8bn of new financial guarantees to support private housebuilding and the purpose-built private rented sector'

Social housing sales up for councils and associations

23 November, 2017

Latest stats show 23,186 sales of social housing homes over 2016-17 - 13,652 by local authorities and 9,534 by housing associations.

'Small print' reveals reality behind UC budget offer

23 November, 2017

Changes announced by chancellor won't take effect until the New Year - with the housing benefit extension due in April.

What the 2017 autumn budget means for you

23 November, 2017

We've looked at the figures to see how Philip Hammond's autumn budget will affect your finances - whether you're single, married, with or without children or retired.

Empty homes council tax rise unlikely to deter rich owners, say critics

23 November, 2017

Hammond's 100% extra tax on vacant property dismissed as 'joke' unlikely to hit wealthy buyers or spur re-use of housing

Universal credit wait reduced to five weeks

23 November, 2017

Tories welcome changes to hardship loans and housing benefit but Labour calls for welfare rollout to be paused and fixed

Housing homeless in hotels tops £100,000 in Gloucestershire

23 November, 2017

More than £100,000 has been spent by local authorities in Gloucestershire since January 2016 putting up homeless people in hotels.

Budget commitment good but crucial we build the right homes in the right places

23 November, 2017

In response to the budget, CIH's deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said the government's renewed commitment to solve the housing crisis is positive but it's crucial the homes built are homes that people can afford.

Government announces 'short term solution for temporary accommodation rent arrears

23 November, 2017

The government has announced a 'short-term measure' to tackle growing rent arrears bills for temporary accommodation providers.

Britain faces longest decline in living standards in 60 years

23 November, 2017

Resolution Foundation warns average earnings will not return to 2007 levels until 2025.

Universal Credit 'a nightmare' say Flintshire couple

22 November, 2017

A Flintshire couple forced to go to a food bank after benefit changes say the new system is "worse than a nightmare"

Fact checker: what does the reclassification of housing association debt actually mean?

22 November, 2017

Confusion has reigned in the national media over the government's reclassification of housing association debt

Reducing UC wait to 31 days 'would not be enough'

22 November, 2017

Social landlords have warned that a cut in the UC waiting time from six weeks to 31 days would not go far enough to help tenants reduce their arrears

Lettings sector directly diminished by stamp duty surcharge

22 November, 2017

Over two thirds of landlords are reluctant to invest in new properties as a result of the stamp duty surcharge on additional properties according to a new survey

Just 2.5% of homes in 2016/17 for social rent

22 November, 2017

The last financial year saw the lowest percentage of social housing delivered since "net additions" records began in 2001

Landlord whose property was not on the market objects to agent's mailshot

22 November, 2017

An agent's mailshot to a property owner was reported to the Advertising Standards Authority

The DPS Rent Index

22 November, 2017

The DPS Rent Index is prepared from information provided to Computershare Investor Services Plc from third parties which we believe is collated with care

What England needs is more affordable houses, not universal credit

22 November, 2017

The botched rollout of universal credit has led to £1.3m in council rental arrears in Newcastle, the city where I, Daniel Blake was set. Ministers are making the housing crisis worse

The Budget: Too little on Universal Credit and nothing on social care

22 November, 2017

Disability Rights UK welcomes the removal of the Universal Credit waiting period

Budget 2017: What do Universal Credit reforms mean?

22 November, 2017

People claiming the benefit universal credit will have to wait five weeks, rather than six, to receive their first payment from February 2018

Budget 2017: £1.5bn being spent on 'more generous' Universal Credit

22 November, 2017

New measures outlined in budget speech as a response to cross-party concerns

The Universal Credit flaw forcing patients to risk a £50 prescription fine

22 November, 2017

The NHS has not caught up with the sprawling nightmare that is Universal Credit

Government facing calls for mandatory independent inventory checks to protect tenants from 'biased reports'

21 November, 2017

The Government is being urged to introduce mandatory independent inventory checks after the AIIC claimed it is seeing increasing cases of tenants signing biased reports

Tenants snubbing letting agents to avoid fees

21 November, 2017

Younger renters are increasingly looking to cut out letting agents and go direct to landlords

Associations pitch £100bn borrowing scheme to PM

21 November, 2017

Housing associations have pitched a new borrowing scheme for sub-market housing to Number 10

One in seven councillors in English rental hotspots are landlords

21 November, 2017

Findings raise questions over whether dual role makes councils less inclined to regulate standards in private rental sector

Labour attacks universal credit as 'not fit for purpose'

21 November, 2017

Opposition calls for major changes, including cuts to the six-week period that claimants have to wait for payments

Budget 2017: Housing plans 'fail' without council homes

21 November, 2017

Campaigners want new homes to meet appropriate definitions of affordable - with a significant proportion for rent

'It's just mistake after mistake' - stories from the universal credit catastrophe

21 November, 2017

It was introduced to simplify benefits and encourage people to work

Rise in inflation reinforces importance of rent affordability

21 November, 2017

The Scottish Housing Regulator has highlighted the need for landlords to consider tenants' ability to keep paying rents in the longer term when setting rents

Tenants leaving it until 'last moment' to find next rental

21 November, 2017

Data shows almost one in three tenants aim to move into their new home less than two weeks after they first make an enquiry to the landlord or letting agent online

Budget 2017: Encourage landlords to sell with capital gains tax cut

21 November, 2017

Sector commentator aims 'silver bullet' at chancellor - a tax break that frees up tens of thousands of homes for purchase

Tax dodging landlords urged to pay what they owe

21 November, 2017

HMRC is stepping up a campaign against landlords who have failed to pay the right tax on their profits

Budget 17: CHC sets out welfare desires

21 November, 2017

Community Housing Cymru has outlined what it would like to see in tomorrow's Budget

What do rising rents in Scotland mean for low income tenants?

20 November, 2017

Rents are rising, and in most cases, faster than incomes

Hundreds of new HMOs approved in six years of St Andrews moratorium

20 November, 2017

More than 750 new licences for HMOs have been issued in St Andrews since a moratorium was introduced with the aim of limiting the number in the town

Social housing starts in Northern Ireland collapse

20 November, 2017

Social housing starts in Northern Ireland collapsed by more than half in the first quarter of this year, despite overall starts on new homes hitting their highest level in seven years

Want to fix the housing crisis? Give councils more borrowing powers to build

20 November, 2017

Don't blame the 92% of English councils that haven't built enough homes. Their hands have been tied by central government

Council makes 'urgent' call for extra government cash as UC arrears rise

20 November, 2017

A south London borough is has called on the government to provide "urgent" extra funding, to prevent families on Universal Credit being made homeless

Lifting borrowing caps would build 15,000 new council homes

20 November, 2017

Raising councils' Housing Revenue Account borrowing caps would allow them to deliver at least 15,000 new homes

Landlady left with £9,500 rent arrears by tenant on universal credit

20 November, 2017

Property owner says she will not rent to recipients again - as fears rise more will follow suit

Budget 2017 Predictions And What To Expect On Housing, Universal Credit And More

20 November, 2017

Philip Hammond is under pressure to splash the cash

Why do we need so many consultations? Not one will deliver more housing

20 November, 2017

There are too many consultations - and not enough action

On Universal Credit, the government is ignoring the elephant in the room

20 November, 2017

As Philip Hammond prepares for this week's Budget, it looks increasingly likely that he will concede on making some changes to Universal Credit

Universal credit shouldn't be scrapped - it is worth salvaging

17 November, 2017

Merging six benefits into one should eventually make the system simpler and more efficient

Scrutiny of Government plans to ban landlord and letting agents fees

17 November, 2017

The Communities and Local Government Committee conducts pre-legislative scrutiny of the Government's proposals to ban letting fees

Impact of tax and welfare reforms between 2010 and 2017: interim report

17 November, 2017

This report is a summary of the first set of results from our research project looking at the effect of tax, welfare, social security and public spending

Chancellor urged to remove barriers to council house building

17 November, 2017

NFA and ARCH call for the chancellor to free up local authority borrowing limits in the Autumn Budget

Eviction threat over complaints about crying baby

17 November, 2017

A family renting in London have been threatened with eviction after complaints that their baby was crying

ONS confirms reclassification of housing associations

17 November, 2017

The Office for National Statistics has reclassified housing associations as private

Ditch tax cuts to fund universal credit

17 November, 2017

Centre for Social Justice urges chancellor to row back on manifesto pledge to reduce income tax and invest in benefits instead

New universal credit claimants 'will get no money before Christmas'

17 November, 2017

Peabody Trust says 42-day wait means 60,000 households, with over 40,000 children, will receive no income until after festive season

Government can no longer ignore impact of Stamp Duty on transactions

17 November, 2017

Government inaction on the housing market will put the brakes on price growth next year

The Budget must improve living standards for struggling families

16 November, 2017

The Government must use the Autumn Budget to lift the benefit freeze and reverse work allowance cuts to help people who are struggling

Why social landlords need to think seriously about smart meters

16 November, 2017

Smart meters in the sector have had a slower than anticipated take-up

May rejects Corbyn's call for sprinkler funding

16 November, 2017

Theresa May cited four Labour councils which have so far decided not to fit sprinklers in high rises

Major new CIH project will help to shape the future of social housing

16 November, 2017

A major new project by the Chartered Institute of Housing aims to help shape the future of social housing

Universal Credit: Architect of welfare shake-up urges changes

16 November, 2017

The man who invented Universal Credit has added his voice to growing calls for the benefit to be paid quicker

Six-week wait for universal credit set to be reduced

16 November, 2017

Government preparing to trim wait for new benefit after Tory backbenchers raised concerns about impact on constituents

Landlord defends sending eviction letters ahead of universal credit rollout

16 November, 2017

Lincolnshire property firm sends formal notice of possession to all tenants in case universal credit leads to rent arrears

Regulator downgrades nine associations over financial viability

16 November, 2017

Nine housing associations, including two G15 landlords, have been downgraded by the social housing regulator over financial viability concerns

Social housing: Ministers move debt to boost building

16 November, 2017

Plans to encourage housing associations to borrow money to invest in new homes are being announced as part of a fresh government house-building drive

Walsall Council's Selective Licensing Proposals to Punish Energy Inefficient Properties

16 November, 2017

Walsall Council's is currently consulting on plans to introduce a Selective Licensing Scheme in two parts of the Borough, seeking to clamp down on energy inefficient properties

Government refuses to investigate whether people claiming Universal Credit are forced to use food banks

16 November, 2017

Stance 'only serves to demonstrate the contempt they have for the most vulnerable in our society'

PMQs: Universal credit families risk Christmas eviction

16 November, 2017

Hundreds of families have been issued with eviction notices by a landlord concerned about the impact of universal credit

Tenants face 'insurmountable barriers' in sorting disrepair

15 November, 2017

Tenants face "numerous and often insurmountable barriers to justice" when trying to sort out defects in their homes

Big rents rise adds to cost of living squeeze

15 November, 2017

Scotland's cost-of-living squeeze has intensified as "out of control" rents have soared by up to one third in the last decade

Average 2 bedroom private rents up by 4.4%

15 November, 2017

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Letting agent prosecuted after failing to obtain licence in 'first' Rent Smart Wales court case

15 November, 2017

A letting agent has been taken to court, fined and ordered to pay costs for failing to register and license

50 years of the English Housing Survey

15 November, 2017

The EHS is a national survey of people's housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England

Unfreeze public sector pay and cut benefits bill

15 November, 2017

Inflation-linked pay rise would cost £5.8bn - but £2.5bn would come in from extra tax and from benefits savings

Successive governments have misled the public about the impact of immigration on housing demand

15 November, 2017

Successive governments have misled the public over the true extent to which immigration adds to the demand for new homes

Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing: Analysis of responses to the public consultation exercise

15 November, 2017

This report presents analysis of responses to a consultation on Energy Efficiency and Condition Standards in Private Rented Housing

Lettings agency issues pre-emptive eviction notices ahead of UC roll-out

15 November, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn cites the notices at PMQs amid reports of a coming government climb down on the UC waiting time

House insurance 'unaffordable' for social housing tenants

15 November, 2017

Report shows majority of tenants cannot afford and do not trust the insurance sector

Benefit sanctions statistics 2017

15 November, 2017

Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions: data to June 2017

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Oct 2017

15 November, 2017

These experimental statistics cover numbers of starts made and people on Universal Credit to 12 October 2017

Benefit destinations of claimants receiving a benefit sanction: methodology

15 November, 2017

An explanation of the methodology used in the benefit destinations of claimants who have been sanctioned statistics

Housing Benefit caseload statistics: data to August 2017

15 November, 2017

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Landlord threatens mass evictions ahead of universal credit rollout

15 November, 2017

Lincolnshire property firm sends formal notice of possession to all tenants in case universal credit leads to rent arrears

Living in Fear - Experiences of Older Private Renters in London

14 November, 2017

At Age UK London we have been running our Older Private Sector Tenants Programme funded by the Nationwide Foundation

A mother given 50p a week for housing: the benefit cap one year on

14 November, 2017

A year after the lower benefit cap was introduced, families go without food and fuel and are forced to use foodbanks

Solihull council 'wastes' £6m reserved for council housing

14 November, 2017

More than £6million of Solihull taxpayers' money reserved for replenishing council housing stock has been wasted in five years

Council tax debt: Concern over use of bailiffs

14 November, 2017

Bailiffs were called in to collect debts by councils in England and Wales on more than two million occasions last year

Housing law deemed 'inadequate' in research prompted by Grenfell Tower blaze

14 November, 2017

The charity said the failings the review highlighted were likely to have contributed to the blaze, thought to have killed around 80 people

Ombudsman continues crackdown on letting agents breaking law over fees

14 November, 2017

The Property Ombudsman has launched phase three of its national campaign with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute to tackle lettings agents that are breaking the law by not displaying their fees

Cash purchases rise to two thirds of the buy-to-let market

14 November, 2017

Record numbers of landlords are now building their buy-to-let portfolios using cash

Hamptons set to trial deposit replacement insurance product for tenants

14 November, 2017

Countrywide brand Hamptons has identified four branches that will trial deposit replacement insurance schemes from this month

UK Government must take responsibility for consequences of UC implementation

14 November, 2017

Latest call for action follows the Scottish government urging a stop on the roll-out to fix "fundamental flaws"

Buying and renting: Your biggest financial decision - in 10 charts

13 November, 2017

For tenants, paying the rent is the biggest monthly outgoing

Call to fix 'fundamental flaws' in Universal Credit

13 November, 2017

The Scottish government is calling on the chancellor to stop the rollout of Universal Credit to enable "fundamental flaws" to be fixed

PIP disability benefit: Concerns raised over NI assessments

13 November, 2017

More than 12,000 people in Northern Ireland have challenged the Department for Communities over the outcome of their initial PIP assessment

Northern Ireland foodbanks have seen an eight per cent rise in handouts

13 November, 2017

Trussel Trusts say they fear problem will get worse thanks to ongoing benefit system changes

English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016: headline report

13 November, 2017

The latest findings from the English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016

Building fire safety 'must improve'

13 November, 2017

More serious fires such as that at Grenfell Tower could happen unless safety measures get more priority

Life in the rental market: what the future holds for older renters

13 November, 2017

Most debates around housing focus on young adults, the drastic fall in their rate of home ownership and ways to boost the number of first time buyers

People left without heating due to spending cuts

13 November, 2017

Health of low-income households at risk as funding cuts slash support for replacing and repairing boilers

Councils forced to sell off 'enough homes to house Oxford'

13 November, 2017

The Local Government Association is warning councils need more financial powers in the Budget to replace homes sold under the Right to Buy

The Chancellor should use Universal Credit, not the tax system, to help young people in the Budget

10 November, 2017

Unfreezing working age benefits next year and rebooting Universal Credit would provide a much needed living standards boost to young families as the majority of gains would go to millennials

New research outlines ground rent risks for associations

10 November, 2017

New research by Network Homes published today identifies particular risks for housing associations from the onerous ground rents seen in the leasehold market in the last ten years

Boom in Scottish short term lets is destroying's basic rights

10 November, 2017

Since I first raised the issue of short term lets in the Scottish Parliament in January of this year, I have been inundated by people throughout Scotland who have serious concerns about the impact on their communities

Call for tough new targets after fuel poverty failure

10 November, 2017

Consultation will set new fuel poverty targets after Scottish Government's failure to eliminate the problem

Affordable Housing Supply: April 2016 to March 2017 England

10 November, 2017

An additional 41,530 affordable homes were delivered in England in 2016- 17

Priced Out: Affordable housing in England

10 November, 2017

England is in the midst of a housing crisis

Mortgage arrears fell in third quarter

10 November, 2017

The number of mortgages in arrears of 2.5 per cent or more of the outstanding balance fell again in the third quarter of 2017

Fees ban: Agents 'may have to refund fees to early-booking student tenants'

10 November, 2017

Agents who deal in student lets are expressing concerns over the effect of the impending fees ban

Landlord who is director of estate agency firm hit with £9,000 bill after tenants complain of cold and damp

10 November, 2017

The director of an estate agency has been ordered to pay almost £9,000 after a court case concerning a rental property that he owns as a landlord

Legal challenge to the way those with psychological distress are treated by PIP rules

10 November, 2017

The PLP is representing a client who is bringing a challenge to the unfair and discriminatory way those with psychological distress are treated by the PIP rules

Sprinklers save lives. So why, after Grenfell, isn't the government doing more?

10 November, 2017

Only 2% of tower blocks have sprinkler systems yet councils which have asked for funding to make homes safe have been turned down or ignored

Universal credit: the homeless charity that could lose a third of its income

10 November, 2017

Residents at Emmaus Greenwich face a stark choice under changes to the benefits system: lose money or lose the chance to work for the charity that supports them

Bournemouth Council rejects scheme to license landlords

09 November, 2017

Bournemouth Council has today rejected plans to introduce a landlord licensing scheme in parts of the area

Councils can help tackle the housing crisis - but government has to step up

09 November, 2017

The housing crisis is one of the most serious issues this country faces - and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is right on the front line of that crisis

Discussions start on future shape of housing association sector

09 November, 2017

The Future Shape of the Sector Commission - set up by three of the country's largest housing associations - has held its first meeting

Temporary Accommodation

09 November, 2017

House of Commons Hansard

Government considers separate rates for extra care and sheltered housing

09 November, 2017

The government is considering separate rates for sheltered housing and extra care, sector sources have been told, as the new funding model for supported housing begins to take shape.

HomeLet Rental Index - October 2017

09 November, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 0.9% in October compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £909 a month

'No coloureds' landlord taken to court by UK equality watchdog

09 November, 2017

Buy-to-let mogul Fergus Wilson told agent to ban 'coloured' tenants because they left curry smells in his properties

Kettle packs and extreme overcrowding: the realities of temporary accommodation

09 November, 2017

Having to feed your family while trapped in just one room, with nothing other than a kettle, isn't something you'd expect to hear about in Britain in 2017

Third of NI DLA claimants' benefits stopped

08 November, 2017

More than a third of DLA claimants in Northern Ireland have had their benefit stopped after being reassessed for the new PIP

Grenfell Tower fire: Kensington leader says council not responsible for residents' safety

08 November, 2017

Elizabeth Campbell says safety is 'under legal remit' of Kensington and Chelsea tenant management organisation

Council chiefs pledge to rehouse 'every Grenfell survivor who wants a new home by Christmas'

08 November, 2017

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire were today offered a package of support to help them move into permanent accommodation and rebuild their lives

Low-income families will be biggest losers in next recession

08 November, 2017

Watchdog warns plans for reduction in tax credits will take heavy toll on households facing cuts in hours or lower wages

Landlords warn of lack of accountability over fire safety failings

08 November, 2017

Landlords have warned that tower block residents are being let down by a system in which it is difficult to hold a single person or organisation to account for fire safety failings

New tenants' passport business reveals ambitions to launch property portal

08 November, 2017

A property portal which is launching tenants' 'Passports' has gone over-target in its latest

Govt dismisses call to allow Universal Credit to be paid twice monthly in England and Wales

08 November, 2017

The government has rejected a recommendation from the Lords Select Committee on Financial Exclusion to allow flexibility so that Universal Credit payments might be made twice monthly

The tenants fees bill doesn't go far enough

08 November, 2017

Britain needs longer tenancies and caps on rent increases

Scottish food banks report record demand

07 November, 2017

The use of food banks in Scotland has risen by 20% in the last year

Speak up for supported housing

07 November, 2017

The sector must respond carefully to the supported housing funding consultation, or vulnerable tenants could still lose out

Plea for 'full scale rescue' of Universal Credit in upcoming budget

07 November, 2017

New study shows the sinking flagship welfare reform represents a "colossal failure" of public policy if it rolls out little more than desperation and destitution

£10m raised in housing association retail charity bond

07 November, 2017

A housing association's retail charity bond has raised £10m and closed early due to high demand

Deregulation measures pass committee stage

07 November, 2017

Deregulation measures forming part of the package aimed at moving housing associations back into the private sector have been passed unanimously by a parliamentary committee

Food banks warn of struggle to cope this Christmas due to universal credit

07 November, 2017

Trussell Trust says six-week wait for first payment of benefit will lead to soaring demand for help from families this winter

Council 'advised private tenant to return to former property'

07 November, 2017

A local authority advised a former renter who ran up arrears to go back to the property, where she had been given notice to quit and had duly left

Private lettings platform backed by Trinity Mirror secures listings on Rightmove and Zoopla

07 November, 2017

A new lettings platform which puts landlords and tenants directly in touch with each other has been backed by newspaper group Trinity Mirror

Food banks fear 'soaring' Christmas demand as UC rolls out

07 November, 2017

Trussell Trust says the need for its parcels in areas where full service UC operates has increased by an average of 30% since April

The long-awaited letting fees ban

07 November, 2017

Having campaigned for a ban on letting fees since 2013, this draft legislation is a welcome step towards finally bringing an end to these unjust fees

Renters fear 'constant threat' of losing their home

06 November, 2017

One in three private renters is worried they will have to move in the next year

Homeless placed in 'tiny' flats to be investigated

06 November, 2017

The chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has vowed to investigate private landlords, who are housing the homeless in tiny flats

Funding for supported housing: update

06 November, 2017

In summary the proposals split supported housing into three strands

Government urged to lift housing benefits cap as 1 million families face homelessness

06 November, 2017

More than 30 homeless charities, faith leaders and MPs warn Chancellor that abandoning freeze on LHA for private is 'essential' for low-income families to avoid homelessness

North of England sees rise in buy to let activity

06 November, 2017

More buy to let landlords are applying for mortgages in the Northern regions of England although the highest number still come from London even although rents and yields are falling in the city

Families thousands of pounds worse off after years of cuts

06 November, 2017

Seven years of cuts to tax credits and universal credit have hugely eroded their role in supposedly rewarding people for working, leaving many families thousands of pounds a year worse off

Fees ban Bill brings industry to a 'fork in the road'

06 November, 2017

ARLA has said that the new draft Tenant Fees Bill brings all agents in England to a "fork in the road"

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2017 to Mar 2018

06 November, 2017

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2017 to 2018

New bill bans landlord and letting agent upfront fees for renters

06 November, 2017

A ban on private landlords and letting agents demanding upfront fees from would-be tenants has crept a step closer

Landlord prosecutions are a postcode lottery

03 November, 2017

Less than a third of councils have prosecuted poor landlords in the past year despite government cries of how they are repairing a 'broken housing market'

Toblerones and Tenancies - Shrinkflation in the Private Rental Sector

03 November, 2017

while it's not been added to the Oxford English Dictionary yet, shrinkflation isn't a new concept for economics or housing

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2017-18 to 2021-22

03 November, 2017

Debates over living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK are often hampered by the fact that official data on household incomes are available only with a significant lag

What's the modern purpose of the welfare state?

03 November, 2017

Was it conceived as a necessary bulwark to a moribund, failing capitalism, or is it an active creator of destitution, or something to be cherished?

Lower benefit cap pitching 'thousands' into poverty and homelessness

03 November, 2017

More than 68,000 families were capped last month alone, with nearly a third losing between £50-£100 a week

Halt right to buy to ease housing crisis

03 November, 2017

There is a housing crisis in Brighton and Hove

Freeze on LHA rates risks increasing homelessness

03 November, 2017

A freeze on the amount of benefits private sector tenants can claim risks increasing homelessness

Bill to force landlords into fixing health and safety issues proposed

03 November, 2017

MPs are set to debate a bill which would make it easier for tenants to force landlords into fixing health and safety hazards

UK interest rates rise for first time in 10 years

03 November, 2017

For the first time in more than 10 years, the Bank of England has raised interest rates

Tenancy fees ban: Relocation agent calls for letting firms to 'cease and desist' immediately

03 November, 2017

A property finding agent who specialises in the rental market has called for letting firms to stop charging fees to tenants immediately

Foodbank fears soaring demand as Universal Credit rolled out in Dundee

02 November, 2017

Dundee Foodbank organisers say they expects pleas for help to soar if the city is hit by a poverty crisis as the new Universal Credit benefit is rolled out

LGA responds to Government announcement on letting agent fees

02 November, 2017

"This ban on letting agent fees and a cap on holding deposits will bring much-needed clarity for the private rented sector"

Guinness to pay compensation after estate went 18 days without water

02 November, 2017

Guinness is to refund rent and service charges to Loughborough Park residents for the 18 days the estate spent without water

Sector welcomes supported housing policy change, but flags concerns

02 November, 2017

The sector has welcomed a change in direction from the government over the funding of supported housing but pointed out that there are still crucial details to be ironed out

Uncertainty and lending constraints to slow 5 year house price growth and limit house buying activity. Rents to keep pace with wages, but landlords feel the squeeze

02 November, 2017

Average UK house price growth is expected to slow to 14 per cent over the next five years, but there will be marked differences between and within regions

DWP launches legal challenge to release of Universal Credit reports

02 November, 2017

Department says the documents fall under a Freedom of Information exemption allowing staff "free and frank" discussions in developing policy

A year on lower benefit cap is pushing thousands into poverty

02 November, 2017

A year since its introduction a cap on benefits is pushing people into poverty and putting them at risk of homelessness

Benefit Cap

02 November, 2017

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

Buying a home has 'departed realm of reality' as Stamp Duty receipts grow 23%

01 November, 2017

Receipts from Stamp Duty Land Tax have soared as house prices continue to rise - leading one critic to say that the cost of home ownership has become 'unreal'

Agents urged to support foodbanks in run-up to Christmas

01 November, 2017

Agents are being urged to support local foodbanks in the run-up to Christmas

Government sets out plans for future supported housing funding

01 November, 2017

The government has announced its plans for the future funding of supported housing

George Osborne's tax raid on buy-to-let properties nets £2.7bn: Figure is twice as much as officials expected

01 November, 2017

Government expected to raise £1.3 billion from the tax increase in first two years

Government to introduce bill on letting agent fees ban

01 November, 2017

The government will introduce a bill to parliament today to ban letting agent fees

Javid urged to 'keep an eye' on associations flouting PRS rules

01 November, 2017

In the Commons, some housing associations are accused of believing themselves "above and beyond" regulations that govern the private sector

Legal aid cuts trigger 99.5% collapse in numbers receiving state help in benefits cases

01 November, 2017

Just 440 claimants were given assistance in the last financial year, Ministry of Justice admits - down from 83,000 before almost £1bn of cuts

Funding Supported Housing: Policy Statement and Consultation

01 November, 2017

Supporting the most vulnerable people in our society is a priority for the Government, and we value the important role that supported housing plays

Former No.10 housing adviser: 'Social housing should be a reward'

01 November, 2017

Alex Morton has said government should not allow Labour councils that are failing to build other tenures a single penny of "social housing grant"

October 2017: Touchbase edition 122

01 November, 2017

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

Government needs to iron out kinks in Universal Credit roll-out

01 November, 2017

The government should not overlook the lessons that can be learnt from the roll-out of full-service Universal Credit

Warning that Wales could see the biggest rise in absolute poverty if benefits changes go ahead

01 November, 2017

A major report warns that child poverty in Wales could jump from 28% to 34.9%

Right to Buy: Flagship Government housing scheme in trouble

31 October, 2017

Three years on from extending Right to Buy, Sky News has seen figures which show the scheme has barely got off the ground

Reverse cuts or backing for universal credit may collapse

31 October, 2017

Urgent £3bn cash injection needed to bolster confidence in failing system after welfare cuts

Social housing sector has 'largely strengthened' its financial position

31 October, 2017

But new report stresses it is still too early to assess the ongoing impact of the strengthening

Call for student flat landlords who 'contribute almost nothing' to pay their way

31 October, 2017

Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire wants private student accommodation developers to help plug the gap left by students' exemption from paying council tax

Councils put aside millions for universal credit debt

31 October, 2017

Scottish councils have put aside £8 million to mitigate against universal credit debt

Impact of UK Welfare Policy on Disabled People

31 October, 2017

This report is supplementary to the annual welfare reform report, focusing on the impact of UK welfare policy on disabled people

Renting in Wales - what does the future hold?

31 October, 2017

Private renting in Wales is experiencing massive change

Universal Remedy - Ensuring Universal Credit is fit for purpose

31 October, 2017

Making Universal Credit fit for 21st Century Britain

Scotland Buy-to-let index - September 2017

31 October, 2017

Scottish rents edge up in August

Funding for supported housing

31 October, 2017

Responses to the November 2016 'Funding for supported housing' consultation

Funding for supported housing - policy statement

31 October, 2017

A policy statement and two consultation documents setting out the government's proposals for a flexible funding approach for the supported housing sector

Funding for supported housing for older people to encourage building new homes

31 October, 2017

A tailored approach to protect and encourage the supply of a wide range of supported housing has been set out by government

Association has raised suicide alerts for some UC tenants

30 October, 2017

A housing association has been so concerned about some of its tenants on Universal Credit that it has raised suicide alerts with local GPs

Housing lawyers draft bill to empower tenants

30 October, 2017

Housing specialists have been working on a private members bill that empowers tenants to force their landlords to fix hazards that pose a serious threat to their health and safety

Conservatives 'planning Budget U-turn' over rollout of Universal Credit regime

30 October, 2017

It was reported that Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to make an announcement at the autumn Budget - scheduled for 22 November

Private Rented Sector Report - September 2017

30 October, 2017

The number of letting agents who saw rents rise for tenants dropped to 27 per cent in September, from 35 per cent in August

Rogue landlords enjoy an easy ride as councils fail to prosecute

30 October, 2017

Most local authorities have not secured a single prosecution, figures released under Freedom of Information Act reveal

Beyond the call of duty - Why we should abolish Stamp Duty Land Tax

30 October, 2017

There is about £7.5 trillion worth of property in the UK, but we tax it in strange and inconsistent ways

Another build-to-rent landlord drops tenancy fee charges

30 October, 2017

Dropping fees charged to tenants, or never charging them in the first place, is becoming the norm in the government-backed build-to-rent sector

Draft Tenant Fees Bill

30 October, 2017

Make provision prohibiting landlords and letting agents from requiring certain payments to be made or certain other steps to be taken; to make provision about the payment of holding deposits

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics: Update to 30 June 2017

30 October, 2017

This publication provides information on the Scottish Welfare Fund for the latest quarter

Lettings fee ban unlikely by next April but legislation coming 'very shortly'

27 October, 2017

The tenant fees ban is unlikely to be in place by next April due to the legislative process

Tenants' deposits covered by protection schemes spiral to over £4bn

27 October, 2017

Some 14m tenants' deposits worth over £4.1bn were covered by authorised schemes, both custodial and insurance-backed as of the end of March

Scale of potential Stamp Duty refunds might be bigger than expected

27 October, 2017

How much in the way of refunds might HMRC have to pay to buyers of additional homes who will be entitled to ask for a slice back of the Stamp Duty they have paid?

The zombie housing policies: what has happened to the Right to Buy extension and high-value asset levy?

27 October, 2017

What has become of the Right to Buy extension and the high-value asset levy?

DWP quietly drops Universal Credit child poverty forecast

27 October, 2017

The DWP has quietly dropped its estimates of how many children will be lifted out of poverty because of Universal Credit

Government housing benefit climbdown won't help private renters

27 October, 2017

A welcome U-turn on the housing benefit cap for supported housing still leaves private tenants to face crippling rents and being turfed out on the streets

Taking action now - first retrofitted sprinkler system in Manchester after Grenfell

27 October, 2017

One week after the Grenfell tragedy, the Board of Arcon HA decided to install a sprinkler system to its one and only tower block at Arundel Court in Blackley

Universal credit left Port Talbot woman 'penniless'

27 October, 2017

A woman from Port Talbot said she has been left penniless since signing up to universal credit

Universal Credit: the six week wait

27 October, 2017

First Report of Session 2017-19

A two-year U-turn: the rise and fall of the LHA cap

26 October, 2017

A timeline of the Local Housing Allowance cap's journey from George Osborne's brainchild to the policy's abandonment by Theresa May

Quarter of renters spending half their income on housing

26 October, 2017

YouGov survey shows how wages are the biggest cost every month

AMs call for pause to universal credit roll-out

26 October, 2017

AMs have backed calls for a pause to the roll out of universal credit in a vote

LHA Cap: How it impacts one of north Wales' largest housing associations

26 October, 2017

The proposals to cap the Local Housing Allowance rates by the UK Government presents significant obstacles to helping the Welsh Government meet its target for new affordable homes

Young Scots hit by housing benefit cap

26 October, 2017

Scottish Government says thousands of young Scots will lose out

Evictions raised at PMQs

26 October, 2017

May and Corbyn continue to clash over Universal Credit

Universal credit: MPs urge government to cut waiting time

26 October, 2017

The six-week waiting time for universal credit should be cut and be a maximum of one month

Universal Credit arrears could limit new build

25 October, 2017

Universal Credit arrears could hamper housing associations' ability to build, a provider has warned ahead of an emergency debate in the House of Commons

A London borough is transferring most of its social housing to a private developer. What is it thinking?

25 October, 2017

The Haringey Development Vehicle is thought to be one of the largest transfers of public land into a public/private partnership ever

Government appeals against High Court ruling that benefit cap 'causes misery to no good purpose'

25 October, 2017

Department for Work and Pensions denies policy causes 'discriminatory impact' on single parent families

Universal credit rollout not expected to increase food bank use

25 October, 2017

Junior minister says government listening to concerns after Labour passed advisory motion calling for rollout to be paused

Labour urges government to scrap LHA plans for supported housing

25 October, 2017

Labour will urge the government to drop its plans to introduce a Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing in a parliamentary debate today

Housing association rents fall by 1.3% in 2016/17

25 October, 2017

Housing association rents in England have dropped by 1.3% on average in the first year of rent cutting

Family lettings firm launches tenancy referencing app for the industry

25 October, 2017

A new app for lettings agents has been launched - by an agent

Housing Benefit Speed of Processing Statistics

25 October, 2017

Housing Benefit is an income related benefit that is intended to help meet housing costs for rented accommodation

Universal credit behind rising rent arrears and food bank use, 'guinea pig' councils say

24 October, 2017

Research by Southwark and Croydon councils reveals devastating effect of new benefits system

Social housing benefit policy 'flawed'

24 October, 2017

Welsh housing associations have called on the UK government to reverse the Local Housing Allowance cap

Labour and rebel Tories secure debate on universal credit rollout

24 October, 2017

Three-hour parliamentary session to take place as pressure grows to reduce six-week delay before benefits payments begin

Tenants affected by regeneration in Haringey guaranteed 'right of return'

24 October, 2017

Residents of council estates earmarked for redevelopment in Haringey will enjoy a guaranteed right of return

Budget must let councils 'take back control' of housing assets and revenue

24 October, 2017

ARCH and NFA set out key asks on allowing councils to lift the HRA debt caps for new build purposes

Dundee City Council to deliver 1,000 new social homes by 2020

24 October, 2017

Dundee City Council has increased its new build social housing target to 1,000 properties by 2020/21 and has pledged to review the use of section 75 agreements to help deliver the new homes

Universal Credit advances

24 October, 2017

If you don't have enough to live on while you wait for your first payment you may be able to get an advance of your first Universal Credit payment

Postcode lottery: The impact of applying the Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social housing tenants in Wales

24 October, 2017

The proposed application of the Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social housing tenants from April 2019 has the potential to cause deep and long lasting hardship for tenants right across Wales

Disrepair claims against social landlords are on the rise

24 October, 2017

A rise in opportunistic 'claim-farming' has led to a rise in successful disrepair claims against social landlords, but there are ways to reduce your vulnerability

What the private residential tenancy means for tenants

23 October, 2017

Big changes to private renting are on the way

MPs and ministers out to tackle rogue landlord and letting agents

23 October, 2017

MPs are worried that councils do not have enough powers to deal with rogue landlords and letting agents

Making Fair Rent Homes a reality

23 October, 2017

The need for a new wave of Fair Rent Homes is clear. But how do we build them? And where is the money coming from?

Keeping more of what you earn

23 October, 2017

JRF is calling for people to be able to keep more of what they earn under Universal Credit in order to reduce in-work poverty, delivered by increasing the work allowance

Welfare questions for Wales

23 October, 2017

It was certainly hard to find much good news on offer at the session on welfare reform

Gathering storm of fees ban in Scotland - and a warning to English government as Scots landlords 'flee the market'

23 October, 2017

Five years after agents' fees charged to tenants were formally banned by the Scottish government, the effects continue not just to reverberate but to worsen

Young tenants hit by tax hike on landlords

23 October, 2017

One in five private landlords now less willing to rent to young people as a result of tax increases

Archbishop calls for cut to universal credit delays

23 October, 2017

The six-week waiting time for universal credit must be cut as the idea that people have a nest egg to fall back on is "grotesquely ignorant"

Theresa May plots climbdown over Universal Credit amid fears it could become her 'poll tax'

23 October, 2017

Theresa May is on the brink of a major climbdown over Universal Credit payments, having been warned it could become her "poll tax"

U-turn on housing benefit cap for mentally ill and elderly

23 October, 2017

Move follows outcry from charities and evidence that housing projects have been axed

Model tenancy agreement for new private residential tenancy published

23 October, 2017

Under the Private Housing Act 2016 all private residential tenancies will be subject to core rights and obligations

Motion presses Highland Council to cap private rents in Inverness and other communities

23 October, 2017

A move to have private house rents capped in Inverness will be considered next week following claims of "extortionate" sums being charged

There is more landlords can learn about the needs of LGBT residents

23 October, 2017

HouseProud, the nationwide network for LGBT+ people working in social housing is spearheading the first sector-wide study to explore resident interactions with housing providers

Safe as houses: the impact of universal credit on tenants and their rent behaviour in the London boroughs of Southwark and Croydon, and Peabody

23 October, 2017

The London boroughs of Southwark and Croydon were among the first areas in the country to see the early rollout of full service universal credit

Emergency debate on UC waiting times

23 October, 2017

There will be an emergency debate today on the six-week waiting time for Universal Credit claimants

Learning the lessons from Grenfell

20 October, 2017

The tragedy at Grenfell Tower four months ago shocked the country and threw the country's relationship with social housing into sharp relief

Tories warned UC defeat can't be 'shrugged off'

20 October, 2017

Government defiant after humiliating commons crushing over welfare reform

Wales continues fight against Universal Credit

20 October, 2017

The Welsh housing sector has continued to pile pressure on Westminster over the controversial policy

Connecting People, Improving Lives: A Digital Future for TEC?

20 October, 2017

There is an urgent need for government, regulators, telecoms and the TEC sector to agree and mobilise a plan to manage the transition and realise the full potential of digital connectivity

Universal credit isn't about saving money - it's about disciplining unemployed people

20 October, 2017

The scheme has cost a fortune and done nothing but cause suffering. So why does it exist at all?

Over 40% of low earners are eating and buying clothes less to pay their rent

20 October, 2017

Shelter calls for new type of home to help tacking housing crisis

Associations having to give food parcels to tenants on Universal Credit

20 October, 2017

Housing associations are having to hand out food parcels and vouchers to tenants on Universal Credit as well as helping with utility bills

Chesterfield council tenants may have to change their own lightbulbs

20 October, 2017

Chesterfield Borough Council tenants could soon be expected to carry out minor repairs themselves to help save the authority money

Housing summit: LGA 'hopeful' of action on borrowing caps

20 October, 2017

The LGA is "hopeful" that the Autumn Budget will see a relaxation of council borrowing restrictions

No government funding for councils to take action against private tower block landlords

20 October, 2017

The government will not provide funding for councils to take enforcement action against private landlords of tower blocks with ACM cladding

Seven in ten letting agents say their landlords will not accept Universal Credit tenants

19 October, 2017

Private landlords across the country are refusing to let their properties to Universal Credit claimants

Labour inflicts symbolic defeat over universal credit rollout

19 October, 2017

Tories under fire for abstaining from vote hours after work and pensions secretary David Gauke ends helpline charges

Gauke: 'unacceptable' for social landlords to evict Universal Credit tenants

19 October, 2017

It is "simply unacceptable" for social landlords to evict tenants due to arrears built up when switching to Universal Credit

Two in ten landlords willing to house Universal Credit tenants

19 October, 2017

Just two in 10 landlords say they are willing to let to tenants in receipt of housing benefit or universal credit

Universal credit: My five-year-old searched bins for food

19 October, 2017

Anna says she had to visit a food bank after the changes to her benefits left her without any money

Your tenants are gay, get over it!: How housing services discriminate against LGBT+ users

19 October, 2017

Are public services delivering equality for LGBT+ service users?

Welsh Secretary calls on Welsh Government to crackdown on rogue landlords

19 October, 2017

The UK Government has today announced plans to crackdown on unfair management agents in England

Yes, you're (still) better off working than on benefits

19 October, 2017

New analysis shows that you're still better off in low paid work than on benefits, but the financial advantages have shrunk for some

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 14 Sep 2017

19 October, 2017

These experimental statistics cover numbers of claims made, starts and people on Universal Credit to 14 September 2017

HB G10/2017

19 October, 2017

For all Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Four landlords who breached licensing requirements made subject of Criminal Behaviour Orders

18 October, 2017

A landlord has been handed what is the largest fine issued in this country for renting out properties without a selective licence

'Universal Credit isn't a fair system'

18 October, 2017

Gillian Garriock has worked in several jobs throughout her adult life to provide for her children

Theresa May to scrap universal credit helpline charges

18 October, 2017

People will be able to call the government's universal credit helpline without being charged, within weeks

PM will not reduce six-week wait for universal credit despite MPs' warnings

18 October, 2017

Government says it believes advance payments solve problems with delays as Labour urges Tories to support motion to pause rollout of benefit

'Rogue' property agents to be targeted

18 October, 2017

Plans to protect leaseholders and tenants in England from unfair costs have been outlined by ministers

Associations could be forced to pay backdated VAT

18 October, 2017

More than 500 housing associations could be forced to pay four years' worth of backdated VAT, depending on the outcome of ongoing legal proceedings

Two-child limit on benefit claims to be challenged in court

18 October, 2017

Campaigners are granted permission to apply for judicial review of policy, which stops benefits being paid for more than two children

'We went days without eating properly': how universal credit brought misery to Inverness

18 October, 2017

People who were never in debt before have been catapulted into crisis in trial of benefit whose rollout continues despite concerns

Comparing measures of private rental growth in the UK: Quarter 3 (July to September) 2017

18 October, 2017

This article compares growth in the Index of Private Housing Rental Prices with other measures of private rental growth

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: September 2017

18 October, 2017

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

Government under fire after abstaining on Universal Credit vote

18 October, 2017

Government have dodged a humiliating defeat, by not turning up to the vote on pausing the roll-out of Universal Credit

Mind the (housing benefit) gap - it's growing

17 October, 2017

The Autumn Budget must end the benefits freeze

Written Statement - Introduction of the Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill

17 October, 2017

The Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill and Explanatory memorandum have today been laid before the National Assembly for Wales

Buying a house made 'impossible' by rental costs

17 October, 2017

Rental costs combined with high house prices means it is impossible to save a deposit to buy a home

Bare cupboards and nobody to help buy food - the forgotten welfare gap in older age

17 October, 2017

Isolated older people living in poverty are suffering from food insecurity

Oxford City Council plans to improve standards in the private rented sector

17 October, 2017

Oxford City Council has announced plans to tackle poor housing conditions in the private rented sector

Major housing associations launch commission into future of sector

17 October, 2017

Three of the largest housing associations in the UK have launched a commission to look at how the sector should change over the next 10-15 years

Universal credit: DWP withholding bad news

17 October, 2017

Frank Field, work and pensions committee chair, believes department has not revealed scale of problems with welfare changes

Landlord in court accused of sending threatening email via letting agent

17 October, 2017

Controversial buy-to-let landlord Fergus Wilson has appeared in court, denying sending a threatening email to a family via his letting agent

Letting agents secretly filmed by BBC accepting fake IDs from tenants

17 October, 2017

Letting agents were secretly filmed by the BBC accepting fake IDs from tenants, with innocent firms said to be "easily duped" into thinking that the paperwork was authentic

The private sector has failed. Only councils can be trusted to build the homes we need

16 October, 2017

Focused on profit, not people, private developers will never help us out of the housing crisis, but local authorities are coming up with ideas that can help

Transition Rollout Schedule - October 2017 to September 2018

16 October, 2017

In May 2016 the full Universal Credit service for all claimant types began to rollout nationally (beyond London) and in July 2016 it was announced that this rollout will complete by September 2018

ForViva to fit sprinklers in tower blocks

16 October, 2017

ForViva has announced plans to fit sprinkler systems at all of its 17 high-rise blocks across the North West

Universal credit: Plaid Cymru offers to pay for claimants' calls

16 October, 2017

People claiming universal credit have been offered free use of Plaid Cymru phones to avoid helpline charges

Bedroom tax hits Northern Ireland despite political pledges

16 October, 2017

The 'bedroom tax' is hitting dozens of homes across the Northern Ireland despite years of Stormont pledges to prevent the controversial welfare cut

Forged IDs: Landlord laws 'fuelling black market'

16 October, 2017

Legislation aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from renting properties is fuelling a black market in forged IDs

Halton Housing calls for a slow down to Universal Credit roll out

16 October, 2017

July 2016 saw the introduction of Universal Credit in Halton

The future social housing provider

16 October, 2017

Social housing in England is at a critical juncture

Chancellor urged to lower tax rate on universal credit

16 October, 2017

Conservative MP calls on Philip Hammond to cut rate to allow people receiving in-work benefits to work more hours without facing such heavy tax

Khan under pressure on 'controversial' rent controls

16 October, 2017

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is under pressure from opposition in the GLA about rent controls in London

Why Philip Hammond should revisit the benefit freeze in next month's Budget

16 October, 2017

The weather might be un-seasonally warm just now, but millions of household budgets are in the grip of a four-year freeze that's about to get colder still

LIN member report October 2017 - Airbnb: Implications for Landlords

15 October, 2017

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Buy to let ban for homes that fail green test

13 October, 2017

Landlords may have to pull 200,000 buy to let homes off the lettings market within months if they fail a minimum energy efficiency test

New inquiry into private rented sector will look at whether enforcement is working

13 October, 2017

A new inquiry has been launched into the private rented sector

Low-income tenants battle soaring rents

13 October, 2017

Low-income tenants are now spending an average of 28% of their wages on rent, up from 21% in the mid-1990s

Pressure grows to make universal credit helpline free of charge

13 October, 2017

Campaigners are concerned that complexity of new benefit and poor staff training are contributing to long and repeated calls

Could landlords be offered tax relief for offering longer-term tenancies? Government set to announce new incentives to support renters

13 October, 2017

Calls have been made for tax incentives for landlords offering longer-term tenancies

Government resists calls to lift council borrowing cap

13 October, 2017

The government has held firm on its position against raising or removing caps on the amounts local authorities can borrow against their HRA

Corbyn challenged over UC eviction rates claim

13 October, 2017

The housing association cited for UC evictions at PMQs throws its figures back at the commons

Everyone who lives in social housing needs action, not this chaos

13 October, 2017

People in social housing have been denigrated for too long. We need an urgent focus on safety, but all we have is a government dragging its heels

The cost of housing for low-income renters

13 October, 2017

The 'affordability' of housing is one of the most prominent domestic public policy issues of the day, and for good reason

The CPI+1% rent settlement: sector reactions

13 October, 2017

The government last week announced a post-2020 inflation-linked rent settlement

Universal Credit: Landlord request for a managed payment or rent arrears deduction

13 October, 2017

If a tenant is having difficulty paying their rent, fill in the UC47 form to request payment of rent from a tenant's Universal Credit

The housing crisis will only get worse until England scraps right to buy

12 October, 2017

Selling off council homes is economically and morally reprehensible. The government needs to halt its kneejerk support for home ownership

Is Universal Credit leading to rent arrears?

12 October, 2017

Half of all council tenants on Universal Credit are at least a month in arrears in their rent

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 - Fitness for Human Habitation

12 October, 2017

This consultation is seeking views on the regulations determining a dwelling's fitness for human habitation, and the accompanying guidance

Welfare reform a major challenge for Welsh housing

12 October, 2017

The government's green paper on social housing needs to provide answers for Wales over the LHA cap and Universal Credit

Minister promises new LHA cap proposals this autumn

12 October, 2017

The government will have new proposals for supported housing "this autumn"

HRA borrowing cap can be lifted for fire safety

12 October, 2017

Communities secretary, Sajid Javid, has confirmed that local authorities will be able to have "flexibility" to improve fire safety

Corbyn tells May to 'wake up' on universal credit complaints

12 October, 2017

Theresa May has defended the expansion of the government's flagship welfare reform as Jeremy Corbyn said it was increasing poverty and homelessness

Almost half of landlords would reject a tenant based on their credit score

12 October, 2017

Paying rent on time should be counted towards a tenant's credit score to make them more appealing as applicants for rental property

HB S12/2017

11 October, 2017

Final payment for RTI BDM files issued for May 2017 to August 2017 and advance payment for RTI BDM files for September 2017 to January 2018

Alienating, insecure and unaffordable

11 October, 2017

Living in Scotland's Private Rented Sector

The findings of this analysis paper are based on data in the Scottish Households Survey 2016

HomeLet Rental Index - September 2017

11 October, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 2.1% in September compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £927 a month

Why UK housing associations are failing to use data as an asset

11 October, 2017

As demand surges and issues within the system persist, it's become clear that the current methods for managing data are no longer fit for purpose

The Private Rented Property minimum standard - landlord guidance documents

11 October, 2017

Guidance to landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property on complying with the 2018 'Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency' standard

Discretionary housing payments: the under-spenders

11 October, 2017

Every year the Government offers councils millions of pounds to help households struggling to pay their rent - so why does so much of it remain unspent?

Half of Landlords Would Refuse Tenant over Poor Credit Score

11 October, 2017

Almost half of landlords would refuse an application from a new tenant if they had a poor credit score

The introduction of the LHA cap to the social rented sector: impact on young people in Scotland

11 October, 2017

This research was commissioned by CIH Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government and was conducted by the Indigo House Group

This research seeks to improve understanding of the impact that the introduction of Local Housing Allowance caps will have on single people aged under 35 in the social rented sector in Scotland

Single Parent Families, Benefit Conditionality and Wellbeing

11 October, 2017

Why conditionality is unnecessary, unjust and ineffective

To reach their full potential, single parents need to have the conditions which support their health and wellbeing

'I can't even charge my wheelchair': the impact of universal credit delays

10 October, 2017

UC was meant to simplify benefits, but readers have told us of their confusion and anguish in dealing with the system

'Changes could make life easier for millions renting in private sector'

10 October, 2017

In a big week for housing it would have been easy to miss some changes which could have a big effect on the millions of people renting privately

First Autumn rental price standstill as South East records annual fall

10 October, 2017

National asking rents outside London dropped by 0.2% in the third quarter of 2017, the first drop recorded at this time of year

Universal Credit's impact on the two HRAs

10 October, 2017

The Universal Credit roll-out raises questions for councils around meeting the requirements of the Homelessness Reduction Act and managing their Housing Revenue Accounts

Council tax benefits in Wales extended

10 October, 2017

A benefit scheme resulting in thousands of Welsh households paying only partial or no council tax at all has been extended by the Welsh government

'Who is going to feed my kids?' - stress, hunger and dire warnings amid 'chaotic' Universal Credit roll-out

10 October, 2017

As the Universal Credit roll-out continues across Greater Manchester, ministers and charities are warning it could be a catastrophe for the poorest in society

Disrepair claims: a losing battle for landlords?

10 October, 2017

I recently attended a seminar aimed at RPs defending disrepair claims

Major cities falling short on Right to Buy replacements

10 October, 2017

Major city councils are failing to replace homes sold through the Right to Buy since the government introduced a larger discount for tenants

Half a million more people in poverty if Government maintains benefits freeze

10 October, 2017

Real terms cuts to working-age benefits and tax credits - imposed before Prime Minister Theresa May took office - are set to drive almost half a million more people into poverty in 2020

Death of social rent properties in Salford?

10 October, 2017

New accounts for City West Housing Trust show a loss of 259 social rent properties last year

Grenfell Tower: Safety cash not released

09 October, 2017

The government has not released funds to make tower blocks safe following the Grenfell Tower fire

Councils fear surge in evictions as universal credit rollout accelerates

09 October, 2017

Housing federation says new system poses challenge to landlords, and Guardian investigation reveals claimants' frustration

The UK housing market's perfect storm, and five steps to avoid it

09 October, 2017

With ownership plummeting, rents unaffordable and homelessness on the rise, action is needed to stave off a crash

More than 25 Tory MPs prepared to rebel over Universal Credit roll-out

09 October, 2017

More than 25 Tory MPs are now prepared to rebel over the Government's flagship welfare reforms

Hammond urged to scrap benefit cap as 1 million face homelessness

09 October, 2017

Shelter calls on chancellor to act in next month's budget while council leaders attack failure to fix 'broken' housing market

Government confirms 25,000 homes figure is 'an estimate'

09 October, 2017

The government has confirmed that the 25,000 homes it expects to be built with £2bn of new funding is an "estimate"

£30million of council houses sold off in Leicester in two years

09 October, 2017

815 homes have been sold under the Right to Buy scheme

Rent control could deepen the housing crisis in UK's most expensive cities

09 October, 2017

To tackle the housing crisis, we need to dramatically increase house-building - which rent control could hamper

Scotland ready to pay housing element of Universal Credit direct to landlords

09 October, 2017

Now UK government is being urged to follow the Scottish government lead

Grenfell neighbours hit out over rehousing proposals

07 October, 2017

Evacuated neighbours of Grenfell Tower have hit out at council proposals to treat them differently to those on the general waiting list as they await rehousing

Welsh landlords make advances on housing quality standard compliance

06 October, 2017

Numbers of social homes meeting the Welsh Government's housing quality standard have reached record levels

'In a year, not one payment correct': a council tenant on the misery of universal credit

06 October, 2017

In a revealing video, visually-impaired council tenant Jo King explains the impact of delays and mistakes since she's been on universal credit

One in 20 rental properties in UK do not yet meet minimum energy standards

06 October, 2017

The private rental sector in the UK has seen rapid energy efficiency improvements in recent years

Bedroom tax: Clydebank worst hit in entire UK by governmental charge

06 October, 2017

Clydebank residents are the worst hit in the entire UK by the so-called "bedroom tax"

Right to Buy sales drop off

06 October, 2017

Right to Buy sales of council homes have dropped in recent months

Grenfell: Confusion as experts contradict Hackney Council on Fire Risk Assessment gaps

06 October, 2017

Surveyors and Town Hall at odds over documents which appear to counter Mayor's claim that FRAs 'up to date'

Rent settlement will get associations building

06 October, 2017

The new settlement on social rent will "enable social landlords to build many more houses"

Universal Credit choices for Scottish claimants begin

05 October, 2017

Recipients of Universal Credit in Scotland will be offered two new ways to help them manage their money

Tenants pile on pressure over lack of RTB announcements

05 October, 2017

A group of housing association tenants are growing increasingly frustrated by a lack of information on the scheme

Government announces five-year rent settlement

05 October, 2017

The government has announced a return to Consumer Price Index plus 1% rent rises for five years after 2020

Theresa May's £2bn for social housing unlikely to solve problem

05 October, 2017

As No 10 aides admit cash helps create just 5,000 extra homes a year, it is no surprise the funds are being tagged 'chicken feed'

Ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants branded 'dangerous move'

05 October, 2017

A ban on letting agency fees charged to tenants in Wales would be a dangerous move

Landlords' Barometer - #53: Politics, politics, politics - it's all a bit much

04 October, 2017

Welcome to a special "themed edition" of the Landlords' Barometer where we showcase landlord reactions to the latest political announcements about the private rented sector

Theresa May Set To Unveil Council House Building Boom

04 October, 2017

Local authorities to be given new freedoms and new demands

Javid announces PRS shake-up - but what are the details?

04 October, 2017

There were a number of surprises in store for landlords and letting agents in Sajid Javid's speech at the Conservative Party Conference yesterday

Work and Pensions Committee calls for more detail on UC changes

04 October, 2017

The chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee has asked how the government will decide if a Universal Credit claimant is in "immediate need" for a same-day payment

The supported housing flats that weren't built

04 October, 2017

Most new supported housing projects have been put on ice

Grenfell Tower: Are North East tower blocks any closer to getting sprinklers fitted?

04 October, 2017

North East councils are open to the idea of retro-fitting the life-saving systems but are yet to make concrete commitments

The Landlord: Inside the Housing Executive

04 October, 2017

Following staff at Northern Ireland's biggest social landlord, the Housing Executive, as they struggle to cope with rising numbers of those presenting as homeless and tenants behind with their rent

A rent pressure zone for Edinburgh?

04 October, 2017

In response to concern about rising private rents, the Scottish Parliament has passed new legislation which allows councils to designate areas as rent pressure zones

Scottish rental market more than doubles since 1999 while home ownership is flat

03 October, 2017

The proportion of people in private rented accommodation has more than doubled since the turn of the century, while the numbers of those owning has been broadly flat

DCLG issues new interim fire safety advice

03 October, 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government has updated fire safety advice for owners if high-rise buildings with failed cladding systems

Government slammed for pushing ahead with Universal Credit roll-out

03 October, 2017

The government has been slammed for failing to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit, despite claimants struggling with debt because of delayed payments

Right to Buy stopped us bidding for build grant

03 October, 2017

Government rules on how councils spend their money prevented London boroughs from bidding for Sadiq Khan's housing programme

Housing association downgraded over evictions process

03 October, 2017

A West Midlands-based housing association has had its governance rating downgraded by the regulator due to its eviction processes at a temporary accommodation scheme

UC roll-out will have 'catastrophic consequences'

03 October, 2017

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations calls for the roll-out to be halted

Rent bill more than double mortgage interest rate bill

03 October, 2017

More homes urgently to rent needed to boost rental affordability

Universal Credit: Advance payments offered as rollout continues

02 October, 2017

Benefit claimants struggling to pay their bills will be able to get cash advances upfront

Next phase in rollout of Universal Credit confirmed

02 October, 2017

The next stage of the rollout of Universal Credit to all claimants starts on Wednesday 4 October 2017

7 things to consider when communicating about welfare

02 October, 2017

Campaign to soften public attitudes towards welfare

The Waitrose effect: boom times for homeowners but evictions for tenants

02 October, 2017

How the the arrival of Britain's favourite supermarket in an area emphasises the growing gap between those who own property and those who rent it

Universal Credit 'fundamentally the right thing to do'

02 October, 2017

Universal Credit is "fundamentally the right thing to do" but there are concerns about how it might impact living standards

At last! Victory for industry campaigners as ministers finally bow to demands for letting agents to be regulated

02 October, 2017

All letting agents across England will have to be registered under new legislation

Landlords urged to prepare for new HMO rules - but they haven't been introduced yet

02 October, 2017

An insurer is warning landlords to get ready for new licensing and room size laws regarding HMOs, despite the fact the proposals have yet to be finalised

Conservatives pledge 'complete rethink' of social housing in the wake of the Grenfell disaster

02 October, 2017

Sajid Javid was speaking less than a week after Jeremy Corbyn put the implications of Grenfell at the heart of his own speech

The social housing that never got built

02 October, 2017

"Claustrophobic" is how Llyle describes living in a studio flat with his girlfriend, Mehreen, and their toddler

Odile Guzy Architectes covers social housing scheme with wooden slats and diamond patterned roofs

01 October, 2017

French firm Odile Guzy Architectes has completed a social housing project in the city of Chalon-sur-Saone

Brokers claim first-time buyers are starting to reap rewards of buy-to-let clampdown

29 September, 2017

There was little sign of the traditional "summer lull" during August, with first-time buyers starting to take advantage of fewer landlords adding to their portfolios

Buy-to-let Index - September 2017

29 September, 2017

Rents rise across much of England and Wales

Tory rebellion throws Universal Credit reforms into chaos

29 September, 2017

The Government's flagship welfare reforms have been thrown into jeopardy after 12 Conservative MPs wrote a private letter to the Work and Pensions Secretary demanding a pause in the roll-out of Universal Credit

Theresa May urged to halt Universal Credit roll-out

29 September, 2017

Families could be left homeless and destitute if Theresa May insists on pressing ahead with Universal Credit

Borough worst hit by housing benefit cap revealed as more than 4,000 families in west London affected

29 September, 2017

More than 4,000 families in west London families have had their housing benefit capped

The big squeeze: central London rents rocket as number of rental homes drops by 17% in a year

29 September, 2017

Young London renters are being pushed out of Zones 1 and 2 as average rents rise to £1,785 a month

More will rent than buy a home with a mortgage within 10 years

29 September, 2017

More people will privately rent a home than own one with a mortgage in less than 10 years

Twelve Conservative MPs demand pause in Universal Credit

29 September, 2017

The policy at the heart of welfare reform has been thrown into doubt with 12 MPs writing a private letter calling for a halt

Corbyn pledges Labour to 'radical action' on social housing policy

29 September, 2017

Party conference hears Grenfell Tower described as a monument to social policies that had failed housing

Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit: changes to the Work Capability Assessment

29 September, 2017

Changes to the Work Capability Assessment reassessment criteria from 29 September 2017

Corbyn's pledge to introduce rent controls comes under fire

28 September, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's confirmation that a Labour government would introduce rent controls has come under attack

Average earners priced out as landlords favour higher paid tenants over those with the best credit score

28 September, 2017

Average earners in the UK risk being priced out of the rental market

Corbyn announces social housing review

28 September, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has used his leader's speech at this year's Labour Party conference to launch a party review into social housing policy

Regulator of social housing consults on Value for Money Standard

28 September, 2017

The regulator is proposing to revise and strengthen the existing Value for Money Standard and publish a supporting new Code of Practice

Midlands-based association evicted tenants without legal notice period

28 September, 2017

Tenants of a Midlands housing association may have been forced to sleep rough after they were evicted with very little notice

Housing associations should require less rent upfront to combat debt

28 September, 2017

Housing associations in Scotland have been urged to require less rent upfront to combat growing arrears under Universal Credit and the benefit cap

£2m housing benefits 'error' by Bridgend council

28 September, 2017

Housing benefits mispayments totalling £2m may have been made by Bridgend council

Twice as many renters in the North West opt for comfy cushions over a neighbourly chat when setting up home

28 September, 2017

Twice as many renters in the North West opt for comfy cushions over a neighbourly chat when setting up home

Universal credit is a mean, flawed scheme. Its rollout must be blocked

28 September, 2017

In my Southwark constituency, the Tories' benefits system has already forced many into debt, food poverty and eviction. Others should be saved from it

Lettings fee ban to result in job losses and lack of morale

27 September, 2017

Jobs will be lost when the letting fees ban comes in, and morale among remaining staff will drop like a stone

'Bleak picture' for tenants as a third of agents report landlords increasing rents

27 September, 2017

The number of letting agents seeing landlords increasing rents has hit a two-year high

Buy-to-let property purchases plummet one-third in two years

27 September, 2017

High street banks approved 11% more mortgages for home buyers during August compared with last year as the market shifts away from buy-to-let and cash purchases

Bradford Council rapped over backlog of more than 500 housing benefit appeal cases

27 September, 2017

An investigation has uncovered a huge backlog in housing benefit appeals in Bradford, some dating back more than two years

Milton Keynes Council to invest £54 million in council housing stock

27 September, 2017

Milton Keynes Council has announced that it will be investing close to £54 million in its council housing stock in 2017/18

Private Rented Sector Report - August 2017

27 September, 2017

The number of letting agents who saw rents rise for tenants stood at 35 per cent in August

Buy to let lending standing still

27 September, 2017

The latest buy to let mortgage data shows the market is standing still even though lenders completed more than 20,000 loans

Old fashioned rent control: what is it good for?

27 September, 2017

Eye-catching retail offers on housing have become a party conference tradition, as much part of the furniture as the stuffy airless room or terrible phone signal

Majority of tenants say landlords have not discussed fire safety after deadly Grenfell disaster

27 September, 2017

The vast majority of private landlords in the UK have not been in touch with tenants to discuss fire safety

Public believes housing inspections should be in hands of council

26 September, 2017

The majority of the public believes housing safety inspections should be in the hands of local councils

Rebuilding social housing

26 September, 2017

Why the UK needs a new approach

Advice NI: 'Suspend introduction of Universal Credit'

26 September, 2017

A charity has called for this week's major changes in how benefits are paid in Northern Ireland to be suspended

Why you should be talking Value for Money

26 September, 2017

It seems like you can't move in the social housing sector in Wales without hearing talk of 'value for money'

Landlords call for PRS on public land

26 September, 2017

Calls for government to support small-scale landlords by redeveloping unused public land and cutting mortgage interest relief

Grenfell survivors 'forced to use foodbanks'

26 September, 2017

Labour MP wants answers over what's happened to the £20m raised in the wake of the disaster

Universal benefit changes driving more people to doorstep loans says debt manager

26 September, 2017

The woman who heads up a debt management service in the Northern Ireland town where Universal Credit will be first implemented tomorrow has expressed serious concerns about the impact

Private rents still rising - but at a slower rate

26 September, 2017

Buy to let rents rose in the UK by 1.6% in the year to August, while the rate of increase slumped from 1.8% measured in the previous month

Housing associations urged to be as flexible as possible over payment of first month's rent

26 September, 2017

More and more social tenants in Scotland are struggling to pay the first month's rent in advance as a result of welfare reforms

Universal credit 'making financial abuse easier'

25 September, 2017

Changes to benefit payments have made it easier for abusive partners to withhold money

Social landlords staying silent on fire safety

25 September, 2017

Three months on from Grenfell, new research reveals that tenants still feel left in the dark when it comes to fire safety

Foodbanks can't cope with universal credit fallout

25 September, 2017

Charity warns that new benefit is leading more people to seek emergency food parcels

Letting agent fined record amount after appalling conditions at HMO

25 September, 2017

A letting agent has been fined a record amount after 15 people were found crammed into an overcrowded building infested with cockroaches

Ministers told to cut wait for new benefit amid evidence it is causing debt

25 September, 2017

Report raised 'very serious concerns' with government over delay before first payment

Council slammed over social housing ambiguity

25 September, 2017

Liberal Democrat councillors have been accused of "not telling the whole truth" about the replacement of 96 socially rented homes in South Oxhey

Concerns about how Universal Credit deals with changes of circumstances

25 September, 2017

Elements of Universal Credit will pose significant challenges for claimants, advisers and landlords

The university towns and cities that have been named as Britain's best places for buy-to-let

25 September, 2017

As students turn up at universities across the country in the next few weeks, their landlords will be hoping for another bumper year